Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 28, 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Hello, friends! This week I dedicated myself to falling in love with Disney’s Hollywood Studios again. Well, it didn’t really start out that way. I popped in to do a little shopping but ended up spending the day appreciating the chill atmosphere. I was surprised how much we enjoyed ourselves, so I wanted to take you along to see how much fun a day can be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

So what was I out hunting to buy? Well, I heard there was a new Hollywood Studios mug for sale at Starbucks featuring the aliens from Toy Story! Since the ride doesn’t open until next summer this seemed too good to be true, but there they were on the shelf. I snapped one up and decided to shop a little before heading out.

Want to see what else I found? Join me for the rest of my day! Click to read more.

So here they are, the elusive rose gold ears. I normally wouldn’t report on a pair of ears, but they have somehow become the hottest thing ever. I never find these headbands to be very comfortable so I passed on a pair. We must have seen 100 girls wearing these through the park. What do you think? Are you really excited about these? Or do you think they are basic?

I also found the new Her Universe line for sale in the park! I realized after the fact that I spent my first hour shopping. It was so nice to browse without the shops being mobbed. Much like everyone else, I’ve been teasing the Hollywood Studies isn’t even a half day park. I found myself eating those words as half the fun was being in a Disney park that wasn’t wall-to-wall people.

We strolled over to the Walt Disney Presents, but were underwhelmed with the changes. There were new models for Toy Story Land and a small portion of Star Wars Land, but for the most part things remained unchanged. At least the new sign is nice. 🙂

The real reason we were heading that way was to cash in the FastPass+ we had for Toy Story Midway Mania. Am I the only one that is just terrible at this game? I never win anything “better” than the beaver prize. Show some love in the comments if you can’t get a decent score either! Who are these people that max out the score??

Back to gift shops we found a lot of new Toy Story merchandise. Of course, we’re big fans of the movie so we’re excited to see the characters featured more prominently. If the new alien ride is like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in Disneyland it will be one of our favorites. Which new ride are you most excited about?

Echo Lake is still drained while it undergoes refurbishment. All the trees have been removed from the center island and I’m hearing that is where the Christmas tree will go up this year. I hope it’s true! I think the tree would look fabulous here.

While I don’t ride the Tower of Terror, I noted that the wait was only 10 minutes despite visiting over the weekend. We might have spent a lot of time doddeling through shops, but the crowds were light enough to keep wait times short for all the rides. Even though it was the heat of the day, it was barely 85 degrees out. Decent fall weather seems to have finally arrived.

By the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater we noticed tall, green draping up around the projectors that will soon put an evening show onto the Tower of Terror.  I can’t wait to see more offerings coming to the park, but I’m enjoying the quiet time before it becomes all Star Wars, all the time.

Speaking of Star Wars, just about every hour Captain Phasma would march by with her troops. You can score this awesome view if you grab a spot where Hollywood Blvd meets Sunset Blvd. This is where she stops and addresses the crowd before continuing on. We only arrived just a couple minutes early for a front row view, but once the music starts a crowd forms quickly.

Inspired by seeing Captain Phasma (and the desire for a little bit of air conditioning) we headed for the Star Wars Launch Bay. We passed more Storm Troopers on the way and since we were the only ones around they put on quite a show. It’s crazy to think how much of this there will be in just a couple of years.

Since we were actually in the park at a time when PizzeRizzo was open, my hubby insisted we go. We’re both huge fans of The Muppets, but my love ends where theme park pizza begins. We tried ordering our meal in the app and had trouble submitting the order. We gave up and just got in line. We found out later that there was a problem with the Disney Parks App when we were trying to order.

So, I passed on this meal. I stole the apple slices and let my hubby have all the pizza to himself. He genuinely loved every bite. I could have worked harder to make this look appetizing, but I don’t want to oversell it. They had a decent looking salad that I’ll try the next time we visit. I’m sure it won’t take long for us to get back. Even though I wasn’t feeling the food I loved the atmosphere.

We chose to sit upstairs in the banquet hall / party room. The entire room was decked out like the below photo while cheesy party music synced with LED lights hidden along the walls. To make things better there was a cast member that kept making magical moments for birthdays and other cute things for kids.

Upstairs at PizzeRizzo there are also quiet, clean, hidden bathrooms. If you aren’t excited by that, it’s worth a trip for the view. The Miss Piggy fountain is covered again, leaving hope that it might be getting repaired under there. In the distance you can also peek into the New Grand Avenue area opening soon. We decided to see what the wait time was for Muppet Vision 3D and walked right in!

Walking along the construction walls I saw signs and lights just over the top. This section looks so close to done. I can’t wait to take you along with me when they finally take down the walls so we can get a look inside.

Since we’d done a lot of shopping, walking, and eating we looked for something else to do. It had been years since I went to see Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage so we got in line to see if we could make it in without a FastPass+. Not only did we make it in, but we managed to get great seats after waiting less than 5 minutes!

The show was great, and I was more impressed that I expected by the actors. It’s hard to believe that a version of this show has been put on daily for over 25 years! The crowd loved it. I think we’d see it more often if the seating was indoors.

You’ll be shocked, but afterwards we shopped a little more. 😉 I remember the Lumiere ornament from previous years, but I don’t recall seeing Cogsworth. They were flying off the shelf so Beauty and the Beast continues to be wildly popular.

As we walked back down Hollywood Blvd we noticed Star Wars balloons were slowly becoming the majority of those sold. It’s a taste of much more to come!

The last thing we saw before leaving was Daisy and Donald greeting at the Curio shop. I love seeing characters just inside the gates of this park. While there are some growing pains these days, we still had a great time visiting and plan to spend more time in the coming months. I think you should too. 🙂

That’s it for this time. Thanks for joining me for another week of fun! Please let me know if you have requests for next time around. Until then – I hope you’re having the best week ever. 

Daisy Lauren

I'm just about the biggest Touring Plans fan ever and still pinching myself that they let me be part of the team! I love sharing all things Disney with you and always appreciate your ideas and feedback at: daisylauren@touringplans.com or @dizdaisylauren on twitter Above everything else THANK YOU for reading and commenting!

16 thoughts on “Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 28, 2017: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Aaaiieeee I love that Starbucks/HS mug! I have one for each of the parks and would love to add the new version to my collection – hope it’s still available in March when I’m there.

    Thank you for another lovely report.

    • September 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Dawn! Reach out to me on social media if it looks like these mugs are going away. I’ll hunt one down for you. 😉

      Thanks for reading. Always so nice to hear from you!

  • September 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Great recap, Daisy. I can appreciate your lack of enthusiasm for the park…while our family usually plans on spending multiple days (and nights) in Hollywood Studios, I can see how it’s not for everyone. I’m kind of the same way with Epcot. We’re planning 6 days at WDW in January, and only planning to spend about three hours at Epcot. To each their own 🙂

    Can’t wait to see your first look at Grand Avenue!

    • September 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Hi James – thanks for your nice comment. 🙂 I remember when I was a kid and DHS (well MGM) first opened we’d all cry when our parents would make us go. Maybe that’s why it isn’t my fave. My hubby loves it though. I’m sure with Star Wars and Toy Story Land we’ll be spending lots more time there. Can’t wait to get into Grand Ave. I heard CMs are doing previews soon so it shouldn’t be long! 😀

  • September 28, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I love reading your Best Week Ever… Daisy! They always make me wish that I could be at WDW. You’ve already got me happily anticipating things to do at Hollywood Studios for our trip in August 2018!

    • September 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Paula! I’m so glad you enjoyed and thank you for your nice comment. Sometimes I think only my Mom is out there reading! 😉 August means Toy Story Land will be open. I can’t wait! Please don’t hesitate to let me know anything you’d like to see in future BWE. I’m here to please. 🙂

  • September 28, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my goodness I love the alien mug – I must find a way to get one! So cute! I agree about the Rose Gold Ears. If you are a chocolate and peanut butter fan you must get the Butterfinger cupcake – it is a must have snack when I go. Anxiously awaiting January 2018…

    • September 29, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Hi Holly!! I agree – I’m really trying to not add to my enormous collection but I had to have that mug. And there’s a new Magic Kingdom and Disneyland. I might as well give up on downsizing! LOL. I’ve heard that about the Butterfinger cupcake and that is actually why I haven’t tried it. I’m not a peanut butter girl. It does look good, though. Maybe one of these days. Only a few more months – let me know if you have any requests for my next BWE. I’m here for you guys! 😀

  • September 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I can still beat my 5 year old at toy story mania, but not the older kids 🙂

    • September 29, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Hi Felicia! I can’t beat anybody, LOL! (My fault for not having kids? ;)) I just want to ride with one of those high scores and see what I’m missing. There have to be Easter eggs that I’m missing. Thanks for sharing my pain. 🙂

  • September 28, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    I have to comment on the storm troppers. We were extremely annoyed at how often they were marching through the park. We would always have to wait for them to pass before carrying on to our next attraction. And since we were using a touring plan and criss crossing the park a lot it did cause some disruptions. Also, it seemed like they had stage shows on the hour plus the fireworks (we watched Fantasmic instead). I know a lot of people are pumped about all the Star Wars stuff but we are not big fans (it is just okay, Star Tours is fun) and felt like they were totally overdoing it. Also all the music throughout the park all day was Star Wars music. Are they just going to rename this Star Wars Park already? Sorry for the rant. We just think there is still a lot in HS besides Star Wars yet that is what they are shoving down everyone’s throats. Hopefully all that stuff will move to Star Wars land when it finally opens in a couple of years. Love your posts as always Daisy ☺

    • September 29, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Hi Steve – I honestly agree with you. When the music would start every hour I’d roll my eyes but my hubby would light up. I do hope they keep something else from what the park was and it doesn’t become all Star Wars and popular brands. I like Star Wars, but it’s very much second to my Disney characters. It will be interesting to see how it all comes together in a year or two. Thanks for commenting and let me know if there is anything you’d like to see next time around. 🙂

  • September 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I join you in the race to the bottom in the shooting games – Toy Story Mania, Buzz Lightyear. I’m terrible at all of them.

    • September 29, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I can max out Buzz – but I know where to find the Easter Eggs. Most of the time I’d rather just take photos anyway. Makes me feel better that I’m not alone. 🙂

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