Day 6. Hollywood Studios
Another HS day and early start. When planning the trip, I did not expect us to wake up at 5 am for three days, but kids surprised me with their willingness to wake up at this hour. We arrived at HS around 6:40 am and made our way to the Toy Story Land rope drop location.
7 am and we get BG 74 this time – not a back-up! We are ecstatic! We are heading to TSM. Even though the line starts outside the entrance, we keep moving and board in about 10 minutes. Breakfast at Woody’s next – those potato barrels are good!
When I looked at this photo today, I was puzzled when were we in TSL after dark? Then I realized it was before the sunrise lol !
AS2 is next, the line is 25 minutes long at this point, but we want to ride it. After some exploring of GE and tasting blue and green milk, we head to our first fpp of the day – Star Tours. Not a new ride, but feels new to me with the Rise of Skywalker video.
The stand by line is not too long, so DS12 decides to ride one more time, while DD7 and I are meeting Olaf.
We skip the Mermaid show we had fpp for (as well as Beauty and the Beast and Frozen on other days) – these FPP tiers were a joke, I am glad it was changed later.
We have lunch at Ronto Roasters. Gee the details in this place are amazing!
FPP for Slinky next.
And voila our BG is called. We enter the RotR queue, walking slow for about 10 minutes and than the movement stops. 40 long minutes we are staying/sitting in the same spot. CMs are giving out water, chips and bananas . Eventually we start moving again and finish the ride after an hour-long wait.
The rest of the day we spent at the resort as I had to do some work remotely (oh horror) and finish the evening with dinner at Boma. I had great expectations for this place, but it did not quite live up to them. I guess I expected wider variety of ethnic foods, but the selections were toned down somewhat. Still very enjoyable meal.
Day 7. Animal Kingdom
We will remember this day as our epic Everest climb. We were in the park before rope drop.
As soon as the rope dropped, we speed walked to EE. My plan was to ride it twice, but we kept circling through almost empty line.
I am not prone to motion sickness, but after 6 rides was seriously nauseous and glad that our FoP time has already started. I happily hurried the kids away from EE.
After FoP and Pongu Lumpia rolls (it is now my favourite snack in WDW), we headed to the safari. So nice to sit back, relax and observe the animals!
Next is the Tusker House lunch. This was the longest wait to check-in, but I was secretly glad because we waited outside and enjoyed Harambe musicians. Harambe is probably my favourite spot in WDW. It feels authentic.
Tusker House surprised me with great food selection. In the Boma vs. TH comparison, TH came on top for me. Character interactions were also great.
We watched FOTLK and left for the afternoon break.
We had the third FPP in the evening, which I have done on purpose as an excuse to see Pandora at night. The fpp was for Expedition Everest. We used it and… because the line was only 15 min, rode it again. At this point, we only needed two more rides to reach nice and round 10 in a day. So we did.
The ROL show just started and we glimpsed at it partly from the ride and partly when leaving for Pandora. I have never seen this show in full, perhaps next time…
Pandora at night is truly magical.
And guess what was waiting for us in the room?