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Hollywood Studios • Kath Eats

Hollywood Studios • Kath Eats


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 here are our first two days at Magic Kingdom and Epcot

Selecting our third and closing park

On reflection, we in all probability ought to have scheduled 4 days of parks or executed a park hopper choice as a result of we didn’t get to Animal Kingdom.

I debated lengthy and arduous whether or not to do Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom for our third and closing day, and I selected Hollywood for the nearer location and extra rides I believed the youngsters would love. Possibly we are going to do Animal Kingdom subsequent time (and we will certainly be again for Common). 

I believe I made the proper selection although as a result of Hollywood Studios was Mazen’s favourite park by a protracted shot! He LOVED the Star Wars land, and the Aerosmith Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster was his prime trip of the week. 

Disney Journey: Hollywood Studios

Boat Trip 

Our resort had an 8-minute boat trip to Hollywood (versus buses to Animal) so we additionally picked it for being shut. We may truly hear the exhibits from Hollywood every night time and see the Tower of Terror from our lodge! Simply one more reason why we actually preferred 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 watch for any rides all day so I believe the $180 we spent over the course of the three days was value it.

Additionally value it: the improve to Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance. Your solely selection there may be pay for a lightning lane or wait in a 2-hour line. I bought 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 trip at Hollywood. After we hopped off the boat, we went by the gates. Similar to Epcot, the crowds weren’t too dangerous.

We made a beeline to Toy Story Land hoping to trip the Slinky Canine Sprint, however the wait was already 40 minutes! And after I checked Genie+, the time slots had been already at 7 p.m. So we missed out on attending to trip 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 on reflection I ought to have gotten Slinky first and simply executed Mickey and Minnie each time. Take notice in case you’re heading there! (The Slinky standby line by no means bought below 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 trip. Birch beloved 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 trip is like Remy the place you’re in a magnetic automotive with particular results. I believed it was good, however not so good as Remy! Birch preferred 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 trip the place you sit in a automotive and shoot at targets to get a excessive rating. I didn’t find it irresistible, however the boys did. 

Assembly Pluto

On the way in which to our subsequent cease, we bumped into Pluto and for the primary time all week Birch stated he needed to go say hello! So we waited in a 10-minute line they usually took a pic. Birch appeared much less afraid of the characters in costume than the true individuals dressed up (Aladdin, Jack Sparrow).

Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster (G+)

We felt slightly extra scattered at Hollywood going throughout the park a number of occasions however I needed to get our massive rides out of the way in which 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 bought to go twice. He was slightly nervous to go at first, however it ended up being his favourite trip of the week! I believed the start was improbable – you go SO quick with G drive proper into going the other way up. It’s indoors and at midnight which is my new favourite type 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 needed to attempt to have lunch. We bought 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 possibly can sit down and chill out and order meals in your cell app and then you definitely’ll get a notification when it’s prepared. A solid member instructed us this, however there have been plenty of individuals nonetheless ready in a line. 

Mazen had some blue milk, the adults bought hen salads and a beer, and Birch bought 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 present store. However the window was brief as a result of it began raining tougher once more. That is when my sneakers bought moist and didn’t recuperate 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 trip was fairly cool! I appreciated all of the theatrics in several phases earlier than the trip half began. I additionally beloved how the guards stayed in character and had been type of imply to us. The trip itself was one other magnetic one with the vehicles shifting in all instructions. There’s a giant drop close to the top that was so enjoyable. 

And proper after our drop, the trip truly broke down on me as we had been leaving, so it was closed for about an hour. The boys needed to delay their trip and I bought a second trip at no 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 bear in mind this trip from after 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 beloved 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 preferred the Muppets, particularly the bubbles. 

Each exhibits had been nice when the climate was lower than preferrred. 

Afternoon Pool + Scorching Tub

After these exhibits we had been all fairly chilly, so we went again to the lodge to get within the scorching tubs! The pool was heated and I bought 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 gown and sandals, however went dressed for winter! 

Flying Fish was VERY good however VERY costly ($58 for an entrée). The wine listing was good, and I had Matanzas Creek’s Sauv Blanc. 

This salad was glorious (break 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 that 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 need to, and a pair of) it shut down for an excellent 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 in a position to go. With Rise of the Resistance additionally shutting down for an hour, it appeared like the whole lot was on pause!

Half a day was high quality

We actually solely wanted half a day to do all we needed 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 one of the best 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 trip, it was an excellent day.

You probably 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 a giant recap of all our ideas from our lodge to journey to what we dropped at the parks! 



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