Disney just added Fantasmic on May 16th and 25th at 9:00pm and 10:30pm and extended the hours to 9am – 10pm to accommodate the additional shows on both dates. I’ll be updating the crowd calendar and Park recommendations shortly. This will be affecting the recommendations for the week of the 25th. The recommended day at Hollywood Studios will move to Thursday the 26th. If you have dining reservations on the 25th or don’t want to change your plans, you can still have success on the 25th if you arrive by 7:45am for the morning Extra Magic Hour and head straight for Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. Get those attractions out of the way in the morning and you’re in good shape for the rest of the day. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting into the first couple of stage shows and the less popular attractions will be even less popular before 11am. You’ll likely want to take a break around 2pm or so and return in the evening for the 10:30pm Fantasmic. If you’re arriving later or aren’t eligible for Extra Magic Hour, you will likely need to rely on FASTPASS for at least Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (and probably Star Tours and Tower of Terror as well). Expect Toy Story Mania FASTPASSes to be gone by 11am.
Note that although Fantasmic officially begins after the Studios is scheduled to close, it’s just the attractions that will stop allowing guests to enter the queue at 10:00pm. Like always, the stores remain open for a while after official Park closing and the restaurants seat guests right up until close. Disney runs buses for at least two hours after the Studios closes or until everyone finishes up their meal and gets back to their resorts. Disney also allows visitors to get in line for an attraction right until the Park is scheduled to close and they’ll let you ride as long as you’re in line and there isn’t a major ride malfunction. That means you could get in line for Toy Story Mania at 9:50pm and ride without any trouble, even if the posted wait time is 60 minutes. Finally, Disney does tend to inflate wait times at the end of the night so fewer people get in line. If possible, check on the actual length of the line and ask an attendant if the wait may be lower than what’s posted.