Thursday, March 6, 2014

WDW - Hollywood Studios

We ended a week of Walt Disney World by going to the fourth, and last, theme park - Hollywood Studios.

Our day started with one mission on our minds:  we HAD to get the youngest boys enrolled in "Star Wars Jedi Academy".  That's the one thing that they really wanted to do while at Hollywood Studios.  We were able to get there early enough to get them into the 11:30 show for that day.  They went up on the stage, got their Jedi Padawan training from the Jedi Master, then they each had the opportunity to fight Darth Vader himself before they received their Jedi Academy diplomas!  What a thrill it was!

Besides this exciting adventure, we enjoyed other things in the park.  The park was rather busy that day, so some of the lines were long.  The Rock 'n' Rollercoaster had a line that was over about 270 minutes!  Egad!

On Hollywood Boulevard, we rode on the Great Movie Ride and went right through scenes from famous movies, like The Wizard of Oz, Alien, Singing in the Rain, and Casablanca.

On Echo Lake, we did more than just watch the Indiana Jones Stunt Show - Steve was chosen out of the audience to be part of the show!  All he had to do was play the part of a local middle-eastern man and follow the cues of the director ("Act scared!  Run away!  Talk with others!  Scream loudly!"), but it was so much fun to watch him on the stage acting so silly!

Also on Echo Lake we rode multiple times on the Star Wars "Star Tours" ride.  The younger boys really enjoy that experience, and I enjoyed it enough to ride it several times with them!

On the Streets of America, we watched the Muppet Vision 3D show and the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.  This is an action stunt show that demonstrates how car stunts are performed in the movies.  We even got to see Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars!

In Pixar Place, we waited all day to ride on the Toy Story Midway Mania ride.  The ride was closed for repairs for the majority of the day, so by the time it was opened again we got to ride it only once. 

We didn't take in any of the attractions on Mickey Avenue nor Animation Courtyard.  We've seen those shows and attractions in the past, but decided this time to bypass the attractions.

However, on Sunset Boulevard, we spent a lot of time riding the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (well, the big kids did - I didn't!) and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Surprisingly, the young boys LOVED that ride!  I thought it would be too scary for them, but they loved it so much that we rode it multiple times!

We ended our day before the park closed, but after dark.  By this time, we had spent five full days at theme parks, and we were getting pretty tired out.  We always love Walt Disney World, but even we have our limits!