Linda Riley visits Disney's Hollywood Studios ✨

"Forget any prejudices you might have about Disney not welcoming LGBTQ families. We couldn’t have been made more welcome"


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Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

It’s fair to say that Disney Hollywood Studios – part of Florida’s Walt Disney World – has recently been something of a poor relation in Uncle Walt’s Disney universe.

 

I rather liked the old-school Hollywood film set vibe of the park, but the big cheeses at Disney felt that some sort of renewal was in order and, since 2016, have been digging into their toolboxes to deliver a massive revamp. I visited a couple of weeks ago with my twin daughters, and we all loved it.

 

First off, and as I have previously written, forget any prejudices you might have about Disney not welcoming LGBTQ families. We couldn’t have been made more welcome …and, looking around, there were several families with what seemed like two mums or two dads.

 

This might seem simple and straightforward, but I can tell you from personal experience that not all venues are quite as welcoming as Disney. Well done them!

 

I have to admit that my children and I are big fans of Toy Story (let’s face it, isn’t everyone) so we were particularly keen to visit Toy Story Land.

 

 

It didn’t disappoint, and we particularly loved Toy Story Midway Mania. Similarly, with Disney having recently picked up the Star Wars franchise, it’s no surprise that the classic sci-fi series was heavily featured, although being confronted with a load of stormtroopers marching through the park was strangely disconcerting which, I suppose, is the intention.

 

On the other hand, the smile on the faces of my daughters after a meet and greet with Chewbacca reminded me how great it is to be a parent!

 

Construction continues, and I’m told that the heavily-trailed Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is set to open in 2019. Disney Junior – Live on Stage is good for little ones, while Jedi Training is also for kids but this show is pretty fun to watch.

 

You’ll need to arrive early if you want your child to take part …as you’d expect, it’s mega-popular.

 

So, in summary, a great trip. A healthy four out of five stars from me, and I’m looking forward to returning again next year. And, while I’m on the subject of jetting back to Florida, I’ll also be showing my face later in the year at Disney’s LGBT celebration One Magical Weekend.

 

 

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