3 kids - Nathan, Chris, and Susan
4 adults - myself, Tommy, Krissy, and Jennifer
3 FOPS - Mighty Mary, Tom, and Pat
--FOP stands for F**king Old People
So, we are up and at'em at 5am. Jennifer is flying with us to Orlando. 3 adults and 2 kids on an airplane. Of course we can't get a direct flight to Orlando. We have to fly to Chicago first, and then Orlando (cause that is convenient).
|Philly airport at 6:45 in the morning|
So, after 6 hours of being on a plane, we finally make it to Orlando. Of course, it takes us 40 minutes to get onto a bus, and Fort Wilderness is stop #4 on the bus trip. I was just so happy to get to the resort, I didn't even care that it was raining out.
|checking into Fort Wilderness|
Our cabins are right next to the Grahams. Pat and Tom are already there with Susan. Tommy and Krissy are still about 2 hours away. Since we don't want to go to a park without them, Tom and I decide to take the kids out for some pony rides, while everyone else unpacks.
|Chris and Susan getting ready for pony rides|
|Nathan on his first pony ride|
|Chris on his first pony ride|
|playground in front of Pioneer Hall|
|The thrill of vicotry (Nathan)|
|The agony of defeat|
|waiting for us when we arrived|
|playing with hose|
So, finally Tommy and Krissy arrive, and we are off to Disney Hollywood Studios. Pat is getting ready to have knee surgery, so she has a wheelchair for the week. We were also smart enough to get a double stroller (which was a god send)
|Tommy and Pat|
|Grammy and the boys|
|Chris and Pat|
|Disney Hollywood Studios|
So it is about 7:15pm, and we have until 10pm to get as much done as we can. We do need to have dinner first, so we find a place right next to Star Tours. Sure enough, it started to rain (which was good, cause it helped clear out the park a bit). Well, we got the kids fed first, and then the adults and FOPS got their stuff. Since the kids finished first, I grabbed the 3 of them and took them on Star Tours since there was no line, and time was a factor. That way, the rest of the adults could eat and the kids were entertained. I didn't think it through though, cause going on Star Tours is a bad idea after I just ate. It is an awesome ride (which involves 3D glasses) but very, very bumpy.
2 good things came out of this
1.) The kids loved it
2.) I did not throw up
|Chris with 3D glasses for Star Tours|
Next up, the Muppets 3D. Another 3D adventure (but this was just a show). It was probably about 10-15 minutes long, but really fun. I wish my boys liked the muppets more.
So, while I was standing in line for Star Tours, a couple was in line that was kind enough to give us 4 free Fast Passes for the Toy Story Mania ride (which I hear is the best ride for kids at Disney Hollywood Studios). Since there were 3 kids, only one adult can go on. Tommy volunteered and said the ride was really fun. I wish I could have gone on it, but I was just happy that Chris and Nathan got on it.
|Toy Story Mania|
So it is about 9:20pm. We convince the FOPS to take the kids into see a "Little Mermaid' show or ride (not sure what it was, but it took 20 minutes). This allowed for the adults to hit up 2 big rides. First up, the Aerosmith Rock N' Roll Rollercoaster. An indoor rollercoaster that shoots you right out of the start (no slow uphill climb). I think it was one of the best roller coasters I have ever been on. Loved it. Even if Jen Graham was screaming in my ear the whole time, it was still fun.
|Aerosmith Rock N'Roll Rollercoaster|
I tried to get a good clear pic of the Tower of Terror, but it just didn't come out that way. The ride itself was ok, but the pre-ride decorations and set up were just fantastic. So glad that we went on this at night.
|Twilight Tower of Terror|
After that, we met up with the FOPs and called it an evening.
|3 tired kids|
A fantastic start to the week. Despite only 2 and a half hours, we covered all the major rides at Disney Hollywood Studios. Next up tomorrow: Epcot
|one last shot at the hat lit up at night|