Every good movie starts with a hero, who meets an enemy; a nemisis.
When it comes to Hollywood Studios, I know exactly who the bad guys is: doubt.
Are there enough things to do with my toddler? Where should we eat? Is it worth a full park day? What if we're not huge Star Wars fans??
You've got a (chill, organized + fun) friend in me.
and that hero? it's about to be you.
First, there are some things you need to know.
It's a full park day; since Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land, the park went to "eh, maybe a half day" to a full blown experience.
Rise of the Resistance -- the dream ride for Star War's fans -- broke down a whopping 508 times last year. I wish I was kidding.
Since there aren't a lot of "big" rides, you could potentially be waiting in line a LOT. Not a vibe on vacation.
You know, the ones where you feel like you can catch your breath, sip on a mimosa, and your cheeks hurt from laughing?
I learned that our days in Hollywood Studios felt a LOT more relaxed when we weren't first in line, or used a minute-by-minute timeline.
But when I had a plan in place based around my little family. Ready to learn how?
YOUR GUIDE TO
Consider it your trusty playbook, guiding you through the park so you can hit the best rides, catch awe-inspiring shows, and chow down on food that's *actually* good. Oh, and some sneaky hacks to keep those tiny toddlers entertained, too.
Nail down Early Entry and figure out your transportation using a handy chart.
Get a detailed morning timeline, including insights on Genie+, Individual Lightning Lanes, and how to tackle popular rides like Slinky Dog Dash and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
I've curated the best rides, character meetups, and shows for your little ones -- tried, tested and approved by my own kids.
This is the biggest section of the guide for a reason: there's actually a lot to do with toddlers.
Make the most of your day with 4 different itineraries, like a "Toy Story Day" or "Star Wars Evening".
...without the headache of figuring it out on your own. I got you.
It can be hard to find the good food that's *actually* worth the hype.
Learn the best spots to find things like mouth-watering mac 'n' cheese and the only character dining option in the park.
GIMME THE DEETS
Have a list of things to do that your toddler will love + get their energy out.
Ok, how does this sound?
Prioritize your Genie+ picks to get the most bang for your buck.
Know where to find the good food and not waste your money on "bleh."
Have a clear plan before you even head to the park that morning.
Stay up-to-date with any changes without having to Google anything.
As things change, your guide will be updated automatically so you're up-to-date for any future trips.
By the end of the day you'll have a clear vision for your day in the park, complete with itineraries to download.
Show up to Hollywood Studios with confidence, feeling prepared and ready to hit everything on your list.
"I especially loved the Toy Story day and Star Wars evening itineraries. I need both of these for my family!"
"I love that you show people how to use their app step-by-step to find characters."
"I'd recommend your guides for everyone whether you are a newbie to Disney or a seasoned visitor!"
LET's GET THIS PARK DAY STARTED!
Step-by-step instructions showing you what to do
You'll have the answers to questions like: "what time should I get there? Is there a bus? Should I head to Slinky Dog first or something else? How do I get Early Entry?" It's all covered inside.
WHAT IF YOU HAD...
Insider info about an important detail: the food.
Being an insider (pst, that's you), you'll learn about the only spot to find blueberry Mickey waffles, a hidden lounge, and my least favorite thing I've ordered in the park.
Themed itineraries for toddlers, mixed ages, and the biggest Star Wars fan.
Choose the itinerary that works best for your group: something more for toddlers, or mixed ages. These will help keep your brain clutter-free. Yay, organization!
There's a reason why this digital guide comes with lifetime access.
Because things can change so fast in Disney World's parks.
Reading blogs is all well and good, but the fastest and easiest way to get the information you need is to have everything in one place.
You know how heroes always seem to have a sidekick?
Consider this your new wingman, SAFE in your pocket.
Keep track of your park day: what time to leave, your Genie+ priorities, dining reservations, and anything else to keep your mind clear. Yay, organization!
Remember that hero we talked about earlier?
TAKE ME TO CHECKOUT!
As a (very) tired mom, I've come to love that Hollywood Studios takes the least amount of walking out of any of the parks. Seriously, it's great.
I have a good feeling about this.
I think we can all agree that being in charge of the vacation-decisions may be the worst part of Disney World, right?
You want your husband to have fun, the kids to have fun, and just hope that maybe you'll have a *little* fun, too, if you're lucky.
And I'm assuming -- like most moms -- everyone is looking to you to figure this all out.
Here's the big secret...
You are the best person to plan your vacation. Not me, not a travel agent, not your Disney-loving friend (bless her), just you.
The truth is, your vacation isn't going to be *magical* because of where you're going, it's because your family is going to make it that way.
I'm Dana, and it took me years to realize that my girls aren't going to remember how many rides we got on, but how they felt while we were there.
You bought your tickets. You have your park reservations and picked out a really cute outfit. You feel like you've done all the "work". But instead of basking in your greatness, you're feeling stressed about what to do once you get there.
TO FEEL PREPARED
A PLAN FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DAY
HOW TO FIND CHARACTERS (THERE's A LOT OF THEM!)
A lIST OF THINGS YOUR TINY TODDLER CAN DO
STEP-BY-STEP ITINERARIES FOR WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK
GET THE GUIDE
If there's any reason you feel like the information inside your guide isn't helpful when it comes to planning a day in Hollywood Studios, let me know and I'll issue you a refund.
If your visiting the park with kids, my answer is YES. Because even if you're not the "planning type", you'll need to know where to head first.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope! This is a completely digital guide that you can look at from your computer or phone on the go.
It is! If you're looking for aaaall the things, get access to Laid-back Magic here.
In 20-25 minutes! You can literally pull this up on your phone the night before your park day, no problem.
Have a question?
I completely understand. Every dollar invested in your vacation is an important one! I'm here to answer any questions you may have, just shoot me an email.