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This is the third in a series of “do-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.
We left off last time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, pretty much convinced that we hadn’t found the droids we were looking for. By the time we were done with Star Wars, we were pretty hungry. In my last post, I think I missed the part where we visited the Muppets 3D attraction, which is always good for a chuckle or two no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. I get a kick out of Beeker, always meeping around. *MEEP!*
Dinner was at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. I had never been there before; I was a sci-fi virgin! The restaurant is laid out like the parking lot of an outdoor drive-in movie theater, complete with speaker on the “window” of your vehicle. There are tables built into the “cars” and you sit in the seats and eat drive-in fare such as hamburgers and club sandwiches. All the while, you’re in the semi-darkness with the majority of the light coming from the flickering drive-in movie screen before you. And all it plays are coming attractions for late 50s/early 60s monster movies and newsreels with odd stories. My friends and I grew up watching many of these movies on TV after school; if you are from the NY metropolitan area, you will remember the days of The 4:40 Movie, too. Sometimes there were themed weeks, such as Planet Of The Apes Week, or perhaps Gidget Week – and, yes, Monster Movie Week, where many of the films featured a Japanese cast that pointed to the sky in abject terror a lot, shouting things in English while their lips moved in a different language. We look back and laugh now, but at the time, Godzilla and Mothra were da bomb.
A small amount of light came from a narrow strip above the “table” in the back seat; it’s just enough light so you can find your fork and knife, which looked sort of still-life artsy to me, lying there in the shadows. So here’s an attempt at an artsy still-life. Not bad for an iPhone LOL 😉
It was dark by time we emerged from the diner; we were well into the second loop of monster movie screams and newsreel strangeness. The Big-Ass Hat (BAH) was aglow with twinkling stars and magic; we were all tired. I’d been awake a long time and had driven a long way, so I was due for a nice, long sleep. We took the tram to my car and I dropped my friends at their hotel, then sped off to my own, where I had absolutely no trouble falling into a deep sleep.