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Old 06-21-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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The Force is Strong in This One: SWW and Celebration VI, Disney Done Differently

The Force is Strong in This One
Disney Done Differently



Ask DS(8) what his favorite season is? Without hesitation, he will exclaim, Star Wars Season!!! What?! You didn't know there was a Star Wars Season? This year the season was weekends May 18th to June 10th. Yes!! That's right, Star Wars Weekend 2012!


All four of us are Disney loving, Star Wars Enthusiasts! But the biggest Star Wars fan is the littlest member of our family. At times it seems like his whole life revolves around Star Wars.

Our family "does" Disney differently because DS(8) who is affectionately known as Anakin in the other thread has multiple health concerns and cannot "do" Disney as most other people "do". His pace is slower, days don't usually start early, heat needs to be avoided as much as possible, over exertion needs to be avoided, in addition, his 5 senses are magnified, loud noises/bright lights are painful to him.

By now you may be wondering how on earth can we attend Star Wars Weekends and have any fun? We can and we do!! Star Wars weekends is a total of 12 days!! We try to go for a little each day. All 12 didn't happen, but we did get there 9 of the 12 days!! We didn't get to do or see everything, but everything we did see and do was so much fun! There was so much magic and pixie dust along with Storm Troopers and Jedi. I hope you'll stick around to see all that the Disney magic and Star Wars excitement created!!

Anakin, our little Jedi. His favorite Star Wars character is Boba Fett.




Myself (Usually answers to Tink or Michelle), DH (Goofy on the other thread, so we'll stick with it) and Anakin



DS(18) and Anakin (Grumpy on the other thread. He's not Grumpy. He loves wearing Grumpy shirts and collects Grumpy mugs and glasses)



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Old 06-21-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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Celebration VI August 23 - 26




Day 1 - Part 2 - Jawa Customizing with Pat (Family Room)
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Day- 1 - Part 3 - Face Painting/SCAD drawings/Star Wars Origami with Chris Alexander/Lunch


Day 1 - Part 4 - Autographs/Shoot A Trooper/Bullied Panel/ Japanese Star Wars Vegetable Carving/More Family Room


Day 1 - Part 5 Shoot A Trooper/End of Day 1


Day 2 - Family Room, Panels, Dee Bradley Baker


Day 2 - Part 1 - Family room, Zac Jensen,

Day 3 - Part 1 Autographs/Family Room/Panels











Week 1




Week 2

















Carbon Freeze Me Arrived!!


More Carbon Freeze Me Pictures




Week 3


Day 7 - Skipped


Day 8 - Skipped






Week 4





Day 11 - Part 2 - Boba Fett


Day 11 - Part 3 - Captain Rex/Shaak Ti/Kit Fisto


Day 11 - Part 4 - Dark Side, Light Side, or Lunch? Yes
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Day 11 - Part 5 - Jedi Mickey


Day 11 - Part 6 - The Mask


Day 11 - Part 7 - Forgot to post this M&G - Asajj Ventress


Day 12 - Part 1 - First Family?


Day 12 - Part 2 - Meeting Celebrities and a Minute of Fame


Day 12- Part 3 - Roaming and Staying Cool


Day 12 - Part 4 - Those Eyes


Day 12 - Part 5 - Padawan Mind Challenge

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I am sitting here on the phone on hold and signed on and saw your siggie when I was reading your kind message on our TR! WOOHOO another TR!!!

Your photopass CD must have arrived, I am LOVING the pics!!!! Prayers for DH, is it the job??
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I am sitting here on the phone on hold and signed on and saw your siggie when I was reading your kind message on our TR! WOOHOO another TR!!!
Well that was odd. At first your post just said, I.

Yes, I just added it to the siggie. Did you see the pictures I added to the first post? I just added them. Love photopass!!
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Opening Day!!

Friday May 18th, Opening Day!!

We were so excited for this day to arrive. We went to bed the night before with plans to get moving right away after Anakin's 6am dose of medication. I got up and showered. Tried to wake up dh and Anakin to no avail. So what's a girl to do?!

I get on the DIS to see if there are any updates on Star Wars Weekend Tips 2012 thread. Caught up on the thread and went back to wake everyone up. Grumpy decided to pass since he had to coach football practice in the afternoon. Goofy got up and ready. Anakin did not budge. So I changed my tactics.

Me: "Wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey..."
Anakin: (nothing)
Me: Do you know what your going to do today?
Anakin: Star Wars Weekend!!!!!!!!!
Me: Yes
Anakin: Why didn't you wake me up sooner?!

According to the first picture, we arrived at 9:42AM. We were parked all the way in the back of the right side of the parking lot. Can't remember the name of that lot. We got the w/c out of the car and started walking. Parking lot traffic was busy with cars going both directions. The parking lot attendant told us to walk inside the tram lane. Yes!! That's right, not a typo, INSIDE the tram lane. Usually they emphatically enforce staying BEHIND THE YELLOW LINE. Today they have us walking on the INSIDE, in the "forbidden zone".



When the tram past by us, we were to stay between the yellow line and the red poles.

After the long trek to the entrance, we had to get Anakin in the air conditioning. So we walked through the stores once we entered the park. We were too late in the morning for the Storm Trooper show at the entrance. Goofy said we should go straight to Darth Mall. We expected it to be crowded.



We got in line.



Until a CM came up to us to announce it would be a 1 to 2 hour wait to enter.

There was no way we could chance standing outside that long with Anakin, it was starting to get hot out! We ducked back into the stores to cool off.

BYW, if you are an NBC fan, there are some awesome things inside the villians store. The candy smelled sooooo good too, as we walked through that store.

With plans awry from getting there too late, we held a quick conference under a tree deciding where to head next.

Goofy: What do you want to since the mall was so crowded?

Anakin: I'd like to see the characters. Do you think we can see Jedi Mickey?

Me: We can walk by to see how long the queue is. If it's too long who else do you want to see?

Anakin: Captain Rex.

Me: Remember the characters rotate, you see whoever is there.

Anakin: Ok.

The queue for the Fab 4 was an hour long. We skipped that and headed to the Clone Wars characters. Guess who was there when we got there? Commander Cody. Wait, no, now it's Captain Rex. We are this close to seeing Captain Rex...



When who comes back?

Commander Cody



To pass time waiting for characters Anakin ate some grapes and we put frozen waters around him to cool him off a bit. We knew we soon had to get him into the air conditioning again.

Which character did he see? Commander Cody? Captain Rex? Ahsoka? Asajj Ventress?

It was ...







Commander Cody.


Next stop...air conditioning. I think we went to the Muppet store to cool him down.



We saw it was almost time for the show Behind the Force! We decided to chance it and went in line. There wasn't much of a line. I think most people must have been lining the street for the motorcade, or maybe it's just there aren't that many Clone Wars fans? Either way, the queue was small. Our wait was in the shade. We got out the frozen water bottles again for Anakin. The line moved shortly after that, and so did the frozen water bottles. They fell on the ground.

If you haven't ever been to the Premier Theater for SWW, you need to know that the queue is across the street from the theater. They have to stop traffic in both directions to get the people into the theater. And I just created a gap in the line by stopping to pick up the water bottles. People behind me were not happy. People in the street were not happy that they were blocked from moving. So after I held up the line and apologized quickly we bolted off to the entrance.

Last year there was w/c parking right up front. So we headed there. There was a one seater and spot for the w/c so I sat there and parked Anakin. Goofy sat right behind us.

Anakin kept triggering his light saber. It was loud! So I passed it back to Goofy so it wouldn't bother anyone, just as the show began. Big mistake!!! Goofy was triggering them every time he moved. He clapped, and boy were there swooshing sounds of a light saber. He moved....Swoosh. He breathed...Swoosh. It was so embarrassing and annoying. So we tried to ignore it. S-W-O-O-S-H. Isn't there an off/on switch on a Gen. Grievous saber?







This is a show that demonstrated how voice actors match their voice to the animated character.

Demonstrating how to make alien noises



Enlisting the kids to help



Demonstrating how they get the voice to match the animation with the help from 2 members of the audience.



Before we leave the park, we see C3PO walking around. In fact, he played a game of peek a boo with us as we headed up the ramp from the pixar area to the GMR area. By the time I reached my phone to take a pic, he was heading into a door at the GMR.



Anakin couldn't wait to see him again. He couldn't wait to see C3PO and R2D2 at Darth Mall. Would that be possible? Will he see C3PO again?

11:55am, tired, overstimulated, and overheated we head to the exit of the park



Goofy and I felt bad for Anakin that we didn't get to do much. But our feeling badly was quickly gone, when Anakin once again declared today, in Phineas and Ferb style, TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER!!
















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I am totally here! We haven't decided if we're doing SWW next year or not ... so I'll totally be sharing your post with DH so he can learn more about it!!

Glad that Anakin had the "best day ever!"

Waiting impatiently for more!!
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I am totally here! We haven't decided if we're doing SWW next year or not ... so I'll totally be sharing your post with DH so he can learn more about it!!

Glad that Anakin had the "best day ever!"

Waiting impatiently for more!!

Welcome to both of you!! That would be awesome if you could go during SWW! Sometime around Dec or Jan they should announce the weekends.
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The Force is Strong in This One
Disney Done Differently




Our family "does" Disney differently because DS(8) who is affectionately known as Anakin in the other thread has multiple health concerns and cannot "do" Disney as most other people "do". His pace is slower, days don't usually start early, heat needs to be avoided as much as possible, over exertion needs to be avoided, in addition, his 5 senses are magnified, loud noises/bright lights are painful to him.


We'll be following along with your new report, too. Sounds like everyone had a gereat time. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your SWW adventures.

Like you, we have to do Disney differently, too--for a lot of the same type of health reasons. We just can't do it as frequently as your family can.

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I love your trip reports!

As I was reading, my 4 year old DS, who is also Star Wars obsessed (as it the rest of our household), looked at the screen and said, "MOM, that boy is at Dis-i-ney, and he's holding a General Grevous lightsaber!!! He needs to be my best friend!!!" So I think it's safe to say that Jayne will be asking about his "Star Wars Dis-i-ney friend" quite a lot. It's so funny how kids just decide that they are friends with someone, even if they've never met
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I'm hear! love all the PP pics! and love the TR title! Anakin is in his element and so happy you all got to do so many of the M & G and shows during your 9 days!!!
Welcome!!

We were very pleased with the PP pics! He sure is! Heading into that last weekends we still had 16 more characters left to see! We didn't know if we'd see them all or not? We didn't see them all, but stay tuned to see who we did!

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We'll be following along with your new report, too. Sounds like everyone had a gereat time. Can't wait to hear about the rest of your SWW adventures.

Like you, we have to do Disney differently, too--for a lot of the same type of health reasons. We just can't do it as frequently as your family can.

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Welcome!!

Yes you do Disney differently too! Have you considered a SWW since your DD loved JTA so much when we met at DHS?

If we had to purchase airfare we surely wouldn't be going to Disney so often. Living in central FL is a big plus for us!!
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Even though you had limited time...I think you did some special things and made his day! At least you live close enough to return often....have I told you how jealous I am.
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Even though you had limited time...I think you did some special things and made his day! At least you live close enough to return often....have I told you how jealous I am.
Welcome!!

Sorry! Well, kind of. Moving here was the best decision and one of the hardest decisions we ever made. Grumpy was in the hospital 4 different times in 1999. The pediatrician said this is going to be the norm for him if we don't move to a more temperate climate. He suggested Puerto Rico, we compromised with Florida. Since the move, Grumpy has never needed to be hospitalized for status asthmaticus or pneumonia!! When we moved here he couldn't run from home to first base. By third grade, he was hitting the ball to the fence and running in home runs. Did I mention this was the best decision we ever made? Disney was the bonus! He has also outgrown the asthma! The downside, we are over 1000 miles away from family.
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