I’m Going To Disney World, Part 6: When I was 11..

When I was 11, I was in sixth grade.

You are getting a picture. Oh, how you are getting a dang picture.

When I was 11, all of the elementary schools were spit together into one school and it was like everyone was tossed up in the air and then landed on a different side. Sixth grade was the year I faked sick so much that by November, I had hit the allotted number of days you’re allowed to take off for the entire year. I’m pretty sure I was not really sick even one of those days.

When I was 11, and in sixth grade, I once flushed the toilet with the door open and then ran to drag my mom back to the bathroom to show her (the lack of) evidence that I had just thrown up. When anyone who knew me, and very much my mom, knew that I don’t throw up. It was also the year I prayed to the gods and goddesses that I could just break my ankle or my wrist or something drastic but not too drastic. Nothing as bad as throwing up but something that could make me miss school.

When I was 11, I decided that sixth grade could really kill you, but I didn’t die. I didn’t die.

When I was 11, I knew for sure I had lost my childhood best friend, but..

When I was 11 I made new odd duck friends like me – floaters and free spirits.

When I was 11, I had the most awful perm, and the chemicals were in my top three worst smells of all time (don’t ask what the other two were because I don’t want to remember). Also, the perm didn’t grow out for THREE LONG YEARS.

When I was 11, the hit song on the radio was “Tears in Heaven” and while I knew it was about the loss of Clapton’s son, that was a pain I couldn’t wrap my head around. (still can’t) I thought it was about my father. Would he know my name?

Would he help me stand, if I saw him in heaven?

When I was 11, my grandfather took three of us (mom, older sister, me) to Disney World and it was my first time staying at the resort there. It was my first time staying past dark – to see the electrical parade and the fireworks. It was my first time having tear-inducing rides fears, and it has stayed with me for a long time. You may say that I broke that curse recently.

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I LOOOOOOVE breaking curses.

11

When I was 36, I didn’t understand how on earth anyone survives being 11, or survives parenting an 11-year-old, because my kids are so young and seemingly unruffled, and dear God, if you thought I was bad then at fighting injustice, inequality, intolerance, and bullying. (and I was BAD. I have stories that come out in therapy..) Well. You didn’t yet meet the Mama Bear version of all of that. 11. I’m glad I’m not there anymore/yet. I’ll work my way there, slowly and surely, if you don’t mind.

When I was 11

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Now, where were we? This day. THIS day.

I know it’s been awhile since Part 5. We had a really terrific time at Hollywood Studios – getting autographs, watching the light show and fireworks, and falling asleep in an exhausted heap at our “Lightning McQueen Hotel.” It rocked! The big prize for most of us is Magic Kingdom, though. We slept through the night and woke up to another beautiful day in Orlando. We had a decent breakfast at our resort and headed to the park! We were early and it was delightful! The train was under construction, so after we passed through friendly security (somehow) we could stand near the castle until the gates opened.

There was a good morning show, and we switched cameras with other families to get complete family pictures.

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Then we were IN! We had a few things for FastPASS, but all scheduled in the afternoon. This was by design. We got to the park before the gates opened, and we’re fairly fast (most of us), so we had a goal in mind after our walk through Main Street.

When I was 11.. is the Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF) prompt on this wonderful #StPatricksDay. Link up and read about our annual trip to #WaltDisneyWorld

When I was 11.. is the Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF) prompt on this wonderful #StPatricksDay. Link up and read about our annual trip to #WaltDisneyWorld

When I was 11.. is the Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF) prompt on this wonderful #StPatricksDay. Link up and read about our annual trip to #WaltDisneyWorld

..all to make it to our destination! Who is Scarlet admiring?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s not this one, although there was mutual admiration there too:

When I was 11.. is the Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF) prompt on this wonderful #StPatricksDay. Link up and read about our annual trip to #WaltDisneyWorld

Next up, I’ll give you a hint. Actually, I’ll just tell you because I’m good like that. It’s Elena of Avalor! Next up – princess meetings, clamshell bras, admiration, a first roller coaster for at least two of us, and TONS of MAGIC.

Link up!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When I was 11 years old…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

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!