|50 years ago on this date two wonderful people stood together at
the altar, saying "I do" to one another. I'm sure that on that day
they would have never thought that they would have raised two
children who would each go on to get married, and the two of those
children would provide them with six (6!) grandchildren.
Today, we got to spend the day celebrating those two people, who
have somehow managed to make it through those 50 years without
killing each other!
At Grandma Terry's request, we are spending the day/week together
in the Orlando/Kissimmee area at a condo, and visiting Walt Disney
World as much as possible. Today's plan involved visiting Disney's
Hollywood Studios in an attempt (primarily) to get Samantha on
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, as she has never been. We
woke up (in our house, at least) at the crack of dawn in an attempt
to get into the virtual queue, only to have it be full as soon as I
refreshed the screen. While we still had a chance to get in to the
afternoon queue, the odds just got a lot worse for us! With that bit
of bad news out of the way, we spent the rest of the morning
finalizing our packing and getting everything in the car to head off
to Lake Buena Vista to visit the park!
We were the first of three cars to arrive at the park in the
morning, with Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, and Uncle Steve coming in
one car, and Aunt Erica and Marissa coming in their own car. Once we
made it through security and into the park, we had some time to kill
before the others arrived. We decided to go ahead and get in line
for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. The wait wasn't
too bad, and the timing put it so that when we got off the ride the
others were getting into the park as well.
The first thing we had to do was rent the wheelchair for Steve,
and get us all signed up for Steve's Disability Access Service
(DAS). We also had to get Grandpa Gary & Grandma Terry some special
50th Anniversary pins to wear for the day!
Although my kids weren't exactly thrilled, Grandma Terry was
disappointed that we rode Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
without them, so we got in line once again. The wait hadn't changed
much, so we made it through without too much of an issue.
Even though most of us hadn't been in the park terribly long, it
was time to think about lunch, as we were all getting a bit hungry.
We had packed food for the day, so we found a spot in Star Wars:
Galaxy's Edge to sit down and enjoy our meal. It wasn't totally
shady, so we got a little warm, but the food certainly hit the spot!
Since we were close, we next got in line to ride Millennium
Falcon: Smugglers Run. We enjoy this ride, but with so many of
us we had to split up into multiple rides.
Although I don't remember exactly what point it was during our
day, somewhere around this time I made another attempt to get us in
the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This
time my attempt was met with success! Unfortunately for us, it also
meant a long wait before our boarding group would be called. At
least we made it!
As we made our way out of Galaxy's Edge we made our way to Toy
Story Land. We used the DAS pass to get a return time for Slinky
Dog Dash, and with some time to kill we decided to get in line
for Toy Story Mania! Of the two Toy Story related shooting
games at Walt Disney World, this is by far the superior option! Once
that game was over (Drew taking home the top honors) it was
essentially time for us to head off to Slinky Dog Dash. This
is a fun little coaster - I just wish it was a bit longer!
At this point most of the kids - Drew being the exception) wanted
to do something a little more thrilling, so we headed across to
Sunset Boulevard to take a drop on The Twilight Zone Tower of
Terror! Samantha, Marissa, Jayden, Steven, and myself took part
in this experience, while the rest found a spot to rest in the
Sunset Ranch Market area. It had started to rain by the time we got
off of the Tower, so we decided to hit up another indoor experience,
this time we were joined by Drew for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Starring Aerosmith (which just might be his favorite coaster).
The rain had only intensified after we got out of the Rock 'n'
Roller Coaster, so we took shelter in the Market area until
things began to let up.
Once the weather took a turn for the better, we decided it was
time to get out and try something else. Although not everyone agreed
(when do we ever?), the general consensus was that we would take a
turn on Star Tours - The Adventure Continues. Well, most of
us did, anyway. A few stayed behind to enjoy the 'cooling' evening
Florida air. With a bit of time to kill before our chance to get on
the newest Star Wars ride, we opted to take in the Muppet-Vision 3D
show. Although it is a bit dated, and I'm not sure the kids get most
of the references, I still enjoy this show. I guess that shows my
Finally, the moment that we were waiting for! Our boarding group
was called, and it was time for us to head off to a galaxy far, far
away on the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride. This was
either the first (for Samantha) or the second time for most of us,
so it is still a 'new' experience for us, and it was just as
enjoyable this time as it was last time!
Unfortunately, at this point it was time for us to call it a day.
We still had to check in to the condo for the night, as well prepare
Grandma Terry's preferred anniversary dinner - tacos!
We made our way out of the park and to our vehicles to make the
drive to the Villas At Fortune Place condos. Once again we made it
first, with Erica and Marissa close behind. Tara went in to check on
our Kroger delivery order that was dropped off in the office, and
was able to check us in too (with Grandma Terry needing to follow up
in the morning). When she finished checking in, Grandpa Gary,
Grandma Terry, and Steve arrived at the condo too. We caravanned the
short distance to our unit, and heading inside to check things out.
Although this wasn't the nicest condo we've stayed in, it was a
place to rest our head and fill our bellies, which is really all
that we need!
Once we got in, we unloaded the cars and tried to settle in as
best as we could. Dinner was underway while Drew and I headed off to
the grocery store to pick up a few forgotten items. After our
return, dinner was served! With dinner over and a great day
complete, it was time to call it a night. Until tomorrow!