Our last day in Orlando was spent at Hollywood Studios. We slept in, got around slowly and headed that way. We had a late dinner reservation there, so we knew we would be there all day and again just took our time.
Our schedule was this::
Fast Passes - Disney Junior - Live On Stage - 10:15 AM
Toy Story Midway Mania - 11:10 AM
For the First Time In Forever - A Frozen Sing Along Celebration - 12:35 PM
Dining - Hollywood & Vine - 6:40 PM
For some reason, I was thinking we had an hour for our first Fast Pass check in. I totally forgot that it was a live show (um, LIVE on stage should have been the reminding keywords) and we stopped for Starbucks and were late.
The show was about to start and we could have tried to throw the stroller and run in, but we decided we would just orient ourselves to the park, enjoy our drinks and be on time for the next ride. The park was not crowded at all and so we met the Toy Soldier, snacked and pressed pennies before hopping on Toy Story Midway Mania.
The kids loved it and squealed while I held on for dear life. I was also holding Moose so between the 3D glasses and the thing spinning like crazy, we didn't shoot (or hit) much. It was fun though and one I definitely recommend using a Fast Pass on.
After that was the Frozen Sing Along. I'm not going to lie. I am over Anna, Elsa, Olaf and crew. We listen to the soundtrack in the car, we sing to it in Spanish - which I do not speak, but own both English and Spanish soundtracks, so I make muttering attempts and the kids constantly fight over who is Anna, Elsa, etc. I knew the kids were excited and I was excited to sit in a cool theater and them be entertained.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm to hear "Let It Go" one more time, this show may have been one of the best ones we saw. It did play all of the songs for the kids to sing along to, but the cast who led it was hysterical. The puns, Disney jokes and their acting as they played off of each other was second to none and both the hubs and I laughed and laughed.
After this, we went to grab lunch and we passed a Fast Pass Kiosk and added the Disney Junior Live On Stage (again) for later that day.
The boys were tired, so Daddy and Annie M went to catch a few rides and I pushed the stroller and walked. Boys slept, Annie M and Daddy got some one on one time and knocked out a few quick rides and I got steps in. Winning all around!
They woke up shortly before the show and we headed in. The kids like this but we were sitting on the floor and Moose just wanted to run up to the stage so Hubs and I were sweating trying to manage him. After the show, we snapped a few pictures and just let the kids all mosey and walk.
We took our time getting to dinner and the kids enjoyed their freedom and not having to be some where immediately. As we got ready to go in, the dark clouds rolled in. You could barely see a rainbow coming off of the corner where the brick and white stucco buildings come together. Hubs and I threw a poncho over the stroller and we hustled the kids in to eat.
This was my one faux pas of the trip. Apparently at dinner time they do not have characters there. The kids were expecting Handy Manny, Sofia, Jake and Doc McStuffins to be there and unfortunately, they weren't there for dinner. I remember reading online it at one point, but when I went to book it through My Disney Experience and then selected character meals and it gave me that time slot, I took it and didn't think twice - actually I thought that they must have it then otherwise it wouldn't have been an option since I had gone through the character dining option.
Turns out we weren't the only ones who had done this in error as there were kids crying in the bathroom and parents trying to console them. It was the end of our trip and we just told the kids they were so lucky to meet so many others and we would remember this for next time. With the promise of an extra dessert, they forgave me and moved on.
The manager was really nice and actually offered to work with us on another time to come back. We opted just to pass since we were leaving the next morning, but we really appreciated him taking the time to do that. Since this was our first Disney World trip and since I really wasn't sure how it all would go or what to expect, to have this as our only "major" issue was okay.
They said they are starting the characters at dinner again in November (2015) so if you have a reservation after that, then you will get to meet them.
Dinner was great and we wrapped up and headed home. We got a final souvenir and we bid our farewells to Mickey and crew - til the next time!
It really was a fabulous trip. We had a few fussy moments, but the kids did great. We paced ourselves, had fun and got to see and do a ton. We got a great package and planned well and it was enjoyable for us all. At this point, we have not yet set a goal for our next trip back, but I am assuming it will be a few years off. I have a conference in Orlando next year and sometimes we beach vacation nearby, so I can see us throwing in a day here or there, but as for almost a full week at Disney, I am not sure...that said the kids are already begging to go back so who knows!
That about wraps up my Disney posts! I have a few more thoughts to throw in and a costume tutorial I want to do, but am going to get back to normal business round here! Thanks for reliving our trip with me and happy traveling to any of you who may soon be going to see the mouse!
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