Rather than spend another day touring the countries at Epcot, Peyton and I decided to make a visit to Hollywood Studios, Disney’s theme park dedicated to classic films. I had never been there and it ended up being a lot of fun. Even though the park was busy due to the kickoff of Star Wars Weekends at Disney, the park was not packed and wait times were not too bad (except for the Aerosmith rollercoaster).
The park is decorated in antique buildings to make you feel like you are part of Hollywood in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It is laid out like a motion picture studio and divided into six themed areas (Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard, and Sunset Boulevard). Upon entering the park via Hollywood Boulevard, we were taken back to an earlier time, which provided an alternative view of Disney. It was nice to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the other parks and be able to enjoy something new and different.
Peyton and I began our day strolling down Sunset Boulevard to the FastPass kiosk (our impromptu visit gave us no time to make prior reservations). Since we were only going to be at the park for a few hours, our FastPass options were limited. We ended up securing seats for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Great Movie Ride.
Visit to Hollywood Studio’s Awesome Tower of Terror
Our first ride of the day was the Tower of Terror and we loved it! Since the line was not too long Peyton and I ended up riding this three times throughout the day (one right after we ate lunch, oops). There are three elevators that take you to the top of the tower and drop you at different speeds. As the Twilight Zone would have it, we ended up riding all three elevators but ended up in the same seats every time… weird! It is definitely a thrill ride since every time the drop is different; riders have no clue what to expect.
The Great Movie Ride is located on Hollywood Boulevard inside the Chinese Theater replica. It pays tribute to classic movies throughout history by recreating iconic scenes from each. A cast member takes you on a tour of the soundstage and tells you about each movie. At the end, you are shown a short movie compiling hundreds of legendary stars playing their most famous roles.
Peyton is obsessed with the churros at Disney and luckily for her, she found a stand selling them at Hollywood Studios. Each churro comes with a cup of melted chocolate; Peyton drinks what is left at the end (I kid you not). We decided on a quick service lunch and ate at Rosie’s All American Café. Peyton’s burger and my chicken tenders were wonderful. On our way out of the park, Peyton needed a Starbucks fix so she grabbed a coffee and a s’more, which was great!
Hollywood Studios provided Peyton and I a great day at Disney! Even with the hundred-degree weather, we still had a blast. I will definitely be back to ride the Tower of Terror, and I am sure Peyton will return for a churro.
This article written and submitted by my daughter, Taylor Pittman.
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