Disney’s March of the FIRST ORDER – REVIEW

Love Star Wars?  How about the Stormtrooper March, known as March of the First Order.

Hey guys, today we will talk about one of my FAVORITE things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the Stormtrooper March, also known as March of the First Order.  This is a totally cool, semi-intimidating “parade” like event that happens daily, every hour, on the hour, in the daytime AND perfect for ANY Star Wars Fan.

I remember when I first saw it, it was a few years back, the kids were SO much younger and very new to the world known as Star Wars.  We were waiting for our late breakfast reservations at Hollywood & Vine and sitting on a bench when I start hearing the “March” music…you know the tune when Darth Vader is entering a room.  I ran to the center of the park with my camera ready for action and was amazed.  I think I even cried.  How did I not know this was happening…turns out it was NEW, very, very NEW…I witnessed one of the first shows they ever did.  It was so amazing, thrilling and a bit scary…I mean this was before Stormtroopers were walking the park searching for the Resistance.  To see them ALL march like that, to music…Dark Side music…I mean you skip a beat a little.

The kids, of course, wondered why mom ran away and they join me…front and center.  We were hooked.  I had to hold my youngest hand, but he (secretly) loved it too.  WE saw it 3 times that day, lol.

What is it?  Basically it is what it sounds like…it’s Stormtroppers marching.  They march down Hollywood Boulevard towards the stage that is center to the park, directly in front of the Chinese Theater.  They march like they do in the movies, like when they are following a Dark leader AND in this case…they are following the leadership of Captain Phasma – eek.  She actually speaks and commands that people give up Resistance followers and join the First Order.  Between her voice, the music and the sounds of several marching Stormtroppers…you step back a little.  They march to the stage, do a little show (which has changed a few times).  I won’t spoil it, but the mini show is a nice way to complete the march and even see a few surprise characters.

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The March of the First Order

If you want to see the show, up front and close…wait near the stage.  If you want a clear view of the march, watch from the street, store front on Hollywood Boulevard.  Watch it a few times, watch it every hour if you want…but if you are a STAR WARS FANATIC like me, you will WATCH, CRY and Repeat!

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Watch out…the First Order is coming.

NOTE – if you have young padawans or kids who aren’t into Star Wars or on the intimidated side…you might want to watch it first before inviting them…or just skip it.  I have heard from a few clients that it was too “intense” for their younglings.  Just a heads-up.  But my growing Star Wars Nerds love it and at this point follow Stormtroppers around the park hoping they will arrest them for being “good”.  Kids, lol.

Let me know what you think of the show and ENJOY!!  I would love to talk Star Wars some more (I can’t wait for Galaxy’s Edge), contact me for a quote if looking to vacation at Disney.  Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING along.  Did you know you can sign up for Blog Emails?  Nina

NEW Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Love meeting the Disney Characters – READ to learn about the NEW Characters located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hey guys, shorter post today…on what’s new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  While at Walt Disney World last week I stumbled upon 2 NEW characters, Edna Mode and Fancy Nancy.  Then a few days later another NEW character was announced.  Lets take a look.

Pixar Place:

So as the ride Toy Story Mania was “relocated” to Toy Story Land…wait what???  How can they move an entire ride, lol.  Ok, you got me…they only relocated the FRONT entrance…but it totally feels like they moved the ride, the old Toy Story area feels so empty…it was odd and very unfamiliar.  BUT they are revamping that area into Pixar Place – YAY!!!  Featuring the Incredibles!!  They have a few experiences in the area…but I found Edna meeting Guests in her own (inside) area.  I met Edna 1 month back at Disneyland on Pixar Pier and she was most delightful.  It was a pleasure to see her again.  Its amazing, perhaps we should share flights as we are apparently “vacationing” in the same places 😉

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In the same general area you can also meet Sully and Mike from “Monsters Inc”.  Love my fury friends from Monsters, but waiting for Randall or Boo…I wanta meet Randall Boggs and want him to match my Mouse Ears when he camouflages…would be a cute pic 🙂

Launch Bay Area:

If you keep on going, towards the Launch Bay area (where of course you can currently meet a few Star Wars Characters)…you will bump right into Fancy Nancy.  I must say she was very popular and had the sweetest disposition.  Little girls were running up to meet her, screaming her name in excitement.  In the same area; Pluto and Vampirina are listed.  Vampirina we meet at sea (Disney Cruise Line) last November and she was very spooky in the friendliest of ways.  Another hit character to catch, just watch out though…she might fly away if she turns into her Batty self.    NOTE – Both Fancy Nancy and V “might” be at Hollywood & Vines Character Breakfast (which is something I will book for all my clients on the Meal Plan).  So that’s another FUN way to meet the Disney Jr ladies.

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Fancy Nancy Clancy

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Isn’t Vampirina super cute!!

And the NEWEST of NEW…so NEW she isn’t even on the app yet – Bo Peep!  Yep I posted about her last week and she has been meeting other “toys” in the Toy Story Land area.  So while catching up with Jessie, Woody and Buzz…see if you can find Bo, she may be looking for her sheep?!?!

I LOVE meeting the characters and so do my kids…its something we have yet to grow out of and after seeing teens and young adults running up to characters…I think its a Magical Experience for ALL.  Pack your Signature book and Sharpie and ENJOY!!  After all we are ALL kids at heart and when at Disney, it shines the most and is a very welcomed feeling.

**Don’t forget to contact me if interested in a Magical Vacation, 2020 Rates are opening up in a few weeks and I would be happy to quote anyone interested in a Disney Adventure.  My Services are 100% included and complementary when booking a trip with Mermaid Nina Travels – Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING along – Nina

NEW Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney World – REVIEW

Alright CARS Fans, a NEW attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has OPENED!  READ for my honest REVIEW.

So…while at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, exploring the land with all my fellow “toys”, we decided to try out the NEW experience – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.  To quote Disney “Get pumped for a high-octane, first-of-its-kind show that’ll put you right in the middle of the Disney-Pixar Cars Universe”.  Sounds AMAZING, right?!?!?!

Location:

So this NEW show is located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, its around the corner.  You go past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, thru or past Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and towards the back where you will see a CARS area.  Complete with Cruz Ramirez and DJ (who is from Disneyland), Photo Op.

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Look its DJ, straight from Disneyland – complete with this rock’in tunes.

The Show:

Spoiler Alert – I will talk about this show, honestly, and show video.  STOP if you want to be surprised!  You enter into a Theater Space, with curved stadium seating…so all seats are decent viewing seats.  There is a GIANT screen in front and all around you.  This serves as the backdrop for the show, its also a place for “other” characters to appear AND it serves as the “Race Track Simulator” that Lightning uses (like in the Movie).  Tow Mater appears first (on screen) and welcomes you and introduces his best bud – Lightning McQueen.  Lightning shows up as an actual Car, LIVE, at the front of the theater.  He talks, moves and races while up there, using the same Animatronic technology as in Frozen Ever After in Epcot.  He is basically a base of a car with animated features that help him interact and chat with the audience…which is pretty cool.  And watching him move and talk is pretty FUN to see and entertaining to figure out, how its all done (or is that just me?).

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Lightning McQueen!

Honest Opinion:

I found the show to be cute, a nice place to cool-off and will give your Cars fans a little show.  The show is simple and short.  My kids might find it cool, the first visit…after that I am not sure they would bother returning.  I feel kinda let down with this show.  What it is, is cute…but what it could have been…could have been amazing.  When I first heard they were doing a Racing Academy…I was imagining the old Lights, Motor, Action Show…like a stunt show but with CARS characters.  Like the Indiana Jones show, but with Cars.  To find out it was another tech show in a theater kinda made me sad.  So many little and big fans that would love a real Cars/Pixar attraction.

This just didn’t hit the mark for me, as a Theme Park goer.  Should you see the show, YES…why not.  Will this show amaze you and be something you go back to over and over again…perhaps not, not unless you have toddler.  Sorry Disney, this one didn’t cut it for me.  Cute but not amazing enough.  I know you are busy with Star Wars, but this could have been more, could have been something crowds line up for…its just not.  PS – we walked right in, no line, no wait, plenty of seats.

Hopefully this helped some of you, GO and SEE it for yourself, just don’t pump it up to the littles in case it falls short for them too.  If my kids loved it, I would “love” it and we would go over and over again…I just don’t see that happening like it does for Winnie the Pooh or Its A Small World, those rides we do over and over again.  Or the Frozen Sign-a-long…can’t tell you how many times I have seen that, lol.

Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING Along – Nina

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