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Sunday at the Studios!

Owlette and I spent the third day of our Mommy/Daughter weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! (You can read about the start of our long weekend trip here.) We woke up extra early to have breakfast at the hotel because Hollywood Studios had Extra Magic Hours that morning.  Extra Magic Hours are a benefit for Disney hotel guests.  It allows hotel guests with park tickets to either enter a park an hour earlier than it regularly opens or stay later in the evening on certain days of the week (you can check Disney.com for park hours and Extra Magic Hours).

We took the Disney bus transportation to the park and arrived at about 7:45am.  When the Studios opened we walked directly to Pixar Place to ride Toy Story Mania.  There wasn’t a line, but we still had to walk through the expansive queue, and saw all the life-sized toys.



We picked up some 3D glasses and got on this very fun 4D interactive ride!  Toy Story Mania let’s you play carnival games using a spring action shooter that you aim at objects to earn points.  Your ride car spins and takes you from game screen to game screen.  It is a favorite of my family…and many others, as wait times can reach over 100 minutes.  That’s why Owlette and I went there FIRST thing upon arrival AND had a FastPass+ scheduled for a little later to ride it again!

After Toy Story Mania we crossed the path to Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral.  We posed ourselves in classic Toy Story scenes and then met up with Woody & Buzz on Andy’s bed!



We next took a stroll through Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream and saw some wonderful displays of Disney history and artifacts.  Then we sat in the attached theater and saw a sneak peek of the Jungle Book, which was a long preview of the movie plus interviews with the creators and some behind the scenes shots.




After a quick bathroom break we toured the Animation Courtyard…characters were all around!




We took in the 9:30am show of Voyage of the Little Mermaid.  This show takes place in an “Under the Sea” cavernous theater and incorporates footage from The Little Mermaid movie, puppetry and live actors to tell (and sing) Ariel’s story.



(It is a very dark theater – sorry for blurry pictures)

Then we bought a snack to eat during the short wait to meet Doc McStuffins!


Next up is every pre-schooler’s dream show: Disney Junior-Live on Stage!  We LOVE this show!  In an effort to create a great birthday party for Minnie, Toodles helps the Clubhouse gang get ideas from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins.  Seating is on the floor (tip: don’t sit too close to the stage, it will be harder to see there) but kids get to sing along, dance, pop bubbles and catch “gold” doubloons as the puppets tell their favorite stories!


After the show we used our Fastpass+ to ride/play Toy Story Mania again and then it was time to use our Fastpass+ for For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration!  This is a FAVORITE of mine – where else can I belt out “Let it Go” in public and actually be encouraged to do so?!?!


We watched Muppet Vision 3D before the 1pm showing of Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show.

IMG_7512Truth be told, I have never loved Lights, Motors…but the show was set to close a few weeks later (April 2nd) and I felt I should see it 1 more time.  Owlette liked some of it, but she isn’t too into cars and has never seen a movie with a car chase.  She did enjoy the part where a real life “Lightening McQueen” took a spin – but really the 2 of us were just thinking about lunch.



Lunch was amazing!  I will write a full review of it – but we had a great time at the 50’s Prime Time Café.  The wait staff is your “aunt” (or uncle) – “mom” is cooking in the kitchen – neighboring tables are your “cousins”…and you had better show good manners during this fun loving and tasty meal, set in the 50’s!



After lunch we took a LOOONG break back at our hotel…swam, played in the arcade, had dinner, did some shopping and then we headed back to the Studios!

We had some beautiful and scrumptious desserts from the Beverly Sunset…




…and then saw, what may possibly have been the BEST fireworks display I have ever seen in my life.  The Symphony in the Stars Fireworks show is set to music and dialogue from Star Wars movies and is absolutely breathtaking.  Disney certainly knows how to keep you believing in Magic as you end your night…and for us, the end of our wonderful trip together.




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