Today marked day two
of our weekend trip to Walt Disney World, which would be the final
day for Drew, Jayden, Tara, and I (Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry,
Steve, and Aunt Erica would stay an extra day or two). Today's
destination was Disney's Hollywood Studios.
I woke up early this
morning, setting an alarm for 6:50am, all in an effort to get into a
boarding group to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
We have not been successful in getting onto this ride since it
opened, but today turned out to be our lucky day! I was able to
secure a spot in Boarding Group 35, despite starting as soon as the
clock hit the 7:00am start time! Whatever group we got, we will take
Like yesterday, this morning we ate breakfast in the condo before
heading off to the park. Once we were full, it was time to make the
short drive to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Once we arrived and made
it through security, our first stop was at Oscar's Super Service to
pick up the wheelchairs for Steve and I.
With both of us ready to roll, we headed out to find a ride to
enjoy. Since it was new, we decided to use Steve's Disability Access
Service (DAS) to get a pass for Mickey & Minnie's
Runaway Railway. With some time to kill before our allotted
return time, we had to figure out something to do while we waited.
We ended up settling on Toy Story Mania! Drew would be mad if
I didn't mention that he beat all of us in this game, scoring
134,100 points overall, beating the rest of us pretty soundly.
Our time finally arrived for us to ride Mickey & Minnie's
Runaway Railway, which is technically the newest ride in the
park (though not as highly awaited as our next destination). Though
I still miss the Great Movie Ride that was formerly housed in this
building, and am sad that Tara & I could not share it with the kids,
I did enjoy it's replacement as well. The trackless ride system felt
especially cool, as each of the cars followed its own path through
the ride. The premise behind the ride was neat as well, as we were
placed inside of a cartoon environment with some of Disney's most
It was after the Mickey & Minnie's
Runaway Railway ride that I got notified that our one-hour
window had opened for the ride that Tara, Drew, Jay, and I have been
waiting for -
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance! We headed off to Star Wars:
Galaxy's Edge to join the line. Although there was no avoiding the
wait, I can honestly say it was worth it regardless of the wait! I
won't reveal much of the ride, but I will say that this was perhaps
Tara's favorite ride ever, and it is high up on the list for the
rest of the family as well! All I can say is, if we get the chance
again soon, we will definitely be back for this ride again!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, we decided that it would be a
good time to stop for lunch. After ordering food in the park
yesterday, today we packed our lunch. This gave us some leeway in
where we chose to eat, so we found a nice spot in Star Wars:
Galaxy's Edge to sit and enjoy our meal.
Once we had all gotten our fill, Grandpa Gary, Steve, Drew, Jay,
Tara, and I headed over to utilize a DAS pass on Millennium Falcon:
Smugglers Run. Despite having been on this ride quite a few
times now, we still really enjoy it.
Our next stop was to get a DAS pass for Slinky Dog
Dash, which we have ridden several times, but apparently Grandpa
Gary, Grandma Terry, Steve, and Aunt Erica had not been on before.
With some time to kill before out allotted return time, we headed
over to the Animation Courtyard to take part in the
Disney Visa Cardmember Star Wars Photo Opportunity in the Star Wars
Launch Bay. We were able to enjoy this little perk thanks to Grandpa
Gary & Grandma Terry having the Disney Visa card. Although character
meet and greets aren't happening right now, we got to virtually take
pictures with droids and stormtroopers thanks to the magic of Star
Wars Magic Shot technology.
We still had a bit of time to waste, so we headed over to Sunset
Boulevard so that I could stop the Sunset Ranch Market to buy a
Mickey jingle sipper (drink cup). While there we got to watch a cast
member make a neat drawing of Donald Duck on the ground with water.
Disney certainly employs some talented folks throughout their entire
It was finally time for us to get onto the Slinky Dog
Dash roller coaster, so we headed off to Toy Story Land. This
ride always has a long line and is hard to get a FastPass+ for, so
we often end up skipping this one, but it is enjoyable enough when
we get the chance. Plus, not all of our group has been on it before,
so it was a chance to do something new with them. For some of us,
this roller coaster just wasn't enough for us. We headed back across
the park to the end of Sunset Boulevard, first to sign up for a a
DAS pass to the The Twilight Zone Tower of
Terror, then to get in line for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Starring Aerosmith. Although I really enjoy this ride, and we've
had a lot of fun on during past visits to the park, this particular
time caused me to get off the ride with a sore shoulder (something
that I am still feeling two weeks later!). Of course, I'll probably
be back on it the next time we visit the park!
By the time we went through the line and rode the the Rock 'n'
Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith it was time for our trip
across the road to ride The Twilight Zone Tower of
Terror. It was just Steve, Jayden, Tara, and I that were brave
enough to enjoy a stay in this hotel!
We weren't sure what else to do at this time, so we made our way
back towards the replica of Graumanís Chinese Theater and the Mickey & Minnie's
Runaway Railway ride, as the wait was incredibly short at this
point. I told you we'd ride it again!
We made one last stop in the park, this time at Star Tours - The Adventure Continues.
We still love this ride, despite it not being located in Star Wars:
Galaxy's Edge. And to top it all off, I got to be the rebel spy that
was being transported! That was first for our family!
After the ride we decided that it was getting late enough, and we
should call it a day. We did stop for some pictures in front of the
Echo Lake Christmas tree, but we headed out after that.
For dinner tonight the kids convinced Tara to make the trek over to
the worlds largest McDonald's, the two-story behemoth at
International Drive in Orlando. This McDonalds is notable for being
one of the only ones in the world that sells pizza, which of course
we had to get one to share and try. Once we got our food, we headed
back to the condo to eat and pack for our trip home. We were sad to
see the weekend come to an end, but work and school beckons
tomorrow. Until next time Disney!