Another week and another behind-the-scenes of a Disney vlog! Can you believe that we’re on day eight already?
Today we went to Animal Kingdom in the morning, finishing off the attractions and shows that we missed on our first visit, and spent the afternoon and evening in Hollywood Studios. It was our first visit to the Studios and we managed to get up to a spot of mischief as well.
Watch the video, and then come back for my top tips.
Sadly we were unable to do this, but if you have an evening restaurant reservation, you can also book a Fantasmic Dining Package. This means that you get prime seating for Fantasmic in the evening and it doesn’t cost any more. You can even use it with your regular dining plan credits. Make sure you select this option when you’re making your booking, though as we couldn’t change ours after it had been confirmed. A regular dining reservation doesn’t include the prime seating, so we sat on the side.
Pick your evening entertainment
This one is quite frustrating. Back during the Frozen fireworks at Hollywood Studios, it was possible to rush out of the last showing of Fantasmic and get to see the full fireworks show near the exit.
They’ve changed this for the Star Wars fireworks. They’ll be starting as you’re dodging the crowds to get out of Fantasmic and it’s also much harder to find a good spot to watch them from. At the top end of the main street, you won’t be able to see the fireworks at all as they’re hidden behind trees and buildings. The only good spot to watch them from is much closer to the Great Movie Ride. Then you can see the projections on the building as well as the fireworks to your right – be prepared to have to turn a lot, though!
I was really not impressed by this. Good viewing spots for the fireworks are limited and lots of people were wandering around looking confused. It doesn’t make sense to have explosions going on behind trees where most people can’t see them.
Alternative Quick Service
If you’re getting a bit bored of the usual quick service fare of burger and chicken nuggets, the Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom is the answer. A lot of the food that they serve is similar to the offerings in the adjoining table service restaurant so you can try similar food at a fraction of the price. It’s one of the few Asian quick service restaurants in Disney and the food is delicious. I particularly recommend the honey chicken.
Book your table at Mama Melrose
Since I haven’t mentioned it enough already, it’s worth repeating how good Mama Melrose is for an authentic dining experience. It is less highly themed than some of the other restaurants we booked. Instead, it has a great Italian feel that will make you forget that you’re even in Disney. Due to construction walls, it’s currently tucked away right at the back of the park so it feels like a hidden gem.
We loved the food so much. The steak and mac and cheese combo is definitely one that I can get behind. The desert trio was out of this world, too. I definitely recommend it.
I hope you enjoyed day eight. If you have any questions, don’t forget to leave them in the comments.