In the determined hope of getting on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, my brother Jonathan and I rose at 5:45 am on President's Day, Mon. Feb. 17, to get to Hollywood Studios in order to be in the
|At Galaxy's Edge at WDW's Hollywood Studios|
We consoled ourselves with tea and coffee, then started exploring Galaxy's Edge which we had gone through the night before after visiting Epcot. In addition to the rides, there is a droid-building workshop and a Jedi Knight training session where you battle Darth Vader, but you have to be a kid to join in that. Our first fast pass was for Star Tours, Disney's original Star Wars attraction which had undergone several changes since I had ridden it 20 years ago. The idea is you are on a star cruiser piloted by
|Hangin with the Droids|
We had time to kill until our next Fast Pass, so we decided to wait in line to one of the more popular rides Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land, another area not in existence since my last visit. The whole section is filled with giant toys from the late 1960s--Tinker Toys, balsa wood airplanes, board games, etc. Slinky Dog is relatively new and extremely busy. The wait was excruciatingly long--almost two hours--but it wasn't too bad (I could have seen the Muppets in 3-D while Jonathan stood in line. I should have made him do it since he made us miss the opening by staying in bed.) Anyway, there was a nice lady in line with us and Jonathan went for more coffee, tea, and pastries for all of us. The lady was from Winnipeg and
|Slinky Dog Dash|
Our next Fast Pass was Toy Story Mania, but even with the Fast Pass, the line was a bit long. This one was remarkably like Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom and Men in Black at Universal where you shoot at targets for points with a cute little gun.
At some point we encountered Frozone from The Incredibles (voice by Samuel L. Jackson in the movie). It was a nice change to pose with a Pixar character rather than a Disney one.
Before our lunch reservation at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, we took in Voyage of the Little Mermaid, a condensed 20-minute version of the movie and Broadway show combining film, puppets, special effects, actual rain, and live actors who actually sang rather than lip-synched. The young actress playing Ariel had a lovely voice and held her own against a gigantic Ursula machine. The presentation was fast-paced and entertaining, but
|With Frozone of The Incredibles|
After lunch, we watched a live show of Star Wars characters basically standing around and striking poses with the occasional light-saber duel (consisting of a few passes) and a couple of explosions. CP30 and R2D2 were the only ones with life and personality. Ironic since they are droids.
|The entrance to Toy Story Land|
We wrapped up our third Disney World day with Muppet Vision in 3-D and a second ride on Star Tours (Yoda appeared to us instead of Princess Leia and there some other variations from the first time such as landing on Venus and encountering bounty hunters.) The Muppet 3-D film was probably the same as 20 years ago, but I had forgotten most of it so it seemed fresh and funny to me with a live Sweetums changing into the audience, Miss Piggy singing and dancing, and 3-D butterflies flying over head.
After buying some ornaments in the year-round Christmas shop, we headed back to the hotel where we had a cheap dinner in their bistro and watched the Weather Channel. We only had one day left on our four-day Disney World ticket, so It was decided to get up early the next day and try for Rise of the Resistance again.
Tried to get on Rise of the Resistance
Star Tours (Princess Leia version) (Fast Pass #1)
Slinky Dog Dash
Toy Story Mania (Fast Pass #2)
Voyage of the Little Mermaid (show)
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater for Lunch
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (show)
Alien Swirling Saucers
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers' Run (second time, Single Rider, Gunner)
Muppet Vision 3-D
Star Tours (second time, Yoda version)
|R2D2 and C3P0 in the Star Wars Show|