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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An easy 12 minute drive had us back at the Villas at the Grand Floridian for afternoon nap time.
I enjoyed a short stroll on the beach when I filled my resort mug.
We walked to the Polynesian Village for dinner at Captain Cook’s.
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.
A quick walk back to our car and we were off to Hollywood Studios.
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.
We were back to our villa just in time to see the Electrical Water Pageant play at the Polynesian Village, this time with music!