No problem -- I just wanted to upgrade to an SSD in the optical bay.
The iFixit guide has you disconnecting and removing the display before getting to the optical drive. Halfway through I realized that that was a bit more work than i wanted to deal with and that there was enough room to get to the bay without removing the entire display...so that's what I did.
Use your head when following the guides. They're good, but don't be afraid to examine what it is you're actually trying to do.
Heavy-Duty Suction Cups (Pair)
Anti-Static Wrist Strap
TR10 Torx Security Screwdriver