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Disney World Day 1

November 6, 2011

Day 1 Hollywood StudiosThursday morning started entirely too early, but I still couldn’t wait for the day to start!  We packed the car up and were on our way to the airport by 4:00.  Through security and boarding the plane by 6:15.  I wanted to take a picture to document G’s first plane ride, but Ron wouldn’t let me.  Something about the flash disturbing the zombies or some such nonsense.  She handled the plane ride very well, but kept up a running commentary about everything.  I sat next to her, therefore Ron slept, I listened and made appropriate responses.

The first three nights we stayed at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites near Universal Studios.  We stayed at the same one for our honeymoon a couple of years back, but I remember it being much cleaner and nicer.  They had no fitness center, and were off of a pretty busy road, so no workouts for me other than the miles I logged at the parks.

Once we were checked in, someone else got a nap.  Day 1 Hollywood Studios  Not me.

We woke up our sleeping beauty and headed off to our first park of the trip.Day 1 Hollywood Studios

Day 1 Hollywood Studios  Hollywood Studios was amazing!  I love the details that went into the buildings lining the streets.  There weren’t too many people, so the lines were pretty short.  We grabbed a map and headed off to make memories!

Our first attraction was the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.  It was one of the few things I remembered from my visit to Disney World when I was 11, and I was so excited to share it with my family.  It was very entertaining, but not as epic as I remembered.  Sad smile

Because we waited so long to eat that day, the very next item on the agenda was finding quick food.  We ended up eating at your typical amusement park burger joint.  It was located right between Indiana Jones and Star Tours, which was our next stop.  The food was ok, but the view was amazing!  We sat down right as the Pixar Parade started!  We had a great vantage point to see the whole thing!

Our next stop was Star Tours, which was so much fun!

Star Tours is back with new destinations, new characters and new adventures—now presented in brilliant digital 3-D! Board a Starspeeder 1000 for a thrilling journey through George Lucas’ Star Wars universe. A galaxy of trouble awaits, but don’t worry, the Force will be with you, always!

There are 55 scenarios, so there is a very good chance to you will not have the same ride twice during your typical stay!

The next stop was the Muppet Vision 3D, which was hilarious!  Love the Muppets!

We grabbed a couple of beers and strolled through the Pixar section.

Our last ride of the night was the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  The wait was the longest we had the entire trip, but it was completely worth it!  We waited a little over an hour, drinking our beers (not sure that was really a wise choice) and chatting with the people around us.  G was a little nervous, especially after reading the description:

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, a high-speed roller coaster for big kids, teens and adults, is amplified by the driving beat of a soundtrack recorded by the rock group Aerosmith specifically for this attraction.

With the force of a supersonic F-14, accelerate from a stand-still stop to high speeds—then swoop into 3 inversions and discover a new twist on viewing Los Angeles: upside-down!

G loved it!  I think it was my favorite ride of the entire trip!  It was the perfect roller coaster, with a very sudden start, 3 loops and great scenery that carried the storyline throughout.  Absolutely amazing!

At this point we were exhausted and starving.  Rather than staying for Fantasmic, we decided to go back to the hotel, stopping for dinner on the way.  We came across Charley’s Steakhouseand decided that was the place!

I don’t even remember what I ate, but every bit of it was amazing!  The restaurant is very nice, and we were completely under-dressed, but everyone made us feel so welcome anyways.  We shared a very good bottle of wine, enjoyed a marvelous steak and had excellent service.  Everything we wanted for our first dinner in Orlando!

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