Hollywood Studios Hours
The general operating hours at the Hollywood Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Florida, are pretty standard. Each day begins with a “Rope Drop” time, the first time guests are allowed to enter the park, and ends with a close time, the last time guests are allowed to enter a standby line for a ride.
Sounds simple, right? Maybe not.
In attempting to improve user experience, Disney has made things slightly more complicated. They have added Extra Magic Hours as well as After-Hours tickets to give guests some extra time at the park with a smaller crowd and shorter wait times.
These special times will be discussed later in the post, but you can jump to them now by clicking these links:
Other Disney World Park Hours:
Normal Hours at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios typically opens at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., and it normally closes at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., but hours can vary occasionally by day and month. To see the official hours for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, click the picture below:
*** Notice that you can filter out the results to view only the park you wish to see.
Later Attraction Hours
There are quite a few rides and attractions at Hollywood Studios that may not follow regular park open times.
The only way to determine ride and attraction times is by checking the My Disney Experience app. Clicking on an individual ride in the app will tell you the start and end times.
*** Wait Time Tip: If a ride has a delayed open, plan on arriving about 10–15 minutes before its scheduled open time. This will ensure a short standby wait time and not use a valuable FastPass+.
If you’re planning on visiting some rides later in the day, it is really important that you check their closing times. You can check any ride’s closing time in the My Disney Experience app, and double-checking might save you from completely missing out on a ride.
Arriving at Hollywood Studios
It can be difficult to decide when to arrive at Hollywood Studios. There are many factors that go into the final decision, some of which are: Do you have Extra Magic Hours? Do you have small children? Are you going to the after-hours event?
If you do decide to go to Hollywood Studios at rope drop, I suggest you read our Hollywood Studios Rope Drop Strategy post. This post will break down your two major options and what to do in each scenario.
Extra Magic Hours
Extra Magic Hours are a Disney perk offered to guests staying in Disney hotels (and select partner hotels) with a valid ticket. Guests with Extra Magic Hours get early park access (typically one extra hour) and access to select attractions on certain mornings.
Evening After Hours are pretty much nonexistent at Hollywood Studios. You can view upcoming Extra Magic Hour times on the Disney website by clicking the picture below:
We briefly discuss Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios as part of our Hollywood Studios rope drop and Extra Magic Hours strategy.
Different attractions are open during Extra Magic Hours depending on whether they are morning extra-hours or evening extra-hours. For a complete list of open attractions and their times, see our Hollywood Studios Extra Magic Hours Rides post!
*** Remember, you must be staying at a Walt Disney Hotel (or partner hotel) and have a valid ticket for regular day admission to use Extra Magic Hours .
Hollywood Studios After Hours
As mentioned earlier, Extra Magic Hours in the evening don’t really exist for Disney guests. Instead, there are Hollywood Studios After Hours. Unlike Extra Magic Hours, which are for guests staying at a Disney Hotel with a valid ticket, this is an extra ticketed event on select evenings throughout the year that anybody can purchase.
On days that have After Hours, special ticketed guests can gain access to the park from 7 p.m. to 3 hours after park close. Regular park admission is not needed to access After Hours, but if you don’t have a ticket for regular park admission, you won’t be allowed to enter the park until 7 p.m. on the day of the event.
Tickets cost around $129 per person ($99 for annual Passholders) and are available for purchase on the main Disney World website.
The available rides are open during Hollywood Studios After Hours:
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Mania!
- Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Character Greetings
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Kylo Ren
- Toy Story Land Pals
After-Hours: Is it Right For You?
After looking at the attraction list, you may be thinking that the Hollywood Studios After Hours ticketed event seems too expensive. And you’re right — it is expensive. But you need to consider a few things before making your purchasing decision:
- Who is attending?
- Do you have small children?
- Have you been at the park all day?
- What do you want to do during the event?
Lets’s break down these questions. Who is attending is a major factor because small children usually cannot go to the parks as long as adults can without getting tired. If you have small children, you have to ask if they will be able to last until 3 hours after close? If not, once they are “done,” the magic will disappear. Trust us.
And let’s face it: None of us are getting any younger. We just came back form a 4-day Disney adventure with no small children, and we were exhausted from going from park open to close.
For this after-hours ticketed event, we suggest NOT going to a park from rope drop and then going to the After Hours event. Not only will you be exhausted that day, but you will not be back to your hotel until at least 12:30 (assuming you stay until midnight). Trying to get up early again the next morning will be hard. This is especially true if you have children with you or if this is already after a few days of hitting the parks.
Our Hollywood Studios After-Hours planning strategy is simple:
If you are going to go to a park during the day, take a break before the after-hours event at Hollywood Studios. You and your children (if you are taking them) will be less tired and ultimately have a better experience.
No Extra Magic Hours
There is nothing wrong with not having Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios. Never feel that you can’t have just as much fun as someone staying on a Disney Resort property!
If you are lucky enough to score a Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Fast Pass+, then you are way ahead of the game and maybe even ahead of those with Extra Magic Hours.