Friday, June 4, 2010

The Buzz on Woody & Buzz. And Andy!

I want to tell this story so badly. So, for the record, I am skipping Day 2 & 3 and part of Day 4 just to tell it! I'll go back to the other 2.5 days & revisit those memories a little later, but for now, I just really wanna fast forward to the highlight of our Disney Adventure. Having prefaced with that, here we go!:

Day 1 ~ We fly into Disney. Elysa takes sweet Woody & buckles him into the plane seat to make sure he gets there safely too. :)
Day 1 ~ We go to Downtown Disney. We find Buzz Lightyear & take about a gazillion and four pictures with him!
Day 1 ~ Elysa goes to sleep & refuses to lay in her crib without Woody. Bryan pouts because it is his Woody that he brought from home.

Day 2 ~ Magic Kingdom Day. We wake up to Bryan wailing "You've got a friend in me! You've got a friend in meeee!" Lydia & Elysa sing along. None of them were in tune but it was the best rendition that I think I've ever heard!

Day 2 ~ We head out to catch the Motorcoach to Magic Kindgom and stop in the gift shop to buy another Woody doll in order to avoid any other Woody chaos in the hotel at bedtime! Elysa carries the doll with here everywhere for the rest of the trip!
Day 2 ~ Out of all the characters we saw today, Elysa refused to have her picture made with any of them unless we held her in the picture. That night, Elysa & Bryan head to bed, each with their own "HeHaw Cowboy".
Day 3 ~ The whole crew wakes up singing "Some other folks might be a little bit smarter than I am, bigger and stronger too! But none of them can ever love you the way I do, it's me & you!"

Day 3 ~ We head out to Animal Kingdom. Elysa passes out in the stoller before we ever make it through the gates. Guess who she's clutching tightly as she sleeps? You guessed it!
So as you can see, we have a little Godsey obsession with some Toy Story!
Day 4 ~ Hollywood Studios. Each of the boys have a t-shirt that matches either Woody or Buzz Lightyear. They are so excited to be able to wear them on the same day that they get to meet Buzz & Woody!

Day 4 ~ As they get dressed, again they sing "Just remember what your ole pal said, yeah, you got a friend in meeeee!" Again, I smile at their sweet excitement & anticipation.

Day 4 ~ Meet Buzz & Woody (available from 11:30 - 7:30). Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! The kids are gonna love this!! The plan: do x,y,z, eat dinner, & be back in time to see the Toy Story Heroes!

Day 4 ~ What happened: we did x,y,z, ate dinner, did a,b,c and remembered about Buzz & Woody at 7. Gasp! Quick! To Andy's room! Hurry before they leave!

We made it to Andy's room at about 7:15 only to find that everyone who was not in line as of 45 minutes ago was being turned away. Buzz & Woody apparently had about an hour's worth of wait at 6:30 and the cast member had to shut the line to make sure they got out of there on time. I was devastated. The kids were devastated. We took a couple of pictures through the window & we waited by the exit door and each time a kid walked out we tried to snap a picture of Buzz & Woody before the door shut back. The kids had their noses pushed to the window. Elysa was as excited as a kid at Christmas, shouting and pointing at "HeHaw Cowboy" and there was nothing I could do.
So we left. But after about 10 steps, I stopped & went back to the cast member, who ironically enough was named "Andrew". I showed him the brocure that said that we could come until 7:30. He very politely explained to me the long line explanation, and then took one look at my kids: Bryan in his Woody shirt, Dylan in his Buzz Lightyear shirt, Elysa holding her Woody doll and he asked if we could "hang out for 10 minutes or so".
Andrew, who we like to refer to as "The real Andy", disappeared for a minute and then he returned to our side and said nothing. We all patiently waited, along with scores of other Buzz & Woody fans who were trying to take the same lousy pictures through the window & doors that we were taking only minutes earlier.

And then....
Buzz came to the window and pointed to Dylan & motioned "come on"! Andy opened the doors and let us in! We were on our way to Andy's room!!
We were the last family of the day. We took our time walking through the empty hallway, taking picture after picture with all the props. And then we heard a girl from behind the wall say, "Where is this cool family we keep hearing about?" How. Awesome! We turned the corner & Elysa ran straight for Woody and showed him her doll!
There was no one after us, so we spent a good 15 minutes or so with Buzz & Woody. Uninterrupted. Not rushed. It felt like they were really happy to see our kids! It was the absolute best moment of our whole trip! Buzz knealt down and "chatted" with Lydia & Dylan, Woody thought Bryan's shirt was the coolest! Elysa gave Woody a hug! I was in tears. Thankfully, Elton John sized sunglasses are the "in" thing now, because I sure needed to cover my eyes so no one saw me crying!
The PhotoPass photographer was amazing! This one little "visit" guaranteed a PhotoPass CD sale for this family!
Buzz & Woody then motioned for the big kids to get in a few pictures, and of course, me, David & Thomas jumped right in!
I think you can see me wiping tears from my eyes in this one. :)
And as if that wasn't cool enough, Buzz & Woody walked our kids to the door as they left!

And just when they thought they were in the clear, Elysa turns around for one last goodbye. And they didn't just wave goodbye, they came to the door to bid her farewell. AGAIN!

Now, you tell me. How stinkin' cool is that story?! Plucked from a huge crowd to have a private "party" with Buzz & Woody! Yeah, I'm grinning ear to ear just looking back on that moment.

To Buzz & Woody ~ Thanks guys! You really are the greatest!

To the real Andy ~ YOU are my hero!! :)

Until I get a chance to blog more about Day 4, check out these pictures that Crystal made into a video for us. Just so you know, this would be the first time she heard this story too, and check out the second song she included in the video. How awesome is she, too! :)


Stephanie said...

Awww! Love this story! I would've been crying, too! You should write a letter to Disney telling them how amazing the real Andy is!

Amanda said...

How sweet!!!! I'm glad to know that I am not the only mother who has cried at Disney World due to that extra "magic" they do for our families. I'm so glad that Elysa was not scared of them. I'm praying that this next trip, I will be able to get Luke to actually join in. Now I am dying to hear the rest of the trip!

Laura Frazier said...

Ohhhh I so want to go now....We have said for the past 4 years that we were going to go for our anniversary if we were not pregnant and we have been PG twice on our anniversary....sooo now we will have to wait until P Diddy is a little older but I am sure by then I will have another bun in the oven!!! What a precious story that you all will never forget!!

Grandmommy said...

I know this is a Disney trip even Elysa will not forget. This time your lateness paid off. You were in the right place at the right time with the hero, Andy. Wow, a private party with Toy Story. Worth the cost of the trip.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad everything turned out. You truly had an amazing day, one that the kids (and adults) will never forget.

Priceless memories.


Catpad said...

ahah so sweet! =)

Crystal M. said...

I LOVE this story, Make me LOVE Disney more when I hear things like that.

To answer your questions you asked on Eva's blog, yes we have a disney outlet story 10 mins from the house, shirts are like $5 and its awesome.
Eva has a Disney debit card from Chase Bank and there are no extra fees. She gets SSI so we had to get her an account. We get United Airline miles on our cards, cant wait to use them next year.
We are going in July next year are we are still working on figuring out what resort to stay at.
Last time we were at Give Kids the World a village for Make A Wish kids since we were there for Eva's Wish.