Like Epcot two weeks ago, Hollywood Studios is moving to a tiered FastPass+ hierarchy for all users making new selections. If you have already made FastPass+ selections, your choices should not be affected. In addition, guests who have already made selections can change the experience times and switch out for other attractions as long as they do not cancel the whole set.
The attraction choices are as follows:
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- American Idol Experience
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage
- Great Movie Ride
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Star Tours
- Tower of Terror
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
From Tier 1, FastPass+ at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster or Toy Story Mania are most desirable. As you probably know, Toy Story has peak waits that exceed 60 minutes everyday in the afternoon with triple digit waits more common than any other attraction in any Disney World theme park. Legacy paper FASTPASSes also run out much sooner than any other attraction. Most people will want to book Toy Story. You may still elect to head there first thing in the morning for a ride or two and then use FastPass+ later in the afternoon. Alternatively, you could use FastPass+ at Toy Story and head to Sunset Boulevard to walk on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and/or Tower of Terror a couple times first thing in the morning.
FastPass+ at Fantasmic works the same way as other shows. Originally, there was a dedicated FastPass+ seating section, but that is no longer the case and FastPass+ users find available seats in the general population after scanning their Bands. If Fantasmic is still admitting standby guests to the show, FastPass+ is more or less useless because you’ll find similar seats as you would if you weren’t using FastPass+. However, cast members will stop allowing standby guests to enter the theater as it gets closer to being full. At that point, only FastPass+ users are admitted. If you’re going to show up at Fantasmic a minimum of 40 minutes early anyway, FastPass+ at Fantasmic doesn’t make a lot of sense. But if you’re planning to show up 10 minutes early and don’t care that you’ll most likely be in the far corner, then FastPass+ would cut down on your wait time and guarantee admittance. If a second Fantasmic show is scheduled and you’re able to stay for it, then that’s always the better choice because they rarely fill to capacity.
Beauty and the Beast shows often fill to capacity and because the stadium is smaller than the others, there are fewer FastPass+ experiences available. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to put it in Tier 1, but there are families with kids that aren’t interested in the headlining attractions because of height restrictions and won’t be staying for the nighttime entertainment. For those guests, Beauty and the Beast is the best FastPass+ selection for them. Show up 20 minutes before a show starts and FastPass+ is unnecessary.
From Tier 2, most guests will want to select Great Movie Ride and Tower of Terror. If you’re skipping the rides due to height restrictions or fear factor, Disney Jr. Live on Stage and/or Voyage of the Little Mermaid make the most sense.
FastPass+ is a waste at American Idol Experience as shows virtually never fill to capacity. The last show of the day may get close because it features the best talent, but arriving ten minutes early will result in the same seat you’d get with FastPass+.
Disney Jr. Live on Stage makes sense for guests that aren’t interested in the priority rides. Arriving a minimum of 15 minutes early should result in a spot on the floor however, making FastPass+ a low priority for most guests.
Great Movie Ride does not offer legacy FASTPASS and waits are surprisingly long these days. Peak actual waits of 25 to 40 minutes are common. Most guests will want to select a convenient time in the afternoon or evening, which frees up the morning for higher priority attractions like Toy Story and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular rarely requires a FastPass+ selection unless you’re visiting on a day with a crowd level of 7 or higher and refuse to arrive any earlier than five minutes before the start of the show. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and your seat will be the same as with FastPass+.
The theater for Lights, Motors, Action! is gigantic and FastPass+ is unnecessary. I am not a violent person because I am weak and gangly, but I would try to hit you if you select FastPass+ here.
Muppet Vision 3D shows virtually never fill to capacity and FastPass+ is a waste as it will result in the same seat as standby.
Star Tours, with high legacy FASTPASS availability and a monster capacity, is not as high of a priority as Great Movie Ride or Tower of Terror. If you’re not interested in those rides, you may want to use FastPass+ at Star Tours in the afternoon, but waits don’t build until after 11am and are usually short again after 6pm. Despite being a major attraction, FastPass+ is a low priority here.
Tower of Terror is a high priority because wait times are long and legacy FASTPASSes run out sooner than the other Tier 2 attractions with the limited distribution. It is also a variable capacity attraction that often runs at less than full capacity and using FastPass+ will result in the shortest wait possible.
If you’re skipping Tower of Terror and Great Movie Ride, Voyage of the Little Mermaid is the third or fourth highest priority here. The theater is on the small side and on busy days, guests often end up waiting through one or two entire shows before being seated, resulting in an actual wait of 20 to 35 minutes. FastPass+ guarantees admittance to the current show. Legacy FASTPASS is available though and on days with a crowd level less than 4 and a recommendation, FastPass+ should result in the same seat as you’d find in standby.