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The following tips will help you navigate the park opening procedures at Hollywood Studios. Note that Disney occasionally tinkers with its opening procedures, so the information here is subject to change.

  • Hollywood Studios generally lets guests through the turnstiles 30 minutes before the official park opening time. Hollywood Boulevard, shops Oscars, Crossroads of the World, Mickey's of Hollywood, and the Starbucks Trolley Car Cafe will all be open for guests arriving early although the crowd is not allowed as far as Starbucks on less-busy days. Attractions may not start running until the official park opening time, and guests are generally held behind ropes (go to the rope closest to your first attraction) until an appropriate time to head to the attractions. On crowded days (Thanksgiving, Christmas week, etc.), the turnstiles may start operating even earlier, so be there at the turnstiles least 45 minutes early during those times.
  • The leftmost turnstiles are reserved for character breakfast guests only and thus have no lines. However, once the other turnstiles start operating, all park guests are allowed through these turnstiles. To shorten your wait at the turnstiles, you may be able to hover near these "breakfast only" turnstiles and then jump in line quickly once the turnstiles start running for everyone.
  • The standby queue for Slinky Dog Dash is long and the attraction that almost all of the pre-rope drop crowd heads to. If you aren't in the first half of the opening crowd, go elsewhere, almost every other ride will have no wait. Then you can wait for Slinky Dog Dash when the line settles some after an hour or so. See the video below for more.

Rope Drop at Hollywood Studios and Toy Story Land

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