Last Friday, Mark started work a bit earlier than usual, and as such he was able to stop work a bit earlier than normal. With the prospect of some extra time to spend together (as Dexter was at daycare), he suggested we take baby Daniel and head out to one of the parks. His suggestion? Hollywood Studios!
Our last trips to Disney and Epcot had been great fun, but because we had no real game plan, Dex had been a bit of a hindrance. We’d had no idea how to keep him occupied and happy while we found things to do. So we figured exploring Hollywood Studios without him would give us a good idea on where things are so we could take him later on and be prepared.
It also gave us a bit of romantic alone time where we got to bring out our inner children. Even though we had Daniel with us, it felt like a bit of a respite from loud children. It was a beautiful sunny day, and for a couple of hours we just got to run around and do what we wanted.
Mark was really really keen to go on the Star Tours ride, so we headed there first. As we got to the entrance, we were handed a ticket which allowed one of us to ride and the other to wait with the baby and then enjoy a fast track ride afterward. So I told Mark to go first. The wait was only 20 minutes, and I was happy to just browse the gift shop while I waited for him to return. But after he left me to go stand in line, he came running back within a few minutes.
Apparently, he didn’t want to waste any of our time together, and standing in line for 20 minutes just seemed too long to him to be separated from me. Aww.
So I had a quick think and offered up the fast track ticket. I told him to just use it now and I would ride it next time we came. I had no burning desire to do so, and he clearly really wanted to go on it, so it only made sense to let him. He put up a short fuss, but at my insistence, he went. And had a wonderful time, I might add!
Hollywood Studios has some great backdrops, as well. Giant fake cities surround you, and only on close inspection do you realise that they are completely fake. We loved exploring New York City and San Francisco without leaving Orlando!
And while the Star Tours was the only ride experienced, our fun was not limited. Just walking along, seeing what there was to see was great fun.
Eventually, after passing a Disney Radio parade, we realised that the baby was quite hungry, so we found a bench, and I nursed him until it was time to go.
Passing strangers took great delight in guessing his age, and we took great delight in accepting compliments on his behalf. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon with two of the most important men in my life.