Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Preschoolers

Hollywood Studios may be the most unique of all the parks to take preschoolers. There has been a ton of stuff added to Hollywood Studios over the last few years and if you haven’t been in a while, you’ll be surprised with all the changes. There are a lot of big thrill rides including Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway that everyone rushes to each day.

Now for the interesting part if you go with a preschooler, they may not like or want to go on any of those rides. So, I would suggest watching some ride throughs and determine if those rides stay on the to do list as a family. Some can be pretty intense for a 3, 4, or 5 year old even if they are tall enough to ride.

That brings us to the next topic: Rider Switch

Be Prepared to Rider Switch

Rider Switch is a great way for parents to take turns waiting with the child and not have to stay in line twice. It works really well, just go to the Cast Member station in front of the attraction to check in for Rider Switch. The first adult will get in line, while the other adults waits. After the first adult rides, they’ll switch off and the next adult can go through the lightning lane.

Rider Switch is a great way to still ride the attractions and not have your preschooler wait twice for the same ride. In addition, if your child’s napping you don’t have to wake them up. Big Win for everyone!

Rider Switch at Disney World explained for 2022

Rider Switch Available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Slinky Dog Dash
Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Hollywood Studios Attractions Height Requirements

Don’t Miss the Shows

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some really great shows so take the time and build those in to your plans. It’s also a great opportunity to get out of the heat and in to some air conditioning. I just recently saw Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and would highly recommend everyone of all ages see it. Some others to be sure to check out at Hollywood Studios with preschoolers:

  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Muppet*Vision 3D

DHS Restaurants for Picky Eaters

Our Favorite Disney Restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre, is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. An added bonus is that it’s great for Picky Eaters and preschoolers. The old school B-Movie sci fi films are great to watch.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre

This is a sit down restaurant with a 50’s Drive In Theatre theme. It’s very popular and we’ve been lucky enough to get reservations but it took up to the day before. It also has an American theme so think burger, chicken strips, fries, etc.

Menu Highlights

  • Sci-Fi Smoked Wings
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich
  • Classic American Burger
  • Pan-Seared Chicken Pasta
  • Chicken Strips
  • Cheeseburger
  • Macaroni & Cheese
Molly From All Ears Reviews Hollywood Studios Restaurants

Woody’s Lunch Box

This is another great spot located in Toy Story Land. It’s set up to look like you are shrunk down to the size of a toy and eating from an actual Lunch Box. It may seem like really simple items but it’s great even for adults.

Menu Highlights

  • Kids’ Breakfast Bowl
  • BBQ Brisket Melt
  • Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
  • Totchos
  • Banana-Peanut Butter Fudge Lunch Box Tart
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart
  • Raspberry Lunch Box Tart

Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Preschoolers – Overall Tips

Hollywood Studios may be the trickiest from an attractions stand point compared to the other parks. My 5 year old loves Toy Story Mania and Aliens Swirling Saucers and we ride those multiple times a visit. But he would never get on Slinky Dog Dash, even if he meets the height requirement. It really depends how adventurous your preschooler is and if they want to ride the larger rides.

Don’t miss the shows and restaurants here. Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre is one of the few table service restaurants that I would recommend because the scenery is so immersive. It’ll keep the kids busy for the entire meal. Also, if your kids have ever watched Frozen, don’t miss the Sing Along.

This is the 4th in the series of the Theme Parks with Preschoolers. So be sure to check out the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom guides.

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