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FastPass+ Attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios

This page accompanies our FastPass+ Overview for Walt Disney World Resort.

FastPass+ is Walt Disney World's ride and show reservation system. On this page you will find FastPass+ tips and strategies, how and where to make FastPass+ reservations in Hollywood Studios, and FastPass+ rules and restrictions.

Ticketed guests can generally make a maximum of THREE initial FastPass+ selections, and more (based on availability) once they have used those they have booked.

Hollywood Studios has a tiered FastPass+ system, meaning that the park restricts the number of FastPass+ reservations guests can make for its headliner attractions. Of the three FastPass+ selections that can be made in advance for each day, a maximum of ONE can be for an attraction in Group A below.

There are 13 attractions at Hollywood Studios currently offering FastPass+.

Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Attractions
Attraction Group First Available
FastPass+
on 10/21/18
Alien Swirling Saucers A Gone
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage B 3:30pm
Fantasmic! B Gone
For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration B 2:00pm
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! B 4:15pm
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opens Spring 2019? A n/a
Muppet*Vision 3D B 1:15pm
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith B Gone
Slinky Dog Dash A Gone
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue B 5:30pm
Toy Story Mania! A 2:00pm
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror B 7:30pm
Voyage of the Little Mermaid B 5:20pm

Obtaining More FastPass+ Reservations In the Parks

Like FastPass+ at the other parks, you can obtain more FastPass+ reservations at Disney's Hollywood Studios once you've used your first set, or once their reservation times have expired (whichever comes first). Our touring plans include suggestions the best attractions and times for these day-of FastPasses, as shown below. Here's more research on the best day-of FastPass+ opportunities, too.

For example, if you have FastPass+ reservations for Toy Story Mania from 9 to 10 a.m., Star Tours from 10 to 11 a.m., and Tower of Terror from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, you can obtain more FastPasses as soon as you use the Tower of Terror reservation, or 12 noon, whichever comes first. You'll use Disney's My Disney Experience app or one of the in-park kiosks to make this reservation, and you'll only be able to make 1 reservation at a time. Once you make a reservation, you can get another FastPass+ once you've used the previous one (or the reservation time has passed).

Using FastPass+ with our Touring Plans

All our Disney's Hollywood Studios touring plans have FastPass+ capability. Each plan now lists the suggested Fastpass+ start times for the attractions that will save you the most time in line, like this:

Suggested start times for advance FastPass+ reservations:

Slinky Dog Dash or Toy Story Mania starting at 9 a.m.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starting at 10 a.m.
Tower of Terror starting at 11 a.m.

Suggested start times for day-of FastPass+ reservations:

Star Tours after 1 p.m.

Alien Swirling Saucers after 4 p.m.
Fantasmic! = (Check the daily performance schedule)

These plans are very efficient - the average wait in line should be under 9 minutes per step during summer for our standard 1-day Unofficial Guide Touring Plan - with more than 2 hours of free time available in the afternoon.

THE OPENING OF TOY STORY LAND changes much of our FastPass+ strategy. The three Toy Story Land attractions -- Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers -- will all be in the same FastPass+ tier, while all other Hollywood Studios attractions will be in a separate tier. This means you'll be able to get an advance FastPass+ reservation for exactly 1 of the 3 Toy Story Land attractions, and 2 advance FastPass+ reservations for the other FastPass attractions in the park.

Toy Story Land's two new attractions are Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Both are designed for pre-school and grade-school children: Slinky Dog Dash is a very mild, introductory roller coaster. Slinky Dog Dash doesn't go very fast, and relies only on a few steep turns for thrills. Alien Swirling Saucers isn't much more than a sophisticated merry-go-round. Hollywood Studios doesn't have many rides for parents with small children, so Saucers is a good addition. However, Saucers is a low-capacity ride. Coupled with that lack of rides for kids, and we expect Saucers to have moderately long lines throughout the day. For that reason, we think teen and adults won't find the ride worth the wait - Alien Swirling Saucers is only included in our touring plans for small children.

When we update touring plans, we keep track of how many times each attraction is identified as needing FastPass+. As we did for the Magic Kingdom's FastPass+ priorities, here's the Studios' chart:

Studios FastPass+ Priorities

So while FastPass+ is offered at a dozen Hollywood Studios attractions, there are really only five that you need to worry about most of the year. Here's why.

Our touring plans recommend FastPass+ for Tower of Terror more than any other attraction in the park. Why? Because you're likely to visit other attractions first. Parents with small children should head to Toy Story land and ride either Toy Story Mania or Slinky Dog Dash first. We recommend adults should ride Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania before Tower, too.

Next, like Peter Pan's Flight in the Magic Kingdom, Star Tours isn’t going to be anyone’s first choice to visit. For teens and adults especially, the initial morning priorities will be Toy Story, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror, possibly with For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration if it fits in the schedule. This makes Star Tours a great choice for a mid- or late-morning FastPass+ reservation.

FastPass+ for Toy Story Land

All three Toy Story Land attractions are in the same FastPass+ tier. This limits you to one advance FastPass+ reservation for the three attractions (Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers). Which one is the best FastPass+ choice?

Toy Story Mania is the only attraction in Toy Story Land that appeals to all age groups, so it appears in more of our touring plans. As noted above, Slinky Dog Dash is a mild roller coaster designed for small children. It appears in touring plans for parents and for seniors touring with grandchildren. Alien Swirling Saucers appears only in touring plans for parents.

If you plan on riding two or more Toy Story Land attractions, you'll only be able to get an advance FastPass+ reservation for one of them. The best strategy to avoid long lines in Toy Story Land is to arrive at park opening and head straight for the attractions you don't have FastPass+ reservations for. For example, if you're able to get FastPass+ reservations for Toy Story Mania, then head to Slinky Dog Dash as soon as the park opens. Next, if the waits aren't too bad, ride Alien Swirling Saucers. Ride Toy Story Mania later with your FastPass.

If you can't get FastPass+ reservations for any Toy Story Land attraction, try riding during dinner, or in the last 90 minutes the park is open. Be aware that the wait times shown on the signs outside the rides often overestimate how long you'll wait in line in the evening.

Finally, the touring plans frequently recommend obtaining a day-of FastPass reservation for Fantasmic! to cut down on the amount of time you have to show up in advance.

Attractions That Never Need FastPass+ In Our Hollywood Studios Touring Plans

Most of the Studios' shows never require FastPass+ in our touring plans.  Why? The touring plan software does a good job of getting you to the show at least 15 minutes in advance. When your touring plan gets you to a show 15 minutes in advance, you'll almost always be able to get in to see that performance. And the worst case in most scenarios is that you'll only have to wait until the next show. 

If you're concerned about getting a day-of FastPass+ for Fantasmic!, consider the Fantasmic! Dining Package, which we think is a good option for families who are already planning to have a sit-down dinner and catch a performance of Fantasmic!.

The Best Times for FastPass+ Reservations at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Now that you know which attractions most need FastPass+, the next question is when you should make your FastPass+ reservations. Here's a chart showing how the times at which our touring plan software recommends Fastpasses for the DHS attractions listed above:

Hollywood Studios Best FastPass+ Times

Our touring plan software recommends Toy Story Mania before 11 AM on average. Doing that removes one bottleneck from your early morning schedule, and allows you to ride more headliner attractions while lines are still short.

After you're done with the headliners, Star Tours makes an excellent late morning FastPass+ choice for teens and adults. If you've got small children who meet Star Tours' 40" height requirement and you're taking a mid-day break (as our touring plans suggest), then a late afternoon FastPass+ reservation at Star Tours will also help keep your waits low.

What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

If you can get a FastPass+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.

Here's the process I usually follow to create an optimal Hollywood Studios touring plan with low waits in line:

  1. Select all of the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
  2. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
  3. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
  4. I repeat Step 3 for the two FastPass+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.

Another great resource for optimizing touring plans is our Lines Chat forum, where lots of folks are happy to offer suggestions.

Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Kiosks

FastPass+ kiosks are located throughout the Studios, including:

  • Hollywood Boulevard: At the corner of Hollywood and Sunset
  • Sunset Boulevard: At the split between Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster
  • Pixar Place: Just to the right of the Toy Story Mania entrance

Specific notes about touring FastPass+ attractions in Hollywood Studios follow:

  • The stand-by queue for Toy Story Mania! is very long, and it takes more than 4 minutes to follow a leisurely paced cast member through it if you are among the first in line at park opening. Because of this, someone with a FastPass+ at 4:00 PM may spend less time in line than the first rider of the day!
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster has a single rider line. If you do not mind having each member of your party ride in a separate car or train, this can save you time without using FastPass+.
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