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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 14 attractions at Hollywood Studios currently offering FastPass+.

Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Attractions
Attraction Group First Available
on 1/20/20
Alien Swirling Saucers A Gone
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage B Gone
Disney Junior Dance Party! B Gone
Fantasmic! B Gone
For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration B 5:00pm
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! B Gone
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opens March 4, 2020 A n/a
Muppet*Vision 3D B 10:25am
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith A 9:25am
Slinky Dog Dash A Gone
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue B Gone
Toy Story Mania! A Gone
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror A 7:15am
Voyage of the Little Mermaid B 4:30pm

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., Frozen Sing-Along Celebration at 10 a.m., and Star Tours from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, you can obtain more FastPasses as soon as you use the Star Tours 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.
Star Tours 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.

STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE has changed much of our FastPass+ strategy. Many of the Hollywood Studios attractions -- Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock n' Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror -- are all in the same FastPass+ tier, while Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not offer FastPass+ for the foreseeable future. This means you'll be able to get an advance FastPass+ reservation for exactly 2 of the 8 Hollywood Studios rides. Presumably Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, the lone ride in the lower FastPass+ tier will be a hot 2nd FastPass, but the 3rd FastPass+ selection will need to be a show of some kind.

The good news is that same-day FastPass+ selections should be more available for rides like Alien Swirling Saucers and Tower of Terror. The bad news is that it will make planning tougher until the FastPass tiers are reorganized (which we're hoping happens sometime in 2020). Slinky Dog Dash still remains the go-to FastPass+ with Toy Story Mania and Rock n Roller Coaster as backups. After that, however, the plan will vary some depending on FastPass+ selections. Our Touring Plans will help greatly with deciding the full schedule for the day.

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

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 Slinky Dog Dash or 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+.