When you begin booking your Hollywood Studios fastpasses, you’ll quickly notice that you are not able to choose all of your favorite rides. The tiering system in Hollywood Studios can make things difficult. Thankfully the 2nd tier has some good choices, so it’s not as bad as it is in Epcot, and you can still get three solid fastpasses. In our analysis of the Hollywood Studios fastpass tiers, we’ll give you our thoughts on each ride, and help you determine which three fastpasses to try and get.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Plus Tiers
Group A (You Can Only Choose One of These Attractions)
Toy Story Mania –
This is our favorite fastpass, and for good reason. Even if you get there early, you are going to have to wait a long time. Thankfully, Disney has seen the light and has expanded this ride to allow more people to ride. This has greatly increased capacity, but we still highly recommend using your Group A fastpass on Toy Story Mania, as standby times are still high on this ride.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster –
For thrill-seekers, this is the best ride in the park, and arguably in all of Disney. Due to this, you may be inclined to use this as your fastpass. However, we do not necessarily recommend this. If you can get to the park at gate open, the standby times on this ride will be low. People generally rush to Toy Story Mania and to sign their kids up for the Jedi Academy. Due to this, just take a leisurely stroll back to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at gate open, ride it once (or twice) and save that fastpass for Toy Story Mania.
A fastpass for Fantasmic isn’t necessarily a bad choice, as we’ve done it before. You get in early, and you can make sure you get a solid seat. The best part about a fastpass for this ride is that if you can be one of the first groups in line (start making your way to Fantasmic at LEAST an hour before the show starts to do this), you can get your seats and refreshments, and then avoid the ridiculously long refreshments line. But in all honesty, a fastpass isn’t really necessary for this ride. You can still see Fantasmic without it, and in the busy seasons, they will have two shows anyway. Just skip the first one, and the 2nd one will be wide open.
The Great Movie Ride
A fun classic ride (that’s soon closing down!), one of our favorites in this park. But there is no need to burn a Group A fastpass for this one.
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
This is an underrated show. We highly recommend seeing it. But don’t even think about using a group A fastpass on it. An unforgivable sin.
Group B ( Choose Two Attractions)
Tower of Terror
This is the obvious choice for one of your Group B selections. Don’t even think about it, just book it. Tower of Terror is a great ride and can have wait times from 1-2 hours during busy time periods. If you are unable to schedule a fastpass on this ride for some reason, make sure you get there in the first hour to avoid long waits.
This is typically our third choice, because we are huge Star Wars dorks. If you love Star Wars and you don’t get sick from simulation rides, this is a great choice.
If you have a family of Frozen lovers, instead of Star Wars nerds, this may just be the fastpass for you. This sing-along is very popular and getting a fastpass can save you some time.
Muppet Vision 3D
This ride is closing down soon and hopefully you never wasted a fastpass on it, as there is never a wait time.
Another show with a large capacity. Don’t waste a fastpass on it.
This show is great for small kids, but we’ve rarely seen the need to use a fastpass on it
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Another show that you don’t need to spend a fastpass on.
Please note that many of these shows have specific start times. Consult your app to see the specific show times for the day you are there. Plan to arrive at shows 10-15 minutes ahead of time, and you should be fine, except possibly in the busiest of seasons. But even in the busy seasons, just try to attend the shows in the late afternoon (after the morning and lunch crowds leave the park) and you should be just fine seeing everything.