On June 30, 2017 we stopped into Disney’s Hollywood Studios for an afternoon visit. While we were only there a few hours we experienced a high score for Toy Story Mania, a major thunderstorm, Debbie as a Rebel Spy, Stormtrooper Detention and more. Read along for the full experience!
Water! Water! It was really HOT this afternoon, so we gladly stopped for ice cold water at the drink stand on the right as we entered. They usually have these at the table service restaurants. You generally have to request a cup of ice water at any loction that sells soda in cups. It’s free. If they offer bottled soda, they don’t have the free water.
The hulking stage was back in front of the Chinese Theater, ruining the gorgeous view. They tried to throw together some sort of mobile staging that will move out of the way for fireworks, but it didn’t work out. You’ll find the Star Wars stage show and March of the First Order here multiple times per day. The schedules are always on www.characterlocator.com
Destruction and construction for Toy Story Land continues as they open up the area that will become the entrance to the new Land. They will then flip the entrance to Toy Story Mania to the new land. I’d expect it to open mid-summer 2018, but Disney should announce something at D23 in a couple weeks.
Cruz Ramirez is meeting in Pixar Place through the summer. There is rarely a long line and Photopass is usually on hand to snap your photo. You can always find here schedule here.
We were going to do the posed photo, but they had just closed it for incoming inclement weather. We’d learn soon that it was a wise move. Debbie asked where Cruz goes during weather. I said, she is a car, she’ll be okay.
As we exited Toy Story Midway Mania a typical “Afternoon Thunderstorm,” also known as a Monsoon, hit. There’s the prepared persons with ponchos and umbrellas crowd and then there’s us who left it in the car lol.
We had a Fastpass+ for Star Tours and a dinner reservation, so we headed it. It looked like the weather had lightened up, but it took all of about 47 seconds to become the heaviest rain ever.
On the bright side, Debbie got to be the Rebel Spy for the first time ever at Star Tours. She was so excited as she announced “That’s me!”
The tabletops are pretty tiny. Enough room for the food and drinks. The kdis can work on crayon sheets while you wait.
You’ll find the menu hereDebbie went with her normal Chicken nugget order. We learned at checkout that you can save $1.75 if you bypass the dessert. She had a vanilla milkshake, so she really didn’t need the dessert.
You can’t go wrong ordering a burger. The last time I ate here I requested the ribs, but I didn’t really care for the sauce they use and they tasted like they had been reheated.
The burger was large with great bacon and cheese. It was hot and juicy and the fries were hot as well. We had excellent service.
If you don’t have a reservation, just request a table in the back. The cars are for those with reservations, but you can still join the theming and fun.
Debbie was then detained by Stormtroopers .
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I neeed to swap out my Fuelrod, so I stopped by the 5 & 10 Store. Took me about 10 seconds to get a new one. Press “Swap” and insert the Fuelrod and another pops right out. I don’t work for this company or receive funds from them. It’s just super convenient for me. If you want to carry around a different backup battery, feel free to do so.
My favorite ride!!! We had Fastpass, so no waiting for us.
It’s 1 hour before Disney Movie Magic and 1.5 hours before Star Wars Fireworks and people are already sitting on the ground. We walked up 10 minutes prior and had a great view, except the guy who kept holding his cell phone much higher than necessary.
We’d rather ride the Great Movie Ride. We got it as a 4th Fastpass with no problems. The wait would have been about 10-15 minutes, but we like zero minute waits better.
Sorry for the blurry mess. When we dropped into Launch Bay, we saw everyone crowding in for the Star Wars Dessert Party. They are wearing lanyards to try to avoid you just walking up and poaching their cupcakes. From here they escort you to the reserved viewing area.