Hollywood Studios (Part 1)

After finishing up breakfast at Hollywood & Vine, we were ready for a fabulous day at Hollywood Studios. Our plans and must dos for the day included:

  • 9:00-10:00 Tower of Terror Fastpass+
  • 10:45-11:45 Toy Story Midway Mania Fastpass+
  • 12:10 Lunch reservation at 50s Prime Time Cafe
  • 2:25-3:25 Star Tours Fastpass+
  • 7:00 Fantasmic!
  • 8:00 Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Showdown
  • Must dos: Star Tours, Star Wars Launch Bay,  Rock N Roller Coaster, Indiana Jones, Beauty & the Beast

We had a lot we wanted to get done, but really didn’t feel rushed. Since we had Tower of Terror fastpasses for first thing, we decided to head down Sunset Blvd after breakfast. Our first, stop was Rock N Roller Coaster, where the boys rode stand-by. Just as we got there, 2 large groups of teenage girls with pink backpacks were going in. So, we knew it was going to be a bit of a wait. The boys went on it, while G and I (who weren’t going to ride) explored the area in front of the ride and did a little photo shoot.

The boys had fun, but J was a little shaken up after the ride. It was time for the ride I was most excited for – Tower of Terror! I hate rides with drops….hate them. But, we had not done Tower of Terror on our last trip, and I was determined to do it. G was completely freaked out and not cooperating at all, but we got her on it.

She really is there! Second row, between me and the guy who was singing “It’s a Small World” the whole ride. I think you can guess which one that was. :/

She and J were both pretty freaked out and my stomach was churning, so we decided it was time to head off for something a little more tame. We were planning to head to Pixar Place, but stopped for some photos first.

Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios

We also happened upon this magician named Jack Diamond. He was doing card tricks and other magic trips on a table in the middle of Sunset Blvd and the kids were interested, so we decided to stop for a minute. Just a minute. Which ended up being more like 20 because he was so good!

Grace helping Jack Diamond with a coin trick
G helping Jack Diamond with a coin trick

After that, we did head towards Pixar Place. We had a little time to kill before our fastpass, so we stopped for pictures with a friend.

Jesse and Sorcerer Mickey
J and Sorcerer Mickey

Then it was off to our fast passes at Toy Story Midway Mania!

Even with fast passes, the line for this was L.O.N.G. Definitely a must-do, but only with fast passes. The standby line was at 90 minutes at 10:30 in the morning. In early February, that’s insane. We won’t stand in a line more than about 20 minutes long. We’ve never needed to at that time of year.

It was time for C’s biggest must-do on the list for this whole trip: Star Wars Launch Bay. We have the Chase Disney Visa card, so we knew we would be able to see Darth Vader without much of a line. (Kylo Ren wasn’t meeting yet.) So we headed for the Rebel side first. The kids were super excited to meet Chewbacca!

After meeting the wookie, we headed over to find the line for the Chase meet and greet. On the way past, we saw the regular line for Vader was at 60 minutes. We found the Chase line, and waited about 5 minutes to meet our villain.

We headed out, knowing we were pushing it to get to our lunch reservation, but had to stop for one more meet and greet on the way out.

meeting a jawa
meeting a jawa
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