Hollywood Studios

Updated Favorite Disney Hollywood Studios Attractions!

Hollywood Studios

No longer here, but still a favorite to me!

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today!  Nearly four years ago, we ran a post about our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and today, with all of the changes that are under way at the park, we decided it was time for an update!  So, without further ado, here is our updated favorite Hollywood Studios attractions!  Keep in mind, I don’t have Fantasmic listed because I think of that as a show, not as an attraction.  Personally, while I haven’t seen Fantasmic at Walt Disney World, I have seen it at Disneyland, and it is at the top of all sorts of lists in my book!

Updated Top 5 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions!

#1: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Hollywood Studios Coming in at number one on our list — the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. This is one of my favorite roller coasters in all of Disney, and at Hollywood Studios, it is a must ride attraction for me every time! About the only thing I wish was different about it is the length — at just 1:22 of actual roller coaster time, that’s not very long at all!  The pre-show length is 3:12.

 

 

 

#2: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Hollywood Studios Before this attraction was redone, it wasn’t even a blip on my radar.  But with the way that they redid the attraction and re-opened it on May 20, 2011, this attraction shot up my wow factor, landing here at number two on the list.  What really did this for me I think is the fact that in each ride, one person from the group riding is chosen as the Rebel Spy — and on my very first ride, I was selected!

When you factor in the possibility of getting one of up to 54 different settings for the attraction, (although, to me, I think I’ve only seen maybe three or four different versions) and that just makes for a great adventure!

 

#3: Toy Story Midway Mania

Hollywood Studios Coming in at number three on our list is Toy Story Midway Mania, that crazy, wacky, carnival games ride where you are immersed into the carnival games of Andy’s world!

For me, it’s really a toss-up (pun somewhat intended) between this attraction and Star Tours as to which is number two, and which is number three on the list.  About the only reason I put Toy Story at number three is because the attraction — even with a FastPass — is often quite slow to load.  So, for that reason, and probably that reason alone, I have it listed at number three on our list. What are your thoughts regarding this attraction? Let us know in the comments!

#4: The Great Movie Ride

Hollywood Studios At number four in our countdown is The Great Movie Ride.  While this attraction doesn’t have the glitz and the glamour of the high thrill ride attractions, it is truly a really neat attraction, and features distinct looks at some of the great classic movies from the 20th Century.

One of the things I’ve been reading about lately, though, is the rumor that the attraction will be closing in 2018.  Will this be happening, and what does that mean to you?  Will you miss it, be glad to see it go, or something in between?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

 

#5: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Hollywood Studios Rounding out our top five is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  In our previous ranking, it wasn’t in my top five, but did make the honorable mention list.  This time, it’s number five.  Why is that?  Well, I will tell you right out that I do NOT like the drop sequences of the attraction.  It is among the things I least like at Walt Disney World — and ranks up there with such horrible attractions as “It’s Tough to be a Bug” over at Animal Kingdom.

But, what I do really enjoy, though, is the backstory.  I also really enjoy the theming.  And, I really, really do enjoy the anticipation.  So, because of all of that, I have decided to include the attraction on my list, and here it is at number five.

What are your thoughts on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? Do you like it or hate it?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: Muppet*Vision 3D

Hollywood Studios Muppet*Vision 3D was originally on our list at number four, but I’ve dropped it down to our list of Honorable Mentions this go around.  The primary reason for this is simply because it just isn’t as good for me as it used to be.  In days gone by, the corniness of the humor, the dated fashion, all of that “charm” that made the attraction one of my favorites, that was awesome.

Now, though, I think that my brain has shifted a bit, and what I used to think of as neat and quaint and all that, well, now it just seems old and dated and run down.  I’ll admit that this somewhat saddens me.  Still, on any given day at Hollywood Studios, I think the attraction will be given a visit, even if it’s just to get some photos of the props and stuff at the attraction, and it’s less about the show. What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments!

Honorable Mention: One Man’s Dream

Hollywood Studios As I mentioned in my previous version of this post, One Man’s Dream is more museum than attraction, but it still holds a place in my heart.  The rumors are rampant that this attraction is getting ready to close.  Word is that the Archivists for Disney are heading to Florida to pack up the exhibits and take them to San Francisco, to the Walt Disney Family Museum.  I don’t know if this is true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.  Sadly, attractions like this are just not as popular as they used to be, and if it does close, it’ll be one more thing that changes Hollywood Studios from being a Theme Park and just making it like any other run of the mill Amusement Park.

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know, and thanks!

 

So, how did we do in our updated list of our favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Did we hit a home run, strike out, or somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

God's Acre

Prayers for the Week – God’s Acre

God's Acre

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1 (ESV)

Brothers and Sisters, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Yesterday, my wife Cindy and I spent the day in Old Salem, which is a historic Moravian village located in Winston-Salem, NC.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend that you spend some time there.  Yesterday was an absolutely incredible day to visit.  Hardly a cloud in the sky, low humidity, low crowds, and light, gentle breezes.  Yesterday was definitely the day the Lord had made, and Cindy and I rejoiced in it.

As we approached the cemetery known as God’s Acre, and wandered through it’s picturesque views of row upon row of tombstones, it kind of dawned on me once again that if you sit down and think about it, all of the world — all of God’s Creation is truly God’s Acre.  That is why I felt led to remind us all of the opening words to our Bible as found in Genesis chapter 1.

There are those in our world that do not believe that God exists, and will argue that point until they are blue in the face.  To them I say, how can God not exist with such beauty in His Creation?  Others claim that God has forsaken us, that He has turned His back on us.  What I say to you is that I do not believe that God turns His back to us — He is waiting for us to turn to Him once again.

Fortunately, from where I stand, it seems like more Americans are turning to God these days.  It used to be you only heard about the negative things — and that is certainly still true.  But now we are also hearing more about Christians being persecuted, and it seems like more people are willing to share their faith than before.  What do you think?  Is this the case?  Please let me know in the comments below, but please also continue reading and praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Linda starts us off with her prayer request: On Tuesday, my extremely healthy (never sick a day in her life) younger sister was admitted to the CCU with a racing heart, dizziness, and really high blood pressure. (Her pressure has always been almost abnormally LOW).
    They’ve done all sorts of tests, cardiac caths, MRI, etc. and can’t find a cause. She’s still having episodes, although not as bad as when she was originally admitted. Because they needed the room, they moved her last night from CCU to a telemetry bed where at least she is still being monitored.
    Prayers would be so appreciated that the doctors might be able to find a cause they can either treat … or that whatever is going on might pass.
    My mother, who is still dealing with the death of my father, has been so worried as well. So if you could also pray for peace and comfort for her, that too would be appreciated.
    Thank you.
  • My cousin Deb has a prayer request: Please pray for the chaos in our family to stop or for God’s grace to cover us and allow our test to be a testimony.
  • My cousin Barb (Deb’s sister) also has a prayer request: Please say a prayer for my husband, we get the results from his latest CT tomorrow to see if the chemo is still doing its job.
    • Please keep praying for Barb’s husband, the chemo is not working anymore and they are looking at other options now.
  • Leslie has a prayer request: Please pray for a friend of mine. Her husband is goimg through a rough patch dealing with his PTSD.
  • Lastly, huge praise for my cousin Beth on the birth of her baby!  Congratulations Beth!

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

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Prayers for the Week – June 22, 2014

Prayers for safe travels.  Image ©travelingilove.com

Prayers for safe travels. Image ©travelingilove.com

Today’s Prayers for the week post is open ended — I’ve been away from home all week, and we are traveling home today, so I’m leaving it with you.  Do you have any prayer requests and praises?  I only have a couple, but they are big, so if you can pray for these I would greatly appreciate it.  Also, please add your prayer requests to ours — we will pray for you as you pray for us, and in doing so, God will look after all of His Children.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Starting us off, I’d like to lift up my niece Stephanie in prayer.  She has undergone serious surgery, and the recovery is slow, and the news out of her most recent appointment wasn’t as good as it could have been.  Please pray for her continued healing, for God’s Peace to descend upon her and all her family, for Strength to continue on, and for comfort from the discomfort of the procedures.  Also, please pray for her husband Shane and all of her family at this time.
  • Please pray for safe travels for us today on the roads of America.  We have a long ways to go, so pray for us.  It is greatly appreciated.
  • Please pray for all of the unknown prayer requests, those that we don’t know, or don’t know all the details of, that God would hear those anonymous prayers and keep them close to Him.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into Temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.