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How to Make the Most of Disney Hollywood Studios with Kids: Top Tips and Must-See Attractions

Visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios with kids is an experience that brings the magic of movies, television, and animation to life. Hollywood Studios offers a wide range of attractions that cater to all ages, but some are absolute must-sees with kids. "Toy Story Land" is a vibrant area that shrinks guests down to the size of a toy, allowing them to explore Andy's backyard. Here, "Slinky Dog Dash" provides family-friendly thrills, and "Toy Story Mania!" offers interactive 4D shooting games that are fun for the whole family. "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" is another hit, especially for fans of the "Frozen" franchise, as it combines live performances with sing-along moments from the movie. Plus, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is a family attraction that features some of your favorites.

To ensure your trip is as magical as possible, here are some top tips and must-see attractions to make the most of your visit. First and foremost, planning is key. Start your day early by arriving at the park before it opens. This strategy lets you enjoy some of the most popular attractions with shorter wait times.

Be sure to download the My Disney Experience app before your visit. It's an invaluable tool for checking wait times and ordering food at many restaurants, which saves time and avoids standing in long lines. Genie+ can be a game-changer, especially for high-demand attractions like "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance" and "Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway." Prioritize these attractions early in the day or use the app to join virtual queues if available. Genie+ does come with an additional fee and pricing varies by date.

Lastly, don't miss the chance to meet beloved characters throughout the park. Character meet-and-greets provide unforgettable memories and photo opportunities. While the characters and locations may change, checking the My Disney Experience app for times and locations can help you plan accordingly. We love to see the Disney Junior characters plus this is the only park where you can meet Sorcerer Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in her Hollywood attire. Also, consider dining experiences that feature characters; they offer a unique way to meet your favorites while enjoying a meal.

Here are a few of our total must-do's:

Fantasmic! is a true Disney classic and our favorite Disney nighttime spectacular. Depending on the season or date they will do one or two showings of this amazing show. I recommend arriving early or consider the Fantasmic Dining Package to ensure reserved seating. Other fan favorites include MuppetVision, Dining at Hollywood & Vine and meeting your favorite Pixar characters at Pixar Plaza! We have met Mr. & Mrs Incredible, FroZone, Sully from Monsters Inc, and Ms. Edna Mode herself in this area.

Remember to stay hydrated, take breaks, and enjoy each moment can make your visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios with kids truly magical. This park has quickly turned into our girls favorite to visit lately and as a mom I am truly not mad at it. Hopefully these tips and tricks help you on your next visit.

Until our next expedition....

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