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Guide2WDW reader Karen H shares how spending $2 at a dollar store brightened up Fantasmic for herself and others: "Last year, my adult daughter bought a couple of packages of the neon necklaces and bracelets at a local dollar store before going to Disney World. We were at Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios, where Disney sells neon necklaces for a large amount of money. (Much more than the dollar store). With a lot children around us looking disappointed because their parents thought the neon necklaces and bracelets were far too expensive, my daughter got hers out and handed them out around us. You should have seen the look in the children's eyes when she gave them out! They were thrilled to be a part of the neon light show after they turned out the lights at Fantasmic. She'll be doing it again when we go in October. It was worth the $2 she spent." Thanks to Karen H for this tip!
Want to be the rebel spy in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue? Don't put your 3D glasses on until the ride actually starts. This will increase your chance of being picked!
Get a Fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania as soon as you arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The attraction is very popular and can run out of Fastpasses by 12pm.
Use the single rider line on some of the most popular attractions to dramatically decrease wait time. It is available at Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Test Track, and Mission: Space.
Use Single Rider to save time!
Get to Disney's Hollywood Studios before the park actually opens. Before they let the rope go down, they make it clear on which Cast Member is the leader to Tower of Terror and which is the leader to Rock N Roller Coaster. Everyone usually goes to Tower of Terror, so go to Rock N Roller Coaster first. When we went, my dad and I were 2 of the 3 people on their way to the ride. We got to be in the front seat on the first ride of the day. When your done, ride it again. Everyone will still be over at Tower of Terror. When your finished with your second ride, everyone will be done with Tower of Terror and be on their way to Rock N Roller Coaster, so the line will be shorter on Tower of Terror. Thanks to Gabriella for this tip!
When going to see Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios, work your way down to the bottom (lower) waiting area. You still get a good view of the pre-show and when you enter the theater, you are sitting closer to the screen and you get to enjoy more of the special effects. But when the doors open to enter the theater, let few people go in front of you. The first people in have to move all the way across and this will leave you a seat in the middle. Good luck! Thanks to Mark for this tip!
When I visited Disney World last year, I purchased the meal and show of Fantasmic, I went to eat at Mama Melrose, it was great... but when we got out to go to the show, it started to rain and the show was cancelled. I was disappointed because we had spend so much on the meal and reserved sittings at the show. The next day, I went back to the restaurant and talked to the manager and they gave us more tickets to go see the show. So if you are nice and go back you can get more tickets. Of course you have to be there at least a few days. Thanks to Nathalie for this tip!
If you want to ride both Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror, get a fastpass for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and then get in the standby line for Tower of Terror (or vice-versa). You can ride two of the biggest attractions at Hollywood Studios in less than an hour! Thanks to Sean for this tip!
Line up a half hour early for the parade.
If you are in the Disney's Hollywood Studios, arrive a half hour before the parade starts and go in front of Mickey's hat to get a nice place to see it. Just look for the handicap area and you will see when the characters come and go. When the parade finishes walk after them and go directly to the last show of Beauty and the Beast. Thanks to Francisco for this tip!
Do not miss for any reason riding the Tower of Terror. I am afraid of heights but this ride is so amazing you MUST do it. It doesn't feel in your stomach like the falls in a roller coaster, it just feels amazing, like floating. I guarantee that you will enjoy it and it won't hurt a bit. Trust me! Thanks to Miros for this tip!
When you first get to Disney's Hollywood Studios, you need to ride the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster early in the day. The lines get long fast plus both rides are close to each other so ride one and go ride the other quick. Thanks to Robin for this tip!
At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the 50's Prime Time Cafe -- made of small retro kitchen settings with tv's showing our fave sitcoms of the day -- was awesome! Fabulous service by our "cousins", lots of Mom's rules to follow, comradory among each kitchen's guests, and really, really good food. Try the chicken pot pie and S'mores dessert! Priority reservations highly recommended. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
The personalized name tags a Guide2WDW reader submitted are at the 5&10 at Disney's Hollywood Studios ($5 and so much fun to wear!). They don't have every name pre-imprinted, of course, but you can get the tags specially made. There are blanks behind the embroidery/engraving counter. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
It takes a long time to get into Fantasmic but if you eat at one of the restaurants with the Fantasmic Dining Plan at Hollywood Studios (Brown Derby, Mama Melrose, and Hollywood and Vine), they offer Priority Seating for the show so you don't have to wait in the line to see the show (which was worth it if you don't have to wait for 2 hours beforehand). Thanks to Michelle for this tip!
Use the Fantasmic Dining Plan to save time and grab great seats!
Halfway up Hollywood Boulevard (the main entrance street) at Disney's Hollywood Studios on the right is a board containing up to date ride wait time information.
If you sit in the back on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster it is a lot rougher than if you sit towards the front. Thanks to Moliphino for this tip!
On Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios, when you enter the first staging room (the library), immediately go to the far corner (furthest away from the door you enter the room in). After the TV presentation, the wall opens up there to the rest of the ride. At that point, choose the left line - it's quicker.
On the Backlot Studios Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios, if you don't want to get wet, sit on the right-hand side when you load the trams.
Don't sit too close at Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
In the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, don't sit too close to the stage as you will be able to see some of the puppeteers, which takes away from the show.
Get a copy of the Disney's Hollywood Studios map. Turn the map up-side-down, and you will notice the face of Mickey Mouse. Thanks to Paul for this tip!
When you ride the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, if you want to try to sit in the front car, get in line on the right side. (There will be two lines). You can also ask the cast member if you can sit in the front yow. You may have to wait a little bit longer, but they will accomodate you! Thanks to Chris for this tip!
At Star Tours, the further back in the spacecraft you are, the rougher the ride. However, the ride has been made much smoother overall in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, thanks to the 3D visuals.
Last year my 13 year old daughter and I bought personalized "Guest of Honor" pins at one of the Disney's Hollywood Studios stores on Hollywood Boulevard that sells customized hats, mugs, etc. We wore them every day of our visit this year and the reaction was AMAZING! Yes, Cast Members are already friendly and personable, but if you want EXTRA attention and interaction, WEAR ONE OF THESE PINS! Our server at our Chef Mickey's Character Breakfast called us by name from the start and wanted to know why my husband didn't have a name tag. (They don't sell "Dale" name tags - or "Chip" either - go figure.) Several characters including Ariel and Mickey Mouse signed my daughter's autograph book "To Christine," and that's pretty cool given that Mickey doesn't talk! Everywhere we went - rides, shows, food stops - we got "Hello, Brenda and Christine" and extra attention. Wearing these pins made it clear that we were truly in the "we're ready for fun at Walt Disney World" mode. Whatever the reason, these pins were the best $3 investments we could have made for making a great visit even better. Thanks to Brenda for this tip!
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