Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 2 - Hollywood Studios

Our first park stop was Hollywood Studios. I found a website that had premade itineraries and we used these as a guide, didn't follow them 100%. The first "rule" we broke is the itinerary stated to arrive at the gate 30 minutes prior to the park opening, that didn't happen on any day. We normally got there an hour after the park opened.

We knew about the FastPass, but weren't 100% on how it worked. The itinerary said, arrive 30 minutes prior to the park opening and as soon as you get there get a FastPass for the Toy Story Mania ride if the wait exceeds 20 minutes. Well, we got to the park an hour after it opened and Mom and Ali went to get FastPasses for Toy Story Mania, when they got there the return time for the FastPass was between 7:00 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., which was fine, however they needed all of our park tickets and they only had there own. So they didn't get FastPasses. The wait for the ride exceeded 1 hour, which is very rare for this time of year, but Hollywood Studios doesn't have many rides and this is rated one of the #1 rides in all the parks. (It is new and the recent movie, which all makes sense.)

So it was time for a Disney Live show, so we went to that
Disney Live!!
Then Avery got authgraphs from Goofy and Pluto
Chicken house in the Hanna Montana - The Movie
Walt Disney's original plane
Getting back to Toy Story Mania ..Story, by the time we went back with all of our park tickets the FastPass line was sold out, so we kept watch of the wait time on an iPhone App (very neat app). The wait went from 60 minutes, to 90 minutes to 120 minutes to closed... Yikes what were we going to do as this was a must in Avery's eyes. Well, it just closed for a little while, technical difficulties I guess. Well, we ate an early dinner and they walked by the ride, it was a 90 minute wait. What to do, if we want to ride, I guess we get in line. There was a lady getting off with her grandkids and I asked her if it was worth the wait and she said absolutely, so we get in line. We were in line for an hour, but it didn't really seem like it as there was plenty to look at while we waited.
Avery and Ali with their 3-D glasses on, yes the ride is 3-D
Our family after riding Toy Story Mania!!
Picture with Woody and Buzz
The lights on the buildings danced to Christmas music
What Avery liked best at Hollywood Studios was the Toy Story Mania!! ride, which ended up being worth the wait.