Thursday, November 05, 2015

Disney World - Hollywood Studios

I was up first this morning and spent the time transcribing more notes and sorting photographs. Documenting our journeys does consume a lot of time. Eventually, the rest of the gang got up and dressed for today's visit to Hollywood Studios. On the way to the bus stop, the girls took a moment to engage in their new pastime, counting geckos.

Look! Another gecko!!

The Disney transportation system really is a marvel. We caught our bus just before 9:00 and disembarked at Hollywood Studios just in time to get to Disney Junior Play 'N Dine at Hollywood & Vine. This was a character breakfast buffet of the first order. The only complaint I had was that there was too much food.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood & Vine Restaurant

This was why we were here

Waiting for our table

Our table

Doc McStuffins


Handy Manny

Sofia the First

Playing along

After breakfast Kim, Jolene and I had FastPasses to the Tower of Terror. Sandy and Mike don't like rides that move too suddenly, especially downwards, and Robyn wasn't tall enough. In the line, there was a mother with two crying girls who wondered what her husband had been thinking by booking them for this. They used a special exit designed for those harbouring second thoughts.

The ride was good. Better than I remembered. After a Twilight Zone setup, it finally dropped us unexpectedly. Then it bounced and dropped again. Jolene said it was intense.

Mike and Robyn wait for us to be terrorized

The moment of the drop

The three who skipped the Tower had FastPasses to the Ariel Show. Fortunately, it wasn't very busy so the rest of us got into the same show. Then we wandered through some exhibits of things from Walt Disney's life before getting a screening of scenes from the upcoming movie The Good Dinosaur.

Our next ride was Toy Story, another shooting ride similar to Buzz Lightyear. I though I had done quite well but it turned out that Mike beat me 155,000 to 75,000. I am still scratching my head over that since I waxed his butt on Lightyear.

It was hot so we repaired to some shaded outdoor tables next to a bar. Alcohol in Walt Disney World. What a treat. Kim was carded while ordering a Margarita, which made her day. I got into a conversation with a couple from Phoenix who ran a landscaping business. They were afraid they might have to lay people off due to increased costs stemming from Obamacare. Remember when it was considered impolite to talk politics?

Hydrate often

When Mike, Kim and the girls headed for Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, Sandy and I decided to return to the hotel.

On our way to the bus stop

Waiting for the bus

A happy looking family

On the bus back to the hotel, Sandy and I noted that the two girls sitting behind us were having a conversation in which every second word was "Like". They were cute but it was annoying. Back at the Contemporary, we found a market behind the Fantasia gift shop. They had all manner of things and many could be had for a Snack credit on our meal plan.

The rest of the family arrived back just before 4:00 PM. Mike took the girls to the pool while Sandy and Kim napped. I worked on the blog again while letting Milk of Magnesia help me resolve an ongoing issue of a personal nature.

Around 7:00 PM, we wandered over to the Contempo Cafe for supper. I had a large tuna pita which was very nice. Afterwards, we returned to the room where we were able to watch the lights and gear the music as the show barges were towed around the lake. I was the last one to fall asleep around 10:00 PM.

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