Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 4
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Starring Roles Cafe
The Brown Derby
My parents went on this tour in the first year that Hollywood Studios (then known as MGM) opened 20 years ago and have subsequently been on every time they visit the Park. It depicts what it is like to be on a life movie set and the tram trundles onto to the set before coming to a halt.
The first demonstration shows you how it makes rain and the sprinkler system is demonstrated. Then the whole tram is suddenly shaken by an earthquake and it starts shuddering about. Suddenly there is a fire and this then sets an oil tanker alight with an explosion, it is all good fun for the audience but a few screams can be heard from the tram!
Flood water then starts racing towards you and however many times you see this stunt you think you the tram might get flooded! Those on the left hand side of the tram are most certainly wet at this time before the water subsides.
We all really enjoy this tour and as you exit Catastrophe Canyon the tram goes to the back of the film set to show you the pumps and water cannons that are used to simulate the flash flooding. Unfortunately the tour then finishes.
As you exit the tour you go through the Showcase shop which not only sells TV and Movie related souvenirs but also has several showcase with models of the stars. My Father spent quite a while at the Star Wars exhibits looking at the models of Darthveder, Alien and Darthmaul while the rest of us went to see the chronicles of Narnia which the girls loved and we spent some time here as they were fascinated by the Whitewitch.
We were now ready for a late lunch but not before we spent another half hour in the final part of the shop whilst my Father went to find a convenient seat to study his Park Map to find the location of the restaurants. The girls were treated to a Mickey Oscar each that they had been dropping hints about since our last visit.
We had decided we would like to eat at either Starring Rolls Café or the Hollywood Brown Derby. When we met up again with my Father he had already been to the Hollywood Brown Derby and was very fortunate to have been able to reserve a table in 15 minutes time. If you do visit here, and it is well worth a visit, I recommend you book in advance as it does get very busy.
More in Part 5.
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