FastPass+ has completely changed at Hollywood Studios. With the opening of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March 4, 2020, the addition of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run to FastPass options, and the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, riding all the big rides at Hollywood Studios in one day has never been more of a challenge. What are the FastPass tiers like now? Which attractions should you choose? How can you go on all of the best rides at Hollywood Studios with the shortest waits? The answers are all below. This article and video includes the tips, strategies, and advice for how to plan your FastPass+ selections so your trip to Hollywood Studios doesn’t resemble rush hour in Los Angeles.

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Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Recommendations

About Hollywood Studios’ FastPass Tiers

Like Epcot and Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios has a tiered FastPass system. For your three FastPass+ reservations, you can only choose 1 attraction from the first tier and then 2 attractions from the second tier. Keep in mind that you don’t need to choose a tier one attraction, so you can choose all three of your FastPasses from Tier 2 if your heart desires.

Also note that these tiers are subject to change. The tiers have completely changed twice already this year, and we expect it to change again once Rise of the Resistance is added to FastPass in the future.

Tier 1 (Choose 1 Attraction)

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run Review

  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Open March 4)

You can only choose one of these attractions for your first FastPass+ selection at Hollywood Studios. But which one should you pick? Obviously, part of it comes down to personal preference. If you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan, then Millennium Falcon should be your priority. Also, you should keep in mind that Slinky Dog and Millennium Falcon have height restrictions, but Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is rideable by guests of all ages and heights. If we had to choose one of the three, we’d go with Slinky Dog Dash, as it has the lowest capacity, meaning the longest standby wait times. Millennium Falcon features Single Rider, and MMRR is expected to have the highest capacity and lowest standby wait times. There’s also a chance that you can grab a same-day FastPass for Mickey & Minnie’s because of that. So our order of priority would be Slinky Dog, then Millennium Falcon, then Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in that order. But since all of these attractions are new and in high demand, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Tier 2 (Choose 2 or more Attractions)

Will Save A Lot of Time (Best Rides/Longest Lines) 

Tower of Terror

  • Tower of Terror
  • Rock N Roller Coaster
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

These are the no-brainer FastPass+ pick for Tier 2. All of these rides rank consistently as our favorites at Disney World, and they can still attract long wait times. Toy Story Midway Mania offers family-friendly fun, while Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster are thrill rides, with Rock N Roller Coaster featuring an intense launch and two inversions.  These will also probably be the most in-demand FastPass options for Tier 2, so be sure to make your FastPasses as early as you can — 60 days out from the first day of your vacation for Disney World resort and Good Neighbor resort guests, 30 days out for all other guests.

Next Priorities

C3PO - Star Tours - Hollywood Studios Attraction

  • Star Tours
  • Alien Swirling Saucers

Star Tours is a fantastic ride and a must-do for any Star Wars fan. Wait times for it are usually not that bad, unless it’s peak season. Alien Swirling Saucers is fun, but a much simpler ride than all of the attractions we’ve talked about up until this point. We’d only make it a priority since it can have long standby wait times, and it’s a good ride for kids.

Lower Priority – Shows

Elsa - Frozen Sing Along - Disney's Hollywood Studios Attraction - Disney World

  • Frozen Sing Along
  • Indiana Jones
  • Muppet Vision
  • Disney Jr Dance Party (only with little kids)

We tend to consider the shows lower priorities for FastPass, as for most of these, you can get in line about 30 minutes beforehand and still get to see the show. FastPass sometimes gets you in a reserved seating section, but you still have to arrive about 15 minutes prior to the show starting to get a good seat. Since FastPass is all about saving time, you tend to save less time with the shows than you do with the rides at Hollywood Studios. But it’s still worth grabbing a FastPass for these shows, as they all are a great way to spend 15-30 minutes in the park. The Frozen Sing Along is an entertaining retelling of the Frozen story, so it’s worth picking up a FastPass for to guarantee a seat if you’re traveling with a Frozen fanatic. Disney Jr – Live On Stage will delight kids obsessed with Vampirina, but is entirely skippable for parties without kids who watch Disney Jr.

Lowest Priority FastPasses

Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage - Disney World

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Fantasmic!

Compared to the other options in Tier 2, these are our lowest priorities. Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid usually have very short wait times. Fantasmic! is a great way to end your day at Hollywood Studios, but getting a FastPass for this would prevent you from getting extra same day FastPasses once you’ve used your first three.

What about FastPass for Rise of the Resistance?

Rise of the Resistance Queue

Rise of the Resistance currently has no FastPass availability. In fact, the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance is to join a virtual queue known as Boarding Groups. We’ve written an article and made a video on how to join a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance, so check those out here:

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James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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