Plus, we hadn't been back to Hollywood Studios for over a year.
So, I read up on all the different Frozen extras, made a list of all the new things we could try (that I forgot at home), and off we went.
We opted for heading over to Disney around midday so that Aria could get a nap in on the drive and hopefully we'd make it until the fireworks that night.
First we stopped at Disney Springs for lunch. And, in the spirit of trying new things we went to Cooke's of Dublin. Kind of like the quick service Raglan Road. Aria and I shared a basket of fish and chips along with a raspberry lemon parfait. Both delicious.
Then we arrived at Hollywood Studios and made our way over to the Disney Jr section, which is another new thing for us. Last time Aria hadn't been into watching any of the shows so we didn't see a point. This time though Aria knew exactly who we were going to meet. Doc took a 3 minute break while we were in line and she kept asking 'where did Doc go?'. She got to meet both Doc and Jake. She went right up to them all by herself (we weren't sure if she would be brave enough), but she was pretty quiet about the whole thing. However, she was all smiles as she walked away.
As we were leaving it started to rain and it only rained more as the day continued, so the rest of the visit was only captured on video.
Something else new we'd never tried was the seasonal milkshake you can get from Min & Bill's Dockside Diner. I was under the impression that the current one was a churro milkshake, which sounds amazing, but what I got was a blue milkshake with enough whipped cream to swim in. I'm not sure what it was supposed to be but it tasted like vanilla to me. It was good, but I was really looking forward to that churro milkshake...
Next we had a fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania, which Chris and I had done before but Aria had not. So half of a check? I accidentally pulled the lap bar down on myself and Aria a wee bit too tightly and could hardly breath, but apart from that it's such a fun arcade type ride. I aimed and Aria pulled the trigger, and at the end she wanted to go again! But, I think the line was somewhere around 2 hours so that wasn't happening.
I had wanted to let Aria run around the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play set, but it was closed from the rain. So instead we ate the food I packed us and sat inside away from the rain until our Frozen Sing-Along Celebration fastpass. What I didn't notice was that it started to pour while we were eating and we were drenched by the time we ran to the sing-along theater. Fortunately the line is under cover. Unfortunately Aria picked that as the perfect time to take a poo. Sorry kid there was no getting out of line at that point.
The sing-along is almost all of the songs from the movie with 'historians', Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff. It was fabulous. Aria was mesmerized the whole time, and when it snowed at the end she thought it was the bee's knees. Totally worth the soaking.
Sadly it was still pouring after the show so we decided to cut our losses and made a run back to the car - where Aria got changed into nice dry pajamas for the snooze home while Chris and I drove home in wet underwear for 2 hours. Just as delightful as it sounds.
Not our most successful Disney trip. We missed out on the outside stage shows because they were canceled due to the rain. We missed the Frozen welcome parade because we opted to arrive later in the day to see the fireworks, which were probably canceled because of the rain as well. And, I'm still pining for that churro milkshake.
But, the magic of Aria meeting some of her favorite Disney Jr characters and getting to see the Frozen Sing-Along made the rest inconsequential.
Am I ready to go back to Hollywood Studios anytime soon? No. But, I am excited for the new areas that were just announced - Toy Story land and Star Wars land.
Fingers crossed our next trip is much less wet.
And, as usual here is our video from the trip!
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Have a magical weekend!
Have a magical weekend!