Rewind with me a couple of days if you’re willing and able to April 7th 2012. We’re headed out to Hollywood Studios.
Arriving at 2:50pm, we don’t have a lot of people arriving or leaving with the Pixar Pals Parade coming up in ten minutes.
Hollywood Studios lined with people, but you could still get a perfectly decent spot along here. The Pixar Pals Parade is the easiest of the major Parades to see, other than the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Parade over at Magic Kingdom. We don’t see the hour-plus waits like we do for the Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade or Main Street Electrical Parade along Main Street.
2:50pm wait times, inflated in most cases as we’ll see as we take a walk around.
The Sorcerer’s Hat area always seems to be the most crowded area.
We’ve seen the various kiosks around Hollywood Studios offering American Idol Experience auditions, but this is the first time I’ve seen anyone actively walking around trying to recruit contestants. We’ll see him again over at the Streets of America.
Down here around this area is my favorite place to take in the Studios’ Parade.
It’s a nice spot with minimal hassle and minimal waits.
Down here closer to Star Tours is a bit of a mess. I recommend finding spots closer to American Idol Experience.
Not much going on here in the Streets of America………..ever. Save for the winter wonderland that is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Pretzel Garden and another kiosk outside Great Movie Ride have added Cream Cheese Pretzels.
They look sort of sad in comparison to the much larger Salted Pretzels.
Told you we would run into the American Idol Experience guy again.
Not enough people to fill a Backlot Tour tram.
The Pot Roast Sandwich makes another appearance for the busy Easter season at Studio Catering Company. We last saw it over Christmas. I couldn’t tell you why it isn’t a permanent fixture.
Here it is.
And the inside. Sorry? Unfortunately, the onion roll on this one completely overpowers the flavor of the meat and cheese, to the point where both have virtually no flavor. We also have some unadvertised onions on top, which only adds to the overpowering onion taste. This would be much better on the roll that accompanied the Asian Barbecued Sandwich over at Sunshine Tree Terrace. That said, the roll was fresh and this wasn’t a bad choice all things considered. Like the Pork Sandwich, it’s also a hefty portion and the fries seem to be served hotter and fresher here than most other quick services. The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is still my favorite item on the menu.
Yes! The boobs are back in town! And newly refurbished! Insert breast augmentation joke here!
The best look.
The bestest look.
Another nice use of a snack credit on the pina colada cupcake. Too rich for my blood.
Rogue – my favorite brewery. A sip of their American Amber takes me right back to Seattle.
This is about the length of the line that you want to see at Backlot Tour. It means that the next pre-show should be starting soon and you’ll be part of that group admitted.
With a 10 minute posted wait.
No line out the door at Toy Story Mania.
That 100 minute wait is about 40 minutes too long.
These “bonus kiosks” have popped up around the Studios to help fill demand.
I have admittedly not partaken in one of their Chili Cheese Dogs. I would guess you could order it sans chips and bottled beverage for around $5.75. I’ll see about it next time.
The Animation Academy queue is back and completely full.
Long lines waiting for Mickey to reappear in a few minutes.
Not so much for Winnie the Pooh. Why they don’t get Roo, Rabbit, and Christopher Robbin out here is mind boggling to me.
Fewer people for The Incredibles.
With the Animation Academy queue extending all the way out here, there isn’t enough room for people to enter/exit through the door. Kind of annoying.
I always enjoy taking a moment to look at the art in stores like the Animation Gallery in the Animation Courtyard. The best store for that sort of thing is the Art of Disney over at Downtown Disney.
I think we’ll go back and buy that $5 cupcake.
The SHAG giclees are still available along with the rest of his 40th Anniversary merchandise.
Vinylmation is getting more normal. Just kidding. Is that a hot dog?
Waits continue to be short for Jake.
Another of the Chili Cheese Dog carts.
We’ll pop into the Great Movie Ride.
The wait. It can always be longer.
A few things from the queue:
I wish there was more of this sort of stuff at Hollywood Studios. Considering the popularity of traveling museum exhibits like Harry Potter and Star Wars, there is a considerable market for it. Why Disney isn’t filling the old Prince Caspian building and others around the Studios with authentic props from movies baffles me. How cool would it be to walk through real Pirates of the Caribbean sets? Or the costumes from Tron? Disney must have so much awesome stuff packed away somewhere and I would love to see some rotating exhibits.
Heading into the Great Movie Ride wait area.
With movie trailers playing overhead. Thanks to a healthy capacity, the wait here is going to be less than ten minutes, even with this many people here. And it’s not necessarily a bad ten minutes in the air-conditioning with a little entertainment mixed in.
It’s a show cleverly disguised as a slow moving tram ride. Please enjoy.
Spectacular might be overstating it a little. I wonder if anybody has ever gotten off and been like, “Wow, that sure was a sweeping spectacle of thrills! Chills! Romance!”
Which one is this?
Romance! We have a winner!
All jokes aside(?), it is a perfectly enjoyable attraction, especially in the afternoon with a short wait.
With my new celebrity status, I never travel without protection.
They probably should have left the Alien scene out since it’s really the only thing worthy of the “this might be scary” warning.
The best part.
Why do the bad guys always get the coolest entrances? I never show up anywhere without throwing a smoke bomb first.
If you’re wondering what I look like, this guy was modeled after my likeness. I don’t carry a watch half as big as I am though. I have no idea why they put that there.
This strategically-placed-outside-of-the-exit-to-Great-Movie-Ride kiosk offers Cream Cheese Pretzels now as well.
Over to Sunset Boulevard.
At about 4:15pm.
Cream Cheese Pretzels haven’t made it over to the market here yet.
I’ve been dogging Disney for a while over this Burrito Hot Dog at Fairfax Fare.
And I’m happy to report that they have removed it from the menu!
Boom! We claim victory.
A 40 minute standby wait is better than we’ve seen recently at Tower of Terror. FASTPASS is just over an hour out at 5:25pm – 6:25pm.
And a 40 minute posted wait at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with FASTPASS at:
8:50pm – 9:50pm. Considering what we saw earlier this week at Epcot and Magic Kingdom, this isn’t bad at all.
You can see they’re ready with an extended queue all the way out here.
A bead stand similar to the one over at Epcot is here in the Studios across from Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. And yes bro, I am really taking a picture.
And good looking. I might rock the pastel necklace.
Heading back down Sunset Boulevard to the Villains Store.
More villains stuff:
Unfortunately, we’ve taken a bit of a step back at the Villains Store as they have actually moved this villains merchandise next door to the candy store. The Villains in Vogue Store is back to being just Nightmare Before Christmas stuff.
A few other items in Mickey’s of Hollywood:
I wonder if the frog one comes in my size.
I hadn’t seen this Tower of Terror shirt before. You may remember we took a good look at the Tower of Terror merchandise back in January.
I’m probably going to be spending most of the next few days updating some stuff that seriously needs to be updated.