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We Appreciate... DHS

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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In honour of International Hollywood Studios Awareness Week, I thought I would share what I, as a mommy of two young children, appreciate about the beloved Hollywood Studios:

I appreciate… that a large part of the waiting area at the turnstiles is covered. This means a few extra minutes that I don’t have to worry about my babies becoming sunburned while waiting for the park to open.

I appreciate… the abundance of Photopass photographers that work on Hollywood Blvd. As I am usually the family’s photographer, this means the Photopass photographers allow me to be in some of our family pictures.

I appreciate… the great shopping along Sunset Blvd. This means while my husband is riding Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, I have lots to look at with the kids.

I appreciate… the Tower of Tower. The ultimate attraction at Walt Disney World. This means I get some mommy time alone on my favourite ride while my husband stays with the kids.

I appreciate… The Voyage of the Little Mermaid. A great show which is the perfect length for young kids. Long enough to catch their attention, but not long enough to bore them.

I appreciate… Toy Story Mania. This is, to me, the perfect family ride. Everyone of most ages can ride, and everyone gets to have fun. The adults are addicted to the competitive nature of the ride, while the little ones are mesmerized by the spring-action shooter.

I appreciate… 50s Prime Time Café. The restaurant’s theming is among the best in all of Walt Disney World and the food is top notch, as well. The TVs do wonders at keeping my little ones busy during dinner.

I appreciate… The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at Backlot Express. One of the few counter service restaurants in Walt Disney World that offers sandwiches instead of hamburgers, let alone Buffalo chicken-style. Well done, DHS.

I appreciate… the Cast Members on the Great Movie Ride. They say the same lines, and act out the gangster and cowboy scenes day in and day out, but always make you feel like it’s their first time. Enthusiasm at its best.

I appreciate… Mama Melrose’s. DHS’ best kept secret: an Italian restaurant tucked away in The Streets of America.

I appreciate… Fantasmic. Hands down, the best, and most elaborate night-time entertainment of all the Walt Disney World parks.

This week, we honour you, DHS, and rightfully so. We look forward to our next trip!      

About this column

Danielle Perry shares the adventures and challenges of travelling to Walt Disney World as a family.


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