Your Guide to the Biggest Thrills at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by | Mar 15, 2023 | Disney's Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog

Add even more thrill to your next trip at Disney’s Hollywood Studio! From exciting attractions to must-do entertainment, you don’t want to miss these experiences at the park.

There are so many thrilling options to check out while you’re in Disney World it can be hard to know where to begin! Each park has unique offerings, exciting rides, entertainment, food, and merchandise you won’t find anywhere else! At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will find some of the most thrilling attractions of any of the parks, offering guests the chance to shrink to the size of a toy in Toy Story Land or battle the First Order in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We’re sharing the highlights from the biggest thrills at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Attraction Thrills at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thrills at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photo by Cliff Wang

Whether you are looking to visit a haunted hotel or battle the First Order in an exciting adventure, you’ll find all the thrills at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park is home to some of the most popular rides in Disney World, including a few thrills that even younger fans can enjoy! All of these rides also allow you to skip the line through the Lightning Lane with the purchase of Genie+ (or the purchase of an Individual Attraction Selection for Rise of the Resistance).

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Join Mickey and Minnie in their first ride EVER at a Disney park. Located in the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey and MInnie’s Runaway Railway is a thrilling ride that takes you INSIDE a Mickey Mouse cartoon. In the ride, you’ll join Mickey and Minnie as they set off for a leisurely picnic — however, not all goes according to plan! You’ll join Mickey, Minnie, Engineer Goofy, and more aboard a whirlwind adventure based on the recent Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. This is a thrill that’s perfect for fans of all ages!

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Enter the Star Wars universe like never before on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This massive attraction is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced in Disney World, featuring twists, turns, and jaw-dropping visuals. On the ride, you meet up with the Resistance — and they need your help for a secret mission! When the First Order captures your transport, you’ll need to do whatever you can to escape, meeting a handful of familiar faces along the way.

Slinky Dog Dash

Located in Toy Story Land, Andy has assembled his Mega Coaster Play Kit — and it’s your turn to ride! You can ride along with Slinky Dog on this family-friendly coaster, which features hills, curves, and fun surprises along the way.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying in the iconic Millennium Falcon, now is your chance! Hondo Ohnaka is looking for a flight crew to deliver a few unique items. — and you’ve been recruited! Featuring interactive elements, you’ll get the chance to take control in the famous cockpit of the Millennium Falcon on your very own flight. You’ll be given the role of a pilot, engineer, or gunner, with each position crucial to making sure you succeed at your mission.

The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror

Welcome…to the Twilight Zone. Based on a story from the famous television series, this ultra-thrilling attraction allows guests to step into another era within the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Once there, Rod Serling welcomes you on your journey into the Twilight Zone, as you learn what exactly happened in the hotel on Halloween 1939. The story goes that a few hotel guests were riding an elevator during a bad storm — and no one ever saw them again. Now, it’s your turn to ride that elevator…if you dare. With a spooky atmosphere and fast drops, this is one of the biggest thrills you can find at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Entertainment Thrills at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thrills at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photo by Cliff Wang

The thrills don’t stop with the rides! Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes you on a journey into your favorite movies, including some incredibly thrilling entertainment to experience in the park. From nighttime spectaculars to stunt shows, there’s no lack of ways to be entertained within Hollywood Studios.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Indiana Jones fans won’t want to miss the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, located in the Echo Lake section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The studio audience will get to see some of the most famous stunts from Raiders of the Lost Ark performed live right in front of them! Whether it’s escaping from deadly traps, battling villains, or falling from buildings, you’ll get to take a behind-the-scenes look at how these daring stunts are performed in real life.

Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters Quest With MagicBand+

Grab your MagicBand+ and head over to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to play this exciting new game! To participate, you’ll need the Play Disney Parks app, as well as a MagicBand+. From there, you can uncover virtual bounty throughout Galaxy’s Edge, using the Play Disney Parks app’s augmented reality thermal viewer. The exciting activity brings you further into the Galaxy’s Edge story on Batuu!

For the First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration

In this theater show, you’ll sit in an auditorium and listen as the Royal Historians of Arendelle retell the fantastic tale of Frozen! Along with getting to watch moments from the movie played on-screen, you’ll get to meet with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff as they sing some of the movie’s most famous songs with you. It’s a thrilling must-do for any fans of the beloved tale.

Character Meet-and-Greets

If you love to meet Disney characters, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a great place to do it! You’ll be able to meet the Toys over in Toy Story Land, including the chance to meet with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie. The Green Army Drum Corps will even perform throughout the day! Over at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll find characters like Rey, Vi Moradi, and more roaming about Batuu. And there are even more Star Wars characters to meet at Launch Bay, where you can grab a picture with Chewbacca! At the Animation Courtyard, you can meet Disney Junior characters, and you’ll find Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight. Finally, Mickey and Minnie are greeting guests at Red Carpet Dreams, and Sulley is available to meet at Walt Disney Presents.


There’s no better way to end your night than with the incredible spectacle of Fantasmic!, which takes place nightly at The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater off Sunset Boulevard. The thrilling tale features practical effects, stunts, pyrotechnics, and incredible music for fans of all ages. You’ll join Sorcerer Mickey as he battles the Disney Villains, encountering some of your favorite Disney characters along the way! When the show returned in 2022, it did so with new scenes from films such as Moana, Frozen 2, and Mulan!

Merchandise Highlights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Photo by Judd Helms

Along with thrilling attractions and entertainment, there are plenty of souvenirs to take home to remember your exciting trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! We’re sharing a few particular highlights you can find in the park right now.

  • Light Up Slinky Dog at Jessie’s Trading Post in Toy Story Land
  • Porg Plush at Black Spire Marketplace in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • MagicBand+ at Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Pixar Merchandise at Beverly Sunset Boutique on Sunset Boulevard
  • ID Tag Station at Tower Hotel Gifts at The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror

Food Highlights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thrills at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photo by Laurie Sapp

And while you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, don’t forget to check out some of the incredible food options that the park has to offer! Whether it’s comfort food eats in Toy Story Land, or futuristic bites at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the park.

  • Zuchii Wrap: Grilled Zucchini, Smoky Chickpea-Onion Slaw, Creamy Garlic-Tahini Sauce, and Fresh Cilantro wrapped in Pita Bread (Available at Ronto Roasters)
  • Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie (Available at Trolley Car Cafe)
  • Seasonal Doughnot Milkshake (Available at Hollywood Scoops)
  • Totchos: Potato Barrels coated with Beef and Bean Chili, Shredded Cheese, and signature Queso with Tomatoes and Corn Chips finished with Sour Cream and a sprinkle of Green Onions (Available at at Woody’s Lunch Box)
  • Chicken Teriyaki Bowl: Seasoned Jasmine Rice, Teriyaki Chicken, Yuzu-pickled Edamame, Carrots, Cucumber, and Onions drizzled with House-made Lemon-Tahini-Chipotle Vinaigrette and Sesame Seeds (Available at Backlot Express)

Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 2-night #AllTheDisneyThrills Media Event where we were able to conduct interviews, learn about exciting updates at Walt Disney World, stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and experience several dining and attraction offerings. #AllTheDisneyThrills

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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