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Old 05-14-2014, 04:25 PM   #91
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Hollywood Studios morning


For our last full day at Disney we were headed toward Hollywood Studios. The first sign of Christmas was the tree outside the park! I kind of wish they had done more to make it "Hollywood" themed. They could've done fun ornaments, like at Animal Kingdom.



Like always, Toy Story Mania was our first stop. And like always, DH beat me. It's one of my goals in life to eventually beat him in that game, but I don't know if it will ever happen! I'm always more accurate though



Rockin' Roller Coaster was next, and I think PP was excited to do some thrill rides. We didn't tell him what was going to happen at the start of the ride and he loved it. DH always purposely makes a stupid face in the photos:



Then it was time for the moment of truth - Tower of Terror. PP and DH were super excited for it, but not me. Here's my history with ToT: it's always scared me a bit. When I was in high school with a group of friends they all tried to get me to go on but I put my foot down. One of them even literally picked me up and threw me over his shoulder trying to drag me on the ride! But I escaped, haha. When I went back in college with friends I finally decided to give it a go. While I appreciated the ride, I did not appreciate the feeling that it gave me in my stomach. All I wanted to do was get out of there! And then they told us we had been specially selected to ride the ride again without waiting. I tried to say "no thanks!" and get out of there, but they said it HAD to be a group of four, so my friends couldn't go again without me. So my friends begged me to do it again. And because I'm so nice I did, but I was not happy.

Now, 6 years later, I was willing to give it another go since it is DH's favorite ride. I was looking forward to seeing the queue again:





And surprisingly, I enjoyed it! I still find it feels a little funny for my stomach, and I don't know if I could do it more than once in one day (certainly not twice in a row!). But I did have fun and it's definitely exhilarating. Back when I rode it before I also didn't do roller coasters and now I love them, so maybe I've gotten a bit more used to thrill rides too. Here's the evidence (we're in the back left):



I wanted to make sure we got to the drawing academy, since that's one of my favorite things to do in Hollywood Studios, so we went there next. I was very happy that we got to draw Eeyore, because I hadn't done him yet! I'm not much of an artist on my own, but I'm a pretty good imitator so I love doing this and I think mine came out pretty well:



After drawing we were getting pretty hungry for lunch and decided to head to ABC Commissary. This may be my favorite CS location in HS. It's not great but they have a decent variety of items. And we chose a table next to a costume display for Once Upon a Time, one of my favorite TV shows!



After lunch we had a FP+ so that we could go on Toy Story again. I was hoping maybe I just needed to warm up a little to beat DH - but no such luck! Though my score improved a lot, so did his - he got 190,000 points!



It was at this point that we were trying to decide whether or not to take a midday break. I had originally planned to, and we had a late dinner. I figured we'd see maybe one or two of the three shows (Beauty and the Beast, Indy, and Lights Motors Action). But PP was really interested in seeing all three, so we decided to stay! Indiana Jones was up first, and we managed to get to the show right before it was starting. Even though we were way off to the side we were pretty far down, and I thought they were good seats!







While in the area we also did Star Tours. We grabbed a paper FP here. It was weird - the wait time was 30 minutes, but the FP return time was 5 minutes from when you got it! So it made a lot more sense to do that and we hardly waited at all.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:04 PM   #92
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You know, you're right. Pretty tree but a big missed opportunity on the theming.

Glad you at least liked ToT this time. There was a time (and not that long ago actually) when you couldn't drag me onto a thrill ride. Now you have to drag me off, lol.
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Old 05-15-2014, 05:58 PM   #93
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I'm glad you were able to enjoy ToT! I refused to ride it for a long time but once I did I was hooked!! I'm always laughing like a lunatic in the ride photo!

Your Eeyore turned out great!!!

I love 'Once Upon a Time'. I tend to save up several episodes and watch them all at once. Hook
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Great update and pics.

That is great that TOT doesn't bother you anymore.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:52 PM   #95
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You know, you're right. Pretty tree but a big missed opportunity on the theming.

Glad you at least liked ToT this time. There was a time (and not that long ago actually) when you couldn't drag me onto a thrill ride. Now you have to drag me off, lol.
I feel the same way! I was so scared of thrill rides but now I love them!

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I'm glad you were able to enjoy ToT! I refused to ride it for a long time but once I did I was hooked!! I'm always laughing like a lunatic in the ride photo!

Your Eeyore turned out great!!!

I love 'Once Upon a Time'. I tend to save up several episodes and watch them all at once. Hook
Right?? ToT is not quite as bad as it seems. I don't know if you watched the finale for Once Upon a Time yet, but I loved most of it!!

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Great update and pics.

That is great that TOT doesn't bother you anymore.
Thanks! I'm glad it doesn't bother me anymore either... especally since DH didn't want to do it without me, but it's his favorite and he would never ride it when we visited.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:13 PM   #96
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Hi Becky! How awesome that you decided to give ToT another chance - and (kind of) enjoyed it! I don’t suppose you’ll be doing any 13-rides-in-one-day days like Willow likes to do though.

Sounds like a really great DHS day so far!
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:57 PM   #97
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I still like the tree in HS even though it's not very well themed. It still looks very pretty.

Good call giving no warning. I did the same because it's more fun to be surprised.

My DW just got me on ToT this past week so I understand how you felt

And being the winner in TSMM is overrated anyway.
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Hi Becky! How awesome that you decided to give ToT another chance - and (kind of) enjoyed it! I don’t suppose you’ll be doing any 13-rides-in-one-day days like Willow likes to do though.

Sounds like a really great DHS day so far!
Nooo, I would not be joining Willow for that many rides haha! She can handle more than I can!

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I still like the tree in HS even though it's not very well themed. It still looks very pretty.

Good call giving no warning. I did the same because it's more fun to be surprised.

My DW just got me on ToT this past week so I understand how you felt

And being the winner in TSMM is overrated anyway.
Yes, the tree is still pretty. And I guess I can't complain too much since HS has the best Christmas display with the Osborne lights!

How did you like ToT?
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HS evening, Osborne Lights, and Hollywood Brown Derby

We wanted to hit up most of the other major attractions at HS before the Osborne Lights and our dinner reservations, so we headed to the Great Movie Ride next. We finally got the cowboy scene for once! It's usually the gangsters (which I hear is a common theme - apparently a lot of people experience the same thing. I've heard that for whatever reason, 75% of the time it's gangsters and 25% it's cowboys).





Then we made our way to Lights, Motors, Action. It's not something I would normally make a priority to see, but I thought PP might enjoy it. I mean, I think it's cool and all, but not something you can really watch over and over again. A cute show though.





Then we made our way over for the last Beauty and the Beast show of the day. Poor PP got stuck sitting next to a woman who talked his ear off for the 20 minutes before the show began - she heard his accent and started asking him where he was from, and when he said Norway it was immediately, "Oh! I have a friend who moved to Norway! Maybe you know her!" Because apparently there are people that think everyone in Norway knows everyone else And she continued to tell him all about her friend, and her friend's kid, and we tried to save him but starting conversation but she kept butting back in. He was totally cool with it because he's such a nice guy - even when she whipped her phone out and tracked him down on facebook to send a friend request!

The show itself was great though, as it always is. PP really enjoyed it. He said to me afterward, "That was amazing. That's really what I thought Disney would be about." It just had so much Disney magic for him and that made it extra special for all of us



(I think this next pic is kind of funny because of the giant microphone sticking out of Belle's face):



Once the show was over it was finally dark enough to see the Osborne Lights! I was so excited for this. And honestly, it was really the highlight of the entire trip for me. The lights were just stunning, and completely entrancing. If you've never seen them you really must, because photos just don't do it justice (not that I didn't try!). And when the lights start dancing to the music it's just incredible. I could've stayed there for an hour easily just looking at everything, but due to the huge crowds you don't have that much time to spend.











To end our evening we had dinner reservations at the Hollywood Brown Derby. I'd heard such great things - and while the food was delicious, the service was less than stellar. Our server was incredibly slow, especially with drink refills, and not really very friendly. I'm wondering if this is a result of telling them we had TiW ahead of time so they know they get the 18% gratuity automatically. I know a lot of people say not to tell them, but sometimes they ask - "Will you be using any discounts this evening?" And I don't feel like I can lie about that.

I tried two of the Hollywood Brown Derby specialties and loved both - the Cobb Salad and the Grapefruit cake! More details on the food will be in my dining review when I update that, but for now here's some pics of the Brown Derby classics:





I hoped that we had a better experience at Brown Derby on our February trip, since DH and I had signed up to do Dine with an Imagineer. I plan to start a TR for that trip very soon, so you'll have to read it to find out if Brown Derby improved itself!

After dinner the park was closed, but they had extra magic hours going on so we rode Star Tours one more time:



As we were coming out we met up with one of our friends and her husband who happened to be visiting at the same time, and everyone wanted to go on Tower of Terror. I didn't have much of a desire to do it again, and I was starting to get really tired - it had been a long week! So I headed back to the room by myself to pack, since we had to get up early the next day. I'm not a party pooper, I just know better than to force myself to do things I don't really want to do and I know when to call it quits so I won't make myself miserable Apparently after they did ToT they also went on Rockin Roller Coaster before leaving. I packed everything up for DH and I and was just getting into bed when they came in. I was asleep by midnight - and we had to get up around 5am the next morning for the Magical Express!
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she heard his accent and started asking him where he was from, and when he said Norway it was immediately, "Oh! I have a friend who moved to Norway! Maybe you know her!" Because apparently there are people that think everyone in Norway knows everyone else
For some reason I want to start singing "It's a Small World"

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even when she whipped her phone out and tracked him down on facebook to send a friend request!
THAT is crazy!!!!

I really want to try that grapefruit cake. It sounds so good!
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WOW, I'm just blown away at how many people have gotten the cowboy on GMR lately.

Oh poor PP and the lady at BatB. SO awesome that he enjoyed the show so much.

GAHHHH THOSE LIGHTS!!!!!! Honestly, just drop me there and leave me. I'll be good.
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For some reason I want to start singing "It's a Small World"

THAT is crazy!!!!

I really want to try that grapefruit cake. It sounds so good!
It's a Small World would have been very appropriate in that situation!! And you really must try the grapefruit cake if you get a chance. It's so tasty! When we did dine with an Imagineer we learned the story of how the grapefruit cake was invented, but I'll save that for the next TR

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WOW, I'm just blown away at how many people have gotten the cowboy on GMR lately.

Oh poor PP and the lady at BatB. SO awesome that he enjoyed the show so much.

GAHHHH THOSE LIGHTS!!!!!! Honestly, just drop me there and leave me. I'll be good.
Maybe they decided to switch things up at GMR? It does seem like I've heard a lot more about the cowboys lately.

Yes, I am so in love with the lights! It seriously makes Hollywood Studios my favorite place to be in Disney during the Christmas season.
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Hi Becky! Your DHS evening looked amazing! I would love to see those lights. I wish you'd had a better HBD experience - it's one of our favorite places.
I think we just hit it on an off day - we did get the chance to go back for lunch in February!
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I had the cowboy the first time the last time I rode it.
Nice pics of Osborne lights.
Hope you liked the dine with an Imaginear. I did that and loved it.
Caught up again.
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