Day 2- Hollywood Studios
We started out day two bright and early at Hollywood Studios. By 7:30 we were headed out of the hotel room and headed for the bus. We arrived at Hollywood Studios by 8:15. We headed straight for Star Tours: The Adventure Continues since we did not have a fast-pass for it. This is one of my favorite rides at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars has always been a big part of my life and I love seeing Disney bring the love to life. After this ride we went to meet Olaf. The meet and greet was so cute. Olaf is in his own room and the background is a beach. One of my friends actually cried when we meet him! Then we were off to ride Tower of Terror. This is one of my favorite rides at Disney! The pre-show and the ride before the drop are done so well and it’s just amazing! After this ride we met up with two of our friends that were doing the Disney College Program. There had already been there a full semester, so they revealed some of the secrets of the kingdom to us to help us for the rest of our week. They took us around Hollywood Studios. We first went to Toy Story Land.I was blown away by all the little details that Disney put into this section of the park. It really felt like you had become a toy. My favorite detail is Andy’s “huge” foot print on the floor. We had a fast pass to ride Toy Story Mania. It was a fun ride and the fun mini games were well worth the wait. The ride was actually a good length of time which I found surprising. It was a nice little break from walking. After this ride we walked around Toy Story Land form a few more minutes but ultimately decided not to try and wait the very long wait times for the other rides in this section. After this we headed to the Syfy Dine-In Theater Restaurant. We had a late lunch reservation for this restaurant and were able to include our two new members into our reservation. If you have never been here before the bid draw of this restaurant is that you sit in booths that look like cars and there is a big screen that show preview of old Syfy movies. I think this is a better dining experience if your party is small. The booths only sit 2 people and there were 7 of us. So, we were all paired up and one of us sat alone and we were not able to face each other and talk. It is also very dark in the restaurant, so I didn’t like that. The food was okay, but I definitely could have gotten better food in Hollywood Studios for a cheaper price. After finishing lunch, we said good bye to our cast member friends. After this we took a few minutes to figure out what we wanted to do. We all walked to the Star Wars Launch Bay to meet some characters. While we were there, we meet Storm troopers, Chewbacca, Doc McStuffins, saw Darth Vader walk by. We also saw Rey and Finn walk by on the way to perform in a show. After this our group decided to split up. Blair and I wanted to go and ride the Rock n’ Roller Coaster because it was back to being functional and then head to Disney Springs. The rest of the party wanted to see a few shows before they left for the day. Blair and I headed for the roller-coaster, we had a multi-experience pass because our fast pass for the ride from earlier had been changed since the ride was down. This ride is my favorite in Hollywood Studios. It just sucks that it is prone to break down at least once a day. After the best rollercoaster in Hollywood Studios we headed to Disney Springs. It took about an hour to get to Disney Springs, which included wait time and travel time. It has been such a long time since I have been to Disney Springs, it was before they remodeled it. Disney Springs is so beautiful. I would have loved to have spent all day here. I knew what shops I wanted to visit here before our half day here later in the week. I went and visited Vera Bradley and purchased a Disney x Vera Bradley blanket and campus backpack in Magic Blooms. I also bought a Kate Spade x Disneytote bag. The one that said, “We have made the fairytale fashionable again- Walt Disney.” It’s a white tote bag with silver glitter blocked on the bottom. Then we went to explore the World of Disney. This store is amazing, its gigantic and beautiful. After shopping for a bit, we headed back to our hotel for diner. We ate in the cafeteria dinning place and the food was good and not that expensive.
It’s been about too long since I got back from my Disney World Trip! So, I’m ready to tell you all about my trip and tips and tricks that I have found that helped me!
A quick overview I went for 6 days and five nights. I attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and one of the days we went to Universal Studios. I went with 4 other girls and we stayed at Port Orleans: Riverside.
The excitement was real! I woke up at 3 AM to get on a flight and flew to Disney. I few by myself and the rest of my party flew from a different location.
The hotel we stayed at was very beautiful. Port Orleans Riverside moderate value resort, but it was delightful. I have stayed at the Poloniasian resort which is a deluxe hotel, but I enjoyed both hotels and I really could not tell a difference. The room service was great, and the help desk was a god send. If you haven’t been to this resort has building where the rooms are located and there are several buildings on the property. Our room building was a bit for from the main building but close to a bus stop.
Once the girls got there, like a hour after me, we were headed to Epcot!
We started our day by running to Soarin’, we were running late and were going to miss out fast pass! (TIP: Fast passes have a 5-minute grace period)I was the only one in our group that had ridden it before, so I was very excited to see the girl’s reactions. The all loved it! The ride has always been a favorite, but I love the new show and the smells that accompany them! Then we were off to Mission: Space. We also ran to this one because we were terrible at keeping time and trying to shop! We rode on the orange track, which I the tuff one. I would not recommend if you are prone to motion sickness or even if you think you are. We were all disoriented after this ride. Now we were off to Spaceship Earth! I love this ride! It cute and entertaining. It’s also great when you need to get out of the Florida sun or want to sit down for a spell. Don’t forget to personalize the video that pops up on your ride car, there will be a special video waiting for you to send to all your friends and family! (Picture Opportunity: outside the exit is the famous Bubble Gum Wall)
By this time, we were all looking for food. We headed to the World Showcase. (TIP: Start in Canada and go against the crowd)
We started off in Mexico. We were tempted to eat tacos but since we were all from Texas, we decided to try something different.
The next country was Norway. None of the food options really spoke to us and Frozen Ever After was shut down so we moved on.
Up Next was China! None of us were too keen to try any of the food here but China does offer some great picture opportunities.
Right Next door wasGermany! I was very excited to visit the Karamell Kuche. I got a caramel apple and it was wonderful!
In Italy, we split a piece of pizza from Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeeria it was great. This pavilion has a great view of the Epcot ball from across the lake!
American Adventure is the halfway point in the world showcase. Since we all came to Disney to try new things, we did not get any food here, but I did get popcorn because it is my favorite snack.
We were finally in Japan! I knew exactly what I wanted to get here. At the Katsura Grill they have chicken cutlet curry that is absolutely to die for. Their teriyaki chicken isn’t so bad either. Most of my party ate here because we were starving by this point and didn’t feel like walking back to get food. The portions here are very good I didn’t share with anyone and the cost is great too. After dinner we went an explored the shop that is under the restaurant. It was amazing and very big. It has so many sections of all things Japan. There was a candy section, pearl/ jewelry section/ anima section/ Pokémon section / and a hello kitty section. This store is definably worth checking out.
In Morocco, we stopped at the Tangerine Café and split the walnut baklava. This was amazing! Do try this dessert, I cannot rave enough about it!
Next up wasFrance!Here we found the Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. We all split a macaroon filled with raspberry and lime crème. It was ok but there was probably better stuff here that we just didn’t know to try.
Lastly, we visited theUnited Kingdom. One of my friends in my arty wanted to but tea so we looked around all the shops till we found tea leaves to take home.
Then we headed back to Future land to find a spot to watch the Illuminated Nations show. Why we didn’t just walk through Canada to get there faster. I don’t know, would not recommend gong all the way back, it’s too far to walk and you would be better to save the energy. The firework show was okay, but I am not really about the shows at Disney, but I saw it once and I don’t need to see it ever again.