Started off the day at a slightly slower pace this morning since Hollywood Studios didn’t have anything we were in any particular rush to get to right away. Dan and Josh and I had breakfast at the apartment and then headed into the park to begin a day of rain dodging fun.
Immediately upon entering the park we went over to the new Toy Story ride and got a FastPass for later since it’s now pretty much the most popular ride in the entire park. The line was already out the door by the time we got to it, and the FastPass lines weren’t too much better. To kill time until we could use the FastPass we went on the Aerosmith roller coaster and then the Hollywood Tower of Terror.
By this time we were able to go use our FastPasses for the Toy Story ride, and made our way in that direction. On the way we passed by a picture opportunity where Buzz and Woody characters were meeting with kids, so we of course hopped in line as well. Took some goofy pictures along the way, and a few really good ones with the gang at the end. Was a blast. Then we walked across the street and did the Toy Story ride which was more of a 3D arcade game you played while riding in a car with a buddy. It was some of the most fun I’ve had on any ride so far. Granted, my arm was sore at the end from using the toy gun you have, but it was more than worth it. When we exited, we grabbed another FastPass to use on it later.
We caught the very beginning of the first High School Musical 3 parade, then grabbed lunch at a nice little 1950’s genre restaurant. Killed some time at the Muppet 3D show, then went and fiddled around in the animation studio where we ended up running into Sorcerer Micky, a rare find that I was glad to encounter.
We then happily made our way to watch “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” live show. Was only a couple songs (“Under the Sea / Part of Your World / Poor Unfortunate Soul”), but I actually managed to record them on the digital camera I borrowed from Jayme, and they turned out quite nicely. I’ve already watched them once since we got back tonight, and I’ll probably do so again before bed. I got choked up during the show, as I do with anything related to Ariel. I just love her and that movie.
A little later on we went and saw the Beauty and the Beast live performance, once again getting me choked up. A couple times throughout the half hour show I got goosebumps, and once I actually got teary eyed watching it. Seeing these things isn’t just amazing for kids, but for people like me who are still kids at heart. I got a couple pictures at the end and included one on this post since I got some flack yesterday for mentioning Belle and not posting a picture of her. The things I do to appease my audience…
After catching a couple characters from Monsters, Inc. and “The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” we headed to the Fantasmic arena in order to get a good spot for the park’s magnificent closing show. We got there an hour early and got great seats, but in continuance with the pattern set forth by the rest of the day, it rained off and on that entire hour. We were a little worried they’d cancel the show, but it ended up going on as planned without so much as a delay.
Just like last year, it was awe inspiring. I was still captivated as if it were the first time I’d seen it before, and imagine I’ll be the same way the next time I see it someday. At the end we all filed out of the park in good cattle-like formation, and now I’m back at the apartment relaxing a little before bed.
Tomorrow will be back to EPCOT, but this time with my friend Karen who’s driving in from Tampa to spend the day with me. Dan’s gonna be working, so we’re going to have so much fun with just the two of us. I’m practically giddy, that’s how excited I am. Hopefully I’ll be able to fall asleep. 🙂