Recapping Disney: Part Three

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m living vicariously through my photos from my time at Disney World, and it’s been fun to relive the memories by blogging each day.

On Monday, I shared about Epcot and the hotel I stayed in.


Read it here.

On Tuesday, I talked about Animal Kingdom.


Read that post here.

Today, I’m talking about Hollywood Studios, or as I often call it – MGM. It used to be called MGM, and I guess that nostalgia gets the better of me and I continue to call it by that name.


Hollywood Studios celebrates Hollywood’s golden age and the magic of movies. There are some great rides, wonderful restaurants, amazing shows, and a total California Hollywood vibe.

Right now, much of Hollywood Studios is under construction so it’s a half-day park in my book. But once Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge both open I think it’ll be a full-day park again for sure. Check out this schematic for the future Toy Story Land – so cool!


Since this was a half-day park this trip, I decided to sleep in and arrive to the park at about 11 a.m.. After entering the park, I enjoyed strolling down Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards going in and out of the shops.

At 12 p.m., I had a reservation at the Hollywood Brown Derby for lunch. The reservation was the Fantasmic! dining package, which meant I enjoyed a prix fixe lunch and got a ticket for reserved seating at the Hollywood Studios night show, Fantasmic!. The Brown Derby has always been a favorite spot of mine – I especially enjoy their famous Cobb Salad, which is tossed table side. I also ordered a Sangria and a plate of desserts, including the Brown Derby’s famous grapefruit cake (so yum!!).

After lunch, I saw the Star Wars Storm Troopers perform a street show. They do this about every half hour, and it’s so surreal to see Storm Troopers just walking down the street. Then I went to Muppet Vision 3D, which is a cute show featuring all the Muppets characters.

Mid-afternoon it was time to redeem my Fastpasses! I had a fastpass for Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. Rockin’ Roller Coaster is another ride at the park, but it’s a little too intense for me, so I always skip it. The other three are great for me, though!

Toy Story Mania is like a journey through a kid’s room at toy size, playing a variety of carnival games.

Tower of Terror is a journey into the Twilight Zone on a runaway elevator.

Star Tours is a virtual reality journey with C3PO and R2D2.


After the rides, I enjoyed a quick snack, then it was time for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. This is a live stage show that gives you a behind the scenes look at special effects.

Then, I did one more ride on Tower of Terror before it was time to head into the amphitheater to see Fantasmic!. I picked up a quick dinner/snack – a Mickey Mouse pretzel and frozen sangria, and made my way into the show.

Fantasmic! is a great show that centers around a journey through Mickey Mouse’s imagination that ends with him battling Disney villians. I love that it features so many Disney characters all in one place!

My night ended with Fantasmic!, then I made my way to the bus and back to my hotel! I can’t wait to see all that Hollywood Studios has to offer in 2019 once the Toy Story and Star Wars lands are complete.

More tomorrow, see you then!

Party on!

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