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Genie+ Priorities at Hollywood Studios

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 first two of of these rankings are relatively easy to figure out based on our most recent Genie+ analyses. You can find those results (and how they were calculated) here and here.

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

If you ride Slinky Dog Dash, you too can have as much fun as us! Even if you don’t have adorable matching masks and hairbows.

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.



Unavailable for months, pent-up demand for Rock’n’Roller Coaster may be artificially speeding up sell-outs.

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!



If my then-4-year-old wants to ride Tower of Terror … then pretty much anyone should want to ride Tower of Terror.

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.


Interesting to see a previous Individual Lightning Lane “fall” all the way to fourth priority among the Genie+ options!

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.



A dad and his daughter on the Toy Story Mania ride vehcile
Any guesses about which participant scored more in this ride vehicle?

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.



We like re-riding Millennium Falcon during our trips if possible so that we can each experience multiple roles!

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.

Writing this article while watching this exact song during family movie night. I think this is what the kids call “work-life balance”.

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+.


This cool character knows what the smart people know – Muppet*Vision is an awesome classic. You just don’t need Genie+ to watch it.

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.



There’s really no good reason to wait for more than 10 minutes for a ride on the saucers. If you’ve got a reservation to make and all other priorities are gone … I guess you could default to this. ©Disney

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.



Your time savings probably won’t be great, thanks to Batuu absorbing all of the Star Wars fans – but it’s still a great ride. Or 54 rides if you count all of the options.

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


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Becky Gandillon

Becky Gandillon was trained in biomedical engineering, but is now a full-time data and analytics nerd. She loves problem solving and travelling. She and her husband, Jeff, live in St. Louis with their two daughters and they have Disney family movie night every Saturday. You can follow her on LinkedIn: or instagram @raisingminniemes

14 thoughts on “Genie+ Priorities at Hollywood Studios

  • Wow! You know the Becky who does the YouTube videos. What’s it like to know such a famous personality?

    In case you missed it, the Disney characters have returned to giving hugs at the meet and greets. Your “any day now” prediction has already come true!

    Another nice article, as usual.

    • Becky Gandillon

      She is pretty cool. A good friend to have, really.

      Yep – keeping track of that (although my habit of writing articles early before posting is biting me a little). It’ll take a while to see what effect (if any) it has – keeping an eye on it though!

  • Fun! I wonder how Fantasmic (still waiting, Disney!) might change things when it finally returns.

    • Honestly when it returns, I would assume Disney would bring back the Fantasmic dining packages with it.

  • I think Disney is messing with you, Becky, with their attraction reopenings right after your latest articles. Now that you have finished the MK update, I fully expect to hear the Tron coaster is opening this coming weekend…

    • Becky Gandillon

      If that happens, they better invite me to test it!

  • So how about one of these with park combos? For example, I’m going to AK for rope drop and then hopping to DHS. What order should I prioritize with park combos?

  • General question…. Family has annual passes and I have a corporate event coming up at Hollywood studios. They are going to severely limit our time and rides. I want to use my pass to stack a bunch of rides for the end of the day when I will be there.
    Here’s the question: if I make reservations for my entire family, bring the passes and ONLY I SCAN INTO THE PARK, can I still book and use the genie plus for some colleagues who will be with me using my family’s passes or will genie plus not work on a pass hat hasn’t scanned into the park?

    • Becky Gandillon

      At Disney World, you don’t have to check in to start making reservations (that’s only the rule at Disneyland).

      • Unknown

        But do you have to check in to redeem them?

        Ex. I have 3 AP tickets in my pocket that I made genie+ reservations for. Those tickets belong to three people who aren’t going to the park but I have in my planning party. Can I go into the park with *my* ticket and then redeem Genie+ reservations on the other three?

      • Becky Gandillon

        I don’t think you can do that. The people that use the reservations have to be the people holding the tickets. They’re tied together.

  • So how does this work with the touring plans app? None of these match the suggestions that the app is telling me to make so which is better to follow?

  • Hi, I’m not understanding the individual availability and time saved scores – if they are ranks, why do they have decimals? Can you explain further how they are calculated?

    • Becky Gandillon

      Of course, Joe. The calculations are all laid out in the “Explain the Math” section above. After some reader feedback on previous iterations, we moved from straight ranking to a linear regression between the top and bottom ranking. It wasn’t fair if, for example, three attractions all sold out around 11 am and everything else sold out at 8 pm (like at EPCOT) for the third 11 am attraction to be 3 and the fourth attraction that sold out at 8 pm to be 4. This linear regression better captures that complexity.


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