Sunday, May 4, 2014

Be a Star and Swim with Your Clothes On!

On Friday morning, we headed out for our first adventure beyond the Magic Kingdom.  We boarded a bus bright and early and got shuttled over to Hollywood Studios for the rope drop.  In comparison to Magic Kingdom, it was quiet at rope drop and I would estimate only a hundred people in line to get into the park.  

We had our plan in place, which included Nick and I hammering out the Tower of Terror (which Nick declared his "most favorite ride of the week!") and the Rock n' Roller Coaster.  It was actually a great plan since Nick and I were able to ride both of the big thrill rides within 10-15 minutes of the park being open.  Mimi and Georgia hung out in a nearby store and hid from some mist that moved in just as the park opened.




Surviving the Tower of Terror







Since Hollywood Studios is primarily a series of shows all day long, we didn't have too much on our "to do" list for the day.  We did pretty much everything that was appropriate for a toddler.  The hardest part for Georgia was learning all about 3-D glasses and how to wear them!



Ready for the muppet show!


Georgia loved The Little Mermaid show, the Disney Junior Show, and especially the Toy Story Mania ride.  We were a tad hesitant to take her on the The Great Movie Ride, since we knew a scary alien jumped out, but she took it like a champ and barely blinked!  Her favorite thing at the park - a random classic car...







Family selfie!



Checking out how animation really works!


After another show or two, we hit up lunch at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano.  The primary reason we booked a lunch reservation was because they offered a VIP package for entry into the Fantasmic fireworks/water show.  We had heard nightmare stories about having to line up hours early for the show, so it sounded like a good opportunity to both eat and not have to wait in line for hours!  At least... that was the original plan.

Tip #21 - Check out the VIP Fantasmic lunch/dinner packages online for reservations!

By the time we got out of lunch, which was FABULOUS, we headed for the front of the park to catch the shuttle bus back to the resort for nap.  Unfortunately, as we were about 100 feet from the bus, it pulled away!  Hey - you're obviously not using your cell phone time, driver!!  So, we decided to call an audible and jump on the shuttle bus to the Magic Kingdom (knowing that we could jump on the monorail to the Polynesian and walk back to Shades of Green).  Yes - we took the long way home, but at least it was on an air conditioned bus!

Tip #22  -- Have a back up plan for transportation!  There can be long waits between shuttle buses, so know which resorts are around and how quick you can walk between places!  Disney is spread out over a fairly huge chunk of land, so things are not always a quick walk or ride!

As we finally walked into our resort, the sky opened and Florida graced us with an absolute downpour and thunderstorm!  I vaguely remember hearing it as I myself climbed into bed for a nap!  Out cold...

No one quite wanted to wake up later in the afternoon, including Georgia.  We had a quick pow-wow about going back to Hollywood Studios for the Fantasmic show since it was still drizzling and everything was very wet outside.  Knowing it was a long ride back to the park  and not being 100% sure of the evening weather, we vetoed returning and decided to instead walk over to the Polynesian for a drink!  It was by far the warmest and most humid night we had in Florida and we loved being outside and watching the fireworks from the Polynesian beach.  What a view and the weather ended up being perfect for the remainder of the evening! 

Tip#23 -- If you don't want to go all the way into the Magic Kingdom for the evening fireworks, head to the Polynesian beach for a fabulous view!  And you can DRINK while you watch them.  Total bonus!






Georgia, on the other hand, was more interested in the Polynesian pool.  She was seconds away from throwing herself in... clothes and all!



Daddy playing the lifeguard!



Wading in, but not a fan of wet pants!  We tried to convince her to just do it and jump in, but she wasn't thrilled with the idea of swimming in her clothes.











As we headed back to the resort, Georgia spotted her new favorite - Dumbo.  We had been telling her all week that Auntie Sherrie had sent her a gift card for her birthday, but she was struggling to commit to a certain toy/item.  However, this was love at first sight.  Meet Dumbo, the world's largest pillow pet!  He almost needed an extra seat on the flight home...



















FitBit count for the day -- 7.1 miles walked!




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