It looks like big FastPass+ changes are in store for Disney’s Hollywood Studios once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29, with all but one ride moving to the “select one in advance” tier. The practical effect of these changes is that most people will be able to get an advance FastPass+ for only one ride at Hollywood Studios, with only show-based attractions available as options for their other two advance FastPass+ selections.
As a refresher, remember that FastPass+ attractions at Hollywood Studios are separated into two “tiers.” Guests may make up to three FastPass+ selections per day at HS in advance of their trips, but only one of those can be for a Tier A attraction. The tiers are designed to spread guests throughout all the attractions in the parks by “forcing” them to obtain FastPasses to non-headliner attractions.
Here’s the current tier structure:
We were anticipating that there would be changes to the tier structure at HS when Galaxy’s Edge opens, but we did not know what to expect.
Today we learned that guests booking FastPass+ selections on August 29 and beyond are seeing different attractions in the two tiers. A friend who is able to book FastPass+ 90 days in advance (through a Club Level FastPass+ perk) shared these screenshots. They seem to indicate that when Galaxy’s Edge opens, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror will move to the Tier A group:
There is some oddity happening in that Star Tours and Fantasmic! are not (yet?) available for FP+ booking. We’re not sure what this means:
It could be that Star Tours will run without FastPass+ during the opening phase of Galaxy’s Edge. That would make sense as a “consolation prize” Star Wars-themed ride for those who can’t tolerate the waits for attractions at Galaxy’s Edge, and having no FastPass+ at Star Tours would make its standby line move faster.
Note that our reader is being offered FastPass+ options for Tier A attractions as early as 6:00 a.m. on August 29, indicating that those attractions are scheduled to open with the park at 6:00 a.m. on August 29, 30, and 31. (Starting on September 1, “Extra, Extra Magic Hours” exclusively for Disney-affiliated hotel guests are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. daily through at least November 2. As with normal Extra Magic Hours, we do not expect FastPass+ to be available during this EMH time.)
All the Tier B offerings (again, they’re all shows) start later in the morning, on a “normal day” sort of schedule:
We have updated our Personalized Touring Plan software has to reflect these changes.
If you’ve got 90-day access to FastPass+ inventory at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, let us know if you see the same thing!