Disney’s Hollywood Studios One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children: Updated for COVID-19 Closures

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We’ve been highlighting our touring plans which reflect the changes and closures due to social distancing measures and closures due to the ongoing pandemic. Today we move on to our Disney’s Hollywood Studios one-day plan for parents with small children. This plan includes rides that rank high with preschool and grade-school kids. Thrill rides, such as Tower of Terror, are not included. If you are going to use this plan in the park, be sure to arrive at the park at least 40 minutes early and then immediately get in line for Slinky Dog Dash after the park opens.

STEPS

1) Slinky Dog Dash

Head to Toy Story Land and ride Slinky Dog Dash.

Slinky Dog Dash is a long outdoor children’s roller coaster designed to look as if Andy built it out of Tinkertoys. The trains are themed to Toy Story’s Slinky Dog. As for intensity, it’s something along the lines of the Magic Kingdom’s Barnstormer or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train—lots of turns, dips, and hills but no loops or high-speed curves—and not nearly as rough as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This ride ranks high with all ages.
2) Eat lunch

Eat lunch if you’re hungry. If not, eat after riding Runaway Railway.
3) Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

The Runaway Railway ride places you in the center of one of the modern Mickey Mouse cartoons. The premise is, of course, that you’re on an out-of-control railroad car, courtesy of Goofy. You careen, gently, through ten large, cartoon show scenes, from tropical islands, to cities, to out-of-control factories. In each scene, Mickey and Minnie attempt to save you from disaster, with mixed results.

Note: Unless you plan on being one of the first people in the park, Runaway Railway will instantly have a high wait time. If this happens you should save it for later in the day, or ride it before the park closes.

4) Muppet*Vision 3D

 

See MuppetVision 3D.
Muppet*Vision 3-D provides a total sensory experience, with wacky 3-D action augmented by auditory, visual, and tactile special effects. If you’re tired and hot, this zany show will make you feel brand-new. Arrive early to enjoy the hilarious video preshow.

5) Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Experience Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Rise of the Resistance is an innovative attempt to integrate at least four different ride experiences— trackless vehicles, a motion simulator, walk-through environments, and even an elevator drop—into one of Disney’s longest attractions ever.

Note: To ride you must join a Boarding Group that will be “called” at a later time that day, when you are allowed to get into line and wait. This is analogous to a same-day FastPass+ for an unknown time window. Use the My Disney Experience app to join a Boarding Group. Eventually you’ll receive a push notification or see that your Boarding Group is “now boarding” via in-park status screens. You must do this first thing in the morning when the park opens or at a second opening of Boarding Groups at 2 p.m.

6) Toy Story Mania!

Go back to Toy Story Land and ride Toy Story Mania!
This is an interactive shooting gallery much like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, but in Toy Story Mania!, your ride vehicle passes through a totally virtual midway, with booths offering such games as ring tossing and ball throwing. You use a cannon on your ride vehicle to play as you move along from screen to screen. Unlike the laser guns in Buzz Lightyear, however, the pull-string cannons in Toy Story Mania! take advantage of CG image technology to toss rings, shoot balls, even throw eggs and pies. Each game booth is manned by a Toy Story character who is right beside you in 3-D glory, cheering you on. In addition to 3-D imagery, you experience vehicle motion, wind, and water spray.
Ride only if the posted wait time is at an acceptable length. If not, save it for the very end of the day.

7) Alien Swirling Saucers

 

Take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers.

 

Alien Swirling Saucers is themed around Toy Story’s vending-machine aliens and their obsession with The Claw. About a dozen ride cars move, whiplike, in a figure-eight around two circular tracks embedded in the ground. The ride experience is actually much milder than the Magic Kingdom’s Mad Tea Party.

8) Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Take flight on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Smugglers Run lets guests fly Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” Guests approaching the attraction will see a life-size Millennium Falcon parked outside the spaceport. On board each rider is assigned his or her own station— a pilot and copilot up front to steer around obstacles and activate the hyperdrive, two gunners in the middle to shoot down enemy fighters, and a pair of engineers in the rear to repair the ship when the pilots and gunners mess up—and computer-generated scenery is projected on an ultra-HD dome outside the windshield.
After Smugglers Run, explore Galaxy’s Edge if you haven’t already done so.

9) Eat Dinner

Eat dinner and then ride anything else you may have missed, or use the time to do any repeat rides.

There’s no FastPass+ being offered at this time so you’ll have to do only stand-by lines. Don’t forget, you can customize and optimize this or any of our other touring plans using our personalized touring plans creator on the site or in our mobile app, Lines. Be sure to check out our other touring plans that will help you save time and money in Walt Disney World.

Guy Selga Jr.

Hi, I'm Guy Selga. Researcher and blogger for TouringPlans.com. Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. I proudly represent TouringPlans on the west coast. Twitter: @guyselga

5 thoughts on “Disney’s Hollywood Studios One-Day Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children: Updated for COVID-19 Closures

  • October 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm
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    No Star Tours in this plan? Is it because of a minimum height requirement? I would think if MF:SR is appropriate, that Star Tours would be, too.

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  • October 13, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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    And what about the recently reopened Frozen Sing-a-long show?

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    • October 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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      These can be added in to the plan after it’s completed, or substituted in for other rides. Also all plans on our site can be customized and optimized when you’re in the park.

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  • October 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm
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    Why would you eat lunch 2nd if the park opens at 10am? The line for Slinky takes well over an hour?

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    • October 16, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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      If someone following the plan doesn’t want to eat lunch then they can skip this step and move on to the next.

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