You want to know a secret? As much as I love traveling with friends and family around the Disney Parks I also love to explore them by myself, which is exactly what I did on Day 2 of my Unexpected Disney Trip!
This day started pretty similar to the day before. I woke up and had breakfast with my traveling companions. Chad left really early because he was going to be golfing with my dad and his cousin. Marianne and Josh were not going into the parks that day instead opting for exploring Disney Springs and having a pool day.
Since my trip had gotten delayed thanks to the Northeaster I had an extra park day that the rest of my traveling partners had already used. Since yesterday we had gone to the Magic Kingdom and tomorrow we were planning on hitting up EPCOT I chose to go Hollywood Studios, even if there are only 4 rides.
The ride over to the park was pretty unexciting, much like the day before I had to wait a while for the bus. There were a bunch of grouchy people waiting for the bus with me. In their defense there was a family who waited almost an hour for the bus! Which is something I’m not sure I had ever really heard of.
Once I got to Hollywood Studios I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I still had a while before my first fastpass plus. As I walked in I noticed my favorite Disney character was doing a meet and greet so I hopped in line.
For those of you who don’t know my favorite character is Donald Duck so I was on cloud 9 to see him. The line moved realtively quickly and soon it was my turned. A quick disclaimer I love to meet characters and I’m much like a little kid and I love to interact with the characters. I was super excited to meet Donald because I have a Donald Duck phone case and I wanted to show him.
After meeting Donald I headed back toward Pixar Place so that I could ride Toy Story Mania. It was the first time I had gone on this ride. I just never was willing to wait 75 plus minutes to go on it. But since I had a fastpass I figured why not. I thought it was a fun ride and will definitely go on it again, especially with a fast pass.
After getting off the ride I headed over to what used to be One Man’s Dream, which has since changed names and become something new. I looked around for a little while and then noticed that Moana was doing a meet and greet in there and decided to jump in line. And let me tell you the meet and greet cue was awesome! My meet and greet with Moana was pretty cool, she showed me how to wave find and I did get a good amount attention even given the long line.
After meeting Moana I decided to hop in the little theatre they haver there because they were showing a preview of the live action Beauty and the Beast. Which had either just come out or was going to be coming out that week. The preview was the beginning of the Belle scene and was a good 5 to 7 minutes long.
Soon I decided it was time to get some lunch. I headed over to PizzeRizzo which used to be Pizza Planet. They had over hauled it and re-themed it to the Muppet’s character Rizzo. The pizza was good and the theme was very clean and bright unlike the old Pizza Planet.
While I was in line for Star Tours there was a family standing in front of me. They were such Disney going family goals. Everyone was wearing matching shirts, they packed their own lunch were eating in line and just adorable. Plus they scooped out some goals reality by still fighting and showing that going to Disney with young kids is not easy. Once I got on the ride it was pretty uneventful. I wasn’t the rebel spy, I didn’t get puked on and we landed safely on the new planet.
Then it was time to head over to my next Fastpass Plus. It was something that had fastinated me forever but a ride I was always too scared to go on. I was going to be riding The Tower of Terror. For as long as I could remember I thought the Tower was one of the coolest buildings on Disney property. But I’m not a huge fan of straight drops. But I decided to book a fast pass so I didn’t have the long wait to chicken out. While I waited in line I talked to two nice girls who were around my age. They made me feel like they ride wasn’t as scary as it felt. And believe it or not I wasn’t that big of a fan of the ride.
You see I got a large aderline rush from it but I never got that stomach dropping and doing flips feeling that except from thrill rides. I’m glad I got to experience it but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to ride it again. But that doesn’t mean that I won’t still take 100s of pictures of the beautiful tower every time I go.
I decided that because I braved a ride that had always freaked me out that I would buy a souviner from the gift shop. I bought a sweatshirt which I loved and thought was super cute. While at the gift shop I talked the girl working the regrister. I asked her if she minded me snap chatting (@judy_judy94) a picture of her costume to my friend, Megan, who was going to be doing the College Program the next semester. She was super sweet about it and told me to wish my friend good luck.
I had one more fast pass booked that afternoon and still had time to kill. I decided to head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay. I really wanted to meet Chewbacca because he was the only character I could identify from Star Wars. My meet and greet was pretty rushed which was disappointing but at least I met him.
As I was getting ready to leave the Launch Bay I saw that they had a exclusive meet and greet that only Disney Visa holders could experience. Since I am a Disney Visa holder I decided that I would go and see who was meeting. I was hoping that it would be Darth Vadar or another well know character. Unfortunately it wasn’t a character I knew, which you can totally tell in the pictures because I look terrified and slightly confused.
I left the Launch Bay and decided that I would go over and ride The Great Movie Ride (RIP). I didn’t know at the time that it would be my last time ever riding my favorite Hollywood Studios ride. I’m glad I got to go but if I had known it was my last time riding it I would have taken some pictures or videos to remember it.
Once I got off the Great Movie Ride I had a pretty much hit my Disney Wall and decided to skip my final fast pass. On my way out I stopped at the Starbucks because I knew I had a busy night and wanted some caffeine. As I was walking out I noticed Miranda Margaret or @miramargaret as she is known on Instagram as. I was tempted to go up and say hi to her but when I saw her I couldn’t think of her name. I recognized her instantly but her name escaped me. Plus she looked a little annoy so I was worried she was having a bad day.
On my way out I called my mom to catch up a little but this time the bus go there super quickly and I barely had to wait which cut our conversation short, the busses are just too loud to talk on. When I got back to our hotel I met up with my aunt and uncle and hurried to get ready for our dinner. That night we would be eating at Artist Point. Which is the upscale restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Before I talk about our dining experience there let me tell you about the adventure it took getting there. We were running a little behind schedule and knew that the busses were crazy unreliable during this trip. Marianne called down the main building to have a taxi sent to us and we waited almost 45-minutes for it to show up! There wasn’t really a reason why it took long other then that it did.
On the way to Wilderness Lodge we had to stop at the Polynesian to drop my little cousin off at one of the kid’s clubs. The intake took a little while but we were able to get a taxi quicker that time and made it to the restaurant just in time.
This was the first time I had gone to the restaurant before and was a little spectical about whether I would like it or not. I’m not a huge fan of “fancy foods” and as my mom says the diet of a three year old.
When we got there we were seated pretty quickly at a nice big table as it would be me, my father, his wife, my aunt and Uncle as well as my Dad’s cousin and his wife. We started off by ordering drinks and I can’t remember the name of my drink, although I believe it was something with apple and it was really good. For dinner I got a Filet Migon with a horseradish cream and that too was very good.
My favorite part of the meal though was our waitress. She was a Chinese woman and she and I talked about the two international parks in China. She said that she hasn’t been to any of the international parks but that she had heard amazing things about the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. One of my favorite things to do at Disney resorts is talking to the cast members about their experience or where they are from.
After dinner we headed over to Contemporary Resort so that we could watch the Magic Kingdom firework show, Wishes (Now Happily Ever After)! Since my aunt and uncle are DVC Members and staying at DVC resort we were able to get up to the top floor of Bay Lake Towers (the DVC resort attached to the Contemporary) which is called The Top of World. While there my dad surprised me with a cake since my birthday was the next week.
We enjoyed the show from the Top of the World. For anyone who may be wondering if you watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show from the monorail resorts (Contemporary/Bay Lake Towers/Polynesion or Grand Floridian) they pipe the music of the show in so you can get a full experience.
Once the show was over we picked Joshua back up from the kids club and headed back to our hotel (Saratoga Springs). At the time there was a lot of construction going on, on Disney Property so it was a long car ride. But soon we got home and we all were asleep in probably in less then 5 minutes.
And that is the end of day 2. Keep your eyes out for the next installment of this Trip Report as well an announcement about my next trip!