our first full day in florida started off with quite a bang, because that morning was when acceptance notices for the high school that the bean had applied to (and really, REALLY wanted to attend) were posted. we weren't sure what time they'd be up, especially since we were three hours ahead, but it was pretty much impossible to avoid looking as soon as we woke up. and all of our wishing and praying paid off when she clicked on the button and the first word on the next screen read "congratulations!"
she burst into tears of excitement, joy and relief (i may or may not have shed one or two myself), and while we knew it was crazy early at home we called the hub to share the news. while he was obviously half asleep, he was thrilled to hear the good news and we hung up pretty quickly so as to let him get back to sleep.
our favorite park at disney world is hollywood studios, and so that's where we'd made our first reservation. looking out the window, we could see the tower of terror off in the distance.
we decided to try taking the water taxi from the neighboring dolphin hotel to the park, and we headed on out to start our day. the dolphin is a really big property, and in fact we were transferring over there halfway through our visit because that's just how the availability happened to work out for us.
it was a nice, relaxing ride and we were inside the park in no time.
we caught a parade as we went off in search of lunch, and waved happily at all of the characters.
the newest pixar movie, "turning red," was scheduled to be released the next day via disney+, and we stopped in the theater to watch an extended sneak peek of it.
slinky dog dash is one of our favorite rides in the park, and so we got in line despite the rather long wait time quoted on the sign at the entrance.