PHOTOS - A look at the reopening of Disney's Hollywood Studios

Jul 20, 2020 in "Disney's Hollywood Studios"

Disney's Hollywood Studios reopening from COVID-19 shutdown

Disney's Hollywood Studios has been open to guests for 5 days, part of the second group of the Walt Disney World theme park's phased reopening.

Recent additions including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway make the Studios the most sought after destination at Walt Disney World, with Disney Park Pass passholder reservations full for almost the next 30 days. 

Social distancing is in effect throughout the park, which means that some attractions are using outdoor space for queues. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is using the courtyard to the right of the building for queue space, minimizing the use of the indoor space.

Crowds are far lower than you would typically find, although Disney's Hollywood Studios does feel the busiest of the four parks.

The Studios has the lowest revised reopening capacity, thought to be just below Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Entertainment takes the form of cavalcades that take place multiple times throughout the day.

Disney Junior, Mickey and Friends, and Pixar Pals complete the line-up.

In Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Chewbacca and Rey appear on the balcony over the droid works, and Kylo Ren appears by his ship.

Check out the video below for a look at the cavalcades and Kylo Ren and the First Order.

Wait times are higher at the Studios than at the other parks, with Runway Railway frequently having 60 minute + queues, Slinky Dog around 30 minutes, and Smugglers Run around 25 minutes. 

Click the gallery for more pictures from the reopening of Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Article Posted: Jul 20, 2020 / 10:44am ET
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Figments Friend4 days ago

'Columbus Day Weekend'. In the U.S., a three day weekend for many. A quick hop to a favorite travel location is a common pastime for many. Basically, the last 'long weekend of fun with the kids' folks in the Northeast can have before the cold weather hits later in October. -

olie644 days ago

That is dead smack in the middle of fall breaks for schools in the guessing that is playing into it.

Magic Feather4 days ago

Holiday week

JohnD4 days ago

What's going on October 9-16 where DHS is blocked out to resort guests and ticket holders? But AP holders have access to all parks October 13-15? I've never seen it where AP holders get the better deal, even for several days.

ryan128 days ago

We were there Sunday and had a great time. We felt very safe with almost everyone following the distancing and face mask rules. We heard cast members several times telling guests to cover their noses with their masks or to make sure the mask was on. The parks seemed very well "controlled" to make it as safe as possible. We rode Slinky twice, aliens, mania, and M&M railway all before lunch. After lunch we did star tours, tower, RnR, dance party, Slinky again, and finished with Rise before leaving at 6:30. It was our first time on Rise so I don't know if any pre-shows or other parts of the ride were modified but overall it is a awesome ride.

Magic Feather29 days ago

Has anyone gotten/found a clean recording of the queue soundtrack (namely the Chinese Theater lobby music, but also the load room music) yet?

disneygeek9029 days ago

This should be a relaxation zone. Universal is using large theaters that gives you plenty of space to sit out of the sun and away from others. Most of Disney's zones are so small it doesn't even make sense.

ParkerLoLs29 days ago

Well, the thing is as reliable now as it was then (maybe even worse now!) -- and capacity is lower!

DCBaker29 days ago

"Well, it’s not really how we wanted to enter the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular theater after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the parks, but the theater has reopened today. As a result of relying heavily on the Mobile Order system to encourage physical distancing, many quick service locations have large groups of guests waiting outside the entrance, waiting for their order to be readied." "To allow for more social distancing, Disney has opened up a section of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular theater to guests. The theater was already marked for social distancing as Disney had anticipated reopening the theme parks with physically distanced seating."

RobWDW197129 days ago

Just checking - it was "awful" because there were so many people there - and you were one of them creating the crowding. The lack of self-awareness is incredible.

disneygeek9029 days ago

Universal has seemed a bit messy lately, I'm not sure what if anything they are doing to control capacity but it seems awfully busy on the weekends. The buy a day get a day promo must be working, but it's not a great guest experience when you expect a reduced and controlled capacity and several attractions are showing 100 min waits.

Piebald29 days ago

I was at Universal Aug 23 and it looked just like the Jan 19 photo. I notice the walkways are a lot smaller there but good lord it was so bad this weekend were it not for free passes from a team member but I would have given my feedback to their survey team. It was awful.