Our Week In Disney World – Part V – Muppets, Motorcars and More

Hey all.  Due to a hectic work schedule (both work at work and at home), I took a week off of blogging.  Now that I’ve cleared a few things off my plate, I’m ready to resume my tale of our Disney World trip.

When I last left, we had just enjoyed the Toy Story Mania ride.  After leaving that, we walked around for a bit and eventually wound up by the Muppet Vision 3D theater.  B and I had seen this show when we went to Disney World on our honeymoon.  We knew that the kids would love it too and they definitely did enjoy seeing the 3D exploits of Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, and the biggest Muppet star of all: Ms. Piggy!

After exiting the Muppet Vision 3D theater, we noticed that a few Disney cast members were setting up the Cars meet and greet area.  Here you could get your picture taken with Lightning McQueen and Mater.  There was a very short line, so we joined it and before we knew it, NHL was posing between the two stars of Cars.  Then the rest of us (B, JSL and I) joined in and got some photos of all of us.  While NHL was excited, JSL wasn’t too sure about the whole setup.  Mater was making far too much noise for JSL so we had to move him more to Lightning’s side.

After Cars, we headed back to Toy Story Mania for our Fast Pass ride.  This time, I took JSL with me and B took NHL.  Following the Toy Story Redux, we split up.  B’s parents went off to Fast Pass Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster and generally walk around.  We wandered around until we came to the Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage show.  The line for this was short and the show was about to start, so we got on line.  Once inside, we took our places on the floor and waited for the show to start.

The show started out with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – a favorite in our house.  Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Daisy were planning Minnie’s surprise party.  They split up to do various tasks (write a song, bake a cake, put up a banner), but needed some help.  In true Mickey Mouse Clubhouse style, they called upon Toodles to assist them with some Mouse-ka-tools.  The Mouse-ka-tools took the forms of stories from the characters from Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh.  NHL and JSL watch all of these shows at home and they enjoyed seeing the characters come to life in front of their eyes.

After the Playhouse Disney show, we met back up with B’s parents.  While B and her father went on the Rockin’ Rollercoaster, I got Fast Pass tickets for the Tower of Terror.  Then, JSL, NHL, B’s mother and I went to find a place to eat lunch.  After a few less-than-perfect possibilities, we settled on the Backlot Express.  JSL fell asleep during the walk over there, so NHL, B, B’s parents and I ate lunch.  Although, it was hot out, I opted for a veggie ciabatta, cheesecake and lemonade.  The entire meal was tasty and we left ready to do more.

Unfortunately, on our way back towards the Tower of Terror, B noticed that her glasses were off.  A quick glance showed that a nose pad had fallen off.  We searched the immediate area, but it was quite obvious that we wouldn’t find it.  After all, it was a small, transparent nose pad and Disney’s Hollywood Studios was so big.  So, with B putting up with the annoyance of cockeyed vision, we continued on to Tower of Terror.