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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Disney Plans #3–Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

These past few Thursdays I have been sharing our plans for visiting Disney World. Two weeks ago I shared our Epcot plans and last week I shared our Magic Kingdom plans. Today I’ll be sharing our plans for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom! These two parks are smaller than the other two and therefore we are only visiting on one day each. Once again, I have gotten information from EasyWDW.

We visited Hollywood Studios the last time we were in Disney World (and we ran through it during the 1/2 Marathon!) but there are a few things I would like to see that we did not get to see last time. Here are our tentative plans!


1. Collect FASTPASSes for Toy Story Mania – Return time of 9:45am –10:45am.

2. Ride Toy Story Mania.

3. Meet Buzz and Woody – we did this last time immediately after riding Toy Story Mania and were first in line to meet them! They start at 9:15 AM.


4. Take pictures with Lightning McQueen and Mater.

5. Explore Magic of Animation Building while Dave rides Rock’n’Roller Coaster and / or Tower of Terror. Meet Sorcerer Mickey at 10 AM.

6. Ride Toy Story Mania with FASTPASS.

7. Disney Jr. Show – now with Sofia and Doc McStuffins!!

8. Little Mermaid Show.

9. Meet Jake (and Handy Manny if the kids want to) in the Animation Courtyard (starts at 10:30 AM).

10. Visit One Man’s Dream exhibit.

11. Watch Muppet Vision 3D.


12. Watch Beauty and the Beast stage show.

13. Great Movie Ride / Backlot Tour as time allows.

14. Characterpalooza - 4:30 pm at Echo Lake and 5:30 at Streets of America – San Francisco.

15. Fantasmic! at 9 PM.


I have only been to Animal Kingdom once before (aside from running through it at the 1/2 Marathon!) and it was when Gabbie was a baby and I was pregnant with Zachary. I feel like I missed a lot because I felt Animal Kingdom was basically a Disney zoo, yet I hear that many people consider it their favorite of the Disney parks. I hope this time I will be able to appreciate it more than last time! Here are our tentative Animal Kingdom plans.


1. Ride Kilimanjaro Safari.

2. Get FASTPASS for Kali River Rapids with return time of 10:20-11:20.

3. Walk Maharajah Jungle Trek while Dave rides Everest.

4. Walk Pangani Forest Trail?

5. Ride Kali River Rapids.

6. Check out Dinoland.


7. Finding Nemo Musical.

8. Walk past the Tree of Life.

9. Meet Pocahontas.

10. Festival of the Lion King.


11. Wildlife Express Train.

12. Try to see Divine.

13. Parade at 3:45.  Easiest outside of Yak & Yeti in Asia or Tamu Ramu Refreshments in Africa.


Did I forget anything important? Have you been to these parks recently?


Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I am so jealous..I must meet Buzz and woody before I die...mainly to thank them for many free hours I got as my older boys watched 1&2 over and over again when they were little :)

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

AK is hit or miss for me. I enjoy it but its not my favorite. finding Nemo is a must see for me though!

Natalie Hinkley said...

Wow, so much to see! You guys are going to have a blast! :)

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

my family just got back from disney in march. i hadn't been since i was 12, and now i'm 28 with two small boys. it was SO MUCH FUN. i couldn't get over how 'magical' it was....i know that sounds trite. we didn't do much planning and played it all by ear. we are already making plans to go back in september.