My cough woke me up again this morning, but right before sunset. That meant I was going to go take some photos this morning.
– early morning at the Polynesian Resort
– Poly’s lobby Christmas tree
After shooting, I popped into Capt. Cook’s to try a Tonga Toast. It was very sweet, but yummy. So far this day has gotten off to a pretty good start.
– Tonga Toast
We continued our “tradition” of visiting the park we had gone to the previous evening. Today we had an ADR for 50’S Prime Time Cafe, so back to DHS we went. We got to the park right as they were opening and headed for Toy Story Midway Mania. The wait was already at 40 minutes, so we got fastpasses instead.
Then we went clear across the park so I could experience the awesome Star Tours building. I’m so jealous of that area in comparison to what we have for Star Tours in Disneyland. Moms doesn’t ride Star Tours, so I rode it, still yet to be the Rebel Spy. When I entered the store after the ride, I went straight for the Droid Factory area. I have a good sized Star Wars collection, and have been wanting to make my own droids since we started planning this trip. Moms found me in line as the kids in front were finishing up. I was planning on making three droids – a 2-pack and a single, but Moms thought they were so cute she got in and made one of her own.
– Ewok village
– AT-AT footprint
– Droid Factory setup
– riding dirty like my favorite troopers
– AT-AT lurking
– the entrance
The Muppetvision 3D show was the next place we decided to go. I’ve seen it before in California Adventure and think it’s okay, but Moms really liked it. After the Muppets zany antics, we went on The Great Movie Ride. I liked it, I thought it was neat with the cast members interaction preventing it from being just static scenes; Moms loved it.
– Great Movie Ride
We headed to 50’s Prime Time for our ADR. I wanted to eat there because it looked like a fun place when I was planning, Moms didn’t care too much back then. She loves stuff from the 50’s, so when we walked in and she saw the atmosphere she was ecstatic. We hadn’t even eaten yet, but she already declared it a winner. I had the sampler plate with fried chicken, pot roast, & meatloaf, while Moms just had the meatloaf. We both enjoyed our food, between that and the atmosphere I could see us eating here again if we make it back to Disney World.
– 50’s Prime Time
– 50’s atmosphere
– my sampler plate
– Moms meatloaf
– me & Moms enjoying our food
Moms loves the Aladdin show in California Adventure, so we went to see the Beauty & the Beast stage show since it was starting soon. This was also the time of our Toy Story fastpasses, so we ended up skipping that. The show was okay, Moms thought Disneyland probably has better actors since that’s what everyone is trying to be in Southern California.
After the show, Moms went back to rest while I rode Tower of Terror (ToT). I had always been afraid of it, but in planning I kept hearing how much better the Disney World version was. So last August when we were at Disneyland, I rode that ToT for the first time. I wasn’t in love with it, but I knew I could do it. The Disney World version seems more complete (especially when the elevator car goes through the 5th dimension). I still didn’t love it, but at least now I’m ready for Japan’s version.
– the outside
– inside looks like the one in California Adventure
I wanted to check out the One Man’s Dream exhibit before I left the park. I enjoyed seeing all Walt’s stuff and thought it was a great tribute to the man.
– someday I’ll visit you in person
I left after that to join Moms for a quick break.
– there’s our room
Moms wanted to check out the Christmas store at Magic Kingdom, so after we got some rest we headed back that evening.
– great sunset as we were heading to Magic Kingdom
The Christmas tree was up for the first time this trip since it hadn’t been put up yet for the filming of the Christmas parade.
– you know I had to get another castle shot
– back down Main Street
Wishes was about to start, so I got a spot to get some photos while Moms did some shopping.
After the fireworks we met back up and made our way to Tomorrowland for a burger at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. We enjoyed the toppings bar and really making the burgers to our liking. Either that or we were really hungry.
– hadn’t seen the castle from this spot yet
– ladies and gentlemen, the incomparable Sonny Eclipse
– our Cosmic Ray’s burgers
– another new vantage point
With full stomachs a thrilling ride didn’t sound to thrilling so the Peoplemover was calling. After another fun ride, the park was already closing, so we made our way back to the Poly.
– from the Peoplemover
– the Poly was playing the Emperor’s New Groove on the beach when we got back
Tomorrow we’d be breaking our “tradition” as we had an ADR for Le Cellier.
Link to Day 1
Link to Day 5