Friday, February 28, 2014

Disney Day 4 - Hollywood Studios

Today was our least favorite day...but it had my favorite thing. Are you confused? Ha! Let me explain.

For months now, Brody has been obsessed with Star Wars and all things light sabers. He has talked about doing the Jedi training forever so we knew that this was the one thing that had to be done at Hollywood Studios. Heck, it's the only reason I even wanted to go to this park. Oh, wait...I wanted to ride the Tower of Terror too, but anyways...

As soon as the park opened, we raced back to the Jedi Training Academy studio and got him and Chloe a time slot secured. He was thrilled when he found out that he had a spot. We had a few hours though to kill so we hopped on the Star Wars ride - which was awesome! We then saw a few 3D shows and got some character signatures. We let the kids play in the Honey I Shrunk The Kids playground which was lots of fun and a great way to kill time on that side of the park.



AND THEN IT WAS TIME!

Brody and Chloe got checked in for academy and were fitted for their Jedi training robes.




Next, they were led through the park for a short distance to the stage where they awaited their instructor.





When told, they all lined up and walked up onto the stage and took their places.
Each were handed their own light saber and shown how to activate them. They were SO cute doing this. Especially Brody as he was the smallest one up there *smile*





Next they learned how to use the light sabers and how to duck when one was being used on them.

THEN...something happened...
loud music began playing and STORM TROOPERS came onto the stage followed by...
DARTH VADER (and not a regular size guy dressed like him - he was in a HUGE costume - like I thought Brody was going to freak out and run off the stage)





All the kids were ushered to the side of the stage and one by one were ushered back on to take on Darth Vader using the skills they had just learned and practiced.

Chloe was first... she did amazing! She looked intense - like she could have taken him down with just her stare. Haha!



And the last one to go was my little Brody. When he walked out on stage, the instructor said "And here comes a whole 38 pounds of pure fury!" (the audience laughed)
Then he told Brody to look at Darth Vader in the face and laugh at him. Brody gave him the widest grin you have ever seen and giggled. (again, the audience cracked up - adorbs!)
Then Brody put his skills to use and took Vader down. I was so proud of him! And he loved every second of it.






After this, we went and saw the Light, Motor, Action stunt show which was incredible. Then we headed to the Tower of Terror. I love love love this ride and couldn't wait to get on it. The kids only liked it. After this we saw the Indiana Jones stunt show and headed back to the hotel.

We also really liked Toy Story Mania. Great ride but so glad we had a fast pass for it as I would have hated to wait in that line for 2.5 hours for a 3 minute ride. After we left this ride we saw some characters from the Toy Story movie so we were able to get some photos with them!





It was a full day but the very very best part was the Jedi Training and seeing the pure joy on my son's face. I don't think I will ever forget that. It was worth every bit of this trip to see him do something that he enjoyed as he is not into sports like Chloe. He has no interest in playing soccer or t-ball,  but he does love superheroes and Star Wars. So this was perfect for him!



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