Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hollywood Studios

If you missed my posts about the first two days of our surprise trip you can go back and read them.  Day one is HERE and day two is HERE.

For our last day in Orlando we decided to give Hollywood Studios a try.  We had never been there before and were excited to see what it was all about.  I had heard mixed reviews, but since we had gotten to ride most of the rides the kids wanted to the day before, we figured it couldn't hurt to see something new and different.

We were all so tired from the past two day that I decided to let everyone sleep in a bit and so we got off to a later start, but for everyone's moods, I think it was the best choice. We still got to Hollywood Studios fairly early.  The girls and the Mr. went off to ride the Rock n Roller coaster while Boo-Boo and I got familiar with the lay of the land.  We hopped on The Great Movie Ride while we were waiting on them. The whole time I just keep thinking about how my dad would love it. He loves watching old movies and he would have really appreciated the walk down memory lane with the classic, popular movies.  My little ride partner just kept pointing out the fact that this was a slow ride and he wanted to go faster.

After meeting back up we also ran into some familiar faces.  One thing I will say about Hollywood Studios is that opportunities for pictures with characters are way easier to come by here.  And there were practically no lines!

Next we went to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area and our kids LOVED it.  It's basically a playground that is set up to look like the set of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I realized two things while we were here.  1- My kids had absolutely no idea what that movie was, making me feel really old and 2- we could have just gone to a playground at home and they would have been happy.  Seriously though we spent about 45 minutes in this play area and they did not want to leave.  We weren't the only ones there either. Tons of kids were running around and having the best time.

There were slides, tunnels, climbing nets, etc.  Every time I tried to get the kids to head on to do something else they would run off and say they wanted to play more.

And this little guy kept telling me he had more adventures and secret hide outs to find.

The only thing I didn't love about this area is that it is kind of hard to keep up with your kids and it made me little nervous.  There are just so many tunnels and hiding places that you can't really keep your eyes on them at all times. I kept urging them to at least all stay together so that helped. I'm usually a pretty laid back mom, but somewhere super busy and public like this had me a little freaked out.

Next up we had fast passes for the Star Tours experience and we weren't really sure what to expect. It was a super fun "ride" that was actually just a 3D experience.  We wore 3D glasses and you feel like you are actually going on a ride through space and under water. It was super neat, very realistic, and we all enjoyed it!

By this time it was lunchtime so we were just trying to find somewhere close by to eat. We literally walked up to the closest place and were told we were lucky because we got the last spot without having a reservation for lunch.  We had no idea we'd need one, but after being taken down a long hallway and finally into the main dining area we understood.  We were at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.
The entire place was set up like an old-time drive-in theater.

You actually sat in cars with tables in them!  How fun is that?!?  My kids asked if this is what cars were really like back in the "old days" and if they had tables in them?  It was dark in the dining area and there was a big movie screen playing cartoons and shows the whole time.  The Mr. thought it was super cheesy, but the kids LOVED it.  They thought it was the neatest restaurants ever and so did I!  I'm so happy we stumbled across this place and I would definitely recommend it. If you have the chance though, make a reservation!  We saw so many people turned away because they didn't have reservations.

After lunch it was sadly time for us to go.  We had to get back to our hotel to get our things and get to the airport.  We made a quick stop by a souvenir shop to let the girls pick out their treat (Boo-Boo had picked something the day before) and then we were off.  I do wish we could have stayed longer because there were a lot of really neat shows and things we would have liked if we had more time.

It was time to head back to reality and get ready to face our Monday and the week ahead.  The girls and I were in the very last row of the plane!

Thankfully, the kids were all really tired so the flight was pretty uneventful and we got home just in time to have dinner and get everyone to bed at a decent hour.  It was a jam-packed weekend with lots of fun squeezed in to a few short days.  We enjoyed the time together as a family though and I just love being able to have the kids experience the magic of Disney any chance we get.

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  1. They will be closing the play area to make room for the new toy story and Star Wars lands

  2. The play area was one of Will's favorite! I loved it as well but like you I remember the movie.


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