Today we are covering our last park at Walt Disney World. If you missed the previous posts, we’ve covered Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Epcot, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today we are covering Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was called Disney’s MGM Studios but they changed its name on January 7th, 2008. My childhood memories of Disney’s Hollywood Studios include only a handful of rides (The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours, The Studio Backlot Tour, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) and lots of live shows (Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppet Vision 3D, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast -Live on Stage). Although I love this park, I mainly associated the park with older children. However, with the release of the new pixar films beginning in 1995 such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc, The Incredibles, Cars, etc., the park now has many perks and options for young children.
Most of our time spent at this park was getting autographs from my little men’s most favorite and beloved Disney characters: Lightning McQueen, Mater, Mr. Incredible, Buzz, Woody, Mike Wazowski, Sulley, Jake, Doc McStuffins, Princess Sofia, etc. We did take the Studio Backlot Tour, which shows how special effects in movies are created. We also rode the infamous Great Movie Ride featuring scenes from some of Hollywood’s most well-known films. We watched Disney Junior – Live on Stage, which was a fun, interactive show for young kids. It featured all of the characters on the Disney Junior channel: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Princess Sofia.
We had lunch at Studio Catering Co. towards the back of the park. The cast members there were beyond fabulous! This was considered a Quick-Service Meal. For more information about Quick-Service Meals, read about the Disney Dining Plan. A Quick-Service Meal is just that — quick! You place your order up front, wait for your tray, and then carry it to an open table. When it was our turn to order our food, I told the cashier that we had food allergies. She called over the chef and he brought his binder filled with all of the ingredients for every item that they serve. After telling him our list of allergies, he told me that he had top-8 allergen-free chicken strips and french fries that he would cook in a separate fryer with canola oil. He also gave my little men applesauce and EnjoyLife cookies. It took a bit longer for us to get our meal, but it was well worth the wait. My little men were in heaven!
Disney magic happens all around you as you’re walking through the park. We interacted with the Army Men from Toy Story on our way to meet Mr. Incredible and Mr. Freeze. We also got to interact with characters dressed up in 1940’s attire on Hollywood Boulevard, including the Mayor (see photo above). He was a trip! To end our trip, I got to visit Minnie Mouse in her dressing room. What girl doesn’t want to get her picture taken with Minnie Mouse? I think my youngest was quite smitten with her, too! What do you think?
If you are looking for other fun dining options at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, here are the places that I’d recommend. For Character Dining, I’d make a reservation for the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant (breakfast and lunch only). The characters will be from Disney Junior shows (Jake, Princess Sofia, Handy Manny, Doc McStuffins, etc.). For a sit-down, Table-Service Meal, I’d go to my personal favorite, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. You get to sit in old-fashioned cars and watch old sic-fi thrillers. It’s just like you are at a drive-in movie. Fun for the whole family! Other Quick-Service Meal locations that I’d recommend: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, and 50’s Prime Time Cafe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our trip and I hope that you’ve found the tips helpful. As always, please don’t hesitate to email me, Facebook me, or leave a comment below with questions. If I can’t answer your questions, I know people who can.