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Hollywood Studios Day 2 Disney World Genie+ Itinerary



By Dave Shute

(Note: this is from the Disney World Genie+ Itinerary.)

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS DAY 2: SECOND SATURDAY AGENDA

(For the general approach to Hollywood Studios, see the beginning of Hollywood Studios Day 1.)

You complete your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. Your day is shaped into two parts, with an early morning visit to see some key rides, a break for napping or swimming back at the hotel, then a return to the Studios to knock off some Genie+ and any ILL rides that have later returns, plus any shows you have missed.

After you have done the logistics tasks in the early morning, your head to the Studios for early entry. Almost everyone present at early entry will be targeting Rise of the Resistance—you will have seen it on Day 1 via ILL, so will be targeting Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway instead. After that, you will complete the other rides in Toy Story Land and see other rides nearby in this section of the park.

Your morning will end with a show or two, depending on what is available early— Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show, with its first show commonly at 10.45a, and For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, with its first time commonly at 10.30a, would each be good choices. Seeing both (Indy at 10.45, Frozen at 11.30) will make your afternoon/evening return simpler.

LOGISTICS

At 7a, if you wish to see it again, or if the ride broke on Day 1, book a time via Individual Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance. If you are lucky, take a morning booking; otherwise take a late afternoon booking. You may have little in the way of choices…

On Genie+, check the return times for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and, if you missed either on Day 1 or want to re-ride, Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Most who are not Star Wars fans would prioritize one of the Sunset Boulevard attractions, but major Star Wars fans simply must do the Millennium Falcon ride.

Two hours after official general public park open—that is at 10.30a for an 8.30a park open most days–come back to Genie+. Most days you will be able to book at least one other high priority ride (Millennium, Tower, or Rock ‘n’ Roller) for later afternoon or early evening.

Today, Early Entry is fundamental to your strategy.

Given limitations coming out of COVID, I don’t particularly recommend any dining reservations. Pre-COVID, I would have recommended Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater or 50’s Prime Time Café.

AT THE PARK

Arrive at the tapstiles at Disney’s Hollywood Studios no later than 45 minutes before Early Entry begins (for example, if the general public opening is 9a, this will mean an 8a arrival for an 8.30a Early Entry).

When you are let in for Early Entry, immediately head to Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land and ride it.

Then walk back to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and ride it.

Then backtrack and see the other attractions in Toy Story Land—Toy Story Mania, and if it looks fun, Alien Swirling Saucers.

One of two entrances to Galaxy’s Edge is by Alien Swirling Saucers. Walk through Galaxy’s Edge and at its other exit turn right and see Muppet Vision 3D.

Next see Star Tours.

If the timing is right, see the 10.45a showing of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show, and then—if you can move quickly enough, and lines aren’t too long—the 11.30 showing of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.

The schedules for each are at the links:

If you have managed to see these last two attractions, and if you have no later Genie+ or ILL bookings, then see Walt Disney Presents, and your day is done.

Otherwise, take a break and return to the park later in the day to see the shows, Walt Disney Presents, and any Genie+ or ILL you have booked. Later in the day, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show typically has its latest shows at 3.15p and 4.30p, and the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is on the half hour, with its last show at 7.30p.

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW

You will have an early start as you complete your visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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2 comments

1 Greg { 03.28.22 at 9:11 pm }

I saw you linked here from the easywdw forum. Condolences for your loss. Josh’s plans were always so helpful (supplemented by your plans and those from TP).

Quick question about early entry and SDD. If early entry starts 830am, what time would I need to arrive to keep my wait in line under 30 mins? While we are rope drop people we are not 45 mins early rope drop people. If we show up at 815 will we be too far behind? I see videos on youtube where waits first thing at SDD are still super long. I may be better off taking my chanes with G+ at 7am

2 Dave { 03.29.22 at 9:20 am }

Hi Greg, and thanks. I’d still advise 45 mins. You can do G+ instead, of course. But that comes at the cost of G+ for something else…

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