I think it’s safe to say I’m Disney’ed out. We’ve had annual passes for last two years and have more than gotten our money’s worth, but there’s only so much Mickey one can take. I hit my limit 3 visits ago. Sadly, I’m out of luck because our passes don’t expire until the end of the month and we have always taken Daniela on her birthday weekend. It’s tradition, which means at least one more weekend at the happiest place on earth. Damn you, Walt.
This past weekend was the last of the Star Wars weekends (thank you!) and I got strong armed into sporting a white Star Wars shirt with random black markings on the front which supposedly form some kind of clone. I don’t see it.
We got to the park at the ungodly hour of 6:45am to get in line for tickets to see a girl who plays in one of the movies/cartoons/episodes/whatever. I’m not a morning person. I’m not a Star Wars person. At this point, I wasn’t even a Disney person. You can imagine my enthusiasm. It was worth it though. I don’t know what her movie character is, but her real name is Ashley Eckstein and she made my little girl’s day.
Ashley asked Daniela if she was looking forward to middle school, to which Daniela replied timidly “not really”. Ashly looked her right in the eyes and said “It’s going to be just fine. I can tell that the force is strong within you.” Now, she gets paid to say that. The cynical adult in me sneers at the one liner, but Daniela? Whew! That girl was slain in the spirit. Ashley will probably never know how much that meant to Daniela, but I do — and I got up at the ungodly hour to get the tickets so that’s what matters. Daniela believed Ashley’s words. Soaked them in. She must have re-told the story a thousand times, and each time she took it to heart a little bit more. Thank you Star Wars Ashley. You’ve done us a great kindness.
And without further ado, the rest of the photos :)
Look Mom, It’s a duck!
Their first time getting autographs :)
Waited in line f o r e v e r for this guy. Such a stud :)