Disney Recap - Hollywood Studios

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

We both enjoyed Hollywood Studios, but we didn't realize that it wouldn't take nearly as much time to tour as the Magic Kingdom. That said, some of our favorite things at Disney World were at Hollywood Studios.

Where We Ate

ABC Commissary (Commissary Lane)

This was the one park where none of the restaurants sounded particularly inspired, so I wasn't sure where we'd eat. I had planned on getting sandwiches at Starring Rolls, but Tom decided he didn't want to do that. We tried to see if we could get into the 50's Prime Time Cafe since it was after peak lunch time, but they weren't accepting walk-ins at the time. We just decided to go to ABC Commissary, because we were near it. We both got the bacon cheeseburger. It was okay.

Oasis Canteen (Echo Lake)

Soft serve ice cream sounded REALLY good while waiting for our Toy Story Midway Mania FastPass window, so we got some here and sat on a shaded bench and watched some ducks.

Tom also ended up getting something later from Rosie's All-American Cafe (another burger, I think).

What We Did

Animation Courtyard

one of the original posters for Bambi, at Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
  • The Magic of Disney Animation -- We only browsed a little in here and played some of the games; I wanted to try one of the animation classes, but Tom was getting hungry, so we just left for lunch instead.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid -- An awesome show, and immensely better than the Magic Kingdom ride.
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream -- I loved this. The exhibits were interesting and educational, and the film was a touching and informative tribute.

Echo Lake

Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! -- I had always wanted to see it ever since DJ thought Indiana Jones was Steve on Full House, and it was actually way cooler than I thought I would be. Plus they gave us VIP seating because we were celebrating our anniversary :)
  • Star Tours - The Adventure Continues -- We both LOVED Star Tours, and considered it one of our favorite rides at any of the parks.

Hollywood Boulevard

Gene Kelly in The Great Movie Ride
  • The Great Movie Ride -- While I thought the part where the gangster hijacks the tram was a little contrived, and our tour guide thought he was much funnier than he was, I enjoyed the ride. It was cool to see scenes from some of my favorite films "brought to life" like that. Plus it made me want to watch Footlight Parade, which I hadn't heard of before. It was also a lot of fun to see all the hand and footprints outside!

Pixar Place

  • Toy Story Midway Mania! -- SO MUCH FUN. Having to pull the cannon was a little irritating just because it made it more difficult, but it was a blast, and I loved how fast-paced it was. Plus I beat Tom again, though by a much smaller margin than at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.

Streets of America

my incredibly happy husband in Muppet heaven
  • For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration -- I kind of dragged Tom into this on a whim. It was a little odd being the only people in there without kids (just our own personal feelings -- nobody made us feel weird), but it was fun, and he actually enjoyed it.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D -- Tom is a HUGE fan of The Muppets, and this was absolutely his favorite attraction at Disney World. His eyes were lit up the whole time. I thought it was great, though I thought Waldo was really annoying. This was the only thing we did twice.

Sunset Boulevard

we had a FastPass for Tower of Terror, but we both chickened out a bit (plus, I ridiculously thought that I might have been pregnant)
  • Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage -- Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies, and although it wasn't a full adaptation, it was still lovely. The actors were great and seemed to be enjoying what they were doing. The "Be Our Guest" scene was particularly fun.
  • Fantasmic! -- LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that no matter what, Fantasmic! is my absolute can't-miss thing at Disney World. It was, in my opinion, by far the best of the end-of-the-park shows. I actually cried three times. 
Overall, we really enjoyed Hollywood Studios, though we could have spent less time in the park (we had a nice stretch of waiting for our last FastPass and Fantasmic!, which we showed up to an hour early to make sure we got in). It doesn't seem terribly kid-friendly (though there are, of course, some kid-friendly attractions, like the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure and all the character meet-and-greets), so if we do have a little one with us the next time we go, we may have to reconfigure some things.

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