PDA

View Full Version : DON'T Read This TRIP REPORT If You're a Princess Hater!


Pages : 1 2 3 4 [5] 6

Caretames1
06-30-2011, 09:56 AM
I love the dress! Katie is going to look so beautiful. I can't wait to see it totally done.

mom2rtk
06-30-2011, 10:32 AM
Well that is good to know! Another DIS friend! I scrapbook too! I'm actually going to update with pictures of my scrapbook on my ptr tomorrow! I have a sewing machine but I need to take a refresher course! I took home ec in high school and sewing in high school but it's been too long :( I think i'm going to go to Joann's and take a class! I went and bought fabric and decided to make some washcloths for myself but I couldn't get the right stitch and didn't know how to start and end properly :( Lol! I would totally do that too! Uh Oh! I hate when they sell out of fabric! The Belle dress is Amazing! I love it! I can only hope that one day I will be able to make clothes like that for my kids!

Thank you! :) I think a class is a great place to start. But from there I say JUMP IN..... with BOTH feet. Just start cutting and allow yourself to make mistakes. I learn more that way than any other. I practically made that Belle gown twice.

People ask me all the time to make custom items for them (things I haven't done before), but I usually turn them down. It's because the FIRST time I make something I usually have to do it twice. The first one to learn, the second one to get it right.

I love the dress! Katie is going to look so beautiful. I can't wait to see it totally done.

Thanks Carey! :goodvibes I think it will be a bit before I get this back on her. I had a lot of problems with it and asked her to try it on a couple dozen times too many..... :rolleyes1

MNTwinsMom
06-30-2011, 06:17 PM
The new Belle gown (and the Christmas Snow White gown) is gorgeous! What a great start on Katie's wardrobe for your next trip. :)

I've been absorbing all the photography talk in this thread as well and wanted to thank all of you for it. I'm considering taking the plunge and buying a DSLR, but only want to do it if I am actually going to be able to take better pictures then I do with my P&S. :confused3

I just bought the "Understanding Exposure" book you and others have recommended. I'm a pretty light packer when we tour the parks, so I'm not sure I want to commit to carrying around a DSLR and all the gear that goes with it to take better pictures.

The biggest challenge I have with photography is the bright flash that makes our already pale family (we live in Minnesota and don't get much sun :rotfl2:) look like we belong in the Haunted Mansion!

Looking forward to more . . . maybe this TR could just role right into the next PTR ?? popcorn::

mom2rtk
06-30-2011, 09:26 PM
The new Belle gown (and the Christmas Snow White gown) is gorgeous! What a great start on Katie's wardrobe for your next trip. :)

I've been absorbing all the photography talk in this thread as well and wanted to thank all of you for it. I'm considering taking the plunge and buying a DSLR, but only want to do it if I am actually going to be able to take better pictures then I do with my P&S. :confused3

I just bought the "Understanding Exposure" book you and others have recommended. I'm a pretty light packer when we tour the parks, so I'm not sure I want to commit to carrying around a DSLR and all the gear that goes with it to take better pictures.

The biggest challenge I have with photography is the bright flash that makes our already pale family (we live in Minnesota and don't get much sun :rotfl2:) look like we belong in the Haunted Mansion!

Looking forward to more . . . maybe this TR could just role right into the next PTR ?? popcorn::


Many thanks! I'll try to post a finished photo of Belle when I get the last detail finished. After that, she's good with a winter Cindy and a Christmas Mary Poppins (don't know if I mentioned that one or not) but then that's pretty much it. Actually quite a bit less than out previous trips.

Be sure to post back here if you have any questions while reading "Understanding Exposure". It really is a great starting point.

Only you can say whether you'd be happy carrying around a DSLR. I will say that you can go "DSLR-lite". You really don't have to carry around all the extra lenses and stuff. You can get a case that's just barely larger than the camera itself. I still remember one trip where I had one of those small bags, put my ID and charge card inside, and that's all I carried! :rotfl2: Hard to believe I know!

I will say that even back when I shot only in the automatic modes, I thought the shots were much better with a DSLR. They have a much larger sensor than any point and shoot, and it shows in the finished product. The other big advantage is the low light capability. Even without any fancy lenses, DSLR's do far better in low light situations.Think about indoors without a flash, outside at night for parades, and castle shots.

I don't know what most point & shoots will do, but I know that with a DSLR you can turn down the intensity of the flash with the flash exposure compensation setting.

I appreciate your vote of confidence on a PTR...... and I've thought about it. But I'm not Jen. I can't do 10 trip reports at once......... :lmao: Heck, I can barely do one! :rotfl2: If I decide to do one though, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Speaking of which, I just realized tonight I have some more work to do on our park days for December. I had us slotted to do DHS on a Saturday. I chose it because it's one of the few days that week with no Fantasmic. But I forgot it's an early EMH. And that late in the week, I doubt we'll want to do that. Nor do I want to get there after everyone else. Hmmm..... and just when I thought I had it all figured out.........

mom2rtk
06-30-2011, 10:04 PM
12/18/10: Continued

It was still raining when we came out of Nemo, but much lighter. We headed for another indoor attraction I had wanted to do for some time…….. It’s Tough to be a Bug. I probably would have enjoyed it more if the little boy next to us didn’t scream in my ear the entire time. That one might deserve another chance. I can't believe I don't have ONE SINGLE photo to document this attraction. Not a photo of one of the goofy posters, not a picture of Katie in her bug glasses. :sad: I was growing weary of getting the camera in and out of the backpack with the rain poncho over it. I probably wouldn't do this attraction again....... but since I don't have any pictures of us in our bug glasses........ I think I'll give it a go. Although I don't hold out much hope of sitting through it without SOMEONE screaming next to me.....

Not knowing what the weather would do the rest of the day, we headed for Camp Minnie Mickey to find some characters and see Festival of the Lion King. First we stopped at Pizzafari for a bite to eat. Our timing was good and after eating we were able to go straight into the theater and out of the sprinkles that were still falling. It’s an awesome show and hard NOT to sing along with.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/5862753809_1d081e8cea_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753809/)
IMG_5907-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753809/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5278/5862753513_2c09fa0958_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753513/)
IMG_5899-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753513/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/5862753301_921fcc1c48_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753301/)
IMG_5855-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862753301/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/5863303460_8d3dbd4af2_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303460/)
IMG_5843-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303460/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3174/5863303258_d3164dd859_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303258/)
IMG_5827-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303258/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3201/5862752885_2a105057a6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862752885/)
IMG_5811-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862752885/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/5863303030_84ffc66dda_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303030/)
IMG_5761-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863303030/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr



When we came out, it had actually.......... STOPPED RAINING! :wizard: We headed for the character lines. I had looked forward to this, since this is the only place the characters appear in Christmas attire during regular park hours. First we saw Mickey and Minnie together. The other line wasn’t open, but we looked over and saw Pocahontas. If we could catch her there, we could save a long trek out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. So we saw her then jumped in the next line for Donald and Santa Goofy. We had a lot of fun playing with them, even if the line moved very slowly.



http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5862754323_11d0e9f251_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754323/)
IMG_5922-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754323/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/5862754065_dbcab29d46_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754065/)
IMG_5926-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754065/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3064/5862754549_03e5e59353_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754549/)
IMG_5927-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754549/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr





http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5863305052_94ebc04756_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863305052/)
IMG_5932-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863305052/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2771/5862754961_b294e35ef1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754961/)
IMG_5934-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862754961/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3150/5862755171_8591e4b6bd_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755171/)
IMG_5937-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755171/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr





http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3208/5862755409_50dc33ff8b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755409/)
IMG_5945-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755409/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3091/5862755635_12692bc338_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755635/)
IMG_5947-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862755635/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3175/5863306116_0845c26792_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863306116/)
IMG_5949-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863306116/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/5862756233_3fb8fe1398_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862756233/)
IMG_5956-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862756233/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5119/5863306754_d824d4c74a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863306754/)
IMG_5958-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863306754/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/5862756705_837ac64278_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862756705/)
IMG_5959-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862756705/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/5863307180_740b48c5b5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863307180/)
IMG_5965-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863307180/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/5863307374_61332535a9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863307374/)
IMG_5964-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863307374/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5312/5862757419_4c3bd95060_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757419/)
IMG_5974-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757419/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Caretames1
06-30-2011, 10:13 PM
Oh, I like the Pochantas costume! But I really love all the Christmas photos. I am for sure now, that our next, next trip will be around Christmas ( crossing my fingers for 2012).
Do you know when they really start with the Christmas stuff? I know that the MVMCP parties start early Nov. Kadence's Bday is Nov 14 and I'd like to go on and around that.

mom2rtk
06-30-2011, 10:23 PM
Oh, I like the Pochantas costume! But I really love all the Christmas photos. I am for sure now, that our next, next trip will be around Christmas ( crossing my fingers for 2012).
Do you know when they really start with the Christmas stuff? I know that the MVMCP parties start early Nov. Kadence's Bday is Nov 14 and I'd like to go on and around that.

Thanks Carey! The Pocahontas was a cheap Ebay find. We had done a photo with Pocahontas on our one day there in 07 and I thought it would be fun to update it. Here's that shot. Pocahontas told her "Let's do our strong princess pose".

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2629502912_e4eba372d2_z.jpg?zz=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/2629502912/)
Pocahontas Pair (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/2629502912/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I had thought we'd have to trek out to Rafiki Plant Watch to find her, so it was nice to stumble across her close-by.

Obviously the MK is decorated by the first party in early November. (My dream trip is to go long enough to catch the last MNSSHP and the first MVMCP all in the same trip.) The tree won't be up in the MK until after the parade taping the first weekend in December though. And I think they take down some of the garlands over Main Street for parade taping. Osborne lights are generally up and going before Thanksgiving. The rest of the stuff goes up in mid-November. I don't think they commit on dates, but I think it's all up by Thanksgiving. I think if you were there the week before Thanksgiving, you'd see it all. But once again, no guarantees. Mid-November is a great time to be at Disney though. One of the few slower crowd times left. And honestly, a birthday in the Magic Kingdom is pretty cool. That's part of the reason we did late Sept/early Oct in 09.

DISNEYaddict4evr
06-30-2011, 10:38 PM
:surfweb:

::sigh:: what will I do when this is all over :headache: ever TR I start to read always ends and it is depressing :sad2:

mom2rtk
06-30-2011, 10:40 PM
:surfweb:

::sigh:: what will I do when this is all over :headache: ever TR I start to read always ends and it is depressing :sad2:

LOL! I'd be happy to take a never-ending trip, and do the accompanying never-ending trip report if you can find someone to ........... you know..... PAY for it......... :rolleyes1

Or maybe you could just start a pre-trip report of each of your OWN upcoming trips! :thumbsup2

RGirl
06-30-2011, 11:27 PM
Great update!!!!! FotLK looks amazing. We missed it last year on our first trip. We did see the Traveling Broadway production of The Lion King and loved it, so I'm hoping to catch this show in October.

Awesome character pics. Your DD is so adorable, and I am so impressed with her costume changes!!!!!

Caretames1
06-30-2011, 11:45 PM
My dream trip is to go long enough to catch the last MNSSHP and the first MVMCP all in the same trip.

I maybe shouldn't say this but.........that's what we're thinking of doing. The only thing in the deciding is Kadence's b-day.
When my DH first decided on this Sept, he asked me to check into MVMCP too and thats when I saw that the last HP and the first CP were only 7 days apart.

I've got time, 2012 is a maybe with 2013 the back-up for sure date.

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-01-2011, 08:52 AM
LOL! I'd be happy to take a never-ending trip, and do the accompanying never-ending trip report if you can find someone to ........... you know..... PAY for it......... :rolleyes1

Or maybe you could just start a pre-trip report of each of your OWN upcoming trips! :thumbsup2

That is a great idea! I'll head to the bank right now to get the money... :rotfl:

As per ME doing a PTR I would but I have this thing called school, I will be done with my Masters degree in a little less than 5-weeks and well I have slacked of and will not pay for that :sad2: so I will not have any time. I was going to at least blog my trips, but not sure with internet. YOu guys will for sure get a blog for the Asia trip (My Graduation present to myself), but the others not sure

RinkyTinkyTinky
07-01-2011, 10:52 AM
WOW! Your FotLK pics are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that I am surprised!

I love the Pocohontas outfit! She is one of my favorites! I have a history degree and I'm a full fledged history nerd, so I am very fond of that Disney character. I am wondering how you get her outfits changed between character meetings though????

I LOVE all the Christmas shots too! They are sooooooooo good! You really hit the jackpot there!

mom2rtk
07-01-2011, 11:11 AM
WOW! Your FotLK pics are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that I am surprised!

I love the Pocohontas outfit! She is one of my favorites! I have a history degree and I'm a full fledged history nerd, so I am very fond of that Disney character. I am wondering how you get her outfits changed between character meetings though????

I LOVE all the Christmas shots too! They are sooooooooo good! You really hit the jackpot there!

Thanks RTT!

I thought it would be fun becuase we had that whole "winter princess" thing going anyway...... My big draw to Pocahontas has always been the music. I love playing it in the car when we're driving through the national parks. Nothing like the desert sounthwest with "Colors in the Wind" blaring on the CD player. Gee...... can't figure out why no one wants to go back with me! :lmao:

We actually didn't have much with us this day because of the rain and because Pocahontas was the only princess we were likely to find. So it was really easy. She had on a white t-shirt and leggings under her skirt, so we just swapped out while in line. After that though she ducked into the restroom because she wanted to put the top back on without the t-shirt underneath. After a week of intense cold, it was nice to ditch a layer or 2 when possible!

And yes, wasn't that an awesome batch of characters to find? I loved having them in something for Christmas. Although Donald needed to step up his game! Maybe a sprig of holly or something???????

mom2rtk
07-01-2011, 02:05 PM
Great update!!!!! FotLK looks amazing. We missed it last year on our first trip. We did see the Traveling Broadway production of The Lion King and loved it, so I'm hoping to catch this show in October.

Awesome character pics. Your DD is so adorable, and I am so impressed with her costume changes!!!!!

Thanks!

We love FotLK. We will probably pass on Nemo again when we go back, but can't imagine missing FotLK. I love the music. But then that's generally the case for me at Disney!

I maybe shouldn't say this but.........that's what we're thinking of doing. The only thing in the deciding is Kadence's b-day.
When my DH first decided on this Sept, he asked me to check into MVMCP too and thats when I saw that the last HP and the first CP were only 7 days apart.

I've got time, 2012 is a maybe with 2013 the back-up for sure date.

Fine......:snooty: Just steal my "best trip ever" idea! Wouldn't that be awesome though? What the heck, just go ahead and stay for the birthday too. I hear DISNEYaddict4evr is picking up the tab! :dance3:

That is a great idea! I'll head to the bank right now to get the money... :rotfl:

As per ME doing a PTR I would but I have this thing called school, I will be done with my Masters degree in a little less than 5-weeks and well I have slacked of and will not pay for that :sad2: so I will not have any time. I was going to at least blog my trips, but not sure with internet. YOu guys will for sure get a blog for the Asia trip (My Graduation present to myself), but the others not sure

Early congrats on the Masters degree! :banana: So we'll let you pass on all the PTR's. But we'll hold you to it on the Asia blog. I'm so jealous. It would be AWESOME to read along as you go though!

stephielela
07-01-2011, 06:18 PM
Awesome pics with all the Christmassy characters! I think we left shortly after it sunnied up, we were just soaked and I needed a change of clothes.

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-01-2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks!


Early congrats on the Masters degree! :banana: So we'll let you pass on all the PTR's. But we'll hold you to it on the Asia blog. I'm so jealous. It would be AWESOME to read along as you go though!

I'l be sure and post a link some how to let you know and others how to find it. I can't wait... can you believe I have already started packing :laughing: in fact I think I have to be honest and say I started backing the middle of last month :rotfl:

petals
07-01-2011, 07:23 PM
I'm luvin all your pics. When are you going in December?

KCmike
07-01-2011, 08:33 PM
OK, sorry I've been MIA. Sometimes I get in the middle of a project and just can't stop until it's done. And maybe done again. I'm finally back up for air......... I still have about a day's work to do making fabric flowers, but the dress has finally taken form.......

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5022/5885904901_fc144c6bf8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5885904901/)
IMG_1585-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5885904901/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Holy Belle dresses Batman! Sorry I've been watching alot of Batman on the HUB tv channel (we just got it on time warner a few weeks ago). What a great looking dress Janet. Amazing.

mom2rtk
07-01-2011, 08:35 PM
Awesome pics with all the Christmassy characters! I think we left shortly after it sunnied up, we were just soaked and I needed a change of clothes.

Thanks Steph! I can certainly see how one could be soaked by afternoon..... We only survived because of our ponchos and because we kept ducking for cover. The afternoon was nice though. Not too hot, not too cold, and the rain did stop.

I'l be sure and post a link some how to let you know and others how to find it. I can't wait... can you believe I have already started packing :laughing: in fact I think I have to be honest and say I started backing the middle of last month :rotfl:

I don't blame you. I'd be excited too! We actually pack for our Disney trips months on advance. Well, sort of. I start a master packing list and I start throwing things in a corner and marking it off the list. Mostly that's because it's just nuts for us getting out the door with me still trying to finish up all my work first.

I'm luvin all your pics. When are you going in December?

Many thanks!

Right now the plan is to arrive on the 10th. But I've held off booking flights until I find out what sort of discounts and blackout dates they offer in December.

mom2rtk
07-01-2011, 08:38 PM
Holy Belle dresses Batman! Sorry I've been watching alot of Batman on the HUB tv channel (we just got it on time warner a few weeks ago). What a great looking dress Janet. Amazing.

LOL! Thanks Mike!

I finished all the fabric flowers now so it's looking almost done. When I get the rhinestones added, I'll post a final photo.

So did you cave and book any of the cheap rates to DL? I was REALLY tempted to ditch all our WDW plans and do it, and I might still regret that I didn't....... I saw photos of that new parade and it looks gorgeous. Then parade at WDW is starting to look pretty old.....

KCmike
07-01-2011, 09:36 PM
LOL! Thanks Mike!

I finished all the fabric flowers now so it's looking almost done. When I get the rhinestones added, I'll post a final photo.

So did you cave and book any of the cheap rates to DL? I was REALLY tempted to ditch all our WDW plans and do it, and I might still regret that I didn't....... I saw photos of that new parade and it looks gorgeous. Then parade at WDW is starting to look pretty old.....

Sadly, no. The fares are still out there too! It's just not in the budget I'm afraid. I've been showing my wife your Mount Rushmore photos and that is a place she has always wanted to go to. We usually try to take a weekend trip around Labor Day somewhere in the four state area. She has been mapquesting and really looking up things. I think she has her heart set on it. We would both love to go back to DL but the kids really want to come along this time and that would bump expenses out the roof. It's tough having three kids for traveling expenses. Sooooo. How bad was the drive other than the flooding? Where did you stay in the M.R. area?

I told my wife today that I wish Southwest would take away those cheaper fares because I want so bad to go back. I need to be smart though. I know that DCA is torn up pretty good right now. I just need to be patient and look forward to next year.

mom2rtk
07-01-2011, 09:49 PM
Sadly, no. The fares are still out there too! It's just not in the budget I'm afraid. I've been showing my wife your Mount Rushmore photos and that is a place she has always wanted to go to. We usually try to take a weekend trip around Labor Day somewhere in the four state area. She has been mapquesting and really looking up things. I think she has her heart set on it. We would both love to go back to DL but the kids really want to come along this time and that would bump expenses out the roof. It's tough having three kids for traveling expenses. Sooooo. How bad was the drive other than the flooding? Where did you stay in the M.R. area?

I told my wife today that I wish Southwest would take away those cheaper fares because I want so bad to go back. I need to be smart though. I know that DCA is torn up pretty good right now. I just need to be patient and look forward to next year.

Well, I don't think you'd go wrong taking a short trip up to Rushmore. We tried to stay at quality/comfort Inns since they were doing a stay 2 nights/get one free promo and my husband is taking my son on a short trip soon to visit some ball parks. I think we had some trouble deciding on a place near Rushmore though. There were a number of independent motels we saw once we were there, but there was just no way to tell from a distance how they would be. We ended up staying at a Holiday Inn Express in Hill, SD. Even that was $125 for the night I think.

Maybe or SD resident here on the thread could chime in???? You know..... if she's not off to Asia yet........ :rolleyes1

Are you going to drive into the Badlands or Black Hills? Don't miss the Iron Mountain Highway in Custer State Park. That's where the tunnels are with Rushmore in the distance.

What sort of telephoto lens do you have? I really found I needed the reach of my Tamron 18-270 for the wildlife we saw along the way. If you need something long, don't forget about rentglass.com here in town.

I totally understand (as you might guess) about how costly it is for 5 to travel. I was sad though that the boys didn't want to come along to Rushmore with us. But they're 16 and 18 and loved the independence of being home by themselves.

jenseib
07-02-2011, 12:41 PM
I appreciate your vote of confidence on a PTR...... and I've thought about it. But I'm not Jen. I can't do 10 trip reports at once......... :lmao: Heck, I can barely do one! :rotfl2: If I decide to do one though, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Speaking of which, I just realized tonight I have some more work to do on our park days for December. I had us slotted to do DHS on a Saturday. I chose it because it's one of the few days that week with no Fantasmic. But I forgot it's an early EMH. And that late in the week, I doubt we'll want to do that. Nor do I want to get there after everyone else. Hmmm..... and just when I thought I had it all figured out.........

LOL! I am sooooo behind right now. Still 2 pages to catch up on. I had to laugh though. I am so far behind and then I start a PTR on top of that. As you can see, my updates have slowed way down this week.
And I don't see me working on it at all today either.. In fact, I just finished Calire's recital pcitures and uploaded them to order and then I'm getting off the computer till probably this evening. I am going to finish catching up with you though!
I love the lion king pictures. Amazing. I took some a few years ago that were pretty decent, but nothing like that. I have learned more since then...so I should give it another go in the future.
I'm loving all the character meet and greats too. Do the CM's take the pictures of you with Katie with YOUR camera? I am always nervous about handing mine over.

jenseib
07-02-2011, 12:52 PM
I forgt to mention I love that new Belle Dress. It is looking good!!!!!!

And that pic of Katie in her younger years with Pocohantis is just so cute. She looks so little. Then I got sad, because In a few years I will be looking back at little pictures of Claire....well I do have ones from when se was littler too and they are so cute, but I miss those days somedays. Her first trip. she had such silly hair...not much and hardly anything on her sides. :rotfl:

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-02-2011, 08:25 PM
Well, I don't think you'd go wrong taking a short trip up to Rushmore. We tried to stay at quality/comfort Inns since they were doing a stay 2 nights/get one free promo and my husband is taking my son on a short trip soon to visit some ball parks. I think we had some trouble deciding on a place near Rushmore though. There were a number of independent motels we saw once we were there, but there was just no way to tell from a distance how they would be. We ended up staying at a Holiday Inn Express in Hill, SD. Even that was $125 for the night I think.

Maybe or SD resident here on the thread could chime in???? You know..... if she's not off to Asia yet........ :rolleyes1

Are you going to drive into the Badlands or Black Hills? Don't miss the Iron Mountain Highway in Custer State Park. That's where the tunnels are with Rushmore in the distance.

What sort of telephoto lens do you have? I really found I needed the reach of my Tamron 18-270 for the wildlife we saw along the way. If you need something long, don't forget about rentglass.com here in town.

I totally understand (as you might guess) about how costly it is for 5 to travel. I was sad though that the boys didn't want to come along to Rushmore with us. But they're 16 and 18 and loved the independence of being home by themselves.

I suppose I could crawl out of my cave again to see what up :rolleyes:

So Mike how much you looking to spend, how many peeps, and what kind of feel you looking for cabin, hotel? Do you plan to stay the whole time at the same place? or do you want to move around?

petals
07-03-2011, 11:05 AM
Right now the plan is to arrive on the 10th. But I've held off booking flights until I find out what sort of discounts and blackout dates they offer in December.

Cool. We'll just miss you so. We'll be leaving on the 8th

mom2rtk
07-03-2011, 11:13 AM
LOL! I am sooooo behind right now. Still 2 pages to catch up on. I had to laugh though. I am so far behind and then I start a PTR on top of that. As you can see, my updates have slowed way down this week.
And I don't see me working on it at all today either.. In fact, I just finished Calire's recital pcitures and uploaded them to order and then I'm getting off the computer till probably this evening. I am going to finish catching up with you though!
I love the lion king pictures. Amazing. I took some a few years ago that were pretty decent, but nothing like that. I have learned more since then...so I should give it another go in the future.
I'm loving all the character meet and greats too. Do the CM's take the pictures of you with Katie with YOUR camera? I am always nervous about handing mine over.

Thanks Jen! Yes, I give my camera to the CM's. Some seem quite fine with it, some don't have a clue how to even twist the lens to zoom in if needed. So mostly I have it ready to go, the point to the button for them to push. By the time I hand it over, I usually have taken a few myself, so it's ready to go.

The Lion King show is awesome. My apologies to anyone sitting near me.......as I can't keep myself from singing along......... :rolleyes1 I hope you get back soon and can give it another go. After seeing how you did on the show pics on the Dream, I'm sure you'll come back with some great stuff!

I forgt to mention I love that new Belle Dress. It is looking good!!!!!!

And that pic of Katie in her younger years with Pocohantis is just so cute. She looks so little. Then I got sad, because In a few years I will be looking back at little pictures of Claire....well I do have ones from when se was littler too and they are so cute, but I miss those days somedays. Her first trip. she had such silly hair...not much and hardly anything on her sides. :rotfl:

And thanks again!

I know how you feel. Boy, do I know. It's all gone WAY too fast. And it seems the world really wants them to grow up way too fast.

I was going to post a couple photos here from our very first trip to meet some princesses. Katie was just shy of 4. But then it just dawned on me that I wasn't digital yet. First I'd have to FIND the photo.... then scan it....... Man I love being digital now.......

I suppose I could crawl out of my cave again to see what up :rolleyes:

So Mike how much you looking to spend, how many peeps, and what kind of feel you looking for cabin, hotel? Do you plan to stay the whole time at the same place? or do you want to move around?

:wave:

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-03-2011, 12:44 PM
:wave:
:upsidedow

pinkmiss3
07-03-2011, 03:32 PM
Over the past three days I have read through your entire trip report and I LOVED everything. It looks like you and your daughter had a blast! I loved all of her dresses!

stephielela
07-03-2011, 05:23 PM
Geez with your fancy dresses and Jen's recital photos, you guys almost have me wanting another child, just so I can have a girl to do all those girly things with :lmao: Almost.

mom2rtk
07-03-2011, 05:46 PM
Over the past three days I have read through your entire trip report and I LOVED everything. It looks like you and your daughter had a blast! I loved all of her dresses!


Thanks for reading along and :welcome:


Geez with your fancy dresses and Jen's recital photos, you guys almost have me wanting another child, just so I can have a girl to do all those girly things with :lmao: Almost.

LOL! I understand.......Jen has me wanting to run out and enroll Katie in dance class!

vamassey1
07-03-2011, 06:32 PM
Finally caught back up!

Janet the Snow White and Belle dresses are gorgeous! Katie will be so lovely in them.

Your pictures once again amaze me. Can't wait to see more.

tmfranlk
07-03-2011, 07:20 PM
Good evening! Thanks for a brilliant and beautiful peak at my December (well, minus all of the gorgeous dresses - DD will maybe wear one princess dress, but the rest of the time she's basically a jeans and t-shirts, though special DISign t-shirts, kind of girl). My DH doesn't do Disney save the one trip we got him to go along with in 08. So, it's just me an Terra (8). This year though we've got Little Miss Deva to join us so I get to do the baby princess Disney thing again too. I thought maybe I'd offer to sit and sing with you at Festival of the Lion King, but sounds like we'll be gone before you get there.

BEAUTIFUL dresses all around! I'd love to be able to sew half as nicely, but at least my girls like what I make. Deva (1) will be wearing the one princess dress I ever tried come Nov/Dec though - Snow White, Terra's first Halloween costume.

Knowing just how wonderful and special my trips are with Terra, I know just what yours might be like. Oh so special, isn't it. :goodvibes

Oh yeah, I guess the princess thing does pop up every now and then as Terra is begging to do Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Thanks for the great pictures you posted of that day. She had been wondering what it would be like.

Can't wait to hear the last bit of the trip and read more on your photography advice as well. (I dream of being a good photographer even more than I do a good seamstress.)

elemenopy
07-03-2011, 07:28 PM
I read through your entire trip report in a day!

Just curious... are you by chance adopting? I promise I'll pay my own mortgage and clean my room! :teeth:

Your mother/daughter trips look like soooo much fun! And those outfits.. oh my goodness!

Your daughter is one VERY lucky girl!

mom2rtk
07-03-2011, 09:54 PM
Finally caught back up!

Janet the Snow White and Belle dresses are gorgeous! Katie will be so lovely in them.

Your pictures once again amaze me. Can't wait to see more.

Thanks Vanessa! I tried to rhinestone Belle today but ran woefully short....

I need to catch back up to your trip report too. I need to see if your Disney plans have been firmed up! :cool1:

I'm getting in the mood to get scrapbooking again.... if I can remember how! It's been way too long.

Good evening! Thanks for a brilliant and beautiful peak at my December (well, minus all of the gorgeous dresses - DD will maybe wear one princess dress, but the rest of the time she's basically a jeans and t-shirts, though special DISign t-shirts, kind of girl). My DH doesn't do Disney save the one trip we got him to go along with in 08. So, it's just me an Terra (8). This year though we've got Little Miss Deva to join us so I get to do the baby princess Disney thing again too. I thought maybe I'd offer to sit and sing with you at Festival of the Lion King, but sounds like we'll be gone before you get there.

BEAUTIFUL dresses all around! I'd love to be able to sew half as nicely, but at least my girls like what I make. Deva (1) will be wearing the one princess dress I ever tried come Nov/Dec though - Snow White, Terra's first Halloween costume.

Knowing just how wonderful and special my trips are with Terra, I know just what yours might be like. Oh so special, isn't it. :goodvibes

Oh yeah, I guess the princess thing does pop up every now and then as Terra is begging to do Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Thanks for the great pictures you posted of that day. She had been wondering what it would be like.

Can't wait to hear the last bit of the trip and read more on your photography advice as well. (I dream of being a good photographer even more than I do a good seamstress.)

Hi! and :welcome:

I'm glad you enjoyed the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique photos. How wonderful to get to enjoy Disney with TWO little princesses. And how special that your newest princess can wear big sister's Snow White! Actually Snow White was the first princess costume I ever made Katie. She was 3 and wanted to be a witch for that Halloween. Then when I showed her the sheer sparkly spider fabric I bought and she squealed "That's scary!" and just like that we changed direction. I had spent $20 on that piece of fabric, but I sure didn't want to put a lot of work into it and have her too scared to wear it. So I went the one direction I knew would be safe........ princess. I'd attach a photo, but alas........ it was pre-digital. If I get it scanned, I'll add it later. I have a 10 x 13 of it hanging in my sewing room, but that's too big for the scanner! Maybe I'll just snap a photo of the photo.......

I read through your entire trip report in a day!

Just curious... are you by chance adopting? I promise I'll pay my own mortgage and clean my room! :teeth:

Your mother/daughter trips look like soooo much fun! And those outfits.. oh my goodness!

Your daughter is one VERY lucky girl!

LOL! A few years ago you might have talked me into adopting one more (well, maybe not an adult....... and granted the offer to pay your own mortgage and clean your room is REALLY tempting..........) but with 2 teenagers in the family........ life is already challenging enough! :rotfl2:

Thanks for reading along! :welcome:

tinkermomma
07-04-2011, 01:11 AM
Hi Janet!

I have gotten a little more than half way through this trip report and I just wanted to say... You are amazing! Katie is a very lucky little girl! I have a six month old baby girl and your posts give me inspiration to sew and that is saying a lot considering I am seriously bad at it. Ha! :rotfl2:

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can truly see the labor of love and the fun you two have together! Bravo!!!

Heather

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-04-2011, 11:06 AM
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
party:

KCmike
07-04-2011, 12:27 PM
I suppose I could crawl out of my cave again to see what up :rolleyes:

So Mike how much you looking to spend, how many peeps, and what kind of feel you looking for cabin, hotel? Do you plan to stay the whole time at the same place? or do you want to move around?

Very early planning stages, if we go at all. $$$ seem to be flying out the window lately with kids teeth, home stuff, and bills. If we do go it would be a labor day weekend thing. Moderate hotel (say around $100), we have five in our family, and would want to see Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills. What else would you suggest? Probably drive up on a friday afternoon/eve, see Mt. R on a Sat and then its all up in the air.

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-04-2011, 01:58 PM
Very early planning stages, if we go at all. $$$ seem to be flying out the window lately with kids teeth, home stuff, and bills. If we do go it would be a labor day weekend thing. Moderate hotel (say around $100), we have five in our family, and would want to see Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills. What else would you suggest? Probably drive up on a friday afternoon/eve, see Mt. R on a Sat and then its all up in the air.

Well since you are on a budget I might suggest Staying at the Mt. Rushmore KOA (http://koa.com/campgrounds/mount-rushmore/); they have a cabin that sleeps 6 people. There is no bathroom attached but it does have showers and such nearby, plus the place has tons of fun things for the kids to do and you are literally right next door to Mt Rushmore and very close to Hill City and Keystone. Besides that I would suggest a tour at Jewel Cave (http://www.nps.gov/jeca/index.htm), second longest cave in the world and then spend the rest of the day driving through Custer State Park (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/default.aspx), maybe even have lunch at the historic State Game Lodge, while in the park you will want to take your time and do the wildlife loop, then drive needles Highway and Iron Mountain Rd. Also depending on how you are arriving to the hills you could visit Badlands National Park (http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm) on the drive in or out as well.

If the KOA idea sounds to rustic let me know and I can suggest another place, though with it being Labor Day it might be hard to find lodging.

jenseib
07-05-2011, 07:57 AM
Geez with your fancy dresses and Jen's recital photos, you guys almost have me wanting another child, just so I can have a girl to do all those girly things with :lmao: Almost.

:lmao:

Janet, I have some fireowrks shooting questions.
I tried to play around with shooting some at my moms 4th of July party...which was on the 3rd.
Whats a good time? I think some I did 1.3 secs and some for 2 or more. But those seemed to be not as nice. Also, I couldn't use auto focus because it couldn't focus on anything when I was trying to set it up. So I just kind of set it at focus in manual and would just hit the button. I guess these were things I never thought about before. I just knew I needed a tripod and a longer shutter speed, but never thought about the exact logistics.
I haven't loaded them to the computer yet. There is one that looks pretty decent. I did have the problem of being too close too. I kept moving back, but I think the fireworks were following me. LOL! I know next time I will use a different lens so I can capture more in the frame...another thing I didn't think about. I had the other lens with me, but it was in the house and I didn't want to miss anything either. :laughing: I am seriously thinking of setting up my tripod on the beach at Poly and trying my hand at some from there.

KCmike
07-05-2011, 10:05 AM
This was posted on the disney blog on taking fireworks.

Step 4 -- Use the manual controls on your camera, set the ISO between 100 & 250, the shutter speed ½ to 4 seconds and the f/stop between f/8 to f/16. You can adjust the exposure as you see the results on the back of the camera.

mom2rtk
07-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Hi Janet!

I have gotten a little more than half way through this trip report and I just wanted to say... You are amazing! Katie is a very lucky little girl! I have a six month old baby girl and your posts give me inspiration to sew and that is saying a lot considering I am seriously bad at it. Ha! :rotfl2:

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can truly see the labor of love and the fun you two have together! Bravo!!!

Heather

Many thanks Heather! I appreciate the kind comments.

Enjoy that baby girl, and do get sewing. If you're serious, you should start hanging out here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2707487

There are lots of people there who just started as adults, as well as those who have been sewing their entire life. But there's tons of inspiration and support. It's a great group!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
party:

Thanks! I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Very early planning stages, if we go at all. $$$ seem to be flying out the window lately with kids teeth, home stuff, and bills. If we do go it would be a labor day weekend thing. Moderate hotel (say around $100), we have five in our family, and would want to see Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills. What else would you suggest? Probably drive up on a friday afternoon/eve, see Mt. R on a Sat and then its all up in the air.

Well since you are on a budget I might suggest Staying at the Mt. Rushmore KOA (http://koa.com/campgrounds/mount-rushmore/); they have a cabin that sleeps 6 people. There is no bathroom attached but it does have showers and such nearby, plus the place has tons of fun things for the kids to do and you are literally right next door to Mt Rushmore and very close to Hill City and Keystone. Besides that I would suggest a tour at Jewel Cave (http://www.nps.gov/jeca/index.htm), second longest cave in the world and then spend the rest of the day driving through Custer State Park (http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/default.aspx), maybe even have lunch at the historic State Game Lodge, while in the park you will want to take your time and do the wildlife loop, then drive needles Highway and Iron Mountain Rd. Also depending on how you are arriving to the hills you could visit Badlands National Park (http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm) on the drive in or out as well.

If the KOA idea sounds to rustic let me know and I can suggest another place, though with it being Labor Day it might be hard to find lodging.


You two go ahead and talk amongst yourselves.............. :rolleyes1

I have to say I agree about spending time in Custer State Park. We really enjoyed driving the Needles Highway, the wildlife loop and Iron Mountain Road. And we also did the Badlands on our way out. It didn't take all that long. Part of the reason we got behind schedule was the dense fog that greeted us when we arrived. We had to move really slow at first in hopes it would burn off. (Thankfully it did).





:lmao:

Janet, I have some fireowrks shooting questions.
I tried to play around with shooting some at my moms 4th of July party...which was on the 3rd.
Whats a good time? I think some I did 1.3 secs and some for 2 or more. But those seemed to be not as nice. Also, I couldn't use auto focus because it couldn't focus on anything when I was trying to set it up. So I just kind of set it at focus in manual and would just hit the button. I guess these were things I never thought about before. I just knew I needed a tripod and a longer shutter speed, but never thought about the exact logistics.
I haven't loaded them to the computer yet. There is one that looks pretty decent. I did have the problem of being too close too. I kept moving back, but I think the fireworks were following me. LOL! I know next time I will use a different lens so I can capture more in the frame...another thing I didn't think about. I had the other lens with me, but it was in the house and I didn't want to miss anything either. :laughing: I am seriously thinking of setting up my tripod on the beach at Poly and trying my hand at some from there.

So you were shooting backyard fireworks? That's probably a little more challenging than what I did last night, which was to shoot the big local display or something at Disney. Why? Because those displays are farther away from you and tend to be a pretty predictable distance away.

Here's what I did last night:

1) ISO 100
2) Aperture at f11 (if I recall. As MIke says anything f/8-f/16 should be good).
3) Focust set to infinity (since everything is so far away)
4) Tripod with remote shutter release
5) Shutter speed set to Bulb.


The other thing you can do is to set your focus on one burst, then set your camera to manual at that spot, then shoot away. I say it's harder for a backyard display, because everything is closer and tends to be set off at a greater variety of distances from you.

I don't have great advice on the timing except to say I use a lot of trial and error. I think most of my Disney stuff is 4-7 seconds. Most of my stuff last night was more like 20 to 30 seconds. Mostly this is because at Disney I don't want to overexpose the castle, and alas, last night's display didn't include any castles.

I do set my camera to live view when shooting fireworks so I can keep an eye on my framing and such. And I also take a quick peek at the screen after each shot just to get a feel for how the exposure is going.


This was posted on the disney blog on taking fireworks.

Step 4 -- Use the manual controls on your camera, set the ISO between 100 & 250, the shutter speed ½ to 4 seconds and the f/stop between f/8 to f/16. You can adjust the exposure as you see the results on the back of the camera.

Thanks Mike! Did you try shooting any fireworks last night? Mine are downloading now so hopefully I can post a few later today. I attended the display here in Independence.

mom2rtk
07-05-2011, 12:34 PM
Here's a few shots from our hometown display last night. I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!



http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6019/5905640988_c2334016e8_z.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5120/5905085681_4f65d99285_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5905084411_7df4285b54_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6031/5905084847_dc3a37219a_z.jpg

jenseib
07-05-2011, 10:21 PM
I only have a minute, so I'll write more later. But I totally never looked at my iso till after .it was set to 1250. I think there first few shots had close to a wide open aperture and I changed it later when I realized that. With bulb do you hit the button, the n hit again when you are done to stop exposure?

And what is a remote release?

Your shots are awesome

mom2rtk
07-05-2011, 10:38 PM
I only have a minute, so I'll write more later. But I totally never looked at my iso till after .it was set to 1250. I think there first few shots had close to a wide open aperture and I changed it later when I realized that. With bulb do you hit the button, the n hit again when you are done to stop exposure?

And what is a remote release?

Your shots are awesome

Thanks Jen!

I think you figured out your problem. 1250 is not where you want to be with a long exposure, especially if you have the aperture wide open.

I've only used Bulb with my remote shutter release, so I'm not sure if you have to push to open then push to close, or just keep it pushed in the entire time. I do know that with my remote shutter release I have to keep it pushed down until I'm done.

The remote release is a shutter release at the end of a cable that plugs into the camera. They also make wireless ones, but since I stand behind my tripod for fireworks, I didn't go that route. Some models require tht there be a line of sight between the wireless remote and the camera.

The reason behind a remote is so that you can trigger the shutter without causing any movement to the camera itself.

jenseib
07-06-2011, 08:27 AM
Thanks. I'll have to do some more playing around then.

joy13
07-06-2011, 09:06 PM
I'm caught back up! I love the Snow White and new Belle dresses - wow! So I'm still trying to come up with a possible mom/daughter trip to see Christmas decorations. I was planning to go 11/29 - 12/4, but now I got 20% off the value resort for most of November (except Thanksgiving of course) so I'm wondering what decorations we will miss if we go before Thanksgiving?

mom2rtk
07-06-2011, 10:37 PM
I'm caught back up! I love the Snow White and new Belle dresses - wow! So I'm still trying to come up with a possible mom/daughter trip to see Christmas decorations. I was planning to go 11/29 - 12/4, but now I got 20% off the value resort for most of November (except Thanksgiving of course) so I'm wondering what decorations we will miss if we go before Thanksgiving?

Thanks! I finally tracked down more of the rhinestones I use so hopefully will have Belle completely done soon.

I've never gotten a PIN code :sad: not that I harbor any ill feelings about that :sad: :sad: :sad:

:lmao:

I actually was really tempted to go for mid-November even without a pin code. That week before Thankgiving is supposedly one of the truly slow times left at Disney. And you stand a better chance of nice weather than you do in December....... :rolleyes1

I don't think there is a hard and fast schedule about when the decorations go up, except that the MK is decorated in time for the first party in early November. Do keep in mind though that the big Christmas tree in the Magic Kingdom won't be up until after the parade taping that first week of December.

Beyond that, the decorations will just show up sometime prior to Thanksgiving. How's that for precise?:rotfl2:

I'm really hoping to find time to visit more of the resorts this time. I feel like there's still a lot left to see.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do!

tmfranlk
07-06-2011, 10:49 PM
I'm caught back up! I love the Snow White and new Belle dresses - wow! So I'm still trying to come up with a possible mom/daughter trip to see Christmas decorations. I was planning to go 11/29 - 12/4, but now I got 20% off the value resort for most of November (except Thanksgiving of course) so I'm wondering what decorations we will miss if we go before Thanksgiving?


Anymore, the decorations are almost all up by mid-November around the resort. About the only thing that's still a holdout is that Candlelight Processional still doesn't start until Thanksgiving.

jenseib
07-07-2011, 11:01 AM
I'm caught back up! I love the Snow White and new Belle dresses - wow! So I'm still trying to come up with a possible mom/daughter trip to see Christmas decorations. I was planning to go 11/29 - 12/4, but now I got 20% off the value resort for most of November (except Thanksgiving of course) so I'm wondering what decorations we will miss if we go before Thanksgiving?

Joy, I know a fabulous Travel agent that can help you out with any details! :thumbsup2

jenseib
07-07-2011, 11:05 AM
This was posted on the disney blog on taking fireworks.

Step 4 -- Use the manual controls on your camera, set the ISO between 100 & 250, the shutter speed ½ to 4 seconds and the f/stop between f/8 to f/16. You can adjust the exposure as you see the results on the back of the camera.

Thanks. I didn't see this post.

joy13
07-08-2011, 06:01 PM
Thanks! I finally tracked down more of the rhinestones I use so hopefully will have Belle completely done soon.

I've never gotten a PIN code :sad: not that I harbor any ill feelings about that :sad: :sad: :sad:

:lmao:

I actually was really tempted to go for mid-November even without a pin code. That week before Thankgiving is supposedly one of the truly slow times left at Disney. And you stand a better chance of nice weather than you do in December....... :rolleyes1

I don't think there is a hard and fast schedule about when the decorations go up, except that the MK is decorated in time for the first party in early November. Do keep in mind though that the big Christmas tree in the Magic Kingdom won't be up until after the parade taping that first week of December.

Beyond that, the decorations will just show up sometime prior to Thanksgiving. How's that for precise?:rotfl2:

I'm really hoping to find time to visit more of the resorts this time. I feel like there's still a lot left to see.

Keep us posted on what you decide to do!

Thanks! I'm a bit bummed out by the big tree not being up - but if all others are, then I can get over it :thumbsup2

Anymore, the decorations are almost all up by mid-November around the resort. About the only thing that's still a holdout is that Candlelight Processional still doesn't start until Thanksgiving.

Thanks for that info - that was going to be my next question - the tree at Pop :thumbsup2

joy13
07-08-2011, 06:05 PM
Joy, I know a fabulous Travel agent that can help you out with any details! :thumbsup2

So - I don't normally use a travel agent because the planning etc is almost the best part (almost) :lmao: So what sort of things would you do for me as my travel agent?

jenseib
07-09-2011, 03:07 PM
So - I don't normally use a travel agent because the planning etc is almost the best part (almost) :lmao: So what sort of things would you do for me as my travel agent?

I can just book the trip (and I would get credit rather than some stranger CM). You can chose basically anything you want, and I just plug it all in and payments are made through me instead of directly with Disney. You can still have as much control as you want in all the planning. You can book your own ADRs and everything. Or I can do it if you would rather. Some people want you to help them with an itinerary, give them suggestions, etc, but I'm sure you know what you want to do and how to do it.

OllieDannyandMe
07-10-2011, 01:21 PM
Can't wait for the next update! :goodvibes

scrapbookersdis
07-13-2011, 09:10 AM
Can't wait for the next update! :goodvibes

Me, too! Enjoying it enormously -- the great writing, the excellent photos, and the mad sewing skillz! Your dresses -- the craftsmanship and attention to detail are dazzling. My similar attempts pale in miserable comparison. :worship:

Thank you very, very much for sharing.

Sharla

joy13
07-13-2011, 06:20 PM
I can just book the trip (and I would get credit rather than some stranger CM). You can chose basically anything you want, and I just plug it all in and payments are made through me instead of directly with Disney. You can still have as much control as you want in all the planning. You can book your own ADRs and everything. Or I can do it if you would rather. Some people want you to help them with an itinerary, give them suggestions, etc, but I'm sure you know what you want to do and how to do it.

I will keep you in mind then if we book :thumbsup2

mom2rtk
07-14-2011, 08:08 AM
I can just book the trip (and I would get credit rather than some stranger CM). You can chose basically anything you want, and I just plug it all in and payments are made through me instead of directly with Disney. You can still have as much control as you want in all the planning. You can book your own ADRs and everything. Or I can do it if you would rather. Some people want you to help them with an itinerary, give them suggestions, etc, but I'm sure you know what you want to do and how to do it.

Jen, I'd use you in a minute, but one of my oldest friends (maybe the word is longest friends.....since none of wants to be an oldest anything....) is a travel agent. I do all the booking, making ADR's etc (because I make so many changes and don't want to drive her nuts and also because I'm a control freak......) but then sign it over to her when I'm finally settled.

Can't wait for the next update! :goodvibes

Hi Amy! Sorry to leave you guys hanging. I'm working on another update now. Are you so excited to have your trip sneaking up????

Me, too! Enjoying it enormously -- the great writing, the excellent photos, and the mad sewing skillz! Your dresses -- the craftsmanship and attention to detail are dazzling. My similar attempts pale in miserable comparison. :worship:

Thank you very, very much for sharing.

Sharla

Hi! and :welcome: to my trip report! Many thanks for the kind words. I was going to reply to your visitor message, but can't seem to find it back to do so. Thanks for sharing your own experience. All I can say is...... wow. Not the same, but certainly evoked the same feelings I had.

mom2rtk
07-14-2011, 08:47 AM
12/18/2010: Continued


After Camp Minnie Mickey we circled back up around to the Flights of Wonder theater. I’m glad we did. It was their last show of the day. There was a handler out front with an owl, answering questions. When they opened the theater we went in to find a spot. I had heard great things about that show, and we were not disappointed. Katie really seemed to enjoy it.


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5151/5862757601_a03826b0fa_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757601/)
IMG_5982-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757601/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5862757741_68d26ee1d1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757741/)
IMG_6002-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862757741/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5199/5862758013_46a7d94cce_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758013/)
IMG_6008-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758013/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5863308472_b0aba23cd1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863308472/)
IMG_6014-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863308472/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


I was watching the clock, not wanting to miss our chance to see the Jingle Jungle Parade. As luck would have it, they were roping off the streets just as we came out and we got a perfect spot with no hassle at all. I grabbed a snack and we waited. While waiting, Katie posed with her newest friend..... a trophy for doing EE. She loves this little guy!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5313/5862758469_65d2818ed7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758469/)
IMG_6039-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758469/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5185/5862758663_514fc627af_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758663/)
IMG_6042-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758663/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3046/5862758799_01e479c716_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758799/)
IMG_6044-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862758799/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5237/5863309316_cc1080a2ae_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309316/)
IMG_6048-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309316/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/5863309552_b7363ddac3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309552/)
IMG_6051-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309552/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5160/5863309690_e06c5e93aa_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309690/)
IMG_6052-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309690/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5275/5863309836_4188816fef_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309836/)
IMG_6056-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863309836/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2698/5863310076_53a06b9191_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310076/)
IMG_6059-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310076/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5222/5862760167_d503dcd0ec_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760167/)
IMG_6066-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760167/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5863310554_c45dfa6437_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310554/)
IMG_6071-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310554/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2682/5863310764_b63dbf97ae_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310764/)
IMG_6074-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863310764/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5196/5862760777_9bb430ca9b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760777/)
IMG_6077-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760777/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3023/5862760991_5c3b9daf2b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760991/)
IMG_6082-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862760991/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5196/5862761207_c454f869d0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862761207/)
IMG_6093-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862761207/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5237/5863311562_b12c65d101_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863311562/)
IMG_6106-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863311562/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3114/5863311880_04204d78b6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863311880/)
IMG_6107-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863311880/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5199/5863312050_7bd3f9621f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863312050/)
IMG_6112-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863312050/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr




There was a lot we loved about Animal Kingdom. The parade just wasn’t part of it. I could take it or leave it. Minnie wasn’t in her tub of hot chocolate like on the TV special. And honestly, it just looked like the regular parade with tinsel. Next time I’ll just ride more rides or see more exhibits.

DISNEYaddict4evr
07-14-2011, 09:33 AM
Would you believe I picked to go on stage at that show last Setember and don't have any pictures of me on stage?! I knwo right my BF does not do cameras and well I had to take mine with me and of course all I have in a small point and shoot, which as we all know are great for action shots :headache:. But hey at least I got that "you participated in a WDW special memory" certificate and Oh WAIT... can't forget the great once in a life time photo up on stage right? You ready for it...




















http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_5523.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_5523.jpg)

THATS RIGHT!!! I almost got hit in the face. I FELT the wings brush my hair. I was :eek:. and dang it to all H-E-Double L- Hockey sticks stupid frick in frackin' slow shutter response camera (little voice in my head sounds just like Jenn "... and thats why I don't bring just a P&S camera in WDW" in fact had I known you then I think I might have heard your voice.. er I mean visualized your text on a screen I guess :laughing:). Anywho even though I got a really crappy shot along with another really crappy shot it was fun and memorble

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_5524.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_5524.jpg)

and just incase you still don't believe me here is the proof

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_0001-2.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_0001-2.jpg)

Oh by the by... that photo of Katie and her new friend is ABSOLULTY :love: adorable. LOVE IT. You should frame it up and put in in the living room :love:


P.S. sorry my pics are weird I shrink them in photobucket and they look small 320-230? but when I place them here they are still the giant size I can't figure out what I am doing wrong

RinkyTinkyTinky
07-14-2011, 09:44 AM
Great parade pics! I have to agree though that it is not my favorite. And I said the EXACT same thing as you about it looked just like the regular parade with a little decorations thrown on. I don't think we will see it again, but who knows.

Love the pic of Katie with her Yeti! Very cute!

mom2rtk
07-14-2011, 09:52 AM
Would you believe I picked to go on stage at that show last Setember and don't have any pictures of me on stage?! I knwo right my BF does not do cameras and well I had to take mine with me and of course all I have in a small point and shoot, which as we all know are great for action shots :headache:. But hey at least I got that "you participated in a WDW special memory" certificate and Oh WAIT... can't forget the great once in a life time photo up on stage right? You ready for it...




















http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_5523.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_5523.jpg)

THATS RIGHT!!! I almost got hit in the face. I FELT the wings brush my hair. I was :eek:. and dang it to all H-E-Double L- Hockey sticks stupid frick in frackin' slow shutter response camera (little voice in my head sounds just like Jenn "... and thats why I don't bring just a P&S camera in WDW" in fact had I known you then I think I might have heard your voice.. er I mean visualized your text on a screen I guess :laughing:). Anywho even though I got a really crappy shot along with another really crappy shot it was fun and memorble

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_5524.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_5524.jpg)

and just incase you still don't believe me here is the proof

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/th_IMG_0001-2.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/albums/yy98/Speedin247/?action=view&current=IMG_0001-2.jpg)

Oh by the by... that photo of Katie and her new friend is ABSOLULTY :love: adorable. LOVE IT. You should frame it up and put in in the living room :love:


P.S. sorry my pics are weird I shrink them in photobucket and they look small 320-230? but when I place them here they are still the giant size I can't figure out what I am doing wrong



LOL! You have that first shot framed in YOUR living room, right? :lmao:

How fun though that you got a magical moment! We were both really delighted with that show. I can't believe we didn't see it on a prior trip. It was a really nice surprise to find something we didn't walk in with high expectations about....... and find a real gem. :goodvibes

Thanks for the nice comment on Katie's photo. She really fell in love with that adorable Yeti! LOL! Who knew a Yeti could be so cute? I'd frame it for the wall, but don't have much wall space left any more! I'm really tempted to take down everything on all my walls and just start over. But then I'd miss all those photos of baby Robbie and Timmy! :teeth:



Great parade pics! I have to agree though that it is not my favorite. And I said the EXACT same thing as you about it looked just like the regular parade with a little decorations thrown on. I don't think we will see it again, but who knows.

Love the pic of Katie with her Yeti! Very cute!


Thanks RTT! I'm glad I'm not the only one under-loving the Jingle Jungle parade.

kwitcherkicken99
07-14-2011, 07:21 PM
I was :eek:. and dang it to all H-E-Double L- Hockey sticks stupid frick in frackin' slow shutter response camera (little voice in my head sounds just like Jenn "... and thats why I don't bring just a P&S camera in WDW"
:rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1

The argument is over. :teeth:

BWAHAHAHA!

So what if I don't mind doubling as a pack mule on vacation? My fast shutter speed trumps weight ANY DAY!

:rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:

We're going to FoW with my camera, right?





P.S. - Janet, I love the owls! I tell you, if I could have one, I would... they are such beautiful creatures!

joy13
07-14-2011, 10:59 PM
We saw Flights of Wonder in 2005 when we went, but I haven't seen it since. Now that I see they have a barn owl (my newest internet obsession [for the last year] ) I will definately have to go to it next time we go - LOL! I love the bird flying pictures! 2005 is also the last time we saw the parade at AK - it wasn't the Christmas one though since it was October. It was cute.

jenseib
07-15-2011, 07:39 AM
I did know you had a friend TA Janet...so I can live with that. :lmao:

Loving the pictures.
I've not seen the Jingly jungle parade, but the regular parade there is one of my favorites (I think only Spectro tops it for me). But what I have read is bascially the jingle one is the same with a few decorations thrown on and maybe a bit of change in the music. I think I would be disappointed with that too.
Can you beleive I am at 30 days till I leave. I now KNOW I won't be finishing my TR before I go. I still have 2 /12 days to write about and I just can't seem to get it done.
I'm gonna try and work on it today and get 1 or 2 more updates up.

jenseib
07-15-2011, 07:56 AM
I forgot to add that I bought a cheap remote shuuter release the other day and it came yesterday. I played iwth it a bit and it seems really fun. Can't wait to give it a try with fireworks.

ChrystalUnicorn
07-15-2011, 10:22 AM
Omg!! If you don't receive the mother of the year award no one will!! The dresses are lovely, your dd should apply to be a princess herself at Disney when she grows up she is such a beautiful girl.

Loving the trip report!:thumbsup2

OllieDannyandMe
07-15-2011, 01:14 PM
Omg!! If you don't receive the mother of the year award no one will!! The dresses are lovely, your dd should apply to be a princess herself at Disney when she grows up she is such a beautiful girl.

Loving the trip report!:thumbsup2

I agree about the mom of the year award, Janet! You are my inspiration! :goodvibes

scrapbookersdis
07-23-2011, 12:20 PM
My little guy just got glasses. Can I ask how you invariably avoid flash reflection in Katie's lenses? If you are cloning, it sure doesn't show!

I love your cheerful willingness to tote your lenses, etc. in the parks. I've gotten away from that in an effort to streamline and de-stress. But what I've done, by leaving lenses and speedlite at home, is take a lot of the fun out of Disney. We're going next week -- so the heat is going to limit what I can physically do. However, I'm going to bring more "stuff" this time -- thanks to you!

Sharla

mom2rtk
07-31-2011, 07:58 PM
Hi guys! Sorry to leave you all hanging. I sort of ran out of steam with the trip. Maybe it's all this steamy weather....... or having all 3 kids home on summer break.

I promise I'll get some more posted in just a bit. There's not that much left......just the rest of the AK day, dinner at Chef Mickey and then a morning in the MK before heading home......... Maybe I was just putting off the inevitable. But as life lunges forward and I get closer to the next trip, it gets easier to let the last one go I guess!




:rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1 :rolleyes1

The argument is over. :teeth:

BWAHAHAHA!

So what if I don't mind doubling as a pack mule on vacation? My fast shutter speed trumps weight ANY DAY!

:rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:

We're going to FoW with my camera, right?





P.S. - Janet, I love the owls! I tell you, if I could have one, I would... they are such beautiful creatures!

We loved the owl too. The entire show was so charming though. I hope we get to see it again in December!

We saw Flights of Wonder in 2005 when we went, but I haven't seen it since. Now that I see they have a barn owl (my newest internet obsession [for the last year] ) I will definately have to go to it next time we go - LOL! I love the bird flying pictures! 2005 is also the last time we saw the parade at AK - it wasn't the Christmas one though since it was October. It was cute.

Well, at least I'm not the only one who appears to be giving AK the short straw all the time! And as I plan out this next trip, I'm toying with shortchanging it yet again! More on that later.......

I did know you had a friend TA Janet...so I can live with that. :lmao:

Loving the pictures.
I've not seen the Jingly jungle parade, but the regular parade there is one of my favorites (I think only Spectro tops it for me). But what I have read is bascially the jingle one is the same with a few decorations thrown on and maybe a bit of change in the music. I think I would be disappointed with that too.
Can you beleive I am at 30 days till I leave. I now KNOW I won't be finishing my TR before I go. I still have 2 /12 days to write about and I just can't seem to get it done.
I'm gonna try and work on it today and get 1 or 2 more updates up.

Jen, I can't believe how close you are to going again! :banana::banana::banana: Maybe I need to count down your bananas again!

I like the AK parade, but can leave without it. I think we'll make it to AK again in December, but it might be a short day, so the parade will definitely be out.

I forgot to add that I bought a cheap remote shuuter release the other day and it came yesterday. I played iwth it a bit and it seems really fun. Can't wait to give it a try with fireworks.

Well, yeah! Are you going to attempt some fireworks shots on your trip? Or do they keep you too booked for that?

Omg!! If you don't receive the mother of the year award no one will!! The dresses are lovely, your dd should apply to be a princess herself at Disney when she grows up she is such a beautiful girl.

Loving the trip report!:thumbsup2

First off............. :welcome: to my trip report!

And while you might nominate me for mother of the year, it's pretty clear I don't deserve trip reporter of the year! :lmao:

Many thanks for the kind comments!

I agree about the mom of the year award, Janet! You are my inspiration! :goodvibes

Thanks so much Amy! Aren't you about ready to go?????

I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about it!

My little guy just got glasses. Can I ask how you invariably avoid flash reflection in Katie's lenses? If you are cloning, it sure doesn't show!

I love your cheerful willingness to tote your lenses, etc. in the parks. I've gotten away from that in an effort to streamline and de-stress. But what I've done, by leaving lenses and speedlite at home, is take a lot of the fun out of Disney. We're going next week -- so the heat is going to limit what I can physically do. However, I'm going to bring more "stuff" this time -- thanks to you!

Sharla



Hi Sharla! I feel the same way as you. Disney is such a gorgeous visual place that it drives me nuts not to have the right equipment with me. When we were there in 09 for the big heat wave, I did find myself ditching as much stuff out of my bag as possible........ and there were a number of occasions I wished I had something that was back in the room.

I hope you survived the heat and hope you'll post back and let us all know how it went!

As for the glasses, I don't do anything special at all. I really just don't have issues with the glare about 90% of the time. I do some clone stamping, but never with the glasses.

mom2rtk
07-31-2011, 08:11 PM
12/18/10: Continued

As soon as the parade ended, we scooted over into Asia to ride Expedition Everest with our fastpasses. We rode in the front again. While it wasn’t raining, it was sprinkling and that combined with the speed of the ride made it FEEL like it was still raining. It’s a great ride, and I hope to get back again soon to ride it some more.

From there, our intention was to take one of the Jungle Treks to see some of the animals. We were disappointed to find they were closed already for the day. I had no idea they closed that far ahead of park closing. So we’ll look forward to that for our next trip too. We decided to just finish the circle around the park and head back toward the exit. Somewhere near the front of the park, we saw Lilo and Stitch in their Christmas outfits. I had told my friend Kim by phone erlier that we had seen them but hadn’t had time to stop. We had just enough time for one last stop now……. and Lilo and Stitch were it. The line moved slowly because Stitch was so interactive and playful. It was a great way to end the day.

With that, we headed out the exit and took the bus to the Contemporary for dinner at Chef Mickey.





http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5308/5862762201_07ac87a62d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762201/)
IMG_6123-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762201/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3143/5862762359_a636509a64_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762359/)
IMG_6127-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762359/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5863312762_ce50141cc5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863312762/)
IMG_6129-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863312762/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/5862762745_73aa9d213e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762745/)
IMG_6130-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762745/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5196/5862762907_c3c094f7d9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762907/)
IMG_6158-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862762907/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5145/5863313260_ab2bfd6ffd_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863313260/)
IMG_6153-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863313260/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5104/5862763183_6287f635a0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763183/)
IMG_6172-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763183/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5158/5862763507_48d503fb9f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763507/)
IMG_6176-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763507/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2725/5862763791_7cd730c48a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763791/)
IMG_6179-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862763791/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr





http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5316/5863314206_3ce6e3e472_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863314206/)
IMG_6194-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5863314206/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5305/5862764229_8e58fc74c0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862764229/)
IMG_6196-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862764229/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3241/5862764619_97d6601efe_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862764619/)
IMG_6200-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5862764619/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

mom2rtk
07-31-2011, 10:09 PM
Before I move ahead with Chef Mickey....... it's time for a Chef Mickey FLASHBACK!

Here's Katie with the head cheese on our very first visit there in 2004:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6003/5996505542_00bfa9c600_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505542/)
chefmickey04 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505542/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


This is from 2008:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6129/5996505322_8c50efea41_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505322/)
minnie2katiefl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505322/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

2009:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5996505404_28fd7119af_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505404/)
chefmickeydonald (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996505404/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

And this might not be Chef Mickey's....... but it's at his west coast operation..... Goofy's Kitchen. We had a BALL with this outfit!

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4796822034_ebc79c95f7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/4796822034/)
Goofy's Meets His Sous-Chef! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/4796822034/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

mom2rtk
07-31-2011, 10:22 PM
12/18/2010: CONTINUED


Katie and I both LOVED the chef Mickey skirt outfit. It was a lot of fun to see her wear it too. The Photopass photographer was at the front desk, and asked if she had been Drizella earlier in the week. When Minnie came by our table, she got all excited about the outfit, and insisted I take a picture of their back sides to show the skirt ruffles. We were tired, but had a great time as always at Chef Mickey’s.

I was fully aware that was our last night at Disney. So when we got on the monorail we rode it around an extra time for a night view of the Magic Kingdom. We traded monorails at the TTC and headed for Epcot where we caught a bus back to the POP. It took a LONG time to get back. And there was still much work to do. We had to be completely packed and checked out in the morning before we could head off to the Magic Kingdom.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5995968465_17238d3a1f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995968465/)
IMG_6212-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995968465/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/5996524704_35b6442fff_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996524704/)
IMG_6217-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996524704/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6010/5996524900_176b239c90_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996524900/)
IMG_6219-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996524900/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/5995969521_bb436de712_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969521/)
IMG_6222-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969521/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6027/5995969765_9053dcd5d4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969765/)
IMG_6224-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969765/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/5995969921_460c366c85_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969921/)
IMG_6225-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995969921/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6124/5995970107_2bd72108db_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970107/)
IMG_6230-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970107/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/5996525868_b414330e4d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996525868/)
IMG_6232-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996525868/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/5995970419_313a336bf9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970419/)
IMG_6236-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970419/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/5996526328_581e48383e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996526328/)
IMG_6241-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996526328/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6015/5995970851_44040943f9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970851/)
IMG_6242-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995970851/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5995971035_4d77f9f4c6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995971035/)
IMG_6243-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995971035/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5995971225_494755b692_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995971225/)
IMG_6245-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995971225/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6144/5996527482_a6c452136b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996527482/)
IMG_6250-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996527482/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6013/5996528082_b5a9ca8cd5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996528082/)
IMG_6253-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996528082/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5995972483_5aa8bfc081_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995972483/)
IMG_6256-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995972483/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/5996535636_2a5cb292de_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996535636/)
IMG_6259-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996535636/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/5995981241_d482d0a532_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995981241/)
IMG_6279-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995981241/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5995981365_892ecb5ae0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995981365/)
IMG_6305-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995981365/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6123/5996537128_3c50b7c7fa_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996537128/)
IMG_6336-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996537128/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/5996537376_89d4e8cbcb_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996537376/)
IMG_6338-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996537376/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr









http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/5996535292_034fb08b49_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996535292/)
IMG_6340-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5996535292/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Caretames1
07-31-2011, 10:42 PM
Holy Moley Janet! When you come back, it's with a vengence!:banana:

Katie is one of the most adorable girls! She's a brave one to do all those poses for you.

All of your past CM pictures are so nice, I love everyone of her outfits!

Again, all of your pictures are awesome, but those of EE are so "REAL", like you were in a different country.


I think my favorite shot is the one with Katie in your decorated window at POP.

Are you all set with your next trip then?

mom2rtk
07-31-2011, 10:49 PM
Holy Moley Janet! When you come back, it's with a vengence!:banana:

Katie is one of the most adorable girls! She's a brave one to do all those poses for you.

All of your past CM pictures are so nice, I love everyone of her outfits!

Again, all of your pictures are awesome, but those of EE are so "REAL", like you were in a different country.


I think my favorite shot is the one with Katie in your decorated window at POP.

Are you all set with your next trip then?

Thanks Carey! I was getting so backlogged I finally decided if I don't just plow through the rest of this, it's not going to get done! :eek:

I was talking to Katie tonight about what to wear for this year's Chef Mickey visit. I'm sort of running low on ideas! But then it occurred to me.... she has to go as the head cheese himself! So I think I'll do a chef's coat and matching chef hat. She nixed the idea of wearing black pants like Mickey though, so she'll need a cute little skirt. And I'm guessing she'll wear those yellow Minnie shoes. She LOVES wearing those shoes because of the heels!

And the poses....... they're all HER ideas. I'm just along for the ride!

I do think we're pretty set on the same week in December. My dialing finger is in shape and ready to call in this week when the free dining will supposedly be announced. I just have to make the call on whether I can sacrifice a day for Universal, which will play into shortchanging AK yet again........

I've been keeping up with your trip report and can't WAIT to hear how the surprise goes over. I'm so excited for you guys!

vamassey1
07-31-2011, 11:03 PM
Don't you just hate that last day/night? At least you went out with a bang with your visit to Chef Mickeys. Katie's outfit is just perfect and she is so pretty.

AprilRenee
08-01-2011, 12:12 AM
I love Katie's outfit for Chef Mickey's!!! I mean, ALL of her outfits are awesome but this one is just enough "big girl" without being "I'm too grown up for this." It's a perfect mix of style and costume! The characters all look like they enjoyed it too! I love how many poses Goofy gave you guys!

I second Caretames1, the photos in the window are great!!

mom2rtk
08-01-2011, 12:35 PM
Don't you just hate that last day/night? At least you went out with a bang with your visit to Chef Mickeys. Katie's outfit is just perfect and she is so pretty.

We were there 9 days, but even still I couldn't believe how fast it all went. :sad:

I used to think my trips were just too short and that's why all the angst the last day. Well, they WERE too short. But the angst is still there!

And thanks for the comment on Katie's outfit. She LOVED this one and any time I that happens, I'm happy!

I love Katie's outfit for Chef Mickey's!!! I mean, ALL of her outfits are awesome but this one is just enough "big girl" without being "I'm too grown up for this." It's a perfect mix of style and costume! The characters all look like they enjoyed it too! I love how many poses Goofy gave you guys!

I second Caretames1, the photos in the window are great!!

Thank you! Katie's at a tough age. Too big for the little kid stuff, too young for adult stuff. I've got the little kid stuff down, but continue to struggle with what's appropriate now. It was fun to find something we both agreed on. :goodvibes

The characters were very interactive that night, so it really was a great way to end our last full day.

We had a lot of fun planning Christmas decorations for our trip. In the end, we weren't in the room enough to care much about the Christmas tree. But it was great to walk up to our room each night and see the lights on in the window. We'll definitely be doing that again.

I'll try to get the pictures going pretty quick for that last day. I can't even imagine NOT going to a park on departure day. It keeps me sane throughout checkout and getting lost in the fun keeps me from dwelling on the inevitable soon to come..........

tmfranlk
08-01-2011, 01:38 PM
That outfit is so cute! I love the uniqueness of it. I'm sure the Mickey version will be just as great.

I've already started working on how best to get Christmas decor into our limited luggage. I agree that it really makes the trip back to the hotel nice.

We've been doing 8-10 day trips the last several times and it is amazing how quickly it seems to go. Even with all of that time we always miss out on things and the last day angst sets in. I often wonder how long we'd need to go to avoid that. Wish I could test the theory and find out by making our trips longer and longer. ;)

DISNEYaddict4evr
08-01-2011, 02:15 PM
I love the window shots! You must have decorated the room? Do you have any pics?

Caretames1
08-01-2011, 03:09 PM
And the poses....... they're all HER ideas. I'm just along for the ride!!

Kadence's idea of a pose is tongue hanging out or Total Diva fashion pose!:rotfl:

QUOTE=mom2rtk;42061152]I do think we're pretty set on the same week in December. My dialing finger is in shape and ready to call in this week when the free dining will supposedly be announced. I just have to make the call on whether I can sacrifice a day for Universal, which will play into shortchanging AK yet again........![/QUOTE] I heard the free dining rumor:woohoo:, I've been helping a friend plan a first trip and I've been watch for new deals for them. Good Luck!

QUOTE=mom2rtk;42061152]I've been keeping up with your trip report and can't WAIT to hear how the surprise goes over. I'm so excited for you guys![/QUOTE]
I can't wait to see how she reacts! I'm so ready to just be there all ready!

jenseib
08-01-2011, 04:03 PM
I need to win the lottery and have you become my personal seamstress. I could fly you out for fittings and everything! Heck better yet, fly you to Florida and we'll fly there and meet you there for a weekend fitting, with a little park time included. :lmao:
That is such an awesome outfit.

jenseib
08-01-2011, 04:07 PM
I've been helping a friend plan a first trip and I've been watch for new deals for them!

Hey Carey, I know a fabulous Travel Agent you friend should book through!

mom2rtk
08-01-2011, 06:05 PM
That outfit is so cute! I love the uniqueness of it. I'm sure the Mickey version will be just as great.

I've already started working on how best to get Christmas decor into our limited luggage. I agree that it really makes the trip back to the hotel nice.

We've been doing 8-10 day trips the last several times and it is amazing how quickly it seems to go. Even with all of that time we always miss out on things and the last day angst sets in. I often wonder how long we'd need to go to avoid that. Wish I could test the theory and find out by making our trips longer and longer. ;)

I actually sent down 2 boxes of stuff before the trip so I didn't have to worry about it. But then our luggage was already pretty full.......... :rolleyes1

I'm pretty sure I'd have last day angst regardless of how many days we stayed. I'm finally understanding it's more about returning to reality than not being "done". :sad:

I love the window shots! You must have decorated the room? Do you have any pics?

Thanks! Believe it or not though...... not too much happening inside the room. We put up the tree, but that's it. I'm not sure if the tree will come back or not. I might bring it, but leave it behind this time like I swore I was going to last time. It was a $3 clearance tree from Wal-Mart the year before.

Kadence's idea of a pose is tongue hanging out or Total Diva fashion pose!:rotfl:

I heard the free dining rumor:woohoo:, I've been helping a friend plan a first trip and I've been watch for new deals for them. Good Luck!



I can't wait to see how she reacts! I'm so ready to just be there all ready!

LOL! I think I saw some of those poses in your Trip Report! :rotfl: But keep in mind Katie has had a few more years practice than Kadence!

The free dining rumor is looking more and more credible. I'm catching up on my sleep so I can call in early Wed. AM!

As I suspected, I"ll have to break off the first day as a room only reservation, then start free dining the next day. But it mostly gets the job done! It will take the sting out of Katie being a Disney adult now. And this gets us one last year at a reasonable upgrade cost ($12 a day for each of us compared with $15 or 16 next year! YIKES!)




I need to win the lottery and have you become my personal seamstress. I could fly you out for fittings and everything! Heck better yet, fly you to Florida and we'll fly there and meet you there for a weekend fitting, with a little park time included. :lmao:
That is such an awesome outfit.

You know I'd be there for you Jen! :thumbsup2

Hey Carey, I know a fabulous Travel Agent you friend should book through!

:thumbsup2

Caretames1
08-01-2011, 09:07 PM
Hey Carey, I know a fabulous Travel Agent you friend should book through!

I actually have you in mind for them, IF they ever:headache:!!! make up their minds!!!



Oh, and when I win the lotto, I'll just swing by in my personal jet and pick both you ladies up (+ kiddos) Jen can make the arrangments, Janet the costumes and I can do the meal and park planning!:lmao:

KAA1972
08-01-2011, 11:20 PM
Officially inspired by your thread!!! I just bought my first pattern to make a dress for my little girl. I already sew but I'm strictly home dec -- never made any type of clothing other than a pillowcase dress -- and let's face it, a pillowcase dress is basically home dec. :rotfl2:

So, I spent some time looking for patterns. I knew I wanted to make an Alice dress for my little girl but I couldn't find any new patterns that I thought looked authentic -- so I found an uncut vintage pattern on eBay. It should arrive this week and I'm getting started this weekend. I've already purchased the fabric -- a whopping 7.00 -- so I won't be out more than 10.00 if the whole project doesn't work out.

I have no loft expectations that it will look anything like your beautiful creations but I'll be overwhelmingly pleased if it just looks like a dress and stays on!!

Here goes nothing!!!

RinkyTinkyTinky
08-02-2011, 10:10 AM
This is one of my favorite updates! Totally worth the wait!

The EE pics are fantastic! I love the way that whole area looks.

I absolutely :love: that CMs outfit! It is so unique! I think I like that even better than the ones that match the characters. It's just so different and really creative!

You are so fortunate that Katie will really get into the magic and let loose and fun with it all on your trips. She always looks like she is having a wonderful time.

The window........... WOW! I love that! You are so diligent to pack all that stuff up to pixie dust the room and window! I always want to do that, but I guess I am too lazy to mess with the packing, assembling, and repacking. But your pictures are sooooo cute. I love her looking through the Mickey head! Priceless!

joy13
08-03-2011, 09:43 PM
Love the update!!!! I just love that Chef Mickey's outfit - wow!! WHere did you get those shoes??

mom2rtk
08-03-2011, 10:04 PM
So did anyone else take advantage of the new free dining offer today? I was part of that mass of humanity crashing the Disney phones and the DIS site itself this morning.......... but I got it applied to our trip! YEAH! :dance3: Slowly but surely that total is looking more manageable!


I actually have you in mind for them, IF they ever:headache:!!! make up their minds!!!



Oh, and when I win the lotto, I'll just swing by in my personal jet and pick both you ladies up (+ kiddos) Jen can make the arrangments, Janet the costumes and I can do the meal and park planning!:lmao:

Woo HOO! :banana::banana::banana: I'm so IN!

You DID buy a ticket, right??????? :teeth:

Officially inspired by your thread!!! I just bought my first pattern to make a dress for my little girl. I already sew but I'm strictly home dec -- never made any type of clothing other than a pillowcase dress -- and let's face it, a pillowcase dress is basically home dec. :rotfl2:

So, I spent some time looking for patterns. I knew I wanted to make an Alice dress for my little girl but I couldn't find any new patterns that I thought looked authentic -- so I found an uncut vintage pattern on eBay. It should arrive this week and I'm getting started this weekend. I've already purchased the fabric -- a whopping 7.00 -- so I won't be out more than 10.00 if the whole project doesn't work out.

I have no loft expectations that it will look anything like your beautiful creations but I'll be overwhelmingly pleased if it just looks like a dress and stays on!!

Here goes nothing!!!

I say jump right in ......... with BOTH feet! There's no better say to learn than by trial and error. I start a lot of the things I make by just whacking away at broadcloth or some other "throw-away" fabric.

Love the update!!!! I just love that Chef Mickey's outfit - wow!! WHere did you get those shoes??

Thanks! Those were actually adult Minnie Mouse costume shoes we scored on the Disney Store online. I think I paid $3 for them at the end of the season. I was SO sad when Katie outgrew all the child size costume shoes. This was the first time we tried the smallest adult size. They were a little big, but Katie obviously didn't care!

This is one of my favorite updates! Totally worth the wait!

The EE pics are fantastic! I love the way that whole area looks.

I absolutely :love: that CMs outfit! It is so unique! I think I like that even better than the ones that match the characters. It's just so different and really creative!

You are so fortunate that Katie will really get into the magic and let loose and fun with it all on your trips. She always looks like she is having a wonderful time.

The window........... WOW! I love that! You are so diligent to pack all that stuff up to pixie dust the room and window! I always want to do that, but I guess I am too lazy to mess with the packing, assembling, and repacking. But your pictures are sooooo cute. I love her looking through the Mickey head! Priceless!

This trip actually started in December of 09. I got the down payment as my Christmas gift. So I had no packages from Santa that year. :sad: To lift my spirits (given that the trip seemed SO far away....) I hit the stores after Christmas to find clearance decorations. Decorating our window was something I really wanted to do. I found that light-up Mickey snowman at Walgreens not long before the trip. I just have to remember to bring replacement batteries this time ...... and a tiny screwdriver to open the comparment! I wanted him glowing as we got back to the room, but we ran out of power after a couple days. It's funny, but one night we even had a knock on our door. There was a CM there on behalf of another guest wanting to know where we had gotten him!

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 10:56 PM
So did anyone else take advantage of the new free dining offer today? I was part of that mass of humanity crashing the Disney phones and the DIS site itself this morning.......... but I got it applied to our trip! YEAH! :dance3: Slowly but surely that total is looking more manageable!


I did!!! Add the free dining this morning with the SUPER cheap plane tickets I got last night ($240 total for 2 ROUND TRIP tickets from STL!) along with some amazing personal news and this has just been a ROCKSTAR day!!

tmfranlk
08-03-2011, 10:59 PM
I did!!! Add the free dining this morning with the SUPER cheap plane tickets I got last night ($240 total for 2 ROUND TRIP tickets from STL!) along with some amazing personal news and this has just been a ROCKSTAR day!!

Awesome airfare from here! What airline and dates?

We got FD today too! Since we already had a pin code before it wasn't a huge discount, but another 10% off makes me happy!

ETA: Just found it. Ai yi yi yi yi. I'd love to have saved half on my airfare. Although 6:15 am is the only flight home on my dates and there's no way I could do that with the two kiddos.

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 11:06 PM
Awesome airfare from here! What airline and dates?

We got FD today too! Since we already had a pin code before it wasn't a huge discount, but another 10% off makes me happy!

On Delta! Go check it out! I got it last night! They might still have the rates. I went to the "deals" page (found the link at the bottom of the home page) and just ran my dates in the form on that page. All the flights for the days I needed were $96 RT before taxes. Please go check it out! Let me know if it works out for you!!! I was so excited I was shaking as I purchased them!

ETA: Hey Neighbor!!:wave2:

tmfranlk
08-03-2011, 11:19 PM
On Delta! Go check it out! I got it last night! They might still have the rates. I went to the "deals" page (found the link at the bottom of the home page) and just ran my dates in the form on that page. All the flights for the days I needed were $96 RT before taxes. Please go check it out! Let me know if it works out for you!!! I was so excited I was shaking as I purchased them!

ETA: Hey Neighbor!!:wave2:

I did get it to come up, but I had gotten impatient back when SW did their big $40 sale and booked with them and AirTran then. Got decent pricing, but this is amazing pricing!

You did have me checking my pricing though and I ended up switching my flight down to the earlier one. We'll have to get up early, but it will give my animal-loving DD some time to enjoy our special 2-nights of savanna view. SW even took out the $0.60 price difference. ;) Guess they didn't want to pay a fee to get my $0.60. :thumbsup2

:wave2: from West County.

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 11:34 PM
I did get it to come up, but I had gotten impatient back when SW did their big $40 sale and booked with them and AirTran then. Got decent pricing, but this is amazing pricing!

You did have me checking my pricing though and I ended up switching my flight down to the earlier one. We'll have to get up early, but it will give my animal-loving DD some time to enjoy our special 2-nights of savanna view. SW even took out the $0.60 price difference. ;) Guess they didn't want to pay a fee to get my $0.60. :thumbsup2

:wave2: from West County.

That Southwest sale was pretty good pricing! If they had had our dates available I would have booked then too! I'm glad you're getting a little extra time at Disney though! :thumbsup2

:wave2: from U City!

Crystal824
08-04-2011, 01:29 PM
I just found your TR and read the entire thing. It looks like you had a great trip. I loved your photos and Katie's outfits. Adorable. I just got my first DSLR a few weeks ago. I really want to learn out to use it (more than just auto mode). Any book or website suggestions to get started. I want to take a basic photography course, but I have to wait until fall when it is offered at the CC.

joy13
08-04-2011, 02:55 PM
So did anyone else take advantage of the new free dining offer today? I was part of that mass of humanity crashing the Disney phones and the DIS site itself this morning.......... but I got it applied to our trip! YEAH! :dance3: Slowly but surely that total is looking more manageable!

I did :thumbsup2 Though my trustee travel agent Jen is the one who braved the phones for me :worship: :love: 11/16-11/21 :banana:

froggy33
08-04-2011, 04:05 PM
12/18/2010: CONTINUED

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/5995968465_17238d3a1f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/5995968465/)


So cute!! I did an outfit almost exactly like this for my little one - great minds think alike!! The ruffles are so fun!! Although I didn't have the cute hat or the awesome shoes!!! I think I am going to bring this one along on our October trip (I love that she has yet to outgrow things - except for height).


http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn199/jcopeland3311/DSC_0488.jpg


Love the poses! Kenzie is starting to do this and I can see we're going to have a little diva on our hands.

Love the trip report and pics!! Thanks!

JAMIESMITH
08-04-2011, 05:12 PM
You are a really amazing seamstress and photographer!

RinkyTinkyTinky
08-05-2011, 10:28 AM
Congratulations!!! I was right in there in that free dining madness with you! We got it too! :cool1:

stephielela
08-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Yay for FD!!1 Of course, now that I don't need it, it gets released! Oh well, lol, it's not like I am suffering! Have you started a PTR?

mom2rtk
08-06-2011, 01:17 PM
I did!!! Add the free dining this morning with the SUPER cheap plane tickets I got last night ($240 total for 2 ROUND TRIP tickets from STL!) along with some amazing personal news and this has just been a ROCKSTAR day!!

WOW! Congrats on the great double score! Our airfare is still pretty high. I keep going back and forth on biting the bullet and just doing it.

Awesome airfare from here! What airline and dates?

We got FD today too! Since we already had a pin code before it wasn't a huge discount, but another 10% off makes me happy!

ETA: Just found it. Ai yi yi yi yi. I'd love to have saved half on my airfare. Although 6:15 am is the only flight home on my dates and there's no way I could do that with the two kiddos.

Congrats on getting the FD! We love it because we plan on doing all those character meals anyway. And it's honestly the best discount we're going to get staying at a value. And I don't blame you on teh 6:15 flight. That would probably get nixed here too.

On Delta! Go check it out! I got it last night! They might still have the rates. I went to the "deals" page (found the link at the bottom of the home page) and just ran my dates in the form on that page. All the flights for the days I needed were $96 RT before taxes. Please go check it out! Let me know if it works out for you!!! I was so excited I was shaking as I purchased them!

ETA: Hey Neighbor!!:wave2:

Well, clearly you guys across the state get far better deals than we do here in KC. I just checked Delta and they wanted $277 each way! :scared1: SW is looking better and better. I think they are sitting at $133 for the out trip and $169 for the return.

I did get it to come up, but I had gotten impatient back when SW did their big $40 sale and booked with them and AirTran then. Got decent pricing, but this is amazing pricing!

You did have me checking my pricing though and I ended up switching my flight down to the earlier one. We'll have to get up early, but it will give my animal-loving DD some time to enjoy our special 2-nights of savanna view. SW even took out the $0.60 price difference. ;) Guess they didn't want to pay a fee to get my $0.60. :thumbsup2

:wave2: from West County.

That Southwest sale was pretty good pricing! If they had had our dates available I would have booked then too! I'm glad you're getting a little extra time at Disney though! :thumbsup2

:wave2: from U City!


I do think we'll have to look at some November dates next year. All those SW deals were in October and November and I'd sure love to get in on that next year!


I just found your TR and read the entire thing. It looks like you had a great trip. I loved your photos and Katie's outfits. Adorable. I just got my first DSLR a few weeks ago. I really want to learn out to use it (more than just auto mode). Any book or website suggestions to get started. I want to take a basic photography course, but I have to wait until fall when it is offered at the CC.

Hi! and........... :welcome:

I'm glad you found us!

YEAH! on getting the new DSLR. My first recommendation is to start hanging out on the DIS photography forum and asking any and all questions you have. They love to help! And also pick up Bryan Peterson's book "Understandign Exposure". It's a great user friendly book that reviews the exposure triangle of ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

I did :thumbsup2 Though my trustee travel agent Jen is the one who braved the phones for me :worship: :love: 11/16-11/21 :banana:

Go Jen! :dance3:

So cute!! I did an outfit almost exactly like this for my little one - great minds think alike!! The ruffles are so fun!! Although I didn't have the cute hat or the awesome shoes!!! I think I am going to bring this one along on our October trip (I love that she has yet to outgrow things - except for height).


http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn199/jcopeland3311/DSC_0488.jpg


Love the poses! Kenzie is starting to do this and I can see we're going to have a little diva on our hands.

Love the trip report and pics!! Thanks!

OH MY! THat's ADORABLE! And amazing how similar! Too bad we weren't there together. It would have been fun to see the 2 of them together. And Katie loves little kids!

Did you get a chance to start on your Cindy yet?????

Congratulations!!! I was right in there in that free dining madness with you! We got it too! :cool1:

YEAH! for you too! :dance3: That really was a crazy day, wasn't it? First I overslept, then the circuits were all busy, then the DIS crashed. I could handle all of it until I got to the DIS crashing part. I at least wanted to be in good company while waiting........

Yay for FD!!1 Of course, now that I don't need it, it gets released! Oh well, lol, it's not like I am suffering! Have you started a PTR?

Thanks! I'd like to do a PTR, but don't think that will happen. I'm coming up on my busiest time of the year when I will likely be working 7 days a week. If you think this TR has been sporadic, you wouldn't want to see something I do in the fall!

jenseib
08-06-2011, 06:09 PM
I actually have you in mind for them, IF they ever:headache:!!! make up their minds!!!



Oh, and when I win the lotto, I'll just swing by in my personal jet and pick both you ladies up (+ kiddos) Jen can make the arrangments, Janet the costumes and I can do the meal and park planning!:lmao:

Sounds like a perfect plan!!!!!

I did :thumbsup2 Though my trustee travel agent Jen is the one who braved the phones for me :worship: :love: 11/16-11/21 :banana:

:thumbsup2 It was crazy and they kept hanging up on people. I think Brook was on a total of 5 hours before she got through. I tried twice in the morning ( I think I spent about 2 1/2 to 3 hours on hold) and then I had to leave and I knew the evening would work out better. I got on when I came home and was done with the whole process in 15 minutes. I will remember that next time. No need to call at 7 and wait for 3-5 hours.

froggy33
08-06-2011, 11:18 PM
OH MY! THat's ADORABLE! And amazing how similar! Too bad we weren't there together. It would have been fun to see the 2 of them together. And Katie loves little kids!

Did you get a chance to start on your Cindy yet?????



Thanks! I know, we both go often and yet have never been at the same time (as far as I know)

I haven't started on Cindy yet. I had an order to finish and then I decided to make something for the Disboutique Runway. I think I'll use what I make for that for Chef Mickey's. So I'll start soon. I have just recently had enough energy to sew at night (have to work during the day and Kenzie isn't really helpful with sewing). Plus, I tend to procrastinate!!

Also, luckily I don't think I am going to make the Ariel grotto dress. I was unable to find any kind of fabric I liked!!

hollisterluva92
08-06-2011, 11:35 PM
-I love riding in the front of EE! I love the shots I can get from the front!
-Love the shot of EE with the flags! I have a similar one, but not as close up!
-Love Katie's skirt! I want one on my size :)
-I think that's one of the clearest pics of the yeti shadow i've ever seen! Good work!
-Those drums are always so inviting! I'm so tempted to walk up and play those every time i'm there! :lol:
-I really like Lilo and Stitch's Christmas outfits! That should be a new costume idea for Katie :)
-I have a picture of me and minnie in an outfit that looks a lot like Katie's from 2008! I could only find one of me with Mary Poppins lol :)
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee376/pink1234star/182282_132642686805341_100001788318219_206710_5959 919_n.jpg
-Loving the Goofy's Kitchen outfit!
-Chef Mickey's is one of my top character meals!!!
-Katie's shoes are adorable! The sad part is that I could probably wear them :) I have to wear kids shoes!
-I love the ruffles on Katie's skirt!!
-Neat monorail picture! I need to buy a tripod for my next trip!
-I am in love with your window decorations! I love the mickey head rope lighting! How did you do that?
-Loving the mickey head face frame shot! Might have to do that on my next trip!
-I have the same pink tree, and the same garland and possibly some of the same ornaments!!!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee376/pink1234star/PC175209.jpg

basketkat
08-07-2011, 12:42 AM
I haven't posted on your thread in awhile, but I've been following along! I just had to share this with you....

I was searching for something "Wendy" on Ebay, and one of your listings came up. I looked at it...and looked at it...thinking I know I KNOW that little girl! So I looked again, and said to myself oh that is Katie! Ha! She's famous!!!!! ;)

mandi224
08-07-2011, 05:33 PM
I found your trip report today and have been reading for hours! Your report is great. I love all the dresses and outfits. I am a sewer and would love to know where you found all your patterns for the dresses and the outfits. I saw your post about Disboutiquers and will be heading there shortly. I am not a great sewer, but I am ok and I have an embroidery machine. We are going the week after Thanksgiving and I would love to start on somethings for my daughter. I want to make her a princess dress for her BBB appt.
Your pictures are amazing also!!

scrapbookersdis
08-08-2011, 12:19 AM
Great photos, and love your post-processing on the AK shots. The Christmas window pics are so adorable.

The Chef Mickey outfits are all darling -- this year's especially. Looks as though you were sitting in the "upper hallway." According to my son (who works at Chef Mickey's), you can see Wishes from the end table in that little section (which is up a few stairs). Were you able to see it? That's one thing I've not managed to do there.

Looking forward to hearing about your last day of the trip.

Sharla

OllieDannyandMe
08-08-2011, 02:17 AM
Hi, Janet! I had missed your July 31st update until now. I love it! I found myself getting a little teary-eyed at a few places. Katie is beautiful and adorable all at once.

Eve and I will be at Disney one week from tonight. Can't wait! Chef Mickey's is our first ADR.

I want to decorate our window at POP, too. How did you hang the lights? What kind of batteries did they need? We are buying some window clings. Eve wanted the Cheshire Cat and Alice, Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, AND Kevin (the bird) from Up.

We may make another trip to Disney this December, too. I am thinking about the 16th. Will you and Katie still be there then? It should be fun!

It's too hot for us to do much with the costumes in August, but we may give it a go in December! I still have a dream of dressing Eve like Belle. We just watched Beauty & The Beast tonight. She is more enamored of the animals than the princesses these days. But she still likes Jasmine!

MDsMomma
08-08-2011, 07:20 PM
I love reading your trip reports.. We were there in September 2009 when you were in we were there in the cold of December 2010. However, we are going back in October 2011 (We were there in May '11 too) I hope this December is warming. Looking back we were at MVMCP the same nite. We are going to try MNSSHP this year.

DISNEYaddict4evr
08-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Not to steal the show but I wanted to post a link to my travel blog for those that might be interested in reading about my adventures which start :banana: TODAY!! I leave in an hour for Yellowstone National Park. So anywho for those that would like to travel along with me click the link below and be sure to comment often :surfweb: makes blogging more interesting for me :thumbsup2

Erica's Travel Site (http://web.me.com/eljphoto/Ericas_Travel_Site/Welcome.html)


Anyone is allowed along for the ride, should be a good one :goodvibes

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 05:59 PM
Hi everyone! :wave:

I'm working on my next batch of photos for an update later today! :banana:

I knew I had a few comments to reply to, but didn't realize just HOW far behind I was! Sorry!

Things are stressful here as we try to get Robbie ready to start college in a couple weeks. But everyone is enrolled, has all their dental work done, and has the school supplies they need (I think).........

I keep thinking things will settle down a bit when they are all back in school. But then I remember thinking the same thing every other year, only to be SLAPPED in the face with the reality of running kids all over creation and attend back to school nights and cross country meets. But since I haven't figured out where the "rewind" button is, I guess I have no choice but to just plow forward......

With that in mind though, I want to try and finish up my trip report so it doesn't get left hanging.............

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 07:03 PM
:thumbsup2 It was crazy and they kept hanging up on people. I think Brook was on a total of 5 hours before she got through. I tried twice in the morning ( I think I spent about 2 1/2 to 3 hours on hold) and then I had to leave and I knew the evening would work out better. I got on when I came home and was done with the whole process in 15 minutes. I will remember that next time. No need to call at 7 and wait for 3-5 hours.

That really was a mess that morning, wasn't it? I'm glad that's done. I just have to pull the trigger and book the air. Waiting is going to bite me in the behind soon....... but I just keep hoping for some sort of break..........

Jen, I hope you're all packed and ready to head out the door. Have an AWESOME time!

Thanks! I know, we both go often and yet have never been at the same time (as far as I know)

I haven't started on Cindy yet. I had an order to finish and then I decided to make something for the Disboutique Runway. I think I'll use what I make for that for Chef Mickey's. So I'll start soon. I have just recently had enough energy to sew at night (have to work during the day and Kenzie isn't really helpful with sewing). Plus, I tend to procrastinate!!

Also, luckily I don't think I am going to make the Ariel grotto dress. I was unable to find any kind of fabric I liked!!

Well, let me know how it goes when you do start Cindy. I didn't see all the photos of the Disboutique Runway. I need to get over there and take a peek!

I'll let you know if I come across any fabric that would work for an Ariel's Grotto dress. But it took several years to find the one I used. BTW...... there are photos of Katie's coming up in an update soon........

I hear you on not being able to sew much. It's hard when you work all day and have a little one, and don't you have another one on the way? If so, then I'm amazed if you're even upright by the end of the night!

-I love riding in the front of EE! I love the shots I can get from the front!
-Love the shot of EE with the flags! I have a similar one, but not as close up!
-Love Katie's skirt! I want one on my size :)
-I think that's one of the clearest pics of the yeti shadow i've ever seen! Good work!
-Those drums are always so inviting! I'm so tempted to walk up and play those every time i'm there! :lol:
-I really like Lilo and Stitch's Christmas outfits! That should be a new costume idea for Katie :)
-I have a picture of me and minnie in an outfit that looks a lot like Katie's from 2008! I could only find one of me with Mary Poppins lol :)

Thanks for the nice comments on the AK shots. I'm really trying hard not to shortchange the park on this next trip. I'm pretty sure we'll get at least half a day. I sure hope we can get some blue skies this time!

So how cute are YOU in that photo with Mary?????? :dance3:

And I love your idea of a Lilo Christmas costume for Katie, but she probably won't go for it. She's sort of anti-Lilo and Stitch. Long story, but it has to do with a trip several years ago when we had breakfast with Lilo and she wasn't feeling well.........:rolleyes1 Don't ask. I'm sworn to secrecy............


http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee376/pink1234star/182282_132642686805341_100001788318219_206710_5959 919_n.jpg
-Loving the Goofy's Kitchen outfit!
-Chef Mickey's is one of my top character meals!!!
-Katie's shoes are adorable! The sad part is that I could probably wear them :) I have to wear kids shoes!
-I love the ruffles on Katie's skirt!!
-Neat monorail picture! I need to buy a tripod for my next trip!
-I am in love with your window decorations! I love the mickey head rope lighting! How did you do that?
-Loving the mickey head face frame shot! Might have to do that on my next trip!
-I have the same pink tree, and the same garland and possibly some of the same ornaments!!!
http://i1224.photobucket.com/albums/ee376/pink1234star/PC175209.jpg


LOL! Maybe Katie can start sending you her hand-me-downs! We went to buy back to school shoes and she found out she can wear a women's 6 or 6 1/2 now!

The Mickey Head from rope lights came that way. Just bought it and hung it up! I'll probably bring that back with us this year. I just plugged it into the same extension cord I brought for the lights. I got it at Walgreens before our trip. The light-up snowman came from there too. They get cute Disney holiday stuff there.

I hung the outer lights with suction cup hooks. They worked great.

LOL! I think it IS the same tree! What great taste you have! I mean...... come on. It's a PINK TREE!!! :love:

I haven't posted on your thread in awhile, but I've been following along! I just had to share this with you....

I was searching for something "Wendy" on Ebay, and one of your listings came up. I looked at it...and looked at it...thinking I know I KNOW that little girl! So I looked again, and said to myself oh that is Katie! Ha! She's famous!!!!! ;)

LOL! I'll tell Katie. She'll appreciate that. I think those pictures in the Wendy costume were taken in 2008, so 3 years ago. She's changed a lot since then, but I'm glad you recognized her!

Glad you're still reading along!

I found your trip report today and have been reading for hours! Your report is great. I love all the dresses and outfits. I am a sewer and would love to know where you found all your patterns for the dresses and the outfits. I saw your post about Disboutiquers and will be heading there shortly. I am not a great sewer, but I am ok and I have an embroidery machine. We are going the week after Thanksgiving and I would love to start on somethings for my daughter. I want to make her a princess dress for her BBB appt.
Your pictures are amazing also!!

HI! And :welcome:

I'm glad you found us!

I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help with the patterns though. I do a lot of "Frankenpatterning". That's a very technical term......... referring to using bits and pieces of various patterns to get the look you're after. Sometimes I hand draw certain parts of a pattern, or make revisions to pieces. A lot of it is trial and error through the years. And sometimes if I make something and it doesn't turn out right, I trash it and start over! :scared1: So my biggest suggestion is not to invest too much in fabric until you've tried the pattern at least once. Then jump right in. Don't be afraid to learn as you go!

Great photos, and love your post-processing on the AK shots. The Christmas window pics are so adorable.

The Chef Mickey outfits are all darling -- this year's especially. Looks as though you were sitting in the "upper hallway." According to my son (who works at Chef Mickey's), you can see Wishes from the end table in that little section (which is up a few stairs). Were you able to see it? That's one thing I've not managed to do there.

Looking forward to hearing about your last day of the trip.

Sharla

Thanks for the kind comments Sharla!

I had to stop and think for a minute about your question. We were in that upper hallway, but not next to the window. Had we been there at the right time, I'm sure we could have seen Wishes. But I think our ADR was at 6:30 or 6:45, and it was a Saturday (non-party) night, so I'm sure Wishes wasn't until 9 or 10. I think we were back in our room fast asleep by then (exciting folks that we are......)



Hi, Janet! I had missed your July 31st update until now. I love it! I found myself getting a little teary-eyed at a few places. Katie is beautiful and adorable all at once.

Eve and I will be at Disney one week from tonight. Can't wait! Chef Mickey's is our first ADR.

I want to decorate our window at POP, too. How did you hang the lights? What kind of batteries did they need? We are buying some window clings. Eve wanted the Cheshire Cat and Alice, Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, AND Kevin (the bird) from Up.

We may make another trip to Disney this December, too. I am thinking about the 16th. Will you and Katie still be there then? It should be fun!

It's too hot for us to do much with the costumes in August, but we may give it a go in December! I still have a dream of dressing Eve like Belle. We just watched Beauty & The Beast tonight. She is more enamored of the animals than the princesses these days. But she still likes Jasmine!

Hi Amy! Your posts are always so sweet and heartfelt. :goodvibes I know we both are mourning the quickly passing time with our daughters and both trying to freeze time with our trips to Disney. If I'm doing the math correctly, you'll be on your way to Disney soon. YEAH! I hope you'll share some photos when you get back. I can't wait to hear ALL about it!

I think I answered you in the above post. I used suction cup hooks for the lights and just brought an extension cord for the lights.

Katie and I used to start every trip at Chef Mickeys, but don't know if we will on this next trip. We might be meeting Katie's friend's family there later in the week. They're the same ones you met back in 08. We are actually hoping to be together the 16th and 17th. But do let me know if you'll be there. It would be great to see you too!

We haven't watched Beauty & the Beast in a long time. When we sit down to watch a Disney movie, Katie always ends up reverting to the Aristocats! :lmao: We did watch Tangled again recently.

We did have some princess fun a couple weeks ago though. They did Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella at the outdoor theater here in town. I was back and forth all week about going, since that was one of those weeks it was over 100 most days. The heat and I just don't get along, so I was real hesitant. But it got overcast one day late in the week, so I think the high was "only" 95 .....:lmao: so we gave it a go. I'm so glad we did. My love all things princessy started with that show, the version they showed on TV every year when I was little. It has Leslie Ann Warren and I adored that show! :love:

I love reading your trip reports.. We were there in September 2009 when you were in we were there in the cold of December 2010. However, we are going back in October 2011 (We were there in May '11 too) I hope this December is warming. Looking back we were at MVMCP the same nite. We are going to try MNSSHP this year.

I'm glad you found us! :welcome:

Isn't it funny we were on the same schedule! Glad to know you recovered from the great heat of 09 and are willing to give it another try. I almost did, but chickened out. I'm dying to do MNSSHP again. Maybe next year??????

Not to steal the show but I wanted to post a link to my travel blog for those that might be interested in reading about my adventures which start :banana: TODAY!! I leave in an hour for Yellowstone National Park. So anywho for those that would like to travel along with me click the link below and be sure to comment often :surfweb: makes blogging more interesting for me :thumbsup2

Erica's Travel Site (http://web.me.com/eljphoto/Ericas_Travel_Site/Welcome.html)


Anyone is allowed along for the ride, should be a good one :goodvibes

YEAH! No stealing the show involved at all. After all, there wasn't much show going on here the past couple of weeks............ :rolleyes1

Can't wait to check it out! :dance3:

OllieDannyandMe
08-13-2011, 07:17 PM
We leave for the airport in about 9 hours. I still have some packing to do! :scared1:

At the 11th hour, I did purchase the Canon PowerShot SX130. I had to pay for next day shipping, but I am so glad I purchased it. I hope to have some good pictures to share in a couple of weeks.

Wish us luck! :cloud9:

Edited to add: Janet, you have inspired me so much with this trip report! I have loved every second of it! Thank you!!!

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 07:26 PM
12-19-10: DEPARTURE DAY

Well, it had to happen, right? :sad:

That dreaded day.......... of departure.

This was it. Our last morning. I think it helped a lot that we had more park days on this trip than ever before. While we hated leaving Disney, I think we were both ready to get home and get ready for Christmas.

While Katie slept, I got a luggage cart and parked it outside our door. I then packed our carry-ons and finished packing all the suitcases. We sadly said good-bye to our room and headed for baggage check-in. We got lucky and there was only one person in line ahead of us. By the time we were done, there was a long line behind us. We headed for the bus stop one last time. We had left our room at 7, and were walking into the Magic Kingdom a few minutes after 8.

I had hoped for a beautiful day for taking photos on Main Street, but had no such luck. It was gray and even misty at times. I guess that’s fitting for a day you’re leaving Disney.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6127/6039136995_165fa3125f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039136995/)
IMG_6353-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039136995/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6039137255_276bfa23b3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137255/)
IMG_6356-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137255/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr



We had originally planned one last meal at Cinderella's Royal table on our departure morning. I always want to do that, but it never seems to pan out. I had it planned on our trip in 09 as well, but we ended up letting Timmy choose our last park day and I cancelled. (He picked Epcot). Originally we had the 8:05 breakfast, but when they bumped park opening back from 9 to 8, I decided we didnt' want to spend the first park hour eating, so cancelled.

We both wanted to ride Space Mountain again, so we went there first. The stand-by said 10 minutes but with a line all the way out in Tomorrowland, I was skeptical. Turns out they just didn’t have much of a queue going inside, so it really was that short. We grabbed fastpasses to return later and jumped in line. Things have changed for us. Instead of heading straight for Dumbo and Fantasyland, we actually headed for Space Mountain 2 of our days in the MK this trip.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6039137443_9270186169_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137443/)
IMG_6380-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137443/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/6039686910_bdf9685b51_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039686910/)
IMG_6372-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039686910/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6090/6039137765_075559def0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137765/)
IMG_6384-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039137765/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

As soon as we were done at Space, we did head for Fantasyland. Alice and the White Rabbit were out again, so we stopped to get pictures with Katie in her Queen of Hearts costume. Since the line was non-existent, we decided to take one last spin before moving on.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6039687166_df08800c2f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039687166/)
IMG_6389-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039687166/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/6039138135_0b852331e5_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138135/)
IMG_6392-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138135/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6072/6039138393_7b6b19c67e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138393/)
IMG_6391-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138393/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6039138585_c4620ea610_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138585/)
IMG_6395-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039138585/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6039688168_26cc10e38a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688168/)
IMG_6406-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688168/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/6039688352_c776e86580_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688352/)
IMG_6397-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688352/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6202/6039688860_3b37e197f0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688860/)
IMG_6401-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039688860/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6146/6039139827_8185bd29eb_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039139827/)
IMG_6402-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039139827/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6144/6039689290_345505aa58_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039689290/)
IMG_6417-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039689290/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6087/6039140261_ce833c8d81_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039140261/)
IMG_6420-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039140261/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6039689698_6346f4966b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039689698/)
IMG_6422-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039689698/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6070/6039140661_2cd7f5eb88_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039140661/)
IMG_6435-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039140661/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6039690164_28beea3a42_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690164/)
IMG_6438-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690164/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 07:27 PM
We leave for the airport in about 9 hours. I still have some packing to do! :scared1:

At the 11th hour, I did purchase the Canon PowerShot SX130. I had to pay for next day shipping, but I am so glad I purchased it. I hope to have some good pictures to share in a couple of weeks.

Wish us luck! :cloud9:

YEAH! I just caught you! I think you'll love that camera. I think that's the same one Jen just bought so I'd love a full report from both of you!

I can't wait to see all your photos.

Have a magical time! (And watch for Jen! She leaves tomorrow!)

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 07:47 PM
12/19/2010: CONTINUED

On our way through Fantasyland, we stopped to admire the windows at Castle Couture. I hadn't noticed the scene before and loved it!


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6039690520_c8a88255ff_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690520/)
IMG_6440-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690520/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6133/6039141063_c4c244c614_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039141063/)
IMG_6439-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039141063/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6064/6039690752_193d5d0845_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690752/)
IMG_6442-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039690752/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr



From there we headed for the Haunted Mansion. Katie was in her Haunted Mansion skirt set and mouse ears, so we stopped and asked the CM’s at the entrance for a photo. They were right in character and I love the photo! This time we entered through the regular line, so we got to see the stretching room. While we were there, the female CM from out front tapped Katie on the shoulder and gave her 2 certificates declaring us “Honorary Caretakers” of the Haunted Mansion. This really made us giggle and we were honored to accept!



http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6039141813_688ea6cfdb_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039141813/)
IMG_6444-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039141813/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/6039691312_0403423674_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691312/)
IMG_6445-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691312/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6039691696_64455c6bcf_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691696/)
IMG_6446-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691696/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6209/6039691994_9793eba80b_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691994/)
IMG_6487-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039691994/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6039142907_3de46e3965_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039142907/)
IMG_6488-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039142907/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6039692558_bcb3e854f3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039692558/)
IMG_6491-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039692558/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6066/6039692558_bcb3e854f3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039692558/)
IMG_6491-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039692558/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr





After the ride we left Liberty Square and headed for Adventureland to find Ariel in her green gown. We got there around 9:30 and started her line. Ariel was playful and I got some beautiful photos. My favorite was suggested by Ariel, who told Katie to make a face like a fish with her!



http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6070/6039143425_c159e450d8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039143425/)
IMG_6502-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039143425/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6126/6039693098_49d720df83_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693098/)
IMG_6501-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693098/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6194/6039693482_68042bc659_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693482/)
IMG_6512-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693482/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6135/6039693758_fd39be269e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693758/)
IMG_6516-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039693758/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6198/6039144517_4ef399b76c_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039144517/)
IMG_6527-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039144517/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6039694350_ce857a1294_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039694350/)
IMG_6528-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039694350/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6139/6039694648_1906550f6e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039694648/)
IMG_6529-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039694648/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6039145337_76836673c3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039145337/)
IMG_6532-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039145337/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6090/6039695130_21df91ddc1_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695130/)
IMG_6535-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695130/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr



Before changing, we needed to make one last stop. We needed to bid farewell to our fairy godmother and thought she might appreciate seeing the Ariel gown. It was SO hard to say good-bye!


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/6039695356_7c454496f0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695356/)
IMG_6539-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695356/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6128/6039695662_4daf31f227_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695662/)
IMG_6545-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695662/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6189/6039695864_0651007f94_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695864/)
IMG_6548-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039695864/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/6039696102_a4dfd2e95a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696102/)
IMG_6549-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696102/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 08:20 PM
12/19/10: CONTINUED:


This was our 4th day in the Magic Kingdom and we had done every ride in Fantasyland but Small World so that was our next stop. I probably wouldn’t do the ride if I was by myself, but slowly winding though the colorful doll-filled rooms with Katie just seems so perfect! I also think there’s something about doing an attraction with a long slow pace that I enjoy.

I have to say here's where I get a little lazy. I did take a bunch of Small World photos (as I have on many trips before!) but I got too lazy to edit them. So maybe this can serve as proof that we did indeed go????


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6085/6039696290_54d6ab5862_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696290/)
IMG_6552-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696290/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


We both did want to take one last spin on Dumbo, so we decided to use our second set of special fastpasses there. I enjoyed it, but honestly, the ride loses something with a gray sky and construction cranes in the view. That ride has always been about the view for me, and honestly the view was lacking this time. Of course, I’m not sure the view will ever be the same. Once they move it to Toontown, it will no longer be next to the castle, so in my opinion it just won’t be the same.




http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6039146901_4b91fe94d9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039146901/)
IMG_6617-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039146901/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6192/6039147133_492e0523fe_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039147133/)
IMG_6630-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039147133/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6144/6039696956_d1104bac3e_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696956/)
IMG_6635-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039696956/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6082/6039697220_f955afcfe3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039697220/)
IMG_6644-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039697220/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6142/6039697476_6321528476_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039697476/)
IMG_6647-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039697476/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6139/6039148065_2247132959_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148065/)
IMG_6652-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148065/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

After riding Dumbo, I realized they had never taken that last special fastpass from us. I told Katie we could still use it for something else, but she told me it wasn't the right thing to do, so we passed. I could have talked her into it I suppose, justifying it in one way or another. But I didn't want to let this teachable moment go. And I told her I was proud of her choice.

It was now after 11:00 and we had intended to leave the park by noon. So the clock was definitely ticking. We hustled back to Tomorrowland for our last ride of the trip…. Space Mountain. On our way out of Tomorrowland, we spotted the Mickey snowman buckets of popcorn and bought one for my friend Kim. It would be a long day of dragging that thing around, but I’m glad we did. I knew she'd love it, and on the up side, we got to eat Disney popcorn all day as we traveled home! With that, we headed for Main Street. We picked up a couple last things in the shops, I climbed the steps of the Train Station for one last photo, and off we went. Until next time.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6039148293_7b2bc0cd01_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148293/)
IMG_6688-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148293/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6138/6039698254_07569bfb72_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698254/)
IMG_6694-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698254/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

We had lunch at the POP food court. I cashed in our last snack credits for chocolate chip cookies and a chocolate croissant and we headed for the Magical Express. They seemed quite confused at the bus stop, but they eventually got us on a bus headed for the airport. It was great not to have to worry about our bags.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6039698466_e528e72233_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698466/)
IMG_6699-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698466/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6084/6039148919_cb5074c3dc_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148919/)
IMG_6701-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039148919/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6081/6039698890_dcb74e2f27_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698890/)
IMG_6707-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039698890/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6204/6039699086_2308ebe2a3_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039699086/)
IMG_6708-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039699086/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I was a little concerned about what security would be like at MCO, but once again…. No full body scans…..no pat-downs.

We stopped for a bite of pizza before heading for the gate. Right after leaving our table, I realized I had left the bag with the cookies and croissant behind. I went looking for it…. But no go. It was so sad to leave behind yet another piece of Disney…..

Our plane was late arriving, and a little late leaving, so I did worry a bit about our connecting flight in St. Louis. Not to worry though…. That one was even later.

It was a long day. And as always, laying down to sleep that night, I found it was hard to even fathom that we had been in the Magic Kingdom that morning. But it was time to get home and make sure everything was ready for Christmas.

Not long after our trip, I did a scrapbook page listing Katie's and my favorite things from our trip. Some predictable things made the list. But this one still cracks me up.........:lmao:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6073/6039699214_481047b7f2_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039699214/)
IMG_6721-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6039699214/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


It's the "plane crackers" they give out on Southwest. She was really tickled by those. And for whatever reason, they made the list!

Anyone want to make some guesses on my and Katie's top 5 ists????????

petals
08-13-2011, 09:01 PM
Boo to last day but luvin the updates. I so want the snowman mickey you had in your window and the popcorn bucket.. I'm going to need an empty case in November :rotfl:

mom2rtk
08-13-2011, 09:04 PM
Boo to last day but luvin the updates. I so want the snowman mickey you had in your window and the popcorn bucket.. I'm going to need an empty case in November :rotfl:

I sure agree with that BOO thing!

We loved both Mickeys too, but MAN, they were SPACE HOGS! We ended up carrying that Mickey along with us the entire way home. Each step of the way we ate a little more Disney popcorn until eventually all traces of Disney were gone............. :sad: I hear they also sell ghost Mickey popcorn buckets at Halloween. I think we're going to have to take a chance on fall next year just to get one of those!

Caretames1
08-13-2011, 10:57 PM
:sad1: Boo Hoo, your TR is over:sad2: One of the most visually stunning things I've ever read! Adn the writting wasn't half bad either:lmao:


Ok, I loved the fishy face pic with Ariel,
I thought her HM skirt set was awesome,
Katie looks so happy in all your photos, you can really tell she enjoys the dressing up and of course being in WDW!
I like your snowman Mickey and since you mentioned the sell Ghost Mickey's, I'm gonna get me one!


I can't wait to see your next TR, PTR or random posts!:laughing:

I hope you show your 5 favs each and maybe a coupke shots of your scrapebook??

Carey

mom2rtk
08-14-2011, 10:42 AM
:sad1: Boo Hoo, your TR is over:sad2: One of the most visually stunning things I've ever read! Adn the writting wasn't half bad either:lmao:


Ok, I loved the fishy face pic with Ariel,
I thought her HM skirt set was awesome,
Katie looks so happy in all your photos, you can really tell she enjoys the dressing up and of course being in WDW!
I like your snowman Mickey and since you mentioned the sell Ghost Mickey's, I'm gonna get me one!


I can't wait to see your next TR, PTR or random posts!:laughing:

I hope you show your 5 favs each and maybe a coupke shots of your scrapebook??

Carey

Awww..... thanks Carey. :flower3:

Wasn't that fishy Ariel photo a riot? That was completely Ariel's idea. All of a sudden at the end she just said "Let's make a face like a fish!". I just about died laughing! :rotfl:

I'm so glad you were along on our trip! :goodvibes

I'd be happy to add a few more things. I've done some scrapbook pages and can share those, but man, I have a TON left to do. Fortunately I'll have Disney scrapbook pages to do for a long long time! And that's a good thing!

Caretames1
08-14-2011, 12:10 PM
I have a question. Kadence just went through your lastest photos and she really wants to meet the Fairy Godmother. We had 8:10 ADR in the Castle on our last full Park day (Sat, Sept 24th)
If we were out and about by 9ish, where do we find her and how long does she stay out?

mom2rtk
08-14-2011, 12:17 PM
I have a question. Kadence just went through your lastest photos and she really wants to meet the Fairy Godmother. We had 8:10 ADR in the Castle on our last full Park day (Sat, Sept 24th)
If we were out and about by 9ish, where do we find her and how long does she stay out?

Man, you're getting SO close! It's just NEXT month! :dance3: Sorry though, too many dancing bananas to start that yet........

Fairy Godmother meets behind the castle over near the Castle Couture shop (where you can go inside and get the post-BBB photo shoot). She is there off and on between 9:15 and 1:15. You HAVE to tell her Katie and Janet say hi and will see her in December again! :dance3:

clearskies
08-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Hi Janet,

Catching up on yout TR is a perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday. Your amazing costumes and fabulous pictures continue to impress me.

Sorry I have been MIA and some of my comments are from old posts. Don't feel the need to respond to them

1. You have so many incredible pics of your princess. There are just too many to comment on individually. You did an awesome job capturing so much!

2. That blue and white snow white costumer is AMAZING. You are a master :worship:

3. That is a fantastic picture that you posted of Pop from just outside your room on 12/18. :thumbsup2 Great capture of the colors.

4. Great work in all your pics of AK. Loved the EE fog shots. Thank you for the lesson on EE in the rain.

5. Great pics of two of the best shows on Disney property (Nemo and FOLK). Glad to see you gained an appreciation for Nemo.

6. It is cool to see the Big cheese and Minnie decked out in their Holiday garb at AK. Thank you for sharing.

7. I also am not much of a daytime parade person but I just love the colors in the AK parade. You also did a great job capturing that as well.

8. I am curious what you thought of the food at Chef Mickey's. The character experience is always great but the food...meh...just not doing it for me lately.

9. The night pics at pop after Chef Mickey's are great!!

10. Great departure day pics. Even on your last day you have all these fantastic costumes to pull out of your bag of tricks. The Ariel pics are especially precious. :thumbsup2

petals
08-14-2011, 06:43 PM
I sure agree with that BOO thing!

We loved both Mickeys too, but MAN, they were SPACE HOGS! We ended up carrying that Mickey along with us the entire way home. Each step of the way we ate a little more Disney popcorn until eventually all traces of Disney were gone............. :sad: I hear they also sell ghost Mickey popcorn buckets at Halloween. I think we're going to have to take a chance on fall next year just to get one of those!

I saw the ghost ones last year didn't get one though.. In the outlet stores as well they had park popcorn buckets for 1 dollar but they didn't have the ghost

DISNEYaddict4evr
08-15-2011, 12:31 PM
:sad1: I return home to sadness, my favorite princess TR is OVER!

What a wonderful TR thank you so much for sharing Janet, I really enjoyed getting to know you and your daughter you are a very lucky mom she is absolutely wonderful :cloud9:

MickeyMouseCD524
08-15-2011, 02:29 PM
= ( Sorry to see this trip report come to an end gave me ideas for my upcoming trip. I hope you go again soon and share a trip report with = )

mom2rtk
08-15-2011, 02:46 PM
Hi Janet,

Catching up on yout TR is a perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday. Your amazing costumes and fabulous pictures continue to impress me.

Sorry I have been MIA and some of my comments are from old posts. Don't feel the need to respond to them

1. You have so many incredible pics of your princess. There are just too many to comment on individually. You did an awesome job capturing so much!

Thank you! The photography is an outlet for my desire to freeze time with the kids. I love having so many images to go back to and scrapbook when I feel nostalgic.

2. That blue and white snow white costumer is AMAZING. You are a master :worship:

Many thanks! :goodvibes I can already picture her wearing it with the dwarfs at the party. I'm even considering breaking out my Evil Queen costume this year........ just for the photo.

3. That is a fantastic picture that you posted of Pop from just outside your room on 12/18. :thumbsup2 Great capture of the colors.

4. Great work in all your pics of AK. Loved the EE fog shots. Thank you for the lesson on EE in the rain.

LOL! I hope you don't have to use your newfound "AK in the rain" skills! As "interesting" as the rain was....... I'd like a little sun next time!

5. Great pics of two of the best shows on Disney property (Nemo and FOLK). Glad to see you gained an appreciation for Nemo.

Dory gets me through some tough days........... Just keep swimming.........

6. It is cool to see the Big cheese and Minnie decked out in their Holiday garb at AK. Thank you for sharing.

Isn't it odd that they come out in holiday wear in AK of all places, but nowhere else until the week before Christmas? I'm toying with giving up AK this trip for a shot at WWoHP at IOA, but then I'd miss my Christmas Character shots. Maybe I can squeeze in half a day still.........

7. I also am not much of a daytime parade person but I just love the colors in the AK parade. You also did a great job capturing that as well.

It is a great parade visually. But if we only get half a day this time, I think we'll be good with missing it.

8. I am curious what you thought of the food at Chef Mickey's. The character experience is always great but the food...meh...just not doing it for me lately.

It didn't strike me as great or terrible, so I guess "unremarkable" would be the word. I'd probably prefer breakfast there, but it just doesn't fit our touring style. To be honest, we go more out of tradition than anything else.

9. The night pics at pop after Chef Mickey's are great!!

Thanks. That last night is always so sad.......

10. Great departure day pics. Even on your last day you have all these fantastic costumes to pull out of your bag of tricks. The Ariel pics are especially precious. :thumbsup2

LOL! I usually have something up my sleeve. I use every day we're at a park so I can just take one or two things each day and it's not a big deal. We DID have to carry Ariel and the Queen costumes home with us on the plane in our carry-on........ not to mention the hoop skirt....... but they all scrunch up pretty well. That red dot bag was stuffed full for us that day.



Thanks for all the kind comments throughout the TR! I'm woefully behind on yours again and can't wait to catch up. I am quite confident I will find great photographic inspiration there for our December trip!



I saw the ghost ones last year didn't get one though.. In the outlet stores as well they had park popcorn buckets for 1 dollar but they didn't have the ghost

I wish I had the ghost one too. But the honest truth is that Snowman Mickey didn't get caught in the Christmas packing after the holiday, so he's been floating around the house ever since. I think Katie even put Mickey's top hat on the cat one day......it's the perfect size! :thumbsup2

:sad1: I return home to sadness, my favorite princess TR is OVER!

What a wonderful TR thank you so much for sharing Janet, I really enjoyed getting to know you and your daughter you are a very lucky mom she is absolutely wonderful :cloud9:

What an absolutely sweet thing to say! :love: I'm so glad you came a long on our journey. I can't wait to read about all your adventures this summer! Keep in touch so maybe we can meet for real this December. Keep an eye out for my red Minnie dot bag!

mom2rtk
08-15-2011, 02:49 PM
= ( Sorry to see this trip report come to an end gave me ideas for my upcoming trip. I hope you go again soon and share a trip report with = )

Thank you so much! :goodvibes I hope you have a great trip. And honestly, I really enjoyed doing this trip report, so I'll probably do one after our December trip again. Feel free to come back and post a link if you do a trip report of your own!

foodrocksluver
08-15-2011, 03:56 PM
Ugh, there is absolutely nothing worse than your last day at Disney. But Katie looked beautiful as ever!

The pictures of Katie and Ariel made me misty eyed as Ariel is my favorite character EVER.

And that Queen of Hearts costume is amazing! I would totally wear that and I'm 24!

froggy33
08-15-2011, 04:16 PM
Well, let me know how it goes when you do start Cindy. I didn't see all the photos of the Disboutique Runway. I need to get over there and take a peek!

I'll let you know if I come across any fabric that would work for an Ariel's Grotto dress. But it took several years to find the one I used. BTW...... there are photos of Katie's coming up in an update soon........

I hear you on not being able to sew much. It's hard when you work all day and have a little one, and don't you have another one on the way? If so, then I'm amazed if you're even upright by the end of the night!


So sad it's ending!! But you leave soonish so I'm sure there will be more!!

I hope to start on the Cindy soon. I know how I am going to do it in my head...we'll see how it goes in actuality!! The only thing I am back and forth on are the peplums. I don't know if I want to do them the "regular" way, or do them like Cindy has in the parks..where they look like they have rows of "fluff" in them or something?? You know? I think that would be doable, but I don't know!

LOVE the Ariel dress! It's just so pretty. And I love the capes you make for your daughter as well. One of the first things I made my little one was a velvet fur lined cape. I think it would still fit her, just need to clean the velvet. It's red velvet and white fluff, so I worry about bleeding.

And, yep I'm preggers. But even though I was crazy exhausted the first trimester and got NO sewing done, I am finally doing better and can sew til midnight or so!! I've got 2 customs finished for our October trip, and 2 I'm reusing. A long list more, but should get finished! The disboutique runway keeps "getting in the way", but luckily both work for our trip so far!

Question:
For the place you go to get BBB pics. Can anyone go in and do this? I don't think we'll do BBB, but I'd like to get nice pics in Cindy if we could. I'm going to preorder the CD will they put the pics on there?

Thanks!!

joy13
08-15-2011, 08:25 PM
I'm so sad the report is over! I think I'll go back through it with Maddie though :) I just LOVE that Ariel dress - it looks like it was a wonderful meet and greet with her. That final picture from the train station is amazing!

DISNEYaddict4evr
08-15-2011, 10:02 PM
What an absolutely sweet thing to say! :love: I'm so glad you came a long on our journey. I can't wait to read about all your adventures this summer! Keep in touch so maybe we can meet for real this December. Keep an eye out for my red Minnie dot bag!

Most definitely, Jenn and I would love to meet in person! What are your dates again? Also I just posted my Yellowstone trip a few minutes ago so be sure and check it out it has a great ending :) any who are interested feel free to check in as well, the more the merrier.

Erica's Travel Site (http://web.me.com/eljphoto/Ericas_Travel_Site/Welcome.html)

mom2rtk
08-16-2011, 09:16 AM
Ugh, there is absolutely nothing worse than your last day at Disney. But Katie looked beautiful as ever!

The pictures of Katie and Ariel made me misty eyed as Ariel is my favorite character EVER.

And that Queen of Hearts costume is amazing! I would totally wear that and I'm 24!

It was sad even just WRITING about that last day! :rotfl2:

Thanks for the kind comments on the Queen costume. Katie loved it too because it's more grown-up looking. She's kicking around maybe having a jester costume from that same pattern for Halloween this year........... although I fully expect that to change a few dozen times before then!

We love Ariel too and can't wait for her new ride to open! :banana:
So sad it's ending!! But you leave soonish so I'm sure there will be more!!

I hope to start on the Cindy soon. I know how I am going to do it in my head...we'll see how it goes in actuality!! The only thing I am back and forth on are the peplums. I don't know if I want to do them the "regular" way, or do them like Cindy has in the parks..where they look like they have rows of "fluff" in them or something?? You know? I think that would be doable, but I don't know!

I have tried to do peplums like the Cindy in parks, but just haven't figured out how to do it. I do think those rows are padded or something, but I just can't get it down. The ones from the winter Cindy I did for this trip were pleated. I generally do a "puff" design on my Cindy gowns now. It's not really similar to Cindy at the parks, but I do think it's very similar to the Cindy gown in the movie. I'm really not fond of the peplums on the current Cindy pattern in the Simplicity book. It tends to poof out too much at the top. The cut of that pattern just seems a little off.
LOVE the Ariel dress! It's just so pretty. And I love the capes you make for your daughter as well. One of the first things I made my little one was a velvet fur lined cape. I think it would still fit her, just need to clean the velvet. It's red velvet and white fluff, so I worry about bleeding.

And, yep I'm preggers. But even though I was crazy exhausted the first trimester and got NO sewing done, I am finally doing better and can sew til midnight or so!! I've got 2 customs finished for our October trip, and 2 I'm reusing. A long list more, but should get finished! The disboutique runway keeps "getting in the way", but luckily both work for our trip so far!


Well, congratulations on getting past the first trimester. It's been a while for me, but I do still remember just how draining that was. I hope you're feeling well and energized for your October trip! :banana:


Question:
For the place you go to get BBB pics. Can anyone go in and do this? I don't think we'll do BBB, but I'd like to get nice pics in Cindy if we could. I'm going to preorder the CD will they put the pics on there?

Thanks!!

My understanding is that anyone can go into the BBB photo studio. I think they make priority for the BBB girls, but they can do you in between and just have them added to your photopass.

Like I tell everyone else though, I do think they are sort of hit and miss. Some know what they're doing (photography-wise) and some don't. Half of the photos they took of Katie had the upper rim of her glasses cutting her eyes in half. That's something they should have noticed. But take plenty of shots yourself out in front of the castle and elsewhere around Fantasyland. Will you be there before park opening at all? Those shots with an empty Main Street are priceless!



I'm so sad the report is over! I think I'll go back through it with Maddie though :) I just LOVE that Ariel dress - it looks like it was a wonderful meet and greet with her. That final picture from the train station is amazing!

Most definitely, Jenn and I would love to meet in person! What are your dates again? Also I just posted my Yellowstone trip a few minutes ago so be sure and check it out it has a great ending :) any who are interested feel free to check in as well, the more the merrier.

Erica's Travel Site (http://web.me.com/eljphoto/Ericas_Travel_Site/Welcome.html)

Unless we make any more changes (you know........ AGAIN!) we'll be there the 10th to the 18th. What are your dates? I'm thinking we overlap and it would be great to meet!

I can't wait to go check out your Yellowstone photos!

mom2rtk
08-16-2011, 09:29 AM
Most definitely, Jenn and I would love to meet in person! What are your dates again? Also I just posted my Yellowstone trip a few minutes ago so be sure and check it out it has a great ending :) any who are interested feel free to check in as well, the more the merrier.

Erica's Travel Site (http://web.me.com/eljphoto/Ericas_Travel_Site/Welcome.html)

OK, I haven't read the entire thing....... but took a quick look at the outstanding photos! I do love Yellowstone. I'm glad you got to see Castle Geyser. I thought it was SO much more impressive than Old Faithful. I always get up before my family and since we stayed at Old Faithful Inn, I took an early morning walk on our trip. I was treated to a private show. When it erupted, there wasn't another soul around. They started gathering soon after, but I still consider that my own private showing. :goodvibes

Oh........... and I did read far enough to catch your SURPRISE!! YEAH! :dance3: and congratulations! :cool1:

DISNEYaddict4evr
08-16-2011, 02:44 PM
Unless we make any more changes (you know........ AGAIN!) we'll be there the 10th to the 18th. What are your dates? I'm thinking we overlap and it would be great to meet!

I can't wait to go check out your Yellowstone photos!

We are there the 11 - 17 so not as long but right in between, when you get a schedule put together would should compare and see where we over lap :surfweb:

hollisterluva92
08-17-2011, 06:06 PM
-Wowza! That Christmas tree is GORGEOUS!!!!
-I've never seen Alice with a coat! Neat!
-I am, as always, in love with Katie's costume! Can you adopt me??
-Great shot of the teacups! I will conquer that shot on my next trip!
-Loving the teacup shots with Katie! I cannot go on that ride....ever again! I went when I was 5 and they had to stop the ride because I got sick :( I love all of the colors of the teacups and the theming though!
-Love the dress in the castle couture window! So pretty!
-Love Katie's Haunted Mansion outfit! I actually am getting ready to place an order for those mickey ears at the Disney Store!
-How sweet that you both got certificates! I want one :)
-Wow! Katie's Ariel dress is stunning! Ariel is my favorite princess!
-I LOVE It's A Small World! When me and my brother went for our first trip together he was 6 months old. I asked my mom if I could take him on one ride and she said yes. I was such a proud sister! I carried him onto the ride and sat him on my lap and he fell in love with the ride! My grandparents had to take him on the ride continuously for the next three hours because as soon as they went to get off he started crying :( Now, he's going to be 14....and I love spending time with him on IASW!
-Sadly, i've only been on dumbo twice.....and they were both when I was 5 and 6 :o Next trip I'm going to have to ride it again!
-It's always so sad to end a trip :( But, you had another trip 6 months after, so I bet it wasn't as bad! I'm now headed over to read that tr! Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures!!!!

mom2rtk
08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
Just enough time for a brief post. Timmy and Katie started school today. Robbie starts college next Wednesday, so life is pretty insane for now.......


We are there the 11 - 17 so not as long but right in between, when you get a schedule put together would should compare and see where we over lap :surfweb:

That would be cool! Since I'm not completely settled yet, I won't post my days. The first 2 days are pretty set though. We're doing MK Sunday the 11th and staying for the party and doing Epcot the 12th. After that, it all falls apart! :lmao:

-Wowza! That Christmas tree is GORGEOUS!!!!

Don't they do a great job with ALL their trees at Disney? :goodvibes

-I've never seen Alice with a coat! Neat!

I love seeing the characters in their winter wear too. Sad life that I lead, I was excited to meet Cindy in her winter jacket too! :rotfl:

-I am, as always, in love with Katie's costume! Can you adopt me??

I have to tell you, after getting 3 kids ready for school, I'm gonna have to pass. But I appreciate the sentment! :goodvibes

-Great shot of the teacups! I will conquer that shot on my next trip!

Thanks! The teacups are a great photo op for playing with shutter speed. Take a look at that shot again. There's a small break between 2 of the teacups....... and you can just make out Alice and the white rabbit signing autographs. I wish I could say I did that on purpose......... We'll call that a happy accident!

-Loving the teacup shots with Katie! I cannot go on that ride....ever again! I went when I was 5 and they had to stop the ride because I got sick :( I love all of the colors of the teacups and the theming though!

There really just are some people who can't do spinny rides. Thankfully I'm not one of them. You would NOT want to ride with me! I can spin AND take photos at the same time!

-Love the dress in the castle couture window! So pretty!

I can't belive we missed it up until our last day!

-Love Katie's Haunted Mansion outfit! I actually am getting ready to place an order for those mickey ears at the Disney Store!

Those are fun ears. I'm sure you'll love them!

-How sweet that you both got certificates! I want one :)

It was just so unexpected that it was really fun!

-Wow! Katie's Ariel dress is stunning! Ariel is my favorite princess!

Thank you! She was certainly a lot of fun.

-I LOVE It's A Small World! When me and my brother went for our first trip together he was 6 months old. I asked my mom if I could take him on one ride and she said yes. I was such a proud sister! I carried him onto the ride and sat him on my lap and he fell in love with the ride! My grandparents had to take him on the ride continuously for the next three hours because as soon as they went to get off he started crying :( Now, he's going to be 14....and I love spending time with him on IASW!

What a great Small World memory you have. And I think it's great you still like to spend time with him. :goodvibes

-Sadly, i've only been on dumbo twice.....and they were both when I was 5 and 6 :o Next trip I'm going to have to ride it again!

Shame on you! I hope it's still in its current location for you to ride one last time before the move!

-It's always so sad to end a trip :( But, you had another trip 6 months after, so I bet it wasn't as bad! I'm now headed over to read that tr! Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures!!!!

Actually that other trip report was from June 2010, so happened 6 months before this one. But December isn't far away and we'll be back. And you guys all made this so fun, I bet I'll do another trip report!

petals
08-17-2011, 10:26 PM
I wish I had the ghost one too. But the honest truth is that Snowman Mickey didn't get caught in the Christmas packing after the holiday, so he's been floating around the house ever since. I think Katie even put Mickey's top hat on the cat one day......it's the perfect size! :thumbsup2


I love it.. Sounds like something I would do to the small dog who loves me for the things I make him wear :rotfl:

RinkyTinkyTinky
08-18-2011, 01:40 PM
Oh no! I hate that it is over! I have so enjoyed reading along and seeing all your beautiful photos and costumes! I'm really going to miss this TR. I will absolutely be on the lookout for another one in December.

As for your top 5 list... I couldn't even begin to guess! You had so many awesome moments and wonderful character meets that I don't know how you could possibly narrow it down to 5. I'll be curious to see what they are!

I've been doing a little sewing for our October trip and just wanted to credit you with motivating me! I'm not doing anything like what you have done, but I am making some simple applique shirt/skirt outfits, and I am altering a Jasmine costumes from a past dance recital. I am not making the applique stuff from scratch either. I am taking a store bought shirt and skirt and adding some touches to it. That's all the sewing talent I have for now! But it's still fun!

Sydnerella
08-20-2011, 10:05 PM
Thank you Janet!

It has been an awesome journey sharing you and Katie's trip! I have truly enjoyed getting a piece of Disney as I wait for our spring break trip. The beautiful creative outfits, stories and photos delight! Thanks a ton!

Sydnerella's Mama

And your tips are also priceless - Enjoy the fall!

hollisterluva92
08-22-2011, 02:14 PM
-Wowza! That Christmas tree is GORGEOUS!!!!

Don't they do a great job with ALL their trees at Disney?

-I've never seen Alice with a coat! Neat!

I love seeing the characters in their winter wear too. Sad life that I lead, I was excited to meet Cindy in her winter jacket too!

-I am, as always, in love with Katie's costume! Can you adopt me??

I have to tell you, after getting 3 kids ready for school, I'm gonna have to pass. But I appreciate the sentment!

-Great shot of the teacups! I will conquer that shot on my next trip!

Thanks! The teacups are a great photo op for playing with shutter speed. Take a look at that shot again. There's a small break between 2 of the teacups....... and you can just make out Alice and the white rabbit signing autographs. I wish I could say I did that on purpose......... We'll call that a happy accident!

-Loving the teacup shots with Katie! I cannot go on that ride....ever again! I went when I was 5 and they had to stop the ride because I got sick I love all of the colors of the teacups and the theming though!

There really just are some people who can't do spinny rides. Thankfully I'm not one of them. You would NOT want to ride with me! I can spin AND take photos at the same time!

-Love the dress in the castle couture window! So pretty!

I can't belive we missed it up until our last day!

-Love Katie's Haunted Mansion outfit! I actually am getting ready to place an order for those mickey ears at the Disney Store!

Those are fun ears. I'm sure you'll love them!

-How sweet that you both got certificates! I want one

It was just so unexpected that it was really fun!

-Wow! Katie's Ariel dress is stunning! Ariel is my favorite princess!

Thank you! She was certainly a lot of fun.

-I LOVE It's A Small World! When me and my brother went for our first trip together he was 6 months old. I asked my mom if I could take him on one ride and she said yes. I was such a proud sister! I carried him onto the ride and sat him on my lap and he fell in love with the ride! My grandparents had to take him on the ride continuously for the next three hours because as soon as they went to get off he started crying Now, he's going to be 14....and I love spending time with him on IASW!

What a great Small World memory you have. And I think it's great you still like to spend time with him.

-Sadly, i've only been on dumbo twice.....and they were both when I was 5 and 6 Next trip I'm going to have to ride it again!

Shame on you! I hope it's still in its current location for you to ride one last time before the move!

-It's always so sad to end a trip But, you had another trip 6 months after, so I bet it wasn't as bad! I'm now headed over to read that tr! Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures!!!!

Actually that other trip report was from June 2010, so happened 6 months before this one. But December isn't far away and we'll be back. And you guys all made this so fun, I bet I'll do another trip report!

-They really do!
-Not at all! I love seeing the characters in all of their not-normal costumes!
-My mom is right there with you! She only has two kids, but i'm headed off to college in two weeks and my brother is starting 8th grade.
-I love playing with shutter speed! I really need a new lens for my camera, because I only have the standard and it's just not good enough :( I'm trying to figure out which one to buy! I have an Olympus E4000--do you have any tips?
-Oh Lordy! I would NOT have a good time on that ride!
-I try to spend time with him.....but he just play's xbox 360 all the time!
-I know....I'm a bad DISSER! Me 2! Hopefully I'll get back down there before they close it or move it!
-Yay for more trip reports!!!

mom2rtk
08-22-2011, 02:57 PM
I love it.. Sounds like something I would do to the small dog who loves me for the things I make him wear :rotfl:

Well, then you definitely need a snowman Mickey. The hat would be jut the right size! :lmao:

Oh no! I hate that it is over! I have so enjoyed reading along and seeing all your beautiful photos and costumes! I'm really going to miss this TR. I will absolutely be on the lookout for another one in December.

As for your top 5 list... I couldn't even begin to guess! You had so many awesome moments and wonderful character meets that I don't know how you could possibly narrow it down to 5. I'll be curious to see what they are!

I've been doing a little sewing for our October trip and just wanted to credit you with motivating me! I'm not doing anything like what you have done, but I am making some simple applique shirt/skirt outfits, and I am altering a Jasmine costumes from a past dance recital. I am not making the applique stuff from scratch either. I am taking a store bought shirt and skirt and adding some touches to it. That's all the sewing talent I have for now! But it's still fun!

YEAH to you for starting some sewing! There's nothing better for the soul than losing one's self in a creative project! :thumbsup2 I'd love to see what you come up with!

As for the top 5...... I checked the scarpbook and it was actually a top 6 list. Here's a start..........

Katie's number 6? (Drum roll please.......) PLANE CRACKERS!!!

My number 6? (Another drum roll please.....) Katie wearing red Belle to MVMCP!

Thank you Janet!

It has been an awesome journey sharing you and Katie's trip! I have truly enjoyed getting a piece of Disney as I wait for our spring break trip. The beautiful creative outfits, stories and photos delight! Thanks a ton!

Sydnerella's Mama

And your tips are also priceless - Enjoy the fall!


Awwww...... thank you so much for coming along on our journey with us! :goodvibes


-They really do!
-Not at all! I love seeing the characters in all of their not-normal costumes!
-My mom is right there with you! She only has two kids, but i'm headed off to college in two weeks and my brother is starting 8th grade.
-I love playing with shutter speed! I really need a new lens for my camera, because I only have the standard and it's just not good enough :( I'm trying to figure out which one to buy! I have an Olympus E4000--do you have any tips?
-Oh Lordy! I would NOT have a good time on that ride!
-I try to spend time with him.....but he just play's xbox 360 all the time!
-I know....I'm a bad DISSER! Me 2! Hopefully I'll get back down there before they close it or move it!
-Yay for more trip reports!!!

Good luck in college! We had orientation this weekend at my son's college. Classes start day after tomorrow.

I am not familiar with the various Olympus lenses. But I'm sure there are some folks over on the Photography Board who are. So my advice would be to pop in over there and pick their brains. They LOVE to spend other people's money! :lmao:

MickeyMouseCD524
08-22-2011, 06:04 PM
I started my PTR if you want to read along here is the link = )

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42350384#post42350384

jenseib
08-22-2011, 07:46 PM
NOOOOO! Say it isn't so! You MUST dop a TR for this next trip. I love ther Queen of Hearts dress. I have looked at one for Claire from a costume shop and I keep debating on getting it. I guess I'll wait til lwe actually have a trip planned.

YEAH! I just caught you! I think you'll love that camera. I think that's the same one Jen just bought so I'd love a full report from both of you!

I can't wait to see all your photos.

Have a magical time! (And watch for Jen! She leaves tomorrow!)

Yes, that is the one I got. I like it. But I have a hard time with point and shoots. I am so used to putting my eye up to the camera to see what I want, and the whole zooming kept confusing me with the point and shoot. I used it for the safari and got a bunch of crappy pictures. LOL! But my battery was pretty much dead on the SLR, well actually both batteries I had with me were and the charged one was back at the room...of course.

hollisterluva92
08-23-2011, 10:09 AM
Good luck in college! We had orientation this weekend at my son's college. Classes start day after tomorrow.

I am not familiar with the various Olympus lenses. But I'm sure there are some folks over on the Photography Board who are. So my advice would be to pop in over there and pick their brains. They LOVE to spend other people's money!

-Thank you! Orientation is sometime next week for me, but i'm a transfer, so i'm not sure!
-I move into my dorm room this Sunday and then classes don't start till the 31st
-I will definitely do that! Lol :)

mom2rtk
08-23-2011, 06:07 PM
OK, I gave our 6th favorite parts of the trip yesterday..... or the day before........ it's all running together these days! :lmao:

Now time for number 5. Drum roll please........

Katie's pick for 5th place............. We have a tie for Space Mountain and Expedition Everest.

Now keep in mind we each did our lists independently....... but here's what I came up with for number 5......... Riding thrill rides with Katie!

Life is zooming along here. I am happy (ok, mostly relieved....) to report that Robbie is finally a fully licensed driver! :banana::banana::banana: And not a moment too soon since classes start tomorrow. Whew! We're driving him to campus to help with parking, but will let him drive himself home. It's quiet a trek, not like driving down the road to the local community college. It's through parts of the city I'd rather he not go. But it's better than putting him on the interstate. We've been making the drive daily for practice for a while now, so I'm sure he'll be just fine. Now ME on the other hand....... not sure how I'll be with it!




I started my PTR if you want to read along here is the link = )

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42350384#post42350384

YEAH! :dance3: And thanks for the link!

NOOOOO! Say it isn't so! You MUST dop a TR for this next trip. I love ther Queen of Hearts dress. I have looked at one for Claire from a costume shop and I keep debating on getting it. I guess I'll wait til lwe actually have a trip planned.



Yes, that is the one I got. I like it. But I have a hard time with point and shoots. I am so used to putting my eye up to the camera to see what I want, and the whole zooming kept confusing me with the point and shoot. I used it for the safari and got a bunch of crappy pictures. LOL! But my battery was pretty much dead on the SLR, well actually both batteries I had with me were and the charged one was back at the room...of course.

Nah...... I say don't wait until you have a trip planned. You started the last one before you had a trip planned, so I say go for it!

Thanks for the nice comment on the QOH. Katie loved that it was more grown up looking.

Any idea what the problem was with the P&S on the safari photos? I still want to get a new point & shoot and that Canon was one I had considered. And what's this nonsense about a dead battery? Tsk Tsk! Have I taught you NOTHING?????? OK, maybe I did. At least you didn't lose any memory cards!

-Thank you! Orientation is sometime next week for me, but i'm a transfer, so i'm not sure!
-I move into my dorm room this Sunday and then classes don't start till the 31st
-I will definitely do that! Lol :)

Well good luck when you get started next week!

vamassey1
08-23-2011, 08:25 PM
Whew! I almost missed the end of your trip report.

You just have to do another report when you get back from your next trip. I love your photos and all the pictures of Katie in her outfits.

Katie must be a quick change artist now. I can't keep up with all the different changes she did just in your last half a day in the park!:confused3 But you really did get some great pictures of her with the characters. Love the photos with the Hunted Mansion CMs.

Please post you scrapbook pages from the trip. They are so beautiful. I'm sure everyone else would enjoy them too.

Congrats to Robbie for passing his test!:yay: Tell him to be careful and to be a defensive driver.

jenseib
08-23-2011, 09:01 PM
I think myu problem was human error...or some might say dumb blonde. LOL! I would zoom to get the animal and then I couldn't find it on the screen. LOL! And we were moving and it was all going to fast. When I look through the veiw finder on an SLR I can see what I want, then zoom, I couldn't get my brain wrapped around doing it with the point and shoot. Probably for most, that would be easier...but not for me. :rolleyes1

ladeeesquire
08-23-2011, 10:56 PM
Janet~
Well I've spent some time (quite a lot actually) over the last 3 days reading your trip report. Amazing! I've actually never read one before but got hooked trying to find out how you got that great picture in your siggie and now I know!!! We live in socal and have DLR passes but will be going to WDW at the end of 2012 or perhaps jan of 2013 to celebrate my dd's 5th birthday. Reading your report has given me some ideas!!

As everyone has said, your costume skills are AMAZING!!! I don't sew but I so wish I could. My dd would love those princess dresses. Your photos are also amazing and your daughter is so cute. In her pix a sweetness comes across
:-)

I have a question for you about the queen of hearts costume. Did you also make the crown? I'm curious because my daughter is going to be the queen for halloween. I've ordered her a lovely costume but it does not come with a crown. I was going to make one but cannot figure out how it would be attached the headband...

susan

jacjac
08-24-2011, 12:37 AM
Awesome!!!!

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 09:13 AM
Whew! I almost missed the end of your trip report.

You just have to do another report when you get back from your next trip. I love your photos and all the pictures of Katie in her outfits.

Katie must be a quick change artist now. I can't keep up with all the different changes she did just in your last half a day in the park!:confused3 But you really did get some great pictures of her with the characters. Love the photos with the Hunted Mansion CMs.

Please post you scrapbook pages from the trip. They are so beautiful. I'm sure everyone else would enjoy them too.

Congrats to Robbie for passing his test!:yay: Tell him to be careful and to be a defensive driver.

Thanks Vanessa!

I'll probably do another trip report. It really did help with my post trip blues, and also got me to work through editing all my photos.

We won't be bringing as many costumes this time, but definitely a few. I need to get caught up on my work sewing so I can do a little more fun sewing. We've been chatting about her Cinderella costume. We want to do another winter version she can wear to dinner at CRT the night of the Christmas party. I bought some pretty sheer snowflake organza. I pictured it over white, but she says blue. Man, where did she get the idea she gets to a say in this? :lmao: OK, so picking the fabric is the best part of this and I hate giving that up. But ultimately I'll let her pick.......

When things get settled a little more around here, I'll post a few scrapbook pages. I didn't come close to scrapping the entire trip..... only one book filled so far! :rotfl:

And many thanks for congrats for Robbie. I've done my best to help both of the boys understand that they are driving for everyone ELSE in the world, but don't know that they truly get that yet. Thankfully Robbie's classes are form 11 to 3, so he'll miss rush hour traffic. I'll be driving down with him for a few days until we're comfortable with him doing it himself.

I think myu problem was human error...or some might say dumb blonde. LOL! I would zoom to get the animal and then I couldn't find it on the screen. LOL! And we were moving and it was all going to fast. When I look through the veiw finder on an SLR I can see what I want, then zoom, I couldn't get my brain wrapped around doing it with the point and shoot. Probably for most, that would be easier...but not for me. :rolleyes1

I see what you're saying. Yeah, I'd have trouble with no viewfinder too. And I'm not even blonde. USED to be brunetter, but this summer has me leaning more toward gray.........

Janet~
Well I've spent some time (quite a lot actually) over the last 3 days reading your trip report. Amazing! I've actually never read one before but got hooked trying to find out how you got that great picture in your siggie and now I know!!! We live in socal and have DLR passes but will be going to WDW at the end of 2012 or perhaps jan of 2013 to celebrate my dd's 5th birthday. Reading your report has given me some ideas!!

As everyone has said, your costume skills are AMAZING!!! I don't sew but I so wish I could. My dd would love those princess dresses. Your photos are also amazing and your daughter is so cute. In her pix a sweetness comes across
:-)

I have a question for you about the queen of hearts costume. Did you also make the crown? I'm curious because my daughter is going to be the queen for halloween. I've ordered her a lovely costume but it does not come with a crown. I was going to make one but cannot figure out how it would be attached the headband...

susan

Oh to have a 5 year old again! :goodvibes I keep wanting to freeze time here, but of course that's not happening...... Thanks for reading along and catching up with us! And many thanks for the kind words.

We have been to DLR and love it. In some ways, I prefer it to WDW, but the 2 are really hard to compare. The grand scale of WDW is hard to picture if you haven't been there. If you go in late 2012 or early 2013, hopefully you'll get to see the Beauty and the Beast and Ariel areas of the Fantasyland expansion.

On the Queen of Hearts........ I chose the crown we have because I though it was closest to the real thing. But it didn't come on the headband we used. To be honest, I don't recall at ALL how it came. But I do remember taking a bow off that gold headband we had already and stitching that other crown to it. I just stitched through the trim on the crown and the gold ribbon that covered the headband. It wasn't easy, but it's held up pretty well.

Awesome!!!!

Thank you! :goodvibes

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 09:18 AM
OK, it's gonna be a busy day here with Robbie's classes starting, so before we're off and running, I'll add number 4 to Katie's and my top 6 lists......

Katie:

6. Plane Crackers
5. Riding Space Mountain and Everest

and now for number 4.........................

Playing the instruments at the cart in AK while I checked in for Tusker House! :lmao: It's the little things in life, right?????? :goodvibes

And here's mine:

6. Seeing Katie in her Red Belle at the Chrismtas party
5. Riding thrill rides with Katie

and now my number 4.................

Our very own personal Fairy Godmother!

This is fun because we did these lists right after we got home (for a scrapbook page) and I couldn't even remember what we picked!

Caretames1
08-24-2011, 03:25 PM
Janet, you have inspired me to make a "top" favorite list. I'll have to do some thinking (:eek:)

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 03:35 PM
Janet, you have inspired me to make a "top" favorite list. I'll have to do some thinking (:eek:)

YEAH! Be sure to interview the family. It's a lot of fun. I ususally torture my family with stuff like that after every trip. It makes for great scrapbook pages though!

StephaniexMarie
08-24-2011, 06:01 PM
Wow, your trip report is incredible! Your pictures are stunning and your daughter's outfits are the best. She looks so much like you! I really can't wait for more. princess:

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 06:45 PM
Wow, your trip report is incredible! Your pictures are stunning and your daughter's outfits are the best. She looks so much like you! I really can't wait for more. princess:

Thanks Stephanie! I just clicked on the link to your TR and see you're 14. KUDOS to you for taking on a voluntary writing assignment in the form of a trip report! My boys are 16 and 18 and NO WAY would they do something like that. My oldest had his first college English class today and I just finished "the talk" about how writing is one of the most important skills he needs to learn up front, since he will use that skill for papers in all the rest of his classes. I further explained that in college, most of my finals were ALL essay writing..... one question........ fill a blue book....... or two..... Anyone know if they still do blue book exams????? It's been a while here!

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Well, we all survived Robbie's first day of college! :dance3: We drove him down this morning. We have made that drive with him in the driver's seat more times now than I can count, but we just didn't know how the parking would be with classes in session. YIKES! We got what we thought was the only open spot in the parking lot. I know he's not ready for parallel parking on the residential streets yet, so that has been a big concern. Fortunately we scoped out one other lot nearby that the students hadn't found yet. So all looks optimistic on the parking front.

So Drew brought me home and we left Robbie with the car and he drove himself home. I'm not sure if I have any fingernails left, but we all came through the day safe and sound.

One day at a time, right????? I think by Monday he'll probably be driving himself down and back every day.

So definitely a RED LETTER day here! :banana::banana::banana:

jenseib
08-24-2011, 08:05 PM
Yay! "You" made it through the 1st day. Did he like it then? I am so glad he got his license too, that wil ltake some pressure off of you.

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 08:27 PM
Yay! "You" made it through the 1st day. Did he like it then? I am so glad he got his license too, that wil ltake some pressure off of you.

LOL! Yes, I was just as worried about ME making it through the first day as I was about HIM making it through!

It was OK. I'm not sure "like" is the word to use with anything school related. But he tolerated it pretty well, and I think he'll like it more than high school. But then that's not setting the bar very high........ ;) But secretly I'm hoping that he will indeed turn out to LIKE it. I know a lot of kids who hate high school feel better suited to college.

I have a few more days of driving down with him to make sure parking is not an issue, then I'll turn him loose. Once we get a couple weeks under the belt, I'll really start to feel relieved. But then that puts us one car short again, so I'll be running back and forth to pick Timmy up from school every day. But after the big jump in our insurance recently, I can safely say that we aren't even remotely close to considering another car!

Caretames1
08-24-2011, 08:54 PM
Well, we all survived Robbie's first day of college! :dance3: We drove him down this morning. We have made that drive with him in the driver's seat more times now than I can count, but we just didn't know how the parking would be with classes in session. YIKES! We got what we thought was the only open spot in the parking lot. I know he's not ready for parallel parking on the residential streets yet, so that has been a big concern. Fortunately we scoped out one other lot nearby that the students hadn't found yet. So all looks optimistic on the parking front.

So Drew brought me home and we left Robbie with the car and he drove himself home. I'm not sure if I have any fingernails left, but we all came through the day safe and sound.

One day at a time, right????? I think by Monday he'll probably be driving himself down and back every day.

So definitely a RED LETTER day here! :banana::banana::banana:

Congrats to both of you for making it through the day! I'll send some letters along to ya...YAY!

Tomorrow I pack my truck with Sam's plethra of college items and Friday( 7am), trek and hour and 30 minutes to get her all moved in.

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 09:19 PM
Congrats to both of you for making it through the day! I'll send some letters along to ya...YAY!

Tomorrow I pack my truck with Sam's plethra of college items and Friday( 7am), trek and hour and 30 minutes to get her all moved in.

Thanks Carey!

So I guess this means I get to pass the baton to you now?

I did feel for all the parents at orientation this weekend who were moving their kids into the dorm. Our issues with commuting were complicated and difficult, and I was a little envious that they weren't putting their kids on the city roads to and from school every day, but I didn't envy their tears.

Hang in there. Disney's just around the corner! :dance3:

joy13
08-24-2011, 09:21 PM
Yay for making it through the first day of college!

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 09:25 PM
Yay for making it through the first day of college!

Him? Or me? :rotfl2:

The college part turned out not to be a big deal at all. It's a very small campus and all of his classes were in the same building! Heck, it was easier for him to find his classes than in high school.

But that whole commuting thing. Hair raising you know......... :scared1: We've certainly come a long way since graduation in May.

StephaniexMarie
08-24-2011, 09:32 PM
Thanks Stephanie! I just clicked on the link to your TR and see you're 14. KUDOS to you for taking on a voluntary writing assignment in the form of a trip report! My boys are 16 and 18 and NO WAY would they do something like that. My oldest had his first college English class today and I just finished "the talk" about how writing is one of the most important skills he needs to learn up front, since he will use that skill for papers in all the rest of his classes. I further explained that in college, most of my finals were ALL essay writing..... one question........ fill a blue book....... or two..... Anyone know if they still do blue book exams????? It's been a while here!

You're very welcome. :goodvibes Thanks! I read a few different ones before I started mine, and it seemed fun to share all of our trip experiences with fellow DIS-er's. I love writing. All of my teachers say I'm very good at it. In my trip report I don't write that proper, but when I'm writing essays for school I'm 101% into it! ;) I'm glad to hear your son (and you!) survived the first day. I'm sure he'll do great in all his classes. :)

jenseib
08-24-2011, 10:15 PM
Janet, did you see that free dining dates have changed now for some reason. If I remember right you have a room only on your first night. It now starts on Dec 10th...so I've been told.

edit: I did double check on the TA sight and it is true.

joy13
08-24-2011, 10:19 PM
Him? Or me? :rotfl2:



Both! ;)

mom2rtk
08-24-2011, 10:56 PM
You're very welcome. :goodvibes Thanks! I read a few different ones before I started mine, and it seemed fun to share all of our trip experiences with fellow DIS-er's. I love writing. All of my teachers say I'm very good at it. In my trip report I don't write that proper, but when I'm writing essays for school I'm 101% into it! ;) I'm glad to hear your son (and you!) survived the first day. I'm sure he'll do great in all his classes. :)

Many thanks! :goodvibes

Janet, did you see that free dining dates have changed now for some reason. If I remember right you have a room only on your first night. It now starts on Dec 10th...so I've been told.

edit: I did double check on the TA sight and it is true.

Can you believe I never even heard that? I'm definitely checking on it in the morning. Of course, we're actually considering adding one more day onto the beginning, but even one more day would really help. Thanks for the heads up!

Both! ;)



Thanks! On BOTH counts!

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 08:48 AM
OK, before I get running all over town again today.......... I'll update my list of trip favorites..........

Here's Katie's:

6. Plane Crackers
5. Riding Space Mountain and Everest
4. Playing the instruments at the cart in AK while I checked in for Tusker House

and number 3......................

The tube of candy she got at MVMCP they wouldn't let us pay for while waiting for Snow White to show up! :rotfl:


And here's mine:

6. Seeing Katie in her Red Belle at the Chrismtas party
5. Riding thrill rides with Katie
4. Our very own personal Fairy Godmother!

And my number 3....................

Pick a Pearl! :yay:

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 09:18 AM
JEN:

You are my NEW BEST FRIEND! :lovestruc

I'm on the phone right now changing my check in date for free dining to the 10th! WOO HOO!!!

We had just been talking over whether Drew was coming for part of the trip and decided the only way to make this happen was to come in one day earlier on the 9th and have TWO room only nights. Now, I was OK with all that except for all that chatter about them maybe not letting people pick up package tickets early any more. If we came in 2 days early, then not getting them early became a BIG problem. We're now coming in 1 day earlier, but room only on the 9th we won't even need tickets that night.

So............ WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Jen! I only need 107 dancing bananas! :banana::banana::banana:

OK, so I'll hold off on the other 104..........

Caretames1
08-25-2011, 09:41 AM
:cool1: Don't you love it when a plan comes together!

stephielela
08-25-2011, 10:37 AM
Congrats on surviving the "college transition"!!! I love your lists of favorites! I'm not sure I could narrow down my favorites enough...

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 10:53 AM
Congrats on surviving the "college transition"!!! I love your lists of favorites! I'm not sure I could narrow down my favorites enough...

Thanks Steph! The college transition was one thing. It's that driving transition that's turning me gray (ok..... grayER)! :rotfl:

We also like to jot down a list of the new things we did on each trip. With Jack being so young, it would be great to accumulate lists over time and watch how they change. Of course at that age, you might have to "help" with the list a little. They funny part is when they come up with the little things that made an impression on them. Like finding a quarter on the ground.... or a free tube of candy or something! :rotfl:

jenseib
08-25-2011, 11:27 AM
JEN:

You are my NEW BEST FRIEND! :lovestruc

I'm on the phone right now changing my check in date for free dining to the 10th! WOO HOO!!!

We had just been talking over whether Drew was coming for part of the trip and decided the only way to make this happen was to come in one day earlier on the 9th and have TWO room only nights. Now, I was OK with all that except for all that chatter about them maybe not letting people pick up package tickets early any more. If we came in 2 days early, then not getting them early became a BIG problem. We're now coming in 1 day earlier, but room only on the 9th we won't even need tickets that night.

So............ WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Jen! I only need 107 dancing bananas! :banana::banana::banana:

OK, so I'll hold off on the other 104..........






what do you mean "new" best friend...I thought I was one already! :lmao:
Glad to help. So is Drew doing the dining plan too then? And is he leaving early, which would mean a few more dining credits for you and Katie? If you have ADR's for 2, I wouldn't worry too much about changing them to 3. I think most places will accomodate you. ( I think most places have 4 top tables as the smallest table) We didn't have a problem adding my Dad.
I'm so excited for you!

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 11:52 AM
what do you mean "new" best friend...I thought I was one already! :lmao:
Glad to help. So is Drew doing the dining plan too then? And is he leaving early, which would mean a few more dining credits for you and Katie? If you have ADR's for 2, I wouldn't worry too much about changing them to 3. I think most places will accomodate you. ( I think most places have 4 top tables as the smallest table) We didn't have a problem adding my Dad.
I'm so excited for you!

Uhhhh...... I mean new new "better than best" friend! Yeah.... THAT's it! :thumbsup2

I am SO messed up on all my dining reservations with various changes. I have to sit down and sort through everything. I have a handful of double reservations that I need to cancel. I guess I'm giving up on Univeral for WWoHP. But there's always next time, right???? I mean, it's not going anywhere! :rotfl:

We're going to squeeze in as much dining while Drew is there, and then will just use up the rest of his credits when he leaves. I love that adding the 10th means we will have more credits and not have to pay out of pocket that day!

So here's the plan (you know....... subject to change as always!)

Friday 12/9:
Arrive MCO 3:15
Dinner at Chef Mickey (pay OOP)

Saturday 12/10:
AM EHM rope drop at DHS
Sci Fi dinner 5:30
Stay through to see Osborne lights during Fantasmic

Sunday 12/11:
8 AM Crystal Palace
leave mid-day
return for 4 PM CRT
stay for MVMCP

Monday 12/12: Epcot
11 AM Akershus
6PM Teppan Edo

Tuesday 12/13:
Drew leaves (he teaches a class on Tuesday nights)
Katie and I do AK
Tusker House 8 AM

Wednesday 12/14:
DHS
Katie and I do the girly stuff Drew doesn't want to do (BATB, VOTLM, Characterpalooza)

Thursday 12/15:
MK EMH
1900PF Breakfast 11ish
back to MK until 4 or so
return to the resort where Katie's best friend and her mom will be meeting us (and staying with us for 2 days before their family vacation)
Plans this night are iffy. We wanted to do Chef Mickey together, but I think I have to see Wishes/MSEP this night.

Friday 12/16:
8 AM BBB for the 2 girls
Crystal Palace for lunch
CRT with the the girls for dinner at 4
MVMCP with the girls! :banana:

Saturday 12/17:
More time in the MK with the girls
1900 PF with the girls at 7:30. Katie's friend will wear her Drizella costume from last year. Katie will wear the new matching Anastasia I made earlier this summer.

Sunday 12/18
Departure day
We have half a park day left. We might head back to the MK since it's our traditional last stop. This is flexible for us though. We have a lot of MK days planned, but not a ton of time with just the 2 of us, so I'm thinking that's where we'll end up this day.

I have to do the math and might add a couple more ADR's along the way. But I have most of the hard ones pinned down. I hate paying oop for CRT, but will probably use credits for the one with Drew, but pay oop when we go with our girlfriends.

You have NO idea how many versions this trip has had so far. It's been a MESS of revised ADR's. I'm still looking for a Chef Mickey on Saturday late breakfast or early dinner so we can ditch the Thursday night one. There is absolutely nothing available that day right now ..... for any party size of 4 or more.

I have to say that with all the "grown-up" college and driving worries going on..... it has been a real treat to sit down and think Disney again for a bit!

stephielela
08-25-2011, 12:00 PM
Sounds like great plans so far!!! Hopefully you don't have to worry about any more changes! I know what you mean, when I am at work and all stressed out, I start thinking about my vacation. It helps me chill out :goodvibes

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 02:54 PM
:cool1: Don't you love it when a plan comes together!

Well I THOUGHT they had all come together..... As soon as I put that down in writing, my husband now is wondering whether we should come in one night sooner. Hmmmmmm.......... that would be a PITA to change stuff yet AGAIN........ but........ for another night at Disney? What the heck........

I'm back to being a little nervous about that early ticket pick-up though. Back to nail-biting time again I guess!

Sounds like great plans so far!!! Hopefully you don't have to worry about any more changes! I know what you mean, when I am at work and all stressed out, I start thinking about my vacation. It helps me chill out :goodvibes

It really has been great to have my focus on something fun again!

mom2rtk
08-25-2011, 02:58 PM
Hey JEN!

Where did you get your tie dye Mickey shirts? I'm thinking it would be fun to get some for the 3 of us. You know how men love wearing matchy matchy stuff!

Maggie.lobe
08-25-2011, 07:20 PM
Hi!

i was there too on December from the 10 to the 15 i was at the All star Movies, we also have trouble with our keys and they give us 1 free ticket for each one, i was there with my husband and sister and a friend,..it was so cold i remember the pain in the face from the cold wind, but still a great trip to remember...

i absolutely loved your daughter costumes W O W !! when i have a daughter i would definitely try to do the same...

i hope you post a summary of all your daughters costumes LOVED IT

(hope my English is not too bad, i´m from Mexico so my native language is Spanish ;) )

joy13
08-25-2011, 10:06 PM
I started a pretrip report :)

The Girls are going to Disney - a pretrip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42392327#post42392327)

jenseib
08-26-2011, 09:01 AM
Well I THOUGHT they had all come together..... As soon as I put that down in writing, my husband now is wondering whether we should come in one night sooner. Hmmmmmm.......... that would be a PITA to change stuff yet AGAIN........ but........ for another night at Disney? What the heck........

I'm back to being a little nervous about that early ticket pick-up though. Back to nail-biting time again I guess!



It really has been great to have my focus on something fun again!

You could do a full day at DTD and then do the campfire over at Ft. Wilderness if you come in early. I actually didn't get to do all I wanted to on that early free day I had. And your DH might enjoy a little down time...well it's not down time, but not go go go of the parks.

Hey JEN!

Where did you get your tie dye Mickey shirts? I'm thinking it would be fun to get some for the 3 of us. You know how men love wearing matchy matchy stuff!

I'll email you the info.

mom2rtk
08-26-2011, 09:05 AM
You could do a full day at DTD and then do the campfire over at Ft. Wilderness if you come in early. I actually didn't get to do all I wanted to on that early free day I had. And your DH might enjoy a little down time...well it's not down time, but not go go go of the parks.

I actually think this would be a fun day. But the only reason we might add another day would be to get the park day. Unless we do, the only day he'd be at the MK would also be our party day. While Katie and I are good to go with a 16 hour day....... I know he wouldn't be. If we leave and rest in the afternoon, he'll want to spend the whole party riding rides, which I don't want to do. If we can get in a day sooner, we'd do the MK on Friday, then add half a morning at AK the day of the party, with some rest in the afternoon.




I'll email you the info.

Thanks Jen!

mom2rtk
08-26-2011, 09:11 AM
Hi!

i was there too on December from the 10 to the 15 i was at the All star Movies, we also have trouble with our keys and they give us 1 free ticket for each one, i was there with my husband and sister and a friend,..it was so cold i remember the pain in the face from the cold wind, but still a great trip to remember...

i absolutely loved your daughter costumes W O W !! when i have a daughter i would definitely try to do the same...

i hope you post a summary of all your daughters costumes LOVED IT

(hope my English is not too bad, i´m from Mexico so my native language is Spanish ;) )

You did great with your English. Thanks for reading along nad for the kind comments!

Last year was certainly one for the record books. But I'm such a whimp in hot weather, I decided I had to take a chance on cold rather than taking a chance on hot.

The other deciding factor on our dates had to do with my son who just started college. He'll be finishing finals as we leave. I didn't want to leave him driving back and forth across town without one of us there to call if there's a problem.

I started a pretrip report :)

The Girls are going to Disney - a pretrip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42392327#post42392327)

YEAH!!! :cool1: Thanks for the link!

jenseib
08-26-2011, 09:15 AM
You're NOT suposed to let him have any choices...haven't I taught you that...or if they want to do something you don't want, then you let them go off on there own, like you are allowing him some control, but actually it is giving you a break. LOL! :rotfl2:

We asked about picking up tickets at the AEP and they all seemed wishy washy about it, but one person told us yes.

mom2rtk
08-26-2011, 09:24 AM
You're NOT suposed to let him have any choices...haven't I taught you that...or if they want to do something you don't want, then you let them go off on there own, like you are allowing him some control, but actually it is giving you a break. LOL! :rotfl2:

We asked about picking up tickets at the AEP and they all seemed wishy washy about it, but one person told us yes.

LOL! I'm more concerned about maintaining peace in our happy place. This will be a new way of going to Disney. Last time my husband came along, Timmy was there too, so it was easy to split up and have them go do something if we wanted some girly time. Since these would be "extra" days, we can do mostly what he wants, and do the girly stuff later with nobody to complain. It's the best of both worlds. But I guarantee you he won't like being in the MK 16 hours. My ONLY request is that we not spend the party doing rides.

And if they were wishy washy about getting tickets early, it sounds like you got an accurate answer!! :rotfl2: Because "wishy washy" appears to be the official company position on it!

I have a bunch of threads on this marked and have asked people to keep reporting back on their success with it. We should have a pretty good idea of what to expect when we get there.

I cut back my package tickets to the minimum 2 days. My fallback position would be to buy a one day ticket for Drew then upgrade his 2 to 3 when we get it. Then keep Katie's and my 2 day tickets for another trip and buy new tickets. I REALLY don't want to do this, but it would do in a pinch..... and would have the added benefit of making the next trip easier to plan...... :rolleyes1 Plus, I think DL takes WDW tickets, just not the opposite. So maybe a quick Halloween trip next year or something.

We thought about arriving on Friday and doing the party that night, but Saturday we're going to DHS, and while Katie and I don't care about TSMM, Drew does. I think he thinks I'm lying when I say we won't get FP's if we get there too late. Silly boy........

RyansMommy1
08-26-2011, 09:50 AM
Just wanted to drop by and say at 22 years old i am still in love with princesses and LOVED your trip report. Katie's outfits are beautfiul :) :lovestruc

I have a 3 year old boy and I must say Disney seems so much more fun for mommys with little girls - although BatB is a favorite of his! LoL :lmao:

mom2rtk
08-26-2011, 03:56 PM
Just wanted to drop by and say at 22 years old i am still in love with princesses and LOVED your trip report. Katie's outfits are beautfiul :) :lovestruc

I have a 3 year old boy and I must say Disney seems so much more fun for mommys with little girls - although BatB is a favorite of his! LoL :lmao:

Thank you! :goodvibes

We love BATB, and I think it's cool that your little boy does too!

I actually am sorry I didn't get my boys there more when they were little. With all the Toy Story and pirate stuff, there's lots for them too.

tmfranlk
08-27-2011, 08:12 AM
I'm not sure if the tickets are tied to a name until you actually use them. You may be able to save Drew's for a future trip too.

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 09:21 AM
I'm not sure if the tickets are tied to a name until you actually use them. You may be able to save Drew's for a future trip too.

I think you're right about that. I would just need to check out the price and see which would be better. I can't remember if it's the 4th or the 5th day where the per day price drops.

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 09:29 AM
Life is still pretty nuts around here, but with any luck I won't be driving to Rockhurst University next week. Fingers crossed.......... maybe life can get back closer to normal again.

I just realized I didn't update our favorites list yesterday. So here goes........

Here's Katie's:

6. Plane Crackers
5. Riding Space Mountain and Everest
4. Playing the instruments at the cart in AK while I checked in for Tusker House
3. The tube of candy she got at MVMCP they wouldn't let us pay for while waiting for Snow White to show up!

and number 2.....................

Pick A Pearl! :yay:



And here's mine:

6. Seeing Katie in her Red Belle at the Chrismtas party
5. Riding thrill rides with Katie
4. Our very own personal Fairy Godmother!
3. Pick a Pearl!

and my number 2..............

Eating in the castle 3 times! :banana:

tmfranlk
08-27-2011, 10:12 AM
The part-time hubby trip worked well for us. We could go a little radiating four days and knew we still had 5 full days to do anything we missed and all ourfVorites. Worked for my non-Disney, non-traveling husband who was going with us that ONE time and now actually asked to go again...in five years when the baby is older. Lol

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 01:57 PM
The part-time hubby trip worked well for us. We could go a little radiating four days and knew we still had 5 full days to do anything we missed and all ourfVorites. Worked for my non-Disney, non-traveling husband who was going with us that ONE time and now actually asked to go again...in five years when the baby is older. Lol

I actually think it will be the perfect trip. You know..... once he QUITS changing his mind on stuff! I actually considered buying Airtran plane tickets even though it would cost us more with the baggage fees....... just BECAUSE they are nonrefundable! :rotfl2:

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 02:18 PM
Carey, I enjoyed seeing your photos of Sam heading off to school in your TR. While Robbie is commuting, I still managed to take a few at Orientation last week and wanted to share my own obligatory photo in front of the school sign!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6191/6085909831_8b102ea9de_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6085909831/)
IMG_2177-1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6085909831/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

joy13
08-27-2011, 03:30 PM
Janet - who do you get all of Katie's patchwork skirt/top sets from? I didn't think you made those - apologies if I am wrong. I just love them (along with the beautiful princess dresses of course)

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 03:56 PM
Janet - who do you get all of Katie's patchwork skirt/top sets from? I didn't think you made those - apologies if I am wrong. I just love them (along with the beautiful princess dresses of course)

Thanks Joy! I don't do applique work. So I subcontract out that part.... and assemble them myself, for the most part. Gretchen, who posted some early in the TR does the smaller applique work and sells on Ebay as scrapsofheaven. She also did the entire winter princess and Cindy skirts.

Shannon posted a little early in the TR too. Her ID here on the DIS is revrob. She did the big appliques.

They both do awesome work. I'm already racking my brain for new inspiration for this upcoming trip.

Caretames1
08-27-2011, 08:07 PM
Carey, I enjoyed seeing your photos of Sam heading off to school in your TR. While Robbie is commuting, I still managed to take a few at Orientation last week and wanted to share my own obligatory photo in front of the school sign!

Thank-you!:goodvibes Nice picture:thumbsup2 I offered to buy Sam a college t-shirt so she could wear it for a picture but she said no. When we went to the bookstore to pick up her books, they gave her a free t-shirt for pre-ordering her books! :rolleyes: And I also got a no on taking a another photo w/ new shirt:sad2:


Sam ,as usual, was like "MOM! why do you have to take pictures of everything!!"

Someday they'll thank us!

mom2rtk
08-27-2011, 08:47 PM
Thank-you!:goodvibes Nice picture:thumbsup2 I offered to buy Sam a college t-shirt so she could wear it for a picture but she said no. When we went to the bookstore to pick up her books, they gave her a free t-shirt for pre-ordering her books! :rolleyes: And I also got a no on taking a another photo w/ new shirt:sad2:


Sam ,as usual, was like "MOM! why do you have to take pictures of everything!!"

Someday they'll thank us!

LOL! Robbie's wardrobe is now mostly Rockhurst t-shirts. So I didn't even have to ask. :-)

I knew that I needed a few photos of him on campus before school started, so I threw the camera in my bag that day we were going to orientation. I was surprised when I asked to take a couple photos and he said yes. Then I told him I needed to find a sign with the school name and he actually reminded me of the arch out front! I think he regretted it, but he was still a good sport. Of course, it helped my cause that there were other parents there with cameras out.

Right before we left the Rockhurst hawk mascot came out for the dance party that was going to start. I knew better than to push my luck and get him in the photo with Robbie, but I did snap a couple of the hawk dancing away! :rotfl:

Caretames1
08-28-2011, 12:20 AM
Right before we left the Rockhurst hawk mascot came out for the dance party that was going to start. I knew better than to push my luck and get him in the photo with Robbie, but I did snap a couple of the hawk dancing away! :rotfl:

OMG! The mascot for Marian is a Sabre, and there was one roaming around saying welcome, I looked at Sam and was about to ask, and she said" Don't even think about it" :rotfl:

joy13
08-28-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks Joy! I don't do applique work. So I subcontract out that part.... and assemble them myself, for the most part. Gretchen, who posted some early in the TR does the smaller applique work and sells on Ebay as scrapsofheaven. She also did the entire winter princess and Cindy skirts.

Shannon posted a little early in the TR too. Her ID here on the DIS is revrob. She did the big appliques.

They both do awesome work. I'm already racking my brain for new inspiration for this upcoming trip.


Thanks for the info Janet - those outfits are just so cute!!!

mom2rtk
08-28-2011, 08:25 AM
OMG! The mascot for Marian is a Sabre, and there was one roaming around saying welcome, I looked at Sam and was about to ask, and she said" Don't even think about it" :rotfl:

LOL! I think we're living parallel lives.......... well, except that your child LIKES Disney! I told Robbie the other day it's a shame he dislikes Disney so much because I bet he'd love Epcot. He said he'd just wait and see each country for real, instead of the "fake" ones........



Thanks for the info Janet - those outfits are just so cute!!!

Thanks Joy! :goodvibes

mom2rtk
08-28-2011, 06:32 PM
I hope everyone is having a great Sunday and that anyone on the East coast who lost power has it up and running soon. We were without power for 4 days in a huge ice storm in 2001 and I squealed like a stuck pig. We were staying with my in-laws with a 1 year old........ and it was a LONG 4 days. Seriously though, I hope everyone is safe and sound.

Time to finish out our top 6 list.


I actually messed up yesterday. So that makes this pretty anti-climactic.... Katie's second favorite was Meeting Marie....... so...... here's the corrected list........

6. Plane Crackers
5. Riding Space Mountain and Everest
4. Playing the instruments at the cart in AK while I checked in for Tusker House
3. The tube of candy she got at MVMCP they wouldn't let us pay for while waiting for Snow White to show up!
2. Meeting Marie

And her favorite thing of the whole trip..........

1. Pick-a-Pearl! :banana:





And here's mine:

6. Seeing Katie in her Red Belle at the Chrismtas party
5. Riding thrill rides with Katie
4. Our very own personal Fairy Godmother!
3. Pick a Pearl!
2. Eating in the castle 3 times!

And my favorite is pretty anti-climactic too since anyone who knows me knows it was getting the photo op i my signature. No surprises there! :goodvibes

hjones78
08-29-2011, 11:43 AM
Love love love this TR. This is actually the first TR that I have read all the way through. My kids and I have read this every night for almost a week now. You are amazing!!

I love, as everyone else does, all your dresses. I don't know how you carry all of them with you to the park and change so quick.

We were there last November and that is actually the first time in my 4 trips I rode dumbo and I'm so glad I did, as I didn't realize they were moving it. My daughter just discovered Marie this last time and she agrees with Katie that she is her favorite character. We just happened upon her with no one else in line! I also never knew about the tea party with Alice. We are going to have to make that a priority next time.

I noticed that you don't do autographs?? I think you get a much better interaction with the characters without having them sign.

Caretames1
08-29-2011, 03:12 PM
LOL! I think we're living parallel lives.......... well, except that your child LIKES Disney! I told Robbie the other day it's a shame he dislikes Disney so much because I bet he'd love Epcot. He said he'd just wait and see each country for real, instead of the "fake" ones........


Sam has recently said she wasn't much of a Disney person:scared1: I don't know where I went wrong:sad2: She really did enjoy epcot, but said that she'd rather go to Jamacia! I hope she saves her money, because I'm NOT going to Jamacia!

mom2rtk
08-30-2011, 09:14 AM
Love love love this TR. This is actually the first TR that I have read all the way through. My kids and I have read this every night for almost a week now. You are amazing!!

I love, as everyone else does, all your dresses. I don't know how you carry all of them with you to the park and change so quick.

We were there last November and that is actually the first time in my 4 trips I rode dumbo and I'm so glad I did, as I didn't realize they were moving it. My daughter just discovered Marie this last time and she agrees with Katie that she is her favorite character. We just happened upon her with no one else in line! I also never knew about the tea party with Alice. We are going to have to make that a priority next time.

I noticed that you don't do autographs?? I think you get a much better interaction with the characters without having them sign.

Hi! And ................. :welcome: to my trip report! Many thanks for the kind words. :goodvibes

I'm glad you got to ride Dumbo before it moved. I'm still not convinced it will seem the same once they move it. I guess it depends on how well we can see the rest of Fantasyland, which was my favorite part of the ride.

We love The Aristocats, so finding Marie was a lot of fun for both of us. I'm glad you found her too!

And definitely do the Alice Tea Party. Katie is done with it now, but did it 3 times over the years, and absolutely loves it. And it's fun for mom to have a chance to wander the grounds of the Grand Floridian for a while.

I just carry a tote bag with me in the parks. Each morning I fold up hte 1 or 2 costumes we want along and when we're done, I stash it in a park locker.

We actually do autographs. We've gone without, but it just seemed like sometimes getting the actual autograph slowed down the interaction with the characters just a little, so it's not over quite as quickly. I'm getting tired of filling the same sort of book each trip, so I'm considering a new approach, maybe a pillowcase or tote bag like Jen had on her cruise. I'd do a special album like Jenn (kwikerkitchen) does, but doubt I'll have time to put anything together before the trip. I have never used our autographs in one of my scrapbooks yet, so maybe I just need to bring blank notecards and do that this time so I can add them to my pages later.

Sam has recently said she wasn't much of a Disney person:scared1: I don't know where I went wrong:sad2: She really did enjoy epcot, but said that she'd rather go to Jamacia! I hope she saves her money, because I'm NOT going to Jamacia!

But at least she'll still GO. Robbie's refuses. He only went into the parks at Disneyland last year because we had a free Give a Day ticket for him then bribed him with food! :rotfl2:

meggiebeth
09-02-2011, 04:32 PM
Your trip report is amazing! I've only got through the first few of your updates and am hastily trying to read more. :surfweb:

Your dresses are amazing- Katie is so lucky! I have always wanted Disney princess dresses like that (I am fourteen years old) but they don't sell them like that anywhere that I've seen. You're never too old to dress like a princess I guess! The Belle one at Hollywood Studios was really pretty. :lovestruc

It must be magical visiting WDW at Christmas time. I really want to, but as we are from the UK (Cold virtually all year round :upsidedow ) we couldn't justify spending all that money to visit a place that is cold. Well- my parents couldn't anyway. :laughing: I think it's more expensive to stay onsite at that time too.

We went on our first trip in August and it was absolutely boiling! We really loved it... and want to return ASAP, when we have the money. We stayed at SSR on a 45% off deal & got a free dining plan- so we saved quite a lot. Hopefully they'll have deals like that in the future!

Can't wait to catch up on the rest of the TR- sad I only found it when it was finished.

meggiebeth
09-03-2011, 03:31 PM
P.S. Just seen your costumes on Etsy..... Wow. (I recognised the photos of Katie! ;) ) I would love to buy one... but spent all my money at WDW last month. :laughing: I think I'll save up. I love the Belle Ball Gown but I think I'm kind of inbetween child and adult sizes. I'm 14 but I'm the size of an 11 or 12 year old. :confused3 We're going again hopefully in 2013, either August or October. If we go for MNSSHP I would definately want to wear something like that. :love:

mom2rtk
09-03-2011, 03:51 PM
Your trip report is amazing! I've only got through the first few of your updates and am hastily trying to read more. :surfweb:

Your dresses are amazing- Katie is so lucky! I have always wanted Disney princess dresses like that (I am fourteen years old) but they don't sell them like that anywhere that I've seen. You're never too old to dress like a princess I guess! The Belle one at Hollywood Studios was really pretty. :lovestruc

It must be magical visiting WDW at Christmas time. I really want to, but as we are from the UK (Cold virtually all year round :upsidedow ) we couldn't justify spending all that money to visit a place that is cold. Well- my parents couldn't anyway. :laughing: I think it's more expensive to stay onsite at that time too.

We went on our first trip in August and it was absolutely boiling! We really loved it... and want to return ASAP, when we have the money. We stayed at SSR on a 45% off deal & got a free dining plan- so we saved quite a lot. Hopefully they'll have deals like that in the future!

Can't wait to catch up on the rest of the TR- sad I only found it when it was finished.

Hello and :welcome: from across the pond!

I suppose if you don't like the cold, then you really picked the right time to visit WDW! It sounds like you guys got a great deal and I hope that you get to come back again soon.

Christmas time is such a magical time to visit. You do run the risk of hitting a cold snap, but I've been there in December when it was shorts weather... and there's nothing nicer this side of heaven. Disney in a sweatshirt and shorts........... :cloud9:

I'm so glad you're reading along and appreciat all your kind words. No problem that you're late to the party. Jump on in..... the water's great!

P.S. Just seen your costumes on Etsy..... Wow. (I recognised the photos of Katie! ;) ) I would love to buy one... but spent all my money at WDW last month. :laughing: I think I'll save up. I love the Belle Ball Gown but I think I'm kind of inbetween child and adult sizes. I'm 14 but I'm the size of an 11 or 12 year old. :confused3 We're going again hopefully in 2013, either August or October. If we go for MNSSHP I would definately want to wear something like that. :love:

Thanks again for the kind words.

MNSSHP really is a lot of fun. I was SO close to scheduling our trip that time of year this year. But as much as you hate the cold, I hate the heat .... and just didn't want to take a chance.l

meggiebeth
09-03-2011, 04:37 PM
Hello and :welcome: from across the pond!

I suppose if you don't like the cold, then you really picked the right time to visit WDW! It sounds like you guys got a great deal and I hope that you get to come back again soon.

Christmas time is such a magical time to visit. You do run the risk of hitting a cold snap, but I've been there in December when it was shorts weather... and there's nothing nicer this side of heaven. Disney in a sweatshirt and shorts........... :cloud9:

I'm so glad you're reading along and appreciat all your kind words. No problem that you're late to the party. Jump on in..... the water's great!



Thanks again for the kind words.

MNSSHP really is a lot of fun. I was SO close to scheduling our trip that time of year this year. But as much as you hate the cold, I hate the heat .... and just didn't want to take a chance.l

Thanks for the advice! :goodvibes So if you don't mind my asking, would you reccommend visiting in August, October or at Christmas time? Ideally I'd love to go at Christmas, but I'm not sure my family would agree. The Osbourne Lights look amazing. I've heard the crowds are less in October than August, and hopefully the weather is less humid too! :laughing: Have you ever been in October? I'm interested to hear about MNSSHP and whether it's worth it. I heard that the Christmas decorations start coming up straight after Halloween. :)

mom2rtk
09-03-2011, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the advice! :goodvibes So if you don't mind my asking, would you reccommend visiting in August, October or at Christmas time? Ideally I'd love to go at Christmas, but I'm not sure my family would agree. The Osbourne Lights look amazing. I've heard the crowds are less in October than August, and hopefully the weather is less humid too! :laughing: Have you ever been in October? I'm interested to hear about MNSSHP and whether it's worth it. I heard that the Christmas decorations start coming up straight after Halloween. :)

Well, that really just depends on whether you like Christmas or Halloween more.... and on your tolerance for heat vs. cold.

We were the last of September into early October in 09. They had record heat that week. It was just as hot as summer. That made me nervous about trying again. That year it was still in the 90's ON Halloween. But generally the weather starts to break and offer cooler evenings SOME time in October. There's just no guarantee of that.

The parks are more done up for Christmas than for Halloween. There are a few decorations in the MK for Halloween, but nowhere else. At Christmas, all of the parks and resorts have something.

I of course like the idea of going to MNSSHP so we can dress up. But it's really no fun to plan a great costume, only to have it far to hot to ever wear.

If you ever consider Christmas though, I'd plan to complete travel by the weekend before Christmas. The resort rates get really high after that point, and the parks get far too busy for the kind of fun I want.

My ideal trip would be from 11/1 to about 11/10, covering the last MNSSP and the first MVMCP. I'm REALLY going to do that sometime. But we have too much fun with Halloween here. While the kids are young enough to trick or treat, we'll always be home ON Halloween, and probably too tired to leave too early the next day!

meggiebeth
09-04-2011, 12:11 PM
Well, that really just depends on whether you like Christmas or Halloween more.... and on your tolerance for heat vs. cold.

We were the last of September into early October in 09. They had record heat that week. It was just as hot as summer. That made me nervous about trying again. That year it was still in the 90's ON Halloween. But generally the weather starts to break and offer cooler evenings SOME time in October. There's just no guarantee of that.

The parks are more done up for Christmas than for Halloween. There are a few decorations in the MK for Halloween, but nowhere else. At Christmas, all of the parks and resorts have something.

I of course like the idea of going to MNSSHP so we can dress up. But it's really no fun to plan a great costume, only to have it far to hot to ever wear.

If you ever consider Christmas though, I'd plan to complete travel by the weekend before Christmas. The resort rates get really high after that point, and the parks get far too busy for the kind of fun I want.

My ideal trip would be from 11/1 to about 11/10, covering the last MNSSP and the first MVMCP. I'm REALLY going to do that sometime. But we have too much fun with Halloween here. While the kids are young enough to trick or treat, we'll always be home ON Halloween, and probably too tired to leave too early the next day!

Thanks for all the information. :yay: I'm really glad that you told me about MVMCP starting in November. I was wondering about that. So I think going for Halloween AND Christmas would be the best thing to do. I'd love to go in December but we can't afford the rates at the moment. We really want to join DVC, we had the briefing and everything, but we don't have the money at present. If and when we join DVC, I'm hoping we can afford to stay at actual Christmas time. A 70% discount makes everything good, right?! :laughing:
It's interesting you saying you like staying home during Halloween. We don't celebrate it much in the UK... I guess that's why I'd love to see what it's like in WDW.
Thanks again- I really hope we can aim to go right at the end of October so most of our trip is in November. I have always wanted to try MNSSHP and MVMCP. :goodvibes

joy13
09-04-2011, 12:30 PM
Thanks for all the information. :yay: I'm really glad that you told me about MVMCP starting in November. I was wondering about that. So I think going for Halloween AND Christmas would be the best thing to do. I'd love to go in December but we can't afford the rates at the moment. We really want to join DVC, we had the briefing and everything, but we don't have the money at present. If and when we join DVC, I'm hoping we can afford to stay at actual Christmas time. A 70% discount makes everything good, right?! :laughing:
It's interesting you saying you like staying home during Halloween. We don't celebrate it much in the UK... I guess that's why I'd love to see what it's like in WDW.
Thanks again- I really hope we can aim to go right at the end of October so most of our trip is in November. I have always wanted to try MNSSHP and MVMCP. :goodvibes

I have been to WDW right around Halloween twice and loved it both times. Since you did ok during the heat in August, I think you would be ok in October. We were there in 2009 (10/24 - 11/1) when Janet referred to the heat wave and yes it was HOT! We did ok though. In 2005 we went 10/30 - 11/6 and the weather was perfect! 80's during the day, 60's at night :thumbsup2 I love the idea Janet had though - if we like MVMCP on this next trip - I may try and do that some day too! I absolutely love the Halloween party - I would go every year if I could!

jenseib
09-04-2011, 09:24 PM
Joy, Are you doing the MVMCP this trip too? I really would love to try out al lthe parties. I still kick myself for never going to the priate and princess one. And I think Janet and I were on a trip the same time one year, but didn't really know each other then...if only we knew back then!

joy13
09-04-2011, 10:04 PM
Joy, Are you doing the MVMCP this trip too? I really would love to try out al lthe parties. I still kick myself for never going to the priate and princess one. And I think Janet and I were on a trip the same time one year, but didn't really know each other then...if only we knew back then!

Yes - we are planning to go to MVMCP, though I haven't ordered the tickets yet - I probably should since it's the only party during our trip and we are for sure going to go.

mom2rtk
09-04-2011, 10:32 PM
Thanks for all the information. :yay: I'm really glad that you told me about MVMCP starting in November. I was wondering about that. So I think going for Halloween AND Christmas would be the best thing to do. I'd love to go in December but we can't afford the rates at the moment. We really want to join DVC, we had the briefing and everything, but we don't have the money at present. If and when we join DVC, I'm hoping we can afford to stay at actual Christmas time. A 70% discount makes everything good, right?! :laughing:
It's interesting you saying you like staying home during Halloween. We don't celebrate it much in the UK... I guess that's why I'd love to see what it's like in WDW.
Thanks again- I really hope we can aim to go right at the end of October so most of our trip is in November. I have always wanted to try MNSSHP and MVMCP. :goodvibes

No problem at all. I'm happy to share my idea for the world's BEST ever Disnely trip..... you know.... the one I haven't worked out taking yet...... I wonder if I could get Katie up early enough for a flight on 11/1 after trick or treating all night and eating a ton of candy....... and still stay up late enough for the party on arrival night......... Hmmmm.........

We have always loved Halloween here. I just can't see Drew ever going for a trip over Halloween night. Even before we had kids we loved decorating the house and handing out candy. It's a lot of fun now with kids because we get TONS of trick or treaters and see most of the kids from Katie's school.

I have been to WDW right around Halloween twice and loved it both times. Since you did ok during the heat in August, I think you would be ok in October. We were there in 2009 (10/24 - 11/1) when Janet referred to the heat wave and yes it was HOT! We did ok though. In 2005 we went 10/30 - 11/6 and the weather was perfect! 80's during the day, 60's at night :thumbsup2 I love the idea Janet had though - if we like MVMCP on this next trip - I may try and do that some day too! I absolutely love the Halloween party - I would go every year if I could!

Oh definitely, if she did fine with August heat, she can stand ANYTHING. SO October would be perfect. I love December, but you DO take a chance on unseasonably cold weather in December.

Joy, Are you doing the MVMCP this trip too? I really would love to try out al lthe parties. I still kick myself for never going to the priate and princess one. And I think Janet and I were on a trip the same time one year, but didn't really know each other then...if only we knew back then!

Oh yeah.... I think that was March 07. I think we were even in the Magic Kingdom that day. Claire must have been a baby because Katie was pretty young. And I really wish you had done the P&PP. We did it 3 times over 3 trips and ended up at the very last one ever (6/4/08) although we didn't know it at the time. I remember being back and forth about it before that March 07 trip, but decided to get tickets for the family as an early Mother's Day present. Of course, that was a short trip and we had an 8 AM ADR at CRT the next morning, so we missed a LOT. But it was still a BALL.

Yes - we are planning to go to MVMCP, though I haven't ordered the tickets yet - I probably should since it's the only party during our trip and we are for sure going to go.

I haven't ordered ours yet either .... and we are going that last week of December. My husband is wavering again........ you know...... now that I changed all of our plans around.......:rolleyes1 Well, I added the extra 2 nights, so the worst that can happen is that Katie and I get a couple extra days. But I don't want to buy him a party ticket and end up wasting it..... So I wait...........

jenseib
09-05-2011, 07:31 AM
Claire was 2 in 07, it was her 1st trip!

mom2rtk
09-05-2011, 09:15 AM
Claire was 2 in 07, it was her 1st trip!

I'm so honored to have shared her first trip! :lmao: It was a great time to be at Disney, wasn't it??? I'd go back the first of March again except I'm now addicted to doing the hard ticketed parties. I wish they'd do something that time of year again.

jenseib
09-06-2011, 02:26 AM
I'm so honored to have shared her first trip! :lmao: It was a great time to be at Disney, wasn't it??? I'd go back the first of March again except I'm now addicted to doing the hard ticketed parties. I wish they'd do something that time of year again.

I do like that time of year. I belive that Sudnay had a cold spell and I was wearing my winter jacket that night, but it warmed up as the week went on. I think our 2008 trip had just about perfect weather and corwds were really low that year.

joy13
09-06-2011, 08:57 AM
Claire was 2 in 07, it was her 1st trip!

That makes sense because we went in 9/07 and I booked that trip in 4/07 - so I probably found your trip report while I was planning :thumbsup2 or I saw you on the Pop picture thread and BBB threads. Did you do a trip report for that trip?

joy13
09-06-2011, 08:59 AM
We never got to the P&PP's, everyone who went though seems to be disappointed that they stopped them. Probably because they weren't crowded - but then that's probably why they stopped having them - oh the irony!

jenseib
09-08-2011, 10:35 AM
That makes sense because we went in 9/07 and I booked that trip in 4/07 - so I probably found your trip report while I was planning :thumbsup2 or I saw you on the Pop picture thread and BBB threads. Did you do a trip report for that trip?

I did a quickie dining report. I don't know if I ever did a TR or not for sure. I don't think ,but I did post pics in other rports from that trip

joy13
09-08-2011, 10:43 AM
I did a quickie dining report. I don't know if I ever did a TR or not for sure. I don't think ,but I did post pics in other rports from that trip

The more I think about it, I think I first saw you on the Pop photothread and the BBB thread for the trip that you ended up cancelling BBB because Claire wasn't feeling well that day.

jenseib
09-08-2011, 10:45 AM
The more I think about it, I think I first saw you on the Pop photothread and the BBB thread for the trip that you ended up cancelling BBB because Claire wasn't feeling well that day.

Yep, that was 2008. I think I found a lot of people via the pop thread. LOL

CluelessDisFan
09-08-2011, 10:52 AM
Wow! you have great pictures from MSEP! What setting did you use on your camera?:confused3 My camera may just not be good enough.

RinkyTinkyTinky
09-08-2011, 12:45 PM
I love Katie's top 6 list! I think it proves that kids are still thrilled with the little things in life. Oh to be young again! ;)

Shivatopia
09-08-2011, 03:39 PM
Hi Janet! I just read your December 2010 Trip Report, and I enjoyed it very much! It really looks like you and Katie had a great time! Thank you for sharing your experiences and photos!

mom2rtk
09-08-2011, 04:53 PM
I do like that time of year. I belive that Sudnay had a cold spell and I was wearing my winter jacket that night, but it warmed up as the week went on. I think our 2008 trip had just about perfect weather and corwds were really low that year.

It really was a lovely time to be there. Made even lovelier by the option of attending the Pirate & Princess Party! We only did one MK day, one AK day and the party, then headed for the boys' true destination..... Sanibel Island.

We never got to the P&PP's, everyone who went though seems to be disappointed that they stopped them. Probably because they weren't crowded - but then that's probably why they stopped having them - oh the irony!

You're absolutely right about that! And for that reason it probably never will come back. But mostly I just loved that it opened up a whole other time of the off-season we could go and still experience a hard-ticketed party.

I did a quickie dining report. I don't know if I ever did a TR or not for sure. I don't think ,but I did post pics in other rports from that trip

What.... no trip report???????

When your're done with the 38 trip reports your're doing now, maybe you could go back and do that one! :lmao:

Wow! you have great pictures from MSEP! What setting did you use on your camera?:confused3 My camera may just not be good enough.

Many thanks!

I started with cranking my ISO up to 3200. One of my favorite features of my T2i is the good performance at high ISO's. Since it's a moving parade, I needed a fairly fast shutter speed to avoid any blur. So I went shutter priority around 1/125, keeping an eye on the aperture to make sure it wasn't too wide open to prevent Depth of field issues. I probably could have gone a little slower on the shutter speed and still been fine though.

I love Katie's top 6 list! I think it proves that kids are still thrilled with the little things in life. Oh to be young again! ;)

LOL! Ain't that the truth!

When I get a minute I'll post a copy of the scrapbook page I did listing these out.

Hi Janet! I just read your December 2010 Trip Report, and I enjoyed it very much! It really looks like you and Katie had a great time! Thank you for sharing your experiences and photos!

Hi! And :welcome: to the party!

Many thanks for reading along!

OllieDannyandMe
09-10-2011, 10:03 PM
I hope everyone is having a great Sunday and that anyone on the East coast who lost power has it up and running soon. We were without power for 4 days in a huge ice storm in 2001 and I squealed like a stuck pig. We were staying with my in-laws with a 1 year old........ and it was a LONG 4 days. Seriously though, I hope everyone is safe and sound.

Time to finish out our top 6 list.

I actually messed up yesterday. So that makes this pretty anti-climactic.... Katie's second favorite was Meeting Marie....... so...... here's the corrected list........

6. Plane Crackers
5. Riding Space Mountain and Everest
4. Playing the instruments at the cart in AK while I checked in for Tusker House
3. The tube of candy she got at MVMCP they wouldn't let us pay for while waiting for Snow White to show up!
2. Meeting Marie

And her favorite thing of the whole trip..........

1. Pick-a-Pearl! :banana:

And here's mine:

6. Seeing Katie in her Red Belle at the Chrismtas party
5. Riding thrill rides with Katie
4. Our very own personal Fairy Godmother!
3. Pick a Pearl!
2. Eating in the castle 3 times!

And my favorite is pretty anti-climactic too since anyone who knows me knows it was getting the photo op i my signature. No surprises there! :goodvibes

Oh, Janet, I love this! Eve and I are back home (having missed the earthquake and Hurricane Irene in Virginia). It has taken me a week, but we are back to school now and life is moving forward.

Eve and Katie think a lot alike. I asked Eve for a Top Ten List, and here is what she said:

10. Tie: Eating shrimp and competing in the coconut races at 'Ohana AND dining with Remy in France at Epcot

9. Getting drenched on Kali River Rapids!

8. Living it up at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. Eve loved the whole show--the music, the jokes, the dancing, AND the ribs and strawberry shortcake. She loved playing the washboard and twirling her napkin in the air. Plus, she loved that all of the entertainers stopped by our table to notice her latest Webkinz, a signature camel.

7. Dining with Chip 'n' Dale and Farmer Mickey & Pluto at the Garden Grill in Epcot. Eve loved that the restaurant spins in a circle to show off the Living with the Land attraction. Afterwards, we took the boat ride, and Eve actually asked if she could take the walking tour offered in The Land. We will have to squeeze that in next trip--she is really interested.

6. Riding Test Track in Epcot and Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom.

5. Riding a tea cup on the carousel at Downtown Disney. She spun so fast that I thought she might fly off the ride!

4. Watching the animals from the windows at Kidani Village and working with the cast members to make a wreath for the giraffes to eat and a pine cone bird feeder for the birds.

3. Feeding the ducks part of her ice cream cone at the entrance to World Showcase in Epcot

2. Tie: Meeting Marie in France at Epcot and being a special agent in the Kim-Possible Adventure in World Showcase.

1. Pick a Pearl in Japan at Epcot (We went twice this trip! The first time, she found a silver pearl, which they said is rare--only 5% are silver, and the second time she found a big gold pearl. We had the silver pearl set in a clam shell. Eve treasures it!)

Are you excited about December? We may wait for a December trip until 2012. We did have a wonderful trip last month, though, and I love my new camera. I want to try MNSSHP, so maybe 2012 will be the year I buy an annual pass and go summer, fall, and winter. Wouldn't that be fun? :yay:

It's funny. Every year, Evie has had a favorite park.

When she was 2 years old, it was the Magic Kingdom. She LOVED the Winnie the Pooh playground.

When she was 4, it was the Animal Kingdom. She could have spent the entire trip at the Bone Yard, and she loved Kali River Rapids.

When she was 5, it was actually not a park, but the pools. She loved sliding down the jaguar slide at the pool at Coronado Springs Resort and playing at the Dig Site, and she loved the slide at the Contemporary Resort when we moved to our room at Bay Lake Tower.

When she was 6, it was Disney Studios. She loved the art lessons and drawing all of the different Disney characters, and she loved the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground. We could have spent the entire trip at Disney Studios, and she would have been happy.

And this trip, at age 7, it was Epcot. She loved the Pick a Pearl Station in Japan. She love the Kim-Possible adventure. She loved seeing Marie and dining with Remy in France. Test Track was her favorite ride of the trip. She was an Epcot girl through and through this time!

I can't wait to hear more about your plans for December. I am going to live vicariously for the next few months! Hugs!:goodvibes

tmfranlk
09-11-2011, 09:00 AM
4. Watching the animals from the windows at Kidani Village and working with the cast members to make a wreath for the giraffes to eat and a pine cone bird feeder for the birds.


Amy - Can you tell me more about the giraffe wreath part?!?! We are staying the first 2 nights at AKL as a surprise for my animal loving 8yo and this sounds so wonderful for her. Thanks!

DisneyLoverUSA
09-11-2011, 10:47 AM
I just found your trip report but wanted to tell you, the costumes you make are amazing. You are a wonderful seamstress. Your daughter is very lucky.

mom2rtk
09-11-2011, 10:56 AM
Oh, Janet, I love this! Eve and I are back home (having missed the earthquake and Hurricane Irene in Virginia). It has taken me a week, but we are back to school now and life is moving forward.

Eve and Katie think a lot alike. I asked Eve for a Top Ten List, and here is what she said:

10. Tie: Eating shrimp and competing in the coconut races at 'Ohana AND dining with Remy in France at Epcot

9. Getting drenched on Kali River Rapids!

8. Living it up at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. Eve loved the whole show--the music, the jokes, the dancing, AND the ribs and strawberry shortcake. She loved playing the washboard and twirling her napkin in the air. Plus, she loved that all of the entertainers stopped by our table to notice her latest Webkinz, a signature camel.

7. Dining with Chip 'n' Dale and Farmer Mickey & Pluto at the Garden Grill in Epcot. Eve loved that the restaurant spins in a circle to show off the Living with the Land attraction. Afterwards, we took the boat ride, and Eve actually asked if she could take the walking tour offered in The Land. We will have to squeeze that in next trip--she is really interested.

6. Riding Test Track in Epcot and Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom.

5. Riding a tea cup on the carousel at Downtown Disney. She spun so fast that I thought she might fly off the ride!

4. Watching the animals from the windows at Kidani Village and working with the cast members to make a wreath for the giraffes to eat and a pine cone bird feeder for the birds.

3. Feeding the ducks part of her ice cream cone at the entrance to World Showcase in Epcot

2. Tie: Meeting Marie in France at Epcot and being a special agent in the Kim-Possible Adventure in World Showcase.

1. Pick a Pearl in Japan at Epcot (We went twice this trip! The first time, she found a silver pearl, which they said is rare--only 5% are silver, and the second time she found a big gold pearl. We had the silver pearl set in a clam shell. Eve treasures it!)

Are you excited about December? We may wait for a December trip until 2012. We did have a wonderful trip last month, though, and I love my new camera. I want to try MNSSHP, so maybe 2012 will be the year I buy an annual pass and go summer, fall, and winter. Wouldn't that be fun? :yay:

It's funny. Every year, Evie has had a favorite park.

When she was 2 years old, it was the Magic Kingdom. She LOVED the Winnie the Pooh playground.

When she was 4, it was the Animal Kingdom. She could have spent the entire trip at the Bone Yard, and she loved Kali River Rapids.

When she was 5, it was actually not a park, but the pools. She loved sliding down the jaguar slide at the pool at Coronado Springs Resort and playing at the Dig Site, and she loved the slide at the Contemporary Resort when we moved to our room at Bay Lake Tower.

When she was 6, it was Disney Studios. She loved the art lessons and drawing all of the different Disney characters, and she loved the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground. We could have spent the entire trip at Disney Studios, and she would have been happy.

And this trip, at age 7, it was Epcot. She loved the Pick a Pearl Station in Japan. She love the Kim-Possible adventure. She loved seeing Marie and dining with Remy in France. Test Track was her favorite ride of the trip. She was an Epcot girl through and through this time!

I can't wait to hear more about your plans for December. I am going to live vicariously for the next few months! Hugs!:goodvibes

Hi Amy! I wondered how your trip went. I bet you're suffering the Disney blues long about now. That's the worst part about going....... the coming back........ :sad:

Thank you so much for sharing Evie's list of favorites as well. It was so fun to see how similar they were...... right down to pick a pearl being their #1 favorite. I need to find some sort of pearl cage to bring along and do it again this time.

It really IS the little things that their attention, isn't it?

And I love your list of her favorite parks through the years. Do you scrapbook? That would make such an awesome page!

It sounds like you need to take me dream trip and go the end of October for MNSSHP and stay just long enough for MVMCP!

Maybe in 2 years we'll get to go to MNSSHP. I would give the weather a try in late October, but I'm just too much of a whimp to go in September, or even early October. And with Timmy running cross country late October is out until he starts college.

I just found your trip report but wanted to tell you, the costumes you make are amazing. You are a wonderful seamstress. Your daughter is very lucky.

Many thanks and :welcome:

I'm glad you found us!

Caretames1
10-01-2011, 09:33 AM
In my shameless pursuit of TR readers, I'm letting you know that I started my new TR!
Wake Up! SURPRISE, We're going to Disney World....TODAY! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post42811539

poisonapple_PRINCESS
10-01-2011, 09:56 AM
I check out your TR whenever I stumbled across it because all your photo's are wonderful and make me super excited for my own Christmas Disney trip! :goodvibes :santa:

joy13
10-01-2011, 06:22 PM
Janet - when are you going back?

mom2rtk
10-01-2011, 10:21 PM
In my shameless pursuit of TR readers, I'm letting you know that I started my new TR!
Wake Up! SURPRISE, We're going to Disney World....TODAY! http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post42811539


Well, it's about time! You've been back for...... well........ at least a few days now! :lmao:

Sam still doing OK at school?

I check out your TR whenever I stumbled across it because all your photo's are wonderful and make me super excited for my own Christmas Disney trip! :goodvibes :santa:

Well, it's never too late to join the fun! :dance3:

:welcome:



Janet - when are you going back?

We're flying in the evening of the 8th and staying for........... 10 nights! :dance3: We started with 8 nights, but the way Drew's schedule worked out it made more sense to just go in a couple nights earlier. And of course..... I was more than happy to go along with that plan! :banana:

Since nobody has messed with the schedule on me in a couple weeks....... and since we now have MVMCP tickets...... and since we now have plane tickets........... and since I cancelled a boat load of ADR's I had for all our contingency plans................... drum roll please........ I'm going to write this all down in PEN! :yay: (I know.... I know... famous last words).......

Thursday 12/8 Arrive MCO 9:30 PM
Check into POP

Friday 12/9: Magic Kingdom
Dinner Chef Mickey

Saturday 12/10 DHS
Sci Fi Lunch

Sunday 12/11 AK
Tusker House breakfast
Leave by noon/back to POP
Enter MK with MVMCP ticket 4 PM
Dinner CRT 4:15

Monday 12/12 Epcot
Akershus late breakfast
Teppan Edo dinner

Tuesday 12/13 Drew catches ME 6:30 AM
Since Katie and I will be up early, we thought we might just hang out near the entrance to the MK ...... you know...... for no particular reason....... :rolleyes1
GIRLS ONLY day in the MK:dance3:

Wednesday 12/14 DHS
Stalking Gaston, the sequel?????????? :rolleyes1
Dinner 50's Prime Time

Thursday 12/15 EMH MK
late breakfast 1900 Park Fare
Back to hotel
Katie's best friend and her mom, my best friend, arrive at POP 4:30ish
dinner 1900 Park Fare (Anastasia and Drizella should have a grand time!) I already made adjustments to Katie's Drizella costume from last year so her friend can wear it and Katie has a brand new Anastasia!

Friday 12/16 MK with our girlfriends! :wizard:
8:15 BBB
4 PM CRT
MVMCP!

Saturday 12/17 late start back at the MK with our friends
lunch at Crystal Palace
Stay for Wishes/MSEP

Sunday 12/18 Animal Kingdom until 12
Depart for POP and ME home....... :sad:

Anyone as tired as me just reading this??????? :rotfl2:

joy13
10-01-2011, 10:52 PM
Well, it's about time! You've been back for...... well........ at least a few days now! :lmao:

Sam still doing OK at school?



Well, it's never too late to join the fun! :dance3:

:welcome:





We're flying in the evening of the 8th and staying for........... 10 nights! :dance3: We started with 8 nights, but the way Drew's schedule worked out it made more sense to just go in a couple nights earlier. And of course..... I was more than happy to go along with that plan! :banana:

Since nobody has messed with the schedule on me in a couple weeks....... and since we now have MVMCP tickets...... and since we now have plane tickets........... and since I cancelled a boat load of ADR's I had for all our contingency plans................... drum roll please........ I'm going to write this all down in PEN! :yay: (I know.... I know... famous last words).......

Thursday 12/8 Arrive MCO 9:30 PM
Check into POP

Friday 12/9: Magic Kingdom
Dinner Chef Mickey

Saturday 12/10 DHS
Sci Fi Lunch

Sunday 12/11 AK
Tusker House breakfast
Leave by noon/back to POP
Enter MK with MVMCP ticket 4 PM
Dinner CRT 4:15

Monday 12/12 Epcot
Akershus late breakfast
Teppan Edo dinner

Tuesday 12/13 Drew catches ME 6:30 AM
Since Katie and I will be up early, we thought we might just hang out near the entrance to the MK ...... you know...... for no particular reason....... :rolleyes1
GIRLS ONLY day in the MK:dance3:

Wednesday 12/14 DHS
Stalking Gaston, the sequel?????????? :rolleyes1
Dinner 50's Prime Time

Thursday 12/15 EMH MK
late breakfast 1900 Park Fare
Back to hotel
Katie's best friend and her mom, my best friend, arrive at POP 4:30ish
dinner 1900 Park Fare (Anastasia and Drizella should have a grand time!) I already made adjustments to Katie's Drizella costume from last year so her friend can wear it and Katie has a brand new Anastasia!

Friday 12/16 MK with our girlfriends! :wizard:
8:15 BBB
4 PM CRT
MVMCP!

Saturday 12/17 late start back at the MK with our friends
lunch at Crystal Palace
Stay for Wishes/MSEP

Sunday 12/18 Animal Kingdom until 12
Depart for POP and ME home....... :sad:

Anyone as tired as me just reading this??????? :rotfl2:

I want to cancel my trip and join yours instead :rotfl2: Ok - not really - but Oh my goodness that sounds like a wonderful trip! I love that Katie and her friend are going to be Anastasia and Drizella at Park Fare :thumbsup2 Does Katie have time off of school during that span? (No issue for me if she doesn't -I'm just curious because I wish Maddie did ;) )

mom2rtk
10-01-2011, 11:08 PM
I want to cancel my trip and join yours instead :rotfl2: Ok - not really - but Oh my goodness that sounds like a wonderful trip! I love that Katie and her friend are going to be Anastasia and Drizella at Park Fare :thumbsup2 Does Katie have time off of school during that span? (No issue for me if she doesn't -I'm just curious because I wish Maddie did ;) )

LOL! We have the Katie and Janet with Dad portion of the trip, and the girls only part of the trip, and the time with our best friends part of the trip....... we'd be happy to add a few days with Joy and Maddie! :dance3:

Turns out we're eating 1900 Park Fare twice in the same day. But heck, we ate CRT twice in one day a few years ago! :banana:

Katie doesn't get out for Christmas until the 21st. So she'll be missing 6 days near the end of the semester. It's never been a problem before, so we're not worried. With the perspective of having Robbie graduate this spring, and having Timmy in a pile of AP classes this year....... I'm not worried about her missing 6 days of elementary school. We also know that this time goes SO fast. And soon enough she'll be busy with friends and extracurricular activities and maybe not want to miss......... so I'm taking all these opportunities while I can. :goodvibes

We subscribe to the "work hard so you can play hard" philosophy in life!:thumbsup2

joy13
10-01-2011, 11:42 PM
LOL! We have the Katie and Janet with Dad portion of the trip, and the girls only part of the trip, and the time with our best friends part of the trip....... we'd be happy to add a few days with Joy and Maddie! :dance3:

Turns out we're eating 1900 Park Fare twice in the same day. But heck, we ate CRT twice in one day a few years ago! :banana:

Katie doesn't get out for Christmas until the 21st. So she'll be missing 6 days near the end of the semester. It's never been a problem before, so we're not worried. With the perspective of having Robbie graduate this spring, and having Timmy in a pile of AP classes this year....... I'm not worried about her missing 6 days of elementary school. We also know that this time goes SO fast. And soon enough she'll be busy with friends and extracurricular activities and maybe not want to miss......... so I'm taking all these opportunities while I can. :goodvibes

We subscribe to the "work hard so you can play hard" philosophy in life!:thumbsup2

Wouldn't that be awesome! :banana: I originally wanted to go in December - but November just worked out better for us. The only thing we're missing that I wish we were seeing is Christmas Around the World at World Showcase. I think I'd really like the Candlelight Processional too - someday maybe.

I agree with you on school - Maddie is missing school too. The memories you are making with Katie are priceless!

stephielela
10-02-2011, 10:10 AM
That does look like a pretty awesome trip you have lined up! I totally agree, elementary school is important, but these are opportunities you won't have as Katie gets older, take advantage while you can!

Caretames1
10-02-2011, 11:17 AM
Well, it's about time! You've been back for...... well........ at least a few days now! :lmao:

Sam still doing OK at school?

I know, I know! Just because last time I started the TR within 24 hours! This trip kicked my butt! It was the heat that did it!

Sammy's doing well, but bored is a word that had been tossed around by her. I guess I get it, her classes are about 3-4 hours a day right now, and she has 1 online class. Then she sits and states into the 4 walls of her dorm. I told her maybe find some clubs or activies and she did.
She's now a member of the Nurses Club, a volnteer club for comm. service, and has started walking in the late afternoons with a group of girls.
I think it just took some time to get aclimated.

Robby doing well with the driving and all?




I'm not worried about her missing 6 days of elementary school. We also know that this time goes SO fast. And soon enough she'll be busy with friends and extracurricular activities and maybe not want to miss......... so I'm taking all these opportunities while I can. :goodvibes

We subscribe to the "work hard so you can play hard" philosophy in life!:thumbsup2

We have then exact same thoughts!:thumbsup2 They are only young once, and we took for advantage of that on the trip!

mom2rtk
10-02-2011, 01:40 PM
Wouldn't that be awesome! :banana: I originally wanted to go in December - but November just worked out better for us. The only thing we're missing that I wish we were seeing is Christmas Around the World at World Showcase. I think I'd really like the Candlelight Processional too - someday maybe.

I agree with you on school - Maddie is missing school too. The memories you are making with Katie are priceless!

I don't think you'll be disappointed in November. That last full week before Thanksgiving is one of the best weeks of the entire year. Crowds will be as low as you can find, and you'll still be able to get a good dose of Holiday atmosphere. I could easily see us moving to that week in a future year. I just didn't want to spend a lot of time out of town this year with Robbie (as a new driver) at home driving across town every day while we're gone. With the week we're going in December, he'll be done or have one last day of finals left.

That does look like a pretty awesome trip you have lined up! I totally agree, elementary school is important, but these are opportunities you won't have as Katie gets older, take advantage while you can!

Thanks Steph! We actually took Timmy out of school as a freshman in high school for a few days and he did just fine. Last year probably would have been ok too. This year? Nope. Junior year really seems to have the most work. He's doing great, but I wouldn't want to take any chances with that.


I know, I know! Just because last time I started the TR within 24 hours! This trip kicked my butt! It was the heat that did it!

Sammy's doing well, but bored is a word that had been tossed around by her. I guess I get it, her classes are about 3-4 hours a day right now, and she has 1 online class. Then she sits and states into the 4 walls of her dorm. I told her maybe find some clubs or activies and she did.
She's now a member of the Nurses Club, a volnteer club for comm. service, and has started walking in the late afternoons with a group of girls.
I think it just took some time to get aclimated.

Robby doing well with the driving and all?






We have then exact same thoughts!:thumbsup2 They are only young once, and we took for advantage of that on the trip!

I totally agree about how the heat can kick your butt at Disney. I had a trip scheduled initially that would have us heading down this Friday. But honestly, the odds are that it will still be pretty hot. As much as I'd love to do MNSSHP again, I just don't know if I want to deal with the potential heat.

I'm glad Sam's doing ok at school! And seriously....... you offered a suggestion to her problem (boredom) and she.......... TOOK IT????

What the heck? Nobody EVER takes suggestions around here! I'd probably just pass out on the spot if they did! :lmao:

Robbie is doing great (knock wood) with both the driving and the school. The work is clearly a lot more than he ever had in high school, and he seems a little annoyed with that :lmao: but he has stepped up to the plate in a huge way.

We ate at Panda Express last weekend and got fortune cookies. We opened one for each of the 3 kids and just died laughing at how spot on they all were. Robbie's said "The road before you is long. Drive safely". AMEN to that!

annmarieda
10-03-2011, 12:10 PM
We're flying in the evening of the 8th and staying for........... 10 nights! :dance3: We started with 8 nights, but the way Drew's schedule worked out it made more sense to just go in a couple nights earlier. And of course..... I was more than happy to go along with that plan! :banana:

Since nobody has messed with the schedule on me in a couple weeks....... and since we now have MVMCP tickets...... and since we now have plane tickets........... and since I cancelled a boat load of ADR's I had for all our contingency plans................... drum roll please........ I'm going to write this all down in PEN! :yay: (I know.... I know... famous last words).......

Thursday 12/8 Arrive MCO 9:30 PM
Check into POP

Friday 12/9: Magic Kingdom
Dinner Chef Mickey

Saturday 12/10 DHS
Sci Fi Lunch

Sunday 12/11 AK
Tusker House breakfast
Leave by noon/back to POP
Enter MK with MVMCP ticket 4 PM
Dinner CRT 4:15

Monday 12/12 Epcot
Akershus late breakfast
Teppan Edo dinner

Tuesday 12/13 Drew catches ME 6:30 AM
Since Katie and I will be up early, we thought we might just hang out near the entrance to the MK ...... you know...... for no particular reason....... :rolleyes1
GIRLS ONLY day in the MK:dance3:

Wednesday 12/14 DHS
Stalking Gaston, the sequel?????????? :rolleyes1
Dinner 50's Prime Time

Thursday 12/15 EMH MK
late breakfast 1900 Park Fare
Back to hotel
Katie's best friend and her mom, my best friend, arrive at POP 4:30ish
dinner 1900 Park Fare (Anastasia and Drizella should have a grand time!) I already made adjustments to Katie's Drizella costume from last year so her friend can wear it and Katie has a brand new Anastasia!

Friday 12/16 MK with our girlfriends! :wizard:
8:15 BBB
4 PM CRT
MVMCP!

Saturday 12/17 late start back at the MK with our friends
lunch at Crystal Palace
Stay for Wishes/MSEP

Sunday 12/18 Animal Kingdom until 12
Depart for POP and ME home....... :sad:

Anyone as tired as me just reading this??????? :rotfl2:


I feel like I need to apologize. I have lurked quite a bit on here. I have never quite got caught up. I also think I have never "officially" said hello.

So.. please forgive me as I just now get around to doing so. :wave:

Looks like we will be in WDW at the same time... Pop for some of it and even go to the same MVMCP on the 11th.

I have been so impressed with your dd's dresses. You do an unbelievable job! It will be hard not to spot you in WDW as they are so distinctive. Don't worry though... I promise not to stalk you or anything. ;) We actually are not planning on being in the same parks as you except for a couple of days and those days (based on your ADRs in your summary) will be fairly different from ours. See for us, the only way dh decided he was ok with yet another Disney trip was to say no more commando. :rolleyes1 So no rushing to rope drop for us. :sad2: Which is going to drive me nuts since I like to be there right at rope drop. (although, not quite as much as you do. ;))

Last, I too hope for a warm December. It was cold here all summer (up until very recently) so warm would be nice for that fact alone... but knowing how bad last year was for all of you who went... brrrrr.... I PRAY it is not like that again.

katt789
10-18-2011, 04:53 PM
I finally made it through!! Let me tell you, I loved every minute of it! The dresses/outfits that you make are just SO freakin incredible!! I adore the red Belle dress, it's amazing!!

AND!! We're going to be there the same time this Christmas. As a friend & I are going down for an audition, we'll be cramming the highlights of 4 parks into 1 day (the 16th) and then spend the evening at MVMCP that you'll be at! Maybe we'll spot you somewhere!:confused3

mom2rtk
10-18-2011, 07:19 PM
I finally made it through!! Let me tell you, I loved every minute of it! The dresses/outfits that you make are just SO freakin incredible!! I adore the red Belle dress, it's amazing!!

AND!! We're going to be there the same time this Christmas. As a friend & I are going down for an audition, we'll be cramming the highlights of 4 parks into 1 day (the 16th) and then spend the evening at MVMCP that you'll be at! Maybe we'll spot you somewhere!:confused3

Thank you so much! I'm glad you found the TR. Better late than never! :banana:

Your one day tour sounds awesome! And good luck on the audition.

Which of the party nights will you be there? We're going the 11th and 16th.

mom2rtk
10-18-2011, 07:25 PM
I feel like I need to apologize. I have lurked quite a bit on here. I have never quite got caught up. I also think I have never "officially" said hello.

So.. please forgive me as I just now get around to doing so. :wave:

Looks like we will be in WDW at the same time... Pop for some of it and even go to the same MVMCP on the 11th.

I have been so impressed with your dd's dresses. You do an unbelievable job! It will be hard not to spot you in WDW as they are so distinctive. Don't worry though... I promise not to stalk you or anything. ;) We actually are not planning on being in the same parks as you except for a couple of days and those days (based on your ADRs in your summary) will be fairly different from ours. See for us, the only way dh decided he was ok with yet another Disney trip was to say no more commando. :rolleyes1 So no rushing to rope drop for us. :sad2: Which is going to drive me nuts since I like to be there right at rope drop. (although, not quite as much as you do. ;))

Last, I too hope for a warm December. It was cold here all summer (up until very recently) so warm would be nice for that fact alone... but knowing how bad last year was for all of you who went... brrrrr.... I PRAY it is not like that again.

I'm so sorry I missed replying to you sooner! I've been as busy as a costume maker in October! Here you finally come out of lurkdom and get ignored. YIKES! :scared1: Sorry!


Do stop and say hi if you see us at the party! I don't have a clue yet what we'll be doing which night of the party. I think I'll work that out once the first parties have been held and I get some recon from the field. :cool2:

And what's with this "no commando" style thing? You'll have to let me know how that goes! LOL! Actually our first few days with my husband along should be pretty much "go with the flow" days. We'll save our commando stuff for after he leaves. I think it will be a nice balance. :goodvibes

And there's an awful lot of us hoping for a warmer December. Once was MORE than enough of that nonsense!

katt789
10-18-2011, 07:58 PM
Thank you so much! I'm glad you found the TR. Better late than never! :banana:

Your one day tour sounds awesome! And good luck on the audition.

Which of the party nights will you be there? We're going the 11th and 16th.


Thanks!! We'll be at the party on the 16th, really our only park day. Staying at Pop, and we're going to attempt to watch the rope drop ceremony at MK before heading to 1900 Park Fare for breakfast

mom2rtk
10-18-2011, 08:10 PM
Thanks!! We'll be at the party on the 16th, really our only park day. Staying at Pop, and we're going to attempt to watch the rope drop ceremony at MK before heading to 1900 Park Fare for breakfast

Well, that's the day we'll be there with my friend and her daughter. We're also staying at the POP, so keep your eyes peeled for us! I'm the one usually carting around a camera backpack and a big Minnnie dot tote bag. We'll be entering the MK early that day for the BBB, staying all day, dining at CRT and staying through for the party. Just your average 16 hour day! :rotfl2:

Be sure to say Hi if you see us! We'll have a few costumes along for the girls, but I don't have a clue which ones yet! Katie's friend is shorter than her, so I"m making adjustments to some of what she wore last year for her friend to wear. We're thinking about a pair of yellow Belles for the Boutique, but that could change. Who knew tween girls were so opinionated! :rolleyes1 Her friend could be wearing red Belle to the party. Katie? Who knows!

I'm really anxious to get my Halloween orders out so I can do a little fun sewing again. I'm running out of time!

annmarieda
10-23-2011, 12:07 PM
I'm so sorry I missed replying to you sooner! I've been as busy as a costume maker in October! Here you finally come out of lurkdom and get ignored. YIKES! :scared1: Sorry!


Do stop and say hi if you see us at the party! I don't have a clue yet what we'll be doing which night of the party. I think I'll work that out once the first parties have been held and I get some recon from the field. :cool2:

And what's with this "no commando" style thing? You'll have to let me know how that goes! LOL! Actually our first few days with my husband along should be pretty much "go with the flow" days. We'll save our commando stuff for after he leaves. I think it will be a nice balance. :goodvibes

And there's an awful lot of us hoping for a warmer December. Once was MORE than enough of that nonsense!

No worries. I just noticed you responded. I actually saw a post of yours on another thread and I figured I missed something here since I hadn't see an update from your thread. Sure enough... I did. :sad2:

I bet you are busy right now since Halloween is just a week away!

As for the no commando.. well :rolleyes: as i started to plan our days in more detail I realized that we would need to start our days early. I am still trying to make time for a break in the afternoon, but to fit everything in one does need to go a little commando.:rolleyes1 Just don't tell my dh. :rotfl:

If I see you in the parks, I will make sure to stop and say hi. I am sure you are recognized by quite a few disers when your dd is all dressed up. So know that I will understand if you have places to be if and when I do stop you to say hi. :goodvibes

Glennie5
10-24-2011, 05:15 PM
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your trip report! Your daughter is beautiful and your dresses are incredible! My DD and I are doing a mother daughter trip this Dec. and we will also be at the MK on the 13th. Who knows maybe I will spot your daughter in one of her dresses.

mom2rtk
10-25-2011, 09:20 PM
Hi everyone! Long time, no see! I'm finally coming up for a little gulp of air. I hope to catch up on everyone's trip reports soon!

I did take a much needed break this last weekend to make something new for the trip. I really wasn't going to do a new Rapunzel. But then they had those dang crowns at the Disney store, and I had to have one. So of course it needed a new dress to go with it!

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6059/6281388619_1b97b308c7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/6281388619/)

No worries. I just noticed you responded. I actually saw a post of yours on another thread and I figured I missed something here since I hadn't see an update from your thread. Sure enough... I did. :sad2:

I bet you are busy right now since Halloween is just a week away!

As for the no commando.. well :rolleyes: as i started to plan our days in more detail I realized that we would need to start our days early. I am still trying to make time for a break in the afternoon, but to fit everything in one does need to go a little commando.:rolleyes1 Just don't tell my dh. :rotfl:

If I see you in the parks, I will make sure to stop and say hi. I am sure you are recognized by quite a few disers when your dd is all dressed up. So know that I will understand if you have places to be if and when I do stop you to say hi. :goodvibes

Well, just as you guessed, I've been crazy busy with Halloween costumes. I have one left tomorrow..... then hope to do a little more fun sewing! Katie gets a real charge from me saying I want to take a break from my sewing to do some sewing! :rotfl:

I know what you mean about needing a touch of commando touring. I'm very much a commando about planning dining reservations and getting to the parks early, but once we're there I don't have a list or schedule or anything. Now, the hard ticketed parties are another matter entirely!

Do be sure to say hi if you see us. I'm not sure you'll see Katie in one of her costumes, as she sometimes changes out of them fairly quickly. But watch for me with my big Minnie dot bag!

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your trip report! Your daughter is beautiful and your dresses are incredible! My DD and I are doing a mother daughter trip this Dec. and we will also be at the MK on the 13th. Who knows maybe I will spot your daughter in one of her dresses.

Hi there! :welcome: Better late than never!

Many thanks for the kind words!

I hope if you see us on the 13th you'll stop and say hi!