Friday, April 7, 2017

Disney World (4): Hollywood Studios

We spent Monday at Hollywood Studios.  It was one of our favorite days!

The shows were fantastic.  We saw Beauty and the Beast, Disney Jr., and we did the Frozen Sing Along.

Harper was hilarious during the Disney Jr. show, which was set up like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She danced, clapped, and squealed her little heart out!  They used Toodles and the Mouskatools to turn the giant storybook pages and solve the problem (planning a surprise party for Minnie).  The Clubhouse characters were all there, plus Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Sofia the Fist.  

B rode one thing, but otherwise we just saw shows and did a lot of character meet and greets.  We watched The Muppets in 3D, which Aniston thought was amazing even though she had no clue who the Muppets were.  We had to do a lot of explaining and I don't think she was very impressed! Generation gap problems, I suppose.

Jake was Harper's favorite.

That night, we had reservations for dinner at Hollywood and Vine for Minnie's Springtime Dine. Aside from Cinderella's Royal Table, this was our favorite character dining experience.

 After dinner, we met Olaf.  Olaf had a pretty long wait, and a group of ten or so teenagers were behind us.  It was at this time that B noticed--possibly for the first time--that we were no longer young.  He pointed out that we were parents of two kids and in our thirties.  How does time pass so quickly?  And how can you be so much older than you feel?

Our dinner reservations had included preferred seating for Fantasmic, a nighttime show, so we waited around for that to begin.

Fantasmic was a little scary at times for the girls because it's about Disney villians taking over Mickey's dreams and turning them into nightmares.  Of course, Mickey takes back his dreams and there's a happy ending, but things are a little dark at times.  It's a water show. The princes and princesses float by on individual boats, as well as some other characters, and at the end everyone is on one very large boat with Mickey as the captain.  It was really neat.

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