A few months ago, Wade’s company scheduled him to travel to Paris on a business trip. Since this was such a once-in-a-lifetime chance, he asked me to go with him so we arranged for his mom to stay with the kids and bought my ticket. A few weeks before the trip, they cancelled it because he didn’t have the right pre-requisites for the class. I was pretty disappointed, to say the least and I just kept thinking that there should be something I could do instead, especially since Wade’s mom was still flying in. I finally decided to ask Wade if I could take Hayden to Disney, just the two of us and he reluctantly agreed. I booked us a package for 5 days at an All Star Resort and that was it, we were going to Disney in just a couple of weeks! I was so excite to share this special trip with just Hayden and I knew it would be something we’d never forget.
We left on a Sunday afternoon and I had decided I would just drive until I was tired. We stopped about midnight in a town just a couple of hours from Disney world. Hayden has always been a good traveler, so I had no problems with him. We got up super early and made it to the hotel by around 8am. We were checked in and getting on a bus for Hollywood Studios before we knew it!
As soon as we got there, we made our way back to Pixar Place to get fast passes for Toy Story Mania … there are very few must-dos as Hollywood Studios for me and this is one of them. After we grabbed the fast passes, we walked across the street and got in line to meet Woody and Buzz. The queue was cute, there were lots of little “photo ops” along the way.
After that, we just kind of walked around, exploring the Studios. We checked out Muppet Vision and played in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground (which I hated, way too easy to lose kids in that place!). We tried to go on the Backlot Tour, but it was shut down.
Walking from there, we ran into Mater with only a handful of people in line to meet him. I was excited because I had read that McQueen and Mater were closed at that time. Hayden loved him and decided he had to rock out after we took our photo:
We checked out the Art of Animation area where Mickey and the Incredibles were signing autographs … we waited for Mickey, but Hayden didn’t wan to see Incredibles :-(
After Mickey, we decided to check out the Lights, Motor Action Stunt Show … I knew I’d be a bit bored, but that Hayden would probably love it, and he did. Its the on thing he still talks about all the time! You coul dsee the excitement on his face the entire show!
By this point, Hayden was starting to ask if we could go to Downtown Disney and see the Toy Story figures at our hotel. THis was killing me, of course, because I just wanted to stay in the parks. But I had told him it was his trip and we’d do what he wanted but we did have a late lunch reservation to go to so we had to stick around until after that.
Our reservation was at the Sci Fi Dine-In, which I thouht Hayden would love, but once he saw that they showed scary movies, he didn’t want to go. I had to beg him to sit down and eat, but once he had a huge chocolate shake and saw that there were also cartoons playing, he was fine. Its such a cool atmosphere in there!
After that, as promised, we headed back to to the hotel to see the Toy Story area of it (our room was in the Toy Story section of the hotel)
From there, we headed to Downtown Disney to do some shopping. Hayden had been wanting to go to the Lego store really badly!
From there, we headed back to Hollywood Studios to catch the last showing of Fantasmic.
I had never seen it and knew it was a popular show, so we got in line about an hour ahead of time. Some cast members came out and said the second show never fills up and we didn’t have to wait there, so Hayden and I walked around a bit and noticed that they were having a soft opening for Star Tours. I’m usually not a fan of this type of ride, but I knew it was a pretty special thing that it was open. It wasn’t scheduled to actually open until the end of the week and there wasn’t a long wait, so we did it. It was a lot of fun and didn’t make me sick at all … a very smooth ride for a motion simulator!
Fantasmic was a great show, we both enjoyed it even though Hayden was scared during a few parts. It was very late by the time we got back to the hotel that night and we both crashed, ready for our early morning at Magic Kingdom!