Thursday afternoon we decided that we would make Friday a down day. Hang out at the villa, maybe go swimming if it didn’t rain. Do laundry. Relax a bit. “Hey! Let’s go see Iron Man 3 tomorrow morning at 10am in Downtown Disney! Then we can check out Disney Quest and the Lego store as well,” I say. Everyone likes the idea so I order up the tickets on the AMC webpage and we leave for Downtown Disney about 8:30am. It was opening day for a highly anticipated movie at a resort movie theater so I figured that there may have been a line-up – even for the 10am show. If you have never bore witness to the size of building required to house 24 movie screens – lemme tell you – it’s HUGE! We were in theater one which was quite possible the largest movie theater I’ve ever been in. I believe that there was also a balcony section above us. This theater also featured the new ATMOS sound system. The trailers came on and we saw a trailer for the upcoming Thor sequel and let me tell you – the 3D in it looks INCREDIBLE! Iron Man 3 was also in 3D and for a movie that was converted to 3D in post they have done an amazing job. It was a great movie. Without giving anything away, it will be interesting to see if they bring Stark back for a fourth solo flick.
After the movie we walked down to the LEGO store. Wow. So. Much. Awesomeness! I could have spent a LOT of money there. At one point I was holding the LEGO Architecture series model of Falling Water in my hands. SOOOOO tempted. We picked up a couple small things though. I figure we’ll be exposed to FAR more LEGO on Sunday when we visit LEGOland.
Next up was DisneyQuest. Five floors of a mix of classic arcade games (think Pac Man, Galaga, Tron, etc.) and some newer games including VR sims all set to freeplay. It was a lot of fun and standing in front of those old cabinets took me back to my days playing at Wizard’s Castle in White Oaks Mall. Admission to DisneyQuest was included with our Disney tickets so it was “free” to us but normal admission was $40 per person. Had we not had it included there is NO way I would have paid $40 to go in and play.That’s a LOT of quarters…
When we finished up there we headed home and decided to strike out for our first trip to the pool. It was drizzling rain but the kids didn’t care. They had a great time in the pool. Today is our first trip to Disney Hollywood Studios. They are doing a special celebration today since it’s Star Wars Day (May The Fourth Be With You – get it?) and there is supposed to be special character appearances throughout the day.