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Keane's September/October 2012 "This Is Too Good To Pass Up" Trip Report - Part 6


The text of this trip report was posted to the Usenet group rec.arts.disney.parks on October 21, 2012. This is an expanded version with pictures. If you are reading this someplace else than rec.arts.disney.parks, or on my site keanespics.com, it was copied without my permission.

Me and Walt
Me and Walt. He's a lot taller in person.
Who: Me, Keane. Disney Junkie and obviously a glutton for punishment...
     Mom, aka "Miss Marie". Mobility impaired. Memory impaired, too.
     Jenny. Fellow Disney Junkie, and du...kind enough to help.
     Karen. My GPS. (A Garmin nuvi 1390)
What: An opportunistic trip to Walt Disney World.
Where: Walt Disney World, Art of Animation Resort, Little Mermaid Room.
Why: D23's Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration, D23's 2012 Sip & Scream, and a dinner in Great Movie Ride.
When: September 29 thru October 6, 2012

All Disclaimers from Part 1 still apply.
Thank you.

Day 5, Tuesday, Oct. 2
Disney's Hollywood Studios

WDW exhaustion had fully kicked in and keeps me in bed later than usual. I get up, and make some coffee. We are going to go into Disney's Hollywood Studios today.

We get ready, it will be another warm humid day with afternoon thunderstorms. This spring/summer like weather is beginning to irritate me. Jenny puts some ponchos in the basket of the scooter, and guarantees me that it won't rain so long as we have the ponchos. (And it doesn't rain while we're out, if we have the ponchos with us. At all. She forgot to take them with her, so I have them, and it didn't even rain on me on my way home. Maybe that's why Peaceful Pastures had no rain this year. I keeping them and taking them back to Chicago, in the hope it works on snow, too...)

We're at the food court by about 9:15, and console myself that the breakfast here is still better than the breakfasts in DHS.

Art of Animation
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Kidagain will be in DHS today, too. He's staying someplace in the Little Mermaid section of the resort as well, but I have no idea where. He could very well be next door, and if he is, I wish he'd keep that kid from crying. Send him a text. He got a late start. Well, so did we. We may have passed each other in the food court.

We arrive at DHS about 10:30. There's an 11:00 show of Beauty and the Beast at the Theater of the Stars, and we head that way. Some Streetmosphere is going on on Hollywood Blvd., and we pass it as we turn up Sunset Blvd. I text Bill we're going to BatB, he's watching some Streetmosphere on Hollywood Blvd. Well, we're getting closer.

It's a few minutes before the show, and I go take some pictures of the surrounding area with the new camera, mainly Rock n' Roller Coaster for updates to the web site.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
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We meet Kidagain / Beauty and the Beast

I go back to join Jenny and Mom, and some Stupid Guest tugs on my camera. I turn to look at said SG, and it's some old guy. Putting two and two together (which doesn't always equal four in my world), I figure it's not some ordinary stupid guest. Yes! It's Kidagain and his friend Debbie.

Introductions are made all around, and it's only a minute until we're let in, and I drive Mom down all sorts of switchbacks to the front row of the theater. Well, there's a perk if you're handicapped...

They did see the 30th fireworks, said they were great. In another "who knew" moment, Mom loves the show, even though she says she doesn't like musicals or stage shows. For a show that was only supposed to be in existence for a year, it still draws the crowds... (There's some video taken with the G1X of this performance. See the Video Index at end of part 10.)

We exit the theater, stand around and talk for a while after the show and have a picture taken. Yes, proof once again that virtual people on the net sometimes really do exist.

Bill and Debbie are going to go do Tower of Terror. Well, more power to you guys... It's the one ride at WDW that's defeated me. Well, maybe Astro-Orbiters and Summit Plummet, too. But I won't even *try* those. :-)

Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Backlot Tours / Pizza Planet

We go our separate ways. Jenny wants a Toy Alien t-shirt, and we go Toy Story Midway Mania to the gift shop there. Yes, they have exactly what she wants. Amazing. We motor straight on through to Backlot Tours, another attraction Mom hasn't seen, since it was down for rehab the last time we were there. We are up in the first car, and find that since the entire spiel is pre-recorded, the speech/what-is-actually-next-to-you doesn't sync up here either. Maybe it syncs up in the middle of the tram now.

We make the bend around the area where you can get a picture of the Earful Tower, and enter costuming. We will have a tour of this place tonight. Just so you know, as you enter via the tram, sewing and cutting is on your left, alterations is on your right.

Mom is amused at Catastrophe Canyon, I'm sure I was the first... half-dozen times. I haven't been on this attraction since they shortened it up for LMA, and how long has that been?

We might have time to get to Lights, Motors, Action, but we go through a crowded AFI post-show and the motors start up before we get there. Bad timing. We should have done LMA first.

Instead we head over to Pizza Planet for lunch, since I've never eaten there. Goodness. Could it get any louder? The floors are concrete, the interior brick or plasterboard wall, the chairs and tables are metal, and there are video game machines all over inside. The only thing that seems to be noise absorbent are the people. (You know, I seem to be complaining a lot about noisy places. I'll know I've gone over the geezer edge when I start saying, "Back in the day...")

On the way to Great Movie Ride, we stop in at the Academy to take some pictures with some of the busts for my facebook picture. Wow, how sad it is that I just said that. You know, back in the day...

Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Great Movie Ride

I don't want to ride GMR as much as to test out the new camera. We will have pretty exclusive access to the entire attraction tonight. Or maybe it's like riding Living With The Land just before you do Behind the Seeds.

The G1X does a marginally better job than the G12 in terms of sharpness, it's that darn moving vehicle. However it does blow the G12 away in terms of noise and shadow detail. We applaud our CM, load Mom on the scooter, and head out the door.

It's 3pm, and we leave the park. We have to get Mom back to the resort, and get ready for tonight. We get to the bus stop, and there's a bus already there with few people on it, and the scooter area on the bus is clear. So we load the scooter and are off to AoA. The new scooter/wheelchair tie-downs are much more back-friendly. As we leave the bus area at AoA, one of the cooks from the food court is leaving his car and going toward the restaurant, and we discuss the heat and humidity of which neither of us particularly likes.

I'm beginning to hate this walk.

Great Movie Ride
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End Sept 2012 Trip Report - Part 6.

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