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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 3

Dreams do come true.  Day 3 in Hollywood Studios brought us back to our favorite ride, the Tower of Terror.  I haven’t ridden it since March 2014, which is far too long.  But I’m jumping ahead…

This morning was the most on time we’ve been in years.  In 17 minutes we drove from the Grand Floridian to Hollywood Studios, parked, unloaded the car and were on a tram.  First stop was Toy Story Midway Mania with a Fastpass.  We were through the ride quickly and stopped to see Star Wars Launch Bay.


Star Wars Launch Bay


Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars has taken over the Animation building, with a making of video in the theater, meet and greets for Chewbacca and Darth Vader, props and costumes from Episode VII, Disney Infiniti stations, mock Cantina, and of course merchandise shop.

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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 2

Day 2 of our January 2016 trip started like 95% of our vacation days do – late.  It was my resolution for this trip that we would be at the parks as close to park opening as possible.  We have a night owl baby, which means we have to wake him up to accomplish this.  After already running late, halfway to the monorail platform I realized I forgot a key part of the baby’s costume and had to run back to the room.  Ok, I speed walked after about 5 seconds of running.  Running is a poor choice for me overall, especially so when the overnight low was 31.


Grand Floridian

Once on the monorail, it was only a 30 minute journey from leaving the Grand Floridian to arriving at Epcot.  I meandered around Mission Space and Innoventions West while the other adults rode Test Track with a Fastpass.  I bought a Starbucks mug at Fountain View to add to the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios mugs we have already.  I got in line for Baymax, but had to leave the line before meeting him.


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Trip Report January 2016 – Day 1

Our January Walt Disney World trip is one of those you start planning a few years in advance and have a lot to look forward to.  It was a long and winding route to end up at the trip we’re taking, but all things happen for a reason.

I’m going to attempt a live trip report for the first time.  [This is already live-ish!]  I hope to share some trip planning tidbits that don’t land in their own blog post with a few photos along the way.  I apologize for typos, I have a new laptop and am not used to this keyboard.

This trip had the best start to any trip we have taken in the last 10 years.  I finally learned a packing secret that is so obvious I don’t know why I’ve never done it before.  I’ve always had a large selection of travel size toiletries which helps with luggage weight and space. After our last trip, I refilled all the refillable bottles and replaced anything that ran out.  Instead of putting these away, I kept them individually sealed in a ziploc (serious lifesaver for air travel leaks!) and in my suitcase.  This cut my packing time in half.  From now on, my suitcase will be half packed and ready for our next adventure!

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