Right here’s a recap of our Disney journey, publish 3 of 4! We spent our third day at Hollywood Studios. When you missed them, listed below are our first two days at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Choosing our third and remaining park
On reflection, we in all probability ought to have scheduled 4 days of parks or accomplished a park hopper choice as a result of we didn’t get to Animal Kingdom.
I debated lengthy and laborious whether or not to do Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom for our third and remaining day, and I selected Hollywood for the nearer location and extra rides I believed the children would really like. Possibly we’ll do Animal Kingdom subsequent time (and we will certainly be again for Common).
I believe I made the suitable selection although as a result of Hollywood Studios was Mazen’s favourite park by an extended shot! He LOVED the Star Wars land, and the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster was his prime experience of the week.
Disney Journey: Hollywood Studios
Our resort had an 8-minute boat experience to Hollywood (versus buses to Animal) so we additionally picked it for being shut. We might really hear the exhibits from Hollywood every evening and see the Tower of Terror from our resort! Simply one more reason why we actually favored the Swan Reserve’s location.
As soon as once more we bought Genie+ for $60. I used to be scared to not! We didn’t look forward to any rides all day so I believe the $180 we spent over the course of the three days was price it.
Additionally price it: the improve to Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance. Your solely selection there’s pay for a lightning lane or wait in a 2-hour line. I obtained Mazen, Thomas and me all a reservation within the 12:00 hour.
Our solely Genie+ Mishap
I booked Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway for 9 a.m. after studying it was the headlining experience at Hollywood. After we hopped off the boat, we went by way of the gates. Similar to Epcot, the crowds weren’t too unhealthy.
We made a beeline to Toy Story Land hoping to experience the Slinky Canine Sprint, however the wait was already 40 minutes! And once I checked Genie+, the time slots had been already at 7 p.m. So we missed out on attending to experience Slinky. Mazen and Thomas had been each fairly unhappy.
Mickey + Minnie’s Genie+ by no means went greater than an hour or two forward of us, so looking back I ought to have gotten Slinky first and simply accomplished Mickey and Minnie at any time when. Take be aware if you happen to’re heading there! (The Slinky standby line by no means obtained beneath an hour all day both.)
Toy Story Alien Saucers
So we headed to Alien Saucers very first thing which spins you round like a carnival experience. Birch cherished it! Thomas opted out for concern of morning movement illness.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (G+)
We then headed to our first G+ and needed to wait about 10 minutes in line. The experience is like Remy the place you’re in a magnetic automotive with particular results. I believed it was good, however inferior to Remy! Birch favored it!
Toy Story Mania (G+)
We booked Toy Story Mania proper after Mickey with Genie. The road was 45 minutes for standby however we walked proper on! It’s a slower experience the place you sit in a automotive and shoot at targets to get a excessive rating. I didn’t adore it, however the boys did.
On the best way to our subsequent cease, we bumped into Pluto and for the primary time all week Birch stated he wished to go say hello! So we waited in a 10-minute line and so they took a pic. Birch appeared much less afraid of the characters in costume than the actual individuals dressed up (Aladdin, Jack Sparrow).
Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster (G+)
We felt somewhat extra scattered at Hollywood going throughout the park a number of instances however I wished to get our huge rides out of the best way so we wouldn’t miss out on them like we did with Slinky.
Subsequent cease was Rockin’ Curler Coaster which has an Aerosmith theme. We ended up doing this one as a rider swap, which meant that Mazen obtained to go twice. He was somewhat nervous to go at first, nevertheless it ended up being his favourite experience of the week! I believed the start was incredible – you go SO quick with G drive proper into going the other way up. It’s indoors and at the hours of darkness which is my new favourite sort of coaster.
Star Wars Lunch at Docking Bay 7
By now it was about 11 a.m. and it was beginning to rain. So we walked over to Star Wars Land the place we knew we wished to attempt to have lunch. We obtained there simply in time for a downpour.
Docking Bay was fairly cool. All of us agreed we felt like we had been actually in a Star Wars film.
TIP: Right here you’ll be able to sit down and loosen up and order meals in your cell app and then you definitely’ll get a notification when it’s prepared. A forged member instructed us this, however there have been plenty of individuals nonetheless ready in a line.
Mazen had some blue milk, the adults obtained rooster salads and a beer, and Birch obtained mac and cheese, one of many 10 or so youngsters meals we paid for that he didn’t contact.
The rain let up for a couple of minutes so we went to take some pics and to go to the reward store. However the window was brief as a result of it began raining tougher once more. That is when my footwear obtained moist and didn’t get better for a number of hours. My toes had been frozen and I used to be fairly chilly till I warmed up my socks in a rest room dryer.
Rise of the Resistance
We took turns occurring Rise with me going first alone. The experience was fairly cool! I appreciated all of the theatrics in several phases earlier than the experience half began. I additionally cherished how the guards stayed in character and had been sort of imply to us. The experience itself was one other magnetic one with the automobiles shifting in all instructions. There’s an enormous drop close to the tip that was so enjoyable.
And proper after our drop, the experience really broke down on me as we had been leaving, so it was closed for about an hour. The boys needed to delay their experience and I obtained a second experience without cost, however I didn’t find yourself utilizing it simply in order that they wouldn’t have to attend on me alone once more.
Smugglers Run (G+)
After Rise, we went to Smugglers. Thomas and Mazen went first after which Mazen and I went second. Let’s simply say I’m not a really expert pilot! I do love all of the digital actuality rides although. They appear to be getting extra interactive, too.
Star Excursions (G+)
Mazen and I did Star Excursions whereas Thomas and Birch had been on their very own. I keep in mind this experience from once I was a child! It felt fairly outdated, however the 3D results had been nonetheless cool. I think about again within the 90s this was the highest of the road know-how!
Frozen Sing-Alongside + Muppets 3D
Whereas Mazen and I had been in Smugglers and Star Excursions, Thomas lucked into ducking right into a Frozen sing-along proper when extra rain began. I’m devastated that I missed this present as a result of Thomas stated I’d have cherished it!! However I didn’t need Birch to should do it once more, so when Mazen and Thomas went to Rise, I took Birch to the Muppets 3D. Birch favored the Muppets, particularly the bubbles.
Each exhibits had been nice when the climate was lower than excellent.
Afternoon Pool + Sizzling Tub
After these exhibits we had been all fairly chilly, so we went again to the resort to get within the scorching tubs! The pool was heated and I obtained in it too, however solely after getting fairly heat within the scorching tub first.
Dinner at Flying Fish
We went to our room to bathe after which walked over to the Boardwalk (in jackets, lengthy pants, and layers – the temp drop was loopy!) for dinner. I had deliberate to put on a sleeveless costume and sandals, however went dressed for winter!
Flying Fish was VERY good however VERY costly ($58 for an entrée). The wine record was good, and I had Matanzas Creek’s Sauv Blanc.
This salad was wonderful (cut up with Thomas on two plates). The bread was additionally nice.
And our seafood couscous dish was fairly good. This was probably the most ‘regular’ restaurant meal we had on our journey – it didn’t really feel as mass produced because the In-park eating places did.
Birch was over it and didn’t contact his noodles, fruit, and carrots.
Ice Cream Repeat
Since we had been strolling by the ice cream store once more, we had to return! Mazen, Birch, and I all shared this unimaginable sundae!
Hollywood Studios Overview
This half would have felt fairly outdated to me if it weren’t for Toy Story and Star Wars lands, which had been each fairly cool. It simply appeared to lack the power of the opposite parks, however which may have been me low on power too! And the chilly and wet climate that began round 11 didn’t assist me love this park.
Tower of Terror + Shutdowns
We didn’t get to go on Tower of Terror as a result of 1) Mazen didn’t wish to, and a couple of) it shut down for a very good a part of the day. Slinky Canine Sprint additionally was shut down for the climate, so even when we had gotten a Genie+ for it we would not have been capable of go. With Rise of the Resistance additionally shutting down for an hour, it appeared like all the things was on pause!
Half a day was effective
We actually solely wanted half a day to do all we wished to do there, so I’m glad we didn’t have dinner reservations or we would have felt obligated to remain.
The Finest Components
I believe the perfect half was Star Wars, particularly seeing all of the followers of the flicks dressed up! However between Rise, Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster, and Mickey’s experience, it was a very good day.
In case you have younger youngsters, I’d in all probability skip Hollywood Studios, however because it was Mazen’s favourite we had been glad we determined to go.
Our Hollywood Studios Itinerary
- Toy Story Saucers
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (G+)
- Toy Story Mania (G+)
- Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster (G+ with rider swap)
- Lunch at Docking Bay 7
- Rise of the Resistance (Kath / ILL)
- Smugglers Run (G+ with rider swap)
- Frozen Sing-along
- Star Excursions (G+)
- Rise of the Resistance (Thomas / Mazen / ILL)
- Muppets 3D
- Pool Time
- Dinner at Flying Fish
- Ice cream
I’ll be again tomorrow with an enormous recap of all our ideas from our resort to journey to what we dropped at the parks!
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