Thursday, May 14, 2009

Disney World - Hollywood Studios

Day 4 at Disney World meant our fourth park - Disney's Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, we were later arriving at the park than we had planned. Chuck mentioned printing the touring plans each morning... Well that meant going into the business center of the hotel each morning with his jump drive. He had left his jump drive in a computer the day before, so when we went this morning to hopefully retrieve it, it was quite an ordeal. Let's just say the lost and found was kept on the complete opposite side of the property and the security personnel where not the brightest or most helpful in finding the correct item. After a 45 minute delay, we finally got his jump drive back and headed to the park.

They have this American Idol Experience where you can go through the process of a trying out for AI. There are even shows throughout the day. Chuck was a good sport and went to tryout because his sisters really wanted him to. He didn't get past the first tryout, and was relieved because it would have wasted his whole day at the park to do all the other parts.

Disney Playhouse was our favorite stop at California Adventure when we were in Disneyland in CA. I don't know if they have changed the one out there yet, but at DHS they used newer characters like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, the new Winnie the Pooh, and Handy Manny. It was great. My girls loved it. Afterward, they got to see some of the Little Einstein characters which they both adore.

Leland and Lucy with Leo, June, and Quincy from the Little Einsteins.

During that time, Chuck got to go on some fun adult rides - Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. It was nice for him to get to do that since during the entire time we had annual passes to Disneyland, we never road on Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain because we always did kids' things. He loves Tower of Terror and did well at not talking about it in front of me because the pregnant lady couldn't go on them.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid show was a horrible waste of time. It was very disappointing that Chuck described as Disney's worst show ever. On the other hand, The Beauty and the Beast show was very good. We were able to get 2nd row seats due to preggo in the wheelchair, which I thought were great. While waiting for the show to start, Lucy entertained us with her best Daddy impersonation.

Most of our crew booked it out of Beauty and the Beast to make it to the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt show, which was on the complete opposite side of the park and began 10 minutes after the B&B show ended. I had to stop at the bathroom and, obviously, was not as fast as the others, so arrived a little late. I tried to call people in our group to find out where they were sitting in the huge stadium, but no one was answering their phone due to the crazy amounts of noise. I finally got a hold of Chuck, but couldn't really hear what he said. Luckily an usher who could see that I couldn't find my group told me exactly where the other 17 people wearing the same shirt as I was were sitting. Matching shirts do have benefits.

We also checked out the Studio Backlot Tour which is a guided tour about movie special effects.

Toy Story Mania! was the coolest ride of all week and the only real ride for kids at DHS. It is an interactive 3-D game where you go room to room stopping in front of midway-style games shooting your cannon. Since we were so late, we missed riding Toy Story with the rest of the family in the morning, but came back later to ride. Lucy was asleep in my arms when we got onto the game, then all of sudden woke up and grabbed the gun to start playing.

We went out to Chevy's again for dinner that night. This time with the Hock's and Conley's. They were impressed with Lucy's Mexican food eating skills - the girl can put down some serious chips & salsa and refried beans. We also celebrated Tiffany's birthday again with a sombrero.

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