Current Location: Fort Wilderness Campground, Bay Lake, Florida (Disney)
A bit chilly this morning as we went to get on the bus to head towards the bus terminal here in the campground. We had just missed the bus heading that direction, so after waiting for a bit, we caught the bus heading the other direction (they all just do a loop). The driver was understanding that we wished to keep warm. Knowing that there was another bus that would be passing in the other direction soon, she drove until we saw it coming and stopped to let us switch over to the other bus. Just one of those things you run across on Disney properties all the time – helpful and understanding folks.
Today’s destination was Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The center piece there is a huge replica of the hat Mickey Mouse wore in Fantasia. The entire park is decorated in themed movie areas and the downtown portion looks like old-time Hollywood, full of art deco and old cars.
There are roving comedians that perform in the streets throughout the main area up front. These two were hilarious and were driving around in this small car and entertaining folks as they strolled down the street.
One of the tools we’ve been using this week is the Disney app on our iPhones. Malcolm had FastPasses all ready to go before we even left the trailer. He and David have been riding the fast rides while Val shops.
Once we were in the park, we headed towards the Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster so that Malcolm and David could ride using their FastPasses. They had so much fun that they circled around and rode again using the single rider line option.
Once done with their roller coaster rides, we sat down for a small snack to stall for time until David and Malcolm could get on the Tower of Terror ride. They rode this once since it is popular and takes a while to get through the line normally.
After those two rides, we rented a locker to stow our jackets and purchases and then headed towards Pizza Planet for lunch. It had generally the same selection of food as the pizza place we ate at yesterday. The atmosphere was different, though.
After Pizza Planet, Malcolm and David used up their last FastPasses to ride the Star Tours ride. It is a simulation in which you travel in a star cruiser in Star Wars. It was fun. Most of the rest of the afternoon was spent walking around shops. Around 4:00, we filed in with thousands of other park-goers to watch the Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show. There were car chases, motorcycle chases, flames, explosions and all kinds of other cool tricks. It was fun, noisy and, most importantly, we got to sit and rest our weary feet for a while.
After the show, it was getting close to 5:00 and the wind was getting a little chilly, so we headed back to the locker to get our jackets and drop off our sunglasses and a couple packages. From there, we headed back to the 50’s Prime Time Cafe for our dinner reservation. We were seated quickly. The cafe is decorated in 1950’s style and was really fun just to look around. There are TV’s at most tables showing clips of old shows from the 1950’s.
Our waiter was sure to remind us to keep our elbows off the table, asked if we washed our hands before we sat down and, as we were leaving, reminded us it was bath night. A friend of ours remarked on Malcolm’s Facebook post that he had gotten called to the carpet for staring at his phone too much at the table and was told to stand facing the wall for a few minutes.
It’s a fun atmosphere and the food was excellent, as well. Malcolm and David both got the sampler which had Fried Chicken (excellent), Meat Loaf and Pot Roast as well as vegetables. Val got the special of the day – Beef Stroganoff.
For dessert, we split a Father’s Brownie Sundae and it was a good thing we did. It was huge. It was a big brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a bunch of whipped cream on top. It was drizzled with both caramel and chocolate syrup and also had caramel corn all around it. Mickey sprinkles and a maraschino cherry topped it off.
Once dinner was over, we went back over to the Star Wars area for David to check on something in the shop there. After leaving the shop, we realized it was nearly 7:00 (when the rides shut down), so we cleared our locker, got our key deposit back and headed home via the busses.