I got up nice and early on day 4, but had a little trouble getting going. We went to bed plenty early on day 3, but for some reason it was hard to get going. And no one else wanted to get going either. We ended up leaving later than I had planned, to get to Hollywood Studios. Since we like riding Toy Story Mania, it is very important to be at Hollywood Studios before the park opens. (We like to grab a fastpass, ride while it’s a short line, then later ride using our fastpass and grab another fastpass. This only works if you are there at park opening.) Anywho- we got started a little late and then the bus didn’t cooperate either and we ended up getting to Hollywood Studios a little bit after 9am. It took forever to get through the bag check and then once we finally got into the park and to Toy Story Mania it was 9:30am. We got fastpasses for 1:35-2:35pm and the wait was already really long. I didn’t write down how long it was, but it was too long for us to wait in the line.
It was time for the first show at Playhouse Disney, so we went to see that.
Hunter and Hailey both loved watching it! We sat around the middle of the auditorium, which seemed to be a good spot to sit. If you sit too close you can’t see what is going on up on the stage and if you sit too far back you just can’t see.
Next up we went to Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Hailey loves that show!
While we were waiting for the show to start Hunter started getting fussy. I knew he was tired, so I tried to get him to go to sleep. He started to doze off, but it just wasn’t happening. He kept fussing and then started crying, so I had to take him out. We were in the middle of the row, of course. So I had to try to climb over everyone in the dark. If I stepped on your toes on my way out, I am so sorry!
Rich and Hailey stayed and enjoyed the show.
We stopped and watched one of the street shows for a few minutes on our way to our early lunch reservation.
We had a lunch reservation at Hollywood and Vine at 11am. So we went and checked in and waited for our table. There were so many people checking in that I was afraid we were going to be waiting a long time. But we got seated after only a few minutes. I don’t know what all those other people were doing, unless they were walk-ups hoping to get a table.
Hunter laughed at Jake from the Neverland Pirates. He thought Jake was pretty funny.
Hailey giving Jake a hug.
Hailey and Handy Manny
Hailey in the parade
Oso playing peek-a-boo with Hunter.
Hailey and Oso
Hailey and June
June and Hunter
Once again I really liked my lunch at Hollywood and Vine. I don’t understand why it gets bad reviews and why it’s always so easy to get a reservation there. It was busier this year than last year though, maybe it’s all those people I’ve been recommending it to.
After lunch we walked over to Toy Story Mania because it was time to get another fastpass. We wanted to see what time we could get one for, if there were any still left. On our way there it started to pour… and I mean the rain was coming down sideways. We ducked into One Man’s Dream, along with everyone else. I snuck the stroller in because Hunter was asleep and there was no way I was taking him out in the rain. The Cast Member inside did tell me I couldn’t be in there with the stroller, so I just stood by the entrance. Then she told me I couldn’t stand there because it wasn’t safe in the storm and that I had to take the stroller all the way outside. I’m not sure how it was safer for me to be outside than in, but that’s what she told me. I just stood there though, I was not about to take Hunter out with the rain coming down like that, and she left me alone. It started to let up some, so Rich ran over to Toy Story to get our fastpasses… he was still able to get them but they were for 9:30pm. Since the rain was no longer coming down sideways we headed out to find a ride to go on.
Hailey wanted to go on the Great Movie Ride… so that is where we went. It actually had a wait time, which has never happened to us before. I’m sure it was because of the rain and people just ran in there.
Then it was time for us to use our Toy Story fastpasses.
Such a fun ride!!
Hailey all ready to ride
I’m glad we had fastpasses… there is no way I would have waited 100 minutes. Although I’m pretty sure that number is inflated because the line did not look that long to me.
On our way to go to the Muppets 3D show we saw Mike W and Sully. We got in line to meet them.
I thought this sign was funny
I love the rules!
While we were waiting, Sully had to leave, so we only got to meet Mike. It seems like that always happens to us.
Mike liked Hailey’s hair.
Hunter didn’t know what to think of Mike.
Next we saw Muppet Vision.
Hunter was starting to get hungry and tired and we were all still full from our early lunch. So I told Rich to take Hailey on the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground while I fed Hunter some lunch and tried to get him to take a little nap. I remember going on that playground when I was little, and Hailey has never been on it, so I wanted her to try it out.
Hailey playing on the playground.
I started feeding Hunter his lunch and my phone rang- Rich was in the play area and could not find Hailey. So I took off with Hunter and got in there so I could watch the exit while he searched for her. He found her within a few minutes, but it was still scary. She was crying because she was scared. She did decide to stay and play for a bit longer while I finished giving Hunter his lunch. He didn’t want to take a nap and it was so hot and humid and sticky out. So, we decided to head for the animation building. I thought Hailey could meet some characters while I held him so he could sleep in the AC.
Hailey and Meeko
Frozone dancing with Hailey
Frozone, Hailey and Mr. Incredible
We knew that the character palooza would be starting soon and Hunter was asleep, so we just hung out in there for a while. Hailey played the various games and colored. It was nice to just relax since we usually just go and go. Around 4:45 Hunter had woke up and we started getting ready for the palooza to start. Rich was walking around with Hunter and suddenly Captain Hook came right up to them.
He played for several minutes with Hunter… it was too cute!! Who knew that Captain Hook likes babies!?!?
Hailey and Captain Hook. After her picture Hailey said, “tic toc, tic toc” and Captain Hook shook his finger at her and shooed her away. We were laughing and it was funny. So, she said it again and he was still playing along. Then the Cast Member with him said, “Okay, goodbye! Next family please!” It was so rude! We had been with him for all of about a minute and it really bugged me that she acted the way she did.
Next up Hailey got to meet The Queen. We have never met her before, so we were excited! After she saw The Queen, Hailey didn’t want to see any of the other characters… she said she had met them all before, which she had, but not since last year. I guess she is growing out of the character stage. She went to play some more games on the computers.
Hunter didn’t know what to think of The Queen. He just stared at her. The Queen said, “I think he is mesmerized by my beauty.” Rich said, “I believe so.” When he said that, The Queen almost cracked a smile, but she caught herself just in time.
Hunter thought the Green Army Guy was pretty funny.
When that round of characters left (there were several others, but Hailey didn’t want to see them) and the next group came out Hailey screamed when she was Jafar. She just loves him for some reason.
Hailey and Jafar
She didn’t want to see anyone else in the second round of characters so we left. We thought that maybe we would just head back to our hotel for a relaxing evening and some swimming since we had done everything we wanted to do at Hollywood Studios. Then Hailey decided she wanted to go on Tower of Terror… up until that point she said she was scared of it from last year and didn’t want to ride again. I have actually never been on it, so she decided she would take me on it for my first time. (I was pregnant last summer when she rode it for the first time, so I couldn’t ride.)
Tower of Terror
A little nervous to ride? Maybe, but she says no. It was a lot of fun to ride! After I rode with her, Hailey and Rich went on.
It looked like it was getting ready to pour again, so we decided to head back to our resort.
Family picture on our way out.
We also gave away our fastpasses for Toy Story on our way out of the park. The family we gave them to didn’t act like they knew what they were, so I hope they got used.
As we were getting in line for the bus it started to pour again, so we were thankful we were covered. We ate dinner when we got back to our resort and did some relaxing. It was still raining so we didn’t go swimming and decided to just go to bed. We were in bed by 9:30.
Hailey’s favorites for the day: Ride- Tower of Terror, Character- Jafar
We were almost half way through our trip and I really liked how we were doing it. In the past we have opened and closed parks and it was exhausting! We decided to be more relaxed this year, taking breaks and not staying until park closing. We hadn’t used our Park Hoppers at all (and should not have bought them) and it was really nice not having to switch parks. It felt more like a vacation and less like we were on the go constantly. So far, so good…
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