We took the boys to Hollywood Studios this weekend.
I was hoping to check out the Star Wars festivities, but the boys had other plans. They hadn’t been to the Studios in so long, that even Star Wars couldn’t compete with the thrills of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.
And it was hot. I mean hot! And humid. Super duper humid. I never checked the temperature, but it felt like 110 in the shade.
The boys didn’t seem to mind the heat so much.
The first thing on their agenda was the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The first thing on my agenda was Darth’s Mall. At the very least, I was going shopping.
This Ewok back pack was the cutest thing ever. I just knew I was buying it… Until I looked at the price tag. What? 70 bucks? Um, little Ewok… You are oh, so very cute! But not 70 bucks cute. Dang…
It broke my heart to leave him hanging there like that.
And two of the newest characters to Star Wars Weekends are Chip and Dale as Ewoks. If it was cooler, I would have forced the boys to wait on line to get their picture taken with them. But it was too hot for me, so I’ll wait until next year and hope they’re still around.
Here’s a shot of a life sized Darth Vader made from Legos. Neat.
They had a giant sized Rancor, which my husband also refused to pose with. The Force was definitely not with him that day. Sigh…
I did manage to purchase the one thing that I specifically went to Darth’s Mall to buy. I was so excited that he was still available, I forgot to take his picture. I’ll share him at the end.
After Darth’s Mall, the kids went over to the Tower of Terror.
My husband and I headed for the indoor, air conditioned environment at the Walt Disney exhibit.
I LOVE that picture!
The exhibit showcases tons of memorabilia and photos from the life and career of Walt Disney, including the movies, TV shows and theme parks.
They even have his actual office on display, brought over from the Disney Studios in Burbank.
There is tons and tons of neat stuff to see!
After the exhibit we headed towards Pizza Planet to save the kids a seat for dinner. We did manage to walk past many Star Wars characters on the way. Everyone was having way too much fun!
By the time we got to Pizza Planet, I thought I was going to pass out from heat stroke.
Even my husband had a good sweat going on.
When the boys showed up, we bought them dinner, gave them money for drinks and snacks later on, and left them to their fun for the rest of the night. We had a dinner reservation at Mama Melrose, so we hung out in the area for a little while.
We walked around the Muppet Shoppe, but I didn’t buy anything.
This store is so much fun!
If you look up… You can see some replicas of the Muppet Show set.
And of course, more props are scattered here and there.
Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem!
I don’t own a Kermit or Miss Piggy yet…
My husband had fun trying on the hats. He’s the only one who can/will put them on. He really doesn’t have any hair so there’s no fear of bringing unwanted critters home with us.
He’s such a big goof!
Mama Melrose’s was supposed to be a Muppet themed restaurant in part of a larger Muppet themed area. At the time of Jim Henson’s death, Disney was in the process of buying the Muppets. After he passed away, the deal fell through. The restaurant was supposed to feature things like explosions coming from the kitchen with the kitchen doors opening and closing and smoke pouring out, etc… Typical Muppet antics.
The Mama Melrose back story was a quick replacement.
Mama Melrose was an aspiring young actress who grew up in her father’s Italian restaurant.
She traveled to California to make it big in show business.
While struggling to succeed, she would often cook meals for her fellow actors and actresses.
When it became apparent that she wasn’t Star Material, her celebrity friends convinced her to open up her own restaurant.
She didn’t have a lot of money, so she opened the restaurant in an old warehouse and decorated with items on hand.
So that’s the back story.
When taking in the surroundings, I can totally envision it being Muppet themed.
We had a real nice dinner.
For appetizers, my husband had the Fried Calamari and I had the Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes.
For dinner, I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana and my husband had the Penne Pasta with Chicken.
For dessert, we shared the Chocolate Cannoli Cake.
Yum! I should have ordered my own. I love anything Cannoli.
We met back with the boys coming out of Tower of Terror for their umpteenth time, and everyone did their final souvenir shopping.
I think the kids had a blast! I promised to bring them back at least once before school starts. My husband and I have an adult Disney trip coming up, but we won’t be going into the theme parks until after dark. It’s just way too hot for me during the day.
So, my haul for the day consisted of this cute Monsters University shirt….
And these goodies! If you’re not a Star Wars fan, you’re probably thinking, “What the hell is that ugly thing and why did she buy that?”
Salacious B. Crumb is Jabba the Hutt’s court jester. I went to Darth’s Mall just to get him. He’s a limited edition of 1983 and I think he’s awesome. He’s a monkey lizard! He’s so ugly, he’s cute. He came with a pillow, but I’ve safely stored it away. If you want to see Salacious in action, here’s a link.
He looks a little bit like Gubler!
I bought this Tinkerbelle shoe ornament for the summer tree. I actually wanted to buy two others but when I looked up, my husband was shaking his head no and giving me the evil eye. I snuck in this cute little magnet without him even seeing it! So cute!
Our next Disney trip will be at the Coronado Springs. Soon…