Nearly one week into our Disney World in February vacation, Day Seven began in a beautiful Contemporary Tower Club suite. While the boys slept in, Mommy made a small breakfast plate at the club lounge before walking over to Magic Kingdom for a morning Extra Magic Hour alone. I rode the mountains and the PeopleMover before saying “goodbye” to the Magic Kingdom for this trip (again from our favorite train station viewpoint!). Back at the Contemporary, the rest of the family was now awake and enjoying a full breakfast from the Tower Club on our suite’s balcony.
Mommy’s Morning at Magic Kingdom
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Toy Story Midway Mania [FP+]
Tower of Terror [FP+] (Mommy)
snack – Hollywood Scoops
Tower of Terror [FP+] (Daddy)
Star Tours [FP+]
lunch – Backlot Express, PizzaRizzo
Star Tours [FP+]
Star Wars Launch Bay
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We stretched the most out of our single night Contemporary Resort stay by remaining in our luxurious upgraded suite until close to the 11:00 AM checkout time. Staying in a $1,500/night room for a small fraction of the price isn’t something we expect again! It was such a relaxing morning, just sitting on the balcony enjoying the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom view.
All too soon, it was time to pack up and drive to Hollywood Studios. Our first FastPass was for Toy Story Midway Mania – our favorite interactive shooting ride. Mommy and Daddy then swapped the boys for rides on the Tower of Terror – a must-do that the boys despise. While it was Daddy’s turn, Mommy took the boys to nearby Hollywood Scoops where we enjoyed ice cream and a brownie sundae for lunch. We eat way too many ice cream and sweet meals on vacation!
Then it was off across the park to MuppetVision 3D where we lucked out with the full pre-show (possibly even funnier than the show itself!) and our first front-row seating for the show. MuppetVision is a family favorite and watching from the front row would be a must-do from this day forward. Sweetums appears right in front and there are so many details with the penguin orchestra that simply get lost by just a few rows back.
Our Star Tours flight through a galaxy far, far away included the new Crait scene from The Last Jedi. We rode twice and got the same great combination of scenes both time – Jakku and Crait. Outside, we meandered around the new Grand Avenue area a bit and took the opportunity to get a photo in front of the future Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance. Since last year, The Great Movie Ride closed so we quickly walked by to see the new Runaway Railway sign.
Gavin didn’t care to meet any characters on this trip while Jasper had only one request: BB-8. We waited in a 20-minute line at the Star Wars Launch Bay (a LONG wait for us and evidence that he was serious about this meet and greet!). While waiting, he drew a picture and wrote a note for his favorite droid. BB-8 was most appreciative of his “original art piece” as the character handler proclaimed.
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By late afternoon, we left the park to check into the third and final resort of the trip, Art of Animation. We met up with Grandma and Grandpa who had driven from their home several hours away. They would stay with us in a Finding Nemo family suite and we’d show them around our favorite Epcot and Animal Kingdom sights for the remainder of the trip.
After settling in, we all ate dinner at Landscape of Flavors, which has delicious quick service food (made-to-order pasta!) and horrible service (long waits in separate lines for each type of food). Our swimming plans were dashed by an unexpectedly early pool closure at 8:00 PM, but we’d be sure to visit well before closing tomorrow.
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