Day 2: Our Hollywood Studios Day
So, for the record, I'm not much of a HS fan. I think when DS is older we might have a lot more fun there, but right now it's a "couple of hours" park for us. But the whole reason we planned this trip was to experience the Frozen Summer Fun at HS! So we ended up spending a whole day there.
It was an 8 AM EMH day, and my kids are early risers, so we made it for RD. We weren't in any rush to get to attractions, so the first thing we did was get our Sing Along paper return tix for later in the day, and then we went to the HISTK playground. It was our first time there, and the kids LOVED it. By 8:45 we were already soaked with sweat, seriously, and stopped for a lemonade-in-our-water-bottles break.
My goal was to get to Frozen Funland when it opened at 9 to avoid the crowds. Well, unbeknownst to me, they changed the schedule and opened it at 8:30, and it was packed. We waited 25 minutes to play in the "snow" -- the longest wait of our trip. But the kids had fun, followed by eating enormous Anna and Elsa cupcakes and watching the ice skaters.
Next we used our FPP for TSMM -- DS's first time, and it was really fun. He's developing a love for Buzz Light, as he calls him, so after that we waited for a M&G with Woody and Buzz, about 20 minutes (ugh.) But it was fun and worth it -- lots of big excited grins and hugs.
We went to line up for the Frozen parade at 10:40, but boy was it already packed. A Saturday on a holiday weekend on an EMH day makes a big difference! I know, I know! So the parade was kind of miserable -- we were really hot, we couldn't see well, kids were whiny, so we left before it was over. Rest time!
Back at CBR, lunch at the food court (black bean burgers are okay, toppings bar is nice, but as usual the veggie burgers tend to be overcooked and dried out around the edges.)
Then we all swam at the main pool, which is totally cool! DS2.9 loved the pirate ship splash area, and DD7 loved the water slides. So much fun! Afterwards DS and DH went to the room to nap while DD and I hung out on the beach in hammocks, ahhhh, that was so nice and relaxing...
In the afternoon, DS and DH stayed at CBR and played on the sandy beach and on the playground while DD and I went back to HS. With my first frozen banana (yum!) we waited in the heat again, this time for the 6 pm Sing Along. The wait was hard, but the show was AWESOME. I actually had tears running down my cheeks the whole time. We are really big fans -- we actually saw the film in the theater at home 5 times, and once in the sing along version, and that was totally disappointing because we were the only ones singing. But here -- wow! A whole huge theater full of little voices belting out every song, it was so beautiful!!!
Spent our evening back at the HISTK playground, and touring Oaken's trading post, and eating at Fairfax Fare -- not too bad for what it was. DD LOVES hot dogs and only gets them at WDW, so hot dog and chips was pretty exciting for her, ha ha. We also saw the Little Mermaid show for the first time. It was fun and sweet but we were also like, wow, that was it? Ends kind of abruptly, doesn't it? But fun!
The highlight of the evening was a first ride ever on Rockin Roller coaster. With no FPP I was worried. It was posted 30 minutes, and that was about right. DD was pretty scared and said she hated it, but that she would ride it again with me if I wanted to, ha ha. I absolutely LOVED it -- wow! What a powerful and smooth coaster! So awesome!
The night ended with Frozen fireworks -- we were sitting on the planter by the lake in front of 50's. The view was great, the lack of crowds was great, the seats were great. But the restaurant behind us kept playing its theme music on the street through the show, so sometimes that competed in an annoying way with the fireworks music, and we heard nothing from the stage. But who cares -- they were really beautiful fireworks.