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Old 09-28-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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To HS or not to HS?

Well really - should we spend a significant amount of time there?

I apologize in advance for the length of this post I just want to give some background so the experts here can help me with this decision.

We're a large group including 6 kids under 4 (5 boys and 1 girl). I've read that if travelling with little ones we should hit:
Ride Toy Story Mania
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney Junior
Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt Show
Muppet Vision 3D
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set

But two of these attractions require 3D glasses - which I doubt more than half of the kids will wear (if that!) - and Honey, I Lost the Kids Movie set is apparently chaotic and it would be unreasonable to bring all those little kids there. I also read that Fantasmic! - if you can even get them to wait long enough to watch it - is pretty intense and the find-the-stroller-hunt afterward is not as fun as is it sounds. I think there's a chance they'll all sit for 20-30 minutes of Jake the Pirate bebopping around but are the other shows going to be engaging enough for goldfish-attention-spans?

Should we even bother? Especially considering for the adults to ride the two best (in our opinion) attractions there - we would need to do the child swap and keep the kids entertained for that extra time.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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You could probably do it in a day...my 4 yr olds (this trip and our last one) loved the park. They may enjoy the stunt show as well if they like cars as much as my DS does.

The breakfast at Hollywood and vine has Handy manny, Oso, Jake and June from little Einsteins all from Disney Junior. Its just a regular breakfast buffet but was a fave of my little ones both trips..esp DS..there is SOO much with princesses and girly stuff..HS was his favorite because it had more stuff he was into. (of course mine were also over 40 inches so rode TOT and Star Tours and loved them)
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:46 PM   #3
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Does Hollywood and Vine have that for all meals or just breakfast?
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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Characters at H&V are breakfast and lunch only.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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If you've never been, you could probably get a full day out of it. The car stunt show it pretty cool the first time you see it, as is the Indiana Jones show and Beauty & the Beast.
The movie set is just a playground.. more stressful than anything trying to keep an eye on your kids.
I wouldn't sacrifice another park to go there, but if you have the time, check it out..
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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If you've never been, you could probably get a full day out of it. The car stunt show it pretty cool the first time you see it, as is the Indiana Jones show and Beauty & the Beast.
The movie set is just a playground.. more stressful than anything trying to keep an eye on your kids.
I wouldn't sacrifice another park to go there, but if you have the time, check it out..
All of the adults have been there - its just the kids that haven't...
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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All of the adults have been there - its just the kids that haven't...
I wouldn't bother.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #8
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My daughter was over it in about 1 hour. We are giving it a couple hours next trip simply because we don't want to feel like we missed anything, but if we had another short trip it would be skipped
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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This is actually the park I think my 2 year old boy will go crazy at when we go in a couple months. He LOVES Jake and Mickey so the Disney junior show will be right up his alley. In my opinion this show is great for preschoolers. Getting his picture taken with McQueen and Mater will be on the priority list too. My girls LOVED The Little Mermaid (ages 5 and 3 at the time ) and I actually teared up watching THEM be in such awe at the Beauty and the Beast show.
Just depends on what the kids like, but mine loved it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #10
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Characters at H&V are breakfast and lunch only.
We went at breakfast because I have heard the food there at other meals is "meh" but 3 of us are vegetarian and there was not much on the lunch menu we would eat anyway.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:29 AM   #11
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We're only planning to go for half a day on our upcoming trip unless DD magically starts to sit for long periods of time so we can watch Lights, Motor, Action. I figure we'll do Playhouse Disney, meet some characters. I want to do Star Tours (haven't been since the refurb. DH doesn't). We'll do Toy Story once. And maybe the Great Movie ride.

Its a lot of shows for kids that young since they can't go on almost all the "rides"
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:54 AM   #12
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I would wait until the kids are older to do DHS. We took our 3rd trip last week (DS 9, DS7), and it was the first attempt at DHS...they were the perfect ages to go....younger would have been a waste, IMHO.

Do an extra day in MK instead....that will be the park of choice for your little ones. That was our focus when ours were smaller....and I'm so glad we did it that way.

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:19 AM   #13
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We just came back and spent 1 full day EMH- Fantasmic (with a 3 hour break for naps) and another day 9-4 there. I am not sure how anyone with kids especially in that age group would not go nutty for this park!!

Here is how time broke down for us Day one arrived 7:45 for EMH
Signed up for Jedi Training (BIGGEST DEAL to my 4.5 year old)
Ate 8:10 Hollywood and Vine character interaction was awesome!
Did Jedi Training at 10:10 (had a 9:40 return time)
Did Star Tours with my son and build his own lightsaber
Did Playhouse Disney Live show
Grabbed lunch (starring rolls)
1-4 nap back at the hotel
Did a few shops/character meet and greets (caught some of characterpalooza) then dinner at 5:20 at 50's (great meal)
Headed to Fantasmic at 7:00 to get seats for the 8:00 show. I thought the show was awsome my kids were a bit afraid but I would do it again in a second

Second day we got fast pass for Toy Story Mania
Saw:
Voyage of the little mermaid
Lights Motor action stunt show
Muppets 3D
The Pixar parade (one of my kids highlights of the trip)
Met Sully, Mike, Woody, Buzz and Stich.
Ate at Pizza planet
Left by 4ish!

Honestly this was my kids second favorite park. So much fun
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:20 AM   #14
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Our girls loved HS as young children. The first time we went our girls were shy one month of 2 and 4 years old. We did H & V breakfasts, the mermaid show, stunt show, disney junior stuff, beauty/beast show, muppet 3d, and a few others. They did ok at Fantasmic, but did not particularly like the scarier parts. If you do it, I would sit further in the back. If you have park hopper, at least try it with the kiddos. I wouldn't give up anything for those memories, of our girls young at any park at WDW.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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I think the Little Mermaid show is a little scary and it's pretty dark. Our first trip was when my son was 5 and DHS was his favorite park. Love LMA, Indy, Jedi Academy, Honey playground, the Power Rangers and Playhouse Disney.
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