The iconic landmark Crossroads of the World, a great place to grab info and a souvenir, greets you as you enter Hollywood Studios.
We headed to Hollywood on our last day at Disney World — Hollywood Studios to be precise.
Although this was our last day at Disney we still had plenty of time to explore one last park as our flight didn’t depart until after 6 p.m. After a quick breakfast at Starring Rolls Cafe in Hollywood Studios (a great quick service option on the Disney Dining Plan) we headed to the Indian Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. We’re big fans of all the Indiana Jones flicks so I didn’t doubt that this was a show we needed to check out, provided there were no live snakes or hostile natives with poisonous dart shooting blow guns. We all loved it. It had action, pyrotechnics, and plenty of humor weaved throughout to keep us entertained the entire half hour.
Fun special effects and explosions were on hand during the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
Disney World Tip: Make plans throughout your Disney parks experience to enjoy some of the shows. This is a great way to sit down and chill out temporarily (quite often literally from the Florida heat) from the crowds and ride madness. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before show time, however, in order to snag a decent seat. Be sure to research times in advance, too. If you’re on Verizon, the Mobile Magic App is a must for your phone and provides daily show times for each park.
We’re big Star Wars fans so we had Star Tours on our “must do” list at Hollywood Studios and we had grabbed Fast Passes prior to the Indiana Jones Spectacular. As luck would have it, when we left the Indiana Jones show we spotted a Jedi Training Academy session outside Star Tours and heard the undeniable sounds of light sabres. The Force. It was with us. We loved Star Tours. It’s definitely a must do ride for Star Wars fans, young and not so young. (I remember having a HUGE crush on Mark Hamill in the Empire Strikes Back days).
Stormtroopers on alert during the Jedi training show.
I’m a huge chicken when it comes to thrill rides. Let’s just say that during all my Disney World family vacation planning I may or may not have Googled things like “scary rides to avoid at Disney” and “Disney rides that will make you pee your pants and cry for your mama” to ensure I’d come home in one piece. Neither hubby or I like heights so we knew we didn’t want to ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror with Miss C and even she had heard from enough friends that it was really scary so we enjoyed the polar opposite of thrill seeking terror at the Muppet Vision 3-D show. Very cute and entertaining for Muppet fans of all ages. I mean who doesn’t love Kermit and Miss Piggy? I was also feeling a little green after riding Star Tours. I blame having an empty stomach. It’s not easy being green, is it Kermit?
One ride we didn’t get a chance to check out with the girls was Toy Story Mania! If you have kids, especially ones 12 and younger, it’s a must do on my list. I’d had the chance to check it out on my Traveling Mom travel blogger retreat in February 2011. It’s very similar, however, to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, which we’d ridden when we’d gone to the Magic Kingdom.
We got in more exploring time after a quick lunch at the ABC Commissary and then it was time to head back to the hotel and quickly hit the lobby souvenir shop before catching a late afternoon shuttle to the airport. Miss C picked out an adorable stuffed Mickey Mouse and Miss A chose a Disney character charm bracelet (which honestly surprised me as she’s not such a girly girl) and a cool Wizard Mickey comic book.
One thing to note about the resort checkout experience is that Disney World strives to make so many of these travel details as streamlined as possible. We were flying on Southwest Airlines and we were able to check in our luggage directly at All Star Movies Resort. This was a nice perq to staying on Disney property as we didn’t have to worry about our luggage once we left our hotel.
Lights, camera, action!
Of all the Disney world theme parks, Hollywood Studios was probably our least “must do” park but, as with all things Disney, we loved it!
What are your must dos at Hollywood Studios?
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