This morning was crazy. Lesson learned: when someone in your party has to pack bags and complete airline check-in, don’t make an ADR for 8:20 am. We also learned that the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, will not allow you to be checked-in until your entire party arrives. My dad was running behind anyway, then he experienced issues at the resort’s airline check-in desk, so he was about 40 minutes late. Even with our delay, they still seated us almost as soon as my dad arrived. As Threepio would say, “Thank the Maker!” The first thing Andrew did was run up and hug Darth Vader. The lovely cast member with Darth had to explain to Andrew why he did not get a hug back…”Lord Vader isn’t much of a hugger.”
Despite no return of his affection for the dark side (I guess they have bacon,) Andrew’s excitement did not diminish.
I geeked out that they were showing clips from the 1978 Star Wars™ Christmas Special!
The breakfast was a bit overpriced at nearly $50 per adult! But, it was really cool and we all had a blast. I just don’t think I would fork it out again…well, maybe not anyway.
We rode Star Tours® again, with the promise of his own lightsaber looming large on Andrew’s radar. He shook the whole time and I felt like the worst parent ever. We told him how brave he was and promised to never-ever ask him to ride it again…unless he wanted to. He recovered quickly and there was a spectacular cast member (whose name I missed) who took her time and helped Andrew craft his perfect (elegant) weapon.
We enjoyed a few attractions (and an expensive trip to “Darth’s Mall”) before we had to say good-bye to my dad so he could catch his flight that day. The three of us proceeded to check in for the VIP parade experience.
As with the Festival Of Fantasy parade, we got there early…but not early enough. And this time it really did tick me off. We spent $140 for the three of us to participate in the Feel The Force Premium Experience. We were at least three rows back from the line, including being behind one lovely lady who insisted on using her giant iPad to film the parade by holding it up in the air and moving it back and forth in front of our faces. As a result, we saw little-to-none of the parade. Some portable bleachers could have fixed this issue no problem. As it was, we stood for an hour in the sun, able only to glimpse the parade around other people.
After that insanity, we enjoyed other favorite attractions and a yummy lunch at Starring Rolls Cafe. I wanted to make sure we used all 3 FastPasses, as Kevin and I were going back out that night. But the boy was spent and needed to go back to the room to rest. A lovely cast member from the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular permitted us to scan our bands and then leave, allowing us to “dump” our third FastPass.
Back at the room, there were naps, packing, and laundry (I love the washer and dryer in the one-bedroom Disney Vacation Club units!) before Ms. Kelly, from Kids Nite Out, returned to allow us some adult-only time where we could go behave like children.
Arriving at the Magic Kingdom® park, my husband and I found multiple attractions with FastPasses available to be used immediately, allowing us to then get another, and another, and another… In less than two hours, we rode Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® (where I beat the game, and got a horribly spelled button for my efforts), the Haunted Mansion®, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, it’s a small world®, Pirates of the Caribbean®, stopped at Big Top Souvenirs for a slushy and cookie, played a Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom portal, claimed our cards for the day and left. “Whew!”
Next stop, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! Having learned from our earlier experience, we headed right to the fireworks check-in area, only to find that there were already a number of folks waiting to be let in. After about 30 minutes (and making new friends) in line, we were let in to the party. We joined forces with the couple we’d met in line and claimed a table (standing only,) where we quickly adopted another couple from the UK and a really awesome cast member, completing our table-mates for the evening. Since we were all huge Star Wars and Disney fans, we got along famously and had an “epic” evening. We were surprised to find both an open bar and blue milk! So…Star Wars nerds geeking out at a Star Wars event with other Star Wars nerds and alcohol? Let’s just say, when the event was over, we got the “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” schpeel.
We continued, together, out of the park and parted ways. Well, some of us parted ways. With the Magic Kingdom open until 2am, we planned to return there after the fireworks anyway. And our new friends from the UK happened to be heading that way and had a car (with the steering wheel on the right/left side!) They graciously gave us a lift and we proceeded to tour the Magic Kingdom together. We conquered Big Thunder Mountain Railroad® and I showed them my tricks to beat Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® (and got me a new button) before saying goodbye to get, at least, a little sleep before our last day of vacation tomorrow. “Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.”