Welcome back! We continued on with our touring in Hollywood Studios. We had to check out the new store that replaced Sweet Spells, and Kinsey found this cute headband!
One thing on her bucket list this trip, was to meet BB8. Mission accomplished! We pretty much walked right in with no wait.
We knew we would be hungry for lunch early because we were up so early, so we had a reservation for 50’s Prime Time Cafe at 11:05 a.m. This table service restaurant serves classic American comfort food in a setting reminiscent of the family’s house in “Leave it to Beaver.” The theming is really neat! The staff here might joke around a little bit…”no elbows on the table,” “eat your dinner before you eat dessert,” etc. Or they might throw straws at you. Just be prepared if you eat here!
Here’s Kinsey in the waiting area:
This is just one of several different rooms offering seating:
Here are some menu pics. They have a great variety and amazing milkshakes!
It was hot outside and I didn’t want to eat anything too heavy. I opted for the appetizer Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese, which is served with a raspberry sauce, grapes and apples. It also came with a breadstick.
This cheese was really good with the fruit and raspberry sauce. The breadstick however, was gross.
We also had some Beer-Battered Onion Rings to share.
These were really good! And there were tons of them. Between all of us we didn’t even finish them.
Kinsey ordered the kid’s chicken fingers. (They let her order off of the kid’s menu even though she was 10.)
Alex had the Caesar Salad with Salmon.
One of her daughter’s had a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.
Her other daughter had the Caesar Salad with Chicken.
I think the food here was just fine. But if I had the choice I would probably pick Mama Melrose or Sci Fi.
After lunch we had a FP+ to use in Toy Story Land and then we headed back to the resort. Of course we had to stop for some PhotoPass pics!
I took some pics of the new Skyliner that is coming to connect Hollywood Studios with a few different resorts.
This first picture is taken where the old bus stops used to be. They have been moved….far, far away! I talked to a security guard who said this just closed 2 days before we got there. And that they were redoing and pushing back where the bus stops would be located.
Let me tell you my story about the current bus stop situation here. Warning…it is not a pleasant one! First of all, the walk to the actual bus stops from the gate is a good 10 minutes (as of August 2018). It was afternoon, hot, humid, and we were tired from getting up so early. So we trudged to the bus stops. There were maybe 4 people in our line in front of us, who had already been waiting 20 minutes. There was NO SHADE! I seriously thought Kinsey was going to pass out. We waited 45 minutes for a bus. It finally comes and we all get on. And the driver doesn’t leave. She’s waiting for her replacement for a shift change. And he’s late. Very late. We sat another 30 minutes on the bus without moving, and the driver just told us to call and complain to Disney. Meanwhile another bus came and pulled up further down from us. So the people who didn’t fit on our bus and were still out in the queue were able to board that bus and leave! Our bus was jam packed full, standing room only. Finally the new driver comes and takes his time inspecting the bus for damage, etc. Then he gets on. And sits there. Without driving. People started chanting “MOVE THIS BUS! MOVE THIS BUS!” It was bad. It was a bad experience all around and one that I’ve never had prior or since! A few days later, I stopped in at the front desk of the Polynesian to let them know what happened. I was way too tired and hot to do it the day we came back. The cast member I spoke with knew exactly what I was talking about because several other guests also complained. I wasn’t looking for any form of compensation, but rather alerting them to the issue. Did the driver realize how far away the bus stops now were? Was there a miscommunication? I have no idea, but I wanted them to be aware. She offered us 3 FastPasses for the following day which was very nice.
And this ends our Hollywood Studios day!
Up next…Disney Springs and Homecomin’