January 8, 2016 – More Hollywood Studios

After beating Luke at Toy Story Midway Mania, we had tons of time before our next Fastpass, so we hopped in line to meet Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The line was fairly long, but the queue line was designed to look like different scenes from the movie so I had fun with that.

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About 25 minutes later, it was our turn to meet Buzz and Woody. It was an ok character meet and greet, but it felt like what I would consider a snap and shove – it felt like the Photopass people just wanted to snap our picture and shove us out to get to the next person. Maybe because we were just two adults without any kids, but I felt really rushed at this. We did end up with three Photopass pictures though, and they turned out decent!

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After rushing through the Buzz and Woody meet-and-greet, we stopped to have some Photopass pictures taken with the Pixar sign in the background.

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Looking back at all of my pictures now, my outfits looked a bit ridiculous. I had short sleeve and sleeveless Disney dresses, but it ended up being a bit cold the entire time we were there, so I ended up wearing my sweaters that I planned on only wearing at night. Same for the leggings, I had planned on wearing spandex shorts under my dresses, but due to the cold I put on my long leggings every day. Also – yes – it wasn’t actually cold, I am Canadian but I guess I’m weak haha.

We took our time, exploring the park a bit as we headed towards our third Fastpass – Tower of Terror! Last year when we went to California, I swore there was no way I was going on that ride, but I was still interested in taking a look at the building up close. When we got to it, there was only a 15 minute wait, and Luke was really excited to go on it. I hesitantly agreed, and ended up absolutely loving it! So we knew that it had to be a FastPass for our Hollywood Studios day! The fourth dimension at WDW is really cool, and I’d say that alone makes the ride better in Florida. However, I feel like the view from the open window is much better in California and therefore makes the ride more terrifying (but still awesome). I also loved the video you get from this ride with Memory Maker.

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Just because it’s hilarious, here’s a cropped,close-up of our on-ride photo…

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We then stopped at a store close to Tower of Terror so I could buy a mug I had my eye on – seriously how cute is this?!

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I sent my new Chip mug directly back to our hotel, and I also bought the ears I had decided on – the Minnie sequin ones. We stopped on the street leading to the Tower of Terror to have more Photopass pictures taken – I was determined to get my money’s worth out of that thing! I love that you can actually see Luke’s medal he got earlier that day for the 10km race!

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We found a Fastpass Kiosk and made our 4th selection of the day for Fantasmic, now that our initial three had been used. We checked the time, and figured we had enough time before our supper reservation to go watch the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, so we waited in line and then found seats. I’d say that show is just ok, I found there to be a lot of dull moments. Instead of the 45 minute show that it is, I think it could be awesome shaved down to a 20-25 minute show. Mind you, I might also be saying this because we were awake at an unnatural hour that morning, and this was one of the first times we had really sat down in hours… Anyways, as we were watching the show we realized we were getting close to our reservation time, so we had to be those people who get up before the show is over and leave. I felt bad about it, but I didn’t want to be late! After checking in for supper we ended up sitting outside the restaurant waiting for our names to be called for almost 15 minutes – turns out we would have had enough time to finish watching the Indy Stunt Show. Oh well, such is life.

Once our names were called, we were led to our car-table at Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater. My review can be found here.

After our meal, we wanted something low impact, so we headed over to watch Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Despite just drinking a coffee, Luke almost fell asleep a few times… It was a cute show – the cast member playing Ariel was a really great singer. I enjoyed the laser effects on the walls of the theatre – I would spend the 20 minutes to go see this again!

We spent a bit of time just walking around, taking in all of the sights and spending some time people watching. At some point we ended up going on Star Tours for the third time that day…you’d never know we’re not really Star Wars fans haha. I totally understand why they added scenes from the new movie, but I found all 3 of our rides were basically the same without much variation. We still obviously enjoyed it though!

It was getting close to the start of the Symphony in the Sky fireworks so we headed over to find a place to watch them. I’m not someone who will stand around for hours staking out the best viewing spot, but I was more than happy with the spot we found about 15 minutes before they started! I ended up loving it! I’ve never watched a single Star Wars movie, but I had no trouble following the story they were telling with the music and red and green fireworks.

After the fireworks ended, a huge mass of people started heading towards the park exit. We eventually made our way through them, and headed over to watch the second showing of Fantasmic! We didn’t have time to see the Disneyland version of this show last year, so I was excited to finally get a chance. It had been such a long day for us by that point, I actually had to nudge Luke a few times to keep him awake. It was a really cool show, and I’m so glad we had a chance to see it (well, I saw it, Luke had a nap). It’s a show I would go back to again for sure. That said, it still didn’t overtake World of Colour at Disney California Adventure as my favourite nighttime show.

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Once Fantasmic was over, the park was already closed and had cleared out significantly. We had a short wait for a bus (although it felt like forever). Before long, we were back at All-Star Music where I decided I was hungry (I hadn’t ate much at supper). We stopped at Intermission Food Court for a late night snack, review can be found here.

I ate quickly, and we headed off to bed – we were asleep pretty quickly after such a long day!

Next: A Hollywood Studios Morning

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