A Guide to Walt Disney World Attraction Vehicles and Seating: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 6, 2014 10 Comments

Filed under: Accessibility, Adults, Attractions, Trip Planning, Walt Disney World (FL)

t_logo_fbWe recently brought you a guide to the ride and attraction seating situation at the Magic Kingdom. Next up is our guide to the attraction seating at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Buckle up …

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Metal bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: This theater is outdoors. It is shaded, but it may be hot during summer months and is occasionally impacted by severe weather.

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Disney Junior Live on Stage

  • Seating capacity per row: There are no real rows. Guests sit in several large defined open areas.
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Most guests sit on the carpeted floor. There are a very few benches at the rear of the theater.
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.

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Great Movie Ride

  • Seating capacity per row: 3-5 depending on size.
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: Approximately 70 guests per tram.
  • Seating surface: Hard bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk on a flat surface into ride vehicle
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: There is a wheelchair capable vehicle. Wheelchair and ECV users may ride onto the vehcile.
  • Note 2: There is shooting, fire, and a cranky alien that frighten some children.

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

  • Seating capacity per row: NA
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Playground experience. More than 100 guests permitted entrance simultaneously.
  • Seating surface: None. If you’re there watching your kids play for a while, it’s likely that adults may want to sit. There is negligible seating inside the attraction. You’ll see many adults sitting on the ground.
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into playground.
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride into the attraction. Much of the attraction is inaccessible to guests with mobility issues. The attraction includes stairs, slides, and rope climbing activities.
  • Note 2: It is extremely easy to temporarily lose sight of your child here. There are cavelike areas and child-size tunnels. However, there is only one exit to the attraction. If you have an elementary age child, you may feel comfortable “guarding” the exit and letting him roam. Parents of preschoolers will likely want to closely supervise their kids to avoid minor injury or separation anxiety.
  • Note 3: During warm weather, a water feature will be activated. Children may get wet.

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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Metal bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: This theater is outdoors. It is shaded, but it may be hot during summer months and is occasionally impacted by severe weather.
  • Note 3: The show includes fire and shooting which may frighten some children.

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Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Backless metal bench
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: This theater is outdoors. It is shaded, but it may be hot during summer months and is occasionally impacted by severe weather.
  • Note 3: The show includes fire and loud noise which may frighten some children.
  • Note 4: The bleacher-style seating can be quite steep, with no handrails in some areas. If you are unsteady or tire easily, ask a cast member to seat you near the front of the theater.

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Muppet*Vision 3D

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Padded chair with armrests
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Seating capacity per row: 2
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 4. 24 seats per full limo.
  • Seating surface: Lightly padded bucket-style seats
  • Safety restraints: Individual over-the-head harness rests on shoulder and waist. The harness accommodates even very large guests.
  • Boarding procedure: Moderate step (just over 12″) up over a wall into the vehicle.
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Height requirement: 48″
  • Note: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the standard ride vehicle on their own. There is a transfer practice vehicle available to assess guest fit and ability to board. See a cast member for assistance. Boarding must be done quickly.
  • Note 2: This is an intense inversion roller coaster. Head and neck movement may be an issue for some.

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Star Tours, The Adventure Continues

  • Seating capacity per row: 10
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 40
  • Seating surface: Lightly padded chair with armrest
  • Safety restraints: Individual fabric lap belt for each guest.
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into ride vehicle
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Height requirement: 40″
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the ride vehicle on their own. There is one seat with a removable armrest which can facilitate transfer. Ask a cast member for more information.
  • Note 2: This is a motion simulation. Guests with motion sickness issues take caution.
  • Note 3: Shooting, aliens, and the Galactic Empire may frighten some children.

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Toy Story Midway Mania

  • Seating capacity per row: 2-3. The ride is designed for two people per vehicle – there are two game controllers. Cast members will usually allow two adults plus a small child, or one adult plus two small children, to ride in one vehicle. Larger adults can be seated in their own vehicle; this is rarely necessary.
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 2-3
  • Seating surface: Hard bench with back
  • Safety restraints: Individual lap bar for each guest
  • Boarding procedure: Small step up (less than 12″) into ride vehicle
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: One ride vehicle will accommodate wheelchairs. ECV users must transfer to the standard ride or to a wheelchair. Wheelchair users load from a different area than the main queue. Speak with a cast member for instructions.
  • Note 2: The two-game-controller set-up may prove problematic for some families, particularly single adults with multiple children. The easiest solution is to put the two kids in one car and put the solo adult in a nearby car. All members of the party will arrive at the unload point within seconds of each other. To make this work, the children must feel comfortable not having eyes on mom/dad at all times (and vice versa). However, you will always be within earshot, so if there were a concern, you could shout and be in communication. If you’re going to have parent/children in separate vehicles, be sure to discuss in advance what to do in the event of a temporary halt of the ride. Let the kids know that short stops happen with some regularity and that they should never leave the car unless instructed to by you or a cast member. An alternative solution is to have mom/dad and one child share the ride, with the other child in the next vehicle. My children are willing to ride alone, but get anxious about riding in a two-person vehicle with a stranger. If this is your situation, speak with the cast member at the ride load zone. I have never seen Disney not honor a guest’s polite request to ride alone for reasons of safety or comfort.
  • Note 3: The ride vehicles have two rows situated back to back. Guest on either side of the same vehicle will never see each other during the ride. Guests seated on either side of adjacent vehicles will see each other periodically while the ride is running. This may be comforting in some family situations. Speak to a cast member about your load preference.

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

  • Seating capacity per row: 7
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 21
  • Seating surface: Hard chair with back.
  • Safety restraints: Individual fabric lap belt for each guest
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into elevator. Guests in the second two rows with have to walk up 1 or 2 steps to board.
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Height requirement: 40″
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the ride vehicle on their own.
  • Note 2: Guests with fear of heights or motion sickness issues take caution.

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Voyage of the Little Mermaid

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Padded chair with armrests
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: Some of the special effects can only be experienced when seated in the attraction chairs. Guests wanting the full attraction experience may want to transfer to the standard seating if possible.

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Walt Disney, One Man’s Dream

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Padded chair with armrests
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.

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Be sure to check out our related articles about Attraction Vehicles in the Disney Transportation Vehicles, and Touring with Odd Numbers of Family Members.

And stay tuned for upcoming posts about the attraction vehicles at Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Posted on October 6, 2014

10 Responses to “A Guide to Walt Disney World Attraction Vehicles and Seating: Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  • Now I’m really excited about my upcoming weekend. Can’t wait to ride all these again.

  • On Lights, Motors, Action, I think you meant to write metal benches *without* backs.

  • One possible thing to note about Toy Story Mania – although the vehicles are stationary during the “shooting” phases, the cars move very rapidly and can really whip very sharply around corners when moving between the various shooting scenes. This can be quite jarring for some people who are expecting a smooth ride, like Buzz Lightyear, and they may be unpleasantly surprised at this kind of rough motion.

  • Great series of articles!

    One nit: I suppose that while a lap belt is technically made of fabric, the more common term for the material is “webbing”.

    Cheers,
    –Lee

  • One note on TSMM- the children must be 7 years old to ride in the vehicle with another child. I’ve found this inconsistently enforced, but the lie needs to be discussed ahead of time. Also, they will make you remove an infant from a carrier to face forward. I once had to ride with my infant only because, “the ride was designed so a one year old could play”. She didn’t play.

  • Not sure why you elected to include an unrealistic depiction of the seats at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It shows a bit of what to expect, but it is a marketing photo. Why not a real photo, like all the others, of the real ride, that shows the “stretch limo”, and all its cars, like a roller coaster?

  • Why are comments closed to soon for your sister post, about seating at Magic Kingdom? The post is dated only a few weeks ago!

    This is what I was trying to post earlier on A Guide to Walt Disney World Attraction Vehicles and Seating: Magic Kingdom by Erin Foster

    “This is so awesome, and exactly the kind of post I love to expect from you, Erin! I love how deeply you dive into a topic, and tell us what we need to know. I wish I had this info back in Spring 2012, when I planned our first trip!”