Day 6 – Hollywood Studios Redux

Day 6 marked our second visit to Hollywood Studios.  But before heading there, we decided to journey back to Disney Springs in order to have breakfast at Wolfgang Puck Express again.  I talked about it on day 4 – we absolutely love this spot!  Best value for your dining plan, by far. 

We took the leisurely way to get to the park after breakfast.  First we took a bus to the Boardwalk Resort and from there took a boat to Hollywood Studios.  It’s always fun to take the boat between the parks when you can.  It might not be as direct or fast sometimes, but it’s not all about speed.

One of the highlights for us on this day was a character greeting with Olaf.  As silly as it might seem to some people (they don’t have kids and they’re getting in line to meet characters?), it’s part of the fun of Disney World.  The fact that you can meet these animated characters, get your picture taken with them, connect with them…. pure magic.

The rest of the day consisted of our usual Hollywood Studios mix – a few rides on the Tower of Terror, some Star Tours, Toy Story Mania and the like.  I had booked myself a FastPass ticket for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for that afternoon, shortly before we were set to leave the park.  For those who don’t know, the way FastPass works is you pre-book a time slot for certain rides, allowing you to skip the general queue and minimize your wait time.  As the time window for my FastPass arrived, the ride shut down.  It was a bit frustrating at first, but that happens.  Rides occasionally shut down for various reasons.  Sometimes it lasts 20 minutes, sometimes it’s a few hours.  We waited around for a bit, but needed to head back to our resort to freshen up for our supper reservations.  Sadly, I wasn’t able to ride the coaster.

The beauty of Disney though is their technology.  Because they have now pushed out their My Disney Experience app, which allows you to manage your entire trip (FastPass, dining reservations, maps, park hours, schedules, etc.), I received a notification that because the delay for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was going to be longer, they were cancelling all of the affected FastPasses and providing us with a new blanket FastPass that we could use to book any available ride in any park.  As we were planning on heading to the Magic Kingdom after dinner, I was able to book us another ride on Seven Dwarfs Mine Car for the night.

'Ohana sign at Polynesian Resort

Dinner was a new experience for us.  We made reservations at the Polynesian Resort to eat at ‘Ohana.  ‘Ohana is an all-you-can-eat bonanza.  Once seated, servers come by with various plates of food – wings, dumplings, salad, coconut bread, noodles, stir fried veggies and later with skewers of grilled protein – chicken, shrimp and steak.  The steak was our favourite, and that is saying something as my wife is not a big steak eater.  It was so tender, juicy and flavourful.  It was truly a melt-in-your-mouth kind of item.  If the meal wasn’t enough, you then get dessert – bread pudding, à la mode, with a banana and caramel sauce.  This was divine!  This was our first, but most definitely not last, visit to ‘Ohana.

After walking around the resort a bit, I ended up buying my sole souvenir of the entire trip.  I splurged a bit and bought a new watch.  Now I have a little piece of Disney with me every day while I’m at work.  All I need to do is look at my wrist and I can put a smile on my face.


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