Over this series of articles, we’ve been using math to help us determine what your Genie+ priorities should be at every WDW park. You can check out the results for Animal Kingdom and EPCOT in their own articles. Because, in case you didn’t know, Genie+ is complicated and frustrating. And if you don’t do your research, you can get stuck paying a lot of money to only skip 2 or 3 waits each day, and that would be a bummer.
But if you’re not a nerd like me, spending hours and hours studying Genie+ can be equally frustrating and painful. Unless you do your research by watching this really great “teacher” that I know on YouTube.
So for the portion of the population that doesn’t want to do all of that research, I’m offering these simpler priority lists. They combine information about booking attractions that you should enjoy, that can save you the most time, and before they tend to sell out for the day. And of course they’re based on data. Because if you find a list that’s not based on data, run away!
This post was last updated on July 10th to account for recent trends, including the reopening of Rock’n’Roller Coaster.
Explain the Math
Even if we limit ourselves to ranking Genie+ attractions with math, and not with our “feelings“, there are still many ways to do that ranking. In this post, I am going to aggregate three of those measures by doing a simple average.
- Rank by average availability, ascending – the attraction in each park that typically sells out first will receive rank 1, and the attraction in each park that maintains book now/ride now availability the most through the day receives the lowest rank.
- Rank by average time savings, descending – the attraction in each park where Genie+ typically saves the most time compared to standby will receive rank 1, and the attraction in each park where Genie+ typically saves the least time compared to standby will receive the lowest rank.
- Rank by attraction satisfaction, descending – the attraction in each park with the highest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will receive rank 1, and the attraction in each park with the lowest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will receive the lowest rank.
The last rank is now updated to be just as simple as the other two. No more linear regression or complications – just normal rankings from highest satisfaction to lowest.
Once I calculated all three ranks, then I averaged the three results and sorted from score that was closest to one all the way to the highest number. I used those averages to come up with the following prioritized list! Phew.
Prioritized List of Hollywood Studios Genie+ Attractions
1. Slinky Dog Dash
Availability Score = 1 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 1 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 3 out of 10
Slinky reclaims its rightful place at the top of the priority list at Hollywood Studios! It used to always sell out before any other option across all of WDW. Now it loses that title to Remy, Frozen Ever After and Test Track most days. But it saves you more time than any other attraction (almost 50 minutes on average). And on top of that, it has the third-highest satisfaction of any attraction in the park. It’s a triple threat, and should be your top priority.
2. Rock’n’Roller Coaster
Availability Score = 2 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 2 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 5 out of 10
Rock’n’Roller Coaster hitting hard in its 2023 debut back onto the priority list! You’ll save almost half an hour with a reservation at this reopened attraction, which is selling out quicker than any attraction other than Slinky Dog Dash. Its satisfaction score still isn’t great – perhaps due to an underwhelming refurbishment and continued reliability issues. Still, it’s unlikely that the coaster will overtake Slinky for the top spot, so a second place finish is rather impressive!
3. Tower of Terror
Availability Score = 4 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 6 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 2 out of 10
As of our last update, Tower of Terror was still in the top priority spot for Hollywood Studios. This outdated recommendation was the big reason for updating these lists now. A stealthy refurbishment resulted in very low availability of Genie+ reservations, and HUGE time savings – the biggest time savings of any Genie+ attraction in any park.
But now the refurbishment is finished, so time savings are back down to an average of 23 minutes – not high enough to put it in the top half of time savings at the park. But its satisfaction is higher than everything other than Toy Story Mania, so it still ends up very high on our priority list.
4. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Availability Score = 5 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 4 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 4 out of 10
Compared to our last list, Runaway Railway actually hops over Toy Story Mania to retain 4th place despite Rock’n’Roller Coaster being added in at second place. And that’s after climbing two spots in our most recent update. Its wait time savings are decent – around 24 minutes so far this year. It doesn’t often sell out before the end of the day, but it books out slightly further in advance than any of the other attractions on this list. All of that, combined with a satisfaction score of 4.5 means it gets 4th place. That satisfaction score actually speaks really highly to the Genie+ lineup at DHS. Animal Kingdom and EPCOT both had many attractions with below-average satisfaction scores, and Hollywood Studios has the opposite “problem”.
If you are travelling with young kids and are using Genie+, this priority should very obviously shift up in your individual rankings since they don’t qualify for a lot of the other attractions. Or, y’know, you can use Genie+ and rider swap for the adults to have a fun day, and just let the kids dance with Disney Junior stars all day.
5. Toy Story Mania
Availability Score = 9 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 5 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 1 out of 10
Toy Story Mania has the highest satisfaction score out of any Genie+ attraction at Hollywood Studios. In fact, it beats out any attractions/entertainment other than Rise of the Resistance, Droid Depot, or Savi’s Workshop.
That amazing satisfaction score can’t quite help it past its good availability. With the re-inclusion of Rock’n’Roller Coaster and better time savings and worse availability at Runaway Railway, Toy Story Mania drops two spots on this update. Boo! Justice for Toy Story Mania! That all being said, you should pretty easily be able to hit Toy Story Mania either early in the morning or late at night if you want to avoid using a reservation to experience it.
6. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Availability Score = 7 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 3 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 6 out of 10
This is where I question whether I should’ve added a “Star Wars Quotient” to my equation. Because … Millennium Falcon is a lot of fun. Alas, I’ve already made the rules and now I have to abide by them.
The first time we updated this list, Millennium Falcon was booking up second out of all attractions in Hollywood Studios. And … my, how times have changed. In our next update, it was the fourth attraction to sell out, and then 5th. Now it’s selling out 7th out of 10 attraction in the day. But, it can still save you a good amount of time compared to standby, 26 minutes on average. Its satisfaction score is a little lower, though. “Only” 4.26 on a scale of 5, and therefore lower than any other attraction that shows up higher on this list. So 6th place it is, for now.
7. See Olaf at Hollywood Studios
Availability Score = 3 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 8 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 8 out of 10
Olaf is character – and a huggable one at that! So that means decently high demand, and an earlier sell-out thanks to Olaf needing to head back to Arendelle each day. Time savings here have gone way down though, all the way to an average of 8 minutes. And satisfaction is relatively low, at 4.1 on a scale of 5. It all sort of evens out and makes this one a big “meh” for Genie+.
8. Muppet*Vision 3D
Availability Score = 6 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 10 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 9 out of 10
Muppet*Vision 3D used to close out our Hollywood Studios list, with a disappointing satisfaction score (who are you, you monsters? Muppet*Vision is a national treasure), literally zero time savings, and plenty of availability compared to most other Hollywood Studios attractions. It really isn’t a Hollywood Studios day unless you’ve watched Muppet*Vision, but you certainly don’t need to use Genie+ to do it. Now it’s moved up a couple of spots only due to its slightly earlier sell-out times. Nothing else has changed.
9. Alien Swirling Saucers
Availability Score = 8 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 7 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 10 out of 10
IF you plan on riding Alien Swirling Saucers, please please only do it with Genie+, or when the posted wait is something like 15 minutes or less. It’s just not worth anything more, as showcased by its worst-in-park satisfaction ranking. But don’t get this reservation before any of the others already covered by this list.
10. Star Tours
Availability Score = 10 out of 10
Time Savings Score = 9 out of 10
Satisfaction Score = 7 out of 10
Star Tours has the best availability out of any Hollywood Studios attraction, which earns it the last-place availability ranking. Its decent satisfaction score (4.1) can’t balance out that high availability. You can save some time by using Genie+, but Star Tours doesn’t typically generate high standby waits compared to many of the other attractions in this park. This all lands Star Tours in last place. Crazy.
What Does This Mean to You?
- The end of the Tower of Terror refurbishment and the reintroduction of Rock’n’Roller Coaster has done wonders for Genie+ availability at Hollywood Studios. It’s still worse than any other park on the whole, but not nearly as bad as it used to be.
- Hollywood Studios has more “worthwhile” Genie+ choices than Animal Kingdom and EPCOT … combined. The problem is that everyone knows it and competes for all of the same reservations. Reservations will still book up more quickly than other parks, which makes that 2-hour rule especially important.
- Because the top priorities book up into the afternoon and evening even before the park opens on some days, you need to be spending the whole day at Hollywood Studios, or be hopping here from a different park, if you want to take advantage of Genie+.
Have you used Genie+ at Hollywood Studios? Do you agree with these rankings or would yours be different? Let me know in the comments! And check back on the blog for a similar list for Magic Kingdom.