Disney Park Guests are upset by Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which many have tabbed as being “broken.”
Walt Disney World Resort is home to four world-class theme parks in Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios that draw millions of Guests from all around the world each and every year.
There’s so much to see and experience when visiting Disney World as there are so many magical rides, popular intellectual properties (IPs), and much more.
However, it seems that many Disney Park fans have grown sour on one theme park, in particular. Of course, we’re talking about Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
So, before we take a look at what Guests are saying about the theme park, let’s take a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and what you can expect when visiting the Park.
Major Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Here’s a look at all the attractions you can enjoy at the Disney Park:
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Beacons of Magic
- Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage
- Disney Fab 50 Character Collection
- Disney Junior Play and Dance
- Disney Movie Magic
- Star Wars Photo Opportunity at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Fantasmic!– not yet reopened
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Green Army Drum Corps- returning soon!
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Meet Disney Junior Pals in Animation Courtyard
- Meet Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams
- Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
- Meet Sully at Walt Disney Presents
- Meet the Toys in Toy Story Land– returning soon!
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Muppet Vision: 3-D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Toy Storia Mania!
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Vacation Fun- An Original Animated Short With Mickey & Minnie
- Walt Disney Presents
- Wonderful World of Animation
Some of the major attractions that you simply can’t miss are in Toy Story Land with Toy Story Mania! and Slinky Dog Dash, and then down Sunset Boulevard with Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
One of the most magical offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has yet to return at the time of this writing. Fantasmic! is slated to return later this year– and tests are being done now– but the nighttime spectacular has not returned as of yet.
Disney’s official description of Fantasmic! reads:
A Legendary Tale
Featuring more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light like nothing you’ve ever seen. Overflowing with silly and suspenseful surprises, it will leave your entire family smiling from ear-to-ear!
A Night When Dreams Come True
Fast asleep, Mickey Mouse dreams that he is a mighty sorcerer’s apprentice with the power to control water, color and magic. The Disney Villains—including Maleficent in the form of a towering, 40-foot-tall dragon—turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, but don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination!The fantastic fantasy includes Disney Characters from some of your favorite animated classics:
- Beauty and the Beast
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Little Mermaid
- The Lion King
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Know Before You Go
The amphitheater curves around the lagoon, so wherever you’re seated, you’re perfectly situated to experience the action. Guests sitting in the first couple of rows may get wet during the performance.
Please have your entire party together before entering the amphitheater. You may arrive as early as 90 minutes prior to each show. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat!
Since this is an outdoor show, it is also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Showtimes are subject to change.
Of course, who could forget the epic new land in Hollywood Studios?
You Can Experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disney Park
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has become one of the single biggest attractions in all of Walt Disney World Resort. It truly is completely immersive and impressive for those who are visiting, whether it be their first time or their 100th time.
Explore a land where you can live your own Star Wars story in a galaxy far, far away.
Step into this exciting planet. Explore exotic shops, restaurants, back alleys, hidden Resistance rendezvous areas and even a First Order base. Sample curious concoctions at the local cantina, snack on favorite galactic foods, shop for ancient antiquities and build your own customized droid or lightsaber.
Gather your crew and take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Blast off into hyperspace and experience an adventure beyond your dreams.
On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance you join the Resistance in an epic battle against the First Order. This massive, multi-platform, new ride is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced at Walt Disney World Resort… or anywhere else in the galaxy!
Plus, enhance your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when you download the Play Disney Parks app for interactive adventures throughout Black Spire Outpost.
Learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Why are Disney fans upset with Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
With so much to enjoy at Hollywood Studios, it is surprising that so many Disney fans have expressed backlash against the Park. But, it’s not for the reason that you might think.
One Disney fans, Disney Clips Guy, shared that though the offerings in the Park are absolutely stunning, the problem resides in its size.
I totally love the park but when the wait times are ridiculously long 1 hour after open, it may explain why it doesn’t come close to a top 10 park. Sad, because it is so amazing. #HollywoodStudios #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyParks
Unpopular opinion: Hollywood Studios is broken.
I totally love the park but when the wait times are ridiculously long 1 hour after open, it may explain why it doesn’t come close to a top 10 park. Sad, because it is so amazing. #HollywoodStudios #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyParks pic.twitter.com/9PQSxZQ4FG
— Disney Clips Guy (@disneytipsguy) July 27, 2022
Because of the relative “smallness” of the Park compared to others, Hollywood Studios sees its wait times skyrocket, especially for popular attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Many Guests have also expressed their displeasure with the theming of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The ride has been subject of rumors for years relating to a retheme, but one has not yet come. Many Disney fans have held out hope that the attraction could be rethemed to Powerline from the beloved animated film A Goofy Movie.
“He needs a permanent home at WDW! Rockin Rollercoaster should be a powerline theme!,” one fan recently shared.
At this time there is no word if Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be rethemed, but Inside the Magic will report if anything changes.
Some of the backlash surrounding Hollywood Studios still pertains to many changes that were made, including removing the iconic Sorcerer’s hat from the middle of the Park. Now, many say that theme park lacks an icon.
No matter what the reason, it just seems that many Disney fans have different observations about the Park that make it less appealing to them than you might think on the surface.
How to Navigate Disney’s Hollywood Studios
There’s no definitive answer for how to best navigate a Disney Park because it all depends on the preferences of your family, but there are a few tips that can help you along the way.
1. If you want to ride Rise of the Resistance, do it early or late
Rise of the Resistance is typically the longest wait of the day in all of Walt Disney World Resort. This means you either need to ride it in the morning to avoid huge wait times or play the “wait game” and perhaps elect to stay late in the Disney Park and catch a ride on it after the day has passed.
2. Sunset Boulevard can be very open in the mornings
If you don’t mind riding thrill rides in the morning and can skip the Star Wars stuff, Sunset Boulevard– where Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith are located– are there for the taking. You can ride both with relatively low wait times before the crowds get there.
3. Don’t skip the shows
It may be tempting for you to skip out on the shows that are offered at Hollywood Studios to take in another ride or use your time waiting in line for another popular attraction. Don’t do it.
There are so many people who aren’t even aware that there is a Beauty & the Beast Live On Stage show. Don’t skip that one and don’t skip Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. They’re great chances to get off your feet and you’ll come away extremely impressed, as well.
What do you think of Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments!
Visit the official Disney website to plan your next magical vacation to Disney World’s water parks, four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district! Or, how about a trip to Disneyland Resort to experience the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure and the iconic attractions at Disneyland Park?