Saturday, May 30, 2009

Disney Day 5: Disney's Hollywood Studios

We let Bridget sleep in today, she was exhausted from yesterday! We opted to skip breakfast at the hotel (because it was after 10 am anyway) and decided we'd get lunch as soon as we got to Hollywood Studios. 

We wandered into Hollywood Studios sometime after 11 am. Rented a stroller for 2 days, took photos, and decided Bridget would most like to eat at Pizza Planet (from the Toy Story movies). As soon as she saw the restaurant, she knew it was Pizza Planet. She was SO excited! She and dad played a video game after lunch, then we headed out to conquer the park.

We ran into McQueen and Mater (from Cars) and took photos. Then we watched the Muppet 3D show. Bridget thought that was pretty funny. Next we ran into Annie and Leo, two of the Little Einsteins. (I didn't know their names until after I read B's autograph book.) Then we went to meet Buzz and Woody. That was a lot of fun. They had their own storefront, and inside the building there were plenty of photo opportunities. The best, of course, was being on Andy's bed with Woody and Buzz!

Next up, we went in this building, I think it was the Art of Disney building. That's where they hide all the characters. We met the Incredibles, Carl and his dog (from Up), Sorcerer Mickey, and Frozone from the Incredibles. That was a lot of fun and took up a good chunk of time. There was only one other character stop in the park, so we headed for it. There we met Sully from Monsters Inc. Bridget was jumping for joy when it was her turn to meet Sully because she had been reading that book quite a bit before our trip. She had also watched the movie twice before we left!

Next we rode the Great Movie Ride. Then we saw the Beauty and the Beast musical. That was nice. The whole story chopped down to about a 30 minute show. Nice costumes, decent actors, plenty of available seats. It was a nice break from all the walking. 

However, after the show, the rain came in and it was miserable! It was really pouring. Both Bridget and I had brought our windbreakers, so it wasn't too bad for us, but Shawn was pretty soaked with just his t-shirt on. We hung out for awhile at an outdoor (but covered) eatery. Bridget played with the Beauty and the Beast play set that she purchased with her own money. 

When our Fast Pass tickets became available, we went over to the Toy Story Mania ride and made our way to the front of the line. Bridget chose to ride with Mom, so I gave Bridget the 30 second tutorial on how to work her gun, and we were off. The ride was really cool. It was 3D, and you basically play a bunch of carnival games by shooting things with your gun. B didn't quite get that you had to aim your gun, but she had fun nonetheless. 

We originally wanted to see Fantasmic, but with the rain, it wasn't guaranteed to even show, so Shawn and I decided it would be best to just go back to the hotel.

After a quick tour of the gift shops, we headed out. Unfortunately, we had to wait FOREVER for our bus to show up. It was really pouring too. Shawn was a cold, wet, mess. Bridget was enjoying splashing in the puddles, and Shawn joined in. I shivered under a light post while lightning flashed off in the distance. Then I decided it probably wasn't best to stand against the light post! After maybe 20 minutes, our bus showed up and we made it safely back to the hotel. 

When we got in the room, we all took turns taking hot showers and changing into our jammies. Then it was off to dreamland once again!

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