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alan
08-07-2009, 08:06 AM
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The 4F Trip Report

Day 14 - 10-Jul-2009 - Hollywood Studios

And so we reached the last full day of our holiday. How quickly it has gone! I’m already wondering whether I can think about booking another Disney holiday :)

We woke closer to ten o’clock than nine, and ran around panicking for a little while trying to get ourselves organised for the day ahead. We had decided to go to Hollywood Studios for the day, and since the sun was splitting the sky I persuaded Marie not to bring the umbrellas. Instead we just walked over to the bus stop and, after a few buses had gone by, got the Hollywood Studios one.
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It was warm - the first order of the day was to try to cool down.
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Soon, we split up. Marie took Jenni to American Idol while I took Cameron to lunch, followed by Lights, Motors, Action!
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They picked a Scots lass to drive the remote control car
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The show was very impressive indeed.
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I know that most people think of Disney as a corporate monolith, but I was thinking of these guys doing the same show twice a day, every day for years. How do they keep their concentration? Yet they must, for a little lapse of concentration could easily result in injury or death.

alan
08-07-2009, 08:06 AM
Once the show was over we met up again. Since Marie and Jenni hadn’t had lunch, I took Cameron to see the Jedi Training Academy while they ate. He was hoping to be picked, and since he wasn’t, he regaled me with tales of how he would have done a much better job at fighting Darth Vader than those who were on stage had done!
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Our next stop was the Backlot Tour, but when we got there it was closed for “technical reasons”. We strongly suspected that these technical reasons were the imminent rain – maybe leaving the brollies in the hotel room was a bad idea – but there wasn’t much to do for it. Instead we headed for The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid.

We were stuck in a queue for this show, but were under cover. I was glad of this as the rain came down in torrents. It became even more exciting when the lightning got closer, and the thunder and lightning arrived simultaneously. It was loud, I can tell you! But soon after we were let into the show, and I was once again impressed by the ability of the performers to focus. The girl playing Arial was excellent, and as far as I could tell she was singing, rather than miming, her songs.
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After that, it was still raining. Heavily. We forced our way out of the theatre, the exits being blocked by people taking half an hour to don ponchos and erect umbrellas, but there was nothing much to do. Everything was full or closed. Eventually we gave up and got the bus for the resort.

Once there, we went to the arcade and played a few games. We had bought pre-paid cards earlier in the week and had totally messed up, buying rather more games than we needed. However, it worked well to be able to let the kids play for a while and leave us in peace to have a well-deserved coffee!
Sad to say, the next step was to get most of our packing done. We got everything except tomorrow’s clothes and our toiletries into the cases, but I have no way to weigh them. I do wonder if we’re going to hit trouble for over-weight cases when we check them in tomorrow.

There was a Harry Potter film on TV, which we let the kids watch while we finished packing. Then we had dinner in Old Port Royale, and played a few more arcade games. Then it was back to our room, and time for bed. Neither of the kids seemed ready for bed, but wnet to sleep quickly enough once we put them down for the night.

Tomorrow, we go back home. It’s been a great holiday (albeit with one or two fraught moments) and I am already missing the place. It’s a beautiful hotel, and we have really enjoyed the theme parks. I truly hope that we will be able to manage another holiday or two to Disneyworld before the kids no longer want to go on holiday with their old, boring parents.

Time alone will tell... time alone will tell.

wickesy
08-07-2009, 08:53 AM
Great day. I love Lights, Motors, Action.

jjk
08-07-2009, 10:06 AM
another fun day inspite of the rain :goodvibes

irongirlof12
08-07-2009, 12:21 PM
you endured much MORE than your fair share of rain :sad2: all credit to you for making such a great time of it!

Pinky166
08-09-2009, 05:19 AM
Such a shame about the rain.

suzycute
08-09-2009, 08:40 AM
Another great day!
I have older kids (in their twenties) and they still want to come with their boring parents if the boring parents are going to WDW!!

wicket2005
08-09-2009, 10:34 AM
Yeah, my lads still want to come with us too, both coming in June 2010 aged then 21 and 19. Don't know how much longer it will continue though.

Lovely day.

UKDEB
08-09-2009, 03:18 PM
You've been terribly unlucky with the weather :sad2:. I see you managed to slip another "legs" shot in there! :teeth:

Cyrano
08-13-2009, 06:05 PM
Can't believe that the last day of your holiday has creeped upon us already :sad2:
Sounds like you had a great DHS day :)

tennisfan
08-15-2009, 11:06 AM
Shame about it raining again. Glad to see you made the most of it:thumbsup2

cap'njack.
08-19-2009, 10:20 AM
Great day...shame the rain took the edge off of your last full day though :(