Touring Plans: How to Tour Hollywood Studios with Toddlers

Every Disney expert will tell you a good touring plan is essential for making the most of your Disney World vacation. But what exactly is a touring plan? And do I have to follow an exact plan in order to enjoy my vacation? Can I be spontaneous?

Here I'll share two sample touring plans for Hollywood Studios with toddlers.

Doc McStuffins at Hollywood Studios

What is a Touring Plan?

A touring plan is your itinerary for the parks. I like to have a general idea of my day hour by hour. Keeping it by the hour, instead of, say, 15 minute intervals, gives you room to stop and enjoy things, park your stroller, grab a snack, hit the bathrooms, or whatever!

Do I NEED a Touring Plan?

While it certainly isn’t necessary to have a touring plan before you hit the parks, it definitely helps. If you are worried about the lines and the waits at Disney World, having a great touring plan can make all the difference.

What Does a Touring Plan Look Like?

I have put together a basic touring plan for Hollywood Studios to help you navigate the park and get the most of your time. These are some of my favorite suggestions that have worked for me and my family. It is best to arrive at rope drop to make the most of your day if you can!

DAY 1 TODDLER TOURING PLAN (focusing on shows and rides without height requirements)

1st Hour (Rope Drop)

  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway (rope drop)
  • Meet Toy Story characters (Buzz, Woody, and Jessie)
  • Toy Story Mania

2nd Hour

  • Frozen Sing-a-Long
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy (and Cars character meet)

3rd Hour

  • Meet Disney Junior Characters (multiple characters are next to Launch Bay)
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid show

Break for lunch

Repeat any rides your kids love

DAY 2 TODDLER TOURING PLAN (with more focus on Star Wars and rides with low height requirements)

1st Hour (Rope Drop)

  • Slinky Dog Dash (Rope drop if your child meets the height requirement)
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Explore Galaxy's Edge (I suggest Droid Depot to build a custom droid if it's in your budget)

2nd Hour

  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Star Tours
  • Meet Olaf / Mickey and Minnie / Sully

3rd Hour

  • Meet Disney Junior Characters (multiple characters are next to Launch Bay) and/or Star Wars characters (inside Launch Bay)
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid show

Break for lunch

Repeat any rides your kids love

In my experience (especially with toddlers) the afternoon is a great time to take a break for a nap or to swim. Especially in the extra hot summer months. Everyone can get rested and cool off before heading back to the park for a few more rides and dinner.

These are plans that work with my toddler, but you can easily adjust the rides and show selections to fit your family's style.

Touring Plans Sound Great, But Can’t I Just Be Spontaneous?

If you don’t think you can get your little ones up and out the door at rope drop I have suggestions for sleep in days as well. I also suggest planning out your mornings, but leaving afternoons open so you can be spontaneous.

Kids never cease to change their minds at the very last minute about rides, characters, or anything else they feel like. So having room for spontaneity, or even just to repeat rides the kids love is a must!

If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't worry! When you book with a travel agent they can help you plan your itinerary. 

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See you at the parks,
-Julie

P.S. Check out more sample touring plans here!

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