Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Schwartz's vs Hollywood Studios

Since we didn't want to wear Sarah out we didn't plan on staying past 3 in Hollywood Studios.  So the major things we wanted to hit were the 2 thrill rides (The Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror), the new Toy Story Mania ride, and then a couple of shows Sarah would like (The Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Disney Junior).  So after breakfast we had to enact our opening park plan.  I hurried over and got the Fast Passes for everyone for Toy Story (when we went last Christmas Chris and I waited with Aunt Sarah for over 2 hours to ride that ride).  And everyone else headed over to get in line for the Rockin' Roller Coaster.  When I caught up with them we decided to have Cam and me ride first and while Aunt Sarah and Grandma took lil Sarah shopping for a new shirt (she had an accident at breakfast).

 Cam in front of Rockin Roller Coaster

It was a hot day so we decided it would be a good idea to kill some time in the AC while we waited for our Toy Story time.  So we caught Voyage of the Little Mermaid.  Sarah seemed to like it.  It's a mix of puppets, live people, and animated scenes from the movie.  Definitely a cute show and a nice way to get out of the heat for a little bit.

Then we moseyed over to Pixar Place to ride the new Toy Story ride.  It's a fun 3D interactive game where you are parked for a few moments in front of a screen and have to shoot at targets and stuff.  I beat Cam but she later completely spanked me on the similar Buzz Lightyear ride.  Sarah was big enough to ride but not really shoot so she rode with Grandma and Aunt Sarah.  (On the Buzz Lightyear ride you have a spin control so she got to play with that when we rode that ride together.)
Aunt Sarah and Grandma getting ready to load up.

After that we sent Auntie Cam over to Tower of Terror to get Fast Passes for that so we killed time waiting in line to meet Buzz and Woody.  This is another one of those places where Buzz and Woody are there all day and it's nice because the cue line is inside with cute little photo ops.
 Grandma and Sarah in Buzz Lightyear's Space Ship on Andy's bed.
 The Claw has chosen Sarah.
 Sarah totally being a Stinky Pete.

Finally we made it to the Promise Land and there was Buzz and Woody.  I'm not sure how she knows these characters.  We haven't watched the movies with her yet because I think Sid is a little scary but she knew them and was excited to see them both.  I was a little worried she'd be scared because both of them are so big!  Clearly that was not the case:

Cam and I had to snap a quick pic with the guys too.  Buzz and Woody showed us how they wanted us to pose with them.

On the way out one of the Green Army Men popped out.  That was pretty exciting!  They are another one of those characters that just appears every now and then for a few minutes.
After we got done meeting Buzz and Woody we had some time to kill before our last 2 things on the to-do list (Tower of Terror and Disney Junior show).  So we headed over to the Honey I Shrunk the Kid playground.

 We also paused there for a snack.
Then we cruised the set streets taking some silly photos on our way over to my favorite ride, Tower of Terror.
 Cam and Grandma taking Sarah for a stroll on the streets of New York.

We saw someone take a real cute heel click picture with the Singing in the Rain prop so we decided to give it a try.
 Aunt Sarah
 Cam pretty much asked me what in our history together made me think she was able to do a heel click so she went with this classic pose.

Hanging out on the front stoop of some Brownstones.
 Crossing the police line.
 Up at the hat the Disney Channel Rocks show was going on, so Aunt Sarah and Grandma went to go ride Tower of Terror first while I took Sarah over to go watch the show.  It was a cute show.  I didn't recognize any of the songs but that's probably because we're in the Disney Junior age right now.  But near the end they invited all the kids to come out and dance.  I asked Sarah if she wanted to go dance and I don't think I could have gotten her unbuckled fast enough.  She walked about 5 feet away from me and then got a little overwhelmed.  It was clear she wanted to go out there but was a little intimdated.  Then one of the dancers was so sweet and came and took her hand and brought her out there and danced with her.  It was so special.  Sarah had such a great time.

Then after the show was over while they were doing their dance out the girl came over so to high five Sarah one more time and pose for a picture.  I just love how great Disney cast members are.  They really make the kids feel special.

After that we rode the Tower of Terror then headed over to the Disney Junior Live show.  It was a cute puppet show.  My only complaint was I didn't know it was a puppet show so I was excited that we were on the front row.  But with an elevated stage, being seated on the floor, and the puppets being short Sarah couldn't see much.  She wanted to keep standing up but I didn't want her to block kids behind us.  But she enjoyed it.  

Then it was time to head out.  Aunt Sarah surprised us with a stay at the Polynesian Resort.  I've never stayed at a Disney resort before so this was a very special treat.  We had an awesome room with a view of the Magic Kingdom.  If you could zoom in you can see the castle over my right shoulder.  And Mom and Aunt Sarah were able to watch the fireworks from the balcony that night.  We headed to the pool to swim and take multiple trips down the volcano slide.  Then Mom and Aunt Sarah kept Sarah while Cam and I headed to Epcot for dinner and then back to Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic.  

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