NEWS: Disney Releases Details for Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Celebration

It’s hard to believe that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is turning 30 this year! Walt Disney World is celebrating and has released some of what you can expect (besides large crowds) on the park’s anniversary, May 1, 2019. Disney has planned special events, merchandise, and special food treats. Catch all the details below!


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Jennifer Fickley-Baker:

The Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary will take place May 1, 2019, and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the past, present, and the new, exciting future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the park continues to evolve into a thrilling destination where you can let your adventure begin.

Here’s a taste of how guests can celebrate the milestone anniversary at the park on May 1:

View a Star Studded Celebration – A Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10 a.m. and will head down Hollywood Blvd.

Pick Up a Commemorative 30th Anniversary Guide Map & Button – Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.

Grab Exclusive 30th Anniversary Merchandise – Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8 a.m. in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9 a.m.)

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Taste Special Food & Beverage Items – A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more.

Stay For the Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation” – The park’s new nighttime projection show will light up the park for its official debut on May 1. Watch in wonder as the façade of the Chinese Theatre is magically transformed – displaying this stirring tribute to animation. Behold spectacular sequences celebrating themes like magic, family, adventure, romance and friendship. Each theme is brought to life through unforgettable moments from beloved films—like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Incredibles,” “Coco” and many more. The show will debut at 9:05 p.m. ET, just prior to the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show.

Want to make the absolute most of the 30th anniversary fun? Grab tickets now for a special Disney After Hours Event Night that has been added to the schedule for May 1. Attendees can experience little to no-wait on park favorites, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Land attractions and more. Additionally, this special anniversary edition of Disney After Hours will feature some beloved Disney characters ready to greet guests in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard, at Star Wars Launch Bay and more. There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.

Will you head out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1?

DisneyLists will be at the park on April 30th for the media day celebration and May 1! We’ll be covering the park’s celebration events on our Instagram page, so be sure to follow us and don’t miss a thing!

RELATED ARTICLE: Top 10 Tips for the Perfect Day at Hollywood Studios

by Mike and Jamie Sylvester

Have you ever gone into a theme park and dashed all around from one ride to another, stressed about where and what to eat, literally felt like you were melting from the ridiculous heat, and quoted Toy Story’s Sherriff Woody in saying “the word I’m searching for, I can’t say because there are preschool toys present”?!

Ugh – it stresses us out just thinking of a day like that! But, let us tell you – it DOESN’T have to be that way. Honestly, there’s a way to have a day as close to perfect as possible. Let’s have a perfect day at the very popular Hollywood Studios! Just remember these 10 tips and don’t forget to pack a good attitude to bring along with you.


1 – Select Headliner FastPasses in Advance

Disney Resort guest? You have a fantastic 60-days prior to arrival opportunity to select three FastPasses. If you aren’t a resort guest, you’ll have 30-days prior to arrival to select your FastPasses. Tier 1 FastPasses include all three Toy Story Land attractions: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania. Our recommendation on Tier 1 is to snag a Slinky Dog Dash FastPass for late morning. The two Tier 2 FastPasses we’d recommend are the popular Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. After you finish using these three FastPasses, be sure to use your My Disney Experience App to schedule a 4thFastPass and so on until the park closes.

2 – Arrive Well Before Park Opening

This past summer, Hollywood Studios offered Extra Magic Hours for resort guests from 7am-8am. No matter what time Extra Magic Hours is offered, plan to be there about a half-hour before this time starts! Arrive closer to 6:30 am and be ready to head in at 7 am. This is prime time to be in the park which is just one of the many perks of staying at a Disney resort. This will give you an opportunity to walk straight to the two Tier 1 Toy Story Land attractions you don’t have a FastPass for (Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania), before riding the third Toy Story Land attraction (Slinky Dog Dash) with your late morning FastPass.

3 – Use Rider Switch

Since Hollywood Studios is the Disney park with the most “thrill” style rides, we’d highly recommend taking advantage of the Rider Switch available for families with young children that are either too short to ride these attractions or too scared. When you go to ride the attraction, see the Cast Member at the entrance of the line whether it’s via the FastPass line or Standby line. Have your whole party together (including the child that doesn’t want to go on the ride). The Cast Member will then place a Rider Switch (acts like a FastPass) on the MagicBand of the person not riding that is staying with the child and two other guests that want to go on the ride again with you. Our son is too young for the thrill attractions so when one of us wants to go on them we take our older daughter. When we get off, she gets to go right back on with whichever one of us stayed back with our little guy. It’s a great way to not have to ride solo!

4 – Mobile Order a Quick Lunch or Snack

Time is important when it comes to a perfect Hollywood Studios day! While waiting in line for an attraction or strolling from one attraction to another, use your My Disney Experience App to Mobile Order either a quick snack or lunch. It’s as simple as the push of a few buttons and you’ll get to skip the long quick service restaurant lines altogether! Mobile Order locations throughout Hollywood Studios include: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare, PizzeRizzo, Rosie’s All-American Café, and Woody’s Lunch Box. We especially recommend using Mobile Order for Woody’s Lunch Box. Regular waits for ordering and food pickup are normally 20-30 minutes!


5 – Plan Ahead for Showtimes

We mentioned the thrill rides above, but Hollywood Studios’ shows shouldn’t be missed! You’ll want to plan which show to do at which time in advance because not all the shows go late into the evening. Hollywood Studios’ prime shows include: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Check out their showtimes well in the advance and make a game plan to tackle these after exploring Toy Story Land.

6 – Have a Sweet Treat!

The perfect day at Hollywood Studios must have some sweetness to it! Hollywood Studios is loaded with incredible specialty cupcakes that can be found at locations such as The Trolley Car Café. Not in a cupcake mood? Try the ever so popular ice cream sandwiches at Hollywood Scoops. Go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth!

 7 – Explore a Classic

Hollywood Studios has a few “classic” attractions that may not be as thrilling as the headliners, but are definitely a great way to cool down and take in all the attraction offers. One of our favorite attractions to explore is Walt Disney Presents. Here you’ll walk through Walt’s vision coming to reality and see models of what’s unfolding at Hollywood Studios, such as the incoming land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

8 – Make a Table Service Restaurant Reservation

If you’re planning to open and close Hollywood Studios, keep it a perfect day with a little time to rest your feet and enjoy air-conditioning. Make a table service restaurant reservation 180-days in advance of your arrival. Hollywood Studios has some of the very best restaurant theming with hot spots like Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, 50’s Prime Time Café, Hollywood and Vine, and Hollywood Brown Derby.

9 – Fantasmic! OR Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular?

“Life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?” Oh, Ursula was totally right. Hollywood Studios has two incredible nighttime entertainment options. Fantasmic! encompasses all things classic Disney. A true battle of good versus evil – and Mickey takes center stage of it all. Two shows of Fantasmic! are presented nightly. Right in between those shows is Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. This is an awesome projection and fireworks show that is a must for Star Wars fans in particular but we’ve found it’s impressive to just about everyone! The trick is the Galactic Spectacular is presented one time, in between the two Fantasmic! shows. This makes it almost impossible to catch both shows because you’re fighting crowds both ways. Do your best to catch as much as possible of both, but come with a plan as to which one you REALLY want to see and keep that as your focus for the nighttime entertainment.

10 – Let the Crowds Go Before You

We get it – when the park is closed, the park is closed… right? Well, not exactly! While the attractions and restaurants close down, you can still take your time shopping on Hollywood Boulevard. Let the crowds after the nighttime spectaculars push towards the exit while you stroll through the different shops and merchandise. No need to rush. Find some fun merchandise to remember your perfect Hollywood Studios day by!

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Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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