It looks like Disney is set to offer an event similar to Magic Kingdom’s Early Morning Magic at Hollywood Studios starting on Monday August 1st and continuing on Mondays and Wednesdays through at least the end of September. Full details are available here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/morning-magic.
Ride-wise, only Toy Story Mania and Star Tours are scheduled to be open during the extra hour. Woody/Buzz, Mickey/Minnie, and Olaf will also greet guests.
In addition, a breakfast buffet will be offered at ABC Commissary:
You may remember that most people, this website included, were at least initially sour over the idea of the Magic Kingdom version of this event. But reviews and experiences were overwhelmingly positive, including this review from the first morning: https://www.easywdw.com/easy/blog/disney-world-early-morning-magic-fantasyland-review-is-it-worth-it/.
This event does perhaps seem like a bigger stretch with just one priority ride operating in Toy Story Mania. At Magic Kingdom, Early Morning Magic saved you from a long, unpleasant walk into the Most Magical Place on Earth, in addition to saving you 70 to 120 minutes in line per ride on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and 50 to 75 minutes per ride on Peter Pan’s Flight. It also set you up nicely to visit Princess Fairytale Hall immediately after, in addition to a couple of other priorities in the area.
At Studios, only those that want to experience Toy Story Mania as many times as physically possible over the course of an hour will likely find much value. And with decreased waits with the increase in capacity, one wonders how much value that is. Looking over wait times since the new Star Wars Galactic Spectacular started and Toy Story remained open through Park close:
With posted waits likely exaggerated towards the end of the day most days, there should be a good opportunity to ride Toy Story with short waits if you’re willing to give up seeing the Galactic Spectacular. But even then, each late night cycle would take about 15 minutes even with a short wait as riders disembark the ride and re-enter the building. But assuming each cycle on Toy Story takes eight minutes with a shorter re-ride queue set up, you could probably ride seven times over the course of the morning hour, meet Woody/Buzz (which would save you 30 to 45 minutes in line), and be on your way to Sunset Boulevard for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster/Tower of Terror or to Great Movie Ride/Star Tours, before visiting breakfast closer to 9:45am.
Some people may find some value in that, though I think a lot of people will look at the slim roster of operating rides and consider this particular event easier to skip without Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror available. I’m just guessing here, but you should be able to achieve something like:
- No rope drop crowd hassle
- Jedi Training Academy Sign-Up Advantage(?)
- 7(?) rides on Toy Story Mania
- 1 Meet and Greet with Woody/Buzz
- Two other priority attractions without much hassle
- Breakfast buffet
It does remain to be seen if those attending the event are able to sign their kids up for Jedi Training early, but that would add some value to those with kids that would like to participate. Even with an 8:15am arrival, you can still wait 30 to 45 minutes in line first thing. It also remains to be seen how long waits are for Toy Story and how long it takes to exit the ride vehicle and get back on.
Epcot is obviously the most logical next step. We’ll see what/when that happens and if this event is popular enough to continue past September.