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Old 10-30-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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2012 - OLYMPIC FREE TOUR - Day 8 - D.H.S. - The Cheesecake Factory

Day 8 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The Cheesecake Factory


Our park visit today was to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.



We arrived at the parking lot around 8:45 and decided to walk to the entrance, since we had just missed a tram. Arriving at the bag check, the lines were huge, so Emma and me made our way towards a Photopass photographer to have a few photos taken, whilst Sue joined the bag check.



Once cleared, we made our way to the turnstiles, which were moving quite steadily. As we reached inside, rope drop was just happening and so I joined the organised walking race to get some FP’s for Toy Story Mania, whilst Sue and Emma made their way to the entrance of Tower of Terror. Surprisingly, the FP machines were very quiet, as most of the convoy had headed straight onto the ride. For some reason the FP machines were being manned by CM’s and so I handed over my three KTTW cards. I had a return time starting at 11:15, which would allow us to get some brunch after going on a few rides. I wandered back at a much slower pace and I eventually met up with Sue and Emma standing in a long line at the entrance of Tower of Terror. It was now 9:10 and this ride still had not started to load? Eventually, with no explanation, the line started shuffling forward and we were soon in the library watching the TV trailer.









The drop sequences seemed to last for quite a long time (not that we were complaining) and we decided to ride immediately again before the lines got too long. Exiting for the second time, Emma and me decided to have a blast on Rock n Roller Coaster.



Taking the standby line, we were ready for launch within 10 minutes.





I took some rear facing video looking back at us both during the start. Needless to say………it was a bit shaky! Stomach churning over, we made our way to Starring Rolls for a bite to eat.





A family was just leaving and so we bagged the vacated table, before Sue headed off to get some food.

Nigel: Croissant - Orange Juice.
Sue: Cherry Danish - Orange Juice.
Emma: Chocolate Muffin - Chocolate Milk.



Next up, we headed across to The Great Movie Ride. We only managed one loop of the big screen film clips before being seated into our vehicle. It was the cowboy scene this time and our guide was well into character!







Our FP window was now open, so after exiting the ride it was a short trip around the corner to Toy Story Mania.



Not much queue here and we were riding within a few minutes. This ride is just not long enough, although my arm was aching when we got outside!



It was approaching lunchtime and the sun was very hot, so we decided to chill for a few minutes with a ride on the Backlot Tour.



The sit down value of this ride, far outweighs the actual tour content. I feel it is starting to look dated now. The Writers Stop was our next port of call, where we all crashed out on the settees, whilst having a browse of some books. Sue sampled a Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwich after reading about them on other trippies and gave it a big thumbs up.



Whilst we were in the shop, a film crew appeared to shoot a trailer with one of the American Idol contestants, for a show later in the day. Pool time was calling and so we headed back towards the park exit via the shade of the various shops, also grabbing a few more photopass pics on the way.









Back at OKW, Sue gathered some clothes together for washing, and we all made our way to the pool. It is a good set-up around Millers Road pool. Load the washing machine and then jump in the pool, what a great way to do the washing! As usual, the approach of the afternoon storm, cleared the pool earlier than we would have liked, but back at the room, this allowed some more iPad time browsing the internet.

Continued in the next post ……………..

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Showered and changed, we headed along I4 to one of our long time favourite eateries - The Cheesecake Factory. We have visited here many times over the years, with an exceptional menu choice to hand, the only downside can be the waiting time to be seated and depending where you are seated, the air-con temperature can be a little low.







As a walk-up we waited around 45 minutes before being seated. The most difficult task here is choosing your meal from the spiral bound menu, however after 5 minutes we were ready to order.





Nigel: New Orleans Shrimp Creole – Diet Coke.
Sue: Orange Chicken – White Chocolate and Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake - Mai Tai Cocktail.
Emma: Orange Chicken – White Chocolate and Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake - Diet Coke.









Despite the vast array of cheesecakes in the chilled display case, I could not be tempted, since my meal had more than filled me up.







Quite a lot of people choose to share an entrée but I managed to clear my plate. Sue and Emma were also both full after eating each of their meals, but just could not walk past the cheesecakes without ordering one to go. After a long debate they both settled for White Chocolate and Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake. This was delivered to our table in a stylish bag just as we were about to leave. On the journey back to OKW the car air-con was set to freeze in an attempt to keep the dessert fresh.



Once inside the room, Emma pointed out that we had been given two portions of cheesecake instead of one. Sue and Emma made an attack on the desserts immediately whilst I poured a couple of glasses of wine. The rest of the evening was spent chilling out before calling it a day around 22:30.

Coming up next – Typhoon Lagoon – 50’s Prime Time Café

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I've never seen the Cowboy version. My arm always kills at the end of TSM as well. Love the balloon photo.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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Great day and what a fab meal never been to Cf but on the to do list. Really amazing photos as well
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That cheesecake looks amazing!! We have never been to Cheesecake Factory, with always staying onsite with no car. I need a cheesecake delivery now!!

Love those photos inside the RnR ride!!! What lens did you use Nigel? The one of the limo in the loading area looks like it was flash free. I'm suitably impressed!! Also really like the one in the waiting area where the pre show is

In fact all of your photos are always brilliant You're going to when you see some of mine when I post them ... some are virtually identical shots to yours, although I must say your one from inside ToT with the ghosts is MUCH nicer than mine so I shall PM you for some coaching and tips before our next trip
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Love those photos inside the RnR ride!!! What lens did you use Nigel? The one of the limo in the loading area looks like it was flash free. I'm suitably impressed!! Also really like the one in the waiting area where the pre show is

In fact all of your photos are always brilliant You're going to when you see some of mine when I post them ... some are virtually identical shots to yours, although I must say your one from inside ToT with the ghosts is MUCH nicer than mine so I shall PM you for some coaching and tips before our next trip
All of these pics today were taken on my Sony TX20 compact (very similar spec to Nikon AW100). It is 25 - 100 lens and was set on 800 iso.
The one inside TOT was shot at 125 iso to slow the exposure down
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Great day, we love the Cheesecake Factory
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