Trip Report January 2016 – Day 3

Trip Report January 2016 – Day 3

Dreams do come true.  Day 3 in Hollywood Studios brought us back to our favorite ride, the Tower of Terror.  I haven’t ridden it since March 2014, which is far too long.  But I’m jumping ahead…

This morning was the most on time we’ve been in years.  In 17 minutes we drove from the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios, parked, unloaded the car and were on a tram.  First stop was Toy Story Midway Mania with a Fastpass.  We were through the ride quickly and stopped to see Star Wars Launch Bay.


Star Wars Launch Bay


Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars has taken over the Animation building, with a making of video in the theater, meet and greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader, props and costumes from Episode VII, Disney Infiniti stations, mock Cantina, and of course merchandise shop.


Star Wars Launch Bay

Disney Visa card holders can meet Darth Vader from 11 am to 4 pm daily.  This meet is separate from the regular meet and greet.  You’ll pass the regular meets and into the Cantina.  The Disney Visa meet has a marker on the wall.


Star Wars Launch Bay Darth Vader Disney Visa Meet

It was then time for our Tower of Terror Fastpasses.  We did the same Child Swap procedure as we did for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on Day 1 so no one rode alone.  Since this is our favorite ride, it seemed obvious we needed our own little Bellhop.


Rider Swap / Child Swap pass that you received upon entering the line and exchange with a designated Cast Member for the actual swap pass


Rider Swap / Child Swap pass that you keep to redeem for the second group of riders


Tower of Terror

He was not cooperative with photos since all he wanted to do was crawl at lightning speed.  Tom mentioned that TJ, world famous Bellhop, was manning the Fastpass entrance.  He obliged our request for a photo.  This is the place where dreams come true.


TJ the Hollywood Tower Hotel Bellhop

Who even cares what we did after this?  Ok, maybe you do 😉

We headed over to the other side of the park for Muppet Vision 3-D.  The baby was surprisingly interested in the show considering he couldn’t see the 3-D effects.  Blurry Muppets are fun Muppets too!

We had lunch at Mama Melrose, where we couldn’t resist adding a few appetizers.  Between the appetizers and all the bread I ate after I requested butter (herbs and oil are standard), we decided to take dessert to go.  Our waitress was fantastic and packaged our chocolate tortes to go with napkins and plastic silverware.


Mama Melrose mozzarella and tomato

After lunch we enjoyed the Streets of America for while will likely be the final time.  They are starting to add a few construction walls in advance of the early April closure of this area of the park.


Streets of America, formerly the Angel Soft Toilet Paper Tree window

An easy 12 minute drive had us back at the Villas at the Grand Floridian for afternoon nap time.


Grand Floridian

I enjoyed a short stroll on the beach when I filled my resort mug.


Seven Seas Lagoon and Polynesian Village from Grand Floridian beach

We walked to the Polynesian Village for dinner at Captain Cook’s.


Contemporary across Seven Seas Lagoon



Polynesian Village


Grand Floridian from Polynesian Village

Tom liked the ham and cheese sandwich.  I had the chicken sandwich and ordered a kids chicken and pineapple skewer.  The chicken was too tough for me to bite through, and too dry for the baby to like to eat.


Captain Cooks at Polynesian Village

A quick walk back to our car and we were off to Hollywood Studios.


New lobby tiki at Polynesian Village

Symphony in the Stars was scheduled for 8 and we took a spot on a planter bench around Echo Lake at 7:30.  Our view was partially obstructed by a tree, but it was the last sit down spot available in the area, which was a priority since we left the stroller in the car.

Symphony in the Stars is short but for of spectacle.  John Williams music and powerful fireworks make a great show.  The finale will nearly blow your socks off.


Symphony in the Stars from Echo Lake

We were back to our villa just in time to see the Electrical Water Pageant play at the Polynesian Village, this time with music!


Electrical Water Pageant from Villas at Grand Floridian

Catch up on Day 1, Day 2; Continue to Day 4, Day 5, Day 6


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