Published: April 16, 2008 at 1:48 PMI have no issue with this plan. Heading straight to Toy Story Mania makes a ton of sense as it will get besieged when it first opens. Once the ride is "broken in" it will probably be a good idea to start at TOT and RnR Coaster THEN head to Toy Story as it will be a huge people mover just like Buzz Lightyear. But in its inaugural year, TSM is going to be the #1 attraction at DHS.
Because I always like to offer an alternative: the Backlot Express is a fine counter service diner for those folks wanting to save some time and money. Sitting very close to the last stop on the tour, STAR TOURS, Backlot is often overlooked and the burger fixin's bar is top notch. However, the Hollywood Brown Derby is an amazing full service restaurant. Folks may want to change into a tuxedo to fit in, as the shorts and sandaled patrons look very out of place in this ritzy restaurant.
Also, thanks for including a comment about avoiding Extra Magic Hours if you are not staying at a Disney resort. It will be a huge help to most folks.
Published: April 16, 2008 at 2:50 PMI'm thinking about adding an optional attraction before lunch for people visiting on less crowded days, when you can blow through the morning attractions more quickly. (I'm including sit-down, table-service lunches on most of tours, with the idea that the tours should reflect the best-of-the-best in each park. Usually, that means a table service joint.)
I'd want the optional attraction to be near or between the last listed one of the lunch location. Ideas? Indy might be tough due to the show schedule. Muppets? Great Movie Ride?
Published: April 16, 2008 at 3:06 PMOne comment about reservations for Mama Melrose's/Fantasmic - call well in advance for reservations. We were at WDW over spring break a couple of years ago and tried to get reservations a few days in advance and they were sold out. For the busiest weeks, you may need to make reservations well in advance.
Published: April 16, 2008 at 4:25 PMLights! Motors! Action! is an excellent show...worth seeing multiple times, and it is on a separate fastpass system from the rest of the attractions (I am not sure this is still true but someone who works at DHS should be able to confirm). Which means, you can hold a fastpass for Lights! while still waiting on your fastpass for something else, like Tower of Terror.
However, The Great Movie Ride is a decent choice simply because it is Disney's longest dark ride, and a huge people mover always able to handle the load. And it is air conditioned!! =)
One other note: if peeps do come back for Fantasmic (which they should...it is an awesome show), they should set time aside to catch the Beauty and the Beast show as well. It is right next to Fantasmic and definitely as close to Broadway quality as any of the better Disney theme park shows.
Published: April 16, 2008 at 10:58 PMPersonally, I've always considered Hollywood Studios to be a half-day park, anyway. But, that's just me.
Published: April 16, 2008 at 11:00 PMThis Plan sounds good, except Star Tours is a waste of time until they update it, not to mention all of the other opening day attractions that are still remaining need updates or revamps as well. The Stunt show is pretty cool if everything is working, but it is probably too long for a Four Hour Tour. The Brown Derby is one of my favorites for dinner, but the lunch menu and service is lacking.
Anyway None of the WDW Theme Park Shows are close to Broadway quality! I've seen all the Disney Musicals on Broadway multiple times (Mary Poppins is my favorite, and The Little Mermaid is nothing like what you would think) and the only one that ever came close to broadway quality was Hunchback and then only when it first opened...
Published: April 17, 2008 at 5:14 AMNot to split hairs, but I said Beauty and the Beast was "as close to Broadway quality as any of the better Disney theme park shows." B&TB is a very short version (30 minutes tops) of the B-way musical, but the singing, costumes , and sets were all top notch. Definitely worth a look prior to seeing Fantasmic (I think the last show is generally around 5:30 PM).