Day 3 was a rest day for us. We took this day to sleep in and to go visit the Florida Mall, which I understand is now the second largest mall in Orlando. Still, I'd been promising my wife for forever that I'd take here there.
Kinda funny story. Many years before we were married, we had visited the place with her mom and step dad. At the time, however, we were just making a quick stop for her parents to pick something up while we waited in the car. I didn't stop to think how two country folk who had never really been to Florida might get lost in there. So about after 45 minutes, my very tired then fiance storms out of the car with no warning to go look for her parents. I had to run after her and stop her from doing a random search because I knew she had no idea how large the mall really was, and wandering around looking for them was only going to make things worse. My wife remembers getting furious at me that day, but had forgotten where we were and that she had actually stepped foot in the mall for a few minutes.
When I take her this trip, she looks at me crazy when I park behind the hotel because she doesn't see how we could get to the mall from there. Even though this is the same entrance she stormed into many years ago. We start going store by store, and I make a comments about how much time we have before they close, and my wife asks something to the effect of will we even be here at that time. This was about four hours after we had been in the mall, and I turn to her and say: "You do realize that we haven't even seen half the mall yet?" She was astounded. There are times I forget I married a country girl, but it sure is fun when she reminds me of it.
Later that night, when we still have half the mall to see (I'm kinda mad I didn't get to see the M'nM store, yet again) we head on over to Downtown Disney to eat at Planet Hollywood.
If you've never eaten there, I highly recommend the food. If someone has dissed the food in the past, then they've either changed chefs or their crazy, because I had the bet ribs I've ever eaten at this place. The only thing that might not be everyone's cup of tea is the ambiance. More movie props then you could ever take in in a single visit and lots of very loud modern day music videos (Rhianna, Timbaland, etc), upcoming movie trailers and some classic movie clips/trailers. I personally loved it. Not every meal has to be a solemn occasion.
So for my Disney pics for Day 3, I give you Planet Hollywood.
This is the view from our table. We were on the third floor, which I believe is called the Adventure Floor sitting close to a dummy of Zombie Ashe from Army of Darkness and a sculpture of the Jeff Goldblum's version of The Fly. (Mmmmm, appetizing.) I would have liked to have sat on the fourth floor, which is Sci Fi themed, but had I known, I would have made reservations. That's my wife's head in the bottom corner there.
And this is the same view a little to the right over looking the balcony and the hugh "sun" screen that's just one of many monitors/flat screens strewn about the restaurant simulcasting.
Rather fuzzy shot of that sun monitor from the fourth floor:
Some really happy dude that wouldn't get off our table:
This boat was hanging directly to my right over the crowd below. I never did figure out what it was from.
Taking a picture in any Men's Room is a dubious prospect at best. But still, I had to get a shot of the bathroom sinks.
These pics are of some memorabilia, mostly around the staircase. Next time, I hope I've mastered my picture taking skills to where I can capture the lighting better.
Turbo Man from Jingle All the Way:
Tunic that Doug McClure wore in The People that Time Forgot:
Honey I Blew Up the Kid:
Some of you might remember the Jim Henson series about Dinosaurs! around the end of the dino age. ("Not the mama!") Well, here's the TV the from their living room with ever prevalent WeSaySo corporate logo. I can't remember what the red jacket/dress is from:
Bette Midler stature from witches movie who's name I cannot remember. I keep wanting to say Bewitched, but I know that's not right. It was her, Darryl Hanna and Cathy Najimy.
The benevolent alien protectors from The Fifth Element:
Christopher Lloyd's fate from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?:
The Nightmare Before Christmas:
No, it's not Mothra. It's the escape moth from the end of the original Doctor Doolittle:
What's Love got to Do With It? In that dress, I'd have to ask the same question. <heavy sigh>
I though this was really cool for some reason. The wooden pistol from from the Clint Eastwood movie In the Line of Fire. One of my favorite films.
And a quick night shot that turned out alright after we walked out the restaurant:
After all is said is and done, I'd have to say that taking a break that day was the best thing we could have done. We got back to the room reasonably early, well fed and were not worn out like we would have been had we tried to commando a park that day. And being how hot Animal Kingdom turned out to be (how it always turns out to be) we needed the rest badly.
Now some advice for you kids. When your too young to drink, eat the drink menu.