hollywood studios rides

I tend to call Hollywood Studios the “big kid park” because 3/4 of the rides are geared toward the older crowd, but that nickname isn’t really fair. Although yes, the rides seem to be geared toward the bigs, there is a slew of non-ride attractions geared for the littles. Disney Junior, anyone?! Also, the Muppets, and Pixar, and Disney history, and of course there is Star Wars stuff out the wazoo.

Actually, speaking of Star Wars… some time in 2019, expect a whole new section of the park. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge does not have a firm opening date yet, but it seems like some excellent progress is being made. If 2019 is too far away for you, and you’re impatient for new goodies before then, check back with Hollywood some time summer 2018… when Toy Story Land is scheduled to open. I am so excited! In the meantime, here are the rides that will tide you over in Hollywood Studios:

Sunset Boulevard

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (thrill ride): 48 inch minimum height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. This is a wild and awesome roller coaster. Backstory: you’re touring G-Force Records and watching the band while they do a recording session, but then their manager comes along and says they have to leave for a concert across town. Before they leave, they invite you to join them. Board the super-stretch limo and take off into Los Angeles – fast! This is the only WDW roller coaster that actually has loops, so be sure you can secure everything you bring with you! It also helps if you’re an Aerosmith fan, as you’ll be listening to their music – loud – the whole ride. Big J and I love this ride so much that we have been known to just go through the Single Rider line over and over again. ROCK ON!
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair, then transfer from wheelchair to ride
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster rocknroller
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ (thrill ride): 40 inch minimum height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates the Tower of Terror™ for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. I’ve mentioned before how much I love this ride. Enter, if you dare, the infamous and abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel, where you will find relics from an era long gone by. Rod Sterling himself (okay, kind of…) invites you to step inside the Twilight Zone and then you’re off to find the service elevator that will take you on your journey. Just remember that what goes up… must come down *muahaha*! In all seriousness though, this is the Hollywood Studios ride for me, the one ride I have to do every time I head to Hollywood. It is very much a thrill ride – even knowing there are drops I scream and my heart rate skyrockets. But it is so much fun! 
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair, then transfer from wheelchair to ride; video captioning is available; language translation devices are available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Echo Lake

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (small drops ride): 40 inch height requirement
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Star Tours for “kids, tweens, teens, adults”. This is another one of those ‘does not actually move a lot but triggers Katie’s motion sickness something fierce’ rides. If you’re a Star Wars fan (spoiler: I’m not) the ride is cute enough. You board a Starspeeder 1000 planning to take a tour of the galaxy, but oops, something goes wrong and all of a sudden you’re on the run from the Empire. There are some ‘drops’ and lots of side to side movement, but what really makes me sick is the view from the ‘windshield’. This is a huge hit with all the kiddos in our families though.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair, then transfer from wheelchair to ride; video captioning is available; handheld captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Rider switch is allowed
    • Service animals are not permitted on Star Tours

Pixar Place

  • Toy Story Mania! (spinning ride): any height
    • FastPass+ available
    • Disney rates Toy Story Mania! for “all ages”. This is a game-slash-ride, where you compete with the other passengers in your car to have the high score at the end of a midway games marathon. This is a 3D ride so you’ll wear glasses you get in the queue (and don’t forget to return them as you exit the ride!). Instead of a trigger style shooting mechanism you have a pull-cord shooter. Although Disney rates this as okay for all ages, the turns spin you pretty hard when you go from gallery to gallery. I find the pull-cord shooting method a lot harder than the trigger style, so my score is always pretty sad.
    • Accessibility: must transfer from ECV to wheelchair; audio description is available; video captioning is available
    • Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older
    • Guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at Toy Story Mania for boarding information 

 

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