Category: Hollywood Studios

As promised, I’m posting on Muppet Vision 3D today. As soon as you step into the building, you leave Disney’s Hollywood Studios behind and enter Muppet Studios. There is a quick pre-show in an antechamber, during which Sam Eagle attempts to give safety instruction while Gonzo performs tricks, chickens invade, and general mayhem ensues.

You do have to stand for the pre-show, but the main show takes place in a lavishly decorated theater. The only way I can describe it is as a cross between the Academy of Music and a Muppet enthusiast’s house. There is a huge red curtain hanging in front of the screen and the walls are decorated with gilt Fozzie Bears and Gonzos.

The 3D show is entertaining to say the least, even if you haven’t seen the Muppet Show or the movies. Some scenes might give really little kids a bit of a fright. For example, at one point a vacuum cleaner sucks up Muppet Labs. There is another when the Swedish Chef attempts to hit another character with a cannon. There are also loud noises, but if your tike can handle it, you should definitely take them to the show. The humor is just awesome. In fact, I loved Muppet Vision so much that I rented the original TV shows from the library!


Today I’ll be commenting on one of my family’s favorite Disney restaurants, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Located in Hollywood Studios, it is positioned very near Muppet Vision 3D, another favorite of ours (post on that coming soon is right here!).
As you’ve probably figured out from name, Mama Melrose is an Italian style restaurant. “Hollywood meets Italy” is its little gimmick. It is filled with memorabilia of movie stars long and other performers, along with other decorations calling to mind both California and Italy.
It is a greet place take the family; also, it is a good idea to get reservations! As for the food, hardly anything in Disney can best it (maybe the juice at Ohana or the dessert at Be Our Guest Restaurant), but with Italian food one cannot go wrong here.
Mama Melrose offers a Kid’s Menu, but more adventurous children, might want to try one of the various pasta or seafood dishes from the adult menu. I’ve honestly had nothing but positive experiences here as far as I can remember, whether I’ve gone for lunch or dinner (it doesn’t serve breakfast).

If you love movies, you will love the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios. The waiting area is decorated with various props and costumes from famous Disney movies. Unlike most rides, it features a combination of live actors and animatronics.You climb into an enormous car which seats (an estimated) fifty people each.

The cars take you into scenes from such movies as The Wizard Of Oz, Alien, Public Enemy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and one (whose name escapes me) that involving a cursed Egyptian tomb.

During the action, you witness a bank robbery, lose your tour guide, a bandit comes aboard your car, then you get to see the curse of the Pharaoh’s tomb in action, and finally find your tour guide again.

There are some dark and spooky parts which could frighten little kids. There are also some skeletons, loud noises and an alien (from the movie Alien). However, it doesn’t go too fast and there aren’t any drops.


Posing with the giant coke bottle in Hollywood Studios.

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is an amazingly fun, interactive game/ride in Hollywood Studios. You climb into little moving “cars” decorated carnival style and away you go. Disney’s amazing 3D technology mixes with much-loved Toy Story characters and the sheer joy of throwing virtual pies at targets and breaking 3D dishes to make this ride a smash hit. Such is the popularity of this ride that lines are often over an hour-long. At least the Disney Imagineers decorated the waiting area enthusiastically enough to keep most children occupied for most of the wait. There are giant toys of all kinds, countless photo opportunities, and even a giant, talking Mr. Potato Head with eyes and arms that really move! Mr. Potato Head talks to the guests and sings “1 potato, 2 potato.” If you’re lucky enough to get fast passes, the wait time is shortened considerably. However, you have to be a seasoned professional (or a very early rising sprinter) to gain the much-coveted Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania. They are often gone within half an hour of the park’s opening. The line for fast passes is sometimes longer than the wait for the ride itself (Wink wink)!  Also, you don’t need every member of your party in the line with you when you get fast passes for everyone, but you do need their park tickets and they need to be inside the park already. Toy Story Mania is extremely fun and deserves at least one visit. So remember this: Those who are brave enough to brave the lines will have great rewards.

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