Outside of our hotel were the bus lines. The bus system at Disney World is pretty organized. You can choose from all four theme parks and Disney Springs (Florida's Downtown Disney).
The trick is that you CANNOT GET TO A RESORT FROM A RESORT. You must first get to a theme park, and then all of the resorts have their own bus that goes to their resort. The longest we waited was on our last day when we waited about 25 minutes for a ride to a water park. Aside from that, we were usually on a bus within 10 minutes of getting in line. There was one snag that we hit tonight, which you will read about further on down.
Hollywood Studios, I think, is Disney's response to Universal Studios. It is not a copy of California Adventure in any way, and has a completely different feel.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is divided into five parts:
Hollywood Boulevard - this area feels like you are walking down a street in LA. It is reminiscent of Main Street in Disneyland, and as everyone has to walk down it to access the park, is the perfect introduction into another world.
Muppets Courtyard - which is not too big of an area, and mainly holds the Muppet theater.
Pixar Place - all things Pixar of course.
There are gigantic game pieces as decor, and the Green Guys are marching around the area.
Echo Lake - is an actual circular lake. Star Wars is in the area, and the storm troopers make their rounds every hour or so. The Indiana Jones experience is here too.
Sunset Boulevard is at the top end of the park, and holds the thrill rides.
Animation Courtyard - this area focuses on animation movies. This area has more shows and exhibits than rides.
We had mapped out our attractions before we came, and went on the two big ones first: Aerosmith Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.
Rock and Roller Coaster was a very cool coaster ride, that shot us all off like a bullet, going 0 to 57 mph in 2.8 seconds.
As with all of the attractions at Disney, the line you wait in had a story. Which featured Aerosmith, of course. And in the line, pressed into the concrete, we found a hidden Mickey.
Next up was the Tower of Terror. We had ridden this one in Disneyland, so we thought there were no surprises. Well, let me just say that there is one big difference in the middle of the ride, which made it thrilling all over again for us Californians. This ride still goes down as one of our favorites.
We headed over towards the Great Movie Train Ride, and on the way saw this:
The Great Movie Ride goes through some of the most well known, classic movies.
You are on a train, that goes through the sets of the movies. It was interactive too; our guide got shot halfway through by a mobster, who took over our car, but then we met up with our original guide again in the end.
And of course, the witch was melting.
Next up was Star Tours. The story line was a different one then we had seen in Disneyland.
Here is My Sweetie in line. You can see he was wearing the appropriate attire.
We walked around a bit and explored the park.
Muppets Vision was just like it was at Disneyland. I appreciated the air conditioned room and the nice, plushy seat.
We headed to the Star Wars Launch Bay.
There is some really cool stuff in here. Starting with the walk in.....
We saw lots of replicas, memorabilia, and watched a short informational film.
And how appropriate that these guys were walking by when we came out.
We had reservations at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant for lunch.
This place was really cool inside. It felt like you were outdoors, at a drive-in movie theater. And to eat you sat in cars. There were tables around the edges, but those were for guests who just walked up and did not make reservations.
This place had the best milkshakes.
While we were eating, on the big screen were clips from horror movies from the 50's and 60's. When we first read about this restaurant I was a little concerned because our family is not big horror movie fans, but the ones they showed were so over the top silly that we were totally giggling watching the clips.
My dish: a very delicious bowl of pasta with shrimp, sun dried tomatoes, capers, and Parmesan.
The girls behind me got this yummy looking steak.
And this was Dasher's dessert - a piece of chocolatey goodness with some whipped cream.
After lunch we did a couple of Fastpasses to Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster. We found that the best thing to do at each park was to get onto our favorite two or three rides first thing in the morning, and then have our fast passes to use in the afternoon when the lines were longer.
This is where you get blasted to 57 miles per hour, in a very short amount of time.
My ride buddy.
We also saw busts of some famous Hollywood characters.
We had to get a photo with Andy.
We wanted to catch the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular so we all chose snacks from our meal plan and got in line.
We did not use our Fastpass for this attraction so we sat on the side, but I did feel that we could see the whole show just fine.
The show was really neat, and used participants from the audience.
You are watching the 'filming' of Raider's of the Lost Ark, and seeing it from the director and cameraman's perspective.
The stunts are great, along with some twists and surprises.
Dinner was at the ABC Commissary.
This was our first disappointment. This was a counter service so they had the normal burgers, fries, and chicken sandwiches.
The burgers were so-so, and my salad was soggy.
This was the coolest part of our meal: The Darth Vader cupcake, which counted as a dessert credit.
It was getting later, and since Hollywood Studios closed that night at 9pm, we only had about an hour and a half left.
We headed to Toy Story Mania, thinking there would be a long line.
If you can believe it the wait was only 5 minutes, so we rode it three times in a row.
It was getting darker now. I love seeing the parks at night.
One last time on Rock N Roller Coaster.
We stopped in a few stores and came out of the park at about 9:30.
On the way out, my two Star Wars nuts.
Right after I shot this photo, we turned the corner to the bus line.
Each resort has their own line, and the one for Art of Animation was by far the longest, and was VERY long. As in, it passed three other resort lines and wound all around.
We decided to have Mr. Lego run to the other side of the bus lines, to see if the lines to the parks were long. He texted us that they were short, so we headed over that way, looking at the Disney app on our phones to see which park would be the best.
Once we got over there, Magic Kingdom's line was very short, and the bus was already there so we hopped on it. After a 15 minute ride we ended up at Magic Kingdom, which was a zoo. So we walked about 15 minutes to the Contemporary Resort, and got onto a no-waiting bus for Disney Springs. Another 15 minute ride and we were at Disney Springs, and in a fairly short line to Art of Animation (Are you following this? Because as I am writing this, I am thinking that we were a bit crazy.)
Finally we got back to our resort......at 11pm.
Did we save time? I'll never know.
But I do know, I think I would have rather been on the move the whole time, instead of standing in line, with hundreds of other tired people and their crying babies and whining kids.
And that, friends, was our day at Hollywood Studios, and our only snag of the trip with Disney transportation.