Parking Lot Changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios might have noticed changes at the theme park's parking lots. Disney has reportedly been "adjusting" parking lot procedures recently to deal with the large crowds coming to the park for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

Big crowds are visiting the Osborne LightsBig crowds are visiting the Osborne Lights

This is the last year for the popular holiday light display and crowd levels at the Studios have been rather large. So, to help ease the flow of traffic Disney has been turning cars away from the parking lots and directing guests to park at Epcot and take a bus or boat to the Studios.

The traffic flow at the Studios is heaviest in the late afternoon or near dark, just before the Osborne Lights are turned on.

And just to keep guests guessing, Disney isn't utilizing the "park at Epcot and take a boat to the Studios" method every day. So you won't know until you arrive at the Studios if you can actually park in the lot. As with everything else during the holidays at Walt Disney World, it's a good idea to pack your patience.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights are on display until January 3.

Have you experienced the parking lot closure at Disney's Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments.


Linda wrote on Sat, 12/19/2015 - 21:33:

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we took a bus from Old Key West to Hollywood Studios one evening and it took about an hour and a half. They were rerouting the buses and we were dropped off in the charter bus lot. The bus driver warned us when he picked us up that it would take 45 min to an hour

Ranell wrote on Sat, 12/19/2015 - 23:21:

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I went last week and there was a sign outside at around noon saying the parking lot was closed. Seriously tons of folks are going to see the lights, it doesn't seem Disney was prepared for the amount of people but they are adjusting. They are funneling crowd traffic in one direction inside the park down in front of Star Tours and through the Muppet Square to the bottom end of the street and you come back up the main road towards the NY Times Square backdrop. All other accessories points are closed off. It was kind of a pain but well worth it in the end. Patience is key. Disney should definitely reconsider. Heard a rumor that there were plans to move it to Disney Springs but the idea got nixed over concerns of the ability to handle the crowd capacity.

Steve wrote on Sun, 12/20/2015 - 02:27:

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Been here several times in the past few weeks and never been turned away whether arriving in the morning, afternoon or in the case of last night, late evening. They are directing you to enter via the World Drive entrance though but this could just be due to construction.

Mandy S wrote on Sun, 12/20/2015 - 03:47:

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We experienced this last weekend. I just don't understand it. There has to be more to this. Why would you keep your own parking lot basically empty and fill up the Epcot lot and then bus folks over. Makes no sense and made me really angry.

X-busman wrote on Wed, 12/23/2015 - 00:53:

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The chances of being turned away now are less likely because as of about a week ago, the Cast-member lot is available to guests. The cast is parking at Epcot and are shuttled to DHS.

I suggest arriving just before park closing time. The lights and music continue for an hour after closing. Plenty of time to see the show with the lowest crowd levels all night. Other than that, it's pretty much wall to wall people and it's not a fun experience.

JMed wrote on Tue, 12/22/2015 - 17:02:

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WOW, glad we saw it the first night it opened. We had been in HS since 3, had dinner at Mama Melrose then walked over. There were a lot of people but not miserable! Still sad to see it go.

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