Hollywood Studios December 15 2013

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 we flew from Philadelphia International Airport to Orlando, FL. For this trip we are staying at Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary. We got into our room a little before noon and the view from the room is breathtaking. The Magic Kingdom is within view of our balcony which makes watching the fireworks quite easy.

We started our Disney Vacation at Disney's Hollywood Studios where our day consisted of Lunch at Backlot Express where I had a Southwest salad with chicken (which wasn't very good) and a gingerbread cupcake. We then went on the Great Movie Ride which seems to have a longer line these days. Toystory Midway Mania was our first experience with Fastpass+ and it went really well. As we approached the line inside the attraction they sent us "up the ramp" which took us right to a car. We literally walked right on to the ride!

The Studio Backlot Tour was a our next stop and it was really cool to see some of the new additions in the AFI showcase including Michael Keaton's Batman costume from the Batman movies. Star Tours was our next Fastpass + and the ride sequence was Darth Vader, Tattoine Pod Race, Yoda, Jango Fett battle & Death Star.

Muppet Vision 3D was next and is always a must do for us at Hollywood Studios. We then used our last Fastpass+ to go to the 6:30 PM showing of Fantasmic! The park as a whole was pretty full today but Fantasmic! was swamped. Even with the Fastpass+ we were in the last section all the way to the left. Something that annoys me at this attraction is that people leave early before the show is over. They are standing up and crawling through the aisle as you are trying to finish watching the show.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was our destination after doing some window shopping to just get out of the crowds. For as packed as the park was, it wasn't too horrible at the lights. Personally, this is one of my favorite parts about Christmas time in Walt Disney World. We took many, many pictures (as below) and some video of the dancing lights. We purchased a pair of the "Glow with the Show" Mickey ear hats and had it for both Fantasmic! as well as the Osborne lights which was fun.

Since we were pretty tired from an early flight (got up at 3 AM), we headed back to the resort where we got our refillable mugs. As I got back to my room, Wishes was starting and I got to watch the fireworks from the balcony!