March 9, 2013

Playing in Hollywood Studios

After the Royal Family 5k, we headed into Disney's Hollywood Studios for some fun.  We didn't plan to stay for a full day because Alison was arriving in the afternoon and we didn't want her to spend the whole day solo at Port Orleans Riverside.  Because I had a green park ticket, I was ushered through the new less-conventional and more digital entry line.  The line was short and I was through quickly so I played around with a self pic while Mom made her way through the traditional turnstiles. 
Hey there crazy windblown hair!
Like the old pros that we are at Disney parks, we headed straight to Mom's fav attraction, Toy Story Midway Mania, a fabulous interactive 4D attraction, to snag a Fast Pass.  We got a ticket for 1:15 which was perfect.  We had time to grab some breakfast, hit a few rides, grab some lunch and then come back for our big ride!

If you haven't ever tried out Starring Rolls, please get thee to DHS and enjoy a treat immediately!  They're one of the few spots in a Disney Park that serves really great baked goods.  Their cupcakes are to die for!  Don't take my word for it, try one yourself!  I highly recommend the chocolate peanut butter with a carton of cold milk.  You can thank me later.  Remember, I celebrated with this after the Donald Half in January?
Red Velvet and Chocolate Peanut Butter - YUM!
After a morning treat (a cinnamon roll for both of us), we headed over to the Great Movie Ride.  After weaving through the theater seeing clips from many famous movies, it was our turn to board the ride and we were shocked to learn we would be seated in the front row - super cool! 

We headed over to what I like to call the roller coaster area of the park by Tower of Terror and Rockin' Rollercoaster.  It would be a cold day in H-E-Double Hockey Stick to get Mom on Rockin' Rollercoaster, but I was able to get her on Tower of Terror.  And true story the only thing she told me when we got in line was that we couldn't be in the front row.  I assured her that it was highly unlikely (statistically speaking, yes I'm a nerd) and if we were, we could trade.  Fast forward 20 minutes or so and there we were being ushered into row 2 (the front row on the right side of the car).  Commence Mom's freak out.  Luckily a really sweet family of 4 traded with us so they were 2 and 2.  Knowing Mom was a little on edge, I volunteered to be on the edge, middle side in the car, which I knew had no handles.  With Mom white knuckling the handle on my right and nothing on my left side, I was left to hold onto my seat belt...not exactly very secure!  Without a doubt, Disney has redone this ride for a longer, more thrilling ride experience.  I loved every stomach jarring moment.  Mom on the other hand was exuberant at the end.  It was fun, but without a doubt, a one time experience for her!
Love this vintage-inspired gem!
We hit a few more rides and attractions and our 5k-running stomachs were running on empty.  We quickly reviewed the park map for a good, quick-service lunch option with sandwiches.  Given that the Princess Half was the next day, we wanted something that would easily digest and not cause us any GI distress (maybe a little TMI, but this is how runners think!).  We headed over to Studio Catering near the Streets of America and both ordered a panini-esque sandwich comprised of turkey, cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, bacon and some sort of spread.  I opted for coleslaw and Mom had some fries.  We were pretty pleased with the sandwiches and the bread was nice too - very grainy.  We enjoy the Studio Catering and Bar areas.  We enjoyed a yummy cocktail while we were hanging in DHS during the Wine and Dine Half weekend...remember this?
Yup, that's Pam double-fisting...just kidding, she and our friend Kymberlee ordered the same drink.
And at last it was time to head over for the highlight of the day - Midway Mania!  We ended up getting a car with Hamm on the side (we love cute little pink piggies) and Mom managed to beat me in the game.  We had a blast!
At last!
We hit a few more attractions and called it a day to head back to Port Orleans Riverside to see Alison and rest for our big race the next morning. 
Muppet Show 3D
What is your favorite attraction at Hollywood Studios?  Do you buy into the Toy Story Midway Mania hype?


  1. I love Hollywood Studios! I rode Toy Story for the first time last year and it was tons of fun. I also love the Movie Ride, and Muppet Vision 3D, but my favorite is Star Tours. I could ride it over and over again! I can't wait to go back to Disney again later this year.

    1. We do too Lisa. It is a more "grownup" park, and we love some of the restaurants (Hollywood Brown Derby, 50's Prime Time Cafe) to name a few. Have fun in a few months!

  2. About 5 years ago, I would of said Hollywood Studios was my least favorite Disney Park, but now it happens to be one of my favorites! I love Rockin' Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, The Great Movie Ride and yes of course, Toy Story Mania! Also, I have to agree with you Starring Rolls is a hidden gem! They have the best sandwiches too!

    1. Same for us Kim. We love to get to HS on our trips to WDW!

  3. That's funny because I love Rockin' Rollercoaster but it would be a cold day in H-E Double Hockey Sticks before I would EVER ride Tower of Terror. TT is the only thing in the entire DW world that I haven't done/ridden. I liked Toy Mania and I buy into all the Disney hype-lol! I love it!

  4. Lots of fun times in Hollywood studios! That PB and chocolate cupcake sounds amazing! Will definitely try that one out next time! I'm not a Tower of Terror fan! I don't like dropping.