Hollywood Studios FastPass Tiers 2020

on February 23, 2020

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If you are looking for up-to-date info on the Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers, you’ve come to the right place. 

Recently there have been LOTS of changes to the Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers due to the opening of new attractions. The tier system is confusing to begin with, so these changes are making it even more baffling. 

Here’s the current lowdown on how to use the Fast Pass system at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. 

Does Hollywood Studios Have Fastpass Tiers? 

Yes, Hollywood Studios utilizes tiers for Fastpass, similar to Animal Kingdom and Epcot. 

You can book up to three Fastpass in advance at Hollywood Studios per day. 

How Hollywood Studios FastPass Tiers Work

millenium falcon in star wars galaxy's edge

The Millenium Falcon in Galaxy’s Edge

Disney has split the attractions (which includes rides and shows) into two groups at Hollywood Studios: Tier 1 and Tier 2. 

Tier 1 attractions are the most popular or in-demand attractions at the park. 

You are only allowed to book one FastPass from the “Tier 1” group of attractions per day ahead of time. Disney is attempting to distribute FastPasses fairly by only allowing guests one pick from the most popular attractions.

However after you have used your initial three FastPasses during the day, the tier system no longer applies. You can pick additional Fastpasses one at a time from either tier! 

If your ticket allows you to “park hop” (i.e. move to another theme park in the same day) then you are actually allowed to get a Fastpass for a Tier 1 attraction at a different park after you’ve only used one FastPass at your first park. 

Learn the basics plus how to get the most from your FastPasses in my ultimate guide to Disney World FastPass here.

Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Attractions

Currently there are three attractions in Tier 1 at Hollywood Studios.

They are: 

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway 
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run

Right now there are no FastPasses offered for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The headliner attraction at Hollywood Studios continues to use a virtual queue system called “Boarding Groups”. More on this later in the post!

Keep in mind that you’ll want to grab your Tier 1 FastPass as early as possible. This is 60 days in advance if you are staying at a Disney resort and 30 days if you aren’t. Even then you aren’t guaranteed to get your top pick so be sure to have a backup plan!

Hollywood Studios Tier 2 Attractions

front of hollywood tower of terror

Here are the other Tier 2 attractions you can select FastPass for at Hollywood Studios: 

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Tower of Terror
  • Rockin’ Roller Coaster
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Fantasmic!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

If you can’t get a Tier 1 Fastpass or can’t ride those attractions, then you are able to select up to three Tier 2 FastPasses. 

Can I get a Fast Pass For Rise of the Resistance?

The Galaxy’s Edge headliner attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opened December 5th 2019. It is a next-generation attraction that truly puts you inside the Star Wars universe. 

So far it has been incredibly popular and Disney has used a virtual queue they call “Boarding Groups” to accommodate the crowds. 

It is unclear how long this system will be in place. For now, the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance is to grab a spot in a boarding group – there are no FastPasses available. 

Here’s how to get a spot in a Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group:

  • Arrive at Hollywood Studios well before the official opening time. 
  • Make sure everyone who wants to ride Rise of the Resistance is inside the park by opening time (have their Magic Bands or tickets scanned). 
  • Be sure to turn WiFi OFF – use your data instead. 
  • As soon as the clock strikes the official opening time, have the My Disney Experience app open and tap the icon to get a spot in a Boarding Group for everyone in your party. 

If you follow this plan you should be able to get a spot in a Boarding Group.

A reader also advised to try to get away from any large groups of people if you can. This will make your data demand less. If you are trying to head straight for another attraction then disregard this, but if you want the earliest possible boarding group it should help. 

The height requirement is 40″ but keep in mind that there are scary elements and your child should be able to understand that the attraction is pretend and they are in no real danger. 

I will update this post as soon as this process changes. We predict that at some point Disney will ditch the Boarding Group system in favor of a traditional FastPass. 

What attractions should I FastPass at Hollywood Studios?

alien swirling saucers - hollywood studios fastpass tiers

Alien Swirling Saucers

In 2020 certain FastPasses will become very difficult to get at Hollywood Studios.

The park will likely be very crowded thanks it being the home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (get my 10 essential tips for visiting Galaxy’s Edge here ). 

Fastpasses are now available for another new attraction that is opening March 4th, 2020 – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. It has no height requirement so everyone in the family can ride it (even very small children). Because of this I expect it to be the most popular attraction for FastPass. 

I’d suggest trying to get either Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway or Slinky Dog Dash as your Tier 1 FastPass. 

single rider line - hollywood studios fastpass tiers

Millenium Falcon Single Rider line

The reason I suggest these over Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is that there is a single rider line for this attraction. This means you can ride it with a short wait as long as you don’t mind being separated from the rest of your party. 

For your two choices from Tier 2, I’d suggest Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, or Rockin’ Roller Coaster. These attractions typically have very long stand-by waits. Rockin’ Roller Coaster also has a single rider line. 

I would not recommend a FastPass for Fantasmic – there are usually plenty of seats for those without FastPass (as long as your arrive 30 minutes before the show starts) and the seats are often better. 

I hope this post helped you understand how Hollywood Studios FastPass Tiers work. Any questions? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in The Budget Mouse free private Facebook group!

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