Should You Go To Hollywood Studios If You Aren’t a Star Wars Fan?
To paraphrase Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith in Hollywood Studios disturbing. There’s a troublesome trend these days where people seem to think that Hollywood Studios is only for Star Wars fans and I’m here to set the record straight.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “we aren’t Star Wars fans, so we’re just going to skip Hollywood Studios“, a statement that boggles my mind every time. Sure, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge may be Hollywood Studios’ main attraction for the majority of the population, but it’s far from the only thing to do there.
So what’s a non-Star Wars fan to do in the land of the stars (ahem, Hollywood stars, that is)? I have a few ideas.
1. “Drop In” on Some Classic Thrill Rides
Long before Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios was famous for two things: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Both of these popular thrill rides are still around and both are currently operating.
I realize roller coasters and freefalling elevators may not be for everyone, but if you don’t mind the occasional adrenaline rush, consider trying one or both of these (still) popular attractions.
Oh, and don’t forget Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. If you remember The Great Movie Ride, you’ll appreciate the transformation of this classic attraction.
2. Think Like a Toy
When Toy Story Land opened on June 30, 2018, it was an instant hit with kids and adults alike. The immersive, larger-than-life theming gives you the feeling of being a toy in Andy’s backyard.
Slinky Dog Dash is hands down the main attraction here. But beware, this little coaster packs a punch! If you don’t do too well with bumps or speed, consider sitting this one out.
The newly redesigned (well, newly redesigned since 2018) Toy Story Mania is always a crowd pleaser. Bring out your competitive side with this classic midway-style interactive game ride.
And finally, round out Toy Story Land with the Alien Swirling Saucers. This spinning ride will give you an “out of this swirl” experience.
If rides aren’t your thing, perhaps we can entice you with the homemade Pop Tarts from Andy’s Lunch Box?
3. Take In a Show
While several of Hollywood Studio’s popular shows are currently on hiatus (Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular), there are still a few you can take in.
MuppetVision 3D is always an excellent choice, but especially when you need a little laugh! And of course, no trip to Hollywood Studios is complete without a viewing of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Sing along to your favorite Frozen songs, complete with lively hosts and magical surprises.
4. Food and Brews
Hollywood Studios is home to several eateries, including Baseline Tap House. The cozy corner pub has an extensive menu of California beers, wine, and ciders. They also offer spirits, specialty cocktails, mocktails, and small plates.
If you’re looking for a classic Hollywood experience, consider making a reservation at The Hollywood Brown Derby. The Tiffany lamps, dark wood, leather booths, and white tablecloths will bring you back to yesteryear. The signature restaurant is famous for their Cobb Salad, but don’t let that deter you from trying one of their mouthwatering steak or seafood dishes. And don’t forget the Grapefruit Cake for dessert! Plus with an extensive list of cordials, spirits and creative cocktails, you’ll be feeling like Hollywood royalty by the end of your meal.
If you’re looking for a more fun and casual atmosphere, 50s Prime Time Café or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater are for you. Both of these restaurants offer a unique vintage atmosphere, coupled with wonderful food.
And if character dining is on your list, make a reservation for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Hollywood and Vine. Breakfast features Disney Junior pals, while lunch and dinner are seasonally themed and typically feature Minnie and friends.
5. Visit a Galaxy Far, Far Away
I know, I know. You “aren’t a Star Wars fan”, but hear me out! Even if you know absolutely nothing about Star Wars, even if you’ve never seen a single Star Wars movie, even if you can’t tell me who Baby Yoda is (and let’s be honest, I’m pretty everyone knows who Baby Yoda is), you at least need to SEE Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just once.
Listen. When I say that the detail in this magnificent land is absolutely jaw-dropping, I mean jaw-dropping. It’s more jaw-dropping than someone suggesting they skip Hollywood Studios altogether simply because they don’t like Star Wars. It’s that awe-inspiring.
The sights, the sounds, the smells, the way the restroom signs are written in Aurebesh (the language of Batuu… and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is modeled after Batuu… stay with me here). Again, even if you know next to NOTHING about Star Wars, you’d be surprised how at home you feel in Galaxy’s Edge.
So what does a non-Star Wars fan do in Star Wars land? Drink some blue or green milk. Try to snag a coveted reservation at Oga’s Cantina and enjoy an out-of-this-world cocktail. Help the Resistance rise. Fly the Millennium Falcon (yes, fly the Millennium Falcon). Or just stand in the middle and take it all in. You’d be surprised how inspired you feel. Who knows, maybe a visit to Galaxy’s Edge is what you need to become a “Star Wars person”.
So, there you have it. A non-Star Wars fan’s guide to Hollywood Studios. Hopefully I’ve given you a fresh outlook on what some consider to be a “half day park” (spoiler alert: it’s not). Hollywood Studios is filled with exciting attractions and fun for the whole family, whether you like Star Wars or not. If you still think you can do without Hollywood Studios on your next trip, then my job here is done. But if this fun-filled park just made it to the top of your “must-do” list, do yourself a favor and book the Park Pass. You will not regret it.
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