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Laying Low In The Morning – Our Half-Day Plan For Hollywood Studios

Let’s divide and conquer! For our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios, we’re splitting up more than just the day. With the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge what to see and do at Hollywood Studios has grown quickly. Our quiet morning is coming to an end, let’s finish up our coffee. We got a bus to catch! 

Half-Day Magic Ticket

On August 15, 2019, Walt Disney World released a new ticket option, called Half-Day Magic Ticket. Designed as an option where guests can enter any of the four parks starting at noon. For any one looking for quiet mornings and late nights at the parks, or as a way to sneak in-park time while traveling to the area for business, a Half-Day Magic Ticket is a great option. In our Epcot Half-Day Plan we dive into all the details around new offerings.

Passholder Insights: Purchasing your ticket in advance will give you the option of making FastPass selections prior to your arrival via My Disney Experience.

Our Half-Day Plan for Hollywood Studios is built around the half-day ticket

Setting the Stage 

We’re heading into the movies, and every movie needs a solid stage. Before heading to the park we recommend setting a game plan. The biggest decision will be whether or not you’re looking to head into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. For our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios, we’re traveling to Batuu, we gotta pilot the Falcon.

Passholder Insights: Currently there is no FastPass for the Millenium Falcon attraction. The two options are standby and single rider. 

Our Half-Day For Hollywood Studios includes a trip to Baatu

Boarding Time!

How else are we going to get to a galaxy far far away? We’re kicking-off our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios with a trip to Batuu! Entering Hollywood Studios you’ll want to open the My Disney Experience App to whether or not Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is at capacity or not. If it’s at capacity there will be an option to join a boarding group. When the time comes you’ll receive a push notification that your boarding group is ready for their trip to Batuu. 

Passholder Insights: If you have a reservation for any of the activities (Droid Depot, Savi’s Workshop, or Oga’s Cantina) you’re able to enter Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at the time of your reservation. 

Flying the Millennium Falcon is part of our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios

Let’s Fly 

Next stop, Black Spire Outpost! Our first stop of our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios we’re making run, some may say a Kessel Run, to fly the Millennium Falcon. The longest wait you’ll have on Baatu is for the Millennium Falcon attraction, the earlier you can get in line the better. Wait times for the attraction will not fluctuate much until Rise of the Resistance opens and FastPass is activated.

Do you want to put your flying skills to the test? Us too! If looking to pilot the Falcon you’ll want to wait in the standby line. When you reach the cast member handing out rolls, we recommend asking if you could be a pilot. Please note you may have to wait a few extra minutes. If you’re not looking to pilot the Falcon we would recommend checking out the single rider line, as more often than not the wait is shorter.

Passholder Insights: Around the Millenium Falcon there are multiple Photopass photographers snapping a picture from all different angles. Our favorite is up the stairs to the right of the exit from the Millenium Falcon.

Exploring the Marketplace on Batuu is part of our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios

Exploring Black Spire Outpost 

Help Hondo, check! After completing our mission it’s time to snack our way around Black Spire Outpost. Where to start, where to start? Blue Milk of course. Using mobile ordering we’re going to knock out two birds with one stone by ordering up our Blue Milk and food. Whether you’re in the mood for a Ronto wrap or Docking Bay 7, you can’t go wrong with either choice. 

Picking up food and drink, it’s time to explore Batuu. From the market to Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, and First Order shop is a great way to immerse yourself in the land. Beyond the beautifully detailed themeing of the land, you’re able to throw one back in Oga’s Cantina, build your own Droid sidekick, and even create and wield your own lightsaber. For any of these experiences we would highly recommend making advance reservations, especially on our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios.

All in all, it will take around 4 hours to see everything Baatu has to offer. 

Passholder Insights: For an even more interactive experience you’ll want to download and use the Play Disney Parks app while on Batuu. 

A ride on Slinky Dog Dash is part of our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios

We’re Bite Size!

More like toy size! Exiting Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge were heading to Andy’s backyard. Depending on which Hollywood Studios FastPass Strategy you’re deploying, will depend on the order you experience the Toy Story Land attractions. On our half-plan for Hollywood Studios we’re assuming we secured a FastPass for Toy Story Mania.

To enjoy all the Toy Story Land attractions in a half-day, we recommend experiencing either Slinky Dog Dash or Toy Story Mania at the end of the day. Whichever one is not your FastPass selection. One of the best ways to experience either of these attractions is to join the queue in the final moments of the day. For Alien Swirling Saucers we would always lean towards waiting in line. More often than not the wait is usually around 30 to 40 minutes.

An alternative to Toy Story Land head down Sunset Blvd to take in two of the most thrilling attractions at Walt Disney World, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith and Tower of Terror. You can’t go wrong with either. 

Passholder Insights: An alternative to end your day with a Toy Story attraction, we recommend taking in Fantasmic. An all-time DVC Duo favorite. 

On our half-day plan for Hollywood Studios we're taking a break at Brown Derby Lounge

Lounge Break 

Fueling up! Our feet need a break. On this half-day plan for Hollywood Studios, we’re lounging around at the Brown Derby Lounge. One of the most underrated dining locations at Walt Disney World, the Brown Derby Lounge is serving up fantastic food. We enjoying sitting on the patio, enjoying a cocktail and snack. It’s the perfect break for us. 

For a faster option, we would highly recommend checking out Woody’s Lunch Box. Totchos, enough said. 

Passholder Insights: Brown Derby Lounge is first come first serve. If the tables are all full, there is usually a sign-up list on the outside bar.

on our half-day plan for Hollywoods Studios includes sneaking in a ride on Star Tours

Closing Out The Day 

Prior stepping in line for Slinky Dog Dash, we’re heading over to Star Tours. By the end of the day, the wait times for Star Tours usually drop drastically. What we love the most about the attraction is every time you ride it the experience could be different. The attraction has a variety of scenarios to experience. Slinky Dog here we come! 

Depending on the park hours for the day, you may be able to catch the nighttime spectacular Star Wars Galactic as well. Many times we’re able to enjoy Slinky Dog Dash and make it over to the front of the park to take in the nighttime show. We definitely recommend checking the times on My Disney Experience to see what time the park closes and the show starts.

Passholder Insights: The Tower of Terror is a great alternative to Slinky Dog Dash as an attraction to close out the day. 

Our Thoughts 

It’s all about what type of experience you’re looking for on your half-day plan for Hollywood Studios. With the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge the park has definitely become a multi-day park. If you’re looking to step onto Batuu, we would definitely recommend making that the priority and letting everything else fall into place. Our biggest tip is to keep an eye on My Disney Experience for wait times, and modifying your FastPass selections. Availability changes throughout the day. Right pilot or left? Definitely right, we’re all about jumping to lightspeed!

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