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Thursday, June 30th, 2022            

Both Grandma Terry and I had the day off from work today, so we figured that it would be a good time to take Steven to Walt Disney World once again. Our first stop today was at Disney Springs, so that I could head to Gideon's Bakehouse to pick up the latest cookie of the month for Tara, as well as regular chocolate chip for Jayden. While I was in line for the cookies, Grandma Terry and Steven made their way through the World of Disney shop. I made a quick pitstop at Wondermade to get some churro marshmallows for Drew before meeting up with them at The LEGO Store. With no budget for Lego's today, it was time to head off to Disney's Hollywood Studios for our day of fun!

We made it to Disney's Hollywood Studios and parked before making our way through security, and then headed in to rent a wheelchair for Steve. We also made our first Disability Access Service (DAS) pass of the day, this one for the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride. Grandma Terry was hungry at this point, as she hadn't had breakfast today. We checked out our options at Hollywood & Vine, the 50's Prime Time Caf, and the ABC Commissary before settling on the Backlot Express for our lunch. I had the bacon cheeseburger, while Steve had the chicken tenders and Grandma Terry got the teriyaki chicken bowl.

While we waited our turn to utilize our DAS pass, we hit up a couple of rides to kill some time. Up first was Star Tours - The Adventure Continues, which I always find enjoyable. We also passed by the Muppet*Vision 3D show on our way to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, so we decided to give it a watch. Although the movie could probably stand to be updated a bit by now, it is still a relaxing way to kill some time and get some laughs!

It was finally out turn to hit up Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, so we headed off to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to join the queue. Once again, we enjoyed our ride, and Steve only got "excited" on one occasion (the scene where our ride vehicle dropped). After our ride was over, we immediately booked a return time for Toy Story Mania! While waiting our turn, we explored the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. We were tempted to try the Kyryll pork rinds from Ronto Roasters, but we were still feeling full from lunch so we ended up passing for today.

We made our way to Toy Story Land for our turn on Toy Story Mania! This is definately the better of the two shooting style Toy Story rides (the other being Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom), and I would choose to ride this one 10 times over the Buzz Lightyear verision. We made a reservation for the Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

We had a little bit of time to kill before it was our turn to return to the Chinese theatre for our DAS pass, so we decided to grab a spot to sit and grab a drink (and a small snack). We got to see Chip & Dale as we searched for a spot to rest, which was something cool to see. After we relaxed for a bit, it was off to enjoy our ride on the railroad! This is definitely one of Grandma Terry's favorite rides at Hollywood Studios!

I made one last DAS pass for today, this one for just Steve and I for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. While we had some time to kill, headed over to see For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Although Tyler, Samantha, Drew, and Jayden are all too old to really get into this show, it is touching to watch all of the little one's get into the songs as they sing along.

We decided to make The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror our final ride of the day, and both Steve and I had a blast on it. Definitely a favorite at this park!

Once again we made one other stop on our way home, at the Chili's in Champions Gate, for dinner. We enjoyed our meal and it was a fitting (and filling) end to a great day. Until next time!

 

Disney's Hollywood Studios


 

A giant inflatable Baymax promoting the new Baymax! show on Disney+.

 
 

Mickey standing on the rotating earth atop the Crossroads of the World building...

 
     
 

Steven walking towards Oscar's Super Service to rent his wheelchair.

 
 

The robot in the queue to Star Tours - The Adventure Continues.

 
 

Some props from the Muppet*Vision 3D waiting area.

 
 

The Muppet*Vision 3D logo inside of the show area.

 
 

Statler and Waldorf in their Muppet*Vision 3D balcony.

 
 

The entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge from Grand Avenue.

 
 

Here is Rey from the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride...

 
 

...and BB-8 from the same waiting area scene.

 
 

Black One, Poe Dameron's T-70 X-wing starfighter in the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride.

 
  Here are a few more scenes from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance...  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

A X-Wing located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

 
 

Some of the carvings spotted in The Market Merchants area of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

 
 

A look across Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

 
 

A landspeeder inside of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

 
 

The entrance sign for Toy Story Land when exiting Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

 
 

The queue of Toy Story Mania!

 
 

A look at Slinky Dog Dash.

 
  Walt Disney World has placed Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues all over the parks - here is Joe from the movie Soul.  
 

Dale playing in a grassy area near the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant.

 
 

Chip and Dale playing.

 
  Another look at the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue of Joe from the movie Soul.  
  Here is the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue of Flounder and Sebastion from The Little Mermaid.  
  This Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue shows Bo Peep and Woody from the Toy Story franchise.  
 

A closer look at Bo Peep and Woody.

 
 

Steven enjoying the Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

 
 

The twister scene of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

 
 

Steven, Rodney, and Grandma Terry on the Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

 
 

A look at Pluto, Mickey, and Minnie during the Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

 
  Here is the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue of BB-8 and R2-D2 from the Star Wars movie franchise.  
 

A look at just the BB-8 Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue...

 
 

...and the R2-D2 Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statue.

 
 

Steve taking in the show at the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.

 
 

A look at the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration show.

 
 

A look across the Disney's Hollywood Studios towards The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

 
 

Another view of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

 
 

Steven in the queue for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride.

 
 

A look at the side of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror building.

 
 

The truck outside of Oscar's Super Service at the front of Hollywood Boulevard.

 


 

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