Disney After Hours: Hollywood Studios

December 13, 2018

Hawt Dog! I'm back with another Disney After Hours post for ya! This time we are blasting over to my absolute favorite park, Hollywood Studios! Hollywood Studios has been my favorite park since the day I moved to Florida because it always makes me feel as though I stepped right onto a movie set from 50 years ago. And now with the new edition of Toy Story Land, there's even more life and color to the park, not to mention the fun new rides! Before I get into details about this event, I would like to thank Disney for inviting me to come! Now, here we go!

Firstly let me just refresh some of the basic details from the Disney After Hours Event in case you missed it on my last post: The After Hours events happen at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. The tickets are $125 if you purchase ahead of time, or $129 if you purchase them day of the event. Passholders and DVC members can get discounted tickets for $95. The event takes place from 8:30-11:30 PM and they have a list of available dates on their website.

Alright so obviously one of the BIGGEST perks of these events are the free treats and beverages! You can pick up free Mickey Bars, ice cream, and soda or water all throughout the night. Since I got a Mickey Bar at the last event, my sister Charity (who attended the event with me) and I decided to get something we actually have never tried before: a strawberry ice cream bar. Now normally I would always go for the chocolate item, but since these were free and UNLIMITED, we decided to get an option we wouldn't normally order. While the bar was good, I think Mickey Bars are still the most magical ice cream in all the land. But hey, if you go to an After Hours Event and are interested in getting one, definitely give it a go. I mean they are free after all! (Only time I will ever get to say that)

Another unexpected perk of the event was that there were still characters out for meet & greets! Honestly I had no idea this was even an option until we arrived. You can meet red carpet Minnie and Sorcerer Mickey over by Star Tours, or you can meet Jesse, Woody, and Buzz over in Toy Story Land. Honestly, these were some of the best meet & greet experiences I have ever had! Firstly, there was absolutely zero line to meet Mickey and Minnie (which let's be honest y'all, NEVER happens) and only a few short minute wait to meet the Toy Story gang. Due to the extremely low crowds, the characters were able to spend more individualized time with each guest and make ever encounter extra special! Minnie did a red carpet cat walk for me, Mickey stole my (Mickey printed) bag and pretended to run away with it, and Buzz and I talked about fashion and took a selfie together! If you are someone who enjoys meeting characters, but hate waiting in lines or feeling rushed, this is the perfect time to do it!

The key perk to the After Hours events though are the little to no wait times for rides. And if you are a rider lover, Hollywood Studios is definitely the park to go to! All of the thrill rides were open: Tower of Terror, Rockin' Rollercoaster, Star Tours, Alien Saucer Spinners, Toy Story Mania, and even Slinky Dog Dash! My sister and I walked directly onto every single ride except for Slinky, where we only waited about 8 minutes! No more stressing about trying to find a Fastpass! And if you can believe it, Charity and I were able to go on every single ride twice (except for Tower, which we only went on once because my sister is extremely scared of it) in only three hours! That right there is worth it!

All in all, it was an extremely wonderful night filled with lots of laughs and lots of screams. Thank you so much to Disney for inviting me! And also thank you all so much for taking the time to read this! If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way!

Sunny thoughts,

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