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Old 07-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #31
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Wow .. what a fantastic start !! I'm overjoyed at all the pixie dust .. but if anyone deserves it, it's JJ. He has gone through so much.

Love the pics !

We didn't get over to SWW this year .. I asked the boys if they wanted to go over and they said no. If it hadn't been at the end of our week, or if I had done better research I would have added another day .. just to do at least one day there .. but I totally didn't think of it until it was too late.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #32
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I'm sorry that I'm just now getting around to joining in. Our internet was out this weekend and I didn't even pick up my phone since we're doing some remodeling/painting.

Wow! You guys have been sprinkled with pixie dust like crazy and it's still morning!
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:11 PM   #33
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I am here!

How extremely cool that JJ got picked for the parade!!! I can't wait to read all about it.

The meet and greets sound like they were awesome too!
Welcome Ann! It was totally cool.

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So far, it sounds like you had an amazing time
Welcome Christeen! So glad to have you here from down under. All 4 weekends were pretty amazing.

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so happy JJ is loving his hat from us! means a lot that it has taken the place of his Boba Fett hat
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Wow .. what a fantastic start !! I'm overjoyed at all the pixie dust .. but if anyone deserves it, it's JJ. He has gone through so much.

Love the pics !

We didn't get over to SWW this year .. I asked the boys if they wanted to go over and they said no. If it hadn't been at the end of our week, or if I had done better research I would have added another day .. just to do at least one day there .. but I totally didn't think of it until it was too late.
Thanks so much. He certainly has been through a lot the last 3 years. It's such a blessing to have things so wonderful that he enjoys happen.

I had an eye out for them. Figured they couldn't be too hard to spot if they were at DHS the same time we were.

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I'm sorry that I'm just now getting around to joining in. Our internet was out this weekend and I didn't even pick up my phone since we're doing some remodeling/painting.

Wow! You guys have been sprinkled with pixie dust like crazy and it's still morning!
No need to apologize. Glad you are here.

Yes, it wasn't even 11am yet!
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #34
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Day 1: Part 3: Legends of the Force Motorcade and Celebrity Welcome

As Dolly Levi said in Hello Dolly, ďYou go your way and Iíll go mine.Ē We set off in different directions only to end up at the same place. Goofy and Anakin were corralled at Sounds Dangerous. I set off to find the special viewing area by the hat.

I asked a cm near the hat where to go. She pointed over to the other side of the hat. I found where to go and was the fourth parent there. The other moms were friendly and we were all excited for our children. This area quickly filled up with more family members. I was straddling our big back pack to try to have it take up less room and leave more room for family members.

As parade time drew near, we could all feel the heat from the direct sun. I realized I had one of JJís two air conditioners. I turned it on and aimed it at my face. It felt so good. The rest of my body was sweltering, but not my face, lol. There were so many people behind me at this point. I am not a tall person, but I felt badly for them. There was one other mother sitting and I followed her lead so that people behind us could see better. Several others did as well.

There were some characters on the stage getting the audience ready for the motorcade. They told corney jokes and came out on the street.




Meanwhile, JJ and dh were doing their thing. It began with rules and instructions for the motorcade. Next they followed the leader backstage near 50ís PTC. Here the kids were given jedi robes and lightsabers. The kids were sent under a tented waiting area. The 501st was already there in full costume. All characters were in full costume too. Parents were not allowed to take any pictures back stage.

At some point in all this, Ashley Eckstein walked by and JJ said hello. She went over to him said hello, gave him a hug, and apologized for not coming to his play. He said it was ok. He was thrilled to see her and even more happy that she stopped by to talk. Some of the parents asked dh who she was. He explained that she was one of the co-hosts of Star Wars Weekends.

She certainly didnít have to stop by or apologize. As Iíve said in other PRT/TR, our family thinks the world of her and her husband. They both have fantastic memories, treat each fan with the utmost respect, are down to earth and have hearts of gold. I cannot say enough good things about the two of them.

By now, the kids were moved to their spot in the parade. The hosts on the event stage took their places. The gates were opened. The motorcade began.





My first glimpse of the kids behind Jedi Mickey was on the big screen of the event stage.




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Old 07-03-2013, 07:32 AM   #35
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I had planned on putting in the rest of the parade pictures, but JJ had a few of his choking episodes yesterday. And we had to deal with those. He wishes they would stop. As do I. They are a bit unnerving and annoying to all of us.

The wheelchair for the parade was his decision. While he was with dh, he said he had a headache and felt lightheaded and dizzy. He wasn't sure if he was nervous about the parade or having an aura for a seizure. Dh suggested they forget the parade, a cm said they could do the parade another day. He was determined the motorcade was going to happen, and he chose to use the wheel chair. He drank plenty of fluid back stage and had his air conditioner on him the whole time.








































This next member of the 501st has a really good blog article about her experience in the motorcade on Starwars.com






















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Old 07-03-2013, 08:28 AM   #38
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:09 AM   #39
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Great photos! you got some wonderful shots Tink!
love that Ashley came up to see JJ, she does sound like a wonderful lady!
you can just see the happiness in JJ's face...Goofy's too! those are two happy guys
I even recognize some of the characters from the original movies...Ewoks were always my favorite, they are so cute!
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:24 AM   #41
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Awesome pics !! Looks like such a wonderful time. Anakin looks like he enjoyed himself so much. Glad it all worked out for him so he could do it !
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #42
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Here from the June FB group. Love your pics!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #43
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I couldn't tell you who any of those SW characters were from the man in the moon. Wait, I do know Chewie and R2 but that's about it. Buuuuuuut, I do know that fine little man of your's! He looks so happy to have participated in the parade. What a neat memory for him!
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #44
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I really enjoyed reading your trip report. Wonderful memories created for JJ and the whole family. Thanks for sharing. Glad he got to be in the parade with Goofy
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Great photos! you got some wonderful shots Tink!
love that Ashley came up to see JJ, she does sound like a wonderful lady!
you can just see the happiness in JJ's face...Goofy's too! those are two happy guys
I even recognize some of the characters from the original movies...Ewoks were always my favorite, they are so cute!
Thanks.

She is so personable.

I'm not sure who was happier.

Ewoks are adorable. There were plenty of ewoks at this year's SWW because the movie theme was for the anniversary of Return of the Jedi.

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Awesome pics !! Looks like such a wonderful time. Anakin looks like he enjoyed himself so much. Glad it all worked out for him so he could do it !
Thanks, Michelle. It had been a couple years since we saw the parade last. It was great fun.

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I couldn't tell you who any of those SW characters were from the man in the moon. Wait, I do know Chewie and R2 but that's about it. Buuuuuuut, I do know that fine little man of your's! He looks so happy to have participated in the parade. What a neat memory for him!
LOL. I think everyone has to know Chewie and R2! Do you know Boba Fett? Hunter told JJ at lunch that's his favorite character.

He was on cloud 9 for days!

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I really enjoyed reading your trip report. Wonderful memories created for JJ and the whole family. Thanks for sharing. Glad he got to be in the parade with Goofy
Wow, littlebelle and Tink on a DIS thread! It's been a long time! Thanks for joining in! The parade was a dream come true for both my "boys". Hopefully next year Goofy will be in the Florida Garrison and a part of the parade. He is working on a stormtrooper costume. He finally got all the parts and now he has to figure out how to put it together. Unless he goes with the officer's suit he has. That just needs some tweaking here and there, more than likely. We love that the 501st is so active with philanthropy and bringing joy to so many kids.
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