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jmskinner
08-01-2010, 02:51 PM
My name is Melissa, and I am a DisneyWORLDholic.:laughing: You read that correct, not Disneyholic, but Disneyworldholic. I love amusement parks, and after my very first trip in 2006 to WDW, I completely fell in love. Two years ago we moved an hour away from Disneyworld and sadly we only have one year left, but we will be off somewhere else for a new adventure. Don't think it could ever be as fun as this one though. There has been so much we have been able to do living here that we probably would not have ever done otherwise. Such as attending one of the Youth Programs and seeing backstage at HM, fireworks presentation by the VP of Entertainment and Parades, meeting great people through the Dis, and a lot of other little magical experiences.

Links are at the bottom of this post. So, if you want to read it all you can, or if you just see a certain time of year, party, or something else you want to read about you can.

So, who are we?

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944728524_vbhBu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944728524_vbhBu-A-LB)

This was taken just a couple of weeks ago. First there is me, Melissa, 41 year old Disneyworldholic. I'm not officially 41 until tomorrow, but close enough. I am a SAHM and military wife. I've only been a SAHM since we moved to FL, previously I've been an administrative assistant, health insurance claims supervisor, and an insurance agent. Born and raised in West Texas. I love all the rides at WDW, especially Splash Mountain, EE, ToT, and TT.

Continuing left to right in the above picture is my son, Jacob. He is 12 years old. Loves Star Wars, Transformers, and today, some marathon on men looking for Meteorites. He has control of the family TV today, so I thought I would start this TR. Jacob loves WDW, but not as much as me. He doesn't like the coasters.:sad2: Favorite rides are ST, M:S, PoTC, Buzz, TSI, HM and walking the animal trails at AK. He hates being hot, especially sweating. He has Sensory Processing Disorder and is also ADHD. Keeps me on my toes. Oh, and he starts middle school this next year.:scared1:

Next up, is Kara, my 18 year old stepdaughter. She just graduated high school and is off to college in a few weeks. Sadly, she doesn't live with us, but we were super excited to have her with us for a couple weeks this summer. :cheer2: Love to take her on rides, especially coasters since she screams...LOUDLY!!! She seems to like everything.

And now, Jonas, my DH (40). Yup, he is a whole 8 months younger than me, and doesn't let me forget it. He is a member of the Air Force, with just 3 years to go until retirement. I am totally starting to :scared1: about the thought of retirement. What is he going to do with the rest of his life?:lmao: He loves playing miniature wargames (I just had to ask what they are called again and his response was "After all these years...it's like you don't even know me?) and loves his 2007 Mustang. Oh, and he also collects comic books and loves Star Wars. At WDW, he loves to eat (sure hope he doesn't see this).:rotfl2: Loves PotC, HM and ToT. Not a big fan of AK.

And another member of the family is, Bubblegum.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954732077_5itCB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Family/Dogs/7811682_wB7F3#954732077_5itCB-A-LB)

That pic cracks me up, her ears sometime just fold backwards. Normally it is only one ear. She looks vicious doesn't she? This is her normal position,

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954700984_Xy7xj-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Family/Dogs/7811682_wB7F3#954700984_Xy7xj-A-LB)

Not so visious looking here. I wonder if she would attack an intruder, probably if they made her move.:laughing: By the way, none of us have sat on that couch, so I guess you could say it is hers. Sadly, she doesn't get to go to WDW, but she has a very nice doggie hotel she gets to stay at. We are even able to look at pictures of her the kennel posts throughout her stay.

A little note about this TR. I am hoping to keep this going through my last year living here in FL. I previously had one for our first year, link to it is in my signature. In the Summer I try to go to WDW at least once a week and once school is in, at least once a month. My record though is 9 weekends in a row. Would have been more, but that 10th weekend I was at Kara's graduation in NC. But the following weekend, I was right back at WDW.:lmao: See what I mean about the Disneyworldholic. I'm also going to throw in some other things you can do in the Sunshine State.

This first portion is our trip July 15th-22. No ADR's, unless you count the Fireworks Dessert Party. DH was a driver at the Speedway, Jacob went fishing at POR, and a Dismeet on a Surry bike. Even a day at Seaworld.

So, hopefully a few will follow along with me on my last year here and hopefully I will get to meet more Dis'ers. Oh, one more thing about me, I love taking pics of WDW and sometimes my family.:rotfl: I have 1500 pics uploaded and ready to go for first portion of my TR, don't think I will put them all in though.:laughing:


LINKS:
DH's Belated B-Day Trip
The Plan (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37638282&postcount=12)
Thursday, July 15th Arrival Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37641138&postcount=13)
Richard Petty Driving Experience (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37655934&postcount=22)Winterland/Summerland Golf (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37687823&postcount=42)
Miniatures Gaming (What Jonas was off doing) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37688174&postcount=43)
Fishing and a Dismeet on a Surrey Bike (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37703620&postcount=55)
Mouse Surplus and POFQ Pool Pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37718113&postcount=61)
BB and MK July 18th (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37727577&postcount=67)
MK Cont. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37728011&postcount=68)
7/19 Kara arrives and DisneyQuest (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37740475&postcount=77)
MK Evening of 07/19 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37769544&postcount=78)
MK 7/19 Cont Fireworks Dessert Party (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37784618&postcount=87)
Sea World 7/20 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37798526&postcount=99)
Star Wars Celebration (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37822555&postcount=108)
Star Wars Celebration Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37822722&postcount=109)
Star Wars Celebration Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37823123&postcount=111)
Star Wars Celebration Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37823360&postcount=112)
Star Wars Celebration Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37823629&postcount=113)
Star Wars Celebration Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37823733&postcount=114)
Seaworld Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37881894&postcount=133)
Seaworld Part 3 Those Amazing Dolphins (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37897433&postcount=137)
Seaworld Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37920441&postcount=150)
Seaworld Part 5 Shamu wasn't very nice ;-) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37920599&postcount=151)
Seaworld Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37973278&postcount=156)
Epcot on 7/21 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38009435&postcount=169)
Epcot Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38037928&postcount=176)
Epcot Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38078734&postcount=193)
Epcot Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38078734&postcount=193)
Animal Kingdom 07/22 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38099560&postcount=200)
Animal Kingdom 07/22. Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38099646&postcount=201)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38111721&postcount=207)
Clearwater Beach (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38124770&postcount=214)

Ringling Museum What a Model! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38187469&postcount=220)
Ringling Museum Part 2 More of the model. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38187562&postcount=221)
Ringling Museum Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38214541&postcount=228)
Ringling Museum Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38214774&postcount=229)

Mini TR's MK on 08/04 and 08/23 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38265747&postcount=243)
Mini TR Part 2 The YES Program (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38266011&postcount=244)

DHS 09/04 Our last tour to Endor. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38266411&postcount=246)

MNSSHP 09/18 We arrive at All Star Sports (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38293405&postcount=254)
MNSSHP 09/18 All Star Sports (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38322069&postcount=260)
MNSSHP 09/18 We arrive at MK and Harmony Barbershop! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38335184&postcount=264)
MNSSHP 09/18 Almost party time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38359880&postcount=270)
MNSSHP 09/18 Still waiting on the party to begin! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38418491&postcount=274)
Party Time!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38440194&postcount=279)
Boo to You Parade! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38499893&postcount=291)
Boo to You Parade! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38500137&postcount=293)
Videos from the Boo to You Parade and MNSSHP merchandise. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38518112&postcount=303)

A day at Disneyquest (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38733951&postcount=313)

A Dismeet at DHS! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38751912&postcount=318)

Our Itinerary for our Belated 15th Anniversary! Going Premium for three nights!!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38772331&postcount=325)

A Day at MK before the Dismeet. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38846932&postcount=334)

A Dismeet at AKL! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38847140&postcount=335)
Dismeet for MNSSHP - Should I still go? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38863025&postcount=339)
Dismmet - MNSSHP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38943336&postcount=351)
Dismeet - MNSSHP - Boo to You Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39001985&postcount=356)
Dismeet - End of the night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39037504&postcount=360)
Dismeet - DHS and 50's Primetime for lunch. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39048466&postcount=366)
Dismeet - Too many drinks...too few hands. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39084577&postcount=371)
Dismeet - Electrical Magic Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39108929&postcount=374)

Wow, he doesn't look 61! A day trip to see Rick Springfield, but first dinner at T-Rex. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39153719&postcount=382)
Wow, he doesn't look 61! Rick Springfield in concert at the Food and Wine Festival (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39203035&postcount=389)

And another great Dismeet! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39210647&postcount=394)

Thanksgiving at Disneyworld Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39268601&postcount=399)
Thanksgiving at Disneyworld Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39268616&postcount=400)

Premium=Food,Segways,Food,Keys,Food...and did I mention FOOD???? A 15th Anniversary TR! (Premium=Food,Segways,Food,Keys,Food...and did I mention FOOD????)
Ch 2 Liberty Tree Tavern (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39699241&postcount=439)
Ch 3 Parasailing (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39699604&postcount=440)
Ch 4 Raglan Road & La Nouba (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39714751&postcount=447)
Ch5 First ones in Epcot!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39742125&postcount=450)
Ch6 Akerhaus (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39742567&postcount=452)
Ch7 Segway around the World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39742981&postcount=454)
CH8 Le Cellier (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39767146&postcount=459)
Ch 9 Horse Drawn Carriage ride at POR and the Yachtsman Steakhouse (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39797589&postcount=464)
Ch10 An empty MK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39862941&postcount=470)
Ch11 Breakfast at CRT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39863128&postcount=471)
Ch12 Our wet KTTKT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39913699&postcount=481)
Ch13 Our wet KTTKT continues (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40265153&postcount=499)
Ch 14 Wilderness Lodge Photoshoot and California Grill (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40341682&postcount=504)
Ch 15 Last Tour (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41555470&postcount=524)
Ch 16 Last Meal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41555760&postcount=525)


Silver Springs: Natures Themepark (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41609410&postcount=535)
Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Roundup (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41609579&postcount=536)Silver Springs Mustang and Ford Roundup II (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41609650&postcount=537)

I was an unofficial tour guide during Spring Break! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41651812&postcount=538)

rebecca06261
08-01-2010, 02:59 PM
Woohoo! First official fan of your new trip report! :banana: You're nuts ya know!

I didn't know your bday is tomorrow? We shall celebrate! :bday: I don't know when I'll see you next but I'll buy you a birthday drink :flower3:

Minnie&Nana
08-01-2010, 03:41 PM
I'm on board, Melissa! Best thing to being there are your pics and TR! :cheer2:

CreightonsMomma
08-01-2010, 04:31 PM
I hope you don't mind a newbie following along. :goodvibes

Your TR sounds like it will be fun. I, too, live in Florida so i'm excited to see the things that you will do during your last year in Florida.

Happy early Birthday! :bday:

DFD
08-01-2010, 04:39 PM
Happy UnBirthday Today!!!!!!!


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WeluvE.Y.
08-01-2010, 04:57 PM
I'm on board!

JPFamilyMom
08-01-2010, 05:37 PM
:cool1::banana: I'm so glad you decided to start a TR after all. :banana::cool1:

Can't wait to read about all your recent adventurespopcorn::popcorn::

irky416
08-01-2010, 06:38 PM
I'm in! I'm going to try to keep up this time.

Happy early birthday! :goodvibes

jmskinner
08-01-2010, 07:53 PM
Woohoo! First official fan of your new trip report! :banana: You're nuts ya know!

I didn't know your bday is tomorrow? We shall celebrate! :bday: I don't know when I'll see you next but I'll buy you a birthday drink :flower3:

Yes, I know I'm nuts, look at some of my friends.:rolleyes1:laughing: And you don't have to buy me a birthday drink, it will be nice to see you again, when you get off that Kayak.:) And thanks for joining.

I'm on board, Melissa! Best thing to being there are your pics and TR! :cheer2:

Well thank you M&N. Glad you joined in.

I hope you don't mind a newbie following along. :goodvibes

Your TR sounds like it will be fun. I, too, live in Florida so i'm excited to see the things that you will do during your last year in Florida.

Happy early Birthday! :bday:

Oooh, newbie!!! Thanks for joining and thank you for the birthday wishes. I'm excited to see what we do also.

Happy UnBirthday Today!!!!!!!


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Thank you!!!! Glad you joined also.

I'm on board!

:banana: Thanks for joining.

:cool1::banana: I'm so glad you decided to start a TR after all. :banana::cool1:

Can't wait to read about all your recent adventurespopcorn::popcorn::

Well, I hope I make it worth the popcorn::. Thanks for joining.

I'm in! I'm going to try to keep up this time.

Happy early birthday! :goodvibes

Thank you and good to see ya out here. Any trips planned?


So :cool1: to have so many readers already. :goodvibes

LuvsTigger80
08-01-2010, 08:09 PM
:bday: This will be exciting....a whole year of disneyworld....maybe it will make my 625 days go by faster!!! :woohoo:

jmskinner
08-01-2010, 10:20 PM
:bday: This will be exciting....a whole year of disneyworld....maybe it will make my 625 days go by faster!!! :woohoo:

Oh, I hope it does. I dread moving away because I know that is the type of ticker I will have. I have gotten so spoiled.

But, how many times have you been to Disneyland? I have never been. Really want to go, especially to see World of Color. Jonas wants nothing to do with CA.:sad2: Guess it will have to be a Mom and Son trip.

jmskinner
08-01-2010, 10:45 PM
Thought I would update with how this trip came about. It started before Christmas, remember I mentioned the miniatures gaming, Jonas noticed that there was going to be a tournament in Orlando...at Wide World of Sports. Hmmm, Jonas isn't attending without me. Not the tournament, I didn't care about that but no way is he going to be on Mickey's property without me and I guess we will take Jacob.:rotfl2:

Then Jonas said, "How about we go up a few days early and enjoy the parks together?":love: Yup, he's a keeper. But then I had another idea. Jonas was turning 40 in May, and has always wanted to do the Richard Petty Driving Experience. I knew I couldn't purchase it on my own, so I thought I would see if his family would like to help out. Then another idea popped in my head, being military we can buy up to 6 4 day tickets for $100, maybe some of his family would like to go. They all wanted to help with the RPDE, but sadly no one could make it. So I booked for July 14th-18th at POR, our favorite resort. Got the RPDE ordered and gave it to him for his birthday. Then came Kara's graduation from high school and we were hoping she would visit us before college.

Kara finally gave me some dates, July 19th-30th. Ok, we would have just gotten home from WDW, but did she want to go? Yes she did. We then decided to change our dates to the 15th-22nd. Due to the RPDE being 8:00am on the 16th ($75 to change the date), that couldn't be changed and then Jonas would be at the tournament all weekend. We booked Kara to fly in on the 19th and we would stay until the 22nd.

But not everything worked out so smoothly. Could we change our dates at POR? (All my FB friends may want to skip this paragraph, since you lived it with me.) My first call was to Nick, who informed me there were no moderates for my dates. I had the WDW website up and rooms were available. I was asking for military or AP, just realized I forgot to ask FL ressie. I had also hoped we could get a value and then move to POR, but the only value was a family suite and only for the days before Kara arrived. I was trying to save money with the value. I waited a few hours and called back, this time I got Dimitri.:lovestruc Who doesn't love a man with that name, he had to bring me some good news. He said he couldn't get me into POR for those dates, but could get me in at POFQ. Hmmm, Nick said no moderates were available. Oh, and Dimitri was getting me in with the military rate.:love:

I had stayed at POFQ last Thanksgiving week with my Mother and Jacob. It was ok, just not POR. But we were going to WDW longer than we originally planned and Kara would be here too. So I was happy and :lovestruc with Dimitri. I did try calling a couple more times to try to get POR, but it just wasn't going to happen.

So, did I change my mind about POFQ, did I like it better? I'll post again in the morning with pics. :goodvibes

jmskinner
08-02-2010, 08:31 AM
Let's go back a few days first. I put off cleaning house until the week of our trip so we wouldn't dirty it again, but I had no idea I would end up sick. Jonas started feeling bad the Friday before and then Sunday night, it was my turn. Are you kidding me? I felt so bad I even cancelled Jacob's therapy appointments for that Monday. :sad2: But by Tuesday, I was feeling better and then Wednesday, I was well.:cheer2: Originally I had planned to leave for WDW about 2:00pm on Thursday. Jonas was going to follow later. Turns out he had a 7:00am meeting on Wednesday, 21st, so he would head home a day earlier than me and the kids.:sad2: We had also learned that the tournament had been switched from WWoS to Ospry Ridge Gold Club. I had been looking forward to WWoS, never been over there, but they didn't ask me.

Due to being sick, the rug shampooer deciding to take a break, we were finally on the road at 5:00pm. Yup, 5:00 o'clock traffic.:scared1: Now, to get to WDW I have to head east on I-4 and so does everyone that works in Tampa. I wasn't happy, but I was going to my happy place. There is a storm coming, but it always storms in the Summer. For some reason I was listening to the radio instead of my Ipod and a weather alert comes on "National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning." Oh, great. "Tornado spotted on radar in Plant City." :scared1: Do you know where I was headed, Plant City! Actually, I had wanted to stop and buy gas there because it is normally a few cents cheaper. I called Jonas and he told me to keep driving, which what else could I do. The storm was heading west, there was no where for me to go to try to avoid it, except the ocean.

So I go from I-75 to I-4 and see this:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954471535_rZqBM-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#954471535_rZqBM-A-LB)

:scared1:

There was traffic coming from the other way, so I told myself "Those people drove through that and survived, so we will be ok." Honestly, nothing was keeping me from my happy place at this point. Just kidding. Fortunately, we just ran into a lot of rain. Turns out Jonas was only about 30 minutes behind me, so I kept him updated on where the storm finally ended.

We make it onto Disney property:banana: Then to POFQ. :cheer2: Head in for the online check-in, get my packet and get an extra parking pass for Jonas' car. The CM that waited on me was very nice. She also gave me a birthday button for Jonas, I had booked the reservation saying it was a belated b-day trip for DH.

Then she says what building we are in, building 7. Remember, I thought POFQ was just ok the last time I stayed, well last time I was in building 7. In fact, this is where we were:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/955582193_8Rn85-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#955582193_8Rn85-A-LB)

Seriously, we were the third from the very last room at the resort. I think we were closer to POR food court than the one at POFQ. The view was nice, we had a riverview and only paid standard.:)

Jacob and I pile back in the truck and go to find our room. I park in bldg 7's parking lot, grab the camera...must take pics before we destroy the room. We are very quick room destroyers. We walk, and walk, pass a family of about 20 sitting outside their rooms eating pizza. I remember thinking that I hoped our room wasn't right there, and it wasn't. They were actually very nice and I felt bad for disturbing their dinner. Wander around some more and finally find our room, which is here:

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/955582180_PAX4V-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#955582180_PAX4V-A-LB) Room 7120. Now, I never mind a parking lot view at WDW. Because there is normally so much greenery between the cars and the rooms and it was true this time. If you looked between the large trees, you could see the parking lot, but you had to look hard.

And here is our room:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948067124_s95o4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948067124_s95o4-A-LB)

Notice how the drawers are open. They so need to remodel the rooms at POR and POFQ. The furniture is getting a little old. We had the same problem with the drawers at Thanksgiving.

Sink area:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948067784_PAe7w-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948067784_PAe7w-A-LB)

I love how the sinks are separate from the toilet and shower in the moderates.

And Jacob's latest thing it to jump in front of me when taking a pic:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948068021_2Bh9n-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948068021_2Bh9n-A-LB)

But, I succeeded eventually,
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948068271_BCaKB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948068271_BCaKB-A-LB)

And another sign of a remodel being needed:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948068730_MCWYY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948068730_MCWYY-A-LB)

We headed out to get our stuff and noticed there was a chain lock on the door and two of the bar locks. Geez, has crime at WDW gotten that bad.:confused3 Then I realized there were two peepholes. This much be a handicap room. Kind of liked that idea because if I left the room, Jacob could use the peephole to make sure it was me.

We moved the truck because the parking lot for bldg 4-6 was a lot closer than where we parked. About this time, Jonas called and said he was on property, so I told him where to go. We got all the luggage in, which went a lot quicker and easier than I thought. I had brought a lot of food and drinks. I was trying to save some money on this trip.

It started to rain, so we stayed in the room a few minutes. Jacob found Hanna Montanna on tv. Not a big fan of this show, but he thinks the older brother is funny. Eventually we wandered over to the food court. This gave Jonas the chance to check out the resort since he wasn't with us last time.

Another reason for no ADR's this trip, remember I said Jacob has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? All the boy eats is chicken nuggets and he doesn't like the child ones at WDW. And normally he can't eat all of them, so I grabbed him the chicken nuggets and fries, and me a side salad. Jonas got a taco salad. A couple of chicken nuggets, salad and fries was just right for me. Sorry, no pics. I forgot about food porn, we were just too hungry.

From there the boys went in the arcade. You notice I called Jonas a boy...
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948069015_CgNZg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948069015_CgNZg-A-LB)

After they had used up their gamecard, we went back to the room:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948070306_RoopF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948070306_RoopF-A-LB)

We honeymooned in New Orleans, so this brought back some nice memories. POFQ is a really pretty resort, but aren't they all.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948071222_5vFXu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948071222_5vFXu-A-LB)

Went to bed early, had to get up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience the next morning.

SimmerBaggins
08-02-2010, 09:30 AM
Happy Birthday to YOU -- Happy Birthday to YOU!!

You are starting a new Trip Report, and it's what you should DO!!

Okay, stupid, I know, but I had to celebrate a little -- yay!! :banana: :banana:

I had to laugh about your heading into the tornado to get to WDW -- heck, being from West Texas, tornados are a dime a dozen, so what makes us think one little tornado will keep you from the World!! :rotfl: I'll never forget that time you and your mom & stepbrother were in the Suzuki, hiding in the car wash when that tornado ripped through and dropped some big bricks on the car -- wow! :eek: At least the last time I was in an event, I was in a big hardware store when those tornados ripped the roof off -- we were able to hide in the back room -- but Robert had hailstones breaking the windows at our house, and bouncing off the opposite walls!

Okay, enough of that -- even though I can't see the pics at work, so glad you have started this TR!! You are really good at this, girl, and it will help me get through my long, undetermined time away from WDW... :(

Next...! popcorn::

Minnie&Nana
08-02-2010, 10:51 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA!!!!
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Hope all your wishes come true!

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Have a great day!!
:cheer2: :grouphug: :cheer2:

LuvsTigger80
08-02-2010, 01:51 PM
Oh, I hope it does. I dread moving away because I know that is the type of ticker I will have. I have gotten so spoiled.

But, how many times have you been to Disneyland? I have never been. Really want to go, especially to see World of Color. Jonas wants nothing to do with CA.:sad2: Guess it will have to be a Mom and Son trip.

like you..we have AP to disneyland...and my BIL and FIL work there...so i've been alot......you will love world of color. We've seen it 4 times and i personally can't wait to see it more. Son and mom trip would be fun!!:thumbsup2 especially if it's Disney!!

Luvmepluto
08-02-2010, 02:18 PM
Newbie joining!:banana:

jmskinner
08-02-2010, 07:30 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA!!!!
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/disney_happy_birthday-1538.jpg
Hope all your wishes come true!

http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/f8b99141.gif
Have a great day!!
:cheer2: :grouphug: :cheer2:

Thank you!!!!

Happy Birthday to YOU -- Happy Birthday to YOU!!

You are starting a new Trip Report, and it's what you should DO!!

Okay, stupid, I know, but I had to celebrate a little -- yay!! :banana: :banana:

I had to laugh about your heading into the tornado to get to WDW -- heck, being from West Texas, tornados are a dime a dozen, so what makes us think one little tornado will keep you from the World!! :rotfl: I'll never forget that time you and your mom & stepbrother were in the Suzuki, hiding in the car wash when that tornado ripped through and dropped some big bricks on the car -- wow! :eek: At least the last time I was in an event, I was in a big hardware store when those tornados ripped the roof off -- we were able to hide in the back room -- but Robert had hailstones breaking the windows at our house, and bouncing off the opposite walls!

Okay, enough of that -- even though I can't see the pics at work, so glad you have started this TR!! You are really good at this, girl, and it will help me get through my long, undetermined time away from WDW... :(

Next...! popcorn::



Too funny Vickie. Everyone meet my BFF from high school. She's the one that started this whole addiction to WDW by sending me a planning video, then I got her into the Dis, which she responded by getting me to join Facebook. Doesn't sound like we like each other very much.

Vickie, I was thinking about the whole tornado/carwash incident as we were driving into that storm. I was actually very scared and thinking I was soooo stupid for continuing on. It wasn't until later that I realized, I had no where to continue. Same storm was even towards the house. And your storm was just nuts, I remember watching it.

I still say you need to come this way and we have a girls weekend at WDW.


like you..we have AP to disneyland...and my BIL and FIL work there...so i've been alot......you will love world of color. We've seen it 4 times and i personally can't wait to see it more. Son and mom trip would be fun!!:thumbsup2 especially if it's Disney!!

I so want to work at WDW, very jealous of your BIL and FIL. I was able to go to a fireworks presentation by one of the VP's last October and he described World of Color and had some drawings, I have wanted to go since then.

Newbie joining!:banana:

:welcome: Glad you joined.


Birthday wasn't exciting at all. Jacob had therapy, which meant I sat in the doctors office for 1 1/2 hours. Before that we did go to Cracker Barrel. I almost got the Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake, but talked myself out of it. I will try it one day. After therapy spent an hour in line at Best Buy Geek Squad. Took my camera in to be cleaned. They told me that since I purchased the premium plan it should be back quickly, so hopefully that is true. No camera, means no pics for the TR.:sad2: Ok, I do have other cameras but I love my DSLR.

Then on to Home Depot, where it started to pour just as I was ready to grab the landscaping bricks I needed. So wandered around for an hour. Then to Target and now I am home.

Going to go get some Buffalo Wild Wings for Supper, sorry I'm not cooking.

Hope you are all having a great day and I will update in the morning.

jmskinner
08-02-2010, 07:35 PM
Newbie joining!:banana:

Ok, I need to slow down and remember what all I wanted to say before I hit that quote button, saw you are from NC. My husband grew up in Huntersville outside of Charlotte and his mother now lives near Boone. You close to there?

JPFamilyMom
08-02-2010, 09:44 PM
I lived the play by play on facebook with ya, but it was different reading it all together, the tornado, the resort/date switching problems, etc. Glad everything worked out in the end. I forgot to comment in my first post, that I love the family picture you posted in the beginning of this TR. :)

The rooms do like really nice, and the night time pictures around the resort are so pretty.

jmskinner
08-03-2010, 07:33 AM
I lived the play by play on facebook with ya, but it was different reading it all together, the tornado, the resort/date switching problems, etc. Glad everything worked out in the end. I forgot to comment in my first post, that I love the family picture you posted in the beginning of this TR. :)

The rooms do like really nice, and the night time pictures around the resort are so pretty.

I feel like I drove everyone nuts trying to make that reservation change. Sorry about that. You know, it always works out in the end at WDW as long as you get there. Saying that, pixiedust: that trip goes well and I know it isn't close but hope time goes quickly for ya.

I wasn't having an easy time with the night time shots, you should see the ones deleted.:rolleyes1 Digital cameras are just the best.

Would you believe we have had the Disney Visa all this time and that was the first time we stopped for our photo opportunity, kept forgetting or didn't have a clue as to where it was. On to another update.:)

jmskinner
08-03-2010, 08:23 AM
Phone rings at 5:30am, for once Jonas was closest and had to answer, but of course I had to be the first one up. We all get dressed, Jonas was nice enough to go get us some coffee. I had brought cereal, but hadn't purchased the milk yet, but had some granola bars and stuff to eat. I was a bad Mom and let Jacob have chips...it was his vacation also.

We had decided to drive, wasn't sure if any buses would be running yet. And we weren't sure if we could park at the track, so we headed to the TTC to catch the shuttle. When you register for the RPDE, the site says to be there 30 minutes before start time, and that shuttles run every 15 minutes, so we were at the shuttle stop about 7:00am. Wish I had gotten a pic of the parking lot, we were the 3rd car. There was already another couple there waiting. It was interesting watching all the CM's getting ready for the day.

Saw this while we were waiting:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948072180_Rkukv-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948072180_Rkukv-A-LB)

Can't wait for the movie!

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948072576_SWx44-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948072576_SWx44-A-LB)

Finally at 7:30, this arrived:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948073032_Ncrar-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948073032_Ncrar-A-LB)

The driver was really nice so early in the morning. And driving through the tunnel to get to the track was fun. This one lady commented "Even this is scaring me!" We all had a good laugh. We had to sign a waiver, I don't know if it was for going to the track or riding in the shuttle, or both.:confused3 We may have just signed our first born away.:laughing:

We go in the building, first off AIR CONDITIONING.:woohoo: Jonas had to redo his paperwork for some reason and then he was given a suit:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948073493_qMXYC-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948073493_qMXYC-A-LB)

The above pic was taken inside the instruction room, you could see the track through the windows. There was also chairs set up and here is where the instructor stood:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948074374_4LABV-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948074374_4LABV-A-LB)

He had went around and literally sized up all the drivers. They grouped them into three groups so cars wouldn't have to be adjusted between drivers. He called their class "Sunday Drivers!":rotfl: No one could come up with a better name. Jacob yelled something out and made everyone laugh. He did that several times. Oh, forgot to mention, the families were able to sit in on the class also.

Now Jacob had his DS out the whole time, but he kept making comments related to what the instructor said, so was obviously still listening while playing. Something we are learning about ADHD, doing two things at once actually help him focus.

Finally, the drivers had to go do some additional training up front watching the screens on this setup and listening on headphones:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948074801_XLUJN-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948074801_XLUJN-A-LB)

Have you noticed I keep saying drivers and not men, thats right, there was some girl power. And this poor woman was there her third time, the previous two times the weather had caused them to cancel.

So how this works is each driver has their own lead car with an instructor. That car is there the whole time. You would think they control the speed, but actually the participant does. As they go around the track, the lead car has a red and green light on the back. Participants are told to stay 3 car lengths distance from that lead car. If they get too far back, green light comes on telling them to speed up, too close, the red light comes on. So, if you stay that 3 car lengths, the instructor will keep speeding up. We were told one participant got out and said "that green light must be broken, it was on the whole time.":laughing: Poor guy missed out on going faster.

Here is one of the lead cars:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948075571_9aeni-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948075571_9aeni-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948075916_CUwVK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948075916_CUwVK-A-LB)

My hubby all excited:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948076689_9QwXg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948076689_9QwXg-A-LB)

Now, while they are inside they are sized for helmets, basically small, medium, large. And they have to be really tight, actually have to have help getting them on they are so tight.

Here is Jonas all excited as he heads to his car (I believe he was the 6th driver.)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948079889_RoeNt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948079889_RoeNt-A-LB)

And really, this is him in the car:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948080143_GEiqQ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948080143_GEiqQ-A-LB)

Looks like a real race doesn't it.

Now, I remember asking Jonas before the trip, if I should pack our old Kodak camera that does video, he told me no because we had our phones. Well, it works a lot better than our phones, my video on my phones doesn't have zoom.:sad2: But I sadly listened to him. But I did get a little video. In fact, I tried to get him starting the car, started taping (is that what you still call it when using your phone since there is not tape involved?) Anyway, I'm recording...and recording. Finally, I stop and then he starts the car.:headache:

I had to laugh when he finally took off, think I recorded it, but deleted it because I knew he didn't want to see such a horrible start.:rotfl2: He told me later he wasn't sure how the clutch would be since the Mustang is a short clutch. But he was off:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948080689_2pywQ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948080689_2pywQ-A-LB)

Yup, that is him. Here he is behind his lead car:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948083862_EckBv-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948083862_EckBv-A-LB)

I was trying to get a good pic that I could hopefully zoom in on with Adobe, but I didn't realize how good of a pic I would get:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948087038_fcEtG-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948087038_fcEtG-A-LB)

It looks like he is stopped on the track, you can even read the brand of tires. Seriously, he was moving and I believe by this time, he was doing around 120mph. Which was his top speed.

Just in case you want proof that the car is moving(this is video, just click on the pic):
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954472525_5bHKs-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#954472525_5bHKs-A-LB)

This track is a little odd in that it has 3 turns instead of 4. With the basic package, you get 8 laps. Does this look like a happy man?
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948097426_JPgnq-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948097426_JPgnq-A-LB)

Now, for $200 more dollars the drivers could do 8 more laps and would be able to start out faster since they were use to the track. I know Jonas really wanted to, but we just couldn't do it. Remember that one woman I mentioned, she sure did. So did a couple of others. And remember that lady that was scared going through the tunnel, same lady asked if the cars had air conditioning.:rotfl2:

We purchased the picture offered, and of course a t-shirt. I think I could start a t-shirt business with all the Star Wars, Mustang, Disney, and everything else we have. They also give you a certificate and a document giving you all of the stats of your laps. Hoped back in the van, which the people waiting before us, who were YOUNGER, hoped in the first two rows so we have to squeeze into the backseat. I was a little miffed. As we head towards the tunnel, Jacob yells "GO FAST". You know what, that driver did. I was totally shocked. We got out of the van and...you'll have to wait for the next update for what we did next. Any guesses?

dismagiclover
08-03-2010, 01:21 PM
Great report about the Richard Petty Speedway! I've always wondered how that works and now I know! Love the DIS:goodvibes

dancer4life22
08-03-2010, 03:03 PM
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Luvmepluto
08-03-2010, 05:01 PM
Wow! I am in Hickory, NC........35 minutes from Boone and Huntersville! I love the seasons up here. Do you visit often?

jmskinner
08-03-2010, 05:06 PM
Great report about the Richard Petty Speedway! I've always wondered how that works and now I know! Love the DIS:goodvibes

Thanks for joining! I tried to be as detailed as I could about the RPDE, I don't think I've ever seen it mentioned in a TR. I was totally surprised by how many people were participating, drivers and just ride alongs.

Also, didn't mention that anyone can drive over or catch the shuttle if you want to check it out.

love the first post and going back to read the rest popcorn::

your dog is the same way mine is! all 3 ofmine basically own our couches and refuse to move! luckily there big couches so we all fit :rotfl:

Welcome! Until just recently we had two dogs. Paid a lot of money to a trainer, due to sibling rivalry, who told me they both had to stay off the furniture. You see how well that went over.:rolleyes1

JPFamilyMom
08-03-2010, 05:55 PM
Wow, you are such a good wife. What a great birthday gift. Looks like Jonas had a lot of fun.

jmskinner
08-03-2010, 06:10 PM
Wow! I am in Hickory, NC........35 minutes from Boone and Huntersville! I love the seasons up here. Do you visit often?

No, afraid we don't. We were just there in June for Kara's graduation and before that is was a year and for DBIL's wedding. It is beautiful up there. Jonas doesn't really like going back to Huntersville, doesn't look like "home" anymore. I'm sure your area has really developed also.

Wow, you are such a good wife. What a great birthday gift. Looks like Jonas had a lot of fun.

Would you please tell him that.:laughing: He did have a great time, if I hadn't been there to give him a conscience he would have been right back in that car....again and again.

let'sgo
08-03-2010, 06:31 PM
I loved getting the first-hand look at the racing. I was wondering how that worked. DH might like to try that, if I can ever get him back to DW.

Luvmepluto
08-04-2010, 02:34 AM
Nothing like a little taste of Nascar at Disney World! :cool1: Yes, I love Nascar.....lol.:thumbsup2 Living in the Carolinas and in Nascar country.......you learn to enjoy it.

Great pics! I can't wait to hear more.

jmskinner
08-04-2010, 04:50 PM
I loved getting the first-hand look at the racing. I was wondering how that worked. DH might like to try that, if I can ever get him back to DW.

Saw you have a ticker for 41 days, is DH not going? I was just at WDW and got all excited hearing the Speedway, now I know exactly what is going on.

Nothing like a little taste of Nascar at Disney World! :cool1: Yes, I love Nascar.....lol.:thumbsup2 Living in the Carolinas and in Nascar country.......you learn to enjoy it.

Great pics! I can't wait to hear more.

Yes you do. My poor DMIL would get calls from people thinking she was Mike Skinner since she was in the phone book at M Skinner. LOL Oh, and Jonas was just telling us a story how during high school the teacher driving the bus saw Richard Petty's Garage and turned the bus down the road to it, hoped out and asked if he could have a tour. When the guys in the shop asked about the kids on the bus he asked "Oh, can they get one too?" Of course this was about 30 years ago when the garages weren't as big as they are now.

heaven2dc
08-04-2010, 04:58 PM
Hurray - I found you!! That was such a neat experience for your DH!! He looks like he's in Nascar :cloud9:

jmskinner
08-04-2010, 05:16 PM
Jonas' favorite park is Magic Kingdom. I guess mine is also, every time I enter any of the parks, I remember why I like it so much. I still find something new every time we go.

So after racing, we headed to the Monorail. Jacob loves the Monorail and we were very fortunate to get to be co-pilots twice before the tragic accident last year. Which I hope one day people can be co-pilots again. Anyhoo, the boys got ahead of me because I had to go through security. I stopped to grab this pic

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948098709_YbpAv-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948098709_YbpAv-A-LB)

Side note here, over on the Photography threads here on the Dis, is a photography scavenger hunt. There is no way I will win it, but it's fun to try to get pics for it. 'Ol Glory is one on the list. I keep taking pictures of the Flag, but don't like any of the shots I get. Such as the one above, Flag is going the wrong direction. I know it is just the wind blowing it, but it just bugs me.

First thing the boys want to do is PoTC. There was a little bit of wait, guess too long for these guys:

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948099108_9gXiw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948099108_9gXiw-A-LB)

We exit off the ride, hang around the shop for a little bit, drag the boy out of the shop (he loves to play with the guns, and then with the rubber fingers you can fill the treasure chest with). About this time Jonas' phone rings. Its work. Turns into about a 15 minute phone call about something he took care of before leaving and then the caller apologizing because he didn't realize Jonas was on leave.

Remember how I said I see something new each time I go, well here is one of them.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948099533_XExqV-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948099533_XExqV-A-LB)

I don't know how I have never noticed a restaurant there. Think we pick up halloween candy during MNSSHP there. Before Jonas' phone call we had decided we both needed food. This place was burritoes and nachos. Sounded good to me, but Jonas said he had taco salad the night before. Off we look for something else.

We end up at Pecos Bill's? Not really sure the name, it is on the corner across from Splash Mountain there in Frontierland. Never eaten here either. I got a Chicken Ceasar Salad and can't remember what Jonas had. Jacob didn't want anything. I kept asking, which kept making him mad. We finally finished our meal and headed for HM. Another favorite of the boys. The wait was about 30 minutes. The line was actually standing in the sun. We stood there for about a minute when I realized how tired I was. Jonas said he was tired also. Jacob said he was HOT! So we decided to leave, not just leave the line, but leave the park.

On the way out of the park we caught this band performing:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948100999_Q3gSq-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948100999_Q3gSq-A-LB)
Quick pic on the way out:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948101420_XYNtx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948101420_XYNtx-A-LB)

Something else on the scavenger hunt...
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948102189_3nFsD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948102189_3nFsD-A-LB)
Balloons.

Didn't like that one either. Keep trying.

But we decided to ride the boat back to the TTC and what is on a boat:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948102461_VEvim-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948102461_VEvim-A-LB)
Think I can use that one.

We found our car, it was no longer lonely in the parking lot. It was completely surrounded by this time. And we headed back to the hotel where Jonas and I napped, and Jonas watched more Hannah Montanna.:scared1:

Hmmm, what did we do after our nap? It didn't involve a resort or park? Any guesses.

jmskinner
08-04-2010, 05:29 PM
Hurray - I found you!! That was such a neat experience for your DH!! He looks like he's in Nascar :cloud9:

It really is a neat experience. And the instructors have a good time and make it a lot of fun.

One of the instructors mentioned he had earned his Master's Degree and the same lady that asked about the air conditioning in the cars, stated "what does that say that a guy has his Masters and does this for a living?" I say, he is LIVING his DREAM!!!!

JPFamilyMom
08-04-2010, 05:31 PM
I LOVE that you are doing a photo scavenger hunt, how fun. That sounds right up your alley. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Can't wait to see how you do.

I love your flag picture.

I wish you had eaten at the Mexican place, I had read about it and had considered it.

Can't wait to see what you do after your naps. I'm guessing DTD.

You will be in Florida for one more year right? moving next summer? Hope we get to meet up.

let'sgo
08-04-2010, 06:50 PM
Saw you have a ticker for 41 days, is DH not going? I was just at WDW and got all excited hearing the Speedway, now I know exactly what is going on..

Nope, this is my first solo trip to Disney. I told DH I was going and would he like to join me and even when I told him I was planning parasailing, jetski tour, fishing, and the other things of a one night premium pkg I couldn't convince him. I'm not sure he believes that I'm going, but there's no way that I would ever cancel with the deal that I got. I can't wait!

I think that on the next trip I would like to do a Platinum Pkg for one night and do the Speedway, spa, tours, and other things that are offered with that. I figured that he would probably do the Speedway, but I'm not sure if I can get him to go. Oh well. Looks like I would then get the Speedway!

SimmerBaggins
08-04-2010, 07:47 PM
I would say DTD, too. Did ya eat at T-Rex? I want to try that place, sometime.

It's funny how all of a sudden, you just get tired. It just hits you -- that long line at HM made you realize it! :laughing: And it's like the story about the trip to Abilene that no one really wanted to go on -- unless someone pipes up and says, "no, that's it," everyone will keep stumbling on! Good for you.

I saw you say, you "needed food." :lmao: I know I got that from you!!

Strangely...I don't remember ever seeing those skeletons at the PoTC ride. And I am always popping my head around corners, through bars, etc. !! That will be bugging me until I can see them for myself!! :confused:

natebenma
08-04-2010, 08:08 PM
Hi Melissa. :wave2:

I'm visiting you over here. I love your trip report so far! Great flag photo! I took a few pictures of the balloon guys on Main Street on this trip and I didn't even know there was a scavenger hunt.

Look forward to hearing more about your visit!

Madisonsmom45
08-04-2010, 08:12 PM
I love the pictures of POFQ. We always stay at POR so it's nice to see what the other side looks like.
Bonnie

Luvmepluto
08-04-2010, 11:30 PM
I am sure that happens a lot. lol... It's funny (and not) like any of the drivers would have their numbers listed. :lmao:...it is nothing to walk into a store, restaurant (or anyplace else) and see the drivers. My ex actually works for one of the teams.

I can't wait to read more! We will be in POR in September.:banana:

jmskinner
08-05-2010, 08:25 AM
I LOVE that you are doing a photo scavenger hunt, how fun. That sounds right up your alley. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2 Can't wait to see how you do.

I love your flag picture.

I wish you had eaten at the Mexican place, I had read about it and had considered it.

Can't wait to see what you do after your naps. I'm guessing DTD.

You will be in Florida for one more year right? moving next summer? Hope we get to meet up.

The scavenger hunt is fun to do with Jacob also. I'm actually driving around with a camera telling him to take pics as we drive down the road.

I will go give that CS a try one day. It's always nice to try something different, and there is a chicken nugget place right around the corner so I could get Jacob something there.

I sure hope we get to meet before I move also.

Nope, not DTD.

Nope, this is my first solo trip to Disney. I told DH I was going and would he like to join me and even when I told him I was planning parasailing, jetski tour, fishing, and the other things of a one night premium pkg I couldn't convince him. I'm not sure he believes that I'm going, but there's no way that I would ever cancel with the deal that I got. I can't wait!

I think that on the next trip I would like to do a Platinum Pkg for one night and do the Speedway, spa, tours, and other things that are offered with that. I figured that he would probably do the Speedway, but I'm not sure if I can get him to go. Oh well. Looks like I would then get the Speedway!

So, you aren't actually going into the parks? I haven't heard of those packages. Need to look into that, maybe for the little anniversary trip we are planning in January. And I just saw the jet ski's yesterday and was wondering what that was about because I didn't remember seeing anything about renting jet skis. Sounds like fun, sorry your DH won't go. Make him sit through a slide show of pics when you get back.:rotfl:

I would say DTD, too. Did ya eat at T-Rex? I want to try that place, sometime.

It's funny how all of a sudden, you just get tired. It just hits you -- that long line at HM made you realize it! :laughing: And it's like the story about the trip to Abilene that no one really wanted to go on -- unless someone pipes up and says, "no, that's it," everyone will keep stumbling on! Good for you.

I saw you say, you "needed food." :lmao: I know I got that from you!!

Strangely...I don't remember ever seeing those skeletons at the PoTC ride. And I am always popping my head around corners, through bars, etc. !! That will be bugging me until I can see them for myself!! :confused:

Nope, not DTD. And I will go ahead and say we didn't eat at T-Rex. Still need to do that sometime.

I think I forgot to mention that we were only in MK for little over an hour that day. Isn't that sad.

Yup, I bet you did get "I need food" from me. Remember the fights I would have with Mom about ordering food before our store opened because I knew we wouldn't be able to eat once we opened and everyone started coming in. I really am a bear without food. Guess we all are.

As far as the skeletons, I believe they are in the line to the right at PoTC. You have to look through the bars and down. I want a better picture of them.

Hi Melissa. :wave2:

I'm visiting you over here. I love your trip report so far! Great flag photo! I took a few pictures of the balloon guys on Main Street on this trip and I didn't even know there was a scavenger hunt.

Look forward to hearing more about your visit!

Thanks for joining. I have seen some amazing shots of balloons and keep trying to get one, but no luck so far. Guess I just don't have an eye for balloons.:laughing:

I love the pictures of POFQ. We always stay at POR so it's nice to see what the other side looks like.
Bonnie

Thanks! We really love POR and wish we had been able to stay there. PoFQ was nice and quiet just like it though. I guess most of the resorts are.



I can't wait to read more! We will be in POR in September.:banana:

And I am jealous.:goodvibes

jmskinner
08-05-2010, 08:49 AM
No one guessed what we did. After our nap, Jonas headed over to his miniatures gaming tournament to register. He also was able to join a game so ended up being gone until 10:00pm.

This is what Jacob and I did:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948103080_JYZyA-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948103080_JYZyA-A-LB)

We had played one course over at the other miniature golf course, but never this one. I had wanted to play here since our very first trip to WDW. And as with anything Disney, themed wonderfully. I'll stop typing and just post a bunch of pics.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948103504_YhzCa-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948103504_YhzCa-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948104031_HT93c-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948104031_HT93c-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948104455_6eSHb-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948104455_6eSHb-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948112973_oStsR-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948112973_oStsR-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948121841_ZKd64-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948121841_ZKd64-A-LB)

This is for a certain someone:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948125027_BedW5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948125027_BedW5-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948128968_LBF3Y-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948128968_LBF3Y-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948137282_Bznh5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948137282_Bznh5-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948138780_wZk7E-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948138780_wZk7E-A-LB)

Being AP holders we got a discount, but if you played the other course, it was a bigger discount, so of course we played it.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948141856_63S5N-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948141856_63S5N-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948143435_853GS-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948143435_853GS-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948148921_PP6cP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948148921_PP6cP-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948151234_CSWL8-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948151234_CSWL8-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948153735_2wsoH-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948153735_2wsoH-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948154953_d9Bjk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948154953_d9Bjk-A-LB)

Do you see the red ball in the pic below?
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948159559_6AcTJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948159559_6AcTJ-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948165881_UFhxy-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948165881_UFhxy-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948166947_YiGQW-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948166947_YiGQW-A-LB)

Now that the photo tour is over let me say it was hot and humid, no it was HOT and HUMID!!!! So bad that the sweat was getting in my eyes the whole time. I don't ever remember having that problem before. My eyes were burning. We had a great time and headed back to the hotel.

Since the great big McD's is over that way, I was going to stop. Jacob has always wanted to go in there and eat and I thought it might be cheaper than the resort. Does he want to go, NOOOOO! Also, as we walk back to the car there is a family sitting on the curb, I guess waiting. Jacob loudly states, "What are they doing?" So we have a 5 minute conversation about "I don't know, none of our business, etc." I was exhausted again by this point.

Jonas wanted us to bring the camera by so he could take some pics, off to Ospry Ridge. Which was very pretty. Then Jacob and I went back to the resort, grabbed some dinner and then the pool. Sorry, but I did not take my camera or phone to the pool, so no pics. I have heard about a lot of theft at the water parks and around the pools so I didn't want to take a chance. If I had the old camera, I would have taken it. No one wants that thing.

jmskinner
08-05-2010, 09:13 AM
Thought I would throw in some pics of what Jonas was doing all weekend. He has played these games forever. He buys the figures and then paints them. There are so many around this house that he could sit down today and paint the rest of his life and not finish.

Remember, this is what this trip was originally planned around. This was actually a big thing for Jonas because there were 3 nationally ranked players attending. I didn't realize it was this big.

Originally it was scheduled to be in the Press Box at WWoS. Which would have been really cool, but there was a large sporting event going on that weekend (13000 athletes) so they were moved. But Disney treated them well, Jonas said they brought over chips, snickers, and cookies. Also gave them lunch each day. The room they ended up in was actually bigger than the Press Box would have been.

Here are some pics he took (I have no idea if any of these are his:lmao: or is that :sad2: )

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/IMG5242/954525180_Vb2Qe-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/13157428_j8dV4#954525180_Vb2Qe-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/IMG00073-20100716-1541/954525322_htXtM-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/13157428_j8dV4#954525322_htXtM-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/IMG5226/954528930_FqPd2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/13157428_j8dV4#954528930_FqPd2-A-LB)

I think this is Jonas' army:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/IMG00081-20100718-1252/954525716_ENg5Y-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/13157428_j8dV4#954525716_ENg5Y-A-LB)


http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/IMG00072-20100716-1541/954525268_ETf3P-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/SITE-2010/13157428_j8dV4#954525268_ETf3P-A-LB)
Interesting note about the above picture. The guy that built that works for Disney doing displays. Basically he gets to do his hobby and get paid for it. After the event he posted on the message board if we liked his handy work at the Magic Kingdom. The big wall for the new area.:lmao:

Here a few close ups of Jonas' army:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/IMG8640/577023791_eBPZG-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/8726489_WRYNg#577023791_eBPZG-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/KG8/599937415_rvtbr-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/8726489_WRYNg#599937415_rvtbr-A-LB)

This is how they start out:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/Wrr-Con-5/821533284_SuzBN-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/8726489_WRYNg#821533284_SuzBN-A-LB)

He got 2nd Place in Appearance!

A little side note. The night before we left for WDW, our whole family almost changed. Jacob likes to scare us. Which I HATE! I've actually hit the poor guy whose job it is jump out at you at carnival haunted houses. Well, Jonas is walking in from the garage after spraying down his figures. He has the entire army in his hands when Jacob decides to try to scare him. Thankfully Jonas held on to them because I wouldn't have been able to get to the kid quick enough. This was 6 months of work, not counting the ones that were already done.

dismagiclover
08-05-2010, 09:41 AM
Love all of the mini golf pictures! My kids love mini golf and we're going to try to make it to one of the courses in January. The pictures got me excited for it. Also love the mini gaming pieces. Those are so awesome. Jonas is very talented and must have lots of patience to paint such detail. They are beautiful!

DFD
08-05-2010, 09:49 AM
This is for a certain someone:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948125027_BedW5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948125027_BedW5-A-LB)






McDuck!!!:thumbsup2


This is how they start out:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/Wrr-Con-5/821533284_SuzBN-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Figure-Painting/LOTR/8726489_WRYNg#821533284_SuzBN-A-LB)

He got 2nd Place in Appearance!






Yikes aloooooooooooooooot of Patience to finish that task but it payed off!!!! WTG Jonas!!!

heaven2dc
08-05-2010, 10:08 AM
Oh my....I couldn't even imagine my reaction if I were Jonas if he had dropped those figurines!! He really did a great job of painting - that's a lot of detail to paint.

Jacob looks like he had so much fun playing golf. :goodvibes

dancer4life22
08-05-2010, 10:32 AM
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let'sgo
08-05-2010, 11:27 AM
I'm making sure that I get to Winterland/Summerland on my next trip. Those pictures sure make it look like lots of fun!

And those figures--they are really beautiful.

JPFamilyMom
08-05-2010, 05:41 PM
oh man, smacking myself in the head right now:sad2:, I remember you going miniature golfing now. I remember when you posted it, and I thought how fun.

Wow 6 months to paint some little guys :lmao: j/k. That is great that he has a hobby, and a place to exhibit his work. So do they play games or just display their work?

I can imagine poor Jacob if those guys had dropped and broke. :scared1: Glad they didn't and the happy little family got to stay in tact.:)

SimmerBaggins
08-05-2010, 08:48 PM
OMGosh, that has got to be the COOLEST miniature golf course I have ever seen! I could just comment on every one of those pictures.

Yes, Melissa. It is :sad2: that you don't know if some of those are Jonas'. ;) But I know he has a bizillion. I do like the ones of the 13 dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf -- I hope those are his!! I'd ask how much he'd sell them for, but I couldn't afford them. :)

And, oh, man...I cannot imagine how angry Jonas was at Jacob for the potential of having dropped those figurines!! :eek:

jmskinner
08-05-2010, 09:12 PM
Love all of the mini golf pictures! My kids love mini golf and we're going to try to make it to one of the courses in January. The pictures got me excited for it. Also love the mini gaming pieces. Those are so awesome. Jonas is very talented and must have lots of patience to paint such detail. They are beautiful!

January would be a great time to play golf. That is just a sampling of the pics I took. Took at least two at every hole. Thank you inventor of the digital camera!

McDuck!!!:thumbsup2

Yikes aloooooooooooooooot of Patience to finish that task but it payed off!!!! WTG Jonas!!!

Yup, that pic was just for you. Did I text you one, I meant to? Now you know why Jonas doesn't mind me spending time with you. It's hard to paint with me in there bugging him.


Oh my....I couldn't even imagine my reaction if I were Jonas if he had dropped those figurines!! He really did a great job of painting - that's a lot of detail to paint.

Jacob looks like he had so much fun playing golf. :goodvibes

It would not have been pretty. And Jacob did enjoy it. He did lose a ball on the Winterland course. We don't know where it went.

great update! that mini golf course is so cute! and i love all your pictures! :goodvibes

Thank you, as always, Disney knows what it is doing.

I'm making sure that I get to Winterland/Summerland on my next trip. Those pictures sure make it look like lots of fun!

And those figures--they are really beautiful.

It is a lot of fun and I will let Jonas you liked the figures.

oh man, smacking myself in the head right now:sad2:, I remember you going miniature golfing now. I remember when you posted it, and I thought how fun.

Wow 6 months to paint some little guys :lmao: j/k. That is great that he has a hobby, and a place to exhibit his work. So do they play games or just display their work?

I can imagine poor Jacob if those guys had dropped and broke. :scared1: Glad they didn't and the happy little family got to stay in tact.:)

If only that was his only hobby. I sure was glad Jonas didn't drop them.

OMGosh, that has got to be the COOLEST miniature golf course I have ever seen! I could just comment on every one of those pictures.

Yes, Melissa. It is :sad2: that you don't know if some of those are Jonas'. ;) But I know he has a bizillion. I do like the ones of the 13 dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf -- I hope those are his!! I'd ask how much he'd sell them for, but I couldn't afford them. :)

And, oh, man...I cannot imagine how angry Jonas was at Jacob for the potential of having dropped those figurines!! :eek:

I don't know if this miniature golf course is the coolest, or the ones they have here where you can feed the alligators. Oh, it has to be Disney!

No, he hasn't done Thorin and Co. I hope I got that right. I did save Jacob when we first moved to San Angelo and were still in the apartment, he knocked a box over carrying that army. Of course my thought was, why were they not put up high.:confused3

DFD
08-05-2010, 09:18 PM
Gotta love those toys!!!! I will find one and I will paint it Red for luck !!! :hug: Jonas!!!!!! You know I love you! Well second to Jacob!!!

CreightonsMomma
08-05-2010, 11:38 PM
And we headed back to the hotel where Jonas and I napped, and Jonas watched more Hannah Montanna.:scared1:






Wait...Jonas was watching Hannah Montana?? :lmao: Isn't Jonas a little too old to be watching that? :rotfl:


Enjoying your trip report so far.
Back to reading....

jmskinner
08-06-2010, 07:44 AM
Wait...Jonas was watching Hannah Montana?? :lmao: Isn't Jonas a little too old to be watching that? :rotfl:


Enjoying your trip report so far.
Back to reading....

Oops, Jacob watched Hanna Montana.:rotfl2:

jmskinner
08-06-2010, 08:37 AM
Saturday morning, our sleep in day. You read the title correctly, we were going fishing and to a Dismeet. We have stayed at POR several times and somehow I didn't know you could fish there at 'ol Man Island. I mentioned this to Jacob and he wanted to go. He loves to fish, I don't have the patience for it.

Now somewhere I thought I read that it didn't open until 11:00am (I was wrong, it opened at 6:00am.) The previous night I had purchased Milk and so we both had some cereal and then were headed on our way. I suggested walking instead of the boat. Jacob wasn't too happy, but I wanted some pics.

Here a couple of pics of what our view was last November when we stayed at POFQ:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948168247_rACyJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948168247_rACyJ-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948168709_sMjP7-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948168709_sMjP7-A-LB)

And here is what we like to call "Home":
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948169090_CpVgD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948169090_CpVgD-A-LB)

Even Jacob has started calling this home and kept asking why we weren't staying there.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948170927_nkJG4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948170927_nkJG4-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948171252_GrDNB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948171252_GrDNB-A-LB)

One of the Scavenger Hunt photos - WADDLE
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948172371_TfzYG-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948172371_TfzYG-A-LB)

Whenever we stay at POR, we are always on the Plantation side, we have never even wandered over to the Alligator Bayou, and somehow I never realized there was a bar at the pool.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948173551_Fvm3X-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948173551_Fvm3X-A-LB)

Saw this guy and of course what does Jacob yell:
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That's right, Squirrel. Jonas had said the day before that Jacob had done the same thing and Jonas thought "These poor Squirrels. How many times a day do they hear that? " He thought the Squirrel is probably thinking, "Yea kid, like I haven't heard that one before. Thanks Disney!"

And here is the fishing hole:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948174794_KLQvs-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948174794_KLQvs-A-LB)

You check in, hand over your room key and the CM gives you a cup of worms and a cane fishing pole. They have different rates for individuals and for whole families, starting at 30 minutes.

Another Scavenger Hunt item: Earthworms
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And another: Fishing
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I'm sure I would've have figured out that this place opened at 6:00am, we would have had more fun. It was HOT by this time. While we were there two other families joined in. One lady did have a bite, but the fish made off with her worm. And of course if you catch anything, you have to throw it back. And I so enjoyed putting the worm on and off the hook. Jacob wouldn't do it.

We ended up only fishing for about 15 minutes, and we were only charged for the 15 min so that was nice, I figured we would be billed for the full 30 min.

Before leaving though, I wanted to get a pic of these cute baby birds
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The CM had told us no fishing in that area where the family of birds were and no feeding. And we made sure not to do it, unlike the man that started feeding them.

We headed over to the food court for our Dismeet. Some very nice people have started a thread for us FL residents to try to get together. They are always trying to think of new Disney things to do besides just the parks and also some inexpensive things. I had come up with the idea of the Surrey bikes. Jacob and I had always wanted to try one.

So met in the food court and had a nice lunch. I forgot to get pics in the food court and POR's food court is my absolute favorite. It is so large and the themeing is beautiful. One Dismeet we actually just road the boat down from DTD and spent a few hours chatting in that food court.

From there we headed over to rent the Surry bike. And here is a pic of all of us (this is after our little ride around POR):
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Up front is Gary and Jacob. In back (left to right) is Sha, her Mom Mimi, and then Me. It ended up not being a very big Dismeet, but that's ok. It was great people!

Jacob was upset you had to be 18 to drive. After realizing how much these things weigh, I understood why. They could kill someone. I was a big chicken and refused to drive. Jacob wouldn't sit in the very front and I hoped he would pedal. We took off for a nice tour of POR. Jacob hardly pedaled at all, poor Sha had to pedal the other side all by herself. I kept trying to pedal and then realized Gary was trying to let us just coast. The front and back on each side share a chain. It was hard going up the hills and we really got some speed coming down.

And of course, I did grab some pics as we went around (I didn't have to steer )

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948183196_RVFKs-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948183196_RVFKs-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948183753_bUFew-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948183753_bUFew-A-LB)

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Now, we when we rented the bike, the CM said we could do a lap in 15 min and we were renting for 30 min. We did that one lap and headed back. Our legs were like jelly and it was so hot. I don't think they will listen to me again. We did have a lot of fun and were only charged half since we didn't rent it the full 30 min.

I turned around to find Sha and Jacob gone. She gave him some money for the arcade. She is sooooo nice. That child is so spoiled. After that we went into the store. The store at POR is much larger than the one at POFQ. I love to just wander around in it, but don't we all love to look at WDW merchandise.

And this would be some of Jacob's handywork:
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We said our goodbye's at this point and headed off in our separate directions. At this point, Jacob has a meltdown. One thing I haven't mentioned is that at the beginning of Summer we realized Jacob was having an issue with swallowing. He would lean his head forward to swallow or would chew and chew his food until he finally had to spit it out. Turned out it was one of his ADHD medicines. So he was off of this medicine. Without this medicine he is a lot more vocal and not in good ways. Finally got him calmed down, I think he was just too hot. We hopped on the boat and headed back to the hotel.

Next up, something I have wanted to do for two years, but haven't. Disney related, but not on Disney property, any ideas anyone? This is a hard one.

dismagiclover
08-06-2010, 09:13 AM
Fun update! I love hearing about all the fun stuff to do at Disney Resorts. I wonder how often anyone actually catches a fish. Seems like the fish probably know what is up because there is so much fishing going on there. I've thought about trying the Surrey Bikes before on the Boardwalk, but they do look tough to pedal especially in the heat. Maybe we'll give them a try on our January trip when it is cooler.

DFD
08-06-2010, 05:00 PM
One of the Scavenger Hunt photos - WADDLE
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delicious!!!!!

dancer4life22
08-06-2010, 06:34 PM
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SimmerBaggins
08-06-2010, 07:46 PM
Man, those are some great pictures. It does seem like it could be "home", for the very rich!:laughing:

I love how you get pictures of Jacob looking so happy (I guess WDW could be considered therapy -- for many people!!) ... but I've thought for a long time that your having a camera and getting him involved was awesome.

And if anyone had ever asked me if Melissa F. would ever go fishing of her own accord, I would have said: NEVER!!! :lmao:

jmskinner
08-07-2010, 09:36 AM
Fun update! I love hearing about all the fun stuff to do at Disney Resorts. I wonder how often anyone actually catches a fish. Seems like the fish probably know what is up because there is so much fishing going on there. I've thought about trying the Surrey Bikes before on the Boardwalk, but they do look tough to pedal especially in the heat. Maybe we'll give them a try on our January trip when it is cooler.

The Surrey bike was fun. I hope to do it again sometime. I will warn you, Sha said the Boardwalk hill up the bridge was higher than this one, so POR's track was easier.

This was my first time to take a break and really enjoy the resort. We are normally up, at the park all day. Has anyone noticed that this is our third day at the resort and haven't been to a park?

delicious!!!!!

:lmao:

If any of you ever get the great pleasure of touring WDW with the Duck (DFD), you will hear this a lot. She has to get rid of all the Daisy's that are trying to steal her man Donald.:)

pofq looks soo fun! theres so much to do it seems like! plus its really pretty!

I give you credit for fishing! i would never have the patience!

The Port Orleans resorts are nice and it is cool that if you stay at POFQ, you can use the pools at POR. I think a lot of people go to POFQ for their pool over the one at POR.

One thing I have noticed is there aren't a lot of childrens activities at the moderate resorts. I know the value resorts have all kinds of activities around the pool, the DVC's do also. Kind of strange to me.

Man, those are some great pictures. It does seem like it could be "home", for the very rich!:laughing:

I love how you get pictures of Jacob looking so happy (I guess WDW could be considered therapy -- for many people!!) ... but I've thought for a long time that your having a camera and getting him involved was awesome.

And if anyone had ever asked me if Melissa F. would ever go fishing of her own accord, I would have said: NEVER!!! :lmao:

Too funny about your comment about "home" for the very rich. When I posted a pic on FB of the "mansions", your DH said he would take the one on the right.:rotfl2:

I've offered a photography class for the kid, he loves to take pics himself. Maybe a Christmas present.

You are so right about the fishing. I use to go with my Mom when I was little, but not something I really enjoy now. The things we do for our kids. Guess I need to book one of the deep sea fishing excursions since we live so close to the coast now.

jmskinner
08-07-2010, 10:11 AM
After my nap and I think Jacob may have slept a little bit, we went on an adventure. Before the Dismeet, fellow Dis'er Gary, mentioned how he had gone over to Mouse Surplus. This is someplace I have wanted to go since hearing about it a couple of years ago.

I had the website up on my phone and followed the directions on it. It's about 30 minutes or so from WDW. Nothing really exciting to see on the way. Jacob wasn't very excited, he just wanted to go swimming.

Passed a candy store I thought about stopping at, but Jacob wasn't even interested in that.:sad2:

I was so glad I had asked Gary for directions because he had told me that when you see a trailer with the name on it, that would be the turn. Looking for that trailer made it super easy to find. This place is out in the middle of nowhere.

I pull up and then worry, am I in the right place? Is this safe? It is just an old warehouse out in the middle of nowhere, but first thing you see is an airplane with Harambi on it. Yup, its from the Safarai at AK.

In case you haven't heard of this place, it is a surplus store for unwanted theme park stuff. I've heard of monorail doors and even actual ride vehicles(cars) being there.

There is a lot of stuff you wouldn't want. I wanted the huge gold Mickey statue (I think there were several). About 2 feet tall.

Jacob saw this right away (sorry only had my phone for pics),
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He wanted to know the price, so I made him ask. Just $5000. Good thing Jonas didn't come with us (when he saw the pic he said we have Jacob's college money.:rolleyes1) The guy that helped us said there were only two of these in the world. This one came from the FAO Schwartz in Las Vegas.

Then we found this:
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Only $17,500! Wouldn't that be cool on the side of the house.:rotfl2: Our HOA probably wouldn't approve, but I don't think it specifially rules it out. Basketball hoops not allowed, but nothing about these things (sorry forgot the name of them.)

Mouse Surplus has lots of other things, nothing I could see me buying. They do have a huge Sulley that was cool. They also have a lot of furnishings. I saw these:
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We have this huge wall in our dining room that looks empty with the artwork we have, thought this painted with a mirror behind it might look good.

That was our tour of Mouse Surplus. Now Jacob was happy, we were headed back to the resort to go swimming. Again, I didn't take my camera, but I have a lot of pics from last November so I thought I would share them.

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SimmerBaggins
08-07-2010, 03:09 PM
I wondered about that large thing coming out of the wall! Jacob's whole body is emphasizing how much he doesn't want to participate in your picture or this scene, though! :laughing:

Didn't you find anything to buy, there? I mean, aside from the fighter? I would hate to make a trip to a weird, outta the way place like that and then not find anything I wanted.

And what pool is that, from what resort? I have never seen any of those figures, before!!

...we got an offer on the house. It is way, way low -- what WE paid for it -- but we're crossing our fingers on our counter-offer. :)

dismagiclover
08-07-2010, 03:28 PM
The Mouse Surplus looks very interesting. I wonder how often they actually sell any of the old props.

jmskinner
08-07-2010, 04:43 PM
I wondered about that large thing coming out of the wall! Jacob's whole body is emphasizing how much he doesn't want to participate in your picture or this scene, though! :laughing:

Didn't you find anything to buy, there? I mean, aside from the fighter? I would hate to make a trip to a weird, outta the way place like that and then not find anything I wanted.

And what pool is that, from what resort? I have never seen any of those figures, before!!

...we got an offer on the house. It is way, way low -- what WE paid for it -- but we're crossing our fingers on our counter-offer. :)

There were a couple things like that window frame I have thought about. A lot of people have been fortunate enough to find some cool stuff, such as Gary said he has purchased bedposts that were from AKL, brand new. It is one of those places you have to keep looking in on. Check out www.mousesurplus.com.

That is the French Quarter pool. Jacob just loves it!

I'll email you about the house. :goodvibes

The Mouse Surplus looks very interesting. I wonder how often they actually sell any of the old props.

I wondered that myself. I think the monorail door (still on their website) would be cool, someone (I think it was Sha) suggested to put it in a kids room and then paint the stripe around the room to match.

natebenma
08-07-2010, 06:42 PM
Mouse Surplus looks like a neat place! I had never heard of it. Thanks for sharing your field trip!

jmskinner
08-08-2010, 07:38 AM
Mouse Surplus looks like a neat place! I had never heard of it. Thanks for sharing your field trip!

Your welcome. That is one reason why I enjoyed writing my last TR that spanned over a year. Showing some things others might not know about or wonder if it is worth the trip.

Just to let you know what we are up to and what future postings will be about. This past week they opened the Youth Education Program up to individuals. This is normally only for groups. I booked Jacob (and me since at his age he has to have a chaperone) one at MK where we will get to go behind the scenes to learn how the rides work. The funny thing is, it will involve Jacob's favorite ride and his least favorite.
:lmao:

That same day I am going to pick up our tickets for the big Star Wars Celebration at the Convention Center. I figure trying to pick them up Saturday will be completely crazy. George Lucas is being interviewed by Jon Stewart that day. Not planning on seeing that since wrist bands will be given out at 6:00am. At least everything else will clear out while that is going on.

But, to pick up tickets at the convention center, I have to park, I don't want to pay them for parking for 10 minutes, think it is like $12 or something. The trolley on I drive goes by there, so I figured out something else to do. Jacob and I will be going to Wonder Works, that upside down building you see billboards for. Anyone been?

Oh, and got a call yesterday, my camera was being shipped directly to me. I just might have it in time for next weekend.:banana::yay::cheer2::dance3::woohoo: Just a little excited to have it back.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend? Anything exciting going on?

jmskinner
08-08-2010, 08:39 AM
So all week I have been trying to remember what it was we did on Sunday of our trip. Have pics at MK, but they are late in the evening. It has been driving me nuts. I knew we didn't sit in the room ALL DAY! I finally remembered, BLIZZARD BEACH!

Jonas still had his tournament going on, but it was to be over around Noon. Jacob loves water, so we had to go to a water park. TL is our favorite and I don't think we have been to BB since our first trip to WDW, so BB it was. Plus, our AP's expire in November and I am only getting the regular AP next time, no premium, which means no water parks or Disneyquest after November.

Again, my fear of stuff being stolen I didn't take my camera. I did have a water proof disposable with a few pics left on it, but I forgot to take it with us.:sad2: Sorry, no pics.

The last time we went to BB, it was after going to TL, so we were tired and only stayed a couple of hours. That's right, we did two water parks in one day that trip. This day we took our time and really explored the park. The details were amazing.

Jacob likes to stay at the wave pool, I am a slide kind of gal. I gave him about 30 minutes in the wave pool and then headed to the slides. Now, part of the reason he doesn't like slides is because at Schlitterbahn in TX, he got stuck in a whirlpool on one of their slides. You would drift in a little river, then slide down, then drift, then slide, over and over again. Well, he got stuck. I passed him and told him I would wait for him. I got to the bottom of the slide and waited...and waited. Finally I started walking along the pash that went beside this slide and found him. A lady had stopped to help him, but he was very upset. He thought he was lost.

None of WDW water slides are like this, so I know this won't happen here. The first slide we go on, is one where you slide down on a mat, on your belly. Jacob went first. I get in position, green light comes on, so I go. I'm having a blast, see the pool at the end and just as I am about to hit the water, there is Jacob.:scared1: Somehow he got stuck at the bottom of the slide. I end up, on the mat, over him. Seemed like forever that I got that mat out of the way and got to him. I was a little miffed the lifeguard didn't do more than just look at us. But Jacob was ok. Thankfully we didn't bump heads, which was my worse fear when I saw him.

Of course, Jacob doesn't want to do any more slides, but I wasn't having that. You fall off the horse, you get right back on.

We did the other slide requiring the mat. This time we each had our own lane, so no problem there.

Back to the wave pool. Jacob loved just sitting in a tube. He had me pushing him to the very back where the water fall was. That was a workout. While out there, I notice something going on behind one of the lifeguards. Don't know what happened, but the medics were there and someone with a laptop.

Then all of a sudden, we hear a whistle and I look over just in time to see a lifeguard jump in the water. There was an older gentleman trying to get a boy back on a tube. The boy was bigger than Jacob, but I guess he couldn't swim. By the time the lifeguard got to him, everything was ok. It was very cool to watch though. As soon as that whistle blew, I guess she hit the kill switch because the waves stopped and they didn't start again until she was back at her post. I also noticed, the other lifeguards stood up while she away from post. Just find procedures interesting.

I spent some time sitting on the beach reading a book and watching one of the tour groups do chants and sing there in the water. There were about 100 of them, I figure that must have made it difficult for the lifeguards, but they allowed it.

We did one more slide, where we rode on a tube together. This one is kind of hidden and I remember last time the lines were really short. And it was the same way this time. Walked right up and got a tube. Then as we are walking up the hill to the slide, people are panicing. Seems there was a snake that crossed the path. :scared1: Even the men weren't going anywhere until it was gone. Jacob had to tell the CM at the top all about it.

We also took the lazy river around the whole park. Just a really nice relaxing day.

From there, we went back to the room, can't remember if Jonas had come back yet or not, but we took a nap while Jacob again watched Disney channel.

After our naps, we went to MK. It had rained while we napped, so you know what that causes:
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On the bus to MK, the volume was turned up on the music playing. Ever noticed that once you get to MK it gets louder. It was so loud Jacob covered his ears.

But we were at MK. After security, I tried to go through the turnstile and had issues with my pass, and its a brand new pass, wore the old one out.
But I finally made it in:
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I hadn't seen these balloons before:
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Honestly, they look like they are for Halloween.

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We got a kick out of watching this duck chase this bird for the food that it had:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948204665_2waJm-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948204665_2waJm-A-LB)

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Headed over to Haunted Mansion:http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948206316_tPnzM-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948206316_tPnzM-A-LB)

Line was a little shorter than the last time we tried. We saw this sitting to the side:
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I guess this was storage, but seemed really weird that nothing was proctecting it.

We went to Columbia Harbor House to eat and sent Jacob to find a table and also hold the camera:
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Jacob's Chicken Nuggets, Jonas had the same:
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My fish sticks:
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Our view:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948213275_rHvKy-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948213275_rHvKy-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948213598_CynaB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948213598_CynaB-A-LB)

After eating, Jacob wanted ice cream, we grabbed some FP's for Buzz first:
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By the time we were finished with the ice cream, it was time for Buzz. Some how I beat Jacob. He normally gets the highest score you can on this game, but not lately.

Got this pic of Jonas:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948217615_AjSDd-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948217615_AjSDd-A-LB)

Do you think he gets into it?:rotfl:

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Afraid I'm running out of my allotted images, so will continue in next post.

jmskinner
08-08-2010, 09:26 AM
After Buzz we decided on CoP. The fireworks started about this time. Little side note here. Since Jonas returned from Iraq, he doesn't like hearing fireworks. If he knows their coming and can stand and watch them, he is fine, but just hearing the bangs makes him jump. Except having to sit facing the door of places, this is the only change I have seen since he came back. Here is a little video, notice the loud booms.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954474034_oPeUd-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#954474034_oPeUd-A-LB)

I enjoy CoP. Jacob wanted to sit up front, but Jonas didn't want to, so Jacob became a member of another family for a little bit.:rotfl:

Then we caught this going on (just click on the pic to see video):
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I wish Jacob would dance, this looks like so much fun. Think I will make him next time.

Next up was the TTA. I was very excited to hear them page Mr. Tom Morrow!:banana: Jonas wasn't that impressed. But we do love this little tour of Tomorrowland.

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This man was just going in circles, but I think he was having a great time:
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After TTA, we ended up on Winnie the Pooh.
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For the scavanger hunt I needed carousel and also moon, got this pic:
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Then we rode Splash Mountain, where we got soaked:
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Then I tried to get a nice nighttime shot of the Mountain. I stupidly didn't realize water was shooting out towards us and got even more wet, including the camera.

Next up:
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Then we headed to the bus stop, which was waiting just for us.;) So glad, POFQ has their own bus now, we had lots of room.

Next day was a big day for us, Kara was arriving!:banana:

heaven2dc
08-08-2010, 09:28 AM
I loved the pic of you after you entered the turnstiles at MK - and the little boy behind you looks excited too! How cute!

dismagiclover
08-08-2010, 09:55 AM
Wow what an eventful day! The water park sounds like so much fun. One of these years we are going to try them. Also loved all the details from your MK evening. Love that upstairs seating at CHH. Love all of the night pictures in Tomorrowland. The parks are just so cool at night! I bet you all had a good night's sleep after this busy day:goodvibes

Luvmepluto
08-08-2010, 10:54 AM
Great pics! We have never done putt putt there.....it seems we never have anytime for that. I wish I lived closer and could go more often.:worship:

dancer4life22
08-08-2010, 11:43 AM
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Minnie&Nana
08-08-2010, 08:18 PM
LOVE the pics! Nothing better than visiting Disney through a great TR!! what fun you had. ::yes::

JPFamilyMom
08-08-2010, 09:05 PM
What a fun day. The picture of Jacob with Zurg is GREAT!!! Also love the picture of you making it into the park.:thumbsup2

How do you all like Columbia Harbour House? I've heard it's a really nice quiet place to eat, well upstairs is quiet. I think they have GF/allergy free chicken strips there too.

Can't wait for Kara's arrival.:banana:

DFD
08-08-2010, 11:34 PM
We got a kick out of watching this duck chase this bird for the food that it had:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948204665_2waJm-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948204665_2waJm-A-LB)

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Family!!!!:woohoo::hug:

jmskinner
08-09-2010, 08:42 AM
I loved the pic of you after you entered the turnstiles at MK - and the little boy behind you looks excited too! How cute!

I didn't notice that little boy until I posted that pic here. I bet his family got some really great shots, looks like he is a camera hog.:rotfl:

Wow what an eventful day! The water park sounds like so much fun. One of these years we are going to try them. Also loved all the details from your MK evening. Love that upstairs seating at CHH. Love all of the night pictures in Tomorrowland. The parks are just so cool at night! I bet you all had a good night's sleep after this busy day:goodvibes

I love all amusement parks at night. All the lights! I think we did sleep well that night.

Great pics! We have never done putt putt there.....it seems we never have anytime for that. I wish I lived closer and could go more often.:worship:

I know we are very fortunate to get to live so close. That's why I try to go as often as possible.

that store looks soo cool! theres a lot of great stuff but who can afford to buy it? :rotfl:

i love the pool! it looks so fun! is that dragon a waterslide?

and the picture of after the rain was creepy in a cool way... i dont really know how to describe it but i liked it! :goodvibes

They did have smaller stuff, the big stuff was just cooler.:cool1:

Actually it is a sea serpent and yes it does have a slide in it. Not a real long slide, but everyone enjoys it.

Hadn't thought about how the steamed over lens might cause a creepy picture, but when I think of the history of the French Quarter (the real one), it does give it a creepy feel.

LOVE the pics! Nothing better than visiting Disney through a great TR!! what fun you had. ::yes::

Glad I can bring a smile to ya! And we did have a lot of fun.

What a fun day. The picture of Jacob with Zurg is GREAT!!! Also love the picture of you making it into the park.:thumbsup2

How do you all like Columbia Harbour House? I've heard it's a really nice quiet place to eat, well upstairs is quiet. I think they have GF/allergy free chicken strips there too.

Can't wait for Kara's arrival.:banana:

That would be great if they have GF chicken strips for the boys. We went last week and Jacob requested CHH, said they have good chicken strips. I do love the atmosphere. A good time to eat there is 10:30am, but that is for another day to report on.

Jacob loves taking pics with Zurg.

Family!!!!:woohoo::hug:

We saw lots of your family waddling along.:laughing:

jmskinner
08-09-2010, 09:16 AM
While we were all sleeping, Kara was having to be up at 4:30am to get to the Charlotte airport for her 9:30am flight. There was only one nonstop flight each day with Airtran, and of course they fall during rush hour. The weeks preceeding her arrival, there was a lot of drama trying to make sure she would get to the airport, but her Stepdad was nice enough to get up a little earlier and take her in. She was trying to be a grownup and have friends take her, but none of them wanted to get up that early.:confused3 :lmao:

Jonas was going to pick her up at the airport, so what should Jacob and I do? Seems like a good time to go to Disneyquest. I forgot to mention our strange AP renewals. Some how, Jonas' AP renewal date ended up a month earlier than ours. Which, last year meant his renewed before the free 3 months, so his expired in June, where Jacob and mine expire in Nov. I don't mind this because paying for 3 at once is not fun. We went ahead and renewed Jonas' without the Premium, so he is not allowed into the waterparks or DisneyQuest anymore.

I had a hard time getting Jacob moving this particular morning, but he finally did. I was hoping to get to Disneyquest early, but had no idea what time it opened. Decided to drive since it would only take a few minutes, remember, we had both cars at the resort. Got to Disneyquest about 10:30 and guess what, it didn't open until 11:00.:banana: We made a rope drop.:rotfl2: No ceremony here though folks. Sorry, didn't take my camera, but I do have pics from a previous trip if anyone wants to see them.

The elevator you get in first thing, is one of those you go in one door and exit out the other side. All these people stepped in and then stood towards the entrance door. So the back of the elevator was empty, we went ahead and stepped on back, first off elevator!

We were the very first people to do Pirates!pirate: This is my absolutely favorite game in DisneyQuest. The CM said he could put it on autopilot, but Jacob likes it better when I steer, so I was steering and firing the canon right beside me. Mulitasking at its finest. When we got to the final battle, I realized steering didn't really matter, so I started just firing cannons, jumping from side to side.

After defeating the ghost pirates (not sure what they are really called), we played a jungle safari game we had never played because normally they are full. We were shooting at really large insects. First thing was spiders, we both stated how Dad would not be playing this one. He hates spiders.

Then we probably spent 30 minutes playing Fast and Furious, Jacob will play this all day if I let him. Somehow my game had to reset itself. Then on to another game he likes, the Hydro something or other. Racing jet boats! Finally, Jonas texted me that they were on the boat to DTD. We left DQ, got the truck to move it closer to the Marketplace. I figured the parking lot at Marketplace would already be full, so I parked by Planet Hollywood, of course it turns out the other parking lot was empty.

EOS doesn't have anything Jacob will eat. He has started eating hot dog buns dipped in ketchup. Won't eat the meat, but at least it is something until I can get him something else. We saw Jonas and Kara getting off the boat, and I got Jonas to grab a hot dog from one stand while we headed into EOS and ordered. Sure helps when at least one of us knows what they want. One of the CM's was having issues this day. When one bag of food would come out, she would hand it to the customer, who would then walk off. Only problem, a lot of times, there is more than one bag. This CM wasn't taking the time to make sure she was passing out the full order. :headache: Happened to several different people.

After EOS, Jacob wanted to go to Legoland and Kara wanted a nap. Jonas decided to take Jacob to Legoland and would get the truck. Kara and I took the boat back to POFQ. First off, I should never let Jonas take Jacob to Legoland, because he loves legos just as much as Jacob, so we are always going to end up with more legos. Second, what were we thinking, how was Jonas going to know where the truck was. Jacob never pays attention. Just as Kara lays down, my phone rings. Jonas wants to know where the truck is. I was just about to hop in his car and drive over when he found it. It was behind a bus is why he couldn't see it or the pirate antennae topper I have on it. Those sure do make great vehicle finders.

We let Kara sleep a couple of hours and then off to MK for our little surprise for Kara.

Some of you know what the surprise was.

jmskinner
08-11-2010, 08:10 AM
Took awhile to get Kara up, but we finally got her out of bed and to the bus. On the bus I looked at the WDW website and it showed Space Mountain FP's were low.:scared1: I had thought about getting over to MK before DQ to get FP's for SM for Jonas and Kara (Jacob doesn't like it), but sleeping in had won over that decision. When we entered the park, I took off to grab FP's for SM, but sadly they were gone. Grabbed them for Buzz instead and then it was time for the Laugh Comedy Floor. Kara had never seen this show.

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"That Guy" was sitting right in front of us. Jacob wants to be "That Guy". I wonder if I made a t-shirt saying that if they would use him.:idea: They did use his joke in the show....:headache: I forgot the joke.

After a few laughs we headed over to Haunted Mansion. Line:
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Wait time:
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It seems we get stopped on this ride...a lot. Usually in the cemetery scene, right next to one of the heads popping out. But this time, we were stopped in the dining room:
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I have gotten some pics in here before, but not this good. The previous ones had to be edited a little, these didn't.

Fortunately we all made it out safely. A little side note here, read a rumor that WDW has sent out survey's asking people's opinions on Haunted Mansion rooms at POR or POFQ. We would stay in one, too cool!

Now we were getting hungry. Jonas had never eaten in herehttp://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948269373_8ybrY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948269373_8ybrY-A-LB)

I knew they had chicken nuggets and also hoped we could get a table where we could see IASW, but they were all taken. Jacob saw stairs and decided to look for a table up there, once I figured out what I wanted, I went to find him:http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/948269756_sgGED-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#948269756_sgGED-A-LB)

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I noticed there were tables outside, but it was too hot. I decided to run out and get some pics though:
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Behind the wall action:
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I went to go back inside and the door wouldn't open. Kara was nice enough to let me in, Jonas was too busy laughing at me.

After dinner, we headed over to Splash Mountain, which had a long wait and so did BTMRR, but we could now get another FP, so we got it for BTMRR.

And headed over to PoTC, where we saw this:
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This actually wasn't that bad, the week after Christmas I have seen the line do that all the way from the very front of the building. We made our way through the queue, which wasn't that long of a wait. We weren't packed in like sardines.

Had a nice time being pirates. Quick question, what is the deal with the hats? Sometimes this one guy has a large stack of hats on his head and sometimes he doesn't. In fact, this time he had them, but when we rode on Friday morning, he didn't.

Quick pic after our ride:
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We had enough time to use our Buzz FP before our surprise for Kara.
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We then decided we had time for the TTA also, and for some reason I had never looked at the newspapers in the stand:
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I can't remember what my husband was doing at this point:
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It was time for the surprise, anyone care to guess what it was?

dismagiclover
08-11-2010, 08:17 AM
I don't think I realized there was upstairs seating at Pinnochio Haus. We've always sat in the section by It's a Small World. Was the upstairs seating crowded or was it peaceful like CHH? The suprise for Kara can't involve dinner since you just ate. I'm thinking maybe you did the Wishes dessert bar?

natebenma
08-11-2010, 08:17 AM
Too early for Wishes Dessert Party?

dancer4life22
08-11-2010, 08:52 AM
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tinkgurl
08-11-2010, 10:47 AM
We were actually at the MK 7/19! We just got to WDW that day..and that night we were eating at Chef Mickey's!

carissanboys
08-11-2010, 12:02 PM
Hey Melissa! Not sure how good I'll be about following along, but I've subscribed and will do my best. :goodvibes

JPFamilyMom
08-11-2010, 11:45 PM
What a fun morning.

I should know this :headache: but I can't think of what it was :mad: my brain is fried :rolleyes1 First day of school tomorrow. Been preparing all night. Will be anxious to read what the surprise was so I can smack my head again and go, oh yeah, now I remember :rotfl2:

The newspaper thingy looks so cute. Only Disney would have so much detail. :thumbsup2

Can't believe Kara had to wake up so early for her flight :scared1: But I bet she was glad you let her take a nap :cool2:

Looking forward to more :)

jmskinner
08-12-2010, 07:56 AM
I don't think I realized there was upstairs seating at Pinnochio Haus. We've always sat in the section by It's a Small World. Was the upstairs seating crowded or was it peaceful like CHH? The suprise for Kara can't involve dinner since you just ate. I'm thinking maybe you did the Wishes dessert bar?

We were the only ones upstairs at Pinnochio Haus for a little bit and then another family joined us. Not much room up there and very few tables, but it wasn't as loud as downstairs.


Ding Ding Ding!!!! You are correct!


Too early for Wishes Dessert Party?

Nope, not too early at all!

love your update!

i have no idea whats next... the only thing i can guess is maybe fireworks cruise wishes dessert party or an adr... :confused3

that picture of the ghosts came out good! i can never get good pictures in haunted mansion. ive also never noticed the hats... ill check it out when i go on potc and tell you what he was wearing!

Wishes Dessert Party it was, or whatever they are calling since they are showing Wishes right now. The hat guy is there in the town area where you buy a wench.

We were actually at the MK 7/19! We just got to WDW that day..and that night we were eating at Chef Mickey's!

Oooh, I'll have to check out your TR and see if we were anywhere at the same time.

Hey Melissa! Not sure how good I'll be about following along, but I've subscribed and will do my best. :goodvibes

I can't say anything, been MIA on your PTR for awhile. Been following on FB so hopefully that counts.:goodvibes Glad you joined!

What a fun morning.

I should know this :headache: but I can't think of what it was :mad: my brain is fried :rolleyes1 First day of school tomorrow. Been preparing all night. Will be anxious to read what the surprise was so I can smack my head again and go, oh yeah, now I remember :rotfl2:

The newspaper thingy looks so cute. Only Disney would have so much detail. :thumbsup2

Can't believe Kara had to wake up so early for her flight :scared1: But I bet she was glad you let her take a nap :cool2:

Looking forward to more :)

Hope all goes well at the first day of school. So exciting!!!

Poor Kara, she is a trooper. Our very first trip to WDW, I would wake her up, she would follow us at the parks, back for a nap, wake her up again, parks, bed, wake...for 6 days that was the routine.:laughing:

carissanboys
08-12-2010, 08:08 AM
I can't say anything, been MIA on your PTR for awhile. Been following on FB so hopefully that counts.:goodvibes Glad you joined!

I hadn't posted anything since June so it was totally okay to be MIA on my PTR! ;)

jmskinner
08-12-2010, 08:44 AM
Yes, it was the dessert party. I have been wanting to try this and had thought about booking it before we knew Kara was coming.

We got in line about 8:30 for our 9:05 reservation time. Jacob was thirsty and since he wouldn't drink anything they had at the Party, I got him a coke there at Noodles Station.

I had read a couple of reviews and one thing was that you should make sure to get what you want before the party, because they cleanup once the fireworks start. I told Jonas and Kara about this while we were waiting in line. A large group behind us heard my statement and started asking about it. We had a nice conversation with them, mostly about the difference between the value and moderate resorts. I was pointing out how they have so many games and such at the value pools, but not so at the moderates, or at least not at POR or POFQ.

A CM came down the line and gave us our wristbands and a number. Then it was time to enter. We had a table up front, :banana:. This is a horrible pic, but this is our view from our table:
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We were the first to get a photopass pic (which I still need to order). Then it was time to eat, just a few pics I took. There were always people up there, so I was trying not to blind them with the flash:
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And these are from my phone:
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I wanted to try everything, so two plates. The reviews of this seem to be 50/50, I say like a lot of things at WDW, give it a try and I do think it is worth doing at least once. I enjoyed most of the desserts. I've heard a lot of people complain that they are about the same as the ones on the buffets, which what's wrong with that. Just means you get some good food on the buffets at WDW. Most of these I had never seen on the buffets.

About 20 minutes before the fireworks, we decided to move to the railing. About this time we had another surprise for Kara. The two trips before with Kara, we had never watched the fireworks from the front of the castle. Can you believe I didn't even realize Tinkerbell flew until after we had lived in Florida for several months.:sad2: And guess who is a huge Tinkerbell fan...KARA!!!

I wish I had taken Kara's picture when we told her Tink flys. Her jaw literally dropped. This really was going to be great because this is the best spot for viewing Tink flying, maybe not the best spot to view the fireworks, but Kara was going to see Tinkerbell fly.

On to the show:
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At this point of the show, the Pirates take over. I had heard a couple people say this is their favorite part of the show. I had also read here on the Dis that the fireworks were stopped one night and it was reported that someone thought the castle was on fire and called the fire department. Don't know if this is true, but after seeing the following, I could see people thinking that:
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And Tinkerbell flew:
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I wasn't expecting her to fly while the fireworks were going off. And I can't believe she was up there with all of those fireworks coming off the castle like that.

The 180 degree fireworks:
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And one little video from my phone, just click on the pic:
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I did enjoy this show, and loved where the pirates took over. Still can not believe that Castle is not only still standing, but still looks just a beautiful as ever, after having all that on it. I might do this again. I thought the desserts were great. And everything was cleaned up by the time the show was over. It was nice to watch without a large crowd, no heads in the way of pics, etc. And if we had wanted to watch the parade, this night there were two parades, so we could have walked over and found a spot to watch it if we wanted to.

After the fireworks party, we walked around to BTMRR and used our FP's. By that time we were all tired and Kara's feet were hurting, so back to the bus and then our room. One good thing about that BTMRR ride, the bus stops had cleared out, so not much of a wait at all.

Next up, Seaworld!

dancer4life22
08-12-2010, 08:51 AM
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carissanboys
08-12-2010, 09:13 AM
Great pictures of Wishes! What camera are you using these days? I'm sure you've told me, but I forget.

jmskinner
08-12-2010, 09:30 AM
ohh the wishes dessert party looksl ike so much fun! the desserts look great and there is such a great view! i might have to convince my parents to book it for next year... :rolleyes:

We really did like it. Might even do it again.

Great pictures of Wishes! What camera are you using these days? I'm sure you've told me, but I forget.

I have the Canon Xsi. If I remember correctly you have one close to it. I'm loving it, still need to learn more about it.

Which, I have it back from Best Buy after getting it cleaned (don't see any difference). Star Wars Celebration this weekend, I hope to see some cool stuff.

dismagiclover
08-12-2010, 09:37 AM
Great update! I think the desserts look great! I like how they are small so you can try lots of different things. I loved the fireworks this summer too. So fun to see Tink come and save the day! I wonder how long they will continue them for.

jmskinner
08-12-2010, 09:50 AM
Great update! I think the desserts look great! I like how they are small so you can try lots of different things. I loved the fireworks this summer too. So fun to see Tink come and save the day! I wonder how long they will continue them for.

You are so right about being able to try different desserts since they are small. Plus, you don't feel like you ate as much. :rotfl:

Sadly, those fireworks end this weekend, but the ELP continues on, which I still have not seen.

carissanboys
08-12-2010, 10:24 AM
I have the Canon Xsi. If I remember correctly you have one close to it. I'm loving it, still need to learn more about it.

Which, I have it back from Best Buy after getting it cleaned (don't see any difference). Star Wars Celebration this weekend, I hope to see some cool stuff.

I have the Canon Digital Rebel SLR. Not sure what the difference is with the XSI. Mine is kind of old. I have never been able to master night time shots.

JPFamilyMom
08-12-2010, 07:27 PM
ok, the head smacking started when I saw your update on your title. :lmao::rotfl2: I should've known, I had even commented on one of your dessert pictures.:confused3

The desserts all look so lovely. That was my favorite part of buffets when we lived in Vegas. The desserts. I would purposely eat light for my meal so I could stuff myself with dessert :lmao:

Looking forward to buffets Disney style:thumbsup2 and maybe a dessert party if they do them in March

SimmerBaggins
08-12-2010, 09:28 PM
Okay, will definitely have to book the dessert party one of these days!! Those chocolate bon-bon things looked divine.

Too cool about Kara getting the closeup of Tinkerbell!! :goodvibes

How long did Kara end up staying with you guys?

tinkgurl
08-12-2010, 11:22 PM
Great pics of the fireworks! We were actually watching the same show from the Contemporary! :laughing: What did you think of them?

jmskinner
08-13-2010, 07:39 AM
I have the Canon Digital Rebel SLR. Not sure what the difference is with the XSI. Mine is kind of old. I have never been able to master night time shots.

I'm having a hard time with night time shots also. Those of the fireworks I think I used the "dummy" setting where the camera does it all for your. The HM ones I had to set it myself. I've checked out a few books at the library that have helped and then also got some great hints on the Photography Board here.

ok, the head smacking started when I saw your update on your title. :lmao::rotfl2: I should've known, I had even commented on one of your dessert pictures.:confused3

The desserts all look so lovely. That was my favorite part of buffets when we lived in Vegas. The desserts. I would purposely eat light for my meal so I could stuff myself with dessert :lmao:

Looking forward to buffets Disney style:thumbsup2 and maybe a dessert party if they do them in March

We really did enjoy it, and it gave us a night break. And I can't expect you to remember everything I do.:laughing:

Great pics of the fireworks! We were actually watching the same show from the Contemporary! :laughing: What did you think of them?

I don't really remember that much about them, I did enjoy the Pirate takeover though.

Don't think I have mentioned this here, but we got to attend a Fireworks presentation last year with the speaker being the VP of Entertainment and Parades. He explained how these shows come about and how his original plan usually involves a lot of explosions, but then he is reminded that they have to tell a story, and follow a budget! During the presentation he showed us how he presented Wishes the first time. I could really see his ideas coming out during that Pirate takeover. It looked like they went over the budget a little.;)

jmskinner
08-13-2010, 07:41 AM
Okay, will definitely have to book the dessert party one of these days!! Those chocolate bon-bon things looked divine.

Too cool about Kara getting the closeup of Tinkerbell!! :goodvibes

How long did Kara end up staying with you guys?

Somehow I missed clicking the quote button on yours.:confused3 I can't remember what I liked the best, it was all good.

We had Kara until July 30th, almost two weeks, but there will be more on her trip to come.:goodvibes

jmskinner
08-13-2010, 08:18 AM
As a military family, we are very fortunate that Busch Parks allows us access to one park a year for free. I had hoped that we could take Kara to Discovery Cove for her graduation, but just couldn't swing that, but we could take her to Seaworld. Dolphins are her favorite! And once we were there, we learned she had never been to a Seaworld.

We got up Tuesday morning, not real early, about like a normal day,and headed over to Seaworld. Jonas usually makes me drive, but if I drive then I don't get pics:
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That's turning into the parking lot. And then a pic from the parking lot.
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We really lucked out with the parking. We were a little ways out, but our lane was straight into the park.:banana: Sadly, no tram for us though.:laughing:

Oh, forgot to mention. I was given a hard time about my Disney Visa when I paid for parking. Nice little 'ol Man just picking on me.

I had printed out the form for our free passes online, so that saved a little time. We all handed over our ID's, got our passses and then headed towards the turnstiles. I have to say, I hate their turnstiles. They take forever. But we finally made it in. We wanted to do Mantra first, the flying coaster, but it was already a 45 minute wait.:scared1: We decided to head to the back of the park to ride the other big coaster:
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I asked if Jacob could stand in line with us and then exit at the last moment and the employee said he could. My plan was to let Jacob hold our stuff while we road. The employee tells me that I have to put our stuff in a locker. This really irritates me about the Busch parks. Just such a hastle, and a waste of 75 cents. Guess they make their money though.

This was the Kracken, the coaster you can see from the road. It was a great ride. I love rollercoasters, but don't get to ride very often since Jacob doesn't like to ride them.

Once we were off, we were going to ride Atlantis, but it was now a 45 minute wait. We ended up in the Penguin encounter:
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There were hundreds of them:
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From there we headed here:
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There were lots of birds here:
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We soon realized why, this is where you can feed the Seals and the birds knew that sometimes us humans can't throw the fish well enough for the Seal to catch it:
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It was not me that fed the bird instead of the Seal, it was another family. We decided not to, even though Jacob really wanted to, but I know he wouldn't touch a dead fish and I didn't want to. We sure enjoyed watching everyone else do it though:

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The guy on the left was very pushy and kept getting all the fish. At this point I wanted to buy some just so I could give some to the one on the right.

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This guy got tired of waiting:
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We spent a long time watching them:
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From here we decided to go to Clyde and Seamore Take Over Pirate Island, but you will have to wait for that one.


I won't be updating tomorrow, we are heading to Orlando for the big Star Wars Celebration, the International Star Wars convention. Hope to get some great pics. Really excited for Jacob. He has no idea how big this is. George Lucas is going to be there, but I don't think we will get to see his interview with Jon Stewart, even though they have over 7000 seats to see it in person or on big screens, they start handing out the wristbands at 6:00am and we just can't do that. Who knows, we might luck out though, but not holding my breath.

And today is the start of tax free weekend, so Jacob and I are heading out school shopping. He is not happy about this, but life goes on doesn't it?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!:goodvibes

heaven2dc
08-13-2010, 08:38 AM
How exciting for Jacob on the Star Wars Celebration! I am so jealous you live so close to all of these attractions but then I couldn't take the humidity again (we live in VA and it's humid here but seemed much more so when we lived in Kissimmee for a short while back in 1994).

I love your pics of the seals :lovestruc

dismagiclover
08-13-2010, 08:46 AM
Great seal pics! Your free military tickets can be used at Discovery Cove! How cool is that! We've never been to Sea World, but I'm sure we'll make it one of these years. Have a great time at the Star Wars Convention! Sounds very cool.

dancer4life22
08-13-2010, 09:05 AM
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jmskinner
08-13-2010, 03:58 PM
How exciting for Jacob on the Star Wars Celebration! I am so jealous you live so close to all of these attractions but then I couldn't take the humidity again (we live in VA and it's humid here but seemed much more so when we lived in Kissimmee for a short while back in 1994).

I love your pics of the seals :lovestruc

I am really excited to see the look on his face when he sees how large this event is going to be. Just watched a video from yesterday and there was an Australian Darth Vader. How cool is that!!!!

We really just lucked out with the Star Wars Celebration happening in Orlando this year. Think this is the 2nd or 3rd time it has been held here in the US.

Great seal pics! Your free military tickets can be used at Discovery Cove! How cool is that! We've never been to Sea World, but I'm sure we'll make it one of these years. Have a great time at the Star Wars Convention! Sounds very cool.

Oops, I was afraid that was misleading. No, the military tickets can't be used at Discovery Cove. I had hoped to take Kara there, but we couldn't swing the cost of that. But could take her to Seaworld since those were free. Sorry for the confusion.

Seaworld really was a nice park. I would love to go back.

seaworld looks like so much fun! we were supposed to do that this next trip but didnt have the money for tickets! they are soo expensive!

guess i wont be reading this for a while but ill catch up when i get back from disney! have fun at the star wars celebration!

Hope you have a great time on your trip. Keep a look out, you just may see us hanging around. I'll have to check out your PTR for your plans.

Everything is getting so expensive. Just to park your car now is almost what we use to pay to enter amusement parks.

tinkgurl
08-13-2010, 04:13 PM
I did enjoy the Pirate takeover though.

Don't think I have mentioned this here, but we got to attend a Fireworks presentation last year with the speaker being the VP of Entertainment and Parades. He explained how these shows come about and how his original plan usually involves a lot of explosions, but then he is reminded that they have to tell a story, and follow a budget! During the presentation he showed us how he presented Wishes the first time. I could really see his ideas coming out during that Pirate takeover. It looked like they went over the budget a little.;)

I liked that part too!!

That is so cool you got to do that. What a great memory that you'll have forever!

SimmerBaggins
08-13-2010, 06:47 PM
It's funny -- I can read some posts during work/well, lunch break/ but can't see Melissa's pictures. So...when you said the "guy on the left" kept getting all the fish, I thought it was some dude in line getting fish for the seals and cutting in line, or something! :lmao:

Anyway, that was my funny moment. I can't believe we haven't gone back to Sea World for rides since...since Jordan was an infant. :eek: I mean, we've gone with school excursions, but those are special park openings just for a few shows, and no rides. We thought about getting some season passes this last year, but the funds just didn't work out.

Maybe next year. :) But I like your pictures. The seals are awesome to watch.

JPFamilyMom
08-13-2010, 10:43 PM
Sea World, ahhh, haven't been in such a long time, never to the Orlando one, only been in San Diego. Hope I get to take my boys next year on one of our trips to either Fl or CA.:goodvibes

Can't wait to see what else you did there...

jmskinner
08-14-2010, 08:47 PM
I liked that part too!!

That is so cool you got to do that. What a great memory that you'll have forever!

It is a great memory! And I want that VP position, how fun would it be to plan parades and fireworks!

It's funny -- I can read some posts during work/well, lunch break/ but can't see Melissa's pictures. So...when you said the "guy on the left" kept getting all the fish, I thought it was some dude in line getting fish for the seals and cutting in line, or something! :lmao:

Anyway, that was my funny moment. I can't believe we haven't gone back to Sea World for rides since...since Jordan was an infant. :eek: I mean, we've gone with school excursions, but those are special park openings just for a few shows, and no rides. We thought about getting some season passes this last year, but the funds just didn't work out.

Maybe next year. :) But I like your pictures. The seals are awesome to watch.

I can't remember, the one time we went with you to Seaworld, did we ride?

And :lmao: about you thinking it was a man taking all the fish. Seals have a special place in my heart, they remind me of little Constanze in the face.

Sea World, ahhh, haven't been in such a long time, never to the Orlando one, only been in San Diego. Hope I get to take my boys next year on one of our trips to either Fl or CA.:goodvibes

Can't wait to see what else you did there...

Hope you get to take the boys too! They will love it.

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 09:49 AM
Going to interrupt this TR with a chapter on Star Wars Celebration. Hopefully there are a few Star Wars fans here.

Here are the previous convention dates:
Celebration Japan - July 19-21, 2008 - Makuhari-Messe - Tokyo, Japan - 17,000 attendees
Celebration Europe - July 12-15, 2007 - ExCeL Exhibition Centre - London, England - 29,000 attendees
Celebration IV - May 24-28, 2007 - Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, CA - 35,000 attendees
Celebration III - April 21-24, 2005 - Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis, IN - 29,000 fans - celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Celebration II - May 3-5, 2002 - Indiana Convention Center - Indianapolis, IN - 27,000 attendees -celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Celebration I - April 30-May 2, 1999 - Wings Over the Rockies - Denver, CO - 12,000 attendees -celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Not something held every year, or even here in the States, so it was very cool that it was happening so close to us this year.

Now the Main Event was George Lucas being interviewed by Jon Stewart. 1000 or so people would get to see it live and another 6000 would see it on video screens. We debated about whether to attempt seeing this, but decided it would just be impossible. Wrist bands were being given out at 6:00am. We ended up arriving at 10:00am, which is when it opened. The convention was being held at the West Convention Center, but we had to park at the North. Guessing the other side was already full.

But they had coach buses to drive us over. If you have never seen the Orlando Convention Center, it is like it's own city. HUGE!

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969970042_KcuPF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969970042_KcuPF-A-LB)

Once inside the building we were told that if we had our badges to go left (I had picked them up Tuesday so we wouldn't have to stand in line on this day). I see this guy first thing:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969798787_DoPye-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969798787_DoPye-A-LB)
Two reasons as to why this may be blurry, I kept walking while snapping, but the guy in front of me didn't.:rotfl2: Oops. Not sure if I snapped this as I hit him or just before.

We were rushed into a large hall where we saw this:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969800960_BLwx2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969800960_BLwx2-A-LB)

See all those people, now think about this...7000 people had already received wrist bands for the main event, so this was people that entered after them. The guy in front of us said this was nothing, Thursday was about 5 times worse.

It was a fun line though, because you saw all the people dressed up waiting in line also, plus there were some really cool t-shirts.

Loved the 'stache on this guy:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969800278_TS44G-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969800278_TS44G-A-LB)

Fianlly made it onto the show floor:
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Of course Lego had a booth:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969801888_rmK6d-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969801888_rmK6d-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969804357_wCuHD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969804357_wCuHD-A-LB)

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This group is called GFLUG (Greater Florida Lego Users Group).http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969831134_kN4WB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969831134_kN4WB-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969849628_zLowa-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969849628_zLowa-A-LB)

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 10:06 AM
More of the GFLUG displays:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969850399_sTscJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969850399_sTscJ-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969852556_59psV-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969852556_59psV-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969853515_8jPyE-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969853515_8jPyE-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969853975_7WS82-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969853975_7WS82-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969856409_fpqYR-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969856409_fpqYR-A-LB)

Even his jet pack
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969937993_iVykX-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969937993_iVykX-A-LB)

And then I realized these are Bionicles, don't know if Lego is coming out with Bionicle Star Wars or if this group just made their own:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969938397_Wyf52-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969938397_Wyf52-A-LB)

And of course we had to find this booth:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969805080_Q39vy-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969805080_Q39vy-A-LB)

And there were CM's running the booth, which I thought was kind of cool. And they had some photo ops set up,
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969932679_HPKXP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969932679_HPKXP-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969931606_gXFs4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969931606_gXFs4-A-LB)

I have decided I must have all Disney Star Wars pins, picked up these two
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969974573_KHbbw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969974573_KHbbw-A-LB)

I wasn't planning on spending much money, but Jonas said we had to get these:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969972697_gTV3S-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969972697_gTV3S-A-LB)

Each pin is an Empire Strikes Back poster, including the ones from overseas.

And had to get the limited edition Donald:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969973445_BaQbF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969973445_BaQbF-A-LB)

So, here we are at a Star Wars Convention and Mickey still got my money. But, we did save money, when Jonas handed over the Disney Visa the CM said, "Oh, you get 10% off." I then remembered the 20% discount for being a Premium AP holder and mentioned it was too bad I didn't bring my AP. The CM asked what type and I told her Premium, she gave us the discount.:banana: A little magic there at Celebration!

Jacob found a Cartoon Network booth, where they had monitors with trivia quizzes on some of their shows:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969806533_5oi7V-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969806533_5oi7V-A-LB)

We left him there and walked across to look at this artwork:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969806981_oEdon-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969806981_oEdon-A-LB)

We had seen some this at SWW at DHS. Very cool to see that artist himself.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969807391_eYSYW-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969807391_eYSYW-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969807987_9ktok-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969807987_9ktok-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969808551_fF3HH-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969808551_fF3HH-A-LB)

More merchandise:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969809138_PDSNo-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969809138_PDSNo-A-LB)
And StrideRite:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969802783_B8QYk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969802783_B8QYk-A-LB)

The hubby requested this pic, but I have no idea why?:rolleyes:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969810499_U9sS5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969810499_U9sS5-A-LB)

dancer4life22
08-15-2010, 10:28 AM
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jmskinner
08-15-2010, 10:43 AM
We had also left Jacob to explore the Lego booth and made a surprise purchase for him, a Clone Wars book with all the characters and had it signed:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969816879_UNzWw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969816879_UNzWw-A-LB)

Had to get a pic of this booth:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969818964_RQpdc-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969818964_RQpdc-A-LB)

Dark Horse is the comic book company that publishes the Star Wars comics. I once managed a comic book store, which is how I met my hubby.

A booth selling the costumes:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969820256_exoP9-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969820256_exoP9-A-LB)

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Even came across a booth selling furniture, this is a desk:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969821873_2bnkY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969821873_2bnkY-A-LB)

Another book company, hadn't heard of this book involving Zombie Storm Troopers:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969823534_USzxK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969823534_USzxK-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969823988_yfDQL-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969823988_yfDQL-A-LB)

And of course people need their weapons:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969824537_JsNmd-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969824537_JsNmd-A-LB)

A booth selling some amazing statues:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969827446_BWzpY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969827446_BWzpY-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969826439_rKMDS-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969826439_rKMDS-A-LB)

And everyone wanted a pic of this banner:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969826981_hsrtu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969826981_hsrtu-A-LB)

Jonas had to have this t-shirt:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969827914_4Daux-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969827914_4Daux-A-LB)

This company had some amazing merchandies:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969956629_vPARx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969956629_vPARx-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969958552_Geuz7-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969958552_Geuz7-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969959025_iFYUp-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969959025_iFYUp-A-LB)

Anyone know what this ship is from:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/969960074_GrpEx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Florida-Living/Star-Wars-Celebration-V/13341362_p28Wv#969960074_GrpEx-A-LB)

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 11:00 AM
I'm sure all of you are wondering..."What about everyone dressed Up?" Here ya go:
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Jonas thought this was from a German organization:
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Just having some dinner:
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And how about a wedding:
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And check out who officiated:
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And I believe that was his hair:
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We were trying to leave when I spotted this guy, and took off after him. Then Jacob realized what I saw and freaked. Finally Jonas saw him and realized why we were so excited:
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He had no idea where Jacob came from and was trying to figure out what camera to look into.

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jmskinner
08-15-2010, 11:25 AM
I know I am doing a lot at once, but thought I would get this side trip done so I can start back with Disney tomorrow. Only two more posts to go, first up DROIDS.

There were R2 units everywhere you turned. This is the first one I saw as we headed towards the big line:
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There was even a room full of them:
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Even a Darth Maul R2:
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And a Mini Darth:
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A wood R2:
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Another pic of the security poles:
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These droids were built by individuals. Each had a sign stating their occupations, where they live and also the cost to build. The ones I read went from $1800 to $5000.

Also, while at the show, we attended a couple of presentations, first was The Force Unleashed II, the new video games. This is Matt Omernick and Brett Rector from LucasArt's and on the right is host David Collins.

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We were even able to watch them play the game on the big screen. And the sound was so good our chests and the chairs were vibrating.

In the same theater we saw a preview of Star Wars: Clone Wars season 3. On the left is CG Supervisor Joel Aron and then Dave Filoni who is the Supervising director, and host David again.
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Not sure if this works, but was trying to give you an idea of the size of the screen:
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Thats a new bad guy in the pic.

Now, at the end of each presentation they had a question and answer segment. We didn't stay for the first, but we did for the Clone Wars one. The kids were asking some good questions and putting Dave on the spot. As he said, George Lucas is all for spoilers, but Marketing is not. One kid did ask a question and then asked "Was that Seth Green that just walked out?" Yup, Seth Green was in the same room with us and we didn't even know it. Wonder who else was around.

At the end they showed us a very long trailer for the new season, it did look fantastic. Sadly, Jonas will be overseas when it begins. Thank goodness for DVR's. They even showed the trailer twice since it was so good. And there are suppose to be some links to the original series within this next season. Dave did give that away.

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 11:36 AM
Right outside the Droid room was a big commotion. Jonas and Jacob went on in, but I had to see what was going on because there were hundreds of people trying to get pics. Turns out the 501st was gathering for a group photo:

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After our tour of the Droid room, the 501st had disbanded, but some were still hanging out:
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I have to say, I really enjoyed this. Told Jonas that I would even consider traveling to the next one. The really cool part was all the families. How cool is it that what we enjoyed growing up, our kids can now enjoy, old and new. One of the first things I saw was a little girl (maybe 5) all excited to be there.

Sadly, we couldn't afford to do both this and the Last Tour to Endor. During one of the presentations, it was mentioned that all the stars would be there. I sat through that whole presentation thinking, "I could order the tickets right now (actually the Disney booth was selling them), drive home to let the poor dog out for a little bit, come back and pick up the boys at the convention and go to DHS." "Or I could get Bubblegum to the kennel, they close at 7:00." Jonas said we needed to be smart about this.

I get up this morning, and was doing some research on the Celebration and saw the following posting "Mickey defeating George with the Lightsaber at Disney was the best thing!" So kicking my butt for not going into further debt now.

Hope you all enjoyed the little Star Wars detour.:goodvibes

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 11:38 AM
what a cool event! its great it was so close and your family got to go!

love all the disney stuff too! :goodvibes

Saw you posted while I was doing my book:rotfl2:. There were several more posts after you posted, if you want to check them out.

It really was a great experience, and very family friendly event.

SimmerBaggins
08-15-2010, 01:02 PM
That was amazing. Thanks for sharing that, Melissa. Even though there were a LOT of people that were there, probably a handful of Dis'ers might have been there.

I really enjoyed the R2 room!! I want ONE!! :lmao: They were so pretty.

And you're right...Star Wars has become kind of a legacy to our kids, and probably to grandkids. :eek: I can't think that far right now!! :laughing:

I knew you would enjoy it. ;) I am sad for you about missing the Endor trip, tho.

CaptHomer
08-15-2010, 01:20 PM
Great pictures thanks for the update.

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 01:54 PM
That was amazing. Thanks for sharing that, Melissa. Even though there were a LOT of people that were there, probably a handful of Dis'ers might have been there.

I really enjoyed the R2 room!! I want ONE!! :lmao: They were so pretty.

And you're right...Star Wars has become kind of a legacy to our kids, and probably to grandkids. :eek: I can't think that far right now!! :laughing:

I knew you would enjoy it. ;) I am sad for you about missing the Endor trip, tho.

Jonas wants one also. That's what he needs, another hobby.:rolleyes:

Great pictures thanks for the update.

Hey, a fellow Texas. Your welcome, always hoping I can bring something a little different.

natebenma
08-15-2010, 02:32 PM
WOW!!!! That was so very cool! It is fun to see how commited people get to this. The Lego stuff was incredible! I think the Star Wars sets are my boys favorite kind.

In November, I am chairing my 4th PTA Mother-Son dance. This year's theme is 2010: A Space Odyssey. I will have to carefully look through your photos to see if I can come up with costume ideas. Maybe Ben can be Jabba and I could be one of the slave girls. NOT!

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful event with us!

Mickey's Sister
08-15-2010, 02:51 PM
Hi! SOOO enjoyed your Celebration V posts! My son & I were supposed to be there, but my elderly Mom fell & broke her hip & we couldn't leave her alone. So we're trying to live vicariously through others' experiences. Glad you had a good time!

The model ship you ask about above - I think it was post 111 - is a Trident starfighter, the kind used by Asajj Ventress & the Seperatists. It has it's solar fins folded up.

We especially wanted to go to Last Tour to Endor. We've been hearing some great things. Anyone here attend? I vote that they add this party to Star Wars Weekends! I'd love to hear about the Star Wars fireworks display!

JPFamilyMom
08-15-2010, 02:59 PM
Jack stopped what he was doing to come over and see all the lego pictures. Thanks for sharing all that with us. Guess I'll be making a trip to that lego store next year :)

dismagiclover
08-15-2010, 04:09 PM
The Star Wars stuff looks just awesome! My boys would be in heaven with all of those Star Wars Legos. I'm like you. I would have spent all my money at the Disney booth even if it was a Star Wars convention:lmao:

carissanboys
08-15-2010, 04:13 PM
What an amazing event! Wonderful pictures, Melissa. :thumbsup2 My boys would have LOVED the Legos! That was a neat chess board.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Finkelstein's Hubby
08-15-2010, 05:55 PM
Hi Melissa

Finally made it here after your prompting on FB. Read through every page and the stories and pics are brilliant.....but the Star Wars stuff is brilliant. Di has been saying no every few seconds as I pointed out more lego stuff I want, never mind I am getting a Slave 1 regardless at DTD :banana: As I have already indicated I thought the Jabba pic was your best image yet :rolleyes1

Di will be reading and commenting under her own steam soon but your posts have raised my anticipation for our jaunt across the pond in October to fever pitch and I look forward to the rest of your posts for the next few weeks.

Gordon

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 06:29 PM
WOW!!!! That was so very cool! It is fun to see how commited people get to this. The Lego stuff was incredible! I think the Star Wars sets are my boys favorite kind.

In November, I am chairing my 4th PTA Mother-Son dance. This year's theme is 2010: A Space Odyssey. I will have to carefully look through your photos to see if I can come up with costume ideas. Maybe Ben can be Jabba and I could be one of the slave girls. NOT!

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful event with us!

I enjoyed sharing it with everyone. Thank you for reading. There are all kinds of characters the two of you could dress up as. Sounds like a cool theme for a Mother/Son dance.

Hi! SOOO enjoyed your Celebration V posts! My son & I were supposed to be there, but my elderly Mom fell & broke her hip & we couldn't leave her alone. So we're trying to live vicariously through others' experiences. Glad you had a good time!

The model ship you ask about above - I think it was post 111 - is a Trident starfighter, the kind used by Asajj Ventress & the Seperatists. It has it's solar fins folded up.

We especially wanted to go to Last Tour to Endor. We've been hearing some great things. Anyone here attend? I vote that they add this party to Star Wars Weekends! I'd love to hear about the Star Wars fireworks display!

I hope your Mother is healing well, so sorry to hear you couldn't make the trip. Thanks for the info on that ship. You can see the fireworks from the Star Wars party on Youtube. Along with a clip of George Lucas being seated at the Indy/SW show. I would have had to reach out and touch him, see of some that magic rubs off on me.;) Very smart man!

Jack stopped what he was doing to come over and see all the lego pictures. Thanks for sharing all that with us. Guess I'll be making a trip to that lego store next year :)

Your welcome. Glad Jacob enjoyed the pics. I would say all little ones need to go to the Lego store, but I guess it is everyone needs to go check it out. Think I will email the group that built all that to see if Jacob could join them.

The Star Wars stuff looks just awesome! My boys would be in heaven with all of those Star Wars Legos. I'm like you. I would have spent all my money at the Disney booth even if it was a Star Wars convention:lmao:

It really was a fun event to attend. I was happy just walking around looking at all the people.

What an amazing event! Wonderful pictures, Melissa. :thumbsup2 My boys would have LOVED the Legos! That was a neat chess board.

Thanks for sharing with us!

Your welcome! I think I need to forward these comments to the group that built all of those Lego's, they seemed to have stolen the show.:goodvibes

Hi Melissa

Finally made it here after your prompting on FB. Read through every page and the stories and pics are brilliant.....but the Star Wars stuff is brilliant. Di has been saying no every few seconds as I pointed out more lego stuff I want, never mind I am getting a Slave 1 regardless at DTD :banana: As I have already indicated I thought the Jabba pic was your best image yet :rolleyes1

Di will be reading and commenting under her own steam soon but your posts have raised my anticipation for our jaunt across the pond in October to fever pitch and I look forward to the rest of your posts for the next few weeks.

Gordon

:banana: Glad you signed on, hope to see Di out here soon, but I understand she was enjoying a nice fire. Hopefully, there will be a chapter with ya'll in it. Hope to meet you during your trip. Just right around the corner. How many empty suit cases are you packing for all the Lego stuff?

Jonas liked that Jabba pic himself. One Slave Leia was on a Speeder at one point and Jonas tried to get a pic, but some guy stepped in his way.

jmskinner
08-15-2010, 06:30 PM
Oops, double post.

Mickey's Sister
08-16-2010, 05:49 PM
I hope your Mother is healing well, so sorry to hear you couldn't make the trip. Thanks for the info on that ship. You can see the fireworks from the Star Wars party on Youtube. Along with a clip of George Lucas being seated at the Indy/SW show. I would have had to reach out and touch him, see of some that magic rubs off on me.;) Very smart man!

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, she's healing well - the doctors are pleased. Thanks too for sharing the Youtube info. Looks like it was pretty incredible. Everything seems to have been very successful. Hope that means they come back to Orlando for Celebration VI! Also, since Disney spent money creating the Star Wars fireworks, maybe they will incorporate them into Star Wars Weekends. There was a rumor before our trip last year that there were fireworks coming. A Star Wars blogger insisted he had a friend who was actually on the team working on them, but everyone thought it was something to to do with Star Wars Weekends. We kind of had our hopes up, but then there was nothing like that at the event.

I'll just start planning for the next one & keep my fingers crossed! Thanks again!!!

TinksThree
08-16-2010, 10:49 PM
I just noticed you had a TR! I haven't read any yet but I will!! Subbing now!!

BTW: I noticed your 1st TR the other day and realized that it was actually one of the first I read when I first discovered the DisBoards! That was when I lurked and did not even have a screen name!! So I am coming clean that I lurked on your TR!!! :rotfl:

My DH was in the Air Force too and retired a few years ago!!! :woohoo:

DFD
08-16-2010, 10:51 PM
have some catching up to do!!!:wizard:

let'sgo
08-17-2010, 08:59 AM
Wow, I never realized that those Star Wars events were so large. I have a nephew and grandson that would love them. I really liked all of your pics!

SimmerBaggins
08-17-2010, 03:22 PM
Hey, I caught this CNN article about some Star Wars artists that came up with some unusual Stormtrooper helmet art for the Make A Wish foundation -- pretty neat! :)

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/16/ost.stormstroopers.helmet.auction/index.html?hpt=Mid

jmskinner
08-18-2010, 08:34 AM
Thanks for your kind words. Yes, she's healing well - the doctors are pleased. Thanks too for sharing the Youtube info. Looks like it was pretty incredible. Everything seems to have been very successful. Hope that means they come back to Orlando for Celebration VI! Also, since Disney spent money creating the Star Wars fireworks, maybe they will incorporate them into Star Wars Weekends. There was a rumor before our trip last year that there were fireworks coming. A Star Wars blogger insisted he had a friend who was actually on the team working on them, but everyone thought it was something to to do with Star Wars Weekends. We kind of had our hopes up, but then there was nothing like that at the event.

I'll just start planning for the next one & keep my fingers crossed! Thanks again!!!

Good to hear that your Mother is doing well. During SWW this past Summer, I spoke to a CM about the stage and he said they were looking into moving it to the front of the hat, where Hyperspace Hoopla was held for the Last Tour to Endor, so I'm guessing that is a done deal. Maybe they will hold it at night and then have fireworks afterwards. I told the CM having a stage in front of the hat was ok, but the problem was still no shade and nowhere to sit. We had suggested using the Indy stage, since it wasn't being used at night. I also filled out a very long survey about Star Wars Weekends. Guess we will have to wait and see what changes are made next year.

I just noticed you had a TR! I haven't read any yet but I will!! Subbing now!!

BTW: I noticed your 1st TR the other day and realized that it was actually one of the first I read when I first discovered the DisBoards! That was when I lurked and did not even have a screen name!! So I am coming clean that I lurked on your TR!!! :rotfl:

My DH was in the Air Force too and retired a few years ago!!! :woohoo:

:rotfl2:You lurker!:rotfl2: I did that myself for a long time. Very cool that you read my first one. Is your DH enjoying retirement?

have some catching up to do!!!:wizard:

Yes you do, especially since you will be here soon and be a part of my addiction.;)

Wow, I never realized that those Star Wars events were so large. I have a nephew and grandson that would love them. I really liked all of your pics!

This particular one is a big thing. I was very excited when I heard it was going to be so close. And thanks for the compliment on the pics.

Hey, I caught this CNN article about some Star Wars artists that came up with some unusual Stormtrooper helmet art for the Make A Wish foundation -- pretty neat! :)

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/16/ost.stormstroopers.helmet.auction/index.html?hpt=Mid

Thanks for posting. I saw that in the program guide and was hoping to see them, but I think we all finally hit a wall.

Sorry for not doing an update everyone. I have been sick since Monday and still don't feel well. Going to go lay down again in a few minutes, but have to take the kiddo to a doctor appointment this afternoon.

Hope you all have a great week!

jmskinner
08-19-2010, 08:33 AM
I'm still fighting what ever virus decided to attack me, but have decided I am tired of laying in the bed, so thought I would do a quick post.

When I left, we were at SeaWorld and had just left the Penguin Encounter. We were starving at this point and looking for somewhere to eat, but came across the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island Show, which was about to start.

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This guy was our entertainment before the show:
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He was fantastic!

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I know I am weird, but I would love to take this guy home:
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Click on the below pic for a little video, watch the Walrus shake his booty:
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Just love Walrus', Sealion also.

After the show, which was very cute, we were on the hunt for food.

We found a very nice place with air conditioning. Sorry, I don't remember the name of it, but will say for a quick service it was very nice. I have to be honest, nicer than anything Disney as when it comes to this food. Jonas and I got burgers and the kids both got Chicken Nuggets. We decided to get refillable mugs, which I was trying to tell Jonas to get the smaller ones. They were cheaper, but still just a $1 to refill. Does he pay attention to me, NO!:sad2: By this time, Kara didn't realize what we were doing and had already ordered herself a drink. This meal ended up being $63!:scared1: I guess that wasn't too bad since we did get into the park for free and I do have two more mugs...that I have no room for.

After this, we thought we would give the sky tower a try:
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The park is beautiful:
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Of course, we didn't realize we had to pay extra, another $16 ($4 each). Here is my crew waiting:
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At least we were in the shade.

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Shamu Stadium:
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Our car, its the silver one.:rotfl2:
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In this picture is the convention center, the big flat building on the left is where the Star Wars Celebration was held:
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If you look really hard, you can see Disney:
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Click on the picture below (its a video) to see a 360 degree view:
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dismagiclover
08-19-2010, 08:38 AM
Sea World looks like such a nice park! And what a great view! $63 does seem a bit steep for a CS lunch, but at least the food was decent.

heaven2dc
08-19-2010, 09:23 AM
I hope you get to feeling better soon - those nasty summer viruses are no fun!

I love the walrus!! :love: How cute - we haven't been to Sea World since 1983 in California.

jmskinner
08-20-2010, 09:54 AM
Sea World looks like such a nice park! And what a great view! $63 does seem a bit steep for a CS lunch, but at least the food was decent.

It really was a beautiful park and wasn't crowded at all. The food was good, think I forgot to mention my complaint about the burger. Too much bread, those buns were beautiful, but I'm not really a bread person.

I hope you get to feeling better soon - those nasty summer viruses are no fun!

I love the walrus!! :love: How cute - we haven't been to Sea World since 1983 in California.

Thanks, I now seem to be experiencing the true allergy symptoms of itchy watery eyes, etc.

Wow, I'm sure that Seaworld has changed quite a bit.

jmskinner
08-20-2010, 10:35 AM
After our tour from above, we headed over to a dolphin area. Snapped this pic on the way:
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Now, the Dolphin area we went to was a training area, just a large pool with 10 or so dolphins swimming around:
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We stood there for a few minutes just watching the Dolphins (we had found a nice spot under an umbrella, we weren't going anywhere.) The dolphins were just swimming around when an employee came up in an electric wheelchair and those dolphins went crazy.
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We thought maybe it was feeding time or something. Here is a little video of them before this employee arrived (click on the pic):
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And after:
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Turns out it was time for a training session, which of course meant food for rewards, so I guess the feeding thought was right. They don't post times for this, and explained we were lucky to be here to catch it.

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A couple of videos:
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This was probably the best part of the day. If you can catch it, I highly recommend you do so. There were trainers and different dolphins all around the pool so you could see from anywhere.

Next up, Jacob gets sucked into the Aquarium and we learn about the Soaked Zone.

dismagiclover
08-20-2010, 10:59 AM
That looks so cool! It's like you had your own private show! At least it looks like there aren't many people around.

TinksThree
08-20-2010, 01:32 PM
:rotfl2:You lurker!:rotfl2: I did that myself for a long time. Very cool that you read my first one. Is your DH enjoying retirement?



It was hard coming out of lurkdom but I felt like a stalker...reading about people's lives and they do not know you exist!! :lmao:

He is loving retirement! He misses it sometimes but then he thinks about hos things were changing and is glad he made the decision to retire. He likes the memories from the 80s and 90s. He still keeps in touch with friends he amde though and they ahve all moved on as well, so it makes it easier!

TinksThree
08-20-2010, 01:51 PM
Man! Now I am really wishing we had gone to Sea World! We went to the one in San Antoino a few years back and used the free military entrance...it was awesome! We had the best time and I think it being free added to the excitement! If we had had that option this time (or better military rates) I know we would have gone to Sea World! I just love watching dolphins!

Everytime I see a walrus, it makes me think of the movie 50 First Dates...that walrus is hilarious!! :lmao: But the upset:sick: stomach is not!!

Oh, and I think I found your silver car in that pic!! :rotfl:

SimmerBaggins
08-20-2010, 10:00 PM
Great pics of those dolphins, Melissa. We went on a "dolphin encounter" once, and when I hugged that dolphin, I realized they are just one HUMONGOUS MUSCLE!!! Those things are amazing.

I had to laugh about you wanting to take the walrus home though -- you've always been a sucker for a pretty face! :lmao: Then I was imagining the mess... yeah, too much of a visual!! :p

DFD
08-20-2010, 10:11 PM
awesome pictures Mel! :3dglasses

JPFamilyMom
08-20-2010, 11:06 PM
Joey wants to go to Sea World to see the Dolphins do tricks.

What a fun day you all are having.

Oh and the pirates show, he loved that. If I could predict right now what Joey would be when he grows up I would say a zoologist or Vet or just anything that has to do with animals.

Where were the food pictures? And pictures from around the restaurant?

I could see Disney in the background, how cool :)

Can't wait to see which splash zone you entered.

Dr_Finkelstein
08-21-2010, 07:09 AM
Hi Melissa!

Have just read through the TR so far and am really enjoying it all! The Star Wars convention was amazing, I'd love to see that.

Unfortunately you have now given Gordon ideas for a new hobby - SW lego :rolleyes1, I have managed to persuade him that the Death Star would be too big to fit in our suitcases.

Ben has got a clone trooper outfit to wear at MNSSHP, he has a whole backstory worked out to it, as he wants to get a lightsaber to wear with it. He will be a clone to fought General Grevious and took the lightsaber off him!

Di x

Luvmepluto
08-21-2010, 07:48 AM
Hey Melissa,

I had a lot of catching up to do. I have been a little under the weather myself.:sick: I hope you are feeling better.

I haven't been to Sea World in at least 10 years. I am not sure why. :confused: It is still like I remember it! Dolphins are so amazing...:)

Okay....please don't flog me......I am not a big Star Wars enthusiast:snooty::snooty:, but where was Chewbacca? Did I miss him? :confused3:confused3

Vivian

natebenma
08-21-2010, 07:56 AM
Your Sea World pictures are great!!! We always say we should go back there, there is so much to see and Ben is a really marine animal freak, but we still have so much to experience at Disney!!!

We went to Atlantis (Bahamas) for 5 days in 2009 and that was a fantastic way to get our fish fix and waterpark fun, but no rides or shows!

jmskinner
08-21-2010, 11:06 PM
That looks so cool! It's like you had your own private show! At least it looks like there aren't many people around.

It felt like a private show. We were very close to the dolphins and you are right, not a lot of people. We had room to move around while we watched them.

It was hard coming out of lurkdom but I felt like a stalker...reading about people's lives and they do not know you exist!! :lmao:

He is loving retirement! He misses it sometimes but then he thinks about hos things were changing and is glad he made the decision to retire. He likes the memories from the 80s and 90s. He still keeps in touch with friends he amde though and they ahve all moved on as well, so it makes it easier!

Jonas is hoping to get away from the military/government when he retires, but I'm not sure it will happen.

Man! Now I am really wishing we had gone to Sea World! We went to the one in San Antoino a few years back and used the free military entrance...it was awesome! We had the best time and I think it being free added to the excitement! If we had had that option this time (or better military rates) I know we would have gone to Sea World! I just love watching dolphins!

Everytime I see a walrus, it makes me think of the movie 50 First Dates...that walrus is hilarious!! :lmao: But the upset:sick: stomach is not!!

Oh, and I think I found your silver car in that pic!! :rotfl:

:lmao: Actually, looking at that pic, finding the silver car is a lot easier than finding a white one. I forgot about 50 First Dates. Loved that Walrus.

And the Sea World in San Antonio was the only one we had previously been too. Really enjoyed it.

Great pics of those dolphins, Melissa. We went on a "dolphin encounter" once, and when I hugged that dolphin, I realized they are just one HUMONGOUS MUSCLE!!! Those things are amazing.

I had to laugh about you wanting to take the walrus home though -- you've always been a sucker for a pretty face! :lmao: Then I was imagining the mess... yeah, too much of a visual!! :p

You know me, I love those smashed faces.:lmao:

awesome pictures Mel! :3dglasses

Thank you!

Joey wants to go to Sea World to see the Dolphins do tricks.

What a fun day you all are having.

Oh and the pirates show, he loved that. If I could predict right now what Joey would be when he grows up I would say a zoologist or Vet or just anything that has to do with animals.

Where were the food pictures? And pictures from around the restaurant?

I could see Disney in the background, how cool :)

Can't wait to see which splash zone you entered.

Jacob loves animals also, really likes birds. Its hard to get him out of the exhibits at AK.

I took pics of the food in that restaurant but they didn't come out very well. But here ya go

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And totally forgot about taking them of the restaurant.:sad2:

Let's just hope the camera survived the splash zone!

Hi Melissa!

Have just read through the TR so far and am really enjoying it all! The Star Wars convention was amazing, I'd love to see that.

Unfortunately you have now given Gordon ideas for a new hobby - SW lego :rolleyes1, I have managed to persuade him that the Death Star would be too big to fit in our suitcases.

Ben has got a clone trooper outfit to wear at MNSSHP, he has a whole backstory worked out to it, as he wants to get a lightsaber to wear with it. He will be a clone to fought General Grevious and took the lightsaber off him!

Di x

Glad you made it over. I know you have your hands full with Gordon.:lmao: My boys want the Death Star also. Can't wait to see the pics of Ben at the party. Not long now!:banana:

Hey Melissa,

I had a lot of catching up to do. I have been a little under the weather myself.:sick: I hope you are feeling better.

I haven't been to Sea World in at least 10 years. I am not sure why. :confused: It is still like I remember it! Dolphins are so amazing...:)

Okay....please don't flog me......I am not a big Star Wars enthusiast:snooty::snooty:, but where was Chewbacca? Did I miss him? :confused3:confused3

Vivian
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Chewy was there as you can see, just didn't get a good pic of him. Hope you are feeling better, I'm still not, which is the reason I haven't posted until now.

Your Sea World pictures are great!!! We always say we should go back there, there is so much to see and Ben is a really marine animal freak, but we still have so much to experience at Disney!!!

We went to Atlantis (Bahamas) for 5 days in 2009 and that was a fantastic way to get our fish fix and waterpark fun, but no rides or shows!

I really enjoyed SeaWorld, maybe next year we can do it again. Have wanted to go to Atlantis, looks like a great resort.

CreightonsMomma
08-22-2010, 12:43 AM
Seaworld is great. I had never seen anything like it when I first went as a child. I was amazed.

Do they swim with the dolphins in the show? As far as I know they no longer swim with the whales, right?

Your pictures turned out great so far. I cant wait to see more. :thumbsup2

jmskinner
08-22-2010, 10:23 AM
Seaworld is great. I had never seen anything like it when I first went as a child. I was amazed.

Do they swim with the dolphins in the show? As far as I know they no longer swim with the whales, right?

Your pictures turned out great so far. I cant wait to see more. :thumbsup2

We actually missed the dolphin "show", this was just a training session that we caught. Felt more one on one than a show would, but I'm still :sad2: we didn't make it to the show.

As you will see in my next post, they do not swim with the whales anymore.

jmskinner
08-22-2010, 10:43 AM
After the training session, we ended up in an Aquarium. Saw an Octopus, which freak me out for some reason:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944647482_2ujbJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944647482_2ujbJ-A-LB)

And other sea life:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944648127_4usiu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944648127_4usiu-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944649131_mpMgX-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944649131_mpMgX-A-LB)

I just think these are cool:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944651546_eDEBS-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944651546_eDEBS-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944650732_Ug3rF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944650732_Ug3rF-A-LB)

Jacob spotted something:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944654201_c77xW-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944654201_c77xW-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944654592_r298z-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944654592_r298z-A-LB)

I liked this guys nose:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944655357_r5h2S-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944655357_r5h2S-A-LB)

Jacob had some fun:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944658213_WJAQA-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944658213_WJAQA-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944658723_LTxry-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944658723_LTxry-A-LB)

And a fish decided to check him out, he is right at Jacob's nose:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944659673_RznDc-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944659673_RznDc-A-LB)

From here we went into the underwater tunnel, none of my pics came out very well:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944663060_aqFkW-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944663060_aqFkW-A-LB)

I know, where is Shamu? I promised Shamu. Well, I had 36 images, so Shamu is coming right up in the next post.

jmskinner
08-22-2010, 11:02 AM
Now it was time for Shamu. I was very excited. Here is a pic of the stadium:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944666636_zD3vU-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944666636_zD3vU-A-LB)

Now we sat in the Soaked zone. Everyone tells you not to sit here, but the row we were on, the concrete floor was dry, the row in front of us wasn't, so we thought we were at the very back of the Soaked Zone, but they still had to label it that way. We really thought we would just get a little splash.

Finally the whales came out:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944667274_rgvxg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944667274_rgvxg-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944669517_xSpgk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944669517_xSpgk-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944671931_CHfWD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944671931_CHfWD-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944672640_448Dw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944672640_448Dw-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944675579_KmmKK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944675579_KmmKK-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944680922_mUy8D-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944680922_mUy8D-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944681760_xxJMx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944681760_xxJMx-A-LB)

Looking at the above pic, you can see how we were thinking we wouldn't get that wet.

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As I was taking this I thought it might be a great pic:http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944688375_3beti-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944688375_3beti-A-LB)

And then thought, oh video would be cool also, so I was in the middle of switching which was a BIG MISTAKE!!! We didn't get splashed by one whale, or by two, we got splashed by all three of those whales.

Just to show you the splash, this is what had happened to us:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944689113_sr7by-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944689113_sr7by-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944689399_gTrqw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944689399_gTrqw-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944689711_XykQz-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944689711_XykQz-A-LB)

Notice the water on my lens, and also that mans hat in front of us. Now, he had a much nicer camera than mine and he wasn't freaking out, so I figured my camera would be ok. I was more worried about the phone.

This really was a great show and it did seem shorter than I remembered in San Antonio. It is sad that the trainers can no longer be in the water with the whales, but I understand that. Still a great opportunity to see these wonderful animals. At the very end the trainers did swim across the pool to get to us and that is how the show ended, but the whales were already in their area.

After the show we wanted some sun and so off we went

There won't be an update tomorrow, Jacob and I have to be on the road by 7:00am to get to the Magic Kingdom for the Youth Education Series. I signed Jacob up, and myself since he isn't 12 yet, for the Disney World of Physics: Energy and Waves. The class starts at 9:00am. Suppose to be over at Noon and we are hoping to make it back to town in time for Jacob's 1:30 Occupational Therapy appointment. Going to be a crazy day. And then he starts school Tuesday.:scared1:

Hope you are all having a great weekend and have a great week.:goodvibes

dismagiclover
08-22-2010, 04:11 PM
Great updates! Love all of the pictures! You are really making me want to go to Sea World. Have a great time at the class tomorrow! Definitely one of the advantages of living in FL:goodvibes

DFD
08-23-2010, 07:46 AM
:lmao: I dont think I am coming near you anymore where there is water!!!!

natebenma
08-23-2010, 08:04 AM
Wow! Have a great time at the Y.E.S class!!! Have you done one before? The topics look phenomenal! Let us all know how it was when you get a chance!

jmskinner
08-26-2010, 10:02 AM
Great updates! Love all of the pictures! You are really making me want to go to Sea World. Have a great time at the class tomorrow! Definitely one of the advantages of living in FL:goodvibes

I highly recommend at least one day at Seaworld, it was a blast.

:lmao: I dont think I am coming near you anymore where there is water!!!!

Maybe it is my fault, so I'm not a lucky charm when it comes to water.:rotfl2:

Wow! Have a great time at the Y.E.S class!!! Have you done one before? The topics look phenomenal! Let us all know how it was when you get a chance!

Class was very interesting. Our cast member/instructor, Ralph, was very nice. Also very cool that he is involved in Drum Corp International, use to be a director of one group. We were grouped with several other families, all from up North I believe, Boston and PA. We did get to go behind scenes of HM.:cool1: That was well worth the money. We rode Stitch, HM, and Mickey's Philharmagic with little science listens inbetween each ride. If you want to know what I saw when going behind the scenes of HM, please let me know, I'll PM the info. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, because I know I will never view this ride the same way again.

Sorry, I haven't posted this week, been a little crazy with Jacob starting school and also me still not feeling well. So far things at school have gone well for Jacob, but he always has a great first two weeks. Just ask all of his previous teachers, its very weird.

On to the TR in the next post.

jmskinner
08-26-2010, 10:29 AM
After getting splashed by Shamu x3, we decided we wanted some sun and Jacob saw a huge playarea and wanted to check it out.

First thing we decided to do was ride this little boat, which I have never been able to get Jacob to ride one so I was super excited...I excite easily.:rotfl:

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944690045_4n3Ey-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944690045_4n3Ey-A-LB)

Notice how wet they are?

Turns out only one adult can ride with a child and then only one adult per row. Took forever to load because we were all confused and then we couldn't take our bags on. I wanted to get a pic of everyone, but of course I had other people in the way:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944690330_iCEMd-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944690330_iCEMd-A-LB)

I was trying to get Jacob's picture, but these two boys were enjoying me taking their pics also, they even asked me to.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944690794_Ygjqu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944690794_Ygjqu-A-LB)

After our boat ride, Jacob decided he wasn't wet enough:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944691050_3c7eR-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944691050_3c7eR-A-LB)

And now some pics of this kids area:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944691671_RPwug-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944691671_RPwug-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944691382_2uNpz-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944691382_2uNpz-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944692028_uPFjm-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944692028_uPFjm-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944692345_VRQX5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944692345_VRQX5-A-LB)

After letting Jacob burn off some steam, oh and we had some ice cream, we headed over to the Wild Arctic. Earlier I had heard a page that you should ride it while the Shamu show is going on to avoid long lines. We got there and there was no line. There were two queue's, one you rode a helicopter, can't remember what the other was, but we took the helicopter.

Before entering we were placed in a holding area and we were all to find a "dot" to stand on, I don't remember if there were monitors or something to watch, I was busy watching these two kids try to find dots to stand on. I was about to give up my spot when the boy finally found one. Finally we entered the room that was like a great big Star Tours vehicle.

Here is Jonas and Kara waiting for it to start:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944692633_GFMK7-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944692633_GFMK7-A-LB)

Afraid I don't remember much about this ride, but we had traveled to the Arctic. Here is Jacob touching some ice:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944693215_zTCfB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944693215_zTCfB-A-LB)

This is where the polar bears, walrus' and others hang out.

First up, Beluga Whales
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944695279_dw2RZ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944695279_dw2RZ-A-LB)

The polar bear was having a nap:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944698220_xQG6C-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944698220_xQG6C-A-LB)

And Walrus'
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944700962_T4mBE-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944700962_T4mBE-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944701986_mVdM5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944701986_mVdM5-A-LB)

This place was huge
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944702840_jMij6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944702840_jMij6-A-LB)

I guess by the size of it, it can be really crowded, but as you can see, not on this day.:banana:.

Now we decided to see if my plan to wait for Manta worked, would the line be shorter?

TinksThree
08-26-2010, 01:30 PM
Wow! I managed to get way behind!

I love the whales! I think they are so beautiful even though they have a bad rep! That is too funny getting soaked like that! My kids clamor for the soaked section!

I really like the Artic area....I think it would eb one area I would really want to spend some time in!!

jmskinner
08-27-2010, 11:00 AM
Wow! I managed to get way behind!

I love the whales! I think they are so beautiful even though they have a bad rep! That is too funny getting soaked like that! My kids clamor for the soaked section!

I really like the Artic area....I think it would eb one area I would really want to spend some time in!!

I love the whales also. And I'm for a little splashing, but not like that.:lmao:

The Artic area was great. We spent a lot of time there, lots to see.:goodvibes

jmskinner
08-27-2010, 11:25 AM
We were off to check out Manta.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944703286_28WoJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944703286_28WoJ-A-LB)

See that blue rollercoaster, that is where we needed to be. We had a long walk ahead of us. Jacob was hot and miserable, letting all of us know. And had started to complain about being wet.

We finally made it:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944708002_uAos5-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944708002_uAos5-A-LB)

It was a 35 minute wait, but much better than when we first got there. I went and put everything in the locker and we planned on letting Jacob stand in line with us and then exiting as we left. The employee said we couldn't do that, but he was tall enough that he could wait there for us. For some stupid reason, I listened to "Dad" and left Jacob there with his DS. Told him we would be back.

Line wasn't too long and they have fish tanks for you to look at while in the line. While waiting we get on the subject of rollercoaster accidents.:scared1: Probably not the best time for this conversation. I mentioned how most harnesses had a belt they attach to. It was finally our time to ride. Watching the loading process of this coaster was really cool. Most flying coasters, you start out sitting upright. This one, once you are in your seat, it lifts up at your feet, so you start out facing the ground. About this time I realize, there is no belt connecting to the harness. You do have these bars that rest on the front of your legs. Jonas said he had a firm grip on that harness, it scared him a little bit. I tell ya, once you were in, you were in.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944706122_AeDao-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944706122_AeDao-A-LB)

It was a great ride! I would love to go again. At one point, I let go and really felt like I was flying. Kara screamed her head off the whole time.:lmao:

After our ride, I went to the locker to get our stuff, Jonas and Kara headed over to get Jacob. They come around the corner, and Jacob has obviously been crying. The employee said he was fine and then all of the sudden got scared, as Jonas walked up she was trying to radio someone to come find us. I felt sooooo bad.

From there we wanted to ride Atlantis. We made the walk all the way to the back and the wait was 45 minutes. Poor Kara's feet hurt, she could barely walk. I was tired and I know Jonas and Jacob were, so we decided not to ride. Laying by the pool sounded like a much better plan, so we made our way out of the park.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944709015_So2Qu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944709015_So2Qu-A-LB)
Doesn't that one have some really long legs, even for a Flamingo?

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We found our car and made it back to the hotel, where we found this:
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We spent the evening at the hotel pool. Jacob played and played. Jonas and I had a drink. Kara just relaxed.

So that was our day at Seaworld. I really did enjoy this park and would love to go back again. Highly recommend everyone go at least once.:goodvibes

DFD
08-27-2010, 11:46 AM
love the updates... had wanted to try Manta from day one but really dont need to do the whole park thing and not to crazy to buy a ticket just to ride it... thanks for sharing that part... :):thumbsup2

heaven2dc
08-27-2010, 12:59 PM
Loved your pics! That ride looks so scary when you go upside down :scared1: but sometimes scary is fun ;)

SimmerBaggins
08-27-2010, 01:56 PM
I hate it that at work, I can't see pictures!!! :sad2: Well, it all SOUNDS good!! :lmao:

But I think I would kind of know when Jacob "complained" about being wet, something was gonna give -- he LOVES to be wet!! I know when Jordan starts "melting" in the heat (she has such a low tolerance for it), I have to find some coolness to keep her spirits up, or we'll all be miserable soon.

Well...can't wait to get home and see the pictures!! :)

Dr_Finkelstein
08-28-2010, 07:10 AM
Hi Melissa,

Great update and photos, sounds like you had a really fun day! We thought the same at SW, we' weren't really in the Splash zone, we were! It was like getting a bucket load of cold seawater thrown over us!

Di x

dismagiclover
08-28-2010, 11:48 AM
Great updates! Seaworld looks like a great ride. That coaster looks awesome! I'm sorry Jacob got upset. Hopefully he recovered quickly.

jmskinner
08-28-2010, 07:16 PM
love the updates... had wanted to try Manta from day one but really dont need to do the whole park thing and not to crazy to buy a ticket just to ride it... thanks for sharing that part... :):thumbsup2

I can understand your feelings about not wanting to go for one rollercoaster. The other one was good also. But no Donald there, so why would you need to go.;)

Loved your pics! That ride looks so scary when you go upside down :scared1: but sometimes scary is fun ;)

Actually, upside down felt great, it was looking straight down at the ground that was scary. :scared1: Isn't that why we love thrill rides. their scary but fun!

I hate it that at work, I can't see pictures!!! :sad2: Well, it all SOUNDS good!! :lmao:

But I think I would kind of know when Jacob "complained" about being wet, something was gonna give -- he LOVES to be wet!! I know when Jordan starts "melting" in the heat (she has such a low tolerance for it), I have to find some coolness to keep her spirits up, or we'll all be miserable soon.

Well...can't wait to get home and see the pictures!! :)

I hope you enjoyed the pics once you were able to see them. :)

Hi Melissa,

Great update and photos, sounds like you had a really fun day! We thought the same at SW, we' weren't really in the Splash zone, we were! It was like getting a bucket load of cold seawater thrown over us!

Di x

Yes, great description Di! Sorry you went through that also.

Great updates! Seaworld looks like a great ride. That coaster looks awesome! I'm sorry Jacob got upset. Hopefully he recovered quickly.

He got over it, but will probably bring it up later. He never seems to forget things like that. :sad2:

I will get another update done tomorrow. The hubby is painting his figures in the office and hates to hear me "pound on the keyboard". I think it is just a loud keyboard IMO. Using his laptop right now and I hate trying to do updates on it.

You may notice I have added some tickers. Just booked Sept 18th at All Star Sports, not my preference, but the only military value I could get. And it is just one night. Can't wait to go to MNSSHP.

You may notice the other ticker for October. This is a night with a bunch of Dis friends at AKKV. Thanks to my good friend DFD, the duck! :woohoo::dance3::yay: Super excited about this night. Haven't purchased my ticket yet, but will do that. We are spending Saturday together also, but not sure what all will be going on, except rope drop!

DFD has been my lucky charm at DHS. Usually when we go there are no crowds. Always have a great time.

And by the end of the weekend I hope to add a third ticker for our January trip. Jonas is to get it booked, but I'm not suppose to know details. He tried to surprise me Friday and book it, but he couldn't find the phone number on the website. Do you think I am worried about this?:scared1: Then after he called me, I tried to get on the website and it was down. The man broke Disneyworld's website. :scared1: Ok, I've seen the man do a lot of planning for the Air Force, such as an air show and getting 1000's of students home for the holidays, surely he can handle 4 days at WDW.:lmao:

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Anyone doing anything exciting?

DFD
08-28-2010, 07:24 PM
You may notice the other ticker for October. This is a night with a bunch of Dis friends at AKKV. Thanks to my good friend DFD, the duck! :woohoo::dance3::yay: Super excited about this night. Haven't purchased my ticket yet, but will do that. We are spending Saturday together also, but not sure what all will be going on, except rope drop!

DFD has been my lucky charm at DHS. Usually when we go there are no crowds. Always have a great time.


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:wave: Hello gang!!!

Mel atleast I know I will make my own planned meet hahaha you being there and Reb!!! But we are at Jambo not Kidani :) it is SHA who is at Kidani :)

Yes... Rope Drop on the 23rd :scared:

dismagiclover
08-28-2010, 07:35 PM
It's always fun to add new tickers!:cool1:

jmskinner
08-28-2010, 08:16 PM
:wave: Hello gang!!!

Mel atleast I know I will make my own planned meet hahaha you being there and Reb!!! But we are at Jambo not Kidani :) it is SHA who is at Kidani :)

Yes... Rope Drop on the 23rd :scared:

Oops,my mistake. But I haven't stayed at Jambo so this will be even more special.

I've very excited.

It's always fun to add new tickers!:cool1:


Isn't it, I see you have two also. Sure wish I could participate in just the half marathon, but my heel pain never has gone away.:sad2:


Oh, and there may be another ticker soon. Can't believe I almost forgot this one...BFF Vickie is hoping to come to WDW for a girls only weekend.:yay::woohoo::dance3:

jmskinner
08-29-2010, 09:13 AM
I had chosen to go to Epcot on this day. As you may remember, we had already been to MK, Jonas isn't a big fan of AK, and we weren't ready for DHS as we had been a lot the past month for SWW. But, I also wanted to go to one of my favorite places to eat, can anyone guess where it is? I think it is a tough one to guess.

Jonas was going to leave us on this day because he had a 7:00am meeting the following morning.:sad2: Because of this we decided to drive but first Jacob wanted to pose for one of those pics where he is doing something he shouldn't
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Once in the car I left the camera in the backseat with Jacob, this is what happens
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Isn't digital fantastic, I can just delete them.;)

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Once we made it in the park, the plan was for me to get FP for Soarin, but on the way it showed only a 20 min wait. Jacob has been wanting to stand in line for those games they have. So I ran after the rest of the gang and they agreed. Guess what happened, NO GAMES!!!!:sad2: Yup, I spoiled that.

We had a nice ride, but were on the third row. There was a little girl next to me that was scared, but once we got going she loved it. I had a great time experiencing the ride through her. I find myself doing that more and more.

After our ride, I went for TT FP's, while Jonas and the kids headed over to Nemo. This was something Kara had never rode. Got my FP's and found that Jonas was trying to use the camera,
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Kara thought Nemo was cute and then after that we checked out Crush, another one she hadn't seen.

Would you believe this is all the pics I had taken at this point, don't know what my issue was on this day. Maybe I was just thinking about lunch.

Our FP's weren't good until after 1:00, so we decided to go to lunch. I mentioned my favorite spot and Jonas said ok.:yay: So off we went.

dismagiclover
08-29-2010, 10:06 AM
Well if your favorite place for lunch is something we won't guess it can't be an obvious one like Sunshine Seasons. I'm going with Fish and Chips in England.

SimmerBaggins
08-29-2010, 10:28 AM
I say it's that place at Wilderness Lodge -- all you can eat meat. :lmao:

natebenma
08-29-2010, 11:25 AM
Sounds like a nice, low-key morning at EPCOT so far.

I'm gonna guess Tangierine Cafe in Morocco for lunch.

carissanboys
08-30-2010, 07:39 AM
Very few pictures and some of them weren't even taken by you! ;)

Hmmmmm - lunch. I'm going along with Jenny's guess and say fish 'n chips in England. :thumbsup2

jmskinner
08-30-2010, 12:25 PM
Well if your favorite place for lunch is something we won't guess it can't be an obvious one like Sunshine Seasons. I'm going with Fish and Chips in England.

Jonas doesn't like fish:sad2:, so can't stop in England.

I say it's that place at Wilderness Lodge -- all you can eat meat. :lmao:

Oooh, that would have been good, but sadly no WCC.

Sounds like a nice, low-key morning at EPCOT so far.

I'm gonna guess Tangierine Cafe in Morocco for lunch.

It was a nice slow morning, wasn't even crowded. That's a good guess, but not right.

Very few pictures and some of them weren't even taken by you! ;)

Hmmmmm - lunch. I'm going along with Jenny's guess and say fish 'n chips in England. :thumbsup2

:laughing:Carissa, so true, I have no idea what was wrong with me this day. I normally take about 400 each day.


Jonas booked our January trip.:rotfl2::lmao::woohoo::yay: I'm guessing he went Premium all three nights, but I don't know where we are staying or anything. I've been bugging him that if we are going to eat at the castle he must get that booked. Of course, we didn't realize that by booking a premium we would have to have it all paid by Dec 1.:scared1:

Oh, and Simmerbaggins, my BFF Vickie, called yesterday. She is looking into coming for our girls only weekend in Feb. But I think I will let her post it here when she finalizes the dates. Sounds like it is going to be a very nice weekend.:banana:

No one has guessed where we had lunch yet. I won't get another update done until tomorrow, so you still have time to guess again if you want.

Just a little clue...it wasn't in Epcot.

SimmerBaggins
08-30-2010, 03:27 PM
ESPN Club! There's something you like to eat there -- nachos? It's a boat ride away, i think... :confused3 Anyway, somebody's got to guess so you'll go on with this TR!!! :laughing:

And yes, I've been chomping at the bit today to try to book...!! I've been telling my good news story to everyone -- woo-hoo!!

:)

jmskinner
08-31-2010, 11:19 AM
ESPN Club! There's something you like to eat there -- nachos? It's a boat ride away, i think... :confused3 Anyway, somebody's got to guess so you'll go on with this TR!!! :laughing:

And yes, I've been chomping at the bit today to try to book...!! I've been telling my good news story to everyone -- woo-hoo!!

:)

DING DING DING!!!! We have a winner.

And I'm super excited also.

Vickie was correct. I :love: the nachos at ESPN. Plus, I like the fact you don't have ADR's at ESPN. We walked to the International Gateway, and I finally seemed to remember that I had a camera.:laughing:

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Made our way to ESPN. Kara had never seen the resorts, so it was a nice little tour for her.

Once at ESPN, we were seated immediately, but in the bar, in the very back corner. I like the main dining room. The pics are kind of dark:

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Jacob playing DS
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And when I gave him a hard time
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The walls were covered with autographed balls, which I thought was cool because I use to help run a sports card shop and I recognized a lot of the names from 15 years ago:
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I can't remember what everyone got and I forgot to take pics. Those nachos had my full attention. We realized womens world cup was on and USA was playing so we got the waitress to change our TV to it. So we had a great view of the game. The cool thing, before tip this meal was $46. Not too bad for a Disney meal. Another reason I love to eat at ESPN.

Once we had paid, we headed back to Epcot.
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dismagiclover
08-31-2010, 12:04 PM
That was a fabulous idea to take a little break out of the parks! Love the Boardwalk area (it's my home resort.) We need to try out the ESPN club!

TinksThree
08-31-2010, 09:14 PM
I had thought of going to ESPN for Keith and so we could do a little resort hopping but I had not heard a lot about it and decided not to try it out...I should have just gone with it!

I have considered just adding tickers for the fun of it! :lmao: I am so envious that you can go so much!! LOL I am thinking a transfer to Orlando is in order...I may speak with my boss tomorrow! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

DFD
08-31-2010, 09:45 PM
did someone mentioned nachos?????????????????:woohoo:

jmskinner
09-01-2010, 10:35 AM
That was a fabulous idea to take a little break out of the parks! Love the Boardwalk area (it's my home resort.) We need to try out the ESPN club!

Highly recommend it. They have some great drinks too! I just decided to be a good girl on this day.

I had thought of going to ESPN for Keith and so we could do a little resort hopping but I had not heard a lot about it and decided not to try it out...I should have just gone with it!

I have considered just adding tickers for the fun of it! :lmao: I am so envious that you can go so much!! LOL I am thinking a transfer to Orlando is in order...I may speak with my boss tomorrow! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Transfer Transfer Transfer!!!:rotfl2: I really do enjoy ESPN and when we got there it was empty, but filled up quickly.

Hope you have a ticker soon, maybe Keith will surprise since he ended up enjoying himself. (I hope I'm not getting my TR's mixed up.)

did someone mentioned nachos?????????????????:woohoo:

Of course I did! But I understand you love the wings there.


Hey, I can't see my images, is anyone else having this problem? Can you see them?

jmskinner
09-01-2010, 12:38 PM
I have figured out the problem but don't know how to fix it. Sorry folks, but this TR is on hold until me and the Dis figure it out.

dismagiclover
09-01-2010, 01:00 PM
I hope you figure it out soon! I'll send a little:wizard: your way.

SimmerBaggins
09-01-2010, 01:21 PM
Woo-hoo!!! :woohoo: I was right! For once...!! :laughing:

That is a pretty good price for a Disney meal -- too bad your pictures didn't come out, because I don't recall ever seeing the inside of that place!

jmskinner
09-01-2010, 02:25 PM
I hope you figure it out soon! I'll send a little:wizard: your way.

Thank you. I can do a quick fix on the images through Smugmug but the DH doesn't want me to.:sad2: Guess he feels the Dis should fix it because it is due to the system not liking my Dis name.

Woo-hoo!!! :woohoo: I was right! For once...!! :laughing:

That is a pretty good price for a Disney meal -- too bad your pictures didn't come out, because I don't recall ever seeing the inside of that place!

Hmmm, well, if you don't get to see my pics soon, maybe we can go there in February.:)

jmskinner
09-01-2010, 09:35 PM
:cool1::woohoo::yay: My pics are back.:woohoo:

I was freaking out because I had just realized what I thought I was going to have to do would require me to repost all of my pics, but it would miss up Jonas' also.:confused3 He wouldn't be happy with me.

Ok, will get another update up in the morning!

jmskinner
09-02-2010, 09:38 AM
We had full bellys and had made it back to Epcot by boat. It was time for our TT FP's, Jonas went over and got M:S passes for the three of us as he would soon be leaving.:sad2:

Can't remember how long the wait was for TT, but we were glad to have the FP's. No pics in line since we moved so quickly, in fact, I don't think we waited at all, got to the training room right away.:goodvibes

Before we knew we were on our test ride
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Jacob doesn't really like this ride, so he wasn't very happy that I was asking him to turn around.

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Hmm, Jacob always says this ride is too fast, 648 is rather fast. Oh, I think it was 64.8. Keep trying to tell him I go a little faster when we make that drive to WDW.;)

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Now it was time to do something I had wanted to do for a very long time, but first didn't know where to go, then never could fit it in, but this time we were doing it.

But first we saw this:
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We didn't stop to meet her, since Jonas had previously worked at the military fireschool we know a little bit about fighting fires now. He is a trained fire marshall also. (Just don't mention the grease fire I had.:rotfl:)

We found what we were looking for and got in line. Wasn't too long of a line, but enough that Jacob went and played video games until we were next.

So what were we doing?
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Our free 5x7 for having a Disney Visa.:cool1:

The following two I paid for.
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The one picture I didn't order, was me hugging Mickey. Why you may ask? The CM actually took a pic of me bending over to hug Mickey, from behind!!!! Not something I wanted to be reminded of.;)

Something else Kara had never done was Kim Impossible. So we had her get our appointed location meet:
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Our teammate was really into it and so was Kara:
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What should we do before time to help save the world?

natebenma
09-02-2010, 12:14 PM
Enjoyed your update continuing your EPCOT day!

I always wanted to do the Disney Visa photo, but I can barely get my troupe to agree to the regular Photopass pics, so we haven't done it yet.

I'm 0 for 3 I think on guesses, but I'm going with Sum of All THRILLS. Or maybe Club Cool. Hope I don't go 0 for 5!

Where in the world is your mission? Can't wait to find out!

jmskinner
09-02-2010, 12:17 PM
Enjoyed your update continuing your EPCOT day!

I always wanted to do the Disney Visa photo, but I can barely get my troupe to agree to the regular Photopass pics, so we haven't done it yet.

I'm 0 for 3 I think on guesses, but I'm going with Sum of All Fears. Or maybe Club Cool. Hope I don't go 0 for 5!

Where in the world is your mission? Can't wait to find out!

Ding Ding Ding!!! You got it right. Both answers are correct, and in order.:thumbsup2

dismagiclover
09-02-2010, 02:41 PM
Love the Visa pictures. Plus you got three characters. When we did that in 2009 we only got Minnie and Goofy. I hope you get a good KP mission!

jmskinner
09-03-2010, 08:19 AM
Love the Visa pictures. Plus you got three characters. When we did that in 2009 we only got Minnie and Goofy. I hope you get a good KP mission!

I was surprised we got so many characters also. Aren't all the KP missions good? Ok, I have to admit, I didn't care for the Mexico one.:confused3

I plan on doing an update when I get back from taking Jacob to school, but just thought I mention what all has been going on around here. If you see my new ticker, I had to go with the flashing one since I now have 4 trips planned. The Sept one is our MNSSHP trip. The October is the night with Dis friends at MNSSHP and a day at DHS. So excited to get to go to the party twice thise year. It is my favorite event at WDW. I'm going to really miss getting to go after we move.

January is the big belated anniversary trip. Things I know, 3 nights of premium, Castle is booked (I think for breakfast), and seats for La Nouba are reserved, section 203:banana:. I still don't know where we are staying. I know one other meal is booked, but don't know where.

Jonas is really having a hard time planning this. He spent all evening on the phone last night booking 3 things. His call kept getting dropped.:sad2: I know two of the things he booked were La Nouba and the Castle, so have no idea what else was booked.

And my final portion of the flashing countdown ticker is my trip with the BFF, Vickie, Simmerbaggins. We have decided to go Feb 18th. We have a reservation for SSR. The Ducks home. And we may have others coming. When Vickie was telling a friend about her trip, she got all excited and said how she would love to go. Has never been and her husband doesn't like things like that. When I heard this, I thought, why not invite her, so Vickie did. Not sure if she is coming or not, but she may bring her daughter who is 18. I think it will be fun to share the magic with newbies.

Sometime this weekend we are heading to Orlando for one last ride on Star Tours. Jacob isn't happy about it closing and being turned into a 3D ride. But I bet it will be great.

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend? Any special plans?

dismagiclover
09-03-2010, 09:27 AM
Such a problem to figure out a ticker for four trips:rolleyes:

jmskinner
09-03-2010, 09:29 AM
Such a problem to figure out a ticker for four trips:rolleyes:

I tell ya, it's rough. ;)

jmskinner
09-03-2010, 09:55 AM
Jonas was going to leave after our photo opportunity, but I told him we should go to Club Cool. He had no problem with this. See, he loves those aluminum cans shaped like a bottle. So off we went. Sorry I didn't take pics, but I did get a great video(just click on the pic):

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:rotfl2: I guess this makes me the wicked stepmother.;) She is so right though, it is fine until you swallow. Did you see the lady behind Kara, she knows what is up.:laughing:

We said our goodbyes to Jonas and made our way over to Sum of All Thrills. Our very first trip to WDW Kara and I did the Build Your Own Rollercoaster at Disneyquest. When I mentioned this, she got all excited.

I let her design our ride:

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I think we went upside down 3 or 4 times. I love how they keep asking you if this is ok. We had a great ride. Jacob sat this out, he doesn't really like it.:sad2:

Now it was time for M:S. Jacob loves this ride, especially the orange side. Kara wanted to go on that side also, so I decided to sit this one out. I can't handle spinning. I've done the green side and can tell there is some spinning, so no way am I going on that orange side. Even with FP's it was a long wait. I found a spot to sit in the waiting room. Another lady asked me how long it took because she had been sitting there for an hour. I told it does take awhile even after you are through the main line with all the preshows. Finally her family came out and then my family not too long after. I didn't mind waiting, gave me time to peope watch. I did notice one lady being held up to walk, must have went on that orange side.

At this time I realized that it would have been great if Jonas had gotten a FP using his ticket also, the kids could have gone twice. Have to remember that next time.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944733004_7TidZ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944733004_7TidZ-A-LB)

Now, I am sure you are wondering what is up with this last picture. As we are walking out of the shop, I dropped my camera.:scared1: I have no idea what happened, just next thing I knew, it was bouncing on the ground, so that shot was my relief to see it still worked.:banana:

Now we headed over to the World Showcase. It was mission time. But Kara's feet were really starting to bother her. They were so bad she couldn't stand still.

We ended up in Norway:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944734267_Af8KX-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944734267_Af8KX-A-LB)

If you have done Norway, you know what happens here, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944736104_yY76i-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944736104_yY76i-A-LB)

Now one thing I realized while on this mission, they just are not fun when you are hot. I had actually noticed this last year on our trip with Vickie, but now I knew I had enough of standing around with this little phone. So I told Jacob we should go do other things and he turned the phone in. We will go do some missions when it is cooler.

Next stop was China
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944736453_8N5Yk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944736453_8N5Yk-A-LB)

Kara had never seen the movie, so we had a little educational stop and also the Terra Cotta Soldiers. Funny, she had been to WDW two previous times for a week each time, and we didn't even know about a lot of this stuff then.

As we left China, we ran into this:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944737794_fRBSE-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944737794_fRBSE-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944738093_swro8-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944738093_swro8-A-LB)

You would think I would learn what time they bring out the big ball because this is the fourth time I have been held up by it. Still very cool to see it coming out.

We made our way over to America. Kara had never seen the American Adventure and it would give her time to rest her feet.
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944742881_XuCeH-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944742881_XuCeH-A-LB)

By the time we got to Morroco, poor Kara could barely move, so we decided to head back to the room by way of boat.
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944744350_oNZGr-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944744350_oNZGr-A-LB)

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The normal boat dock on the Future World side was closed, so we had to go through Italy by way of America:
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On the way out of the park we stopped to pick up the photo and made our way to the bus stop. I really was beginning to think that poor Kara wasn't going to make it.

We spent another evening by the pool and packing. The next day was going to be our last day, which park should we go to?

dismagiclover
09-03-2010, 10:32 AM
Great video! Kara is a great sport and she actually had a pretty mild reaction to the infamous Beverly.:rotfl: I agree about the heat with the KP missions. We didn't even try them this past summer. When we go in January we'll probably do a few. I hope Kara's feet feel better.

TinksThree
09-03-2010, 01:28 PM
Poor Kara! What is up with feet and Epcot?? :confused3 I feel the same about the orange side and let the kids have at it! I do not want to risk my whole day being ruined, and I wouldn't know until too late!

So cool that you have 4 trips planned and they sound like so much fun. Each one a little different to add variety!!

SimmerBaggins
09-03-2010, 10:15 PM
I was going to ask about Kara's feet, too! I hope she got to feeling better. I know year before last, I learned to trade out my shoes every day or twice a day -- otherwise, I'd rub a blister somewhere.

And that KP guy was creepy looking! :eek: I agree with you on the missions, though. The girls only did one this year, and had no enthusiasm for any more due to the heat.

I was amazed at how careful Kara's face was when she tasted the Beverly -- I thought she was going to say she liked it! :lmao:

jmskinner
09-03-2010, 10:58 PM
Great video! Kara is a great sport and she actually had a pretty mild reaction to the infamous Beverly.:rotfl: I agree about the heat with the KP missions. We didn't even try them this past summer. When we go in January we'll probably do a few. I hope Kara's feet feel better.

Kara's a great girl, or I guess I should say young woman. I don't know what is up with the poor girls feet.

Poor Kara! What is up with feet and Epcot?? :confused3 I feel the same about the orange side and let the kids have at it! I do not want to risk my whole day being ruined, and I wouldn't know until too late!

So cool that you have 4 trips planned and they sound like so much fun. Each one a little different to add variety!!

Exactly why I don't do the Orange side. I'm guessing it is the same "movie". Kara's feet bothered her every day, but on this day she had worn some gladiator sandals.:scared1:

I'm really looking forward to these trips and you are so right, all four are very different. And I will be sure to report on each and every one.

I was going to ask about Kara's feet, too! I hope she got to feeling better. I know year before last, I learned to trade out my shoes every day or twice a day -- otherwise, I'd rub a blister somewhere.

And that KP guy was creepy looking! :eek: I agree with you on the missions, though. The girls only did one this year, and had no enthusiasm for any more due to the heat.

I was amazed at how careful Kara's face was when she tasted the Beverly -- I thought she was going to say she liked it! :lmao:

It didn't matter what shoes she had on, her feet hurt. The first day she had on tennis shoes, and her feet hurt then to.

I thought she was going to like it at first also. I have heard of a few liking it.
We are off to DHS tomorrow. Not sure how long we will be there, just realized it is an EMH morning day, but the main goal is that last ride on Star Tours. Update tomorrow or Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Dr_Finkelstein
09-04-2010, 07:58 AM
Hi Melissa!

All caught up now. Sounds like you had a really good day in Epcot, and a lovely lunch. Will need to keep ESPN in mind for our next trip!

Di x

jmskinner
09-04-2010, 08:12 AM
Hi Melissa!

All caught up now. Sounds like you had a really good day in Epcot, and a lovely lunch. Will need to keep ESPN in mind for our next trip!

Di x

Highly recommend it!:thumbsup2 Hmm, wonder if the next trip will be planned "bounceback"?

jmskinner
09-05-2010, 09:56 AM
The next morning, I got up and got myself dressed, loaded up the car, got me some coffe and then woke the kids up.

I had chosen AK on this day since Jonas wasn't around, he doesn't care for AK.:sad2: I think it is because he doesn't take the time to enjoy it.

The first thing we did:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944745996_76JhT-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944745996_76JhT-A-LB)

Yup, the two week adventure through the safari. Now, why is that my first picture within AK? Oh yeah, I sent the kids toward the safari and I went for FP's for Everest. It's a walk, but so much easier when you are alone, especially when everyone else in the park is taking a leisurely stroll with 4 or 5 people across the pathways. But back to the safari, I love how there always seems to be one guy with his mouth open:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944747278_Gxuw6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944747278_Gxuw6-A-LB)

If you have read previous TR's of mine, you know I have a habit of taking pics of butts:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944749506_eyitP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944749506_eyitP-A-LB)
I haven't changed. I don't mean to, just always seems to happen.

This pic looks like Mom is protecting baby:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944751399_5dzbY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944751399_5dzbY-A-LB)

I think this little guy is just a cutie:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944754590_Wfsyi-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944754590_Wfsyi-A-LB)

After our trip through the Safari, which was sadly shortened by many days, we decided to go look at more animals.

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This guy is always up to something even though he is laying down:
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At this point I lost Jacob.:scared1: But quickly found him, he had found a CM to listen to and was getting some education.:thumbsup2

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944759328_SMJg3-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944759328_SMJg3-A-LB)

Jacob wanted to play the drums for a moment:
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Does he look excited? We are all hot and tired at this point.

Since we were so hot we decided to go cool off, I hadn't taken pics of the last room before you board KRR, so got these pics:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944760694_NMBQg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944760694_NMBQg-A-LB)

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I think we waited 40 minutes for this ride, which I know was crazy but it was the only way because FP's were too late in the day, we were needing to get home to let our Bubblegum out. I always picture her sitting with her legs crossed, "Mom, I gotta go!":guilty: I sure was glad that once in line I realized we didn't go through all of the buildings. Even the FP lines was backed up this day. They were rotating filling up the bridge with the FP line and then standby line it was so bad. I like when they do it that way instead of letting all of the FP go on, unless I have a FP.

I hadn't taken pics of the ride after it was over, so I grabbed my camera real quick,
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944761196_Mtewf-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944761196_Mtewf-A-LB)

Don't they look happier. We didn't get too wet, which was nice.

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jmskinner
09-05-2010, 10:11 AM
I forgot to mention that KRR is one of Jacob's and my favorite rides. Jacob's fun wasn't over yet though, he loves to squirt people:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944763753_HxhA2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944763753_HxhA2-A-LB)

Also loves to play in the fountains
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944763968_Tdizh-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944763968_Tdizh-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944764591_kza98-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944764591_kza98-A-LB)

Next up
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944764901_qyvyK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944764901_qyvyK-A-LB)

We had a little wait still, so we found some rocks to sit on, except for Jacob
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It cracks me up when he does that pose, he hasn't seen Karate Kid.:laughing:

Finally it was FP time, and even though Jacob doesn't ride, I still make him stand in line with us and then go the chicken way.

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944767749_ZV5mP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944767749_ZV5mP-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944768061_5KVfq-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944768061_5KVfq-A-LB)

Hadn't noticed these before:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944769220_48uh4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944769220_48uh4-A-LB)

Uh oh, going backwards
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We were under attack:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944771632_gcW3j-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944771632_gcW3j-A-LB)
Think she likes this ride?

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944772321_PtHXt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944772321_PtHXt-A-LB)
That's us in the back.

We stopped for ice cream. Didn't have time to take pictures, it was melting quicker than we could eat it.

And some pics on the way out
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944773994_nHZE2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944773994_nHZE2-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944774858_tLR4g-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944774858_tLR4g-A-LB)

July 4th, these were just babies:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/944775131_ALgrQ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#944775131_ALgrQ-A-LB)

Awww, they grow up so quickly.:)

We headed to the truck and goodbye Orlando.:sad2:

Don't worry, our fun wasn't over with Kara. She still had a full week with us and I was not going to just sit around even though Jonas had to work. Remember how Kara loves dolphins, I had to show her the most special dolphin of all, next update.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday everyone!

dismagiclover
09-05-2010, 11:01 AM
Always bittersweet to leave Orlando. Great to have those memories to take with you, but sad to be leaving. You guys almost look dry after KRR. Not fair! We've always gotten soaked!

SimmerBaggins
09-05-2010, 04:04 PM
Yeah, I always get soaked, too! Each time I go on a water ride, I think: well, maybe this will be the time I won't get totally soaked.

Fail.
:laughing: Maybe that's why I am not so much a fan of water rides!

I like that you got a picture of Kara laughing, Melissa -- that was a great shot. That is my favorite ride, too, and I know I am either laughing or screaming on most of it! :thumbsup2

Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, too!!

jmskinner
09-05-2010, 04:13 PM
Always bittersweet to leave Orlando. Great to have those memories to take with you, but sad to be leaving. You guys almost look dry after KRR. Not fair! We've always gotten soaked!

Believe me, we've been soaked a few times. The funny thing was, I think I would have liked to be soaked then walking around with just our pants being wet, like we couldn't take time for a potty break.:lmao:

Yeah, I always get soaked, too! Each time I go on a water ride, I think: well, maybe this will be the time I won't get totally soaked.

Fail.
:laughing: Maybe that's why I am not so much a fan of water rides!

I like that you got a picture of Kara laughing, Melissa -- that was a great shot. That is my favorite ride, too, and I know I am either laughing or screaming on most of it! :thumbsup2

Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend, too!!

I have quite a few shots of Kara laughing on rollercoaster, or maybe most of them she is screaming because that is normally what she is doing.:laughing:

natebenma
09-05-2010, 06:27 PM
Nice update!

That baby rhino IS SO cute! Great gator, too. And that's no croc (or is it???)

We love KRR too. My youngest son does not ride EE either, but my older son turned into a coaster-junkie during our latest trip, so our family gets 4 FP and my DH and I switched off with him.

I guess with Kara's feet hurting so much, it is time to go... so sad

jmskinner
09-06-2010, 10:12 AM
Nice update!

That baby rhino IS SO cute! Great gator, too. And that's no croc (or is it???)

We love KRR too. My youngest son does not ride EE either, but my older son turned into a coaster-junkie during our latest trip, so our family gets 4 FP and my DH and I switched off with him.

I guess with Kara's feet hurting so much, it is time to go... so sad

:lmao: on the Croc comment.

We started letting Jacob go the chicken route when he was 10. He usually just finds a spot to sit and play his DS. ToT is the best, it has a nice area with lots of seats.

At least your oldest gets two rides.:)

Don't know what is up with Kara's feet hurting so much. I don't think she has been getting much exercise over the summer.

jmskinner
09-06-2010, 10:59 AM
After getting home Wednesday, I decided we would stay home Thurday and just relax. I had something special planned for Friday. Last year when Kara came to see us, I meant to go to the beach but we just never made it over there. We are about 45 minutes from the best ones. This trip I was determined. Since Kara likes dolphins so much, I thought we could go to Clearwater Aquarium, which we are members and then hit the beach.

Clearwater is on the other side of Tampa from us, not too bad of a drive once rush hour has passed. On the way we stopped at a Burger King for a quick lunch.

Now Clearwater is more a research facility so it isn't as fancy as the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. They do a lot of rescues and hope to release those rescues. Some animals just aren't able to be released though.

Here is a pic of a surgery getting underway on a Seaturtle with tumors:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/954468749_WQPGL-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#954468749_WQPGL-A-LB)

They do have a spot where you can touch the rays:
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After looking at the rays, we made our way to their new tank with Nicholas and Indy show. This isn't like a dolphin show at SeaWorld. It is more educational and the dolphins only did a few small tricks. This portion is a little depressing, but I thought it should still be shared.
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Here is one speaking(click pic for video):
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One of the tricks (click pic for video):
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A little info on these two guys. Indy is six years old and found on a beach with shark and dolphin bites back in 2004. They tried to teach him to eat in order to be released, but he wanted to make friends with the fish and play with them, so he could not be released.:sad2:

Nicholas was found with his Mother, but sadly his mother passed away. Nicholas was so young that he never learned the basics to be released. He has white spots on his back that we learned are from a sunburn he had when they rescued him.

Another Dolphin that can be seen is Winter. You may have heard of Winter, she has been on The Today Show, CNN, BBC, and in hundreds of papers. At only three months of age, Winter found herself wrapped tightly in a crab trap line and was unable to escape. She was rescued from Mosquito Lagoon (near Cape Canaveral) and transported to CMA to begin a long rehabilitation. Unfortunately, Winter lost her entire tail as well as two vertebrae a result of the serious injuries that she had sustained.

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Here is a little video of Winter (click on the pic):
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You can see she gets along well, and she has a prosthetic tail they are constantly improving. She didn't have it on this day, but I did see one of the trainers with it. Winter is the whole reason we became members of the aquarium.

Around her tank were things you would see on a movie set. They were preparing her for her very own movie, "Dolphin Tale". Right now it looks like Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Harry Connick Jr. are going to be in it. They are closing the Aquarium sometime this month to do filming.

Ok, I apologize if I have depressed everyone. How about a quick pic of somethng else? Jacob didn't watch the dolphin show, but instead went to do something else. I found him here:
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This was a large tank where they would let you touch different sea creatures. Jacob was really enjoying himself here.

Next up, the beach!

SimmerBaggins
09-06-2010, 12:30 PM
well, although it is sad, it's also good to know there are people with the time and resources to take care of these guys. I didn't know you were members of something like this!:goodvibes

One thing I can say: being in Florida (versus the middle of Texas!) has really opened up a lot of different experiences for you to expose Jacob to. I'll be sad with you, when you go. :hug:

jmskinner
09-06-2010, 02:44 PM
well, although it is sad, it's also good to know there are people with the time and resources to take care of these guys. I didn't know you were members of something like this!:goodvibes

One thing I can say: being in Florida (versus the middle of Texas!) has really opened up a lot of different experiences for you to expose Jacob to. I'll be sad with you, when you go. :hug:

They do a lot around here. They also keep track of the turtle nests on the beaches.

Being a member is pasically buying an AP, not that we go often, this was only our second time, but I figure for another $40 and it would go to help the animals, why not. Lots of benefits come with that membership also.

I think Jonas may have to hog tie to get me away from here.:rotfl2:

dismagiclover
09-06-2010, 04:17 PM
I think it is inspiring to know there are people willing to give the resources and do what it takes to help these animals that wouldn't other wise have a chance.

JPFamilyMom
09-06-2010, 04:23 PM
Ok, Melissa I'm all caught up, though I really wasn't that far behind, though one of my comments didn't seem to have posted, because I remember reading one of the updates previously but didn't see a post from me afterwards.

Anyhoo.... Love your Epcot day, how fun. Glad you got your free 5X7, that picture is great.

Your AK days looks like fun too, but I know what heat at animal places can be like. KRR was just the thing though :thumbsup2 I'm going to have to check the height requirements on that one, because both my kids don't mind getting water on their heads anymore :cool1::cool1: they don't love it, but we won't have meltdowns anymore:)

Wow what an amazing aquarium, that is so cool that you are members of something like that. It is sad, but it is so nice to know that there is something like that for the dolphins and other marine animals.

Can't wait for your fun beach day :) update, how fun

TinksThree
09-07-2010, 09:41 AM
I love AK! I think they did such an awesome job designing the park. The only part that doesn't thrill me is Dinoland...it somehow seems out of place with the entire rest of the park! And EE is my favorite!! I am always soaked when I get off of KRR...so that is unfair that you weren't too wet!! :lmao:

The dophin story could be depressing I suppose, but the whole time I read it, I thought how blessed the dolphins are that there are people who can help them and they are still able to survive! And how cool that a dolphin can have a prosthetic tail!! I had not heard of Winter but I will definitely be watching for the movie!!

jmskinner
09-07-2010, 10:18 AM
I think it is inspiring to know there are people willing to give the resources and do what it takes to help these animals that wouldn't other wise have a chance.

It is inspiring and I wish we lived closer to it, I would love to volunteer there.

Ok, Melissa I'm all caught up, though I really wasn't that far behind, though one of my comments didn't seem to have posted, because I remember reading one of the updates previously but didn't see a post from me afterwards.

Anyhoo.... Love your Epcot day, how fun. Glad you got your free 5X7, that picture is great.

Your AK days looks like fun too, but I know what heat at animal places can be like. KRR was just the thing though :thumbsup2 I'm going to have to check the height requirements on that one, because both my kids don't mind getting water on their heads anymore :cool1::cool1: they don't love it, but we won't have meltdowns anymore:)

Wow what an amazing aquarium, that is so cool that you are members of something like that. It is sad, but it is so nice to know that there is something like that for the dolphins and other marine animals.

Can't wait for your fun beach day :) update, how fun

I've done that before, know I've read something but can't find where I commented.

Jacob loves KRR, hope your boys do also.

I love AK! I think they did such an awesome job designing the park. The only part that doesn't thrill me is Dinoland...it somehow seems out of place with the entire rest of the park! And EE is my favorite!! I am always soaked when I get off of KRR...so that is unfair that you weren't too wet!! :lmao:

The dophin story could be depressing I suppose, but the whole time I read it, I thought how blessed the dolphins are that there are people who can help them and they are still able to survive! And how cool that a dolphin can have a prosthetic tail!! I had not heard of Winter but I will definitely be watching for the movie!!

Did you know there was suppose to by a Mystical land there at AK? I think that was the name, it is why there is a Unicorn area of the parking lot. I hope they build it one day.

I'll have to see that movie also. Very inspiring, hopefully it will be as popular as Free Willy!

jmskinner
09-07-2010, 10:45 AM
The beach was just down the road from the Aquarium, but finding a parking spot wasn't so easy. And it didn't help that I hate going to new places. It is an axiety thing with me, I get nervous and talk excessively. For those of you that have met me, I talk even more when I am nervous. So trying to figure out where to stop was bugging me but we finally did. Then I found the one spot that the meter didn't work.:sad2: So I then moved the truck over one spot, and we were on our way.

We found a nice spot, and I barely had time to lather sunscreen all over the boy because he was ready for this
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Some pics of our location:
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Kara taking a break
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As you can see, we found a spot right between all of the large resorts. We were just next to a sign stating no lifeguard just beyond where we were.

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These college kids ate their lunch and fed some of it to the birds. This caused a problem because once they hit the water, the birds knew where to go:
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We thought this was funny, shouldn't have fed the birds. Some ol man kept trying to get them to fly off and we just kept laughing.

Want to go ride this jet boat some time:
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So much to do here in FL and so little time...and money.;) Oh, and I apologize for the ...um gentleman in the speedo.

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We ended up not spending too much time here and planned on stopping at another beach on the way to the house, Ft. Desoto, which is the beach we normally go to, just south of St. Pete. We drove down what I believe is Bayshore Drive, which goes through all of the beach towns. Turns out Kara likes to do something I love to do, just drive around looking at houses and boy are there some big beautiful houses along the beach.

I offered to stop at the other beach, but we decided to just drive home. Ended up taking a very long way home and Jacob wasn't happy about it. Took Kara over the large bridge, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Turns out she doesn't like heights, so no big bridges for her. I'm so mean:
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This was taken on another trip.

We finally made it home and were glad to be a nice cool house. Next up, the Ringling Museum.

DFD
09-07-2010, 11:39 AM
The beach

Some pics of our location:
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is that a Fishing Pier??????????????? I need to go there!!!!!!!!!!!

dismagiclover
09-07-2010, 02:39 PM
I had to laugh at the pictures of the birds. Guess those kids will learn the hard way not to feed the wildlife:goodvibes Laughed even harder at the gentleman in the speedo. No apologies necessary. I'm glad you included him because it gave me some entertainment:laughing:

JPFamilyMom
09-07-2010, 04:44 PM
I love driving down the coast and looking at beach homes. I use to take the long route when I lived in CA on my way to school (on the way home of course),LOVE it. Glad Kara enjoyed it too.

The man in the speedo :rotfl2::lmao:

Looks like Jacob had a lot of fun in the water :)

SimmerBaggins
09-07-2010, 08:43 PM
:lmao: The birds!! Man, I don't think I've ever seen seagulls so voracious -- to go through those people's things??!? That was funny. I guess the only time we've fed seagulls is in a parking lot...which is kind of weird. Occasionally they'll follow a cruise ship close to land and snatch left-over food from the dining tables out on the deck -- but the waiters are pretty quick to shoo them off and grab up the plates. Still entertaining...

Nice pictures of the beach -- beautiful sand! :thumbsup2

jmskinner
09-09-2010, 11:33 AM
is that a Fishing Pier??????????????? I need to go there!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes it is. I know where several more are also!:goodvibes

I had to laugh at the pictures of the birds. Guess those kids will learn the hard way not to feed the wildlife:goodvibes Laughed even harder at the gentleman in the speedo. No apologies necessary. I'm glad you included him because it gave me some entertainment:laughing:

We were getting irritated at the ol guy trying to get rid of them. It was the kids fault for feeding them.

So glad I brought a smile to your face.:rotfl2:

I love driving down the coast and looking at beach homes. I use to take the long route when I lived in CA on my way to school (on the way home of course),LOVE it. Glad Kara enjoyed it too.

The man in the speedo :rotfl2::lmao:

Looks like Jacob had a lot of fun in the water :)

Jacob loves the water. And I forgot to mention, Kara doesn't spend much time in the water, the girl can't swim.:sad2:

I bet there are some gorgeous home you use to look at in CA.

:lmao: The birds!! Man, I don't think I've ever seen seagulls so voracious -- to go through those people's things??!? That was funny. I guess the only time we've fed seagulls is in a parking lot...which is kind of weird. Occasionally they'll follow a cruise ship close to land and snatch left-over food from the dining tables out on the deck -- but the waiters are pretty quick to shoo them off and grab up the plates. Still entertaining...

Nice pictures of the beach -- beautiful sand! :thumbsup2

Clearwater is one of the best beaches around. A little crowded for me though. It's the big tourist spot.

And the seagulls are everywhere here. Every single parking lot you will find them.

So glad everyone enjoyed the speedo. I was looking at a family at BB last time we were there, the father and son had on speedo's. That when I realized that it all begins with a Dad wearing it, a Mom allowing it and then putting her son in one. And the awfulness will continue for generations from there.:rotfl:

jmskinner
09-12-2010, 08:39 AM
I apologize for no updates, spent Friday with one of my neighbor. Her DH is overseas for a year and this was our first chance to get out without our boys. Had a great day, but my allergies decided to attack. I spent yesterday on the couch sleeping most of the day. Feel better today, but I now have the cough.

But on to better things. We woke up Saturday morning and headed south to Sarasota. We were going to do something I had wanted to do since first hearing about it over a year ago. The Ringling Museum. Sarasota ended up being the place that the large circus' made their home bases. And John Ringling made it into a magnificent home.

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We made our way into the Welcome Center and paid our admission. Now this is why we had not done this before. It was $50 for the four of us and Jonas was free since he was military. Not an inexpensive place to visit at all. But, I would highly recommend it and there is enough to do for a whole day.

The buildings are spread out and the grounds are just lovely
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We stopped here first
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All the posters for the circus coming to town
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One of the main attractions of the museum is this model.http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998236287_rcxpk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998236287_rcxpk-A-LB)

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Now that you know the story behind the model, let's see the model.

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This is the dining tent.
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I couldn't get the whole model in one shot. The size and detail of this model were amazing.

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jmskinner
09-12-2010, 08:51 AM
Now, you may have noticed how the brightness keeps changing in the pics. That was not me changing the setting on my camera, but the lights in the model would change to give you an idea of a full day into the night
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998253394_DKfw6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998253394_DKfw6-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998253830_bSuNH-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998253830_bSuNH-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998254254_b46Ak-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998254254_b46Ak-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998255771_2UwPq-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998255771_2UwPq-A-LB)

This is where the public would buy their tickets and enter the circus grounds
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998257821_h3Y2M-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998257821_h3Y2M-A-LB)

Bathrooms
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998258906_eY4LG-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998258906_eY4LG-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998259898_Ljq3K-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998259898_Ljq3K-A-LB)

The Big Top!!!
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998260875_RykF2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998260875_RykF2-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998262637_HNbpz-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998262637_HNbpz-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998263154_veofB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998263154_veofB-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998263705_ZTMK6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998263705_ZTMK6-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998264202_cn4Ny-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998264202_cn4Ny-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998264787_D5HUL-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998264787_D5HUL-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998265353_eGnqP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998265353_eGnqP-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998265782_ZsBS3-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998265782_ZsBS3-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998266309_aReS6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998266309_aReS6-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998266767_Aizn8-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998266767_Aizn8-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998267187_ftobp-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998267187_ftobp-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998267613_BaMSm-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998267613_BaMSm-A-LB)

I think this pic probably shows how large this model is, see the people on the right
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998269735_Go9Jt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998269735_Go9Jt-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998270190_WGRod-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998270190_WGRod-A-LB)

We probably spent about an hour viewing the model. And my pics don't show all of it. Truly amazing piece of work that is still being completed.

natebenma
09-12-2010, 09:32 AM
I was behind a couple of updates. All caught up now! Sounds like a great time at the aquarium and beach. Have you ever encountered the aggressive birds at Disney? I had seagull swoop down and steal my churro at EPCOT. At least the gulls have good taste (but high cholesterol).

Here at the beaches in New England we get lots of tourists in Speedos! They should call them Speed-don'ts!

Sounds like you had some really special time with Kara and Jacob!

dismagiclover
09-12-2010, 02:18 PM
Wow that model is so cool! I couldn't help but think of Dumbo. In the beginning of the movie they show the circus train leaving Florida. I didn't know Sarasota was the circus' home base.

SimmerBaggins
09-12-2010, 03:21 PM
Yeah, I would totally get lost in looking at all of the detail in that model. Really amazing. I had to laugh about the bathroom part, tho -- thanks for not getting too personal with them!! And what's with the "look this way"?? :lmao: I was wondering if you spied the female version? :confused3

I confess, didn't know about the Howard Bros Circus.

TinksThree
09-12-2010, 04:04 PM
Did you know there was suppose to by a Mystical land there at AK? I think that was the name, it is why there is a Unicorn area of the parking lot. I hope they build it one day.



I did not know about the mystical land! How cool! I have not been in the parking lot area since we always ride the bus...but if I do I will be sure to look for the Unicorn area!

The Ringling model is unreal! I laughed at the model of the men being told to "face this way"! :lmao: That looks like an interesting place. I will put that on my "one day" list! I still remember my first Ringling Bros. circus my dad took me to at age 5!

JPFamilyMom
09-12-2010, 10:57 PM
Wow, that circus model was so cool. I imagine it could take a good chunk of the day to get to really explore it. I don't think I've ever been to a circus :confused3 thought about taking Jack once a couple years back, but decided it would be too loud. Maybe one day ... can't wait to see what you did next :-) Glad you are feeling a little better

jmskinner
09-14-2010, 09:34 AM
I was behind a couple of updates. All caught up now! Sounds like a great time at the aquarium and beach. Have you ever encountered the aggressive birds at Disney? I had seagull swoop down and steal my churro at EPCOT. At least the gulls have good taste (but high cholesterol).

Here at the beaches in New England we get lots of tourists in Speedos! They should call them Speed-don'ts!

Sounds like you had some really special time with Kara and Jacob!

:rotfl: about the Seagull stealing the churro. We always seem to get ice cream, so I guess we are safe.;)

Speed-don'ts!:lmao: I think I will start calling them that.

Wow that model is so cool! I couldn't help but think of Dumbo. In the beginning of the movie they show the circus train leaving Florida. I didn't know Sarasota was the circus' home base.

I don't know if it still is, but I do know the area around is where a lot of the old carnivals with the "freak" sideshows call home. I read an article in the paper that a lot of the retired still live there. Haven't seen it though.

Yeah, I would totally get lost in looking at all of the detail in that model. Really amazing. I had to laugh about the bathroom part, tho -- thanks for not getting too personal with them!! And what's with the "look this way"?? :lmao: I was wondering if you spied the female version? :confused3

I confess, didn't know about the Howard Bros Circus.

They had to make up the name, can't remember why exactly? My photo's didn't do it justice and I had to take a pic of that bathroom. I believe the women's was just on the other side.

I did not know about the mystical land! How cool! I have not been in the parking lot area since we always ride the bus...but if I do I will be sure to look for the Unicorn area!

The Ringling model is unreal! I laughed at the model of the men being told to "face this way"! :lmao: That looks like an interesting place. I will put that on my "one day" list! I still remember my first Ringling Bros. circus my dad took me to at age 5!

Another symbol is in the AK logo, there is a Dragon. Just did a search and Wikipedia said it was suppose to be Beastly Kingdom, guess I had the name wrong. Sure hope they go ahead with the plan one day. AK sure needs to be expanded, at least IMO.

Highly recommend the Ringling Museum. There is still a lot to see...

Wow, that circus model was so cool. I imagine it could take a good chunk of the day to get to really explore it. I don't think I've ever been to a circus :confused3 thought about taking Jack once a couple years back, but decided it would be too loud. Maybe one day ... can't wait to see what you did next :-) Glad you are feeling a little better

You really could spend half a day exploring that model. Some of the shows at WDW might be a good sign as to how Jack would handle the circus. Things like that haven't bothered Jacob as much since there is so much to see to distract him. He can get very hyper though with all the noise.

I have taken Jacob to the circus once in DC, when he was 3. Since then I haven't wanted to go. Fell in with elephants while watching a documentary on the Elephant Sanctuary.

On to more of the museum.:)

jmskinner
09-14-2010, 09:51 AM
After the model we headed upstairs into another room with items from the golden age of the circus.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998273631_xsu6Z-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998273631_xsu6Z-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998272659_gfjs4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998272659_gfjs4-A-LB)

Along one very long wall were more models of different groups of circus performers.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998276904_pokGR-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998276904_pokGR-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998277456_Xra69-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998277456_Xra69-A-LB)

And why did I take the above pics....
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998277812_LbzWs-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998277812_LbzWs-A-LB)

And another Disney reference
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998278210_MAhmo-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998278210_MAhmo-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998287974_uRgct-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998287974_uRgct-A-LB)

We were over the circus model, which looks tiny from above
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998283074_AtEw9-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998283074_AtEw9-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998280810_CBNN6-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998280810_CBNN6-A-LB)

I did get a pic of the Howard Circus timeline:
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998288547_Yv3KK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998288547_Yv3KK-A-LB)

We walked into another room to find some of the performers costumes
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998287615_unNiM-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998287615_unNiM-A-LB)

From there we went to another building
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More costumes
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998292147_Teg82-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998292147_Teg82-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998292541_G5Ydh-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998292541_G5Ydh-A-LB)


Anyone remember this movie
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More to come...

jmskinner
09-14-2010, 10:10 AM
And they had some of the actual circus vehicles
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998294597_ojJgS-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998294597_ojJgS-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998294984_64EkW-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998294984_64EkW-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998297112_DrGY4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998297112_DrGY4-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998296736_m7iiu-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998296736_m7iiu-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998298761_inoYJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998298761_inoYJ-A-LB)

It happened to be family day and Jacob found some activities to participate in, giving me a chance to take pics
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998299555_rPdLw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998299555_rPdLw-A-LB)


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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998305945_4TmAt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998305945_4TmAt-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998304108_bNcCB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998304108_bNcCB-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998306393_V28va-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998306393_V28va-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998306743_pP6dY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998306743_pP6dY-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998307144_W2sDE-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998307144_W2sDE-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998307559_FMLcP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998307559_FMLcP-A-LB)

I found the detail on all the wagon wheels interesting
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998313356_bzHpB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998313356_bzHpB-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998311518_rbuZA-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998311518_rbuZA-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998311969_9jnV4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998311969_9jnV4-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998311081_j58qH-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998311081_j58qH-A-LB)

Workshop
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998312469_7q3Po-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998312469_7q3Po-A-LB)

And found Jacob still having a great time. He was now decorating a top
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998313048_bAxgF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998313048_bAxgF-A-LB)

One last shot on our way out
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998313998_xCA7n-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998313998_xCA7n-A-LB)

Coming up is Mrs. Ringlings rose garden and their private residence. Not what I imagined.

dismagiclover
09-14-2010, 11:04 AM
Wow! Can you imagine the logistics of moving all of the people, animals and equipment? That must have been one organized operation!

jmskinner
09-15-2010, 09:53 AM
Wow! Can you imagine the logistics of moving all of the people, animals and equipment? That must have been one organized operation!

I wish I could go back and see it, would have been an amazing sight. I remember reading that the food setups and such would leave during the big show and head out to the next location to be ready for the performers arrival in the next city the next morning.

jmskinner
09-15-2010, 10:02 AM
While we were in the last building it had rained just enough to bring on the humidity and my lens kept fogging over but we headed down towards the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ringling and saw
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998314458_yQHRw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998314458_yQHRw-A-LB)

This was absolutely beautiful.
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998315553_YzqpL-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998315553_YzqpL-A-LB)

Jacob wanted a picture of the butt...kids:rotfl2:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998316366_oSKai-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998316366_oSKai-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998316786_cbPE7-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998316786_cbPE7-A-LB)

There were so many different colors
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998319004_hwAib-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998319004_hwAib-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998319540_RLmKs-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998319540_RLmKs-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998319913_jp6fg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998319913_jp6fg-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998320233_ksx4a-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998320233_ksx4a-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998321305_UpXVC-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998321305_UpXVC-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998324587_KGu9R-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998324587_KGu9R-A-LB)

These trees were :cool1:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998326356_9oDkV-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998326356_9oDkV-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998327094_GxmZg-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998327094_GxmZg-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998327836_bmUQF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998327836_bmUQF-A-LB)

Next up, the house.:scared1: (Don't worry it's not scary, such unbelievably shocking.)

jmskinner
09-15-2010, 10:09 AM
So, what do you picture the owner of one of the largest circus' to live in?

Is this what you came up with?
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998328509_XqunJ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998328509_XqunJ-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998329672_X6Hfv-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998329672_X6Hfv-A-LB)

This is the side facing the water
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998330601_57J2F-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998330601_57J2F-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998330963_DJ7zP-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998330963_DJ7zP-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998332129_mCoPt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998332129_mCoPt-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998333397_4Wa2R-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998333397_4Wa2R-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998333908_BjFCD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998333908_BjFCD-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998334408_zUJhy-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998334408_zUJhy-A-LB)

And their view
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998335703_b2Jx4-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998335703_b2Jx4-A-LB)

I'm sure it is a lot different view than when they lived here.

Here is the front yard
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We had to wait for the next tour so we found some seats in the shade and waited, then realized we could go inside where it was airconditioned.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998336564_WtHyc-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998336564_WtHyc-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998337807_pAQt2-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998337807_pAQt2-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998336893_NjrYa-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998336893_NjrYa-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998337160_fyTSt-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998337160_fyTSt-A-LB)

That was just the sun room, or guess they would call it the Solarium (sp?).

jmskinner
09-15-2010, 10:23 AM
We were allowed into the home, reminded not to use our flashes.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998339020_UEZpB-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998339020_UEZpB-A-LB)

I can't remember what room this ceiling was inhttp://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998341103_aRgnY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998341103_aRgnY-A-LB)

This room was just amazing
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998342198_tHUaK-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998342198_tHUaK-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998343760_H49kN-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998343760_H49kN-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998344708_ScMjU-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998344708_ScMjU-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998345263_dTyPw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998345263_dTyPw-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998345882_mKmko-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998345882_mKmko-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998346790_nRfES-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998346790_nRfES-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998348293_DCG7m-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998348293_DCG7m-A-LB)

And from the other side of the room
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998359782_gjU4p-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998359782_gjU4p-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998360282_mSywa-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998360282_mSywa-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998364665_bZAQD-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998364665_bZAQD-A-LB)

Where do you think they had breakfast, would you believe here
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998348894_xRVqX-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998348894_xRVqX-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998349285_XAZWY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998349285_XAZWY-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998350221_DNYAF-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998350221_DNYAF-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998350606_TU9Rk-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998350606_TU9Rk-A-LB)

Part of the kitchen
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998352547_9cmxo-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998352547_9cmxo-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998352940_haQDZ-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998352940_haQDZ-A-LB)


How about this bar?
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998354737_nxssR-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998354737_nxssR-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998355652_TtSc7-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998355652_TtSc7-A-LB)

Formal dining room
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998357015_cjgzc-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998357015_cjgzc-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998357461_nkBnx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998357461_nkBnx-A-LB)

I love wood ceilings
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998353439_4TQxx-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998353439_4TQxx-A-LB)

Cont in the next post

jmskinner
09-15-2010, 10:34 AM
I thought this front door was just gorgeous

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998361669_DCtAL-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998361669_DCtAL-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998362725_oEWfr-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998362725_oEWfr-A-LB)

Jacob found a vent to stand on, he liked how big he got.:rotfl2:
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998367137_dm7wz-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998367137_dm7wz-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998369044_W3Zt8-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998369044_W3Zt8-A-LB)

Back through the kitchen
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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998371771_XBNzh-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998371771_XBNzh-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998372257_nVKNw-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998372257_nVKNw-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998373140_yzSKV-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998373140_yzSKV-A-LB)

This is what it looked like while under construction
http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998373630_Gcitr-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998373630_Gcitr-A-LB)

After our tour we waited on the shuttle to take us to the Art Museum. It was so hot and a lot of people were waiting. The tram was just large golf carts so only 5 people could go at a time. But one couple decided they weren't waiting, they came around the corner just as a golf cart arrived and hoped on. Guess the rest of us were just sitting in the shade enjoying the heat and humidity.:mad: They were older than us, but they weren't near as old as some of the other people waiting in that heat. Oh well, not much longer and we were on our way.

I'll continue with the Art Museum tomorrow.

Hope you are all enjoying, I sure did love this beautiful place.:goodvibes

TinksThree
09-15-2010, 02:58 PM
That house is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!! Wow! It sort of reminds me of the Biltmore in Asheville, NC as far as the grandness of it! I can't even imagine living somewhere like that! I liked the pictures in the garden where the lens fogged up....it added some mystique!! :goodvibes

dismagiclover
09-15-2010, 03:28 PM
That is quite the mansion! It's that Gilded Age style that was so popular. Lots of the mansions in Newport are similar. The museum and house definitely look like they are worth a visit!

jmskinner
09-16-2010, 11:53 AM
That house is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!! Wow! It sort of reminds me of the Biltmore in Asheville, NC as far as the grandness of it! I can't even imagine living somewhere like that! I liked the pictures in the garden where the lens fogged up....it added some mystique!! :goodvibes

Reminded me of Biltmore also. I thought that about the pics also. It was really weird because it was fogged up inside the camera, not the outside of the lens. I had never had that happen before.

That is quite the mansion! It's that Gilded Age style that was so popular. Lots of the mansions in Newport are similar. The museum and house definitely look like they are worth a visit!

One of the reasons I would love to do some tours up North, I figure there are lots of homes like that. I really do feel it is worth a visit and we aren't done yet. One more stop to come.

jmskinner
09-16-2010, 12:13 PM
We rode the little tram over to fine art museum.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998395741_KCkvz-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998395741_KCkvz-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998374350_H9VMT-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998374350_H9VMT-A-LB)

From the outside it looked big, but once inside I was totally surprised how big and open it was. I had never been in an art museum of this size. Yes we lived in DC, but never went to the art museum, thought taking a hyperactive 2 year old wasn't very smart.:scared1:

When we entered, a very nice woman greeted us and said she was giving a tour in about 5 minutes or we could wander on our own. We decided to take the tour and I am so glad we did. She told us all kinds of little facts we never would have learned. I don't remember everything she said and which pictures exactly, so I will give you a photo tour. Flashes weren't allowed so these don't have the best lighting.

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998375071_qxNZC-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998375071_qxNZC-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998381094_GRcys-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998381094_GRcys-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998388891_Ms3Li-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998388891_Ms3Li-A-LB)

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http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998392282_hmYKa-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998392282_hmYKa-A-LB)

http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/photos/998393306_wUKkY-M.jpg (http://jmskinner.smugmug.com/Vacation/Karas-week-in-FL-2010/13041850_8Bvys#998393306_wUKkY-A-LB)

I took pics of the columns next to door ways because these were items Mr. Ringling found all over the world and brought back with him. Most of the time they were from old buildings that were demolished. And the frames around the art work were amazing. All custom built by the circus wood crafters.

One thing I found interesting was Mr. Ringling wanted the greats, such as Rembrandt. Several of the paintings he purchased thinking they from the artist, but the meseum has learned they were not, but were done in the artists studios. Still worth millions.

Those last 3 photos are actually the first room we came to, I thought she said all of those came from the 1200's. But looking at the website, a lot is from the 1500's. And those in that first room were bigger than most walls in my house. Amazes me how something like that can survive that long in one piece.

Here is a link to an online virtual tour of the museum if any of you would like to take a look
Ringling Fine Art Museum (http://www.motion-vr.com/tours/RinglingMuseum/MuseumofArt.html)

We only did half of the museum this day, I wanted to stay but everyone else was ready to go home.

We didn't do much more with Kara that week. The next day we went to the movies and lunch. The following week we did some shopping and took her to Chuck E Cheese. Can you believe she had never been? It was sad to see Kara go, but she was starting her new adventure of college life. Things are going well for her per her Facebook posts. Lots of studying and getting ready for the 18th Birthday.

Ok, next post, back to WDW trips! And come this Saturday, MNSSHP!!!!:banana::yay::woohoo:

Minnie&Nana
09-16-2010, 12:26 PM
I was going to skip over the Circus photos because we've always boycotted circuses due to the abuse of animals and workers...but it is history and I love history, so decided to read along promising myself not to conjure up images of the reality. ;) Amazing! The Disney connections are kind of creepy (I'm weird b/c all I can think of is the abuse).

The train is incredible..but that Mansion... and how about that view?? Did the dining room remind anyone else of the Haunted Mansion? The organ looked like the one in HM dining room could be a duplicate.

My favorite pics though, are of Jacob over the AC vent! :teeth:

Thanks, Melissa! What fun!
p.s Imagine a personal Art Museum...pretty incredible. Thanks!:flower3:
I am so excited to see pics from this coming weekend and MNSSHP!:yay:

jmskinner
09-17-2010, 09:45 PM
I was going to skip over the Circus photos because we've always boycotted circuses due to the abuse of animals and workers...but it is history and I love history, so decided to read along promising myself not to conjure up images of the reality. ;) Amazing! The Disney connections are kind of creepy (I'm weird b/c all I can think of is the abuse).

The train is incredible..but that Mansion... and how about that view?? Did the dining room remind anyone else of the Haunted Mansion? The organ looked like the one in HM dining room could be a duplicate.

My favorite pics though, are of Jacob over the AC vent! :teeth:

Thanks, Melissa! What fun!
p.s Imagine a personal Art Museum...pretty incredible. Thanks!:flower3:
I am so excited to see pics from this coming weekend and MNSSHP!:yay:

Glad to see you out here!:goodvibes I hadn't heard of abuse to the workers, but I'm sure they worked themselves to death with what was involved in moving from city to city overnight. But, they left behind a legacy and the Ringling Museum really represented their talent.

I hope to go back and see the other half of the art museum and spend some more time seeing what we have already seen.

Minnie&Nana
09-17-2010, 09:58 PM
It really does look interesting - if we are ever down there long enough, it would be worth seeing.

Are you feeling better??? Excited for tomorrow night? http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_mickey_halloween.gif Will you go again before the end of October? http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_mickey_halloween.gif

jmskinner
09-17-2010, 10:17 PM
Tomorrow we leave for MNSSHP, but I thought I would do a quick update with 3 mini TR's and then I will be all caught up with all of our WDW adventures.

So, the first one was August 4. Can't remember why we went that day unless I was just going through my usual withdrawals. If you remember I had taken the camera in for repairs, so I only have my phone, so this will be a phone report.

Had to take a pic of the train station, think I do that every time
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And of course the castle
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My child jumping in front of the camera to ruin my shot
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We had headed over to Buzz to get FP's, but I looked at the line and saw it wasn't long at all. I remember Jacob complaining, but the line didn't even go through all of the queue. Think we were on in 5 minutes.

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This was the only time I beat Jacob. He seemed to think his gun was broke.:rolleyes1 My score
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His score
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I will say, he normally maxes out the score on Buzz, so something must have been wrong with the gun.

He loves to pose with Zurg
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From there we headed over to HM for a quick ride. I remember it stopped on us right in the staircase area. There was a CM riding ahead of us by himself and two CM's walked in and spoke to him and then left. It was really odd.

After that Jacob found another photo op:
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As long as the boy has his DS, his happy!:rotfl2:

Jacob was getting hungry, but it wasn't even 10:30am yet, so I said we needed to wait a little longer for lunch. Tried to get him on Splash Mountain or BTMRR, but he decided to do this
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Totally surprised me. Here are a few horrible pics with my phone
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Now, Jacob wanted to go to his new favorite place to eat at MK, actually all the parks. Columbia Harbor House
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I ordered the fish and chicken platter. Jacob got mad because he said he wanted more chicken, but I knew he needed to leave room for something else.
The park was still a little empty
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Then the people came
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Remember I said Jacob should leave room for something else. We stopped for ice cream. He didn't even have enough room for it, I ended up having to finish it. Jacob decided he was ready to leave and I was ok with that. This is the nice thing about those AP's. Go for a few rides and head home.

Now, if you remember on 8/23 we attended the YES program. We were going to learn about Energy and Sound. We left our house at 7:15am since we had to be there at 9:00am. I was very surprised Jacob got moving that morning. We made it with plenty of time to spare and I got to do something I had never been able to do. ROPE DROP!!!!:banana::cool1::woohoo:

I figured a lot of people would be there, standing shoulder to shoulder, but actually there weren't. There was lots of room to move around. Now we were suppose to meet our CM instructor at the Mickey Head there at the train station. I looked around and didn't see anyone and then thought they probably don't show up until after park opening so it won't be crowded.

I noticed another lady with the same paperwork as I had looking around as lost as I was. I tapped her on the shoulder and told her we were there for the same thing. She looked relieved to see someone else waiting for the same thing, which I was relieved to.

But first, some pics of rope drop.
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I really enjoyed the rope drop, so glad I finally caught one. As soon as the crowd dispersed, a group of CM's came forward and we figured out they were the YES Program.

jmskinner
09-17-2010, 10:42 PM
They had a very large class, so they decided to break us into two groups. I'm sorry, but I didn't take a lot of pictures. There were 3 other families with us. Our CM was wonderful. He had been a Drum Corp Director. I love Drum Corps. We first stopped there by the Main Street Hat Store for a little lesson. We learned about waves. He gave us each a card to draw what we thought were waves. There was everything from an ocean wave to a sound wave which Jacob drew. I was impressed he was the only one to draw a sound wave.

From there we traveled to the Noodle Station for another quick lesson on vibrations and sounds. You may wonder why Noodle Station, but the CM was finding out of the way places we could hear what he said. From there it was on to Stitch. I had warned Jacob that we would riding this ride because I know how he hates this ride. He had seen it on the Planning Video and it looked really cool, so when he finally rode it he thought there must be another ride somewhere else in the park.:laughing:

I did take this horrible shot
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After Stitch we walked around to Liberty Square and had another lesson. I don't want to go into detail on this one because this is where we learned how some of the effects in the HM work. Especially the Hitchhiking Ghosts. In fact, when the CM was demonstrating it, one of the boys said "That's how they do the Hitchhiking Ghosts!" He was a teenager but still impressive that he realized what was up.

From there we rode HM. And after that we stopped at CHH for another quick lesson. Now, I was getting a little frustrated. I thought that the literature said we would go behind the scenes of the HM, why weren't we doing that. That's when the CM said he had a surprise for us. We headed down the little pathway between IASW and the old Sky Ride area. We stopped at the gate and he told us not to touch anything, to stay together, and of course, no pictures. In fact he asked me to put my camera in my bag, which I was glad to do so. Don't want to upset Mickey as we say around here.

We went down an alley where we saw some of the Dumbo cars and a couple of the Carousel horses. Then door #7. We were told to walk through the door and follow the pathway to another door, which we did. This was the room with all the computer equipment running the ride. Once at the next door he told us we would step inside and then wait for our eyes to adjust to the darkness and we would then move on to a taped off area. We were to stay in the taped in area and not touch the railing. Jacob ended up ahead of me, which had me in a total panic. He is a toucher! But, he was good and didn't touch anything, or at least nothing I know about. I don't want to post what we saw because I will never view HM the same way again. It wasn't anything like I thought it was. I'll be happy to answer any questions if you want to PM me though.

We were all really impressed and excited after that. We then had another little listen and went on to Mickey's Philharmagic. Now, the CM had said we should take our glasses off during Ariel's scene with the big Ruby. Don't know why he decided on that scene. I did, but I already knew what a 3D movie looked like without the glasses.

Once we were out, he said goodbye to us and we headed out of the park because we had to get back in time for Jacob's therapy appointment. But on the way around the castle we saw Sleeping Beauty (or at least that is who I thought it was) and she passed us just as a lady in front of us took a bite out of an apple. "I hope you made sure that apple was safe!" I thought it was one of the those great Disney moments.:goodvibes

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Minnie&Nana
09-17-2010, 11:03 PM
Great mini TR's! The pics are still good...and Jacob is still so darn cute. I like to be at rope drop almost every park, and we usually always are there early, but esp MK. AK was really cute one year too. Because we are morning people (well, I am anyway), don't usually see the Kiss Goodnight...think I've only seen it once.

Can't wait hear all about tomorrow's visit! Have fun!

jmskinner
09-17-2010, 11:21 PM
Jonas and I decided we should make a trip to WDW to take Jacob on his last ride to Endor. Star Tours is Jacob's favorite ride in the parks. I also had something else I wanted to do, but more on that later. Now my plan was to take lots of pictures of the ride. Well, stupid me forgets the camera. I remembered once we were on the Interstate, but it was already late in the morning, I didn't want to go back. This will be another phone pic report.

We got to the park
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And I was having a frizzy hair day, even with the ponytail, so I decided I wanted a hat. We went through all the stores there on the main street, but couldn't find anything I liked.

Finally, to Jacob's relief, we headed to Star Tours. This is Jacob looking sad about it being his last ride.
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After our ride Jacob wanted to ride again, so Jonas took him around to do it again and I went off in search of a hat. Went in the shop by the Muppets, where we had previously purchased Kara a hat, but all they had were little kid hats.:confused3 Then I remembered a PoTC ornament someone had posted in their TR I wanted, so I walked over to the Christmas store. Found my ornament and was on my way. I found some others I may go back for also. More on the ornament later.

I wandered around the park some more by myself, which I have always been to scared to do a solo trip. This was like a little solo test run for me. I had a great time. Finally my boys came looking for me
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My Dis friend Sha was at WDW with her mother. They were with us on the scurry bike that day. I texted her, and they came over and met us. We had a quick lunch there at the CS place next to Star Tours. Sha then invited us to join them on some rides since they had the Ultimate FP. Sha's mother uses a wheelchair for the parks, so they had the GAC. They wanted to do Star Tours. Jacob had no complaints, especially once he realized we would get to go in the area we always see people in, but have never seen before.

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Of all the times to forget my camera.:sad1: We spent about 5 minutes up there taking photos. We even let people go around us so we could take more photos.

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While waiting for the ride I started wondering how the CM's felt about the ride closing for refurbishment. Thought it must be sad. Soon we were on and just as the CM was going to close the doors, this little boy asked "Is this where we see Michael Jackson do the Moonwalk?" The poor CM tried to keep a straight face and just told the boy "No, not this trip." Of course we were all laughing and the poor boy just looked confused. I told him he would see that at Captain EO over in Epcot. Sha told me that as the boy walked out after the ride, he said he didn't see Michael Jackson.:rotfl2:

From there we went to Toy Story.

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It ended up being a long wait, but we had a great time visiting. Even met a guy in line that designs Star Wars costumes. We had seen his wife at the Star Wars Celebration (need to look to see if I have a picture.)

Jacob was having fun playing with all of the 3D glasses
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I really like that picture because it looks like you need 3D glasses on.:laughing:

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I won
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I had the highest score of any of us.:banana: I love TSMM!!!

After this Jonas mentioned TGMR, which surprised me. We had a nice ride up front
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After that we said our goodbyes to Sha and her Mother and headed out. But first, remember I said I had something else to do. I was picking up those MNSSHP tickets. And I was smart about it, went to the Guest Relations there inside DHS where it is air conditioned. Took the CM a while to find the military tickets, but so glad he did, what I saved on those tickets paid for the Oct 22 night.:cool1:

And I said there would be more about the Mickey Christmas ornament. Jonas asked why I bought it since it didn't really fit with our tree. Well, I want to put up another tree for Disney ornaments. Jonas was not happy with me. See, every year I already put up 3 trees. Our family one, my Boyd bear one in our bedroom and then Jacob has one because I didn't care for the ornaments he picked out. I know, bad mom. We have all of these Hallmark Disney ornaments, so I want to put a Disney tree up too. Oh, and Jonas loved it when I mentioned putting up a little one on our plant shelf for Snoopy ornaments. I have a lot of animated Snoopys I put up there each year and have all these Snoopys Hallmark ornaments we never use, so why not. Jonas just said he wasn't talking about it anymore. Like he can stop me.:rolleyes1

Once in the car, Jacob passed out
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And that was our last ride three rides to Endor. Can't wait for the new ride to open.

Next up, MNSSHP!!! Our plan tomorrow is to get on the road, stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch. Get to ASSports. Let Jacob swim while we drink and rest. We have all been sick this week. Jonas has my cold from earlier in the week, plus he had to go to the doctor last weekend for kidney stones, that haven't passed yet. May be a very interesting MNSSHP.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!:goodvibes

jmskinner
09-17-2010, 11:22 PM
Great mini TR's! The pics are still good...and Jacob is still so darn cute. I like to be at rope drop almost every park, and we usually always are there early, but esp MK. AK was really cute one year too. Because we are morning people (well, I am anyway), don't usually see the Kiss Goodnight...think I've only seen it once.

Can't wait hear all about tomorrow's visit! Have fun!

You posted as I was doing one last mini TR. Glad you enjoyed them. We have caught DHS' rope drop several times, but never AK or Epcot. Guess we aren't really morning people. I have a feeling at the January trip we will be making some rope drops since the kiddo won't be with us.

You have a great day tomorrow on your adventure!:goodvibes

natebenma
09-18-2010, 07:09 AM
Thanks for sharing the mini-trips with us! Great updates!

I have to say that the pic of Jacob in the stockades with his DS is one of the best poses I have seen. I am totally stealing that idea!!!

Glad you got a few last rides to Endor. Have fun at the party!

Dee

dismagiclover
09-18-2010, 10:20 AM
Fun mini updates! Love the details from behind the scenes. I've run through backstage areas during the half marathon. Always interesting (though not as interesting as your backstage experience.) And I know exactly what ornament you bought;) Hurray for Disney trees! I can't wait to hear about the MNSSHP. popcorn::

jmskinner
09-19-2010, 12:47 PM
We are back from the party. Had a great time!:woohoo: Uploading the pics now, so I will probably start the TR on it tomorrow.

Thanks for sharing the mini-trips with us! Great updates!

I have to say that the pic of Jacob in the stockades with his DS is one of the best poses I have seen. I am totally stealing that idea!!!

Glad you got a few last rides to Endor. Have fun at the party!

Dee


Glad you liked the stockade photo. He had it in his hand and was trying to figure out what to do with it when I realized it would make a cute photo. That was part of the reason I wanted to do that little TR. And happy you enjoyed the Mini TR's. It feels good to be able to come home and be all caught up. I can get the "party" started.:laughing:

Fun mini updates! Love the details from behind the scenes. I've run through backstage areas during the half marathon. Always interesting (though not as interesting as your backstage experience.) And I know exactly what ornament you bought;) Hurray for Disney trees! I can't wait to hear about the MNSSHP. popcorn::

I thought you were the one that showed me that ornament. They really are cute. I remember your pics of running backstage, I would still love to do that, but just don't see it happening unless I get my heel pain figured out. One of my neighbors wants to start running, so we plan on walking 4 days a week, with two of those days including a little running. Have another neighbor joining us who doesn't like to run, so it works well.:) Oh, and in Lakeland they are having a Donut Run. If you stop and have a donut while running you get time taken off of your run. That sounds like my kind!:rotfl: See why I can't run a marathon, I love food way to much and not the healthy kind.

It really does look interesting - if we are ever down there long enough, it would be worth seeing.

Are you feeling better??? Excited for tomorrow night? http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_mickey_halloween.gif Will you go again before the end of October? http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp67/christine7273/icon_mickey_halloween.gif

None of us are really feeling better. And I am going to the party again Oct 22 with the Duck, Sha, and Rebecca and a bunch of other Dis'ers. Can't wait!:banana::woohoo::yay: