Hollywood Studios: How to avoid post Rise Stress
Hollywood Studios: How to avoid post Rise Stress
Kate K.

I can remember a time in recent years when Disney Parks fans from those on Twitter all the way up to some of the biggest bloggers were calling Hollywood Studios a half day park. The construction was rampant with Toy Story Land, Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad all under construction at the same time. But that’s no longer the case.

Much like the high crowd Animal Kingdom faced after Pandora opened, Hollywood Studios is now jam packed with folks hoping to hope on Rise of the Resistance, or get a fast pass for Slinky Dog Dash. And it doesn’t matter if its traditionally high season or not, the lines for the park start building in the hours before 8:00 am and the crowds stay high through out the whole day. So how can you make the most of a day at Hollywood Studios in the middle of these crowd levels? We’ll we have some tips and tricks for you.

Use Your Fast Passes Wisely

The park is going to be packed, no matter which corner you head off to. So make sure you take full advantage of the Fast Pass system to maximize your time. If you aren’t staying at a Disney hotel, you can start making your reservations 30 days in advance. (More about Making the Most of Fast Passes can be found in this post). Make sure you discuss your non Rise of the Resistance must dos. I’d try getting a Fast Pass for Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror or Smugglers Run. Those are three favorites that are must dos for any trip. And if you’re going after the first few weeks of March, then you can try to snag a Fast Pass for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. But don’t plan on being able to nab one since this will be the newest ride.

But why did I leave out the Rise of the Resistance? Because RotR isn’t in the Fast Pass system. In fact you can’t even get into a standby line. Then how do you ride it?

How to ride the hottest new ride: Rise of the Resistance

Rise of the Resistance is the newest ride in the Disney repertoire. And soon it’s going to be joined by Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This ride is so popular that Disney decided to put it onto a separate system from Fast Passes and Standby lines. That’s right: you cannot Fast Pass Rise of the Resistance nor can you jump into the standby line. So if you want to ride the Rise you need to get a Boarding Pass.

What’s a Boarding Pass you say? We have a separate post on Boarding Passes, Fast Passes and Navigating your way through both for a fully detailed explanation on how that system works. But the short version is this: Disney has a set the number of guests who will get to experience Rise of the Resistance each day. Unlike traditional fast passes, a Boarding Pass cannot be made in advance. You can only get one on the day that you visit the park. And its first come first serve. What this means is that you have thousands of guests waiting a the gates of the park for 8:00 to come around so that they can log into My Disney Experience and try for a spot on the ride. It only takes a few minutes before the groups are all filled for the day.

So how do you get a spot?

The Only Way to Get a Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance is to Rope Drop the Park. And Rope Drop is just that, when they drop the ropes and open the gates. If you absolutely mustride Rise of the Resistance during your trip then you need to get to the park beforeit opens. If you aren’t there at 8:00 am with your phone already hooked into the wifi at the park and the MDE app up and running you aren’t going to have a chance to get on the ride.

My other suggestion is to plan on not getting on the ride that first day. I know it sounds inconvenient. I would also suggest getting the Park Hopper add on to your tickets. That way if you don’t get your boarding pass you can leave Hollywood Studios. You can spend the rest of the day at one of the other parks and try again another day. The Magic Kingdom typically opens at 9:00 am so you can try to get across property in that hour and rope drop the other park. Make sure to head right for your favorite mountain for the best experience!

This may throw off your Fast Pass Foo for the parks, but it’s always wiser to plan for a bit of flexibility. Especially if something like Rise of the Resistance is going to make or break your trip. You may have to sacrifice creating early Fast Passes for other parks to make sure you get your boarding pass, or you may be lucky and get there in time to get one on the first try.

Don’t plan on doing more than a handful of rides

This is my last takeaway. This isn’t traditionally ‘high season’. But you need to treat a trip to the park just like you would a trip during the holidays. The appeal of Galaxy’s Edge, MMRR and Toy Story Land is so strong that every ride in Hollywood Studios has been experiences longer than normal wait times. This means that even rides like Star Tours will take upwards of an hour to board. And even with a boarding pass Rise of the Resistance still takes time to board as well. So plan that you will get to go on your fast pass picks, Rise (if you can get the pass) and maybe one additional ride or experience. If you only plan for this then anything else is gravy!

Remember to Have Fun

High crowd experiences can be stressful. So remember to take a few minutes to breathe and appreciate where you are. Maybe find a spot off the beaten path and just sit for 5 minutes. Explore some of the details in Toy Story Land, or wander the (crowded) market of Batuu. Take the time to enjoy where you are without hyper focusing on the rides and you’ll be happier for it. Five minutes of soaking up the ambiance can help you recharge and be ready to wade back into the fray.

Remember that it’s a vacation, and a Disney one at that. And how you look at it has a powerful impact on how you enjoy it. If you think of it as a gift and an adventure then very little that can happen can make you mad. So take a deep breath and find your laughing place and you’ll survive a day at Hollywood Studios in a post Rise of the Resistance world!

Kate K.

Kate K. is a freelance writer, artist, designer, and programmer. She has been working with Homes4uu as our primary blogger, graphic designer, webmaster, and social media manager since 2014. You can also find Kate on her homesite www.k8ilyeverafter.com and her blog k8ilyeverafterpresents.com.

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