Do you need a little extra shut eye before you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios? You’re in luck because today we are highlighting our Late Arrival Disney’s Hollywood Studios Touring Plan, which has been updated to reflect the closures and changes due to COVID-19. This plan is similar to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios One-Day Touring Plan we posted last week, but this version removes some attractions to allow you to arrive to the park around 1 PM. The plan includes all major rides that can be completed when arriving at 1:00 p.m. until park closing, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We also include a 30-minute break for dinner around 5:30 p.m., but you may want to skip that and grab a quick snack if you’re running low on time.
1) Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Ride Star Tours
Based on the Star Wars saga, this was Disney’s first modern simulator ride. Guests ride in a flight simulator modeled after those used for training pilots and astronauts, experiencing dips, turns, twists, and climbs. The ride film, projected in high-definition 3-D, has more than 50 combinations of opening and ending scenes, including clips from the newer Star Wars films. You could ride Star Tours all day without seeing the same scenes twice.
2) Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster is an attraction for fans of high-speed thrill rides. Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster’s loops, corkscrews, and drops make Space Mountain seem like It’s a Small World. The launch goes from 0 to 57 mph in less than 3 seconds. When you enter the first loop, you’ll be pulling 5 g’s—2 more than astronauts used to experience at liftoff on a space shuttle.
|3) The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Experience Tower of Terror.
The Tower of Terror is a different species of Disney thrill ride, though it borrows elements of The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom. The story is that you’re touring a once-famous Hollywood hotel gone to ruin. The Tower of Terror is a whopper at 13-plus-stories tall. The climax occurs when the elevator reaches the top floor—the 13th, of course—and the cable snaps.
4) Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
If you have a boarding group number, 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 when a secondary Boarding Group signup opens at 2:00 p.m.
|5) 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.
6) Eat Dinner
Grab dinner in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Ronto Wraps at Ronto Roasters are quick and delicious. For a bigger selection of food there’s Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo where you can dine on Endorian Fried Chicken Tip Yip, Batuuan Beef Pot Roast, and more.
|7) 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.
8) Slinky Dog Dash
If you’re running low on time, decide if you want to ride Slinky Dog Dash or Runaway Railway.
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.
|9) 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.
Runaway Railway will have high waits for the whole day. Unless you arrive early and are one of the first people in the park we recommend riding as late in the day as possible.
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.