The Tower of Terror behind us we headed for something to eat and a stiff drink. The Hollywood Brown Derby was our destination and I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so happy to see a strawberry daquiri.
The food, once again, was amazing. I had pork tenderloin, spaetzl (which I’d seen being made on Saturday Kitchen a while back, very tasty), red onion chutney and cider jus.
We weren’t able to sit too long as we had VIP seats for the American Idol Experience! The theatre seats a thousand and it was packed out for the show. The set was amazing, I mean really amazing, you could have been at the real thing. We were at the final show which is in the evening, they basically hold auditions all day and the best go through to the evening show to sing for a golden ticket (which gets you to the front of the queue at any ‘real’ American Idol audition). This sort of attraction is the reason why Disney are one step ahead of the competition, the entertainment they offer within each an every park is so diverse that there really is something for everyone, and not only that but something that you’ve never experienced before. Yes, I was pretty blown away with the whole thing.
The show has all the usual features, the singers, the cheesey presenter, the judges, and the over enthusiastic audience (that was us). Everyone ‘played’ their parts without really meaning to, you get completely sucked in and it all feels so real, even down to the ‘nasty judge’ calling the contestant from Manchester an ‘English tart’ haha, he didn’t mean it ‘that way’ but it was still a bit jaw dropping for the British audience members At the end you get to vote for your favourite and there’s the familiar tense announcement.
Post show we headed across the road for a ‘quick’ drink before heading to Fantasmic. Unfortunately we got caught up in the flaring talents of Craig the barman and didn’t make it to Fantasmic… Here’s a video, especially for Laura and Becky.