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Old 12-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #256
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Hooray for Hollywood (Studios)! Part 2


After the Great Movie Ride, we found ourselves on the Streets of America, being taunted by how soon the Osborne Lights would be starting RIGHT after we left.


We saw Mulch, Sweat, and Shears pulling away after finishing one of their performances, so, sadly, I did not get the opportunity to dance with them like Lisa (Mickeystoontown) had.

After starting to do the meander politely bit again, I took the reins and declared that the Muppets would be our next stop.

As we approached MuppetVision 3D (Hi, I'm Dorothy, I'm Dinah, and I'm Max...), I noticed the little cart right by the entrance had, oh, around EIGHT MILLION OF THE MUPPETS HATS ON IT.

Of course it did.

Happily, we arrived not too far into the preshow, and so we got to watch a good portion of it.

After the show, we declared that it was high time for a snack. We couldnt decide what we wanted, and ended up on Sunset Blvd. with all of our wandering. After contemplating the menus at some of the CS areas, my mom and dad decided to go with a margarita and a frozen lemonade, respectively. (I want to say that these were from High Octane Refreshments, but I could just be making that up. It sounds plausible though, right?)

Wingnut and I went over to one of the ice cream carts, where he got a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich, and I chose a Mickey Premium Bar.

Frozen Margarita (Mom: Eh. A good solid 5.)

(5 out of how many, I'm not really sure. Let's go with 10.)

Frozen Lemonade (Dad: Very good.)

Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich (DF: Really good.)

Mickey Premium Bar (Me: Nom nom nom...)

Alright, I know that youre not going to believe this, but this was actually my very first Mickey Premium Bar. Ever. Ever ever ever. I know that sounds crazy, but just recently has my lactose intolerance been mellowing out so that I have been able to have things like pizza and cheesecake and ice cream. I only now need to take a Lactaid for cheesecake and ice cream even pizza and other cheesy items are good to go with me now!

(Is that too much information about my digestive system? Sorry.)


After our frozen treats, we realized that the parade was going to start pretty much momentarily, and we had to decide whether or not to go to the shops across the street or head out of the park pretty soon, or be stuck on Sunset Blvd. for the duration. We decided to dash across the street into the shops, and I only briefly pretended that I was a part of the oncoming parade, waving and holding my head up high, as we crossed.

(I'd say that I only act like this in Disney World, but that would be a bit of a lie...)

A glimpse of the merriment:

As we walked around the shop, the parade blaring outside with dance music, I found this little adorable couple.

Me: Look.
DF: No.
Me: Look, they play music.
DF: No.
Me: Look, I can make the entire shelf of them play music.
DF: (walking away) This is why we cant take you anywhere.

Things are always festive when I'm around, I'll say that much.

A few minutes later, the walls of the shop stopped reverberating with the peppy dance music and we headed back outside, stopping in Sid Cahungas shop on the way to Guest Services to get the Tables in Wonderland card.

With the AP and TIW cards combined (is anyone else thinking of the Captain Planet theme song right now, or is it just me?), I now felt the ultimate power of the Annual Passholder. With both dining and shopping discounts at my fingertips, nary a purchase would be made for the duration of the trip without me asking, "do you accept this discount?"

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Old 12-30-2012, 06:16 PM   #257
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Cowboy scene! So jealous!
Of course there are thousands of muppet hats now!
That Mickey and Minnie bride and groom are way too cute!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:48 PM   #259
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I like the fact that you are so flexible with your park plans... go where the wind takes you at the GF bus stop ... ehh uhhh except AK! That's me... I think I'll let that bus just go right ahead and pass us by!

I must not pay attention on TGMR because I had to ask my DD if there were two different hostile take-over scenes that alternate depending... uh yes! We must usually see the gangster version. Ok.. moving along..I'll pay better attention next time.

Ahhh the power of the AP combined with having a TiW card - you practically had to spend money to see how much you could save! A woman's logic I'm sure! Sure is exciting to have both though.

Looking forward to more Stringbean and Wingnut adventures!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:47 PM   #260
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It seems like more and more people are lucking out with the cowboy scene on Great Movie Ride. Maybe Disney has realized people get sick of going through the mobster one every single time. I still have yet to see the cowboys, though, so let's hope this trend continues.

Being an Annual Passholder is fantastic. You feel so special. (And all those discounts are great! I use it even when I'm buiying an 8 dollar pin. )
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:00 AM   #261
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Yeah for the cowboy side of GMR. I've only ever had it ONCE. That needs to change.

True confession - I don't think I have ever had a mickey bar, except perhaps to rescue a melting one from one of my kids when they were little. But yours looks so good now I kinda want one.

So the frozen rita was "eh"? Well, I hope you grabbed mom by the hand, led her out of the park, and put her on the next friendship boat over to the Ditch. She can't say any of those rites are "eh" .

I love the bride and groom Mickey. Please say you bought them. When wingnut wasn't looking.

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With the AP and TIW cards combined, I now felt the ultimate power of the Annual Passholder. With both dining and shopping discounts at my fingertips, nary a purchase would be made for the duration of the trip without me asking, "do you accept this discount?"
Does make one feel a bit cocky, doesn't it?

Cute picture of String and Wing.

Good for getting the cowboy scene while you had guests along with you. I'd say we're about 10:1 on gangsters vs. cowboys, so your parents got lucky.

I feel the warmth of the day in those pictures, which is nice, since it is here!
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:59 AM   #263
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All caught up! Love the little touch from the Swan! That pen is too cute!

All of your wedding locations are lovely! You are going to have an absolutely beautiful wedding!

Of course you saw a million Muppet hats! That is always the way it goes!

Too funny that you made all the wedding Mickeys and Minnies play music!
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I love the idea of playing bus roulette! I think we'll be depending on buses for some of our trip in Feb. so maybe I'll do the same thing! Although I'm not sure how rigidly my sister has our park days planned out!

Yay Hollywood Studios, love that park! So jealous you got the cowboy scene! Someday I'm going to be brave and ask for it, I just don't like bothering the CM's unless I really have to!

Ugh, those Osborne Lights taunted us in October 2011 too, which is how I ended up planning that quick December trip that year...and the AP of course!

I love the bride and groom Mickey and Minnie...I'd probably be tempted to make the whole shelf play music too...

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Love the update! I'm glad that you got the Cowboy scene in GMR, it's nice to have a chance occasionally.

I was laughing at your description of politely meandering-that's so true! No one ever wants to be the one who makes all the decisions.

Of course they had a whole kiosk full of Muppet hats, happens to me all the time. Perhaps it's because we're trendsetters. Everyone wants them after we have them!

Cute Bride and Groom dolls. Maybe if Wingnut would buy you these things you wouldn't be forced to make the whole shelf sing.

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Poor Animal Kingdom.

The Muppet hat rack... Isn't that always the way it goes?

YAY FOR YOUR FIRST MICKEY PREMIUM! What a monumental moment!
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Aren't the AP's a nice touch of DFTW? I was soooo excited when we got ours lol I won't judge you about your Mickey Bar, I had my first one in 2010! The cowboy scene in GMR looks pretty cool. Every time I ride, I get the gangster one. Every. Time.

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Oh My Gosh! Oh My Gosh! Oh My Gosh! If I'm this excited at just seeing pictures of your wedding locations, I can imagine what you were feeling. Like the others, I knew that you'd work Epcot into the plans somehow.

Aww, too bad you didn't get to do a little boogie woogie oogie with Mulch Sweat & Shears. I love those guys!


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Super yeah for getting the cowboy side of the GMR... I was starting to think that was just a rumor...

Did you really make the super cute Mickey & Minnie Bride and Grooms play their music... Good for you...
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We finally got to see the cowboy side this October. My DH never believed me when I told him that there was a cowboy scene (I told him my DISfriends knew about it!) So one time he asked the CM outside the entrance. She told him there was, it's not always running, but we could ask to ride that side. Yeah, I gave him the "I told you so" look!
We asked on our recent trip and had to wait an extra 20 minutes, but I was happy! We had a longer line than we'd ever seen either.
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