A Surprise Visit
Since we had a five-day pass, we decided to make full use of it. We had planned on two days at the Magic Kingdom, but ended up going back to Hollywood Studios. It was the park where we all had things that we wanted to do, but didn't get around to on the first visit. Scarlett wanted to see Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Rory (and me) wanted to see the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Chantal wanted to see the Fantasmic show. I wanted to ride the Tower of Terror and the Rockin' Roller Coaster.
We played it smart again. We made reservations for a late lunch that included reserved seating for Fantasmic. That turned out to be a great move, because we ended up with seats front and centre for the show. Lunch was another buffet, so we ate a lot, which was fine, because it meant we could skip dinner.
We hit Hollywood Studios early in the morning and I grabbed Fastpasses for the Roxkin' Roller Coaster and The Tower of Terror, then I met the family at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. This show was a combination of puppetry, live actors, and robotics. It was good and Scarlett really enjoyed seeing her favourite princess on screen. We went and did the Studio Backlot Tour after, because we still had time before the Fastpasses. The tour was interesting because it showed us how some special effects are created for the movies.
Once again the Fastpasses were a great deal. By time Rory and I got to the Roller Coaster there was a 70-minute wait. We zipped past the line and into the studio where Aerosmith set up the premise of the ride. From there it was a five-minute wait before we boarded the stretch-limo shaped roller coaster. The whole ride is indoors and it is the only one at a Disney park that goes upside down at any point. It was by far the most intense of any of the rides we went on. That doesn't mean it was the best. Rory came off of it white as a ghost. The photo that was taken on the ride was after we were whipped out of standing position, so my eyes were screwed shut.
Rory begged for break before we hit the Tower of Terror, but we had to go before the Fastpass expired. He was slightly terrified as we entered the building, once again zipping past the others in line. I am not a big fan of those rides that take you high up a tower and then drop you straight down, so I wasn't looking forward to this one. As it turned out this was my favourite of all the rides. Unlike other drop rides, this one is almost entirely indoors, and it drops in stages. At one point, the ride gives you a glimpse of the outside world before it drops a couple of floors. After each drop, the ride rises a bit and then drops again. You're raised slightly out of your seat each time the ride drops. It was way more fun than I expected. Even Rory found it fun.
We left the park at about 11 a.m., so that we could relax by the pool. We returned in time for our dinner reservations. Then we took in the Indy stunt show. This was fun to watch as well. There were plenty of thrills, spills and explosions. The stunt men fell off buildings and engaged in fake fights.
After the show, we hustled over to Fantasmic to make sure we found seats. The place was packed, but we were given special access seating. It was well worth the extra $3 per meal that we paid. The show itself wasn't quite what I expected. I thought it would be more of a fireworks and lazer show. It was good, but it was mostly projections of Disney movie scenes onto water that was shot out of a small basin. It felt like we were getting rained on for most of the show. There weren't very many fireworks in the show, it was more of pyrotechnics. Overall it was well worth seeing and a great end to a fantastic holiday.