Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disney Day 4--Part 2: Hollywood Studios

It is a toss-up between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios as to which park is my favorite.  Seriously, ask me on any given day and I could tell you either one—I love them both equally!  Well it just so happens that the day that we had ear-marked for Hollywood Studios turned out to be the day that our resort was having Magic Hours for there—which means it opened early for us!

Mattie in her super cute "Minnie" outfit and Glass Slipper Challenge medal!
After we rode the bus back to our room from Mattie’s half marathon, we all quickly changed into more park appropriate attire and drove over to Hollywood Studios.  Mattie and I literally RAN into the park and over to get a Fast Pass for Tower of Terror and then WALKED ON to Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster which NEVER happens.  After we got off of that ride, we used our fast pass for Tower of Terror and then rode Aerosmith again with our Fast Pass that we had pre-booked.

Wow, neither one of these are super flattering pictures of me, but I had to include them!

I have said it before and I will say it again, having the Photopass is great for when you want good group pictures.  Not only could we scan our wristbands on rides to get the pictures, we could also get any photographer in the park to take our pictures.

After those rides, we went to have breakfast at Hollywood and Vine—which turned out to be a character breakfast for younger children with all of the Disney Junior characters.  We had no idea that we were ending up there!  To be honest, the only reason I knew who any of the characters were was because I work at a pediatrician’s office and they are on the stickers we have.  Needless to say, the food was great {very similar to Chef Mickey’s—buffet style with the signature Mickey waffles} but we bypassed the characters so that all of the toddlers could enjoy the meet and greet time!

After breakfast, we walked around the park to let our food digest and saw a few shows {Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast—both wonderful!}.  We also rode The Great Movie Ride which is actually one of my favorites—probably because I LOVE old movies!  After that, Mattie and I used our Fast Pass for Tower of Terror and loved every second of getting to ride it twice!

Later in the day, we grabbed some snacks and then walked over to The Muppets in 3D.  The last time I was at Hollywood Studios this was closed, so it was so much fun getting to do it again!

For dinner, we ate at 50’s Prime Time Diner.  This was probably my second favorite dinner we had while at Disney World {only second behind our meal at Magic Kingdom purely because we were in Cinderella’s Castle!}.  Their food is comfort food to the extreme and I loved every single bite!

As soon as we walked out of dinner, the fireworks began!  Now, the fireworks at Magic Kingdom are classic and wonderful, but the fireworks at Hollywood Studios are set to Star Wars!  I think there was some kind of show going on to coordinate with the fireworks {???} but we were too far away to see if there was.  But—the fireworks were mesmerizing!  They were perfectly timed to coordinate with the music and truly magical!  I was so glad we left dinner when we did so that we didn’t miss them!

As sad as I was to leave the park, we had such a full wonderful day there!  I have to say, the few rides that are there are wonderful but the shows are out of this world great!  We could have easily spent another day at Disney parks and maybe done a half day at Hollywood Studios and half day at Magic Kingdom just to hit the rides we love a second or third time!

Up Next: Universal Studios

Previous Disney Recaps: Day 1Day 2Day 3—Part 1Day 3—Part2, Day 4—Part 1

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