1-Day Hollywood Studios Itinerary Utilizing Genie+ & Lightning Lanes


Our 1-Day Hollywood Studios Itinerary utilizing Genie+ and Lightning Lanes covers how the paid line-skipping companies work in observe. This step-by-step Walt Disney World touring plan solutions questions, illustrates the method, and gives time-saving technique for making the very best journey reservations. (Up to date January 23, 2022.)

It is a theoretical day at DHS because of unknowns, however that’s true of actually any itinerary. Crowd ranges and wait occasions range, points of interest expertise downtime, and there are distinctive wrinkles to any day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Identical to a standard touring plan, there’s lots right here that we are able to pull from previous precedent, historic wait time knowledge, and intensive expertise with related techniques.

That is supposed to complement our Lightning Lane and Genie+ at Walt Disney World FAQ. Loads of you’ve got had questions, and we’ve tried to reply a lot of the widespread ones there. Nevertheless, many are about particular situations and that FAQ could be so long as a Tolstoy novel if we addressed every one there. As an alternative, we’re going to clarify by displaying through a day at DHS, which can hopefully deal with a whole lot of issues/questions/and many others. within the course of.

As mentioned within the aforementioned FAQ, there are 2 fashionable points of interest per park that promote Particular person Lightning Lane entry and aren’t a part of Genie+. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, these rides are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Usually, we don’t advocate paying further to bypass the traces for these excessive profile rides as a result of you are able to do them very first thing within the morning or on the finish of the evening to bypass the traces. By and enormous, Genie+ gives the higher bang in your buck, and is the superior strategy to spend should you’re on a finances.

With that stated, a few of you could need to ignore our recommendation and buy each Genie+ and Particular person Lightning Lanes. That is truly a “problem” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is residence to the most well-liked Genie+ attraction (Slinky Canine Sprint) and the most well-liked Particular person Lightning Lane attraction (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance) in all of Walt Disney World.

Each of those typically e-book up inside seconds of seven am, which presents a sensible downside—how do you e-book each? There isn’t any great way for one particular person to perform each past making an attempt to do issues shortly and hoping for the very best. Ideally, you’ll need to have two adults awake at 7 am, with one reserving Slinky Canine Sprint and the opposite reserving Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. That is the one dynamic duo of rides the place this presents an issue–should you’re reserving some other mixture, it’s no situation.

Anyway, on with our 1-Day Disney’s Hollywood Studios Itinerary with Genie+…

7:00:00 am – Guide Slinky Canine Sprint through Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of three:10 pm to 4:10 pm.

In an ideal world, you’ll get a a lot earlier return time for Slinky Canine Sprint, however it doesn’t all the time work that method–even should you’re refreshing proper at 7 am on the dot. For this attraction, we strongly advocate following our Pace Technique for Genie+ Picks.

~8:30 am – Rope drop Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway through standby throughout Early Entry at DHS.

9:15 am – Do Toy Story Mania through standby line.

9:55 am – Do Alien Swirling Saucers through standby line.

10:25 am – Do Star Excursions: the Adventures Proceed through standby line.

You might not be wild about ready in three consecutive standby traces for fashionable rides, however that’s sure to occur at DHS given the top-heavy nature of the lineup. In truth, you’ll virtually definitely have extra Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations in late afternoon than within the morning or early afternoon. That’s simply the way it tends to work out, so plan accordingly and knock out “simpler” points of interest through standby early on.

10:50 am – Marvel at MuppetVision 3D in all of its distinctly patriotic brilliance.

11:00 am – Whereas ready for MuppetVision (however with out taking your consideration away from its profound pre-show), e-book Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run through Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of two:30 pm to three:30 pm.

Be aware: 11:00 am is chosen as a result of it’s 120 minutes after park opening, which is in keeping with How the Genie+ 120 Minute Rule Works at Walt Disney World. This rule governs when you may make your subsequent Genie+ journey reservation, and is extremely necessary to know.

11:25 am – See Minnie at Crimson Carpet Goals or Olaf at Celeb Highlight, whichever character appeals to you extra. Doubtlessly each if the traces are quick.

12 pm – Catch the primary displaying of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Take notes to enhance your sick parkour strikes.

12:50 pm – Browse Walt Disney Presents for proof to verify suspicions of grave-rolling.

1:00 pm – Guide Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster Starring Aerosmith through Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return window of 4:05 pm to five:05 pm.

Be aware: Lightning Lane return occasions for each attraction besides Slinky Canine Sprint get refilled or “roll over” all through the day, so should you solely see late night return occasions when first opening up My Disney Expertise to e-book one other Genie+ Lightning Lane, give it a couple of minutes–you need to see earlier occasions. (As with so many facets of Genie, that is YMMV. The entire system continues to alter/evolve, so this might not be your expertise.)

1:20 pm – Hollywood Brown Derby ADR

2:45 pm – Recuperate from the fantastic Grapefruit Cake and Brown Derby Signature Burger-induced meals coma with Trip Enjoyable – An Authentic Animated Brief with Mickey & Minnie.

3 pm – Guide the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror through Genie+ with a Lightning Lane return time of 4:20 pm to five:20 pm.

3:10 pm – Do Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run through Lightning Lane (Genie+ journey reservation).

3:40 pm – Do Slinky Canine Sprint through Lightning Lane (Genie+ journey reservation).

4:00 pm – Do Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster Starring Aerosmith through Lightning Lane (Genie+ journey reservation). Arrive 5 minutes early, benefiting from grace interval (see FAQ).

4:20 pm – Do the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror through Lightning Lane (Genie+ journey reservation).

4:21 pm – With all headliners in DHS ‘offered out’ for the day, e-book a brand new Genie+ Lightning Lane journey reservation for a headliner in Epcot, the place you’ll Park Hop for Harmonious, anyway.

4:45 pm – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy through standby line.

5:10 pm – Race on over to the Trolley Automotive Cafe Starbucks for some espresso…and towards your higher judgment, a Carrot Cake Cookie. Lightning McQueen would say you’ve earned it–time to ka-chow down!

5:25 pm – Do Frozen Sing-Alongside Celebration through standby line.

6 pm – Do Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance through standby line after noticing the posted wait time has dropped to 80 minutes. That is considerably shorter than the 120 to 180 minute posted wait occasions earlier within the day–you knew this might occur since Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance wait occasions are inclined to peak early. The precise wait finally ends up being beneath an hour, which you additionally knew would occur.

7 pm or so – Park Hop to Epcot through the Disney Skyliner gondolas and choose up your night there…

As soon as once more, this was a theoretical day with Genie+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios based mostly on assumptions about capability allocation and demand. Some or all of those assumptions could possibly be off and never replicate what you truly expertise come October–however the identical could possibly be stated of any itinerary. We expect that is most likely ~75% correct, and on the very least, ought to illustrate how a day may look utilizing Genie+ for many who by no means used paper FastPass or MaxPass.

To make sure, that is an environment friendly day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, however not an overzealous one. The most important problem would be the backloaded Genie+ return occasions, and filling out your late morning and noon with stage exhibits and desk service meals–or no matter else you need to kill time earlier than your Lightning Lane return occasions roll round.

Finally, the purpose right here is to not “promote” you on shopping for Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, however relatively, as an example how Genie+ may show advantageous for days you decide to buy the add-on (I’d purchase strategically relatively than length-of-stay), put some doomsday assumptions to relaxation, and begin making lemonade out of lemons.

Should you’re nonetheless not fairly glad with how Genie+ works in observe, see My Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Utilizing Genie+ (should you’re visiting throughout a busier season, don’t anticipate to perform that a lot). Should you’d relatively merely know which alternatives are objectively the very best (by way of time saved and the way shortly they e-book up), see our Disney’s Hollywood Studios Genie+ Priorities & Lightning Lane Trip Ranks.

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