The Twilight Zone: The Hollywood Tower of Terror

By DAMI - Last updated: Monday, February 23, 2015
As we walk towards the Tower of Terror we feel the creepy gaze of the statues!

As we walk towards the Tower of Terror we feel the creepy gaze of the statues!

When you get to Hollywood Studio you can’t help but notice the huge tower that rises over everything else. It looks so gothic and dark and scarey and you can just hear the bats and spiders doing the creepy crawly dance as you approach the building! On the first day we got there we didn’t have a Fast Pass so we had to go in the stand-by line which was pretty cool by itself as you have to slowly crawl along the path towards the hotel and hear the screams from above! The twisting turning line through the wait builds the anticipation as by the time you arrive at the lobby of the hotel you have legs that are shaking like noodles!

As we enter the lobby of the tower we really feel the creepiness start to fill our veins!

As we enter the lobby of the tower we really feel the creepiness start to fill our veins!

The arches and beams as you arrive in the lobby are awesome and when you finally step into the hotel lobby you are really feeling freaked out and scared! The details in the lobby are super cool and fans like us of the Twilight Zone get a great experience because there are so many little details that relate to the old Twilight Zone TV show!

You pass through the introduction guided by a freaky guide and then walk through a steamy industrial setting before you prepare to enter the elevator…the elevator that apparently held some victims before you! Once you get strapped in to the elevator car you pretty much give up all hope and just have to get ready for the crazy ride that is coming!

OMG the ride is crazy! You drop down 13 stories and everyone was screaming in the dark! The ride is so fun and at the end one of the best things was the ability to get our picture taken as if you were the staff at the hotel! We love the picture of us and we use it as our iPhone wallpaper now it is so cool!

The Twilight Zone: The Hollywood Tower of Terror was one of our best experiences! Not only does it combine elements from The Twlight Zone it also adds that natural fear of a scary death by falling! We never screamed so much!!

The Twilight Zone: The Hollywood Tower of Terror was one of our best experiences! Not only does it combine elements from The Twlight Zone it also adds that natural fear of a scary death by falling! We never screamed so much!!

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A day at Epcot

By DAMI - Last updated: Monday, February 23, 2015
Mine! Mine! Mine! The gulls were squawking at us as we arrived for Nemo!

Mine! Mine! Mine! The gulls were squawking at us as we arrived for Nemo!

We got up a bit earlier today at 7 had a coffee and a shower wore my new new pants and new green shirt! It’s great to have new clothes when you are on vacation to feel all brand new! We drove from the condo in Kissimmee to Epcot and parked at Amaze 36 again! What fun to be in the same parking lot for a 2nd time!  It is another nice sunny day and as we waited in the lineup to get in we  watched two balloons float away as I guess a few kids let go of their ballons! Everyone was looking up at them as they floated away and it was a fun WDW moment as it was like watching our childhood dreams float up into the sky!

First thing we did was Nemo and Friends riding the jellyfish boat. It was so fun and after we  went to the undersea aquarium and saw saw dolphins and manatees and turtles and were there for Ray feeding time. Then went to Turtle talk with crush and saw him farting bubbles! It is fun to watch Crush interact with the kids and they do such a great job of the show it was really fun.

Dr. Nigel Channing welcomed us on the Imagination ride at Epcot! As a Monty Python fan it was awesome to be guided by my old friend!

Dr. Nigel Channing welcomed us on the Imagination ride at Epcot! As a Monty Python fan it was awesome to be guided by my old friend!

After the aquarium we went to The Land which is a boat ride through greenhouse and hydroponic greenhouses cared for by Disney and passed by an incredible modern greenhouse full of melons and cool fruits and plants in greenhouses then through the fish farm where different species are kept in tanks that are naturally sustainable. WDW is not just rides and fun but also about education and new technologies!

After that we went to captain Eo and the Michael Jackson 3d movie from 1986 by Francis Coppola and George Lucas. The experience was very star wars and kind of dated with the movie full of 80s hairstyles and dancing like the MJ Tthriller video and the experience came of as a bit dated but it was neat to see it anyway and I can imagine that when this appeared in 1986 that it was pretty cutting edge . The chairs and effects during the movie were a bit shabby but it was historically interesting!

After that we did the Imagination ride which featured the guy from Monty Python and it was pretty fun!

The German Pavillion at EPCOT. Every country you visit really makes you feel like you are there!

The German Pavillion at EPCOT. Every country you visit really makes you feel like you are there!

EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and it really is cool especially the section that tours the lake where you can walk and actually experience a trip around the world! We toured the world clockwise starting in Mexico where we did the Grande Fiesta Tour then walked to the China exhibit and then had a nice stroll around the world!

The German exhibit has a very cool miniature village with trains and small houses and lizards were resting in the sun keeping warm on the rooftops looking like gigantic lizards from a Godzilla movie! Every country was so well built you felt like you were there like in France there was an Eiffel Tower in the distance so you felt like you were really there. When we got to Scotland there was a live musical group of buskers playing and they were very good, it sounded and felt like we were in a small Scottish town and then when we arrived in Canada the Imagineers at WDW really made us feel like we were in the wilderness of Canada. There was also a recreation of the Buchart Gardens that really felt like the Victoria gardens!

DD took a break in France on a bench! Ahh nothing like taking a wee nap dans un parc au Paris! Oui Oui!

DD took a break in France on a bench! Ahh nothing like taking a wee nap dans un parc au Paris! Oui Oui!

We ended our walk at the Cool Corner where they have a drink tasting station where you can sample different soda beverages from around the world. My favorite was  a Peruvian liquid bubblegum  flavored soda. DD found a nice tasty drink that was low acid that she was able to drink and we both agreed we want to go back to the cool corner for more when we come back to Epcot! The floor is so sticky though it was funny because as we walked it sounded like Squidward walking! Splotch splotch splotch splotch! LOL

When we stopped for lunch under the Electric Umbrella we were able to take a breath and enjoy the moment! The spectrum of emotions really is wide: we saw a group of Brazillian girls on a WDW group excursion sinking and shouting and dancing together loudly and then also saw a group of disabled kids in wheelchairs who had wide eyes and open mouths staring into the sky and it really touched me to see how this magical place can have such a mix of people together and each one of them is enjoying it in their own way. It made my heart ache to see the poor kids in their wheelchairs with their physical disabilities who seemed to have a glow of excitement right next to the healthy young teenagers who seemed rather bored with the whole Disney experience. We are so lucky to be able to enjoy such a place!

 

From a distance the Italian Pavillion at Epcot was really beautiful! Bellissimo!

From a distance the Italian Pavillion at Epcot was really beautiful! Bellissimo!

One of the funny parts of the day while we had our walk was going to the Norwegian Pavillion and OMG I swear I saw this group of Norwegian ladies and they must have been related to me in some way because the resemblance was uncanny!

I swear that I would almost believe we were related!

I swear that I would almost believe we were related!

After the day we were both sogged out and today was The Super Bowl football game and we could really care less so I was happy to see that when we got home we could watch The Puppy Bowl on TV!  Woof Woof!

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A great day at Hollywood Studios

By DAMI - Last updated: Monday, February 23, 2015
Good Morning Hollywood Studios!!

We were so excited to get to Hollywood Studios in the morning! Sunny and warm and our Magic Bands were ready for action!

We got to Hollywood Studio in Walt Disney World around 8:45 and as soon as the gates opened and we scanned our Magic Bands we raced for Toy Story which had been having long lineups so we wanted to get there early because there was no Fast Passes available today. It’s great to have a personal guide! Since DD has been to WDW many times before she knew exactly how to get to Toy Story in a hurry and we raced through the crowds in Stealth Mode taking all the shortcuts along the way!

Toy Story is so awesome! When you arrive to line-up there is so much to see starting from the plastic green toy soldiers outside and dangling on the building with the big scrabble board and it is a sign of things to come! Insdie there are so many giant sized toys from when we were kids like the Tinker Toys and Etch a Sketch and they were so fun to see!

There is a huge Scrabble board on the side of a building with green plastic toy soldiers hoisting up the letters to spell fun words! It was really getting us stoked up for Toy Story!

There is a huge Scrabble board on the side of a building with green plastic toy soldiers hoisting up the letters to spell fun words! It was really getting us stoked up for Toy Story!

It was a bit of a rainy day and the storm was even fun because everyone was running left and right to get out of the rain and we were just enjoying the sights and sounds! We went to see the Muppets in 3D which was fun! The Muppets movie had all the characters I remember and the 3D was very good, there was this kid beside me who kept trying to reach out and touch the bubbles it was funny! After our big day we drove to the Outlets Stores near the condo and shopped but didn’t find anything but I stopped for a coffee at the World of Coffee and they were very friendly and talkative as they made my coffee and when I paid I used my credit card and I had a strange feeling about the way the guy took the credit card behind the counter while he talked and took my payment and then 10 days later there was a big charge on my credit card from some Walmart in Kansas and I am wondering if there is a connection? Anyway it was a minor detail on a great day at Hollywood Studios!

After we got out of the Muppets in 3D at WDW the rain was just finishing and the streets were pretty barren and this view of a forced perspective of New York looked very neat with the clouds and you really felt like you were in a NYC street!

After we got out of the Muppets in 3D at WDW the rain was just finishing and the streets were pretty barren and this view of a forced perspective of New York looked very neat with the clouds and you really felt like you were in a NYC street!

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