A Complete Guide to the Reopening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
After being closed for nearly four months, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has reopened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plenty of changes have been made to the attractions, restaurants, and entertainment options for guests. We have compiled a complete guide to what you can expect when visiting the place where “Epic Excitement Awaits at Every Turn.”
Changes are apparent even before entering the park. Whether you reach Disney’s Hollywood Studios by ground or by sky, we have the arrival process here to guide you so you know what to expect.
Outside the Sunset Showcase, dark red markers indicate where guests should stand to queue for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. Inside the theater, social distancing is enforced with rows being marked as unavailable, and others having sections closed to keep parties separate.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway reopened with consistently long wait times, and social distancing markers all throughout the queue, including in the pre-show area, where guests would usually crowd together in the small room.
Slinky Dog Dash has reopened with new dividers within the queue area, and water fountains thankfully still available for guests as they wait. A hand sanitizer dispenser is available for guest to use before boarding.
The queue area in Toy Story Mania now features Plexiglass dividers going up and down the stair section of the queue and at the loading bay, with Cast Members disinfecting the ride vehicles regularly throughout the day.
Inside the Mickey Shorts Theater, whole rows have been roped off, with other seats in open rows marked off for social distancing. As you exit, photo opportunities from the shorts shown are still available, though PhotoPass photographers aren’t stationed there.
Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular! is currently closed.
50’s Prime Time Cafe has socially distanced seating and one-way paths. The connected Tune-In Lounge is closed for now and subsequently, most of the seating has been removed from the restaurant’s waiting are.
At Sunset Ranch Market, Rosie’s All-American Cafe features social distancing markers in the queues, Plexiglas windows at the counter, socially distant seating, and individually packaged condiments and seasonings at the toppings bar.
The most notable difference with Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is that multiple cars are closed off completely to enforce social distancing among guests. In the past Cast Members would also often seat multiple parties in the same car, but that is not the case for now.
Indoor seating has been drastically reduced at BaseLine Tap House, with only a few tables next to the bar available. Plexiglas windows have been installed at the bar, with signage indicating that the lounge accepts contactless payment.
Backlot Express is mobile-order only, though folks with dietary restrictions can still order inside. Once you have your food, the once self-serve soft drink dispensers are manned by Cast Members. You inform them which beverage you would like and then they place it on a table for you. The condiment station has also been altered in that each comes in a tiny packet as opposed to self-serve pumps.
Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo currently only accepts Mobile Order via the My Disney Experience app. Select tables have been made unavailable to promote social distancing, and there are markers placed in the queue. But if you’re looking to purchase a Space Spork, you’re going to have to wait. Local Batuuans say they’ll be returning “soon.”
Mobile ordering is also available at the Milk Stand, with umbrellas provided to give guests shade while they wait to pick up their order. In a whimsical touch, Cast Members wear blue and green face masks, representing the colors of the “milk” sold at the stand.
Capacity restrictions have been placed on the popular watering hole, so currently guests must have an advance reservation to visit Oga’s Cantina. Reservations can be made through the My Disney Experience app. Once inside, guests must keep their face masks on until their first drink is served. Standing at the bar is prohibited, with certain tables unavailable.
The recently-renovated Mickey’s of Hollywood has reopened with a one-way system. There is also a large space cleared in the store for the queue area to be mapped out by social distancing floor markers.
Guests no longer build their own custom lightsaber here. Instead, you choose a “Legacy Lightsaber” from a menu to build. The menu is accessed after scanning a QR code provided by a Cast Member. Each party stands on numbers found both outside before entering and inside the shop to maintain social distancing.
Around Black Spire Outpost, shops are only letting in one or two parties at a time due to their limited space. Currently, Toydarian Toymaker, the Creature Stall, and Jewels of Bith are open, with Resistance merchandise taking over Black Spire Outfitters. Kat Saka’s Kettle remains closed. Hand sanitizer dispensers can be found outside many shops.
Though it opened later than other shops around Black Spire Outpost, First Order Cargo reopened on July 23rd. Only two to three parties are allowed in the shop at a time, meaning there’s a socially distanced line just outside.
As you can see a lot has changed since the reopening. We hope this all-inclusive guide to the reopening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will help you navigate the park on your next visit. Let us know what you think about all the new health and safety guidelines put in place in the comments below.