There are character meal opportunities everywhere at Disney World (just about a dozen, in fact) and they are all different. If you have limited time on your vacation, you will likely only be able to enjoy a couple of them. How to choose the best character meals for your family? I break each one down below to help with your planning.
Here are five of my favorite Hollywood Studios secrets that are fun to know when you visit Disney World. Follow my other posts to learn all of my favorite secrets from Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot too.
Your “Extra Magic Hour” at Disney World is your admission into a designated theme park one hour before it opens to the public or up to two hours after a park closes to the public. How do you get this privilege? Easy – you simply stay on Disney property, the Hilton by Downtown Disney, or Shades of Green Resort.
You’ll likely hear mixed reviews of the Extra Magic Hour- some say avoid the parks on days that offer the Extra Magic Hour(s), but I disagree. That extra time is very valuable and a lot can be done during an hour with no crowds. In fact, on a recent trip to Disneyland, my family was able to pretty much do every ride offered in Fantasyland during the Extra Magic Hour. I can agree, however, that if you do not have the Extra Magic Hour privilege (due to not staying on Disney property) that you may opt choose other parks on Extra Magic Hour days.
Please do not use your Extra Magic Hour to eat breakfast or dinner! Use it to see and do as much as possible with reduced crowds.
Good news! You don’t have to use one of your 3 Fast Pass+ reservations on an evening show at Disney World! I have found ways to view Fantasmic, Illuminations, and Wishes via a premium or VIP viewing situation….as if you had a Fast Pass+ (or better!) So save your Fast Passes for the attractions and I’ll fill you in the secrets below: Continue reading →
Hollywood Studios is a unique experience. You’ll get behind-the-scenes looks at the processes behind TV and movies – especially all things Disney. The wide array of attractions, from stage shows to thrill rides, offer many different options depending on your tastes. The stage shows are performed during scheduled times, so making the most of the rest of your time at Hollywood Studios is important. Typically, you don’t need a Fast Pass+ to view the stage shows (although they are offered). Use your 3 Fast Pass+ options for the other attractions. ***NOTE: In April 2015 I’m testing the effectiveness of a Fast Pass+ for the Frozen Sing Along Street Party and will modify this post accordingly if proven worthwhile.*** The top priority Fast Pass+ options for Hollywood Studios is as follows: Continue reading →