Spontaneous Disney Trip 2018: Day 1 – Hollywood Studios
My husband and I just got back from a whirlwind Disney World trip with my mom (he had a conference so my mom tagged along to hang out with me while he was doing work stuff). We got back yesterday so this post, and the next several weeks’ worth, will feature a play-by-play of what we did each day of our trip.
As I mentioned in the 1st post chronicling our family Disney trip last year (if you missed it, you can read it here) we always take as early a flight as we can down to Disney World, so we landed around 10 am. We stayed off property for the 1st time, at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
We got to the hotel around 11:00 and our rooms were ready, so we took a little time to get situated and unpack a bit before heading to Hollywood Studios. We arrived around 12:30 and I went straight to ticketing to pick up my Annual Pass! 😁
As soon as we walked in, we had some pictures taken on Hollywood Blvd and then wandered over to check out the decorations on Echo Lake and Gertie the Dino.
We were all starving so we didn’t really do anything noteworthy and just went straight to Backlot Express for lunch. We did, however, go the long way around Echo Lake to see the decorations and I couldn’t resist a photo op, first.
We hunted down a table at Backlot Express and then ordered food in the Disney World app. It was ready super fast so we had a pretty quick lunch and then were off again.
Since we were in the area, we popped in for Muppet Vision 3D (a classic, in my opinion) and we timed it so perfectly, the pre-show was already over and we basically walked right on in to the seats.
After Muppets, we wandered towards Baseline Taphouse but saw the Minnie and Mickey meet-and-greet had a pretty short wait (I want to say like 20 minutes or so) so we figured we may as well! Minnie was so great and so sassy and Mickey was as handsome as always. 😊
We figured it was time for a rest and my mom has never been to Baseline before, so I snagged us a table while my mom got herself some wine and my husband snagged us beers. So we relaxed and chatted and drank and checked out the photos we’d taken this far and it was pretty nice, especially considering we’d been up since 4 AM.
My mom doesn’t do Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, so we made her a couple FastPasses for some shows to do while we rode those rides. I honestly don’t even know if she used them both or if she just shopped but I do know she saw Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, even tho I don’t think that was one of the FastPasses.
Our Tower of Terror FastPass was 3:35 – 4:35 and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster 4:35 – 5:35, so we hit Tower towards the end of the window so we could immediately do Rock ‘n Roller Coaster right after and not leave my mom hanging for too long and that worked out really well.
I’ve always loved Hollywood Studios, but there really just isn’t a lot to do in that park these days. When our FastPasses for Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster we’re done, it was too early for our Toy Story Mania FastPass but we’d basically done everything else already. We decided to head over to Toy Story Land to explore, since we hadn’t been over there at all yet. The sun was always going down and I’m sort-of disappointed we didn’t make it over there during full daylight, but I still think we got s good appreciation for it and it’s super cute!
Given how small Toy Story Land is, we got thru it all pretty quickly, so we went back over to Sunset Boulevard to watch Sunset Season’s Greetings, a projection show on Tower of Terror. We missed it last year and I’m so glad we went back this time because it was so cute!!
On our way back to Toy Story Land for our Toy Story Mania FastPass, we stopped at a popcorn stand so I could finally get my Pluto popcorn bucket! It’s probably the no to obsess over, but they made a holiday Pluto popcorn bucket last year and I really wanted it but didn’t get it, so when I saw they made one again this year, I knew I couldn’t pass it up a 2nd time. Plus, I love popcorn.
If you’ve been to Disney World before, and specifically to Hollywood Studios, you probably remember the entrance to Toy Story Mania being along Pixar Place, but that road is blocked off now for the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so the new entrance is within the rest of Toy Story Land. The ride was great as always, but hubby kicked my butt.
We had an 8:40 dinner reservation at ‘Ohana (husband’s favorite) and it was only around 7:00, but we decided to head over to the Polynesian, anyway, and grab drinks at Tambu Tambu Lounge, which is right outside of ‘Ohana.
My mom and I both got the Macaw and my husband got the backscratcher, which actually comes with a bamboo backscratcher in it.
When we checked in for our reservation, we requested a table in the window for dinner and expressed our willingness to wait because we knew the Holiday Wishes fireworks from Mickey’s Very a Merry Christmas Party were happening at 10:00.
I’ll be honest here – we barely made it that far. By the time the fireworks were done, it was like 10:15 or 10:20 and we’d all been awake for over 18 hours and were completely exhausted. We got the check as soon as they were over and went to bed.
Thanks for reading along! Come back next week to read about our day in Epcot!