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Our family loves to visit the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Although my children are getting older, “Honey” is still one of the highlights of our trip.
When watching the Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie, what child doesn’t daydream about shrinking down to spec-sized humans and having a thrilling adventure in you’re their own back yard? Disney brings this kind of daydream to life in their Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.
Upon entering the playground, people are “magically transformed” to smaller-than-ant-size and can romp and play in this giant-sized world to their hearts content. We always take a picture of the boys riding on Anty’s back and sliding down the film canister slide. The boys loved to stick their hands in the giant dog’s nose as he sniffs them and the run by the water-spray area to cool off.
This is also a place where the young at heart can have a great time. I will never forget seeing my mother explore the “caves” with her grandchildren with as much excitement as they had. And I must admit that this mom has enjoyed the slides and the spider web climb as much as her children.
Needless to say, visiting Honey is high on our list of “must-do’s” at Hollywood Studios. However, we found out the hard way that the playground closes for safety purposes when it rains. We were about to enter, when it began to rain, and we were told the playground had to close until the rain cleared up. Unfortunately for us, it was already late in the day, and Honey closes at dusk. We were in danger of not being able to visit one of our favorite attractions.
We decided to experience other attractions in hopes that the weather cleared, and in true Florida fashion it soon did. However, Honey remained closed as long as it was too wet to be safe. As we went from attraction to attraction wondering if Honey had reopened and watching the sun descend, our hope of visiting the fun playground descended too, but then the unbeatable and unmatchable customer service that Disney’s Cast Members (CMs) are famous for came shining through.
As we were waiting to see Playhouse Disney, I asked a CM if he thought Honey would reopen. He said he did not know, but would be happy to check. I had not thought of asking CMs to radio Honey for status updates, but he was more than willing to do that. At each subsequent attraction, I asked a CM to check on Honey for me. That is how I learned that the CM refer to this attraction as “Honey.” They were all so kind and gracious, and thankfully, just before sunset, Honey reopened!
We sprinted to the attraction and played until it closed, happily sacrifice our dinner reservations at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater in order to play. Maybe the experience was sweeter because we almost did not get to do it or maybe because the crowds had thinned (or given up) by that time. Whatever the reason, we had a magical time playing and laughing and taking some great pictures.
This year my boys are 10 and 8-years-old, and definitely too cool for Playhouse Disney. But they (and their parents) will never be too cool for Honey!
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