Experience the thrill of a 13-story plunge at the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The theming and detail of this attraction at every stage are impressive, and the random drop sequences will keep you guessing – even after many trips down the elevator shaft.
Rock’n Roller Coaster
Go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, and hurtle through the darkness to the music of Aerosmith. On this indoor coaster, you’ll experience loops and corkscrews as you careen past illuminated Southern California landmarks.
If you don’t mind riding next to someone you don’t know, you’ll save a lot of time standing in line. The single rider line at this attraction is a huge time saver if you aren’t able to use a Fastpass.
Toy Story Mania
Zoom through a gallery of midway-style games, and use your pull-string cannon to throw balls and toss rings or pies. This ride is a favorite with guests of all ages, and a long line forms immediately upon park opening. Unless you are at the park first thing in the morning, it’s difficult to get onto this ride without a wait of 70 minutes or more.
Our favorite technique for experiencing this attraction is to get in line 5 – 10 minutes before park closing. Anyone inside the doors when the park closes gets to ride, and the line starts to move faster once there are no more fastpasses coming in.
If you like to draw (or if you wish you could) this is a must. A Disney Animator will lead you step-by-step, as you start with a blank sheet of paper and create a drawing. You get to keep your drawing, and sometimes the Disney Animator will give a participant their sketch.
The Animation Academy is tucked away behind “The Magic of Disney Animation” but it is not necessary to experience the entire attraction. You can enter through the “Animation Gallery” shop if you don’t want to watch the film.
Classes are conducted every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, and you can attend as many times as you like. Just exit and go back around to the waiting area for the next class.
The new and improved Star Tours attraction received a complete overhaul in 2011. It’s still a motion simulator ride, but now there are randomized elements to your ride experience. New destinations, characters and storylines are be combined in different ways, allowing guests a different experience each time.