It was a very impulsive decision. We just rented a car and booked an hotel room through Hotwire, and suddenly we were on the road.
We didn't even know which park to visit between Universals, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, but since I'm a Star Wars Fan, and you know what they say: "happy wife, happy life" Eric kindly offered to spend the day there.
We spent the night in one of the most amazing hotels EVER (Hyatt Regency Orlando) HIGHLY recommended an the morning after at 9 o'clock we were there.
We went to the Magic Kingdom 3 years ago for my birthday early in April and we loved it but not as much as this one.
The details are perfectly curated and it still amazes me somehow how well kept the park is. The queues are never longer than 30 minutes (maybe we were extremely luckily) and they move super fast... So fast you almost don;t have the time to take pictures of what surrounds you!
The first ride was a Star Wars one: Star Tours: a motion-simulated space flyght.
At the entrance you walk underneath a huge AT-AT Walker and - in case of a long queue - you have to pass through the forest of Endor, then you're inside where C3PO and R2D2 are getting the transport ready (and they're fighting of course... Oh R2D2 you sassy little piece of tin). When we first sat inside the transport we started wondering if tit was just a 4D experience but OMG it was so good! The first Hyperspace Jump left me with no breath and the whole ride was absolutely fantastic. We did it twice and the animation was different the second time so I wonder if every launch bay (there are 6 different transports) is different or maybe is just a random thing. Anyway it was perfect.
We walked around the shops and then we went to The Great Movie Ride where we took a journey into some of Hollywood most famous films with a guide who, not only shared fun facts about the movies set we were visiting, but she also had interactions with other "cast members" and wax dolls. At the end there was a very good montage with other famous movies. One of the thing I liked best was the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, it was spectacular indeed... and we went to see it twice. I videoed the whole thing. Very entertaining!
Later I met Chewie and we became best friends as you can see form the photo! It's really amazing... there are stormtroupers walking around and bullying you asking for IDs and stuff. It became a Star Wars theme park... Everything else feels out of place...
We went to see the Beauty and the Beast live on stage and I was disappointed by the costumes... maybe because the Star Wars ones were so well done...
The last ride of the day for us was Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Again a brilliant ride. All in the dark in a stretch limousine. When it went upside down I lost my sh!t... I was screaming like hell! The store at the end of the ride is just the best with Hipster Mikey Tees and Pins, plus all the Aerosmith merchandise.
It was again a magical experience!