While we were torn on whether to spend a day at Epcot or not, we knew we had to take a day for Hollywood Studios. Why? Star Wars. We tried to carefully plan our day so that we would get the kids signed up for the Jedi Training Academy. We were there for rope drop and made a bee line for the sign up. We made it in time to sign up for a time later in the day but it took a good chunk out of the morning. The crowds were a little bigger and the park is a little smaller plus there are fewer rides so it was tough to get in what we wanted to that day. I'll admit, I don't think we maximized our time in Hollywood Studios, but in the end, we at least got in (most of) the key things we hoped to including Star Tours, Toy Story Mania and Fantasmic. We saw a few shows including Disney Jr and an Ariel show. Jacob and Sarah got to meet Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers plus Jacob met Jake.
We opted to take a break midday that day after our long first day. The kids wanted to swim, too so we left the park for a few hours to grab lunch, relax and let the kids swim for a few. The weather wasn't great that day - it was muggy and rained a bit in the evening, but not enough to dampen our spirits. We had a good dinner at Hollywood and Vine, grabbed sweatshirts for everyone, and then went and saw Fantasmic. One thing I wish we'd had time to get to was the Osbourne Family Lights show - it looked so neat but oh well. Sarah would have also loved the Beauty and the Beast show and we realized later we never even made it back to 2 sections of the park....again - we didn't plan out this day as well as we could have...but we still had fun.
The kids got to be "First Mates" at the Ariel show and helped welcome all the guests to the performance. They got signed certificates from Ariel and Prince Eric in return. Fantasmic was amazing! We all really enjoyed the lights and music and the kids were excited to see so many characters at the end. Jacob really liked the Sorcerer Mickey, which ended up being one of his souvenirs.
This was funny in Animation Studios - the kids took this quiz to see which character they were most like.
Well, Adam said he liked to "eat nice people for lunch" instead of "eat lunch with nice people" and came out as Jafar! ha! Jacob was Flick from Bugs Life and Sarah was Cinderella.