We recently went on an amazing, fun trip to Disney World for a 2 Night, 3 Day stay. While there we stayed in a Cars Family Suite at the Art of Animation and visited all the parks – Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. My family was invited to experience all the magical things that Disney has to offer, including their new Toy Story Land and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We had a wonderful time!
We arrived on Thursday morning and had a wonderful day in Animal Kingdom, then a fantastic evening in Disney Springs. Our BIG day of fun was going to be Friday. We would spend the day at Hollywood Studio checking out all the fun in the new Toy Story Land and then visiting the Magic Kingdom attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The kids were ready for some excitement from the moment they got up.
When we arrived in Hollywood Studios we headed right over to Hollywood and Vine for a fantastic Character Breakfast with Goofy, Jake, Sofia, Doc McStuffins
Autumn has a history of being “hit or miss” with characters, so I wasn’t exactly sure how she would do with all the characters walking around. Of course, she freaked out at first. She practically tried to climb the wall behind her seat when the first ones stopped by. But, with some gentle reassuring that the characters were nice (and their giant heads were not going to attack her!) she warmed up to the idea of getting to meet her Disney buddies.
By the end of the breakfast, she was loving the whole experience. Hunter was still a bit more cautious, but warmed up as well. It was so much fun for all of us to get pictures and autographs with all of the characters.
Then we made our way over to Toy Story Land!!!! Woohoooo!!!
We were so excited to be able to visit the recently opened Toy Story Land.
The first thing that Autumn and I did in Toy Story Land was head over to Slinky Dog Dash (Riders must be 38″ or taller).
It seems that she is enjoying roller-coasters as much as me, so I am thrilled that she wanted to do this first.
Oh boy! We had such a blast!!! Both of us had a great time on the Slinky Dog Dash! The roller-coaster zoomed through piles of blocks, tinker toys, and a precariously perched Rex and Jessie as strung up larger than life Christmas lights. There were enough speed, climbs, drops, twists, and turns to make us wanting more!!! So much fun.
Toy Story Land is so much fun with the thoughtfully designed rides and decor that make you feel like you are a toy. You’ll be ready to join the other toys in games, songs, and silly times.
Besides the rides, one of my favorite things about Toy Story Land are the toy soldiers. They march through Toy Story Land ready to action! You can join them as they march to the beat on of their drums, or watch them perform fun games and dances. You can even join them too!
Since Price doesn’t enjoy roller coasters, so he went on Alien Swirling Saucers (Riders must be 32″ or taller) with Autumn.
They both had a blast whipping around on the saucers. They swirled about, around a giant claw that was grabbing an alien.
All together, as a family, we headed over to Toy Story Mania!
It was a really fun ride (and great way to get into some air conditioning!) that takes you through an arcade, where you shoot your laser at various games. You hit plates, chickens, bulls-eyes, and just about everything at the different screens you get zipped in front of. Hunter didn’t know what was going on, but he still thought it was fun.
Autumn and I ducked out of Toy Story Land for a bit to see “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”. It’s a super fun show that is great for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will love the sing along, and the adults will love the story telling. It’s perfect for everyone because there is something for everyone from adult jokes that slide right over kids’ heads as watch the clips of the movie on the big screen that play out the story.
The stars of the show are the Historians, who are telling the story of Frozen before the festival. Throughout the show songs from Frozen are mixed into the story telling, so you can sing along. Of course, it ends with “Let It Go,” complete with snowfall! It was a great show for Autumn because she loves Frozen, but I loved it too because it was so funny. The story was funny and the 2 Historians had great timing with each other. It was just so fun.
But in usual mom fashion, I got all teary eyed listening to Autumn belt out the lyrics to “Let is Go!” Gah!!!!
Once the show was over, we then headed back to Toy Story Land to enjoy lunch at Woody’s Lunch Box. It was lunch time and we were starving!!
I loved that it has your favorite classic school lunches that you grew up with, but with elevated flavors. Not just grilled cheese, but BBQ Brisket Melt. Two Slices of Sourdough that is stuffed full of BBQ’d meat and cheeses. Yum!!
Lunch was great but from all the sun we had experienced (there is very little shade in Toy Story Land) on such a HOT day (94F, with a feels like temp over 100!!!!), we were beat and decided to call it a day after another 2 trips on the Slinky Dog dash and 1 more ride around on Toy Story Mania. Oh man, Autumn is addicted to Slinky Dog Dash! Still talking about!
We went back to our room at the Art of Animation to relax, take showers, and then get ready for our group dinner at the Grand Floridian.
Minnie Vans picked everyone up to whisk us off to to dinner. Taking the Minnie Van was a really cool experience. Our very friendly driver set up the car seats for the kids and packed up our stroller in pack before we were on our way. While on our ride, she explained all the training that they get about car seat regulations and how to properly install them in the cars. It was so great knowing our whole crew was safe and sound!
Dinner was wonderful with everyone there enjoying the night before Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The kids had a blast running around, coloring activity pages, and just hanging out.
Before dinner was over, the kids got super fun stuff to help with trick or treating at MNSSHP. Autumn was ready to fill up her light up Mickey Jack o Lanterns and wear her flashing Trick of Treat necklace.
As usual, Disney goes all out for just about everything, so I got a real kick out of these cute Mickey Pumpkin Cake pops and Frankenstein’s Monster brownie bites. I wanted to steal that tray of them!
Before we knew it, it was time to head over to the Magic Kingdom for some extra fun at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
As we had been 3 weeks prior, we had a pretty relaxed strategy this time. Last time, Autumn didn’t get a chance to check out the Disney Jr Dance Party (Fantasyland), so we headed over there to boogie down with some of her favorite characters. She LOVED getting to dance with Doc McStuffins and Vampirina. She followed them around jumping, bouncing, and dancing along with them. IT was just so much fun to watch!
It had been a pretty long day for us, so we headed back to the hotel pretty early, after meeting Aladdin and Abu.
Our sleepy kids got settled on our laps for the bus ride back to the Art of Animation and then we all crashed!
It really was a wonderful day enjoying Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom.