Although I there are so many things to do in any one of the theme parks in a day, everyone always flocks to the big ticket items first and formost. I don’t blame them, they are usually the most promising attractions in the parks for a reason! But there are also a lot of smaller or lesser attractions that don’t get any fame or glory at all.
So this is for the underdogs. I’m writing this series on things that I think are more likely overlooked. So I’m going to highlight a few things and maybe next time you have downtime between attractions you can check out some of these other places as well.
This week we’re going to look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
When naming off attractions in this park you can usually count the biggest ones using one hand..
- Tower of Terror
- Aerosmith Rock N Rollercoaster
- Star Tours
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Lights, Motor, Action
Those more times than less have a large wait time. (Unless you go to the park during slow season, where no line is larger than 15 minutes)
So let’s go to those attractions that I feel aren’t seeked out as much:
One Man’s Dream
It’s not a crazy roller coaster, or an awesome 3-D show. But it’s the story about a guy, a rather famous one at that. His name is Walt Disney. Sound familiar?
It essentially is a walk-through of Walt Disney’s history. Not only with the parks, but with animation as well. There are tons of models, and pictures, and actual pieces from Disney history.
Can you guess what this is a model of?
I personally think it’s really great that there is so much history behind Walt Disney World as a whole, I think that’s what sets it apart from a lot of the other theme parks. I’m a big Disney fan, so I love just exploring through the exhibit.
Recreation of the studio filming for the Florida Project
At the end there is a movie about Walt Disney. I think it’s a well put together film, even though some of the things mentioned in the film you’ve probably heard before if you are, again, huge on Disney history. If you don’t want to watch the film and just see the exhibit, you can just walk through the theater and out the side doors.
All in all I think it’s a great exhibit if you have some downtime during the big rides. It’s also a great way to get out of the heat or beat the rain, since Florida weather can be cruel sometimes!
Outside of the building
While it IS getting a little more popular in there recently due to the fact that it is now the meet and greet area for Mickey Mouse, I’m still going to cover it.I stumbled on that particular fact a while ago. The official place that you could meet Mickey was an empty soundstage a little walk after the Toy Story Midway, which was closed a while ago.
So the way my story goes, it was raining, My boyfriend and I were with my Godson and of course wanted out of the rain. We had just got out of the Playhouse Disney (now Disney Junior) show and ventured over there since it was close by and BAM! we are face to face with the one and only Mickey Mouse! (which, of course, is a HUGE deal when you are 2 years old! Haha)
Not only was Mickey there, there was a slew of other characters as well! The Incredibles, Little Einstein’s, and Handy Manny, just to name a couple. So of course this was the holy grail of character meet and greet spots.
Meeting Handy Manny!
Other than the fact that you can fill up your autograph books in one spot, it also has some great exhibits as well. On display now is some of the work that was done for the Winnie the Pooh movie that just released. There are even animators working in some booths that you can see through a glass. Some of Disney’s animated films have actually been done here at the studios. If I’m not mistaken one of the cast members told us Mulan was one of them.
Inside there are also a variety of interactive screens with activities having to do with animation. And the Animation Academy, in which an animator teaches you to draw a Disney character. (It’s not always the same I believe, they change throughout the day.)
On the way out there is a shop with lots of collectibles and even drawings of your favorite characters available for purchase.
So whether you want to get out of Florida weather (I know it seems like a recurring theme, but sometimes it’s just necessity), want to meet some of your Disney friends, or are an animation junkie, I believe the Animation Building has something for everyone!
Honey I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure
While the main group this playground is aimed towards may not have even HEARD of the series that it’s designed after, I believe this is a great for kids and adults alike.
Film slide (literally)
While it is a recreation of the world that was done in the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids, it also doubles as a playground. So if you have little ones, this is a great way to let them work off some of that excess energy that they mysteriously gain. If you don’t it’s a great place to explore and take lots of interesting pictures, especially if you are a fan of the film.
That about wraps it up for Hollywood Studios. Hope that next time you are in the park you get a chance to check these attractions out!