I’m Going To Disney World, Part 5: Hollywood Studios

Where were we? Last time in Part 4, we ran around with glee at all the Star Wars Nerdery going on at Hollywood Studios. We were like two kids in a candy store! And oh yeah, we had our kids there too. Four kids in a candy store? Cassidy tried to kiss Jyn Erso and I tried to hug Kylo Ren. “You are part of the resistance.” “Yup.” “Unacceptable.” “But should we hug?” “No.”

You can’t blame a girl for trying.

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One thing to remember, is that there were always three kinds of cameras to capture our moments. We had our phone cameras, I had my “real” camera, and the Disney Photographers had their “real” cameras. That doesn’t mean every moment was captured, though. Sometimes, often, you just have to experience it. That said, everything is mish-mashed in my head and in my photos, so I’m just going to tell the stories, and hopefully not be too out of order? We totally rocked Hollywood Studios.

One of the first things we did was Disney Junior Live On Stage.

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We got pretty decent seats, although you sit on the floor, and I know I wasn’t the only parent grinning like such a dork at all the theme songs for the TV shows we have known for the last half dozen years or so. Also, sorry to the people after us who found crushed Rainbow Goldfish in their seats! Scarlet really liked the host of the show. He was rather inspiring for us.

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There was a Doc McStuffins skit, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse one, a Sofia the First one, and a Jake and the Neverland Pirates one, complete with gold doubloons coming from the ceiling! My kids thought they were REAL gold, but they were paper.

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Sofia can close her eyes!

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After that rousing show, we wandered around to get Scarlet an autograph book, check out Disney Junior souvenirs, and then we saw Sofia the First! She took a five minute break to “tend to Clover” but we were first in line after her break.

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I’m sincerely wondering what Scarlet thought of her! Real? Not real? Costume? What? Not gonna ask!

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She was starstruck, though!

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Des was like, “What on God’s green earth is going on? Where are the doughnuts?

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I think Sofia loved us, though. I think I whispered (creepily) in her ear that she has made our life ever since Scarlet was three. I really remember the exact day we discovered the show. Scarlet has never looked back since, and also loves Elena of Avalor.

We only split up once during the day because I wanted to go on The Great Movie Ride, while the rest did Star Tours. I thought Star Tours would be too much for Des and he should come with me, but luckily he chose wisely with Star Tours. My ride was 20 minutes long, had actors firing real-sounding gunshots, the alien from Alien coming through the ceiling, and the Wicked Witch of the West – as an actor and not animatronic – disappear in a cloud of green smoke. Des would not have liked that!

Another fun thing, that we had a FastPass for, is the FROZEN Sing-a-long. How to explain this one? Well, everyone files in for the immersive experience that includes stage acting, movie clips, singing, of course, and SNOW coming from the ceiling. Our actors were hilarious. I couldn’t find a video that had the exact ones, but if you want to see what it’s like, this video has it!

It’s super important to tell you that this was supposed to be a sing-a-long, but our audience just saw there! How boring! Cassidy sang along louder than anyone else on earth, and his rendition of “Love is an Open Door” should have been filmed. He was so loud that people would turn in their seats to look at us. We weren’t embarrassed, though. We were proud and amused.

After we filed out of there and had lunch, we were scheduled for Jedi Training, and the kids didn’t want to do it! So we headed to the Pixar part of the park for the Toy Story Mania ride, and managed to meet some pretty cool characters there!

Pretty awesome, right?

The wait was about 20 minutes or so, but there are activities along the way. When it was our turn, Buzz wanted a hug, and also to tell me that Woody smelled bad. I wanted to hug Woody too. I bet they get a lot of hugs and kisses all day long.

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After Toy Story Mania, which I didn’t do because I have trouble with either spinning or motion simulation, we decided to make our way out of the park. We wanted to decompress, maybe sit by the pool, grab a snack, and then come back for fireworks!

On our way out, we met MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME!

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Then later we came back for fireworks and a light show on the Chinese Theater.

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Disney Hollywood Studios

It was all Star Wars-themed with red fireworks for evil, and fire so real you could feel it strongly!

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LIGHTSABER BEAMS!

Hollywood Studios Finale!

Then we went back to our hotel and got to fully see and enjoy our room! It had been an exhausting day but the next prize – Magic Kingdom – was going to start early the next day. We got dessert in our room and all promptly fell asleep.

The table turns into a bed like magic!

And..don’t tell her I posted this!

Don’t tell me I posted this. This is me in my happy place. I talk the talk of an exciting life, but this is how my nights end.

The End, For Now.

Next up, MAGIC KINGDOM. And I assure you a lot of magic, and I suppose a lot of kingdom. We do it up RIGHT!

I’m Going To Disney World, Part 4: Star Wars!

So, where were we?

Star Wars

Last time in Part 3, I dreamed a dream, of Des dreaming a dream, of a hotel we call “The Lightning McQueen Hotel”, which is actually a Cars family suite in the Art of Animation Resort. We arrived there just after sunrise, got our MagicBands and found out that our Disney travel agent ROCKS because Cassidy really did get a purple one. Meanwhile, our rental minivan was idling on the curb while Scarlet, Des and I were in a magical but real world of Cars dreams come to life. Sort of. Got that?

Good.

Star Wars

We drove from the resort to Hollywood Studios, which probably didn’t take too long. I was likely in a daze of sunshine, palm trees (transplanted or not), and the beat of my own heart, which beats in time to the Star Wars movie scores. Did you know that? Ask my doctor. It’s true! As you can tell from the first photo, everyone in my family was wearing a Star Wars shirt. In fact, we got to the park before the gate was up, and I noticed that entire families had Star-Wars-coordinated their outfits. These were my people! I was their person! Except, I don’t have a good Star Wars shirt or two (or three) apparently?

I do have Star Wars underwear, but sadly, no photos of that.

And so, it wasn’t a crowded day. We went through security and metal detectors and purse searchers, and everyone was friendly, of course. The gate finally lifted, and we bolted to line up to sign up for Jedi Training Academy. On line, we talked to many other Star Wars nerds fans and learned some good ins and outs of the park. We signed Scarlet and Des up for 2:00pm, even though they told us over and over they didn’t want to do it. We signed them up anyway, because Jedi Training Academy.

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Help me with something here, people. Throughout the day, we’d walk by the young Jedis training against Darth Vader and Scarlet and Des both looked at me like I had three heads. They said, “He’s a bad, bad guy, and also dead, right? So I’m confused. Why is he here, and why would you want us to train against a bad, bad guy?” Well oh my stars, they’re right!

They’re too young to stop believing that all of these princesses and Jedis and villains are actually REAL – (yes, yes, I know they’re real people, and that princesses and villains are real life things and that Jedis are kinda real too because of the power of the human spirit..) – but too old not to exercise sound logic. Cassidy and I spent a lot of time explaining why we’d take our dear children to a park teeming with dragons and awful villains. We explained that they’re reformed, or under control, or imprisoned, and that there are a heck of a lot of good guys there who outnumber them. And isn’t that based on reality?

Yes.

Chewie is real! We loved on him and when it was time to say goodbye, he said “Bye” in his famous way.

Inside Star Wars Launch Bay, we saw a Jawa peeking around a corner. I shrieked. Then one came up behind me to scare me, and I shrieked, and it shrieked, and I asked where the Banthas were, and we all hung out for some quality time together.

(Des is THRILLED.)

Then, I went to meet Kylo Ren, while the rest of them chickened out and wandered around Star Wars Launch Bay.

Them:

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Me:

Them:

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Me:

Them:

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Me:

We chatted. He was not nice. He told me I was part of the resistance and I said, “Always”, and he said I was no longer welcome near him, and I said, “But should we hug or something?” And he declined, but I think he wanted to hug me.

Then we met back up, and the kids were so curious about Kylo Ren and why I’d want to hang out with someone who killed his own father. Excellent question, that. And why did I come back so flushed and giddy after hanging out with someone I would never let my kids near even in a galaxy far, far away? Iron-clad logic, that. Alas, the kids usually give in to the magic and wonder and stop asking so many darn smart questions. Just let the darkness and the light take you away, young Jedis!

Next up, we made our way outside because they were all going on Star Tours and I was going on The Great Movie Ride. There were always Star Wars shows going on at a main stage, and Stormtroopers patrolled through the park often. I even got stopped by an employee because there was a Star Wars parade crossing in front of me. Des saw two stormtroopers and said, “I want to go tell them they’re bad!” So we raced over to them and Cassidy said, “My son has some words for you”. They turned towards Des and he froze. Instantly bolted between Cassidy’s legs so scared. Then they started with the “Hold on there….calm down….calm down….calm down….calm down. The threat has been removed. You’re out of danger.”

Stay tuned and you’ll read about it!

Next up, more stories! FROZEN sing-a-long! More photos – and not ONLY phone photos like this post turned out to have?