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“A salute to all nations but mostly America.”

I’m usually not a huge fan of 3D movies because for some odd reason, they don’t work that well on me.  I see things coming out of the screen, but they don’t pop out and make me think they’re going to touch me, like other people seem to experience.  Maybe it’s because I have a lot of eye problems, I don’t know, but I can tell you that Avatar was a very boring movie for me. 

Anywhoo, I do like seeing Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, mostly because I love the Muppets.  I spent a good portion of my childhood watching The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and the very popular Muppet Babies cartoon show.  Jim Henson had a very large impact on my life, and I love the character’s he created, which are featured in this show (except for Ralph.  Poor dog just seems to have fallen off the face of Muppet-hood, which is really sad since he’s my favorite).

The show is funny, entertaining, and air conditioned, which is really all that you can ask for from a Central Florida theme-park ride.  Except for Waldo.  I can’t stand that thing.  I understand its purpose in the general plot of the film, but it drives me bonkers!

If you’ve never seen it, keep an eye out for my favorites, Kermit (of course), the Swedish Chef, Gonzo, Beaker, and Sam the Eagle.  They give Sam the best lines, which I’ve been known to quote from time to time.  You also can’t beat the little soldier Muppets in the finale and the penguins.  Ahh, I just love it, I can’t wait!

“Yes, it’s a glorious three hour finale!”

“You got a minute and a half.”

<GASP>

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Picture, if you will, a family on vacation.  They’re having a lovely time touring along Sunset Boulevard when they happen across a towering hotel at the end of the street.  They can see lush gardens behind a towering gate with a bellhop waiting at the entrance.  Soft music beckons the children closer, but their parents are hesitating.  There’s something not right about that place they think.  They refuse to go any further.  Their children insist, what could happen in a place like this, they ask.  Still the parents are unsure.  After a few minutes of discussion, the children and their father decide to go into the hotel.  The mother waits at the gates, worrying at the fate of her children and beloved husband.  Before long, she hears what she believes are elevator doors, and terror grasps her heart as she’s sure she hears her family screaming in the distance.  Avoiding the stare of the sinister looking bellhop beckoning more unsuspecting guests through the gardens to the hotel, the mother can do nothing but wait, hoping for the safe return of her children and husband. 

 The wait is fast becoming unbearable, and just as she’s about to go off in search of her family, she hears something that makes her pause.  Could it be?  Yes, thank the Lord, our mother hears the laughter of her children, the welcoming sound of her husband’s voice calling her name, returning to her from another part of the hotel.  They run to her with smiles on their faces and strange stories of a haunted elevator, a gift shop, and a request to do it all over again.  Only this time, she should come along. 

 Yes my friends, that was my family’s first encounter with the Tower of Terror (if only slightly exaggerated).  It took us a long time to convince her to go.  To my mother’s credit, she was fairly afraid of heights, but did eventually go on.  Also to her credit, once we got her on, it was hard to get her to do anything else, she loved it so much (as we knew she would)!

 I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ridden the Tower of Terror.  I know that I’ve ridden it 11 times in a row when I worked at WDW.  We only stopped because the park closed.  I’ve also tested how well the cast members pay attention when working the ride, leaving various items in the pre-show room to see how quickly they pick them up again.  I wonder if they ever kept my Doug Live! lunchbox…

 Tower is a ride that I never tire of and I’m so excited to “drop by” the Hollywood Tower Hotel again!

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