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Today, we slept-in a little later because we didn’t get home from Disney until after midnight. And the boys wanted to go to the pool for a bit, so we waited until late afternoon to head-out to Disney Hollywood Studios. My favorite Disney park. Here we go!

Sven

On our way into the park, Cindy was the lucky random winner of a special ride through the metal detector…

Security

Although there were still a lot of people in the park, it wasn’t near as crowded as the Magic Kingdom was yesterday. Which made it much easier to get to our first destination: Front row seats for Star Tours! And look! Everything is 3-D!!

Star Tours

The last time we were hear, the boys didn’t get a chance to visit Chewbacca. We tried, but he was called away for some reason…maybe something broke on the Millennium Falcon or maybe he was sick…anyway, he was “home” this time around and the boys, especially Alex, were thrilled…

Chewy Hug Chewy and the Boys

Our favorite Wookie…

Chewy and the Family

And I guess you just can’t get enough Star Wars…

Stormtrooper

Before long it was time for the Christmas show at the center stage, “Jingle Bell, Jungle BAM!” featuring the “Prep and Landing” elves, Wayne and Lanny…

Jingle Bam!

The light and firework was presented against the park’s full-scale replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, home of The Great Movie Ride. The show was a lot of fun and we had a great spot right at the front of the stage.

Jingle Bam!

What an AWESOME night!

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It’s the last day of our Disney Weekend, and what better place to be than Hollywood Studios?

Disney Hollywood Studios

Naturally, we have a Fast-Pass to Star Tours, which is the number one ride for a couple of Star Wars geeks like Alex and Adam…

Star Tours

After the boys build a light saber in the Star Wars store, we still have about an hour before our Fast-Pass to the Rock-n-Roller Coaster, so we jump in line for one of my favorite rides: The Great Movie Ride…

The Great Movie Ride

This ride is sponsored by Turner Classic Movies, which happens to be my favorite cable channel. And movie host, Robert Osborne, introduces the crowd to a ride through some of Hollywood’s classic movies, like Casablanca…

Casablanca

There was enough action to keep the boys attention (although Adam commented that it moved too slowly), and plenty of nostalgia for me! And with that, we’re ready for Aerosmith and the Rock-n-Roller Coaster! Upon entering, we’re greeted by Steve, Joe and the rest of the band…

Aerosmith

This is a great roller caoster…and F-A-S-T! It goes from 0 to 60 in about 2-1/2-seconds as it thrusts you through a series of “loop-the-loops” (as Adam likes to call them) and corkscrews…and all the while you’re listening to Aerosmith: “Love in an Elevator,” “Walk this Way,” and “Lick and a Promise”. After we finished, we saw that it was raining outside, so decided to get back in line and ride AGAIN! AWESOME!

RocknRoller Coaster

Next, we grab a bite to eat, and head over to the “Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show”. Lots of tires screeching, fire, and car jumps to keep you riveted to the set. It’s a great glimpse into how movie studios film all those fancy car chase scenes! And who doesn’t liked the smell of burnt rubber?

We decided to wrap-up the day with the Indiana Jones Stunt Show, but was distracted by the face painting…

Alex wanted to be a Tribal Warrior…

Alex Face Paint Alex Face Paint

Adam, chose a Lion Prince…

Adam Face Paint Adam Face Paint

By the time we finished with the face painting, the Indiana Jones show was about half over, so we decided to call it a day. We made our way to the park entrance and picked-up the packages we had transferred there earlier, climbed aboard the tram and made our way back to the car. It’s been a whirlwind few days, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow, so I can relax a bit! 😉

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As Alice Cooper once said, “school’s out for summer,” and what better way to kick-off the boys summer vacation than Star Wars Weekend at Disney Hollywood Studios! We drove down to Orlando and started-off bright-and-early this morning. We started DAY 1 with the “Legends of the Force” parade. The boys enjoyed watching the Star Wars characters they love so much, like

Jedi Mickey…

Jedi Mickey

the evil Darth Vader and a squad of Stormtroopers

Darth Vader Storm Troopers

the bounty-hunter, Boba Fett and R2D2

Boba Fett R2D2

And their favorite, the dreaded Darth Maul!

Darth Maul

One of the first rides (just about any time we come) is Star Tours. We had a “Fast Pass,” so there was virtually no wait! Afterward, the boys got to buy something in the gift shop. Adam picked-out a lightsaber favored by one of the characters on the Star Wars Rebels cartoons, while Alex chose to construct his own Darth Maul lightsaber…

Alex builds a lightsaber Alex builds a lightsaber Alex builds a lightsaber

Too cool! Of course, then we had to carry it around the rest of the day. We should’ve thought that one through. Anyway, waiting in line f-o-r-e-v-e-r for Alex’s lightsaber, it was time for our next Fast Pass event, Light’s, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. We had never seen this show before and it was AWESOME!

Stunt Cars

It was LOUD and FAST and the boys LOVED IT!

The boys watch the stunt car show

And what would a Star Wars Weekend be without a little hob-nobbing with the characters. Although he had bravely fought the Darth Maul during Padawan Training, Alex was a little apprehensive about meeting the Sith Lord…

Alex watches Darth Maul

But in the end, he mustered-up some courage, and stood his ground during a face-off with the evil villain…

Darth Maul Face Off

They also got to meet Commander Cody! Although the commander was a little perplexed at their “The Dark Side” tee-shirts…

Commander Cody Commander Cody

but in the end, it was all good!

Commander Cody

It was a very busy day and we can’t wait for the adventure to continue TOMORROW!

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