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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Star Wars Weekend - Day 1

On Wednesday, May 28, we all headed down to Orlando for a few fun filled days that revolved around Star Wars weekend.  Our first stop was Typhoon Lagoon.  We have visited Sea World's Aquatica and loved it so it was time to try out Disney's water park.  The boys were excited and I was too :)

We arrived around 9:30 and were off to our first slide.  Thankfully Trevor was able to ride most all of the slides.  We started with the tube slides and several of them you had to ride by yourself - which I was a little nervous on how we would do, but he did great and loved them.  Our favorite was the family tube ride, which we rode a couple of times.  Since we got there early, the lines weren't too bad and we finished half of the park by 11:00.

The boys were ready to get in the wave area, which is pretty cool.  It isn't the typical wave pool that are most water parks.  This is one huge powerful wave that comes and people are doing some serious body surfing on it.  Brody wanted to go right out in the middle of it, but Trevor not so much.

Jason and Brody right in the middle as Jason is holding Brody.

After the wave area we headed over to the other slides which Trevor still could do most of them.  He couldn't do the straight down one, but he didn't want too.  Brody however did and loved it.  Brody also wanted to do the Shark Reef, but Jason and I were not fans because the water was too cold -68 degrees.  We went ahead and let Brody go for it.  It was a snorkeling area where you can snorkel with sting rays and leopard sharks and of course fish.  He was so excited even by himself.  He got in and got the mask on and walked out a little ways, but as soon as it dropped off and he had to float and swim - he panicked a little.  I wish they had given him a life jacket or something like a noodle because even though he swims very well, he hasn't had much practice with snorkeling.  Needless to say he didn't enjoy it too much.  At least he tried.

Of course with Florida weather, the storms came rolling in around 3:30 so we headed to check into our hotel - Port Orleans Riverside.  This was our first time staying here and we were very impressed.  We don't normally stay on property because we find cheaper rooms and sometimes it is a hassle to take Disney transportation with a stroller.  We tried it this time since the boys were getting older and it worked pretty good.

With the new Magic Bands and fast passes I had already reserved a fast pass for us on Wednesday night for Soarin, so we headed to Epcot to grab dinner a couple of rides.

Loving the Magic Bands

They thought it was the coolest thing to have these bands.

Dinner in Italy

Leisurely stroll through the rest of the countries on our way back to Soarin.

The great thing about Epcot is their Character Spot - a great and fast way to see the characters (at least 3 of them) - no wait!!  My boys aren't much into see characters - at least Brody isn't - which makes me really sad - so I'll take the no wait for these.

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