By Anisa Tayab
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While in Orlando recently, we had the opportunity to visit two Disney parks and had great experiences at both. My Star Wars crazed husband and kids could not wait to visit Hollywood Studios. On the other hand, I have not seen a single Star Wars movie but happily spent my Mother’s Day making my kids happy. Disney is in the process of renovating Hollywood Studios and a lot of attractions were closed but there was still plenty to see and do and it didn’t affect our day at all.
We were staying at a Disney resort and took advantage of Magic Hour so we were able to enter the park an hour before it opened up to the public. We joined the long line waiting for the park to open and I was expecting “Black Friday” type behaviour as soon as the rope dropped but was pleasantly surprised at how most people observed the lines and didn’t push to get in.
We quickly made our way over to sign up for Jedi Training as this was at the top of the list for both boys. Once they were happy, we headed over to the Starbucks to fuel up for the day.I loved the fact that there is a Starbucks at the parks, Disney knows how important good coffee is to parents! We took advantage of the empty park and rode some of the rides that usually have longer lines. Between the extra hour, our fast passes and a few extra fast passes thrown in we were able to enjoy every ride in the park and ride our favorites a few times.
My absolute favorite ride from my childhood was The Tower of Terror. I was looking forward to riding it again with my kids.
When they took one look at the spooky tower, they tried to make excuses but I told them all I wanted was to enjoy this ride with them. After convincing them and dragging them in the line once our elevator showed up, I have to admit I too was a little scared but once we experienced the first drop, all of the adrenaline from the ride pumped us up. We enjoyed it so much we rode it a few more times.
The boys really enjoyed the Jedi training as it gave them the chance to battle against some of their favorite villains. They usually challenge each other at home with their lightsabers, but during the training they were given a robe, lightsaber and some helpful tips to conquer the Dark Side.
When the time came to start, I could see the excitement on their faces as Darth Vader and The Inquisitor came out to battle. And they were also given a bonus when Kylo Ren showed up! I highly suggest signing up for this if your kids enjoy anything Star Wars related. It really was a dream come true for my kids.
They also enjoyed Star Tours and rode it twice. The great thing about this ride was that it was different both times we rode this ride and kept our attention both times. To be honest, anything Star Wars related was out of this galaxy at the park. The character experiences at Star Wars Launch Bay were also a highlight. We met Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and a few Ewoks. The Ewoks and Chewbacca were not impressed with the Dark Side t-shirts my boys had on. The Ewoks actually didn’t stop or pose for pictures with them because of it! These interactions were very friendly and actually made me want to go home and watch the movies.
The park is very easy to get around, there are maps available everywhere but with the free wifi we used the Disney app most of the time. The Disney cast mates are very helpful as well. They will surprise you with trivia or a riddle which was a great break when hustling to the next attraction.
The icing on the cake for us was the fireworks display at night, Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. After having a great day, we sat down to relax and enjoy the best fireworks display to the music of the Star Wars movies. As the dark sky lit up, I knew my kids were happy, my husband was happy and that’s what makes me happy!
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