Hollywood Studios is a park that many dismiss as a “half day” park, especially recently with all the construction going on as Star Wars land is being created behind the green walls. While I don’t dispute that, I also wouldn’t recommend skipping it, even with little ones. There is still PLENTY to do to keep your toddlers and preschoolers entertained, so let’s take a look.
While your little one may not be able to fully participate in this attraction, they will love the theming in the queue, and the actual ride is loads of fun. You do need to wear 3D glasses to get the full affect, and some kids may not tolerate that, so keep it in mind. Directly across from Toy Story Mania is a Buzz/Woody meet and greet. That queue is also lots of fun, and we love meeting these two together!
Another 3D attraction, this show starring the Muppets can be a great respite from the Florida heat. Warning though, it does get dark and that might scare some younger ones.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
If your kiddo is a fan of Ariel, this is a great show for them. It lasts 15 minutes and has a live action Ariel re-telling. Again, just a brief warning, Ursula is HUGE. She’s as tall as the theater almost, and really scared my 2 year old the first time.
Disney Jr. Live on Stage
Right across from Little Mermaid, this is my favorite show in Hollywood Studios. It lasts about 20 minutes and tells a story of celebrating Minnie’s birthday by way of visiting Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. This show is very interactive and is just so much fun. You do have to sit on the floor, which is great for kids, but my knees didn’t love it!
Disney Jr. Characters Meet and Greet
Outside of the Disney Jr. show are the opportunities to meet with Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins. Lines are never very long, especially while a show is going on.
Star Wars Meet and Greet
Also very close to The Little Mermaid and Disney Jr. shows is the Star Wars Launch Bay. Inside is a quick movie about the creation of The Force Awakens, the opportunity to meet Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and a couple of Jawas. There’s also a video game are that could be a nice break for older kids. This isn’t for all little ones, obviously, but the lines are typically pretty short and full of neat Star Wars memorabilia.
Beauty and the Beast
Another show near Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster, it lasts about 25 minutes. If you have a Belle fan, it’s a must-see!
Frozen Sing a Long
The last show, I promise! If your toddler is still in full Arendelle mode (are there any that are over it? It’s been going strong for two years in my house) this show is a can’t miss. Inside, you can get out of the heat and there’s a new Olaf Meet and Greet right outside! I haven’t had the opportunity to meet Olaf yet, but I can’t wait!
One less than honorable mention, Fantasmic scared my toddler out of her mind when we went to see it. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but this show/fireworks display goes into Mickey’s Nightmare and showcases several villains. My daughter was scared Mickey had “died” at one point. Just a word of caution, as I would definitely not recommend it for very little ones.
Okay, so one ride and lots of shows, more than enough to keep your toddler happy for quite a while! And adults can sneak off for the FABULOUS Hollywood Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller coaster (hello, single rider line!).
Be sure to check out my post on Best Rides for Toddlers at Epcot, and stay tuned for Animal Kingdom!