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Old 02-17-2012, 08:29 PM   #151
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DECEMBER 6, 2011
Day 1, Part 2 In Which I Discover New Realms of Awesomeness At The Hollywood Tower Hotel


When we last left off, I was assuring some tweens that Hidden Mickeys could not be found in the bushes at Walt Disney World. Or anywhere, really. I mean, I haven't searched through a lot of shrubbery in my life, but I found no Mickeys hidden in the ones I have looked through. After sending the girls on their merry way, I went over to Star Tours.

I had not been on this ride in years because it is the only Disney ride I've ever been on that made me a little nauseous, but I had heard such good things about it since the refurbishment that I knew I had to check it out.



Luckily, the wait was 10 minutes and I got right on!

Wow, I love this ride now! Let me just preface this by saying I'm not a big Star Wars fan. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I've only seen the first film and it was YEARS ago (Though now that I love the ride, I'm tempted to marathon the original 3 films). It doesn't really matter though, because the ride is great now. I love that they have so many different scenarios so that if you ride more than once, it's likely it not be the same as the last, since there are over 50 different experiences. On this particular visit, Darth Vader intercepted our flight before we even left the building and called out the Rebel Spy which was this adorable little boy! At the end, Princess Leia came on the screen and gave us our mission (the second time I went on later in the trip, it was Yoda, and Darth Vader didn't show up in the beginning). So fun! I also didn't feel sick at all this time as it is MUCH smoother than I remember, so yay!

I posted on Twitter:
Loved the new Star Tours, wasn't a huge fan of it before. People clapped at the end!

Yes that's right, it was so awesome that people actually cheered at the end. I LOVE when that happens. What a fun experience!

Well, I hadn't been on Toy Story Mania in almost an hour, which is unacceptable, so I went right back over there. This time the wait said 45 minutes, but it was only 30. You know it's low crowd times when you get on TSM 3 times, RNR, and Star Tours before 11:00 with a break in between! LOVE IT!!!

I posted this on Twitter:
My arm actually hurts cause I go THAT hard on Toy Story Mania. I just rule.

I really do rule. And I do go very hard. It's intimidating and REALLY embarrassing for the people sitting in the same car as me. I'm always the best score in the car. I don't have a big ego, I just love how awesome I am.

At this point, nothing in Hollywood really had much of a wait except TSM, and even that was only about 20 minutes. Needless to say, I very much recommend early December as a time to visit WDW! Who cares if your kids are already going to have Christmas break off? Pull em out of school anyway! How important is education compared to Disney REALLY? Think about it.

Since almost every ride was a walk on, I did what any obsessed Disney fan would do: wander around and take pictures!


Read this dedication, I love it. My favorite part is "We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was and always will be." Says so much with so little words!


This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip, I just like the angle.















At this point I was super hungry. My tummy was all rumbly Pooh style, so I headed over to Graceland AKA Starring Rolls to FINALLY try one of their world famous cupcakes. I had always wanted to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake or the Butterfinger Cupcake, but then my friend Jess raved about the Red Velvet one on her TRs and it just looked so ridiculously delicious that I had to get that one!


SLAP MY BEHIND AND CALL ME SHERIFF WOODY, THIS WAS THE BEST CUPCAKE I HAVE HAD IN MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that is really saying something cause I can put those away like NO OTHER! But this is really the best cupcake I have EVER had! All the bakeries in competition with each other who have some of the best pastry chefs in Manhattan as owners have NOTHING on this!!!!!

Red velvet in general is really good, but this was some of the best quality cake I have ever had. Disney, in general, always as amazing quality cake but this was just above and beyond even that. The cream cheese icing was also better than any other I have had. They must have a secret ingredient or something because I can't put my finger on it, but it's just better. In the middle of the icing, there is a dollop of cheesecake, which is brilliant to begin with but then there are also pieces of Heath bar on top which is seriously on par with E=MC squared as far as genius ideas go.

Sigh. I would pay $100 for one right now. I am not exaggerating. These are the cupcakes Jesus eats in Heaven. If you normally do not have a big sweet tooth... if you usually don't like cupcakes very much... it doesn't matter. Try it. You will never be the same.

At this point I was really missing my mom. Red Velvet is her favorite and I really wanted to share it with her. Also, I wanted to change my outfit cause I was kind of uncomfortable, so I got a box for the cupcake and called to tell her to hang tight at the resort cause I was coming back.

On my way out I took a picture of the awesome Christmas tree:


Once I arrived at Pop, I took the shortcut back to our room (LOVE IT!) and found my mom lounging by the Computer Pool. At this point I was like GURL. I mean, I know, I know. It's a VACATION. Lounging by the pool is normal(ISH), but I was sick of touring alone. She said she was ready to go anyway, so it worked out well! We sat by the pool awhile chatting and eating the cupcake and then headed upstairs.

After we turned on the TV and admired Stacey, changed, and caught the bus, we were back in Hollywood!

Whew.

I took a picture of the Times Board because I love when they write 13 minutes for ToT:

Wait time of doom! P.S. DO NOT ASK what those lines all over the picture are. I thought my camera was dead right there but by shaking it around and banging it on my hand several times it was back to working fine, albeit with the zit, but you can't have everything.

I took this pic just to test out my camera, but it actually turned out cool I think!


Since I had decided to wait for my mom to ride Tower of Terror aka MY FAVORITE ATTRACTION OF ALL TIME, I was basically running down Sunset! But my mom stopped because some Citizens of Hollywood were out and about, so I joined her:

This was a really cute little show. They had a bunch of different Hollywoodlanders, like a gangster and a dramatic actress, and mixed them with park guests. I wish I had more detailed notes with all the characters and what they said because it was so good! They all stood in a line as you can see in the pic and sang "The 12 Days of Christmas". They went through one by one choosing their own replacement for the normal lyrics, but it had to be something they wanted for Christmas and each gift was tailored to the character. Of course, the gangster was reluctant to join in on the fun and kept messing the whole thing up! I think he finally decided on something like "Seven guns a-blazing!"

As an actress, this would definitely be one of the #1 jobs I would love to have if I were to work at WDW. So much fun and so much improv involved! It would be so fun to stay in character while talking to guests and play off whatever they said.

Sidenote: Last week I was doing improv and I had a scene with this hilarious actor and we were supposed to be siblings that were little kids finding toys from Santa on Christmas morning. We were acting CRAZY excited, and I screamed, "WE GOT IPODS!!!!!!!!!!" and he turned to me and said, "LOOKS LIKE WE'LL BE LISTENING TO OUR TUNES ON THE GO!" and I can not get it out of my head. The audience EXPLODED with laughter and every time I even SEE an apple product I can't BREATHE. Improv is the best... if you have a local acting program you should take it even if you can not imagine acting. It's a really unique experience and SO MUCH FUN!

Anyway, back to the report! It was finally time for our descent into THE TWILIGHT ZONE. And it was a walk on!

I'm not going to write about my deep and endless love for this ride again, as I already covered it pretty well in my LAST TR. So check that out!

I was really anxious to see if they would be playing the Tower of Terror area loop AKA my FAVORITE music in all of Disney, and they were! I was so happy b/c like I said, a lot of the other area music was replaced with Christmas music (actually, I ended up realizing that the attraction area music stayed the same, while a lot of the general park area music was Christmas themed). I love hearing the dreamy Sunset Boulevard music headed up to the Hollywood Tower Hotel and really missed that, but once I finally arrived at the hotel I heard the same old WONDROUS loop of 20's-40's music! My favorite. PERFECTION.

Another sidenote: The other day my dad was watching a movie about Glenn Miller, brilliant jazz musician/composer of the 30's and 40's who served in WWII even though he was already a major celebrity and ended up going MIA in 1944. They play a lot of his music around the ToT area, so when I heard it coming from the TV I was all "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and ran in there to watch. I told him I knew the music from Disney and he said, "That's because this is REAL music, not like this crap they play today!" LOL. My dad thinks all music and film produced after 1950 is awful, and though I obviously don't agree, there is something absolutely timeless and perfect about that kind of music and I've always held a great fondness for it. He then told me that at his high school prom he won the Jitterbug dance contest to one of Glenn Miller's songs! LOL! Being awesome runs in the family TBH.

ANYWAY, as you all probably already know, I am so obsessed with the entire building of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. My dream is to get to design my own home one day and have it built in different Disney styles, mostly mimicking the HTH and various buildings throughout the park, like the Mickey's of Hollywood building. Hollywood Studios architecture is my favorite ever! I also want some kind of Fairy Garden on my property, and a tree house, and a pool kind of like a mermaid cove, and stained glass windows themed after different Disney tales... buuut before I reveal all the plans for my future home/personal theme park, let's move on!

I know I say this over and over but it bares repeating: you must ALWAYS remember to stop and smell the details at Disney! I have been on the Tower of Terror dozens of times, taken a million pics of it, examined so much of it, but even I noticed something I NEVER have before!

The room behind where you go look at your ride photos is decked OUT! I wish I could have gotten better pictures of it, or seen back there better. I was literally leaning over the desk trying to see more details, because if there is ever like a note on a table, or a book open, or a piece of music, or a picture it ALWAYS has significance. Disney doesn't just throw anything into their set design! Working on movies and TV made me really learn to appreciate the little things, because when you actually get to know set designers and decorators as people who spend hours upon hours shopping for things to put in the background that no one notices, it makes all the difference!







It seemed to be some kind of storage area for the hotel, though it was pretty hard to see back there, but it was still incredible. The thought they put into these things and no one even looks! Once I started craning my neck and taking a million pictures, people came over to see what I was looking at, and I guess they didn't find it so interesting cause they walked away a second later. EYEROLL.

When I got home, I did some research and discovered that a lot of the stuff in this area are REAL PROPS FROM TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODES!!!!! HOW COOL IS THAT, RIGHT? I haven't watched the Twilight Zone in ages, but HOW FUN for huge fans of the show to look and try and find things! Like, if they did this with the show Friends, I would have a BLAST looking for everything as I have seen every episode at at LEAST 5-10 times. It's like a real life Hidden Pictures puzzle! Disney is the freaking BEST!

Apparently there is a toy telephone somewhere in this room used in the episode "Long Distance", but I can't see it in my pictures, so I must have missed it. There is a phone on the desk, but it looks like a regular phone, not a toy, so I will have to look for that next time!

See, it's just like I told ya. You NEED to slow down and catch the details. And always google something if you don't know what it is. Disney never just does anything... there is a reason and meaning behind it all.

To the right of this little room, there are two bulletin boards. It is so dark in there that it was impossible to get a good picture, but these were AWESOME! They had hand written notes pegged to them by people staying at the hotel that were advertising/selling things. One said something about selling his child's toy that he doesn't use anymore, and it listed the price and room number. I wonder if people actually did this back then? I don't think Disney would just randomly make it up, since stuff like that usually tends to be accurate.


SO amazing. Sigh. Just another reason to worship Disney and love the Hotel!

When we walked into the hotel gift shop, I saw two little boys sitting on the floor playing with toys, totally engrossed in whatever fantasy scenario they had invented as if they were acting in a scene. It was so adorable.

The shop here is one of my favorites, along with Rock Around The Shop at the Rock N Roller Coaster. Ahh, I'm too obsessed! I want everything they sell! I have wanted the HTH bathrobe for like 10 years. I'm serious. I HAVE to buy it next trip. When you want something for that long you should just shell out the $60 once and for all and get it!

I absolutely love this area of the hotel. This is one of my favorite places at Disney. I can't describe how obsessed I am with this building! When I am rich, I am going to show an architect these pictures and say, "Go."







Up Next:I DON'T WANNA RUN, I JUST WANNA BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY!

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:08 PM   #152
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Ahhhh the cupcake looks and sounds delicious. I really want to try it, but I'm afraid it might be too rich or something! The other day I had a MINI red velvet cupcake, which was delicious, but even that was almost too rich for me! I'm odd I know. Ehhh I'll probably end up getting it anyway.

I love that you always notice the little details like that! It's really awesome. I'm making a mental note to really look around at Tower of Terror next time.

Loved the update as usual!
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:27 PM   #153
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Ahhhh the cupcake looks and sounds delicious. I really want to try it, but I'm afraid it might be too rich or something! The other day I had a MINI red velvet cupcake, which was delicious, but even that was almost too rich for me! I'm odd I know. Ehhh I'll probably end up getting it anyway.

I love that you always notice the little details like that! It's really awesome. I'm making a mental note to really look around at Tower of Terror next time.

Loved the update as usual!
It's not too rich at all, trust me! I hate that. Usually when a cupcake is really rich I can't even eat the whole thing, but I could eat about 14 of these in one sitting and not be done. I remember one of the cookies I got at Writer's Stop took me hours to eat because of that, but the cupcakes at Starring Rolls are just perfect.

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UGH OH MY GOD I CANNOT. These pictures are KILLING me. I leave in thirteen days and this trip can't come fast enough!

STAR WARS IS LEGIT THE GREATEST THING IN THE UNIVERSE. It's one of my all-time favourite things in the world. You should definitely check out the original trilogy when you have some time! I haven't really spoiled myself for anything in the new Star Tours so I'm going into it completely blind. I may sob with joy.

I want to smash my face in that Red Velvet Cupcake. It looks so good.

One of my favourite parts in Walt Disney World is the little outdoor queue part of Tower of Terror. I don't know why, but just hanging out there and hearing the old-timey music makes me so happy. When I'm feeling homesick for Disney, I usually think of really specific parts of the parks that I'm missing (coming out on to Main Street after the sun has set and seeing all the lights on, the entrance to Animal Kingdom, etc.) and that specific part of the queue always comes to mind.
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Um, did you notice in your 3rd picture of the little room at the HTH that the back left leg of the desk chair was missing?!? Freaky. I'm just sayin'.
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UGH OH MY GOD I CANNOT. These pictures are KILLING me. I leave in thirteen days and this trip can't come fast enough!

STAR WARS IS LEGIT THE GREATEST THING IN THE UNIVERSE. It's one of my all-time favourite things in the world. You should definitely check out the original trilogy when you have some time! I haven't really spoiled myself for anything in the new Star Tours so I'm going into it completely blind. I may sob with joy.

I want to smash my face in that Red Velvet Cupcake. It looks so good.

One of my favourite parts in Walt Disney World is the little outdoor queue part of Tower of Terror. I don't know why, but just hanging out there and hearing the old-timey music makes me so happy. When I'm feeling homesick for Disney, I usually think of really specific parts of the parks that I'm missing (coming out on to Main Street after the sun has set and seeing all the lights on, the entrance to Animal Kingdom, etc.) and that specific part of the queue always comes to mind.
AHHHH you are SO lucky! I'm so jealous. March seems like a great time to go, too.

Being a huge Star Wars fan, you're going to lose it when you finally ride the refurbished version! I mean, I love the ride and I'm not even into Star Wars so you are just going to freak out. It's worth the wait!

I completely agree with you. It's my favorite queue and if I HAD to narrow down like a Top 5 Favorite Places At WDW list, it would definitely be on there. It's like stepping into the "Hollywood that never was and always will be", but it's also mysterious and dreamy and creepy and a little off, but sooo beautiful.

Have a red velvet cupcake for me when you're there, will ya? I miss them dearly.

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Whoa, I didn't notice that!!! That is so awesome. I love Disney.
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I saw you updated this a few days ago and I have been wanting to read it so bad and I HAVEN'T HAD TIME!! But here I am and I am excited because I have a moment to breathe and obsess over disney. yayayay

hahaha everyone always tells me to watch star wars (because I never have) and the only reason I would be open to it would be because of Star Tours! I would like to know what is going on in that ride.

Yay for you not even feeling sick at the end! That's a super good thing

I MISS TOY STORY MANIA!!!! Oh my GOD. I need it back in my life!!!!!!!

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Who cares if your kids are already going to have Christmas break off? Pull em out of school anyway! How important is education compared to Disney REALLY?
This will DEFINITELY be happening when I have children someday. Seriously.... SO WORTH IT!

Very very nice pictures! They're very different angles of DHS that most people don't capture... I like them a lot!

ileusfdhvilskjfdnkirsukdhfgslkjdfcaeiljfdsljreoihl kjdfhadiluedhskdhuewshdkjdsbfakewjdbsmn RED VELVET CUPCAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad that you tried it upon my recommendation... I feel so special!

I AM SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT THAT MUCH! YAYAYAYAYAYAY Oh my God it's SO. FREAKING. PERFECT!

That cream cheese icing is really good... I completely agree. It's not like... the type of frosting that sits like a rock in your stomach. It tastes fantastic and is light enough to make you not feel super fat. Same with the whole cupcake in general. IT'S JUST THE BEST THING EVER! And heath bars just make everything better. Seriously.

And I totally agree about the not liking cupcake thing... because Nat does not like cupcakes and she LOVED this. IT'S SO GOOD!

And yes, I realize I just went on and on and on about those cupcakes but they deserve it!!!

I hope your Mom loved the cupcake as much as you did!

I like that balloon picture a lot!

Haha I remember that 12 days of Christmas skit! I didn't stop to watch but I heard it while I was in the area.. it was really adorable!

LOL improv is the best! I need to get better at it personally, but I absolutely LOVE watching it! That sounds like a hilarious skit!! So funny.

When you make that dream house, I'm coming to visit. Because it sounds perfect in EVERY WAY. DISNEYYYYYYYYY

I wish that people like us (who are a littleee obsessed with disney details) had the chance to go behind the scenes and look at all of these details and have a tour guide tell us what everything is. That's so incredibly cool about the twilight zone props!! Ahhhh!

OMG YOU TOTALLY NEED TO GET THAT BATHROBE! It's worth it if you have wanted it for 10 years

Okayyy I definitely wrote a lot more than I expected to. But I MISSED YOUR UPDATES! I'm glad I finally got to catch up! Yay! Can't wait for the next one!
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Hello friend! I'm sorry I haven't commented in forever. Thankfully, it looks like I've only missed two installments. Thank you for not being a frequent updater. It works better with my laziness and tv schedule. We're like a match made in TR heaven.

Here we go...

Yay Hollywood! I concur about the architecture. It's gorgeous. If I never live in a teal and coral home, I will be incredibly disappointed.

But are you like the couch-cushion-eating, sleeping-with-blow-dryer, compulsive-shower-drain-hair-pulling people on My Strange Addiction? I think that's where I'm at. I mean, I'd marry TSM if I could. Mrs. Kara Toy Story Mania has a nice ring to it.

Your pictures have me on the verge of tears. I MISS YOU DISNEY WORLD. SO MUCH. WHY AM I NOT WITH YOU ALWAYS? WHY AM I NOT GOING TO SPEND 24 HOURS SOAKING UP YOUR WONDERFULNESS NEXT WEEK? WHY IS THERE NOT A FROZEN STRAWBERRY LEMONADE IN MY FREEZER RIGHT NOW? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

You're such a good samaritan, Lia. I probably would've just laughed at the people searching for Hidden Mickeys in the dirt. Or told them that they're gonna need a shovel.

I don't know whether or not to try Star Tours. I'm really not a fan of the faux flying feeling, but everyone keeps talking about how awesome it is and I don't want to miss out on something that I could possibly, potentially handle. How much of a flight simulator is it? My sister says it's essentially just like watching tv, but she's a thrill junkie who barely watches tv so I don't trust her lol.

Oh god RED VELVET. We will be arriving at WDW on the 1 year anniversary of my first Red Velvet Cheesecake cupcake. Fitting. It will also be the 1 year anniversary of Riley's death but that's sad so cupcake it is! I will have 365 - one for every day since my life was changed by its red velvet goodness.

Even I, a TOT non-rider, have had my eye on those Hollywood Tower Hotel robes for years. I have spent a lot of time waiting in that giftshop so I guess it'd still be an appropriate souvenir.

Can't wait for the next update!!!
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I saw you updated this a few days ago and I have been wanting to read it so bad and I HAVEN'T HAD TIME!! But here I am and I am excited because I have a moment to breathe and obsess over disney. yayayay

hahaha everyone always tells me to watch star wars (because I never have) and the only reason I would be open to it would be because of Star Tours! I would like to know what is going on in that ride.

Yay for you not even feeling sick at the end! That's a super good thing

I MISS TOY STORY MANIA!!!! Oh my GOD. I need it back in my life!!!!!!!

This will DEFINITELY be happening when I have children someday. Seriously.... SO WORTH IT!

Very very nice pictures! They're very different angles of DHS that most people don't capture... I like them a lot!

ileusfdhvilskjfdnkirsukdhfgslkjdfcaeiljfdsljreoihl kjdfhadiluedhskdhuewshdkjdsbfakewjdbsmn RED VELVET CUPCAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad that you tried it upon my recommendation... I feel so special!

I AM SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT THAT MUCH! YAYAYAYAYAYAY Oh my God it's SO. FREAKING. PERFECT!

That cream cheese icing is really good... I completely agree. It's not like... the type of frosting that sits like a rock in your stomach. It tastes fantastic and is light enough to make you not feel super fat. Same with the whole cupcake in general. IT'S JUST THE BEST THING EVER! And heath bars just make everything better. Seriously.

And I totally agree about the not liking cupcake thing... because Nat does not like cupcakes and she LOVED this. IT'S SO GOOD!

And yes, I realize I just went on and on and on about those cupcakes but they deserve it!!!

I hope your Mom loved the cupcake as much as you did!

I like that balloon picture a lot!

Haha I remember that 12 days of Christmas skit! I didn't stop to watch but I heard it while I was in the area.. it was really adorable!

LOL improv is the best! I need to get better at it personally, but I absolutely LOVE watching it! That sounds like a hilarious skit!! So funny.

When you make that dream house, I'm coming to visit. Because it sounds perfect in EVERY WAY. DISNEYYYYYYYYY

I wish that people like us (who are a littleee obsessed with disney details) had the chance to go behind the scenes and look at all of these details and have a tour guide tell us what everything is. That's so incredibly cool about the twilight zone props!! Ahhhh!

OMG YOU TOTALLY NEED TO GET THAT BATHROBE! It's worth it if you have wanted it for 10 years

Okayyy I definitely wrote a lot more than I expected to. But I MISSED YOUR UPDATES! I'm glad I finally got to catch up! Yay! Can't wait for the next one!
Yeah, I feel like I get most of Star Tours just b/c a lot of the references in it are just widely known things from pop culture since the movies are so popular but I'm sure there's tons we're missing by not being familiar with the movies. I mean, Disney always throws in those little details and things that a lot of people don't catch.

Thanks for the compliments on my pics!

Seriously Jess, I owe you my life basically b/c if it wasn't for your TR I probably would have gotten a different cupcake.

I agree, the cupcakes at Disney don't make you feel that overly heavy feeling that a lot of cake does. It's clear they use all fresh and natural ingredients.

You'll get better at improv I'm sure. Just keep doing it as much as possible even when you're scared or working with people you think are way better than you are. It's really the only way to improve at it since it's so different from learning a scene and practicing it over and over. Honestly I think it's one of the most fun and thrilling things I do!

AHH that would be so amazing to get to go behind the scenes at ToT! Have you ever done a backstage tour? I've always wanted to but a lot of them are super expensive so I haven't yet but hopefully next trip. and I am TOTALLY getting the bathrobe next time.
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Hello friend! I'm sorry I haven't commented in forever. Thankfully, it looks like I've only missed two installments. Thank you for not being a frequent updater. It works better with my laziness and tv schedule. We're like a match made in TR heaven.

Here we go...

Yay Hollywood! I concur about the architecture. It's gorgeous. If I never live in a teal and coral home, I will be incredibly disappointed.

But are you like the couch-cushion-eating, sleeping-with-blow-dryer, compulsive-shower-drain-hair-pulling people on My Strange Addiction? I think that's where I'm at. I mean, I'd marry TSM if I could. Mrs. Kara Toy Story Mania has a nice ring to it.

Your pictures have me on the verge of tears. I MISS YOU DISNEY WORLD. SO MUCH. WHY AM I NOT WITH YOU ALWAYS? WHY AM I NOT GOING TO SPEND 24 HOURS SOAKING UP YOUR WONDERFULNESS NEXT WEEK? WHY IS THERE NOT A FROZEN STRAWBERRY LEMONADE IN MY FREEZER RIGHT NOW? WHY? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

You're such a good samaritan, Lia. I probably would've just laughed at the people searching for Hidden Mickeys in the dirt. Or told them that they're gonna need a shovel.

I don't know whether or not to try Star Tours. I'm really not a fan of the faux flying feeling, but everyone keeps talking about how awesome it is and I don't want to miss out on something that I could possibly, potentially handle. How much of a flight simulator is it? My sister says it's essentially just like watching tv, but she's a thrill junkie who barely watches tv so I don't trust her lol.

Oh god RED VELVET. We will be arriving at WDW on the 1 year anniversary of my first Red Velvet Cheesecake cupcake. Fitting. It will also be the 1 year anniversary of Riley's death but that's sad so cupcake it is! I will have 365 - one for every day since my life was changed by its red velvet goodness.

Even I, a TOT non-rider, have had my eye on those Hollywood Tower Hotel robes for years. I have spent a lot of time waiting in that giftshop so I guess it'd still be an appropriate souvenir.

Can't wait for the next update!!!
AHH don't encourage me to not be a frequent updater!! I want to do it at least once a week but now that I've said that the next update will probably be in 2014.

My Strange Addiction To quote Happy Endings, that show makes me feel like I have my life together. I mean, no matter how bad things get, I don't eat laundry detergent daily so how terrible are things REALLY?

God, I miss it so much too. I keep having dreams that I'm there and it's killing me because I want nothing more than to go for my birthday weekend but I really have to stop being so irresponsible with my money. Or not. I actually would probably do it if my birthday didn't fall on an insanely expensive weekend (Easter). Airfare alone was $400 per person! Please kill me.

As much as I want you to eventually ride everything at Disney, I'm going to be real... it's not just like watching TV. But it's not super intense either. It doesn't feel faux flying. It's so much of a more effective simulator than it was in the past and it is as smooth as can be. It really feels like you're going somewhere and the visuals are so freaking cool.

365 red velvet cupcakes. That is just too sexual to speak of in my opinion.

I think it would be funny if you bought that robe and people would be like "YEAH, best ride ever!" and you'd be like "Yeah....Hella awesome gift shop!" If you said things like HELLA which I'm not sure that you do but hey, in the right context it's not so bad. See: No Doubt, Hella Good, circa 2001.
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Day 1, Part 3 In Which We Don't Wanna Run, We Just Wanna Bang On The Drum All Day


It was nearing parade time, so we headed back over to Hollywood Boulevard to get a good spot. We hadn't seen a parade at THE DISNEY/MGM STUDIOS since the 90's (insert 90's Nick/Boy Meets World/Spice Girls reference here), so I was VERY excited! I actually think I love the parades more now than I did as a kid-- I never used to want to stop and watch when I was little, but now I go out of my way to make sure we don't miss them.

On the way there, we passed another Hollywood citizen talking to a park guest. The Hollywood native was a very famous celebrity, and the guest started freaking out as if they had for real seen one of their favorite stars. I love when guests aren't afraid to go all out like that and join the show.

We found a great spot to sit on the boulevard, and I took a picture of the pretty sky. It was such a nice day-- really the only HOT day of our trip.



While people wait for the parade, they do this DANCE PARTY thing in the middle of the street! They played "Canned Heat" by Jamiriquai, which you probably know from the movie Napoleon Dynamite, a movie I love. Now, it's used really awesomely at the end of that movie. HOWEVER, if you are REALLY awesome, you first knew that song from the epic dance sequence at the end of the movie Center Stage. You don't understand, I LIVE for epic dance sequences. I know every step to this dance and have since I was 10, even though I never did pointe! I still do it sometimes. I kind of wanted to do it in the street that day LOL but it was mostly kids being adorable and I didn't want to be the weirdo doing full choreogaphy in the street. I do enough of that at home, you know?

There were these two kids that were especially cute. I even creepily took pictures because I just never wanted to forget the moment.


This little girl was dancing like there was NO TOMORROW. She was so full of joy! It was so amazing to see. Then, this little boy in a Darth Vader costume joined her and that made it EVEN MORE ADORABLE! I hope they get married someday. LOL.


These two made my day! So cute!

But that wasn't even the most adorable part if you can believe it. The family next to us had two little girls dressed as Rapunzel and Cinderella, and they had been watching the little girl dance too. One of them said to the mother, "Can we invite her over for a play date?" LOOOOOOOOOOOOLODFOLDAKLFJ I COULDN'T BREATHE.

And then it was time for Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade! I was TOO excited!


It was really hard to get good pictures at some points because the sun was SO bright, so bare with me here!

Let me tell you something, if you think the Small World song gets stuck in your head for days, you have another thing coming because the song they sing during this parade has been lodged in my head since the first time I heard the chorus:

I DON'T WANNA RUN, I JUST WANNA BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY!

That song was in my head the entire day and I have sung that line at least once EVERY single day since! I don't care, it reminds me of Disney so I love it.


Yayyyy! Flik and Atta! A Bug's Life is super underrated.


"Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly!"








SO PRETTY!


Ratatouille was next!


I love Remy because he just wants good food, which is basically my main concern in life.


Monster's Inc!! WOOO!!








Up! Can you believe I only watched this movie once cause it made me cry so much? I really want to see it again, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for the waterworks. I LOVE it, though. There was another float with Carl on it, but I couldn't get a good pic!


Potato Head took some time off from being the Boardwalk Barker to come Live It Up with us!!


I love the dancer's costumes, cause they're not perfectly matched or anything... they look like a kid playing dress up put them together.












Such a great parade! My mom kept talking about it the whole trip, she loved it so much! It's her favorite one I think. It's just so fun and upbeat. It's very wham, SO BOOM! Don't miss it!

Up Next: PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. EVERYWHERE PEOPLE!

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I really wish you would have done your full on choreography in the middle of Hollywood Studios. I think it would have been welcome entertainment. Fellow guests probably would have just thought you were late to a flash mob, or something.

YOU'RE RIGHT. A Bug's Life is SO underrated. It's one of my favorites!

I loved that parade too! I mean yeah, it's pretty simple and some people complain that the song literally just repeats itself over and over, but the PIXAR characters! They're all awesome and I love them, and I LIKED the song so therefore I too think the parade is awesome.
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I had to come back out of the woodwork because not too many people understand or appreciate the greatness of CenterStage. It is a fabulous work of cinema, and I love it. However, that damn Zoe Saldana can suck an egg for never admitting that she had a part in such a fine film. It's as though she's ashamed of it.

Same goes for Zellweger-- treating Empire Records like a red-headed stepchild. Damn them!

P.S. Huge Friends fan as well, love the references, keep 'em coming!
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