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!

Haunted

Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion

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The Haunted Mansion is one of Mike’s Favorites!

Mike’s Favorites: The Haunted Mansion

By Mike Ellis.

Over at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square land is an attraction that everyone knows about, but is one that in geography is kind of isolated away from the rest of the park.  That attraction is the Haunted Mansion, and it is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.

This opening day attraction premiered on October 1, 1971; it was an E-Ticket attraction then, and continues to be one to this day, even though the attraction ticket structure has changed over the years.  The slow moving ride buggy, also known as the Doom Buggy, is a continuous move system, but like any such system, it does have occasion where it needs to be stopped, usually to accommodate Guests that need assistance getting on or off of the attraction.

Most of you know the backstory — the Haunted Mansion is home to 999 Happy Haunts, but there is always room for one more!  Will that be you? Only time will tell!  Since this attraction takes place in Liberty Square, the features of the building are such that they are more appropriate to a northeastern style building; by contrast, the original version at Disneyland is located in New Orleans Square, and the building is fantastically themed to look like a house you would find in New Orleans.  Another difference between the two attractions is that at Disneyland, when you are in the “Stretching Room”, the room actually descends in elevation so as to be able to accommodate the Disneyland Railroad tracks; however, at the Magic Kingdom version, you stay on the same level, and actually, it is the ceiling that is raised to give the illusion of the stretching of the room.

To wrap up our look at the Haunted Mansion, I’ve got a special treat to share with you; blueprints from the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom.  I came across these on the Internet some time back, so if it interests you, please have a look.  I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you have enjoyed this look at one of Mike’s Favorites, The Haunted Mansion!  Tell me, is this a favorite of yours also?  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!

Counting Down to #Disneyland60 – World of Color!

#Disneyland60

Image ©Disneyland

We’re counting down the days here at My Dreams of Disney to #Disneyland60 — the actual day of the 60th Birthday of Disneyland!  There is a lot of excitement in the air, and over the next few days, I’m sharing with you one specific thing that I’m looking forward to on Friday, July 17, 2015!

World of Color – Celebrate new for #Disneyland60!

In honor of the Diamond Anniversary, Disney unveiled a new World of Color, titled Celebrate!  I’ve been deliberately avoiding watching it on YouTube, but if you want to do so, click on the link to head over and watch.  Normally I would embed it in the post, but I don’t want anyone to watch it there by mistake and be disappointed when they were looking forward to seeing it in person.  In order to make sure that we can get a great view of the show, we have made a World of Color dining reservation at the Carthay Circle restaurant.  We’ll be eating there on Thursday evening, and then have a preferred viewing location for the World of Color show later that night.

I’ve been witness to one World of Color show, when we visited two years ago and stayed at the Grand Californian Hotel, but that was an incredible show, capturing all of my imagination and touching me using water, fire, music, and video in ways I never experienced before.  While I know that this is an entirely different show, I bet I will like it very much — despite the reviews I’m hearing that some people didn’t find it that good.

Thanks for stopping by today — we’re going to share another thing that I’m looking forward to tomorrow, so stay tuned!

The top five things I’m excited about for Disneyland!

The Disneyland Resort invites you to enjoy all it has to share!

The Disneyland Resort invites you to enjoy all it has to share!

{Editor’s Note: Sophie joins us today to talk about the things that she is most excited about for our upcoming trip to California!}

Sophie: Hi Guys! Long time no see! Well, today I’ve got a guest with me! World of Disney, meet Mr. Reporter.

Reporter: you can call me “Image” Sophie. (It’s short for “Imaginary”)

Sophie: Ok then, “‘Image’ Reporter” every body! On with the interview!

Image: What are your top five hopes about California?

Sophie: I made a bucket list:

  1. Seeing one of my two best friends, Jagan, in person again!
  2. Seeing World of Color and trying to convince my mom to let us stand in the “Wet Zone.”
  3. Going back to DODGER STADIUM!!!!!
  4. Two words: Thrift. Shopping.
  5. Going to the San Diego Zoo!

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Image: Now, I notice that only one of your top five has something to do with Disney. Why is that?

Sophie: Unlike Walt Disney World, Disneyland is small. In my opinion, you could get through every thing the parks have to offer in a day. And you’ll find, that the distance between Disneyland and the California Adventure is a mere 100 yards. So, my family decided that we would see more of California. The most un-Disney that we got during the first trip was a trip to Beverly Hills; to see the address of Walt. This time, we’re going more towards the California side of California. Does that make sense?

Image: a little. But, more LA and less Disney?

Sophie: Yes. There’s not a problem with that. Is there?

Image: No. But, do you think we can zero in on Disney?

Sophie: Yes. I figured you’d ask that of me, so I made another bucket list:

  1. World of Color [standing in the ‘wet zone’ (good luck trying to convince Mommy to do that)]
  2. Splash mountain [front row (of course)]
  3. Mickey’s Fun Wheel [shaky carts (Minnie is preferred)]
  4. Soarin’ over California [front row (best view)]
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean [front row (that’s the wettest)]

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Image: Nice choices.

Sophie: thank you, Image.

Image: Well, that wraps up the interview thank you for your time, Ms. Sophie. Tooddles!

Well! That was nice. OH! I almost forgot! The Trivia! Today’s question is:

Q: Which Famous character made an appearance in Frozen as a stuffed animal?

  1. Winnie the Pooh
  2. Mickey Mouse
  3. Tinker Bell
  4. Potato Head

The answer:

  1. Mickey Mouse

It’s okay if you got it wrong. That was an Easter egg question. You have to look very closely through out the film. But here is a clue.

easter egg

How people see that, I have no idea.

But I hope you enjoyed my little interview with myself — I mean Mr. Image Reporter — and bye!!!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Under the Sea

Under The Sea

As we continue our Magic Kingdom Attraction Series, we turn our attention to the Fantasyland attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.  This is another attraction that was developed as part of the Fantasyland Expansion.  The attraction is identical to the attraction of the same name over at Disney’s California Adventure, except for the huge difference in the queue, and that gives the Magic Kingdom version the nod over the California Adventure version in my opinion.  Here are the details for this fun attraction:

Attraction Name: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Attraction TypeSlow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: No

For those that like the Finding Nemo pavilion over at Epcot, you’ll see a big similarity between the two types of ride vehicles for the attraction, as you will board a Clamshell for your journey into the world of Ariel, Prince Eric, and all the rest of the classic Disney movie.  After the attraction, you’ll be able to stop by and visit with Ariel herself for pictures and autographs!

This is a fun attraction, and I think your whole family will enjoy it, but especially any Princesses in your family that love Ariel!