Looks like we are behind again. This is Part 2 of this post: https://www.easywdw.com/uncategorized/epcot-and-hollywood-studios-walkabout-july-31-part-1/ from two weeks ago. You may remember it as being a “highly recommended day” at Hollywood Studios on this website and the only “park to avoid” on touringplans.com. I didn’t take a lot of pictures because I “had” to get home to post the week’s Times Guide and it was excruciatingly hot. Sorry it’s so boring.
There were some questions in the forum about the availability of taxis at the theme parks. This is the taxi stand at Hollywood Studios. It’s located a good bit away from the entrance to the Park – probably a five minute walk for most people out in the parking lot. The third image is a look at the entrance from where the taxis are located.
To get to the taxis, you take a right after this sign (as the arrow next to taxis instructs) and continue on the walkway past the last bus stop. You’ll continue on this path up to the parking lot and then there’s a crosswalk over to the taxis. You can also see a rare reflection of your author. Does that mean I’m not a witch or something? Or not a vampire? I don’t know, but I assure you I’m not a vampire.
Taxis are also available in the parking lots at Animal Kingdom and Epcot too. For Magic Kingdom, you would need to walk to the Contemporary Resort or take the monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center to pick up a cab there.
Here we are arriving around 3:30pm, which is shortly after the 3pm Parade ends. These are actually pretty good wait times for this time of day in July. Here’s the median wait time at 3:30pm for the entirety of July. This website collects about 3,000 wait times every day of the year.
Toy Story Midway Mania: 95 minutes
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: 60 minutes
Tower of Terror: 40 minutes
Star Tours: 40 minutes
Great Movie Ride: 10 minutes
While the difference at Toy Story Mania isn’t extraordinary, the other attractions appear to have shorter waits. Unfortunately, the wait times board at the Studios always seems to be the least accurate. We better take a closer look.
The Citizens of Hollywood are at their best when the people they choose to participate don’t want to participate. I give “mad props” to anyone wearing pants in Florida in July though.
Not a lot of people around Star Tours. 20 minute posted wait with an “actual wait” of 12 minutes.
A pretty good number of people at Phineas and Ferb. This line moves faster than most because the characters can’t really interact and obviously can’t speak. This is still a good 30 minute line. To minimize wait times as much as possible, you’ll want to arrive five to ten minutes before they appear in the morning or in the final hour they’re available. At the moment, that means arriving at 9:50am or after 6pm.
The Cars Meet and Greet, which is still located right next to Phineas and Ferb, is not quite as popular. Only a five minute wait pretty much no matter when you visit.
As one might expect, there’s not a lot going on along the Streets of America. I think they should demolish this, Backlot Tour, and Lights Motors Action and build something neat. My brain wants to see a “next generation” Pirates of the Caribbean dark ride complete with a “sick drop.”
The calm before the storm as we head to Pixar Place from the Streets of America.
Your always-available-absurd-wait-time at Toy Story Mania.
Ten minute wait at Tower of Terror and 30 minute wait at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Not bad at all for this time of day.
Anaheim Produce is open again after a brief refurbishment. You’ll find it on the left side of Sunset Boulevard as you walk toward Tower of Terror before Sunset Ranch Market. The menu is basically the same, with the addition of what I imagine is a marginal-at-best margarita.
This turned out to be a perfectly decent day at Hollywood Studios, in your author’s opinion. Wait times are well below average for the month of July and significantly lower than non-recommended days during the week.