Thursday, 26 November 2015

Florida November 2015 Recap - Day 2 at Hollywood Studios

I'll be doing a recap for each and every glorious day of our last Disney vacation (14 days worth so in the words of Scar, be prepared)...

We woke up bright and early that morning keen to find out if our suitcases had been delivered overnight, and praise the lord above - they had. Having access to more than one pair of shorts - not to mention make up!!! - felt totally indulgent, and it was pretty difficult choosing which coordinating outfit to wear first! Knowing that we were headed to Hollywood Studios which has quite a large Pixar presence, we opted for our matching 'to infinity and beyond' t-shirts.

Once we had gotten dressed, we grabbed a frozen coffee from our hotel's Starbucks (so basic) and headed for the bus (no free rides this time though). Once again, by the time we actually got into the park we were ravenous, so we headed straight for some more hot dogs (I'm starting to notice a pattern here...). Although we were originally planning on hitting some big rides after we had eaten, we decided to play it safe and went on the more leisurely Great Movies Ride to let our food digest. 

Now it was time to get straight into the action. First up - the Aerosmith Rock 'n' Rollercoaster! Accelerating from 0 to 58 mph in under 2.8 seconds and featuring some loops, this is one of Disney World's biggest thrill rides - let's just say we were glad we waited after eating those hot dogs..

This was quickly followed by the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which ties with Splash Mountain as my favourite Disney ride! Set in a creepy old hotel, you are seated in an elevator which takes you to the top of the tower before dropping you down, then taking you back up and dropping you down again and so on and so forth. The drops are so sudden and intense that your bum is very rarely on the seat, and the anticipation of the fall is just as 
exhilarating as the fall itself. I could go on this ride again and again and never get sick of it!

I'm pretty sure we went on the Tower of Terror at least once again straight after coming off it, but once the queue got to big for us to rejoin, we decided to grab a snack and take a nice stroll through the 'Streets of America'. After posing for some photos in front of the cool backdrops, we spotted Mr Gold's shop front! For those who don't know, Mr Gold is a fictional character played by Robert Carlyle on one of my favourite shows - Once Upon a Time - so this was really cool to see.

We then headed over to see Muppet Vision 3D mostly because the line was short and we needed to kill a wee bit of time before our next fastpass - but it was actually really enjoyable! Next up was Star Tours - the Star Wars simulation ride. As someone who hadn't at the time seen any Star Wars movies all the way through, I really enjoyed this as it feels so realistic - as I find most Disney simulator/3D attractions to be. We spent a little while in the gift shop of this ride as both of our boyfriends are pretty big geeks...

After this we were just casually walking about when we noticed one of the green army men from Toy Story - with our matching Toy Story t-shirts on we figured this would be a great photo op. We waited for the people children in front of us to finish up and headed in for handshakes and hugs. During our photo session the green army man noticed our t-shirts and knew exactly where we needed to be... So he took us both by the hand and skipped us all the way over to Pixar Place to meet Buzz and Woody!

All of the excitement of the character interactions had made us work up quite an appetite, so we headed down to Disney Springs and to Planet Hollywood for dinner. The restaurant is huge with actual film props all around you, so there's loads to see while you wait for your food. The food itself was tasty..if not a little bit too 'American'. Where else on the planet would you get deep fried lasagna?? Not even Scotland would make that mistake...

I'm not sure how we managed to even stand up after the size of the portions at dinner, but somehow we made it back to the Magic Kingdom for a quick whirl of our favourite rides. As our bus stop was located so close to the Magic Kingdom it always made sense to us to jump in even for just an hour or so after the other parks! This meant that we packed in A LOT during each day, and may have resulted in me almost falling asleep on the bus home most nights, but still - no regrets!!!

¡Por favour manténgase alejado de las puertas!

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