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We spent Monday, December 16th, at Hollywood Studios. While in the past both of my girls would have claimed this as their favorite park – and some of our all-time favorite rides are found here (Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Tours) – we tired of this park rather quickly on this past trip. I’m not exactly sure why. Of course, it’s Disney and we still love it!
Our shirts for the day were inspired by Ian’s love of Star Wars. One day, I was looking at the Star Wars logo and I realized that the letters in our last name are made up of the exact same letters, with one exception. It gave me the idea to create shirts using the logo, but with our last name. I used black paint on tan shirts, and then sprayed them with some glittery paint to get a more night-time sky effect. On the backs, I put some Star Wars symbols as well. While these weren’t my favorite shirts of our trip, I did think they were pretty clever. Mostly, though, people just seemed confused by them, and didn’t have the nerve to ask about them. One Cast Member working the photo counter at Tower of Terror said that we were his favorite family of the day because he loved our shirts so much — and another Cast Member said he loved our shirts with our last name on them (smart guy!)
Our first stop for the day was to get Ian signed up for Jedi Training (he was wearing the shirt, after all!) He was assigned an early afternoon slot, so we had time to do all 3 of our FastPasses for the day – Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – before we had to report back for training. Of course, we also had to spend some time in one of our favorite spots – Writers’ Stop – looking at books, drinking coffee/tea, and eating a carrot cake cookie!
Just a few explanations about the picture above —
- Yes, we saw Santa Claus coming out after riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and getting right back in line for another trip! It seems Santa is an Aerosmith fan – or, at least, a fan of roller-coasters.
- Ashley and I LOVE Tower of Terror! But, on this particular trip I’m not sure what we enjoyed more – the thrill of the ride itself or the fun we had watching Gracie’s adverse reaction to it. LOL
- The girls MIGHT have tried to make special photo-op arrangements with Ian and me on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. However, once that car took off, I forgot what I was supposed to do and just screamed!
We had never done the Jedi Training before, but it is an awesome program! Ian loved it and we were very impressed with the whole thing.
We spent our afternoon just leisurely touring the rest of the park – stopping at some of our favorites like the Great Movie Ride. We also had to stop and visit with Lightning and Mater.
Our dinner that evening was at Sci-Fi Dine-In. The kids and I had eaten there last September and liked it so much that we just knew we had to take Brian there next time. Of course, I’ll share more about that in a later post.
After dinner, we headed over to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Everyone brags it up so much, and I knew it was one of those “you have to see it to appreciate it” things. All the pictures I had ever seen, while pretty, just looked a bit chaotic to me. Well, the truth is, it is rather chaotic. But, it’s also pretty neat to see. And when the lights dance along with the music, I actually learned to appreciate the chaos. So there you have it – you really do need to see it for yourself. Pictures just don’t do it justice.
One our way out of the park, we stopped for one last picture in front of the Hollywood Tree:
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