Florida Vacation Day 11

Dear Readers,

Today was Hollywood Studios. We were all pretty tired this morning and it was difficult to get my daughter out of bed. So, we decided early today to take tomorrow off and hopefully do Epcot Friday after a day of rest. Anyway, today was probably the best day we had in terms of being able to see everything, get tons of FastPasses, my daughter’s enjoyment maximized and even being able to not only see Fantasmic at the end of the evening but then we caught the park’s Star Wars Fireworks show as we were leaving the park. Fantasmic was pretty awesome, with our section in the amphitheatre having a little party of our own. We all did the wave, were clapping and singing along with the songs the dj played over the sound system and just had a great time.

This morning we registered my daughter to do the Jedi Training Trials of The Temple and since she had a 2:10 show time, we went from there to a bunch of other things and made it a fantastic day. My husband and I were chatting about him going to a the Aerosmith Rollercoaster that he had put us all on Fastpass-wise and how we’d meet him afterward, when a cast member overheard us. He told us to wait where we were, then came back a few minutes later with three free FastPasses! We were surprised and pleased. Today we saw Muppet Vision 3D, The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, One Man’s Dream (The Walt Disney story walk through), The Path of The Jedi, and Voyage of The Little Mermaid as well as Beauty and The Beast – Live On Stage. My husband and I were chatting with one of the cast members (that’s what they call all Disney parks staff) while we were waiting for the Little Mermaid show and the next thing we know, not only does our daughter get to be the cast member’s ‘second mate’ and say ‘Welcome To The Show’ to everyone in the room after his safety speech, but she also got a beautiful certificate with the signatures of Ariel and Prince Eric and her name done with the cutest little Mickey ears. It was super cute and my daughter was so pleased.

We went on the Toy Story Mania! 4-D ride and had a lot of fun on that. We went on the Star Tours simulation ride where my daughter was worried before we got on and then afterwards loved it so much she wanted to go again, and where I enjoyed myself but felt totally nauseous afterward. But would I do it again? Heck yeah! But next time I’d be wearing seabands because I was starting to sweat by the end of the ride. It was so much fun seeing C-3P0 and R2-D2. R2-D2 was the pilot of the ride and C-3P0 was the co-pilot. What a fun ride! My daughter also had a surprise when Stitch snuck up behind us while we were waiting in line for something and ‘licked’ her cheek. So of course, we got a couple pictures of her with him. She also got pictures with the Jawas as well as Chewbacca (she felt pretty shy when she realized just how tall he was) and finally Moana. We saw parts of the March of The First Order (Star Wars) show, went on The Great Movie Ride and pretty much the only things we didn’t go on were The Hollywood Tower of Terror and we skipped For The First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration.

My favourite part of Hollywood Studios though, had to be hanging out at Muppet Studios and being surrounded by everything related to my favourite characters, The Muppets.

What an absolutely incredible day. We saw all the shows we wanted to, went on the rides we were hoping to, the lines were short and we had perfect weather. Pretty much the perfect Disney Day. My daughter is in bed, dreaming of being a Jedi in Training and defeating the Seventh Sister and all the characters she met. Moana even gave her a hug! She also has an Honorary Jedi pin to go with her 1st Visit Disney pin.

She told us that her top three favourite things she did today were: The Jedi Training, Star Tours and Fantasmic. All pretty good choices in my opinion. Fantasmic had a wonderful ending. Just, totally perfect. Wish I’d been able to get better pictures for memories but at least I got some and I’ll try to commit the rest to memory. If I could, I would just go back and watch Fantasmic again.


So, tomorrow is a rest day where we’ll see about getting a couple Disney souvenirs and do some swimming then we gear up for Epcot on Friday.

Until next time, keep dreaming and never give up!

Amy McGuire


About Author Amy McGuire

Author of The Heart's Discovery, a YA Romance novel set mostly in British Columbia with a brief foray into Quito, Ecuador. Also the mother of a bubbly second grade redhead who adores turquoise, and wife to a very patient man. She lives in Toronto, the inspiration for so many of her place names and characters.
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