Chapter VI - The Honeymoon Alliance
Morning came swiftly.
Jen and Vanessa had the right idea that morning. After our trip around the world, it would do us all good to eat some breakfast and hydrate.
We began the day at the only remaining theme park we hadn’t visited: Hollywood Studios.
The rest of the crew was to meet up later; taking advantage of the fact that they are on vacation
and aren’t insane people like us who want to ride rides all day.
More power to them.
Nick, DJ, Austin, Jen, Vanessa, Megan, and myself opened the park up.
I find that while both lines can get long for the two attractions on Sunset Blvd, I’d much rather wait in the lovely queue for Tower than the outdoor switchback from Hell that is Rockin’ Rollercoaster. So, I forced everyone to go there first.
DJ says, “Wait a minute… I love that idea!
What do we have here, a couple of them theme park ruffians?!
Oh. You’re probably wondering about the shirts.
DJ’s totally awesome gal pal was, unfortunately, unable to make it to our week long excursion. As a surprise to us, she had made and sent us all these matching shirts declaring us “The Honeymoon Alliance”. We were so thrilled and grateful. Yes, now our touristy endeavours are finally complete. We are, at last, That
Group. I couldn’t be happier.
Immediately following Coaster, we jumped in line for Tower.
In fact, it was so great, we jumped back in line again.
This ride is just so great. I couldn’t say enough about it. I miss it dearly at California Adventure, but of course I am content with the Guardians ride. It’s a great ride, but I sure love the spooky aesthetic of the old Hollywood Tower Hotel. It’s right up my alley.
I don’t even see it as an IP thing. I don’t believe people sing this ride’s praises because of “The Twilight Zone”. You could remove every reference to the show and it’d still be a fantastic experience (as evidenced by the Tokyo version).
I wouldn’t want the Tokyo version to replace Orlando’s version, however. I really like the Old Hollywood vibe and would really like that to stay inta-
“Dude, you’re rambling. Get on with it.”
Oh, jeeze. Sorry, me from the past. Let’s move on.
Well, we’d been in Hollywood Studios for about an hour now. I’d say it was about time we ride the only other ride there
“I hope they’ll let me bring this on the plane.”
The always excellent Star Tours. This was the first time we’d gotten a chance to see the Crait sequence. Kylo Ren held up a picture of my face because I WAS THE REBEL SPY! YES! ME THIS TIME! I WIN!
Although I could have been a better spy. My t-shirt is a dead giveaway.
Megan is still the champion at getting to be the Rebel Spy. I think she’s been chosen over 5 or 6 times on several different versions of Star Tours. Maybe that’s rookie numbers for some of you, but that’s insane for a casual Star Tourist.
Suddenly, Natalie arrived!
Just in time for us to enjoy the Henson classic, MuppetVision 3D.
I sure miss this one back West. Very happy about the Philharmagic replacement, but it’s definitely a consolation prize.
The Force may be strong with us, but so was The Hunger. We quickly found a place to eat adequate food.
Clearly, we made the right choice.
Nick and Natalie went off to have their own lunch date at Epcot.
The rest of us spent some time getting a few drinks, wandering the park, and getting a few more rides in.
By mid-afternoon we were back on a bus and headed to Animal Kingdom to meet with the rest of our group.
Those bus rides between parks are some of the best sleep you’ll ever have.
Back on Pandora!
Jambo, friends. We are all together again, at last.
Many of us used this opportunity to try the local flavors.
These shirts sure do catch the eye, don’t they! Oh my!
You know what... I kinda like walking around dressed just like 10 other people. We look pretty sharp.
Time for Time Travel.
When we got into the vehicle, the ride operator said “You’re gonna want to get the picture for this one.” He was right.
We double backed to Asia to ride Everest one last time.
“Top o’ the World!”
Afterward, Brian and Vanessa went to grab some Flametree BBQ dinner and the rest of us ran over to single rider Everest for one last
The sun had nearly set and it was finally time to do what we were here to do. See Pandora at night.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the lighting at night. It doesn’t compare to what you expect from having seen the movie Avatar. But I think it does look pretty.
I do have issue with being able to see lighting equipment that’s basically out in the open and in reach of all guests.
Well, it’s not really an issue for me, more like I can easily see someone messing with this. It also, looks kinda tacky.
The vibe, for the most part, is pretty nice.
To end the night, we exercised our FastPass for Flight of Passage. It was just as good this time as before.
After that, we all went back to Jambo House for rest. Tomorrow would the last day before the alliance was broken...