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Old 10-22-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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PeaJay's Hot!Hot!Hot! Trip Report - Day 2

Pre Trip and Day 1, Part 1 can be found here.

Day 1, Part 2 is here.

Day 2 - Weds 30th September

Apologies for the delay in getting this written up - killer toothache and the subsequent surgery have been taking up all my attention at the moment.

Anyway, on with Day 2 -
Up at 8.15 and a quick bowl of cereal and a brew at the food court before we drove to Down Town Disney at 9ish. Parked up and walked over to the Hess Gas Station to pick up some water, milk, snacks and a polystyrene cooler so we could keep those precious American candys (and the drinks)safe from the Florida heat. It served us well for the whole of our trip and for 7 dollars it was a heck of lot cheaper than renting a fridge! Just fill it with ice from the machine each day and it works a treat.

Dropped all this back at the room and then caught the bus to Disney's Hollywood Studios at 11.30.

Pixar Place and Toy Story Midway Mania were new to us, so we headed over to check it out. Unsurprisingly, TSMM had a 60min wait (!) and the FP return time was already 5pm, so we had a good look around this new section of the park and left it at that for the time being. We've got an unofficial rule that the most we'll wait in line for anything is 20mins, so we resolved to come back another day.

Grabbed FPs for Tower Of Terror (which were for 12-1, and hour later) so headed over to the Catalina Eddie's/Rosie's All American Cafe area for lunch.
We love this part of the Studios as it offers lots of different choices from the various kiosks and has something for everyone. Kathryn had the Deli sandwich and I wimped out with chicken strips. (This was also the first of many times that the CM behind the counter pointed out that "chips are crisps in the US" - we knew about the different use of the word chips in the States, but they still seemed keen to warn us. Must be a lot of disappointed British folks complaining about their lunch!)

The WW2-themed eatery area in DHS is full of little touches like this.

After lunch the FPs for Tower were valid so we popped over to Rock N Roller Coaster to grab some FPs for that - 1.45 return time.

Disney Records had a stage and promotional booth setup in the RnR forecourt, but we never saw anything happening there.

On to ToT - we walked straight into the library and the preshow started almost straight away. I could get used to this lack of queueing!
It's a great ride and although I think that WDWs is the best version, the "4th Dimension" room doesn't really work for me.

With plenty of time until RnR Fps kicked in, it was over to The Great Movie Ride. I've never explored the forecourt before, and there were some really interesting (and funny) hand prints in the cement out front.

Clark W. Griswald himself!

The queue backed up into the room where the trailers are screened and one small child was really freaked out by the Alien trailer. The aren't nearly enough trailers in the loop for the length of the line - we saw them all twice. How hard can it be to add some more?

The version of the ride we had was the Gangster hijack, and for the first time in my experience the gangster was a woman. I think I prefer the Cowboy/Cowgirl version, if only for the fire effects.
Being a big Alien fan I love that scene in the ride, and in another first for me, we were perfectly placed to see the Alien that attacks from above. It's pretty cool, and has the translucent headpiece with the skull visible underneath that only appears in the first movie. (Nerd alert! )

The Oz finale still impresses.

"Was it you?"

Back over to TOT to grab more FPs (it's Kathryn's favorite and I feel that, with the random drop sequences, it never gets dull) and then on to RnR.
We lucked out on getting the front row without asking and it made for a different experience!
Firstly, I never noticed that the signs etc don't light up until your coaster reaches them which adds a cool visual effect to the ride that you don't get further back. Secondly, with no one in front of you, the rush of air directly into your face throughout the ride added greatly to the sense of speed!

Kathryn noticed that these Kanye West shades had a "100% UV protection" label AND an "no UV protection" sticker.

The view of 2 Studios icons from the RnR exit.

Quick break for tea and choc milk at Starring Rolls, then back through Pixar Place again (where we saw the Monsters inc Meet n Greet area tucked away with practically no queue) and a quick mooch around the Streets Of America.

Me with the nectar of the gods at Starring Rolls.

I really feel for whoever was Mike's "friend" that day. It looks like one of the most uncomfortable jobs in the World!

Streets of America was a bit of a disappointment as they were midway through putting up the Osbourne lights, so a lot of the buildings were roped off or had machinery in front of them.

On a hot day like this, even this hydrant's half-hearted attempt to cool us down was welcome.

Have to take a break now, but back tomorrow with the rest of the day - Block Party Bash wows us, we take the most convoluted route ever to our ADR, luck out on Toy Story Midway Mania and have a most unexpected meeting...
"I'm gettin' kinda fond of you, kid.
Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything."

"Showing off for your Muggle admirers, Potter?"

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Old 10-23-2009, 07:29 PM   #2
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Great day - shame you didn't get to ride TSM this time!

Sorry about your "killer toothache and subsequent surgery" Hope all is OK with you now
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Old 10-26-2009, 06:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by suzycute View Post
Great day - shame you didn't get to ride TSM this time!

Sorry about your "killer toothache and subsequent surgery" Hope all is OK with you now

All fine now, thanks. Read on for some more TSMM action.

Day 2 - Part 2

So after riding Tot (for the 3rd time that day) with our fast-passes, it was time to bag a spot for the Block Party Bash parade.
I'd deliberately avoided researching too much about it to keep it as fresh as possible, and I have to say I enjoyed it a heck of a lot!

The CMs work really hard to keep the energy up (and it can't be easy in those record-breaking temperatures we were experiencing.)
It stopped for a lot longer than I expected and you really had a chance to see all the different characters and detailing on the floats.

One great aspect of BPB is that, depending on where you are standing when the parade stops, you'll get Toy Story, Monsters Inc or Bugs Life action right in front of you. It's designed to be seen more than once and I wish we'd been able to see all variations.

After BPB moved on we joined the line for the Little Mermaid show (had never seen it before and was curious to check it out, as well as sit down in some AC!) After waiting 10mins and moving slowly towards the entrance the CM cut off the line at a couple of people in front of us and said we'd have to wait until the next show - approx 20mins. Figuring that was too much to take in our current state we decided to head back to the resort and rest.

We were back at Pop by 4.15 but then realised that our ADR for Cape May Cafe that evening was not at 8.30 as I'd been thinking all day, but at 7.10. Whoops.

So showered, changed and slightly rested we were out again at 6pm. We caught the bus to the Studios with no wait and then ran from the bus stop to the boat dock in time to be the last ones on the Friendship to the Yacht & Beach Club.
I realise there are easier ways to get to Y&B, but we'd never taken a boat from Studios past the Boardwalk etc and it made for some unique scenery.
I was so interested in looking out the window that I forgot to take any photos. Doh!

We checked in at Cape May Cafe at the Beach club with 5mins to spare and only had to wait 10mis for a table.
We took the time to explore the lobby - very nice indeed.

We were seated at a booth next to the kitchen entrance (not a problem) and the lady showing us to our table informed us the roger would be our server this evening. She grabbed a crayon from the pot on each table (for kids. i assume) and wrote his name in big letters on the table cloth.
Roger appeared soon afterwards and was a very tall man with a very funny, dry sense of humor. He asked if we'd visited before and explained the layout of the buffet before taking our drinks order. He signed off with "You're dismissed. We'll meet back here."

The food was good. I'm not a great seafood eater, but the BBQ ribs, prime rib etc that I had were good and Kathryn said the prawns, mahi-mahi etc were very nice. The Oreo bon-bons in the dessert buffet was delicious.

If you're a seafood fan I can definitely recommend Cape May Cafe.

We walked out the back of the Beach Club towards the baot dock and saw a very lonely looking photopass CM standing on the walkway, so we got our picture taken and watched the kids roasting marshmellows on the beach bonfire. The was also an outdoor screen setup showing Wall-E right on the water's edge.

We caught the boat back to DHS for Extra Magic Hours (it was 9pm by now) We headed straight for Toy Story Midway Mania, but CMs at the entrance were turning people away as the ride was currently down.
This is where Kathryn did a double take at the man talking to the CM in front of us - it was someone she used to work with a couple of months ago, and he and his family were on the last couple of days of their trip. It IS a small world after all!

So we made our way through Pixar Place and stopped to watch Luxo direct the lighting in the trees - it's a great little touch and well worth catching.
We walked through Streets Of America and through the Muppet courtyard (As there are practically no open attractions or restaurants in those areas, they were deserted and I love seeing the parks at night with no one around.) Stopped by to check out the Star Tours queue - the Ewok village has some cool after dark effects it's worth exploring.

As we walked past the tip board on Hollywood Boulevard we saw the wait time for Toy Story was now 40 mins - it was 9.45 and the park was due to close at 10 so this struck me as odd. We checked with the CM that TSMM was open again and when he told us it was we ran over to Pixar Place and joined the line. 10 minutes later we were experiencing out first ride on TSMM and it is without a doubt a hit with the both of us.

Here's some short video of Mr Potato Head I took in the queueing area, but I seemed to time so that all he did was blink mostly.

YouTube - Mr Potato Head @ TSMM

We were out of the park buy 10.15 and had to wait for a second bus as there so many people heading back to Pop. We were back in our room by 10.35, where I found an SD card under one the beds. I checked it out in our camera and it was pictures the family who had our room room the previous week, judging by the date stamps on the photos. I made a note to hand it in at reception in the morning and finally climbed into bed after a tiring but very enjoyable day at 11.30.
"I'm gettin' kinda fond of you, kid.
Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything."

"Showing off for your Muggle admirers, Potter?"
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Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything."

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