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Disney Day Two – Hollywood Studios

Another day down! Hollywood Studios is a curious park, especially considering that many parts of the park are closed to make way for Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. It feels like a bunch of different thoughts and ideas smushed together. I’ll admit, I found it to have a bit of an identity crisis. That being said, as the day progressed, we found a lot of Magic. We just had to slow down and find it.

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Upon our arrival, we headed straight for Toy Story Midway Mania which did not disappoint. I played against Mom and Carl and won but only by a margin. Mom was laughing her head off next to me which made it a great way to start the day.

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The day continued and since we were there so early, we quickly found that we had a lot more time to accomplish things. We headed to the Star Wars launch bay where we met Kylo Ren who was delightfully evil. So much so that I couldn’t stop laughing at him. This made things weird and the chance that my life would be taken, very high. We barely escaped! It was also a lot of fun to look at all the Star Wars props. As I said in my Day One post, I’ll be adding more on all these things later but I’ve included a couple of my favorites below.

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We hit up a couple of rides and shows and found our way to Pluto who was absolutely adorable and led to some fantastic photos. As a side note, I can’t handle the way the animals sign by putting the book right on their nose. It’s sooooo cute!!! I die every time.

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We decided this was our best shot at meeting Mickey and he was amazing. Look, at the end of the day, this is a person in a costume but even so, there is a feeling when you are in a room with Mickey. It feels as if you are in a scared place. You feel as though this is the moment you’ve been waiting for all your life. It’s pretty special to say the least.

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I ducked inside the theater to grab some Zootopia ears when I was surprised by a Walt Disney museum of sorts.  If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that Disney history is my thing. We walked through and then checked out the Zootopia preview which showed a lot of footage not available to the public yet. Based on this fifteen minutes of footage, I can already say this movie will be amazing.

We then got in luck and managed to just catch Mike and Sully, especially fortunate as I was wearing my Monsters Inc. shirt!

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We met some friends at the Brown Derby and had a great dinner complete with hors d’ouvres and Birthday champagne.

Before dinner we put in our order for our custom ears. I ran back to grab them afterwards and we gave them a try.  Note: We did not leave out Carl. He has a pair back home.

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We watched the Star Wars fireworks show which was superb and Carl was almost moved to tears. It really captures the magic of Disney in that uniquely Disney way. A totally amazing show and can I just say that no one, NO ONE, does fireworks like Disney.

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We ended the night with the amazing Fantasmic which sees Mickey fighting off baddies in a spectacular show.  The effects were great and it was, as so much at Disney is, unlike anything else.

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We’re just getting home and I’m exhausted  I’ll try to post a quick update tomorrow but we will be taking the day off.  We’re so pumped for the next two parks, I can only imagine what magic awaits. And by the way, thank you to everyone wishing us a great trip. You are all so amazing and part of the Disney magic that keeps me going is you!

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