Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 2 in Disney! Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sometimes it's good to go in with low expectations.

Today, I had myself convinced that we wouldn't be able to see much at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I said, "Today is a 10 on the crowd calendar, and we won't be able to manage the crowds."

However, what we found was the exact opposite. We arrived at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS) at about 9:30am and immediately ran to the tip board. For those of you that don't know, the tip board is a location (usually towards the front of the park) displaying all the wait times for the attractions. It should be the first thing you reference upon your arrival. The tip board today told us that there was only at 20 minute wait for Tower of Terror. Because my father and husband are deathly afraid of the Tower of Terror, they offered to go get our fast passes at Toy Story Mania while we rode. This worked out perfectly!

After we rode Tower of Terror, we thought we would just go "see" how long the wait was at Rock and Roller Coaster, fully expecting to come back later for some fast passes. It was unnecessary to come back! The posted standby time was 45 and we waited about a half hour.

Now that we had the attractions on Sunset Boulevard completed early in the day, we were off to explore the rest of the park with my cousins from Naples, Florida. We hit the tip board again and it said the Great Movie Ride and Star Tours were both ten minute waits. We didn't wait at all!

My husband was thrilled to ride the new Star Tours! I actually enjoyed it myself. They did a very good job of making the ride clearer and smoother. The 3D technology is leaps and bounds over the other Disney attractions. We truly enjoyed it. The only issue was that several people from our group felt sick afterward. Simulators just isn't their thing.

Next we hit up the Backlot Tour, which unfortunately is a shell of itself. After the construction of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show they destroyed everything that was "backlot" about the Studios. But luckily we had a wonderful lunch planned at the 50's Prime Time Cafe. The wonderful cast members were very accommodating to our additional party members and seated us at one big table. We had a really fun waiter who poked fun but wasn't overbearing. The waiters and waitresses at the Prime Time Cafe are your "cousins" and they yell at you if you don't eat your green beans, put your elbows on the table, etc. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Shake was delicious as usual and the food was really good.

After lunch we had little left on our agenda so we took our time. We went to my favorite, MuppetVision 3D, and then we did One Man's Dream, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the Animation Tour/Courtyard. When we stepped out of the Animation Courtyard, it was dark out and time for our Fast Passes to Toy Story Mania. I love Toy Story Mania but I cannot beat my husband and it drives me nuts! My accuracy is always better than his but he shoots with a lot more speed. Either way we had a ton of fun.

Our terrific Hollywood Studios day ended with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, which gets more and more breathtaking every time I see it. The sheer amount of lights and the attention to detail is unbelievable. We spent a lot of time walking around and taking it all in.

Our wonderful day ended with an amazing meal at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. It was so delicious! I had the unique mozzarella and tomato appetizer and the Filet Mignon for dinner. They, also, were very accommodating to our reservation change.

Thank you so much for reading and I'm sorry for the delay on this posting, as I fell asleep on the computer last night! Off to the Magic Kingdom for the Keys to the Kingdom tour!


P.T. said...

Love the Spectacle of Lights photos! Beautiful!

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