Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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For the last year, our daughter, Elliott Jane, has been enamored with Doc McStuffins! Literally, her first word was “Doc.” We had not been on a family vacation in a year-and-a-half due to COVID-19, and what better place to celebrate her impending second birthday… than with Doc McStuffins!!!

We booked a couple of nights at the Dolphin Resort, which is just a ten-minute walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – where you can find Doc at a number of attractions. As the gates opened, we immediately dashed to the Hollywood and Vine restaurant, where we had booked a character breakfast with Doc McStuffins herself! Forget the bacon French toast, Elliott Jane was there to see her hero!

Doc waved to our table and was a big fan of Elliott Jane’s cosplay, complete with matching shirts and skirts! Twinning at its finest. Ha! Goofy also made an appearance along with Fancy Nancy and Vampirina. Due to COVID protocols, we weren’t able to take pictures with the characters, but Elliott Jane was thrilled to wave and talk to Doc.

If you are booking a character breakfast, make sure you know which characters will be attending because the characters change over time. The breakfasts can also put a dent in your budget, and honestly, if you or your child are not a huge fan of the special guests, you may want to pass on this attraction.

Our next stop was the Disney Junior Play and Dance!, starring… you guessed it… Doc McStuffins and tons of others! The Dance Party was incredible fun, not to mention a much-needed break from the Florida heat. Elliott Jane’s outfit got a shoutout since she was matching Doc, and we all had a good time jumping around and grooving to the family-friendly music. “Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity-dog!”

We were happy to know there were plenty of rides and attractions we could all attend as a family with a two-year-old. Elliott Jane absolutely loved the Toy Story Mania! ride, which is a bit of an interactive video game, zooming through the world of Woody the Cowboy and Buzz Lightyear. This ride is lighthearted, four-dimensional fun, and for the competitive spirits that like to keep score, a fun break from the usual rollercoaster. Not to mention more air conditioning!

Now, what is a visit to Disney World without a parade full of your favorite characters? We found Doc McStuffins one more time, riding in style on the back of a convertible, waving hello to everyone else. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, the gang was all there!

Brad was totally excited for Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge, and we enjoyed one of the best rides in all of Disney World, Star Wars : Rise of the Resistance! This ride is literally like stepping into the movies, with hundreds of Stormtroopers and Kylo Ren chasing you through enemy territory! The ride was fun and three-dimensional, racing through life-like sets that were straight from a soundstage. The music and lights and action were certifiably Star Wars in every way. Elliott Jane was too small for this ride, so we took advantage of the rider switch service. (You will also want to consider reserving your spot on this ride via the Disney Experience app. Otherwise you may not be able to ride.)

Next up was Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run! This is a jaw-dropping sight to see, with incredible detail as if you stepped right into Han Solo’s personal spaceship! Elliott Jane was too young to ride this, so we took advantage of the rider switch service again. The detail throughout this park is truly stunning – and one could spend all day taking it in. Complete with refreshing blue milk, and a shop where you can build your own lightsaber! This is no shock – but Star Wars : Galaxy’s Edge is incredibly popular and crowded with your fellow park attendants, so plan ahead and don’t be shocked when there are long lines in the blistering heat. Remember to bring a refillable water bottle and avoid the steep park prices!

With a two-year-old in tow, you must pace yourself at Disney World. It is tough to cram everything, or even half of a park into a full-day, so we definitely recommend prioritizing what you and your children want to experience.

Elliott Jane and I were happy to enjoy some frozen lemonade while Brad rode The Tower of Terror – a can’t miss ride at Hollywood Studios, based on the classic TV series The Twilight Zone. If your kids are easily scared, you may want to consider whether or not it is too much for them. We weren’t able to enjoy our other favorite ride – The Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. We’ve ridden it plenty of times over the years and it never disappoints! Our other favorite show – The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular was also too much to squeeze in, but we won’t miss it next time!

After a long day, we were tired, not to mention starving! Thanks to our Disney travel advisor Lauren, we knew to get the best pizza pie in town from Flipper’s Pizzeria.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments, or if you plan on attending Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon!

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