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Whoops!

Alright, so my inability to follow through with many non-essential things in life has taken over this blog.  I’m sorry.  There is really nothing more I can say.

Since I am leaving for Walt Disney World in less than two days, I’m not going to get around to posting a review for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and my favorite places outside of the parks like I had planned.  I know, I’m dissapointed too.  I guess I’ll have to find a way to pace myself with the new job and class. 

 

For now I can offer you a really shortened version of what I had planned to discuss. 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a good park, but it’s still having growing pains.  I’m most looking forward to Expedition Everest and Dinosaur (or as I still like to call it, Countdown to Extinction), but not in that order.  I’m sad Matt and I won’t be going to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but it costs way too much.  Same with the very last days of Pleasure Island.  I would love to see Adventurer’s Club one last time, but entry to PI is too much for this trip.  I’ll always have my memories I guess.  I miss the luxery of time for visiting my other favorite places on property such as the Boardwalk, Beaches and Cream Ice Cream Parlor, and walking around all the various resorts.  Those experiences are hard to do if you don’t live in the Orlando area or you’re not taking a three week vacation.  But really, any trip to Disney will be a good trip, no matter the length, if you have the rigt attitude. 

Which I plan to do.  So farewell my readers.  I’m off to my home away from home with a bounce in my step and a song in my heart.  I will do my very best to give you all a trip report when I return, but I make no promises as to how soon that may be.

That’s all, so See Ya Real Soon!

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I know, I know!  I took forever!  Really I’ve had this post done for a few days now, but I kept forgetting to email it to my self.  So here it is.  I’m going to aplogise now for any name errors or wrong information.  I was without internet while writing it, so not able to check the facts like I normally can, and making that effort would take more time and delay the post even more SO, here it is.  I’ll do better next time.  Did you miss me?  I’m mostly recovered except for a pesky cough that doesn’t want to go away.  But I won’t let that stop me this week for our

 

Countdown to Disney – 3 weeks!

 

As we slowly move closer to the trip, I’ve taken this week to go over Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Up until January 7 of this year, the park was named Disney-MGM Studios.  I’m not sure why they decided to change the name; however I’m not surprised in the least that it has been changed.  If my memory serves me correctly, Disney and MGM haven’t really ever gotten along that well and I feel that, at least for Disney, dropping MGM from the name is a good move. 

 

The change does make me wonder what, if anything, will happen with The Great Movie Ride.  Now, I think I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like this ride.  Perhaps I just have bad luck, but every time I went on the half-live-action-half-slow-moving-car ride, I had the absolute worst host giving the spiel and rescuing us from the bad guys.  It was painful to sit through.  I went back at least a dozen times to try and find someone good at the tiny acting that was required for the job, but to no avail.  I heard more excitement from the hosts from The Land (an Epcot ride, for those of you not familiar) talking about growing squash then I did from these people.  Ridiculous.  I have yet to meet anyone else who has the same distaste for the ride as I do.  Even my husband loves it.  Anyway, The Great Movie Ride has scenes and film that are allowed contractually from MGM.  I wonder if these contracts are also affected by the name change.  I guess at this point only time or a cast member in the know will tell. 

 

Besides the name change Studios has seen a lot of changes over the years.  I have vague memories of visiting the park in its first years with my family when I was little and the most I can gather from them is the general thought of, “there’s nothing to do here.”  Don’t take this as a knock on Disney.  Most theme parks have a few growing pains when they first start.  Thankfully Studios has gotten a few more things to do and a bit more of its own identity over the years. 

 

So what am I looking forward to from Hollywood Studios?  Lots of things of course!  Studios is the theme park that has the most exciting thrill rides out of the four.  Don’t get me wrong, Expedition Everest is way cool, (I’ll get to Animal Kingdom next week) but you can’t ignore the great themeing or the close proximity of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rockin’ Rollercoaster with Aerosmith.  These two rides are the big draw for Studios and for good reason.  Rockin’ Rollercoaster is pretty much the only pure coaster in Walt Disney World.  It’s completely indoors, it goes upside down and you get to listen to Aerosmith while you do it.  This is defiantly a ride for my age group, sticking with an unspoken theme of Studios, but I’ll say more on that later. 

 

Located next to Rockin’ Rollercoaster is the Twilight of Terror and is my favorite ride in Walt Disney World behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  Putting aside the terrific themeing, how can you not love a ride that drops you from a great height several times in a row?  Even my mother, who was terrified to try it, loves this ride!  Along with being a thrilling experience, the memories attached to Tower only endear it to me more.  I remember convincing my Mom to ride it, then going on it again right after because she loved it so much.  I remember riding with my sister when I was visiting her for spring break and leaving our Doug Live lunch boxes in various places to see if cast members noticed them.  I remember being bored with my roommates from the College Program and seeing how many times we could ride in a three hour span with out any help from fellow cast members (11).  I remember riding it with my boyfriend, then experiencing it again when he became my fiancé, and now I can’t wait for this time with him as my husband.  It’s a great ride and I think it will be the first thing we do when my husband and I get to the park. 

 

But I’m looking forward to more than those two rides.  Studios also plays host to one of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World, Primetime Café.  My sister was the first person who found this place and I really don’t know how we didn’t know about it before then.  Primetime is a homey homage to 1950’s kitchens and cooking.  You won’t find a low carb/low calorie item on the menu and thank God for that.  This is a place where your servers are family and you need to keep your elbows off the table and finish your vegetables (which come with every meal) or they’ll tell mom and you may not get dessert.  And trust me, you want dessert here.  Dad’s s’mores are not to be missed.  (Neither are the cocktails from his liquor cabinet, but that’s a different story.)  This place is always packed, but the wait is so worth it.  This is one of those rare times I would get priority seating and show up early for it.  Alright I’m getting too excited about it, so moving on…

 

Studios is my second favorite park because I feel it spans a very wide audience. 

 

It’s perfect for kids:

Character sightings and greetings are everywhere!  Mickey Avenue hosts lots of characters you may not find in the other parks, especially the Playhouse Disney cast, plus it has the Mouse himself and his friends.  Pixar Place has your computer generated friends, and you may even see the Power Rangers hanging around the park. 

There’s the Beauty and the Beast stage show that’s in the shade and fun to watch, the parades that make you want to dance and the High School Musical something or another that they’ll want to see.  Then you have Muppet Vision 3-D, Toy Story Mania, The Playhouse Disney show, and the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground (which many people don’t know exists).  Don’t forget Fantasmic! which may be going down to fewer shows per week, but is still worth the 2 hour wait in the stands. 

 

So yay for the kids!  They are sure to have a great time.  But studios has much more to it than that,

 

It’s perfect for grownups:

There are the thrill rides of Rockin’ Rollercoaster and Tower.  The Citizens of Hollywood and hilarious if you’re lucky enough to see one of them and catch an act.  Star Tours is lots of fun, even if you’re not a big fan of the Star Wars movies.  Lights, Motors, Action! is a lot of fun to watch for the whole family (too bad it will be closed for refurbishment while we’re down there).  The restaurants are campy in a good way and they all have a great selection of alcohol.  There are shops all down Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard that provide just as good a selection as Main Street, USA in Magic Kingdom. 

 

And again, there is that intangible something that fills you with joy and makes you forget about your troubles, even if just for an hour or two. 

 

So that brings us again to the end of my ramblings for this week.  I’ll be back in a few days to bring you Countdown to Disney – 2 weeks. 

 

See ya real soon!

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