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AprilRenee
03-07-2011, 12:36 AM
Welcome to my first trip report and my second trip. I’ve read several trip reports since our last trip in May 2010 and decided that this trip I was going to write one myself.
On our first trip, it was just me (April) and my DH Andrew
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This trip we decided to take along my 3 younger brothers:

Elliott (20) who had never been to Disney before but was SUPER excited to go
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Oliver (17) had been once for 1 day in 2008. They went to Epcot for a few hours, ate in WS and only rode a couple rides (and not Soarin!). So we decided that trip didn’t totally count and he could still wear a 1st visit button since this was his first full trip and his first time seeing the Castle (which no trip could possibly be complete without!)
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and Avery (13) who had been to Epcot with Oliver in 2008 but only rode like 2 of the rides and ate a burger in the American Pavilion. So he got a first trip button too! :thumbsup2
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Our parents had recently started divorce proceedings and we kids needed some time together and away from the real world. So where better to go than Disney World?

Our trip was kinda an accident really. Andrew and I had just returned from our May trip and jokingly talked to the boys about taking a trip with them. I priced it out just for knowledge and told them all how much it would cost each of them just as an option sometime in the future. Then somehow, it ended up being a real plan, then the Free Dinning offer came out, and then I bought plane tickets, and then Christmas was over and it was January and we were getting on a plane!

We were staying at All Star Music in a Family Suite, starting Jan 3rd and heading home on Jan 9th (Andrew's birthday). We had a late flight out so he was going to get to spend most of his birthday in Disney World.

I convinced my mom to let the boys skip the first week back to school after Christmas Break (it wasn't that hard to do) and since Elliott's college didn't start til mid January it was the perfect time to go. Crowd predictions were low and we'd still get to see the end of the Christmas decorations AND Osborne Family Lights!

Now, I am a crazy vacation researcher (or an upstanding member of the Dis, depending on how you look at it). So for our first trip I had read Unofficial Guide cover to cover (really! I pretty much only skipped some of the hotel info. I read almost everything else) and I spent hours on the Dis learning everything I could. Our trip was fantastic and my DH Andrew was duly impressed. I was feeling good about this trip and looking forward to impressing my brothers in the same way. However, they apparently already though I was a Disney nut so my Disney trivia and knowledge didn’t impress them quite as much. Either that or they were so tired they couldn’t think straight enough to mention it.

Why were they so tired? Well it probably had something to do with how doggone early we had to get up to get to the airport.

I planned a 6:35am flight with a layover in Atlanta that got us into MCO around 12:05. Perfect right? MK was open til 9 then we could hop to HS to see the last night of Osborne family lights during EMH til 11p. That practically gave us a whole day in Disney World on our arrival day.

Well, what I didn’t really think about was how early we’d have to get up to be at the airport for our 6:35a flight! My dad was driving us to the airport so we decided to meet at his house about 4:30a. Elliott has an apartment in that neighborhood and the 2 younger boys live about 5 min away. However, we live 30 minutes away so that meant we had to leave our house at 4a which meant we had to wake up by 3:30 at least. That’s REALLY early for us!!

But up we got and headed to my dads. We managed to remember everything the first time so we didn’t even have to run back to the house.

We had dropped our puppies off at their sitters houses the day before. Holly (the darker one) was staying with my friend Erin and Elly (the blonde) was staying with Elliott’s girlfriend Jacqueline.

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So once we got to my dad’s we piled into the car and drove to the airport. We didn’t have any trouble getting thru security and got to the gate in plenty of time. Avery and I held down the fort (and stayed with the luggage)
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while Elliott, Oliver and Andrew went off to find some food.
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Finally we were got on the plane and were on our way. The first flight was nice and pretty short. I tried to sleep a little but I never have much luck sleeping on a plane. Besides, I was too excited.
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We had a quick layover in ATL (Atlanta) and had just enough time to grab some lunch before getting on our next flight. (Little did we know that we would get to know this airport very well in all too short a time)

Our next flight seemed much longer cause we were all so antsy to be off the plane and at DISNEY!! You can tell that we’re a little more awake and hyper on this flight.
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FINALLY we landed at MCO, made our way to the Magical Express check in, bypassed the counter (cause we had our vouchers) and headed to get in a big line for a bus to ASMu. This was the first of MANY lines that day. Apparently, Touring Plans had slightly underestimated how many people were going to still be there the Monday after New Years Day. The crowd calendar had it at a 6. My calendar would put it at an 8. :scared1: Probably not too bad if you're planning for it....but I wasn't.

Up Next: How many buses do we have to wait for before getting to All Star Music? Just how crowded IS MK on a 6 day?

AprilRenee
03-07-2011, 12:38 AM
Part 1: Kids Trip to Disney
Day 1: Goodbye STL! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40217169&postcount=1)
Day 1: Magic Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40272725&postcount=3)
Day 1: MK part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40272744&postcount=4)
Day 1: Osborne Family Lights (HS EMH) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40276116&postcount=7)
Day 2-Hollywood Studios (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40311031&postcount=12)
Day 2: HS part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40735849&postcount=16)
Day 2: HS part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40735884&postcount=17)
Day 2: HS part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40743026&postcount=20)
Day 2: DTD (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40744144&postcount=23)
Day 3: Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41098494&postcount=34)
Day 3: Epcot part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41113377&postcount=38)
Day 4: AK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41281069&postcount=45)
Day 4: AK part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42039064&postcount=50)
Day 4: Fantasmic (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42044158&postcount=54)
Day 5: Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42087466&postcount=61)
Day 5: MK cont. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42087481&postcount=62)
Day 5: EP, DTD, and EP EMH (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42147366&postcount=73)
Day 6: HS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42330320&postcount=107)
Day 6: EP World Showcase (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42876017&postcount=135)
Day 6: Late Night at MK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945708&postcount=143)
Day 7: Andrew's Birthday (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43021816&postcount=152)
Day 7: EP & MK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43632370&postcount=159)

PART 2: I Lost My Soul at ATL
Hours 8-24 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43644087&postcount=169)
Hours 24-36 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43800241&postcount=185)
Day 2: Hours 1-15 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44279667&postcount=193)


Part 3: Photobook
Photobook pages 1-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44290807&postcount=197)
Photobook pages 11-20 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44290819&postcount=198)

AprilRenee
03-10-2011, 07:53 PM
So the whole time we’re waiting the 20-30 min for a bus I’m telling the boys how these are like the longest line we’ll probably wait in the whole trip. (I swear I’m not a cocky as I sound…our last trip we never waited more than 10 min for anything!) Really none of them cared…I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who felt like it was a long line. They were just excited to be in Orlando. Well, and Avery was excited to be in line with a million asian girls. He actually decided one of them was the cutest one in the crowd and was super excited to see her walking around our resort later. Crazy 13 yr old boy hormones!

Anyway, we got on our bus to ASMu, found some seats all the way in the back cause they were the only 5 together. Andrew didn’t like the idea of riding for 30 min at the back of the bus (he has pretty bad motion sickness) so Andrew and Elliott moved up a few rows where there were 2 seats available and I sat with Avery and Oliver in the back.
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We didn’t mind and we had a great view of the movie screen.

Once we got to ASMu we headed in to check in and got the boys 1st trip buttons and Andrew’s birthday button. The lady also gave us a little bunch of balloons for Andrew’s birthday. That was a really nice touch and made him feel pretty special.

On our way to our rooms we stopped to check out the gift shop and teach the boys how to pin trade.
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Then we headed to check out our rooms in the Calypso buildings. We were in the first building on the left as you head out of Melody Hall and on the backside, facing away from the pool. It was a pretty good location. We were nice and close to the food court but it was nice and quiet outside our room.
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We all were pretty impressed with the family suites. They were nice and spacious and we loved having the 2 bathrooms and the kitchenette.
We quickly unpacked and got ready to head to MK. It was so beautiful outside (especially for us coming from STL and weather in the teens and 20s) that Andrew and Elliott decided to change into shorts. All of us decided we didn’t need jackets (Oh BOY did we regret THAT decision!!).

While we were waiting for the bus we took the first of many “everyone squish in and take a picture before heading to the parks” picture.
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Then I took some pics with the big letters
A for Avery
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and R cause the boy’s last name (and my maiden name) starts with R
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Then we were on the bus and entering the Magic Kingdom!!!
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When we entered it was almost parade time and Main Street was way empty. I was excited that even though the airport and magical express line was busy and long, the park was still much close to the 6 crowd level that I was expecting. Yeah, we should’ve just stayed on Main Street!!!

We headed into the hub and turned left to go to ride Pirates! As we turned the corner it suddenly got MUCH busier! Pirates had a 30 minute wait and I had no intention of waiting in that line. Elliott had other ideas, he wanted to ride Pirates and he wanted to ride it NOW. I was pretty annoyed but followed the group into the line. Once in line I told him, “dude, listen… when I say let’s wait and ride a ride later in the day, can you just believe me? This will have a much shorter line later and I don’t wanna wait 30 minutes for rides that normally have 5-10 waits.” He said ok but that he wanted to ride Pirates and he didn’t care if he had to wait in a line. So I chilled out and enjoyed hanging out with my brothers.
However, this was just a sign of what was to come. Elliott wasn’t too keen on following a touring plan and argued with it a lot. Eventually I just started saying, “ok you can do that, we’re going to follow the plan.” It also helped once I decided to email him the plan so that he knew what we were going to ride when. Once it wasn’t just his sister telling him what to do, he went along with it a little more.

After Pirates we decided to get some lunch at Pecos Bill’s. We found a spot along the parade route to sit and eat and I was hoping to get to see some of the parade. However, we were done eating before the parade started and everyone was itching to ride more rides. So we headed to Fantasyland to ride Small World and watch Mickey’s Philharmagic. When we passed the sword the boys wanted to try it out!
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Poor Andrew…we missed the shot…
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No luck for any of us!

Mickey’s Philharmagic had another 30 minute wait. By this point I had seen the other wait times and had fought thru the crowds to get into Fantasyland (while holding hands so that we could stay together) and I realized that 30 min was a pretty low wait time comparatively. So we got in line.
While in line, I got on my Touring Plans app and tried to decide if we should hop to another (read: calmer and less crowded) park. We decided to stick it out and just ride some less popular rides until the crowds died down.
At this point Avery started complaining of a stomach ache. Avery and I both have nervous stomachs and our stomach aches feel like they’re almost heartburn but lower in the abdomen and they make you feel like you’re going to throw up from the pain. I usually have some meds in my purse but I don’t take a purse to the parks. I knew this stomachache wasn’t just going to go away so I offered to head to the hotel for a while if he wanted. He didn’t want to ruin everyone’s day and said he wanted to stick it out. I told him once we were out of MP that we would find some antacid for him and see if it helped.

Everyone loved Mickey’s Phil (of course!) and it was starting to feel like a magical day at Disney World again. Once out of the movie we headed to find some meds for Avery. After a little wild goose chase we finally found the Pooh gift shop that sold medicine and got Avery some Tums.

We then decided to ride Small World while we were in Fantasyland. There was a line but it moved pretty fast and we really wanted to ride it.
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After SW, Andrew and I decided to take the boys to Carousel of Progress cause we figured it would have a short line. Finally, we were right about something! The room was pretty full but we didn’t have to wait in any line to ride. We were able to walk right in.

Cont. next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40272744&postcount=4)

AprilRenee
03-10-2011, 07:54 PM
Continued....

The boys really enjoyed CoP (so did we) and we decided to hit the Peoplemover cause it had no wait.

By this point the Tums had started working and Avery was feeling a little better. The crowds were starting to thin out a bit too and I was feeling a little bit better too! The weather however, was getting colder. I considered buying a hoodie cause I knew it was only going to get worse but Andrew talked me out of it.

We decided to ride Haunted Mansion then camped out behind the Christmas Shop to watch the MSEP, that I apparently didn’t take any pictures of. I think we were just too cold to pull out any cameras! It was SO cold standing still! But the parade was really cool. I liked it better than Spectromagic. Not sure why. I kinda felt like it had more of my favorite characters.

Once the parade was over we headed to Cosmic Rays for dinner. Avery and I found a spot on the patio with a view of the castle cause I THOUGHT I had read that it was a good place to watch Wishes.
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Apparently, I read wrong…once I got home I looked it up again and it’s the Tomorrowland Terrace that has a good view, not Cosmic Rays. Ah well…slight fail there. I mean, we could see the castle, but once the fireworks started they were blocked by the roof of the patio. So once we realized our mistake and ran out to the bridge and just found a spot to stand and watch.
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After Wishes, we decided to ride Buzz. It had a decent line but again, the boys really wanted to ride it so we got in line. A few seconds later we saw someone walk into the line, look at his fastpasses and set them down and walk away. I stood there for a second kinda waiting to see if he would come back but he never did. I was pretty sure that they were just fastpasses that were past the return time and I decided to jump out of line and grab them. Sure enough they were still good, just past time. I went back to the boys in line and told them what I found. The guy was gone and we didn’t see him anymore so we decided finders keepers and left the line!
There were only 4 fastpasses so I told the boys to ride and I went to find somewhere warm to wait. I don’t really like that ride that much, it’s too hard to aim and I just get frustrated. So I didn’t mind skipping it. While I waited in the Buzz gift shop my mom called so I chatted with her a little bit.
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Then we got a picture at our favorite photo op spot. Andrew and I had had a magical moment of sorts last trip when were were here so it had good memories.
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After Buzz, Elliott and I ended up blowing up at each other over something, I hit him (which hadn’t happened in years), he got mad and stormed away, we followed him and I started crying. The boys realized it, Elliott stopped and I apologized profusely and we made up. I felt so horrible having a fight on our first night at Disney but we were both so cold and tired and stressed out and tensions had been high ever since the Pirates thing.

I feel like I need to explain a little about myself and Elliott. For the last 8 years or so Elliott and I had a pretty bad relationship. We pretty much couldn’t have a conversation for more than 5 minutes before it turning into a yelling match. He is the only one I’m like that with. But in the last few years (once we both had moved out of the house and had some college under our belts) we’ve started getting along again. I think our parent’s divorce helped us a little too as we realized that we needed each other. We really enjoy each other’s company now. However, this trip was kind of a litmus test to see if our relationship was really as healed as we thought it was. Honestly, once we had some sleep things went much better and that was the only major blow-up that happened. Even that one only lasted a minute or two.

Anyway, once we made up Andrew took Elliott and Oliver to go somewhere else and Avery and I decided to ride the Teacups.
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Once I got over the whole Elliott thing I had a lot of fun on the Teacups with Avery. Andrew and the boys ended up riding Small World again just to go into somewhere warm.

By the time we met back up we were all feeling in better spirits and laughing hard cause Elliott, Oliver and Andrew were feeling rather traumatized by their second ride on Small World. I think that song was just a little too much for them to handle two times so close together!

Finally we decided to use the fastpasses that we had gathered earlier in the day and rode Peter Pan’s Flight. Then decided it was time to head out…to EMH at Hollywood Studios!! This was the last night that the Osborne Family lights were going to be up and I REALLY wanted to see them.
So even though we were freezing our tails off, the boys humored me and we headed for the monorail. My plan was to ride the monorail to CR then take a bus to HS.
On our way we took some night time castle pics.
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I also wanted some pics of the decorations in case they were gone by the time we made it back to MK
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Up next: Do we make it to HS? Do we freeze to death? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40276116&postcount=7)

WDWangela
03-10-2011, 08:09 PM
Great report. I am enjoying reading about your trip. Keep it coming!:)

IheartDDuck
03-10-2011, 08:40 PM
Great start to a report! It's so cool that you guys all went together and totally cool that you did that with your brothers. :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
03-11-2011, 12:28 AM
Just wanted to quickly finish out the day….
So we hopped on the monorail and took it to the Contemporary Resort. Cool place! It was fun to get off the monorail right into a building! However, then we realized that we had no idea where to catch a bus. So we headed to find the front desk, as we were asking the front desk where to go to get to HS some guy overheard us and told us that the HS bus had just dropped him off and if we ran we could catch it…

So run we did! We just caught the bus (I actually think the bus driver saw us and waited for us) and then began the LONG trip to HS. I think we stopped at like 3 other resorts before going to HS. Now that we’ve done it once, if I ever took that path again I would take the monorail to a resort further along the bus path…however, it was awfully late at this point (maybe 10pm?) and I don’t remember what the last resort we stopped at even was…ah well…

So eventually we arrived at HS and headed in. The decorations were georgous. We headed straight for the Osborne Family Lights. That was pretty awesome! It wasn’t very busy (after 10 pm!) so we headed to the middle cause I wanted to watch the lights and be surrounded. They were cool but actually kinda hard to watch from the middle! There was too much going on to catch it all!

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If we had been wearing jackets we would have stayed to watch another song but it was just TOO cold to stand there waiting. So we decided to see if RnRC or TSM had a short line. Both had decent lines so we headed to the front to go home and go to bed! We were SOO tired!!

Up at the front either someone had to go to the bathroom or the boys had stopped in a shop to pin trade, either way, I ended up waiting in the little camera center/gift shop that looks like a little gas station right by the front gates (cause it was warmish inside!). A mom and her little boy came in and the little boy was crying. I overheard her tell the dad that they were almost to the front of the TSM ride and it shut down and they sent everyone out. The poor little guy had been waiting in line for almost an hour and was SO disappointed!! I decided to see if the mom was ok with me giving him a trading pin (I had a Buzz Lightyear one that seemed like the perfect thing to cheer him up). She said it was fine so I asked him if he’d like a Buzz pin. He immediately nodded yes and took the pin. It seemed to help and he stopped crying. ☺ Made me feel good to help stop some tears.

Once the boys rejoined me we headed out.

Back at ASMu Avery and I split a personal pizza (he had skipped dinner cause he still felt a little sick and was hungry now). We all got our mugs, filled up and headed to our room. We were so wiped out we all changed and headed straight to bed. I set my alarm for early cause the next day was our HS day and we had to get there in time for the TSM stampede!

Up next: Do we make it in time for rope drop and the TSM stampede? My motion-sick DH gets guilted into RnRC….does he survive? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40311031&postcount=12)

AprilRenee
03-11-2011, 12:31 AM
Great report. I am enjoying reading about your trip. Keep it coming!:)

Great start to a report! It's so cool that you guys all went together and totally cool that you did that with your brothers. :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining in!!! Glad to know someone is reading! :thumbsup2
It was kinda weird writing to the ether and not knowing if anyone was even reading...it feels a little less weird now :)

IheartDDuck
03-11-2011, 08:41 PM
That was so sweet of you to give that little boy a pin. :hug: I totally would have wanted to do something like that too.

Disney_Jill
03-11-2011, 08:51 PM
What a great trip report! How nice of you and your brothers to take a trip together. :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
03-12-2011, 12:11 AM
That was so sweet of you to give that little boy a pin. :hug: I totally would have wanted to do something like that too.
My DH and I are dying to have some kids of our own to take to Disney....but until that time is right (gotta think about the rest of life, not just Disney...sad isn't it?) anyway, until it's the right time for kids, we really enjoy doing things to make something special for kids we come across at Disney. Just little things that either produce a smile or help a parent out. Like we love to take glowsticks along to the evening entertainment and give them to kids we're sitting near (with parents permission of course). DH also has a rule for himself that if a kid asks to pin trade with him he'll trade anything the kid wants, even if it's a pin he likes.

What a great trip report! How nice of you and your brothers to take a trip together. :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining! We had a blast going together and have found that we're even closer with each other now that we're back.

AprilRenee
03-14-2011, 01:02 AM
The alarm went off WAY early…it probably was like 7 or 7:30 but that’s early for me anyway and after our SUPER early morning and late night yesterday…it was REALLY early!
I got up and got ready then woke up Andrew and the boys. Andrew understood the importance of getting moving but Elliott and Oliver were havig a little trouble getting up. So Andrew took my iphone and plugged it into the aux imput on the alarm clock and blasted Small World thru the suite. They both screamed a little and got up pretty quick after that! LOL
The radio blasting a Disney song kinda became our way of waking the boys up every morning. I’d always try and wake them up gently but then when they didn’t wake up…out came a catchy and loud Disney song. Small World was a favorite for the torture but “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan came out a couple times too ☺

Once everyone was up Elliott ran out to smoke a cigarette then we all met at the bus stop.
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Elliott looks SO tired!!

We made it in plenty of time for the TSM stampede. I hate these things! They’re so stressful to me and Andrew gets really competitive about it so he’s racing past people dragging me along when really all I want to do is just move with the crowd and get there when I get there (I mean, I move quickly, I just don’t try and rush past everyone else!). Well, add Elliott and his competitiveness in to that equation and we ended up playing a “fun” game of Crack the Whip with Andrew, Elliott and Oliver dragging April and Avery to TSM. We finally made it and we were near the front of the line. I snapped a few pics as we ran thru the line and we were pretty excited to get to ride first thing in the AM.
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Gotta get a pic of Mr. Potato Head!
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I rode with Andrew for this ride, Elliott and Avery rode together and Oliver was brave and went alone. We figured it didn’t matter too much for this ride cause it goes so quickly…it’s not like you have time to chat as you go!
Here’re our scores. I’m the one on the left I think…
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After TSM we grabbed some FPs and headed over to Rockin’ Roller Coaster!
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While waiting in line, we convinced Andrew to ride with us.
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This was possibly the biggest mistake of the WHOLE trip! Like I said before, Andrew has motion sickness. Now I don’t really like roaller costers but it’s because I hate the drop feeling in my stomach. But RnRC just goes fast! I don’t feel the drops at all. Also, I totally didn’t remember/realize that it went upside down. Cause I just felt speed. Well, Andrew apparently can’t handle any of it…he needs to have a point of focus and when going upside down or a corkscrew he can’t find something to focus on and so he gets sick. He almost got sick on the ride and he was MAD afterwards. As soon as we got off the ride he practically sprinted to the bathroom and was in there a LONG time. I felt TERRIBLE!!! I grabbed him a bottle of water with a snack credit and had Oliver run it into the bathroom for him. When he finally came out he said that he hadn’t gotten sick but he felt terrible. And he was still pretty mad at me for convincing him to go on it. I really had NO idea that his motion sickness was so bad. I KNOW now!!

Next up on our touring plan was Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I figured this would be ok for him cause we wouldn’t be moving at all. He could just sit and watch a show and let his stomach settle.

Well, we headed into the little waiting area and Andrew stood there for a second and the turned around and just walked out. I thought maybe he wanted to just wait outside so I texted him when the doors opened letting him know that it was time to go in. He never appeared so we just headed in and watched the show without him. I was still feeling really bad and hoping that I hadn’t just ruined his whole day. The show was good as always but I had a hard time enjoying it because I was worrying about Andrew. My trip track record wasn’t too good so far. Hit Elliott, Avery got sick our first day, Andrew was sick now. Man…I just need to ruin Oliver’s trip and then we can go home! So anyway…I took some photos while having my little pity party.

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I only took a couple cause I knew I’d only need 2-3 for my photo book and last time I ended up with a million.

I wish I had taken some pics of the black light Under the Sea song cause Oliver and I worked with a girl for a Christmas gig who used to be a puppeteer for that show/song. Whenever she is in Orlando, she picks up extra shifts doing the show since she’s trained for it. We thought that was pretty cool!!

Once we got out of the show we looked around for Andrew and he was nowhere around… I finally got a hold of him on the phone and he had gone to the first aid station and was laying down. We decided to stall a little, meet some characters, do some pin trading, etc. We didn’t really want to do any of the attractions without him. He said we could but we knew he wanted to go on everything so we just waited.

So we headed to meet Stitch. He was on several of the boys Must Do lists anyway!
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LOVE that photo!!

The CM that was running his line was really nice and chatty. We talked with her for a while while we waited.

I’ve decided that if I was ever to work at Disney, that would be the job I’d want. Either that or a photopass photographer. That’s our retirement plan…Andrew is in technical theater (construction and special effects) and has the brains to be an Imagineer. We figure after working as a theater technician for many years, he may have a good chance at applying and getting an Imagineer position.

I’m graduated college with a BFA in acting and really enjoy it (I currently teach musical theater, tech theater and work as a JCPenney photographer part time) but by the time our future kids are grown, out of the house and we retire, I’ll be too old for most characters. So instead I’ll just be a fun little old lady chatting up the kids and parents waiting in line for a character and I’ll get to see so many magical memories being made!

Yep…so that’s our plan…now back to your regularly scheduled trip report…

Up next we met Chip and Dale:
The photo pass photographer was kinda grumpy and made us take off our sunglasses for the second picture. Now… I actually like the sunglasses picture better than the “squinty eyes/why did that photographer just yell at us” picture…but I’ll put both in for your enjoyment!

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(side note...I just accidentally uploaded this one full size and I think I like it better...the next updates will probably have bigger photos now...yay! :cool1: I thought they would be too big but that size seems fine.)

After those characters, Elliott and Avery did some pin trading under the hat while Oliver and I took some pictures outside of The Great Movie Ride.

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Steve Martin
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Goofy
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Tom Cruise
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Up Next: Does Andrew ever join us? Do we get to finish our day at HS?

IheartDDuck
03-14-2011, 08:11 PM
Oh no, poor Andrew! That stinks.

TSM is one of my favorites. I get so competitive though, I completely admit it!

jc040404
03-15-2011, 10:28 PM
Awesome! You've started your TR! Well, you're already on Day Two? How'd I miss it? :confused3

Looks like you're all having fun, despite some of the bumps. Super glad things are starting work out with your brother. I've gone something like that with my oldest little sister. ("Oldest little" makes sense, right? I've got three of 'em, too.) Unfortunately, it hasn't turned out so well yet(forever hopeful), but dealing with divorces makes everything crazy.

LOVE that you grabbed those FPs for Buzz! That was too perfect.

Hope Andrew starts feeling better and can join in for some fun. I never knew that coaster goes upside down though. Yay for being able to prepare. Glad I've got a long wait before somone hits that height milestone!

LOVE the Stitch picture!

I'm with you on the Chip & Dale pic. Sunglasses was definitely better! I wonder why the PP person wanted 'em off? Too weird.

Now that I'm caught up, I can't wait to read more! Great TR!

AprilRenee
03-15-2011, 10:53 PM
I'm so glad you've joined! I was hoping you would! :welcome:
And yes, "oldest little" made sense :) You have 3 younger sisters? or sisters and brothers?

AprilRenee
04-14-2011, 08:52 PM
Sorry for the long delay. Life got busy and the DIS got put on the back burner for a while. But I’m back and I’m really going to try hard not to get so behind again. We’ll see how well I do.

So to pick up where we left off, Andrew is sick from riding RnRC and laying down at the First Aid Station and the boys and I are wandering around, pin trading, meeting characters and trying to stall til Andrew feels better and can join us.

Well, we had stalled for a while and finally decided to just get in line for The Great Movie Ride. I figured it was a pretty good ride and if Andrew wanted to ride it with us later we’d be ok going on it again. So we headed in. The line was decent by this time of the day (maybe 20 min or so) and we got to watch the trailers showing in the “movie theater” waiting area. We were there long enough to see them all once and have it start over.
Right as we got to the front of the line (like we were the next ones to go in) Andrew called and said he was feeling better and wanted to join up with us. DOH!!! I told him where we were and he was right outside the building. So I asked the CM if we could just wait off to the side until he reached the front of the line. She said that was fine so the boys sat off to the side of the door and I went to the back of the line to stand with Andrew. Thankfully the line had died down a little so his wait wasn’t very long and in no time we were at the front and getting in our ride vehicle.

We got the Western story line this time!

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It was exciting cause last trip we got the Gangster one. The western one was really cool with the explosion and fire!

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Elliott had just watched Casablanca for the first time not too long before our trip and wanted us to take a million pictures of that scene.

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I always love the Wizard of Oz scene!

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Once we got out of The Great Movie Ride, we headed over to TSM to grab another set of fastpasses.
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^ these army men are so cool!!

Then we headed over to the Backlot Tour. We really enjoyed this one cause we like seeing the “behind the scenes” stuff. Last time we went the water tank area was “working on new special effects” and so they didn’t have any audience volunteers. This time they did and we weren’t expecting it at all so it was really cool to see them “film” a couple of movie scenes!!

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These guys were really into it. They were pretty funny too!

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Poor girl! Wouldn’t have liked THAT volunteer job! Don’t you think all that water hitting you must hurt!?

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We always love to see the shop on the tour. Andrew and I both build theater sets so we can easily imagine working in that shop and how cool it would be!

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After the backlot tour we were on our way thru the Streets of America to get some lunch when we saw Mike and Sully out doing a meet and greet! The line was super short (like 1-2 kids) so we jumped in line! They were so much fun!! Sully took a minute to gather us all together and pose us then turned around and stood in front of us all for the picture!

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Then he behaved himself and came over to join us…but covered Avery’s face. Bahahaha!!! This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip!! LOVE it!!

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Then I guess he figured we should get at least one “good” one.

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I LOVE the funny photos so much, you can really get a sense of the fun atmosphere of that Meet and Greet!!
I do have to say, these guys have some weird bodies. Mike was so hard! It was really weird to hug him and Avery was sad cause Sully wasn’t as soft and fluffy inside as he thought he would be. Ah well, they look really cool and they were a lot of fun!

Cont. next post....

AprilRenee
04-14-2011, 08:54 PM
After our fun meet and greet we headed to PIZZA PLANET!!!! Love this place. I love pizza and Toy Story and I can have both in one food place!! Yay!!!

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The only thing that would make it better (as we discussed on jc040404’s TR) is if it had a Little Green Alien claw machine to play!

After lunch we sent this picture to our parents and told them it was super cold down here in Florida! Hahaha! They didn’t take the bait.
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Though, it might as well have been that cold the night before. We certainly felt that cold!!

Next up was muppet vision 3D.
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This was closed for refurb on our last trip so Andrew and I had never seen it. I have to say…I don’t think we really missed much. :-P

I did take time to show Andrew the key under the mat (thanks DISboard!!) and I LOVED all the silly things in the waiting area!!
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Next up was Lights Motors Action!! I have to say this show is MUCH more enjoyable in January weather than it was in May weather! All I could really remember from the last time was being REALLY REALLY hot sitting there watching that show. It was pretty miserable. This time…oh it was so beautiful! The weather was just fantastic the whole trip (as long as you had a jacket!) and we would walk thru each park and just breathe in deep and go “Oh!!!!! It’s SOOO nice out here!!!” I told Andrew the other day that I never want to go to Disney in the heat again. The 60-70 degree weather is just SO pleasant!!
Anyway, LMA was fun and cool and all that….here, see some pictures!
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After the show we wandered to Tatooine Traders. We’re all HUGE star wars fans and wanted to look around even though Star Tours was closed.

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What THEY didn’t know though was that Darth Vader was doing meet and greets around the corner between Jedi Training shows. I had read this on the Dis and decided to keep it to myself and surprise Andrew and the boys. Andrew had really wanted to meet Darth last trip (he was out doing some random meet and greets in preparation for Star Wars weekends) but we never were able to catch him. This time I was determined to get a meeting in!!

While the boys looked around the shop, I ran around the corner to see if Darth was out. Sure enough he was there so I checked with the CMs that he’d be out for a while and then ran back to grab the boys. They were excited and came with me right away!

We had fun taking pictures in line…
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Andrew was the only one brave enough to jump over the ropes and go pose for this shot….maybe we shouldn’t have done it but we weren’t told not to and it was too good!

Who’s excited to meet Darth Vader!?!?!
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WE ARE!!!!!!

First we had our pre-meet with the Stormtrooper. He was pretty awesome and let us take lots of different pictures with him!

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Even this one! :-D hahaha!

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Another favorite pic!

Finally we got up to the HEAD HONCHO!!
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Please take a moment to enjoy this whole photo… As we walked up Elliott asked Darth to act like he was choking him. So we have Elliott being choked by Darth Vader and Oliver is sneaking in from the back trying to steal Darth’s lightsaber. The rest of us are just standing there getting a photo taken. We didn’t realize we were supposed to be doing something goofy!

Next, of course, we had to stop to take some necessary land speeder photos!
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More favorite photos!!


Next up…it’s time to try a new ride….why did I think ToT was a good idea!?!?!?!

jc040404
04-14-2011, 10:44 PM
And yes, "oldest little" made sense :) You have 3 younger sisters? or sisters and brothers?

Glad that made sense. :laughing: All sisters. My parents wanted a boy. You see how that turned out. ;)


I am soooo jealous! I've never seen the Western side! I really thinkg the gangster thing is ridiculous. We always get someone who really shouldn't be acting and the whole thing is nuts. Love the rest of it though. You're too lucky! :thumbsup2

What's this key at the muppet show? I've heard it exists, but never looked it up. :confused3

Your pictures are hilarious!! I love the last one with Darth Vader! :lmao: You all look like you're having so much fun!

AprilRenee
04-15-2011, 12:08 AM
What's this key at the muppet show? I've heard it exists, but never looked it up. :confused3

Your pictures are hilarious!! I love the last one with Darth Vader! :lmao: You all look like you're having so much fun!


The key is right when you enter the que. Off to the right there is a door and a sign is on the door saying something like "out to lunch, key under mat" then if you go over there and lift the mat there's a key there. I should've taken a picture of it...but ah well!

Thanks! We had lots of fun with the pictures. Pay attention as the trip goes on. We got tired of standing there looking doofy in our character pictures so we started coming up with poses for each character as we stood in line. Like we drank tea with Alice and read a book with Belle. It made things a lot more fun and we didn't feel silly as grown up kids taking pictures with the characters.

AprilRenee
04-15-2011, 01:44 PM
After lots of Star Wars pictures, Elliott and I decided it was time to try Tower of Terror. :scared1:

I had decided long before the trip that I was going to try ToT and Space Mountain on this trip cause I figured I’d never get another chance to do it WITH someone and I sure wasn’t gonna do them alone!

Now you have to understand that the thing I hate most about roller coasters is the dropping feeling. So I was pretty sure that a ride with a million drops and nothing else was NOT going to be my favorite ride ever. I was pretty sure I was gonna hate it.

But Elliott was not gonna let me chicken out of this one and said I had to do it. No one else wanted to go so Elliott and I got in line. The wait time was short (10-15 mins?). I’m not sure what Andrew and the little boys did while we rode. Probably pin traded. Dang pin trading. We couldn’t walk more than 5 feet before stopping to pin trade or at least check out a lanyard. They were kinda obsessed!

Anyway, so we’re in line for ToT and I’m totally freaking out.

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Like, I’m pretty convinced I’m going to throw up or pee my pants right there in line. But I push thru cause I WANT to do this ride. I figure it won’t kill me. It wouldn’t be still running if it killed people. And I heard that the que and lead up to the drops was really cool and themed and I really wanted to see it.
So here are the 2 pictures I took while walking thru the line. I’m surprised they turned out at all cause I’m pretty sure I was shaking.
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Not gonna lie, the que was NOT cool enough to make up for the torture of that ride!

I almost bailed again before getting in the elevator but Elliott told me I had to do it. Finally we got on the elevator and the doors closed and I knew I was stuck. I felt super sick to my stomach but took a deep breath and told myself it would be over soon. Don’t really remember much of the ride to the drops. I was just waiting for the drops to happen. I knew from reading the disboards what the dropping area looked like so at least I wasn’t surprised when we dropped.
However, I wasn’t expecting it to all feel like drops. I couldn’t tell the difference between going up and going down. All I knew was that I was flying out of my seat, hanging on for dear life and screaming like I was going to die. I’ve never screamed involuntarily before. In fact, I was planning on not screaming and just holding my breath the whole time. But as soon as that first drop happened that scream ripped out of my mouth and didn’t stop for the whole drop sequence.

We finally got off the ride, stumbled out into the gift shop, found our photo. I didn’t take a pic of it. I’m pretty sure I was too shaken up. I was definitely trembling as we walked out. Like it was hard to walk I was shaking so bad. I don’t really remember the gift shop or how we found the other boys, probably called a cell phone. I do remember making it out to meet them outside the start of the line and telling Andrew “I am NEVER going on that again!”

Once I stopped shaking we decided to use our TSM fastpasses and ride a nice, fun, drop-less ride.

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We took the obligatory yellow glasses photo and were the next people in line to hand over our fastpasses when the ride stopped and they closed down the line and sent us all out. Thankfully, we still had those fast passes in our hands. So we pocketed them for later and headed back into the park.

(I was just looking thru my notes from this day and these were the fastpasses we got right after riding TSM first thing in the am. When we went back later in the day (and took that pic with the Army Man) we had gotten in line and the kiosks ran out of fastpasses while we were 2 people away. So we ended up only having 1 set of TSM fastpasses for the day.)

We decided to go check out the Narnia attraction next. We didn’t remember doing it last time and we all really love the narnia movies so it seemed like a no brainer. Well apparently the reason we didn’t remember doing it last time was cause it is less than memorable!! Oh my gosh! We walked in, stood in the room with the stone table from the movie (it was about here that we remembered having done this before) and then watched clips of the movie. Then we walked out, looked at a couple of movie props and costumes and we were done. Lamest attraction ever!! Sorry, I know there are people who like this one but we aren’t some of them.

After “Lameia” we wanted to show the boys One Man One Dream cause Andrew and I LOVE that attraction. We really love the history of Disney and it’s a great tribute to the man behind everything we love!

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Sadly, we were trying to make it to Character Palooza and didn’t have time to stay and watch the film. We told ourselves we were going to come back and watch it another day but that never ended up happening. :sad1:

Once over in the animation building we explored a little bit, met Sorcerer Mickey,
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Then we waited and waited and waited for character palooza to begin. I decided maybe we were looking in the wrong place so we wandered around a little and found the Tangled room!!
We took lots of Tangled Pics!! Avery, Andrew and I had seen the movie a week or two before the trip and LOVED it!!

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Then we waited and waited and waited some more for these millions characters to appear.

Finally, we were tired and hungry and disappointed in the lack of character palooza (they never did come out!) so we decided to use our TSM fastpasses and head off to find dinner.

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See that # on the right??? That was MINE!! Best TSM score I’ve ever gotten! I was the top score in our set when we got to the score board thing too!! I was pretty excited!!

Up next: Off to DTD for dinner, pin trading and someone who was NOT feeling the magic!

jc040404
04-15-2011, 02:10 PM
I figure it won’t kill me. It wouldn’t be still running if it killed people.

:lmao: Love it! This is the only thing that makes it possible for me to try new things with Andrew. Just keep telling yourself, "I won't die." :lmao: Seems like we had about the same experience with that one! ToT is tooo scary!!

Great Update! Loving all the Tangled pics! :rotfl: We have never done One Man's Dream or that Narnia thing! Thinkin I'll skip "Lameia" if it's that exciting. ;)

Great job on TSM!

AprilRenee
04-15-2011, 02:36 PM
Great Update! Loving all the Tangled pics! :rotfl: We have never done One Man's Dream or that Narnia thing! Thinkin I'll skip "Lameia" if it's that exciting. ;)

Yeah, you can skip Lameia! But One Man's Dream is pretty cool. You probably wouldn't be able to keep the boys in there for very long but it would be worth walking thru. There are displays with Disney toys and memorabilia that they would probably enjoy looking at long enough for you to get to read a few of the plaques and Walt stories.
They also have miniature displays of the parks and the different Disney castles around the world that they boys might like to see.

AprilRenee
04-15-2011, 03:14 PM
So after TSM we headed out of the park to take a quick break at our hotel/get a bus to DTD.
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We grabbed some festive hats to wear to dinner!
I found that Sorcerer hat at goodwill for $3!!!! It lights up and everything! Totally awesome!! The other two hats are from the boy’s previous 1 day trip with my Dad.

The bus ride took FOREVER though!! I don’t know what was going on. I swear the driver must have taken us past MK on the way from ASMu to DTD!!! Honestly every time we went to DTD it took forever. I have to say…this was one thing I didn’t like about the All Star Resort. POP had a decent trip to DTD but never so extreme!! We must have been on that bus for 45 minutes and we were STARVING!!!

Once we finally made it to DTD we went to Wolfgang Puck Express!! Our favorite food place on property!! And with our “free” dining…

This:
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cost us NOTHING out of pocket!!!

After dinner we decided to do a little shopping in the shops (and lots of pin trading!).
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I wish I had taken more pictures of the pin trading cause there’s no way you can know how much pin trading we did. I mean, I seriously think we stopped at EVERY SINGLE CM to at least check their lanyard. For Christmas, Andrew and I gave the boys each 20 pins (ebay rocks!!) so they would have a lot to trade. I got a little tired of it but Andrew and the boys LOVED it! I do have to say though, at the end of the trip, they were all talking about how much fun the pin trading was. It was possibly their favorite part and they loved how they ended up with so many souvenirs cause each pin had a story. So I’m glad we did it!

Later in the evening, Andrew and I were sitting on a bench near the entrance to DTD, kinda by the play fountain, waiting for the boys to meet up with us so we could head back to the resort. As we were sitting there, this young woman (maybe early 20s) walked in with her boyfriend (?) and she was in hysterics, screaming in this horase voice (like she had been crying for a while). We listened, cause we really had no choice and the only part we could make out was “these FOOLS and their magic wonderland…FOOLS!!!!!”

It was all we could do to hold it in and wait for her to get past us before busting up laughing! She must have been having an awful day but the way she said it was just hilarious. She was SOOO upset about the “magic wonderland!”

On the crazy super long ride back to ASMu Andrew fell asleep and then crashed once we made it to the room. The boys and I were all hyped up though and ended up goofing off with the camera.

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(This was Avery’s Asian smile. He had this thing with Asians the whole time. He thinks Asian girls are super hot and was being a dork about it thru the whole trip. Doofy boy!)

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and during all our fun…
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Andrew was sleeping off the last effects from his traumatic RnRC ride earlier in the day!

Next up: Day 3 - Epcot Rope Drop!!!

mermaid764
04-15-2011, 03:31 PM
I just found your TR this morning and have loved getting to read through it:goodvibes

I also have three siblings so found I could relate a little bit to a good portion of your TR

Can't wait for more

AprilRenee
04-15-2011, 03:50 PM
I just found your TR this morning and have loved getting to read through it:goodvibes

I also have three siblings so found I could relate a little bit to a good portion of your TR

Can't wait for more

Yay!! Thanks for joining in!! :welcome:

IheartDDuck
04-16-2011, 05:46 PM
Got all caught up!

So you went on ToT? You will always be able to say that you went on it. My mom does not enjoy it either, so she normally avoids it like the plague!

Wolfgang Puck Express is one of my favorites! Every time I'm in DTD, I toss back and forth between that and the Earl of Sandwich.

AprilRenee
04-16-2011, 06:56 PM
Got all caught up!

So you went on ToT? You will always be able to say that you went on it. My mom does not enjoy it either, so she normally avoids it like the plague!

Wolfgang Puck Express is one of my favorites! Every time I'm in DTD, I toss back and forth between that and the Earl of Sandwich.

yeah! That's why I went on ToT. I wanted to at least say I had done it. but I don't think I will ever do it again! :rolleyes:

We LOVE WPE...We've never tried Earl of Sandwich but I think we might have to add that to our list next time. It just takes so much work to get to Downtown Disney that when we make it down there we want to eat something we KNOW we love. I should look at staying at a resort that is closer to DTD. Everywhere has relatively easy access to the parks...I should find somewhere with easy access to DTD.

sbprincess
04-23-2011, 09:45 AM
Hi! :wave: Just found your TR and I'm enjoying it so far. You're doing a really good job!

We've stayed at both the All Star Movies and POP and liked POP much better. The dedicated bus helps a lot I think and I like its location on property much better too. If we ever decide to do a value again, POP would be my #1 for sure!

We also love WPE but you really should try EoS next time too. Especially if you ever need to pay out of pocket for some reason. It's a great value. On our trip in May, I ate at Earl 3 times!! Which, speaking of, we may have been there the same time as you. You went in May 2010 too, right? We were there the 8th-15th.

Totally agree about Narnia. I remember when we did it for the first (and last) time, I thought, "That was it...seriously?!?!" The quality is very un-Disney, IMO.

Sad you don't like ToT though - it's my favorite thrill ride ever!

AprilRenee
04-23-2011, 07:01 PM
We also love WPE but you really should try EoS next time too. Especially if you ever need to pay out of pocket for some reason. It's a great value. On our trip in May, I ate at Earl 3 times!! Which, speaking of, we may have been there the same time as you. You went in May 2010 too, right? We were there the 8th-15th.


:welcome:

Yeah! We gotta try EoS! We aren't usually big sandwich people at home but I've seen some TR with pictures of EoS and it looks SO super fantastic. it's on my "Things to do next time" list!

We did go in May 2010! We were there from the 4-9th so we overlapped 2 days! I know on the 9th we were at MK. I think on the 8th we were park hopping between Epcot and then saw wishes and stayed late at MK (I had read everywhere beforehand that it was open til 10 that night and when we got into the park and found out it was open til 12. It was the most magical night of our trip! So incredible to wander in an empty park!) Anyway, I wonder if we passed each other!

Jazzabelle508
04-27-2011, 01:16 PM
Just found your TR and am enjoying it alot! I actually was in Disney during the first week of january this trip as well :) We usually would go to disney in march for spring break, I have to admit it is nice being in college and having that time in January off, makes a great time to visit Disney :) I had originally thought that we were going to be going in a time that was less crowded but then about a couple of days into the trip we realized that the disney marathon was happening that 2nd weekend in january :(. we actually made a game out of it where we tried to guess who was there for the marathon and who wasn't. oh well, maybe next time we will go a little bit later on in january (my school is off for the entire month of january for a month long optional term called J-Term). Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip! Sorry to hear that your DH got sick on Rockin Roller Coaster. I know how annoying that can be to feel motion sickness for awhile after the ride. My mom has some motion sickness problems, They aren't 2 severe but it does make some of the super spinny rides not an option. The biggest ride that I haven't been able to go on in years was the tea cups. I absolutely love them but since it is usually just my mom and I I don't normally get to ride them. i'm also curious to see how the snowpocolypse played a role in your trip. I live in the chicagoland area so we were heavily affected by that.

AprilRenee
04-28-2011, 12:51 AM
Just found your TR and am enjoying it alot! I actually was in Disney during the first week of january this trip as well :) We usually would go to disney in march for spring break, I have to admit it is nice being in college and having that time in January off, makes a great time to visit Disney :) I had originally thought that we were going to be going in a time that was less crowded but then about a couple of days into the trip we realized that the disney marathon was happening that 2nd weekend in january :(. we actually made a game out of it where we tried to guess who was there for the marathon and who wasn't. oh well, maybe next time we will go a little bit later on in january (my school is off for the entire month of january for a month long optional term called J-Term). Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip! Sorry to hear that your DH got sick on Rockin Roller Coaster. I know how annoying that can be to feel motion sickness for awhile after the ride. My mom has some motion sickness problems, They aren't 2 severe but it does make some of the super spinny rides not an option. The biggest ride that I haven't been able to go on in years was the tea cups. I absolutely love them but since it is usually just my mom and I I don't normally get to ride them. i'm also curious to see how the snowpocolypse played a role in your trip. I live in the chicagoland area so we were heavily affected by that.

:welcome: Glad you've joined in! How exciting that we were there at the same time! :)
You've got a little bit of a wait til we get to the snowpocolypse part. But it's worth the wait! Actually, we got to live thru 2 snowpocalypses!! One during our trip and one a week or so after we got back to STL. Aren't we lucky!? :sad2:
I've got an update coming soon. I'm hoping to have some time tomorrow to get one done!

akayek31
05-12-2011, 03:53 AM
Enjoying your report so far. I was one of those people that said before going to DHS in 2009 that I was NOT going to ride ToT. Well my DS refused to ride with DD and she was not going alone so I rode with her. I wanted to chicken out the whole way. But, I loved it! It is my favorite ride at all of WDW along with RNR. We went in May of 09 and if it wasn't miserable from the heat it was raining. We went this past Feb and it was in the 80's with not a drop of rain until we hit Atlanta on the way home. We live about 20 miles from Atlanta so I can imagine what the snowpocalypse was lol. I had to drive in the stuff and it took me two and a half hours to drive 5 miles. Can't wait to read more.

AprilRenee
05-13-2011, 12:49 PM
Enjoying your report so far. I was one of those people that said before going to DHS in 2009 that I was NOT going to ride ToT. Well my DS refused to ride with DD and she was not going alone so I rode with her. I wanted to chicken out the whole way. But, I loved it! It is my favorite ride at all of WDW along with RNR. We went in May of 09 and if it wasn't miserable from the heat it was raining. We went this past Feb and it was in the 80's with not a drop of rain until we hit Atlanta on the way home. We live about 20 miles from Atlanta so I can imagine what the snowpocalypse was lol. I had to drive in the stuff and it took me two and a half hours to drive 5 miles. Can't wait to read more.

:welcome:
I'm going to try and get an update in this afternoon!! It's been a month! I'm terrible at this!
Probably cause instead of updating yesterday, I read your whole trip report. :rotfl: I keep doing that! I get on here to update and then find stuff to read and never update! Gah!!

AprilRenee
05-13-2011, 02:14 PM
This morning we got up early again! We had no milk in the fridge so instead of eating in the room Avery and I grabbed a thing of milk to share, a muffin (me) and a cinnamon roll (Avery) from Everything Pop on our way to the bus stop. We then snuck our food on the bus (kinda…) cause they always have that announcement that there is no food or drink on the bus. But we were HUNGRY!!!! So we did it…

We got to Epcot before they let people thru the turnstiles, but we were a little further back in the line than I had hoped. Last time, Andrew and I had ended up right next to the rope for RD and got to talk to Mickey and the gang…it was possibly my favorite moment from our last trip and I wanted the boys to get to do it too.

Our traditional “it’s too early to be up but we love our sister so we do it” photo.
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By the way, before our trip I gave my brothers specific colors/types of shirts to pack so that we would at least all look good in a pic together. Today was “Bright colors” day. Black is as bright a color as Elliott wears. What I SHOULD have done was coordinate our jackets!! We hardly ever can see the shirts in our pics cause we all wore jackets the whole time. Ah well…I tried! (and I still love our pics even with mismatched jackets!)

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I love my DH so much!! And not just at Disney! :love:

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We got thru the turnstiles and then casually made our way to the front of the masses moving to the rope. We managed to get the 3 boys up front, Andrew and I just stood behind them. They thought it was pretty awesome to get up so close and they each got to greet the characters! I was happy!
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Avery got some AWESOME pics from up there!
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Then began the mad rush to Soarin’. This mad rush is just slightly better than the TSM one, until you get inside. I still hate it but at least the CMs keep it pretty under control.
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We got on Soarin pretty quick (maybe the 2nd ride?)
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The boys loved it (we knew they would!) and we grabbed FPs for later. Next on the touring plan was Test Track. Andrew decided not to ride cause of yesterday’s motion sickness fiasco. His stomach was still just a little queasy and he didn’t want to push it. I could have sworn he took pictures of us riding it but I can’t find them…weird. [OOOH or maybe they’re on his iphone!! I’ll look when he gets home today!]
Anyway…next up was Mission Space.
I rode the green side last time and it was pretty tame (aka kind boring) so I wanted to try the orange side. The two boys were up for it (Avery chickened out on this one I think) so we headed over and got our Orange tickets!
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Don’t they look so BA!
It was fun but kinda intense. I don’t really have motion sickness issues and I felt a little gross on that one and super claustrophobic!! I think that the conclusion I have come to is that I just don’t really like this ride. That’s ok…there is so much to do at Epcot that skipping Mission Space in the future isn’t going to kill me!

So next we decided we really needed to do something with Andrew so it was off to Living with the Land.
On our way we saw the Jaminators. They were cool but apparently I wasn’t in a picture taking mood today! The whole trip actually I was more into enjoying it than taking pictures. Sometimes it felt like I was forcing myself to take pics so that the boys would have them. Anyway…Living with the Land.
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They boys had ridden this one in the past and were really looking forward to riding it again.
I think we grabbed another set of FPs at this point.

Next we headed over to The Seas to ride Nemo.
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Mine…Mine….Mine….Mine….

And waited a long time to take a pic in Bruce without making parents mad. PS this is one of those few places in Disney that you feel unwelcome as a big kid. I always feel like I’m pushing in front of little kids and that they parents are going to be mad.
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We tried to get into Turtle Talk with Crush but the next showing was too full and we didn’t want to wait so we headed over to Figment. Silly ride but cute. I think I’m missing out on the nostalgia with that one.

And next up was Captain EO. I thought it was better than Honey I Shrunk the Audience but still just kinda lame. I know, I know…

Finally, we needed FOOD!! We went BACK to the Land (I think this is the 3rd time we’ve been in here today!) and got some lunch at Sunshine Seasons (which is one of Andrew’s and my favorite food places)
I split the Turkey Foccacia with Avery and he was NOT a fan. I don’t remember what he ended up eating but I don’t think he ate much.
After lunch we used our Soarin’ FPs from the morning (and took some pics in line)
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I wanted pics in our hats!

Then grabbed another set of FPs on our way out of the Land Pavilion. (we like that ride, can ya tell??!)

After Soarin’ we decided to hit Spaceship Earth while we waited for it to be time to go to the Disney Visa Meet and Greet. We were all really tired by this point and had decided that after our M&G we were going to go back to the resort to chill for a bit.

We got in line for the meet and greet while glancing around at stuff in Inoventions (I don’t remember ever coming back to do anything in here!...weird)
We got Mickey and Pluto for our M&G!!! I was excited!! Although, I’m not a huge fan of the photos from this. Avery is hidden behind Mickey all of them and the lighting is kinda weird and yellow. Ah well…it was still fun.

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(Mickey danced with us)

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On our way out of the park we ran in to Stich and jumped in line since Andrew had missed him the day before.
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Up next: Back to Epcot for some World Showcasing, a long awaited treat for Oliver and drama at the pool!!

jc040404
05-14-2011, 12:16 AM
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I love that one! Awesome that they were able to get close enough to see the characters, too! I had no idea this was even done at Epcot for opening. I guess we never make it quite that early.. :rotfl: Your piocs are so fun. Andrew would love all the thumbs up, as you'll see coming up soon in my TR. That's become his regular pose now. :thumbsup2 I'm going to show him your pics tomorrow! ;)

You have me so scared of Mission Space now!! We're soooo close to 44 inches.. like scary close... like I might be riding this for the first time next week close! :scared1: Not fun to learn! There's a less intense side, right?

I'll never understand why the lighting is so bad for some of these M&G locations. You'd really think they would be set up the best for pictures, right?? Despite, yours' look like everyone was having a lot of fun! All of your character pics look great!

Pool drama?? Dunno if I'm lookin forward to this one.. :confused3 Great update!

mermaid764
05-14-2011, 12:49 AM
Yah I was glad to see you had updated:goodvibes

Your Epcot sounds like a lot of fun, and I can't wait to hear more

AprilRenee
05-14-2011, 12:54 AM
I love that one! Awesome that they were able to get close enough to see the characters, too! I had no idea this was even done at Epcot for opening. I guess we never make it quite that early.. :rotfl: Your piocs are so fun. Andrew would love all the thumbs up, as you'll see coming up soon in my TR. That's become his regular pose now. :thumbsup2 I'm going to show him your pics tomorrow! ;)

You have me so scared of Mission Space now!! We're soooo close to 44 inches.. like scary close... like I might be riding this for the first time next week close! :scared1: Not fun to learn! There's a less intense side, right?

I'll never understand why the lighting is so bad for some of these M&G locations. You'd really think they would be set up the best for pictures, right?? Despite, yours' look like everyone was having a lot of fun! All of your character pics look great!

Pool drama?? Dunno if I'm lookin forward to this one.. :confused3 Great update!

Oh my goodness! The Epcot opening is my favorite I think...maybe second to MK but I LOVE getting so close to the characters! On our first trip I wasn't expecting it but we were right up next to the rope and I was so surprised when all the characters came out and then started walking down the rope. THEN Mickey stopped in front of me, pointed at my ring and then kissed my hand. Yep, I almost cried! It was my dream trip that I had waited and saved for for years and then Mickey stopped and kissed me??? Oh my gosh! Still makes me well up a little. And its so silly to feel that way! :confused3 Oh well, I'm a little crazy. In my defense...I'm not usually that ridiculous...only when Disney characters are involved.

Andy is gonna "visit" my TR??? Tell him I say hi!!! He's my favorite Dis kid!! Shh...don't tell Blake! (though he's my 2nd favorite!)

Mission Space Green isn't bad. It's kinda fun to pretend you're flying a spaceship and pushing all the buttons. It doesn't make you feel sick. Orange was more exciting but a little too extreme for me.

Oh! I know RIGHT??? You'd think for a "photo opp" they'd have nicer lighting!! Weird! It's not that hard! I know...I work in a photo studio!

Oh the pool drama is GREAT fun!! I'll need Andrew to help me remember all the specifics! It was very dramatic!

Ok and now my reply is practically another update.... :rolleyes:

AprilRenee
05-14-2011, 11:56 PM
Back at the resort (I made it a point to never call it “the hotel” even though really, that’s what it was…but it made me feel special to be staying at a “Resort” and I thought the boys probably felt the same way). Anyway, back at the resort we chilled in the room for a little while, swapped out pins, took pics of Elliott and Avery with “Kate plus 8” hair.
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Then we headed back to Epcot for dinner in the World Showcase!!
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First we stopped by The Land Pavillion for another ride on Soarin’
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^those were really cool pics in my head…didn’t quite work in application. Ah well!

After Soarin we realized we probably wouldn’t come back up to the front of the park to ride it with our last set of FPs so I told the boys we should give them away. They were up for it, though a little shy about it. I gave Oliver a set and Avery a set and we found 2 groups of people to give our FPs to. (easier to give away 3 and 2 than a set of 5). I don’t’ remember the people we gave the set of 3 to but the people Avery found for the set of 2 were a cute young couple and they were SO grateful and excited!! Afterward, Avery got a little choked up and said that he was REALLY glad we had done that. It was a special Disney moment for us AND them.

Finally, it was FOOD time!! We were SOO hungry but weren’t sure where we wanted to eat. So we headed in via Canada. Well THAT was a bad decision, we walked, and walked, and walked (and kinda enjoyed looking around)
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…Elliott and Andrew decided they wanted Chinese so they stopped there and we (Avery, Oliver and myself) continued on to Mexico for Mexican…but once there, Avery decided he would rather have Chinese. So Oliver and I carried our Mexican back to China to eat with Elliott and Andrew and so Avery could get Chinese.
The Mexican was ok…it seemed a little bland to me. I got the 3 tacos with churros for desert. I was glad I got salsa cause I ended up dipping my tacos in the salsa just to get some flavor. Oh well, the churros were DELICIOUS!!!
Finally we were all full (and already worn out!) but we pressed on! We headed BACK to Mexico to look around and ride Mexican Small World. We had a handicap boat all to ourselves so we got to really spread out and enjoy! Fun!
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Avery found something he wanted to get for his GF back home but it was $30 and we talked him out of it telling him to think about it cause we’d be back.

Next we walked over to Norway Elliott and Andrew went ahead but Oliver, Avery and I went on a search for the bathrooms. While trying to find a bathroom Oliver asked an older couple to trade pins (apparently he thought they were CMs :confused3) They only had highly collectable pins and weren’t trading but they were very nice and we stood and chatted with them for a while. They talked to us about how back in the day they had the A-E tickets and a little bit about what that was like. Eventually they pointed us in the direction of the bathrooms and we made it over to Norway to ride Maelstrom. It was fun. Kinda cool to do in the dark.
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After that it was getting close to Illuminations time but we all wanted some snacks while watching. So Elliott, Avery and Andrew headed to Germany to get beer and pretzels and Oliver and I headed to France for some long awaited Crepes. Crepes had been #1 on Oliver’s list of things to do and he was excited to get them. I had never had them but thin sugar covered pancakes are right up my alley so I was all for it! The plan was for both groups to look around for a good Illuminations watching spot and call the other if we found one.

Oliver and I ended up being the winners of that one! We got our crepes and found a nice spot where we could sit against a rail and had a great view of the lagoon. We called the other boys and they met us. I’m pretty sure it’s the little walkway where Belle and the Beast do their M&G but it was pretty empty and we had our choice of spot to sit.
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Pretty sure that ^ was Oliver’s second crepe. He liked it so much he went back for another before the fireworks started.

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On our way out of the park we were walking past a souvenier stand and saw a gift card on the ground. We picked it up and looked around but there wasn’t anyone nearby who might have dropped it. We debated about whether or not to turn it in and decided that if it had less than $20 on it the person probably wouldn’t come looking for it and we would keep it. If it had more than $20 we should turn it in. So we went over to the stand and asked for a balance check on it. It had $105.02!!!!!!!!! I turned to the boys and said “we HAVE to turn this in!! That’s someone’s whole vacation budget on there!!”
Elliott was NOT a fan of that idea. He REALLY REALLY wanted to keep it. But we decided to go to guest services and see if there was any way they could track down the owner. It would be a lot easier to turn it in if we knew it was going to get back to it’s rightful owner.

On our way we stopped to take some pics
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We stopped at guest services and I made Elliott let Andrew do the talking. I knew Andrew would make the right decision in the end. So Andrew asked the CM there if there was anyway we could track down who lost the card. She said there isn’t any way unless they claim it. But I knew from the DIS that if you lose something you can often get it from lost and found. So Andrew looked at me, then back at the lady and then slowly handed it over the counter and said “We found this on the ground and need to turn it in. It has $105 on it” She looked sympathetic cause it was REALLY hard to turn that in knowing the odds that it was going to actually get back to it’s owner were slim. Elliott was really irritated that we did that as he saw it as giving money back to “The Mouse.” But it was the right thing to do and I really don’t think any of us would have felt right using that money. Even Elliott.

Afterward to ease the pain, we asked to look at the pin book (did this a LOT…like pretty much on our way out of every park we stopped at guest services cause they all have a pin book or board and usually have some good pins in there). We found a couple we wanted, including one I had been searching for so it all worked out.

Then we headed back to the hotel and decided to go swimming!!
What time was it??
10:30 pm

Was it in ANY way warm outside??
Nope. It was pretty cold!

Did we care??
Nope!

We were in Disney World with no parents and we were going swimming in the middle of the night! Yep!!
We thought it was hilarious and had a blast getting ready and giggling at how crazy we were to go swimming in the cold!
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We got out there and HOT DOG was that “heated pool” cold!!! Freezing!! We found some jets and all kept pushing each other out of the way to sit next to the slightly warmer water coming out. While we were doing that suddenly this woman started screaming at some boys in the water. Something about losing her ball. They yelled back something we didn’t understand and went back to swimming. This lady just didn’t give up though. She started screaming for them to get out of the water and find her ball. She was ANGRY!! She told them that they had thrown it and it went in these bushes and they needed to get out and find it! They said they didn’t do it. Finally she yells that she was going to get a manager and get them thrown out! She stormed off to Everything Pop.
Once she was gone the boys got out and came over to look for the ball. A few minutes later she came back with a CM. She told the CM that this boy (the other ones had bailed) had lost her ball and she wanted him to find it. Ok…now here is where it got funny.

The CM started asking the boy questions and it was immediately apparent why this boy hadn’t done anything sooner. He didn’t speak ENGLISH!!! Or at least not enough for a conversation! So once he convinced the CM that he really and truly didn’t speak English they ended up in a half broken English, half pantomime conversation and it came out that the boys had been playing with the ball, not knowing that it belonged to anyone and had thrown it to someone to catch, they missed it, it went into the bushes and now no one could find it. All thru this that lady kept yelling at the poor kid (I mean he was probably like 12) and he didn’t even understand what she was saying! It was ridiculous! Eventually, the CM calmed the lady down, convinced her that it was an accident and everyone parted ways.

Once that was done we quietly got out of the pool (half popsicles by now) and ran back to our room trying not to bust up laughing. We were SOOO cold but didn’t want to get out of the pool and draw attention back to ourselves while the fight was going on. But that lady was SO out of control and so angry and then the kid didn’t even understand her. It was pretty funny (laughing at the lady). I did feel pretty bad for the kid who was getting yelled at for an accident.

Anyway, after all that drama, we headed to bed exhausted from our day. Tomorrow was our AK day and I considered letting everyone sleep in the next day since the crowd level was supposed to be a 0.9. I asked Andrew what he thought and he said we should do rope drop. We had had so much good luck with it and we had never seen the AK rope drop ceremony. So I set an alarm and headed to bed.

Up next: Was RD worth the sleep deprivation? Did I make a big mistake by pushing us all to get up early? It makes me tired just thinking about it!

akayek31
05-15-2011, 06:33 PM
Great update :) What is an A-E ticket? It would have been so hard to turn in that gift card for me but I would have cuz I would have lost my money after that. I put my GC on my room right when we get to the resorts.

broadwaybookworm
05-15-2011, 07:27 PM
Joining in. Sounds like you guys had a fun trip.

AprilRenee
05-16-2011, 12:35 AM
Great update :) What is an A-E ticket? It would have been so hard to turn in that gift card for me but I would have cuz I would have lost my money after that. I put my GC on my room right when we get to the resorts.
Back when Disneyland and Disney World first opened they had tickets more like a country fair does. You could buy a ticket booklet with A tickets, B tickets, C tickets, D tickets and E tickets. An A ticket was less expensive and got you on a smaller or less popular attraction, E tickets were more expensive and got you on a really popular or thrill ride (space mountain or in modern day something like TSM). You didn't have to pay to get into the park, just to ride.
I had the same thought about the gift card. In fact, after that we did loose something and I was SOOO sure we were going to get it back...you'll have to stay tuned to see how that turns out! hehehe!

Joining in. Sounds like you guys had a fun trip.
:welcome: We did have a fun trip (well we did in part one of the trip! ATL was part 2...that was pretty awful! In fact, we just decided to pretend that it was a different trip that we took immediately after our Disney trip)

Jazzabelle508
05-16-2011, 11:46 AM
Great Update :) Funny story about the pool when the kid didn't speak english.

akayek31
05-28-2011, 01:50 AM
okie dokie I am still staying tuned :rotfl2: :rolleyes1 :bored:

AprilRenee
05-28-2011, 09:44 PM
okie dokie I am still staying tuned :rotfl2: :rolleyes1 :bored:

Haha! You're in luck!! Here's an update! I didn't even see this until I came on here to post my update! I guess great minds think alike!

Sorry for taking so long between updates (although this break was only 2 weeks and not a full month like the last one...that's better right??? :teeth: ) I work at a performing arts school and May and June are PERFORMANCE months!! We've have 4 shows in the space of 1 month and I'm responsible for set, lights and props for all of them! :scared1:

AprilRenee
05-28-2011, 09:47 PM
Sorry for the long delay...as I just told akayek31, I work at a performing arts school and in the course of 1 month we have had/are about to have 4 shows and I do the set, lights and props for all of them. All we have left is recital and then I have a break!! But...I decided 2 weeks was long enough to make you all wait for an update! So here it is!


So we dragged ourselves out of bed this day in time to make rope drop at AK…it was hard! We were rather sleep deprived by this point. http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Kids%20Trip%20Jan%2011/Kids%20Trip%20Day%204%20smaller%20photos/DSC02314.jpg

The boys were pretty good about getting up this morning. By this point they “got it” and knew that getting to the park first thing in the morning was important. However, I had a little trouble getting up. This day was only a 0.9 on the TP crowd calendar so RD wasn’t that important for touring. But I was scared that we would regret it if we missed out on low crowds. Looking back, we really should have slept in. The park was less than crowded and we started fading and it really effected our energy level for the rest of the trip. Now, don’t get me wrong, we had a blast! However, I know that we all would have enjoyed it more and would have had more stamina if we had just taken a day to catch up on sleep. Ah well, add it to “Lessons Learned” and we’ll make sure to have a sleep-in day for the next trip if needed.

Anyway, it was kinda rainy this morning, not dumping, but kinda misty all day. It was wet enough that I took off my socks and just wore my crocs (I know…I’m one of those people who wears socks with crocs…it’s just more comfortable! I really only wear crocs at Disney though and by that point it’s about comfort and not fashion!)
Anyway….

So we got to the park, missed the “opening show” even though we were there in time…don’t know why, maybe they didn’t do it cause of the rain? But that was a little disappointing especially since that was one of the main reasons we were aiming for RD.
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As we headed in, first on my list was Primeval Whirl, Andrew was not into this idea so he went for Kilamanjaro Safari FPs while we headed to the ride.
We stopped at the Tree of Life for a photo. I really love this photo cause it’s just me and my siblings. I think these were the only ones we got of just the 4 of us.
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On our way thru the empty park (no kidding…there were like 10 people there!!!) we ran into Tigger and Eeyore. No one was there so we stopped to visit.
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The empty park was really kinda cool. We felt like we were the only ones there. I was a little frustrated cause I realized at that point that we really could have slept in with NO touring penalty. But I decided to just let it go and enjoy the empty park!

We rode Primeval Whirl. It was fine. Pretty much the same as a ride we have here at six flags (used to be Tony Hawk’s Big Spin). Kinda jerky. Since we were the only ones in the park the ride operators asked us if we wanted to ride again…we all were like “um…no thanks!” and got off and headed to Dinosaur (where Andrew was meeting us).

I took some atmosphere photos while we walked.
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Now, this was the ride I was most excited to show Elliott. He had called me after our AK day on our last trip and I had told him all about this ride.
In fact, that phone call was one of the early indications of our healing relationship. We ended up talking on the phone for over an hour that night and it was also the beginning of planning this trip.
The reason I was so excited about Elliott riding this ride was cause as a kid Elliott LOVED dinosaurs….LOVED them! He knew every dinosaur name, the kind of food they ate, what time period they were from, etc at age 4. So I knew he would love this ride.
While we waited for Andrew to make it over to us Elliott wanted lots of pics with the dinosaur statues.
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Hey look! Ducks!
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So Andrew ended up deciding not to ride Dinosaur. He remembered feeling a little queasy after the ride last trip and didn’t want to push it on this trip. Elliott and Oliver enjoyed the ride. Avery HATED it. He was terrified the whole time! He said it was “too loud” but really, I think he was just really scared.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:
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After Dinosaur we slowly wandered over to Kilamanjaro Safaris to use the FPs that Andrew had gotten us.
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On our way, we passed the Mahara Jungle Trek and decided to walk thru it. We had given up on following the Touring Plans because of how empty the park was. I do have to say, AK is WAAAAAAYYYY more enjoyable in January! I really loved all the atmosphere elements and took a lot of pictures. I really loved it all last trip as well but it was just too hot that day to enjoy it. This time I took my time and really soaked it all in.
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^This was my iphone background for months after the trip. In fact, most of the above pics were taken with my iphone 4! I had just gotten it for Christmas and I LOVED how wonderful the pictures were turning out with it! There were several times that I just used the phone for photos instead of my point and shoot.

Up next: Do I get brave and face the Yeti?? Do we make it thru the rest of the day without falling asleep?

jc040404
05-28-2011, 11:29 PM
Totally missed your last update! I'd wondering about the pool drama, too. That sounds to oscary. I can't believe an adult would scream at someone else's child like that, no matter what had happened. Over a ball? That was insane. :rolleyes:

Glad you did "the right thing" with that gift card. I'm going to hope whoever lost it was able to get it back. That could really mess up a much saved for vacation for someone. :sad1: I've found money on the floor in grocery stores sooo many times. It's so difficult turning it in to customer service desks when I don't know if the true owner will get it back. Not that I'd want it for myself, but knowing someone might be out the few funds they have to feed their family breaks my heart. Years before John and I married, I was shopping for balloons and a cake for his birthday when I dropped some cash in a Publix parking lot. It was literally all I had at the moment and I was out of my mind when I realized it. Thankfully, some kind person didn't decide to pocket it and I got it back. There are good people out there! :thumbsup2

It's tough to decide about sleeping in. Even if the crowds were so low, you never know when it'll go the other way. AK in January is heavenly though, huh? I LOVE the pic of all of you at the entrance. So funny!! The pics of you with your brothers are great, too! Elliott's dinosaur pics were awesome!

akayek31
05-29-2011, 10:33 PM
We went to AK in 09 the first day and didn't get to ride much. That is how I got the name for the TR from this day lol. We only went back this past February to eat at the Rainforest cafe. I am considering going for the day after seeing your pics. I want to see a tiger that close and I want to ride PW and EE!! Maybe I will get park hoppers and do just that :)

LilAnn
05-30-2011, 11:09 AM
So i just stumble across your TR and am loving it! I totally love all the photos of you and your siblings (and your hubby). You guys take such fun pics and it really looks like you are all having a good time. Although i have to admit, it took me a while to get the names straight!:laughing:

Also have to say - too funny about your brother and his asian girl infatuation. :rotfl: (I'm asian) It's funny because there was a trip i took to Disney with a good friend (who is also asian) and we found it wierd when random guys would ask to take a photo with us. Usually it happened after we would ask someone to take a picture of us with our camera, but wierd anyways. :confused3

Also - I think we were there in may of last year at the same time. I remember it was so hot then and we NEEDED to put in pool time every day. otherwise we basically withered away. I even have a pic in that TR of the temp reading 104! :scared1:

Anyways, loving your TR. You can really tell your enthusiasm in it. :thumbsup2 Can't wait to read all about it and see the progression of character pics.

AprilRenee
05-30-2011, 06:08 PM
It's tough to decide about sleeping in. Even if the crowds were so low, you never know when it'll go the other way. AK in January is heavenly though, huh? I LOVE the pic of all of you at the entrance. So funny!! The pics of you with your brothers are great, too! Elliott's dinosaur pics were awesome!
It was beautiful weather everywhere but the other parks have lots of places with A/C so they're manageable in the heat. AK is just so nasty when it's hot!! There's nowhere to escape!! So the difference was just more noticeable I think.

We went to AK in 09 the first day and didn't get to ride much. That is how I got the name for the TR from this day lol. We only went back this past February to eat at the Rainforest cafe. I am considering going for the day after seeing your pics. I want to see a tiger that close and I want to ride PW and EE!! Maybe I will get park hoppers and do just that :)
Yeah! I read thru your TR the other day! It's worth trying AK again. We really enjoy the theme-ing and several of the attractions. We've only really spent a half day there both times. Maybe opening til about 2 or 3.

So i just stumble across your TR and am loving it! I totally love all the photos of you and your siblings (and your hubby). You guys take such fun pics and it really looks like you are all having a good time. Although i have to admit, it took me a while to get the names straight!:laughing:
Don't feel too bad about not being able to keep my brothers straight. It always takes people a while to get their names straight. The trick is that we are in alphabetical order A (April), E (Elliott), O (Oliver) and then back to A (Avery). Maybe that'll help! ;)

Also have to say - too funny about your brother and his asian girl infatuation. :rotfl: (I'm asian) It's funny because there was a trip i took to Disney with a good friend (who is also asian) and we found it wierd when random guys would ask to take a photo with us. Usually it happened after we would ask someone to take a picture of us with our camera, but wierd anyways. :confused3
Haha! That's really odd...though I can totally see Avery doing it!

Also - I think we were there in may of last year at the same time. I remember it was so hot then and we NEEDED to put in pool time every day. otherwise we basically withered away. I even have a pic in that TR of the temp reading 104! :scared1:
I just went to look at your TR to see the dates and we WERE there at the same time...I also realized that I read thru your whole trip report not too long ago! Hahaha!! Nice to see you again! I'm subbed to your "in progress" one now!
Anyways, loving your TR. You can really tell your enthusiasm in it. :thumbsup2 Can't wait to read all about it and see the progression of character pics.
:welcome: (and see responses in BLUE above) :)

AprilRenee
07-30-2011, 12:33 AM
First of all, I'm so so sorry for the LONG time since my last update. I don't even have a good excuse...life just got in the way and then I lost my motivation. Also...this was my least favorite day of our Disney days and so I think I just haven't been motivated to continue it. Sorry!! But I'm back now and hopefully I'll be better!

So...we left off with finishing the Mahara Jungle Treck and some theming photos....

A couple more theming photos:
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Apparently on our walk from the Jungle Treck we stopped by the tree for a photo with all 5 of us and we also stopped to see Flick. (I don’t really remember the order of this but these are the pictures that are up next…whoops…)
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Bug’s Life was one of the 2 VHS movies that we completely wore out as kids. (I think it was Oliver’s fav along with Lion King) Both of those movies ended up so bad that we couldn’t even hear the dialogue or soundtrack…which was ok cause when you watch them that many times, it’s all memorized anyway…Right? ;)
So it was pretty cool to meet Flick.

Up Next was Kilamanjaro Safari. Of course…I took a million photos and I think I gave Avery my camera cause he had left his camera charger at home and it was dead now. Side note: We got him this camera for Christmas specifically for the Disney trip cause he LOVES photography and I knew he’d want to take lots of pictures…I was a littler perturbed that he left the charger at home. My dad ended up mailing it to our resort (thanks DISboards for the address!!) but the charger wasn’t in yet.

So anyway…the safari: I will spare you and only post a couple of the photos:
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I always like the wide open land. I think it’s so cool how this ride goes thru so many different terrains but they still all just flow one to the next.

After KS we decided to go check out Nemo. Andrew and I LOVED this show on our first trip and I was excited for the boys to see it. However, by this time I was starving and pretty cranky so we stopped at the closest food vendor to grab something. They had roasted nuts, which smelled GREAT, but did NOT fill me up. But it was time for Nemo so I sucked it up and just planned to get food after the show.

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Elliott wasn’t really into this show. He didn’t like that they were puppets. I think he was just expecting people in costume. I think it just kinda threw him.

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I, however, LOVE the puppets. It’s just so cool and SO Disney!

After Nemo we went to grab lunch. We decided to split up as we all wanted different things. Avery and I got some Pizza at Pizzafari and Elliott, Oliver and Andrew got something over in Asia. Avery and I were originally supposed to get our food and then go meet up to eat with the others but after standing in line we were just hungry and decided to eat there.
After eating we met up and debated going to FoTLK. As I said, Lion King was Oliver’s favorite movie growing up. I’m pretty sure we can all still recite the movie from beginning to end. But we were ALL really tired by this point and really all we wanted to do was go take a nap (which should tell you how tired we really were…we are NOT nappers in this family!)

But we weren’t planning on coming back to AK this trip and I wanted the boys to see It’s Tough to be a Bug and Elliott wanted to do a couple of trips up to Everest. So since It’s Tough to be a Bug was on the way to Everest Andrew and I got the boys in line

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and then we went off to explore the trails by the tree. I was tired and fed up with all the family time and was glad to have a few minutes alone with my husband. (Also, I HATE that attraction and have no intention of EVER EVER EVER going on it again. I was practically in tears after the show on our last trip and swore I would NEVER set foot in that theater ever again!) Instead, we just wandered the trails a bit, oogled the tree, and then decided to look thru the gift shop while waiting for the boys to come out.

Once the boys came out we headed off to Everest. Elliott and Oliver took the single rider line and Andrew, Avery and I hung out on that giant rock formation near the entrance. I feel like Avery got a snack while waiting. Elliott and Oliver came back singing Everest’s praises. They convinced Avery to go ride it and I almost did. But by that point I was so tired that I was actually curled up on the rock and probably could have fallen asleep, so I opted out. Oliver decided to hang with Andrew and I as well and Elliott and Avery headed back into the single rider line. Oliver grabbed a Root beer Float (I think) and I psudo napped on my warm and rather comfy rock.

Once the boys were done riding, we headed out of the park. On our way out we stopped by the stroller return area as we heard that they had a pin board. We found a couple of good ones to trade and then hopped on the bus back to ASMu.

Back at the resort, Andrew and I headed immediately into our room, shut the door and were out cold within minutes. Oliver laid down too and took a big of a nap. Elliott went out to smoke and Avery headed to the front desk to pick up his camera charger which was supposed to have arrived by now. When I woke up, Avery had JUST gotten back from his package pick up escapade. I don’t know what ended up happening. He’s pretty shy about asking for things and I have a feeling that he got up there and then didn’t really know where to go or who to ask for his package. Either that or they had trouble finding it. Either way, he spent his entire break at the main hall and didn’t get much rest at all. Elliott also just messed around and didn’t sleep. So those two were pretty done with the day but Oliver, Andrew and I were feeling MUCH better and were ready to head out to finish off our day with Animation Academy, dinner and Fantasmic at DHS!

Up next: Just how cold DOES it get at DHS at night in January?

akayek31
07-30-2011, 01:14 AM
Yay! You came back! So I am totally scared of spiders and rats so does that mean I need to skip ITTBAB (I think that is the abbreviation lol). I have a day at AK planned for our trip. Not that we will stick to a plan lol. DD and I tend to love DHS and MK and spent three days each at both parks this past Feb. Can't wait to read more!

AprilRenee
07-30-2011, 02:29 PM
Yay! You came back! So I am totally scared of spiders and rats so does that mean I need to skip ITTBAB (I think that is the abbreviation lol). I have a day at AK planned for our trip. Not that we will stick to a plan lol. DD and I tend to love DHS and MK and spent three days each at both parks this past Feb. Can't wait to read more!

Glad you are still around! It's been 2 months since I posted! I'm quite embarrassed!

Yeah, no...I'd skip ITTBAB! It's really horrible! I have a spider phobia and then there were spiders dropping from the ceiling, a stinger hits you in the back, there are buzzing noises and crawling feelings under your bottom. It was pretty much the one of the most traumatic things I had ever experienced! I don't remember actually crying...but I was pretty close. By the end of it, I was sitting on the edge of my seat with my legs pulled up off the floor, my eyes squeezed shut, and my hands over my ears. LOL! I was probably a pretty funny sight to see.

jc040404
07-30-2011, 03:03 PM
Yay! I'm so happy to see you're updating again!

Soooo with you on that bug show. Waayy too icky and scary for me. None of us have any interest in seeing it again. Glad you were able to get a nice rest and hope the rest of this day is great!

AprilRenee
07-30-2011, 03:08 PM
We took a “heading out” photo while waiting for the bus to DHS. It’s so nice that they provide those little posts for you to put your camera on and use the timer :thumbsup2
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Once we got to DHS we planned on going to the Animation Academy again but we were so hungry we just found the first food place we saw, got food and sat down to eat. We ended up eating at Rosie’s. The food was fine, I think we all just got burgers. Elliott was really cranky during dinner. I don’t even remember why. I think he was just tired. We ended up just going to Fantasmic after dinner (which was the reason we were there) I think we looked at some ride times but everything was pretty busy and none of us were in the mood to wait in line.

For Fantasmic we found some pretty good seats. We got in towards the end of the line but Andrew managed to just walk down to the front and found us 5 seats all together. It was pretty strange since the theater was pretty full. We had brought along glowsticks and shared them with the kids sitting by us. We love doing that!

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Look how close we were!! This is MUCH more enjoyable close up. Andrew and I were just not impressed on our first trip. But we were also pretty far back and way over on the side. All we really could see were the water screens...which were cool for the first 5 minutes but they got pretty old! This time we were pretty close to the middle and only about 6-8 rows back. It was WAY better!

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I think Steamboat Willie is really cool! I love how he’s in Black and White!

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After fantasmic we decided it was bed time. We headed out with the hoards and got in line for the bus. We were all really cold but thankfully we had brought our hoodies and coats to the park. We were in line with a family who hadn’t quite planed on the cold. One of their kids was sitting in the stroller just sobbing. My “big sister senses” could tell that it was just an “I’m Miserable” cry. Poor thing. I turned to Andrew and I said something like “poor thing is just cold!” Then my sweet, sweet husband turned to the family and said “Can I give him my coat til the bus comes?” The family accepted graciously and Andrew gave the little kid his coat. The poor kid stopped crying almost immediately and we gave him some glowsticks for good measure. We ended up talking to the family for the rest of the wait, discussing the cold, and where they were from and explaining that we understood where the little guy was coming from since we hadn’t had our coats on our first day. It really made us all feel good to be able to help (especially Andrew).

Once back at the hotel we all got a second wind and everyone ended up in our bedroom goofing off! We laughed and danced and had a lot of fun! Sadly, the photos I took are all rather inappropriate or just embarrassing and so I won’t post them. But, know that we had fun!

We were in bed by 10:45 this evening though and I’m pretty sure we were all OUT within minutes! Good thing cause tomorrow is Rope Drop at Magic Kingdom. Andrew and I were really excited to see it since we had missed it on our last trip.

Up next: “It’s all pure magic, wrapped up in pixie dust” Magic Kingdom Opening Ceremonies

AprilRenee
07-30-2011, 03:21 PM
Yay! I'm so happy to see you're updating again!

Soooo with you on that bug show. Waayy too icky and scary for me. None of us have any interest in seeing it again. Glad you were able to get a nice rest and hope the rest of this day is great!

Yay! I'm glad that you're still here! I was kinda afraid that the mods would close my TR since I hadn't updated in so long! I'm gonna try and do better. Today is pretty slow and I'm kinda on a roll...I might even get a few more in. We'll see!

Oh man! I HATE that bug show! The boys didn't think anything of it. They were like "yeah, it was cool." *Shudder* My kids will have to wait til they're old enough to go in there alone cause I will never go in there again. We actually ended up walking thru the theater to go out the other side and I was clinging to Andrew, freaking out that they would close the doors before we got out and I would have to stay in there for the show! We managed to get out in plenty of time though :thumbsup2

akayek31
07-31-2011, 04:26 AM
Ok spiders from the ceiling, nope that clinched it for me. That is one attraction that I will skip. We have reservations for Brown Derby so I can finally after 4 trips see Fantasmic. I am still debating on if I am going to waste all that money when I can just stand in line (a really really long one :( ) The mods did close mine. I did good a first then after we got to US/IOA I kinda got tired of messing with the photobucket which is why there was no TR for our February trip.

jc040404
07-31-2011, 10:06 PM
It’s so nice that they provide those little posts for you to put your camera on and use the timer :thumbsup2[/COLOR]

:lmao:

That is sooo my Andrew! I love that you did this. When he has his camera in the parks, I'm forever telling him to stop sitting it on posts/trash cans/etc for self pics! I cannot stop laughing over this!! :lmao: Great shot!

Awesome Fantasmic seats! Your pics are great. I love the B&W Steamboat WIllie! :thumbsup2

What a sweet story with the little one waiting for the bus, too. You should be proud! :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
07-31-2011, 10:10 PM
Wow, you guys were really close at Fantasmic! Those were some really great seats. I don't think I've ever gotten that close before.

How sweet of Andrew to give the little one his coat. :goodvibes

meggiebeth
08-01-2011, 09:17 AM
Just came across your TR. It's great! Sounds like you had a really good time. :goodvibes
Can't wait for more updates! Btw, I love the picture of Stitch and the boys! :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
08-01-2011, 05:19 PM
Just came across your TR. It's great! Sounds like you had a really good time. :goodvibes
Can't wait for more updates! Btw, I love the picture of Stitch and the boys! :thumbsup2

:welcome: Thanks for joining in!
I love that pic too!! :teeth:

AprilRenee
08-02-2011, 06:01 PM
I totally forgot to mention that while in AK we were, of course, doing some pin trading and came across a high up CM…not quite sure what his job was but he was one of the ones in a shirt and tie instead of a costume. He was SO much fun and made us answer trivia questions in order to trade with us. We had a blast and we were all pretty darn good at it too! I LOVE trivia, especially Disney Trivia and had a blast! We came back to him later in the day too. It was a really awesome experience. He kinda made our day!
One of the questions he asked us was “Name 3 Disney Movie Heroines from America” They are all the title roles of the movies. That’s the only question I remember really well. Andrew and I have used it in several conversations trying to stump people. Feel free to guess…I’ll post the answer in my next post!


On to a new day!

Day 5: Magic Kingdom

This morning I was so excited. First of all, I was gonna get to spend all day in the Magic Kingdom and second I was going to get to see the Rope Drop show. On our last trip we made MK our first arrival and departure days park so I had never gotten to spend the whole day there. And on our departure day it took us too long to pack up and get out so we missed the opening by 20-30 minutes. So this trip, I was going to get to see it!!

We were all MUCH more rested after having gone to bed at a decent time the night before. It was still hard to get everyone out of bed, but you can tell that we look much more awake!

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I LOVED the opening show. I may have cried at some point…. I didn’t realize that the song for the opening was the “Welcome Song” from the 4 parks 1 world CD (Don’t ask me why I didn’t put those two together…) But I LOVE that song…half the time I get all choked up in the car while listening to it. Then when that music started and totally took me by surprise and I was right there, it was just too much. I cried. Thankfully I had my sunglasses on and no one could tell.

As soon as the gates opened we headed in. I loved how some of the characters just walked with the crowd to their meet and greet spots.
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You can KINDA see Aladdin and Jasmine walking along the sidewalk.

Once inside we headed to Space Moutain. This was the other ride on my “must ride with my brothers or I’ll never ride it” list. So off we went while Andrew waited. I don’t know what he did while we rode. Hmm…not in my notes. I should have had him go for a PP FP but apparently I didn’t. AnywayIt was an ok ride. It was a little jerky for my taste but I’m glad I went on it. Wasn’t anywhere NEAR as traumatic as ToT. Like, I’d ride it again if I was with someone who wanted to.

This is the only pic I got so…that’s what you get! :thumbsup2
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Next up was Buzz Lightyear. This is one of Andrew’s favorite rides.
I tried to take a picture of my score but missed the memo about having to turn off the flash to get it to show up….whoops!
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Let’s just pretend that I totally maxed out the score! Ok?....no?...ok never mind. I’m not any good at this ride anyway. Stupid car turns every time I figure out the gun and then I have to start all over. Not my favorite ride.

After those two rides we headed to Fantasyland. We stopped by Rapunzel’s M&G cause she was on our MUST MEET list. It was 9:45a and the line was already waiting for the 12:15p playtime. No way we were waiting for that so we headed on. But not without sneaking a couple of pics just in case we didn’t ever get back to meet her.
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Then we continued on to Fantasyland. As we past the Teacups we saw Alice was out so we decided to drop in for tea.
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We continued on to Pooh but not without stopping to see the Stepmother and Stepsisters. Oh boy where these guys good!!
As we walked up the Stepmother asked me if I all these boys belonged to me. I told her that only DH was mine but the others were eligible. Instantly the girls each latched on to a boy.
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Anastacia tried to run off with Elliott. Then we posed for a photo.

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Avery said that the stepmother was really holding on to him. I think he was a little freaked out. But all in all it was a REALLY fun M&G. We talked about it for the rest of the trip.

Finally we made it to Pooh. The new que was open and it was really cool. We didn’t play with any of the garden toys (now I wish we had…but at the time I hadn’t really read much about it and it seemed like it was for the kids and we didn’t want to be THOSE teenages) But we did play with the honey wall and that was cool. Our wait was pretty short, maybe 5 minutes, and then we were off on our ride. Afterward all the boys decided it was stupid and they didn’t want to ride that again. It was so bizarre that they felt so strongly about it. They hadn’t said that about any other rides. We apparently had an Anti-Pooh theme going on this trip…it comes up tomorrow too!

Next we rode Snow White and then met up with Mary Poppins. Last trip I refused to meet her cause she didn’t look ANYTHING like Julie Andrews. This time I relented but I still don’t believe that she’s Mary Poppins!!
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Elliott refused to get in this picture….he was character-ed out.

Then on we went to Haunted Mansion. The boys wanted to do BTMR and since we were by it I told them to ride it and meet us at Jungle Cruise afterward. They met up with us JC, we grabbed some FPs and headed to Pirates. Afterward we hit the Tiki Room. Elliott and I grew up listening to a Disney Classics tape (and then CD) that we LOVED. One of the songs on the CD was the old school Tiki Room song and it was one of Elliott’s favorites. So this was really attraction #1 on his must see list. He really enjoyed it, the rest of us thought it was SUPER bizarre! I’d like to see it now that it’s revamped but it was just strange!

Our fast pass time for JC was up when we got out of the show so we headed off for our Cruise. LOVE LOVE LOVE that ride! Avery really enjoyed it. I think it was one of his favorites. We still will break into Jungle Cruise jokes in the middle of dinner sometimes. My mom totally doesn’t get them and then we have to explain the whole set up etc. I swear she probably thinks that she has practically ridden the ride by now just from hearing us talk about it.

After our cruise we decided it was food time. I wanted to try Columbia Harbor House since it’s Andy-roo and Blakers’ favorite spot. We headed over there but Elliott and Andrew decided that nothing on the menu was calling their names and went to Cosmic Rays instead.
The food was pretty good. I don’t remember what Oliver got, I got the Salad with chicken. Avery ate my chicken, I ate the salad. It worked out pretty well. (We were on the free QSDP but were there almost our whole arrival day and departure day so we had a plan all laid out of how many meals we had to split in order to have enough meals for all the days. Avery and I did really well with it cause we’re both small eaters. Elliott and Oliver ended up using snacks to make meals cause they ran out on our last full day. We made sure they didn’t starve though. We aren’t THAT mean!)

At lunch Oliver realized that he didn’t have his sunglasses…his brand new, bought them at Pop on our first day, used his whole souvenir budget for them, Disney Sunglasses.
These sunglasses (the red ones):
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He remembered putting them in the pouch on BTMR but didn’t remember having them at any point after that. So we finished eating, called Andrew and Elliott, told them what happened and headed to BTMR to see if we could find his glasses. Now…I was SURE that after turning in that gift card, those glasses would be at the CM’s counter at the ride. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind! I sent Oliver in the exit to go ask the CM if they had found his sunglasses. While we waited I took a pic of Avery by BTMR since I hadn’t earlier when they actually rode.
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On the way over to the ride I also took this picture for jc040404
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(haha! MK was really reminding me of you guys this day!)

Finally Oliver came out….





With NO sunglasses!! They were gone!! I really and truly couldn’t believe it! I was SO sure they would be there. I told Oliver that we would check at guest services when we left the park and maybe they would be there.

So we headed to PP. Once there we didn’t see Elliott and Andrew but the FP return line was SUPER long! We decided to just go to Mickey’s Philharmagic. We called Andrew to tell him and he said that they had had the same idea and were already in the waiting area for MP. We ran in and JUST missed the doors closing.

So Oliver, Avery and I waited and then watched it ourselves. After MP we rode PP finally.

By this time it was 3pm and time for the parade. We hadn’t gotten to watch much of the parade on our first day and I really wanted to watch it. Elliott really did NOT want to watch it, he wanted to go to Epcot to pin trade!! He had been pestering us to go over to EP all day! But I wanted to stay at MK! We were starting to do that sibling bickering thing again. It was time for a break from each other!

Oliver really wanted to see Hall of Presidents. I really like Hall of Presidents but I really wanted to watch the parade. So Elliott and Oliver decided to go do HoP while Avery, Andrew and I climbed into the sleigh at the Christmas Shop to watch the parade.

It was a nice break and I vented a bit to Andrew about Elliott, he calmed me down, suggested watching the parade and then giving Elliott some time in Epcot. He figured that once Elliott got to do what he wanted that he would relax and go with the flow again.

The whole pin trading at Epcot thing was that they had found out 2 days before that there were a bunch of traders planning on being at Epcot today with their pin binders and Elliott and Andrew both wanted to check it out. Now that’s totally fine with me, and I was willing to go over to EP…but LATER!! After I got my fill of MK!!!

Anyway, we really enjoyed the parade. I think Avery took about half of these photos. He’s actually really talented at composing good shots. He doesn’t know a whole lot of technical stuff about cameras but he’s got some raw talent.

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(This is my favorite part about this parade spot. You have a perfect shot of each float with the castle in the background!)

(Cont. next post)

AprilRenee
08-02-2011, 06:02 PM
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And then just a nice castle photo…cause you can never have too many of those!
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The boys got out of HoP about the same time as the parade ended. Andrew told them the new plan, which was: Let April wander slowly out of the park, then we were going to monorail to EP and do some pin trading and see where we went from there…

This gave me some more time to savor my favorite park and then Elliott got to do what he wanted too. Everyone was game for the new plan and we started to make our way down Main Street.

Oliver had really wanted to recreate a photo that I had made in a college photo class. At the time we had never been to WDW and I made a collage from a castle photo found online, a photo we had taken at a pumpkin patch and the sheet music to When You Wish upon a Star.
See:
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Here’s our recreation…we were missing Andrew but still fun:
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I think I actually like my fake photo better! Whatever!

We saw a leaf vacuum cleaner as we walked out
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Kinda cool!

I did a little window shopping while walking out and by window shopping I mean I made the boys walk thru all the stores :laughing:

Then Oliver and I stopped in Guest Services to check on his sunglasses. We sent Elliott, Avery and Andrew ahead of us on the monorail.

No luck in guest services but they gave us a number to call the next day for the central lost and found location. We ended up running into Avery, Elliott, and Andrew at the TTC and rode the second monorail together.

Up next: Pins, Puck, and more Pins

jc040404
08-02-2011, 11:29 PM
I think I like your fake photo more, too! Great job!

Okay, so what's the answer?? I'm guessing Pocahontas.. Maybe Tiana? You're making me crazy!! :confused3

I LOVE the bird pic! I couldn't stop laughing when I saw you'd taken that one!! :lmao: That was great! :lmao:

Sounds like a great day! Minus those sunglasses, of course. I hope they're found before you leave. Loved the visit with the step sisters & I'm soo with you on Mary Poppins. I don't think any of them really look like her! Curious about this dislike for Pooh though.. :sad1: Can't wait to see what happens next! (And know the answer to that question!!)

IheartDDuck
08-02-2011, 11:35 PM
Great update!

So I'm going to answer your trivia.

Pocahontas - Virginia
Tiana - New Orleans
Lilo - Hawaii

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 12:29 AM
I think I like your fake photo more, too! Great job!

Okay, so what's the answer?? I'm guessing Pocahontas.. Maybe Tiana? You're making me crazy!! :confused3

I LOVE the bird pic! I couldn't stop laughing when I saw you'd taken that one!! :lmao: That was great! :lmao:

Sounds like a great day! Minus those sunglasses, of course. I hope they're found before you leave. Loved the visit with the step sisters & I'm soo with you on Mary Poppins. I don't think any of them really look like her! Curious about this dislike for Pooh though.. :sad1: Can't wait to see what happens next! (And know the answer to that question!!)

My teacher totally didn't believe me when I told him that that photo was taken at a pumpkin patch. He thought I had just taken a pic at Disney and added the music over it. He was pretty impressed once I told him.

IheartDDuck got the answer right! It took all 5 of us a really long time to come up with all the characters. Lilo threw us off.

We went relatively soon after you posted about the white bird drama, so then when I saw one I just HAD to take the picture!

Oh yes, Pooh...I actually recently asked Andrew if he wanted to see the Pooh movie and he practically yelled "NO!" I was like "whoa! How do you really feel??" :rotfl: The Pooh story happens our next day...so you won't have to wait too long.


Great update!

So I'm going to answer your trivia.

Pocahontas - Virginia
Tiana - New Orleans
Lilo - Hawaii

:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2: You win!! Nice work!

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 12:49 AM
Oh my gosh! I can't believe it! I saw a post on here about cheap flights on Delta and I jumped over to check it out since we're still looking for flights for our Jan trip (Southwest was more than I was willing to pay so I decided to wait)

So I went over to the Delta site, clicked on "deals" at the bottom of the page and searched for our dates from that page....

I just got 2 round trip tickets from STL to MCO for $240 total!! Not EACH...TOTAL!!! That's a little less than it was going to be on Southwest for just 1 RT ticket!! I'm SOOOOOO excited!!! I couldn't believe it. I was shaking as I put in all the information. Our plane tickets are HALF PRICE!! How did that happen???? HOW?????

I had to tell someone and I can't post it on facebook cause I don't want to deal with the "but you just WENT to Disney World" comments. So I'm telling you!! I'm gonna make a post about it so other can get the deal too!!

LilAnn
08-03-2011, 04:04 PM
Oh, congrats on scoring a great deal on your plane tickets! That's awesome.

So fun to see you back on the Dis and updating again. I totally understand how life just sometimes gets in the way. I have been a bit slower myself with updates this summer.

Love the tea with Alice photo and absolutely LOVE the stepmother and stepsisters picture. Now if you could have gotten one of the boys to propose to one of the sisters.....I always hear such great stories about them. Unfortunately my daughter would be freaked out by them and I don't want to mess up the fun character ops we have so far.

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 05:30 PM
Oh, congrats on scoring a great deal on your plane tickets! That's awesome.

So fun to see you back on the Dis and updating again. I totally understand how life just sometimes gets in the way. I have been a bit slower myself with updates this summer.

Love the tea with Alice photo and absolutely LOVE the stepmother and stepsisters picture. Now if you could have gotten one of the boys to propose to one of the sisters.....I always hear such great stories about them. Unfortunately my daughter would be freaked out by them and I don't want to mess up the fun character ops we have so far.

Thanks!! I'm super excited! And THEN!!! this morning the free dining offer included our dates so now I have CHEAP plane tickets AND free dining...my day just really couldn't get much better! My total vacation price just went down from about $2700 (including the $450 I budgeted for plane tickets) and now it's going to be about $2175!!! DANG!! Man I'm excited!!

I'm glad my subscribers were still around! I was a little worried that people would have gone thru and cleaned out their subscriptions and gotten rid of me! Thanks for sticking around! :) I'm enjoying your TR too! I don't know if I've commented (sorry if I haven't) but I'm following along!

Oh man! I wish I had read about that! I totally would have gotten one of my brother's to propose! I didn't even think of that idea. I bet it's a fun time!

jc040404
08-03-2011, 09:43 PM
LILO!! I didn't think of Hawaii at all. :rolleyes:

Oh my gosh! I can't believe it! I saw a post on here about cheap flights on Delta and I jumped over to check it out since we're still looking for flights for our Jan trip (Southwest was more than I was willing to pay so I decided to wait)

So I went over to the Delta site, clicked on "deals" at the bottom of the page and searched for our dates from that page....

I just got 2 round trip tickets from STL to MCO for $240 total!! Not EACH...TOTAL!!! That's a little less than it was going to be on Southwest for just 1 RT ticket!! I'm SOOOOOO excited!!! I couldn't believe it. I was shaking as I put in all the information. Our plane tickets are HALF PRICE!! How did that happen???? HOW?????

I had to tell someone and I can't post it on facebook cause I don't want to deal with the "but you just WENT to Disney World" comments. So I'm telling you!! I'm gonna make a post about it so other can get the deal too!!

Forget the "You just went to WDW" people! You should be excited!! That was a HUGE savings on your flight! :thumbsup2 Yay for the free dining, too! :yay: Love when things turn out to cost less than expected, and this was by a lot!

mermaid764
08-03-2011, 10:03 PM
Wow what awesome news on your cheap flights and free dining:goodvibes

I'm still here for your TR and really enjoyed your last update

AprilRenee
08-03-2011, 11:01 PM
LILO!! I didn't think of Hawaii at all. :rolleyes:



Forget the "You just went to WDW" people! You should be excited!! That was a HUGE savings on your flight! :thumbsup2 Yay for the free dining, too! :yay: Love when things turn out to cost less than expected, and this was by a lot!

Yeah! Lilo threw us off too!

I'm super excited!! Today has just been a wonderful day (and not just cause of the Disney stuff, though that DEFINITELY got the day started off right!)

Wow what awesome news on your cheap flights and free dining:goodvibes

I'm still here for your TR and really enjoyed your last update

Yay!! I'm glad you're still here! I'm planning on getting in another update soon!

akayek31
08-06-2011, 06:53 PM
I only thought of Tiana lol. I hear those people all the time saying that to me. We went in Feb cause my son loves nascar and went to the Daytona 500 and now we are going in September for me so I can go to MNSSHP and F&W. They say I am acting like a child at my age. Well I don't drink (still gonna have a grey goose slushy) and I don't smoke. All I do is work, go to school, and go to Disney so I think I can go :). I just saw that they released free dining for our dates in Feb (my son is going back to the Daytona 500) but not sure if I can pay it off by the 45 day mark.

AprilRenee
08-06-2011, 10:10 PM
When we got to Epcot we decided to hit the Land Pavilion to see if there were any Soarin’ FPs left. They were either all gone or were for a return time later than we were planning on staying. So we passed on that and headed over to Club Cool. I wanted to pull the Beverly trick on one of the boys. Avery was the one closest to me and most gullible so I told him to “Try this one!” So he did. I think he was rather suspicious cause I had my camera out…but he went for it. :thumbsup2

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After Club Cool we headed over to the Pin Trading area. Apparently, on some days local pin trading fanatics come to Epcot and bring binders full of pins to trade. They camp out on the tables under those cool purple shade things between Inoventions East and West. There were 3-4 traders with 3-4 binders each. They were serious traders too and had some really awesome pins!
Elliott was interested in having them evaluate some of the pins he had collected and ended up trading a Jessica Rabbit one that made someone very happy. Later he found out that it had been worth a decent amount of $$ and was slightly disappointed that he had traded it.
I actually found a pin to complete one of my collections! On our last trip I had found several Princess comic book styled pins with speech bubbles with funny sayings in them. I really liked them but was missing 1 of the set. One of the women pin traders had the one I needed and was willing to trade. She didn’t like anything on my lanyard but liked something on one of the boy’s lanyards. So they traded for me. We did this pretty often. We really tried to only keep traders on our lanyards and whenever one of us saw a pin we really liked we would all be willing to trade any of our pins for that person. If we had pins we really wanted to keep, we threw them in a ziplock baggie in Andrew’s pocket. That way we could tell someone that we were willing to trade anything on our lanyards.

This is the set. I think I was missing the Snow White one.
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So it ended up being a fun and profitable little journey over to Epcot. We probably hung out at the pin traders for an hour or so before deciding that we were starving! We decided on Wolfgang Puck Express for dinner and started to make our way out of Epcot. Now this was the second time that we went to WPE this trip, but we loved it so much the first time that we all decided that we wanted to hit it again on one of our days.

I had the “brilliant” idea that we could get to DTD by boat from the international gateway…now…Andrew and I made this SAME mistake last trip too!!

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So we walk ALL the way back to the international gateway and decide to ask someone JUST to make sure that the boat will take us to DTD. Well, sure enough…It DOESN’T!!! So then we took a nice hike over to the Beach Club to catch a bus. :headache: GAH!!!
We FINALLY got on to a bus and FINALLY made it to DTD! We never plan enough time for this! We are always STARVING by the time we make it cause we don’t start moving that direction until we’re hungry and it always takes SO long to get to DTD!!!
Anyway, we made it and went straight to Wolfgang Puck Express!! LOVE THAT PLACE!!! I was totally craving it the other day and there was nothing I could do about it! :sad1:

After dinner I’ll give you 2 guesses as to what we did next?? Anyone??










If you guessed PIN TRADING!!!! You were RIGHT!! Yay!!!!!

Yep, off to the Pin Store we went. While we were at WDW they had a promotion going that if you spent $XX at the pin stores you could buy one of these “Mystery Key” pins for $1. (they came in a little black bag so you didn’t know which one you were getting)

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So Andrew had taken a shine to the Key collection and decided that he was going to collect them. But he didn’t want to buy a million dollars worth of stuff. So while Avery, Oliver, and I amused ourselves,

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Andrew and Elliott started looking for key pins.
They started off just asking people who had the key pins on their lanyards. But once they ran out of those, they started stalking people making purchases. They would stand a bit back and wait and see if the person bought a mystery pin and then they’d follow them away from the register and say something like “hey, I saw you got a mystery pin, would you be interested in trading?” Personally I thought it was rather creepy but most people weren’t freaked out and 95% of them were totally willing to trade. Andrew would have them open the pin first to make sure the person didn’t want it. And if they were willing to trade then Andrew would trade. By the end of the night (aka by the time Avery, Oliver, and I were begging to go home) Andrew had all but the Cheshire Cat pin. He was rather annoyed because earlier in the trip he had HAD the Cheshire Cat pin but decided he didn't want to collect that collection and traded it away. :headache:

We got back on a bus for another 3 million year long ride back to ASMu. (I think the bus ride to DTD is enough reason to never stay at the All Stars again!! I much prefer Pop! The ride is long but not nearly as bad as to ASMu. The only reason I would stay there again would be for the suites…which were awesome!)
Anyway, we got back to ASMu and Andrew and I decided we really wanted to keep going and hit EMH at Epcot. None of the boys wanted to go so they headed back to the room and Andrew and I jumped on the Epcot bus that was just about to leave.

I think EMH ran til midnight and we got there about 10ish. I thought it was kinda awesome that we had to show our room keys to get in etc. It made me feel kinda VIP. We checked the “Lines” ap to see what Soarin’ was looking like and the line was pretty long. So instead we decided to just shop around in the Epcot shops and see if we wanted to buy anything.
I snapped a pic of the ground near the store. I love how it lights up and twinkles! Epcot is really just beautiful after dark!
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At the store we found lots that we liked but I REALLY REALLY wanted the lit up castle Throw Blanket that was the if you buy $XX you can buy this for $X thing at MK. EP didn’t have the same blanket so we decided to just pick out what we liked and buy it at MK on our last day.

It was kinda nice to just hang out together. We also wandered the store by ourselves a little bit and the alone time was nice. We stopped for some pics on our way out.
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Sad that his eyes were closed!

After a while we decided it was bedtime and headed back to the resort. Avery was still awake when we got back so he came into our room and chatted while Andrew and I sorted thru our pins. We did this every night and sorted out the “keepers” to leave in the hotel room and the “traders” to take back to the park.

All in all it was a really pleasant evening. Just kinda slow moving and enjoyable (once we fed ourselves that is!).

Next up: Why we hate Pooh!

jc040404
08-07-2011, 10:12 PM
Poor Avery! At least he seemed to smile/laugh about it! :lmao:

Love your princess pin collection. Those are really cute. Too bad that you all didn't know how much that Jessica Rabbit pin was worth though. :sad1: I don't think I could trade away anything with her on it. She has such an awesome name & all.. ;) The key pin/stalking story was too funny! If it worked, it worked! Right? :rotfl:

Sounds like a nice evening! :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
08-08-2011, 12:00 PM
Poor Avery! At least he seemed to smile/laugh about it! :lmao:

Love your princess pin collection. Those are really cute. Too bad that you all didn't know how much that Jessica Rabbit pin was worth though. :sad1: I don't think I could trade away anything with her on it. She has such an awesome name & all.. ;) The key pin/stalking story was too funny! If it worked, it worked! Right? :rotfl:

Sounds like a nice evening! :thumbsup2

I really love that collection too! I found the Jasmine one first and her saying reminded me of our meet and greet from our first trip and so I traded for it and then managed to find the other ones throughout our trip. I was only missing the one when we started this trip.

yes that Jessica Rabbit DOES have a nice name! ;)

Oh my gosh! That pin/stalking story is one of my favorites. They were SO intent on getting those keys! It was kinda hilarious.

AprilRenee
08-08-2011, 12:11 PM
I have a question for you all about dining for our next trip.

I we have the regular dining plan for our next trip. We have 5 TS credits. I currently have ADRs for:
50's prime time cafe
Le Celier
Garden Grill
Tony's Town Square
and Kona Cafe breakfast

I'm set on the first 4 but the only reason I wanted to do Kona breakfast was to try Tonga Toast. However, I have realized that I can get Tonga Toast for $6 oop at the CS location at the Poly. So now I'm considering just doing a CS breakfast for the Tonga Toast and using the TS for another lunch or dinner. But I need suggestions for 1 more lunch/dinner!! Do any of you have suggestions? I looked at Ohana but a bunch of meat is not really appealing to me. Any other suggestions?

IheartDDuck
08-08-2011, 12:29 PM
I have a question for you all about dining for our next trip.

I we have the regular dining plan for our next trip. We have 5 TS credits. I currently have ADRs for:
50's prime time cafe
Le Celier
Garden Grill
Tony's Town Square
and Kona Cafe breakfast

I'm set on the first 4 but the only reason I wanted to do Kona breakfast was to try Tonga Toast. However, I have realized that I can get Tonga Toast for $6 oop at the CS location at the Poly. So now I'm considering just doing a CS breakfast for the Tonga Toast and using the TS for another lunch or dinner. But I need suggestions for 1 more lunch/dinner!! Do any of you have suggestions? I looked at Ohana but a bunch of meat is not really appealing to me. Any other suggestions?

Well....start talking about food, and I'll just have a ton of suggestions. :rotfl:

I guess it depends on if you want a restaurant in a park, or a restaurant in a hotel. If you go with hotel, I like:

Boma - AKL
Grand Floridian Cafe - Grand Flo

Parks I would say:

Teppan Edo - Japan
Biergarten - Germany
Les Chefs de France - France
Liberty Tree Tavern - Magic Kingdom

Those are just some of my favorites. I have also heard great things about Raglan Road at Downtown Disney, just haven't tried it myself.

AprilRenee
08-08-2011, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the suggestions IheartDDuck! You're the second person to suggest Boma so I'm gonna go check that out!

Andrew had originally wanted to try Chefs De France because he wanted to see Remy. But after looking at the menu we decided it might not be our style. Maybe we need to take another look at it. The only issue is that we already have 2 ADRs at EP!! haha! EP just has so many cool restaurants!!

I did also consider switching to Via Napoli but again...Epcot!





I thought it might help with suggestions if you had our schedule as it stands right now...

Monday -Arrival
Flight lands 12:13am (on Tuesday). I'm assuming we'll get to POP about 1:30am-ish maybe? I think I might have to nap that day! :rolleyes:
So obviously we won't be eating dinner this day.
This evening is a Room Only reservation

Tuesday - UNIVERSAL
Eat at Studios
This evening is a Room Only reservation

Wed - UNIVERSAL
(Check out of POP and then back in with package/dining starting this morning)
Lunch at 3 Broomsticks
MK after Universal, open til 8p
CS for Dinner (don't really want to take time for an ADR this evening cause I know we're going to want to ride some rides since it'll be our first night in a Disney park)

Thursday -EPCOT
Le Celier for Lunch (2:50p)
CS for dinner

Friday – HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
50’s Prime Time for lunch (11:30a)
Garden Grill for Dinner (7:15p)

Saturday – ANIMAL KINGDOM, then something else, probably DTD
Kona for Breakfast (10a) (this is the one I'm thinking about changing)
Wolfgang Puck for dinner (CS credit)

Sunday – OPEN for whatever park we want in the AM, MK in PM
Tony’s for dinner (5:30p)
then to MK for the night

Monday - HOME
12:05p flight (ME pick up about 9am-ish)

LilAnn
08-09-2011, 05:49 AM
Fun update! My little girl fell in love with a toddler version of pin trading, so I am hoping I can get my hands on some good trading ones soon. She tends to keep the ones she likes - pretty much ones with Minnie Mouse on it and some with a princess. So your pin trading/stalking stories were so amusing!

As for ADRs, places we have enjoyed in the past:
Boma (dinner buffet)
Le Chefs de France
Kona (at dinner, although I would love to try their macadamia nut pancakes. However, I absolutely LOVE their sweet bread and macadamia nut butter at dinner)
Ohana (timed so we could also watch Wishes or the Electrical Water Parade from the windows)

jc040404
08-09-2011, 01:54 PM
I'd vote for Boma instead of Kona on your AK day. We've never tried either, though so that's not based on anything but what I've read. If you can get what you what from Kona at CS anyway, it sounds like a better way to go to me. That said, Chefs de France is the one TS place I wanted to try this last AP year and never made it to. Remy just looks so cute! But if the menu doesn't look good to you... I dunno! Good luck figuring this out. Choosing ADRs can be so overwhelming sometimes!

natebenma
08-09-2011, 02:49 PM
Joining in!

I'm only on page 1 of your report, but I'm loving your family trip so far. How fun, and frustrating, to share this with your brothers! And to share the good, the bad and the ugly with us!

Very cute photos! I can see why you love the one with Stitch. It's great that you all are willing to get into the Disney spirit!

So nice of you to pass along some magic to the sad litle boy. Unfortunately, at the Happiest Place on Earth, you encounter some situations where it seems that nothing can overcome emotions brought on by sure exhaustion except for unexpected generosity like that. :)

I look forward to catching up with more of your trip.

AprilRenee
08-09-2011, 04:26 PM
Fun update! My little girl fell in love with a toddler version of pin trading, so I am hoping I can get my hands on some good trading ones soon. She tends to keep the ones she likes - pretty much ones with Minnie Mouse on it and some with a princess. So your pin trading/stalking stories were so amusing!

As for ADRs, places we have enjoyed in the past:
Boma (dinner buffet)
Le Chefs de France
Kona (at dinner, although I would love to try their macadamia nut pancakes. However, I absolutely LOVE their sweet bread and macadamia nut butter at dinner)
Ohana (timed so we could also watch Wishes or the Electrical Water Parade from the windows)

Aww! I bet she's pretty cute pin trading!

Thanks for the ADR recommendations! We had so many people suggest Boma, I checked it out and it looks great! So I made an ADR for Saturday night! Yay!
I didn't know you could watch Wishes from Ohana...don't know how I missed that. DH wanted to do CA Grill to see Wishes but we decided it wasn't worth the 2 credits to us this trip. We will probably do it sometime though.

I'd vote for Boma instead of Kona on your AK day. We've never tried either, though so that's not based on anything but what I've read. If you can get what you what from Kona at CS anyway, it sounds like a better way to go to me. That said, Chefs de France is the one TS place I wanted to try this last AP year and never made it to. Remy just looks so cute! But if the menu doesn't look good to you... I dunno! Good luck figuring this out. Choosing ADRs can be so overwhelming sometimes!

Yep! We decided to do Boma. Everyone had such high praise and I was able to get a ADR for a good time. So I just switched our WPE dinner plans to a different day and got an ADR for Boma on Saturday. I'm pretty excited about it now! It'll be fun to try some new things...but it's a buffet and has like mac and cheese and spaghetti as well just in case we don't enjoy the ethnic foods. So we won't starve either way! :thumbsup2

ADRs were pretty easy to choose at first cause I had a little list of my top 5 places I wanted to try once we got the chance. So I just had to pick park days and go for it. That was fun. It did get stressful once I decided to change things around! Hopefully this will be the only change I make. I'm really happy with the rest of my ADRs. They're all places that I've been wanting to try for a while! I'm so excited that we get to do it this trip!


Joining in!

I'm only on page 1 of your report, but I'm loving your family trip so far. How fun, and frustrating, to share this with your brothers! And to share the good, the bad and the ugly with us!

Very cute photos! I can see why you love the one with Stitch. It's great that you all are willing to get into the Disney spirit!

So nice of you to pass along some magic to the sad litle boy. Unfortunately, at the Happiest Place on Earth, you encounter some situations where it seems that nothing can overcome emotions brought on by sure exhaustion except for unexpected generosity like that. :)

I look forward to catching up with more of your trip.

:welcome: Thanks for coming over! I've been enjoying your TR too!:thumbsup2

AprilRenee
08-09-2011, 04:28 PM
Thanks for the dining suggestions everyone!! Since lots of people suggested Boma we went ahead and switched our WPE dinner plans to Thursday and got an ADR for Boma on Saturday night! We're excited! Thanks again! That's a place I never would have picked on my own but I think we'll really enjoy it! And I'm excited to get to see AKL and maybe check out the Savannah from the lobby if possible!

Merida
08-09-2011, 04:38 PM
Just found your trip report and catching up!

I'm debating getting some pins to try trading, but it seems kind of hit or miss to me. There's some I really, really love but the rest I'm kind of meh on (and the Vinylmations aren't my thing either. Too plasticy?) Did you enjoy it?

Tink2Day
08-09-2011, 04:44 PM
Just joining in (I think:lmao:) and catching up.


Great report and pictures so far. What a cute family you all are.

AprilRenee
08-09-2011, 04:46 PM
Just found your trip report and catching up!

I'm debating getting some pins to try trading, but it seems kind of hit or miss to me. There's some I really, really love but the rest I'm kind of meh on (and the Vinylmations aren't my thing either. Too plasticy?) Did you enjoy it?

:welcome: I'm so glad you're joining in (and not just lurking! :thumbsup2)

I do really enjoy it (not as much as DH) but I think it's fun! I whine about it on this TR but that's cause with Andrew and Elliott being obsessed and Oliver and Avery pretty into it, we were stopping all the time! When it's just me and DH we "window shop" and we'll look at CM lanyards as we walk past and only stop if we see something that catches our eye. But part of the fun is that it gives you a reason to talk to CMs and we've meet some pretty cool people! I also just like seeing all the different kinds of pins. I think it would be totally worth finding yourself a lot of 10 or so pins on ebay and trying it out. You'd only be out $10-15 and you might really enjoy it!

AprilRenee
08-09-2011, 04:50 PM
Just joining in (I think:lmao:) and catching up.


Great report and pictures so far. What a cute family you all are.

:welcome: Haha! I also sometimes can't remember if I've read a TR before!! LOL

Thanks for joining in "officially" :thumbsup2

natebenma
08-10-2011, 07:54 AM
I have made it to page 3 so far, so I will comment on your HS and EPCOT days-

But first, I am going to applaud your decision to follow everyone's advice to book Boma. One of our favorites! Checking out AKL is fun, too!

That is a major bummer about Andrew and RNR- it sounds like it hit him really hard, but it is good that you waited for him at the Great Movie Ride and were rewarded with the Western Scene!!! We had that scene on our 2010 trip, for the first time- we went right through the gangster door and I was SO excited!!! :cool1:

Lights Motor Action must be so much better in cooler weather. We saw it in July. HOT!

I love your Stormtrooper and Darth Meet & Greet!

We stayed at All Star Movies in August 2008- it was during Tropical Storm Faye. We had some issues with the resort- if you can believe it, the pool was actually too cold in August!!! (maybe due to all the rain). Plus, they started a renovation of the hallways to the food court while we were there, forcing us to walk around the OUTSIDE of the building to the bus stops, during a several day period of non-stop rain. Could they not have waited to start this project until after this forecasted major storm had gone through?

Great opening pictures from EPCOT! We stay at the Beach Club now, so we enter from the International Gateway and haven't seen the characters at rope drop.

Sunshine seasons is one of our favorite places to eat. So many different, wonderful choices.

That was really nice of you to give away your Soarin' fast passes- What a score for the guests you found. We have done that with Toy Story FP and also some at MK. It is harder than you would think to give them away. A lot of times we find people who don't speak English. Or guests who think you are trying to scam them somehow.

Nice spot for Illuminations. I'm filing that away in my memory bank!

tigger536
08-10-2011, 09:44 AM
Looking your report!

Being from Atlanta, I am well acquainted with the snowpocalpse (a little too well :sad1:) so I'm interested in hearing about how it impacted your vacation.

Great report so far! :goodvibes

Merida
08-10-2011, 10:21 PM
:welcome: I'm so glad you're joining in (and not just lurking! :thumbsup2)

I do really enjoy it (not as much as DH) but I think it's fun! I whine about it on this TR but that's cause with Andrew and Elliott being obsessed and Oliver and Avery pretty into it, we were stopping all the time! When it's just me and DH we "window shop" and we'll look at CM lanyards as we walk past and only stop if we see something that catches our eye. But part of the fun is that it gives you a reason to talk to CMs and we've meet some pretty cool people! I also just like seeing all the different kinds of pins. I think it would be totally worth finding yourself a lot of 10 or so pins on ebay and trying it out. You'd only be out $10-15 and you might really enjoy it!

What I was thinking would be neat to do was collect ~10 of our favorites and then frame them (like people do with butterflies?) So I'm really debating it because I love looking at them but don't really want to pay for them and have no real idea what I'd do with them when I get home. :rolleyes: What are the pin books at guest services?

AprilRenee
08-10-2011, 10:39 PM
What I was thinking would be neat to do was collect ~10 of our favorites and then frame them (like people do with butterflies?) So I'm really debating it because I love looking at them but don't really want to pay for them and have no real idea what I'd do with them when I get home. :rolleyes: What are the pin books at guest services?

That's exactly what DH wants to do with some of his favorite collections. I think he's planning on putting them up in his office at work.

The pin books are guest services are pretty much just that! They have binders with felt pages in them with tons of pins pinned to the felt pages. They're like the pin boards in the resort gift shops (if you've seen those) except in a book. They have the same rules as the pin boards too. You can trade 2 pins per person from the book/board.
Each park has either a pin board or book in at least 1 location. I think some parks had 2. DTD has 1 in guest services too.

If you haven't seen a pin board, they're just corkboards (maybe 3 ft by 2 ft) with pins stuck in them. Each resort gift shop has one. We almost always hit the pin board on our way out in the morning and on our way in at night.

For both the boards and the books, you have to go in and just ask to see it. They don't usually have them sitting out. Some resorts only have their boards out at certain times (they have the times posted by the checkout).

Hope that helps! We learned a lot in our last 2 trips!

Dugette
08-10-2011, 11:55 PM
Coming out of lurkdom to say hi! :wave2:

Glad to hear that you got Boma on your AK day. Perfect, as AK usually closes early and AKL is so close-by. And Boma is great. We went there for dinner once (back in Sept. 09) and really enjoyed it. And, yes, they do have some mac and cheese and nuggets too (which I tried!) Save room for desserts also...like Zebra Domes and much more!

For sure, check out AKL and the savanna while you're there. Also, I'm not sure what time your ADR is, but if it's dark when you leave, you can go outside and follow the signs for the night vision goggles. It's free to anyone to check out the animals with them. We did that one night and it was pretty cool (although there were only a few animals out for us).

Enjoying the TR!

AprilRenee
08-11-2011, 12:10 AM
Coming out of lurkdom to say hi! :wave2:

Glad to hear that you got Boma on your AK day. Perfect, as AK usually closes early and AKL is so close-by. And Boma is great. We went there for dinner once (back in Sept. 09) and really enjoyed it. And, yes, they do have some mac and cheese and nuggets too (which I tried!) Save room for desserts also...like Zebra Domes and much more!

For sure, check out AKL and the savanna while you're there. Also, I'm not sure what time your ADR is, but if it's dark when you leave, you can go outside and follow the signs for the night vision goggles. It's free to anyone to check out the animals with them. We did that one night and it was pretty cool (although there were only a few animals out for us).

Enjoying the TR!

Yay!!! Glad to have you here officially! :cool1:

I was just (like 2 minutes ago) talking to Andrew about how excited I am about Boma. I NEVER EVER would have picked that restaurant from a list but after hearing so many good things about it I'm SUPER excited! And yes, I saw that Zebra Domes are on the menu and I fully intend to save room for desert. I saw a pic on someone's TR of a plate full of deserts and they ALL look yummy!! I might just get my plate full of desert first and then sit it on the table in front of me so that I don't forget about it! ;)

Thanks for the tip about the night vision goggles! That sounds awesome! We'll definitely check those out! Our ADR is at 5:40p and it'll be Jan so it should be dark by the time we get out.

natebenma
08-11-2011, 06:03 AM
Yeah, I'm all caught up!

Animal Kingdom-

I have only been there in July and August and it is so darned HOT! I think it would be nice in the winter, especially with the low crowds. But from your pictures, those were scary low crowds, like where are the people???

We are not big fans of ITTBAB either. We did take the kids a few years ago and didn't warn them about the scuttling and stinging insects. Darn, missed out on Mother of the Year, yet again! The boys did ok, but it is heartbreaking to hear the poor little kids who are screaming and crying in terror. How is that fun?

Magic Kingdom-

I also love how the characters walk along with the crowds after the opening show to get to their posts. I watched Mary Poppins haul butt up Main Street in high heels - I don't know how she was moving so quickly! (magic?)

GREAT parade location and I agree- the photos are FANTASTIC!!!

What fun character interactions you are having.

Jungle Cruise- have you seen/heard the Weird Al song "Skipper Dan and the Jungle Cruise Ride?" This cracks me up! It is about a classically trained actor who ends up working as a CM on the Jungle Boats.

Hollywood Studios- love your pictures from Fantasmic, too!

EPCOT- I'm glad you and Andrew had some alone time at EPCOT.

And finally- how exciting with the deals on your upcoming trip! GREAT airfare!!!

I love your dining plans, too!

AprilRenee
08-11-2011, 12:26 PM
Yeah, I'm all caught up!

Animal Kingdom-

I have only been there in July and August and it is so darned HOT! I think it would be nice in the winter, especially with the low crowds. But from your pictures, those were scary low crowds, like where are the people???


Our first trip was in May and we pretty much decided that we never want to go in the heat ever again. Jan was just so pretty and comfortable. Yep. MUCH MUCH better!!

It was kinda creepy. Especially first thing in the morning. The longer we were there the more people arrived. But it was never very crowded.


We are not big fans of ITTBAB either. We did take the kids a few years ago and didn't warn them about the scuttling and stinging insects. Darn, missed out on Mother of the Year, yet again! The boys did ok, but it is heartbreaking to hear the poor little kids who are screaming and crying in terror. How is that fun?

Magic Kingdom-

I also love how the characters walk along with the crowds after the opening show to get to their posts. I watched Mary Poppins haul butt up Main Street in high heels - I don't know how she was moving so quickly! (magic?)

GREAT parade location and I agree- the photos are FANTASTIC!!!

What fun character interactions you are having.

Jungle Cruise- have you seen/heard the Weird Al song "Skipper Dan and the Jungle Cruise Ride?" This cracks me up! It is about a classically trained actor who ends up working as a CM on the Jungle Boats.

Yes!! Elliott sent me the link not too long ago for that song! Funny!!

Hollywood Studios- love your pictures from Fantasmic, too!

EPCOT- I'm glad you and Andrew had some alone time at EPCOT.

And finally- how exciting with the deals on your upcoming trip! GREAT airfare!!!

I love your dining plans, too!

See responses in blue above :thumbsup2

mike the canuck
08-11-2011, 12:43 PM
Awesome TR! Looks like a super fun trip. I have enjoyed reading and following along :) It has helped my days at work go by quicker. lol

bizeemom4
08-11-2011, 07:44 PM
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(This is my favorite part about this parade spot. You have a perfect shot of each float with the castle in the background!)

(Cont. next post)


I love these parade pics! I have to say that I've been to MK a zillion times and I have always sat on the opposite side of the street from this vantage point. Had I known what I was missing, I would have been where you took these photos a long time ago. Stunning! I'm definitely trying this spot in December!

AprilRenee
08-11-2011, 08:14 PM
Awesome TR! Looks like a super fun trip. I have enjoyed reading and following along :) It has helped my days at work go by quicker. lol
Haha! I'm glad that I'm able to distract you from work! :thumbsup2

I love these parade pics! I have to say that I've been to MK a zillion times and I have always sat on the opposite side of the street from this vantage point. Had I known what I was missing, I would have been where you took these photos a long time ago. Stunning! I'm definitely trying this spot in December!

We LOVE this spot! The sled has 2 benches and we've been able to walk up 15-30 min before the parade starts and grab a seat. They're GREAT!!! No one thinks you can sit up there until you do!

Merida
08-12-2011, 12:52 AM
That's exactly what DH wants to do with some of his favorite collections. I think he's planning on putting them up in his office at work.

The pin books are guest services are pretty much just that! They have binders with felt pages in them with tons of pins pinned to the felt pages. They're like the pin boards in the resort gift shops (if you've seen those) except in a book. They have the same rules as the pin boards too. You can trade 2 pins per person from the book/board.
Each park has either a pin board or book in at least 1 location. I think some parks had 2. DTD has 1 in guest services too.

If you haven't seen a pin board, they're just corkboards (maybe 3 ft by 2 ft) with pins stuck in them. Each resort gift shop has one. We almost always hit the pin board on our way out in the morning and on our way in at night.

For both the boards and the books, you have to go in and just ask to see it. They don't usually have them sitting out. Some resorts only have their boards out at certain times (they have the times posted by the checkout).

Hope that helps! We learned a lot in our last 2 trips!

The pin boards/books sound more fun than cast members - I can never shake the feeling that I shouldn't really bother them since I hate being bothered at work. And there's more choice! Do you think they get less picked over than cast members' lanyards? I've certainly never heard of pin boards and I feel like I've read a zillion threads on pin trading, scrappers, etc. Thanks for the info!

It's Tough to Be a Bug is my least favorite Disney attraction ever - even worse than Stitch in my opinion. I go to Disney to get away from bugs (I don't want to know why there are no bugs in Disney, I just enjoy it quietly!), not be entertained by them! :rolleyes:

LoriH91
08-16-2011, 12:49 AM
Joining in late!! I just love that you took your teenage brothers!! I was so worried about our oldest last year. He makes a point of not liking anything, just to annoy us, but he's already talking about wanting to go back! :thumbsup2 Ok, now I'm off to catch up. I'm on page 2, I think!

Oh, and pm me if you have questions about transferring to blogspot! :)

ETA: I also have a question about the meds for nervous stomach? Can you tell me what it is? OTC or scrip, etc. My 10 year old daughter has the same problem & we're trying anything we can do to help her! It sometimes gets so bad that she can't sleep.

AprilRenee
08-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Joining in late!! I just love that you took your teenage brothers!! I was so worried about our oldest last year. He makes a point of not liking anything, just to annoy us, but he's already talking about wanting to go back! :thumbsup2 Ok, now I'm off to catch up. I'm on page 2, I think!

Oh, and pm me if you have questions about transferring to blogspot! :)

ETA: I also have a question about the meds for nervous stomach? Can you tell me what it is? OTC or scrip, etc. My 10 year old daughter has the same problem & we're trying anything we can do to help her! It sometimes gets so bad that she can't sleep.

Hey! So sorry! I never saw that you posted!
It was so much fun to take my brothers!! We had a blast and we still talk about it all the time. We really bonded (especially during our disastrous trip home...coming up soon). I hope you enjoy the rest!

I also just saw your comment back about the blogspot stuff on the PTR. I'll try it out and PM you if I have trouble! Thanks!!

I use Pepcid Complete. Somehow it works better than tums. I haven't had to use it in a while but I used to get horrible pain in my stomach (almost heartburn but it's not...and it hurts so bad it makes me want to be sick from the pain) It only went away if I laid down for 30-45 min and let it work it's way out. But who has time to deal with that at Disney (or really any other time of life!)? My mom and I were in NYC once when it came on and we stopped in a corner shop and all they had was the Pepcid complete and it worked really well and pretty quickly. So I've used that since that trip. Hope that helps your DD!

ETA: I just finished moving my whole TR over to blogspot!! Thanks for the idea! I had to use a code converter cause blogger uses different code than Disboards...but it was easy! And I just discovered a website that will take my blog, convert it into a book and print it out. It's called blog2print.com! I'm excited! Once the TR is done I might print it out (or get a digital PDF download)!!

LoriH91
08-19-2011, 05:33 PM
Hey! So sorry! I never saw that you posted!
It was so much fun to take my brothers!! We had a blast and we still talk about it all the time. We really bonded (especially during our disastrous trip home...coming up soon). I hope you enjoy the rest!

I also just saw your comment back about the blogspot stuff on the PTR. I'll try it out and PM you if I have trouble! Thanks!!

I use Pepcid Complete. Somehow it works better than tums. I haven't had to use it in a while but I used to get horrible pain in my stomach (almost heartburn but it's not...and it hurts so bad it makes me want to be sick from the pain) It only went away if I laid down for 30-45 min and let it work it's way out. But who has time to deal with that at Disney (or really any other time of life!)? My mom and I were in NYC once when it came on and we stopped in a corner shop and all they had was the Pepcid complete and it worked really well and pretty quickly. So I've used that since that trip. Hope that helps your DD!

ETA: I just finished moving my whole TR over to blogspot!! Thanks for the idea! I had to use a code converter cause blogger uses different code than Disboards...but it was easy! And I just discovered a website that will take my blog, convert it into a book and print it out. It's called blog2print.com! I'm excited! Once the TR is done I might print it out (or get a digital PDF download)!!

Thanks for the info!! We'll have to try the Pepcid. I am going to check out blog2print, too!! That is soooo cool!! :thumbsup2

MomofMy2Princesses
08-19-2011, 05:55 PM
ETA: I just finished moving my whole TR over to blogspot!! Thanks for the idea! I had to use a code converter cause blogger uses different code than Disboards...but it was easy! And I just discovered a website that will take my blog, convert it into a book and print it out. It's called blog2print.com! I'm excited! Once the TR is done I might print it out (or get a digital PDF download)!!

Are you going to finish your TR here? Or just put it on the blogspot? And if so, will you let us know the link to it?
Thanks!

AprilRenee
08-19-2011, 08:24 PM
Are you going to finish your TR here? Or just put it on the blogspot? And if so, will you let us know the link to it?
Thanks!

Oh yeah! I'll finish it here! No worries! You guys are really the only ones reading it. I think I only have 1 FB friend reading it (thanks Nick!) I'll finish it here...I'm just going to copy each post over to blogger. I just want it on blogger so that I know I can always access it even years from now. It makes me nervous to only have it here on Disboards, don't know why.
I'm gonna try and do at least a small update tonight! Thanks for sticking around! :goodvibes

LilAnn
08-20-2011, 02:24 AM
Oh, I just saw your posts about transferring your TR to blogspot. That's an awesome idea. I have been meaning to do a scrapbook of my trips and have never gotten around to it. I should try that.

I keep up (at times) a blog for my family and I used Blurb to convert it to a book format. Loved it as well. Maybe I can do that with my TR too! Was it a pain to do since all the pics are in a different format?

MomofMy2Princesses
08-20-2011, 07:39 AM
Oh yeah! I'll finish it here! No worries! You guys are really the only ones reading it. I think I only have 1 FB friend reading it (thanks Nick!) I'll finish it here...I'm just going to copy each post over to blogger. I just want it on blogger so that I know I can always access it even years from now. It makes me nervous to only have it here on Disboards, don't know why.
I'm gonna try and do at least a small update tonight! Thanks for sticking around! :goodvibes

Oh good! I'm really enjoying reading about your trip so far. :yay: I can't wait to find out about your snowpacalypse. I'm in central IL and remember that well!!

AprilRenee
08-21-2011, 12:09 AM
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Yay! We’re in Disney!

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Sad! It’s our last full day!!

This morning we were up and headed to Hollywood Studios to get 1 more ride on TSM and hit the Animation Academy a few more times. Hollywood Studios had morning Extra Magic Hours (that we didn’t go to) so we escaped the TSM stampede. We got there right about 9a and got ourselves some TSM FPs. I think the return time was between 11 and 12. Then we headed over to the Animation Academy only to find out that it doesn’t open until 9:30a. So instead we wandered around the gift shop right outside Animation Courtyard, looked at Tangled stuff, talked to the CMs, played with a string spinner thing… and just wasted some time relaxing! :thumbsup2

At 9:30 the Academy opened and we headed in to learn to draw!
Our greatest wish was to draw Pascal from Tangled! We asked the CM running the line if that was even an option and she said that yes, the do draw Tangled characters sometimes. YES!!!! We were excited!! :cool1::cool1:

We got in and started in on the “have you drawn this one? How about this one?” thing until we realized that none of us had ever done Sorcerer Mickey. Boo!!! :sad2: Not Tangled…but I mean, it is mickey! :) So we were happy and besides…we were gonna do the next class anyway! We could do Tangled then! :cool1:
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I don’t remember whose Mickey this one is.

So after drawing Mickey, we ran around and jumped back in line and headed in for our next class! This time we asked the guy in the room, “hey, is Pascal on your list?” He said, “yeah, but let’s see what everyone else has already drawn.” So we sat down, excited cause of course, he would probably ask about Pascal first and if no one else had already drawn him then we would get to!!!! :cool1: So then he started asking people what they’ve drawn and started at the TOP OF THE LIST with Mickey!!!! Gahh!!!! :headache: We only made it to Jiminy Cricket before we found one that no one had done. Booo!! So then we were drawing Jiminy. :sad2: But hey, we were gonna do one more class so it’s cool. Let’s learn about Jiminy. :thumbsup2

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That one was mine. He was kinda fun to draw.

K…then it was time for our last class. We were all getting kinda tired of the class anyway but we REALLY wanted that Pascal drawing!! They were switching out teachers so our wait between classes was a little longer this time. (it almost seemed like the new guy was late to work!). Anyway, finally we went in…this time we found our spots and all wrote “Tangled????” on the back of our papers and held them up in front of us.
The teacher walked into the room, didn’t even see our papers, and as he walked he said “Ok guys, we’re gonna draw Pooh!.” :scared1::scared1: We all were SO bummed out. Actually, talking about it later we all decided that we should have just left. Really we were tired of the classes anyway and Pooh was NOT what we wanted to draw. But instead we all acted like the grown ups that we were.... and sat there and sulked, moped, and drew some pretty terrible Pooh drawings!! LOL! They turned out HILARIOUS!! We were all so annoyed that we weren't careful at all and the boys made their Poohs silly. We actually took photos of all of them afterwards cause they were so funny (and Oliver was really annoyed and wanted to throw his away). So here are our Pooh drawings:
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Clockwise from top left is: Andrew, Elliott, Avery, Mine (I had to edit out a bad word on Elliott’s…that’s why there’s a random white spot on it)
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Oliver’s

So…after we photographed our semi-obscene drawings we headed over to TSM to use our FPs. We were 2 minutes early so we were just hanging out outside TSM waiting for our FP time. The CM saw us and asked what time we had, we told her and she just told us to go ahead in. See? Some CMs actually want you to be happy!! Not like CERTAIN drawing CMs who ignore people’s OBVIOUS desires!! Ok…I’m done! It really wasn’t that big of a deal…we knew it was only a slim chance that we would get Tangled characters but we WERE a little disappointed. Now it’s a funny story to remember though.

Anyway, TSM was fun…
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My score…I’m the green one.
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After TSM it was time to head out to Epcot for lunch. On our way out we stopped for a photo.
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And then, oh man I can’t remember her name!!! Anyway, one of the streetmosphere characters stopped us and was tormenting Andrew. She saw his birthday tag and really was having fun with it.
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Here she was asking if he knew who she was….he didn’t.

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She decided it was because he was too young. Then she wanted to know how old we all were and didn’t believe us. She insisted that we looked far younger than we were (which we do).

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Then she made Andrew take a birthday pic with her. LOL

She was pretty funny and I’m really bummed that I forgot to write down her name. Andrew probably remembers but he’s asleep. I’ll ask him tomorrow and see.


Up Next: Lunch and some World Showcase wandering

Dugette
08-21-2011, 12:17 AM
Bummer that you never got to draw the Tangled character, especially after three tries! Funny Poohs, though! I must say how impressed I am at all the self-taken all-5-people-in-the-shot pictures you took! We have enough trouble just trying to get the two of us in! The streetmosphere character interaction looks fun!

AprilRenee
08-21-2011, 12:21 AM
Oh, I just saw your posts about transferring your TR to blogspot. That's an awesome idea. I have been meaning to do a scrapbook of my trips and have never gotten around to it. I should try that.

I keep up (at times) a blog for my family and I used Blurb to convert it to a book format. Loved it as well. Maybe I can do that with my TR too! Was it a pain to do since all the pics are in a different format?

No it actually was super easy!! I used a BBC code to HTML coverter (Dis uses BBC code, Blogger uses HTML) All I had to do was hit "edit" on each post, copy everything in written out code/links, go to: http://www.bbcode-to-html.com/index.php, paste my Disboards stuff, hit "convert", copy the new stuff and paste it into a new post on blogger. It took me about 1-2 min total for each post...maybe less.

AprilRenee
08-21-2011, 12:25 AM
Oh good! I'm really enjoying reading about your trip so far. :yay: I can't wait to find out about your snowpacalypse. I'm in central IL and remember that well!!

Yay!! I'm glad you're enjoying it. You've only got 1.5 days of the trip left before our "wonderful" Snowpocalypse story.

AprilRenee
08-21-2011, 12:35 AM
Bummer that you never got to draw the Tangled character, especially after three tries! Funny Poohs, though! I must say how impressed I am at all the self-taken all-5-people-in-the-shot pictures you took! We have enough trouble just trying to get the two of us in! The streetmosphere character interaction looks fun!

I'm actually rather impressed with myself for all of our everyone-in-the-shot photos! I think it's a talent I learned in college, I feel like I have a lot of "myspace" style photos with friends. I have found that it's easier to do with a cell phone camera than a point and shoot. My cell camera has a wider lens and we found that we could easily get all 5 of us in it. The point and shoot was a little harder.

natebenma
08-21-2011, 06:26 AM
Sounds like a fun morning at HS. GREAT character interaction. I don't know who that is, either.

I am so surprised that they didn't take your wishes about drawing a Tangled character into account, especially the second time you went through (was it the same teacher then?) And there were 5 of you!

But cute drawings :thumbsup2

Also very impressed with the photos of everyone together. Love the "In Disney/Last Day" shots. :):sad1:

jc040404
08-21-2011, 11:20 AM
I love that Mickey picture! All the Pooh drawings are too funny. Is this why no one likes him? It's too bad that they wouldn't do Tangled for you all, but my guys have had the same thing happen. I don't remember who anymore, but my Andrew likes to request someone everytime. They've never got to draw it either. :sad1:

IheartDDuck
08-21-2011, 11:34 AM
That is too funny that you kept on running back into the Animation Academy to draw Pascal. I think drawing him would be really cool too!

I love that Streetmosphere performer! She cracks me up every time she is out.

mermaid764
08-21-2011, 02:23 PM
That's too bad that you never got the tangled characters, but I think your pics turned out great, especially Jiminy.

Can't wait to hear where you ended up for lunch:goodvibes

akayek31
08-21-2011, 02:43 PM
The Animation Academy is one of the new things on the new things we must do list. I am not the best at drawing but it looks like fun. Do the classes take a long time? When I first started planning out September trip my daughter was going with me. Now my son is going since my daughter has honors classes and can't miss them. I am having to bribe my son to ride ToT with me. He has refused the last two trips we have went on. But he is going to the Daytona 500 in February and I told him if he rode every ride including ToT and took any picture with characters that I wanted I would give him $200 for souvenirs. The funny thing is that whenever we go on vacation I give him that much any way but I am not reminding him of that :lmao: I hate last days at the park. They are so sad :)

AprilRenee
08-21-2011, 03:33 PM
Sounds like a fun morning at HS. GREAT character interaction. I don't know who that is, either.

I am so surprised that they didn't take your wishes about drawing a Tangled character into account, especially the second time you went through (was it the same teacher then?) And there were 5 of you!

But cute drawings :thumbsup2

Also very impressed with the photos of everyone together. Love the "In Disney/Last Day" shots. :):sad1:

Yeah, it was the same teacher the 2nd time (but we didn't say anything about it the first time). But thanks, we were pretty proud of our drawings...and I mean, the classes were still fun and we did get some good characters!

I love that Mickey picture! All the Pooh drawings are too funny. Is this why no one likes him? It's too bad that they wouldn't do Tangled for you all, but my guys have had the same thing happen. I don't remember who anymore, but my Andrew likes to request someone everytime. They've never got to draw it either. :sad1:

Haha...yeah that's why we all hate Pooh. He really was the inocent bystander. But the other day I suggested seeing the new Pooh movie and Andrew was like "NO!"...not, "eh, I don't really want to" nope...he just said "NO!" really loud! LOL It was kinda funny.

That is too funny that you kept on running back into the Animation Academy to draw Pascal. I think drawing him would be really cool too!

I love that Streetmosphere performer! She cracks me up every time she is out.

In our defense, LOL...we were planning on doing several Animation Academy classes anyway...not JUST to try and get Pascal! LOL...but yeah, it would have been cool to learn!

And yeah, she was pretty funny! I had another one earlier in the day who walked past "talking" on a fake phone and was saying something like, "Why would people tie their sweaters around their waist...don't they know it looks RIDICULOUS!??" LOL...I was wearing my jacket around my waist and I started busting up laughing. It was pretty funny especially since she didn't even look at me or anything, just walked past talking about me.

That's too bad that you never got the tangled characters, but I think your pics turned out great, especially Jiminy.

Can't wait to hear where you ended up for lunch:goodvibes

Thanks! And this was my favorite lunch of the trip!

The Animation Academy is one of the new things on the new things we must do list. I am not the best at drawing but it looks like fun. Do the classes take a long time? When I first started planning out September trip my daughter was going with me. Now my son is going since my daughter has honors classes and can't miss them. I am having to bribe my son to ride ToT with me. He has refused the last two trips we have went on. But he is going to the Daytona 500 in February and I told him if he rode every ride including ToT and took any picture with characters that I wanted I would give him $200 for souvenirs. The funny thing is that whenever we go on vacation I give him that much any way but I am not reminding him of that :lmao: I hate last days at the park. They are so sad :)

Haha! Nice, when in doubt resort to bribery! :thumbsup2

The classes take about 25 min or so. It doesn't seem that long though. They go quickly (except when drawing Pooh! LOL)

Merida
08-21-2011, 10:18 PM
I'm very impressed by the drawings! But I'm very unartistic. And apparently have very loose morals because I would've continued to put up my hand until they came to a character I liked. :) Pooh isn't my favorite, especially since he seems to be everywhere nowadays!

I did some googling and it looks like your streetmosphere lady was Dorma Nesmond. The history of the streetmosphere characters is actually more interesting than I would've thought! Well, I've never actually thought about it, but still!).

AprilRenee
08-22-2011, 12:18 AM
I'm very impressed by the drawings! But I'm very unartistic. And apparently have very loose morals because I would've continued to put up my hand until they came to a character I liked. :) Pooh isn't my favorite, especially since he seems to be everywhere nowadays!

I did some googling and it looks like your streetmosphere lady was Dorma Nesmond. The history of the streetmosphere characters is actually more interesting than I would've thought! Well, I've never actually thought about it, but still!).

Haha!! I was thinking about that when I was writing this update...I even asked Andrew "dude, why didn't we just keep raising our hands until we got Pascal??" We apparently have such "high morals" that we didn't even think of that!! ;) LOL I'm not sure any of us would have had the guts to actually do it though even if we had thought of it. However, I applaud your brilliant idea...I shall save it for next time! :thumbsup2 LOL

And YES Dorma Nesmond...like Norma Desmond but more talented (pretty sure that was her tag line :)) Now I'm gonna have to go google it and find out about this interesting history! Thanks for the tip!

mike the canuck
08-22-2011, 08:18 AM
Haha. Your Pooh pictures made me laugh out loud at work. ( I hope nobody heard)

Your report has also inspired me to try pin trading on my next trip. I have never done it before and it looks like a lot of fun.

Merida
08-22-2011, 11:56 PM
Haha!! I was thinking about that when I was writing this update...I even asked Andrew "dude, why didn't we just keep raising our hands until we got Pascal??" We apparently have such "high morals" that we didn't even think of that!! ;) LOL I'm not sure any of us would have had the guts to actually do it though even if we had thought of it. However, I applaud your brilliant idea...I shall save it for next time! :thumbsup2 LOL

And YES Dorma Nesmond...like Norma Desmond but more talented (pretty sure that was her tag line :)) Now I'm gonna have to go google it and find out about this interesting history! Thanks for the tip!

I feel like if I ever did this there would be some post on the Theme Parks and Attractions part of Dis complaining about my "cheating" though! But really, does anyone want to learn how to draw Jiminy Cricket that much? I would be doing everyone else a favor! (Once we even parked at the Grand Floridian for a whole day because a security guard guy told us to do so. We live on the edge!)

This (http://www.studioscentral.com/history-streetmosphere) was the article I liked. Though probably the most surprising part in the article was that Minneapolis has a strong theater program - Wikipedia tells me it's second to NYC in live theater per capita, which I would never have guessed ever. Fun US trivia facts courtesy of Disney Parks history! :lmao:

akayek31
08-23-2011, 05:03 AM
ok question. I saw that you flew to Orlando. Now I have been 3 times and we have drove the 8 hour trip every time. My son and family think our car will not make it. They want me to fly. Now I am one of those terrified people who are scared to death of flying. I love thrill rides. Love the ToT and ect but talk about getting me on a plane and I go numb. Its not my fault btw...I have just watched LaBamba, the Buddy Holly Story, Sweet Dreams, way too much. Is it as bad as I am making it out to be? It would only take us 1 and a half hours to get there as opposed to at least 8 hours (plus bathroom breaks and eating stops). Besides the scary plane issue I love having my car there in case I want to go to Wal Mart to buy stuff. So basically that is my question. Thanks for letting me hijack this for a minute :rotfl::hippie:

AprilRenee
08-23-2011, 06:17 PM
I feel like if I ever did this there would be some post on the Theme Parks and Attractions part of Dis complaining about my "cheating" though! But really, does anyone want to learn how to draw Jiminy Cricket that much? I would be doing everyone else a favor! (Once we even parked at the Grand Floridian for a whole day because a security guard guy told us to do so. We live on the edge!)

This (http://www.studioscentral.com/history-streetmosphere) was the article I liked. Though probably the most surprising part in the article was that Minneapolis has a strong theater program - Wikipedia tells me it's second to NYC in live theater per capita, which I would never have guessed ever. Fun US trivia facts courtesy of Disney Parks history! :lmao:

Thanks for the link!
That's crazy that Minneapolis has such a big theater community. I have a theater major and I never even knew that. I know Kansas City has a lot of theater, so does Portland. Never knew about Minneapolis!

ok question. I saw that you flew to Orlando. Now I have been 3 times and we have drove the 8 hour trip every time. My son and family think our car will not make it. They want me to fly. Now I am one of those terrified people who are scared to death of flying. I love thrill rides. Love the ToT and ect but talk about getting me on a plane and I go numb. Its not my fault btw...I have just watched LaBamba, the Buddy Holly Story, Sweet Dreams, way too much. Is it as bad as I am making it out to be? It would only take us 1 and a half hours to get there as opposed to at least 8 hours (plus bathroom breaks and eating stops). Besides the scary plane issue I love having my car there in case I want to go to Wal Mart to buy stuff. So basically that is my question. Thanks for letting me hijack this for a minute :rotfl::hippie:

Haha! I don't think I'm gonna be much help. I love flying! It's so exciting to me. I get bored at the end of the flight but not scared. So...for me, I'd MUCH rather fly!! If I could always fly I would. It's so much quicker than driving.

AprilRenee
09-30-2011, 07:37 PM
Real Life Update

Hi everyone!! Sorry for the long delay...I had a big secret and it was just too hard to keep it if I was online all the time!

I'm pregnant! :goodvibes

I'm 12 weeks now and just had my 12 week appointment, heard the heartbeat and the dr. said it was safe to tell people now!!

Oh yeah!! And it's my 25th birthday!! That heartbeat was the best birthday present ever!!

I'll have an update soon!! I just wanted to tell those of you who are still hanging around.

jane2073
09-30-2011, 08:36 PM
Excellent news!!! Congratulations!! :)

IheartDDuck
09-30-2011, 08:52 PM
That's awesome, congratulations!!!

jc040404
09-30-2011, 10:15 PM
Congrats!!! :yay: Definitely the best birthday present! :thumbsup2 & Happy Birthday!!

Dugette
10-01-2011, 12:21 AM
Congrats and happy birthday! :bday:

Merida
10-01-2011, 12:28 AM
Congratulations! Everyone seems to be having babies right now (makes me feel all adult-y to know people my age with babies ;) ). Happy birthday!

natebenma
10-02-2011, 05:17 AM
Wonderful news!!! Congratuations to you and Andrew! This will be such a fantastic time in your lives. Hope you have been feeling well. :)

Dee

PS- I think I'm late, but

:bday:

dresden_smith
10-02-2011, 07:30 PM
Congrats on the pregnancy!! That's such wonderful news!! I cant wait to read the rest of your TR. I'm really enjoying your adventures.

mike the canuck
10-03-2011, 05:20 AM
congrats!

akayek31
10-04-2011, 12:26 PM
Congratulations! I got the news on my birthday that I was pregnant with my son (back in 1992). I was 12 weeks by the time I went to the doctor lol. Oh and thanks for the new obsession :) about 4 days before we left WDW I got into the pin trading. I was trying for all the baby princesses and by the time we left Sunday I had all but baby Ariel :( But we will be back in February and I WILL find it then!

LilAnn
10-05-2011, 02:36 AM
Congratulations! That's so exciting! you guys will be great parents and I can't wait to read about your first trip with your little one in the future! ;)

And I'm still here to read on about your trip.

AprilRenee
10-07-2011, 01:07 PM
Back!! Finally!! Baby and I are gonna finish this TR if it’s the last thing we do! I’ve got to AT LEAST finish it before our trip in Jan. I mean really….isn’t a year long enough to be writing a trip report??


So after running into Dorma Nesmond we decided to take the boat from HS to Epcot for lunch. These boats always seem like a good idea to me and they NEVER are!! It took forever! Maybe we were just really hungry? I don’t know. Every time I try and take a boat it turns into a disaster. I should just stay away from them.

Ah well, eventually we got to Epcot.
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On the boat ride over I checked the Line’s app and saw that Soarin’ FPs were gone for the day, so we decided not to even venture over to Future World and just spend the afternoon exploring World Showcase.

Oliver wanted food from France so we hit there first. On our way back to the bakery we saw Remi thru the window at Chefs De France (I think?).
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After grabbing Oliver food in France we started making our way over to China for Elliott, Avery, and Andrew to get food. I was still undecided on what I wanted. Round about Morocco I decided that I really wanted the same thing Oliver got (it looked so good!!) so Oliver and I decided to head back to France and then meet up with the boys once we had gotten me food. So back to the bakery we went.

On our way back to France, we passed a SUPER short line to see Belle. Oliver was all for stopping (cause he knows the Belle is my ALL time favorite princess, Disney character, movie….she’s my favorite everything!) I wasn’t planning on meeting up with her really this trip because I had met her last trip and got her to sign my childhood Belle pillowcase and it was a kind of weird meeting that time. It was my first trip and while waiting in line I totally got starstruck and nervous about meeting my idol. It was crazy. I knew, in my mind, that she was just a “friend” of Belle, but in that moment, standing there waiting to meet her…she was really Belle and I was SO nervous that she wouldn’t like me or something weird. Looking back, I just sound like a doufus. But then I met her and she acted kinda weird that a grown up just told her that she was my favorite character and honestly, it was a slightly disappointing meeting. So I was all set to just skip her this trip. I met her once and I liked my cartoon version of her much better! I did get an awesome pillowcase out of it though!
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Anyway, the line was short and I had no preconceived notions this time, and Oliver was being so sweet and offering to jump in line, so we did. I wish this was the Belle that I had met that first time! She was really awesome and friendly! She talked to us about our pins and asked what our favorite story was. I told her that HER story was my favorite ☺ She liked that. Then we took a pic. Oliver and I planned our pose while waiting in the line so we told her what we wanted to do.
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So that was a lot of fun :thumbsup2 Then we moved on to get me some food. I am SO glad I decided to go back to the bakery!! I got a baguette turkey and cheese sandwich, a bottle of water, and a napoleon! OMG!!! It was the best meal I ate on the entire trip!! Ahhh….makes me happy just remembering!! That napoleon was SO delicious!! I can’t WAIT to get back to Epcot and get another one!!

We scooted our way over to China (which is a REALLY long walk from France…FYI. Especially when you’re holding a napoleon on a paper plate that is trying to fly out of your hand.) We made it to about Morrocco before I convinced Oliver to stop with me at a kiosk and ask a CM if we could have a to-go box. That guy was SO nice! We stood there and chatted with one CM while the other one ran into the nearby restaurant and got me a to-go box so that I didn’t lose my napoleon. He also brought me back a pile of napkins. He was awesome! We thanked him profusely and continued on our trek around the world!

We finally met up with the other boys and finished our lunches at the CS in China. Once done we decided to slowly make our way back to the other side of the WS and explore all the countries on our way. It was a really fun and relaxed afternoon.

Andrew took several years of German in high school and Elliott and Avery were both taking German at the time so the 3 of them really wanted to spend some time in Germany. We taught Elliott and Avery how to ask to see pins in German (Andrew learned on our last trip) and we wandered around Germany pin trading and exploring.


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Elliott with his favorite pin, a Mickey head of the German flag.

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Avery in Germany

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Andrew in Germany

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All of us in Germany

Also in Germany, we found this ADOREABLE little stuffed pig. Elliott’s girlfriend Jacqueline wants a teacup pig and Elliott was still on a search for a souvenir for her. Jacqueline was also watching one of our dogs (and having a terrible time of it…Elly was being REALLY bad!) so Andrew and I pitched in to help Elliott buy the little stuffed pig. I’m sad I don’t have a pic of it...it was really cute!

Once in Moracco we stopped to meet the boys’ FAVORITE princess. Pretty much their favorite cause she’s not wearing much. :rolleyes:
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Then we got some customary fez photos!
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This is where I learned that the reason Elliott would never look at my camera was that he decided that if he looked at the camera it would steal his soul. He is SO weird!

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Oliver in France (he’s learning French in school)

In England a few of the boys stopped to listen to the Beatle’s band.
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On our trek, we also explored that back part of Canada…never knew THAT was there. Haha!

After we made it around the world in 80 minutes (j/k) we decided to go take a break at the hotel before EMH at MK that night.

Next up: Is our evening MK experience a better one this time??

natebenma
10-07-2011, 02:56 PM
Glad to see the TR posts again. What a fantastic afternoon in the World Showcase! Enjoying international cuisine and meeting princesses!

AprilRenee
10-07-2011, 03:00 PM
Excellent news!!! Congratulations!! :)
Thank you!

That's awesome, congratulations!!!
Thanks!!

Congrats!!! :yay: Definitely the best birthday present! :thumbsup2 & Happy Birthday!!
Right?? Totally agree!! And thanks!

Congrats and happy birthday! :bday:
Thank you!...hey! You're on your trip right now aren't you guys?? Yay!! Can't wait to read the next report!

Congratulations! Everyone seems to be having babies right now (makes me feel all adult-y to know people my age with babies ;) ). Happy birthday!
Haha!! It makes you feel even more adult-y when you're the one growing the baby!

Wonderful news!!! Congratuations to you and Andrew! This will be such a fantastic time in your lives. Hope you have been feeling well. :)

Dee

PS- I think I'm late, but

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Thank you! Actually, I had a super easy 1st trimester. I felt queasy a lot but it was only like feeling carsick. I didn't throw up once. I did have a lot of fatigue...I could only make it til about 10 am before crashing on my couch. Thankfully the photography studio I work at was super slow so I had a lot of time at home.

Congrats on the pregnancy!! That's such wonderful news!! I cant wait to read the rest of your TR. I'm really enjoying your adventures.
Thank you! Glad you're enjoying!


congrats!
Thanks!!

Congratulations! I got the news on my birthday that I was pregnant with my son (back in 1992). I was 12 weeks by the time I went to the doctor lol. Oh and thanks for the new obsession :) about 4 days before we left WDW I got into the pin trading. I was trying for all the baby princesses and by the time we left Sunday I had all but baby Ariel :( But we will be back in February and I WILL find it then!
Hahahaha!! You're very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. And I LOVE those baby princesses. They're one of my favorite sets!

Congratulations! That's so exciting! you guys will be great parents and I can't wait to read about your first trip with your little one in the future! ;)

And I'm still here to read on about your trip.
I can't wait to HAVE a first trip with the baby! :goodvibes
Glad you're still here! I'm gonna try and get this thing done ASAP! We're getting close!

AprilRenee
10-07-2011, 03:04 PM
Glad to see the TR posts again. What a fantastic afternoon in the World Showcase! Enjoying international cuisine and meeting princesses!

Thanks! I'm glad to be doing them again...it was kinda hanging over my head. I'm sad your TR is almost done. I've been enjoying it and taking notes for our 2 Universal days on our next trip!

mike the canuck
10-07-2011, 03:05 PM
Glad to see more updates. This has been one of my favourite TR to follow :) Looks like a fun group to go to Disney with.

AprilRenee
10-07-2011, 03:09 PM
Glad to see more updates. This has been one of my favourite TR to follow :) Looks like a fun group to go to Disney with.

Haha! Thanks! Yeah, we're pretty fun...you should see us at "family dinner" on Sunday nights. We're a little out of control...it's super fun! :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
10-08-2011, 07:44 PM
The bakery in France is so yummy! You mentioned the napoleon and I got all excited. I love that treat!

AprilRenee
10-14-2011, 01:37 PM
The bakery in France is so yummy! You mentioned the napoleon and I got all excited. I love that treat!

I got all excited too!! Man I want another one!

AprilRenee
10-14-2011, 03:28 PM
After a little break at the hotel we headed out to get some dinner, see Wishes, and enjoy some late night MK fun. I apparently didn’t take many pics this evening so I’m gonna really try to remember what we did. I also didn’t take very good notes. Eh…so I’ll do my best.

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We brough a bunch of glow sticks with us on the trip and totally forgot to take them to the parks almost every night (we did remember on our fantasmic night but we still had a million). So we took ALL of our glowsticks tonight with us since it was our last night in the parks.

Once at MK we checked PPF’s FP situation. They were all gone so we decided to hit Pinoccio’s for dinner. They had pizza and some other things and we hadn’t eaten there yet. It was ok food but nothing to write home about. Oliver ended up going over to CHH for dinner and bringing it back to eat with us at Pinoccio’s. He doesn’t really like pizza and the rest of the food on the menu didn’t really appeal to him. I tried to text him and get him to get the apple crisp for his desert and then I would trade him my chocolate cake thing but we had a lot of issues with the cell phones. Either Pinoccio’s hated us or CHH did. Either way, we ended up with a million chocolate cake things and no apple crisp. :sad:

We did get a seat where we could see the Small World riders so that was fun. There were some cute kids sitting next to us and we ended up offering them some of our millions of deserts. We started talking to them and their parents. Talked about pin trading and where we were all from. Then we offered them some of our millions of glowsticks. The kids were happy to take them and we headed out to ride Haunted Mansion.

While in line we decided to put on ALL the glowsticks. Ever snap 30 glowsticks all at once? It was FUN!! We went all out and put glowsticks all over ourselves, wrists, necks, headbands, on our lanyards. Well…it was a BAD DECISION.

Wanna know how Haunted Mansion works? Wear a million glowsticks while riding. Ya know the term, smoke and mirrors?? Well, lets just say that there were a lot of ghosts wearing glowsticks on that ride. I think I rode with Avery on that one and after about 30 seconds of the ride we started trying to shove all of our glowsticks inside our jackets or sit on them and get rid of them. We felt pretty bad about it and hoped it didn’t ruin the ride for anyone.

After that fiasco, we headed over to find a good spot to watch Wishes. After our failed attempt at watching from Cosmic Ray’s I got on Disboards to figure out where we were REALLY supposed to try. It was the Tomorrowland Terrace. Well, we got over there and realized that there was a Wishes Desert Party going on. So instead we ended up on the walkway between that and CP. It wasn’t a bad place to watch so we stuck it out there.
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After Wishes, I gave my friend Erin a call. It was her birthday and we had talked for a while about her coming along on the trip. It didn’t end up working out but I wanted to give her a call. I also sent her a text photo with pics from Wishes. I told her they were shooting off fireworks for her birthday!

After our phone call, we decided to hit Jungle Cruise and try some Dole Whips. At the Dole Whip window the guy got confused and thought we wanted 2. So we ended up with 2 Dole Whips and used 2 snack credits. I was a little bummed cause we were being so careful to ration out our snack credits. And then, on top of that, I didn’t really like the Dole Whip. I know…I know!! But I don’t really like pineapple so I wasn’t surprised. Elliott and Andrew finished the 2 off and it was all fine.

Next we headed to Fantasyworld and the line for Dumbo was all but empty. So we jumped in line.
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While in fantasyland we stopped to get a pic of Andrew pulling on the sword. We messed up his pic earlier in the week when we did it.
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Next Avery, Elliott, and I rode the teacups.
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Bonus to this? Elliott is way stronger than us and totally competitive so he SPUN that teacup and Avery and I just sat back and ENJOYED!
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After the teacups, Andrew, Avery, and I decided to go check out the Laugh Floor. Elliott and Oliver wanted to try out Stitch. After our rides we decided it was time to move toward the front and head back to the resort.

On our way out we stopped to get a pic in front of the castle.
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Avery and I then went on a hunt to find churros. NO LUCK!! Apparently at midnight all the churro places are closed. Maybe I should have started that quest a little earlier in the night. Ah well, we stopped to get a few more pics.

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After that, we met up with the rest of the boys. Elliott, Oliver, and Avery decided that they just wanted to go back to the hotel but Andrew and I wanted to shop. So we figured they could handle a bus trip back alone and we sent them off and headed to the Emporium. After a while of wandering we didn’t really find anything that we MUST have (except I REALLY wanted the beautiful blanket that was part of the “spend $xx and you can buy this for $xx” promotion. We decided to just wait until the next morning and grab our souveniers on our way out. Since our trip was right after Christmas, Andrew and I had both asked for gift cards as Christmas gifts. So we had a bit of Disney money to spend.

On our way out of the park we saw the Electrical Water Pageant. That was fun to see and nice to share with Andrew alone. We didn’t get much alone time on this trip so we really savored the time that we did get.

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Once back at the hotel, we packed up as much as we could, showered, and got ready for the next day. Avery and I made some excuse to go up to the main hall. I had to prep Andrew’s birthday surprises for his birthday in the am.

I had gotten a Mickey Mouse balloon at the Dollar Store and wanted to see if the front desk would fill it with helium for me. We found a manager and he was super nice and filled it up AND got a little Mickey weight for it.

While at the main hall, Avery also used his gift card to get Andrew a Yoda pin for his lanyard.

Then we headed back to the room, I stuck my head in and thankfully Andrew was in the shower. So Avery and I ran in with the balloon and hid it in the boys bathroom (thank Heaven for the family suite’s 2 bathrooms!)

Then we headed to bed. I waited til Andrew fell asleep and jumped out of bed, grabbed his birthday gifts and put them on his bedside table with his balloon. I wanted him to have a fun surprise in the morning!

Coming up: How do we spend our last day at Disney?

IheartDDuck
10-14-2011, 08:50 PM
I think you got the same guy I did when getting Dole Whips! I had the same problem, it was like he didn't understand us and we ended up getting too many of them.

jc040404
10-14-2011, 11:12 PM
Oh my! Your glow sticks fun in the Haunted Mansion had me laughing so much!! :lmao: I had to read it to dh! I guess that would change the ride a little and can just imagine seeing you trying to hide them all. Soo funny!!

How sweet about your birthday surprise for Andrew. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to hear about the last day, but so sad to see this is ending!

AprilRenee
10-14-2011, 11:27 PM
I think you got the same guy I did when getting Dole Whips! I had the same problem, it was like he didn't understand us and we ended up getting too many of them.

Yeah!! I really wasn't sure he understood English all that well. Though it WAS pretty late at night and he may have just been really tired. Oh well...we still ended up with snacks left over at the end so it was fine.

Oh my! Your glow sticks fun in the Haunted Mansion had me laughing so much!! :lmao: I had to read it to dh! I guess that would change the ride a little and can just imagine seeing you trying to hide them all. Soo funny!!

How sweet about your birthday surprise for Andrew. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to hear about the last day, but so sad to see this is ending!

It was pretty funny at the time, once we got over the horror of what we had just done. :sad2:

We had a pretty good last day at Disney. The day went SOUTH really fast after that though. So don't worry...this TR still has a good 4-5 (or more) updates coming. But I don't want to give too much away, so I'm gonna stop talking right there.

Merida
10-15-2011, 01:57 PM
Love the Electrical Water pageant pictures! I don't know why I like the EWP so much but it's just so cute (especially the octopus) in a Lite Brite-y kind of way.

Having a good spinner in the tea cups is the best. I hate focusing on spinning but love going really really fast, so it doesn't always work out.

Did you get the blanket? I'm really hoping it's still the castle blanket when we go in December because I want one so badly! Never mind that we have more blankets than we could ever use (somehow we just keep acquiring more and more...), it's so pretty!

akayek31
10-15-2011, 03:25 PM
I am not to fond of pineapple either so no dole whips for me. I had a citrus swirl instead :). It kind of made for a weird experience with the dessert at Ohana's. I was hording my snacks for 8 days so I could use them at the Food & Wine festival. Guess how many I used that day. A big whopping two :lmao: We ended up having 16 left the night we left so lots of snacks to take home to my daughter (the tye dye cheesecake in the cooler didn't make it)

natebenma
10-16-2011, 11:56 AM
Great update! Fantastic pictures! I love that first one looking up at the castle and the last wishes one! :love: Great shot of all of you in front of the castle, too.

You did a lot of fun things that night!

I also cracked up at your Haunted Mansion story!!! Too Funny!

Bummer at not getting the apple cobbler from CHH- that is my son's favorite!

How did you like Jungle Cruise at night? A lot of people rave, but we thought it was just meh for us.

I'm glad you saw and got some great pictures of EWP.

Looking forward to hearing about your last day, but sad that your report is almost over. :(

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 10:43 AM
Cute group shot in front of the castle. Funny story about the glow bracelets though.

Can't wait to see how Andrew's birthday surprise turns out. So sweet of you all!

Have fun on your upcoming Disney/Universal trip! Only bummer with going while pregnant is that you miss out on a lot of rides. HP world is awesome! I walked out with way too many souvenirs.

AprilRenee
10-22-2011, 01:02 AM
Love the Electrical Water pageant pictures! I don't know why I like the EWP so much but it's just so cute (especially the octopus) in a Lite Brite-y kind of way.

Having a good spinner in the tea cups is the best. I hate focusing on spinning but love going really really fast, so it doesn't always work out.

Did you get the blanket? I'm really hoping it's still the castle blanket when we go in December because I want one so badly! Never mind that we have more blankets than we could ever use (somehow we just keep acquiring more and more...), it's so pretty!

The EWP was cool! I really wanted to try and see it on our first trip but it never worked out. It was a nice little surprise this time!

Having a spinner was AWESOME!! I had to ride it alone last time cause Andrew doesn't do spinning rides!

I did get the blanket! I love it! We've been through a lot together...you'll understand soon!

I am not to fond of pineapple either so no dole whips for me. I had a citrus swirl instead :). It kind of made for a weird experience with the dessert at Ohana's. I was hording my snacks for 8 days so I could use them at the Food & Wine festival. Guess how many I used that day. A big whopping two :lmao: We ended up having 16 left the night we left so lots of snacks to take home to my daughter (the tye dye cheesecake in the cooler didn't make it)

Hahaha!! We always get really spend-thrifty with our snacks too and then have a million to spend at the end. Maybe this trip that won't happen since there's only 1 snack per day. :sad2: But I'm pretty sure it'll just make us worse!

Great update! Fantastic pictures! I love that first one looking up at the castle and the last wishes one! :love: Great shot of all of you in front of the castle, too.

You did a lot of fun things that night!

I also cracked up at your Haunted Mansion story!!! Too Funny!

Bummer at not getting the apple cobbler from CHH- that is my son's favorite!

How did you like Jungle Cruise at night? A lot of people rave, but we thought it was just meh for us.

I'm glad you saw and got some great pictures of EWP.

Looking forward to hearing about your last day, but sad that your report is almost over. :(

Thanks!! I really love pics of the castle at night!

We did do a lot that night!! I love late night at the MK!!! It's awesome!!

I enjoy Jungle Cruise at night but we also went on our first jungle cruise at night so it has good memories. But really it's pretty much the same as during the day... Though our first time our skipper took his flashlight and flashed it on a waterfall and said "Hey look! It's Fantasmic!!" (I think it was the Schweitzer Falls). Andrew and I had just gone to Fantasmic the day before and had been a little less than impressed and considered it just "movies on water" so that joke was HILARIOUS to us. But no skipper has ever done it again and that was sad cause that joke totally MADE that ride for us!

Don't be too sad about the TR ending...we still have a while to go. Our last day "lasted" a while!


Cute group shot in front of the castle. Funny story about the glow bracelets though.

Can't wait to see how Andrew's birthday surprise turns out. So sweet of you all!

Have fun on your upcoming Disney/Universal trip! Only bummer with going while pregnant is that you miss out on a lot of rides. HP world is awesome! I walked out with way too many souvenirs.

Yeah...I don't mind too much missing the rides at Disney (they're mostly ones that I either do alone or don't go on at all so no big loss). But I am sad about missing Forbidden Journey. We're both very excited to do WWoHP and see everything!!! I'm sure we will buy WAY too much stuff too!!

AprilRenee
10-22-2011, 01:19 AM
Ok so I’m gonna try and get a quick update in here. Bear with me cause my notes are non-existent for this day on. My notebook is a blank page from about halfway thru yesterday! So we’ll see how this goes! OOOH!! I forgot…I have kinda notes on my iphone! They were written 284 days ago! YIKES!!

First a note about the night before…Andrew reminded be that I gave him one of his gifts that night. He was kinda sad cause he had run out of trader pins and still had almost a whole day left with nothing that he wanted to trade. I didn’t want him going to bed bummed out about it so I gave him 1 gift early. When I ordered pins for the boys’ Christmas presents I ordered 10 extra and just didn’t tell Andrew. I knew he would be running low on traders by the last day and I really wanted him to be able to trade on his birthday without having to make decisions about what he was willing to part with. So his early birthday present was a set of 10 more traders so he had LOTS to trade with on his birthday. He was pretty excited and immediately put the pins on his lanyard and put the keepers away in our luggage!

So the next morning when Andrew woke up, there was a balloon and a couple of gifts on his bedside table. I remember when I was a kid on some birthdays my mom would leave a gift in my bed and it would be there when I woke up. That was the most magical feeling and I really wanted him to feel like a kid today! I mean he WAS in Disney World ON his birthday!! He was surprised and excited about his gifts. I had gotten him Toy Story Mania for the wii (so he could take some of WDW home with him) and Avery had gotten him that pin. Elliott and Oliver kinda forgot to get anything but Andrew, of course, didn’t care. I think he was a little surprised and touched that Avery had gotten him something.

So after some present time we got up and finished packing up. I checked in for our flight on my iphone and we headed to drop our luggage off at the front before heading to the parks.
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It’s our last day!! :tear:

Where were we heading?? Stay Tuned!!

natebenma
10-22-2011, 07:33 AM
!!

I enjoy Jungle Cruise at night but we also went on our first jungle cruise at night so it has good memories. But really it's pretty much the same as during the day... Though our first time our skipper took his flashlight and flashed it on a waterfall and said "Hey look! It's Fantasmic!!" (I think it was the Schweitzer Falls). Andrew and I had just gone to Fantasmic the day before and had been a little less than impressed and considered it just "movies on water" so that joke was HILARIOUS to us. But no skipper has ever done it again and that was sad cause that joke totally MADE that ride for us!



I love that!!!

We had one skipper (Blake) who quoted Willy Wonka as we were going into the Asian tunnel. None of our other drivers have ever done that. It really is amusing when you get "new" material

When I ordered pins for the boys’ Christmas presents I ordered 10 extra and just didn’t tell Andrew. I knew he would be running low on traders by the last day and I really wanted him to be able to trade on his birthday without having to make decisions about what he was willing to part with. So his early birthday present was a set of 10 more traders so he had LOTS to trade with on his birthday. He was pretty excited and immediately put the pins on his lanyard and put the keepers away in our luggage!




What great planning to get those extra pins. :) Those instincts will serve you well when you are a parent!

Dugette
10-22-2011, 05:08 PM
Just got caught up on your report. That's funny about the glow sticks in the Haunted Mansion...I never would have thought that would reveal all the secrets! I love the pic of your brothers on Dumbo with their arms in the air! :rotfl: I'm dreading your long last day, though! :eek:

jc040404
10-22-2011, 11:31 PM
How sweet that you bought some extra pins for him to trade. :thumbsup2 I love the idea of waking up to a birthday surprise, too. (Might have to steal that one for the boys next year ;)) So sad that this is the last day though! :sad1:

mike the canuck
10-24-2011, 06:55 AM
Where did you order your pins from? I want to try pin trading on my next trip :)

AprilRenee
10-27-2011, 11:32 PM
I love that!!!
What great planning to get those extra pins. :) Those instincts will serve you well when you are a parent!
:) I hope so. I have every intention of being an AWESOME parent! :) Hope I can live up to my expectations.


Just got caught up on your report. That's funny about the glow sticks in the Haunted Mansion...I never would have thought that would reveal all the secrets! I love the pic of your brothers on Dumbo with their arms in the air! :rotfl: I'm dreading your long last day, though! :eek:
Haha! They were such dorks...but I'm glad they were having fun! I'm dreading my long last day too :sad1:


How sweet that you bought some extra pins for him to trade. :thumbsup2 I love the idea of waking up to a birthday surprise, too. (Might have to steal that one for the boys next year ;)) So sad that this is the last day though! :sad1:
You should totally steal it! It makes your birthday EXTRA magical!

Where did you order your pins from? I want to try pin trading on my next trip :)
I buy them on ebay. I'm a horrible person. I try to find a "good" seller (there's some thread on here that has tons of info about good and bad sellers) but sometimes I just buy the ones I can afford.

mike the canuck
10-28-2011, 04:52 PM
I buy them on ebay. I'm a horrible person. I try to find a "good" seller (there's some thread on here that has tons of info about good and bad sellers) but sometimes I just buy the ones I can afford.

That sounds like a good idea :) Thanks

AprilRenee
01-04-2012, 10:39 PM
Hey!! I’m still alive!! Hope some of you are still around!
I’m sorry for abandoning you guys but please don’t take it personally, I even abandoned baby preparations from mid Oct til now! I had been taking baby bump photos each week and it went from once a week to every 3 or so weeks. I am the artistic director for a month long Christmas festival and mid Oct started crunch time with the festival ending on Christmas eve. After family time and a few days to recover, I’m getting back to life again…AND we have a trip coming up in 3 weeks and I REALLY want to finish this before then!! I only have the end of Andrew’s birthday day and then our trip home to complete. So hopefully I can do it!!

So…back to your not-so-regularly scheduled TR….


We left off with packing up the room and heading out to our first park. The night before we must have discussed our plans for the day. The original plan was to go to MK but after our previous MK day, we really had done all the stuff we wanted to do. So I opened it up to Andrew and the boys….Andrew got first choice cause it was his b-day though. The end decision was to hit EP for Soarin and then eventually end up at MK.

We made it to EP in time for RD and managed to get onto the very first ride of Soarin!
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After Soarin’ we decided to grab FPs for a second flight and stick around for a little while longer. Andrew and I wanted some breakfast and had snacks left so we grabbed some food at Sunshine Seasons and the boys decided to ride Living with the Land again. Today was a relaxed day with no real plan so we just chilled for a while and waited for them.

After they got off the ride we decided to hit Club Cool and do a bit of pin trading. Finally we decided to just go to MK and gave up on our FPs. We passed them off to a family and headed to the monorail.

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This began our wonderful day of transportation issues. Little did we know that this would become the theme of the day. Our ride from EP to the TTC was a little slow cause we stopped on the tracks a few times. Finally we reached TTC and went to get on the MK monorail. There was a HUGE line and no monorail in sight. Finally a monorail appeared, opened the doors, then closed the doors and left!! After that happened a second time, Andrew went up to the CM to see what the heck was going on. The CM tried to stick to his script but finally Andrew got him to admit that something was going on with the monorails and that it might be a while. We bailed.

At that point we headed back down the ramp to the ferry. The ferry was kinda fun though there were a LOT of seagulls and Avery was hilariously terrified!! He was curled up in a ball on the floor of the ferry trying to protect himself from the seagulls. The rest of us thought it was hysterical. Poor Avery!

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Once at MK, I told Elliott that if he wanted to ride SM that this would be the best time of the day to do so. So Elliott and Oliver ran off to tomorrowland while Andrew, Avery and I started walking to Fantasyland, I think to get PPF fast passes. On the way we passed the Rapunzel line and decided…ya know what! Screw it! We wanna meet Rapunzel!! So into line we jumped!

I think we had to wait for 1 full M&G and then wait for them to come out again. I think overall we waited maybe an hour? Andrew held the spot for a while while Avery and I went to get the churros that we weren’t able to find the night before and got FPs for Peter Pan’s Flight.

At some point Elliott and Oliver came and checked in with us, decided they didn’t want to meet Rapunzel and then ran off to ride some other rides. I know they rode the Stitch ride and maybe a few others.

We FINALLY got to do our M&G! First we stood in line while the little kids colored and then danced with R and F.
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This would have been cooler if we had a kid of our own but as it was, it was just more waiting in line. But finally it was our turn! Yay!!

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They talked to us for a few minutes, we had Flynn do his smolder and then got a pic.
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It was fun to meet them and really, we were being chill that day and didn’t really mind just sitting in line and enjoying being at Disney. We were all pretty tired by this point and didn’t have the energy to go go go.

After our M&G the boys were back and we all decided to go get FPs for Jungle Cruise. Once we got there the line was really short so we just rode it instead of FP-ing it. Again, it was fun! We really like that ride. The cheesiness just makes it awesome!

After that, Andrew got to pick our lunch location and he chose Cosmic Rays. So back to Tomorrowland we went. When we got up to the counter the guys there saw Andrew’s birthday button and sang a birthday song for him! LOL
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I think he was a little embarrassed! It’s so funny, cause he wore that button the whole trip but only got recognition on his real birthday. Haha!

At lunch we had to start getting creative with food credits cause Elliott hadn’t shared any meals like the rest of us had and he was out of meals but had a bunch of snacks left. So he traded Oliver some snack credits for a meal credit. It worked out fine cause Oliver made a meal out of snack credit items and Elliott got a full meal. The rest of us were right on track with meals and time left.

After lunch we went to use our PPF FPs and see Mickey’s Philharmagic one more time (since it’s my favorite!)

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Love this sign!! :-D

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After that, we decided it was time to do our souvenir shopping and start making our way out of the park. We spent quite a while in the shops finding what we wanted. I ended up getting this awesome black and white hound’s-tooth purse with a Mickey silhouette on it. I love that purse and I’ve used it for a year now! My purses usually only last about 4-5 months cause I get bored. I also got an antenna topper and some postcards and things for Mom and Dad back home AND I got the awesome Castle blanket. That blanket was my best friend for the next 3 days and we still love to use it at home! The purse and blanket were the best souvenirs we’ve ever bought!!

After we spent most of our money (Andrew didn’t find much he wanted and ended up coming home with $$ still on a gift card…good thing we have another trip coming up!! :cool1:) we stopped for a few more pics in front of the castle. Please notice the awesome shirts that I made!!:thumbsup2

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And then our now traditional “saying goodbye to the castle” picture
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And then we were headed off to the resort to gather our bags and head to the airport.

I’m gonna stop here for now…but don’t leave (assuming you’re still here…) cause this day is FAR from over... dum dum DUMMMM

Dugette
01-04-2012, 10:49 PM
I'm still here! Sounds like a pretty relaxed last day! Except for whatever is coming up...:eek:

Can't believe your next trip is so soon! :cool1:

AprilRenee
01-04-2012, 11:04 PM
I'm still here! Sounds like a pretty relaxed last day! Except for whatever is coming up...:eek:

Can't believe your next trip is so soon! :cool1:

:cool1::cool1: I'm so glad you're still here! I can't believe our next trip is so soon either!! With being so busy it really snuck up on us!! But I'm excited!!

Merida
01-04-2012, 11:56 PM
The original Rapunzel and Flynn meet and greet area is so adorable. We saw them inside during the Christmas party on our recent trip and it's just not the same. I wish they were still there (well, Rapunzel still is, but Flynn should be there too)!

Peter Pan and Philharmagic are two of my favorites. There's just something so sweet and lovable about the rides in Fantasyland. I just wish that the Peter Pan line went a little bit faster - it's not so lovable that I'd wait 45+ minutes!

I LOVE the castle blanket. It's so soft and warm and snuggly (unfortunately our cats think so too). It's the perfect size for me so I use it all the time. Pretty sure my boyfriend hasn't touched it since we bought it! I just wish that this year's had the lights on it.

LilAnn
01-05-2012, 01:20 AM
I'm still here too! I have loved reading your TR because you guys have the best photos. And I totally love your t-shirts that day, especially that you got all the guys to wear it. I always love seeing your "self-taken" group shots - the best.

In case you ahve another long hiatus from the DIs - have fun on your babymoon!

akayek31
01-05-2012, 02:32 AM
I'm still here too :) I wish Flynn was there when I met Rapunzel in September. I hope you are having a wonderful pregnancy so far.

natebenma
01-05-2012, 09:55 AM
Also still here and glad to have you back to finish your report. I'm intrigued to hear about your miserable return home. Been there, Done that!!!

Loving your last day so far though. Yeah on the first Soarin' ride and also on giving your FP away. We do that once in awhile and we always find it harder to do than it should be. People think you are trying to scam them! Or they are leaving the park too. Or they don't speak English. We have had all of those scenarios.

I cracked up about Avery and the Seagulls, but I totally understand. I am still traumatized by the gull who came and snatched a churro out of my hand near Mexico back in the 80s! Those suckers are fierce!

Your shirts are awesome! I noticed them in the Rapunzel pictures, but they are even better with all 5 together. Very cute castle pictures- I love the "saying goodbye" one. Gonna have to steal that idea!

Dee

jc040404
01-05-2012, 11:35 AM
I love your shirts! I was going to ask where you got them until I saw you made them yourself. Awesome job! :thumbsup2 Love the pics of all of you in front of the castle!

How awesome that you were on the first Soarin flight, too! I could never be over there fast enough for that.

The seagull story with Avery had me laughing. Poor thing!! I do not like those birds at all but thinking of him curled up, afraid, was too funny. :rotfl:

Can't wait to see how this return journey goes.. It doesn't sound good at all! popcorn::

Disneylvr
01-05-2012, 03:10 PM
Love your report and just found it today! We are from STL as well and going to WDW this January (6 days and counting) so I am following your trip report with great interest and can't wait to read the final chapter. Congrats on the baby!!!

AprilRenee
01-05-2012, 07:59 PM
Wow!! You're all still here AND I got a new friend too!?!?! Thanks guys!!

The original Rapunzel and Flynn meet and greet area is so adorable. We saw them inside during the Christmas party on our recent trip and it's just not the same. I wish they were still there (well, Rapunzel still is, but Flynn should be there too)!

Peter Pan and Philharmagic are two of my favorites. There's just something so sweet and lovable about the rides in Fantasyland. I just wish that the Peter Pan line went a little bit faster - it's not so lovable that I'd wait 45+ minutes!

I LOVE the castle blanket. It's so soft and warm and snuggly (unfortunately our cats think so too). It's the perfect size for me so I use it all the time. Pretty sure my boyfriend hasn't touched it since we bought it! I just wish that this year's had the lights on it.

I wish Flynn was still there too! I mean for all the "it's a boy movie" advertising they tried to do for that movie, they sure did give up and go with the princess thing really easily. Everyone LOVES Flynn!! I don't get it!

Mickey's Philharmagic is my favorite!! Soarin' is a very very close second...possibly a tie. But I think if the Philharmagic was closed for refurb...I might reschedule my trip. Yep.

I love my castle blanket too!! We've been thru a lot together...you'll see soon. ;)

I'm still here too! I have loved reading your TR because you guys have the best photos. And I totally love your t-shirts that day, especially that you got all the guys to wear it. I always love seeing your "self-taken" group shots - the best.

In case you ahve another long hiatus from the DIs - have fun on your babymoon!

Hahaha!! I love my group shots! They make me happy! We take those all the time, even when not at Disney.

I was really surprised, the boys didn't fight me at all on the matching shirts! They were part of my Christmas gift to them last year and they all loved them! They wanted to wear them every day of the trip! And they still wear them now. LOL I'm so glad!

And I'm planning on finishing this TR before I bail for my trip. The return trip home was very stressful though and I'm not really looking forward to reliving it. :sad2:

I'm still here too :) I wish Flynn was there when I met Rapunzel in September. I hope you are having a wonderful pregnancy so far.

He was pretty cool! And thanks, my pregnancy has been incredibly easy! I've been very blessed! I hope this trend continues thru delivery!


Also still here and glad to have you back to finish your report. I'm intrigued to hear about your miserable return home. Been there, Done that!!!

Loving your last day so far though. Yeah on the first Soarin' ride and also on giving your FP away. We do that once in awhile and we always find it harder to do than it should be. People think you are trying to scam them! Or they are leaving the park too. Or they don't speak English. We have had all of those scenarios.

I cracked up about Avery and the Seagulls, but I totally understand. I am still traumatized by the gull who came and snatched a churro out of my hand near Mexico back in the 80s! Those suckers are fierce!

Your shirts are awesome! I noticed them in the Rapunzel pictures, but they are even better with all 5 together. Very cute castle pictures- I love the "saying goodbye" one. Gonna have to steal that idea!

Dee

Yay!! Glad you're still here!! Yeah, bad return trips are no fun! But hey! I learned a lot!

We were so mean to Avery too...we kept telling him there was a gull near him and things like that. We're horrible.

I loved those shirts! They're made with a bleach pen! I found the directions here on the Dis and thought they looked cool. I'm really glad they turned out! I wish we had gotten a few more group pics. If we ever do that again I'd wear the matching shirts earlier in the trip. Maybe the first day instead. We were kinda over the pictures by the last day.

I love your shirts! I was going to ask where you got them until I saw you made them yourself. Awesome job! :thumbsup2 Love the pics of all of you in front of the castle!

How awesome that you were on the first Soarin flight, too! I could never be over there fast enough for that.

The seagull story with Avery had me laughing. Poor thing!! I do not like those birds at all but thinking of him curled up, afraid, was too funny. :rotfl:

Can't wait to see how this return journey goes.. It doesn't sound good at all! popcorn::

Yeah! You can find the directions here on the Dis. They're bleach pen shirts. They were SUPER easy!

Haha! I'm glad that the Avery story came across funny. It didn't feel funny while I was writing it but it was hilarious in real life!!

Love your report and just found it today! We are from STL as well and going to WDW this January (6 days and counting) so I am following your trip report with great interest and can't wait to read the final chapter. Congrats on the baby!!!

:welcome: Yay STL!!! Where abouts do you live? We're in U City but I grew up in St. Charles.

Hopefully I'll finish this TR before you leave but if I don't, have a wonderful time!! We'll be there a few weeks after you!

AprilRenee
01-05-2012, 10:22 PM
And now begins part 2 of our TR entitled:
I Lost My Soul at ATL

Now if you are the type who only likes happy stories of people’s trips to DisneyWorld, I would leave now….this is no longer that kind of Trip Report…..



Still here???



You’ve been warned!


PS...the bright colored font is done too...this story doesn't deserve happy blue font. Even the photo album I made changes from bright colored backgrounds and fonts to shades of gray at this point...


We left off with arriving back at POP to meet the Magical Express. Our Magical Express pick up time was about 4:30p. We got back in time to do some last minute pin trading, use up our last few snack credits, and take some final pics around the resort.

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Now…please take a moment to count the number of bags here. It’ll be important later on. There are 8 in this photo…might have been 1 more rolling bag but it wasn’t in the photo.

Finally our bus arrived and we hoped on to head to the airport. Here are our “sad to leave Disney, but kinda glad to be heading home” photos… Little did we know just HOW sad we really were!!

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Once at the airport we picked up our tickets at this nifty little kiosk
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and headed for our gate.




Along the way we stopped at the Disney Store and the Universal Store in the airport. At the Universal Store we stopped to look at all the Harry Potter stuff. The wands were super cool. All of a sudden, Oliver and Elliott both picked up wands and walked to the check out. LOL!! It was hilarious. They didn’t even discuss it, or sit there going “hmm should I get a wand? What wand should I get?” Nope…just picked up the wand they wanted and walked over to the checkout. I was cracking up!

So after buying some wands… :confused3 we headed thru security. As I walked thru the metal detector the “random screening” alarm went off. I looked at the lady and was like “I don’t have any metal on me!” She told me I was randomly selected and to please step into this box. The “box” was this little plexiglass clear box. I turned to Andrew and asked him to grab my stuff. I was kinda freaking out standing there in that scary glass box having no idea why they had pulled me out and hoping Andrew grabbed my bags and my cell phone was there at the screening point too, I hoped he grabbed that too!!!! and….and….and…
Then the guy standing there came over and opened the door and told me to hold out my hands, he then swiped them with a little piece of cloth and walked away. A min later he came back and told me I could go. I was like “WHAT WAS THAT???” He said he was screening me for gunpowder residue. WHAT??? I managed to make it over to where Andrew and the boys were, made sure they had all my stuff and then promptly burst into tears!! I was SO freaked out and had no idea what was going on. It was super scary.

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After that little disaster we made it to our gate and boarded our flight. We left MCO at 7:35p.

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Yeah April…you have no idea yet!

As we landed in ATL we looked out the window to see this:
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Now…you can’t really see in this photo…but we’re talking about a DUSTING of snow here. Granted, it was coming down pretty hard…but in the entire time we got there it really only got to be about 1.5-2 inches of snow, MAX!

Our pilot was hilarious and came over the speaker to do his little speech. He goes “Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to…um…Denver?” LOL We all laughed and giggled and then gathered our bags.

I took this pic of Elliott and Oliver’s seatmate. They had chatted with him the whole time and had really hit it off. He was pretty funny.
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After we got off our flight (at 9:20p) we headed for the screens to double check our next gate. Our flight was supposed to leave for STL at 10:30p. However, once we got to the screen, our flight was delayed til midnight. ☹ We were lucky though…most of the flights on that screen were canceled!

We decided to just head to our gate and wait it out. The airport was starting to look a little sad. People were hanging out and sitting instead of running from gate to gate.

We got to our gate to discover one of the reasons that our flight was delayed. The flight that was supposed to leave 30 min or so before us, heading to Kansas City MO, had been canceled and they were trying to fit as many people as possible onto our flight.

We sat down to hang out and wait. I called my mom to let her know that we would be later. She had to work early in the am so I called my dad to see if he would be willing to come out and pick us up at 2am assuming we got out of ATL. He said he would and to just call him when we got on the plane.

I took some pics while we waited, updated Facebook and mostly just hung out.

Elliott also updated Facebook. He actually updated FB the whole trip home and had some pretty hysterical statuses. So I’m going to periodically insert them into these posts. If it’s an Elliott FB status it’ll look like this:
***“Pray I make it out of Denver, I mean Atlanta.”***



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(This is our “Are we ever gonna get out” face)

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I took this to show my mom my awesome blanket.

It was starting to get a little chilly so I wrapped up while we waited. The boys ended up dosing a little but I couldn’t sleep because if I fell asleep then who would watch our stuff. So I sat up and kept watch while they napped a bit. At this point it was January 10th 1:12am…we had all been up for 18 hours.

While the boys dozed I got to watch some airport drama. Some Kansas City lady (evil woman making our plane late!) got up to go do something and another lady came over and sat in her seat. When the KC lady came back she went NUTS, screaming at the second lady, the rest of her family got all involved. There was pushing and an airline official came over to break them up. Then the first lady shoved the airport official and started yelling at him and yeah…it was dramatic. Eventually they all calmed down and the second lady went to find a different seat. It was crazy.

At a few minutes before 2pm they told us they were going to finally board our plane. They told us that we had 20 minutes to get everyone on the plane before the crew timed out. If the crew timed out, we couldn’t leave.

So we were in the very last boarding group and on EVERY other flight we had taken this trip they had asked if anyone would be willing to gate check their baggage since the flight was full and they didn’t have enough overhead space. As we were the LAST people to board the plane we figured they wouldn’t have room for our bags. So we decided to just go gate check our bigger bags and just carry on our backpacks. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER!!!

But we blissfully headed in and boarded our plane. It was 2am. At 2:30 am the pilot came over the speaker to inform us that in the process of clearing snow the idiots on the ground [I MAY be embellishing a bit here with the specific language] had shoveled a huge pile of snow behind our plane. Our crew had timed out and we were going to have to get off the plane. We were told to go to Gate 2b to get on a new flight. As we got off the plane we asked about our gate-checked bags. They told us that they would come up with the other bags at the baggage carrousel. So we headed to Gate 2b while I called my dad and told him NOT to come get us at the STL airport cause we were STUCK.

In taking the time to ask about our bags a whole lot of people got into the “reschedule your flight” line ahead of us. As we stood there waiting in line the guy at the front told us that if we had a smart phone to get online or call the customer service number and we would probably get faster service. Andrew and the husband of the couple standing in front of us decided to head to the other airlines to see if we could get on a different flight or find a rental car. They were also heading to STL so we decided we could share a car and cost if we could find one. We’re gonna call the husband and wife Rob and Jan cause I don’t remember their real names.

After he left, Elliott and the boys went to go sit while I stood in line. I had THANKFULLY gotten an iphone for Christmas so was able to sit on hold with Airtran while looking online to see if there was a close airport that we could possibly drive to and fly out of instead of waiting for ATL to open back up. At some point they offered a discounted hotel voucher to people so I called to Elliott and told him to grab us one.

Finally I got thru to Airtran! They had like 3 seats on a flight on Monday (Jan 10th) but I really wanted us all on the same flight. So I finally got us on a flight on TUESDAY (Jan 11th) at 2:22pm. As I was talking to the Airtran lady someone asked if they could talk to her afterwards. I asked the lady and we ended up passing my phone around to 3-4 people so they could all book a flight. LOL

It was like this the whole time we were at the airport. We were all friends and helping each other. It was kinda awesome how a shared experience could bond people together.

At this point, Andrew called cause he and Rob (remember him? Guy from the couple in front of us?) had gotten stuck on the outside of the security checkpoint cause technically their tickets were for January 9th and it was now early in the morning on January 10th. So we headed to meet up with them along with Jan (the wife).

We found a table and chairs near a Burger King/food court area near the baggage claim and Andrew went to put in a request for our bags (the gate checked ones!). Then we sat to wait. It was about 3:30 am…we had been up for 20 hours.

‎***(insert a status that sums up an individual's feelings when said individual started the day in the Magic Kingdom and now sits in a pair of pajama pants at the Atlanta airport while snow fails in sheets around him.)***
Elliott had changed in to PJ pants while we were waiting since it would be a late flight and then he gatechecked his bag and ended up stuck in PJ pants in the ATL airport. It was seriously stressing him out. LOL

My dad gets up early so he called about 4:30 to see how things were going, I told him were were stuck til Tuesday. I was pretty upset and crying cause the little boys had already missed a week of school (cause I convinced my mom that they would be fine) and now they were going to miss 2 more days! I felt SO bad. This was their first year in public school (we had all been homeschooled up to that point) and skipping 7 school days isn’t good for anyone, but especially not for people who are still getting used to it!

I also talked to my mom to get a phone number. We had family friends in Atlanta and I was hoping that they would maybe come and get us if I couldn’t get a hotel. That way we wouldn’t have to spend the next 2 days at the airport. I decided to wait til it was a little later to call cause I didn’t want to wake them up. I cried while on the phone with my mom too.

I cried a lot in the next 2 days. Sleep deprivation and being in charge of your 3 younger siblings while in a new, unusual, and very stressful situation will do that to you. :-p

Once the food court opened (5ish maybe?) we got some food and sat and chatted with the people sitting with us. Jan and Rob hung out with us as well as a business man and a younger woman (maybe early 30s?). I tried to call the number on the hotel voucher but all the hotels were sold out and I couldn’t get a room.

***Apparently Atlanta as a whole shuts down after two inches of snow. Yeah, I'm never coming home.***

The business man told me about these phones they have at the airport that have all the airports loaded into a speed dial and you can just type in a 2 digit code and call each airport on the list. He had managed to get a room that way so I headed over to try that while Andrew went to check on our bags again.

The only thing I managed to get was 1 hotel that told me I could call back at 11am and they MIGHT have people checking out but she couldn’t guarantee it. So at that point I called my dad. My dad can get ANYTHING ANYWHERE and I figured he could find me a hotel. It just had to be one with an airport shuttle cause we had no way to get there otherwise.

We found out some time this morning that the airport had canceled all flights for Monday anyway so I was kinda glad we got the Tuesday flight since we would have had to reschedule AGAIN if I had taken that Monday flight.

***Today I watched the largest airport in the eastern United States become crippled by two inches of snow.***

At this point it was about 8am, we had been up for 24 hours, we were stuck in ATL til Tuesday, our bags were still MIA and it was looking like we were going to be staying at the airport again that night.

***Hour 24: My thoughts fall on the reactions of individuals who understand that they can not go anywhere and indeed are trapped. Is limbo such a tiring place? People always say, "I just want to sit and rest for a moment," though when presented with the chance they become in-content and wish only to move forward. (14 cigarettes left)***

At this point he started adding in the hours since we had slept and the amount of cigarettes he had left.


Up next. Do we find a hotel? Do we ever get our bags back? Do our friends come save us? Stay tuned!!

jc040404
01-05-2012, 11:18 PM
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Oh my!! This is sooo much worse than I expected it would be! I would've been a wreck and crying the entire time, too! I am loving Elliott's updates, but I know they weren't very funny in the moment. How awful! Nice to see that most were able to keep it together and help each other through this. I hope your dad finds something for you all, and you find your bags soon and get out of there! Yikes!

AprilRenee
01-06-2012, 12:37 AM
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Oh my!! This is sooo much worse than I expected it would be! I would've been a wreck and crying the entire time, too! I am loving Elliott's updates, but I know they weren't very funny in the moment. How awful! Nice to see that most were able to keep it together and help each other through this. I hope your dad finds something for you all, and you find your bags soon and get out of there! Yikes!

Yeah...it was pretty bad. I held it together most of the time. When I was dealing with things I was fine and totally in control and just doing the next thing. It was just when I'd stop and think that I'd fall apart. It was really only when I talked to my parents and mostly only during that time from 4a-8a when I couldn't do ANYTHING to help us and all I could do was sit and wait and think about was how I was making the boys miss more school and this was going to ruin the wonderful trip we had just had and yeah, I was pretty upset. I just kept thinking "I'm too young to deal with this! I'm just a kid too!!"

And as far as Elliott's status' go...we thought they were kinda funny at the time, once we got past the shock of being stuck at the airport for 2 days. Eventually we hit the point where we just had to laugh cause if we didn't we'd cry (again).
And now...they're HILARIOUS!! And you haven't even seen the good ones yet!! I just texted him tonight with one that I read from my notes and we both cracked up. That one will be coming soon. :)

natebenma
01-06-2012, 06:17 AM
You promised pretty bad, and you are delivering!!!

So sorry about all you went through at ATL. Not my favorite airport- we had a miserable (though short) layover there. I can't imagine DAYS!

I love that you are meeting and helping out fellow strandees.

Very Cute Blanket! Wow!

LilAnn
01-06-2012, 08:50 AM
Ugh, travel nightmares are the worse, and yours is sounding pretty bad. You did warn us too! When I first read the title of your TR, I thought your Snowpocalypse might be the same one we were dealing with when we travelled down to Disney last year, but apparently we were a couple of weeks apart. Growing up in VA, I now that a couple inches of snow can indeed cripple a city. It's still wierd for me to see the massive difference in how the cities function up here in the northeast after a foot or 2 of snow.

Seriously loving Elliot's status updates though on FB. :rotfl: Classic. And his PJ pants trauma. :rotfl:

The blanket is gorgeous though!

Hope your pregnancy is going well!

jane2073
01-06-2012, 09:19 AM
My husband is from Atlanta and he will agree that the smallest amount of snow shuts down the city.

They don't get it that often-but last year it snowed a lot!

I remember hearing about people being stranded at the airport because of the snow. It is interesting reading a first-person account.

AprilRenee
01-06-2012, 03:10 PM
You promised pretty bad, and you are delivering!!!

So sorry about all you went through at ATL. Not my favorite airport- we had a miserable (though short) layover there. I can't imagine DAYS!

I love that you are meeting and helping out fellow strandees.

Very Cute Blanket! Wow!

Yeah...it was pretty bad. Was that miserable layover during your most recent trip? The Universal one? I feel like I read about it.

Yeah, we still all say that we are never going back to ATL. I actually booked my flights this trip specifically so that we didn't stop in ATL. Originally our arrival flight did have a short layover in ATL (it was the only option). It was another late flight in the middle of January and I was really starting to panic about it (like my chest would feel tight and I'd feel like I couldn't breathe whenever I thought about it). But they ended up changing our flight times on us and I was able to change flights and we are now flying thru Memphis both ways. Still a southern city that might shut down with snow...but Memphis is only a 5 hour drive from home and worst case scenario, my dad would come save us!

Ugh, travel nightmares are the worse, and yours is sounding pretty bad. You did warn us too! When I first read the title of your TR, I thought your Snowpocalypse might be the same one we were dealing with when we travelled down to Disney last year, but apparently we were a couple of weeks apart. Growing up in VA, I now that a couple inches of snow can indeed cripple a city. It's still wierd for me to see the massive difference in how the cities function up here in the northeast after a foot or 2 of snow.

Seriously loving Elliot's status updates though on FB. :rotfl: Classic. And his PJ pants trauma. :rotfl:

The blanket is gorgeous though!

Hope your pregnancy is going well!

Funny that our trips keep being a couple of weeks apart! Your May trip was right around the same time we went on our first trip! Yeah, STL got a Snowpocalypse a few weeks after we got home. I felt so bad for the people who got stuck at our airport (I seriously considered driving over there and taking them blankets and offering rides to hotels). However, we got like a foot of snow and had the airport back open the next day. Not this silly 2 inches and close down for 2 days disaster!! Ridiculous!!

Elliott's statuses still crack us up! And they get better! Just wait! :thumbsup2

Thanks! The pregnancy is going great actually. It's been super easy from the beginning. Hoping this trend continues thru delivery!!

My husband is from Atlanta and he will agree that the smallest amount of snow shuts down the city.

They don't get it that often-but last year it snowed a lot!

I remember hearing about people being stranded at the airport because of the snow. It is interesting reading a first-person account.

Yeah...it was kinda crazy. Honestly, we discovered later, that it wasn't so much the snow...it's that the snow got warm, melted, and then froze into an inch of ice. So IN PART I can understand it...however, we're from STL and that snow wouldn't have even been a blip on the radar for our airport so we just were incredulous that we were stuck for something so silly.

I'm just gonna apologize in advance for anything I might say about Atlanta...I have visited there before and it's very nice, we had a lot of fun at the Coke factory and Underground Atlanta. But I will probably never return just because of the way the letters ATL make me have a panic attack. LOL

natebenma
01-06-2012, 03:51 PM
Yeah...it was pretty bad. Was that miserable layover during your most recent trip? The Universal one? I feel like I read about it.



No, the ATL layover was during our return home from our 2010 Disney trip. Originally, we had a direct flight from Orlando to Boston, 2 PM to 5 PM. Then AirTrashcan cancelled our flight, had us leave Orlando at 11, fly to ATL and then on to Boston, at 5 PM. So we had to leave 3 hours earlier than we originally planned and got home at the same time.

This turned out to be the worst leg of travel I had ever encountered. My family was split up and interspersed with another travel group. 6 or 7 whiny kids (the worst were teenagers), 2 sets of parents that didn't care. I had a major headache by the time we got to Atlanta.

The layover was bad, but not horrible like yours! Not that long, either, but really crowded.

You are remembering the nightmare issues we had returning home from Universal. We had a 6 PM flight. The driver we hired did not show up on time, then I had to make multiple calls to him- he kept assuring me he would be there in 10 minutes. He was probably around 40 minutes late.

Then there was a major thunderstorm that lasted for hours. Flights were all delayed, so the airport waiting areas got REALLY crowded. We finally boarded the plane at 7:30 pm, but didn't take off until 9:30. Got home around 2 am.

jane2073
01-06-2012, 07:27 PM
No need to apologize! I would have felt the exact same way if I was in your position!!

I forgot about the ice!! My mother-in-law couldn't leave her house for days because of it!!

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!!

Disneylvr
01-06-2012, 07:37 PM
:welcome: Yay STL!!! Where abouts do you live? We're in U City but I grew up in St. Charles.

Hopefully I'll finish this TR before you leave but if I don't, have a wonderful time!! We'll be there a few weeks after you!

We live in Southwest St. Louis City (near Ted Drewes) and I grew up in Hazelwood. :) How about today's weather! This is what I am hoping for in WDW next week.

OMG, the latest segment of your trip report has me scared! We are flying AirTran AND changing planes in ATL!!!!!

AprilRenee
01-06-2012, 07:47 PM
No, the ATL layover was during our return home from our 2010 Disney trip. Originally, we had a direct flight from Orlando to Boston, 2 PM to 5 PM. Then AirTrashcan cancelled our flight, had us leave Orlando at 11, fly to ATL and then on to Boston, at 5 PM. So we had to leave 3 hours earlier than we originally planned and got home at the same time.

This turned out to be the worst leg of travel I had ever encountered. My family was split up and interspersed with another travel group. 6 or 7 whiny kids (the worst were teenagers), 2 sets of parents that didn't care. I had a major headache by the time we got to Atlanta.

The layover was bad, but not horrible like yours! Not that long, either, but really crowded.

You are remembering the nightmare issues we had returning home from Universal. We had a 6 PM flight. The driver we hired did not show up on time, then I had to make multiple calls to him- he kept assuring me he would be there in 10 minutes. He was probably around 40 minutes late.

Then there was a major thunderstorm that lasted for hours. Flights were all delayed, so the airport waiting areas got REALLY crowded. We finally boarded the plane at 7:30 pm, but didn't take off until 9:30. Got home around 2 am.

YUCK!! I just went and found the day in your old TR. What a terrible day for you guys too!! I would be REALLY bummed if I had plans and had to leave Disney World early!! And THEN got stuck in ATL too!! Boo!!

PS I totally didn't realize you had another TR...I'm gonna have to go read the whole thing. :)



No need to apologize! I would have felt the exact same way if I was in your position!!

I forgot about the ice!! My mother-in-law couldn't leave her house for days because of it!!

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!!

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Yeah...that ice was pretty intense...

We live in Southwest St. Louis City (near Ted Drewes) and I grew up in Hazelwood. :) How about today's weather! This is what I am hoping for in WDW next week.

Today has been amazing!! I was running errands all day in a t-shirt! SO weird! I called Andrew today to tell him I was glad I had gotten a maternity swimsuit cause if this trend continues I think it might actually be hot enough to swim when we're down there! I kinda hope it gets a little cooler so that FL is like today. Cause right now it's looking like the next few days down there are highs of 79! That's gonna feel pretty toasty!

Merida
01-06-2012, 08:19 PM
Oh no! Yeah, the Atlanta airport is awful (my boyfriend, who is a private pilot, hates both Atlanta and AirTran. He handles all of our traveling plans because he has so many opinions on airlines!) But I would hate flying anywhere when there's a mention of 'ice' (boyfriend also likes watching documentaries on plane crashes) so I feel like ATL made a good decision because I wouldn't have been getting on a plane! At that point, I probably would've told everyone to shove it and just gone to sleep in one of the chairs and assumed someone would wake me up when it was time to go. ;) I'm sure two more days weren't that big of a deal, there was definitely a good reason for the delay.

You really aren't missing much in Atlanta, so don't feel bad. Least favorite city ever!

Dugette
01-07-2012, 01:36 PM
I don't blame you for not wanting to go back to ATL! :eek: Being a Minnesotan, I understand the frustration over an airport shutting down for so long over so little snow. There was more snow than that when we flew out of MSP on our Dec. 2010 trip! But I'm sure ATL doesn't have all the de-icing and runway clearing equipment we do.

I'm sure it was pretty miserable, being stuck at the airport with all the other over-tired, stranded travelers. Love your brother's tweets, though.

Ironically, I'm using that same beautiful blanket right now!

Jazzabelle508
01-19-2012, 09:22 PM
Sorry to hear about your experience in the airport! I love flying but ansolutely HATE getting delayed! I bet you guys were even more mad about that whole thing since that amount of snow would be nothing in the Midwest! Hope that things began to look up for u in Atlanta! I have found that I am often delayed in states like Georgia and Tennessee, my worst delay experience being in Memphis. Also sorry to hear about the gun powder check thing 2! I completely understand how scary that could be! I actually just got home fr Disney last night and had the same thing happen 2 me with the gun powder check! I really wonder what was on my hands that made them check for it?

natebenma
01-20-2012, 05:50 AM
I completely understand how scary that could be! I actually just got home fr Disney last night and had the same thing happen 2 me with the gun powder check! I really wonder what was on my hands that made them check for it?

Pixie Dust???

natebenma
01-20-2012, 06:00 AM
Sorry- Duplicate post due to insufficient caffienation

AprilRenee
01-20-2012, 10:10 PM
Sorry for the long delay between posts. This is kinda hard to re-live. I mean, I want to document it so I have it. But I really don’t like thinking about it. It raises my blood pressure. BUT…we leave for our trip on Monday and I REALLY want this TR done before then. So I will plow through!

We left off at 8 am still waiting for our bags. I decided that 8 am was late enough to call our friends, the B family. I got ahold of them and told them our plight. Basically they told me that they couldn’t get out of the house cause of the ice. I was kinda frustrated cause I was pretty sure that if they had been in STL I knew that my dad would have dropped everything to go get them. So anyway, I got off the phone with them and called my mom back and sobbed again. We had been up for SO long and I was SO tired and upset and just wanted to get my little brothers somewhere where they could sleep (well and I could sleep).

I also called my dad and let him know and asked him to see what he could find. A few minutes later he gave me a call back and told me that he had found us a motel. He said it wasn’t a nice hotel but it would at least have beds. At that point that was all we really wanted so I had him send me the hotel info. It was the ATL Airport Econolodge.

****Hour 27: Still no bags at ATL. Found a motel (you know, the kind you bang a hooker in) but it's better than staying at the airport., and I'm pretty sure it's the last room in town. At least there are beds and pillows. Hey, I'm glad to have a place to rest my head. If you need me I'll be in Atlanta.****
(sorry for the language)

Check in wasn’t for a while so we went back to waiting for our bags.
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This was our view…the lovely EMPTY conveyor belt…

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“hey Elliott, make a face that shows how you feel right now”

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At this point I decided to take another picture of our bags….remember that other picture? These are all the bags we had left!
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Depressing…eh?

So while we were sitting there taking pictures got old so I got on my iphone and decided to see just how bad this Econolodge was…. I found it online and started reading reviews…

….

….

It was bad!

One of the reviews was about how the people walked into their room to find blood on the walls.
Another discussed finding “fluids” on the bedsheets
Another found “hairs” in the bedsheets

Turns out it really WAS a pay-by-the-hour hotel that you would (pardon the language again) “bang a hooker in” LOL

I called my dad back and told him what I had just discovered and he canceled the reservation. I wasn’t taking the boys to that hotel. I was wrong…there were worse things than sleeping at the airport. Hahaha!
We all had a good laugh about it, especially after Elliott’s status ended up being so true!

Finally it was 10:59a and I ran to the phones to call the “we might have a room at 11” hotel back. The lady on the phone told me, yeah, I think we’ll have a room. Just go get on the shuttle and come over here.“
HALLELUJAH!!!!

I ran back to the boys at the luggage claim. We quickly discussed our plan and it was decided that I would take the 2 little boys and Elliott and Andrew would stay at the airport til the bags showed up.

So Avery, Oliver and I headed out of the airport to the bus pick up area. It was pretty slick out there and I was still wearing the crocs that I had on when we left Disney and we all only had little jackets on CAUSE WE WEREN'T PLANNING ON BEING STUCK IN FREEZING COLD ATLANTA!!! Anyway…enough with my whining. We finally figured out which area to stand in and wait for our bus. The bus finally pulled up and we went to go get on it. The three of us hopped in and then suddenly there was this huge argument that happened outside of the bus. Apparently a guy got on who hadn’t been waiting very long and a big family who HAD been waiting was really angry cause only half of them could get on the bus (cause it was a TINY little van). The poor guy obviously didn’t speak much English and looked pretty confused that people were yelling at him. Anyway, Avery practically sat on my lap on the ride to the hotel.

That was the longest ride I have ever taken! We were sliding ALL over the road and only going like 5 miles/hour. And then on top of that, the angry family spent the entire 30 minute ride making snide angry comments aimed at the other guy. It was super awkward!!

Finally we got to the hotel and got off the bus and headed in. As we got into the lobby the lady at the counter said that they would start checking people in at 2pm when they were done checking people out so to just wait in the lobby until then. :scared1:

So we headed to the lobby, at least they had little couches, and sat there staring at the news on the TV. I don’t think we even heard a word that was said on TV though. We were such zombies by that point. I think Oliver went and laid down on a bench in the hallway and Avery and I found plugs to charge our phones. I called my mom and dad and the B family to let them all know that we found a hotel, hopefully!! At that point I started getting nervous that they wouldn’t have a room for us even after we came all the way over there. So I headed up to the counter and just double checked and asked the lady to please write down my name and promise me that we would get one of the rooms. She did and I went back to waiting. Finally around maybe 1 or 1:30 they called us up to check in. We got a room and I asked for a roll away bed (since there were 5 of us and only 2 double beds). I didn’t tell her that there were 5 of us cause I was NOT paying for 2 rooms. And I know that’s bad and I didn’t care...still kinda don’t. Sorry. It’s not like the fire marshal was going to come check them out anyway. He couldn’t have gotten there on the roads!!

We headed up to our rooms and marveled at the beautiful hotel hallways. We were pretty easily impressed at that point! We got into our room and the three of us just about cried! It was beautiful and huge and warm and wonderful!!

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We even had a microwave and a fridge!!

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The lovely view from our room!!

We snapped a few pictures, posted elated statuses on FB, called Andrew and Elliott to let them know we had a room (they were still waiting) and then I realized that the next step was getting food for the boys. It had been HOURS since we ate breakfast at like 6 am.

We quickly checked the little binder in the room and discovered that there was a McDonalds next door. We grabbed money and headed downstairs. After ice skating across the frozen parking lot (not even kidding…it was a solid inch of ice) we got to the McDonalds. Right after we got in the manager went over to the doors and locked them and told us not to let anyone else in cause they were closing.

Like 2 minutes later some people walked up and tried to get in, I’m slightly ashamed to say that we all ignored them all the while looking guiltily at the other people around us. But I was so scared that if we let them in that the manager would kick us both out and then we wouldn’t get food! I’m a horrible person. I hope those people found food!

Anyway, we got ourselves some food and took it back to the hotel, since McD was now closed…at 2pm…yeah…it was ridiculous!!

We went back to our room, ate our food in silence, and all crawled into our beds and fell asleep. From the time we got to the hotel lobby we really just operated on auto pilot. It was like:
Charge phone
Let mom know we’re ok
Get room
Get food
Sleep

We didn’t need to talk about it, we just did the next thing.

MEANWHILE…..Back at the airport….

**** Hour 29: Still not a wink of sleep. I had gotten into a comfortable position when a traveller walked by on the phone. The sentence I overheard was troubling, "...yeah, I was just calling to say I'm back at the airport. We left the econolodge because our room was coated in fresh blood." I guess I'm in for another sleepless night. If you need me I'm right above the dinosaur in a hall at ATL. (Dont ask)****

Bahahahahahaha I didn’t see this status until I woke up after my nap and I immediately called Elliott to ask if it was true. It was. He really overheard that conversation! SOOOO glad we didn’t go to that hotel!!


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While hanging out, Elliott posted this photo on FB and then the mom from the B family loaded it up to an ATL news station that was asking for pics of the "Snowpocalypse" It got 700+ hits on the news website. It was kinda our moto for this leg of the trip

Around noon, one of the bags appeared on the carousel.

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(you can see the homeless shelter feel of the airport in this photo)

It was Elliott’s bag. After joyfully digging thru it to find his jeans, he discovered that they had been in the messenger bag he had had all along. Bahahahahahaha!!!
**** Hour 30: I got my bag, 4 more to go. The comforting feeling of my denim jeans against the lower portions of my body fills me with feelings of security and acceptance back into the civilized world. Apparently wearing pajama pants in the airport is a symbol of antisocial behavior. Anyway, the score is as follows- Elliott:1 ATL:3. Oh and I've been awake for 30 hours.****

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After waiting for several more hours with no more bags appearing, Andrew decided to take matters into his own hands and get our dang bags back. He went to the Airtran desk and demanded to speak to someone who could “tell him Yes”. The girl at the counter told him that there wasn’t anyone there. She then gave him a phone number to call. He called that number and after following the prompts got to the part where you hold to speak to a customer service agent and then “click” the line went dead. After trying that 3 times, he went back to the counter and then insisted on talking to the highest manger at the airport at the moment. The girl finally went and got him someone and Andrew went to talk to him. Apparently the conversation went something like this:
Andrew: “what would you say an AVERAGE wait for baggage would be?”
Manager: “4 hours is average right now”
Andrew: “And would you say a LONG wait for baggage would be?”
Manager: “Well, I’ve heard of some bags taking as long as 8 hours.”
Andrew: “I’ve been waiting for 14 hours….can we both agree that that’s excessive?”
Manger: “You’ve been waiting for 14 hours?!?!?!!”
Andrew: “yep!”

So at that point, the manager pulled a baggage person, gave them our specific claim numbers and a description of our bags and sent them to find our dang bags!

**** Hour 32: Nothing new to report. I did meet a specialist in the army though. He's on his way back to Iraq by way of Germany. I taught him the German greetings and he advised me on the proper ways to smuggle absinth into the states. I thanked him for his service to our country and gave him a light. *breaking news* Andrew just laid down the law on the baggage people. A twelve hour wait for 5 bags is a bit excessive.****

SIDE NOTE:
Andrew wants me to add in this story that he witnessed:
While waiting at the baggage carousel a young man went up to the Airtran PR guy (wouldn’t want THAT job!!) and asked what the status of his bag was. The PR guy said it would be about 2 hours. The young guy then went off saying that he had been told that 3 times already for the last 6 hours. He felt that Airtran was “screwing” him (he used a different word meaning the same thing) and all the other people waiting for their bags. And in compensation he suggested that the PR guy call up to the office and send someone down to perform “sexual favors” for those waiting and then proceeded to point at each person waiting and say things like “He’d like one!” “She’d like one!” “Wouldn’t that be a great way to pass the time, sir?” The entire time the Airtran employee was doing his best not to bust up laughing.

Finally, a little while later, the baggage person came up with the rest of our bags. Andrew gave me a call and I told him where to go to get the Bus of Death to our hotel.

By the time they arrived, the boys and I were all awake and hungry again. We decided to skate over to the nearby gas station and get drinks (and cigs for Elliott) and ordered a pizza since apparently the Dominoes workers were braver souls than the McD workers. It was the most money I’ve ever paid for 2 pizzas but I didn’t care!! We were hungry!!

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This was our purchase at the gas station. LOL I think it’s funny with the booze and then the milk for the boys! Thank heaven I wasn’t pregnant back then cause I don’t think I could have resisted a drink at that point! We took our loot back to the hotel to wait for our pizza to arrive.

In the lobby we ran into someone who told us that the restaurant next door had opened their doors to anyone at the hotel to come over. The lady running the place had cooked up wings and had beer and when she ran out of that she just started making soup and anything else she had in the kitchen to feed the hungry travelers. What a nice person! It was little things like that that really warmed my heart during our stay from hell.

Other things too…like running into people in the airport and having conversations that usually went something like:
“Dude, what are you still doing here?? Thought you were getting out on a 3 pm flight?”
“yeah…it got canceled. What about you guys?”
“Oh, we’re here til tomorrow at 2p”
“Oh man, that sucks…good luck!”
“Yeah you too!”

It was funny how we made friends just cause everyone was in the same boat. We all understood each other.


Anyway, finally our pizza arrived. Andrew had already showered and fallen asleep by then so we just saved him some pizza for the morning and all ate and headed back to bed.

****Hour 36: We have a hotel, we have a flight tomorrow. The Ice on the ground is an inch thick (i am not exaggerating). It took us 30 minutes to get to the hotel 5 miles away. The hotel is actually really nice. After spending 24 hours at an airport it feels nice to get a shower, open a beer, and try to forget the troubles of the day and focus on the good times. I'm going to bed.****

Right as we were falling asleep I remembered that I should check in for our 2pm flight the next day. I hopped on my iphone to check in like I had done before. However, this time it told me I didn’t have a flight!!!!! I freaked out a little bit but then decided we would have plenty of time to fix it in the morning. I was tired and just hopping that it was a fluke and a glitch in the system. So I convinced myself not to worry about it and slowly fell asleep.

Up next…. (which may be after our trip)….Do we have a flight???? Are we ever going to get home??

AprilRenee
01-20-2012, 10:21 PM
Oh no! Yeah, the Atlanta airport is awful (my boyfriend, who is a private pilot, hates both Atlanta and AirTran. He handles all of our traveling plans because he has so many opinions on airlines!) But I would hate flying anywhere when there's a mention of 'ice' (boyfriend also likes watching documentaries on plane crashes) so I feel like ATL made a good decision because I wouldn't have been getting on a plane! At that point, I probably would've told everyone to shove it and just gone to sleep in one of the chairs and assumed someone would wake me up when it was time to go. ;) I'm sure two more days weren't that big of a deal, there was definitely a good reason for the delay.

You really aren't missing much in Atlanta, so don't feel bad. Least favorite city ever!
Yeah...dying on a frozen plane is probably worse than being stuck in ATL. But being stuck in ATL still sucked :eek:

I don't blame you for not wanting to go back to ATL! :eek: Being a Minnesotan, I understand the frustration over an airport shutting down for so long over so little snow. There was more snow than that when we flew out of MSP on our Dec. 2010 trip! But I'm sure ATL doesn't have all the de-icing and runway clearing equipment we do.

I'm sure it was pretty miserable, being stuck at the airport with all the other over-tired, stranded travelers. Love your brother's tweets, though.

Ironically, I'm using that same beautiful blanket right now!
Yeah...no...they have 8 snowplows in the entire city...that's right...8...WHY HAVE 8???? It seems like it would just be cheaper to just have NONE!! Same effect!!

Yeah...totally love that blanket! :thumbsup2

Sorry to hear about your experience in the airport! I love flying but ansolutely HATE getting delayed! I bet you guys were even more mad about that whole thing since that amount of snow would be nothing in the Midwest! Hope that things began to look up for u in Atlanta! I have found that I am often delayed in states like Georgia and Tennessee, my worst delay experience being in Memphis. Also sorry to hear about the gun powder check thing 2! I completely understand how scary that could be! I actually just got home fr Disney last night and had the same thing happen 2 me with the gun powder check! I really wonder what was on my hands that made them check for it?
Oh I don't wanna hear that Memphis is bad!! We're flying thru there in 3 days!!! :-( Oh well...if we get stuck in Memphis I'm just getting a car and driving the 5 hours to get home...or having my dad come get us!! I won't get stuck...I won't get stuck....I won't get stuck....

Pixie Dust???
Bahahahahahahaha I LOL'd at this one!

Sorry- Duplicate post due to insufficient caffienation
hahahaha also funny! :-)

jc040404
01-21-2012, 12:14 AM
This just gets crazier and crazier! Sooo glad you all didn't go to the first motel, but that update did have me laughing! :laughing: Scary that someone was actually talking about the same place that way. Yikes!

Super glad you finally got a nice room. I wouldn't feel bad at all for squishing all five of you into it with all that was going on. It was tough enough just to get that room! Yeah..yeah.. I know it's not right too, but.. Thank goodness you got out of that airport!

Poor Elliott and those jeans! I can't believe he had them all along. :laughing:

You have me worried about your flight! After all of this, I could really something else happening, but hope things are problem free.. Will you ever make it home? popcorn::

AprilRenee
01-21-2012, 12:30 AM
This just gets crazier and crazier! Sooo glad you all didn't go to the first motel, but that update did have me laughing! :laughing: Scary that someone was actually talking about the same place that way. Yikes!

Super glad you finally got a nice room. I wouldn't feel bad at all for squishing all five of you into it with all that was going on. It was tough enough just to get that room! Yeah..yeah.. I know it's not right too, but.. Thank goodness you got out of that airport!

Poor Elliott and those jeans! I can't believe he had them all along. :laughing:

You have me worried about your flight! After all of this, I could really something else happening, but hope things are problem free.. Will you ever make it home? popcorn::

LOL I'm glad to entertain. It really is funny now after a year of recovery. Ok...it was pretty funny after about a week of recovery.

Oh man, that econolodge story still has us laughing. It was just too crazy to even be true and then it was!!

We kinda had the same mentality..."hope things go well, they probably won't"....Who knows if we'll ever make it home!! For all anyone knows, I could be writing this TR from the ATL airport. :lmao: Haha! I probably would have had it done faster if I had been at the airport all this time. But it really did seem like we were going to spend the rest of our lives there at times.

AprilRenee
01-21-2012, 12:47 AM
So I was just talking to Andrew and he asked if I had put a specific photo into the TR. Apparently that photo never got uploaded from his phone. I also found a couple other ones that Elliott had taken while they were at the airport and we were at the hotel. I'm gonna go ahead and go add them into the correct spots in the TR but I'll put them here too so anyone who's already read the update can just see the pics.

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This was after he got his 1 bag at noon. You can also see the homeless shelter feel that the airport had.

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He was pretty excited about having a bag!

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He posted this photo on FB and then the mom from the B family loaded it up to an ATL news station that was asking for pics of the "Snowpocalypse" It got 700+ hits on the news website. It was kinda our moto for this leg of the trip.

natebenma
01-21-2012, 07:12 AM
WOW! Just WOW!!!

This is all unbelievable, but you can't make that stuff up.

That is HILARIOUS about the Econolodge, but only because you were smart enough not to stay there.

Glad to read that you finally got some food and lodging, fingers crossed that you get outa there soon.

Speaking of soon, HAVE A FANTASTIC TRIP!!!

Dugette
01-21-2012, 12:33 PM
Wow! :eek: I don't even know if there are words to describe your experience! Just :scared1:

So glad you finally got into a nice hotel and got some food and sleep.

Also, hope you have a wonderful time on your upcoming trip!

AprilRenee
01-21-2012, 11:40 PM
WOW! Just WOW!!!

This is all unbelievable, but you can't make that stuff up.

That is HILARIOUS about the Econolodge, but only because you were smart enough not to stay there.

Glad to read that you finally got some food and lodging, fingers crossed that you get outa there soon.

Speaking of soon, HAVE A FANTASTIC TRIP!!!

Haha!! I guess it is pretty unbelievable, we couldn't really believe it as it was happening. It is all true! But hey, it makes a good story for parties! :thumbsup2

Thanks!! So excited!!

Wow! :eek: I don't even know if there are words to describe your experience! Just :scared1:

So glad you finally got into a nice hotel and got some food and sleep.

Also, hope you have a wonderful time on your upcoming trip!

:scared1::scared1: is a good way to describe it!

And thanks! I'm ignoring my packing list to check Disboards...maybe I should go back to packing. :laughing:

AprilRenee
03-10-2012, 12:48 AM
Hey!! I'm still alive!! We had a fun trip...different then what I expected. Disney World/Universal is a LOT of walking when you're pregnant (especially 30 weeks pregnant!)...I was prepared to not ride thrill rides...I wasn't prepared for how slowly I would move, how quickly I would get exhausted, and how much of a toll each day would take on my body. We still had a lot of fun, but it took us a day or two to adjust our expectations and pace.

BUT to the matter at hand...we are still stuck in ATL and I have a baby coming in 4 weeks (Eeee!!!!!!!:cool1::cool1:) so I better finish this thing! So here we go!!


The next morning we woke up relatively early, but since we had all gone to bed at like 7pm we were all rested and feeling MUCH better! We went down to the free contentntal breakfast in the hotel lobby and filled up on some “free” food. While down there we met a lady who had won a free cruise and was stuck with us in ATL, missing her free cruise, and paying for a hotel while waiting out the snow. Suddenly our plight didn’t seem quite as horrible. At least we were on our way home, we didn’t miss any of our expensive and already paid for trip.

Once back up at our room some of us took showers and we all packed up to get ready to head out. I had called down to the front desk to arrange a late check out for us that day, wanting to give us time to chill at the hotel and I didn’t want to have to wake anyone up. That would have just been cruel! So we had plenty of time. We decided that when stuck in ATL at 10:30 am….what better to do than finish the booze you bought the night before! Yep! We’re classy like that. We decided to document the occasion!

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Elliott looking quite B.A. smoking on our balcony.

While we chilled I started calling Airtran’s customer service cause I still couldn’t check in for our flight. I called them a million times…each time I followed the prompts til I got to the point where it said “please hold for the next agent” which was then followed by a click and a dead phone line. Yep…not once, not twice, we’re talking 10-12 times before I gave up.

**** Hour 1: After twelve hours of sleep the DisneyWorld kids are presented a new day and a new problem. We cannot check in for our flight, being as our flight is the only AirTran to St.Louis not cancelled yet we are getting a little worried. On the bright side, April/Andrew found me American Spirit cigarettes.****

At this point Andrew and I decided that we needed to go back to the airport and figure out the situation. We really didn’t want to miss our flight out. I think Andrew was concerned that we’d get stuck on the road and not make it to the airport in time. Our flight was at 2:20ish and it was about 11 am by then…and I still hadn’t checked in!

So we packed back up all our stuff, hoping we wouldn’t see that room again. However, on the way out I went to the front desk and reserved the room for another night. If we were gonna be stuck, there was no way I was spending that night at the airport again!

Once back at the airport we went directly to the Airtran check in counter, waited in a big long line, and finally got some help. Turns out the reason I couldn’t check in for our 2:20 flight was because it had been CANCELED!!!! Thankfully, they automatically had bumped us to the 10:50 flight (the same one that we had been on 2 days ago!). So the good news was, we had a flight. The bad news: We were stuck in the airport for another 12 hours!!

At this point I decided we were gonna go see Atlanta. I found directions on how to use the lightrail to get to an area with a movie theater. I figured we could at least kill some time there. So we headed to a bag locker place since we didn’t wanna drag all of our suitcases all over Atlanta. My roller bag had broken a wheel some point between the time I left it in the capable hands of the Airtran employee and the time I got it back. And Avery only had a giant duffel that by this point we were pretending had wheels and just dragged it everywhere we went. So we didn’t want them with us.

Once we found a locker place the guy asked us how long we would need the locker. We told him our plan and he told us we were totally nuts. Apparently it took him 3 hours to get into work on the lightrail and he was planning on closing in the next hour or so to get his employee home before the sun set.

Well there went THAT plan. We took our bags and walked on. At this point we decided to explore every concourse of the airport and decide which had the best food. So we started at A and walked thru each one (they went up to E). Just in case you’re ever stuck at ATL…Concourse C is the international concourse and they have the best food…just FYI. After exploring all options, we headed back to C to eat some lunch.

*** Hour 4: Got some lunch our spirits are starting to dampen. The charm is wearing off...***

After lunch we decided (aka I told Andrew) that the last 2 days were just ridiculous and I sent Andrew and Elliott to the Customer Service counter to get us some sort of compensation…I was hoping that they might give us flight credits or something of that sort since Andrew and I had a trip for a wedding that we needed to buy plane tickets for.

I’m not normally a “give me free stuff cause you messed up” kinda person. But we were losing 2 days of work (Andrew was paid hourly at that point in time) and had forked out $200 extra for a hotel room, not to mention the extra food and the stress.

So Andrew and Elliott went up to the counter, they were there a while, and when they came back they had learned some stuff. They did get us vouchers, 1 for each person with $10 coupons for airport food and $25 off a flight. They were also told that we could have gotten one of those food vouchers for every meal that we were stuck there. We also could have gotten toiletries and other needs from the service counter. We didn’t actually need to pay ANYTHING for food or other needs while stuck. Just the hotel. Granted, they had offered us hotel discount vouchers. But all those hotels were full so that didn’t help us.

Anyway, please learn from our plight…if you are ever stuck in an airport….your first move needs to be to go to the customer service desk before each meal and get meal vouchers for your family. You should also ask them how else they can help make your “stay” easier. I wish we had known this before! Feeding 5 people airport food for 2 days really takes a toll on the bank account! Anyway, now you know…so do we….and I pray I never have to use this knowledge!!

*** Hour 6: Played bad cop good cop with the airline. Scored some free sh*#. ***

At this point our family friends in the area called us. The roads were clear enough for them to come visit and they wanted to see us. We were bored out of our minds so we welcomed the distraction. And I mean, we really did want to see them! It had been years!

*** Hour 8: Finally some good news, the B____'s are coming to visit us in limbo. I hope that we can get out of the terminals and return using the same ticket. My new hypothesis is that my plane did not land in Atlanta and that we crashed. This being the case I'm pretty sure I'm in hell. And friends, hell has indeed frozen over.***


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So we hung out a bit then headed back through security out to the area under the dinosaur (where we had spent MANY hours the day before…).

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So we found a spot to sit in the “homeless shelter” area of the airport and visited. I wish I had taken a photo of the area the day before when it really did look like a homeless shelter.

The B family stayed for an hour or so and it was a lot of fun to catch up.

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Elliott insisted on a photo of himself under the dinosaur.

After a while we were getting close to our flight time and decided to go make sure we could get back through security. So far our flight was still going and we definitely didn’t wanna miss it!! So we said goodbye to the B family and headed to our gate.

No problems getting through security and when we got to our gate who should appear but our friends Rob and Jan from the beginning of our adventure!

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They were on the same flight as us!! We sat and swapped stories, used our vouchers to get some late dinner, Avery and I went on an adventure to find cheesecake with the last voucher, then it was time to board the plane!! I considered calling the hotel to cancel our room in case someone needed it but decided not to, JUST in case!

***Hour 13: The plane is here getting ready to board. Watching ATL grow smaller and smaller out of the window will truly be one of the most empirically beautiful scenes I feel that I will ever see. Though that will be a close second to seeing my love when I touch down in STL "home of 1000 plows." Atlanta sucks. That is all. If you need me I'll be praying that the wheels go up. *breaking news* boarding the plane.***

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This is our “We’re FINALLY getting out of here!!!” face photo.

As people were boarding we saw several people who had been on our original flight. We all kinda waved at each other with “man I hope this plane takes off” faces. One of the people I had let use my phone to talk to Airtran that first night walked by, waved, and goes “hey! Thanks for the phone call!” It was kinda cool that we were all ending the adventure together too!

As we started taxing away from the gate we all kinda shut up and stared out the window. No one was willing to celebrate til we were up in the air. We went through the de-icer machine then headed out to the runway. As the plane lifted up in the air the entire group of passengers started cheering and yelling!! We were gonna get home!!!!

On the plane we ended up being across the aisle from our friends so we talked most of the flight home. 2 days stuck in an airport actually gives you a LOT of story to tell so we were comparing adventures.

Once we landed in STL (about 12:30p), we gathered our luggage (from the overhead bins…no more gate checking for this family!!) and headed to find our parents who were BOTH there to pick us up. As we walked out, I called the hotel to release our room. Still had to pay for it but the peace of mind was worth it.

*** Hour 15: Home.***

Our parents and the boys’ girlfriends were waiting just past the security checkpoint. I walked right into my mom’s arms and burst into tears. I was so relieved to be home and to NOT be the adult in charge anymore!

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This was the last photo in my photo book for this trip and I feel like it’s a good ending for this TR too:

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Kids%20Trip%20Jan%2011/168628_518583015106_178500173_30769303_8004343_n.j pg

Home Sweet Home!!



I hope you enjoyed this Trip Report! I had a lot of fun writing it!! If the mods are willing to leave this open…I’d like to leave it open til our baby gets here and I’ll post some pics!

I also want to post pictures of my photobook that I made for the trip! So that will be coming soon and baby pics in about 4 weeks!!

Thanks for joining in and commenting and reliving my trip with me! It’s been really fun to have you along!

natebenma
03-10-2012, 06:16 AM
I can't imagine how happy you were to touch ground at home. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Loved the Facebook posts!


Great report!!! I loved following along and I can't wait to see the pictures of the baby and your wrap up photobook pictures.

I don't think the mods will close your report unless you ask them to or if you put something like "The End" or "Completed" in your title.

Best of luck to you in the coming weeks!

jc040404
03-10-2012, 08:55 PM
You're home!!

This is still the craziest trip ever! I can't imagine being trapped for so long, but did enjoy everyone cheering when you were finally in the air. Nifty that you end up on the same flight as so many you'd known along the way. I hope you never have to experience something like this again! :eek:

I can't believe you're only four weeks away!! I can't wait to see pics of the little guy, too!! I actually started thinking about him while walking through Mouse Gear today at Epcot. So much cute baby stuff and I knew you were so close! I can only imagine how excited you guys must be. It's almost time! :yay::yay::yay:

AprilRenee
03-11-2012, 02:08 PM
I can't imagine how happy you were to touch ground at home. UNBELIEVABLE!!! Loved the Facebook posts!


Great report!!! I loved following along and I can't wait to see the pictures of the baby and your wrap up photobook pictures.

I don't think the mods will close your report unless you ask them to or if you put something like "The End" or "Completed" in your title.

Best of luck to you in the coming weeks!

Thanks for following along! Photobook photos coming in a minute :thumbsup2

Ok cool...I'll just keep the title without the "update" status until I'm done. Thanks for the tip.

You're home!!

This is still the craziest trip ever! I can't imagine being trapped for so long, but did enjoy everyone cheering when you were finally in the air. Nifty that you end up on the same flight as so many you'd known along the way. I hope you never have to experience something like this again! :eek:

I can't believe you're only four weeks away!! I can't wait to see pics of the little guy, too!! I actually started thinking about him while walking through Mouse Gear today at Epcot. So much cute baby stuff and I knew you were so close! I can only imagine how excited you guys must be. It's almost time! :yay::yay::yay:

I hope we never experience it again. I totally had to give myself a "we won't get stuck here" pep talk at every layover on our trip this January. OH and to make it worse...they made us gate check our bags!! I totally had a mini freakout at Andrew when we realized they were gonna make us do that. But it was all ok...we didn't get stuck anywhere :cool1:

I can't believe we're 4 weeks out either!! I'm so excited to meet him! That's so sweet that you were thinking about him while at Mousegears. They do have cute baby stuff at Disney! I managed to resist most things while there. It helped that I had just found a huge pile of Disney baby clothes at Goodwill right before we left for our trip. Once we were at Disney I couldn't bring myself to pay $20 for a baby outfit when I had just spent $15 on 10 Disney outfits at Goodwill!

AprilRenee
03-11-2012, 02:12 PM
Here is the photobook I made for our trip! I have done one of these for each trip and I just LOVE them!


http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Kids%20Trip%20Jan%2011/Kids%20Trip%20Photobook/Screenshot2012-03-11at123954PM.png



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AprilRenee
03-11-2012, 02:13 PM
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jc040404
03-11-2012, 03:29 PM
Your photobook is awesome!! LOVE it! I so wish I'd been doing something like this for our Disney days. :sad1: I suppose I could start, but it seems so overwhelming at this point.. Where/How did you make this? It's great!

AprilRenee
03-11-2012, 03:40 PM
Your photobook is awesome!! LOVE it! I so wish I'd been doing something like this for our Disney days. :sad1: I suppose I could start, but it seems so overwhelming at this point.. Where/How did you make this? It's great!

Thank you!! :)
You could always start now...you have 2 years of trip reports to remember the first years! Just start with this new year of Disney.

I use a program called Picaboo. It's free and you download it to your computer. I really like that you don't have to rely on the internet working/not freezing up on you to work on it (I'm making our "babymoon" one on Shutterfly right now cause I had a $20 gift card and it's driving me up a wall!). Anyway, once you have your book the way you want, you upload it to the Picaboo site (this is all within the program on your computer) and they give you the options of book sizes etc to order. Usually a 20 page book is around $25 or so and they almost always have good coupons or sales going on. For this trip I had a BOGO free code so we paid for 2 books and got 4 so each of us kids got one. :)

I also love that Picaboo gives you the creativity to do whatever you want. I have to fight shutterfly to change the layout of photos or use one of my photos as a background. Picaboo lets you do that all very easily, even if you start with a layout and just adjust it. OR they give you the option of just using their layouts and keeping it simple.

Dugette
03-11-2012, 06:50 PM
Just read your last update and checked out your photobook.

So glad you finally got home. That whole experience was such a nightmare. I'm glad everything went smoothly on your recent trip!

Great photobook. Very cool souvenir for everyone to have.

Can't wait to see pics of the baby in a few weeks!

natebenma
03-11-2012, 09:43 PM
Your photo book is AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for the tip about Picaboo. I'll have to check this out!

I haven't done a photo book before, just albums (and not even Scrapbooking, I use the drop in sleeve albums)

jc040404
03-11-2012, 10:15 PM
Thank you!! :)
You could always start now...you have 2 years of trip reports to remember the first years! Just start with this new year of Disney.

I use a program called Picaboo. It's free and you download it to your computer. I really like that you don't have to rely on the internet working/not freezing up on you to work on it (I'm making our "babymoon" one on Shutterfly right now cause I had a $20 gift card and it's driving me up a wall!). Anyway, once you have your book the way you want, you upload it to the Picaboo site (this is all within the program on your computer) and they give you the options of book sizes etc to order. Usually a 20 page book is around $25 or so and they almost always have good coupons or sales going on. For this trip I had a BOGO free code so we paid for 2 books and got 4 so each of us kids got one. :)

I also love that Picaboo gives you the creativity to do whatever you want. I have to fight shutterfly to change the layout of photos or use one of my photos as a background. Picaboo lets you do that all very easily, even if you start with a layout and just adjust it. OR they give you the option of just using their layouts and keeping it simple.

We've definitely talked about this before, haven't we? :laughing: As soon as I read "Picaboo" in your post, I remembered. This time, I actually did download it and have been playing around with it a little tonight. I've been using shutterfly to do a book about Andrew's first year of school, so I'm all for something you think is easier than that! I do a page for each week, with extra pages for field trips, special events, etc.. and it's been a bit of a headache at times! That sounds like a good deal, too. :woohoo:

AprilRenee
03-12-2012, 01:12 AM
Just read your last update and checked out your photobook.

So glad you finally got home. That whole experience was such a nightmare. I'm glad everything went smoothly on your recent trip!

Great photobook. Very cool souvenir for everyone to have.

Can't wait to see pics of the baby in a few weeks!

Thanks! I do love my photobook :-) I'm really proud of that one too. The one I'm working on now...not so much. I have so many other (baby related ;)) things that I would rather be working on so I really haven't given it a lot of time or effort. Ah well.

Thought you guys might like to see my most recent pregnancy photo though :) This was 2 weeks ago at 34 weeks
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/421430_539636209336_178500173_30927792_508770350_n .jpg

Your photo book is AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for the tip about Picaboo. I'll have to check this out!

I haven't done a photo book before, just albums (and not even Scrapbooking, I use the drop in sleeve albums)

Thanks! I'm glad you like it! And Picaboo is awesome! I stumbled upon it after our first trip cause I found a code for a free first book and fell in love with it. If you do decide to make one, be sure to google "picaboo coupon codes" before ordering cause sometimes they have some really awesome unadvertised ones (like a First Book Free!)

We've definitely talked about this before, haven't we? :laughing: As soon as I read "Picaboo" in your post, I remembered. This time, I actually did download it and have been playing around with it a little tonight. I've been using shutterfly to do a book about Andrew's first year of school, so I'm all for something you think is easier than that! I do a page for each week, with extra pages for field trips, special events, etc.. and it's been a bit of a headache at times! That sounds like a good deal, too. :woohoo:

:laughing: It's QUITE possible!! I tell EVERYONE about Picaboo. They should pay me for advertising!!

Aww a first year of school book sounds so cute (and super long!! :rotfl:) But I totally understand. I'm making a pregnancy book for Caden :). Every time we do something baby related (like putting together the nursery or the baby shower etc) or he has a "first" (like a baby bump's first trip to Disney!) I've been putting it in the book and it's all written like I'm talking to him. I'm excited to read it to him...in like 3 years when he understands a little more ;)

natebenma
03-12-2012, 08:57 AM
The picture is so cute! Looks like it is all baby, there!

Thanks for the heads up on the Picaboo code. I'm totally going to do a book for the anniversary trip my DH and I took to Puerto Rico last week.

LilAnn
03-12-2012, 11:01 AM
Glad to see that you finally made it home safe and sound!

The facebook status updates were hilarious. Especially when the Econolodge one came true. :eek: Beyond gross.

I love the photobook you made! Super cute! I'm glad that you had great success with Picaboo, but I have to be honest, I had major issues with the program. I was making a book with the program for our May trip and was probably about 1/3 of the way through when the program froze. It totally screwed up one of my laptops and then continued to freeze on subsequent computers/laptops after that. And the only solution the customer service team had was to try to take control of my computer remotely (which I wasn't willing to do). Lucky for me, I was able to get a credit back on the groupon I purchased for the book so I have since just gone back to Blurb or Shutterfly. I liked the program when it worked, but now thinks it just doesn't work for us. But I'm glad it works for you!

Love the preggers pic! So cute! You are just all baby! Good luck and can't wait to see pics!

jc040404
03-12-2012, 09:33 PM
Awwww!! You look so cute! Like the others have said, you really are all baby, too. Hope you're ready! He's almost here!!

Dugette
03-12-2012, 11:36 PM
Love the belly pic! Although there's not a lot to see yet, we've been doing those too and I find it funny that your dog also wants to be in the picture (we always have to shoo Bailey out)! Very cute.

akayek31
03-13-2012, 07:36 PM
I remember the snow. I was out driving in it when it started. Took me two hours to drive ten minutes from my job to my apartment. I then had the fun of falling on the ice that Zaxby's forgot to do something about in front of their restaurant. I was out of work and school for a week. My kids loved it though. Thank God it hasn't snowed at all this year. You look so cute with the baby belly. Come visit Atlanta in the summer when it is a lot better :)

jc040404
04-06-2012, 07:23 PM
Thinking of you!! Tomorrow is the big due date, right? (If the little guy isn't here already!) Hope you're all doing well and can't wait to read a big announcement!! :yay:

AprilRenee
04-06-2012, 07:50 PM
Thinking of you!! Tomorrow is the big due date, right? (If the little guy isn't here already!) Hope you're all doing well and can't wait to read a big announcement!! :yay:

Tomorrow IS the big day. Hopefully! No baby yet but I've been having regular Braxton hicks contractions since Sunday night. Today they've started feeling kinda cramp-y. I'm really hoping he gets here soon. I'm so ready to be done!!
I'll be sure to post once he's here :-)

jc040404
04-09-2012, 11:15 AM
Tomorrow IS the big day. Hopefully! No baby yet but I've been having regular Braxton hicks contractions since Sunday night. Today they've started feeling kinda cramp-y. I'm really hoping he gets here soon. I'm so ready to be done!!
I'll be sure to post once he's here :-)

I remember that feeling!! And both of mine had to be induced early, too! :laughing: Hope he decides it's time soon and you have an easy delivery. I can't wait to see some pictures!

AprilRenee
04-12-2012, 03:32 PM
Well...since I'm still waiting for this kid to decide to get out (apparently he likes it in there!), I figured I'd put up some pics of my Disney nursery.


Here's the view from the door (closet is to my left)
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2674.jpg


Here's a pic of the border. I have a friend with a Cricut machine and she cut the quote out of vinyl for me. And I made the curtains (and the matching crib skirt).
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2688.jpg

The quote says:
"So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, to Never Never Land."
It's from Peter Pan the musical.


The quote is on 3 walls and the fourth wall has these (also cut out of vinyl on the Cricut)
Oh, you can also see the Jimminy Cricket shadow by the light switch.
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2681.jpg



There is also a Gus Gus and Jaques shadow on the floor by the door.
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2682.jpg


And a hidden Mickey in the quote
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2534.jpg


These are the wall hangings above the crib. They're from a 2008 calendar that I have been saving for my first kid's nursery. I love them!
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2686.jpg


This is the mobile I made from an estate sale mobile and little baby Disney characters from the parks.
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2683.jpg


His Disney babies waiting for him! I have wanted that Baby Simba for 3 trips and finally bought it this time! Dumbo I found at Target and couldn't pass up. And then Duffy and the Baby Mickey were brought back by 2 different students of mine who went on Disney trips and brought me back gifts for Caden. It was so sweet of them!!
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2685.jpg


Changing table. I love the 101 Dalmatians cover that I found at Babies R Us.
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2687.jpg


Shelf that Andrew found all on his own at Goodwill! I repainted the blue areas with the wall color but otherwise it was perfect!
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2646.jpg


And finally...my favorite part of the whole room is the signature quilt that I made after our "babymoon" trip. We collected signatures the whole trip and then I made the quilt once we were home. It was a lot of fun!
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2429.jpg

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Nursery%20Photos/IMG_2430.jpg

natebenma
04-12-2012, 04:37 PM
:love: LOVE IT!!! :love:

What a great room! You can just see all the love that went into it.

I've been thinking of you, so I'm glad you came on to give an update.

Wishing you a healthy delivery. Look forward to your news!

Dee

Dugette
04-12-2012, 11:43 PM
Love it! Great ideas...I especially love the quilt! This is great to see for inspiration, as our nursery is still in the guest/junk room state. Nice job!

I hope Caden decides to come check it out soon! :goodvibes

jc040404
04-13-2012, 12:05 PM
Awwww!! I love it! Everything looks great and so filled with love. The calendar pages are gorgeous and I love the character shadows. Jaques and Gus running with the key might actually be my favorite touch. I want them for MY room! :thumbsup2 The quilt is so sweet!

He'll love it! (Whenever he decides to come check it out anyway!)

AprilRenee
04-23-2012, 10:08 PM
Proud to announce the arrival of Caden Douglas!! 9 lbs 14.5 oz. 22" long! Arrived April 18th at 3:33a by c section (after 14 hrs of labor and 1.5 hrs of pushing :-p He was too big to get past my pelvis :( ).
Pictures to come...

Things are going well. Nights are a little rough (which was expected) but days are going pretty well. I'm recovering from the c section pretty well also. I'm a little sore but not too bad.

Dugette
04-23-2012, 10:15 PM
Yay, Caden's here! :cool1: I was wondering how things went, since I hadn't seen anything from you. Glad I jumped on now!

What a big boy! I'm glad that you are both doing well. Can't wait to see pics!

IheartDDuck
04-23-2012, 10:27 PM
Yay, congratulations on the new arrival! :lovestruc

jc040404
04-23-2012, 10:31 PM
Wow! What a big boy! I've been wondering/worrying about ya. I'm super glad to read everything is okay and he's finally here! Can't wait to see pics!! :yay::yay:

natebenma
04-24-2012, 05:53 AM
Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing the good news with us! I'm so happy to hear things are going well. :cloud9:

That IS a big boy! :) The good news is, the bigger they are, the better they sleep, so hopefully your nights will be getting better soon.

Can't wait to see pictures when you get a chance.

Dee

akayek31
04-24-2012, 08:15 PM
Congratulations! I know about those babies that want to stay put. My DS was 12 days late and DD was 10 days late. Both were C sections so I hope you have help when DH is not around. Hopefully when you are feeling better we can see pics of Caden :)

AprilRenee
04-25-2012, 12:11 PM
Picture time!! :cool1::cool1:

Here's my sweet boy
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/577754_543973911546_178500173_30950412_1082061144_ n.jpg

Soon after birth with mommy
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/295186_544069405176_178500173_30951247_1714466456_ n.jpg

His awesome Superman blanket I made him :thumbsup2
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/398849_544069215556_178500173_30951246_2043708613_ n.jpg

With Daddy in daddy's nerdy Star Wars shirt and Caden's nerdy Star Wars blanket (mommy made that one too :thumbsup2)
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/542027_543765264676_178500173_30948702_1188299805_ n.jpg

His awesome Mickey hat (we're gonna use the hat for his newborn pictures/birth announcement)
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/522154_542981525296_178500173_30948296_800566173_n .jpg

Basically he's a rockstar :)
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/537959_543764985236_178500173_30948699_1223184813_ n.jpg

One of my favorites of him in the hospital. This is how he would sleep on me when he finished nursing. It was my favorite time with him.
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/74774_543768178836_178500173_30948713_970032640_n. jpg

natebenma
04-25-2012, 12:52 PM
April- he is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats, again.

I am so impressed at your creativity- the nursery and the very cute blankets. :worship:

Continue to enjoy your little miracle!

Dugette
04-25-2012, 01:29 PM
Awwwwww....he is so adorable! :love:

Awesome blankets. I have to send this link to my DH, just so he can be super-jealous of the Star Wars picture!

He is really precious!

Oh, and where did the Mickey hat come from? Too cute!

jc040404
04-25-2012, 04:12 PM
Awww! He's absolutely gorgeous! I love his perfect little baby face. Your blankets are adorable and Andrew's shirt made my laugh. Awww.. So excited to have finally seen the little guy. Enjoy every minute! Congrats again!

AprilRenee
04-25-2012, 05:13 PM
:love: LOVE IT!!! :love:

What a great room! You can just see all the love that went into it.

I've been thinking of you, so I'm glad you came on to give an update.

Wishing you a healthy delivery. Look forward to your news!

Dee

Thanks! I'm really pretty proud of it all! I've been planning it and thinking about it for a long time :)

Love it! Great ideas...I especially love the quilt! This is great to see for inspiration, as our nursery is still in the guest/junk room state. Nice job!

I hope Caden decides to come check it out soon! :goodvibes

I'm glad you like it. I love the quilt too!! It was so much fun to get the autographs at Disney World and the characters seemed to think it was pretty cool too :)

Awwww!! I love it! Everything looks great and so filled with love. The calendar pages are gorgeous and I love the character shadows. Jaques and Gus running with the key might actually be my favorite touch. I want them for MY room! :thumbsup2 The quilt is so sweet!

He'll love it! (Whenever he decides to come check it out anyway!)

I love Jaques and Gus!!! I wanted to add little tiny details like at WDW. Everything Disney does has the small details hidden in it. So I was trying to incorporate that as well.

AprilRenee
04-25-2012, 05:26 PM
Yay, Caden's here! :cool1: I was wondering how things went, since I hadn't seen anything from you. Glad I jumped on now!

What a big boy! I'm glad that you are both doing well. Can't wait to see pics!

He is a big boy. But Andrew and I were both over 9 lbs ourselves so I was kinda expecting a big one. Granted I was hoping for one closer to 8.5 or 9 and not so close to 10 lbs!!

Yay, congratulations on the new arrival! :lovestruc

Thanks!!

Wow! What a big boy! I've been wondering/worrying about ya. I'm super glad to read everything is okay and he's finally here! Can't wait to see pics!! :yay::yay:

Sorry to worry you! It's hard to update Disboards from my phone and I didn't pull the computer out at the hospital (c-section made it a little hard to hold things on my lap :rolleyes:) But everything is ok! I kept thinking about getting on here and updating but you know how crazy things are when you get home from the hospital! I'm glad I finally had some time to do it.

Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing the good news with us! I'm so happy to hear things are going well. :cloud9:

That IS a big boy! :) The good news is, the bigger they are, the better they sleep, so hopefully your nights will be getting better soon.

Can't wait to see pictures when you get a chance.

Dee

Good news!! He only got up once last night!!! And I had to go in and wake him up! I'm hoping we got it figured out and it's not a fluke.

Congratulations! I know about those babies that want to stay put. My DS was 12 days late and DD was 10 days late. Both were C sections so I hope you have help when DH is not around. Hopefully when you are feeling better we can see pics of Caden :)

Man! Those last 2ish weeks (after my due date) were killer!! That was just miserable!
Yes...I do have help this week. I got people lined up for each day. I think if he continues this "only wake up once at night" thing I might be ok next week on my own. Or at least maybe only have people over every other day.
I'm healing really well. Only a little sore when the ibuprofen wears off. I stopped the strong stuff when I left the hospital cause it made me feel sick to my stomach :sick:

AprilRenee
04-25-2012, 05:35 PM
April- he is BEAUTIFUL!!! Congrats, again.

I am so impressed at your creativity- the nursery and the very cute blankets. :worship:

Continue to enjoy your little miracle!

Thanks! :) I think he's beautiful too!
The blankets were SOO easy! I was at the fabric store and saw the awesome fabric and couldn't pass it up! We have a surger so all I had to do was cut a square and surge the edges. Took me like 3 minutes! He was pretty popular with the nurses :)


Awwwwww....he is so adorable! :love:

Awesome blankets. I have to send this link to my DH, just so he can be super-jealous of the Star Wars picture!

He is really precious!

Oh, and where did the Mickey hat come from? Too cute!

Thanks! You're gonna have your own cutie soon!! Is it starting to seem more real? Oh my goodness!! I just realized that you know the sex now!! I'm gonna have to go check your TR!!

The blankets were so easy!! You could totally make some! I found the fabric at JoAnns. They have a ton of character flannel. I just cut it into a 36"x36" square and surged the edges.
I got the T-shirt at Target. It was my gift to Andrew for being an awesome husband. Just something small but he liked it. He put it on as soon as we got to the room after the birth! LOL

Awww! He's absolutely gorgeous! I love his perfect little baby face. Your blankets are adorable and Andrew's shirt made my laugh. Awww.. So excited to have finally seen the little guy. Enjoy every minute! Congrats again!

Thank you! I was so worried that I'd have an ugly baby. ;) LOL I'm glad he turned out cute! Though I'm sure I'd think he was cute no matter what. :)

We loved having the little things to make him stand out like the blankets and we brought him lots of fun little soft caps so he didn't have to wear the hospital ones! Before he was born we'd stop at the nursery every time we had birth class and check out the babies. There were several that brought their own hats and we thought it was so cool that we totally stocked up on some so our baby could be cool too! LOL

Dugette
04-25-2012, 11:16 PM
I got the T-shirt at Target. It was my gift to Andrew for being an awesome husband. Just something small but he liked it. He put it on as soon as we got to the room after the birth! LOL
Thanks for this! I am going to try to pick one up to surprise Dug with...maybe after delivery? He loves that shirt and has no idea it's from Target! Great idea! :idea:

ETA - forgot to answer about if it's getting more real. Somewhat, helps to know she's a girl...I keep thinking, "Wow, I'm going to have a daughter!"

AprilRenee
04-26-2012, 12:42 AM
Thanks for this! I am going to try to pick one up to surprise Dug with...maybe after delivery? He loves that shirt and has no idea it's from Target! Great idea! :idea:

ETA - forgot to answer about if it's getting more real. Somewhat, helps to know she's a girl...I keep thinking, "Wow, I'm going to have a daughter!"

No problem!! :) you might wanna go get it soon. I got it maybe 2 weeks ago but I was starting to have some trouble finding the size I needed. But it's sold with the rest of the graphic Ts in the men's section.

Oh and I forgot to answer about the Mickey hat. A friend of mine saw it on Pintrest and had her friend make it for me. But I've seen them sold on etsy too. Or at least similar ones.
Ps Pintrest is awesome for nursery ideas! I really don't use it much but I loved looking for things for the nursery on there!

And yeah, knowing what you're having really does make it feel a little more real. Though I have to say, Caden is a week old and it still doesn't really feel real yet. Haha. Like at the hospital I had to sign something and the line I was signing said "parent" and I totally looked around to grab my mom before I realized that they meant me. :-p

Dugette
04-26-2012, 02:12 PM
No problem!! :) you might wanna go get it soon. I got it maybe 2 weeks ago but I was starting to have some trouble finding the size I needed. But it's sold with the rest of the graphic Ts in the men's section.


Thanks, I went and picked one up this morning during my break. Maybe it will make a good Father's day gift... :idea:

AprilRenee
05-12-2012, 05:38 PM
So we did newborn photos at JCPenney (yay associate discount!! :cool1:) and I thought you guys might like to see them as they're Disney themed. :thumbsup2

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/birthannouncement.jpg

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/536802_544279474196_178500173_30952437_627011729_n .jpg

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http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/563194_544279359426_178500173_30952427_129205147_n .jpg

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http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/149782_544279259626_178500173_30952417_719428313_n .jpg

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/292600_544279284576_178500173_30952418_525376214_n .jpg

AprilRenee
05-12-2012, 05:45 PM
Thanks, I went and picked one up this morning during my break. Maybe it will make a good Father's day gift... :idea:

Yay! I'm glad you got one! :-) It would be a good Father's day gift...if you can manage to keep it hidden that long. :) I wanted to give it to Andrew at the hospital but I only managed to keep it hidden for like 2 days after buying it. I was too excited and gave it to him early, which was probably good cause I was really out of it after Caden was born and totally would have forgotten it.

IheartDDuck
05-12-2012, 06:33 PM
What a cutie! I love the little hat and the Star Wars blanket. :goodvibes

jc040404
05-13-2012, 03:35 PM
Awww! He is such a little cutie! I just wanna cuddle the little guy. :) Great pics!!

Hope you're having a wonderful Mother's Day!! :goodvibes

Laffites Landing
05-14-2012, 04:08 AM
Hello April. I just stumbled onto your trip report and spent the evening (between pampering my wife, that is) completely reliving the trip with you! From start to the incredibley awful finish in Atlanta! Holy Cow. Right up to the arrival of the new baby!

I just wanted to pop in and say I enjoyed it. I guess everyone has different perspectives on Disneyworld. For my family, the thrill rides are part of the whole experience, but I can see how someone else could have a great time (as you did here) without doing too much of that! I also noticed you guys were hungry a whole lot, something I want to prevent on my upcoming trip.

I'd guess that won't happen anymore as you have the little one to think about now! And wow, that room is awesome and that baby is adorable.

Great trip report! Now go do another one (when you have time away from being a mother... ha ha!)

natebenma
05-14-2012, 05:42 AM
April- I didn't have a chance to pop over and wish you a very happy first Mother's Day! Hope you had a wonderful one.

Caden is adorable! I love the birth announcements and other pictures from the shoot.

Dugette
05-20-2012, 12:38 PM
Yay! I'm glad you got one! :-) It would be a good Father's day gift...if you can manage to keep it hidden that long. :) I wanted to give it to Andrew at the hospital but I only managed to keep it hidden for like 2 days after buying it. I was too excited and gave it to him early, which was probably good cause I was really out of it after Caden was born and totally would have forgotten it.

So far, I've managed to keep it hidden. I'm just worried that he'll somehow realize it's at Target (we're there all the time!). He did make a comment one day about how much he loved that shirt (since I had shown him your pic) and I had trouble keeping my mouth shut that he had one waiting for him. But I did.

Adorable newborn photos! Love his little hat! What a cutie! Hope you're all doing well!

akayek31
05-20-2012, 02:29 PM
I love the pictures! Hope you had a great first Mother's Day.

AprilRenee
06-30-2012, 04:48 PM
What a cutie! I love the little hat and the Star Wars blanket. :goodvibes

Awww! He is such a little cutie! I just wanna cuddle the little guy. :) Great pics!!

Hope you're having a wonderful Mother's Day!! :goodvibes

Thanks!

Hello April. I just stumbled onto your trip report and spent the evening (between pampering my wife, that is) completely reliving the trip with you! From start to the incredibley awful finish in Atlanta! Holy Cow. Right up to the arrival of the new baby!

I just wanted to pop in and say I enjoyed it. I guess everyone has different perspectives on Disneyworld. For my family, the thrill rides are part of the whole experience, but I can see how someone else could have a great time (as you did here) without doing too much of that! I also noticed you guys were hungry a whole lot, something I want to prevent on my upcoming trip.

I'd guess that won't happen anymore as you have the little one to think about now! And wow, that room is awesome and that baby is adorable.

Great trip report! Now go do another one (when you have time away from being a mother... ha ha!)

Thanks and :welcome:
I think we just were having too much fun to remember to eat until we were starving. :) That didn't happen on our "babymoon" trip!! We were NEVER hungry with the DDP!!

April- I didn't have a chance to pop over and wish you a very happy first Mother's Day! Hope you had a wonderful one.

Caden is adorable! I love the birth announcements and other pictures from the shoot.

Thanks! :) I did have a wonderful Mother's Day! And pretty much every day since then! I LOVE being a mommy and I just adore my little guy!

So far, I've managed to keep it hidden. I'm just worried that he'll somehow realize it's at Target (we're there all the time!). He did make a comment one day about how much he loved that shirt (since I had shown him your pic) and I had trouble keeping my mouth shut that he had one waiting for him. But I did.

Adorable newborn photos! Love his little hat! What a cutie! Hope you're all doing well!

Thanks! And I'm glad Dug liked his shirt!!

I love the pictures! Hope you had a great first Mother's Day.

Thanks! I did!!

AprilRenee
06-30-2012, 05:12 PM
Hi DIS Friends!
Caden is sleeping and I decided to check out what's going on on the DIS right now!

I also decided to put up my 2 other Disney trip photobooks if you'd like to see them!

Here is our First Trip:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45335950&posted=1#post45335950

And here is our babymoon:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=45336136&posted=1#post45336136

And here are some new baby pics! :-D He's 2 months now, 14.5lbs and a little ANGEL!! I love him so much! :-)

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/DSC03282copy.jpg

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/Facebook/Caden%20Douglas/DSC03293.jpg

jc040404
06-30-2012, 08:08 PM
Awww!! He just gets cuter and cuter! (Loved the pics you posted on Dugette's PTR, too!) I can't believe he's two months old now. Growin fast already! When are you guys planning Caden's first trip to WDW?

Checking out your photobooks when I get my guys tucked in bed!

AprilRenee
06-30-2012, 08:35 PM
Awww!! He just gets cuter and cuter! (Loved the pics you posted on Dugette's PTR, too!) I can't believe he's two months old now. Growin fast already! When are you guys planning Caden's first trip to WDW?

Checking out your photobooks when I get my guys tucked in bed!

Thanks :-) I'm really trying not to inundate you guys with photos (since this IS a Disney trip report and not a "look at my cute baby" trip report.) It's very difficult for me to hold back! But I let it all out on Facebook...my poor fb friends...I put up at least 3 photos a day. However my Mother in Law (who lives in KS) absolutely loves me for it. I hear all the time how I'm the best daughter in law ever cause I give her lots and lots of photos. :woohoo:

Anyway, our plan is to take him for his 3rd birthday. He'll be old enough that he'll be familiar with the characters and hopefully will really enjoy it and if we go FOR his 3rd b-day...he'll be free except for the plane. We'll be going back again but I just feel like 3ish is a good age to start. If we lived in FL we'd probably have already gone by now...:) but alas we don't. :(

jc040404
07-01-2012, 11:26 AM
Thanks :-) I'm really trying not to inundate you guys with photos (since this IS a Disney trip report and not a "look at my cute baby" trip report.) It's very difficult for me to hold back! But I let it all out on Facebook...my poor fb friends...I put up at least 3 photos a day. However my Mother in Law (who lives in KS) absolutely loves me for it. I hear all the time how I'm the best daughter in law ever cause I give her lots and lots of photos. :woohoo:

Anyway, our plan is to take him for his 3rd birthday. He'll be old enough that he'll be familiar with the characters and hopefully will really enjoy it and if we go FOR his 3rd b-day...he'll be free except for the plane. We'll be going back again but I just feel like 3ish is a good age to start. If we lived in FL we'd probably have already gone by now...:) but alas we don't. :(

Huh? You mean that's not why facebook was created?? ;) I love baby pics & Caden is such an adorable little man. I love when you update with new pics here.

Three sounds great, and planning for the "free for birthday" is just smart. We'd probably choose about the same if we didn't live where we do. Hope you're still around the DIS to share the story! :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
07-01-2012, 11:38 AM
Huh? You mean that's not why facebook was created?? ;) I love baby pics & Caden is such an adorable little man. I love when you update with new pics here.

Three sounds great, and planning for the "free for birthday" is just smart. We'd probably choose about the same if we didn't live where we do. Hope you're still around the DIS to share the story! :thumbsup2

See...that's why *I* think fb was created. But I think some disagree. Though Caden does have QUITE the following on there. He usually gets at least 20 likes on every photo put up. It's crazy! I really shared all the prep and pregnancy stuff on fb (put up lots of pics of the nursery and "baby bump's first whatever" etc) and so people kinda got to follow along and he had a fan club waiting by the time he was born. It's really fun for me and lots of my out of town friends really love that they get to watch him grow.

I think it's likely I'll stick around! At least reading TRs til then. :) I love to follow your Disney days and Dugette will have some good stories coming up too!! :)

Dugette
07-04-2012, 09:59 PM
Love your babymoon photo book! I can't imagine doing all that at this point (30.5 wks now). It would be so tiring! And, anytime I sleep in a bed that isn't mine, I wake up with horrible back/hip pain. I think I'll wait until Dug baby can go with us (on the outside)!

Love the new pics of your little guy! The Disney font on the 2 month outfit is cool! Post as many pics as you want, as far as I'm concerned! :goodvibes

AprilRenee
07-06-2012, 09:47 AM
Love your babymoon photo book! I can't imagine doing all that at this point (30.5 wks now). It would be so tiring! And, anytime I sleep in a bed that isn't mine, I wake up with horrible back/hip pain. I think I'll wait until Dug baby can go with us (on the outside)!

Love the new pics of your little guy! The Disney font on the 2 month outfit is cool! Post as many pics as you want, as far as I'm concerned! :goodvibes

Good choice! I told Andrew we would never be doing Disney pregnant again! I would possibly reconsider that if I was at the beginning of my second trimester. But any later than that (or earlier) and it's out! So I really hope I'm not pregnant on Caden's 3rd birthday or he's not gonna get to go! :-p

Thanks! I missed doing his 1 month photo cause I kept waiting to find the perfect onesie or the perfect time. :( this time I just threw him in a white onesie and used photoshop to add the "2 months" font. It worked great! So that's the plan from here on out!

And maybe I'll put up some more pics soon. He changes so quickly!

jc040404
07-06-2012, 10:12 AM
this time I just threw him in a white onesie and used photoshop to add the "2 months" font. It worked great!

:rotfl: I stared at that onesie too long, trying to figure out if you made it with the "2 months" (iron on or something) or if it was added to the picture. I finally decided it was probably obvious to everyone else and I shouldn't even mention it. Glad Dugette commented so the mystery is solved! :lmao: Cute idea!

I agree with posting as many pics as you'd like. I love seeing him! :thumbsup2

AprilRenee
07-06-2012, 10:37 AM
:rotfl: I stared at that onesie too long, trying to figure out if you made it with the "2 months" (iron on or something) or if it was added to the picture. I finally decided it was probably obvious to everyone else and I shouldn't even mention it. Glad Dugette commented so the mystery is solved! :lmao: Cute idea!

I agree with posting as many pics as you'd like. I love seeing him! :thumbsup2

Lol! I'm glad my photoshop skills were good enough to confuse you! :)

And fine, if you guys are gonna twist my arm...here are some pics from the 4th :)


http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/f5078227.jpg
Waiting for the fireworks to start. He really enjoyed the fireworks! He sat in my lap and just stared at them the whole time. He wasn't even phased by the noise :)

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/c26e7728.jpg
I try to take a "smile of the day" pic each day for fb. This was his smile of the day on the 4th.

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/48efbb68.jpg
Family photo

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz172/aprilrenee1/d3a3c9c5.jpg
Hanging with grandpa


It was SO hot here in stl. We were over 100*! So he looks a little wilt-y in some of these. :p