Friday, February 13, 2009

Day 5 Hollywood Studios

I had been looking forward to Hollywood Studios for about 8 months! They unveiled a new 3-D ride "Toy Story Midway Mania", and I couldn't wait to go on it.

We arrived about 30 minutes before rope drop and got in line to enter the park. We were at the very front of the crowd and you could tell that everyone was heading to the Toy Story ride. As they dropped the rope, RJ even yelled, "TOY STORY MANIA, HERE WE COME!" Apparently I had been pumping him up for quite awhile.

Rick got ahead of everyone and got Fast Passes for 9:40, and then we got in line to ride it. It was WONDERFUL. Everyone loved it, and even Heidi scored 25,000 points. I scored 122,000 on my first try and had one of the top 3 scores of the day. Granted we rode it in the first 10 minutes, but I was still proud of myself!

The ride was super cool. It's set up like a carnival ride and it takes you from station to station where you do different things, throw darts, break plates, hit targets, throw pies, etc. Of course you aren't really doing it, but it's in 3-D so it sure feels like you are. Very Very amazing ride. It replaced Buzz Lightyear as my all time favorite!

RJ and Heidi and I hung out while Rick and Kailtin headed over to ride the Tower of Terror ride. At exactly 9:40 I got more Fast Passes for Toy Story Mania which had a return time of 3. About an hour later, all the FPs for the entire day were gone. Crazy!

We accomplished quite a bit today. We watched the Jedi Training Academy, rode Star Tours, rode the Great Movie Ride, Watched the Indiana Jones Stunt show, watched the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, watched a Block Party Bash Parade as well as riding Toy Story Mania 2 more times. Rick and Kaitlin rode Tower of Terror again and Rock n Rollercoaster 2 times. They really enjoyed RnR.

While they were off doing that, I had a wonderful time walking around by myself with both kids. We saw the power rangers, and Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. We walked around the Streets of America and just relaxed. We saw Mater and Lightning McQueen from Cars. and then just went in and out of some shops before just relaxing by the giant sorcerer's hat.

We also saw Rhino from Bolt, Sorcerer Mickey and the Incredibles. Rhino was great! Heidi kept petting his tummy and Rhino tried to eat RJ's autograph book. When RJ took it away, he ate Heidi's marker. too funny.

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid was an excellent show that Heidi loved. It's amazing how they can really make you feel like you are under the ocean, and they blew bubbles on you during parts of the show. and it was nice to get off my feet for 17 minutes.

RJ really enjoyed the Indiana Jones show and all of the fire and stunts. He kept asking, "was that real?" "Are they really shooting each other?", "Is that guy dead for real?" He was just in awe. And the best part, I bought him an Indiana Jones fedora when we left the show and he looks so super cute in it.

Another one of my favorite things, was inside the Star Tours gift shop. I had RJ and Heidi's faces super imposed on Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Even Rick admitted that it was cool. I LOVE it. One of my favorite souvineers from the trip.

We left Hollywood Studios with plenty of daylight left. After heading to the hotel, Rick and Kaitlin took the kids swimming (a short lived adventure because the water was cold) and then we headed to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner.

Rick and the kids headed home to sleep (tomorrow is our last day), while Kaitlin and I went to Downtown Disney to shop.

It was another wonderful day full of fun.

Unfortunately, tomorrow will be our last day of sunshine and then it's back to Illinois.



clkocher said...

We LOVE Disney Studios! It's 2nd to Magic Kingdom. We all thought Toy Story Mania was one of the best rides at Disney (it is the boys' favorite).