Friday, May 1, 2009

Walt Disney World Vacation - Hollywood Studios

Wednesday, April 22nd
This was our day at Hollywood Studios. The first thing we saw upon entering was the huge High School Musical 3 banner. Rachel, of course, wanted to watch the show first thing. It was going to start in about fifteen minutes, so we staked out a spot to watch and Jon Paul went to the Tower of Terror to get fast passes. After the show was over, we headed over towards the Playhouse Disney and Little Mermaid shows. At this time, there was a long wait for the Little Mermaid show, so we went into the Playhouse Disney show. It was really cute and both of the girls really enjoyed it. After leaving the show, we were able to get to meet all four of the Little Einsteins. We also got to eat lunch with June and Leo at Hollywood & Vine. Goliath and JoJo from JoJo's Circus were also at lunch.

At some point, Jon Paul got away long enough to go ride the Rockin Roller Coaster. He and Rachel rode on the Tower of Terror. Rachel said she really liked it. We did manage to see the Little Mermaid show - Rebekah and I even saw it a second time while Jon Paul and Rachel rode the Tower of Terror. We watched the Muppet Vision 3D show. The girls really loved the 3D shows. We saw two of them, the Muppets and Mickey's Philharmonic one at the Magic Kingdom. They both were really trying to reach out and grab at everything.

We also rode the Star Tours ride from Star Wars. Both girls really enjoy flying through space. We ended the day with the Beauty and the Beast show. Rachel loved getting to see Belle again. Jasmine used to be Rachel's favorite princess, but after we got to Disney World this trip, she now says that Belle is her favorite princess. The only thing we wanted to do that we didn't get a chance to do was the Toy Story Mania ride. The wait for it was over 70 minutes and we didn't make it there in time to get a fast pass.

Hollywood Studios was a lot of fun. We were able to do everything we wanted to do (except Toy Story) in the one day. We were glad we decided to just devote one day to this park. Something we thought was very strange. We took advantage of the Disney Magic Hours where we could stay at the park later than other park guests. What we did NOT know about this was that ALL of the eating places would close when the park normally closes. We found this out 30 minutes too late. We were going to eat a quick service meal from our dining plan, but ended up having to purchase a frozen pizza from our resort and baking it in the oven in our room. We thought that was crazy that at least some of the dining places would stay open later since the park was open later. Oh well, live and learn! Here are some of our pictures from Hollywood Studios - enjoy!

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