Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios will be opening on June 30th, 2018, and we now have confirmed information on how it will affect fastpass tiering. If you're planning a trip to Walt Disney World after June 30th, here's our recommendation for what fastpasses to book and how to ride everything in Toy Story Land without spending your whole day in line!
There will be three rides in Toy Story Land: Toy Story Midway Mania, which has been open since 2008 and is just getting a re-positioned entrance inside the land, Slinky Dog Dash, and Alien Swirling Saucers. Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly roller coaster (38" height requirement), and Alien Swirling Saucers is a spinning cars ride, kind of similar to the teacups at Magic Kingdom (32" height requirement).
Demand for the two new rides will be very high, so it's important to have a good strategy in mind if you hope to experience them. Starting June 30th, Hollywood Studios has changed their fastpass tiers to match how Animal Kingdom adjusted when Pandora opened: all Toy Story Land rides are tier 1, and everything else is tier 2:
Toy Story Midway Mania
Slinky Dog Dash
Alien Swirling Saucers
Rock 'n' Rollercoaster
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Beauty and the Beast
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney Junior Live on Stage
Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Muppet Vision 3D
If you want to ride all three rides in Toy Story Land, your best strategy will require fastpass booking 60+ days out and rope-dropping the park. Hollywood Studios has an 8 am park opening with 7 am extra magic hours (for resort guests only) through most of August, which means you'll want to arrive at the park by 6:15 am. Yes, that's really early! It will be worth it!
First, Slinky Dog Dash will be the ride to fastpass. It will be more desirable than Alien Swirling Saucer, although both will see high waits due to their novelty and relatively low hourly capacity. It is important to book your fastpasses as soon as your window opens at 7 AM EST, 60 days from your check-in date. In addition, you'll want to book Hollywood Studios fastpasses for the last possible day of your trip, as you'll have much better luck finding availability (guest are able to book for the length of their trip, up to 14 days, starting at their check-in date; this means early days in your trip will be later days in someone else's trip, and those fastpasses will likely already be booked by those guests).
Next, Alien Swirling Saucers should be your focus for rope-drop. Assuming you've arrived before park opening, you should be able to ride in less than an hour and be off to the rest of the park.
Toy Story Midway Mania should have reasonable waits throughout the day for several reasons. First, the addition of a third track has cut waits significantly. Second, because it is a tier 1 ride with the other Toy Story Land rides, most people will not be selecting it as a fastpass option, especially for earlier in the day. If you book your other two fastpasses early enough, you may actually be able to snag a TSMM fastpass as your 4th rolling fastpass. If not, mid-afternoon and later in the evening should see reasonable waits.
In short, a general plan should look something like this:
1. Rope drop Alien Swirling Saucers (arrive at 6:15 AM; in line for ride at 7 AM)
Wait times for everything else should be pretty low this early in the morning; standby Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Star Tours, etc.
2. Fastpass Slinky Dog Dash (earliest available time)
3. Fastpass Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (earliest available time)
4. Fastpass Tower of Terror (earliest available time)
Check for TSMM fastpass immediately upon scanning 3rd fastpass
If you have a longer trip and will be at Hollywood Studios for more than one day, your strategy is much more simple: book Slinky Dog Dash for one day and Alien Swirling Saucers for the other. Again, you'll want these days to be towards the end of your trip so your chance of finding a fastpass are more likely.
If you're staying off-property, it will be very difficult to ride the new rides without long waits. Our main recommendations are to check regularly for cancelled fastpasses, especially the day before you will be at Hollywood Studios. If you check often enough, you just may get lucky. Otherwise, don't go to Hollywood Studios on a Friday when there are evening extra magic hours for resort guests, and then get in line for Slinky Dog Dash just before park closing. You'll still have a wait, but it should be close to half of the posted wait, and you'll be waiting during borrowed time, so to speak, when the park is technically closed.
Good luck out there!
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