A morning at Hollywood Studios.

by Tanya on September 10, 2013

I applied for a blogging position with Touring Plans recently and had to submit a sample blog post. I didn’t get the position, but can’t leave this not published. Enjoy!

Originally written August 23rd, 2013.

It's addictive!

It’s addictive!

Yesterday my kids and I were headed to EPCOT to meet some friends at 1pm so we decided to head to Hollywood Studios first to ride Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster and Tower of Terror.  Unfortunately we got a late start and entered the park around 9:20, only 20 minutes after park opening mind you. Knowing this might pose a problem with wait times we walked straight to the information board at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.  We weren’t too surprised to see that, for Toy Story Mania, it was already a 55 minute wait and Fastpass was pulling for between 1:30-2:30, this was NOT going to work!  Being a bit spoiled and knowing we’d be back soon we weren’t willing to wait that long. For those of you who don’t have this luxury, this ride is a must see, I recommend getting to the park at least 20 minutes before the doors open, do not stop to pee (well if it’s an emergency maybe, but make it snappy), do not pose for pictures, do not grab a Mickey Bar, just go go go directly to Toy Story Mania.

The crowds overall at this time we’re mild, school has started here in the southern states, it’s Friday and still early in the day. Their are two main directions the crowds are headed in, Pixar Place and Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster. We chose Rock’ n’ Roller coaster, the slightly less congested course. The wait was 45 minutes so we pulled a Fastpass to return between 10:30 and 11:30, perfect, then headed to wait only 20 minutes for The Tower of Terror. The line moved quickly, we were dropping 13 stories in no time, did a little pin trading, completing our collection of Orange Birds, and got into the Fastpass line for Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster at 11p.

At this time the crowds were steadily increasing, along with the wait times and summer heat so we didn’t stick around to eat lunch before heading into EPCOT. Instead we quickly made our way, I should say melted, to the car. We arrived at EPCOT by 12:15, the crowds here were comfortable, pretty sure the heat was keeping locals at home and visitors in the resort pools, though the wait times for premium rides were hefty (Soarin’ at 70 and Test Track at 85 minutes). Rides not in our agenda for the day, Club Cool was calling us to fill up on Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique. If you haven’t been, Club Cool is located in Future World West, it’s a great stop to sample sodas from all over the world, and it’s FREE!  We took our last filled cup to a shady spot to eat our packed lunch then went inside the, ahhhh, air conditioner to meet our friends.

Lessons of the day: Arrive earlier and get out of the heat.

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