Formerly known as, Disney-MGM Studios, this is the third theme park built at Disneyworld in Florida in 1989. We were there on Thursday, January 22 and had a great time. Interestingly, the day we were there, I would say that at least 1/3 of the visitors were Brazilian. It was really fun to hear Portuguese all day long. I even struck up conversations with several people who couldn’t really understand why an American knew Portuguese. (The answer: 2 years on a Mormon mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the early 90s.)
Anyway, here are some highlights of our visit to the park, which was three weeks ago today. (Time flies!)
The Rock and Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith is a really fun indoor coaster which accelerates you from zero to 60 in just a couple of seconds at the beginning. There are loops, twists and turns as you zip along a track to the music of Aerosmith blasting in your ears. Definitely a lot of fun.
The Tower of Terror is the other “big” ride at Hollywood Studios. It’s a thrill ride that involves the sensation of an elevator free-falling inside the elevator shaft, mixed with some spooky Twilight Zone images, sounds and music. We actually persuaded four-year-old Lily to go on it since she met the height requirements. She was really pretty brave and said she liked it, but when we wanted to go again, she wouldn’t hear of it!
The best part about the park had to be the shows. We saw two stage shows based on “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” which were good, although Robin and I had seen them both when we went 11 years ago and not much had changed. The two stunt shows are really wonderful. The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular recreated several moments from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and had a lot of satisfying explosions, fight scenes and guys falling from roofs. This one was also there 11 years ago, but it was still fun to watch again.
Introduced in 2005, the “Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show” (sponsored by Brawny paper towels – how random?) was excellent. Stunt drivers manuvered their cars around a set and recreated some thrilling chase scenes with the good guy driving red car and the bad guys in black cars giving chase. We sat in a huge stadium to watch this show and it was a real highlight of the day.
The reason we went to this park on Thursday was to see “Fantasmic!” which is only performed twice a week in the winter. Consequently, the park was much busier throughout the day because people came on that day in order to see the show in the evening. It was so busy that they ended up filling the regular show and having to add a second show. It was quite cold, we were tired from a long day at the park and the line to get in was long and boring. But it was WELL worth it. It was the best show of the entire trip. The amazing set is surrounded by water in the 10,000 seat stadium and the show combines dazzling water and video effects, pyrotechnics and live action sequences involving boats, a massive snake and dragon. Our hero, Mickey Mouse, confronts some of Disney’s most sinister villains and some great battles ensue. Words cannot adequately describe it. We all still laugh when we think about a giant snake trying to eat Mickey and Lily yelled: “Run Mickey, run! No, not that way Mickey, the other way!”
All things considered, we had a great time at this theme park. Here are a couple more pics!