A Day at Hollywood Studios and a Night at The Boardwalk

Our third full day in Florida was spent with a day at Hollywood Studios and a night at The Boardwalk. I was looking forward to this day all week! Hollywood Studios is one of my very favorite Disney parks, and I hadn’t visited The Boardwalk since I was seven years old.

This day in particular was supposed to be the hottest day of our trip, in the mid-90s! So, we aimed to get an earlier start before it got too warm. The park was ridiculously crowded, which was something I wasn’t expecting. Hollywood Studios always seems to be a bit quieter, but not this day. I also was a little disappointed to see how much the park had changed in a year. I know it’s starting to undergo some major changes, but did they have to set up a massive Star Wars stage in front of the Graumann’s Chinese Theater replica? Or take down the Streets of USA? It kind of made me upset at first, but then I was extra glad that we got to see everything one last time during our visit last year. Time’s are changing, I guess!

A Day at Hollywood Studios and a Night at The BoardwalkHollywood Studios Echo LakeHollywood Studios Grauman's Chinese Theater
 
Anyways, we started the day with The Great Movie Ride. In case you don’t remember, that is my favorite Disney ride of. all. time. I know, I know. It’s old, and it’s hokey. But, there’s just something so nostalgic and fun about it!

But, the real memorable thing this trip happened when we got off the ride. Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never seen one Star Wars movie. It just doesn’t interest me, and I think a lot of the characters are creepy. Including those damn Storm Troopers. So, much to my dismay, two of them were patrolling the outside of the theater. One locked eyes with me, it freaked me out, and I bolted. I’m talking a dead sprint as far away from there as I could get. Never did I think that they would follow me … oh, but they did. So, that led to a few embarrassing minutes! And, instead of trying to help me, Ryan just stood by taking photos and laughing with the rest of the crowd that had gathered. One of the lower points of my life, that’s for sure. 😉

Storm Troopers Attack at Hollywood Studios Storm Troopers Attack at Star Wars Bay Disney Hollywood Studios
 
Once I recovered from the storm trooper trauma, we headed over to Tower of Terror. This ride is not our cup of tea, but we figured we had to do it since it soon will be *gone. A farewell ride of sorts. I think my face in the picture pretty much sums up how I felt about that decision. *My bad – a few of you let me know that Tower of Terror only is gone at Disneyland. Go figure – we probably wouldn’t have gone on this then. Ha!

Disney Hollywood Studios Tower of TerrorDisney Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror ride
 
From there, we took things at a more leisurely pace. We headed over to the Pixar area, had a quick meet-and-greet with Olaf, and even stumbled upon one of the yellow dresses that Emma Watson wears in Beauty and the Beast! Having just saw the movie last weekend (I’m OBSESSED), the dress is that much prettier in person. It’s basically a dream dress. I thought it was so neat that they had this on display!

Disney Hollywood Studios signDisney Hollywood Studios Pixar Studios areaMeet-and-Greet with Olaf at Disney Hollywood StudiosJar with Rose from Beauty and The Beast Live Action MovieEmma Watson's Dress as Belle from Beauty and the Beast Live Action Movie
 
After we finally got onto Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster, we wrapped up at the park after being there for about half a day and headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at The Boardwalk. Like I mentioned before, I hadn’t been to The Boardwalk since my first visit to Disney when I was seven. I remember it being so cute, and it’s still exactly the same! I couldn’t believe that hardly anything had changed. It was fun to just walk around to take it all in, and there even were a few street performers out for entertainment.

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Trattoria Al Forno was where we decided on for dinner, and it was delicious. A decent meal, let alone Italian food, was a welcome change from park food! It was a nice, relaxing atmosphere and the service couldn’t have been better. We highly recommend this restaurant for your next trip!

Disney The Boardwalk Resort Disney The Boardwalk Resort at Sunset
 
And, that concludes the recap of a day at Hollywood Studios and a night at The Boardwalk! Our last day of vacation at Magic Kingdom is coming at you next week.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my 28th birthday celebration around the Epcot world showcase and our day at Kennedy Space Center.

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  • What a fun experience! You’re pictures are too cute! And the boardwalk looks so pretty at night. Glad you guys had a great trip! You are making me want to plan a trip to FL!

    • We loved The Boardwalk, it’s such a hidden gem there. I could go for the Florida weather again right about now!

  • Debra Stachelski

    Looks like another fun day, what a funny story about being chased by Storm Troopers! So classically Karly, haha!

  • I love the picture of you guys holding tinkerbell, and I totally would have tried to run away from the stromtroopers too, haha. It’s always so funny to see people’s reactions on rides, the tower of terror sounds so scary!

    • I was being such a baby about that ride, lol. Ryan thought it was funny since I don’t normally get nervous for that type of stuff.

  • I hated how much Hollywood Studios had changed too, but I was so glad that we got pictures the last time we were there in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat before it was taken down. I can’t believe those Storm Troopers chased you! I totally would have freaked out too! Overall it sounds like you had the a great day at Hollywood Studios!

    • Oh gosh, I forgot about the Sorcerer’s hat! I think I was there one of the last years that was up, too. Those storm troopers were terrifying!

  • So fun! And loving your braids + stripes here, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • A

    I haven’t been to Disney since I was in middle school, so I really love reading your recaps and hearing about the experience as an adult.

    Also, I love your hair – would you be willing to do a blog post about it? Sorry if that’s a bother, it just looks so cute for summer

    • I’m so glad, I appreciate that! It’s always fun to share our trips.

      I actually do have a tutorial for that hairstyle already! If you go up to my Beauty tab, it’s under Hair. I believe it’s called double French braid messy bun or something along those lines. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • I love seeing Disney recaps since we have passes for Universal right now, I haven’t been to Disney in years. Looks like you had such a great time!

  • WAIT WHAT THEY ARE GETTING RID OF THE TOWER OF TERROR WHAT WHAT WHAT. WHAT. seriously what? i will never go back. that is our favourite ride. seriously. i am so sad. they aren’t getting rid of it in disneyland as well are they?
    that’s hilarious about the storm troopers. KC is a fairly big star wars fan, but the old stuff. he’s seen the new movies but he hates that disney is disney-fying it. his words. haha.

    • just googled it and the one in california is already gone. my heart. it’s broken.

      • The Disney World one isn’t closing, just Disneyland! It’s my favorite ride too and I’d chain myself to it if they tried to close it here 🙂 hahaha!

        • oh thank goodness Pamela! I’m so upset! I texted KC and he was upset too. It’s our favourite!

  • I love BoardWalk at night! And I LOVE Trattoria al Forno (I even blogged about it Monday!) Haha! And I almost hate to tell you this but… they aren’t closing Tower of Terror at Disney World, only Disneyland and it closed in January. So crazy HS was so busy when you went, that’s the park I can always count on to not be super busy! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • Yes, I saw that Monday – such good food! Guess I was misinformed about Tower of Terror, go figure. I wouldn’t have gone on it then, lol.

  • Biana Perez

    Tower of Terror was always my favorite ride!! The boardwalk looks so pretty at night and smart of you guys to head there earlier to try to beat the heat!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Awww Olaf! Hollywood Studios has always been my least favorite of the 4 parks, and since I’m not a Star Wars person the huge overhaul is leaving lots to be desired for me. And whaaaat they’re getting rid of the Tower of Terror?! That’s one of their most known and best rides! Glad you guys got to enjoy it one last time even if it’s not one of your favs. Happy Friday gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

    • I guess I was misinformed, and Tower of Terror only is gone at Disneyland. My bad! Olaf was so cute, just a nice and quick meet ‘n’ greet!

  • I always loved Hollywood Studios too. Sad they have changed it so much. I love your braid! Perfect for a warm day at the park.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • My husbands going to forbid me from reading these Disney recap posts from you, they make me want to go so badly! Literally laughed out loud at the storm troopers:). It looks like y’all had such a good time!