The third day of our vacation we decided to head over to Hollywood Studios. Little J was anxious to check out the new Toy Story 4-D ride, so we looked for that first.
It did not disappoint.
We did have to wait in line for almost an hour as their was a lot of interest in the ride since it is new. The wait was not to bad as it snaked through a simulated playroom with over sized toys – everything from giant Tinkertoys to huge board games to a talking and singing Mr. Potato Head.
Once you get to the ride, you hop in and are whisked through a series of carnival-type games while wearing your 3-D glasses. Characters pop up and encourage you to shoot your old fashioned pop gun by pulling the string to try to hit the targets. The whole time you can actually feel the targets whizzing past your head. Little J was in love with this ride!
We spent the day there and did the back lot tour as well as many others. We caught the Playhouse Disney Live show which I thought was a little disappointing. Considering the popularity of Playhouse Disney with children, I thought it would play a more prominent role in the parks, but this was just about the only Playhouse thing we saw other than some of the Little Einstein characters walking around.
That night, we returned to the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Magical Christmas party. I was not very excited to attend at all since we were all feeling pretty tired. However, the tickets were not cheap and had already been purchased, so off we went.
It was a blast! The whole place was decorated to the hilt including the castle which was covered in blue icicles. You just can’t get the full effect in the picture – it was breathtaking. Walking down Main Street, snow was falling and Santa was taking visitors in the main square. We popped into the bakery for a snack and then took a spot outside for the Christmas Parade. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
The following day, we travelled to Animal Kingdom. This was probably the least favorite park for all of us. We have a lot of the featured animals at the Milwaukee Zoo and visit there often, so Little J didn’t find that part of it very interesting. We did enjoy the safari ride and really liked the 4-D movie “It’s tough being a bug”. I won’t spoil any of the surprises, but let’s just say it was more interactive than we had realized.
At the end of the day, we went over to Downtown Disney for some dinner at Planet Hollywood (try the zucchini chips!) and then did a little shopping.
I will be better about posting the rest of the entries in a more timely manner…especially since it looks like we may be snowed in tomorrow 🙂