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Trip Report So we went to Disney again... - an August/17 trip report

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by gwhb75, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. gwhb75

    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 continued - Hollywood Studios

    We got back to our room around 2ish, showered and then headed back out to Hollywood Studios for the evening. It’s nice being able to walk to the park instead of having to rely on a bus or boat.

    20170820_172439_HDR.jpg We got to the front of the park, did bag check, and I was “randomly” selected for additional screening (I say “randomly” because that would imply it would happen occasionally, not EVERY SINGLE TIME I went into a park. I should look up how much radiation a person is exposed to when they walk through a metal detector…).
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    We decided to head down Hollywood Blvd first, as the kids wanted to ride Rock ‘N Roller Coaster. We didn’t have a FP for it, but we use the single rider line so the wait is usually short. Tammy came through the line with us, although she had no plans on riding.
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    We had fun


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    OK, two things about this picture
    1) the kid sitting next to Steph told her that the rest of the family was doing a "serious" pose, so she was trying to play along. I guess someone forgot to tell the parents in the front
    2) Look how wide that guy in the front's tongue is.:p

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    I saw this cool pic design on the way out
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    Next up we had a FP for Toy Story, so we headed over to Pixar Place. The FP line was pretty empty and we were soon in possession of our glasses and headed up the stairs to the load area. This is one of those situation where I had to take 3 pictures to get the 1 I wanted. I was trying to get a picture of Tammy and Steph. Here is picture 1:
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    “Liam, get out the way”

    OK, picture 2:

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    “Oh, come on”


    Picture 3:
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    Finally

    Still to come - more Hollywood Studios
     
  2. gwhb75

    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 continued

    After Toy Story we had about an hour before our FP for the Music of Pixar. On the way back towards the theatre we passed the “One Man’s Dream” building, and they were “advertising” a Guardians of the Galaxy Meet and Greet with a 20 minute wait. We decided to give it a shot, so we headed in.
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    I’m not going to say “big mistake”, but I’d go with “waste of time”. The whole thing was just weird and disorganized. First you’re put into a room with a bunch of lines on the ground and told to line up on the line. Then you wait…and wait….and wait….and the weird thing is there are no CMs in this room, so you start wondering if you’ve been forgotten. We kept checking our watch to make sure we don’t miss the FP for the Music of Pixar. After 10 minutes the kids decide this is dumb, and head out (they ended up riding RnR again). Tammy and I waited about 30 minutes. Finally a CM shows up and starts taking people in to another room a few at a time. Finally we are called in with a few other people and line up again. In the next room is someone who is supposed to be Star Lord and an animatronic baby Groot. The guy playing Star Lord didn’t really look anything even close to the one from the movies. The Groot was kind of neat though. Regardless, this was taking way too long as there were a few families in front of us with young kids who were quite thrilled with the whole experience (and I’m happy about that. I figured young kids would think this was cool). Tammy and I decided to bail out as we were about 10 minutes from our FP time and really didn’t want to miss it.

    I messaged the kids and told them to meet us in front of the theatre.
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    We found each other just as they started letting people in. We made our way into the theatre and found an empty row about a 1/3 of the way down the theatre. A few minutes after we were seated some Army Men come out and do a little pre-show thing with some of the kids in the audience.
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    At around 8:00 the show started. It was pretty enjoyable.
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    I really love music, so this was right up my ally. If you haven’t seen it, what they do is have a live orchestra play music from various Pixar movies, while they show clips of the movie on a big screen. '
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    It was pretty enjoyable.

    Near the end of the show, Liam leans over and asks “Once this is done can we go eat?” Oh yeah, we haven’t eaten since around 12 this afternoon and it’s now 8:30ish. I thought that was a great idea. One problem…all the restaurants in the park closed around 8:30 (the park closed at 9). Hmmmm…. I managed to get out of this short term predicament by reminding the kids that they had a FP for ToT (actually they had 2 FPs each since Tammy doesn’t want to ride and I decided I’d rather stay with her than ride without her, so we gave them our Magic Bands). They were quite happy with that, and it bought me a few minutes to figure out what to do for dinner.

    While the kids rode ToT Tammy and I went into the gift shop and made our way to the back where the ride lets out (by the desk where you can buy pictures). We noticed they had a ToT Jenga game there, so we set it up and started playing.
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    It was actually quite fun and helped pass the time (and we did pretty well I think).
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    While we were playing, the CM behind the desk came over and talked to us for a while. He was telling us how awesome Pandora is, and how Flight of Passage is the best ride he’s ever been on. He said he waited 3 hours to ride it the first day, got off the ride, then went back in line and waited 3 hours to ride it again. I’m glad we have FPs for it tomorrow since I can’t see us waiting 3 hours for anything.

    Eventually the kids made their way out, and were now full-on “hangry” (although the did have fun riding)
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    “Let’s head back to Boardwalk and we’ll figure it out”. We headed back to the front of the park, just avoiding the rush as the Star Wars fireworks were ending as we passed through the gates. The walk back seemed to take forever, probably because of the combination of being hungry, tired and having sore feet.

    still to come - We need food
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 continued - An unplanned meal

    When we got back to the Boardwalk we stopped and considered our options. We were right by the ESPN Club, so I thought “why not”.
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    I took a look inside and the place was almost empty (not overly surprising for 9:15pm). We were quickly seated and soon had menus in hand. For dinner Tammy got fish and chips,
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    Steph got a stir fry with tofu,
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    Liam got a chicken burger
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    , and I got chicken and waffles.
    20170820_214821.jpg My honest opinion? This place was great. I was not expecting much, but everyone really enjoyed their meal. Our server was very attentive too (he even noticed Tammy was looking kind of cold and offered to go get her a blanket). I was pleasantly surprised by our dining experience and would fully recommend eating here.

    After dinner we headed back out to the Boardwalk, but we didn’t get too far…curse you Ample Hills and your delicious ooey gooey butter cake sundaes.
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    We first experienced Ample Hills during our last trip and ended up going there a few times that year. We figured it would be dangerous to stay at Boardwalk due to the proximity to this place.

    We ended up getting two sundaes to share, and then found a table with a few chairs to sit and enjoy.
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    So good. Not a bad view either
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    After that, we called it a night. It was a great first full day, but we’re all pretty tired now. See you tomorrow.

    End of day 2 - coming up: Blizzard Beach and Epcot.
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks. Hope you enjoy the rest of the report
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Some would say impressive, others would say stupid....
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Which side of the resort were you on (the hotel or the villas)? There's a very good chance we passed each other and didn't even know it. How did you enjoy staying at the Boardwalk?
     
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    We stayed villas side, 5th floor. Pretty much the first room off the elevator lobby. Had a lovely view of the front of the hotel and all of its construction, might made for some early mornings when the construction crew started up at 8am. I think we appreciated the proximity of staying so close to Epcot, but themewise, not our favorite. Reminded us too much of every New England beach house around here. lol
     
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    Wow!! They offered to get her a blanket?! Now THAT'S service lol!!

    Tammy's fish and chips looked delish btw...mmmm!
     
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    Really enjoying your report so far and so happy to hear your mom is doing well:happy:
     
  10. SweetEvangeline

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    Great report. So glad your Moms surgery went well. I am bummed, however, that your trick for price bridging on the annual passes did not work. We are planning to do the same thing in November. We will see if it's any different for us as we bought our original tickets through Undercover Tourist.
     
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    Hi Neighbour
    I am just starting to get back into TRs and I am happy to follow along
    Good to hear that your Moms surgery went well.

    Interesting idea of going to the airport the night before to weigh the bags - had never thought about it
    Assume you have to explain to the people that you are not flying tonight - any strange looks from them??

    Will take awhile to catch up but I am sure it will be worth it

    Max
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We were in the villa side on the 3rd floor. It was pretty quiet down our end.
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Apparently it was very good.
     
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    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    My 22 and 20 ur old still want to go to Disney as a family
    Me footing the entire bill probably helps

    Max
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks. Hope to post more this weekend
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Hi Max

    Normally we just go to a scale where no agent is (normally it's later in the day when there aren't many agents on) and weigh our bags. I guess we could just invest in a travel scale;)
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Offering to pay would probably keep my kids coming with us for years to come.
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We were hoping it would work, but I think because we bought direct from Disney they could always track it back. Let me know if it works for you with UT tickets.
     
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    gwhb75 Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Day 2 - oops..forgot the step count

    The early morning walk definitely helped get this number up...

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  20. MeeskaMooska0714

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    This is the first trip report of yours that I have read. Enjoying it so far! Glad your mom is doing well. Looking forward to the rest of your report.
     

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