hollywoodstudiosDisney’s Hollywood Studios has never been high on my list of spots at Disney World to visit even though lots of people rave about it.  The map reads like a list of shows and restaurants so when my sister said they were going to put Hollywood Studios on their 3 day Disney trip we were accompanying them on, we decided to join them even though I had some reservations about whether or not it would be entertaining enough.

Once again, I was proven wrong. 

We went to Hollywood Studios on the second day of our three days at Disney and we would definitely return.  Here are four reasons why I think you should not skip Hollywood Studios when planning your Disney World trip!

The shows are amazing!  Like all things Disney, they don’t hold anything back when it comes to the shows.  All four kids (ages 4-9) thought that Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show was their favorite.  Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular was a close second.  When we got home, both of my kids wanted to watch the Indiana Jones movies over and over again! 

There is actually a lot more to Hollywood Studios than the amazing shows.  I was surprised by the number of rides and attractions at Hollywood Studios.  The kids loved hanging out in the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” Movie Set Adventure where they got to climb around and pretend that they were the size of a bug.  Toy Story Mania is worth a ride even if the line is long.  I recommend heading straight there to get a Fast Pass.  We were told that Fast Passes were gone by 10am that morning.  Plan on visiting Star Tours more than once to see the different adventures.  We were hoping to get the underwater scene because a Cast Member had told us how great it was.  We didn’t but the three adventures we did take were excellent! 

Hollywood Studios has the best dining options…at least in my opinion.  When we hit the Disney parks, we might splurge on a more expensive meal but for the most part we get meals from walk up counter spots.  I loved all the dining experiences that we could choose from but our favorite meal was at the 50s Prime Time Café.  Enjoy food just like you did in mom’s kitchen: pot roast, meatloaf, tuna casserole and more.  The wait staff makes sure you join the clean plate club, keep your elbows off the table, and remain polite throughout the meal.

 We didn’t feel as rushed as we do at other parks.  I don’t know about you but when we go to a theme park with our kids nowadays I have this strange sense of urgency.  I worry that we won’t get to do everything that my kids want to do now that they are old enough to remember it.  I am afraid we will miss the one ride that they have been looking forward to since we told them about the trip.  At Hollywood Studios, we would visit a ride, then we would check out a show, then we would wander around.  I didn’t feel stressed out about moving from one stop to the next.

What is your favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios?