Wednesday April 27th 2022
It is Thursday morning as I’m writing this entry. Wednesday was a long day and I reached the theme park exposure wall at about 10PM in the evening. Overall it was a fun day.
Once again I gave up on the early entry to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I just can’t get motivated early enough. It was about ten in the morning when I entered the theme park. The crowds were heavy from the start, but I was met with a character sighting. Daisy and Donald Duck were greeting visitors.
Hollywood Studios has always been my least favorite park. I had high hopes that all of the changes since my last visit would increase its standing, but it didn’t climb the ladder of enjoyment. The new Star Wars themed land and the Mickey and Minnie’s Run Away Railway ride are all new since my last visit. The Star Wars land is a very well done immersive experience. I’d like to try the Rise of Resistance Ride, but it has incredibly long wait times. Sometimes they are over three hours. While I was there it was down for technical difficulties. The other ride is a motion simulator which I tend to avoid.
Broken rides were a theme at Hollywood Studios during the day. At one time there were four rides down. The impact was even longer lines at the open rides. I waited an hour to see Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Rail Road. It was well worth the wait. It was the only ride I road at Hollywood Studio’s to go along with three shows. I was back at my RV Home in Fort Wilderness by 2PM.
In the evening I took the boat to Magic Kingdom. My goal was to see the Enchantment nighttime spectacular from inside the park. It is combination of projections on the castle and fireworks. While I waited for the 9PM show, I got a head start on riding some of the rides planned for Thursday’s Magic Kingdom visit. I road Buzz Lightyear and People Mover in Tomorrow land then ducked into the Voyage of the Little Mermaid while a quick rain shower passed through the area. I squeezed in one more ride in before the fireworks. For the first time that I can remember I road Winnie the Pooh. The last time I was in that building the ride was Mr Toads Wild Ride.
The wait for the Fireworks show began a half an hour before the show. It was necessary to stand in one place surrounded by thousands of other people and patiently wait. The show was very good. I still prefer watching the actual fireworks from outside the park, but you get so much more watching from inside the park surrounded by thousands of unknown people.