Yesterday I decided to set my alarm at 5:30am. Yes you read that right, and know I don’t really like it anymore. But let’s just continue with the plan I’m awake now anyways.
At 5:55am I’m in the car towards Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s to score a boarding pass for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This a is a brand new ride, open since just over a month and apparently the best theme-park ride in the world at this moment.
But why wake up and what is a Boarding Pass you might think? A Boarding Pass is a virtual ticket from a virtual queue system. To get a boarding pass you need to be inside the park, this is known the moment you use your ticket or magic and to enter the park. The park opens before it’s official opening time of 7:00am but the distribution of boarding passes starts only at 7:00am the parks official opening time. To get a virtual boarding pass you need to use the app or stand in line with guest experience. And then cross your fingers to be within the first 96 boarding passes as only these are guaranteed access.
I parked my car at 6:10am, entered the park at 6:15am found a nice spot to sit a bit covered the wind. Here I finished writing yesterday’s blog before it was 7:00am. At 6:59 I was fully prepared and less then a Minute later I got boarding group number 16. People around me got way higher numbers and a couple even got backup boarding group numbers (97 and up).
Now that I had my boarding pass with a low number and the park officially opened I followed the crowds into Galaxy’s Edge on the planet Batuu, also known as Star Wars Land.
What an unbelievable detail, it really looked like being somewhere else. I decided to directly step into the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, the other new ride in Galaxy’s Edge.
At 7:30 I stepped out the ride again, I was the right pilot and we actually made it to our target location. Beautifully done, from the queue to the exit of the ride everything is very detailed with many interactive elements. I loved it.
After the ride I walked around a bit and got a Photopass picture taken.
Now I started to feel a bit hungry after all this excitement, but I was also completely disoriented in this land. I went for Mobile Ordering in Ronto Roasters, the Ronto Wrap. Delicious.
The moment I finished the wrap, a notification came in. It was 8:06am and it was time for Boarding Group 16, my group. Way earlier as I thought actually.
And I won’t put any ride spoilers in this post but it was amazing. I had only seen one picture so far, so most of it was a surprise. And I fully agree with the reviews, it’s the best ride I’ve ever been on. It’s also more an experience as a just a ride. Disney is just great at story telling. Too bad I can only ride it once.
I took one more Photopass before I left the park to pick up Daniëlle and Emily. But not before I got Daniëlle a Flat White from the Starbucks inside the Target besides our resort.
I got “home” around 10:15 and at 11:30 we got back to the park for some more excitement. First stop was the Disney Junior area where Emily met with Pluto an Vampirina.
Next stop was Mike & Sully’s meet and greet. Before we got something for lunch at the ABC Commissary.
When our lunch was finished we continued with out Fastpass+ for the Voyage of The Little Mermaid, a musical. Before we got inside the heather we found a cool sweater for Emily: “I speak fluently Disney”.
After the musical we went by Mickey and Minnie Mouse for some pictures in their Red Carpet outfits.
Time for our second Fastpass+ of the day, Toy Story Mania. Emily loved this Shootings ride, this time I had the highest score among us with 158600 points.
We know walked through Galaxy’s Edge. The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had a wait time from just 40 minutes and a single rider line, Daniëlle needed to take this opportunity. She got to be engineer and nailed itu with a 100% score (pirate).
Emily and I tried out a restroom on Batuu and they work the same, lucky us. Then I decided that we should try Star Tours, another 4D simulator ride.
I was a bit scared that Emily would not like it and would start to scream/cry. But she actually like it a little bit, the part she didn’t like was that where we went underwater.
We went to meet Doc McStuffins next, and we also found the stroller we parked here earlier again. Daniëlle joined us here too.
We went to the Starbucks and here we decided to fly to the International Gateway with the Skyliner, the second entrance to Epcot. During the ride we talked about going to Canada in Epcot’s World showcase to see the new film.
When we entered the park we walked directly into Mickey Mouse and a couple steps later Goofy.
Then we quickly went to Canada to watch the new movie, and back again to the Skyliner station. A very short visit to Epcot, just to make sure we’d be back in the Studios for Fantasmic on time. We easily made it back and shared Chicken Nuggets and frites at Rosie’s All-American Café.
At 7:25 we walked into the Amphitheater. We picked seats close to the exit to make sure we could get back to the car quickly after the show. Emily loved it, her highlight was seeing Moana in board of the ship at the end of this fabulous nighttime entertainment show.
The show ended close to 8:30pm, and we made it back to our Airbnb by 8:56pm. Emily fell a sleep during the ride but woke up again while we put her PJs on.
And at 11:15pm I’m really exhausted now and decided to upload the blog tomorrow morning as I still need to add pictures but I can’t keep my eyes open.
It’s going to be cold they said… Well, it was! We woke up this morning knowing it wasn’t going to be a typical Florida weather today. But we put on long pants, closed shoes, scarves and jackets and off we went to the parks.
Today we were going to Hollywood Studios. Last time we were here it was one big construction site. After we parked the car and took the tram to the entrance there was the bag check. We entered the park and the first stop was the store to find Magic bands. Sander and I both got a one colored band and Emily a Goofy Movie magic band.
Next stop was the – for us – new Toy Story Land. We had Fast Passes for the Alien Swirling Saucers. After a short wait it was our turn and we loved this ride. Emily had a blast going from left to right and from right to left, laughing. Unfortunately the wait for the Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster was over 2 hours so we decided to leave Toy Story land.
We saw that the line to meet with Edna Mode was short so we decided to take a picture with her. While waiting in line we saw Mr. Incredible walking by. Sander and Emily jumped out of the line to get a picture taken and get autograph book signed. When they came back in line it was almost our turn to meet with the famous Edna Mode. She told Emily how she loves her scarf and jacket. As soon as we left Edna Mode, Elastigirl walks by to join Mr. Incredible. This was perfect to get pictures taken with her and also get another autograph for Emily’s book.
Now it was time for our next Fast Fass, beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. We’ve seen this show many times but it stays beautiful.
For lunch we had a quick bite to eat at Rosie’s All-American Café before going to the next show, the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration. Emily enjoyed every second of it and was singing along perfectly.
With this show we used our third Fast Pass which meant we were able to book more. One for the three of us came available for a ride Emily had never ridden before, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. A free fall ride. She wanted to do it after us asking servers times if the was sure and she was. After the pre-show in the library we entered the boiler room where she got a little scared because it was so dark but after a little while all was fine. Emily did good her first on the Tower of Terror, she only forgot to scream.
Because she had been so brave she got a little present, a Forky plush from Toy Story 4. She would carry that thing around for the rest of the day.
We decided to get in the almost 2-hour line for Slinky Dog Dash because it’s a ride we definitely want to do while here and for us it’s impossible to get Fast Passes for it. But sadly after more than an hour wait the ride broke down and there was nothing left then to leave the line with a Fast Pass for today. Emily was very sad because she really want to ride it.
We rode Alien Swirling Saucers one more time before leaving the park. We walked to the exit where we took the new form of transportation at the Disney World Resort, the Disney Skyliner, in the direction of Caribbean Beach Resort. Great form of transportation and very fast.
We had some hot cocoa to warm up at the new Riviera Resort before we took the Skyliner back to Hollywood Studios. Slinky Dog was up and running again so we decided to use the Fast Fass. What a smooth and amazing roller coaster, especially in the dark.
We ended the day at Hollywood Studios with Toy Story Mania and a final photo with both Woody and Bo Peep. Emily showed them Forky and the three of them had the best time.
Because it was so cold, around 5 degrees Celsius we skipped Fantasmic! and went back to the car. After getting a little snack at Chick-Fil-A we came back at our appartement to write the blog and fall asleep.