To get the most from a single day in the Walt Disney Studios when they open at 10.00am, follow this plan.

1. Head for Studio Services (to your right immediately after entering) and pick up a copy of the show and parade schedule

2. Do not stop in Lights, Camera, Hollywood but press on through.

3. Turn right as you leave and walk towards the next building on the right which houses Animagique. The first showing is at 1030, but they'll be letting you in to sit down immediately.

4. On leaving (the show lasts about 30 minutes) turn left, cross in front of the Studio 1 and bear left towards Cinemagique. You'll arrive just as they're letting in the next audience.

5. Exit following the show (naturally!) and walk forwards, bearing left towards Rock and Roller Coaster and The Car driving stunt show where you will join the masses pouring into the 4000 seater stadium for the next show. Watch the show - it's very good, if somewhat noisy. When you exit, it will be time for lunch. Before lunch, get a Fast Pass for the Rock and Roller Coaster Eat at one of the many restaurants, En Coulisse, Rendez-Vous des Stars, Backlot Express or any of the numerous food carts.

6. After lunch, line up for Armageddon. Ride. This ride is brand new and nothing like it exists in any other Disney Park in the world, so it will attract a lot of people in its first years of operation.

7. Turn Right out of Armageddon and head straight for the Rock 'n Roller Coaster. Ride, using your previously obtained FastPass tickets.

6. Turn left out of the Coaster ride and head for the Studio Tram Tour, cutting through the little path that keeps Armageddon to your right and ride the tram. The tour should only have a wait of about ten minutes, as they should bring more ride vehicles into play to match the visitor numbers. It's also worth riding this while a stunt show is in progress. Effectively, 4000 people will have been taken out of the park for the duration of the show.

7. Turn left from the tram exit and head towards Animation Courtyard. collect FastPass tickets for the Flying Carpets and head for the Art of Disney Animation and enjoy the workshops.

8 It's now about 3 - 4pm, and you've already experienced most of the major attractions.

9. Visit Lights, Camera, Hollywood at the front entrance which will be pleasantly quiet now and then, for the remainder of the day, revisit the rides which you've enjoyed the most. Expect substantial queues at Armageddon, Rock 'n Roller Coaster and the Studio Tram Tour by this time.

To get the most from a single day in the Walt Disney Studios when they open at 9.00am, follow this plan for the first hour, then revert to step 4 in the original plan, above.

 

1. Head for Studio Services (to your right immediately after entering) and pick up a copy of the show and parade schedule

2. Do not stop in Lights, Camera, Hollywood but press on through.

3. Turn left as you leave and head towards the far left end of the park, keeping Cinemagique and the Disney Channel buildings to your left.

4. Line up for Armageddon. Ride. This ride is brand new and nothing like it exists in any other Disney Park in the world, so it will attract a lot of people in its first years of operation.

5. Turn Right out of Armageddon and head straight for the Rock 'n Roller Coaster. Ride.

6. Turn left out of the Coaster ride, head for the Studio Tram Tour, cutting through the little path that keeps Armageddon to your right and ride the tram.

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One day itinerary - the Studios

The first thing to be aware of is that Disney have departed from their normal planning concepts somewhat in the Walt Disney Studios. Most of the attractions are in the form of shows as opposed to rides and the actual layout of the park is quite different. Instead of a Central Hub, Lights, Camera, Hollywood!, a covered version of Sunset Boulevard, acts as the channelling entrance for the park. As this is also an interactive attraction, it will slow large numbers of people, particularly those with children, who will spend some time there before moving into the open areas of the park. When you do get past this, you find the big attractions - the crowd pullers - are all in the far left of the park, whilst those demanding a more pensive and studied visit are to the right. The present exception to this is the Flying Carpets ride which is likely to attract hordes of under 13s. The introduction of FastPass has changed the way you approach the WDS and it's now necessary to check the times of the shows prior to entry. Our advice (below) is to see three shows first, then savour what the rest of the park has to offer using FastPass. It's smaller than the Magic Kingdom so you won't need to spend as long, here, but there will still be a great deal to do and see.