THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2013
Thursday at Hollywood Studios was a lot of fun, but we’re working with Holiday crowds and this week is a totally different experience than last February. Thanks to the Magic Bands and Fast Pass Plus though, we managed to cover a lot more ground than I’d hoped!
We are very early risers on vacation. We were at All Star Music checking in by 7am.
AND OUR ROOM WAS READY!!!
Just your standard value resort room. It’s one less thing off my mind though! Once again, we dump our stuff and head out.
We’re going to try breakfast at Hollywood Studios; I’m not very hopeful. The only place I know off the top of my head for breakfast is Starring Rolls. Any place with the word “rolls” in its name is probably not a gluten free haven. I was right; they had 2 choices, neither of which was going to be filling enough to bother with. I asked who else was serving food and was sent over to Fairfax Fare (by Tower of Terror).
We got to the head of the line, announced we had a food allergy, and were handed over to a manager. She said she could do their breakfast sandwiches with gluten free hamburger buns, but she had to go get them and it would take a few minutes. A BREAKFAST SANDWICH?!?!?!?! I’ll wait, I’ll happily wait! It’s funny the stuff you miss when a food is taken away – I thought I’d have a really hard time with pasta and bread, but the gluten free options for those are usually pretty good. But a breakfast sandwich isn’t something I’m going to make myself, so it’s been months since I’ve had the option of one.
It was worth the wait!
Hollywood Studios has been my least favorite park for a long time, but since Ethan’s never been to most of the parks, I’m trying not to bias his opinion of anything Disney. I am guilty of trying to sway his opinion though. I do this by showing him the parts I know he’ll like first. So this morning, we head into the Beauty and the Beast Stage Show. (it’s his favorite Disney movie). And there was something in it for me, too!
Ethan loves the history of things, so I made sure to spend some time in One Man’s Dream. He likes music and concerts, so I took him to see Mulch, Sweat, and Shears.
And, he’s a guy, so… duh…
His sister is a huge Little Mermaid fan from when she was a kid, so I showed him The Voyage of the Little Mermaid to get him thinking about a Sibling Trip…
Fast Passes for Toy Story Mania were a must for today, too!
I think he’s getting into it!
Just a glimpse of the Dark Lord (did I get that right???) and then lunch at Backlot Express.
I had a hot dog on an Udi’s bun and Ethan had a turkey sandwich on Udi’s bread.
I couldn’t let the day go by without taking him to one of my favorite activities either! I love the Art of Animation classes!
This is as close as I can get him to a character…
Since this was Thanksgiving, we had planned a very special Non-Traditional Meal – Sci-Fi Dine In Theater!
You sit in booths shaped like cars and face a large drive-in screen. Playing on the screen are various cartoon, intermission ads, and B-movie trailers. It’s a lot of fun!
In the “Too Much Information about Ethan & Jaime” vein, I’ll share something that happened at dinner at home one night our first year together (you know how, in a new relationship, you look for “signs” this is meant to be? This was one of those, lol) In the middle of dinner conversation, Ethan spouts, “People! People! People!” – quoting a cartoon called “The Cat that Hated People”. My jaw dropped – this is my favorite part of the whole Sci-Fi show! I love that cartoon. Ethan was just quoting a cartoon from his childhood, but it was one of my favorite cartoons! WHAT ARE THE ODDS?!?!?!
I had been looking forward to tonight’s dinner very much: I wanted the spinach and artichoke dip and a boozy shake. The chef comes out to discuss the food allergy and he’s less than helpful. He doesn’t seem to really care, but I can’t have my spinach and artichoke dip (there’s wheat in the mix). MIX??? How disappointing!
We both end up ordering burgers (served on Udi’s pizza crusts) and, while it was fun to watch the show, the food just wasn’t good enough to warrant a trip back too soon.
After dinner, there’s one more stop to make at Hollywood Studios – the Osborne Lights! With rumors swirling about Star Wars Land coming and no one knowing where it’s going, the possibility of this being the last Osborne Lights is looming over us (we know now that it’ll be back this year…) so I made sure Ethan got to see it at least once!