10/3/13

WDW Rides -- Hollywood Studios

Trying to figure out this particular park is a mess. . . and the map certainly doesn't help as the entrance is in the upper right hand corner. Hollywood Studios highlights movies and television, and though there are rides, there are more shows to see. Many of the shows we haven't seen, but I'll put them on the list.

Again, be sure to check the times guide when you enter the park as it will have the most current show times.

Did I mention that I HATE these new maps??

Here's the 2013 version of the map:


Here's the 2012 version of the map:

Since there is no rhyme or reason to the layout of this map, I'll just follow the color coded system on the old map to help you figure out where everything is situated.

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

The Great Movie Ride -- This ride takes the guest through various movie scenes. Though the line might seem long, each car is HUGE. It's a very mellow ride with the exception of the Alien movie . . .

ECHO LAKE

The American Idol Experience -- Never saw it. It runs through auditions picking the best of the best until the end of the day when they choose a winner who makes it through directly to the judges at the American Idol tryouts.

ABC Sound Studio -- Saw it once a long time ago. How sounds are made in the movies.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular -- Must see show -- Basically, this is a stunt show that showcases the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Star Tours -- fast pass -- A couple of years ago this ride was updated. This motion simulator is now 3-D, and every time you ride the ride you get a different experience. There are three sections to the experience and they rotate through the different movie options providing a new experience every time.

STREETS OF AMERICA

Muppet Vision 3D -- A wonderful 3-D show for the whole family. 25-minutes long

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure -- This is a great place for the little tykes to burn off some energy. It's fun for the parents, too, but some of the areas are hard to get to unless you are a little kid or a very nimble adult.

Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show -- Must see show -- A vehicle stunt show--cars, trucks and motorcycles. Very loud. Very hot since it's outside. But it's nice to see how they do some of those car stunts in the various movies.

Studio Backlot Tour -- Tram ride through the backlot sets.

PIXAR PLACE / MICKEY AVENUE

Toy Story Midway Mania! -- fast pass -- Must ride -- The fast passes go quickly on this ride. Many times we'll be getting fast passes only 15 minutes after the park opens with a return time after noon. Before getting a fast pass verify the return time, remembering you can't get another fast pass for another ride until the fast pass window starts. Sometimes we will just wait in line for up to an hour first thing in the morning because the times will only get longer as the day goes on, especially during the high season. Each car holds four people, two on each side. Word of warning: your shooting arm will get really, really sore and tired!

Walt Disney: One Man's Dream -- never saw it.

ANIMATION COURTYARD
 
Voyage of The Little Mermaid -- fast pass -- Must see show --  Can be scary for the little ones due to being in the dark, and Ursula gets HUGE!

The Magic of Disney Animation -- Walk-thru. You get to watch various artists working on the next Disney movie.

Disney Junior--Live Onstage -- show. It's been awhile since we saw this show. I would guess that it keeps getting updated and relevant.

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Beauty and the Beast--Live Onstage -- Must see show -- Outside on benches. Can be steamy hot.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, starring Aerosmith -- fast pass -- Indoor, in the dark rollercoaster. Zero to fifty takeoff. This ride has a singles line also. Sometimes it's quicker to hit the singles line, but when you get to loading the cars, many times you have to wait until there's an odd number.

--while waiting in the singles line, we had the chance to overhear the cast member training another cast member. They manage the crowds by altering the ratio of standby to fast pass guests. It had escalated to level two and she was letting 30 fast pass holders in for every 6 standby guests. This ration meant the standby line was over 2 hours long. Every time they filled another group for the pre-show, they let 10 singles through.

--another point is that they do NOT tolerate line jumpers. One group thought to jump the large group in the pre-show area to the singles line, but when it came time to load the cars they wanted to be seated together. Disney cast members wouldn't bow to their complaints.
*Go Disney Cast Members!*

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror -- fast pass -- Must ride -- This is a dropping ride. Every time you ride it, the computer does a different sequence of drops. It's dark and can be scary with the 'electricity people'--which scared my daughter far more than the drops. Great view.

Fantasmic! -- Must see show -- Night time show -- laser lights, dancing water, special effects, and fireworks. This show fills up quickly. During peak season, they will have the show twice a night. They open the gates 90 minutes before the show. During the summer months, it is HOT waiting for the show. . . and crowded when everyone wants to leave!

And that's it for WDW Hollywood Studios!

Later, Peeps!

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