Day 2 – Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
The view of the sunrise from our room at Bay Lake was amazing! It was 44 degrees so there was also some mist over the water.
Since we were at Bay Lake we had a quick breakfast at Contempo Cafe then took the monorail to Magic Kingdom for opening. They opened 20-30 min early and since it was a Sunday and my fast passes were for Hollywood Studios later in the day – I was nervous we wouldn’t be able to do what we wanted. We did almost EVERYTHING!
On this trip – I found a new favorite thing. Tinker Bell in the Peter Pan queue actually feels magical. It is details like this that make all the difference and this is now a must see for me on my next trip.
Then onto our favorites:
- Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Haunted Mansion
On our walk to Be Our Guest for lunch – we happened upon a babbling brook on a beautiful spring like day without a cloud in the sky.
Hollywood Studios for a Star Wars Experience!
After a nap we took the bus to Hollywood Studios. We put our fast passes to use and hit the Great Movie Ride. This is where we encountered an unexpected character.
We roll up to the iconic yellow brick road ready for action – and nada. No munchins, no sound, just a lifeless yellow brick road. Our show guide was great and tried to keep the show going with Wizard of Oz songs but then a maintenance guy shows up from under the well and breaks the flow and like its nothing special and says “Ya get no show?” and then a few other dudes show up and shrug their shoulders an push some things and we move along.
I rejuvenated my spirits by becoming an Honorary Disney Citizen at One Man’s Dream. We then used fast passes to get on Tower of Terror but only half the elevators were moving and the line came to a standstill. After a few minutes we turned around. This is a cautionary tale because once you tap to use a fast pass but don’t tap the second time you are in some fastpass limbo. It was the technical version of…The Twighlight Fastpass Zone.
We got some dinner at Backlot Express – a surprisingly good “galactic” salad with black beans and avocado along with some “Corellian Spice Fries”. While we ate we watched the Jedi Training show that got us pumped for the Symphony in the Stars Dessert Party.
The party was cute – my only complaint is that I wish there was seating. The Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks were SPECTACULAR! The coolest firework shapes – strobes, bees, star shapes, Saturn shapes and the MUSIC! You get the chills from the music and the drama of the fireworks combined with other Star Wars sound effects. It was also, hands down, the LOUDEST firework display I have ever witnessed.
You can see the full show online but it doesn’t do it justice.
We watched the Electric Light Pageant before going to bed. The music is just too ridiculous to ignore.