We went back to Disney - A July '19 trip report - Updated 08-23 - Hollywood Studios - Part 1

rdkeim

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Love your Disney bounding story! I can totally see it now. The lost princess - of course! Your Epcot day is going well so far. It will be interesting to see what they do with the entrance. It is a mess and has been for a while. You probably have an ADR coming up soon. I'll be watching for another update!
 

Ruthie5671

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EPCOT - Part 2
When we last left off on our wild adventure, Tony and I had spent mid-morning/early afternoon doing a leisurely tour of future world. We had both ridden rides we enjoyed and it was time to take a path over to see what the different countries had to offer us. There were a couple of shows I wanted to catch and we had an ADR that evening at Chef's de France (oooh la la). Let's see if these plans actually happen . . . . (enter suspenseful music here).

As we were moving from MISSION SPACE out of future world, we passed the most adorable play area that was Toy Story themed. So of course, I had to take some pictures.

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I imagine that if we ever went during the flower and garden festival, it would be this times a million. It was super cute, and sadly these were all gone when we came back later in the trip. It was mid-afternoon by this point in the day and just blazing hot. As we were strolling thru the countries just looking around, my dear husband looked at me and asked if we were anywhere close to Germany. Well, yes, honey just around the bend - why?

Must. Have. Beer.

I couldn't argue with the logic.

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Oh and let me introduce you to perhaps the biggest pretzel ever sold anywhere.

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Yes, it was obscene it was so big. It was yummy, but really dry. I asked Tony why he didn't get any cheese dip. He said they didn't have dip, just spicy mustard. Well honey, why didn't you get that? I just got a blank stare back. It's a good thing he's cute.

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After our detour thru Germany, we went over to see the Guardian of the Galaxy show just across from the American Adventure pavilion. We saw it for the first time last summer and I was excited to see it again and hoping that it would have a different story or music to make it different from last time. That would be no. But I enjoy 80's music and we were out of the sun, so it was an enjoyable time singing along. We had really good seats. The crowds were surprisingly low that day.

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After the show, we zipped across the way to listen to Voices of Liberty. It was also starting to rain, so this was a good opportunity to enjoy some air conditioning and not have to get out the ponchos.

I absolutely love listening to this singing group. I tear up anytime I hear patriotic music (I'm such a sap) but listening to them is just something else entirely. I just wish I had their talent. I didn't take any pictures of them singing because I was just swept up in the music. After their performance, we decided to see the show. It isn't my favorite - I give that nod to Hall of Presidents - but it was raining even harder by this point and it was more air conditioning.

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After the show was finished, we headed outside to find the rain coming down in buckets. Now I've been to Florida many, many times. I know that the forecast always has a chance of rain every afternoon. It is usually about 20 minutes of a passing storm and it is over and the sun comes out and the humidity is back in full force. Not today. We lingered in the dump shop and under the canopy by the bathrooms for quite a while hoping for a small break in the rain, but it just didn't let up. We probably stayed there for a good 45 minutes before we decided to cover up with the ponchos as best we could and put the little rain guard on the mechanics of the ECV and head over to France to check in for our ADR.

Ugh, we were so wet by the time we got over to France. We ducked under the awning to check in for dinner looking like we had swam over. The hostess said that she would be happy to seat us, but we would have to leave our ECV's outside.

Ummm, it looks like a typhoon is currently coming thru central Florida. So I very nicely asked if there wasn't somewhere inside we could park the ECV's, as the sad little plastic covers for the mechanics of the ECV would probably not survive the storm. I was told absolutely not and that our options would be to park them outside and be seated or give up our reservation. I then asked if maybe we could wait a few minutes (we were early anyway) to see if the rain let up before we decided. Ms. French Lady did say we could have some time to decide.

In hindsight, I understood where she was coming from. I would assume the restaurant did not have the room to store two large and quite wet ECV's while we had a nice dinner. But leaving them outside just wasn't an option I was comfortable with. It was really raining hard and if all that rain somehow damaged the ECV's, not only would Tony and I have been quite stranded in France, but liable for any damages the weather had caused. After some time had passed and it seemed as though the rain was not stopping, we sadly left France and made our way out of the park. Thankfully we were not charged the penalty for cancelling a reservation at the last minute. Now, had I been thinking clearly, I would have suggested we try to do a walk-in somewhere that was more indoors, like Sunshine Seasons or Coral Reef. Most of the park had emptied out, so we probably could have gotten into any place we wanted. But we were wet, and cold, and I was just pissed, so we went to the busses and back to the resort. I will spare you the details of a drippy bus ride, a sad cheeseburger at the food court and still more rain as we went back to the room. It was about then that I wished I had brought another pair of sneakers. Helpful tip - a hair dryer will do a halfway decent job at drying out the inside of your shoes before you set them by the air vent to dry the rest of the way. I will use this helpful tip a few more times in the week. Because this rain storm was just a little tease of the weather for the week. Mother nature really, really hates us.

Up next - Brunch and Hollywood Studios
 

Ruthie5671

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I knew you looked familiar...now I know you are the lost princess.princess:
I did feel very much like royalty that day!

Love this!
Oh, thank you!

Of course Tony needs those glasses.....do you really want people fainting all around from his famous smoulder.

And now you need a shirt that says....
I'm a delicate flower /lost princess.
You know, he does have a pretty awesome smoulder!!! And I think a shirt with all of my "titles" is a great idea. Just in case Tony forgets!!!

I love your accidental Disney bound! Your story really did make me laugh out loud. :hyper: So much fun!
Thanks! If we ever go back for Halloween, I'm all set.

:eek::eek::faint::faint::faint: I just realized you have the same color and style of Rapunzel after her hair is cut.

You are the lost princess!!!
YES I AM!!!

Love your Disney bounding story! I can totally see it now. The lost princess - of course! Your Epcot day is going well so far. It will be interesting to see what they do with the entrance. It is a mess and has been for a while. You probably have an ADR coming up soon. I'll be watching for another update!
The entrance is really a challenge to try and manage with people entering from different directions and basically merging into about five lines of security. They just cannot handle all of those people.

My accidential bound was the best story of the trip. I've always admired people who Disney bound so well and I just stumbled into it and until the CM said something to me, I would have never thought about it!

Another update just posted!
 
  • rdkeim

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    Sounds like your afternoon was good until the rain showed up. Ugh. Sorry it wasn't the typical brief afternoon shower. You probably made the right decision to just get the heck out of Dodge. I'm sure there would have been plenty of availability elsewhere but I would have been out of the mood too. More rain to come :umbrella: hope it doesn't interfere too much with your plans.
     

    jo-jo

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    Plus you probably would have froze to death, being so wet and AC set to 39 degrees.

    That pretzel......any idea what that cost? We are doing a trip in Dec with grandkids...just thinking what a photo , having all 6 kids taking a bite at the same time.
     

    dizneefan13

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    Hi Ruthie! I love your reports! We were in Epcot that same day. Too bad I didn't spot you, I would have said hi! We were having dinner in Rose & Crown when the monsoon hit. I couldn't believe how hard it was raining! and blowing! and yeah, for so long! UGH If I remember right, it was later in the day and once we saw it wasn't letting up, we headed back to our resort, too. I don't think we would have stuck around much longer anyway, because we had a very long day and were pooped.
    Sorry hear you had to be in the hospital, but yay! that you are lots better! I can't wait to read more about your trip. I love your reports!
     

    Ruthie5671

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    Sunday, July 7th - Hollywood Studios - Part 1
    Our second park day was a full day at Hollywood Studios. And by full day, I mean brunch first at Cape May Café followed by HS (can I still call it MGM from time to time?). I had secured fast passes for Toy Story Mania, Frozen Sing-A-Long and Rockin' Roller Coaster. I was then going to refresh like a crazy person so we could ride Slinky Dog. And since the previous nights table service dinner never happened, I got a last minute dinner reservation at Mama Melrose. I was really excited for this day because when we went in 2018, we didn't do HS because it was the exact weekend that Toy Story Land opened and I just could not deal with that kind of crowd level. And we had also just seen Toy Story 4 and my heart just had a special place for Forky. Would our plans happen as planned? Or would Mother Nature spread her evil wrath of rain upon us? Spoiler alert - have you read my trip reports before - because Mother Nature hates us.

    But we started out the day with blue skies and white puffy clouds!

    Our day started with a character brunch at Cape May Café. We had previously eaten dinner there before and I just love the location. Since my budget will never, ever allow us to stay at the Yacht or Beach Club resorts, the next best thing I can do is have a meal there. Tony had finally realized that character meals were kind of fun and he likes a good brunch as much as anyone else. Our reservation was at 10:15, so we left our resort at about 9:00 to take the bus to HS and then the Friendship Boat. I honestly felt that was enough time to make the trip.

    It wasn't - we were late. Thankfully they didn't give our reservation away, but I should have known then that the day was going to go off course quickly. The bus from Music to HS was fine, but we just missed the boat as we got there and we ended up about 15 minutes late. I apologized sincerely to the cast member checking us in, and she was very gracious. Because we were late, we had to wait for a table for a few minutes. We had just a few minutes to load up our plates before the characters starting coming around.

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    The character interaction was fantastic. I mean Tony was holding Minnie's hand! The food, well, was fine. I secretly wanted brunch at California Grill, but could never get a reservation and really couldn't justify the ridiculous cost per person. I think my issue was that because our reservation was later in the morning, the refilling of the food was not as on the spot as it would have been if the restaurant had been crowded and/or it was earlier. By the time we went up for a second round of food, most of it had been cleared away and "consolidated" into one smaller area on the buffet. Now trust me, I didn't starve, but I don't think this will be a place we go back to for breakfast.

    After we wrapped up, we were rapidly approaching the window for our first fast pass. I had a brilliant idea that we would just take the walking path back to HS. We were in the ECV's, so we could move at a pretty decent pace (even with my excessive picture taking) and have plenty of time. So I checked the "you are here" map to make sure we were headed in the right direction and off we went.

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    I could just stare at this view forever.

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    After a while though, we seemed a bit turned around and not quite on a marked path. We stopped and asked a security guard to point us in the right direction and his guidance had us crossing a four lane highway to catch a bus. That was clearly not right. So we ended up doubling back and getting back on the Friendship Boat at the Swan/Dolphin stop. At this point I was starting to get a little stressed because I didn't want to miss Toy Story Mania and the window was getting smaller and smaller.

    Ruthie - you're on vacation - it will be okay - said my dear husband who has no idea how challenging it can be to get the fast passes you want in the correct order to maximize the ability to ride the top rides. I may have growled at him. I was calculating how long it would take to get off the boat, thru bag check, thru security and over to the ride. Plus I had to potty - I swear I'm like a child. We can do this. It will be a close call, but I've got this.

    We got off the boat and thru the lines with relative ease (it wasn't a prime time to be entering the park, which helped). After personal business was handled, I told Tony we needed to stay to the right and go thru the big arches and we would be there in a flash.

    Now did anyone think that really happened?? Nope, I had to stop for more important people to cross my path.

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    Okay, I hope that nobody takes offense to what I'm about to say, but I don't like Star Wars. I've seen the first two original movies and I was kind of "meh" about them. I've never seen any of the other movies and (oh please don't start hating me) I could care less about Galaxy's Edge.

    Please still read my trip report!!!

    After Lord Vader and his merry men went by, we were released and we finally made our way to Andy's Backyard. I didn't take any pictures because we were dangerously close to the end of our window so I was literally tugging Tony over to the fast pass line and thankfully we got the green light! In my trip research, I knew that at some point in the line, we would be bypassed over to another lane where the ECV's and wheelchair riders go and that happened with ease. When we got to the ride loading area, we left our ECV's right there and the cast member allowed me to use the wheelchair accessible ride vehicle that had the larger doors for easier access. I didn't even have to ask (although I was ready to) so it was very nice that they just did that for me. Tony was in the ride vehicle right next to me so we were able to compete against each other. Neither one of us had ridden this before, but let me just say - I totally killed this ride! While there is no photographic proof that I beat the holy crap out of Tony, it truly did happen.

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    I can see why everyone loves this ride and I told Tony we would get back over here later and he would have the chance to beat me. After TSM, it was time to head over to Frozen Sing-A-Long. We had about 5 minutes to get there before the show started. I honestly debated about whether or not to give up that fast pass and just stay in Toy Story Land. However, we still had a third fast pass to use later that Tony was looking forward to and I just knew that we would have time later in the day to come back and look at everything. So we went over and enjoyed time with Anna, Elsa and the gang singing songs. I apparently didn't take any pictures of the show, but it was fun.

    Up next - why rain - why???????
     
  • Ruthie5671

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    Sounds like your afternoon was good until the rain showed up. Ugh. Sorry it wasn't the typical brief afternoon shower. You probably made the right decision to just get the heck out of Dodge. I'm sure there would have been plenty of availability elsewhere but I would have been out of the mood too. More rain to come :umbrella: hope it doesn't interfere too much with your plans.
    Most every day started out with blue skies and white puffy clouds. Just enough to make me think that today would be an all day of sun. That Mother Nature - she is a tricky little thing! My mood that evening had definitely hit the downward spiral, so back to the room was just the best place for us to go.

    Plus you probably would have froze to death, being so wet and AC set to 39 degrees.

    That pretzel......any idea what that cost? We are doing a trip in Dec with grandkids...just thinking what a photo , having all 6 kids taking a bite at the same time.
    Seriously - every restaurant was freezing cold. Tony brought a sweatshirt jacket with him, but it was absolutely soaked by that point.

    The beer and pretzel was a combo and it was $25. I'm not sure if the pretzel could be purchased separately or even for a snack credit. Tony went thru the line and he had no idea. But a picture of six kiddos biting into that huge thing would be fabulous!

    Hi Ruthie! I love your reports! We were in Epcot that same day. Too bad I didn't spot you, I would have said hi! We were having dinner in Rose & Crown when the monsoon hit. I couldn't believe how hard it was raining! and blowing! and yeah, for so long! UGH If I remember right, it was later in the day and once we saw it wasn't letting up, we headed back to our resort, too. I don't think we would have stuck around much longer anyway, because we had a very long day and were pooped.
    Sorry hear you had to be in the hospital, but yay! that you are lots better! I can't wait to read more about your trip. I love your reports!
    I'm so sorry that we didn't spot each other that day. That rain was just ridiculous and seemed never ending. The park was very empty as we were leaving.

    I am feeling so much better now, thank you so much for asking. I had no idea I was that sick. Thanks for reading along!
     

    dizneefan13

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    We love Cape May for the seafood buffet. We make our ADR close to opening and the food is fresh and plentiful! Maybe you guys aren't seafood fans, though... but they do have lots of other good things!
    Glad you made your ADR and Fps. I was on the edge of my seat hoping you wouldn't get the red light! :)
    I'm no Star Wars fan either. When they took out the barbeque and the Big Thunder Ranch at the back of Disneyland for it, I was so mad! Of all the places for them to dump this new land, they had to pick one of my favorite areas. We live on the west coast and used to go to DL several times a year, but not now. We will finish off our current DW annual passes and probably go other places for vacation for awhile, but who knows, right? Once a Disney addict.....
    Our next trip is in November, when is yours??
     
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    kclark9830

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    Have to say, I agree about Galaxy's Edge--dont really have any great desire to see it :confused3 . But, if others are excited good for them! :thumbsup2

    We love Toy Stort Mania! One of our favorites, for sure.
     
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