Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day Ten

Wednesday was another morning at Hollywood Studios.  This time we split up so the boys would be able to do Jedi Training Academy.  I took them to sign up while Doug took Fiona and Niall to get Toy Story Mania Fastpasses.  We wanted to ride TSM standby but the line was already about 30 minutes by then, so we met Buzz and Woody, who were just starting their meet and greets.  Normally that has a long line but we were able to get in and out pretty quickly.  We had great interaction from them, too.  Woody liked that his autograph page just had a picture of him (and not Buzz) and teased Buzz that we'd left him out.  Of course, Buzz did have his own page, so we got that worked out after lots of bravado on both Woody's and Buzz's parts.  By then, our Fastpass window had opened, so we rode TSM.

And then it was time for one of the things I'd been most looking forward to:  meeting Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope.  We had all seen the movie in the theater and loved it, so I made Fiona a Vanellope outfit.  I had a dye that was a pretty good match for the turquoise she wears, so I dyed a sweatshirt and leggings, and sewed a brown skirt to go with it (weirdly, I couldn't find a brown skirt at any of the stores I tried).  It was too hot to wear a sweatshirt so we'd stashed it under our stroller until we went into the Animation Building.  The queue for Wreck-It Ralph was fun, just like I'd heard.  Nothing interactive (at least, not that I saw), but if you know video games, the scrolling 'arrivals' board is funny.  We had to wait for a little while - they hadn't started their sets yet but there were already a few people in line, so Fiona and I waited while Doug entertained the boys at the various exhibits nearby.  When it was finally our turn to meet Vanellope and Ralph, Vanellope did not disappoint.  She was so excited to see Fiona dressed up just like her, she started jumping up and down and waving her arms around like a maniac.  She rushed over to Fiona and made heart signs and gestured back and forth between them, then made sure Ralph and everyone else nearby noticed that Fiona was dressed just like her.  Fiona actually found it a little intimidating, but she did like the attention. Ralph, for his part, was funny - he and Vanellope had a bit of back-and-forth like they do in the movie.  His hands are HUGE and that got us some funny pictures.

The kids wanted to play on the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground next, and since Doug was with us, we headed over there.  The boys had a great time, but Fiona was feeling a little clingy so we just sat with some other parents.  We did have a nice conversation with one woman about her pins and Phineas and Ferb.  Before we knew it, it was time for Jedi Training Academy.  Unfortunately, the area in front of the stage was way too sunny for us to want to stand there, so we found a spot off to the side.  It worked out well, though, because Colwyn and Lachlann ended up standing on our side.  The show itself was funnier than usual.  A very little girl who they had placed at the front of the stage simply could not extend her lightsaber.  The Jedi Master kept trading lightsabers with her, cracking jokes all the while.  That was much more funny than his scripted puns.  The boys did great fighting Vader - Colwyn hit the jackpot and got to force-push the stormtroopers, which was super cool.

After Jedi Training, we went back to the Animation Building to meet Mr. Incredible and Frozone.  I asked the kids to make muscles or copy Frozone's pose, but only Colwyn would show off his muscles.  As he was standing in the middle, I realized right before they snapped the picture that it would look like he was punching Fiona and Lachlann, and pointed it out.  We got much more genuine smiles that way.  The boys were dying for some more Star Wars fun, so Doug took them to ride Star Tours while I took the littles back to our resort (I wanted to get them fed and put Niall down for a nap at a reasonable hour).  I was a little nervous about taking them by myself, especially since I left the stroller with Doug, but it worked out fin.  As it turned out, Niall refused to nap, but we at least got a good rest.

At the Magic Kingdom, Doug and I split up - he took Colwyn on the Tomorrowland Speedway while I took the other kids on Buzz Lightyear's Ranger Spin.  We got to walk on multiple times which was so much fun.  During one ride, I noticed that Lachlann (who was riding by himself, in front of us), had somehow managed to score 999,999 - the highest score possible.  Luckily I had the camera and snapped a picture of him and his score.  He was over the moon and extremely proud of his prowess.  He insisted I mention it to the Photopass cashier on the way out (Buzz Lightyear has ride photos), and when I did, another CM happened to overhear and made him a "I'm Celebrating!" button that said, "999,999!" and "Galactic Hero!" on it.  It was very sweet of her and Lachlann was so pleased.  Doug and Colwyn met up with us after that ride, so we traded off and I took Lachlann to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway.  A few people noticed his button and congratulated him, which made his head swell even more.  It was very cute.

When we were done there, we took a quick ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority together and then called it a night.

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