Rides with Friends: Star Tours

7 Apr

One of my favorite things about living so close to Walt Disney World is that you get to meet ‘friends’ from Twitter and Facebook, and then they turn into REAL friends as you share a moment or maybe a ride that in an instant becomes epic and the cornerstone to a friendship.

We moved to Orlando near the end of August, and the D23 Final Flight of Star Tours was coming up and I was STOKED because it would be the first event that I would be here for. As the date drew closer my excitement slowly faded as reality set in…I wouldn’t know ANYONE that would be there and I would be going alone since we didn’t know anyone to babysit Zoe. YIKES!!!

So as I was sitting outside of the turnstiles of Hollywood Studios, I gave myself a pep talk and decided that if I recognized anyone from their pictures on Twitter or Facebook I would go up and introduce myself. And while I am an outgoing person, the thought of actually doing this made my stomach drop to my toes.

Then it happened…I noticed a person that I recognized and it was go time.

I walked up to Suzannah (@zannaland) introduced myself to her and her husband, and the rest is history. Suzannah introduced me to everyone she knew, we share the LAST popcorn from Endor, and then the last ride of Star Tours.

Look! I didn't even realize I had a pic of Scott Otis and Glenn!!!

Now I can’t imagine what things would be like if I DIDN’T meet her at the Final Flight. And while I love Star Tours, it holds a special place in my heart now!

Don't shoot!!!

Now as excitement builds towards the re-opening of Star Tours (check out http://www.startours2live.com for awesome info) and Star Wars weekend (www.studioscentral.com always has the best info) , I find myself even more excited about experiencing it since I will have my friends with me!!!

Over the next few weeks, some other friends of the blog will be sharing their stories, too. If you are interested in sharing yours, lemme know! I love hearing and sharing these stories!!!


4 Responses to “Rides with Friends: Star Tours”

  1. Matt Hochberg April 7, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Had a great time that night at the D23 event

    Thanks for the plug!

    • shelleycaran April 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

      It was a great event!!! It is crazy to think of how many people I met that night!!!

      No problem on the plug!!! 🙂

    • Suzannah DiMarzio April 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

      It was such a super fun night all around! So glad we went and met too! 😀

  2. Christa April 8, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Awww now I’m remembering when I met you for the first time!!! My life totally changed that day for the better!!
    I ❤ u!!

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