Following on from my most favourite rides at Magic Kingdom, we continue on to Hollywood Studios. Probably my joint-favourite park (with Animal Kingdom) and ranks way higher in the “oh my god I’m going to die on this ride that was awesome let’s do that again” stakes than any other park.
Best rides at Hollywood Studios
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Tower is hands-down my favourite ride. It is awesomely terrifying and hilarious in equal measure and the drops are so wild, it’s euphoric. Before you even get to the ride there is a brilliantly designed waiting area in the lobby of this abandoned hotel. It smells old, everything is weathered, cobwebs blow around in the breeze. It’s one of those rides where it really matters who’s around you in the queue as you’ll be riding with about 20 other people. Surrounded by hecklers in the pre-ride film section? Hang back and let them go ahead of you so you can see which queue they eventually end up choosing you so you can pick the other. A good crowd makes this great ride even better.
Studio Backlot Tour
Haters gonna hate. I love this. A lot of people really, really don’t. Catastrophe Canyon never fails to make me shriek, even though I know what’s coming. The Disneyland Paris version is even better with extended action scenes, but I’ll still make a beeline for Disney World’s – especially when there’s usually hardly anyone else waiting for it either…!
Ok not a ride at all, but this is one of my favourite attractions from my last trip that it’s become a must-do from now on. A Disney artist teaches you to draw a Disney character with line-by-line instruction in a class of around 30 students. In our first class we drew Winnie the Pooh, and all our drawings looked like Pooh Bear, each with their own take on the Bear. The idea that something I drew turning out “recognisable” is highly remarkable for me. I have never ever got to grips with drawing, I lose all sense of co-ordination between my brain and my hand and anything I try to draw comes out looking deformed. Our second visit saw us draw Elsa from Frozen. She did not turn out as well as Pooh Bear, she looked like a visitor from another planet, but it was still super fun and exciting to see things taking shape and starting from a blank page to a complete drawing in about 20 minutes.
Here is my Winnie the Pooh!
The shame. She resembles the Playstation alien girl ad more than beautiful Elsa. My husband’s turned out way nicer. Here’s his Pooh bear and Elsa:
Toy Story Midway Mania
Undoubtedly the most popular ride in all of Walt Disney World, and one that requires an early morning or buckets of patience to stand in line. Similar to the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom, the Toy Story Midway Mania also pits you against your ride-buddy to score points by pulling on your cap gun to hit the targets in a series of 3D games. You spin from screen to screen after each round, making your way around the game floor and racking up your points as you go. Hitting certain special targets causes jets of air to blast in your face as a rocket hurtles towards you and the button-mashing end-game is my speciality. If you like the Buzz ride, you’ll love love love this ride.
Some more rides that narrowly missed out being in my top 4 are the Star Tours simulator ride, which was recently improved to include new and additional adventures – we rode through 2 different adventures in our 3 rides – and I was the rebel spy twice! Rock n Roller Coaster – Aerosmith’s very own rollercoaster (yes!) – is a total blast and shoots you from 0-60mph from the get-go.
Also not to be overlooked at Hollywood Studious are the excellent shows including MuppetVision 3D; Motors, Cars, Action!; Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the pyrotechnic water fireworks show Fantasmic!
Where are we headed next? Why it’s Epcot!