As soon as we finished, the guys were heading over to RnR while Jana shopped in the gift shop, and I just tagged along behind her. Before I realized that they were gone, the guys were back. RnR was down, and there goes our chance to ride multiple times. By the time that we walked back around to the entrance of ToT, the line was already a 30 minute wait, so we used our FPs for one last ride.
From ToT , we head over to the Animation Studio to go to a drawing class with a Disney Animator. This place used to be one of those best kept secrets, but unfortunately, I believe the secret is out. The animation class was full, and a line had formed for the next class by the time that we got there. We decided not to wait, but to head over to Toy Story Mania to ride with our FPs.
Jordan choose to ride with Jana, leaving me and Randy to ride together. I think he was just scared he would get beat by his mom.Unfortunately, the girls didn't stand a chance today, and we were demolished by the guys. And I was doing so good, until the ring toss game. That part gets me every time.
We decided we were all hungry and it was getting time for lunch. As we were walking along, I realized that Mike and Sully were all alone. I dragged the family over for some pics. I don't think people realize that these characters are back behind a Disney gift shop so there is often little or no line.
and then we got side tracked again.... do you see a pattern here? We are the family that wanders aimlessly around the parks, looking as if we have just seen a shiny penny or something. Jana spied HISTK playset, and I just had to let her play. This is one of those attractions that I know there will come a time when she will have no desire to do, and honestly, I can't wait. This place is crazy! There are so many hidden passages, that you can go in one way, and come out way on the other side. When she was smaller, I would be frantic trying to keep up with her, but now that she is older, I can just stand to the side with all the other cell phone junkie adults, waiting patiently for our kids to get bored and move on.
|The Big Hero 6 cupcakes were soooo cute, and tasty too!|
When we finished, Jana and I had to practically run across the park to make it back to the sing-a-long, and by the time we got there, they were no longer accepting FPs, so into the standby line we went. By the time that we got into the theater, it was completely full accept for a few seats here and there. Thankfully, there was only the two of us, so we were able to score really good seats down on the 2nd row. This was such a cute show! Unfortunately, Jana would not let her mom sing along to the songs. I guess having your mom sing in public is just like really mortifying to a preteen girl, but the little boy beside me made up for it. He just sang his heart out. The looks on the children's faces as Elsa and Anna appeared on the stage was priceless! Best show of the trip!
While we were in the Frozen Sing-a-Long, the guys were riding the Star Tours. They had time to ride several times, and were amazed that they had completely different experiences on each ride. We caught up to them as they were watching the Jedi Training Academy, and then all of us decided to give The Great Movie Ride a try. This is something we have not ever done, and there wasn't a wait.
It was ok, not great, not bad, just Ok. I am glad that we did it, because there is so little left to do at DHS these days, but it is not something I would feel the need to do again any time soon.
By then, my laid back travelling companions, decided that they were ready to head back to the resort. It seems the early hours had gotten to my crew and they felt they needed a nap. GO figure!
So we grabbed some snacks, a popsicle for Jana, and a Mickey pretzel for Jordan, and headed toward the exit.
|Want a bite?|
Losing the sorcerer's hat as the park's iconic structure is a little sad. I know there are those who never understood why it was used in the first place, but it is the thing that I have always associated with Hollywood Studios, even before when it was Disney's MGM Studios.
|Goodbye Hat! You will be missed!|
And sleep they did... for hours... and hours... it seemed.
When they finally decided to stir, it was getting dark, and we were all hungry, but no one had any interest in returning to a park. From the moment, we got on Disney property, I had been trying to figure out a way to get me some zebra domes, the most awesome dessert in the World. I learned the hard way on my last trip to Disney back in November, that zebra domes are yummy, but you had better eat them when you get them. I had attempted to bring some home for everyone, not realizing that they were like ice cream and they melted. Booo....
But I digress... what in the world are zebra domes you might ask? Words would not do this melt in your mouth bit of ambrosia, justice. And where in the world might you get this irresistible dessert? The only place to get zebra domes would be at Animal Kingdom Lodge, You can eat them from the buffet at Boma's or you can buy them with a snack credit at Mara's, AKL's food court.
So we set off in search of zebra domes! We checked in at the security gate at AKL, telling them that we came for the zebra domes! The guard laughed and agreed that it was worth the drive!
|At Last!!! Zebra Domes!|