Disney’s Hollywood Studios With Genie+

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Recently we visited the parks at Walt Disney World using Genie+ and with the exception of Disney’s Hollywood Studios it worked out well for us. Now, that being said, I think it could still work, if we made some different decisions.

Here’s what happened.

We went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a Tuesday. Since we were staying on property, we were able to get into the park 30 minutes sooner, so we got there about an hour before general park opening.

They let people inside to line up for rope drop and we lined up by Galaxy’s Edge to hit Rise of the Resistance first. You can pay for Lightning Lane, but since we were there early we got in line. This would have worked out well, except the ride broke down right away and we were forced to wait for over 30 minutes in the start of the interrogation area. As a result, it caused lines to build up around the park and made it harder.

My recommendation is that if you are willing to pay for Lighting Lane here do it. Instead get a Genie+ pass for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and spend the beginning of your day either riding the attractions in Toy Story Land or the Tower of Terror and Rock’n Roller Coaster. Those areas had little to no wait time for about an hour. You could get a lot done if you skip Rise of the Resistance or just purchase a Lighting Lane.

After we got out of Rise of the Resistance, the lines were terrible everywhere. I did have a Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Genie+ for about an hour and a half later. Two of our party went on to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run but by this time the line was well over an hour. The rest of us went to Muppet Vision 3-D and we could have hit Star Tours, but did not.

This was by far our worst day for getting on attractions. 

After we did ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, we grabbed a Toy Story Midway Mania Genie+ pass and went to lunch. After we did Toy Story Midway Mania we returned to the room due to heat and crowds.

Later on that evening some of our party returned to ride, but even then the lines were terrible and no Genie+ availability was left for the better attractions. They rode Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania again, both with extremely long lines.

Hollywood Studios is going to be trickier for people. If you have no desire to do Star Wars, I recommend skipping those attractions and doing everything else. If you would like to do Star Wars, grab a Lightning Lane for the Falcon and use the paid Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance. You will have a much better use of time. Then head straight for Toy Story Land, The Tower of Terror or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway because the vast majority are going to go for Galaxy’s Edge.

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