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Old 02-19-2013, 01:40 PM   #91
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1/5: Hollywood Studios!


Sorry for the delay guys. I spent the last 2 days arguing with Verizon Fios that it is in fact not normal that my internet works for 30 seconds at a time and then the connection doesn't work.
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So it was Saturday January 5th. Today we were heading to Disney Hollywood Studios.

Today DHS had AM EMH from 8 am - 9 am and the park was open from 9-9.

We woke up and 6 am, got ready pretty quickly and headed to the POP food court. I have to say, I enjoyed the food court much more on the days we woke up for AM EMH because it was insanely emptier. We ate our usually breakfast and headed out to the bus.

We texted Jen while we were getting ready and didn't hear back until 9 am so it's a good thing we didn't wait for them! So no EMH for them.

We must've done this all pretty quickly because we were at the park by 7:15!


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It started out as a pretty dreary looking day.


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I love the Christmas trees at the parks and the theming of them. I'm so glad they stay up into January.


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At this point I'm pretty sure I was turning and saying "See! We're not the onlyyyyy ones here 45 minutes before EMH!! I'm not crazy" to DBF. Convincing? I don't think so.


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This was the main reason for making today our DHS day. The Osborne Lights were only up until the 6th. Last trip, we missed them and I was determined to see them this time!


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The lines weren't long when we got there but they got really long very quickly and DBF ALMOST admitted there was some reason to my insistence.

Until about 7:40, we had planned to do the RD TSMM dash with everyone else in the universe. However, as we were waiting at the turnstiles, I decided to ask DBF's input (ask him how rarely this happens! ) He said he'd rather do ToT and RnRC and didn't care if we took our chances with TSMM. So plans changed.

So at 7:51, we were headed down Sunset Boulevard.


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Our first destination: an Aerosmith concert! We grabbed FPs and headed on! We walked right on, watched the pre-show and then we were off!


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Next up: an elevator ride from hell! DBF's favorite ride of all time!


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I guess ToT and my hair don't get along all that well

By 8:30, we were on our way to:


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So on our first trip, we somehow missed this WHOLE AREA completely...... Please don't ask me how. I'm just as confused as everyone else. We had a map. I had a touring plan. Pixar Place didn't cross our radar.


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The barrel of monkeys are too cute! It was just a little crowded by this point...


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We grabbed FPs with a return time of I believe 2-3 pm. Then, we decided to head back towards Sunset Blvd as we had RnRC FPs from I think 9:20-10:20 and we figured we'd hit some smaller attractions on the way.

We did the PotC Jack Sparrow thing. I guess it would be cute if you were 6 but that's it. We were highly disappointed. We thought the whole show was a pre-show and we disappointed when we were escorted out the exit..

Back on Sunset Blvd, we stopped for some Photopass of course!


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I have to say, I really wish I knew the man sitting behind us in this ride photo because his expression is PRICELESS! I really wish I could find out if it was intentional or if that was his reaction


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Old 02-19-2013, 07:39 PM   #92
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That RnRC pic was great!!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #93
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Yay for AM EMH!! Early starts at Disney are the best!

Yay for Rnr ToT, Iím so nervous and excited for RNR next trip, gonna be so scary!!

Hah! Lol to the Jack Sparrow thing! I didnít bother with it in Nov, but Iím sure weíll check it out in a few weeks! I do want to actually see what itís all about! Oh god, that man\s face on RnR is hilarious!! Awesome ride pic!!
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #94
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I LOVE that Christmas tree at DHS! And tell me about the internet issue! I've been having problems too. Think our problems are related? haha! RnR is my favorite too! I'm not so wild about ToT. :-)
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:45 PM   #95
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That guy's face is fantastic! What a great ride photo!

Sounds like you guys were having a great morning! I can't believe that TSMM's return time was already 2 pm!

You got some great photos around RNRC and ToT! Can't wait to see your Osbourne Lights photos.
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:21 AM   #96
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That RnRC pic was great!!!
Haha I definitely enjoyed it! The PP+ was great for things like this that we wouldn't have gotten to enjoy otherwise.

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Yay for AM EMH!! Early starts at Disney are the best!

Yay for Rnr ToT, Iím so nervous and excited for RNR next trip, gonna be so scary!!

Hah! Lol to the Jack Sparrow thing! I didnít bother with it in Nov, but Iím sure weíll check it out in a few weeks! I do want to actually see what itís all about! Oh god, that man\s face on RnR is hilarious!! Awesome ride pic!!
AM EMH make me much happier than PM EMH!

I'm not gonna lie, RnR is pretty scary when it takes off. And I ride ALL rollercoasters. But it's definitely enjoyable, just don't think too much about it

I expected so much more from the Jack Sparrow thing. I mean it was cute for what it was but I just have higher expectations for new Disney attractions lol. I hope you see it, can't wait to hear how you feel about it!

You probably won't see this before your trip but have an AMAZING time. I can't wait to hear about it when you get back!!


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I LOVE that Christmas tree at DHS! And tell me about the internet issue! I've been having problems too. Think our problems are related? haha! RnR is my favorite too! I'm not so wild about ToT. :-)

I adore the Christmas trees. I wish my Christmas tree looked that fantastic

Do you have Verizon for internet? Cause my working theory is my internet is slow cause they have that new Quantum internet that they want you to pay 10 dollars more a month for so they're messing with the regular internet to make people upgrade!


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That guy's face is fantastic! What a great ride photo!

Sounds like you guys were having a great morning! I can't believe that TSMM's return time was already 2 pm!

You got some great photos around RNRC and ToT! Can't wait to see your Osbourne Lights photos.
That guy's face is pretty epic. I almost want to frame the picture for HIM not us

TSMM was insanely crowded! I expected it and I knew when we decided not to head there first that we wouldn't be able to ride standby. It's a cute ride and I enjoy it (and like that I actually can tell what I'm shooting at not like on Buzz) but I don't quite get why it's SO ridiculously hard to get on. I guess cause it's the biggest ride little kids can get on too?



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Old 02-24-2013, 12:22 PM   #97
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Character Meeting at DHS!


So when we left off at DHS, we had just ridden RnRC! After our thrill rides, it was time for a change of pace. So what else? Time to meet some characters! Off we went to the Animation Courtyard!


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We got in line for Sorcerer Mickey before he came out for his first set starting at 10 AM.

At 10:15, here we were!


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Sorcerer Mickey enjoyed giving DBF a "pound" and did so more than once during our interaction At the end when we were leaving Mickey wanted to give DBF a goodbye pound I suppose and DBF wasn't paying attention and Mickey was pretty upset.


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When we were done, we decided to go meet the Characters by the Sorcerer's Hat. I had no idea who would come out and where so we decided to just hang around and wait until they came out for their next set which started at 10:30!

It paid off because on the right side of the hat, we spotted Minnie coming out and were like the 2nd people in line to meet her. So at 10:31 AM, we were meeting her.


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After we met Minnie, we headed to the left side of the hat to see who was out and we found Donald and Daisy together!

There was a line of a decent size but not too bad because we were meeting them at 10:39!


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We saw Goofy and Pluto meeting together and Chip and Dale meeting together across the way from the hat but they had already closed their lines when we got there so we headed on!





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Score on all the character meets! I love meeting characters and Sorcerer Mickey is my favorite! I have a 14" plush Mickey that I got for $10 at an outlet store about a year ago. I sleep with him everyday. (We call him my little something on the side) Any whoo, I'm impressed by how much you were already able to get done!

On the internet issue, we have Clear wire which everyone else seems to have great luck with, so maybe we just live in a hole!
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Score on all the character meets! I love meeting characters and Sorcerer Mickey is my favorite! I have a 14" plush Mickey that I got for $10 at an outlet store about a year ago. I sleep with him everyday. (We call him my little something on the side) Any whoo, I'm impressed by how much you were already able to get done!

On the internet issue, we have Clear wire which everyone else seems to have great luck with, so maybe we just live in a hole!
Hahaha I love meeting characters! Good score on the Sorcerer Mickey! I'm running out of room for new ones lolol

Hmmm I guess the Internet problems are widespread then ugh!

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Wow! You guys got so much done that morning! I love all of the Hollywood outfits for the characters-that's one place we've never met them. The PP borders are really cute too! I haven't seen that Minnie one before.

Love that Mickey was fist bumping with your BF! That's the kind of stuff that you remember!
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Wow! You guys got so much done that morning! I love all of the Hollywood outfits for the characters-that's one place we've never met them. The PP borders are really cute too! I haven't seen that Minnie one before.

Love that Mickey was fist bumping with your BF! That's the kind of stuff that you remember!

We did get a lot done! We work well with AM EMH! They're kinda hard to meet because their last set is at like 11 and at that point, most of us are making good use of our early morning touring hours.

The non-cookie cutter character interactions definitely stand out!

Thank you for reading!
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When we started wandering in circles


Hey guys! I'm back with another update! I'd love to hear more about anyone who may be reading so feel free to stop in with a comment! Whether it's a comment on an update, a story about your trip, a story about your life or anything, I'd love to hear from you!
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So when we left off, we had just met a slew of characters. At this point in our day, we had no real plans. So we kinda just wandered a bit and took in the sites while deciding what to do. It was fun at the time but my feet weren't too thrilled later on

We looked at Voyage of the Little Mermaid but the line was pretty insane so we moved on.


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While wandering, we found a friend!


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Toy Story was of course, still mania.


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We were gonna wait on line for Woody and Buzz but the CM running the line said it would be about a 60 minute wait at that point so we continued on.


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I think we were killing time before the next Beauty and the Beast show at this point so we decided to go try to find some Monsters Inc friends and then double back.


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We bypassed Studio Backlot Tour and found:


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No one was out when we got there (10:57) but a CM said Mike would be out any minute so we jumped in the non-existant line!

Then at 10:59, we were playing with a Monster.


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I was pretty sad that Sully didn't come out but the CM said he wasn't meeting that day. BOO!

Beauty and the Beast started at 11:45 or something like that so we decided to slowly head that way.


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We sat in the first row behind the control pit thing and I thought it'd be the perfect spot to take pictures from but obviously I was wrong because there are people's heads in all my pictures. I also said I was gonna take less pictures and focus on enjoying the show since I took so many last time. I don't think it worked.


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Old 02-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #103
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More B&TB Pictures!



This new update is just all the rest of my B&TB pictures! I'm sorry if it bores you but I really did only pick out my favorites to share with you but I love the show too much that I guess I have too many favorites.



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Thanks for reading! Again, I'd love to hear from some more people!
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Loving your trip report so far! I lingered for so long on those BTB pics! It's one of our favorites, and seeing pictures of it always makes me happy.

Can't wait for the next update!
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Loving your trip report so far! I lingered for so long on those BTB pics! It's one of our favorites, and seeing pictures of it always makes me happy.

Can't wait for the next update!
Thank you so much! I adore BTB! It and FOTLK are definitely my favorite Disney shows. They're such high quality for in-park shows. I'm in love and can't help filming or taking 34345332 pictures Glad you appreciate them!

I just snuck a peek at your PTR. How exciting that you're going in October! I'm really hoping to make it down this Fall but I'm not entirely sure it's going to happen I'm excited to read about how you plan your trip!

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