Orlando 2017 – Day 13

Day 13 – Hollywood Studios

We had an early start this morning as the boys wanted to do the Jedi training. We got to the car park at 8.55am, gave all the bags to my mother and Andrew and me and the boys bolted to the queue.

It was already huge by the time we got there and we were told there was a 45 minute wait and it was quite likely that we wouldn’t get a place and would be on standby.

The boys wanted to wait anyway but Fin’s bloods were super high which means he needed to go to the toilet every 5 minutes so we explained to the cast member and asked if he could wait with Andrew outside of the queue and then join us at the front once we got there.

He opened the ropes and took us straight to the front of the queue. It was so kind of him and I’m not sure we would have got on otherwise despite being there before park opened. He said people start queuing outside the gates at 8am to get a place.

We were booked on to the 3:10pm session and then had some photographs by the harbour with the Christmas Tree.

We then made our way to our first FP for Tower of Terror. I love this ride and the boys rode it for the first time and loved it too.


After this we headed to the 11am showing of Beauty and the Beast. The boys weren’t amused but I insisted!

Next we did Rock n Roller Coaster. I love rollercoasters but I hate this ride. It really bashes your head around and even though it’s good fun, I could never ride it more than once.


We then watched the Storm Trooper parade and headed for lunch at Backlot Express where me and Fin both had the gluten free chicken tenders and fries.

Next we went to the Indiana Stunt show but it was standing room only so we headed to Star Wars instead and watched the 15 minute film there and then met BB8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.

Had to be back for the Jedi training at 2.40pm and the boys got their robes and then marched over to the Temple Stage where they took on Kylo Ren and Darth Vader. It was really good to watch and the Memory Maker photographers took over 500 pictures which they saved to a photo pass card and gave to us for free.

After this we went to Toy Story Mania for our 2nd FP and then had pictures with Chewbacca followed by the Indiana Jones Stunt Show which the boys loved.

We then did our 3rd FP on the Star Wars ride and then I managed to book a 4th FP for Fantasmic.

We walked up to Rosie’s American Diner for tea and watched the new Christmas projection on to the Hollywood Tower of Terror, followed by one more ride in Tower of Terror before heading for our fastpass for Fantasmic.


Despite the FP there was hardly any seats left, but we managed to get some on the side plenty of time before the show started.

I love Fantasmic, it is my favourite end of day show from any of the parks and it didn’t disappoint as always.

It was a bit mad trying to get out and then for the first time ever we lost our car. Wandered around the lot for ages before finally finding it 15 minutes later!

We were worried that there wasnt enough at Hollywood Studios to fill a full day but we hardly had a minute spare.


The park looked gorgeous all dressed for Christmas and they even played Christmas songs all day and had fake snow falling as we left.

All in all, it was an enjoyable but tiring day!

Typhoon Lagoon tomorrow for our last day!

Beth xx


Orlando 2017 – Day 12

Day 12 – Busch Gardens

Everyone had a lie in today and no one woke before 8.30 am.

We left about 9.45 and arrived at Busch Gardens, which is located in Tampa Bay just before 11am.


It was empty there and we didn’t wait more than 5 minutes for any ride. First of all, we watched a Cheetah training exercise.


Then, we did Cheetah Hunt, Kumba, Montu and Cobra’s Curse.


We then went to look at the lions, hippos and crocodiles and then caught the cable cars up to Stanleyville where we did Sheikra and then made our way over to Pantopia for lunch.



We went to the Dragon Fire Grill where they made us two bake in the bag Gluten Free Cheese pizzas which were delicious.


Next, we went on Scorpion and Falcon’s Fury. This is a new ride which drops you 300ft at 60 miles per hour after your seat tilts 90 degrees so you are facing the ground! It was amazing but one of the scariest rides I have ever been on! Once we recovered, we rode Sandserpent and then Andrew and Fin went back on Scorpion while me and Cian went on the Phoenix which is an upside down pirate ship. I absolutely hate this ride as it hangs you upside down for ages but Cian really wanted to do it and it was every bit as bad as I remembered!!



After this we went back to Stanleyville and went on the Stanley Falls Flume. It was a bit lame but we got soaked. Cian was desperate to go back on Sheikra and wait for the front row but for some reason it was closed and then as we were about to give up and go back to the front of the park, it re-opened and we walked straight on and got to sit at the front.

We caught the Skyride back to Edge of Africa and talked my mother into coming on Cheetah Hunt with us. It was one of the funniest experiences I have ever had. She screamed and howled all the way around with her eyes shut and kept asking ‘Have we been upside down yet?’


We then went back on Cheetah Hunt for one last time before getting ice creams and heading home.

Nobody could be bothered to get ready to go back out so we stopped in Applebees on the way home and then had a couple of Coronas in the villa while the boys played pool.