Here we go with our Day 3 at Disney World! Before we left home for our vacation, I ordered Safety Tat tattoos for my kids to wear during our stay at Disney (see http://store.safetytat.com/store/). They are cool tattoos that read “If lost please call” and we wrote my husband’s cell phone number on each tat with the handy marker they included in our order. We placed them on the inside of their arms, and one tattoo lasted the kids all week. I wasn’t so worried about my two older children getting separated from us, but Luke is a high flight risk (as my husband calls him)! We didn’t lose anyone, thank the Lord, but you can’t ever be too careful!
We spent our day three at Hollywood Studios. Our first ride was the “Great Movie Ride.” It highlighted some of Hollywood’s most famous films including “Mary Poppins,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Cassablanca,” and we were put right into the middle of a gangster shootout. It was very exciting!
After we got our fast passes for “Toy Story Mania,” our next stop was “Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian.” It was a behind the scenes look at the making of this movie. The kids had their picture taken by Aslan’s stone table. We took in a “Live on Stage” Play House Disney show with Mickey and pals. Luke loved this!
Then we headed over to the Star Wars area, where we hoped the boys could be picked from the audience for Jedi training. However, we learned (a little too late) that we had to sign the boys up to be assigned a time. By the time we got there, the times were all taken. Note to self: Next trip, head to Star Wars first thing to sign the boys up! The Star Tours exhibit was closed for updates, so we headed next door to the gift shop. Here, the boys picked out and made their own light sabers. Logan chose Darth Maul’s red double sided saber and Luke chose Yoda’s saber. Then we got to carry them around for the rest of the day…fun!
The children got autographs and pictures made with a storm trooper and Darth Vader, Pooh and Piglet, Green Army Man, and Buzz and Woody. It was fun to see their excitement about meeting these characters. They were awfully quiet around Darth Vader.
We hit the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” show just right and walked right into the bleachers as it began. We watched the 30 minute live show as famous scenes from the first Indiana Jones film were reenacted before our eyes. We felt the thundering of a 12-foot rolling boulder than Indy heroically averted and the extreme heat from an explosive scene. We got to see how Hollywood uses stunts and special effects to make their movie magic. It was very fun and very entertaining, and my boys were in awe!
We ate lunch at the Backlot Express, and while we were standing in line, another boy nearby noticed Logan’s and Luke’s light sabers, and he challenged them to a duel. He also had made his own light saber and was obviously eager to put it to use. The three boys dueled in the courtyard before and after we ate our lunch. My boys never knew this little stranger’s name, but there was a common brotherhood. They were cute to watch!
After lunch, we headed to the “Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.” It was a highly orchestrated (and practiced) show of nail-biting chase scenes including motorcycles flying through rings of fire, cars jumping over trucks, fireballs, and a motorcycle stunt man engulfed in flames. After the show, Luke leaned over to me and said, “When I grow up, I want to work HERE!” I said, “Oh my!” Needless to say, my boys ate this show up!
We made our way to “Toy Story Mania,” entered the fast pass lane and nearly walked up to the ride. We donned our 3-D glasses and away we spun through the carnival-themed gallery, shooting everything from darts to burst balloons to eggs to splatter barnyard targets. This was my favorite ride! It was so much fun!
Lindsay and her daddy (the more adventurous of the family) headed over to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with an Aerosmith theme. I gladly waited with the boys who entertained me with a light saber duel. The second time Lindsay and Brad rode this roller coaster, my boys somehow found another boy who also had a light saber to fight with them. This boy’s name was Logan, too! Brad and Lindsay loved the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster! They said it took off and in 2.8 seconds they were at 60 mph! No thank you! Oh, and it was in the dark with loops and blasting Aerosmith music. Double no thank you!
We enjoyed the “Studio Backlot Tour” aboard a tram. We experienced a Hollywood earthquake and resulting flash flood and explosion. Again, my boys were in awe! The more fire, crashes, and explosions, the better!
After lots of standing and walking, we took the kids to the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.” There they got to play among insects, mushrooms, and play dough cans, while crawling through dark passages and sliding. This was a good place for them to move and stretch and get out some energy.
We had dinner reservations at “Hollywood and Vine” at 4:55, so we headed there for an early dinner. Again, it was buffet style and so delicious! Hollywood Studios closed early on this night, so we left and headed to Epcot. We enjoyed playing there again before the 9:30 fireworks show and then headed back via bus to our room.