Disclosure: In February, we were invited to attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference. We received a media rate to explore Disney World and create relevant content for our brands. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
When we went down to the Disney conference back in late February, we arrived a day early and let the boys select where they’d like us to visit first. They picked Hollywood Studios, of course, because they are Star Wars enthusiasts right now! To prepare for the trip, they had also saved money specifically for purchasing make-your-own light sabers. Needless to say, they were beyond thrilled to visit Hollywood Studios. I spent several weeks before our trip, researching and planning how to best get around and get in everything we wanted to do, and I’m sharing our finely tuned day schedule below. Also, I’m sharing what it is new in Hollywood Studios this summer and coming next summer!
My first tip when planning a Disney World Trip: STAY ON SITE. If you had asked me before going and staying on site for the first time ever, I would have told you oh find a cheap hotel and drive in. To that notion, I say nope, nope, nope. Here is a quick summary of why you should stay on site (and you can read more here.) you can utilize the Disney magical express service, so they picked us up from the airport and took us to the parks everyday. By staying on site, often you get “magical hours” meaning certain parks will open an hour early or stay an hour later for people staying on site. You don’t have to pay for parking in the parks. Another HUGE planning perk is that if you stay on site, you can schedule your fast passes and make your meal reservations 60 days in advance.
Speaking of reservations, I suggest making a before the park opens breakfast reservation in the park. We opted to have breakfast at Hollywood & Vine for their Disney Jr. Play and Dine breakfast, it worked really well for us with two preschoolers in tow. I thought this place was an excellent value because you get to enjoy both a huge buffet and personal time with the characters. The boys got photos and autographs in a really peaceful, not rushed atmosphere.
If you have a child who wants to sign up for Jedi Training Academy, I suggest you walk immediately there even before checking into your breakfast reservation. We didn’t even know you could do this, but we were so thankful someone told us as we walked to breakfast. We were able to get a space in the first training, so we ate breakfast and then went nearby to the training area.
If you’re going to do attempt to do that schedule above, this will also affect your fast passes. So, I wouldn’t schedule any earlier than maybe 10:30 am. You shouldn’t encounter a lot of lines at opening even anyway, if you don’t follow the steps above so 10:30/11 is a great time to start with fast passes. Number one fast pass you need is for the new ride, Slink Dog Dash. I haven’t got to ride this one yet, but I’ve heard nothing but amazing things. Get a fast pass for this the moment you can (via the 60 days window.) Next, Alien Swirling Saucers! and for your third pass you get in advance: Toy Story Mania!
After lunch, I suggest you head over to the kiosk and get another fast pass for a ride of your choosing. Be sure to check out the parade because Storm Troopers! If you can hang in there and finish by watching the Star Wars inspired fireworks show, I strongly encourage it. It was marvelous!
Hollywood Studios is filled with adventure and imagination, enjoy every second of it. There are so many fun photo opps throughout, and you never know when you’ll be met by a storm trooper. For a souvenir, I highly encourage you guys to do the “make your own” light sabers! They were less than 30.00 and the boys got to costumier theirs, they were in heaven.
Important note: the new Star War’s land, Galaxy Edge is expected to open fall 2019 (first at Disney Land and then at Disney World.) We got to see some preview images of this place, and it is going to be a dream destination for Star Wars fans young and old. I cannot wait to take my family!
Comment below with your tips/suggestions or if you have questions, ask away!