Day #2 was all about Hollywood Studios and luckily for us we got to take advantage of the extra magic hour since we stayed at Pop Century, a Disney Resort Hotel!
An hour might not seem like a lot of time but it sure makes a difference when you are at Disney. Less crowds means more can be accomplished during that time. It also means that your day starts off on a more relaxed note. Hooray for that!
We used our extra magic hour to get a pic with this guy!
We also rode Toy Story Midway Mania which was a lot of fun! (We rode it again later in the day as well because we had a FastPass for it.)
We got in line to see Buzz and Woody but ended up jumping out of line to move on to something else. We did get a few fun pics while waiting in line though!
Naturally as the day went on the crowds grew but it never got as crazy as our day at Magic Kingdom. The only area that had a crazy amount of people was over by the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and the Tower of Terror. That didn’t bother me one bit as I really wasn’t interested in either ride since I am scared of heights. (Although, I did tell Chris that I would go on the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster but the wait ended up being too long. I was secretly grateful for that.)
The one other area that was super crowded was getting into and out of the Fantasmic show but that was to be expected. The Fantasmic show is super popular. So popular that Chris and I reserved a dinner package that included tickets to the show, but more on that in a bit.
Let’s break down our day at Hollywood Studios!
Favorite Ride: This is super easy for me to answer! Hands down my favorite ride was Star Tours. I LOVED it and we went on it 4 times! You would think that perhaps I am a Star Wars junkie but I am not, it was just a really cool ride. And each time we rode it we got a different experience so I thought that was pretty sweet!
Least Favorite Ride: The Great Movie Ride. It wasn’t bad but it was just okay. I think Chris and I just expected more from it.
Favorite Show: This is a tough one because all of the shows were really good! I can’t just pick one so instead I will narrow it down to two. I really liked Fantasmic and Muppet Vision 3D. We saw the Muppet show twice even!
Least Favorite Show: I don’t have one! They were all superb. You really can’t go wrong with any show at Hollywood Studios.
FastPasses Used: We used a FastPass for Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours and The Great Movie Ride. All of those were good choices for us. However, if you are interested in the Tower of Terror or the Aerosmith Rollercoaster you would definitely want to use FastPasses for those as they had the longest waits. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT ever use a FastPass for one of the shows. There seems to be plenty of seating for all the shows at Hollywood Studios. (With the exception of Fantasmic, of course.)
Food Consumed: We saved money on breakfast by eating some of the snacks that we brought with us. We also brought some snacks into the park so that we had something to eat in between meals. For lunch we ate at the Studio Catering Co. We beat the system a little and saved a little bit of money here. While Chris was finding us a table, I ordered our food and I ordered myself a kids meal. It was perfectly sized for me and the two of us ate for under $15!
For dinner we did the Fantasmic dinner package at Hollywood and Vine. This definitely made up for the savings we had at lunch but it was worth it because the food was great and we got two reserved seats for Fantasmic! I highly recommend this package if you are crunched for time as it is recommended that you get to Fantasmic 90 minutes before the show starts if you are going to sit in general admission. We didn’t have 90 minutes available to waste so it was a no brainer for us.
What would I do different: Not a darn thing! This was my favorite day at Disney and I can’t think of anything that I would change!
After Hollywood Studios, we headed to Downtown Disney because we really wanted to go to the LEGO store for our kids. I expected there to be special Disney themed mini-figures there but I was wrong. The store was big but there wasn’t anything there that we couldn’t get back at home.
We did walk around Downtown Disney a bit but it was super crowded, just like our day at Magic Kingdom and there was some construction going on down there too so we didn’t spend a ton of time there.
After Downtown Disney we headed back to the hotel to rest up for our third and final day of our Disney vacation!
Have you been to Hollywood Studios?
I would love to hear about your experience!