Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dressing for DHS +Tower of Terror Hollywood Tower Hotel Tour + Cinderella Preview

The other day I found myself at Disney's Hollywood Studios MGM to enjoy the beautiful weather and see what's shakin' at one of my fave parks. 

Some people find it strange that I go to parks alone, but I really enjoy taking my camera and setting my own pace, soaking in the details, chatting with strangers, and generally being an oddball. I know many of you photographers and Disney 'lifestylers' get it, but the majority of people, when I tell them I go to parks by myself, give me a look that is both incredulous and pitiful all at once. 

I took this shot of the park icon skyline- past, present, and future? 

I'm personally glad to see that hat removed, and look forward to this lovely sight down Hollywood Blvd.

*Update: While talking with a Photopass CM today (1/30/15), I learned that there are talks of having a Carthay Circle building and restaurant built in front of the Theater. Also talks of the Red Car Trolly Line going up and down Hollywood Blvd. (Both ideas very reminicient of Disney's California Adventure/Buena Vista Street out in California.) It will be interesting to see if this comes to fruition in any way, shape or form.

Photo credit: Copper Mugs via Pinterest

The hat is much further along in dismantling now. This was from 1/19(ish). 

**Update: Here's what the hat looks like as of 1/30/15. 

I'm typically not a 'character gal,' but couldn't resist these two since they had no line and I'd never met them before. 

Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Popover // Lilly Pulitzer Travel Pant // New Balance runDisney Cinderella Sneakers (available at runDisney events, or for an atrocious amount on eBay)

This guy's still hanging around. Wonder how long 'till he gets the boot?

The new Starbucks loctation, Trolly Car Cafe, is coming right along. I haven't been back in over a week to see if they've replaced the old timey car that used to be under that pavilion. *Update: talked to a CM on 1/30/15 and he seemed to think the car would be returning. Also, Starbucks is set to open either 2/3 or 2/4, with 'soft openings' happening daily until then. Revoke my Disney card for not knowing what kind of car it was (hey, I'm a girl!)

I was in search of another DHS Alex and Ani bracelet (because they've been discontinued due to featuring the Hat, and can fetch a pretty penny on eBay). A&A used to be sold in two places in the park. Now, Keystone Clothiers is the only location that carries them. I do love this little shop. 

The other location that used to carry them, Sunset Club Couture, now just carries the Pandora Disney collection. Thank goodness I'm not into these; I don't think my wallet could handle it among my other shopping habits.  

Speaking of being an oddball, I have favorite plants and vegetation in each of the different parks. These are my favorite in MGM. I love succulents! 

Next, I popped into the old Sounds Dangerous theater to see a preview of the new live action film, Cinderella. I think it looks cute, and the costumes look beautiful. But the Fairy Godmother- oy vey! She's a bumbling oaf! So opposite of how the Fairy Godmother in the animated version is portrayed. This alone kind of put me off from wanting to see the movie. 

Oh, I wore my Cindy New Balance shoes to see Cindy, because nerd. 

Luckily my friend Darren was working at ToT that day, so I headed over to visit with him. He was kind enough to take me on a tour of the Hollywood Tower Hotel during his break. 

You know those stairs flanking the exit? I've always wanted to climb them and guess what... I did! With permission, of course. Here's the view looking down them. 

If I had disposable income and a fiance who would be down, I'd totally get married on this balcony. Between the foliage and background music, I'm in heaven. 

We then headed in to the lobby. 

Oh hai, just sittin' on the HTH couch. No big deal. 

Thanks again, Darren. Be sure to check out his photos on Instagram @30framespersecond

Finally, I headed out of the park. But first, I had to try the Baymax cupcake. I mean, research, ammiright? It's chocolate with banana buttercream frosting, caramel drizzle, and chocolate pieces. Yum! 

Thanks for reading. I'm going to try to get into the habit of posting a Weekend Recap every Monday or so. Until then, let me know if there's anything you want to see featured! 

Have a great weekend. 


  1. OMG~ That's my favorite succulent, too!! We are both weird ... :)

  2. So jealous that you got to do an up close look at Tower of Terror, very awesome. Great blog, and I love all the pics!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. The ToT tour was a dream come true!

  3. Oh my word. I absolutely love the wedding photos that are taken at the ToT. They're always so gorgeous! I can't wait to get down there and see the place without the hat. It's been so long!

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