I returned from Walt Disney World on Sunday and one of the highlights of the trip was my evening at Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios is undergoing a massive transformation with addition of Star Wars Land and the expansion Pixar Place. Even with this transformation, there are still enough attractions and events to keep people in the parks all day.
After an evening with friends, we were up and ready to go right at park open. The only parts of the park that we had attacked were Fantasyland, Toon Town, and parts of Tomorrowland. We headed straight to Fantasyland and, most importantly, we went straight to Peter Pan’s Flight. Even at park open, we had to wait about 30-40 minutes for the attraction, however, most of that time was spent dealing with a mechanical issue with the ride. The good news was even with this wait, there were not enough people in the park to create extended wait times on other attractions.
Welcome to day 3 of Dad For Disney’s Adventures in Disneyland. For those of you who have just found my adventures, you can catch up at the following links:
One of things that I enjoyed about this trip was being up and ready to go before the parks open….stinking jet lag. But this allowed us to get a head start on the crowds and get a lot of things done before they arrived. Day 3 was no different. Once we got our daughter up and moving, we headed into Disneyland Park for the roller coasters that we missed on our initial visit.
There was a lot of speculation has to where my family and I ate lunch during the afternoon. My daughter and I finished our ride on Space Mountain and met my wife at……….
Our family had one of the best, if not the best, counter service meals at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. My daughter had a giant plate of pasta (no sauce or butter) for her meal. My wife got the pot roast which again was a big portion of pot roast. For me, the menu came down to one item….the fried chicken.
The chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. There were three pieces (a breast, a thigh, and a leg). The mashed potatoes were great as well and there was just enough gravy to cover the potatoes but not spill out on the rest of the plate. We were too full from our entrees so we passed on dessert.
After a fun but long day 1, we got a good night’s rest. For those just joining the trip report, you can catch up on day 1 here and here. One of the nice things about being on east coast and staying on the west coast….making a 7 am breakfast reservation is not a daunting task especially when the restaurant is at the resort you are staying at.
On our first full day at Disneyland, our reservation was at Storytellers Cafe and because we were on “east coast time,” we had the first dining reservation slot at 7 am. As a result, we almost had a private dining experience at Storytellers Cafe. There were only about a four or five other families in the restaurant with us. This led to LOTS of time with the characters and multiple character visits.