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Headliners: The 8 Best Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

To make our headliner list, we feel an attraction must remain entertaining, exciting, and memorable no matter the age of the attraction or how relevant it is to the current trends. It’s that attraction that keeps guests coming back time and time again. Sure, headliners may have long lines and you have to dodge crowds to get to them, but the attraction experience makes it all worth your while! While Hollywood Studios has fantastic shows, entertainment, and characters – sometimes it’s the rides we’re after. So, strap in and experience what we feel are the 8 best attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that leave us shouting, “one more time”!


8 – Alien Swirling Saucers

Location: Toy Story Land

Height Requirement: 32in or taller

“Ooooooo! The Claw!” Our favorite little green aliens from the Toy Story films are stirring up some trouble – well, SPINNING up some trouble actually! Let these alien friends take you for a spin in their space saucers while you and a friend hold on tight in your two-seated vehicle attached to your alien pilot’s vehicle. With an opening date of June 30, 2018 – you can expect this short but animated attraction to be a popular one to visit for some time! Much like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Disney’s California Adventure, you will need to hold on tight but not with the same degree of spinning you can experience on the teacups at the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom. The lights and music are something to be remembered on Alien Swirling Saucers… as is “The Claw”! Whether or not you’re “chosen”, you can trust this will be a fun, light-hearted attraction perfect for the family.

7 – Toy Story Mania

Location: Toy Story Land

Height Requirement: Any Height

Toy Story Mania is SO fun! This attraction was previously THE Toy Story-themed attraction in the park, but with the addition of Toy Story Land, it has taken a back seat to the popularity of Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Don’t let this fool you, however, as it remains an incredible headliner attraction at Hollywood Studios! With the addition of a third track in 2016 and a relocated entrance to Toy Story Land in 2018, the changes to Toy Story Mania have only helped the flow of crowds flocking to ride along. Grab a buddy, shrink down to the size of a toy, and get ready to use a blaster to hit targets as your vehicle moves briskly from one 4D game to the next. As the points build up with each of the 5 games, your competitive side is bound to come out! We especially love that Toy Story Mania is a 5-6 minute attraction that never seems long enough – but makes the wait well worth it.

6 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Location: Sunset Boulevard

Height Requirement: 40in or taller

If we were thinking of just ourselves, we would rank the Tower of Terror as our number one choice in headliners at Hollywood Studios. With that being said, we totally understand that it doesn’t appeal to everyone… so we place it at number six on this list of headliners. Whatever form of transportation you take to arrive at the park, chances are you won’t miss the daunting Tower of Terror towering into the sky. Its eerie appearance just gets better as you enter the tower into a dust-filled hotel lobby. Checking in here may be a mistake for those that are scared of heights (or elevators!) as you can expect some haunting activity to take over while seated in an elevator with 20 other brave guests. Your elevator ride will take you up and down 13 stories with outside views mixed with total darkness. Just as nothing ever went right in the Twilight Zone films, don’t expect them to go right on the Tower of Terror either! From the creepy bellhop Cast Members to the exhilarating and ever-changing ride… this attraction will leave you happy to have your feet back on the ground.

5 – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Location: Sunset Boulevard

Height Requirement: 48in or taller

Are you ready to ROCK?! Aerosmith is a headliner star, so it’s only appropriate that an attraction themed after them be considered a headliner attraction too! Summon up the courage to go 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds while riding along in a stretch limousine Aerosmith has so nicely arranged for you! Speed along on this indoor roller coaster with flips, corkscrews and turns amidst the dark streets and bright signs of Los Angeles. It may only be a minute and 22-second ride, but the intensity is epic! The pre-show, however, makes the attraction feel longer as you get to see and hear the Aerosmith crew before they head out for their next gig. The soundtrack is exactly as awesome as you’d expect it to be, so sit back and get ready for a rock ‘n’ roll!


4 – Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Height Requirement: 38in or taller

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is an anchor attraction inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It combines immersive storytelling with interactive gameplay to make guests the protagonists of their own Star Wars adventures in a way never before undertaken by Disney Parks. Lovingly described at various times as a “piece of junk” or “bucket of bolts,” the Millennium Falcon is the most famous of all Star Wars starships. On Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests 38 inches or taller climb aboard the Falcon in all her ramshackle glory and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They could just discover the ship has a few surprises left in her, because the Millennium Falcon may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. This family-fun attraction is a must-do for any Star Wars fan because who hasn’t dreamed of riding in the Millennium Falcon?

3 – Slinky Dog Dash

Location: Toy Story Land

Height Requirement: 38in or taller

And finally, the headliner among headliners! Slinky Dog Dash is Hollywood Studios’ second coaster, but it’s not nearly as intense as the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster we mentioned above. This attraction isn’t only the headliner in all of Hollywood Studios right now, but it’s the headliner in Toy Story Land as well. It’s a perfect family coaster to sit back and feel the breeze while riding along on the ever-lovable and dependable Slinky Dog from Toy Story films. Small dips and turns await on the outdoor coaster that’s a happy medium between Magic Kingdom’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Big Thunder Mountain. Enjoy the sights across Andy’s toy-filled backyard along the way. Wrap up your ride with an audio-animatronic of Wheezy the Penguin singing his heart out!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse search for their perfect picnic spot in Runnamuck Park as part of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Credit: Disney/Kent Phillips.

2 – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Location: Hollywood Boulevard

Height Requirement: none

Through all of his many adventures, though, there’s one thing Mickey has never done: starred in his own ride-through attraction in a Disney theme park. That has changed with the addition of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In this bold and innovative new family adventure, guests go through the movie screen inside the park’s re-creation of the Chinese Theatre and into the whimsical world of Disney Television Animation’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts. There they discover why “mouse rules apply” and anything can – and does – happen! It’s a charming experience for the entire family – from grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between – full of surprises and pure, joyous fun befitting those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This one is another must-do!

1 – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Height Requirement: 40in or taller

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sets a new standard for what a Disney theme park experience can be, as guests become heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. In one of the most immersive, ambitious, and technologically advanced attractions ever created for a Disney park, guests launch into space aboard a transport shuttle, only to be captured by a Star Destroyer and pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they frantically search for a way to escape the clutches of the First Order. This attraction inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge draws guests into a sprawling Star Wars narrative that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, as jaw-dropping sights brimming with vivid detail create surprises around every turn. Not only is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance the headliner for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is THE headliner for all of Walt Disney World. It is the most popular and most difficult attraction to experience. If you want to fight the First Order, click here to learn how to obtain a Virtual Boarding Pass for your upcoming visit!

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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.