Disney's Hollywood Studios
Visits to Disney's Hollywood Studios were fairly pleasant on this trip. The park wasn't too crowded (busiest of days had two showings of Fantasmic!, while quietest of days had only two showings of Lights, Motors, Action!) and long lines weren't a problem, except of course for Toy Story Midway Mania and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The only disappointment was that Star Tours was still closed for its refurbishment, but this was known in advance of the trip.
A new Disney's Hollywood Studios display for the park was unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard during our visit.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was just as awesome as ever despite the scaffolding around the building.
Playhouse Disney --- Live on Stage! was closed to make way for the new Disney Junior --- Live on Stage! show in the Animation Courtyard.
Displays from the recent smash-hit Disney animated film, Tangled, were still on display at The Magic of Disney Animation. I had an opportunity to see the film recently, and the animation and attention to detail in the film were simply amazing.
Oh, how I wish that it was May! Sadly, it was only February and Star Tours was still closed for its much needed refurbishment and upgrade. This ride is going to be a blast when the new version opens in a few months.
Some interesting Star Wars merchandise was available in the parks, including some really fancy Yoda & Chewbacca backpacks, and an awesome Stormtrooper t-shirt.
Was the stand-by line for Toy Story Midway Mania really three hours long? Not really. The line wasn't even snaking outside of the building. Occasionally the signs will display much longer wait times than in reality, and it's entertaining watching people's reactions whenever they see the sign. "Three hours?!? OMG! That's insane!!! Ahhhhh!"
A few new exhibits were spotted in the museum part of the Walt Disney: One Man's Dream attraction. I'll admit that I nearly collapsed when I saw the props from EPCOT Center on display, especially the robot butler from Horizons. I really wish that each park had its own museum dedicated to past attractions including ride vehicles, props, models, and even first person POV or making-of videos. If Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN) can have a small museum dedicated to the park's history and past attractions, why can't Disney? This is a nice start in Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, but Disney can do so much better in each park.
Pixar Pals Countdown To Fun! Parade
The new daytime parade in the Studios was running during our visit. The music was pretty catchy, and the floats and characters for the Pixar movies were pretty neat. It's a little bit odd though that Cars, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E were not included.