Hollywood Studios {Disney Day 5}

We spent an absolutely frigid day at Hollywood Studios.  Fun, but frigid.  It was so cold we bought gloves in the park to try to stay warm.  It was hard to believe that just 72 hours earlier we wore our swimsuits in the water park.  But that’s Orlando in January I guess.

The girls were thrilled to meet Sofia the First!

Avery loved the Disney Junior Live on Stage show!  She cried to go right back in after it was over.  That’s kind of how Disney is with a 4 year old.  They are enamored with whatever attraction/ride/show they are seeing at the moment and cry when you drag them away to the next great thing and then you start the process all over again.

Parents: Brace yourself.  Everyone sits on the floor for this one.
We got Jake’s autograph too!

McKenna practiced driving…whatever this is from Star Wars.

 Avery practiced driving this retro car.

Chad and I took a break while the girls ran rampant around the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground.  McKenna had never even heard of the movie but she thought the playground was pretty awesome!  A guard cast member mans the exit so kids can’t wander out on their own.  This is a good time to get your act together and figure out where to head next while the kids play.

We were able to squeeze in a quick meet and greet with Sulley & Mike.  There was no wait at all.  Their location is sort of hidden out of the way and I think most people didn’t even realize they were back there. 

We were on a mission to get as many signatures as possible so we headed over to meet Wreck It Ralph and Vanellope.  (Actually neither the Monsters University or Wreck It Ralph crew actually sign the books but they do give out little cards with their signature on them.  Their hands are way too big to hold pens.)

Humor me while I share my picture with a few of their Oscars.  (Probably as close as I will ever get!)

McKenna got to announce the intro to the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show and the cast member gave her a little certificate signed by Ariel and Prince Eric.  She was so tickled with this little certificate.  It is one of her most prized possessions!

Finally, we caught Beauty and the Beast Live before making our way out of the park.

Two trips to Hollywood Studios and I still have not seen Fantasmic!  It was closed the first time we went and this time it was just too cold to keep the girls in the park after dark.  But it is on our “must do” list for next time!  Here’s to hoping that “next time” comes soon!

A few thoughts:

  • If you are ever in line to meet a character and they say that the character has to take a break, don’t get out of line.  All the character does is walk backstage and another one is waiting to come right back out.  So it only adds about 2 minutes to your wait.
  • Don’t waste your fastpasses on shows.  Most of the time there was ample seating for the shows without waiting so you’d be better off using it for a ride with a longer wait time.
  • Unless you are going to Disney in the middle of the summer, pack an array of clothing.  It was very cold and windy the day we were at Hollywood Studios. 
  • There are kiosks set up selling Disney Junior DVDs and that my girls wanted.  McKenna suckered Chad into buying a Sofia the First DVD for $20 that we probably could have bought at Walmart for $9.98.  #you’vebeenwarned   But it was nice for them to have a new DVD to watch on the way home.

Our Top Three Rides:

  • Toy Story Midway Mania (absolutely positively get a Fastpass+)
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

My girls are princess crazy but if you have boys or older kids they would probably like:

  • Star Tours – (Avery and I rode this one but we couldn’t drag McKenna on it.)
  • Lights Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show
  • Jedi Training Academy
  • The Tower of Terror
  • Aerosmith Rocking Rollercoaster

Next to the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios is my favorite park.  There are so many Disney Junior characters that my girls love. 

Annnnnnnnddddd…..Cut!  That’s a wrap.
p.s.  I’m linking up to Serenity Now and Tatertots and Jello!

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