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5th December 2013 (Day 4): Disney Hollywood Studios

For this trip we decided to visit all four of the Disney parks, and bought a 5 day ticket. So to kick off our visits we decided to go to Hollywood Studios (we had also tried to plan out visits using one of the crowd planners so we would be at each park on quieter days).  We’d never been here before, so this would be our first visit.

The park is all 1950’s Hollywood themed and there is a entrance street running up from main ticket entrances. There are really tall palms on most of the streets to add to the California look.

Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios

At the top of the street is the Mickey Sorcerer’s Hat which forms a stage and most of the rest of the park radiates out from here.

Mickey's Hat
Mickey’s Hat

We decided to go into the Art of Animation area first which is where there are a number of character meets and greets.  Rosemary had never done one of these before so we weren’t sure how she would react.  When we visited Peppa Pig World she was a bit freaked by the Peppa there (as she was “bigger than I thought she would be”).  While waiting to see Mickey we weren’t too sure.

Waiting for Mickey
Waiting for Mickey

But when she actually got there everything was fine.

Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse

After seeing Mickey we really wanted to see Minnie as well.  Initially we were really confused as to where she was.  Mickey was in the hall and there was also Mr Incredible and Frozone in the hall (although we didn’t meet them).  But no sign of Minnie anywhere.  We asked a cast member and were told where to go, which was a queue by a door.  Turns out Minnie has her own dressing room to meet guests in which was really lovely and meant it was really private as well as it was just you in there.

Minnie Mouse
Minnie Mouse

After we left we went to the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show which was just outside.  This is a live action show which whizzes through  the film at some speed.  Was a good show though.

Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid

And then we went onto the Backlot Tour.  This starts off with some stunt effects which you watch.  There are a lot of water effects and felt sorry for the volunteers as they got drenched.

Backlot Tour
Backlot Tour

The tour then goes onto a tram which takes you round some exhibits including cars and planes from movies, and a couple of props from Star Wars.

Jabba's Skiff
Jabba’s Skiff
Snowspeeder
Snowspeeder

It finishes with a fire and water stunt which is pretty amazing.  Link to a video of this.

We stopped for a snack at the Writers Stop, Mickey gingerbread man for Rosemary and coffee for us.

Snack Break
Snack Break

We had hoped to get Fastpasses for the Buzz Lightyear Midway Shootout but they were basically gone by the time we got there.  But we did catch a few more shows during the day, including the Muppets 3D.

Muppets
Muppets

And we got a few more Meet and Greets in as well.  Queues weren’t too bad, although took sometime to see Mike and Sulley.

Monsters University
Monsters University

Goofy was great and loved my t-shirt, calling over the photographer and “minder” to see it. It was great that he was all dressed up for Christmas.

Goofy
Goofy

We continued our walk around the park, including seeing the AT-AT near the Star Tours ride.  Rosemary was too small for that so we’ll do it another time.

AT-AT
AT-AT

We got something to eat at Rosie’s All American Cafe (seemed appropriate) and then went to see the Beauty and the Beast show.  This is a big production with lots of singing and dancing.  Rosemary loved it.

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast

And finally we headed back to the Streets of America where the Osborne Family Specticle of Dancing Lights was on.  This was really amazing, with Christmas lights absolutely everywhere.

Dancing Lights
Dancing Lights
Dancing Lights
Dancing Lights

There are a couple of videos of it on my Flickr page which can be found here and here.

The lights are also meant to work with the new Mickey hats which have light up ears and the ears and meant to sync together.  Couldn’t really see this happening and they all looked like they were flashing independently, but they were nice.

Mickey Ears
Mickey Ears

And with that it was time to leave as it was getting very late and we were all pretty exhausted.

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