Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Disney's Hollywood Studios A Galaxy Not Too Far Away

They say that no one enjoys your vacation pictures and updates more than you do.  And I do know that is true.  I have shared a few pictures from our October Florida trip on Facebook but I hesitated to make it an hourly moment by moment posting fest while we are on vacation.  Besides I was honestly too busy enjoying our time (living in the moment) to be too overly concerned about sharing every activity we were doing.  Instead upon returning I can post whatever my heart desires on my blog and not fill up my Facebook profile with endless vacation pictures and updates.

Our first day at Disney World was spent at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  We opened the park first thing in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and started the day with character visits and sweets.  How can you visit Starbucks and not walk out the door with a Dark Vader Cupcake for breakfast.

Some of our favorite character visits during the day included Donald and Daisy Duck, Encounter Kylo Ren, Meet Chewbacca, Olaf, Toy Story Friends, Goofy, multiple encounters with the Storm Troopers (they liked my handbag and shirt), the stars of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and other miscellaneous characters that we were delighted to run into.

We were able to see the March of the First Order and the Star Wars A Galaxy Far, Far Away Center Stage Show.  Both new to Hollywood Studios.  Some of the other activities we enjoyed included  Step Into Star Wars, Star Wars:  Path of the Jedi, Voyage of the Little Mermaid Show, The Great Movie Ride, Toy Story Mania (4-D Shooting Game), Star Wars Launch Bay and The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.  Somehow we manged to rack up the same score (124,400) on the Toy Story Mania Ride.  We even asked the Cast Members if that is common and they said that it never happens.  The only difference was our accuracy score.  Mine was 29% and Anthony's was at 36%.

Sometimes we have a plan in place but at the parks we sort of fly by the seat of our pants watching the Disney Experience Mobile App to determine our next move based on wait times and show time availability.  On occasion that leaves us out of dining opportunities (families book restaurant reservations months and months in advance) and that was the case at Hollywood Studios at their nicer sit-down eating options.  Unfortunately they were all booked without any cancellations or walk in opportunities.  Still we just made due and ate quick simple meals while at the park and didn't worry about restaurants that we were not able to sample.

All in all it was a really fun day running around the park.  We had picture perfect weather for the entire week which is amazing for Florida.  I purchased lots of fun Disney Star Wars Halloween Pins for my tiny collection.  And since this was my belated Birthday Celebration I was given a Happy Birthday Pin to wear all day.  Every single cast member we encountered wished me a Happy Birthday and the Cast Members in the Tatooine Traders Shop sang me a special Star Wars Happy Birthday song (I got to blow out a light saber).  But what was surprising was the number of park visitors that stopped me to wish me a Happy Birthday.  What an incredibly special feeling to have all day.  If only I could spend every birthday at Disney World.

Disney World Tip:  I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Disney World that they add to their budget purchasing the Disney PhotoPass Memory Maker product.  The cost was around $160.  The PhotoPass allows you to get unlimited pictures taken while at the parks and you receive unlimited digital downloads of the memories including character visits, attraction photos and videos and extras like Animated Magic Shots.  We also received recipes and stock photos.  All we would do was have the photographers (who you can easily locate on the Disney Experience Mobil App. or just while walking around) tap your Magic Band after taking your pictures and the pictures would upload to your account often within minutes.  And if they didn't show up you could visit the Photo Pass Shop at each park and let them know the time and date of the missing pictures (we had this happen once) and they can locate them and add them to your account.  It was absolutely amazing and easy to use.  It helped us a lot because there were only two of us at the park.  So neither of us was left out of a shot if we both wanted to be in it and we did not need to rely on selfies or asking other visitors to take a picture of us.

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