Sunday, February 26, 2012

Disney Day 3: Hollywood Studios

Though it's hard to pick, Day 3 might be our best day at Disney.  The whole day was filled with great rides and shows for everybody, and ... well... the day included STAR WARS!


We started off this day bright and early because Hollywood Studios was offering "Magic Hours" (additional hours for Disney resort guests), so we got an additional hour (8AM) in the morning.  We headed straight for Star Tours, but then stopped to sign up the kids for Jedi Academy Training (turns out that the full day's training schedule is usually booked by mid-morning).  After securing the kids their opportunity to defeat the dark side, we rode Star Tours... twice!


After that, we returned to the plan that the Unofficial Guide to Disney said to do... ride the Toy Story ride first.  Oops... I guess our Jedi instincts did not help us on that one: The line was well over an hour by the time we got there.  So, instead we picked up Fastpasses for Toy Story, and decided to have Daddy check out the lines/Fastpasses for the Rockin' Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror.  Meanwhile, the kids and I strolled back over to wait for their Jedi Training to begin.  Daddy met back up with us, and we found out that he could not get any more Fastpasses -- you have to wait 2 hours in between getting a set of Fastpasses to get another set.  Ah, well.

But, the best part of the day was about to begin -- Jedi Training! My son and daughter got to fight evil -- and I mean the Darth Vader and the Darth Maul -- first hand in front of an audience!  It was amazing.  Check out a few pictures and videos.  And if you or your child is a Star Wars fan (and he or she is between 4 and 12 years)... plan to do this!  It is SOOO awesome!





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 After Darth Vader and Darth Maul were defeated by the Padawan learners (yay!), we decided to split up to tackle more of the Hollywood Studios.  My daughter and hubby went off to challenge the Tower of Terror, and my son and I watched the Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt show.  Both my son and I were very impressed by the stunt show, and he thought seeing Lightning McQueen "for real" was pretty cool.


Hubby and daughter reported back that they waited 50 minutes for the Tower of Terror (very long for our 8-year-old), but she LOVED the ride. 

We all met up for lunch at Hollywood & Vine for a character lunch -- the restaurant had characters from the "Disney Junior" channel.  We met Agent Oso, Handy Manny, June from Little Einsteins and Jake from Jake and the Pirates.  When we saw June from the back, and we were all trying to figure out who she was, I said "There's Dora!"  My husband gleefully informed me that Dora is on Nickelodeon, and would not be at Disney.  Oops!

Come on... she kinda looks like Dora, right?
 After lunch, we headed back to the hotel for a break.  We realized from Day 2 at Animal Kingdom that the kids faded pretty fast after lunch, and if we wanted to see Fantasmic (the evening show), we were going to need to give the kids an afternoon break.

We came back to the park in time to use our Fastpasses to the Toy Story ride;  We loved that ride -- great interaction;  Daddy (of course) ended up with the most points, but my daughter had the highest accuracy (40-some percent)!

After Toy Story, Daddy decided he needed some Star Wars souvenirs (surprise, surprise!), so we split up again.  The kids and I stood in line to see Woody and Buzz.  A very. long. line. And making the line even longer?  Kids behaving badly with negligent parents.  Boo.  But, Disney is the magical place, so Buzz and Woody still put a smile on our faces once we got there!


We met back up with Daddy at the Rockin' Roller Coaster, which daddy and daughter rode.  My son and I found some caramel popcorn to keep us occupied!  They thought that ride was one of the best so far!  Then, we grabbed dinner at the Fairfax Fair (Quick Service), and walked into the Fantasmic arena to eat our dinner.

We waited about an hour for Fantasmic to begin (good advice from our trip planner and from the Unofficial Guide), and then enjoyed an AMAZING night show! My daughter spent her souvenir money on some Mickey glowing ears. 



After the show, we headed back to the resort were we thought the kids would crash, but my son was ready to battle with his new light saber. Daddy picked up a light saber, too, so a battle began out in the front lawn of our building.




P.S.  More Hidden Mickeys were found!



P.P.S.  My boy fell asleep like this.



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