About 6 months ago, I found out that my mother in law had never been to Disney World so we decided that we would go for Janie’s winter break. The weather was beautiful, especially after our snow last week! We arrived on Saturday evening and checked into our condo. We rented through Magical Vacation Homes and it was perfect! Only a few miles from the park and the condo was really nice.
After attending mass, we went to meet up with some friends/family at Downtown Disney. The plan was to eat at T Rex. I tried to make reservations but they were already booked by the time I called. I should have taken this as a sign and gone somewhere else. Downtown Disney was packed! We arrived a little after 7pm and they said that they could seat us at 9:45. We ended up eating very expensive fast food at Downtown Disney. After seeing that crowd, I was afraid of what we would find at the parks!
We went to Hollywood Studios on Sunday. The crowds weren’t too bad. We got Fast Passes right away. This is where I learned not to get a Fast Pass for shows. It’s really a waste of a Fast Pass. I also decided that we didn’t need to bring a stroller to the parks after the first day. Nolan wasn’t all that fond of sitting in it and you have to park your stroller and then go back and get it (sometimes at another location).
Highlights of Hollywood Studios: The Stunt Show and Beauty and the Beast were great. We got to meet Buzz, Woody and Jake.
Low lights of Hollywood Studios: We stood in line for about 30 minutes for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and then they announced that everyone needed to turn around….bummer! I hated Star Tours. It was Nolan’s first thrill ride and he just met the 40 inch height requirement. He kept asking when it would be over. Thankfully, Janie chose not to go on it!
Overall, I wasn’t all that impressed with Hollywood Studios. Of course, we didn’t get to experience their two major rides. Tim wanted to ride Tower of Terror but the line was too long and we had used all of our Fast Passes.