Hollywood Studios!

Ready for park #3? I am saving my favorite park for talking about last tomorrow.   :mrgreen:

Hollywood Studios used to be known as MGM.  I don’t know why the name changed and I keep calling it by the old name.  Not that it really matters.  HS is probably the least “Disney” of all 4 parks.  It is really a tribute to 1950s Hollywood and has a very cool feeling to it.  I think it is also the smallest park.  A topiary Mickey as the Sorcerer’s apprentice greets you.

The brooms were tossing buckets of blue salvia for water.  Very cute!  Must steal that idea for my garden.

The park is just like a big Hollywood set.  You walk down different streets to get to areas.  They have a crossroads where one corner looks down like NY and another looks like California.  This is a cool picture.

In the back where the white barricade is and the man in the orange shirt is – that is a giant mural and not a street.  Looks just like it, though, doesn’t it??

We had a nice quiet breakfast at a place called Starring Rolls.  They also had locally roasted coffee there, which is why we went, but the breakfast was certainly nothing to sneeze at!

Apple Cranberry turnover.  Yep – it was really good.  Did I mention that I only gained 1 pound from vacation?  And that was weighing in the day  after getting back.  I was happy with that.  I think the scale will actually be lower since I am always bloated from plane travel.  Lots and lots of walking was done.

Continuing on. There is also a copy of the Mann’s Chinese Theater:

This is home to the Great Movie Ride. It is a ride that takes you through scenes of famous movies from the noir era, Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, Cassablanca, Alien, Wizard of Oz.  Fun.

Then there is the fun Star Tours! Hello Imperial Walker!

 

Hello C3PO!

This is a fun, fun ride that is now 3D, which I actually was thinking I was annoyed by (must everything now be in 3D??), but it actually was well done.  They have 50 different possible tours you can take so you can ride this many times and not repeat the tour.  We did it twice.

We did not do the 2 biggest draws here, which are the Tower of Terror and the Aerosmith roller coaster.  Too much ride for this lady.  I’ll stick with the Muppets!

Muppets in 3D vision.  The only people I cut a break for to do cheesy 3D jokes are the muppets!  :mrgreen:  We catch this show every time we come here and it just cracks me up every single time.

We also hit another favorite spot to eat lunch, which is the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater.  You eat almost in the dark.  You sit in cars in front of a big projection screen.

The screen plays trailers to old sci-fi movies the whole time.

I heard my favorite trailer – Beware of the Blob!  That got in my head for the rest of the day.

Lovebirds eating by dashboard light.

It really is hard to see what you are eating LOL!

After lunch, John went off to see a stunt show (snore….), so I went to see Little Mermaid.

It was a live action puppet show.  Very cute and I think I was the only one in the theater without a little one in tow.

And I couldn’t pass up this opportunity!

I love Pooh!  When there aren’t long lines, I go ahead and have pictures taken with characters.

Hollywood Studios is definitely easy to do in 1 day without feeling over tired.  The Fanstasmic show was not running while we were there, which is unfortunate because that is a cool, cool show at night.

Bye Hollywood Studios!

Tomorrow is Epcot!  My favorite park.

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14 thoughts on “Hollywood Studios!

  1. Kim

    I was totally fooled by the mural. That Sci Fi lunch place looks like a very fun atmosphere. Thanks for sharing your vacation.

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    Boy am I soooo jealous! This looks like a riot. When I went 15+ years ago, we went to Universal, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom so it was great to see pictures of MGM (I still call it that too!)

    Oh and major kudos for controlling the weight and having a marvelous time!
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  3. Andra

    The contract expired with MGM Studios to use their name in the title of the park, that was 2008. Sci-Fi is my favorite Disney restaurant full stop and Epcot, too, is my favorite park! EPCOT Center as I like to still call it. 😉
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  4. Leah

    Wonderful photos! I know you had a blast! We stayed on the property also and LOVED the Fast Pass!!!

    Isn’t it thrilling to know you could take a great trip like this, enjoy some treats and only show a one-pound gain? What a great maintenance victory!! This shows some real change in you I’m sure.m 🙂
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