Disney World Day 7

Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
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Trip End Apr 21, 2013

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Disney World Day 7
Magic Hours Animal Kingdom 8am
Hollywood Studios 9am
Star Wars Tour fri to sun maybe only in May 11am
Pack up ready for Road Trip , get food stock if needed organize early check out 1pm
***Ring Caverns to mention late arrival 850 482 1228  9pmish ref #2-14092270
***Book Cave Tour 850 573 03 90 for 9am sunday 7th
Sorry it's been so long since an update - just no Internet available.
It's now Sunday Night the 7th April and we are actually at New Orleans now, but this is the first chance I have had to update.
Friday 5th April - Hollywood studios and hopefully Kennedy Space Centre.
Up at 4:30am again, need to unplug the RV and leave by 6:00am - i'm getting pretty used to about 5 hours sleep now and seem to manage quite well, the kids are still getting good nights sleeps although today might be a bit of a struggle, lets hope Jack has enough energy to strike his light saber at Darth Vader.
Arrived at Hollywood Studios at 7:00am, needed to wait until 7:45am to get through the gates but we were first in line - reason being that the demand for Jedi Training is so popular - whilst we were waiting we got talking to the staff and they let us scan in before the gates opened so we could get a head start on the 1000 people who had since arrived, they were here for either Jedi Training or Toy Story Mania ( another attraction we have been unable to do due to demand ).
When they said open the race was on, Wendy and Jack ran ( despite the staff saying to everyone not to run ) and were first to register for Jedi Training, scheduled for 9:20, now the only pending problem was the weather as they have no no hesitation in canceling if the rain comes, but we told Jack to be positive and it would be all ok.
Surprisingly we had time to go to Toy Story Mania and didn't even need fast passes as it had just opened and the wait was a mere 1o minutes, this attraction was just awesome
It was basically a slow moving ride which went through a neon lit toy story landscape and within each car both riders had virtual guns to shoot at targets on huge screens in 

front of our cars, it was just so much fun and we were all so glad we got to do it, it was on our planes from the beginning but we had truly underestimated the crowds.
Mind you the crowds were significantly worse due to spring break which goes for upto 6 weeks, so there was no getting away from the crowds no matter what time we tried to get there.
We then got some more character photos of Minnie Mouse with Lilia, bought some more- yes more Disney Pins ( these are so popular here that there is a book for collectors which contain over 15000 pins) after which the time had arrived for Jedi Training- Jack has been wanting this so badly and we were so happy for him.
We lines up for initiation and watched him line up with his Jedi gown ( the same brown ones that Obi Wan Kenobi wore in Star Wars ) and then finally the boys and girls were called up on stage to face Darth Vader with 2 Storm Troopers. He was excited despite his shyness. Anyway things just didn't work out for the poor bugger as just after 2 little boys had done their face off with Darth Vader it started to rain, ever so slightly, but quicker than you could say "It's Raining" Darth Vader just walked off and left all the kids just standing there, then shortly after an announcement came over that the show had been canceled, he was 2 boys away from getting to fight Darth Vader.
I just felt so angry that we had tried so hard to get this for him and yet despite all our efforts he couldn't get the one thing he was so desperate to do.
I could see in his face he just wanted to burst out crying but he held it together and was so brave.
We questions why they had canceled when it was hardly what you would call rain, but they just said they will organise for a photo shoot opportunity with Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers inside the Star Wars Tours ride, well that was something, and fortunately Jack had his custom built light saber which he was able to hold up for photos - I was fully prepared with my big flash gun so the photo was excellent and he will be proud of it. He also got a certificate but hasn't actually looked at it.
Well after such a huge disappointment we yet again asked if there was anything they could do considering the effort we had put in to make it, but they basically didn't give a toss and said that's the luck of the draw and you could walk back to line up and try to schedule a later time slot, no surprise all time slots had since been booked out.

To make todays experience even worse we went back to a particular shop to buy a special Disney pin for Lilia but just like last time this kiosk was closed and wouldn't open until midday, we had tried twice to buy it as this was the only place that sold this particular pin, and it was considered very collectible. We were told to find the area manager and told to go to this certain place, we did and it was the wrong place so we asked another person who also sent us to the wrong place, we then asked another only to get sent the wrong way again, we finally asked a man cleaning the paths and he actually sent us to the right spot. We got there and waited 15 minutes to see the manager who was a very nice lady and walked us over to the kiosk and opened it up for us to make our purchase, well at least this worked out ok in the end.

It was now nearing 12:00pm and we had done 1 ride and bought 1 pin since 7:00am, pretty typical of how long things take.

Anyway we needed to hurry back to the RV and drive an hour to the Kennedy Space Centre - I was really excited to come back here not that i remembered anything other that my medallion and space shuttle model i got when we came here as a family when i was just 10 in 1981, just around the time Space Shuttle Columbia was launched for the first time - you may recall that in 2003 the Columbia exploded upon reentry and all crew were lost.

We arrived at the KSC at about 2:00pm - the drive took longer than expected.
The crowds were nothing like Disney world though so that in itself was a nice change. It very well laid out with a rocket garden displaying past launched rockets and satellites, some of which you could get into for photos.
We walked around and I naturally took far to many pictures. We then went and saw an IMAX 3D movie called Hubble 3D, it was just amazing so much so that I want both Lilia and Jack to become astronaut - there not interested as it's far too scary knowing how intricate the work they do, they are absolutely just amazing people.
We wandered around the gift shop and bought some souvenirs and I bought a book called the 30 Years of Space Shuttle History, starting from Columbia right up to the current Space Shuttle Atlantis, I haven't opened it yet as it sealed and looks to good to open.

We finished off a successful afternoon and headed back to the Camp Wilderness just for the night, we would need an early night as we had to leave early in the morning to stay on schedule for our big day at Universal Studios tomorrow.




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glenrae
glenrae on

So glad you did the Tower of Terror, Ross & I did it in 1999, we loved it although I was scared stiff - I would have gone on it again though but we ran out of time.
BTW you wondered if we had done the Pirates of the Carribean when we were there in 1981, well we did, and Ross & I did it again in 1999. It is great isn't it?
Hope you get to Jack's special thingy this morning - guess that is why you were up around 5am :-). Luv to you all, xxxxoooo PS Do you ever read our comments here? Know you are rushing to get places but just wonderin' :-). Did you get Ross's email a week ago re checking the left hand mirror especially? It will make it easier for driving on the right. LU xxoo

Sue, Belinda & Amy on

Hi Travellers! Mum says hi too and she likes the printed version of the blog! She wanted to let you know the parcel arrived! All fine back home, happy & safe travelling!

Hi to Glen and Ross xxxxx

Sue, Belinda & Amy.

shmiko
shmiko on

Hi All

I certainly do read and enjoy the comments you all leave, time doesn't permit
me to respond as often as I would like to but rest assured and I very happy
that you are following along. So a big thank you.
We have some special things for you all which I'm sure you will all enjoy
when we get home.
Take care and we'll see when i can update next, perhaps in Texas.

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