Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break Vacation - Thursday

Thursday morning was a super early day for us at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park officially opened at 9am, but we had 8am reservations for the Disney Junior Play N Dine breakfast, so that Davis could meet his favorite character - Jake the Pirate. This is what the street looked like when they first let us into the park. 

While we were lined up outside the Hollywood and Vine restaurant waiting to get in, Davis saw Jake through the window and started yelling for his pirate to come here!

The boys with one of Wesley's favorite characters - Handy Manny. 

The boys with Doc McStuffins.

Jake the Pirate during one of the dance numbers. 

When Jake the Pirate came to our table, Davis was so excited and gave him a big giant hug. 

The boys with Jake the Pirate. 

Davis with Princess Sophia. 

After breakfast we signed the big boys up for the Jedi Training Academy later in the day and then headed over to the Great Movie Ride, passing Donald and Daisy in the process.

We did the Muppet movie and then met Phineas and Ferb, as well as Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.

Then we went on the Studio Backlot Tour and observed how they create lots of special effects. 

Then Parker wanted to walk through the mini-museum about Walt Disney. 

By this time it was 12:50 and the big boys needed to line up for their 1:20pm Jedi Training class at Star Tours. Last time they fought Darth Maul - on this day they got to fight THE Darth Vader himself.

When the class was over and the boys received their diplomas, we took turns going on Star Tours with our FastPass+ - first Parker and Daryl and then Wesley with me. Walking around, we strolled through the "streets" of San Francisco to show the boys how perspective is demonstrated in movies. 

We had 2:30pm lunch reservations at Mama Melrose's as part of a special deal to get us reserved seating at the park's Fantasmic show later that night. The food was plentiful and good. And we all especially enjoyed our desserts…giant cupcakes for the boys (made to look like spaghetti with a meatball on top) and a dessert sampler for the grownups. 

Next up for us was a FastPass+ reservation for the show "Lights Motor Action!" This is by far Wesley's favorite thing to do in the park and he had been asking for it since we first walked in. Davis really enjoyed it too, especially when Lightning McQueen made an appearance. 

From there we ran over to catch the last show of the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. 

Finally it was time for our last FastPass+ reservation of the day - the perennial favorite, Toy Story Midway Mania ride!

We wrapped up our evening at the Fantasmic show. In all our visits to the Studios, we've never caught this show; mainly because without reserved seats, you have to line up over an hour before it starts and that's just never seemed like a good use of time in the park. But our reserved seats were awesome - we ended up right in the middle of the center section in the stadium. Fantasmic is a show involving Fantasia Mickey conquering villains in his dreams - and there's laser lights, costumed characters, boats with lights, and even fireworks. It was pretty cool! Every time Mickey went off-stage though, we had to answer a bunch of questions from Davis about when his Mickey Mouse was coming back. 

It turned out to be a really, really nice day in the Studios; the boys really enjoyed showing Davis some of our old family favorites and discovering some new things together. 

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