Sunday was spent at Hollywood Studios. I’m not sure why, but we thought it would be the “least cool” of all of the parks, which would make it a good starting point.
We drove to Downtown Disney from our hotel and parked there for free. They have a
bus stop there that takes you to a bunch of the different resorts. We caught the one to Port Orleans, got off, and then waited for the bus that said our park’s name. So we caught the Hollywood Studios bus and headed that way! We were SO EXCITED!!
I’m not going to give you a play by play of the day. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’ll just hit the highs and lows, tell you my thoughts and feelings, you know.
-Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster – This is an indoor rollercoaster that is FANTASTIC. It’s fast, it’s in the dark, it’s smooth, it’s super duper fun! We rode it twice. We waited in the normal line once and we used a FastPass once. (There was a “delay” when we were in the FastPass line, so we actually had to wait about 20+ minutes instead of the normal 5 minutes.)
-Tower of Terror – Also fantastic. This is in a haunted mansion and you are basically in a giant cart-thing, riding around the castle, checking out all the ghosts. Then you fall. And go back up. And fall again. Again again again. It’s scary and awesome, all in one. Stephen does not agree. He hates the straight-down rides. I actually hate them too, but since you can’t actually see the teeny tiny people outside, it doesn’t bother me.
This is a photo of the photo we took on that ride. It’s super blurry but I think you can figure it out. These faces are the definitions of our rollercoaster personalities. I’m having the absolute time of my life and Stephen is straight-faced. We are in the top left part of the photo.
-Star Tours – Listen, I don’t even like Star Wars, but this is FUN! It’s one of those simulation rides where it’s not actually a ride. If that makes sense.
-Toy Story Mania – You need a FastPass for this ride. It’s one of the few rides at Hollywood Studios that the little kids can go on, so it’s crowded. I didn’t really like this. I mean, it was cool and stuff, but it gave me a headache. It’s a shooting game and keeps your score. Those things stress me out and I feel all sorts of pressure… like if I don’t pop all of the balloons for Mr. Potato Head, something bad might happen and I’ll let someone down. Yeah, I have a problem. Also, I don’t use my right eye. This means that I can’t see 3D (not important on this ride) and I have no aim (very important on this ride.) At the end of the ride, this was the score.
-Indiana Jones and Muppets 3D – Good, entertaining shows. I’ve seen them both a few times before and still like them!
-Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Backlot Tour – Ehh. I’d completely skip the Little Mermaid show. It’s very dated, skips a lot of the story, and not very exciting at all. The Backlot Tour is alright. Nothing to write home about, but if you’d like to sit down and do nothing for a bit, it’s alright. I’d do it again just because it is infamous at that park.
-We also got to see McQueen and Mater. There were huge replicas out on the street and people were waiting in line to take pictures. They were perfect. We took some pictures of them and over heard the “crowd control” guy freak out. Two kids were taking a picture with them and their turn was up. The boy kept patting McQueen like he was his buddy (he IS his buddy) and the guy was like, “Don’t keep touching the car!!!” Then he turned to the parents of the kids and said, “Those things cost more than most people’s houses.” I wanted to punch him in the face. HOW RUDE. First of all, if the cars can’t be touched, DON’T PUT THEM ON THE STREET AT DISNEY WORLD. And don’t allow kids to take pictures with them. They can be touched, he was just mad that the kid was touch it too much. Dumb. Also, just saying, “Thanks kids, now it’s their turn for a picture” would have been JUST FINE. No need to make tacky comments.
Each morning we ate FREE breakfast at our awesome hotel. We ate lunch at Studios Catering Co, which is just a counter service restaurant. I got a boring chicken ceasar wrap and I think Stephen got a burger. All counter service restaurants at Disney have free ice water, take advantage of that! We got water and a beer. Our cost was probably something like $30. Yeah, expensive. But it’s cheaper than all the sit down restaurants, it was convenient at the time, and it wasn’t crowded.
We decided not to eat dinner at the park. We were going to stay for Fantasmic, the evening show, but it was so crowded and we were hungry. We noticed that there was a Giordano’s Pizza right by our hotel. We ate there when we were in Chicago last year and LOVED it, so we decided to leave the park and go have dinner there. Great decision, minus the full tummies that resulted. We spent less than we would have at the park, and we were both able to get drinks. Not bad!
Overall, I loved Hollywood Studios. I loved that they had several things for “grown ups” (if that’s what we are… ugh) and it wasn’t too crowded. Also, keep in mind that we went to the park during the week that statistically has the lowest attendance. This was our most disappointing park-food day. I’m sure if we had looked a bit harder, we would have been able to find something better for the same price, but we didn’t.
A few pictures from that day.