Sunday, April 24, 2011

vacay day six: disney's hollywood studios

Like our day at EPCOT we were at Disney's Hollywood Studios bright and early so that we could be there for the "rope-drop" ceremony.  We watched the ceremony and then Grandpa made a mad dash over to Toy Story Mania to secure fast passes for later in the day.  We met him over there and since the line wasn't too long (only about 15 minutes!) we went on.  It's one of our favorite rides in the park!

We made our way over to Tower of Terror and shockingly, Grandma kept her promise and rode it with Christopher and Nicholas!!  We checked out the line for Rockin' Roller Coaster and it jumped up to a 70 minute wait while we were debating what to do.  Christopher was finally tall enough to go but no one wanted to wait 70 minutes.  Christopher agreed to do the single rider line with Grandpa, Jacob, and I.  We talked all through the line about how he wouldn't be riding alone (he'd be with a stranger) but that he wouldn't be with one of us.  He was surprisingly okay with the idea and Rockin' Roller Coaster became Christopher's first upside down roller coaster!!

After doing all the big rides in the park and having lunch at the 50's Prime Time Cafe we decided it was time to check out some of the shows in the park.  The "Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show" was our first stop.  The kids (and adults!!) were amazed with all of the tricks and the phenomenal driving skills in the show.

We got to see the REAL Herbie!!

Flying Car
Look at the flying car!

And the falling guy!!

Sideways Cars
And the sideways driving!!

The guy on the motorcycle slid through the fire.

Man on Fire
And was on fire for nearly a minute before they used the "fire extinglish (Ben)" to put him out.

The finale!

Army Men
We ran into one of the Army Men from Toy Story and the boys all HAD to stop for a picture.

We had a great afternoon going on all our favorite rides again (Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania!) and checking out the Little Mermaid and Indiana Jones shows.  We had reservations at the Hollywood Brown Derby just as the park was closing so as people were starting to leave we headed over there for dinner.

Since we had such late dinner reservations (and there weren't that many other people in the restaurant) we were able to walk out of the park ALONE!!  We were able to get pictures of Hollywood Studios while it was EMPTY!!

Hollywood Studios
An empty Hollywood Blvd

Goodnight DHS
Goodnight Hollywood Studios!


  1. Nice empty park shots -those are so hard to come by! I'm loving your vacay updates - we didn't get to go to Disney this year and I'm missing it!

  2. So fun! I just read up on the other posts. I'm tired just reading about all the running around. What a great family vacation thus far!


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