Welcome to my third article on attractions and experiences that I skip when visiting Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. In writing this particular article, it became very clear that I bypass more attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios than in any other theme park. While I do have some favorites, like Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Toy Story Mania, I can skip most of the other attractions without a second thought. As I plan my upcoming family trip, I’m reassessing these experiences and considering whether we’ll give them a try this fall.
Get Me to the Concert On Time
The last time I rode Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith was during my 2013 visit. After that experience, I vowed to steer clear of this attraction – forever. Why, you ask? Despite my best efforts, I always have a horrendous headache afterwards. If I could get off after the sling shot at the beginning of the attraction, I would be a happy camper; unfortunately, that’s not an option.
Future visit prediction: We’ll be skipping this one. Setting aside the fact that I can’t keep my head from being jostled around, my son will be too small to ride, and my husband has an aversion to Aerosmith music.
Snakes, Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
I remember watching this with my family as a teenager. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the stunts, but Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular hasn’t changed one bit. I feel like this stunt show is stuck in a time warp.
Future visit prediction: Definitely. My son watched the latest vacation planning DVD with me and was impressed by the giant boulder stunt.
Under the Sea
I love the movie and all the songs, but I can’t remember the last time I experienced Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
Future visit prediction: Maybe. If anything, this attraction could serve as a nice break from the heat.
I’ve never visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios with my son, so I’ve not felt the need to check out Disney Junior Live On Stage.
Future visit prediction: Maybe. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates have been replaced by Fixer Upper and Property Brothers in our house (yay!). Honestly, I’m not sure my son would be that excited about seeing this show. We’ll probably set aside some time in the itinerary and play it by ear.
You Don’t Want to Hear Me Sing!
We never made it to this interactive stage show during my last trip. I’ll blame it on my brother-in-law and his desire to ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue instead!
Future visit prediction: Maybe. We aren’t huge Frozen fans in our household, so this may not make the cut when planning our itinerary.
Be Our Guest
Beauty and the Beast was a huge hit with my family, so we made a point to catch Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage when we visited in 1992. I specifically remember being wowed by the sound-check-crew-turned-opening act Four 4 a Dollar. What an unexpected surprise! This talented a cappella group made waiting for the show much more bearable. Much like Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, this show became a bit stale for me. I tend to skip it in favor of spending more time at the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
Future visit prediction: Definitely. Be Our Guest was one of the very first Disney songs my son heard and he still loves it!
The Force Is Strong with This One
I’m not a Star Wars fan nor am I fond of simulator rides, hence Star Tours: The Adventures Continue usually falls into the “if I have time” category.
Future visit prediction: Maybe. If I stick to my preliminary itinerary for our upcoming trip, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be the second park we visit after Animal Kingdom. There isn’t anything quite like this at Animal Kingdom, so I’m not sure how my son will react to this attraction. We’ll probably give it a shot since he’s familiar with some of the characters from the franchise.
Fireworks, Dancing Fountains and Villains – Oh My!
I can’t tell you the last time I saw Fantasmic!. In my book, waiting to get a decent seat to view this nighttime spectacular is only marginally better than jockeying for position on Main Street, U.S.A. to watch Wishes.
Future visit prediction: Maybe. Between the fireworks and villains, this show may be too much for my little guy.
There you have it folks. Based on how much I skip at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s definitely a half day park when I visit the Walt Disney World Resort. What about you, what do you skip when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
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