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Disney Dreamin for Beginners - Day 2 - Hollywood Studios

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    Disney Hollywood Studios today! Paddy and I were up and about around 4.45 this morning, Mum followed shortly after with Aaron. We sat and had a coffee and a bagel while watching the Weather Channel – to be a nice day today! Then the channel was quickly turned to Playhouse Disney for Aaron. He still wasn’t right today, really miserable and choked with the cold. He then started to be sick again when he tried to eat some breakfast. Finally cleaned him up and managed to get him dressed, then tried to wake the other two up! They were harder to get moving! Finally got them all washed and dressed but even after our early wakening we still didn’t get out the door until around 8.30am.
    Found Disney Hollywood Studios easily and was actually quite excited about today!
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    We parked in Stage and jumped onto a tram over to the main entrance!
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    We got our first Family photopass picture taken but Aaron still wasn’t in the mood for playing for the camera! So most of our photopass pics are of him looking away unfortunately!
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    We then spotted Stitch and Minnie standing for photos and autographs! Unfortunately the Minnie line was cut off as she had to make an appearance elsewhere ( highly in demand is Miss Minnie Mouse) but we weren’t all that bothered as all we were interested in was Stitch!
    Stitch is Kierans absolute all time favourite Disney Character and OMG his face just lit up when he spotted him! He ran so fast we couldn’t keep up with him. I’m really surprised how patiently he waited in line to see him although he was dancing around quite a bit!LOL
    His face as soon as it was his turn was just wonderful , I have to admit I did start to weep slightly ( and am doing now as I remember it like it was yesterday) , I just thought to myself “ this is what its all about- this is the Disney Magic” this is what makes me smile – seeing my kids soo happy! If all we come back to Disney for again – it would most definitely be just for these little moments!
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    Ok tears wiped away now! We decided we would head to Toy Story Mania as this was the new attraction and we knew that there would be big lines!
    We spotted a little topiary on the way:
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    These are the little things that made me so emotional all the little extras that Disney think of to theme and decorate the parks it was all just so wonderful!
    We headed through the archway into the animation courtyard and spotted Playhouse Disney Show
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    We thought as there was a show just starting we should do this first as Aaron is in love with all Playhouse Disney Characters, its on from 7am in our house! We thought “this will definitely cheer him up!”
    Off we trotted to the theatre, Aaron didn’t cheer up much at all but we thought the show was good and hoped to do it again once he perked up a bit!
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    Aaron still was whingey when we left and we spotted a little cart outside the theatre that sold Playhouse Disney merchandise so we decided to buy him a magic doodler which was in the shape of “toodles” from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” – well OMG I can’t believe it he was in love with it and it turned out to be the buy of the holiday as it kept him amused a massive amount of the time! It was pricey at $26 but it was definitely money well spent!LOL
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    Ok so we started to head over to where Toy Story Mania was and we couldn’t believe the size of the lines! Not even the standby lines but the fastpass line was hitting nearly an hour long!!!!
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    So this was the time to utilize the GAC, we spoke to a Cast Member who just directed us straight in. I must admit I did feel terrible for those people waiting in line but as the holiday went on we did need it more and more but we did only use it in situations like these. We still had an almost 20-30min wait once we were inside but the themeing was soo well done the kids seemed to enjoy looking around. They did get a little restless after around 15mins but not too bad.
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    We got into our little carriages I took Aidan was with me, Aaron with Paddy and Kieran went with Mum – we had an absolute ball! The kids really enjoyed it and Paddy said that Aaron liked pulling the little string to fire so that was a big plus for us! Aidan enjoyed it the most I think though. He was whooping and screeching and laughing all the way round! It was great sounds to hear!Seeing as that was a success we came out on a high
    A few photos moments:
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    And then Aidan spotted the merchandise cart! He wanted to buy all the plush toys from Toy Story but we convinced him to just buy one just now! So he chose Rex the dinosaur! Pleased with his purchase we stopped for a drink – it was really warm by this time! Quick loo stop and then we noticed the Prince Caspian thing! The line for the meet and greet was huge and the boys weren’t all that bothered about meeting him strangely? So we headed into the film! Nothing to write home about this – to be honest it wasn’t really worth going into but at least it was another thing off our list to do – but safely to say we won’t waste time doing it again!LOL
    Aidan had been desperate to make sure he would be tall enough to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster ever since he found out we were going and according to our measurements he was – JUST!
    So off we trotted round to RnR! We used the GAC again with a baby swap ticket for Mum as Aaron had fallen asleep. Paddy, Kieran , Aidan and I went together. YEY Aidan is tall enough!!! How excited was he – unfortunately we have to photos in line as we left the cameras with Mum!
    Here are a few outside though!
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    Aidan was buzzing but I think this was making Kieran more anxious. Aidan is ferry hyposensitve he loves all things sensory, the wind in his face, bright lights, the feeling of adrenaline on rides is just up his street , Kieran on the other hand not quite so sure! This caused a problem as Kieran seen Aidan as “ rubbing his nose in it” because he is younger than Kieran. Aidan just couldn’t think like that and was just super excited to be getting on the ride so much so he starting flapping and making his noises, which annoy Kieran loads.
    So we get right to the point of ready to board our “Limmo” and Kieran freaks out and tries to run away! We can understand that he was scared and didn’t want to do it but we were more concerned for his safety as he just doesn’t think first and could have had an accident so close to the track. Obviously we got the usual looks and tuts from onlookers but I tried to remain calm and excited for Aidan, Paddy took Kieran out the emergency exit and Aidan and I rode on our own!
    It was absolutely brilliant! Aidan loved it sooo much he was desperate to go back on again so we baby swapped with Mum and her Paddy and Aidan rode again! Mum enjoyed it too!
    Aidan would have kept going on but twice was enough for now! Paddy and I wanted to do Tower of Terror but the boys didn’t just so we left that for another day, but here s a photo!
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    We headed round to Star Tours as that was next on the list that the boys were desperate to do! Aaron was still sleeping so Mum, Paddy and the boys rode and I watched the Jedi Training. The boys were disappointed as it had already started and had wanted to be picked but the crowd was so big there was no way they would have been picked anyway so they kept heading to Star Tours
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    Time for Lunch we think! Aidan knew there was a pizza planet like in toy story here so that’s were lunch had to be! There was a long wait so I grabbed a seat for us outside while Paddy ordered,
    3 Pepperoni Pizzas and 2 cheese pizzas, Milk, Choc Milk, 2 sprites and an Ice Tea came to $45.
    We actually quite enjoyed it! Aaron started to wake up and wanted to have a run around so we let him loose over by the snowman!
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    The boys noted that there was an arcade inside and were desperate to go play so Paddy took them and Mum and I took Aaron for a wander round the shop across the way ( the name averts me just now) but they had lots of gorgeous stuff as all the Disney shops did! When we had finished looking the boys still weren’t out so I went in to find them. Paddy was struggling to get Aidan to leave and he proceeded to have a major meltdown and ran away from us, very scarey two minutes as the place was mobbed and he is soo fast he can outrun an Olympic gold medallist!LOL
    Anyway we tried to get him to calm down by saying lets go have a look in the Star Wars Shop but he just started flapping and high pitched squealing. To any onlooker it just looks like a badly behaved child whose parents can’t control but to anyone else who has children with special needs this is a normal day to day situation which isn’t the easiest of things to handle in a public place. We have to let it run its course. The thing is he came out of it as quickly as he went into it and next thing was “ Mum can we go get an ice –cream?” LOL You have to laugh I suppose – don’t sweat the small stuff!

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    So we noticed that people were starting to line up and realised that Block Party Bash was due to start soon so we found a fantastic spot outside the sounds Dangerous thing across from Indiana Jones! The boys sat well and had icecreams lovely Mickey Premiums – very yummy!
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    But they did start to get fidgety after about 15mins so Paddy suggested taking them over to the Indiana Jones stall. That sounded like a plan and Mum, Aaron and I will wait here. This really horrible woman pushed her kids past me to stand in front of Aaron who was sat in his buggy! I was not amused at all as I had been saving that for the boys to sit there. Paddy came back with the boys only 5mins later to see there was hardly any space but I just squeezed them in beside us. I don’t understand how people think that pushing their kids in front is acceptable – If they wanted a front seat get here earlier!!! Ok rant over!
    Block Party bash started to come round and we had a great spot where they stopped right in front of us! We absolutely LOVED this parade! It was soo full of energy and the Cast Members must have been soaking in sweat in this heat – I don’t know how they can do it in peak summer!
    Kieran really seemed to get into it and a few times I caught him clicking his fingers and singing under his breath to the music! Its was a great moment which I sort of caught on camcorder ( yet to sort that footage out tho!).
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    After the parade had moved on, we went over to the Inidana Jones stall Paddy really wanted an Indiana Mickey so happy with his purchase we decided to head off and catch the last Beauty and the Beast show!
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    Aaron wouldn’t settle so Paddy took him outside. Mum and I ( the boys too – I think) absolutely LOVED this its one of my favourite Disney films and I’m going to take my Mum to see it with my sisters for her Birthday in Edinburgh as we loved it that much!
    When it finished I couldn’t find Paddy outside so I phoned him! He had taken Aaron up to Playhouse Disney as the Little Einstein Characters were there!
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    We spotted a lovely classic car which Mum and Paddy had to have photos taken with:
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    And a couple of larking around photos:
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    We then decided that we were absolutely knackered and decided to call it a day!
    A wee picture of the Christmas Tree outside!
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    and a nice sunset
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    Headed to Applebees at Berry Town Centre for tea which was lovely! Paddy says their Ribs were the best he had all holiday! I have to say their mash potato was to die for – cheesy mash just delicious!
    Think in total including tip the meal was around $70 for us all!
    Again another chill out night watching telly and early to bed for all!
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    I am drooling over the mickey ice cream bars! They look so yummy!!!

    I am enjoying your trip, thank you for sharing....I'm off to the next installment.
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    :wave:Sounds like a great day!! Any day at Disney is a great day! Your boys are adoreable!!
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    Hmmm, no food photo's (and ice-cream doesn't count!)

    Keiran looks amazing with stich and Aaron with the LE character!
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    Oh we loved the Mickey Ice creams! yum yum! Thanks for reading!

    Thanks for joining us! I think they are too -but then again I am a bit biased!:tongue:

    Sorry no food pictures i'm afraid - it really was a case of most meals get in, eat and get out again - meal times with my boys are a bit on the stressful side!:thumbsdown:

    That was one of my most memorable moments is Kieran with Stitch - here's hoping he is as excited next year being nearlly 12!:unsure:

    Thanks again everyone really appreciated the support!

    Carreen
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