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belle8306
10-25-2009, 02:16 PM
Welcome to a "Grand" pre-trip report!:cool1::thumbsup2:wizard: This will be a joint report between at least 4 Disers.
Myself, my SIL "FairyGodmotherJen", my BIL "GoofyJediMaster", and my DH "Leisure Ninja".

This trip has been in the works for 3 years. We all went together along with 5 other family members in 2007. It was a blast! We literally started planning our next trip before we left Disney property. Finally, our trip is approaching in June 2010 and we are so excited!

First of all I need to introduce who is going.
My husband and I
My SIL, BIL and their 3 children
My MIL and FIL
My DH's Uncle
My DH's cousin and her Goddaughter
My SIL's mom and aunt
My DH's grandmother and great aunt

I just started cracking up, just looking at that crazy list of people. Yes, we are all going together and it will be an adventure I am sure.

Trip Statistics (I like lists so you may see them a lot when I post):

1.We are all staying at CBR
2.Out of the 16 people going only 2 are first timers.
3.We will be on the Disney Dining Plan.
4.12 of us are from Indiana, 2 from New Mexico and 2 from Texas
5.My SIL and I are doing most of the planning and we have been blessed with a very easygoing group of people. They are content to let us plan and they are not demanding at all.
6.As you can tell from our title we have some big Disney fans in our group as well as some big Star Wars fans. We are going to be attending Star Wars weekends during our trip.


Some things you should know about my DH and I.
1.He is a graphic designer and I am a first grade teacher.
2.We have been married for 8 years and we honeymooned in Disney.
3.I have been to Disney 5 times and my DH has been there 6 times.
4.My favorite things at Disney include: Wishes, Soarin', World of Nations, Main Street USA, POTC and shopping in the many Disney stores.
5.My DH loves Rockin' Rollercoaster, Animation Courtyard, Wishes, Spectromagic, and POTC.
6.My DH is a huge Star Wars fan.
7. My favorite characters are Belle and Minnie and my DH likes Goofy.
8. We love Main Street Bakery cinnamon rolls, Kona Café, Tutto Italia and Wolfgang Puck Express.
9.We are not park commandos. We like to take breaks in the afternoon and we love to take in all of the sights, and sounds that Disney has to offer. We love all of the little details that truly make Disney a wonderful place to be.
10.My DH and I often talk about being snow birds when we retire. We can live in Indiana in the summer and live in Florida in the winter. We would love to work part time at Disney. However, seeing as how I just turned 30 we have a few more years before that will happen. :goodvibes


In 2007 our Grand Gathering included 10 people. My DH and I stayed at POR and the rest of our group stayed at ASMO. Some highlights of the trip included Star Wars weekend, a girls only outing to do the Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot, and a Wishes Fireworks cruise (so fun!).

In October 2008 my DH and I decided to see what Disney was like in the fall. We went on my Fall break and again stayed at POR (we love it there). Some highlights of that trip included “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”,the Food and Wine Festival and seeing all the fall decorations (not to mention it was sooooo nice to be there when it wasn’t blazing hot).

In June 2009 my DH and I took advantage of the buy 4 get 3 free plan and we went back this time staying at CSR. We enjoyed CSR but so far our heart still belongs to POR. Highlights from this trip included the “Keys to the Kingdom” tour, seeing Spectromagic and Illuminations for the first time and Star Wars weekends.

Now we are back to what my SIL and I love to do: Disney vacation planning. We love to “talk Disney” and we are true fans of all Disney has to offer. We both have Disney binders to help keep everything and everyone organized. So far, our trip is booked and we know who is going. We are working on picking our restaurants and trying to get a feel for the things that are most important for each person. We know that the trip will include a BBB experience, Star Wars weekend, Disney Quest, and golfing at Winter Summerland.

We also have been sending out a monthly newsletter to our Sweet 16 travelers and we have a special email for all Disney trip related correspondence. We even have started buying things to use on our trip. A little crazy? Just crazy for Disney!

FairyGodmotherJen
10-26-2009, 10:07 PM
Hello! I’m the SIL Shelley (Belle8306) mentioned above. Shelley and I are definitely the Disney nuts in the family, though both our husbands are catching up to us.

A little about us…here’s a group shot of our last trip in September of 2008.
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/day%202%20pt%202/100_0949.jpg

Me – Jen – 35, fourth grade teacher, a scrapbooker, and active in the music ministry at my parish. I’m also getting my masters degree as a Reading Specialist. It’s definitely cutting into my leisure time (mostly my DIS time), but I keep telling myself it’ll be worth it in the end. Really, it will….:faint: Anyway, I’ve been a Disney fan forever. My parents took us twice as kids – first it was just the Magic Kingdom, then it was MK and Epcot. We stayed at the Poly for a whole week, drove down, and loved every minute of it. I went back with friends in high school, and then Mom and Dad took us on a grown-up family vacation in 2000. Since then, we’ve taken the kids three times…we’re all hooked. It’s a bit alarming, really. My favorites include the Fairy Godmother (I was her in a musical in high school – my sad little claim to fame), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Soarin’. I WILL ride Splash Mountain on this trip, too. This is me, DD and the lady herself -
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/fairygodmother.jpg

DH – Bryan – 35, IT guy extraordinaire, Star Wars nut (really anything sci-fi), soccer coach, and SuperDad. He went to Disney once as a kid, but didn’t stay on property. He went back on our family trip before kids in 2000, but it was the first time we took our kids (the two oldest, at least) in 2005 that he really caught the bug. We just had an amazing trip. It was one of the first free dining offers, and we were convinced it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go. I took four days off of school and we went at the end of Sept/beginning of October. We had a total of two ADRs made, and stayed at ASMo. I can’t think of a better way to introduce the kids to Disney. Yes, we had our moments, especially with a four year old and a 20 month old in tow, but we had fun. We returned in 2007 with much of Bryan’s family, and again on our own in 2008. My kids have been waiting for 2010 ever since…and so have Bryan and I! His favorites at Disney include Sorcerer Mickey, Mission Space, Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story Mania.
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%203/100_1133.jpg

DD – Haley – 8 years old, third grader, princess and Tinkerbell fan, gymnast, and a great big sis. She was the first grandchild on either side, and so has always had a special place in the family’s heart. She’s pretty spunky and VERY stubborn. Right now, she’s a HUGE Fancy Nancy fan (if you’re the mother of a little girl under the age of 10 and haven’t read these books, you really need to!), and her Christmas list is going to have all types of “fancy” things for her bedroom on it. She goes to gymnastics every week and will eagerly show you how much her cartwheel and back bend have improved. She’s also just about to finish up her first season of soccer. She has, alas, also been corrupted by my DH and is a rabid Star Wars fan, though not nearly as much as her younger brother. She’s planning on being Princess Leia for Halloween. She loves Tinkerbelle and the princesses, and she’s hoping to see Ahsoka Tano at Star Wars Weekends. It’s a Small World has always been her favorite ride – this is her riding it in 2007…

(This is two years old, but it's still one of my favorites!)
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_5866.jpg

DS#1 – Jack – 5 (will be 6 this winter), Star Wars nut, video game guru (sigh) and happy Kindergartener. He lives for Star Wars at this point…he’s a miniature of his Daddy. He’s got Jedi robes for Halloween…Bryan says we need to get Haley a pair, too, for Star Wars Weekends, but my reply was that Mommy would NOT be carrying around two sweaty sets of Jedi robes when they’re too hot to wear in the June heat! He has found Legos through the Lego Starwars sets, and is hoping for several of them for his birthday and Christmas. He also enjoys playing soccer, and this is his fourth season. My MIL dubbed him “The Executive Producer of Entertainment,” and he is described by his teachers and my principal as “a hoot.” His favorites at Disney include Lightning McQueen and Mater, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and Toy Story Mania. He’s so excited about Star Wars Weekends he can’t stand it!
Here he is last fall on the teacups…
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_0827.jpg

DS#2 – Will – 18 months (will be two for the trip), crazy toddler that is going to cause me to grow some major grey hair before he’s three, and already a Disney fan. No, I’m not exaggerating. He went on his first trip when he was not quite 5 months old (we decided to take advantage of free dining while I was on maternity leave). Of course, he didn’t seem incredibly impressed back then…in fact, he was the cause for our first (hopefully last) trip to the urgent care at Disney. Somehow, he managed to pinch off the top layer of his finger and we couldn’t get it to stop bleeding. He spent the rest of the trip with a sock over his hand to keep him from chewing on it. Now he’s a highly mobile 18 month old who can take the outlet covers out and plug the vacuum cleaner back in, climb up the computer chair in order to stand up on the computer desk and play with the printer, and surprised us on his first birthday by climbing all the way up the stairs to the second floor when we weren’t looking and giving us a heart attack when we couldn’t find him. We have, however, done something right, because any time he sees Mickey, Mater, Lightning McQueen, Buzz, or any of the Fab Five, he goes berserk! I took the child into the Disney Store the other day and I thought his head was going to explode. He didn’t know where to look first. This is Will at Chef Mickey’s getting to know the big guy…(I’ll post more recent pictures later, since this post is already really long).
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_0745.jpg

Anyway, that’s our immediate family. Shelley gave you most of the details above – going June 13-20, staying at CBR, etc…We’re excited about Star Wars Weekends, and about being in the parks with so many people that are close to us. Speaking of those folks, we’ll take a few minutes to introduce them in the next few posts. So, please join us for our crazy ride – we’ll try to help you keep up with our crazy cast of characters!

belle8306
10-27-2009, 11:27 PM
Picture Time!

My DH and I.
This picture was taken at POR in October 2008. We love this resort!:love:

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0762.jpg

I have stayed at POR 4 times. It is beautiful!:cloud9: We stayed at CSR in June and we enjoyed the change but we still love POR. I am really looking forward to staying at CBR this trip. I have been on the resort board looking at all of the pictures and it looks wonderful. :goodvibes

I was going to add a few more pictures but photobucket is giving me problems. So, I will save those for another day. :wave2:

Lady Lallie
10-28-2009, 08:31 AM
I'm here! I'm here!!

I remember you looking forward to this trip like a year ago so I'm excited to see a PTR for it.

Great introductions and pictures! :goodvibes

mickeystoontown
10-28-2009, 08:04 PM
I'm here too! Now, I've got to go back and read it thoroughly since I just skimmed through the first time.

FairyGodmotherJen
10-28-2009, 08:33 PM
I'm here! I'm here!!

I remember you looking forward to this trip like a year ago so I'm excited to see a PTR for it.

Great introductions and pictures! :goodvibes


Welcome! And thanks...we like to look at some of those folks, too...;) I hope we don't drive everyone away with all of our introductions - there are WAY too many! But there's no quiz at the end, I promise! :laughing:

I'm here too! Now, I've got to go back and read it thoroughly since I just skimmed through the first time.

Hey there! Thanks for coming over. We'll see how well we can keep this going, since we've got a few months to go yet! But Shelley and I are already hashing out dining ideas, so I think we'll have a few things to talk about. :rolleyes: Plus, when the DH's get here, it might get a little nutty....;)

mickeystoontown
10-28-2009, 08:39 PM
Whew! Went back and read through all of the details. Looks like you girls have this trip planned out really well so far. We are CBR lovers to the core. I hope you fall in love with it just like we did.

I am hoping that we will be able to catch the first of Star Wars Weekends since we will be there part of the first week of June. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Looking forward to reading more!

belle8306
10-28-2009, 10:10 PM
I'm here! I'm here!!

I remember you looking forward to this trip like a year ago so I'm excited to see a PTR for it.

Great introductions and pictures! :goodvibes

I am so glad you are here!:cool1::thumbsup2 Yes, we have been looking forward to this trip for quite a while. I am so glad we are finally close enough to have a PTR for it.

Whew! Went back and read through all of the details. Looks like you girls have this trip planned out really well so far. We are CBR lovers to the core. I hope you fall in love with it just like we did.

I am hoping that we will be able to catch the first of Star Wars Weekends since we will be there part of the first week of June. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Looking forward to reading more!
Welcome! :goodvibes:yay: I hope we love CBR too! The pictures I have seen are beautiful. I can't wait to see it in person. I am going to check out your TR.

belle8306
10-29-2009, 05:33 PM
More pictures! I hope Photobucket is in a better mood today!

This is my SIL Jen and I in June 2007 on the Behind the Seeds tour. It was a lot of fun!:hippie:

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0640.jpg

Here is my DH outside of MK before Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We had a blast!:yay:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00679.jpg

This is a group photo from our trip in June 2007.:grouphug:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0660-1.jpg


A picture from POR.:cloud9:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0764.jpg

I love this picture of the castle.:wizard:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0857.jpg

DH and I at POR.:goodvibes
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00824.jpg

belle8306
10-29-2009, 09:19 PM
I can't believe it is almost November already! That means one month closer to Disney!:woohoo: There is a lot to look forward to during this month which usually makes it go quickly. Here is run down of what I am looking forward to during November (and yes, some of them are Disney related).

This movie looks really good::happytv:

A Christmas Carol (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/achristmascarol/)

I can't wait to get this soundtrack::cool1:

Glee (http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?r=1&ourl=Glee-The-Music-Vol-1%2FGlee&EAN=886975409020&cm_mmc=yahoossp-_-plp-_-music-_-Glee-The-Music-Vol-1-886975409020)

This movie comes out on DVD::happytv:

Up (http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/up.html)

I love Thanksgiving!:thumbsup2

Charlie Brown (http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Brown-Thanksgiving-Todd-Barbee/dp/B00004W5UL)

The adventure that is Black Friday. Last year we went to the Disney store at midnight and didn't leave until 2 a.m.! It was a lot of fun!:yay:

Black Friday (http://www.theblackfriday.com/)

Also Jen's b-day is in November. :bday:

Lots of things to look forward to !!:cool1::wizard::goodvibes

belle8306
10-31-2009, 10:13 AM
Happy Halloween!!


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belle8306
11-01-2009, 10:04 PM
Our next big decision will be our dining. So far these are some ideas that we have:

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0754.jpg

Disney Dining Ideas

Epcot
Tutto Italia (TS)
Cantina de San Angel (CS)

Animal Kingdom
Flame Tree BBQ (CS)

Magic Kingdom
Columbia Harbor House (CS)
Cosmic Rays (CS)
Crystal Palace (TS) *Breakfast*

MGM
Sci-Fi Dine In (TS)
Toy Story Pizza Planet (CS)

Resorts
CBR Food Court (CS)
Poly-Kona Café (TS)
Poly-Ohana (TS)
Contemporary-Chef Mickey’s (TS)
The Grand Floridian-1900 Park Fare (TS)

Downtown Disney
Wolfgang Puck Express (CS)
Earl of Sandwich (CS)

Alternates:

Epcot
Le Cellier (TS)
Chefs de France (TS)
Garden Grill (TS)
World Showcase (many CS options)
Sunshine Seasons (CS)

MGM
Mama Melrose (TS)

Animal Kingdom
Pizzafari (CS)


Magic Kingdom
Liberty Tree Tavern (TS)
Pecos Bills (CS)

We know that traveling with 16 people will mean that we won't be sitting at the same table and we are O.K. with that. We are flexible. We won't be making ADR's until December so we still have time to make our final decisions.

I have also been collecting a list of snack options. I always see these great snacks on the food review board. Sometimes I forget which park or restaurant they were at so I thought I would start my list now.

Snacks
Main Street Bakery: Cinnamon Rolls, Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Sleepy Hollow-Cappuccino Floats, Funnel Cakes
Aloha Isle-Pineapple Dole Whip
Goofy’s Candy Co.
Other: Soft Pretzels, Fudge, Cream Cheese Pretzels, Frozen Lemonade
France Bakery: Pastries, Chocolate Mousse
Norway Bakery: Sweet Almond Pretzel


Here are some pictures from June 2009. This was our first stay at CSR. We really enjoyed it.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03256.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03260.jpg


http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03262.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1298.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1232.jpg

Leisure Ninja
11-02-2009, 08:28 PM
Hello Everyone, this is DH of Belle8306. I've read quite a few posts, but this is one of my first replies. I hope you find these little tid bits interesting enough to keep you coming back.

Ever since the first time I stepped foot in the MK, I've been hooked. I was too young to really realize the actual magnitude of things that can be done, experienced and remembered. As our group plans our next trip to the world, I find myself thinking of more and more things I want to do. Toy Story Mania, Star Wars Weekends, Rockin' Rollercoaster, Wishes and I think I can hear a Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll calling my name.

I'm a big fan of pin trading. There is a great excitement when you approach a CM with a pin trading lanyard. You don't know what they are going to have, but also, for some reason it doesn't seem to be that easy to ask to look at their pins. I know the pins don't really belong to them, but in my mind I have the feeling that they have some sentimental value. I know that they won't tell me no, but I am still nervous about hearing them say it. Maybe some day that will go away.

Well, I hope this has entertained you thus far. Until next time...

FauntleroyFAN07
11-03-2009, 10:02 AM
we liked CSR on our last trip as well, for christmas 08! but we thought the food court was alot pricier than the other resorts.

maybe cause it is a convention hotel and they charge the business guys more cause they dont pay it themselves.

:confused3

Lady Lallie
11-03-2009, 10:05 AM
I love the pictures of CSR! It looks really beautiful. :goodvibes

belle8306
11-03-2009, 04:25 PM
we liked CSR on our last trip as well, for christmas 08! but we thought the food court was alot pricier than the other resorts.

maybe cause it is a convention hotel and they charge the business guys more cause they dont pay it themselves.

:confused3

I agree with you about the prices at Peppermarket. If we weren't on the quick service plan we wouldn't have eaten there. The food was good but it was pricey.

I love the pictures of CSR! It looks really beautiful. :goodvibes


It is beautiful! Especially at night seeing all of the fountains and buildings lit up across the lake.

belle8306
11-03-2009, 04:59 PM
Well, since we don't have much to update I figure I will show you more pictures.


This is DH at DHS. He was really excited to see all of the signs for Star Wars weekends.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03108.jpg


They had a lot of these photo areas set up around the park.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03148.jpg

This is me at the CSR bus stop. The grounds at CSR are beautiful!
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1223.jpg

DH at the Muppets store. Being a child of the 80's I love the Muppets. The 3D show could use a refurbishment but I still see it every time.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03125.jpg

belle8306
11-05-2009, 05:20 PM
More random thoughts to pass the time until we can make our ADR's.


First, I love this picture of the castle.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1340.jpg


Here is the "Ultimate Disney Survey". Feel free to respond with your own answers.


Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Minnie
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? They are all pretty. But I will go with Belle (no surprise, check out my screen name).
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Charming
Who's the best villain? Ursulla and Cruella DeVille
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? No, but I did dress up as Strawberry Shortcake once and I won a contest to be in my town's parade. But that is a story for another day.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? I am sorry to those that like him, but Wall E's voice drives me crazy.

Which movie was your favorite? So many!! Pixar:Finding Nemo, Animated: The Little Mermaid Live Action:Enchanted and Pirates 1
Which movie made you cry? Again, so many! Two that stand out Bambi and Pollyanna (when she fell out of the tree).

Have you ever been to Disneyland? No, but I would like to visit it someday.
Have you ever been to Disney World?Yes, 5 times.
Which park is the best? The Magic Kingdom
What's your favorite ride? POTC
What's your least favorite ride? Star Tours made me feel sick.

Would you ever work for Disney? YES!! Someday, I want to retire and work there part time.
Which is the best show at Disney? Wishes .
Which is the best restaurant? Kona Cafe and Tutto Italia
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? Port Orleans Riverside:love:

belle8306
11-05-2009, 05:27 PM
These pics are from June 2007.

POR:cloud9:
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0689a.jpg

My DH and his DB on the boat to POR. :rolleyes:

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0722_2.jpg

Jen and I on the boat to POR. Pretending not to know the 2 guys pictured above.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0724-1.jpg

FairyGodmotherJen
11-06-2009, 09:20 PM
I'm back!! I'm sorry, Shelley - I've left you to keep this up on your own! But I'm doing better (antibiotics and steroids will do that for you...of course, they'll also give you heart palpitations and insomnia, but, hey...;)) and my classwork is done, and the Boards aren't down - so here you go!

First, I promised more up-to-date pictures of the kids. Here are a few from Halloween.

Leia, Obi-wan, and...their dog?? :) Will's costume is actually one that both the other kids wore (much cheaper). We told everyone he was Chewbacca...
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_3924.jpg

Jack really got into the action.
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_3940.jpg

And this is the two boys hamming it up...
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_3927.jpg

Finally, this is Will realizing that people were actually putting CANDY in his bucket - hey, this holiday might be pretty cool!!
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_3933.jpg

Here are a few of my favorite Disney pics in general.

This is actually after Disney in 2008 - we reused costumes last year, too, I guess. :rolleyes1
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_1875.jpg

All of us in 2007 (pre-Will) with Mater
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_5705.jpg

Jack after learning that breakfast with the princesses at Akershus could actually be kinda fun...:rotfl:
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_5803.jpg

And Miss Haley with Aladdin and the Genie - we'd never seen these guys before!
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%204/100_1358.jpg

Finally, another group shot from 2007.
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_5854.jpg

FairyGodmotherJen
11-06-2009, 09:21 PM
ACCKKK!! Ok, I've re-copied and re-uploaded to Photobucket...why won't my pictures show up? :confused3 Sorry, guys...I'll keep trying!

Edited...finally figured it out. You'd figure, after more than 500 posts, I'd know which information to copy from Photobucket!

Lady Lallie
11-06-2009, 09:53 PM
Just a quick response to say I'm still reading along! I love the Disney Survey...I'll come back to do that sometime this weekend. :thumbsup2

The kids look so adorable in their Halloween Costumes!

FairyGodmotherJen
11-06-2009, 09:59 PM
Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Probably Minnie, as well.
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? I love Belle because she's a reader! But I think the new kid on the block, Tianna, is gorgeous!
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty (he had the most character!) I also liked Aladdin...technically, a prince after he married Jasmine, right?
Who's the best villain? Hmmm....Maleficent was pretty freaky when I ws a kid.
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? Surprisingly enough, I don't think I ever did.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? Right now, we're just branching into the more "Disney Channel" phase than Playhouse Disney...I'm NOT a Hannah Montana fan.
Which movie was your favorite? My all-time favorite as a kid was the Rescuers. I think I saw it five times - and that was before even VHS tapes! Lately, I could watch Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast over and over again. But there aren't many I WOULDN'T watch like that...
Which movie made you cry? The Lion King - when Mufasa died.
Have you ever been to Disneyland? No, but my brother lives less than an hour away, and I WILL make it out there to visit him one of these days!
Have you ever been to Disney World? Oh, yes! As you can see from my sig...
Which park is the best? MK, but Epcot is a close second.
What's your favorite ride? Soarin'
What's your least favorite ride? It's not really a ride, but we didn't enjoy the Tiki Room much at all!
Would you ever work for Disney? Yes!! I'm with Shelley - we can be snowbirds down there together. Of course, my dream job for Disney would be singing in a show...but there aren't too many retirement-age characters that sing in Disney shows!!
Which is the best show at Disney? Ooh, tough one. We loved Nemo and Illuminations last year. But I also enjoyed FOTLK, though I haven't seen it since 2000!
Which is the best restaurant? Well, we've done mostly character meals lately...I loved the Brown Derby in 2000, and we enjoyed the Garden Grill last trip.
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? I'd stay at the Poly in a heartbeat!


Now, what are we interested in the most on this trip? These are probably the tops...
- Star Wars Weekends (we just finished watching the new episode of Clone Wars before the kids went to bed...I've had to surrender to this one. I was actually quite a fan when I was young, so I can kinda sorta keep up with DH as he shows off all of his SW geekiness...)
- Bippidy Boppity Boutique - Haley is SOOOO excited about this! She's been talking about it since she noticed girls that had been done up on our last trip. She doesn't know it, but my mom is splitting the bill with me to get her the whole kit and caboodle - dress and all! It's a ton of money, but she'll almost be 9, and how many more times will she want to do this (and not be Hannah Montana!!!! :eek:)
- Going with my mom and aunt. My mom loves Disney, but since Dad doesn't want to go back (he's decided that four trips is plenty....:confused3) she hadn't been able to. When we asked my Aunt Deedee to come along, though, she was absolutely ecstatic, and Mom had an instant roomie, so we were set! They're just as excited as we are now...well, ok, not quite, but almost!
- Maybe having an "adult night" while we're there. I love going with my kids, but there are things they just don't want to do! We had several hours where my in-laws took the kids in 2007 and we shopped and hit the MK with Tim and Shelley, and that was a ton of fun! I'm thinking, with so many of us going, that it won't be a problem to do it this time, too.
- Staying for a week!! We haven't gone for this long since I was a kid. I want to be able to take at least a slightly more relaxed pace than usual...in other words, I don't want to need to sleep for two days straight to make up for my vacation!
- CBR! Thanks to the pictures here on the DIS, I'm really excited about it. I love the idea of staying in a more centralized area (we have stayed at ASMo the past three trips), and I am also looking forward to the bigger rooms!

Ok, three posts in a row kinda sorta makes up for all my time away. :upsidedow I'll try to come back with some more dinner ideas (and some advice on BBB from anyone who might have tried it before) later this weekend.

Lady Lallie
11-07-2009, 07:58 AM
Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Mickey Mouse
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? Ariel
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Eric
Who's the best villain? Ursula
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? Minnie Mouse when I was little.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? Does Hannah Montana count? :rotfl2:
Which movie was your favorite?Just one!!?? I can't do it. I have three. The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins & Beauty & The Beast.
Which movie made you cry? The Little Mermaid...when King Triton turns her into a human!
Have you ever been to Disneyland? Nope.
Have you ever been to Disney World? Yes...Six times.
Which park is the best? The Magic Kingdom
What's your favorite ride? Soarin'
What's your least favorite ride? I don't think I have one!
Would you ever work for Disney? Absolutely!
Which is the best show at Disney? Spectromagic.
Which is the best restaurant? Hollywood Brown Derby.
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? Hmmm...I love them all!

belle8306
11-07-2009, 11:29 AM
I'm back!! I'm sorry, Shelley - I've left you to keep this up on your own! But I'm doing better (antibiotics and steroids will do that for you...of course, they'll also give you heart palpitations and insomnia, but, hey...;)) and my classwork is done, and the Boards aren't down - so here you go!
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Hey Jen! I didn't know you were sick!:hug: Hopefully, you are on the road to recovery. The kids look so cute! I hope I haven't been hogging the PTR. I think we will get an adults night on this trip for sure. Last time was a lot of fun.:goodvibes

belle8306
11-07-2009, 11:31 AM
Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Probably Minnie, as well.
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? I love Belle because she's a reader! But I think the new kid on the block, Tianna, is gorgeous!
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty (he had the most character!) I also liked Aladdin...technically, a prince after he married Jasmine, right?
Who's the best villain? Hmmm....Maleficent was pretty freaky when I ws a kid.
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? Surprisingly enough, I don't think I ever did.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? Right now, we're just branching into the more "Disney Channel" phase than Playhouse Disney...I'm NOT a Hannah Montana fan.
Which movie was your favorite? My all-time favorite as a kid was the Rescuers. I think I saw it five times - and that was before even VHS tapes! Lately, I could watch Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast over and over again. But there aren't many I WOULDN'T watch like that...
Which movie made you cry? The Lion King - when Mufasa died.
Have you ever been to Disneyland? No, but my brother lives less than an hour away, and I WILL make it out there to visit him one of these days!
Have you ever been to Disney World? Oh, yes! As you can see from my sig...
Which park is the best? MK, but Epcot is a close second.
What's your favorite ride? Soarin'
What's your least favorite ride? It's not really a ride, but we didn't enjoy the Tiki Room much at all!
Would you ever work for Disney? Yes!! I'm with Shelley - we can be snowbirds down there together. Of course, my dream job for Disney would be singing in a show...but there aren't too many retirement-age characters that sing in Disney shows!!
Which is the best show at Disney? Ooh, tough one. We loved Nemo and Illuminations last year. But I also enjoyed FOTLK, though I haven't seen it since 2000!
Which is the best restaurant? Well, we've done mostly character meals lately...I loved the Brown Derby in 2000, and we enjoyed the Garden Grill last trip.
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? I'd stay at the Poly in a heartbeat!


Now, what are we interested in the most on this trip? These are probably the tops...
- Star Wars Weekends (we just finished watching the new episode of Clone Wars before the kids went to bed...I've had to surrender to this one. I was actually quite a fan when I was young, so I can kinda sorta keep up with DH as he shows off all of his SW geekiness...)
- Bippidy Boppity Boutique - Haley is SOOOO excited about this! She's been talking about it since she noticed girls that had been done up on our last trip. She doesn't know it, but my mom is splitting the bill with me to get her the whole kit and caboodle - dress and all! It's a ton of money, but she'll almost be 9, and how many more times will she want to do this (and not be Hannah Montana!!!! :eek:)
- Going with my mom and aunt. My mom loves Disney, but since Dad doesn't want to go back (he's decided that four trips is plenty....:confused3) she hadn't been able to. When we asked my Aunt Deedee to come along, though, she was absolutely ecstatic, and Mom had an instant roomie, so we were set! They're just as excited as we are now...well, ok, not quite, but almost!
- Maybe having an "adult night" while we're there. I love going with my kids, but there are things they just don't want to do! We had several hours where my in-laws took the kids in 2007 and we shopped and hit the MK with Tim and Shelley, and that was a ton of fun! I'm thinking, with so many of us going, that it won't be a problem to do it this time, too.
- Staying for a week!! We haven't gone for this long since I was a kid. I want to be able to take at least a slightly more relaxed pace than usual...in other words, I don't want to need to sleep for two days straight to make up for my vacation!
- CBR! Thanks to the pictures here on the DIS, I'm really excited about it. I love the idea of staying in a more centralized area (we have stayed at ASMo the past three trips), and I am also looking forward to the bigger rooms!

Ok, three posts in a row kinda sorta makes up for all my time away. :upsidedow I'll try to come back with some more dinner ideas (and some advice on BBB from anyone who might have tried it before) later this weekend.

Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Mickey Mouse
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? Ariel
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Eric
Who's the best villain? Ursula
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? Minnie Mouse when I was little.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? Does Hannah Montana count? :rotfl2:
Which movie was your favorite?Just one!!?? I can't do it. I have three. The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins & Beauty & The Beast.
Which movie made you cry? The Little Mermaid...when King Triton turns her into a human!
Have you ever been to Disneyland? Nope.
Have you ever been to Disney World? Yes...Six times.
Which park is the best? The Magic Kingdom
What's your favorite ride? Soarin'
What's your least favorite ride? I don't think I have one!
Would you ever work for Disney? Absolutely!
Which is the best show at Disney? Spectromagic.
Which is the best restaurant? Hollywood Brown Derby.
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? Hmmm...I love them all!

You both had great answers! I think we all need to work for Disney together!:thumbsup2

belle8306
11-07-2009, 11:52 AM
Things I love at Disney:

The attention to detail like these ride posters as you enter MK:

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1379.jpg

Adults can be kids.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0710.jpg

The history and theme of every park, restaurant, attraction, resort. It is amazing!

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00892.jpg

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The feeling of magic:

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FairyGodmotherJen
11-07-2009, 01:54 PM
Hey Jen! I didn't know you were sick!:hug: Hopefully, you are on the road to recovery. The kids look so cute! I hope I haven't been hogging the PTR. I think we will get an adults night on this trip for sure. Last time was a lot of fun.:goodvibes

I'm doing fine now - as usual, just a sinus issue that wouldn't go away.

Excited about seeing you guys next week! I have to go do some more cleaning while Will the Beast is napping...I'll get back this weekend, though! GREAT pictures!

Lady Lallie
11-07-2009, 01:57 PM
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00762.jpg

That is a simply gorgeous photo!

FairyGodmotherJen
11-07-2009, 01:57 PM
Which of the Fab Five is your favorite? Mickey Mouse
Who's the prettiest Disney Princess? Ariel
Who's the greatest Disney Prince? Prince Eric
Who's the best villain? Ursula
Have you ever dressed up as a Disney Character? Minnie Mouse when I was little.
Are there any Disney Characters that you simply cannot stand? Does Hannah Montana count? :rotfl2:
Which movie was your favorite?Just one!!?? I can't do it. I have three. The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins & Beauty & The Beast.
Which movie made you cry? The Little Mermaid...when King Triton turns her into a human!
Have you ever been to Disneyland? Nope.
Have you ever been to Disney World? Yes...Six times.
Which park is the best? The Magic Kingdom
What's your favorite ride? Soarin'
What's your least favorite ride? I don't think I have one!
Would you ever work for Disney? Absolutely!
Which is the best show at Disney? Spectromagic.
Which is the best restaurant? Hollywood Brown Derby.
Which is the best hotel on Disney property? Hmmm...I love them all!

Yep, I think Shelley is right...we could all work for Disney together!! Maybe Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty??!? :lmao:

Lady Lallie
11-07-2009, 01:59 PM
Yep, I think Shelley is right...we could all work for Disney together!! Maybe Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty??!? :lmao:

:rotfl2: That sounds perfect!!

belle8306
11-07-2009, 10:17 PM
:rotfl2: That sounds perfect!!

I'm in! When do we start?

Thanks for the compliment on the photo. That was taken at Hallowishes last October.

belle8306
11-07-2009, 10:49 PM
I decided to start a new segment on our PTR called "Things I am loving right now". Which is basically what has been making me happy lately.

1.Redbox movies. $1.00 for a new release is awesome! We are watching "The Proposal"right now and it is really cute.

2.The Big Bang Theory-So super funny! It makes being a geek cool.

3.Peppermint coffee from my local gas station. Seriously it is better than Starbucks. It is so good!

4.Listening to the Glee soundtrack and Christmas music.

5.Halloween clearance. I found a Tinkerbell bucket for 75 cents that I can use in my classroom.

6. The book Mousejunkies. I read the first page and I saw myself. It explains better than I ever could the reasons I love Disney and why we keep going back.

This is what I am loving right now. Feel free to add your own list as we pass the time until our vacation. :love:

Lady Lallie
11-07-2009, 10:59 PM
Oh I love your list!

I love love love Glee. I really need to get the music so I can listen to it. I'm gearing up for Christmas music too. I love this time of year!

Mousejunkies is a great book! I think they are coming out with a second one, I can't wait to read it.

Marc & I are huge fans of Redbox. We actually watched Transformers this morning, we hadn't seen it and now we are going to watch the second one tomorrow. The Proposal was a great movie!

The Big Bang Theory is another great show! Do you watch How I Met Your Mother?

belle8306
11-07-2009, 11:06 PM
Oh I love your list!

I love love love Glee. I really need to get the music so I can listen to it. I'm gearing up for Christmas music too. I love this time of year!

Mousejunkies is a great book! I think they are coming out with a second one, I can't wait to read it.

Marc & I are huge fans of Redbox. We actually watched Transformers this morning, we hadn't seen it and now we are going to watch the second one tomorrow. The Proposal was a great movie!

The Big Bang Theory is another great show! Do you watch How I Met Your Mother?


Glee is so good! The soundtrack honestly is one of the first CD's I have bought in a long time. It has so many great songs on it. I didn't know there was going to be another Mousejunkies book. I will have to look for it. How I Met Your Mother is AWESOME! We have the first 3 seasons. It is so funny. Nail Patrick Harris rules.

Lady Lallie
11-07-2009, 11:07 PM
Glee is so good! The soundtrack honestly is one of the first CD's I have bought in a long time. It has so many great songs on it. I didn't know there was going to be another Mousejunkies book. I will have to look for it. How I Met Your Mother is AWESOME! We have the first 3 seasons. It is so funny. Nail Patrick Harris rules.

I love How I Met Your Mother! It's a great show.

I might have to ask for the Glee Soundtrack for Christmas! I'm amazed by the singing in that show, so cool!

belle8306
11-07-2009, 11:11 PM
I love How I Met Your Mother! It's a great show.

I might have to ask for the Glee Soundtrack for Christmas! I'm amazed by the singing in that show, so cool!

They are going to have a second soundtrack come out in December. It is already on my list.:thumbsup2

belle8306
11-09-2009, 04:22 PM
It is time for another list! This is a list of all the things I want to make for our trip.

1.Shirts
2.Mousekeeping Tip Envelopes
3.TS Tip Envelopes
4.Jen and I want to make everyone that is going a small bag with some little travel goodies in it.
5.Mint Matchbooks (or some other way to thank excellent CM's for their service). Mint Matchbooks (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=32161377#post32161377)
6.Door Decorations for each room in our party so we can tell who is staying where.


I figure these things can keep me busy during the winter.

In other news, I am so excited to see Christmas movies starting!:santa: The Family Channel has movies on each night until Christmas. Some of them are Disney movies. There is a schedule you can download here. (http://community.abcfamily.go.com/25-days-christmas/schedule)

Also, in other Christmas related news more ads are being released for Black Friday. You can check them out here (http://www.theblackfriday.com/). I love the holidays! Someday I will make it to Disney at Christmas time!:santa:

Lady Lallie
11-09-2009, 05:41 PM
I love the ABC Family Christmas Movies every year. They are so much fun, I look forward to them every Christmas. :santa:

The Mint Matchbooks look really neat!

mickeystoontown
11-09-2009, 05:47 PM
For some reason, I wasn't getting emails when my Dis friends were posting. I think I've finally gotten all caught up on my subscriptions.

So, tell me, how do the mint matchbook thingies work? That sounds like a great idea. Since we are from Louisiana, I am thinking about buying a whole bunch of the mini Tabasco bottles and adding thank you tags to them to give to CMs.

I saw the Family Channel movie countdown advertisement this weekend too!

Okay, I'm off to check out the Black Friday website. Tah-tah!

belle8306
11-09-2009, 06:13 PM
I love the ABC Family Christmas Movies every year. They are so much fun, I look forward to them every Christmas. :santa:

The Mint Matchbooks look really neat!

I put the schedule on my fridge so I can keep track of the ones I really want to watch. I am looking forward to making the mint matchbooks. I will post pics when they are ready.

For some reason, I wasn't getting emails when my Dis friends were posting. I think I've finally gotten all caught up on my subscriptions.

So, tell me, how do the mint matchbook thingies work? That sounds like a great idea. Since we are from Louisiana, I am thinking about buying a whole bunch of the mini Tabasco bottles and adding thank you tags to them to give to CMs.

I saw the Family Channel movie countdown advertisement this weekend too!

Okay, I'm off to check out the Black Friday website. Tah-tah!

The mint matchbooks from what I have read are pretty easy to make. I think I have a site bookmarked that gives step by step instructions. I will have to find it. Black Friday shopping is a yearly tradition for us. :santa:

belle8306
11-09-2009, 06:21 PM
More about the mint matchbooks:

Here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1787936&highlight=nugget&page=3)


Here are some finished product pictures matchbooks (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1787936&highlight=nugget&page=6)

FauntleroyFAN07
11-10-2009, 09:54 AM
WELL looks like we will now have to wait to see if we get a code for the photopass, they are only offereing the pre sale 45 days out and they have to offer it to you and only if you are staying at a disney resort. :mad:

belle8306
11-10-2009, 04:39 PM
WELL looks like we will now have to wait to see if we get a code for the photopass, they are only offereing the pre sale 45 days out and they have to offer it to you and only if you are staying at a disney resort. :mad:

What! I hadn't heard that! I hope that we can get a code. I hate when Disney makes crazy rules.:confused3

FairyGodmotherJen
11-10-2009, 06:00 PM
They talked about it on the last podcast...it's obnoxious. Apparently, if you've gone through a TA (which we have) or any other method of making reservations than calling them directly, you won't get the offer. I don't understand why they insist on doing things just to annoy some of their most enthusiastic customers!!! Hopefully, they'll get it straight before we head out.

belle8306
11-10-2009, 07:00 PM
Picture Time!

This was our first time golfing at Winter Summerland. It was so much fun! I loved the theme. They played Christmas :santa:music and we got a candy cane at the end. We did the winter side first and we had so much fun that we decided to do the summer side too.


http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC04463.jpg


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Another first for us was going on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. It was a blast! I picked the earliest time so we could get into MK without the crowds. It was so strange to see the almost empty streets. The tour was GREAT! I love learning about all of the history and details that make MK so special.

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Lady Lallie
11-10-2009, 07:47 PM
Those finished mint matches are so cute! Those are such a great idea.

I think what they are doing with photopass is stupid. I don't get it. I mean they are still making $100 bucks of people who pre-order it!

Lady Lallie
11-10-2009, 07:57 PM
Keys to the Kingdom Tour is on my list for sure! :thumbsup2

belle8306
11-10-2009, 09:46 PM
Those finished mint matches are so cute! Those are such a great idea.

I think what they are doing with photopass is stupid. I don't get it. I mean they are still making $100 bucks of people who pre-order it!


I can't wait to make them and see how they turn out.

I agree about the photopass. Disney is making a lot of money so I don't understand why they are changing things like that.


Keys to the Kingdom Tour is on my list for sure! :thumbsup2


Yes!:goodvibes It is so much fun! Especially since you are into history you will love it! Someday I would love to do the Backstage Magic tour which is all day. I will have to really save up for that one.

FairyGodmotherJen
11-10-2009, 10:15 PM
Hey there! I figured that you'd had enough of a break (to process the information overload), so I could come back and introduce a few more folks that will be traveling with us!

First of all...my mom:

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_2214.jpg

This is her with Jack about a year ago from his pre-k "Special Person Day." She's a pediatric RN who will hopefully be all but retired by the time we get to this trip. If she goes through with it, I'm getting her an "I'm Celebrating" button! She keeps my dad busy with all kinds of projects around the house, since he retired several years ago. She's a doting grammy, and loves to spoil my kids absolutely rotten. They live in my hometown about 40 minutes south of us, so we get together as much as we can. This is a rare flattering picture of her - she has a knack for contorting her face in weird ways when the camera flashes. She does everything she can to hide from the camera, but she's not going to be able to at WDW!!

My aunt (one of her seven siblings) is also coming along, but I need to find a good picture of her! She's an LPN and the office manager at a large health clinic in eastern IN. She was my childhood babysitter (as we grew up next door to my grandparents), my confirmation sponsor, and my cheerleader as I competed in the ISSMA (high school music association here) contests every year. It's been tough as she's farther away now, and because she had the intense task of caring for my grandmother when mini-strokes robbed her of all of her personality/faculties slowly over 10 years. Gram passed away last May, and Deedee (everyone else calls her Dee, but I just can't) is now my grandfather's best friend and entertainer. :rolleyes: She's never been to Disney before, and can't wait. She's also simply one of the most fun-to-be-around people I've ever known!

My MIL and FIL:
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_6072.jpg

This was taken at 'Ohana at the Poly in 2007. We had such a great time with them! We don't have the typical in-laws relationship at all. They've even gone on a week-long vacation with us and my parents! My father-in-law comes down (2 1/2 hours) each week to babysit for us for several days straight. He's an amazing caregiver during the week. He retired from U.S. Steele in 2003, and has been coming down here since Jack was 10 months old. My mother-in-law still works up in their hometown, but heads down every chance she gets. I'm spoiled rotten, because when she comes down she cleans, cooks, and organizes! She just left today, and my garage and two of my closets are completely re-organized. :lovestruc

Bryan's Uncle (Un)

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_3665.jpg

Haley began calling him "Un" when she was very young, and it stuck. He's my father-in-law's brother, so we'll have three generations of brothers coming along for this trip! He's so attentive to and patient with my kids - Haley has had his hair in curlers, he's watched countless hours of video with Jack, and Will just climbs all over him. We don't get to see him near as much as we'd like due to his work schedule, so we're looking forward to seeing him for a straight week. He is an EXPERT photographer, and I know he's looking forward to taking lots of pictures (and we're looking forward to seeing them!). This isn't a great picture, but since he's usually behind the camera it was hard to find a good one. He's also a train enthusiast, so Shelley and I have been telling him about the train tour.

Bryan's Grandma and Great-Aunt:

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/IMG_0109.jpg
(This is them - the two to the left - with their sister-in-law)
We were pleasantly surprised when Grandma and her sister decided they'd be joining us. They're currently living in New Mexico, where they took care of their mother and step-father until they passed away (Great Grandma passed away last June...it was a rocky start to the summer!). They're now adjusting to their increased freedom. They've decided to stay the whole week instead of the three or four days they were originally talking about, and they're also staying with us at CBR instead of the GF because they want to be with the group (yeah, that's a sacrifice! :eek:). I know they're interested most in Epcot, and in watching the kids enjoy themselves.

Ok...I think that's everyone who hadn't already been introduced! You can see why we're so excited. It's such an amazing group of people!!! All of the ages, and sides of the family...we're coming from lots of different places...and we're hopefully all going to have a blast.

I hope your head isn't spinning now. I can always draw out a diagram for everyone to follow.....:rotfl:

Lady Lallie
11-10-2009, 10:35 PM
Sounds like you have such a great group of people in your group! :goodvibes

I love seeing all their photos.

belle8306
11-10-2009, 10:43 PM
Jen, thanks for updating our tour group! I think we are going to have a blast!

LL, Thanks! They are a good group to travel with.

FauntleroyFAN07
11-11-2009, 10:04 AM
What! I hadn't heard that! I hope that we can get a code. I hate when Disney makes crazy rules.:confused3

They talked about it on the last podcast...it's obnoxious. Apparently, if you've gone through a TA (which we have) or any other method of making reservations than calling them directly, you won't get the offer. I don't understand why they insist on doing things just to annoy some of their most enthusiastic customers!!! Hopefully, they'll get it straight before we head out.
well my dad called them direct for our reservations, i hope we still get one, and that staying in the Campground has nothing to hurt those chances.

belle8306
11-11-2009, 04:24 PM
I hope you get a code or that Disney will change this silly rule before we go.

belle8306
11-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Let's take a "trip" to Downtown Disney today.

First we can eat at Wolfgang Puck Express:
Jen we have to go here!

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03535.jpg

Then we can do some shopping. Every trip we get a Christmas ornament.

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These pictures are so pretty:
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I love this!
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and this:
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We could design our own hat.
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Pick up some potato head parts.
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Or start a collection.
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Then we need to get dessert here.

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This sounds like a great day to me! I hope you had fun too!:goodvibes

FairyGodmotherJen
11-11-2009, 08:57 PM
Shelley, your youngest nephew went NUTS when he saw those pictures. We've really gotten him trained early. He shrieks and points whenever he sees that Disney ad at the top of the boards - the one with Mickey in it? That's all it takes! :rotfl:

I love Downtown Disney! We've never gotten to spend the time there we'd like to. And I think the only two places we've eaten there are Rainforest Cafe and Earl of Sandwich. I liked Earl of Sandwich, but I really want to try Wolfgang Puck's. The menu there just looks great! The kids are taking their own money this trip (I've promised them that I'll match whatever they can spend...a concept hard for a five year old and an eight year old to comprehend, but still...plus I know a few relatives that are planning on giving them Disney Dollars), but we'll still buy them each a plush toy. It's kind of our tradition. We like to do it early on, too, so it's waiting in the room for them when they get back from the parks.

I think we might head to DTD the Saturday before our package starts, since we'll be staying at Pop that one night after we drive down and won't have park tickets. Plus, Jack is absolutely adamant that he's making a lightsaber at Once Upon a Toy. I have been telling people NOT to buy him lightsabers for Christmas - I just don't need that many lightsabers around the house! :rolleyes:

FairyGodmotherJen
11-11-2009, 09:03 PM
Sounds like you have such a great group of people in your group! :goodvibes

I love seeing all their photos.

As you can tell, Shelley and I are picture people! I'm hoping to use birthday money to spend on a camera that I can keep with me. Right now, we have a Kodak that's too bulky for my purse (and is not acting reliably at the moment), plus Bry usually uses it. I can't imagine how many pictures we'll take at Disney with TWO cameras, though! :faint:

well my dad called them direct for our reservations, i hope we still get one, and that staying in the Campground has nothing to hurt those chances.

Surely they'll send you one - Fort Wilderness is just as much Disney property as anywhere else! I have to go and check out your little guy's thread. Is he growing like a weed like Will?

belle8306
11-12-2009, 08:02 PM
Shelley, your youngest nephew went NUTS when he saw those pictures. We've really gotten him trained early. He shrieks and points whenever he sees that Disney ad at the top of the boards - the one with Mickey in it? That's all it takes! :rotfl:

I love Downtown Disney! We've never gotten to spend the time there we'd like to. And I think the only two places we've eaten there are Rainforest Cafe and Earl of Sandwich. I liked Earl of Sandwich, but I really want to try Wolfgang Puck's. The menu there just looks great! The kids are taking their own money this trip (I've promised them that I'll match whatever they can spend...a concept hard for a five year old and an eight year old to comprehend, but still...plus I know a few relatives that are planning on giving them Disney Dollars), but we'll still buy them each a plush toy. It's kind of our tradition. We like to do it early on, too, so it's waiting in the room for them when they get back from the parks.

I think we might head to DTD the Saturday before our package starts, since we'll be staying at Pop that one night after we drive down and won't have park tickets. Plus, Jack is absolutely adamant that he's making a lightsaber at Once Upon a Toy. I have been telling people NOT to buy him lightsabers for Christmas - I just don't need that many lightsabers around the house! :rolleyes:


We will make DTD a priority this trip. It is so much fun to explore. You will love WPE. I am glad that Will is catching on to our Disney obsession so young. Not that he has a choice!:laughing:

belle8306
11-12-2009, 08:06 PM
There will be a lot of Disney planning, dreaming and scrapbooking going on this weekend. Tim and I are going to visit Bryan and Jen and the kids. Jen's b-day is Sunday and we surprised her by coming down for a visit. Jen and I are going to a big "crop" on Saturday. I am sure Disney talk is on our agenda. We will post with any new developments.:thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
11-13-2009, 07:47 AM
Love the photo tour of DTD! I am dying to try Wolfgang Puck Express!

Oooh, I bet lots of planning will be happening this weekend. :thumbsup2

FauntleroyFAN07
11-13-2009, 10:28 AM
yep he is getting very big, wants to everything now, and starting to talk like crazy

belle8306
11-13-2009, 04:21 PM
Love the photo tour of DTD! I am dying to try Wolfgang Puck Express!

Oooh, I bet lots of planning will be happening this weekend. :thumbsup2

You will love WPE! It is cheap like a CS but it has the food quality of a TS. I have my trip binder packed. Planning is a must!:goodvibes

yep he is getting very big, wants to everything now, and starting to talk like crazy

He is so cute! I bet Christmas will be a blast with him this year.:santa:

FairyGodmotherJen
11-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Hey there! Shelley and I had a great weekend of shopping, scrapbooking and Disney planning. We actually have a possible itinerary, based on TGM's recommended days for 2009. A dining window that opens 180 days out isn't that much help when you don't know when EMH's, etc. are!! But we've at least got an idea. We had a ball doing it, too, which helps! One of us will post our ideas in the next day or two, I'm sure. However, right now I need to go upstairs and deal with the crayon-covered mess that I found when I opened up the dryer tonight. :scared1:

But I wanted to stop over and ask if anyone has seen Disney's A Christmas Carol yet? Haley's class is Christmas caroling at a museum downtown in December. The museum has an IMAX, and they've decided to go see the movie while they're there. I'm really concerned about her seeing it, as everything I've read says it's not for small children. She gets emotionally wrapped up in any movie she sees, and often gets a bit anxious when the hero/heroine is "in peril." She's so excited about caroling, but I really don't think she'll make it through the movie. Has anyone actually seen it?

Thanks, everyone!

belle8306
11-16-2009, 04:22 PM
Well, as Jen stated above we had a fun and productive weekend. We do have a plan (although we know it can change based on hours and ADR's).

We planned something for the morning and the evening. We want to get an early start each day and then come back to the resort to rest and swim in the afternoon. We want everyone to feel like they can stick with this plan or go off on their own if they would rather do something else. Everything is flexible.

Alright, this is the plan as of now:

Sunday 6-13 (This is a travel day for some of our party so we are thinking we will all be able to have a late lunch together). MGM and Sci Fi Dine In Then back to the resort.

Monday 6-14 Epcot (Future World) Counter Service Sunshine Seasons or the Electric Umbrella. p.m.Chef Mickeys for dinner then MK

Tuesday 6-15 We will head to DTD (this will be the day the little girls go to BBB and the boys go to Disney Quest). We are eating at WPE. We will go back to the resort to rest and then go to 1900 Park Fare and MK.

Wednesday 6-16 Resort Exploring with CS lunch. Then head to Epcot (World Showcase) dinner at Tutto Italia and view Illuminations.

Thursday 6-17 AK with either Flame Tree or CBR food court for lunch. We will go to Kona Cafe for dinner and then MK.

Friday 6-18 Magic Kingdom early breakfast at CP. Our evening is free to catch up on anything we missed.

Saturday 6-19 Free Morning or MGM if it is a Star Wars Weekend.
O'hana for dinner and end at MK with Wishes.

How does it look?

Lady Lallie
11-16-2009, 06:38 PM
I haven't seen A Christmas Carol yet....we are planning to go but not until December I think.

Love the itinerary! :thumbsup2

belle8306
11-20-2009, 09:34 PM
Black Friday is one week away! I found this site (http://www.disneysociety.com/2009/11/13/disney-store-black-friday-deals/) that tells about the Disney Store's deals. There is a video that is pretty cute too. It looks like they are going to have a lot of great sales going on. :santa:

FairyGodmotherJen
11-21-2009, 03:49 PM
Cute!! We're definitely going to have to hit them at Midnight on Thanksgiving...Bryan says we need to get there earlier than you guys did last year, though! :laughing:

I'll be back to post later - have to cantor tonight. But I now have photographic proof that my family is so far gone with their Star Wars craze that no one is immune. You'll see what I mean later!

Lady Lallie
11-21-2009, 04:21 PM
Those deals sound fantastic! :thumbsup2

belle8306
11-21-2009, 11:11 PM
Jen,
I am looking forward to the Star Wars story.

LL,
Are you going shopping on Black Friday?

Here is another Christmas special that I am looking forward to. Jen and I saw a poster for this at the Disney store last weekend. I looked it up online and it looks really cute.
Prep and Landing (http://abc.go.com/shows/prep-and-landing/index)

:santa::santa::santa:

Lady Lallie
11-21-2009, 11:36 PM
Prep & Landing does look cute!

No shopping for me on Black Friday...I have to work. For the last three Thanksgivings, I'm the only person in my department. It's usually a pretty quiet day so I can't complain.

belle8306
11-21-2009, 11:38 PM
More Christmas fun!

Someday I want to see Disney at Christmas.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsrhrOYXJlg&feature=PlayList&p=B867E32C155E63DB&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=8)

Holiday Wishes Fireworks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX6ZhiF5cOc&feature=PlayList&p=B867E32C155E63DB&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10)

Christmas Castle Show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJPfglY3OSA&feature=PlayList&p=B867E32C155E63DB&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=23)


Enjoy!!:santa:

belle8306
11-21-2009, 11:41 PM
Prep & Landing does look cute!

No shopping for me on Black Friday...I have to work. For the last three Thanksgivings, I'm the only person in my department. It's usually a pretty quiet day so I can't complain.

I am sorry that you have to work. On the bright side you won't have to battle the crazy crowds.

belle8306
11-21-2009, 11:46 PM
I found another video that is really good. The Grand Floridian Gingerbread House. This is really cool!

Gingerbread House (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuyLnEADPpc&feature=PlayList&p=1E3E5D25FD07F0CE&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=41)

belle8306
11-23-2009, 06:54 PM
How about a trip to Epcot?

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Lady Lallie
11-23-2009, 07:43 PM
Those are some beautiful Epcot pictures. :lovestruc

belle8306
11-24-2009, 05:05 PM
Those are some beautiful Epcot pictures. :lovestruc

Thank you! World Showcase is one of my favorite Disney places.

belle8306
11-26-2009, 08:48 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!!


This is a cute video I found on You Tube when I was looking up the Disney store in Chicago.


The Princess and the Frog Window (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_cvvJzD7lU)

Enjoy!

Lady Lallie
11-26-2009, 10:08 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!

That is a cute video. I really can't wait to go see that movie. :cutie:

belle8306
11-26-2009, 10:38 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!

That is a cute video. I really can't wait to go see that movie. :cutie:

Me too! It looks beautiful!:goodvibes

FairyGodmotherJen
11-27-2009, 06:05 PM
Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!! We enjoyed time with my brother, who is visiting from CA, and my mom and Dad. Two aunts, an uncle and my grandfather also joined us for dinner - it was great to spend time with them, since we don't see them that often. Then we left the kiddos with my mom and dad and headed out for...Black Friday!! Yes, we were some of the crazy people out in the wee hours of the morning on the coldest morning so far this year in Indiana....:confused3 I never was a Black Friday person until about five years ago, when I finally accompanied my in-laws on their yearly outing. I was amazed at how much fun we had!! Now I tell people all the time how much fun it is...as long as you don't have a huge list of things that you MUST have. And this year, I learned to follow my own advice. Since I'm getting my master's degree, I wanted a laptop of my own. Right now I have assignments on our desktop, my husband's laptop from work, and even one on my teacher machine at school. I wanted to keep them in one place. So, we scoured the ads and found one that DH thought would work, but that wasn't at a place where I would have to camp out. We were at Sam's club later than we wanted to be, but the line wasn't awful, so I thought we'd be ok. Unfortunately, when the girls passing out tickets got to about the fifth person in front of me, they annouced that all of the laptops were gone. So, so much for that idea. But the morning could still be saved - we were going to get several things crossed off our lists for the kids. The things we wanted weren't really "doorbusters," so we thought we'd be ok. And we were...seven stores later!!! I really need to follow my own advice and just go for the fun and to see what we can find instead of having an agenda. I was very frustrated at times this year, which hasn't happened before. Oh, well - lesson learned. And we did manage to hit the Disney store this morning at 12 a.m., and got several things for the kids' stockings. Talk about PACKED!! There were plenty of decent deals, though. I was wishing that DD was a little younger again, because some of the things were so cute!! Unfortunately, she's at the age where I'm not sure how much longer she'll like Princesses and dress-up, so I'm trying not to get her BIG things that are tied to that. Will got a few things, though - he's majorly into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and I think he'll like what we got.

Anyway, on to the second part of today's post....I told you a while back that I would prove to you that my family is too far gone with this Star Wars obsession for me to do anything about it. Now that the pictures have finally been copied to the computer (I admit, my IT guy husband does all the tech stuff around here - I know almost nothing about how to do anything!), I can do that.

You've all seen the pictures of Haley and Jack dressed up as Star Wars characters for Halloween. Well, my MIL is a big fan of after-the-holiday sales, and she told me before she visited us a few weeks ago that she had something for Will to go along with it. Sure enough, I came home from school on the day she arrived, and this is what I saw.....
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Yes, she found a Yoda costume for toddlers. Surprisingly enough, he LOVED it, and wandered down the sidewalk to meet Daddy when he came home (which, of course, made DH's day). He also was very fond of the Yoda stuffed animal that Sue brought.

So, of course, the other two had to get their costumes and get into the act.
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And finally, the master and the padawan...:rotfl:
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Ok, I've gotta go. DH went back out to the stores (I swear, it's a way for him to unwind...I just let him go) and the little ones are kinda cranky from the past few long days. My mom ended up getting hit by a stomach bug last night not long after we left, and I think Will might have a touch of it, because he's just not acting himself. So it's time to get off the computer. Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

belle8306
11-27-2009, 08:02 PM
Jen, those pictures are priceless! I hope Will is feeling better soon and that everyone else stays healthy. We missed going to Black Friday with you guys today. Hopefully, we will make it next year! :hug:

Lady Lallie
11-27-2009, 10:13 PM
Awww, they are so cute in their costumes. The yoda costume is just too cute for words!

belle8306
11-29-2009, 11:38 AM
We went to Chicago on Black Friday. It is only about an hour away by train. It was not as busy as I thought it would be.

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The building above was in the movie "Adventures in Babysitting" which I love.

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The ice skating rink in the park.

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"The Bean" sculpture.


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Our reflection in "The Bean".

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The windows at Macy's. The theme was "Letters to Santa".

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Outside Macy's.

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Macy's "Great Tree". This was so beautiful. They have an observation deck where you can look at the tree.

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Tim at the Disney Store.

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Lady Lallie
11-29-2009, 01:06 PM
It looks like you had a great time.

That Christmas Tree is just beautiful. :santa:

belle8306
11-29-2009, 09:24 PM
It looks like you had a great time.

That Christmas Tree is just beautiful. :santa:

It was a beautiful tree. I thought of you when I saw the Mickey light fixtures outside of the Disney store. :goodvibes

FairyGodmotherJen
11-29-2009, 09:26 PM
Ok, one of these years when we're not running around like crazy people visiting with my brother and dealing with Jack's birthday party, we all have to get up to Chicago. What great pictures!!! Everything looks so pretty. And I just love the picture of your reflection in the bean!! I actually got to see it this summer when I was there for the conference, but it was raining...not really a time when I wanted to sit and take it in, seeing as how I had no umbrella. ;) I'd love to see the Macy's windows, and the tree, and all of it!!

belle8306
11-29-2009, 09:34 PM
Ok, one of these years when we're not running around like crazy people visiting with my brother and dealing with Jack's birthday party, we all have to get up to Chicago. What great pictures!!! Everything looks so pretty. And I just love the picture of your reflection in the bean!! I actually got to see it this summer when I was there for the conference, but it was raining...not really a time when I wanted to sit and take it in, seeing as how I had no umbrella. ;) I'd love to see the Macy's windows, and the tree, and all of it!!

You would enjoy it! We will have to have brunch at the Walnut Room under the big Christmas tree. :santa: We were lucky that it wasn't too cold. I was surprised that it wasn't busier.

FairyGodmotherJen
12-02-2009, 09:03 PM
I have pictures of some of the loot I've stashed away for the trip. But...they're not loaded onto the computer yet. Sorry, guys - I still haven't learned how to do that. The family IT guy is supposed to be teaching me one of these days....then again, he was also supposed to have already chimed in on this little gathering... :rolleyes1

So, I'll save that stuff for another post. I thought I'd get some input on an idea Shelley and I had. We were thinking of putting together little goodie bags for the people coming with us on the trip. Nothing extravagant, but little things that they can use while they're there. We thought of a few things we could put in them:

hand sanitizer
wet wipes
one of those "cooler things" - the ones that you hang around your neck and dip in water to keep you cool
small things of sunscreen

Anyone have any ideas of other things we could add to this? We're looking for things that are useful but still cheap! We don't want to go overboard - we just thought it'd be fun for them to get something once they get to their rooms. I didn't know if the front desk would give them out when people checked in, or not, but I thought that would be fun, too.

And...I realized that I forgot two people in my little photo introduction earlier!!! I can't believe it! This is DH's cousin Norah (with DD last June).
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She lives in Dallas, TX and will be bringing along her goddaughter (whose picture I won't post, since she isn't mine!!). DGD (for goddaughter, for now) will be 6 for the trip - same age as Jack, but a girlie-girl to run around with Haley. Works for me! :thumbsup2

FauntleroyFAN07
12-03-2009, 09:52 AM
did you get to ride in one of the new double decker south shore trains when you went up?

belle8306
12-03-2009, 06:02 PM
did you get to ride in one of the new double decker south shore trains when you went up?

No, I didn't but that would have been cool! Have you been there recently?

belle8306
12-03-2009, 06:05 PM
I have pictures of some of the loot I've stashed away for the trip. But...they're not loaded onto the computer yet. Sorry, guys - I still haven't learned how to do that. The family IT guy is supposed to be teaching me one of these days....then again, he was also supposed to have already chimed in on this little gathering... :rolleyes1

So, I'll save that stuff for another post. I thought I'd get some input on an idea Shelley and I had. We were thinking of putting together little goodie bags for the people coming with us on the trip. Nothing extravagant, but little things that they can use while they're there. We thought of a few things we could put in them:

hand sanitizer
wet wipes
one of those "cooler things" - the ones that you hang around your neck and dip in water to keep you cool
small things of sunscreen

Anyone have any ideas of other things we could add to this? We're looking for things that are useful but still cheap! We don't want to go overboard - we just thought it'd be fun for them to get something once they get to their rooms. I didn't know if the front desk would give them out when people checked in, or not, but I thought that would be fun, too.



Water flavoring packets (crystal light or kool aid).
Gum
Tylenol

That is all I can think of right now. We can also add in the shirts we are going to make. :goodvibes

FauntleroyFAN07
12-04-2009, 10:46 AM
No, I didn't but that would have been cool! Have you been there recently?
we are planning on going up next weekend for my birthday for the day

belle8306
12-07-2009, 10:03 PM
we are planning on going up next weekend for my birthday for the day

Cool! Will you be sharing pictures on your thread?

belle8306
12-07-2009, 10:10 PM
I haven't updated in a while! Jen let me know that the June hours are out! Which means we need to compare our itinerary with the hours. I am hoping that we were pretty close with our dining plans for each days park hours. Jen is going to be making our ADR's next Tuesday. I am excited!

My DH and I got our tree up this weekend. I will have to post pictures of some of our Disney ornaments. I love to get an ornament each time we visit WDW. Also, Bryan and Jen were nice enough to pick up a plate for me at the Disney store that has Mickey and Minnie on it and it says Santa's Cookies. I will have to post a picture of that as well.

Tomorrow Prep and Landing is on! :santa::santa:

Lady Lallie
12-08-2009, 10:52 AM
I can't believe it's time for ADRs already! :banana:

belle8306
12-23-2009, 07:12 PM
Oh my! Jen, we are neglecting our PTR! I feel like I have to tear down some cob webs in here. Sorry for not updating in a while. Things have been busy for the last month or so. Now that Jen and I are off for our Christmas break I am sure that we will be able to get on here a little more. Our ADR's have been made. I will let Jen post the schedule since she did the leg work and got our reservations. We were able to get pretty much everything we wanted. One place was a big surprise that we didn't think we would get with such a large group (any guesses?). We are also trying the Liberty Tree Tavern which I am excited about since we have never been there before.

In Disney news, we will be making our own group T-Shirts again. We went in with Bryan and Jen and our in laws on a "Yudu" t-shirt screen printer. I am excited to see the finished products.

Jen and I are going to do more planning this weekend when they visit for Christmas. We are also going to be able to start planning what we are putting in the goodie bags for everyone and maybe even start to pick up a few things.

I am off to finish up some Christmas projects.:santa: Thanks for sticking with us!

belle8306
12-24-2009, 10:51 AM
Merry Christmas!!


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This was taken in Santa's sleigh at Winter Summerland.

:santa::santa::santa::santa::santa:

FairyGodmotherJen
12-27-2009, 11:24 PM
Hi, everyone! Sorry for such a delay. Like Shelley said, it's been busy (I'm sure everyone can relate). But I'm on Christmas break from school, I've finished one grad class and the next doesn't start until Jan. 11, and (since Christmas is over) the Christmas stuff is done. ;) So....I finally have time for the DIS!! I only had a few pictures to post of previous years...sorry!

Dec. 15th was our ADR date, and I was up bright and early. And this was AFTER being up until almost 1 trying to rearrange our park days!! Shelley and I had tentatively picked park days based on Tour Guide Mike's best crowd level days for 2009 - for lack of anything better to go on. We had to make dining decisions, after all! So we thought we had everything planned out. Then Disney finally released the June park hours, and we realized we had a few problems - namely an early morning EMH we wanted at MK (that's our biggie) that wasn't working. So, DH being the technical, visual-spacial guy that he is...he cut up little pieces of paper, one for each morning and afternoon (since we usually take a break mid-day). We sat and moved things around and around, and finally came up with a tentative plan that allowed us to hit EMH on the Tuesday that we're there, and still keep ourselves a few free days so as to not overtax anyone. In fact, we were up so late that I tried logging into the on-line system on the Disney website, but I couldn't get my dates yet. Thank goodness I'd taken the 15th off (to spend time with my brother, who was in from CA, and to bring treats into Kindergarten for Jack's bday), because I'd have been awfully bleary-eyed in my classroom the next day!

I had no trouble calling in for my ADR's, and though the CM I talked to wasn't the warmest, friendliest person I'd ever talked to, she did what I asked. So, after that first day, this was what I had:
- Sunday (arrival) - late lunch at Sci-Fi (we'll have some people arriving that morning) at 2:55. We wanted lunch, because we've heard that menu is better (in other words, we've heard that we should stick to burgers and shakes). But we had to make it as late as we could. We'll be spending the entire day at DHS that day - we just found out that it's the very last day of Star Wars Weekends! DH is pretty bummed we'll only have one day, but at least it's a full day!
- Monday - dinner at Chef Mickey's.
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(These are from 2007 - pre-Will ;))
This is a must for us, and I think we might actually all sit together. I just hope we're still in the main room instead of the side room. We'll have to see.
- Tuesday - this is the EMH day at the MK, so we're trying Liberty Tree Tavern for lunch. None of us has ever been here before, so I'm looking forward to it. I read on a trip report that their pot roast is good. I just hope the kids do ok - this is one of the few places we're going without characters or entertainment of some kind. I'll have to pack some things to occupy them in the bag that day...
- Wednesday - We wanted Tutto Italia for this day. The CM told me that, due to our party size, we would have to call the restaurant directly. She gave me the number and told me to call...at the time when I'd be traveling to school for Jack's birthday thing. So, DH called instead. More on that later...
- Thursday - 1900 Park Fare for dinner. I also made a BBB ressie for Haley and Ruby that morning. It's for earlier than I'd hoped - 9:30 - but I might try and call back for a later time (we were hoping for closer to 10:30, because we're going to dinner). We can't do much later than that because the boys want to be at DisneyQuest when it opens. We're excited about this meal, too. The characters sound like they'll be great, and there are a few things on the buffet that really look good (DH can't wait to try the chilled strawberry soup - he had some on a cruise we were on in 2006 and loved it).
- Friday - 'Ohana for dinner. This one might change.
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(DH and Haley learning to Hula)
We went in 2007 and many of us enjoyed it - but not everyone. My MIL didn't really care for it (FIL literally ate his weight in peel and eat shrimp, so he is pumped about going back), and my aunt Deedee isn't much of a meat person (not a good match for 'Ohana). Does anyone know if you can order off the Kona menu at 'Ohanas, by any chance? She saw something there she was interested in, but we couldn't get in (that's where we actually wanted to be, anyway, but there was nothing open).
- Saturday - 8:10 ADR for Crystal Palace breakfast!!!
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We're excited about this one. It's our last day there, and DH, the kids, and I really, really enjoyed it last trip.

So, I got off the phone happy - we'd gotten 5 out of 7 ADRs, and all at times that work for us, so we were in pretty good shape. Plus, there was still the chance we could get Tutto. So, I called DH and gave him the info, and went about my day. Jack's bday treat went over well, and Mom, my brother and I went to lunch and to the mall to do some shopping. I swear, I laughed so much I had to take my rescue inhalor! My brother is so much more fun as a grown up. :rotfl2: About 2, I called DH to see what they'd told him at Tutto...apparently, only a manager could take an ADR, and the manager wasn't in. Great. So we were waiting for a call back. We did some more shopping, picked Haley up at school and Jack at home, and headed to see Princess and the Frog (GREAT movie, btw! :thumbsup2). Before the movie started, I checked in with DH again...still no call back. Hmmm. Not looking great. We never did end up getting a call back that day. So DH called back the next day. I was at school, and got an email that said he was informed that Tutto Italia didn't make reservations that far in advance, and to call towards the end of January. WHAT?? By that time, there'd be so many tables taken by normal-sized parties through the Disney system, we wouldn't be able to fit (at least not during normal dinner time, and with four kids a 8 p.m. dinner ressie is not really in our plans).

Ok, on to plan B. I called Disney Dining again after Shelley and I had a chance to work out what else to do (we decided to make an ADR at the Garden Grill - DH and the kids and I went in 2008 and enjoyed it - as a back up in case we were right about Tutto being filled). I got a CM by the same name as the last time, but this one was a completely different lady, and really friendly. I explained the situation to her and told her we needed an Epcot reservation that day in case Tutto couldn't get us in. She agreed that it was a good idea. Now, we'd agreed to do Garden Grill, but both Shelley and I had wanted to try Le Cellier. I decided to try for it, even though it was pretty darn unlikely. Gina (the CM) actually laughed when I asked her about it, but she tried it (her suggestion, once I gave her the total number in my party, was Biergarten - not someplace I think our group would handle well!). We sat and talked while the computer was churning out options - she tried to sell me on the other ones that came up, including Tempan Edo (a prior "no" from DH) and Marrakesh (sp? - there's no way I'd get my in-laws there). Then, even though she told me she didn't believe it, the computer coughed up a 1:45 lunch reservation available - for our party of 16!! She was amazed, and so was I, but she snapped it up for us right away. We both had to laugh as she read me the little spiel that comes after each reservation - the normal Disney transportation reccomondations, needing park admission for this restaurant...and an unusual caution that "Due to size, parties of 17 or greater cannot be accomodated at this restaurant." We'd made it by one person! ATTENTION FAMILY MEMBERS: NO ONE ELSE CAN JOIN US NOW. WE'RE CLOSED. :lmao: Gina actually laughed and told me that she thought we might take up the whole restaurant on our own before I hung up...now THAT would be cool.

Anyway, that is our dining schedule for now. We've decided not to worry about Tutto Italia - if we can actually all get in to Le Cellier, we're going to take it! Shelley and I met together today and did some surfing on the DIS, wrote an email to our traveling companions, and made a list of things to do before the trip. We're tentatively planning to meet up during President's Day weekend so that we can (hopefully) leave the kids with my in-laws and head to their house to make some t-shirts or something else that we can cross off our to-do list.

I'm sure I'll be back with some updates - I'd like to do a mini-TR on our stay at Great Wolfe Lodge before school starts. I hope everyone had a peaceful and happy Christmas, and is able to get some R&R in before the New Year!

belle8306
12-28-2009, 12:28 AM
I am glad Jen was able to get so many of the places we wanted! :thumbsup2 Especially, the super surprising Le Cellier.:yay: I think we have a good balance of buffet, sit down and character meals.

Here is my take on where we are going:

Sci Fi Dine In
DH and I went here on our honeymoon. We loved the Oreo milkshakes. The atmosphere was really cool. I think our niece and nephews are going to love it.

Chef Mickey's
We went here for the 1st time in 2007. It was a lot of fun. We enjoyed the food and watching the kids interact with the characters.

Liberty Tree Tavern
As Jen said this is a new one. I love the colonial atmosphere of Liberty Square so I think this will be up my alley. The gooey toffee pudding looks good.

Le Cellier
We are super excited to try this! My DH is also really looking forward to it. I am getting the chocolate moose for dessert.

1900 Park Fare
This looks like it will be a blast with the character interaction. The food also looks like it will please everyone in the group.

O'hana
We had a lot of fun here last time. I think that the kids will have a good time here again. We enjoyed the food, although the menu has changed some from the last time we were here. This could change if we get Kona Cafe.
I wonder if we should try to split our group between the two restaurants. Hmmm, what do you think Jen?

Crystal Palace
I am glad that we will get in early for our ADR so we can get some semi-empty Main Street photos. I have read tons of good reviews of this buffet.

We also have a general plan of our CS restaurants and snack ideas popcorn:: but we can save that for a later post.

Lady Lallie
12-28-2009, 08:51 AM
Your ADRS all look great!! :thumbsup2

FauntleroyFAN07
12-28-2009, 10:18 AM
Cool! Will you be sharing pictures on your thread?
i will try and remember to upload them


what day are you guys arriving?


if you get there the week of the 13th, then i think we will be at park far onthe same day?

FairyGodmotherJen
12-28-2009, 10:55 AM
i will try and remember to upload them


what day are you guys arriving?


if you get there the week of the 13th, then i think we will be at park far onthe same day?

Our package starts on the 13th, though some of us are getting there on the 12th. What time are your ADRs?

belle8306
12-29-2009, 04:45 PM
Your ADRS all look great!! :thumbsup2

Thank you! We have been planning where we want to go since our last trip!

i will try and remember to upload them


what day are you guys arriving?


if you get there the week of the 13th, then i think we will be at park far onthe same day?

That would be really cool! We are getting there on the 13th. Maybe we can have a mini DIS meet.

FauntleroyFAN07
12-30-2009, 09:44 AM
i dont have my paper, but i think our dinner is about 5:30

belle8306
12-31-2009, 10:28 AM
i dont have my paper, but i think our dinner is about 5:30

I'm not sure what time we will be there. Jen set it all up. I am looking forward to trying their famous strawberry soup.

FairyGodmotherJen
01-01-2010, 07:17 PM
Our ADR is for 6, so hopefully we'll catch you! Maybe our little guys can meet up, since they're so close in age! :goodvibes

FairyGodmotherJen
01-01-2010, 07:45 PM
So, anybody use TGM?

Shelley and I thought he gave pretty darn good advice on our 2007 trip. I remember getting all of Fantasyland done (at least the parts we were interested in) in about 2 hours one morning. I can't remember if it was an EMH or not, though.

Anyway, we re-subscribed to his site for this trip...mainly, I admit, for his "Best Park Days" feature. We've been waiting for him to post it for 2010, since Disney had the park hours for June 2010 out about a month ago. We went ahead and made our dining arrangements without them. He finally posted them this week, and yesterday I took a look at them. We actually did a good job of planning things (we're getting pretty good at this, Shelley!;)) except for two mornings. Both of them are EMH mornings - one at the MK and one at DHS.

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I know we'll do the MK one, because we have a lunch ADR at the Liberty Tree Tavern. We have no problem getting in there, getting what we want to done, and then getting out because we'll probably hit another park that afternoon, and we'll be back several more times during the evening for parades and a few more rides. But the DHS one worries me. TGM recommends not hitting an EMH if it's a high-traffic season (like June). I know the place gets bottlenecked pretty easily.

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But right now, it's the only day we have in our plans to go back there. I know our first day will be mainly taken up with Star Wars stuff - a few little things, like Playhouse Disney and Toy Story Mania if we can score Fastpasses, but that's about it. If we can get what we want to done, and then get out, I think we'll be ok.

So, what do you think? How busy will it actually get? Are we nuts for doing this??? It's the second-to-last-day of our trip...I'm not sure how well we'll deal with throngs of people (more than the usual in summer, anyway). I'd love some opinions on this one!!

FairyGodmotherJen
01-07-2010, 09:45 PM
Hello from the Great White North!! At least, you'd think it was. The news has been playing crisis music for days. It's starting to get a little old! We did get snow today - probably around 5 inches. (Unfortunately, we also got a snow day, which now has reduced my four-day weekend on President's day to three...NO MORE SNOW DAYS!!! There are drawbacks to teaching in a partly-rural school system...) But seeing as how DH still managed to go to his weekly game tonight, I think it must be ok.

Anyway, after time outside shoveling and playing in the snow with the kids, I decided to warm up by spending some time on the DIS. :surfweb: I was reading another PTR for someone else who'll be there almost the exact same time as us (Glennbo123), and he was talking about buying airfare. It brought back a dilemma we've been having lately - to fly, or to drive???

We own a 2002 Toyota Sienna that will have close to 100,000 miles on it before we take this trip. But we were still planning on driving - something we hadn't done before. But we have a family wedding out in Oregon in August, and ticketing five people twice in one year was just a little more expensive than I wanted to think about. I was starting to actually get a little excited about it - at least, for the ride down. I'm pretty sure the ride back will be a long, long thing - DH and I will be exhausted, and will have to drive the 16-18 hours back just the two of us. But I've been stockpiling little goodies for the kids (has anyone been to Michael's to check out their $1 isle? It's great!), we let my mom get the kids a DS for Christmas (we have PLENTY of electronic stimulation around the house without them, but we knew they'd be good for the amount of traveling we'll be doing this year), and I've been reseaching where to stay and when to hit Atlanta to avoid the worst of the traffic.
(Will in the van almost a year ago...sorry, it was the only "in the van" pic I could find!)
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Then...the van's "check engine light" went on in November. And again in December -right before Christmas. To make a long story short, it's definitely had its issues. None of them have been as bad as were first thought, thank heavens, but both had the potential to be major. We did have to drive the 2.5 hours up to my in-law's on Christmas Day in my DH's Saturn Ion, though. :crowded: It's completely fixed now - both problems - but all of the trouble has DH and I wondering about taking it a long distance. DH being himself, he made up a spreadsheet that compared the price of all of the maintenece/troubleshooting he'd want to have done on the car before we left, plus the costs we were counting on to drive (hotel, food, etc.) vs. the cost of airfare. Granted, we had to estimate on the car stuff (and we're really clueless about cars), but it came out to be close to a wash! Not what I'd expected at all. So, we decided that if we can find fares for close to what both our parents have found (around $70 one way), we'd just fly in.
(Haley and Jack during the flight down to our last GG in 2007)
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However, at this point, we can't find anything for that price at the times we're looking to leave. I know we're not supposed to be that picky about our times, but our plan was to pull into a value resort somewhere between 12 and 3, and then head to Downtown Disney for some relaxation before our package starts. (We now have issues with staying at aValue resort the night before, too, but that's for another post - this one has already gotten pretty darn long.) So, we're stuck. What do we do? Fly, or drive? We really have to figure this out soon, but I'm doing a lot of waffling right now.

Anyone who'd like to offer advice...I'd appreciate it!! If nothing else, I appreciate you reading my vent! :flower3:

belle8306
01-08-2010, 04:54 PM
I am leaning more towards telling you to fly since it is about the same cost. The kids will enjoy it more too and less miles on the van. However, if you decide to drive you could always find some "Diners Drive Ins and Dives" to visit along the way. It could be a cool road trip. Tim and I still haven't bought our tickets yet.:sad2: I really want to fly out Sunday morning and get there early enough for Tim to enjoy some of Star Wars weekends.

As for our weather here in northern Indiana I feel like I am on an episode of "Ice Road Truckers". I don't know if anyone watches that show. I think it is on the history channel. Yesterday, we were sent home from school early around 12:30. It normally takes me about 10 minutes to get to work and it took me about 30 so I knew going in it wouldn't be pretty. I shouldn't complain though since it took my DH 2 hours to get to work. Today we had a two hour delay. It is snowing again now. We are lucky :rolleyes: enough to get lake effect snow from Lake Michigan. Which is nasty unpreictable snow. I know it is cold in FL right now but I would take cold over snow any day. Alright, that is my weather vent for today.

FairyGodmotherJen
01-08-2010, 08:30 PM
Yuck!!! We at least stopped getting snow, and while the roads out towards school are snow-packed, it isn't really icy.

Stay warm and safe!!

belle8306
01-09-2010, 08:05 PM
Well, we only ended up with about 5 inches of lake effect snow. I was worried we would get the 12 they predicted so I will look at the bright side!:goodvibes

Time for another list! Things I need to get before Disney:

1.Shoes (I am taking my crocs but I will also need some tennis shoes).
2.A new park bag (I am leaning towards the Vera Bradley hipster).
3.DH wants to get more trader pins from Ebay. We did this last time and it was a lot of fun.
4.Plane Tickets!!
5.Sunscreen


DH and I are going on a cruise with my mom, dad, brother and SIL in March. So, with the exception of #3 and #4 I will need those items for the cruise too. I am going to have to start picking some things up for that trip. The good thing is I will be able to use them twice. Last week on the Travel channel they had a Cruise day. All of their shows were about cruising. It got me excited!:cool1: I know a lot about Disney but this will be my DH and my first cruise. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!
:boat::boat::boat::boat::boat::boat:

belle8306
01-10-2010, 11:14 PM
Just a heads up to anyone who is interested. Michael's has their $1.00 items 60% off. That includes all of their cute Disney themed things. Lots of stocking stuffer type items. They could be good Disney bag items or Easter basket filler. I got some things for my classroom treasure chest. :goodvibes:thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
01-11-2010, 07:47 AM
The eternal question....drive or fly. :rotfl:

I think my DH and I will be driving down next time we go to Disney together. I've done it twice before pre-DH but it isn't fun. Not for me at least but it is cheaper especially when you have a family to buy tickets for.

I say monitor the price of flights for a bit longer and see what you can snag. I know that I check the prices everyday because most times they seem to flucuate daily.

FauntleroyFAN07
01-11-2010, 12:04 PM
Our ADR is for 6, so hopefully we'll catch you! Maybe our little guys can meet up, since they're so close in age! :goodvibes
that would be cool, i keep forgeting to check my Adr sheet, we can talk about it more when it gets closer, i forget things very easy, it will be a goodreminder for me.
:thumbsup2
Just a heads up to anyone who is interested. Michael's has their $1.00 items 60% off. That includes all of their cute Disney themed things. Lots of stocking stuffer type items. They could be good Disney bag items or Easter basket filler. I got some things for my classroom treasure chest. :goodvibes:thumbsup2
is that still going on, or was it jsut a one day thing?

FauntleroyFAN07
01-11-2010, 01:44 PM
it is at 5 i just found my paper.

so we will prob still be eating when you show up.

belle8306
01-11-2010, 05:46 PM
that would be cool, i keep forgeting to check my Adr sheet, we can talk about it more when it gets closer, i forget things very easy, it will be a goodreminder for me.
:thumbsup2

is that still going on, or was it jsut a one day thing?

I think it will be on until the stuff is gone since they are trying to make room for new displays. (I went to the one in Valpo, but I am sure other stores are marking things down too).

it is at 5 i just found my paper.

so we will prob still be eating when you show up.

Cool! We will look for you. We might be easy to spot since we will be in a group of 16.

FairyGodmotherJen
01-11-2010, 10:00 PM
The eternal question....drive or fly. :rotfl:

I think my DH and I will be driving down next time we go to Disney together. I've done it twice before pre-DH but it isn't fun. Not for me at least but it is cheaper especially when you have a family to buy tickets for.

I say monitor the price of flights for a bit longer and see what you can snag. I know that I check the prices everyday because most times they seem to flucuate daily.

No luck on deals yet...still checking, though...:surfweb: Thanks for chiming in, though - it helps to hear other peoples' take on it!! As you can probably tell, I work through things better when I talk about them. :laughing:

it is at 5 i just found my paper.

so we will prob still be eating when you show up.

Good - we'll definitely have to talk about it as it comes closer! I'd love to see Parker if Candi find him a Prince Charming outfit!

Just a heads up to anyone who is interested. Michael's has their $1.00 items 60% off. That includes all of their cute Disney themed things. Lots of stocking stuffer type items. They could be good Disney bag items or Easter basket filler. I got some things for my classroom treasure chest. :goodvibes:thumbsup2

Oooh - gotta go hit Michael's after my hair appt. tomorrow!!! Thanks for the tip, Shelley!

FauntleroyFAN07
01-12-2010, 10:27 AM
I think it will be on until the stuff is gone since they are trying to make room for new displays. (I went to the one in Valpo, but I am sure other stores are marking things down too).



Cool! We will look for you. We might be easy to spot since we will be in a group of 16.
the one inour town still had the stuff, but not a ton of good t hings left, we did get some decent disney stuff though for him.

group of 16 i might avoid you on purpose.
:laughing:

just kidding, i am terrible with faces, so you might have a better shot of finding us.

i can meet someone and then the next day have no clue who they are.

:sad2:


Good - we'll definitely have to talk about it as it comes closer! I'd love to see Parker if Candi find him a Prince Charming outfit!

she is on the look out for one, she really wants to find something, one of his little girlfriendds is having a princess birthday party in a few weeks, and she wants him to go as prince charming but we hvae not found anything yet

belle8306
01-27-2010, 05:55 PM
I am really looking forward to this trip!:goodvibes With January's cold weather and my on going sinus problems Disney is looking better than ever. So, here are some cute things to make to make your Disney trip even more memorable:

This site has some neat things:

Wendypooh's Shared Files (http://www.4shared.com/account/home.jsp)

Disney "Nuggets" and Pez figures to make.

Crafty Candy (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1787936&highlight=nugget)

The Mouseforless has tons of printable items:
Disney Printables (http://www.themouseforless.com/downloads/kids/journal.shtml)

belle8306
01-27-2010, 06:20 PM
Some random pictures from Epcot. I love taking pictures at World Showcase. There is so much to look at there.

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Time for some tea.

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The Morocco pavilion is a lot of fun to explore. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies.

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I think the Germany pavilion is really pretty.

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This was in Mexico. I wish I could remember how much this was because I know it was pricey.

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These were also expensive.

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This was the Beatles cover band "The British Invasion". They were really good. I thought I heard that they aren't singing there anymore.

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The bunnies are really cute. I love the book "Guess How Much I Love You".

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I want to get a sweet almond pretzel from here.

belle8306
02-16-2010, 10:08 PM
We are getting closer to our trip! It is hard to believe since we have been planning this for about 3 years. Here are more pictures from June 2009. Sorry, my pictures are huge.


I love this fountain!

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Check out the cool weather vane.

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I love how Disney hides construction.
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Spectromagic. I want to get the soundtrack for this parade.

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I was so excited that this picture turned out!

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I thought this was a neat picture.

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belle8306
02-19-2010, 05:26 PM
More random Disney pictures!

This looks so inviting!

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Main St. Confectionary

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Spectromagic
I love Cinderella's carriage!
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Waiting for the parade to start.
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I know that I am ready for winter to be over when I look at this picture and I am envious of the green grass.

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belle8306
02-22-2010, 06:03 PM
I bought my trip bag! I just ordered it so I will have to take a picture when it arrives. It is a Vera Bradley Hipster in Mod Floral Pink. It was also on sale which is the best part. Here are more pictures from June.

Star Wars Weekends

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1772.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1773.jpg


Cute Mugs!

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1783.jpg

Food Porn
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1798.jpg

A light picture for Leslie.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1800.jpg

I love the castle clock.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1895.jpg

A different view of the castle.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1900.jpg

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FairyGodmotherJen
02-25-2010, 10:34 PM
107 days!!!!

I figured that out last night - almost double digits!!! I'm getting excited again. I admit that the trip plans took a bit of a back burner there for a while to the holidays (and then just life in general), but I'm looking at things now and thinking that I definitely need to make a to-do list. But I'll come back and post that one later...when I get it done! ;) I apologize in advance for the complete lack of pictures. I'm on my new laptop (which I LOVE) and I haven't loaded any pictures at all on to it. Sorry!

I thought it was about time to post some plans. Shelley and I have basic park days laid out, but we're haven't gotten together in a while to solidify things. We're both getting to the parks in different ways (and on different days), though, so I thought that might be a good place to start. Since we have yet to find decent airfare, we're still driving. I'm ok with that, though. I'm actually looking forward to it a little...assuming I can get my family to cooperate with my plans!

Right now, we're set to leave around 4 a.m. on Friday morning. (If I say 4, we'll be out by 5). I'd like to get the kids into the car while it's still dark. My plan is to have the car packed COMPLETELY on Thursday night. Except for throwing in the toiletry bags and the kids' stuffed animals, I think we can do it. (Right now, even with the snow days, school ends for me the Thursday before Memorial Day, so I'll have time.) I'd like for DH and I to get up and shower without the kids waking up. We'll put them into the van in their PJs (I'm sure they'll wake up, but if it's dark they should go back to sleep for a little while) and take off. I'm hoping to get 3 hours south before we stop for breakfast. Fast food, probably - my kids do love McDonald's pancakes. DH can order while I get the kids into the restroom to change, we'll eat (maybe even play on the playplace if we can find one) and be back on the road in 45 minutes/an hour, max.

The plan then would be to drive until we're just north of Atlanta. I plan on packing a cooler with cold cuts, fruit, and other snacks to have a picnic lunch at a rest stop. We did this when we caravaned with my parents and in-laws to VA Beach, and I was amazed at how well it worked! We had a soccer ball and a frisbee, and we took our time. I think we were there close to two hours with restroom breaks/diaper changes (I was still nursing Will at the time) and everything else, but it was very well worth it. The kids were not climbing the walls when we got back in the car. If we do this, it'll get us through Atlanta before 4 pm, which I'm told is a very important thing.

By 5 pm, the goal is to be stopping at a hotel that we already have a reservation at. Our requirements: clean room, free breakfast, and a POOL. My kids will be going crazy by then. I think we'll probably check in, grab fast food (or at least take-out) for dinner, and then swim for an hour or two before we hit the sack at a decent time. I know this looks a bit heavy on the fast food, but my kids can't really sit at a table for a nice meal after sitting in the car all day. We tried it last summer on the way home from an out-of-state funeral, and we spent the entire time either trying to cajole them into behaving or yelling at them when they didn't. I'd just as soon have pizza in the room!

Ok, that's probably about enough for one post (especially one without any pictures). I promise to get some pictures loaded onto my laptop before I post again - and I promise, Shelley, that you won't have to hold this PTR up on your own anymore!!! :flower3:

belle8306
02-27-2010, 01:41 PM
Hey Jen! I haven't really been doing much for holding our thread up. Since I haven't had much to report on I have mainly been throwing some pictures in here. My trip purse came on Thursday. I haven't taken a picture of it yet, but I like the way it looks. DH and I have been pricing airfare and we want to book our flights soon. Your driving plan looks great! I am sure the kids will appreciate all of the break time. Our cruise is in 24 days and I am looking forward to it. I am sitting here watching it snow and I am SO over it. It will be nice to be in warm weather for a little while. I think we have our excursions figured out. DH wants to make a design for our group shirts soon. I am sure we will post pictures when they are done.

FauntleroyFAN07
03-01-2010, 10:44 AM
i have that donald butt mug.
:thumbsup2

belle8306
03-01-2010, 04:32 PM
i have that donald butt mug.
:thumbsup2

That is perfect for the Fauntleroy Fan! I like the Minnie one.

belle8306
03-01-2010, 06:35 PM
I ran into this thread about the 2010 snacks. Snacks Allowed (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2381706) It looks like the make your own treat at Goofy's Candy Co. is no longer available. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am going to have to break this to DH as that is his favorite use of snack credits. I just hope the Main Street cinnamon rolls are still allowed by the time we go. We would get them the night before and have them for breakfast in the morning.

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http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC04975.jpg

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FauntleroyFAN07
03-02-2010, 10:26 AM
That is perfect for the Fauntleroy Fan! I like the Minnie one.
candi has that one.:thumbsup2

DisneyMomma09
03-12-2010, 09:37 PM
Hey Jen! I followed you over from my PTR. Your plans look great so far! It sounds like you have a great group going!

Your kids are too cute! I especially like their Halloween pics...

Keep up the Disney pics! It puts me in such a good mood when I see them! My SIL lives in Orlando and about once a month she will send me a video from Disney...I love beign able to watch it and pretending like I am there!

FairyGodmotherJen
03-14-2010, 04:00 PM
Hey Jen! I followed you over from my PTR. Your plans look great so far! It sounds like you have a great group going!

Your kids are too cute! I especially like their Halloween pics...

Keep up the Disney pics! It puts me in such a good mood when I see them! My SIL lives in Orlando and about once a month she will send me a video from Disney...I love beign able to watch it and pretending like I am there!

:welcome:
Glad you could make it over. As you can see, finding time to DIS isn't easy these days...Shelley and I are in the throes of report card season, plus she's going on a cruise in a week (:cool1:) and I'm in the middle of my master's degree...anyway, I promise we'll update soon!

DisneyMomma09
03-19-2010, 10:01 PM
:welcome:
Glad you could make it over. As you can see, finding time to DIS isn't easy these days...Shelley and I are in the throes of report card season, plus she's going on a cruise in a week (:cool1:) and I'm in the middle of my master's degree...anyway, I promise we'll update soon!

I'm right there with you! I am also a teacher and have been busy with Progress Reports...I teach special ed and we do Progress Reports instead of report cards based on the student's IEP goals. I am also working towards my master's. I am doing an online program...certainly keeps me busy! Good luck getting all your stuff done!

dismagiclover
03-21-2010, 02:37 PM
I followed Jen over from my PTR too:goodvibes I haven't been through the whole thread, but things look good so far. Just to confirm the make your own treats as snack credits have become really limited. Sad news indeed:sad2:

belle8306
03-21-2010, 08:55 PM
Welcome to our new readers!! I will have to jump over and check out your reports.


Jen and I were able to do some Disney planning this weekend. We were together to celebrate my DH's birthday. I might be making some changes to my DH and my dining plan. We are looking forward to seeing what the Summer Spectacular show fireworks and Main Street Electrical parade will be like. Our FIL is can't wait to go on the TOT which is suppose to have some kind of new summer sequencing.

Our DH's are looking forward to seeing the "Tronorail" (the new Tron themed movie skins on the monorails). We also read and watched the review of CBR from The DIS Unplugged. Pete Werner gave it 95 out of 100 which we were thrilled to see. You can view that review here: http://www.disunplugged.com/2010/03/17/disneys-caribbean-beach-resort-a-great-choice/.

dismagiclover
03-22-2010, 09:52 AM
CBR sounds like a great resort! I almost booked there for our upcoming trip because I thought my sons would love the Pirate rooms, but I ended up renting points for OKW because it's cheaper. I look at pictures of the CBR pool and sometimes wonder if I made a mistake:confused3 I don't worry too much though because I'll still be at Disney;)

FairyGodmotherJen
03-22-2010, 10:11 PM
CBR sounds like a great resort! I almost booked there for our upcoming trip because I thought my sons would love the Pirate rooms, but I ended up renting points for OKW because it's cheaper. I look at pictures of the CBR pool and sometimes wonder if I made a mistake:confused3 I don't worry too much though because I'll still be at Disney;)

Too funny - we actually wanted to stay at OKW, but there are too many of us to rent points (and it was too expensive any other way :eek:). I think you'll like it. The amount of room there is incredible! We really enjoyed it in 2000 - my parents took us (no kids at the time) and my brother for several days. Having the kitchen was really great - no sitting on the bed trying not to spill milk on the bedspread at breakfast! - and we enjoyed having our own bedrooms. Well, all except for my brother, who got to sleep on the couch. :rolleyes:





I really will be back soon to post again...I've got the report cards finished and sent out - now I have to get caught up on my master's class. Back with part two of the drive soon, I promise!

dismagiclover
03-23-2010, 08:08 AM
Too funny - we actually wanted to stay at OKW, but there are too many of us to rent points (and it was too expensive any other way :eek:). I think you'll like it. The amount of room there is incredible! We really enjoyed it in 2000 - my parents took us (no kids at the time) and my brother for several days. Having the kitchen was really great - no sitting on the bed trying not to spill milk on the bedspread at breakfast! - and we enjoyed having our own bedrooms. Well, all except for my brother, who got to sleep on the couch. :rolleyes:


That is funny that we both wanted what the other has. That's how life works sometimes;) We're just staying in a Studio though (which made the rooms real cheap, like around $100 a night) so no kitchen for us. But I hear the decks are large so I'm sending the boys out there for breakfast.

belle8306
03-27-2010, 01:20 PM
I am back from my cruise. We had a great time! My parents, brother, SIL and my DH and I went to the Bahamas, Key West and Cocoa Key. Once I get the pictures uploaded I will do a mini TR on that trip. It was my DH and my first cruise and it was a lot of fun. I am glad to be back home and able to rest up for a couple of days before teaching on Monday.

I have a lot of catching up to do on the DIS and with my Disney planning. That has taken a backseat for a while but, I think I am able to start dreaming of Disney again!!!:goodvibes:woohoo::cheer2:

DisneyMomma09
03-28-2010, 11:31 AM
Glad to hear you had a good time on your cruise! Can't wait to hear about it. I would like to go on a cruise some day...my MIL would like to go on a Disney Cruise using DVC points...but they are so expensive...maybe when DS is a little older and would be able to remember and appreciate it since that would most likely be a once in a lifetime type thing!

GoofyJediMaster
03-31-2010, 09:59 PM
I am the DH of FairyGodMotherJen. I was told that I needed to post on this PTP. The kids are away. DW and I had dinner and what did we do?...plan for our trip! Looking forward to the upgrade from All-Stars to CBR! Can't wait to see the big pool!

GoofyJediMaster
04-01-2010, 08:21 AM
Alright...I just said we have 42 days left. I was trying to post and talk on the phone at the same time while working on little sleep. I was on the phone with my DW, DB and SIL. My SIL has 42 days of school left, not 42 days until our trip. Wishful thinking! I guess this means I need to get countdown ticker. Can I just borrow some pixie dust and move us ahead 2 months? Anyone have some I can borrow? =)

pixiedust:

belle8306
04-01-2010, 09:57 PM
Glad to hear you had a good time on your cruise! Can't wait to hear about it. I would like to go on a cruise some day...my MIL would like to go on a Disney Cruise using DVC points...but they are so expensive...maybe when DS is a little older and would be able to remember and appreciate it since that would most likely be a once in a lifetime type thing!

It was a lot of fun! I would LOVE to do a Disney cruise but like you said they are really expensive. Maybe someday will do it. I would like to go back and visit more islands.

belle8306
04-01-2010, 10:00 PM
Alright...I just said we have 42 days left. I was trying to post and talk on the phone at the same time while working on little sleep. I was on the phone with my DW, DB and SIL. My SIL has 42 days of school left, not 42 days until our trip. Wishful thinking! I guess this means I need to get countdown ticker. Can I just borrow some pixie dust and move us ahead 2 months? Anyone have some I can borrow? =)

pixiedust:

I wish it was only 42 days! I guess on the bright side, we have a lot to get done before we go so we will have more time to do it all. Get ready to do some planning this weekend!:goodvibes

belle8306
04-01-2010, 10:29 PM
I finally have some cruise photos to share. The first day of our cruise we went to Nassau, Bahamas. We did an excursion tour of the island. These pictures are from that tour. Part of the tour included a stop at the Atlantis resort. It was so pretty!

This picture was taken outside of Atlantis.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/102_1123.jpg

This is a picture of the resort.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/102_1115.jpg

This was our ship.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06837.jpg

I love how colorful all of the buildings are.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06764.jpg

A great view of the city.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06710.jpg

Our tour guide said that to stay in the suite that looks like a bridge it is $24,000 a night.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06850.jpg

That is all I have for tonight. Hopefully, I will have time to post more this weekend.

dismagiclover
04-01-2010, 10:50 PM
Your cruise looks wonderful! I'd love to try a cruise someday, but I'm afraid I'd get seasick which would pretty much ruin the whole experience:rolleyes1

FairyGodmotherJen
04-01-2010, 11:01 PM
Ok, I'm finally back. I've actually had this update written since Saturday night. However, just as I was getting ready to upload pictures to photobucket...Will woke up with a fever. That was the start of it...by the time we could get him in on Monday, the doctor gave him antibiotics for bronchitis and a strep infection :sick: Poor kid! At one point her ran a fever of 102 degrees with both Tylenol and Motrin in him...and this was after 24 hours of antibiotics...apparently, he had it bad. He's on the mend now, thankfully. But so much for me getting a whole bunch done this week.

And why, you might ask, did I assume I'd finally have free time???

It's spring break!!!!!! :cool1::banana::yay:

Yes, I'm just a little excited...hahaha. Of course, it's almost over now, but I haven't been at work in six days. That's enough for me! I know, I know - most working adults don't get an automatic spring break. Well, that's just one of the perks of my job. ;) Sometimes they're few and far between, but there are perks.

Anyway, the last time I was actually here to make an update, we'd finished up day 1 of our drive. We'd made it south of Atlanta somewhere and stopped at a hotel for the night. The kids will be in bed at a decent time if I have to stand on my head to get it done :upsidedow, and I will probably have to check in on my master's degree classes :crazy2: since I won't have internet access daily at WDW. Then it's off to bed for DH and I as well, because if all goes to plan we'll be up around 6 the next morning. I'd like to be up, showered, dressed and breakfasted by 7:30 so that we're on the road by 8. We'll stay somewhere with a free breakfast - it just works better that way. We might even eat in the room so that it doesn't matter if Will is wandering around while he eats. Ice the cooler back down, and off we should go!

Back on the road after fueling up, I'm hoping we can drive a good four hours or so straight before we stop for lunch again at a rest stop. I might be able to get away with a shorter break than on Friday, since I can tell them that the faster we get back on the road, the faster we get to Disney. Though I'm sure we'll have to stop a few times for a slushie - Jack is in love with blue slushies right now, as you can see from this picture of him slurping one up...

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4306.jpg

Anyway, my hope is to pull onto Disney property at 2:00. At that point, we'll hopefully be seeing this!!

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/CBRsign.jpg
(I didn't take this picture - it and all the other CBR pics came from the DISboards or the CBR pics thread. This one belongs to UGAFan0829)

And this...

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/cbroutside.jpg
(photo by Mickeystoontown...thanks, Lisa!)
Hopefully, we can get into our room...

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/CaribbeanBeach-NemoRoom-5.jpg
(Photo courtesy Pete Warner from the DIS)

and maybe even try out the pool (I'm not sure why I didn't snag a picture of that!) before the rest of our group comes in. Everyone in our group except for Cousin Norah and her goddaughter are coming in later that evening. We have a one-night room-only ressie before our package kicks in, but we're hoping to be able to stay in the same room for the length of our stay. I might even have some time to unpack and get us all settled in!

My mom and aunt, my MIL and FIL, DH's grandma and great-aunt, and his uncle are all flying in on the same flight (which wasn't planned, by the way - they booked in two separate groups!) and should land around 3:30. By the time they make it through Magical Express and check-in, I'm guessing it will be around 5. We're hoping to just let them drop off their things, take a quick look around, and then board a bus for DTD. We're very excited about the idea of not having to run off to a park the day we get there just because we only have four days and won't be able to cover everything if we don't. DTD has lots of options for dinner (I'm thinking Earl of Sandwich, since our DP credits won't be available until Sunday), plus we can shop! I'm thinking a treat from Goofy's might taste pretty good after a long couple of days on the road! Plus, we've promised to buy the kids one thing - a new Disney "huggie" as Jack calls them. We've bought them each a stuffed animal each time we've gone, and we like getting them earlier in the trip so that they're waiting for us when we come back from the parks. Plus, that means fewer of the stuffed toys from home have to make the trek down with us....there is a method to my madness! :laughing:

We won't stay out too late, though, because Sunday will be our first full day in the parks - and the very last day of Star Wars Weekends for 2010! DH has said repeatedly that we HAVE to be at the park before rope drop to see the little spiel the stormtroopers do with the crowd. Plus, some of his favorite personalities are there that weekend, so he'll want to grab some fastpasses (more on that later). I'll probably stay at the resort with the kids while Bryan takes my mom and aunt - and probably his mom, grandma, and great-aunt - to WalMart to stock up on water and breakfast things for the room (a seriously awesome benefit to driving is not having to find a place in our luggage to pack the cereal, bowls, spoons, poptarts, etc, or have water shipped down). Then it will be early to bed (or as early as possible for us, with all we want to do) so that we can hit DHS bright and early!

Shelley, I know you guys are coming in later - what time does your flight get in? We're excited that Tim and Shelley will be there to start the day with us on Sunday, since they bought their tickets and now have an official arrival time :cool1:(even if I don't know when that is!). Ok, that's probably enough information for now...but I was looking back at our original posts with DH (hi, Bryan! Glad to see you dropped by finally! ;)) and realized that the pictures of the kids are pretty darned dated, so I thought I'd do some updating.

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Will enjoying his Mickey Mouse ride-on airplane - his favorite Christmas gift, by far

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All three of the kiddos cheering on the Colts this past season

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All five of us at our school's Holiday Luncheon


Be back soon...sooner than last time, I promise!

FairyGodmotherJen
04-01-2010, 11:04 PM
Great pictures, Shelley...we must've been on here at the same time! Can't wait to see more of them this weekend!:thumbsup2

Hey...those buildings look a bit like the CBR buildings...you'll be right at home. ;)

belle8306
04-01-2010, 11:16 PM
Hey Jen, Great minds think alike!
We are getting into Orlando Saturday at 6:something p.m.. I still need to add a night to our stay since we are coming in earlier than we had planned. Your plan looks good. I am thinking that once we get checked in at the resort we will eat dinner at the food court at CBR. Maybe do some swimming or just hang out and talk with everyone for a while. I didn't even think about the benefit of being able to go to the store and stock up on breakfast items and water. I may be sending Tim along for the Walmart run. We are looking forward to seeing you guys this weekend. I am sure there will be plenty of time to do some planning and you guys can see our cruise pictures. We took a ton! We really need to go to Archivers again soon so I can get this trip scrapbooked before my next one. :hug:

FairyGodmotherJen
04-01-2010, 11:23 PM
Well, get your calendar ready, because it'd be good to at least start scrapbooking the last Disney trip before this one!! :rotfl: See you soon!

DisneyMomma09
04-02-2010, 08:54 PM
Your plans for the beginning of your trip sound great! I love all the great pics from both the cruise and the updated pics of the kids! I am glad to hear Will likes his Mickey Airplane. I was looking at that to give DS for his first birthday in a month!

dismagiclover
04-03-2010, 10:17 AM
Your plans sound great! And you definitely want to be there bright and early for SWW. Those lines get long quick!

belle8306
04-03-2010, 10:11 PM
Your plans for the beginning of your trip sound great! I love all the great pics from both the cruise and the updated pics of the kids! I am glad to hear Will likes his Mickey Airplane. I was looking at that to give DS for his first birthday in a month!

Thank you! Hopefully, I will get more up this weekend.

belle8306
04-05-2010, 05:26 PM
Time for another cruise update:

We came back from our tour and did some shopping at the straw market.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_3642.jpg

We went back to the boat.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07055.jpg


This is a blurry picture of the inside of the ship.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06884.jpg


We ate lunch at Johnny Rocket's on the ship.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_3652.jpg

That night they had a dance party by the pool and a buffet. The next morning we went to Coco Cay. The water was so blue!
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http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06950.jpg

We explored the beaches. We also went snorkeling which was a lot of fun. The cruise line owns the island so they provide a BBQ and that was nice to not have to go back to the ship to eat. They had a lot of stuff to do on the island. It was beautiful and relaxing!

That is all for now!

belle8306
04-05-2010, 05:32 PM
We need your ideas! Jen and I are putting together small newsletters to update our group on important things they need to know about Disney. Jen had a great idea to send out a newsletter called "The ten things I would never go to Disney without". If you have any items that you think we should add to our list please give us your suggestions. Some of our traveling companions haven't been to Disney in a long time and some are first timers, so any ideas are appreciated. Thank you!!!!:goodvibes

dismagiclover
04-05-2010, 09:03 PM
It may seem obvious, but for our family we'd never go to Disney without sunscreen. We're all a tad bit on the pale side.

belle8306
04-05-2010, 10:29 PM
It may seem obvious, but for our family we'd never go to Disney without sunscreen. We're all a tad bit on the pale side.

That is something you don't want to forget.:thumbsup2 Last June, my DH and I brought the spray bottle sunscreen to WDW. Somehow in the suitcase the spray nozzle got broken and we had to go buy the overpriced sunscreen at the gift shop.:rolleyes:

FauntleroyFAN07
04-06-2010, 10:07 AM
camera ( seems obviouse, but i bet alot of people forget them) with extra memory room.

good walking shoes.

trading pins:thumbsup2

belle8306
04-10-2010, 10:48 AM
camera ( seems obviouse, but i bet alot of people forget them) with extra memory room.

good walking shoes.

trading pins:thumbsup2

Great ideas! Thank you for adding to our list!

belle8306
04-10-2010, 11:08 AM
Back to the cruise. Our third stop and my favorite of our trip was Key West. We went to the top of the boat and watched as we docked. Here is a picture from the boat.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07108.jpg

That red building is an art museum. It was a good landmark for us to find our way back to the boat. Here are some bikes for rent.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07112.jpg

This is a closer picture of the art museum and a statue near it.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07126.jpg

This is the Conch Train. You can take a tour of the island by riding on it. We went on a tour by taking a trolley ride.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07132.jpg
We went by Ernest Hemingway's house.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07219.jpg

I love this lighthouse.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07224.jpg
This was from my favorite store The Shell Warehouse.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07146.jpg
This was on our tour. It is the southernmost point in the United States.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07247.jpg

That is all for now. I still have more pictures to share. Have a nice Saturday!

DisneyMomma09
04-10-2010, 01:22 PM
I love the cruise pics! Everything looks so beautiful!

Some things you might want to include on your list:

Gum (since they don't sell any at Disney)
Basic first aid items (tylenol, baindaids, neosporin)
Mister fans

Those are a couple off the top of my head. Hope that helps! The newsletter sounds like a great idea!

belle8306
04-10-2010, 09:24 PM
I love the cruise pics! Everything looks so beautiful!

Some things you might want to include on your list:

Gum (since they don't sell any at Disney)
Basic first aid items (tylenol, baindaids, neosporin)
Mister fans

Those are a couple off the top of my head. Hope that helps! The newsletter sounds like a great idea!

Thank you!
I hope everyone is enjoying the newsletter. We have enjoyed making them. You have added some great ideas! Thank you for helping us!

Leisure Ninja
04-11-2010, 03:03 PM
I am still here! Hello everyone! It has been a while since I have posted. I am Tim, Shelley's husband. Does anyone know if CBR has a pin trading board out at certain times of the day. I know when we were at POR, they would put out a board with pins to trade around 5:00 each day. Does every resort do this? Thanks for your help! I will try to post more often. I am looking forward to our trip and I can't believe we are only two months away!!!:goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2

FairyGodmotherJen
04-12-2010, 10:59 PM
I am still here! Hello everyone! It has been a while since I have posted. I am Tim, Shelley's husband. Does anyone know if CBR has a pin trading board out at certain times of the day. I know when we were at POR, they would put out a board with pins to trade around 5:00 each day. Does every resort do this? Thanks for your help! I will try to post more often. I am looking forward to our trip and I can't believe we are only two months away!!!:goodvibes:cool1::thumbsup2

Hey - good to hear from you! :goodvibes

This will be interesting to find out - I don't know much about the resort (and they never did this at the values - I never even knew they did this). You might want to ask on the CBR questions thread. Can you find it? ;) Think of it as your latest challenge!

belle8306
04-15-2010, 06:48 PM
More cruise pictures. This is our cabin. It was really small. We didn't spend much time in it so that was OK.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06640.jpg

This was taken right before the midnight dance party and buffet.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06903.jpg

Tim and I on the pool deck.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC06910.jpg

We tried conch fritters in Key West. I wasn't a big fan. They were a bit too chewy for my tastes.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07173.jpg

"Little Pink Houses For You and Me..."
A cute house in Key West.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC07225.jpg

FairyGodmotherJen
04-15-2010, 10:25 PM
(I decided to follow with more pictures...though they're a bit different from Shelley's....:rolleyes:)

Ever since we decided to drive (and even before that), I’ve been planning to keep the kids occupied by giving them a small treat every few hours. But while we were packing to go to my in-law’s for Easter, I realized that I had so much trip stuff that I couldn’t find what I’d put aside for the kids’ Easter baskets! The thing I wanted to find most was a “Hidden Mickeys” book for Haley. Shelley gave it to me last year, and I’d put it aside thinking that it would be perfect for the trip-centered Easter basket I was planning for the kids. But when I went to look for it last week, it wasn’t where I thought it would be (in the drawer where I’ve been keeping all that stuff). It also wasn’t in the big suitcase under the bed, where I’d stashed a bunch of stuff from the last trip that we could reuse. When I went into the suitcase to look, however, I realized that I had several things for the kids in there, as well. It became very clear that an inventory was needed. I’ve been picking stuff up for the kids to do in the car for almost a year now, and I was beginning to think I’d gone overboard.

Guess what? I was right!!!!

Just look at the stuff that I found!! (The stash for Haley - look! I found the book!)

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4385.jpg

…and this stuff….(For Jack)

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4386.jpg

….and this stuff….(For Will)

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4384.jpg

…oh, and this stuff too….(general kid stuff for the trip...sorry for the quality!)

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4387.jpg

:scared1: :eek: :sad2:
I don’t know how long I thought this trip was, but we’re DEFINITELY not spending a week in the car!! :rotfl2: Holy moly, I’ve got a lot of stuff!!!

So now that I know I have enough (hahaha) for the kids to do in the car, I need to turn to more practical trip shopping. I’ve begun a list of things I need to pick up, including
• Sunscreen (lots)
• Swim diapers for Will
• Travel size bottles for shampoo for me
• Supplies to replenish the out-of-date things in my backpack first-aid kit
• Crystal Light packages
• Batteries for the misting fans
• Batteries for the kids’ light-up toys (We bought them in 2005, and have brought them back ever since. We’ll have to buy one for Will this trip.)
• Wipes for the trip down to contain the messes
• Trash can/bag for the car
• Trip bag for me (we have one small backpack we use as a diaper bag…it’s not going to hold everything!)
• Umbrella stroller with a basket underneath (ours got all bent up on the last flight)
• Swimsuits for Haley
• Capris/walking shorts for me


I’m sure there’s more…but that’s all I can think of without dragging out the super packing list I saved off the boards before our 2007 trip. Can you believe that, after all the stuff in those pictures, I’m making a list of MORE stuff to buy???? Sometimes I think I’ve lost it….

I also uploaded our Easter pictures to Photobucket, but it's getting late and I've been up late each day this week...I'm running out of steam. I'll be back later to post those, and we'll be starting on our daily plans soon. The trips are all paid off, :banana::banana::cool1::yay::yay: and we're down to 58 days! Woooohoooo!!
Till next time,
Jen

dismagiclover
04-16-2010, 09:03 AM
That is quite the stash for the car! Those are going to be some happy kids. Are you going to give it all at once or dole it out a bit at a time? I'd probably keep it stashed and give them something new each time the whining begins. Of course depending on the kid you might not have enough for that:rolleyes: Anyway get shopping! Oh and you are way more prepared than me.:rolleyes1

FairyGodmotherJen
04-16-2010, 07:04 PM
That is quite the stash for the car! Those are going to be some happy kids. Are you going to give it all at once or dole it out a bit at a time? I'd probably keep it stashed and give them something new each time the whining begins. Of course depending on the kid you might not have enough for that:rolleyes: Anyway get shopping! Oh and you are way more prepared than me.:rolleyes1

Yeah, I've gotta figure out how I'm going to dole it out. My goal was one every couple of hours, and I knew it was basically four days worth of driving...I just didn't realize how much I had. Now I have to figure out a way to pack it!!! That's the worst part of the whole thing! :scared1:

I'm actually headed out to shop now. But it's for Will's birthday dinner instead of Disney. ;) Not as much fun, but I'll be on to that later! My goal this weekend is to get the big list together so that I can divvy it up and buy a little bit each week for the SEVEN :cool1: weeks we have left. I just don't want to do my normal thing and end up at Walmart the day before we leave, where I drop several hundered dollars!:scared:

belle8306
04-17-2010, 08:47 PM
Hey Jen! The kids are going to be thrilled!! Especially, when they get things on the way home. You are such a thoughtful mom (and dad too Bryan)! 7 weeks left! That is really cool!!:cool1: Here are some things I need to get done in the next 7 weeks:

1.Get over this sinus infection cold that kept me home from work yesterday and is still making me miserable.:headache:
2.Make our T-Shirts including our tye dye Mickey's.
3.Make our matchbook mint C.M. thank yous.
4.Finish scrapbooking my last Disney trip (with Jen next weekend!!) so I can start my new trip in June.
5.Buy the following:
Socks for Tim and I
Crystal Light Packets
Swim Skirt
Travel Shampoo
Some kind of sun hat that doesn't make me look like a dork
That is all I can think of right now. I am sure the list will grow. Like Jen, I don't want to get stuck buying things the night before we leave.

I am excited that our trip is paid off! That means we really ARE going! :thumbsup2:woohoo::yay:

disneydreamingdebby
04-18-2010, 12:11 AM
Who do I address? I'm going with Shelley, since she joined my PTR. However, did Jen have a trip report? I know I've seen her family! (Maybe I just lurked...but I don't remember the cast of 16!) Shelley, my husband thinks about what cast member role he can have when we retire. I figure I will be in the parks too often to work. LOL!

I'm joining and will have to go back and catch up.

belle8306
04-18-2010, 12:42 AM
Who do I address? I'm going with Shelley, since she joined my PTR. However, did Jen have a trip report? I know I've seen her family! (Maybe I just lurked...but I don't remember the cast of 16!) Shelley, my husband thinks about what cast member role he can have when we retire. I figure I will be in the parks too often to work. LOL!

I'm joining and will have to go back and catch up.

Hi Debby! :) Welcome! Thanks for joining in! Jen did have a report, around September 09. I think that my DH and I would like to work in a shop on Main Street at the MK. We went on the Keys to the Kingdom tour last June. I was fascinated by all of the details they gave about working at Disney and being a cast member.

IluvXU
04-18-2010, 09:06 AM
Jen I saw your thread about driving on the family boards... and since we are driving to FL and WDW the day after you all... I had to read. And then I found this thread... you should have PMd me that you had started one... I almost missed out!

Your trip plans sound great. I hope your travels are smooth... and the construction is not too bad on the way!

I think you will love CBR and the rooms are bigger!

belle8306
04-18-2010, 09:54 AM
Jen I saw your thread about driving on the family boards... and since we are driving to FL and WDW the day after you all... I had to read. And then I found this thread... you should have PMd me that you had started one... I almost missed out!

Your trip plans sound great. I hope your travels are smooth... and the construction is not too bad on the way!

I think you will love CBR and the rooms are bigger!

Hello! I am Jen's SIL, Shelley. Welcome! It is our first stay at CBR. We are really excited about the size of the rooms. I think that my niece and nephews are going to love the pool. Thanks for joining in!:)

belle8306
04-18-2010, 10:22 AM
June 12
Travel Day
Tim and Shelley


Tim and I are going to be flying down on Saturday. We originally were going to come in on Sunday. Then after considering how much of the day we would miss and it being the last day of SWW we decided to come in on Saturday. So right now our plane is set to land in Orlando around 6:00 that evening. Our plan after checking in, is to grab dinner at the food court at CBR and hang out with our group. I am sure we will be checking out the resort and pool too. Then we will rest up for a busy day at DHS on Sunday.


Here are some random Disney pics from our past trips.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00685.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00683.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00600.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00592.jpg

dismagiclover
04-18-2010, 10:30 AM
Smart move coming in Saturday night. SWW is awesome! Do everything you can to make it there by 30 minutes before rope drop. You'll get to see the Stormtrooper show plus the lines get long fast!

belle8306
04-18-2010, 10:02 PM
Smart move coming in Saturday night. SWW is awesome! Do everything you can to make it there by 30 minutes before rope drop. You'll get to see the Stormtrooper show plus the lines get long fast!

My DH and BIL are so excited for SWW! DH and I were able to see the opening show last year. He and his brother have never seen it together though. I know they have big plans for that day. They are going to have a long but fun first day!

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1238.jpg

FairyGodmotherJen
04-18-2010, 10:20 PM
Who do I address? I'm going with Shelley, since she joined my PTR. However, did Jen have a trip report? I know I've seen her family! (Maybe I just lurked...but I don't remember the cast of 16!) Shelley, my husband thinks about what cast member role he can have when we retire. I figure I will be in the parks too often to work. LOL!

I'm joining and will have to go back and catch up.

Welcome! Yeah, I did a TR for our Sept. 2008 trip - Will was all of four months old at the time. Seeing as how we just had his second birthday party this weekend, I guess it's been a while! It doesn't feel like it was that long ago...:confused3 Glad you joined in! We're getting so much closer now, I really have to start posting more.

Jen I saw your thread about driving on the family boards... and since we are driving to FL and WDW the day after you all... I had to read. And then I found this thread... you should have PMd me that you had started one... I almost missed out!

Your trip plans sound great. I hope your travels are smooth... and the construction is not too bad on the way!

I think you will love CBR and the rooms are bigger!

Hi! :wave: It's good to hear from you! Oh, I knew you were headed down this year, but I didn't remember when. This is your first DVC stay, isn't it? How exciting!!! We'll be driving almost the exact same route, too - what are your travel dates? I've gotten some good driving tips on that thread - I hope they keep coming in! :drive: (I just found that smilie and had to get it in here somewhere!)

How's school this year?

Smart move coming in Saturday night. SWW is awesome! Do everything you can to make it there by 30 minutes before rope drop. You'll get to see the Stormtrooper show plus the lines get long fast!
Oh, yes - see, our original plan was to stay at POP the night before our package until DH realized that might put a crimp in his plans to be there at the crack of dawn...:eek: Definitely an early night on Saturday, because my entire family is going to be jumping up and down waiting for that very first DHS bus to arrive! And just in case you need more proof of that, here you go...

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4331.jpg
The Clone Trooper costumes were my MIL's latest finds...Will still loves the Yoda costume, too. They're a little unique...but they're mine! :hug:

dismagiclover
04-19-2010, 08:44 AM
Love those SW costumes! If you want to check out our SWW experience last year go to my June trip report
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2210463&page=5

The SWW weekend stuff starts at post 66 and goes to around 140. If you want to skip the chatter go to the first page of the trippie and get the direct links. I'm so jealous you're going! We're missing it this year because school gets out later (blame it on those terrible February snowstorms!):eek:

IluvXU
04-19-2010, 01:50 PM
Hi! :wave: It's good to hear from you! Oh, I knew you were headed down this year, but I didn't remember when. This is your first DVC stay, isn't it? How exciting!!! We'll be driving almost the exact same route, too - what are your travel dates? I've gotten some good driving tips on that thread - I hope they keep coming in! :drive: (I just found that smilie and had to get it in here somewhere!)

How's school this year?



We are leaving for FL on the 12th of June. We won't be in Orlando though until June 18- we are going to Vero Beach for the first five nights. Then we are at the BC from June 18- June 22. It is our first DVC stay... we will be staying two new places for us, so that will be fun. I love that tips thread... I am trying to not think about it yet.

School is school. We had testing today... so I am braindead, I am sure my little kids are too. I have a great class, but we have tough times ahead for next year with the budget and economy.

FairyGodmotherJen
04-19-2010, 09:19 PM
We are leaving for FL on the 12th of June. We won't be in Orlando though until June 18- we are going to Vero Beach for the first five nights. Then we are at the BC from June 18- June 22. It is our first DVC stay... we will be staying two new places for us, so that will be fun. I love that tips thread... I am trying to not think about it yet.

School is school. We had testing today... so I am braindead, I am sure my little kids are too. I have a great class, but we have tough times ahead for next year with the budget and economy.

I can hear you about the testing...our final round starts next week. At least then we're done for the year! Aren't you tired of hearing about how we don't have any money? I'm very, very thankful to have a job (and a decent amount of seniority, too).

I'm looking forward to hearing about Vero Beach - Disney and the beach sounds like a good combination! (Don't even get me started on the pictures of Hawaii, and I'm not even a DVC member!) We'll overlap just a bit, I guess. I eventually have to get to the daily plans here on this thread... :rolleyes:

belle8306
04-19-2010, 09:52 PM
Love those SW costumes! If you want to check out our SWW experience last year go to my June trip report
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2210463&page=5

The SWW weekend stuff starts at post 66 and goes to around 140. If you want to skip the chatter go to the first page of the trippie and get the direct links. I'm so jealous you're going! We're missing it this year because school gets out later (blame it on those terrible February snowstorms!):eek:

I will have to check out your report. :) I am sure my DH will be interested too! That is a bummer that you will have to be in school. This is the first year in a long time that when haven't use all of our built in snow days.

We are leaving for FL on the 12th of June. We won't be in Orlando though until June 18- we are going to Vero Beach for the first five nights. Then we are at the BC from June 18- June 22. It is our first DVC stay... we will be staying two new places for us, so that will be fun. I love that tips thread... I am trying to not think about it yet.

School is school. We had testing today... so I am braindead, I am sure my little kids are too. I have a great class, but we have tough times ahead for next year with the budget and economy.

Vero Beach sounds like a lot of fun! Your first DVC stay also sounds exciting. Jen and I want to check out the Epcot resorts one day during our trip.

belle8306
04-19-2010, 10:26 PM
June 13
Sunday
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03190.jpg


Today the rest of our group will arrive and we will officially be the "Sweet Sixteen". We will be getting an early start to make the rope drop at DHS. I know my DH and his brother have big plans for this day. I enjoy DHS and I am looking forward to doing some of my favorite attractions and some new things as well.

Shelley's Must Do's
1.TSM (1st time!!!)
2.Muppets 3D I know it is corny but I love it! I am a child of the 80's.
3.Animation Courtyard DH and I really enjoyed drawing characters here. We have done Donald Duck and Tigger.
4.See the parade (maybe catch some Streetmosphere while we are waiting).
5.Watch Hyperspace Hoopla

I would also like to see The Little Mermaid (1st time) and maybe American Idol (another 1st). I would also like to see my nephew Will see Playhouse Disney.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00522.jpg

Tim's Must Do's
1.Star Wars Weekend Activities
2.Wickett's Warehouse
3.Muppets 3D
4.TSM
5.TOT, RNR

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0735.jpg

We have a late afternoon Sci-Fi Dine In ADR. DH and I were here on our honeymoon and we thought they had great milkshakes.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0719.jpg

disneydreamingdebby
04-20-2010, 06:01 AM
Okay, Shelley and Jen, I am all caught up! Did you order a photopass? (With your group it is probably a great idea.)


Shelley, Love the pics of the cruise! I am surprised you haven't done TSM- try to get a fast pass before you ride. If you are like us, you will enjoy it and want to do it again soon! Muppets is being refurb, so you might even love it more! We caught a 6:00 out of Phila last Feb and arrive at CSR around 10. We were exhausted. It was wonderful waking up at Disney!

Jen, Cute kids! Your driving plan looks great. Your stash for the kids is quite large! I have to purchase some items for my girls (8); I think I will pick up the Hidden Mickey book for them. They aren't into Disney items, and we are driving 17 hours (leaving a 6 pm so driving through the night.) They won't need too many trinkets. I think we will pack a soccer ball. We are going to stop on the way home. The adrenaline will be pumping on the way. Jen, I don't know if you checked out my list: someone posted about window markers and windex wipes and I loved this idea!!!

dismagiclover
04-20-2010, 08:29 AM
It sounds like such a fun HS day! I'm sure I don't need to tell you to head over to TSM first thing. It is a madhouse over there! We've been to Sci Fi a couple of times and really enjoyed it too. Especially on a hot day (which I'm sure it will be in June.)

belle8306
04-20-2010, 08:49 PM
Okay, Shelley and Jen, I am all caught up! Did you order a photopass? (With your group it is probably a great idea.)
Shelley, Love the pics of the cruise! I am surprised you haven't done TSM- try to get a fast pass before you ride. If you are like us, you will enjoy it and want to do it again soon! Muppets is being refurb, so you might even love it more! We caught a 6:00 out of Phila last Feb and arrive at CSR around 10. We were exhausted. It was wonderful waking up at Disney!

We are going to order a photopass.:) It will be a great deal split between so many people. TSM was on my list last time to. For one reason or another we weren't able to ride it. Hopefully, that won't be the case this time. I am hoping that the Muppet refurb updates the movie a little too. Traveling always makes me so tired so I am glad that we will have a night of sleep before attempting the parks.

It sounds like such a fun HS day! I'm sure I don't need to tell you to head over to TSM first thing. It is a madhouse over there! We've been to Sci Fi a couple of times and really enjoyed it too. Especially on a hot day (which I'm sure it will be in June.)
I am really looking forward to it.:goodvibes It was a total madhouse the last time we were there which is why we weren't able to ride TSM. It amazed me how quiet Sci Fi was. It is a really nice change from a lot of restaurants.

belle8306
04-20-2010, 09:09 PM
Monday, June 14
Epcot
Future World
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0839.jpg
We decided to split Epcot up into two days. Today we will spend our morning focused on Future World. Soarin' is one of my favorite rides. I am sure we will head over to ride/get fast passes first thing. Other favorites include Turtle Talk, Nemo and Friends, Test Track, and The Land. We always explore Mousegears and get sample some Coke products at Club Station Cool. We may eat lunch here. If so, DH and I like Sunshine Seasons. There is also the Electric Umbrella. We may also decide to go back to the resort for our C.S. lunch. We will have time to rest before a busy night. We have ADR's at Chef Mickey's. This was one of our favorites last time. We will head over to MK after to enjoy the parade and Wishes. (Maybe hit some rides too).
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC00762.jpg
I am off to watch Glee!

dismagiclover
04-21-2010, 08:16 AM
That sounds like a perfect day:cloud9: If you do Sunshine Seasons for lunch get the Strawberry Shortcake. It is yummy!

disneydreamingdebby
04-21-2010, 09:30 PM
I LOVE the first Epcot pic!:love:

belle8306
04-21-2010, 09:50 PM
That sounds like a perfect day:cloud9: If you do Sunshine Seasons for lunch get the Strawberry Shortcake. It is yummy!

I saw pictures of that on the restaurant board. It does look REALLY good!:thumbsup2

I LOVE the first Epcot pic!:love:
Thank you!:goodvibes That was taken in October 2008 during the Food and Wine Festival.

belle8306
04-21-2010, 10:21 PM
June 15
Tuesday
Magic Kingdom
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1340.jpg
Today we visit my favorite park! We are going to the EMH to get all of the rides in that we can. We will hit Fantasyland first to ride as much as we can and grab a few Fastpasses for later. We are going to have lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern. This is a first for DH and I. I have read a lot of good reviews especially about the pot roast. The toffee cake looks good for dessert. We will take a break at the resort. That night we have a few options. We could go to Downtown Disney for dinner. We also might be able to have a night with Bryan and Jen touring on our own. (Jen, am I forgetting something else we were doing this night?) I love Wishes and I am looking forward to seeing The Main Street Electrical parade so I would like to see it a few times while we are there. Another thing I want to do and I need to figure out when to fit it in, is mini golf at Winter Summerland. We did this last summer and it was so much fun!

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_0803.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/100_1341.jpg

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dismagiclover
04-22-2010, 03:39 PM
That sounds fun to have an adults night out! I vote for dinner at one of the MK resorts and then head over for the parade and fireworks!

belle8306
04-22-2010, 04:04 PM
That sounds fun to have an adults night out! I vote for dinner at one of the MK resorts and then head over for the parade and fireworks!

I like that idea! We had an adult night out in 2007. It was a lot of fun!!:thumbsup2

belle8306
04-22-2010, 04:26 PM
Wednesday, June 16
Epcot
World Showcase
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We are taking advantage of WS's late opening time to sleep in a little and do some resort touring. On our trip in 07 we went to the MK resorts. This time we want to explore the Epcot resorts. I am not sure who is going along on our exploring. I know we left this as an open morning for people to rest up because we have a long night planned. After the resort touring we are going to World Showcase. I love looking at all the beautiful buildings and investigating all of the cute shops. I am sure Jen will touch on this but I think they will also be doing some Kim Possible missions. Then it is off to Le Cellier for lunch. I am still amazed that Jen got us an ADR here for 16 people! I am excited to eat here since I have heard so much about it.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/DSC03686.jpg
After lunch we will continue our WS tour. I am sure there will be some snacking (I want to try the almond pretzel in Norway). We plan to stay to watch Illuminations. We will stake out a good spot and we can all take turns exploring while others hold down the fort. I guess we even could get our CS meal to bring back here to eat. One of my favorites is going to be closed for a refurb (Cantina de San Angel). I guess DH and I will be trying some new things. I love Illuminations and I am looking forward to this night.

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disneydreamingdebby
04-22-2010, 05:00 PM
Have fun touring the Epcot resorts. Beach Club is our home (but we haven't been there yet.) On our first trip, we rode the boat to HS and couldn't understand why anyone would want to stay at BC.:lmao:

When deciding which DVC location, the Beach Club was a logical choice. We had always had plans to buy a beach condo. When we looked at the properties (online), the BCV spoke to me. I am excited that we are trying AKV, BCV and BWV this summer.

I think an adults night will be very enjoyable! You might feel like you have a private dining room at Le Cellier. It is that small! Cheese soup is delicious!

belle8306
04-22-2010, 05:07 PM
Have fun touring the Epcot resorts. Beach Club is our home (but we haven't been there yet.) On our first trip, we rode the boat to HS and couldn't understand why anyone would want to stay at BC.:lmao:

When deciding which DVC location, the Beach Club was a logical choice. We had always had plans to buy a beach condo. When we looked at the properties (online), the BCV spoke to me. I am excited that we are trying AKV, BCV and BWV this summer.

I think an adults night will be very enjoyable! You might feel like you have a private dining room at Le Cellier. It is that small! Cheese soup is delicious!


I have read so many great things about the Beach Club. I can't wait to read your report and see your pictures!:goodvibes

I think when Jen called for our ADR's the CM told her that if we would have had one more person our party would have been too large. I can't wait to try the cheese soup and the pretzel bread.:thumbsup2

dismagiclover
04-22-2010, 06:17 PM
Le Cellier is yummy! And I love Tangieriene Cafe in Morroco for CS!

belle8306
04-22-2010, 06:55 PM
Le Cellier is yummy! And I love Tangieriene Cafe in Morroco for CS!

I can't wait to try it! Jen and her husband like the Morroco place. I haven't been there. What do you usually get?

dismagiclover
04-22-2010, 07:33 PM
I can't wait to try it! Jen and her husband like the Morroco place. I haven't been there. What do you usually get?

We've only been once, but I had the sliders combo and my DH had the lamb platter. I love Greek food and this reminded me a bit of that! My kids had chicken nuggets and thought they were great.:rolleyes:

belle8306
04-22-2010, 08:07 PM
We've only been once, but I had the sliders combo and my DH had the lamb platter. I love Greek food and this reminded me a bit of that! My kids had chicken nuggets and thought they were great.:rolleyes:

From the pictures I have seen it did remind me of gyros which I love. We might have to go there.:goodvibes

belle8306
04-22-2010, 08:26 PM
Thursday, June 17
Downtown Disney
Magic Kingdom
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Today we will start at Downtown Disney. Haley and Ruby our youngest princesses will be given the royal treatment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Some of our group will including my DH and DBIL will be going to Disney Quest. The rest of our group will be able to do some shopping and get lunch.
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We enjoy Earl of Sandwich and Wolfgang Puck Express. We will return to our resort to get ready for dinner at 1900 Park Fare. I have read a lot of good reviews about the strawberry soup. The interaction between guests and Lady Tremain and the Step-Sisters is suppose to be great also. After dinner, we can explore as we want. It may be another Wishes/Parade night.
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FairyGodmotherJen
04-23-2010, 11:47 PM
Ok, I'm behind (as usual...). I'm glad you're keeping us going, Shelley - at the rate I'm going, we'd be back for several weeks before I got through the PTR! :rolleyes1

I thought I'd go back and talk about what we want to do most each day (so that I can catch up with Shelley!)

Sunday - DHS

Toy Story Mania!!!

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This was a huge hit for us in 2008. Jack talks about it all the time - it's definitely on his top ten list!

Star Wars Weekend Activities!

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As crazy a Star Wars fan as DH is, he's not one to stand in line in Disney for star autographs. He'll be happy being there with all the people in costume, hitting the special stores, and just soaking in the Star Wars atmosphere with his kiddos. :lovestruc The morning Star Wars parade is a definite must, though. The hope for us on this day is to do the whole day until Hyperspace Hoopla. That will all kind of depend on Will, though. We have to see how he does. My kids are notorius for not napping like they should at Disney - my older two always fell asleep on the bus on the way to the hotel. The ten minute nap would rejuvinate their little bodies, and napping in the room just wasn't going to happen. So we'll see what the littlest guy does. Worse comes to worst, I'll take him back by myself, get him some rest, and head back in time for Hyperspace Hoopla. We're really looking forward to this - the kids have the previous years' shows memorized from YouTube. Then it will be back to the resort for an early bedtime so that we can make it through Future World in Epcot tomorrow!

FairyGodmotherJen
04-23-2010, 11:57 PM
Monday - Epcot Future World

My favorite ride is in this park - Soarin'! I can't wait to ride it, and I'm hoping to do it as a group with whoever makes it to the park with us that morning. We might just grab FastPasses and come back - it will depend on how early we actually get there. I have to check on the height requirement for Will, though.

Haley wants to do Test Track again and, at the moment, Jack says he wants to do it too. Other than that, I think we might hit the Imagination Pavillion and stroll around Innoventions. Bryan will want to do Mission Space with whoever will go with him. Oh, and no trip would be complete without visiting these guys...

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We love Turtle Talk, too. At least one of the kids has been picked to ask a question the two times we've been...I wonder if we'll be able to keep the streak going!

The only other thing I'm pretty sure we'll do is...get wet!

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Jack got COMPLETELY soaked last trip - we stayed through Illuminations (I think we got back to the room a full 8 hours after he got wet) and he was still damp! I'm sure his younger brother will be following him in this time, too. I'm packing bathing suits this year!

We'll probably head back to the hotel for at least a swim this afternoon, if not a nap. As Shelley said, we have ADRs at Chef Mickey's this evening. This is a tradition for us. My family always went to Chef Mickey's when I was little, so it was one of two ADRs I made for our 2005 trip. DH immediately fell in love with it, and it's now a tradition for us as well (we actually went twice - once for Breakfast, once for dinner, in 2008). I've heard some not-so-great reviews as of late, though. I hope they get things straightened out before we get there!

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(This is from 2007)

It'll all depend on the kids as to what we do from here. I'm going to try hard to only push them when I think I can...or when it's our only chance left to see a show/parade!

FairyGodmotherJen
04-24-2010, 12:08 AM
Ok, I swore I wasn't going to just go back over everything Shelley said...and I think that's kind of what I'm doing. So I'm going to combine the next two days to be sure I'm not getting too boring!

Tuesday - MK EMH!!
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We're fans of morning EMH here - we can usually get Fantasyland knocked off our list on this day. The kids have several favorites, which I'm going to put in another post of everyone's must-dos. I want to add meeting Tink and co. this trip - Haley is a huge fan, and I'm sure Ruby will enjoy it, too. I know we need to line up a little before ten, and be ready to run! I figure I'll leave the boys with some of the others and take off.

I'm looking forward to LTT, too. After lunch, there's a chance we could go to AK. Since we don't have a dinner reservation, this would probably be the best time to do it. See, it's NOT our favorite park - mainly because it is just so hot!! But my kids have never seen Festival of the Lion King, and I've never ridden Expedition Everest. So I'm keeping it penciled in just so that we have the option. If not, I'm guessing we'll head back to the room and chill out. I'd love that adult night out, too...if it's a choice between AK and the adult night out, well...FOTLK will still be there next time, right??? ;)

Wednesday - Epcot World Showcase

My mom and aunt actually have the Segway tour this morning in WS before it opens. I tell you, I'd pay good money to get to see my mom on a Segway! :rotfl: I think we'll lounge in the room this morning, and I'd like to be there close to when WS opens up. I'm looking forward to leisurely exploring and maybe finding some characters at that time of day. And, of course, Le Cellier sounds sooooo good. I'm sure we'll stop and make masks...

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Although, whose idea was it to have Sharpie sponsor those Kidcot stations???

Kim Possible is on Haley's must-do list. She's always been my kid that enjoys scavenger hunts - I can even get her to clean up without arguing if she thinks she's on a secret mission. So we can't wait for that. And, of course, Illuminations! (which I have absolutely no pictures of, so you'll have to scroll back up and look at Shelley's :laughing:) I've been to Disney four times since it began in 2000, but didn't make it to a showing until our last trip in 2008. And then, the globe was being refurbished! So, hope for a little pixie dust :wizard:for good weather so that we can all watch Illuminations together that night!

Ok, I'm caught up now, and it's midnight...gotta turn in. Thanks for reading along, everyone! I'll be back to comment later on this weekend, I promise!

belle8306
04-24-2010, 09:43 AM
I love your pictures Jen! I can't believe how much the kids have grown! I am glad you can fill in the gaps where my memory fails me on our itinerary. I am glad we have this all written down. Between the two of us we should be able to remember everything!

DH and I are at Bryan and Jen's house. In addition to spending time with them and seeing Jack's first baseball game, Jen and I are scrapbooking. Actually, we are doing a lot of scrapbooking. We are attending a two day crop with the intention of finishing our last Disney books before we go on our next trip.

belle8306
04-24-2010, 09:50 AM
Friday, June 18
DHS

I picked some random pictures from my photobucket. Please forgive me if the don't match the park.
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We are going to hit the EMH and catch up on anything we might have missed on Sunday. Plus, we can hit all of our favorites again. Tonight we are going to Ohana's. It was one of our favorite meals in 2007. The kids really enjoyed being able to participate in the coconut races. We even learned how to hula (sort of).

disneydreamingdebby
04-24-2010, 06:02 PM
Jen, Great shots of the kids. Shelley, I LOVE Ohana! I am sure that you won't forget your plan. Do you have a notebook? I can't remember. If not, you can just print out all of your posts that have your plans. Besides, as long as you remember your ADR's, it doesn't matter.

Hope you ladies are having fun scrapbooking.

dismagiclover
04-24-2010, 06:59 PM
All of your plans sound fabulous! June needs to hurry up and come;)

FairyGodmotherJen
04-25-2010, 07:23 PM
Jen, Great shots of the kids. Shelley, I LOVE Ohana! I am sure that you won't forget your plan. Do you have a notebook? I can't remember. If not, you can just print out all of your posts that have your plans. Besides, as long as you remember your ADR's, it doesn't matter.

Hope you ladies are having fun scrapbooking.
We had a ball! I've never participated in a crop that was that long before. You had to make sure you got up and wandered from time to time!! But we got a lot done. I'm not finished with our 08 trip, but I wasn't even started before Saturday morning and I now only have a few more layouts, so I made real progress!

All of your plans sound fabulous! June needs to hurry up and come;)

Yes, it does! I am so ready to be heading out! :yay: Well, we have ISTEP testing this week. I'm sure that'll give me some time to daydream about Disney while I'm walking around in endless circles watching my students fill in bubbles... ;)

FairyGodmotherJen
04-25-2010, 07:34 PM
Okay, Shelley and Jen, I am all caught up! Did you order a photopass? (With your group it is probably a great idea.)


Shelley, Love the pics of the cruise! I am surprised you haven't done TSM- try to get a fast pass before you ride. If you are like us, you will enjoy it and want to do it again soon! Muppets is being refurb, so you might even love it more! We caught a 6:00 out of Phila last Feb and arrive at CSR around 10. We were exhausted. It was wonderful waking up at Disney!

Jen, Cute kids! Your driving plan looks great. Your stash for the kids is quite large! I have to purchase some items for my girls (8); I think I will pick up the Hidden Mickey book for them. They aren't into Disney items, and we are driving 17 hours (leaving a 6 pm so driving through the night.) They won't need too many trinkets. I think we will pack a soccer ball. We are going to stop on the way home. The adrenaline will be pumping on the way. Jen, I don't know if you checked out my list: someone posted about window markers and windex wipes and I loved this idea!!!

Photopass is on my list for this week. I have to send an email to our group about it tonight...
You're doing well to drive overnight. My DH and I can't do it...we tried when we drove home from New Mexico in 2005. Of course, it was on the way home (and Jack was in his "I'm not going to sleep in a porta-crib" stage), but we found ourselves stopping about every 45 minutes to change drivers around 2 or 3 o'clock. Not pretty...I hope having an early start makes a difference!

It sounds like such a fun HS day! I'm sure I don't need to tell you to head over to TSM first thing. It is a madhouse over there! We've been to Sci Fi a couple of times and really enjoyed it too. Especially on a hot day (which I'm sure it will be in June.)
We hit TSM first on our trip in 2008 - it worked well. Of course, DH is talking about sending the rest of us that way while he and his brother head to the Star Wars store before all the good collectibles run out...:rolleyes:

That sounds like a perfect day:cloud9: If you do Sunshine Seasons for lunch get the Strawberry Shortcake. It is yummy!

I have never eaten there - I'm looking forward to it!

I LOVE the first Epcot pic!:love:
They take some pretty cool pictures, don't they? I swear, I'm going to pay more attention to details this trip...

That sounds fun to have an adults night out! I vote for dinner at one of the MK resorts and then head over for the parade and fireworks!

It would be awesome to hit California Grille or something like that, and then head to MK to do the nighttime stuff and some of the rides my kids won't do yet (Pirates is the main one I'm thinking of, since they won't go near that one). Plus, I'd have time to notice all those details I was talking about! I've read quite a bit about the parks and their history - I'd really like to take the time to look at the windows on Main Street!

Have fun touring the Epcot resorts. Beach Club is our home (but we haven't been there yet.) On our first trip, we rode the boat to HS and couldn't understand why anyone would want to stay at BC.:lmao:

When deciding which DVC location, the Beach Club was a logical choice. We had always had plans to buy a beach condo. When we looked at the properties (online), the BCV spoke to me. I am excited that we are trying AKV, BCV and BWV this summer.

I think an adults night will be very enjoyable! You might feel like you have a private dining room at Le Cellier. It is that small! Cheese soup is delicious!

Beach club is one that I'd love to see if we go resort hopping. I dropped in back in 1992 when I was on spring break with a few friends. We were impressed by Stormalong Bay even back then!

Le Cellier is yummy! And I love Tangieriene Cafe in Morroco for CS!

DH and I did Tangierine Cafe in 08. We both got a combo platter (I got lamb, and DH got chicken). Yummy! We'd done Restaurant Marakesh back on our first trip in 2005, but we haven't been able to get back there since. It was a nice taste of it. There are some other places I'd like to try that evening, as well...it's going to be tough to make a decision!

belle8306
04-26-2010, 09:16 PM
Jen, Great shots of the kids. Shelley, I LOVE Ohana! I am sure that you won't forget your plan. Do you have a notebook? I can't remember. If not, you can just print out all of your posts that have your plans. Besides, as long as you remember your ADR's, it doesn't matter.

Hope you ladies are having fun scrapbooking.
We had a great time scrapbooking. We were both very productive. Ohana is so much fun! I like the idea of printing my posts and putting them in my trip binder!:thumbsup2
All of your plans sound fabulous! June needs to hurry up and come;)
We are SO ready to be at Disney. We have been planning our trip for 3 years so we can't wait!! I am sure you are excited too!

belle8306
04-26-2010, 09:33 PM
Jen and I had a great time scrapbooking this weekend. We have plans to do it again after our trip.

June 19
Saturday
MK

We will begin our day with Pooh and Friends at CP. We have an early ADR so we can get the empty Main Street pictures. Tim and I have never been to CP. The breakfast gets a lot of good reviews. The rest of the day will be spent catching up on anything we may have missed.
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Our tradition on our last night is to watch the parade and Wishes. We will meet back here in the evening. Sunday will be spent traveling back home.

dismagiclover
04-27-2010, 08:17 AM
We'll be at MK this day too! We're eating at CP for lunch not breakfast. Though I do love that before park breakfast. Instead we will be there at rope drop running for Dumbo. I'll keep my eye out for your clan. If all sixteen of you are together you might stick out a bit:goodvibes

disneydreamingdebby
04-27-2010, 04:41 PM
I enjoyed CP. We went for an 11:00 ADR. I debated and debated about making an early morning ADR to be in the empty park for pics. Enjoy!

Even reading a ptr, I am so sad about the travel day home! :sad2:

belle8306
04-27-2010, 04:59 PM
We'll be at MK this day too! We're eating at CP for lunch not breakfast. Though I do love that before park breakfast. Instead we will be there at rope drop running for Dumbo. I'll keep my eye out for your clan. If all sixteen of you are together you might stick out a bit:goodvibes

I hope we run into each other! We will probably have on matching T-shirts to make us stick out even more!:laughing: I am glad you enjoyed CP. I am looking forward to it!

I enjoyed CP. We went for an 11:00 ADR. I debated and debated about making an early morning ADR to be in the empty park for pics. Enjoy!

Even reading a ptr, I am so sad about the travel day home! :sad2:

I am so glad that CP gets such good reviews! The travel day is such a bummer!:sad1: I told Jen we have to start planning our next trip even if it isn't for a while. I just NEED a trip to plan!:laughing:

belle8306
04-28-2010, 04:38 PM
I officially have 23 days of the school year left! :woohoo:

I thought I would do a small update on our trip planning.

*T-Shirt designs are almost complete. Right now, we have plans for 3.

*Our Disney scrapbooks for our last trip are almost complete.

*I started making our mint matchbooks to use as a small thank you for outstanding CM's.

*We have our pins (bought on Ebay) to trade. DH really got into this on our last trip.

*My BIL made a nice template for a daily itinerary for each person in our group. We plan on giving one to each person with list of special activities and ADR times for each day.

*Everyone has paid off their trip!!!!

*I am updating my packing list as I purchase items (or think of new ones).

*I am still hunting for a decent sun hat. I don't look good in baseball hats. So far, I haven't had any luck.

I guess that isn't a huge update. The main decisions have been made. We are just tweaking the details.

FairyGodmotherJen
04-28-2010, 10:34 PM
I officially have 23 days of the school year left! :woohoo:



Can I be obnoxious and brag that I only have 20? Sorry...;) The lady that used to work as our assistant had what she called "Carmen Time" (her name was Carmen). She didn't count days we had field trips, Sports Day, or several other miscellaneous days. She still works at school, just not with fourth grade(:sad2: we miss her terribly), and according to her, we only have 15 days left! :cool1: All I know is, ISTEP testing ended for my class today!! No makeups, so I can turn the books in and be done!

I think we're really headed in the right direction with all we have done! Now that I've got my class almost done, and Jack is sleeping again (all that coughing he was doing at night last weekend ended up being walking pneumonia :eek:), I should be able to get my big packing list together...like I said I was going to about two weeks ago!

As far as our last three days go, Shelley pretty much covered it. BBB on Thursday is at the top of Haley's most-excited-about list. Jack is pretty psyched about going to Disney Quest with his dad and uncle, too. I'm looking forward to a more relaxed day, and shopping DTD during the day when it's less crowded. 1900 PF is a new thing for all of us except for Bry's cousing Nora, and I'm really looking forward to it. I think I'm going to make my mom and aunt t-shirts from the creative Disigns board - they're of the two stepsisters. That should get us some good character interaction!


Friday - after hitting DHS in the morning to catch what we missed this time (I think we're going to save Jedi Training Academy for this day to skip the SWW crowds - what do you think?), I really hope we can hop over to the Epcot resorts and do some looking around. I wouldn't argue with Beaches and Cream for lunch, either. :rolleyes1 And of course, we get to sample the updated menu at 'Ohana that evening. I enjoyed it last time, but I hear some of the changes were really good. Honestly, as long as they still have that bananas foster bread pudding, I'm happy! :laughing:

Saturday - we just loved CP last time. Bry can't wait for the puffed French toast, and I can't wait to get everyone in front of the castle for a picture without a crowded background! I also want to stroll leisurely down Main Street and really look at those Imagineer windows. This is our day to hit whatever else we want to before we leave. The last few trips we've taken, we've attempted to hit multiple parks this day (we actually made it to three on our 2005 trip), and I'd like to avoid that today. The drive back will be long enough as it is without trying to pack every minute of the day in. Maybe being there seven days will help that. As for Sunday...I'm not going there yet! Not looking forward to that long drive home....

Ok, this is two updates in a row without pictures from Shelley and I! :rotfl: I'm going to stop until I'm back on our main computer and can upload some more. Thanks for hanging in there with us, everyone!

Saturday

IluvXU
04-28-2010, 10:39 PM
I like the "Carmen Time" I will have to count that down tomorrow. We have a few more days left than you!

Your plans look great!

FairyGodmotherJen
04-28-2010, 10:49 PM
I like the "Carmen Time" I will have to count that down tomorrow. We have a few more days left than you!

Your plans look great!

Did you guys have a lot of snow days this year? We used all our built-ins, but didn't have to have any more tacked on at the end, thankfully.

Carmen time is great, except for when she takes extra days off that we don't to help her girls move back home from college. Then Carmen time doesn't apply to us, and it's not quite as much fun! :rotfl2:

belle8306
04-29-2010, 04:33 PM
20 days! I am so envious!

Jen was right we need some pictures. Here ya go:

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My DH and DBIL at Star Wars Weekends in 2007.

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On our trip in 2007 we were there for the last day of the Flower and Garden Festival.

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On the boat at POR. We love it here!

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The "Make Your Own Treat" at Goofy's Cand Co.

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Star Wars + Muppets = Fun!

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DH at his favorite Star Wars store.

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The streets at DHS.

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I love the fall decorations!

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These games look fun!

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This topiary is so cute!

disneydreamingdebby
04-29-2010, 04:49 PM
[SIZE="5"][COLOR="Blue"]I officially have 23 days of the school year left! :woohoo:



[COLOR="Purple"]Can I be obnoxious and brag that I only have 20? Sorry...;)

I don't like either of you very much right now. :upsidedow

We have 32.:sad2:

belle8306
04-29-2010, 05:19 PM
I don't like either of you very much right now. :upsidedow

We have 32.:sad2:

I am sorry Debby!:hug: Did you have a lot of snow days this year? We used three of our 4 built in days.

dismagiclover
04-30-2010, 08:09 AM
Love all of the pictures! You really do have some big Star Wars fans!

belle8306
04-30-2010, 04:18 PM
Love all of the pictures! You really do have some big Star Wars fans!

My DH and DBIL grew up loving Star Wars and never stopped. Luckily they married very tolerant women.:laughing:

belle8306
04-30-2010, 04:48 PM
As I may have mentioned I am a first grade teacher and I love to scrapbook. I would love to put together an ABC Disney scrapbook. I could use it in my class and I know that they would love to look at the pictures. So, please help me complete or add to my list of items I need to spot for each letter. Jen and I were talking about it and she suggested having my niece and nephew help us look for things while we are in the parks as well. Here is what I have so far:


A Ariel, Airplane, Aladdin, Aurora,
B Beach, Boat, Bridge, Belle, Buzz
C Castle, Candy, Captain Jack,
D Donald, Daisy, Dumbo, Dessert
E Elephant, Ears (thinking a Micky hat),
F Fantasyland, Fish, Fireworks, Food, Fountain
G Goofy, Giraffe, Geppetto, Gaston, Grumpy
H Hats, High School Musical, Hawaii
I Ice Cream,
J Jafar, Jungle, Jesse (from Toy Story)
K Kim Possible,
L Lamp Post, Lightning McQueen, Lady and the Tramp
M Mickey, Minnie, Marie, Mural
N Nemo
O Octopus, Orange,
P Peter Pan, Popcorn, Pirates, Parade, Pinocchino
Q Queen
R Rides, River,
S Snow White, Shopping, Star Wars, Sally, Splash
T Tower of Terror, Test Track, Tea Cups, Toad, Turkey Leg
U Ursula
V Van,
W Walt Disney World, Water, Wheel, Wendy
X eXcitment, boX, (????)
Y Yo Yo, Yellow, Yard
Z Zoo Animals, Zebra

You can see that I need some help expanding my list! Please help add to it so I have lots of choices when I am taking my pictures.:)

belle8306
04-30-2010, 04:55 PM
I just had to post here because it is my 1000th post!!!!! Woo Hoo! I know that isn't much compared to a lot of people but it is a big number to me!!!


:rockband::dancer:party::tink::mickeyjum:dance3:

disneydreamingdebby
05-02-2010, 07:03 PM
As I may have mentioned I am a first grade teacher and I love to scrapbook. I would love to put together an ABC Disney scrapbook. I could use it in my class and I know that they would love to look at the pictures. So, please help me complete or add to my list of items I need to spot for each letter. Jen and I were talking about it and she suggested having my niece and nephew help us look for things while we are in the parks as well. Here is what I have so far:

A Ariel, Airplane, Aladdin, Aurora,
B Beach, Boat, Bridge, Belle, Buzz
C Castle, Candy, Captain Jack,
D Donald, Daisy, Dumbo, Dessert
E Elephant, Ears (thinking a Micky hat),
F Fantasyland, Fish, Fireworks, Food, Fountain
G Goofy, Giraffe
H Hats, High School Musical, Hawaii
I Ice Cream,
J Jafar, Jungle, Jesse (from Toy Story)
K Kim Possible,
L Lamp Post, Lightning McQueen
M Mickey, Minnie,
N Nemo
O Octopus, Orange,
P Peter Pan, Popcorn, Pirates, Parade
Q Queen
R Rides, River,
S Snow White, Shopping, Star Wars, Sally
T Tower of Terror, Test Track, Tea Cups
U Ursula
V Van,
W Walt Disney World, Water, Wheel
X eXcitment, boX, (????)
Y Yo Yo, Yellow, Yard
Z Zoo Animals, Zebra

You can see that I need some help expanding my list! Please help add to it so I have lots of choices when I am taking my pictures.:)

Geppetto, Pinocchino, Gaston, Grumpy, Wendy, Lady and Tramp, Turkey Leg, Marie, Mural, Toad

I'll keep working on it for you. (Right up my alley.) I really shouldn't complain about having so many more days; some don't get the whole summer! We had four days tacked on. We don't build them into our calendar.

disneydreamingdebby
05-02-2010, 07:05 PM
If you have an SLR - SPLASH

FairyGodmotherJen
05-02-2010, 07:38 PM
Geppetto, Pinocchino, Gaston, Grumpy, Wendy, Lady and Tramp, Turkey Leg, Marie, Mural, Toad

I'll keep working on it for you. (Right up my alley.) I really shouldn't complain about having so many more days; some don't get the whole summer! We had four days tacked on. We don't build them into our calendar.

Oooh - I hope you started later than we did! I know most schools on the East Coast do. As my father (who's from Jersey City) says, that's the CORRECT way to do it. ;)

You've got a great start for the book, Shelley. I'll get the kids on it! I'm sure we can come up with some for you! (What a great excuse to take some more pictures!!! :cool1:)

FairyGodmotherJen
05-02-2010, 10:44 PM
I had the kids tell me what they are most looking forward to on this trip. I got some answers that I expected…and some that I didn’t. Here are the top 10 things Haley is looking forward to on this trip…though most of them are in no particular order! (I'm pretty sure I stole this idea from someone else...thanks, Laura!)

1.Bippity Boppity Boutique: This was definitely number one for her. She is SOOOO excited about this experience! Right now, she thinks she’s getting her hair and make-up done. But before the trip (I’m not sure when to reveal this), Bryan and I are planning on giving her a card that tells her that, as part of her birthday present from us and her Grammy (my mom), she will be getting the whole kit and caboodle – dress and photo shoot included – which she has been begging for since we first talked about it. You’d think that a kid going on 9 would be over the whole dress-up thing…but not my girlie-girl!

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_4260.jpg
This is her at one of the current exhibits at the Children’s Museum in Indy (a GREAT place, by the way) – it’s a Barbie exhibit.

2. It’s a Small World: This has been her #1 ride since our first trip in 2005. I guess she’s a chip off the old block…apparently, I was nuts about this ride as a kid, too. Dad likes to go on and on about how he had to endure that song over and over and over….

3. The parade: “All of them!” was her response when I asked her which one in particular. She was pretty excited to see Tinkerbelle on one of the new floats in the Main Street Electrical Parade that we’ll be seeing in June.

4. The “Castle Plays”: This is what she calls the castle forecourt shows. The last one, “Dream Along With Mickey,” wasn’t near as entertaining as “Cinderellabration,” in my opinion. Then again, I nursed Will through most of it, so I didn’t stay to watch it with them. Does anyone know if it’s changed since the Year of a Million Dreams?
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%205/100_1493.jpg

5. Characters – The ones she’s most looking forward to are Tiana and Tink. Pixie Hollow opened right after we went in 2008, so she’s never gotten to meet the fairies. I have to admit, even I’m excited about that one! And I’m trying to keep track of where Tiana is. We don’t stand in line for many autographs in MK (that’s what the character meals are for!), but we’ll stand in line for these two.

6. Toy Story Mania: This was a big hit with all of us last trip. I read on the DIS that one of the games has been replaced with a new game that includes a character from Toy Story 3 – sounds pretty cool. This is Haley on TSM in 2008, showing off her fashionable 3-D glasses:
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%203/100_1178.jpg

7. Star Wars Weekends: My family’s Star Wars obsession has been well documented in this PTR. Enough said. :rolleyes: She is especially looking forward to Hyperspace Hoopla.

8. “Sights to See”: When I asked her to explain this one, she responded that there were always new things to see at Disney, and she couldn’t wait to go see more. Yes, she’s definitely my child…

9. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: I was so surprised by how she took to this ride last trip. She loved it! She even held her hands up and screamed in delight at times! Then she went on it again with Bry when Jack decided not to use his FastPass. She talks about it quite often – how fun it was, how it was so fast. She’s really growing up, I guess!

10. The CBR slide: My kids love the pool!
http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%203/100_1207.jpg
We’ve always stayed at ASMo…we’re not used to pool slides! But both kids are excited about the pool at CBR. I hope to hit this on our arrival day so that they can get a taste of it early.

11. (yeah, I know – so much for the top ten list…she really IS like her mother – she likes to talk, too…:rolleyes1) Hidden Mickeys: Haley has been a “I Spy” fan since she was old enough to understand the concept. She’s learned about hidden Mickeys, and she’s ready to find them! She doesn’t know it, but thanks to Shelley she has the Hidden Mickeys book to read on the way down there. I need to come up with a way for her to keep track of them that she can carry around with her. I’m still working on that one!

Ok, that’s it for Haley. I’ll come back and post the lists for the rest of us later. Next up – what does a six-year-old want to see in Disney?

dismagiclover
05-03-2010, 08:15 AM
A great top 11 for Haley! I don't think this trip will disappoint her:goodvibes

FauntleroyFAN07
05-03-2010, 09:52 AM
I just had to post here because it is my 1000th post!!!!! Woo Hoo! I know that isn't much compared to a lot of people but it is a big number to me!!!


:rockband::dancer:party::tink::mickeyjum:dance3:
congrats on reaching 4 digits, its exciting.

as far as your list goes, looks good on the letters, we are hoping to do the same thing for parker o nthis trip, but i am too lazy to do what you already did, so i am going to steal your list, and hope that you keep adding to it and post the updated list before i go so i can print it off and take it with me.
:thumbsup2

dseth
05-03-2010, 10:24 AM
Hey girls!! I found you! I can't believe you came home and posted after scrapbooking at Archivers! :thumbsup2 True dis spirit! My DH couldn't believe I had found someone as crazy as me about Disney....it gave him hope :goodvibes. I finally got caught up on your pre-trip report! Looks like you are getting all set. I'm so excited for all of you!! I'm inspired (I think) to start a new one for my November 20th Wedding Anniversary trip. I will send along some of our Christmas trip picks to you soon, you definitely should plan that trip next, it is a wonderful time to visit. I did find the link to our 2007 completed trip report in case you wanted to read through my first go at a trip report. Keep at it....I'll be reading!!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1554904

belle8306
05-03-2010, 04:13 PM
Geppetto, Pinocchino, Gaston, Grumpy, Wendy, Lady and Tramp, Turkey Leg, Marie, Mural, Toad

I'll keep working on it for you. (Right up my alley.) I really shouldn't complain about having so many more days; some don't get the whole summer! We had four days tacked on. We don't build them into our calendar.
Thank you for your ideas!:goodvibes I updated my list.

If you have an SLR - SPLASH Thank you!:)

I had the kids tell me what they are most looking forward to on this trip. I got some answers that I expected…and some that I didn’t. Here are the top 10 things Haley is looking forward to on this trip…though most of them are in no particular order! (I'm pretty sure I stole this idea from someone else...thanks, Laura!)



Wow! Haley and I want to see a lot of the same things! I love "sights to see" as an answer. That is one of the things I like about Disney too! You are raising her right!:thumbsup2

congrats on reaching 4 digits, its exciting.

as far as your list goes, looks good on the letters, we are hoping to do the same thing for parker o nthis trip, but i am too lazy to do what you already did, so i am going to steal your list, and hope that you keep adding to it and post the updated list before i go so i can print it off and take it with me.
:thumbsup2

I am glad it will help you too! Parker will love a Disney ABC book. I think it will be fun to make too.

Hey girls!! I found you! I can't believe you came home and posted after scrapbooking at Archivers! :thumbsup2 True dis spirit! My DH couldn't believe I had found someone as crazy as me about Disney....it gave him hope :goodvibes. I finally got caught up on your pre-trip report! Looks like you are getting all set. I'm so excited for all of you!! I'm inspired (I think) to start a new one for my November 20th Wedding Anniversary trip. I will send along some of our Christmas trip picks to you soon, you definitely should plan that trip next, it is a wonderful time to visit. I did find the link to our 2007 completed trip report in case you wanted to read through my first go at a trip report. Keep at it....I'll be reading!!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1554904

Hello! Welcome!!!! party::welcome:party: I am so glad you found us! We told our husbands that we met a Dis fan at our crop. I think they were impressed! We would LOVE to go at Christmas time. I am going to check out your link. If you start a new one feel free to post a link over here. Thanks for stopping by!!

belle8306
05-03-2010, 04:42 PM
The Shirt Saga

It started in 2007. Wouldn't it be neat if we had matching shirts one day at the parks? Then DH and my DBIL each came up with cool designs so we said 2 shirts would be good. Then I came across the Mickey Tye Dye shirts and they were so cute. My DMIL perfected her technique and we added a 3rd shirt to our Disney wardrobe. On to 2010, and we are at it again. As of right now DH and DBIL have again made two really cool shirt designs. We also want to do the Mickey Tye Dyes again. We got a lot of people asking us in 2007 where we bought our shirts. So, each person that wants to participate in our group will have 3 different shirts. We plan on doing laundry part way through our trip so we will wear each one twice.

Jen's mom and aunt will have a special shirt for 1900 Park Fare. There also was talk of some Star Wars weekend shirts (Jen are we still doing this). So, in a few weeks we will be meeting to have a yard sale at my inlaws (more Disney spending money!). While we are there we are going to work on the shirts.

Here is a look at our shirts from our trip in 2007.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0715-1.jpg

I am sorry my purse strap is in the way. This one has Sorcerer Mickey and it says "The Happiest Vacation On Earth" "3 Generations, 1 Destination"

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0762_2.jpg

This shirt has the Mickey head with the castle inside. 2007 is above the Mickey head. Around the sides are pictures of everyone who went on the trip.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s124/belle8306/HPIM0809_2.jpg

The Tye Dye Mickey Heads. They were labor intensive to make although my DMIL has gotten good at making them.

Jen might be able to post pictures of our new designs. I still need to buy another shirt. We discovered last time that the cheaper shirts didn't hold the color as well.

disneydreamingdebby
05-03-2010, 06:54 PM
Very cool shirts; how did the transfer ones wash? I made two for my friend's sons. (They are leaving in two weeks.) I plan on making ones for my girls. (They won't where typical Disney. However, the one wants the castle with fireworks...I can only imagine it is going to look like a bad iron on.) I'll post pics of the ones for the boys on my PTR. They turned out nice.

We started school Aug 30 - I think - Ahhh that was a lifetime ago.

belle8306
05-03-2010, 07:20 PM
Very cool shirts; how did the transfer ones wash? I made two for my friend's sons. (They are leaving in two weeks.) I plan on making ones for my girls. (They won't where typical Disney. However, the one wants the castle with fireworks...I can only imagine it is going to look like a bad iron on.) I'll post pics of the ones for the boys on my PTR. They turned out nice.

We started school Aug 30 - I think - Ahhh that was a lifetime ago.

They washed up really well. I can't remember what transfer paper we used. :confused3 Maybe Jen does? If not I can ask my MIL. This year we are trying something new. We got a "Yudu" from Michaels. It is a do it yourself screen printer. I am really hoping it works well. I am looking forward to seeing the shirts you made. :)

belle8306
05-03-2010, 07:40 PM
I just read this tip on the June 2010 trip thread. If you are going to Disney in May or June and you are into collecting pins go to this site:

http://www.disneymovierewards.com/vacation


The code is VACATION. You can print a certificate to get a free Tinkerbell :tinker:pin from Disney movie rewards. It can only be redeemed at Mousegears after you spend $40.00. But if you are going to be purchasing items there anyway it could be a good deal. If anything you could use it as a trader.

dismagiclover
05-04-2010, 08:13 AM
Love all the shirts! I'll definitely be on the lookout for the shirts you make for this year so I can be watching for them at Crystal Palace. And I'm going to have to check out the link for the free Tink pin. Thanks:goodvibes

FauntleroyFAN07
05-04-2010, 10:05 AM
thanks for the tip, we will print that out for sure, and it will be a great buy if they also have the spend a certain amount and buy a blanket again this year or bag, we might be able to use both.

thanks for the heads up, i have to go check out htat thread for other tips.

belle8306
05-04-2010, 04:04 PM
Love all the shirts! I'll definitely be on the lookout for the shirts you make for this year so I can be watching for them at Crystal Palace. And I'm going to have to check out the link for the free Tink pin. Thanks:goodvibes
We will be looking for you too!

thanks for the tip, we will print that out for sure, and it will be a great buy if they also have the spend a certain amount and buy a blanket again this year or bag, we might be able to use both.

thanks for the heads up, i have to go check out htat thread for other tips.

That is a good point about being able to maybe get an additonal item besides the pin.:thumbsup2 I need to put my voucher with my trip stuff so I don't forget it.

belle8306
05-05-2010, 04:12 PM
Updated ABC List

A Ariel, Airplane, Aladdin, Aurora, Alice, Animals
B Beach, Boat, Bridge, Belle, Buzz
C Castle, Candy, Captain Jack, Clock, Carousel, Chip
D Donald, Daisy, Dumbo, Dessert, Dorie, Dale
E Elephant, Ears (thinking a Micky hat),Eeyore
F Fantasyland, Fish, Fireworks, Food, Fountain
G Goofy, Giraffe, Geppetto, Gaston, Grumpy
H Hats, High School Musical, Hawaii, Hollywood, Hammock
I Ice Cream, Illuminations
J Jafar, Jungle, Jesse (from Toy Story), Jasmine
K Kim Possible,
L Lamp Post, Lightning McQueen, Lady and the Tramp, Lake, Lion King, Lilo
M Mickey, Minnie, Marie, Mural, Mary Poppins, Mulan
N Nemo
O Octopus, Orange, Oars
P Peter Pan, Popcorn, Pirates, Parade, Pinocchino, Pins, Plants, Pretzel, Pluto
Q Queen
R Rides, River,
S Snow White, Shopping, Star Wars, Sally, Splash, Shows, Signs, Stich
T Tower of Terror, Test Track, Tea Cups, Toad, Turkey Leg, Tiger, Tiana
U Ursula, Up, U.S.A
V Van,
W Walt Disney World, Water, Wheel, Wendy, Winnie the Pooh, Woody
X eXcitment, boX, (????)
Y Yo Yo, Yellow, Yard
Z Zoo Animals, Zebra

belle8306
05-05-2010, 05:29 PM
Star Wars Weekend Posters 2010

Check out this thread by ADP if you are interested in seeing the new promotional posters for Star Wars Weekend.

2010 Star Wars Posters (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2459939)

dismagiclover
05-05-2010, 07:22 PM
Those posters are great! I couldn't stop laughing and all my DD10 kept saying is "Weird." and "Weirder" Thanks for sharing!

disneydreamingdebby
05-06-2010, 12:27 AM
I'll try to work on ideas for "N" tomorrow. Noodle Terrace?:confused3

disneydreamingdebby
05-06-2010, 07:57 AM
I thought I'd share Milliepie's shared file link in case you wanted some additional ideas for T's and you didn't already know about it. I think the storm trooper eating a mickey bar is a hoot!

http://www.4shared.com/dir/19077581/4fa6c900/sharing.html

Have a great day!

belle8306
05-06-2010, 04:28 PM
I thought I'd share Milliepie's shared file link in case you wanted some additional ideas for T's and you didn't already know about it. I think the storm trooper eating a mickey bar is a hoot!

http://www.4shared.com/dir/19077581/4fa6c900/sharing.html

Have a great day!
Those are really cute! I will have to show my husband. Thank you!

I'll try to work on ideas for "N" tomorrow. Noodle Terrace?:confused3

"N" has me really stumped. Thank you for helping!

Those posters are great! I couldn't stop laughing and all my DD10 kept saying is "Weird." and "Weirder" Thanks for sharing!


They are funny. My DH thought they were great!

belle8306
05-07-2010, 08:23 PM
Bringing the Magic Home

Tonight my DH and I were going to go to the Drive In to see Iron Man 2. But, it has been thunderstorming on and off all afternoon so, we are staying in tonight. I thought I would write about souvenirs. My DH and I have some things that we always buy on every trip.

1.A Christmas ornament. I love putting them on the tree every year and being reminded of our trips. I actually like to buy ornaments on any trip we take. We got a few on our cruise in March.

2.Pins. I like the holiday pins to wear to school. My students love them. I also like to get one with the year and one from the resort we are staying at. DH likes the Star Wars pins. Last year he really liked the mystery packs with two pins in them.

3.DH will get Star Wars weekend stuff. Last year, he got a shirt and pins.

4.Refillable mugs. For us, it is useful while we are there and a practical but fun reminder of Disney when we are at home. I liked it more when they had resort specific mugs instead of all being the same.

5.A CD with music from the parks. I love Disney music!!

6.A pair of earrings.

So, what do you like to buy at Disney?

FairyGodmotherJen
05-07-2010, 11:17 PM
Shelley, these have been awesome updates! I love those posters...Jack will definitely want them for his room! Can't wait to show Bryan!

Let's see...our souveniers....

I love the pins. Right now, they sit on lanyards hanging from one of my scrapbooking organizers. Eventually I'd like to be able to display them...when we have a bigger house!;) I also get the mugs...I love using them at school. This year, we'll probably buy soda at WalMart when we get there, but I'll still buy a mug! This trip, I might get a necklace at pick-a-pearl when we get them for our moms. I'm also thinking about splurging and getting a nice hooded sweatshirt that I can wear to work on jeans days.

DH always buys t-shirts. You can bet there will be a Star Wars Weekend shirt purchased, but there will also be others.

Jack has his heart set on a lightsaber from the toy store in DTD. Actually, he has his heart set on DOUBLE BLADED lightsaber. Yes, he already has his mind made up. He's also used his spending money on a few of the Disney-themed matchbox-type cars, too. I can see us doing that for Will as well.

Haley...it depends on the trip. In 2007, she did the My Pretty Pony stuff-a-box thing. Last trip she bought a pack of the Disney Polly-Pocket-type things. They were the princes. She was very excited...until she realized that there were four different heads, and plenty of outfits, but only one body. :confused3 She still enjoyed them, but it was odd. I know that this year will be different still...she's transitioning away from toys and into things geared toward pre-teens...:eek: We'll see what we end up with!

FairyGodmotherJen
05-08-2010, 12:02 AM
Hey girls!! I found you! I can't believe you came home and posted after scrapbooking at Archivers! :thumbsup2 True dis spirit! My DH couldn't believe I had found someone as crazy as me about Disney....it gave him hope :goodvibes. I finally got caught up on your pre-trip report! Looks like you are getting all set. I'm so excited for all of you!! I'm inspired (I think) to start a new one for my November 20th Wedding Anniversary trip. I will send along some of our Christmas trip picks to you soon, you definitely should plan that trip next, it is a wonderful time to visit. I did find the link to our 2007 completed trip report in case you wanted to read through my first go at a trip report. Keep at it....I'll be reading!!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1554904

Welcome! :wave: Glad you found us! I'd like to see what your plans are in November - it sounds like a great time of year to go. Good weather, fewer crowds!

FairyGodmotherJen
05-08-2010, 12:08 AM
Jack has been a Disney lover since his first trip at 20 months…that was the trip we didn’t think he’d remember. Imagine our surprise when he chattered all about what we would see with his great-aunt when we returned in 2007! Here are the ten things he wants to do most…in no particular order:

Toy Story Mania: Jack is my video game addict (though his baby brother isn’t far behind him), and this game was right up his ally.

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%203/100_1066.jpg

He and Daddy can’t wait to compete for high scores!

Buzz Lightyear: Even though he loves TSM, this is still his favorite.

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/100_0862.jpg]

He, Haley and Daddy rode this repeatedly in 2008 while I nursed Will. He was in his glory! The funniest thing, to me, is that we almost had to drag him on this in 2007. He immediately wanted to go on it again, though!

Star Wars Weekends: I know, big surprise here! He just wasn’t into it in 2008. Now, I can’t wait to see his face when he comes face to face with all the characters that walk around! (And DH is even more excited than I either of us!) Even though he wasn’t into SW back then, this is Jack and DH in 2007 (Yes, his shirt says “Jedi in Training Pants”):

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_5665.jpg

CBR Slide: This one surprised me, since he’s been a bit wary of the water since he got his tubes in last spring. He might have said it because his sister did…or he might surprise me. He has been a water bug in the past…

The characters…especially Jedi Mickey: I know this one doesn’t surprise anyone!

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/image16.jpg

Star Tours: This is another one I’m not sure he’ll actually do. He was so frightened of the rides last time…even getting him on Pooh was a struggle! But he gets so excited whenever he talks about it. I hope he does it – his daddy will be heartbroken if not.

Jedi Training Academy:

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/Day%203/100_1098.jpg

We’re going to wait to do this until Friday. I think hitting it during Star Wars weekends would mean way too much waiting in line. DH is coming up with a plan for it for Friday already…he’s developing a strategy. Jack really doesn’t care…he just wants to play with a lightsaber! When we saw this in ’08, we decided that this is Daddy’s dream job.

The Teacups: They’ve just always been a favorite of his. The picture I posted of him in the introduction (p. 1) is of him on the teacups…he just loves it. You can tell by the look on his face! This is him, his Uncle Timmy, and Haley in 2007:

http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp205/FGJen/PTR%20photos/100_6117.jpg

Double Lightsabers: This is his most anticipated souvenir. This is, of course, all thanks to Uncle Timmy, who made one back in ’07. Jack has seen pictures of it on our computer (our screen saver is of all our Disney pictures, and this one keeps coming up…but it must be on our desktop computer, and I’m on my laptop right now…sorry!)

Dinner at Chef Mickey’s: Jack has always enjoyed this one. My favorite video of him from 2007 is from here. He’s swinging his napkin in one hand, and eating an apple with another, laughing the whole time. I really hope that we enjoy it as much this trip as we always have…I’ve read a few reviews that aren’t that great.



So, that’s Jack’s top 10. He is one excited little guy right now. Kindergarten is wrapping up, and he gets to go to a day camp for a week this year. He’s playing baseball for the first time. AND…in 1 month and 3 days (since it’s after midnight now), he’s going to Disney World!

I’ll be back with Mom and Dad’s lists next…and a few things that we’re looking forward to showing Will.
:happytv:

dismagiclover
05-08-2010, 11:11 AM
Great Top 10 list! And for souvenirs I always like Christmas ornaments. In fact I have a tree that is only Disney ornaments! I also like bringing home blankets I can can snuggle up with on a cold winter's night to remind of happy times. And picture frames to put all of those Photopass pictures in. And my kids always come home with more stuffed animals.:rolleyes: