Day 46- Hollywood Studios

It is a spectacular day! The weather is warm during the afternoon, going up to the mid-80s. As soon as the sun begins to set around 5pm, it cools to below 80 degrees. Hollywood Studios is perfectly busy, and so many people enjoying getting here later in the day!

I check with The Hollywood Brown Derby to see if there is walk-up availability. There will be in about an hour, so I thank them and walk outside to see if there is availability at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge on the patio. Yes, there is a table! I get to enjoy a fun lunch and the beautiful weather. The waitress is super nice and she helps me order a gluten free cobb salad. It is fun watching all of the people go by and seeing all of the families! I love eating outdoors here.

Soon, I am back on Hollywood Boulevard. Oh, wait! I hear the Film Team! They are set up just a short walk down Sunset Boulevard, so I stop to watch. It is so fun watching and hearing them interact with the guests. In the second skit, they pull a man from the audience and say, “Look! It is The Captain on Gilligan’s Island!” Applause erupts and soon they find “Mary Ann” and “Gilligan”. I am standing close to the family of “Gilligan.” The son of “Gilligan” is beaming as his dad is picked to stand on the red carpet. I look again, and he is grinning ear to ear as he is eating his ice cream cone! Then, the Film Team finds “The Rock!”  “The Rock’s” sons are a little dismayed that their dad is being asked to stand on the red carpet. Soon, the older son starts laughing as he hears the Film Team talking to his dad; the boy is about 5, his younger brother, about 3, never loses his frowning eyebrows until his dad is returned to him! The dad? He had a blast being “The Rock!”

Now, I watch a couple more people get chosen to be celebrities, and the funniest was “Colonel Sanders”. It was a very funny and nice moment. I love seeing the interaction of the cast and guests at Disney! Seems the adults were having the most fun, maybe even a little more than the kids!

Well, Hollywood Studios is closing at 7:00pm tonight. It is beautiful, and the sunsets? Please, don’t forget to look at the skies in the evenings. The sunsets are absolutely amazing and vibrant in sunny Florida!

Day 23- Lost and Found & Hollywood Studios

I was having a celebration day! Want to go to Disney? Of course, but today it was cool enough to dig in the garage and find my box of clothes that has been packed since the move! Yep, celebrating a cool morning and finding my box!

Now, we have some exciting news! Last evening, Twinkie found that she had dropped a prized vintage eyeglasses case. She was heart broken and it was too late to check with Lost and Found. She did call the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, where we were first, but they didn’t have one that had been turned in. Early this morning, she began her calls to Disney’s Lost and Found. She described where we were, what it looked like, and about what time she might have lost it. After several minutes I heard her screaming in happy tones! They had found it and it was waiting for her! Our first stop of the day is Lost and Found!

At the first of summer, I headed back to the hotel early, and left the kids to enjoy Extra Magic Hours with their company. I had the passing thought, “I hope they remember to get their stuff out of the storage locker.” When they arrived back to our room in the late hours of the night, they had totally forgotten our stuff. The next day, Twinkie and I began the journey of finding it. Magic Kingdom first, but the locker had been emptied and sent to Lost and Found, so we went there and were able to describe and claim our stuff! I was impressed, because the young mom in front of us had lost a baby shoe, she told them where and when, and they looked, but found nothing. Then, the granddaddy that was working asked if he could borrow the little shoe the mom still had and when he returned, he had the match! It was absolutely amazing that the tiny little shoe found its way home. She was so excited and thankful. We experienced that today! Celebration #2!

Now, we are happily off to Hollywood Studios. Our celebration lunch is at the Hollywood Brown Derby! We love their chopped cobb salad, the entree size is huge! We love the appetizer-sized one, and also had some wonderful gluten free rolls! Hollywood Brown Derby is so beautiful; they have taken the original Brown Derby and translated it into a Disney wonder! There are sketches of the old actors and actresses on the walls, there are pictures of the original Brown Derby; it is an elegant place to have lunch or dinner. Usually, you need to make reservations if you are planning to have a sit down meal. It was perfect.

We have a few minutes before Toy Story Mania, so I went to Walt Disney, One Man’s Dream: from Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdom! That will be a whole day’s blog! I love learning about Mr. Walt Disney, he made so many dreams come true. We’ll write more about that later.

Toy Story Mania is next, we have FastPass+. There is a test going on, and to ride today, you must have a FastPass. I enjoyed going through the line and seeing all of the décor. It is like you become the size of the toys; the game boards on the ceiling are huge, and you walk past the giant crayons and scrabble pieces. Mr. Potato Head is the cutest. I got the highest score I have ever had, 136,000 points!

We saw where the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post had been, and we followed the signs to the new location! Oh, look, there is Olaf’s flower growing in the snow. Oh, wow, this area used to be the AFI store, near the Studio Backlot Tour, and it has been transformed into Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Funland! I Love the snow; you can even build real snowmen in the snow play area!

I heard the sounds of the city, the trucks and the car horns, as we were rounding the corner into the Streets of America! It is like stepping back in time, and as you look down the street, it is as though you actually have, complete with old buildings and vintage window décor! Love these streets! I cannot wait until the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights Christmas are lit!

We are heading out; Hollywood Studios is open until 6 tonight, so we catch a glimpse of Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy outside of Star Tours.

I miss the sand sculpture of Olaf at the front gates, so we got a picture with the Hollywood Studios sign!  Although I miss Olaf, someday, maybe he will be back, I don’t know for sure, but I hope so.

It was a relaxing, celebratory day, complete with beautiful clouds rolling in!