So, it was nearing about 11:30 or so and we got to Star Tours – finally! Our first ride at Disney World!
D wanted to take some pics as we approached and I’m all for that so I handed her the camera. And she took pics of the souvenir cart. Ohhhkay.
When we got to the entrance to Star Tours the wait was REALLY short. That was cool! It turned out there was a Jedi Training Academy going on and D stopped to watch. I expected her to ask to participate, but I had forgotten she’s gotten really shy about standing up in front of people and doing things, so it never came up. After a while she was like “This IS exciting, but… it’s also kind of boring. Can we go?” Haha. So there we have it.
As it turns out, pics of the outdoor queue of Star Tours are REALLY tough to get! Some of these were by D and some by me.
The indoor queue is not all that much easier, btw. Lighting issues. 😛
Then the robot stewardess told us there was no photography allowed so I obediently put the camera away.
This was my first ride on Star Tours 2.0. It was GREAT! Last time I rode it was in 2008 (it was closed when we came in 2011), and I had thought to myself “well, that was fun, but I don’t feel like I really need to ever do that again.” They did a great job with the new version! I don’t know, I might not have enjoyed it quite as much if I hadn’t been with D, who is a HUGE Star Wars fan and was utterly delighted with it. ^_^
AND guess what happened???
Yep, D was the Rebel Spy! Bahahaha! She said it made her a little embarrassed but oh well for her. ;D No, she was happy and excited, and what a great start to our trip! It was really the first magic moment of quite a few. 🙂 The funny thing was, things went wrong left and right, but nothing ever ruined the magic for us. I think it’s impossible to have a truly bad time at Disney World unless something HUGE happens, or unless you’re willing to let it ruin your day. Neither was true for us, thank goodness!
Well, stepping back for a moment, we came out in Tatooine Traders and of course D wanted to buy everything. At first she saw what looked like Storm Trooper helmets and really wanted one, but it turned out they were giant piggy banks – lol. She moved on from that. ;D I looked around for something for my son, who is 4 and also a huge Star Wars fan, but nothing was jumping out at me. D became entranced by the “Build Your Own Lightsabre” display and begged to do it, but I said no, too big, too expensive. I promised we’d come back and do Star Tours again FOR CERTAIN, and think about buying something then, so we moved on out and headed to Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
This was the point at which my battery took a hit, so the number of pics will decrease from here on out. 😛
However, this is a recreation of a picture I took last trip:
Two and a half years of difference!
So about Voyage of TLM… I have to be honest here. I love this movie SO MUCH, and it’s always fun to see this show with D, but it’s uninspired. And although the puppets they use are good, this particular performance was even less inspired than usual. Ariel was flat, and the final sequence between Ariel and Eric could not have been more “eh, we’re bored, we’re going through the motions” on everything. It just looked like “meet the cues, meet the cues, another show is almost over.” I didn’t really love it the first time I saw it either, but the times in between had been OK. This time… lackluster. If D wants to see it again next time I’ll still take her, but meh. We ended up taking Beauty and the Beast off our list due to lack of time this trip, and next time I think I want to push for that instead. (I liked it WAY better when I saw it, but I’ve still only seen it once.)
After this, since we were right near the Magic of Disney Animation, we headed over to meet some characters and eventually get some drawing done. I didn’t love the idea of waiting in long lines, though… by this point I was getting restless because time was ticking away and we were still down an hour. But I didn’t want to skip characters completely, so we made our choice: Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope! No regrets. First of all their queue was neat (though I wished these screens had actually been interactive… but they were still fun), and second it was just cool to meet them!
Then we hung around, played a few of the little games in there (you know, “What character are you?” and “Colour the picture”, those ones) until they let us into the Animation Academy. We got to choose between drawing the Genie and Dopey; I would’ve done the Genie if I’d been by myself, but D preferred Dopey and I could tell it would be easier for her. Plus I was outvoted anyway, as everyone else wanted to do Dopey too. 😉 Mine came out pretty well – considering I haven’t done any drawing in about a year. D’s picture… well… the problem was that she was trying very hard to follow the instructions but they just threw her off. So she’d start at the point where the animator would say to start, but not end where she was supposed to, so everything is off. I think she’d have done a better job just trying to copy it herself instead of following his instructions. However, I’m not saying it’s a BAD try for a 7-year-old, in fact I think it’s really good! Only that she got turned around on placement because she was trying to do it two different ways.
As it was getting on towards 1:00 we decided to hit up the Muppets and then get lunch at Toy Story Pizza Palace. Back through wherever we went yet again, passing this window which D utterly loved:
Then we got in line for Muppets, and I was surprised to find that there was a LINE. Outside! This NEVER HAPPENS. I figured the timing must have been just awkward or something so we settled in to wait. I got a chance to look at details I normally don’t see, like the fact that there are eyes EVERYWHERE…
But unfortunately after a few minutes we were told that MuppetVision was down and they needed some time to fix it. 😦 No idea what went wrong (maybe the Chef shot something with that cannon that he shouldn’t have?), but we just gave in and headed to Pizza Planet for lunch.