On Day 3 we were in line by 7:30 for an 8 a.m. opening. The weather, pretty much all week long, was just perfect. A little 'June Gloom' in the mornings to keep things cool, and then sunshine in the afternoon made for great late day breaks at the pool/water area.
Wednesday's highlight was definitely the Jedi Training Academy! It is staged 4-5 times a day, and each time they select around 20 kids from the audience to participate. Of course there are TONS more kids who want to be picked though. But who are we kidding? I of course had done my research and knew that it's the kids who hold up signs that most often get picked. So a sign was made even though G wasn't too sure he actually wanted to try to get picked. He was a little reluctant and a lot nervous until just at the very last minute. Then when he noticed that some of the kids were obviously much younger/smaller, he hoisted the sign overhead and...viola! He was picked! It was so cute (in a Star Wars kind of way) and fun and something I knew Grayson would be SO glad he did. And he was. But boy, when Darth Vader suddenly rose up on a platform from under the stage, I thought it might be all over! He was a big, scary looking dude! I thought for sure Grayson would either 1) run back to us, or 2) pee his pants! Thankfully he did neither. And the fact that he got to battle Darth Maul (who he likes (to despise) more than Darth Vader) was just icing on the cake. Truly a great memory for G.
Other highlights from Wednesday:
- We ate at a relatively new Disney restaurant--the Celebration Roundup Barbecue. It's outside, and you eat at picnic tables. So fun and the weather was great! Kind of like a character meal because Jessie, Woody, and sometimes Bullseye from Toy Story are there, but there's also a stage show going on while you eat. The all-you-can-eat food was yummy, too! 4 thumbs up from this family!
- In the evening we rode on the ferris wheel for the first time. Pretty cool to be so high up!
- Grayson also discovered Mulholland Madness on this day. Yikes, that's a zippy little "roller coaster"!