Hollywood Studios~day 5

Our final day at Disney was spent at Hollywood Studios.  Our fun day began with our second Character Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine.  We enjoyed a rather good buffet with the Playhouse Disney Characters.  The main person that would be interested in these characters is Jasper, and yet he would not pose with any of them!  We saw Oso, Little Einsteins, and Handy Manny. 


This park was much smaller than I thought it would be.  There are many shows to see and only a handful of rides.  Again, what the park lacks in size is made up in the quality of the rides.  One of the best rides was Toy Story.  This is a 4D video game combined with a ride.  We were put into seats that moved and spun as we tried to shoot various objects on screens.  We rode this 3 times and it was the longest line we stood in the whole trip.  We waited about 40 minutes.  Each time we rode, we improved our scores.  Even Jasper earned 19,000+ points his last time!  The adults were well over 100,000 points, but there were riders scoring over 400,000!   They displayed the best scores of the individual cars, the ride, and the day. 

We also really enjoyed Rockin’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith.  Sadly, I do not have a picture.  We thought that we had one on our photopass, but misunderstood that this ride’s pictures were not available online.  Boo.  Aidan wasn’t tall enough for this ride and neither was Jasper, obviously.  We loved the launch of this ride going from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds.  At launch, the ride takes your picture.  We had fun posing like 80’s rockstars at launch.  This ride is unique in that it starts with a fast launch and a loop right at the beginning.  You have Aerosmith music blasting in your seat and it is a dark ride…but with neon street signs.  Such a fun roller coaster.

This next ride, I think I kind of hated.

This ride totally is Six Flags’ Free Fall on steroids.  I always question my sanity in riding Free Fall once on.  Tower of Terror is nuts.  The premise is from a Twighlight Zone story.  You are in a hotel that experienced some paranormal activity and is now abandoned, or something.  None of that is scary.  But, what is scary is that you are going along watching the story of some people who disappeared and you know that you are about to experience what happens when an elevator gives way and you plummet 13 stories.  You know it is coming, but you don’t know when.  You also don’t know how many times you are going to drop.  The ride has a feature that programs different drop sequences every time.  So, you are riding along, knowing it is coming and then in the blackness, you drop.  You may have a few “false drops” before the big plunge.  You also may drop and get shot right back up only to  drop again.  See those open windows?  While riding, when you see the blackness become light, that means the windows have opened and you are about to drop again.  I rode with Gracyn and Aidan.  Aidan had a death grip on me and I really couldn’t brace myself.  You are in a seat with only a seat belt for restraint…not a thick bar, but just a strap seat belt.  Everytime we dropped, my right leg flew into the air.  I couldn’t hold Aidan and drop at the same time.  Aidan started crying with the first drop.  We dropped and shot up about 5-7 times.  He was so ready to get off and it kept happening!  I don’t think I like dropping like that myself, but I would like to test a theory to see what it is like to just go with the flow more.  Some dodos were lifting their arms in the air during the drops.  Maybe it is easier when you don’t resist?

One show we watched was the Indian Jones Stunt Show.  The kids got a kick out of watching this. 

We watched another car stunt show that threatened to deafen us and give us migraines with the noise.  I was plugging my ears, so no picture.

One highlight for Jasper was seeing Lightning McQueen and Mater.  He loves Cars!  He actually kissed LM.

We saw a few more characters to get signatures.

 Some highlights of the day were:

  • A yummy character breakfast
  • Toy Story
  • lunch at Pizza Planet…for the kids
  • spending the remaining balances on their gift cards

low light:

  • signing up for Jedi Knight Training and being told that a). Jasper was too young…lots of tears and b). being told to bring the older kids back at 10:55 to be Jedis in the show only to return and find out they meant 9:55.  The shows were then booked and our Star Wars loving kids couldn’t be in the show!
  • Star Tours closed for renovation

All told we had a wonderful, wonderful time at Disney.  The Cast Members were lovely.   The crowds were light.  Service was excellent.  Memories were made.  Mommies relaxed.   Here’s a parting shot of Jasper enjoying a slushie towards the end of our last day.

We are so thankful to God for His provision of the trip.  We do not take lightly what God provides for us and this was such an amazing, abundant gift!  We were able to say YES to our kids the whole time, which to me is such an integral part of a vacation and what sets them apart from the everyday.  It was hard to leave Disney behind, but our vacation was not yet over…



  1. Be glad they are renovating Star Tours. It was SOOOOOOO jerky it wasn’t worth going on. MGM is my least favorite park but I love the old Hollywood atmosphere. I wish they would spruce it up a bit. It used to be really good in the olden days and then they went and changed so much that now it’s not the same. Although, I do love Rockin’ Roller Coaster. And Tower of Terror is better when you don’t resist.

    • kimmyskids says:

      We are glad we did all the parks, but we think we might try to park hop on HS and Animal Kingdom days since they close early and there are few rides. Glad you confirmed that about TOT. It seems like it wouldn’t be so awkward if you just relax on the drops. I was having to comfort Aidan and couldn’t let go of him.

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