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Monday, December 31, 2018

Disney 2018: Hollywood Studios

Our third day at Disney World was spent at Hollywood Studios. Alan was able to get us a Fast Pass for the Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land, but we weren't able to get one for Slinky Dog Dash so we were going to run there at rope drop in the hopes that we wouldn't have to wait forever. 

Of course, everyone else also had that plan and the way there bottlenecks so that was fun. But, surprisingly when we got in line, far from the ride entrance, the wait said 40 minutes. We did rider swap and Cecily and I waited in line while Alan, Ewan and Cameron wandered around and met Jessie and Woody. Surprisingly we only waited about 25 minutes instead of the 40 we thought we were going to. That was awesome because Cecily was so over it by the time we got on the ride. 

For a kids roller coaster, it was more intense than I thought it would be. I loved it, but she was terrified and said she never wanted to ride it again. Ewan and Alan both loved it. 

Cecily and I explored the area while we waited for the boys to finish Slinky Dog Sash then use our Fast Pass for the Alien Saucers. The attention to detail is really cool and I was taking photos like crazy. You could also see the Star Wars area under construction so that will be another really neat thing to see at some point. 

Probably one of my favorite things that we saw all day was the Green Army Men drum corps perform right in front of us. I wanted to stay for the whole performance but Cecily was ready to ride the saucers.

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We opted not to do Toy Story Mania since we had done Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom so we left Toy Story Land to find lunch at this point.

After lunch we wandered over to use our second Fast Pass for Muppet Vision 3D. The last time we were here, I had wanted to see the show, but the kids didn't know who the Muppets are so we opted not to. This time however, I wasn't going to miss it because who knows how long it will still be there in the future. My favorites have always been the grumpy old guys in the audience and of course they were there. The show is cute and I definitely recommend it. 

At this point Cecily, Cameron and I went in search of Sorcerer Mickey while Alan and Ewan rode Star Tours. When we went in 2016 Cecily got to spend a long time with Sorcerer Mickey and he is her favorite so we couldn't miss seeing him again. The line was for him and Minnie but we also got to see Goofy while waiting in line. 

One of the things I for sure wanted to do was the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular because I wanted to see him get chased by the giant ball. However, Cameron was so done and I wound up having to get up in the middle of the show. But, to be honest, I thought it was kind of lame, so I'm not too sad about it. I think part of it was because it started raining so they couldn't do some of the stunts.

At this point, Cecily was also kind of over it so they waited with Alan while Ewan and I went and met the Star Wars characters in the Launch Bay. I thought it would be Darth Vader, some Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and maybe someone from one of the newer films. When a cast member told me it was the baddest guy of them all I was so confused when I guessed Darth Vader and he was like no, Kylo Ren. I was like Kylo who? I had to Google who he is LOL. I must be super old now because I'm totally a fan of the original trilogy. 

Kylo Ren actually kicked us out because I told him to come back to the good side like his parents! What I thought was pretty funny though is that Ewan doesn't really like Star Wars but he was all about it this trip. He was too cool for pretty much everything else but Hollywood Studios was his favorite because of Star Wars. 

While we were waiting to meet characters, Alan luckily had found somewhere to sit that was under cover because it had started pouring while we were inside. This was the day that Hurricane Michael passed by Orlando and while it didn't rain the whole time, the clouds were crazy and we had to deal with rain in the afternoon/evening. Our last Fast Pass was for Fantasmic that evening but we decided to call it a day at this point. While Fantasmic is an awesome show, we didn't really want to wait around for several hours with the possibility that it could be cancelled due to the rain coming through. We wound up waiting around for several hours the last time we were there too. I think that once the Star Wars area opens it will be an all day park but for us at least, it definitely is a half or short day. 

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