Today I am posting more photos from my trip to Disney World, mainly those originating from Downtown Disney and Hollywood Studios! My family visited these two areas several days before and during Christmas time, which then I had been suffering through a cold and had to carry a box of napkins 24/7. My illness didn't stop me from having fun, though!
Do you have a downtown area in your town? If not, that's okay; I have many friends who must drive into town often to see town lights. Downtown areas often have unique stores and entertainment, which, in my town, reflects a lot of the historical and mainstream culture. Downtown Disney is like that. They have an interactive arcade called DisneyQuest, an interactive theme park with five levels of arcade games. My brother and I spent hours in that area. While my brother went for playing basketball with those basketball shooters they had, I spent a lot of time playing Avenger themed Pin Ball and Skeeball, the only two games I good at other than Fruit Ninja.
Some of the store that my family saw were a soccer store, The Poison Apple (a place where they make caramelized apples with Disney character faces), and a Lego store! The area had some amazing Lego statues. One store that my family spent lots of time in was World of Disney, which is the biggest character store there is. I got to see a stuffed animal Nemo! Isn't he just adorable?
Ah, their merchandise is too adorable, even the Dinosaur t-shirts. There was one T-Rex shirt I didn't manage to take a picture of showing a T-Rex attempted to do push-ups... but was on his head, his arm struggling to reach the ground. My family went back to Epcot several times and visited Magic Kingdom (separate post on that later). I think around that time was how I got sick. There was one day that it was raining, and I wasn't able to wear my poncho. The weather around the time was a bit dreary; my family's plan was to go to watch fireworks at Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve., but due to the rain, we spent hours playing at the hotel's arcade.
On Christmas Day, my family went out to Disney's Hollywood Studios. My brother and I were kind of smirking that day because we were going on a horror ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! The ride isn't that scary, I came to realize, but it is one of those rides where they raise you up and drop you down two stories not just once, but five times! I was feeling a bit queasy afterwards, but not to the point that I could not handle it. Another ride made me a bit queasy for it's indoor, 360 degree turns, which was the Rock 'N Roll Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith. Queasy, but loads of fun!
Before tackling the tower, our first attraction was Indiana Jones: Epic Stunt Spectacular. It's basically showing Indiana Jones and the recreation of some of the stunts from the movies. There was also a Beauty and the Beast show. I feel a bit guilt watching the Beauty and the Beast musical show because I never was able to attend the show that my friends were in. The musical was beautiful, gathering all of the songs and turning the story from eighty minutes to thirty!
In the afternoon my family got to see more shows and a Star Wars ride. Did you know that there is a life-size version of Lightning McQueen? When he rolled out from a truck, I was super stunned. I did not expect there to be a sub-plot in one of the attractions we were watching that followed the storyline of Cars 2!
The Art of Disney was a very interesting building. There were several areas where you were able to take photos with famous Disney animated characters plus the stars of the current Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, Big Hero 6! I didn't see Baymax in action but I did see Hiro (no pictures with him, though). There another section in the building where you are able to take a drawing class! We got to draw Piglet. The only drawback-- haha, drawback-- was that there are no erasers on our pencils. The evening was filled with the Osborn Light Show. It's simply spectacular. If I could describe it with words, I would, but words can not fathom as to how that experience was.
So, there you have it! Next time, I will be posting about Magic Kingdom and possibly show a small video I created. Which photos or attractions seem appealing to you?
On a completely different note, isn't it funny how sometimes, you remember something that happened exactly a year ago? Funny at how you look at those events that have made you happy and realize it's been so long. Well, around an hour ago, exactly on this date, but last year, I would have been surround with people doing the banana warm up with a bunch of strangers who would soon be my niche.