Visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Kids – A Complete Guide

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When you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you get the opportunity to experience attractions based on some of your favorite Disney movies. From feeling immersed in Andy’s Backyard to visiting a Galaxy Far, Far Away in Batuu, the whole family can have an adventure! This complete guide gives some tips for visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios with kids of all ages, including the youngest park guests.

Arriving at the Park

Like the other theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, I do suggest arriving early at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are a few ways that you may arrive at this park. If you are staying at Disney resort, you can use one of the methods of Disney transportation: bus, Disney Skyliner, or water taxi. In my opinion, the Disney Skyliner is an attraction in itself that kids will just love! If you are staying at a resort in the Epcot area, you can also walk if you would like.

Must-Do Attractions

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway Hollywood Studios

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are some great attractions for the whole family! I love this park because there is a little bit of everything! There are thrill rides for the “big kids” but your little ones are bound to love some of the attractions too.

The newest addition to this park, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, opened in March 2020. This ride is adorable and perfect for all ages since there is no height requirement. It’s also unique, the first attraction at the Disney Parks to feature Mickey Mouse and friends as the stars! Your little ones are bound to love seeing all of the favorites from the Fab 5! While you’re in line waiting, be sure to look for all of the Hidden Mickeys too, because there are a bunch throughout the queue.

Another part of this park that little ones will love is Toy Story Land. Be sure to head to Slinky Dog Dash (38″) early in the day. Then, your kids will love competing for the top spot on Toy Story Mania! and going for a spin on the Alien Swirling Saucers (32″).

For the Star Wars fan, be sure to try and get your boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance first thing in the morning. This attraction has a height requirement of 40″ and you must have a boarding group to experience it. Don’t forget about the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run either. This attraction has a height requirement of 38″ but allows you to take a ride in the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!

Finally, don’t forget about the shows! While not all experiences are available at this time, the whole family will love the show “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”. This show features songs your kids will know and love and some comic relief for the adults!

Then, head over to “Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy” to have a little fun with your favorite race car!


Characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are character cavalcades that happen throughout the day, similar to the Magic Kingdom. These cavalcades make their way down Hollywood Boulevard and may include friends from Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Disney Junior just to name a few.

You may encounter other friends (or foes) throughout the park as well. Be on the lookout for Donald Duck as he waters some flowers or Chip and Dale in the grass near Hollywood Brown Derby.

In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the force is strong when you see Rey and Chewbacca on the lookout for members of the First Order. They may even ask your kids to be a Rebel Spy! Then, use caution as you move through Batuu because the Supreme Leader and his Stormtroopers are searching for spies!


Character Dining - Hollywood & Vine

One table service (sit-down) meal that I recommend for families is Hollywood & Vine. This restaurant features a character meal at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some of the most beloved characters from Disney Junior can be found at breakfast. At lunch and dinner, you will find Minnie Mouse and friends. This one is popular, regardless of the mealtime, so make sure that you plan accordingly!

For a quick service meal, my kids love Woody’s Lunchbox! There is just something about that grilled cheese! I don’t think you can get any more kid-friendly than that!  If you are looking for a snack, stop by the Market on your way to Toy Story Land to get Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookie.

Snacks at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Baby Care Center

The Baby Care Center at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is located at the front of the park, in the same building as Guest Services. Like in all the other parks, you will find a quiet place where you can take care of all of your baby’s needs. There are several changing tables and spaces to feed your baby, including a private area for nursing mothers. In addition, you have the opportunity to buy any baby care items that you may have forgotten or need extra of during your visit to the park. This is a great spot for little ones to take a break too and get out of the Florida heat.

The most important tip? Enjoy your time at this family-friendly park, perfect for all ages!


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