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Old 10-24-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Figment Goes to the Movies (the Great Movie Ride Tables in Wonderland Event)

Figment Goes to the Movies (The Great Movie Ride Tables in Wonderland Event)
Figment was very lucky and happened to be visiting Walt Disney World in March when Tables in Wonderland had their Great Movie Ride dinner event at Disney's Hollywood Studio. Figment and his family arrived at DHS before the park closed and did a few rides before heading over to the courtyard of the Majestic Graumann's Chinese Theater (the building that houses the Great Movie Ride). The event started at 8:00 pm, but check-in began a little before that time. Each guest was given a wrist-band when they checked-in. Slowly, as the time grew closer to 8:00 pm, more and more guests began to arrive.

A few minutes after 8:00 pm, a fellow stepped out from the theater and welcomed everyone to the dinner. He was Monte Metro, the director and our "host" for the evening. He was in the process of drumming up support for a movie called "Happy Endings" that he was making. After some basic information, we were all lead into the theater. We walked by some of the display pieces from the queue as we headed for the main loading area (where the ride trams usually load/unload guests). Instead, this time, we used the stairs at the end of the dock to step out onto the "track" and head into ride. There actually isn't a track! The sequences were up and running and it was fun to see them from a ground level perspective.

Monte encouraged everyone to keep moving towards Gangster Alley! This is where the appetizers and drinks were served. Figment thought it was pretty cool because there were servers with platters of glowing martini glasses waiting! Figment doesn't drink, so he head to the bar to get a soda. Luckily, they had more glowing glasses there for non-alcoholic drinkers as well! And even better...Figment got to keep his glowing glasses!

When you're on the ride, the cars keep moving so it's hard to take in all the detail in each scene. At the dinner, guests could look around and really get to see the small things in each scene. Figment finally found the hidden Mickey in the window!

Servers with platters of appetizers moved through the crowd, but in truth, they were mostly towards the front of the room and kind of hard to find. Figment realized this and did ultimately manage to try all three appetizers, but it seemed kind of disorganized. If you didn't know that the appetizers were being circulated on trays near the front of the room, you would have missed out completely. Plus it was kind of hit or miss whether you found a server with a tray or not. Figment has a feeling that some folks missed out on the appetizers. So if you go, be sure to be closer to the gangster car than by the bar! The appetizers were the Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Stuffed Foccacia Cement Shoes (top), Gangster Charred Beef with Smokey Apple Pear Glaze (middle), and the Peppered Shotgun Stool Pigeon with Lavender Aioli (bottom). All three were very tasty.

Next time...the entrees and the Wild West!
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