Luaus, Marathons, and Monorails: A Disney World Trip Report Part 4

Welcome to Part 4 of my trip report! For those of you just joining, you can find the first 3 parts of my trip report here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Now on to part 4. In this part, I will highlight my time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! So we arrived to Hollywood studios, after a big transportation issue (which I will highlight in a future blog post), at 11 am, just in time for our 11 am Toy Story Midway Mania fastpass. We visited the usual rides, The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours (which had a crazy line so we were thankful for the fastpass), and Tower of Terror. We skipped Rock and Roller Coaster because the line was too long for us. We usually use single rider lines when the standby line is really long. Unfortunately, the single rider line was just as long!

Lunch Time!

We had lunch at Pizza Planet! It was the last day before it closed. I have conflicting information. Some say that Pizza Planet is just closing for a refurb, some say that it is closing for a complete rethemeing. If I had to guess, I would guess that the space will be rethemed as something to do with Star Wars or The Muppets and a new Pizza Planet will be  featured in the upcoming Toy Story Themed Area of the park. This restaurant is a definite lunch favorite of my family, so if it goes, we will definitely miss it!

 

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

So we saw this show, which is housed where American Idol used to be, for the first time during our trip. I have to be honest, it was fun but I was disappointed. The show is narrated by 2 citizens of Arendelle. Basically the musical scenes from the movie played on the screen and the audience was encouraged to sing along. The ending was the best because Queen Elsa and other characters came out and well, you will have to watch the video below to see what happened next. I was hoping that the characters would perform all the songs live instead of watching the movie scenes.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

We also visited the new Star Wars Launch Bay. My family and I are not huge Star Wars fans but we went anyway. This attraction is housed in the building where the Art of Animation used to be. I personally wish that the Art of Animation was still around. I really enjoyed the drawing classes that were held there. Now, there is a short movie about what it was like to be apart of the making of the Star Wars franchise. Then inside, there were character experiences with Chewbacca and Darth Vader. There were also various movie props up for sale for hundreds and thousands of dollars. Therefore, not being a huge star wars fan, this was a waste of time. I was hoping that maybe they would have a preview of the new and upcoming Star Wars area of the park but there was no such thing.

Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular

After dinner, my dad and I headed straight back to the hotel to sleep in preparation for the Marathon the next day. However, my Mom and Sister stayed for the Star Wars fireworks. They said that they were great! The thing that really made this show pop was of course the amazing Star Wars Music!

Coming Soon: My experience while running the Walt Disney World Marathon!

 

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