Monday, June 13, 2011

Disney 2011 on a Budget – Day 3 Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you missed my posts on our visit to the Magic Kingdom or breakfast at Chef Mickey’s check them out! Our 2nd Walt Disney World park to visit on our 3 day tickets was Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Overall the experience parking and getting into the park was a lot easier than at the Magic Kingdom. We were getting a rhythm down of parking the car, walking to the parking lot shuttle and boarding the shuttle with 2 kids and a double stroller. I tried to get the first row of the shuttle car because it was larger. I then grabbed the kids and got them on board while my husband folded the stroller and boarded with it!

When entering the park we headed straight for Toy Story Mania!  My sister had been to Hollywood Studios in April and she warned us that they run out of the Fast Pass’s quick on this ride! So at 10:30 we got our Fast Pass’s for Toy Story Mania for a return time of 12:50 pm to 1:50 pm.

Our first official stop was Voyage of The Little Mermaid. We only had to wait about 10 minutes. My 5 year old loved the show. I liked it too; it was cute with special effects of water splashing on you! After The Little Mermaid we headed over to Disney Junior - Live on Stage!  We only had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. Seating for this show was sitting on the floor with everyone else. I was a little disappointed that it was not “life-size” characters of the Disney Junior shows but just smaller puppets. However both of my boys enjoyed it and got to sing along with the gang from Mickey Mouse Club House, Little Einstein’s, Handy Manny, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

After leaving the Disney Junior show we got to meet Handy Manny. Only about a 20 minute wait to meet him. Next we headed over to the Studio Backlot Tour. We had to wait about 30 minutes, but we all enjoyed the tour.

Next we headed over to the Sunset Ranch Market for lunch. It was again beginning to get really hot, so we made we were well hydrated!   After lunch it was time to go on Toy Story Mania! This was by far the best ride we went on! My five year old wanted to go on it again, but at that point the Fast Pass’s were already all gone and the wait was up to 60 minutes. After Toy Story Mania, we went and watched Beauty and the Beast -Live on Stage. It was in a covered outdoor theater. It was a little hot, but at least it was shaded!

We were then able to watch the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun parade. It started at 3 pm. We had to stand in the sun and it was HOT!! The parade was great and we got to see most of our Pixar Pals and sing along to 5-4-3-2-FUN! After the parade, we decided to leave the park.

I really enjoyed Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park was more laid back and we got to see and do all of the things that were on our list! By the time we got back to our condo, we just made frozen pizza and then enjoyed an evening swim!   We went to bed earlier because Disney’s Animal Kingdom was on the agenda for the next day!

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