The Solars take on Disney World – Day 4
We woke up Tuesday morning to pouring rain. Like, really, pouring rain. I don’t remember who it was that told me to bring ponchos. It was someone. And I totally replied, “Oh, I’m not scared of a little rain! We’ll be fine without ponchos.” Whoever it was, man, I’m saying it loud and clear, “YOU WERE RIGHT!” We pretty much got drenched on our way to breakfast from our hotel. My one lonely little umbrella didn’t do much to hold off the buckets of water falling from the sky. (P.S. Apparently it was my friend Selena. And she was right. I’ll listen next time Selena, I promise!).
We ate our breakfast and I checked the Weather Channel app on my iPhone (sidenote: I hate that app! Can ANYONE recommend a better, more accurate app?). So, anyway, my app pretty much forecasted rain like that all day. We waffled between heading back to our room for pajamas and cartoons or heading to the park. We opted for the park, but stopped in the general store to pick up ($7.50 each!!) ponchos for the kids first. I am not lying when I tell you that it stopped raining while we were walking the 300 feet from the front door to the bus stop. Suddenly the clouds parted and it was sunny skies. And super muggy (ah, reminds me of KC in the July).
It was almost 11 am by the time we got to Hollywood Studios, but we did get there. As soon as we got through the front gates, Josh headed to get FastPasses for Toy Story Midway Mania (good thing too because our FastPasses were for 6:20 pm!) and I headed with the kids back to the Star Tours area for Jedi Training Academy (side note: Star Tours was closed for updating. Boo!). When I first started planning this trip, I knew this was the one thing that we wanted to make sure we did not miss. I called the Disney hotline and talked with someone about it. She told me that all we needed to do was show up shortly before any showtime and get in the ‘right’ line.
Imagine how disappointed/sad/angry/frustrated I was when we got to Jedi Training at 11:20 am and they told me it was filled up FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. We decided to watch the Jedi Training even though the kids couldn’t participate today. It was awesome. Like, the ONE thing I wanted to be able to do for my kids (you know, so I could be ‘the BEST mom ever’). So, we were planning on doing Magic Kingdom again on Thursday, but it looks like we’ll be using our last day to do Jedi Training and one more ride on Toy Story Mania.
By the time the Jedi Training wrapped up (and we looked at the Star Wars gift shop/cart), it was time for our lunch reservation at Hollywood & Vine. We headed over there for lunch and pictures with Handy Manny, Leo + June from Little Einsteins, and Special Agent Oso. I think the kids wanted to maintain my sanity this time around and they actually all ate a decent meal.
After lunch, we hit up Muppet Vision 3D. All the kids enjoyed the show (and Lia didn’t get scared… yay!). Next, we went to meet Lightning McQueen and Mater. Max was being grumpy by the time we got over there and opted out of a picture, even though he was the one who wanted to do it in the first place.
Next, we went to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. Let me tell you, I thought the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom was crazy and chaotic, but this was WAY worse. There was one area where there were 3 or 4 ways to get up, with dark, low-ceiling caves to climb around in, and 4 or 5 ways out, which were not all within view of a single area. At one point, Lia went in, but Max wasn’t following closely enough behind her and she was gone. If you know me, you might think that I freaked out at this point, but I didn’t. It did take us several minutes to locate her, but she had no idea that we thought she was lost. Whew! After that drama, we hightailed it out of there, much to Max and Ava’s dismay.
We decided that I would take the girls to watch the Beauty and the Beast Live play while Josh took Max to the Rock n Roller Coaster. Turns out Max is 4 inches too short. He didn’t want anything to do with the princess play, so he and Josh ended up at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Both shows were awesome and everybody was happy. Win-win!
From there, we headed straight to Voyage of The Little Mermaid. This was another live play, and while it was great, it wasn’t nearly as good as Beauty and the Beast. About 2/3 of the way through the show, they showed clips from The Little Mermaid movie to fill in what they left out of the live part, except that they squeezed an hour of the movie into about a minute of clips and then cut to the live part at the very end of the story. Either way, it was entertaining, and all the kids liked it.
After the Little Mermaid, we headed to Pixar Place and got in line to meet Buzz Lightyear and Woody. After we were in line for almost 20 minutes, the kids decided they didn’t want to meet Woody and Buzz after all. So we wandered around The Streets of America and took some fun pictures while we waited for our FastPasses to open up. As soon as 6:20 pm rolled around, we made a beeline for the Toy Story Midway Mania. Before we rode this, I wasn’t sure if the ride was SO packed because it’s the only ride in the whole park or if it was because the ride was that awesome. It’s definitely because the ride is SO awesome. This was probably my favorite ride of everything we’ve done so far, with Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin coming in at a close second. (Keep in mind we have only done kid-friendly rides. I’m sure the big roller coasters are awesome too!).
After the Toy Story ride, we headed straight for the resort buses and back to our hotel. We grabbed a quick dinner, then headed straight for bed.
Things I learned today:
1. Ponchos cost 99 cents at Wal-Mart if you buy them BEFORE you go to Orlando. They cost $7.50 at Disney World.
2. If something is super important to making your trip a success (i.e. Jedi Training), you should get instructions from multiple people just to make sure you’re getting accurate instructions.
3. You should verify that your kids want to meet a character BEFORE you get in line and wait for twenty minutes to meet said character.
4. Kids DO NOT CARE if that toy costs half as much at Target at home. They want it NOW.
5. Kids also don’t care what they got yesterday. That was yesterday. It doesn’t count any more.
6. Lia simply will not wear her shoes. And I don’t care any more. Unless they make her put her shoes on for a ride, I just let her go barefoot. I can’t win anyway.
7. There must be something in the air here that makes kids want to antagonize their siblings until someone (or everyone) is screaming and crying.