I always thought it was a little cliché to go to Disney for a honeymoon or anniversary. But, when we figured out we were going to be in Florida for the big number 8, I secretly hoped that Evan would plan a little trip to Disney.
It’s been 10 years since I was last at Disney, and Evan and I have never been together… since we didn’t even know each other 10 years ago! After much comparison of the various parks, we decided to head over to Hollywood Studies.
Growing up we had family friends that worked at Disney, and so we were the lucky recipients of park hoping. . .for free! We always started our Disney adventures at Hollywood Studies (then MGM) on the Star Tours ride. So, for me and Evan there was no better place to start. Since I haven’t been on the Star Tours ride since 6th grade and have since developed horrible motion sickness, the ride wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as when I was a kid. But it was nostalgic, and I’m glad we did it!
There is a new Pixar Studios section of the park, with a Toy Story ride that has replaced Star Tours as having the longest wait in the park (in my assessment at least). At one point the wait was 2.5 hours! We ended up only waiting just over an hour since we waited until later in the afternoon, weeding out some of the park’s younger guests. It was a great ride, and across the street you could take pictures with Woody and Buzz as well as sets from the movies. There were Army Men on the buildings and in the street which added to the fun.
At the end of the day we stumbled upon the Animation Studio, which was my favorite part of the day. There are characters to take pictures with. And let me say, Frozone and Mr. Incredible were great. They seriously probably spent 5 minutes with each guest, interacting with the kids and adults alike.
The highlight for me of the Animation Studio was that you can sit in a 30 minute class with a Disney animator as they teach you to draw a character. Each class is different, as they try to never have people draw the same character twice. We went to two classes and drew a horrible interpretation of Jiminy Cricket and a much better looking Minnie Mouse. I could have spent all day there, so it was probably good we didn’t find it until the end or we would have missed a lot more of the park.
It was a great anniversary. We got “Happy Anniversary” pins from Guest Relations and so every park employee that passed us congratulated us which just helped make the day feel all the more special. So, as cliché as it might be, I loved spending our anniversary at Disney, and wouldn’t hesitate to do it again!