This week was the last trip through The Great Movie Ride. If you haven’t been to Hollywood Studios, this is a movie-themed ride that took you through the best scenes of classic movies. The ride officially closed on August 17, 2017, to be replaced with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
The Ride has animatronic figures, live actors, special effects, movie sets and projections to create iconic scenes from twelve classic films throughout motion picture history. The outside of the ride was styled to look like the Famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, one of Hollywood’s most famous movie palaces. It even had handprints in cement, which is just like Grauman’s.
Inside the ride featured scenes from famous movies such as Gene Kelly swinging from a lamp post from Singin’ in the Rain, followed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke singing on the rooftops of London from Mary Poppins. There was a Western, a Gangster movie, Casablanca was featured as well as The Wizard of Oz. It was a great ride, but the most current movie featured, Raiders of the Lost Ark was released in the 1981.
Disney fans are always split when this happens. Half are extremely sad and don’t want any changes to ever come to Disney World. Others are eagerly awaiting the new ride and can’t wait to see what the Imagineers have created for us. I love tradition, but The Great Movie Ride felt old-fashioned and out of date to me. I am definitely in the second crowd. Hot Hubby does not like change and he is still pouting.
Are you on Team Change or Team Pout?
One of my favorite parts about being a grownup is that I can eat good food. I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of hamburgers, spaghetti & meatballs and french fries. I am not a health nut and I do sample occasionally from the above assortment. But the best part about Disneyland are the grown up restaurants.
Now if you have young children, please skip these establishments. These are the places where I sit with Hot Hubby, away from the noise and the crowds. And I will give you dirty looks if you bring a child and they don’t behave. Children love Goofy’s Kitchen and belong there.
Our favorite adulting is done at Carthay Circle in California Adventure. Carthay Circle Restaurant occupies the 2nd floor of a detailed reproduction of the iconic Carthay Circle Theatre. In 1937, Disney’s first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered there. The restaurant has hundreds of pictures from that evening and takes you back to a slower pace. Downstairs, there is a gorgeous bar and waiting area. But upstairs is the place to be.
I always begin my visit with a walk upstairs to the bathroom. The wooden paneling, the full length doors on the stalls, the luxury helps my heart beat slower. Once the my smile has returned, I head downstairs to let the staff know we am here for our reservation.
After a few minutes of hand holding in a corner with Hot Hubby, we are whisked upstairs to begin our immersion. Upstairs is a quiet respite from the real world. The waiters are attentive, the food is delicious and the pace is leisurely.
We always start with the Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits. Can you imagine how good it is to have cheese, bacon, jalapeno all baked into a biscuit? It is heaven on earth! We have tried a variety of dinners and each features an amazing assortment of tastes that tickle your tongue and leaving you wishing for cooking lessons. The menu changes seasonally, so it is always a new experience.
Next time you head to Disneyland and want a little luxury….try Carthay Circle. Your taste buds and your Hot Hubby will thank you!
We just celebrated Hercules’ twentieth birthday on June 15, 2017. Wow, how time flies. I can remember taking my children to see this in theatres and falling in love with the Muses. Those girls can sing!
My favorite line from that movie is when we meet Megara. She is being beaten by the Centaur, as he scoops her up, throws her down and finally holds her in his strong grasp. Hercules rushes in to be the hero. Megara retorts, “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this.”
I love that line. I have used it multiple times in my life, when my job gets overwhelming, my boss is asking for more than I can give, my kids are complaining or I’ve lost that loving feeling. This line, more than any other, gets me going and convinced that I don’t need Hercules to rescue me, I am strong enough myself.
What is your favorite line from this movie?
I love to plan my Disney Vacation. I like to learn about the new rides and which ones are undergoing refurbishment. I like to read the Blogs about 101 Things To Do, Top 10 Things to Eat and 20 Things Not To Do. Disney is my hobby, and I like to know all that I can.
Before a Disney trip, I study the park maps. Look over the restaurant menus and make reservations. Talk to friends. Schedule my Fastpasses. Then I create a general plan for the days. But don’t plan every minute. Disney is magical and you will want to have time to wander. Take those unexpected pictures. Share those laughs and discover the magic.
At the entrance to the park, they have a free park map. You can pick one up for your scrapbook, but I don’t think you need the paper map anymore. We love the Disneyland App, that lets you know what rides have long lines and we zip around looking for shorter lines. We also watch our favorites and ride them whenever their lines are less.
The best part of Disney is that everyone can be a kid again. Believe in Fairies. Be a Princess. Talk like a Pirate. Have Fun and forget being a grown up until tomorrow.
I love the ride It’s A Small World. It is one of my favorites. I love both versions, the “normal” one and when they change it for the Winter holidays and all of the children sing, “Jingle Bells”. When my children were little, they called the winter version “It’s a Snow World”.
One of my favorite memories on that ride, was a time when the music stopped midway through. Our entire boat began singing the song together. By the time, we entered the last room, all of the boats were singing together. It made me glad that it is a Small World and one song can bring us together.
What is your favorite part of It’s a Small World?
I have been doing Disney for most of my life. But it wasn’t until this past trip, that I actually tried a Dole Whip. If you are like me, you always saw the long line and thought, “Nothing is that good.”
I did my research and found out that I could skip the line, by going into the Tiki Room Waiting Area, and buying my Whip there. Okay, so now the line is no longer an excuse.
I researched the calories and according to MyFitnessPal the Dole Whip is pretty good:
Disneyland – Dole Whip
Okay, so maybe it was time to buck up and try a Whip. It was delightful. Cool, refreshing and so light. The perfect snack on a hot day. I am a fan! What do you think? Whip or No Whip?
Let’s try something new today! Learn to code with Moana! That is right, Disney has joined forces with Code.org to offer a new Moana: Wayfinding with Code.
This program designed to take just an hour, teaches you the basics of coding by using the Scratch program, which is very visual and easy. You will learn the basics of coding, the logic, the language in its simplest form. You will be coding in minutes and having fun at the same time.
I volunteer with this group and provide the Hour of Code to the local elementary schools. We loved the Star Wars program in the past. Can’t wait to start Wayfinding with Moana and Maui.
Follow this link for more information: Wayfinding with Moana