If you are looking for rides, you will be utterly disappointed when you go to Hollywood Studios. There are only a handful of actual rides in the park. Everything else is split between various kinds of entertainment shows, greeting of characters, shops and restaurants.
Perhaps my least favorite park of them all (to read the reviews of all other Disney parks, click here), Hollywood Studios is still a beautiful park to see. If you are more into the spectacles, Hollywood glamour, or Star Wars, then you'll probably like this park. Let me break it down on what to do while visiting Hollywood Studios in Orlando. (disclaimer: types and availability of shows may vary by season).
We like the thrills and rides with the technology and special effects that Disney is known to offer. If you are up for a super, very fast ride, head over to the Rock 'n Roller Coaster. You get on a "limousine" courtesy of Steven Tyler himself, and ride on the streets of L.A. on an incredibly fast, loud, roller coaster full of spins and twists, that may or may not make you throw up. All while rocking to the songs of Aerosmith. You can't beat that thrill!.
Also, next to the Rock 'n Roller Coaster you will find the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Now, I'd always wanted to ride this haunted elevator, since I was a kid. Being a fan of the Twilight Zone since childhood, this ride was very anticipated. You walk into a very haunted looking hotel lobby, with obvious spiderwebs and creepy decor. Then you are taken to the elevator by the bellman. You get in. Sit down on the bench-like seat, fasten your seat belt (make sure to do this).
The elevator goes up, and up, and up to the top floor, it opens a few times so you can see the scenery (pretty cool by the way) and then.... you scream. The elevator drops several floors down. Up and down, dropping with no warning. It was fantastic.
The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular was OK as well. Not a ride, but a cool show that demonstrates how a film full of stunts is filmed (AKA Indiana Jones).
FOR THE LITTLE ONES:
Toy Story Mania was a cool little ride. You enter the Toy Story world while shooting targets and collect points. Play solo or challenge your friend. It's playfully great!
Also, if you reminisce of the good ole Muppets, the Muppet Vision 3D, is the show to watch. It's sweet, funny, and just brings back good memories.
FOR THE STAR WARS FANS:
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, is a film experience that both parts of the movies, and real characters on stage. The Jedi Training, will turn the little ones (4-12) into Jedi masters. Star Tours: get in this simulator, travel the stars and feel the force.
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid, is a theatrical live short show with real characters, and special effects.
For The First Time in Forever: Sing along to the songs of Frozen. Also, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, a Broadway style musical.
Fantasmic: The one show you shouldn't miss. Join Mickey and other Disney Characters on a magical musical adventure full of special effects and ... magic.
Most of the entertainment in Hollywood Studios is in the form of short shows and meet the characters. The scenery is beautiful, but if you go with little ones, there is not going to be a whole lot to do (keep in mind that most "meet the characters" do not take the fast passes, so lines might be long).
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There are plenty of restaurants, snack points, and shops along the park. You will not leave without a souvenir!
I know I've said that Hollywood Studios is my least favorite park... Do you like it? What did I miss? Let us know in the comments and prove me wrong! (traveling is a learning experience).