On Sunday evening, I made plans with myself to enjoy Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney’s MGM Studios. As always, I packed a bag, but this time it was a hydration backpack. Honestly, I’m so tired of taking water bottles or buying $2.50 bottles of water in the park. And I’m trying to break a soda habit. Plus, one should always be hydrated!
In my bag…
(minus antibacterial gel and sunblock)
- Extra batteries for the camera
- Annual Pass
- Kindle for extra long ride lines
- Umbrella because it rains all.the.time in Florida
- Blog business cards because you never know who you might run into
- BodyGlide because walking around all day in the hot and humid Florida weather can sometimes cause unpleasant chafing.
And the bag is from REI
There’s a tube that brings the water from inside the bag and out to one of the shoulder straps, so it’s really easy to drink out of.
I look like a big tourist carrying a big bag, but what the heck.
Off to the park!
The wait time board comes in super handy!
I wanted to check out the new Toy Story ride since I hadn’t experienced it yet, but the line was 70 minutes long, and Pixar Place was filled with Brazilian tour groups who would.not.MOVE! I’m actually surprised people have not gotten violent with them. They’re so obnoxious and rude!
I headed for the new Star Tours ride instead thinking major renovations had been made.
I honestly didn’t find the ride all that different besides the place where we “flew” to. I guess they made it 3-D, but my 3-D glasses didn’t work that well. I was dizzy for most of the ride. Maybe I’m missing something? Maybe I was overwhelmed by the stench coming from the man next to me.
Time to find more air conditioning for a little while, so I checked out the American Idol Experience. Contestants are chosen early in the day and then get a chance to sing in front of a live audience, and we all get to vote for the winner. The winners throughout the day sing in the finale, and the finale winner gets a golden ticket that will allow them to jump to the head of the line at any real American Idol audition anywhere in the country.
Could they have profiled the judges any better? “Randy” and “Paula” acted their parts really well, but the “British” guy was ridiculously bad. He had really, really bad jokes. I felt uncomfortable for him.
The show ended around 6:30, and the finale didn’t start until 7, so I ran over to one of my favorites, The Great Movie Ride, to kill some time.
“Singin’ in the Rain”
My favorite part! The Wizard of Oz scene! Did you know people have weddings in here?
I made a quick trip back to the American Idol finale, where a British dude won by singing “Walking in Memphis”.
Dinner was a Caesar salad from Catalina Eddie’s on Sunset Boulevard. While chowing down, I decided to look for Disney World iPhone apps and came upon several free apps for wait times. One of them is quite impressive and really accurate!
Undercover Tourist lists the park hours, wait times, restaurants, menus, and maps. I don’t know how I played in the parks without it before!
Each day, they list which parks are forecasted to be busier than others.
My favorite part is the map that you can scroll over to find wait times and bathrooms.
It really cuts out having to walk from one side of the park to another to find out wait times. And you can submit wait times yourself to help make the app more accurate.
You can also search for restaurants and then see what they have on the menu.
Cool, huh? It will definitely help me decide if I want to spend an evening in the park if I know the wait times aren’t that bad before I even head out the door!
(I am in no way being compensated for raving about this app. I just love it!)
Knowing I didn’t want to wait in any lines this evening, I spent some time in the “One Man’s Dream” exhibit. Walt Disney is, and always be, my greatest hero (besides my parents and brother). I even wrote a paper in college about Walt Disney, and pulled off an “A” and a note from the professor stating “Walt would be proud”. I tear up every time I read it. Maybe I’ll share it on here someday.
I listened a little bit more intently this time to the speech about Epcot, and what it was supposed to be. As I mentioned before on the blog, Epcot was supposed to be an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, a Utopian city to house 20,000 residents. Commercial properties and business would be at its core, surrounded by community buildings and schools, which would then be surrounded by residential areas. The monorail would run directly through this city. Unfortunately, Magic Kingdom was built first, and Walt passed before Magic Kingdom opened. The Walt Disney Company then decided it did not want to be in the business of running a city. But now, I live in the city that has been mentioned as being the realization of Epcot. However, Epcot was to be way more modern and futuristic than Celebration is now.
After touring the exhibit, there’s a short movie about Walt Disney and his story. It’s quite inspirational, despite the fact I had to listen to one family talk the entire time. Disrespectful, I tell ya!
I checked my handy-dandy Undercover Tourist app to figure out what to do next, and I saw that the Toy Story wait time decreased to 30 minutes. Sweet!
Honestly, I was expecting so much more from this ride based on its heavy wait times every time I’ve been to the Studios the past few years. It’s the same concept as the Toy Story ride in Magic Kingdom- shoot things at a screen to earn points. Really? Again? It was fun, but certainly not worth a wait time more than 30 minutes.
I had a wonderful time at the Studios, but it does get lonely! Who wants to go with me next time!?
Time to shut down the computer and watch True Blood! I’ve been on the computer for 13 hours!