Thursday, February 9, 2012

Better Late than Never...Day 1 of Disney

Our first day was Hollywood Studios.  My original plan was to get there before gates opened.  Yes, I am that person.  I want as much time there as possible, so that means getting there early!  :-) 

Well, those plans got changed when we decided to do an "owners breakfast" at our timeshare.  HOURS later, we finally arrived at the park just in time for lunch. 

Trying to figure out where to go first!

  The boys...Mommy is taking the picture.  ;-)
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We walked through Pixar Place and then met our friends, the Azzone Family for lunch.  They came to Disney World at the same time.  They have son, Johnathon, that's a little older than Austin and a little girl, Izzy, that's a year older than Colten.  Angie and Dan were awesome people to hang out with and I was glad I got to know them more!  Brian spent the year in Iraq working with Dan, so it was nice for our families to hang out!

After lunch, we went to the Lights, Action, Motors! Extreme Stunt Show.  If you have boys that like fast cars, this is the show for you!  Austin has seen it 3 times and STILL loves it!  It basically shows you how they do the car stunts and chase sequences in  movies.  This time, Lightening McQueen even made an appearance!

Mommy and Aiden waiting for the show to open.
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3 boys entranced by the beginning of the show.
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Daddy and Aiden.  He was pretty tired at this point.
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There's McQueen!
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After the show, we headed towards Star Tours (a Star Wars themed ride/experience).  Colten and Aiden were too short, so we watched a Jedi Training Show (with kids picked out of the audience) that was going on when we got there, then got seats for the Pixar Pals Parade.

The little boys watching for the parade.  It was a cute parade with a lot of the characters dancing and walking by and some of the major characters (like Buzz and Woody) on floats.  The others met up with us right after this parade.
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We decided to wait the 40-50 minutes for the Toy Story Ride.  It's completely worth it.  So much fun!  It's a 3D shooting game.  They keep track of your points right in front of you and it's another Disney Success.  :-)  Love this ride!

Waiting in line...he didn't do so well with this line.  He wanted down the whole time and when he was down, he was running.  :-)
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Colten being silly in line.  He liked hanging on the chains.
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Inside the building, the line loops through this room that has all sorts of larger-than-life toys and board games.  Disney definitely does it right...even while you're waiting in line!  The older boys in front of a prop.
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Colten doing something he wasn't supposed to, but was pretty cute, so I took a picture.  You're not supposed to go over the red bars, but he went under instead.  :-)  He really liked the card tent.
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When you start to get near the ride, you pick up some 3D glasses.  Aiden liked them!
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So cool, boys!  So cool!
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 After the Toy Story ride, the big boys went with the Daddys while the little boys and Izzy stayed with the Mommys to see Buzz and Woody.  Colten was scared enough to want Mommy to hold him, but gave Buzz a high five and said hi to them.  Aiden was absolutely terrified and had a death grip on my neck. 
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We met up with the guys and went to see Lightening McQueen and Mater for Colten.  Those are his favorites!  Aiden FINALLY fell asleep at that point.  It was about 5:30pm.  Nice.  We were wondering how he'd sleep that night with such a late nap, but he did fine later that night.
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Colten was a little apprehensive by himself, so Mommy had to take him up to McQueen. He liked it though...just not by himself.  ;-)
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This is when we found out that all the "reasonable" restaurants closed at 5pm.   It was 5:45 and the only places that we could eat at (other than junk food like ice cream) was the places that cost more than $15 a person.  Ummm, not in OUR budget!  So, we left and ate at McDonald's.  Dan and Angie took their kids back to the resort to eat and we made plans to meet up with them at Sea World the next day. 

It was a nice day and I didn't even mind that we got there later than I planned.  We didn't do as much as we have in the past, but the kids still had a blast and we made wonderful memories anyway!  Isn't that the point of family vacations?  I think so!

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