Orlando Day 2: Hollywood Studios

Hi there! I’m in the airport waiting to fly back home and I’ve got about 3 and a half hours until we’re even allowed to check our bags then another 4 hours until our flight so I figured I should post.

So from where we left off, my mom and I spent a night at a motel and watched animal planet instead of sleeping.

In the morning we got ready and headed out to our shuttle back to the airport at 5:10. Once we were at the airport, we had a shockingly short wait for our magical express to Disney!

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You know that episode of South Park where Kyle goes to “Jewbilee” and there’s a scene where Moses appears as a giant dreidel? That’s what I think my face looks like in this photo.
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There were only a total of 5 people on the bus: the driver, my mom, me, a very tired looking father, and the daughter of the aforementioned father. My mom and I got to be alone for a while because they were dropped off first.
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If you didn’t notice our pants.

We arrived at the resort really early. I think it was like 5:55. It was too early for us to put our bags in the room so we gave our bags to the staff to hold until our check in time. The people at Disney give amazing service so they put our bags in our room before we got back.

There were still christmas decorations up for our whole time there which is nice.

Here’s a quick photo set of the decorations at the hotel.

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The people who work there did a wreath decorating contest. I think the toy story one was the winner, although I can’t remember. My personal favorite is the It’s A Small World one.

So after checking in and having a box of vanilla soy milk, we left for Hollywood Studios! When I was a kid, Hollywood Studios was always my favorite. I liked thrill rides and the most intense rides at Disney are both at Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror and Rock and Rollercoaster).

SO when we got there we had a pretty good amount of time until our first fast pass and our first meal, so we looked at all the christmas decorations and did our first round of shopping.

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Do you see the little hat on Gertie (the dinosaur)?

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There’s a better view of the hat.

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The little deer remind me of Peanut 😦 I miss her so bad.

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The Pixar store had these cute little minimalist illustrations of Pixar characters on each section. It was really cute.

SO after wasting some time, we came to our first fast pass, one of my mom’s favorite rides ever: Tower of Terror. It’s one of my favorites too because I love the theme.

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We were in line behind a family who had never ridden it before and I think they thought it was like a haunted house because the son kept asking if stuff would “pop out at him”. I hope they liked it.

 

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I posted this on instagram but I don’t like this picture of me at all.

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After the Tower of Terror, we went to our first official Disney meal! It was at the 50’s Prime Time Diner.

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We were the first people to show up, so we got to take a picture with all the people who work there and they kept our picture on the refrigerator all day.

We sat around for a while after because my mom got charged on her credit card twice at the motel so we had to sort that out.

After that we went t my favorite place in Hollywood Studios….

 

Muppet Courtyard!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the muppets.

If Disney ever get rid of Muppetvision 3D and don’t release it to be owned at home, I’m rioting in the streets. To my knowledge, Muppetvision is the last thing Jim Henson worked on before he died (correct me if I’m wrong). Jim Henson is like my idol and I hope some day I get to visit the creature shop.

But anyways, we saw Muppetvision.

This show has my favorite queue in all of Disney because it’s so detailed.

The fake posters were entertaining me far more than they entertained just about everyone else. My favorite quote is “with a mercifully brief appearance by The Great Gonzo”. It’s not trying too hard.

All of the hardware had faces drawn around them.

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After Muppetvision, we went to what was my favorite ride for my whole childhood: Rock n’ Rollercoaster. We luckily had a fastpass because the line was 3 hours long.

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After Rock n’ Rollercoaster, we had our third fastpass of the day: Toy Story Mania (when I was a kid, it was called Toy Story Midway Mania, a vastly superior name).

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We figured we need to pose near the Alien Swirling Saucers ride since we’re wearing alien pants, so we stopped over there, took some photos and reapplied our sunscreen. We didn’t ride it because the line was like 2 hours long and honestly I don’t like Toy Story enough to wait in line for a Toy Story ride any longer than about 25 minutes.

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Me being concerned as a father lets his toddler run wildly right towards the crowd of people.
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posing. (my eyeliner is not standing up to the sun induced squinting and increased oil secretion caused by being at Disney)

After the photoshoot we actually got on the ride.

Don’t murder me for this, but I like the decorations in the queue more than the ride itself…

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For once I beat my mom!!!!!! I won a rabbit!!!!!!!!!!!!! (You don’t actually get a prize but it’s the principle that matters)

We left Toy Story Land for our dinner. It was at Hollywood and Vine. They were doing a special holiday dinner where the characters (Mickey, MInne, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy) wear christmas outfits so of course we had to go. The food isn’t anything to write home about but the service is really good and the outfits are cute.

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This is the best photo from there. My mom when she saw Goofy, turned to me and said “That’s a black guy in there”. Apt observation.

So we had a few hours until Fantasmic so we figured out what to do. Is it weird that I kind of wanted to take a picture with Doc McStuffins? I know the show is for toddlers, but I think it’s quality child entertainment.

When I saw that the Doc McStuffins line was like an hour long I decided to not do that.

We chose to see the Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

First we went to the restroom and while I was waiting outside for my mom, A parade of Star Wars characters just strolled past me. I’ve never seen Star Wars so I’m just gonna make up their names in a crude attempt at comedy.

*blurry photo warning for the rest of this post*

Yeezy Szn 3 Stormtrooper
Personified Nightmare
Shiny Stormtrooper and Stormtrooper Who Feels Inadequate By Comparison
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Bronze Age Emma Watson and Chewbacca

We then watched the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I don’t particularly care for The Little Mermaid (I prefer the musical), but I do love puppets so I really liked this show because just about every character was controled by a puppeteer.

 

the Ursula puppet was like 18 feet tall. Ariel is on a big tall rock setpiece.

Next (and last) we crossed the park to go see Fantasmic! Since the last time I saw it they’ve improved some parts of it a lot! I love the dragon still and the snake (which I think is new)

The people in charge of crowds kept trying to hype the audience up while we waited. They did like 20 variations of the wave, the did the stomp stomp clap thing from We Will Rock You, They encouraged us to hold up our phone flashlights like it’s a concert. My mom and I just laughed because it felt like everyone was trying to hold onto to momentum for far too long.
The show begins!
good god this picture is awful. It was really cool in real life though, there were a bunch of black light safari animals for “Just Can’t Wait To Be King”.
Can you guess what this scene is about?
Pocahontas!!!!!!!!! It is straight up impossible to find Pocahontas in the parks. This is the only time I even saw a hint that she exists other than her being on like 2 pages in a princess coloring book, in the Ralph Breaks The Internet princess box set, and 1 mug with her on it. By comparison you could not escape sleeping beauty and as much as i love her, lets be honest: nobody really watches Sleeping Beauty anymore (nobody watches Pocahontas either but you get my point).

The snake puppet was sick as hell. 

The dragon used to be a full body puppet but now it’s a head and projected wings. Both are cool but the original puppet was jaw dropping.
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Mickey Mouse. You can’t escape him.
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The boat had some really rare characters on there. There was even a Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse (he’s up at the top).

After Fantasmic, we dealt with the rush and left for our hotel

We went to the concierge so we could get our Hoop Dee Doo Revue tickets printed out and we had to wait like 30 minutes because there was a family who I guess had never visited Disney before because they were frantically making dinner reservations at the front desk. They had a daughter who I thought was my age but it turns out she’s 12! I was in disbelief and then she spoke and I saw her braces and I got it better.

When we got back to our room, my bag with my laptop was missing and I almost lost my mind. I walked back up t the front office and the guy in charge of bags had a tough time finding it. It turns out they put my bag in a separate cage since I told them it’s fragile. Service!

After that I kinda just went to bed.

I got amazing sleep though.

Tomorrow is Animal Kingdom!

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One thought on “Orlando Day 2: Hollywood Studios

  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m soooo jealous! I’ve been to Disney a couple times, but the first was as a very young child and the last we only had the chance to visit Magic Kingdom and a very short trip to Epcot. But man that time was amazing because there were practically no lines since we were there right before the hurricane 😂 (P.S. I adore the pants! So cute! And I love all the photos too! I’m glad you had a lot of fun!)

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