That’s Another Wrap

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Entrance. At 11:23 a.m. today. Although the iPhone prefers to focus on the tree leaves.

92ºF feels like 104ºF


"Don't make me turn this car around."


Today I am here to bid farewell to the Great Movie Ride.

The Great Movie RideLast day: Sunday 13 August 2017

The Ultimate Celebration of Classic Movies

Best enjoyed with a FastPass+.

Not a real entrance.

Olivia and Errol discuss their plans for after the 13th of August.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Ready when you are, C.B.


into the movies

Footlight Parade (1933)

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Mary Poppins (1964)

The Public Enemy (1931)

Polite gangsters always aim their firearms skyward.

Pin-striped gangster

still pin-striped

ride on the open air elevated

Clint lights up.

at the saloon

The Duke has a warning for us.

John Wayne


the Tombstone Epitaph

In space, no-one can take a picture that isn’t either blurry or washed out by a sudden burst of scary light.

Alien (1979)

That thing has a lid on it for a reason.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

I told you what would happen if you disturbed the treasure of the god, unbeliever.

a halted unbeliever

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)

Rick: We’ll always have the Great Movie Ride.
Ilsa: Not after this Sunday we won’t.

Casablanca (1942)

And we come to The End.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

After lunching on

Galactic Chicken Salad

at Backlot Express, a stroll around steamy Echo Lake on the way to the park exit.


A scorching drive home begins in the Music parking lot, row 61.


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Extinction for a thousand, Alex

Extinction Comes to the Universe of Energylast day: 13 August 2017

I am expressing my way from one park to another today, beginning with arrival at the  Magic Kingdom parking lot around 8:15 this morning. Walking toward the Transportation and Ticket Center…

Walking toward the Transportation and Ticket Center

My ride (the Richard F Irvine) across the lagoon arrives at 8:27.

Ferry to Magic Kingdom

A safe crossing has been effected at 8:40.

Docking at Magic Kingdom

And it’s a beautiful morning on Main Street Square.

While I wait for the Harmony Barber Shop to open next to the Car Barn, the Main Street Transportation Company waits for the signal to start transporting.

Following my tonsorial tune-up, I head over to Epcot to dream along with Ellen one last time before her Energy Adventure joins the Attractions of YesterWorld.

The Universe of Energy

I am feeling fragmented by the idea of never experiencing this attraction again after today.

feeling fragmented

The kid sitting next to me today is a compulsive foot/leg bouncer, so most of the photos I take are spoiled by shake. Sigh. Wish we could have dropped him off to visit with this guy:

just a dinosaur

Whatever they’ve been arguing about for the last thirty-five years is irrelevant now.

dino debate

This looks like where Donald, Mike, Mitch, and Paul will be spending some endless time. When the time comes.

What fresh hell is this?

She just wanted to have fun.


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empty theatre

But time and the monorail march on.

Monorailing past the UoE

I’ll always have my memories to wear, though.

the farewell t shirt

I now scoot over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios where the standby line for the Great Movie Ride, also counting down to extinction, is way too long and too much of it is in the sun for me. So after lunching in the ABC Commissary on a

Mediterranean Salad

which is delicious with its 20% Annual Passholder discount, I return to the TTC whence I came.

(Thanks to the many jerks with no food who are occupying tables as they wait for their fellow perps to bring it, I must dine on a bench with my tray on my lap. I send a loud raspberry in their general direction.)


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Shake It But Don’t Break It, Minnie

The Karnival Kidreleased 31 July 1929

The Shimmy Dancer

hot dogs

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Vulpine Hoedown

The Shindigreleased 29 July 1930

Mickey fiddles & Minnie tickles ivory

Old King Colereleased 29 July 1933

Crescent Moon over King Cole's Castle

The Fox Huntreleased 29 July 1938

the chase is on

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithRock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
opens at Disney-MGM Studios on 29 July 1999

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Exterior Feline

The Cat's Outreleased 28 July 1931

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Everything Tastes Better

with a 30% discountDonald’s Cousin Gus

Thursday 27 July 2017

From July 19 through September 30, 2017, Annual Passholders can take advantage of a special 30% dining discount—that’s even more than their 45th Anniversary dining benefits—during the dinner meal period before 6:30 PM and after 8:30 PM at ten participating locations.

My dinner meal period is scheduled for 5:25 p.m. today at the

Grand Floridian Café

Toad and I are both happy to have an air-conditioned monorail car to ourselves.

Toad on the monorail

The Transportation and Ticket Center is a mob scene at 1:17 p.m.

TTC mobbed!

as we’re taking off.


Passing the Polynesian, we see that Mole is thrilled as always to see a monorail going by, but he probably shouldn’t stand in the middle of a roadway.

Mole at the Polynesian

To protect alligators from touring humans, Seven Seas Lagoon is separated from the white sand beach by rocks and chains.

Beach vs Lagoon

And here is another reason why you shouldn’t attempt to swim therein.

Ursula in the lagoon

The Magic Kingdom is not horribly crowded today, but it is infernally hot. So my only ride this afternoon is a leisurely tour of Tomorrowland on the PeopleMover. Then I enjoy a salad at Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Café, where I could have pre-ordered and paid using the mobile MyDisneyExperience app but to get my Annual Passholder 20% discount I have to order and pay in person at the restaurant.

Bill is doing a brisk business today, so I retreat with my food to that last of the dining areas which is rarely crowded mostly because most folks don’t realize it’s there, up a ramp and butting up against the outdoor seating area of Tortuga Tavern. Dark and cool. The first table I sit at is uncommonly high. I feel like I need a booster seat. But there is a normal table available right next to it. So no problem. But weird.

So hot here this afternoon that I decide to just proceed on over to Grandma Flo’s where I can hang out in cool comfort until the dinner bell rings.

From the Oddities in Hotel Lobby Art Department, we admire some Grand Floridian Simians:

Two Floridian Simians

Junior Princesses whirl til they hurl to the sophisticated keyboard stylings of Somebody at the Grand Piano.

Scales & Arpeggi

For the first time in my life, I enter Mizner’s Lounge and take a seat with intent to drink.

Mizner's Lounge

A look out the window reveals that I have done so just in time to avoid this afternoon’s scheduled downpour.


Why do people put towels on their head in the rain?

Behold my “Grand Cocktail”: Ketel Citroen Vodka, Pomegranate Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, and Soda Water.

Mizner's Grand Cocktail

As I enjoy the first of two of these ( ! ), the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra starts a set with “Dancing in the Dark.”

Dancing in the dark,
Till the tune ends.
We’re dancing in the dark,
And it soon ends.
We’re waltzing in the wonder
Of why we’re here;
Time hurries by,
We’re here and gone.

Here’s someone’s video of the GFSO, playing other tunes.

Meanwhile, the sun comes out. But here’s why I’m in no hurry to go outside…

98ºF feels like 117ºF!

Before I take root in Mizner’s, I take a pre-prandial stroll around the lobby. In one of Summer Lace‘s window displays, Birdie wants a splash of Shalimar.

Guerlain Shalimar

Mrs Potts

Mrs Potts

and Chip are floored just outside the Garden View Tea Room.


At dinner time, I am waited upon by not one but two nice ladies, Yasmin and Margie, who always come by the table in tandem. Neither of them is sporting that red “Earning My Ears” ribbon so I don’t know what’s up with that.

Anyway, I start out with a

Citrus & Cucumber Salad

and I dive into it before I remember to take a picture. So here you see only a part of the whole.

Partially consumed salad

Delicious. This was followed by

Spinach-Ricotta Ravioli

of which I ate every bit without thinking to capture an image thereof for posterity. But each and every raviolo was yummy.

On my way out of the Grandiose Floridian, I paused to reflect on how and where bad squirrels pay their debt to society.

Squirrel Jail

I have a FastPass+ for Splash Mountain now, so I return to the Magic Kingdom, where I pause briefly at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café to salute and admire the Sultan of Stellar Suave, Sonny Eclipse.

Sonny Eclipse

Over in Frontierland, at the Briar Patch, we enjoy a washday moment with a fragrant Flower.

stinky laundry

I’m not sure I get it. You can rent his dirty clothes for five cents? Or you can rent the washing kit for five cents to do your own laundry…?

5₵ rental

I’m happy to say I never had to iron with one of these, and that I almost never do ironing anyway.

Sweat 'n' Press

My 50-foot plunge into the Laughing Place is satisfactually refreshing, but I’m ready to call it a night with a final look back at Chick-a-Pin Hill

Chick-a-Pin Hill

and exit the park–just as the masses have clogged Main Street in anticipation of Happily Ever After. (Which I probably won’t be seeing again until after cooler weather sets in.)

Mickey Ears

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Ursine Dances and Canine Romances

Canine Casanovareleased 27 July 1945

Pluto, twitterpated

In the Bagreleased 27 July 1956

OUT of the bag

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