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fulseasmama
03-16-2011, 11:00 PM
So we have been home for a month and it is time to get this TR started!!!! We had such an amazing trip and we are so thankful for Make a Wish granting our Chelsea Boo a wish come true and our family the trip of a lifetime and to everyone here on the DIS for helping us plan for everything. We have had a few family trips to Disneyland as we live on the West Coast but none of us had ever been to Disneyworld so this was a great new adventure for us.

If you want to learn more about our family, the plans we had for the trip or the AMAZING BIG GIVE angels here on earth who showered our family with Pixie Dust pixiedust: before and during our trip you can find our PTR here.

PTR--Bibbiti Bobbiti - Our Boo gets a MAW Trip to meet the Princesses Feb 1-7 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37750069#post37750069)

Just a quick intro to our family who LOVES all things Disney.

Erika ::MinnieMo---Lucky Stay at Home Mama for our two little loves, Disney fanatic since a pretty young age and obsessed with taking pictures of my family.
Christopher::MickeyMo---Amazing husband and friend, Running and Biking Fanatic, Proud and hard working Papa of our little loves.
Fuller pirate:---Wonderful 5 year old son with a heart of gold who loves to learn about anything new, loves all things Disney (even the princesses), Star Wars Fanatic and he LOVES his sister.
Chelsea princess:---Our Miracle 3 almost 4 year old little wish princess, Leukemia Survivor, Loves anything girly and pink, Loves all princesses, embraces all of life's adventures and she LOVES her brother.

Here we are with our favorite Mice at Give Kids the World During our trip.

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There are a few things that might be helpful to know when reading this TR and here they are. I love to take pictures of my family so there were lots to edit through and I will try to pick out the best ones to tell the story of our trip. We took a longer then normal on a wish trip as we had a great opportunity to extend our trip (at our own expense) by about 8 days to spend time with my parents and family that live in Florida so our trip was February 1-15, 2011 :cool1:. I had a rough plan of the three things that were most important to us to do each day and as the TR unfolds you can see how we did;). Lastly, I am a really emotional person so you will have to ignore the multiple asides where I talk about tearing up. When you are simply thankful for everyday you have your husband and BOTH your kids with you an amazing experience like this can put you over the edge.:lmao:

So please join me as I hope to be able to express just a fraction of the magic that this trip was for our family. And we're off...

fulseasmama
03-16-2011, 11:01 PM
Table of Contents for easy reading when TR is complete.

February 1, 2011 Day 1 Part 1 - The Limo and Plane Ride---no crying over spilt juice. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40357836&postcount=10)
February 1, 2011 Day 1 Part 2 - Give Kids The World---Arriving at our "Vacation Home" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40410831&postcount=28)

February 2, 2011 Day 2 Part 1 - Just one morning in Florida and our kids are Cowboys and Cowgirls. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40451686&postcount=36)
February 2, 2011 Day 2 Part 2 - Scooby Doo we found you, Yahoo! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40454705&postcount=41)
February 2, 2011 Day 2 Part 3 - ET...Friend or Foe (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40512645&postcount=47)
February 2, 2011 Day 2 Part 4 - A Tuck In From Two Amazing Rabbits---Now That's a Good Night! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40522724&postcount=51)

February 3, 2011 Day 3 Part 1 - Hanging Out With Our Favorite Mice...Mickey and Minnie! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40598826&postcount=59)
February 3, 2011 Day 3 Part 2 - "You are Right Brother a Dolphin is a BIG Fish."---Chelsea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40610111&postcount=67)
February 3, 2011 Day 3 Part 3 - When you Write Your Name Upon a Star (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40689765&postcount=74)
February 3, 2011 Day 3 Part 4 - Christmas in February and the Sweetest Rapunzel Ever (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40694093&postcount=79)

February 4, 2011 Day 4 Part 1 - A Princess and her Prince for a Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40821538&postcount=88)
February 4, 2011 Day 4 Part 2 - A Princess Lunch for our Princess and Prince (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40870186&postcount=99)
February 4, 2011 Day 4 Part 3 - Is this Mickey and Minnie's Vacation House? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40873135&postcount=103)
February 4, 2011 Day 4 Part 4 - Mama they are calling ME a Princess! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40903654&postcount=110)
February 4, 2011 Day 4 Part 5 - It's a Three Sword Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41013239&postcount=116)

February 5, 2011 Day 5 Part 1 - A Perfect Day for Thing 1 and Thing 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41143756&postcount=128)
February 5, 2011 Day 5 Part 2 - "Can We Swim Even if it Starts to Rain?" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41156638&postcount=132)
February 5, 2011 Day 5 Part 3 - Yahoo It's Pink Cinderella Night! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41241886&postcount=138)
February 5, 2011 Day 5 Part 4 - Happy Birthday Mayor Clayton! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41250098&postcount=142)

jj0plin
03-17-2011, 06:24 AM
I'm here and cannot wait to read along!! :cheer2:

ChattaAlley
03-17-2011, 06:35 AM
Great looking family you have. can't wait to read more.

tinytreasures
03-17-2011, 07:14 AM
Page 1 :cool1:

DisneyRed95
03-17-2011, 08:12 AM
Joining In! popcorn:: You have a beautiful family.

Can't wait to read about your magical trip! :)

mommy2mrb
03-17-2011, 09:09 AM
:woohoo: made it onto page one :woohoo:

Great Start of your TR....very cute photo with your favorite mice!

can't wait to see more!!

Goofy442
03-17-2011, 11:21 AM
Joining in :cool1:

newdrama12
03-17-2011, 12:06 PM
It was great to meet you and the family while you were on your trip! Can't wait to hear about everything that happened!

fulseasmama
03-17-2011, 12:38 PM
The night before we departed we had the kids finish off their countdown calendars. With the final stickers on it was off to an early bedtime. The week before we left we had been gradually going to bed earlier and getting up earlier so our jet lag would not be too bad. It worked awesome...no jet lag at all. If you are traveling from the west coast I really recommend doing this.

Here they are with the last of the countdown calendars completed. Let the MAW adventure begin!

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So our day of departure started early. We woke up at 3:30AM and got ready pretty quickly. The kids were pretty groggy but finally woke up. Even the promise of getting on a plane to Disneyworld was not stirring them at first. Finally we were all up and ready to go all dressed in our awesome wish trip shirts from Chiara (Dis:cogero). Final things packed in the suitcase and we were set.

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The kids got pretty excited when they saw the limo pull up at 4 AM to take us to the airport. It was a total surprise for them and they really could not understand how a car could be that big. It was a fun but short ride to the airport in the dark.

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We took a quick picture at the airport but it was super windy so we just headed right in after that.

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We easily got checked in (there seems to be some discussion with MAW families about baggage fees so I thought I would just add that there was money for it in our expense check from MAW and Delta did charge us for each bag:)), then made our way through security and we were off to find some breakfast. The kids were way to excited to eat however so I was glad we had packed lots of snacks and such for the flight.

Here are Fuller and Chelsea with their new backpacks in line to get on the plane.

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We boarded the plane and got settled for our flight to Atlanta. I was feeling really lucky that day because one of our flight options we originally had to choose from was to go through Dallas, well the Dallas airport was closed due to weather that day so yahoo for Atlanta! The kids had flown before so they kind of knew what to expect. We got out a few books for take off, gave them suckers at take off since they don’t chew gum and we were set until we were up in the air. The flight was great. The flight attendants kept on stopping by to talk to the kids and gave the kids anything they wanted which was super sweet of them. The kids kept super busy with all the activities from the amazing Big Gives they had received...after they had opened the boxes we had put most things away until the trip so they were so happy to actually get to use everything:cool1:. Special thanks again to Glenda (Dis: gcast1), Laura, Dave, Carmella, Catherine & John (Dis: wishin' on a star), Dania (Dis:cp2002), Mary and Family (Dis:MaryAz), Ann (Dis:nurseann) and Jen, Claire, Molly & Gavin (Dis: clariemolly) for all the wonderful activities you sent for the kids to keep them busy! Neither of them fell asleep on the flights so it was really helpful having so much for them to do:thumbsup2.

Here is Fuller very serious about his coloring.

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Chelsea doing some coloring too while snuggled up in her Jessie blanket from Dawn (Dis:mickeymaker2003)!

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Chelsea did manage to spill her juice on herself which lead to a mini crisis as she was wet and though I had intended to I totally forgot to pack changes of clothes for the kids:headache:. She quickly got over it as her pants dried out and for future flights she did not keep her own juice cup;).

We arrived in Atlanta and got a quick bite to eat before getting on the short flight to Orlando. Once again the flight attendants were really nice and they even arranged for the pilot to show the kids the cockpit at the end of the flight. During the flight there was lots of turbulence and many adults looked pretty ill/stressed out. Fuller and Chelsea just loved it so I am sure that people on the flight thought they were crazy as they laughed and were loving the all bumps on the flight.

The visit to the cockpit was awesome...the captain explained how lots of things worked and Fuller sat in the captain’s seat. He even gave Fuller and Chelsea his copy of the flight plan from Atlanta to Orlando. Fuller thought it was so cool. Both of them told us they had flown a plane after the visit to the cockpit:lmao:.

The newest Delta Pilot and Co-Pilot.

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Up Next---Arriving in Orlando and will we make it to Give Kids The World in time for orientation?

jj0plin
03-17-2011, 12:57 PM
Good timing, I am first again! :cool1: So happy you've started! I love the pictures, especially the cockpit one. Can't wait for more :goodvibes

fulseasmama
03-17-2011, 01:16 PM
I'm here and cannot wait to read along!! :cheer2:

Thanks so much...your trip is so close. I am so excited for you all!:cool1:

Great looking family you have. can't wait to read more.

Thanks for reading...I hope to keep up with the TR as best I can:).

Page 1 :cool1:

Very Cool:thumbsup2

Joining In! popcorn:: You have a beautiful family.

Can't wait to read about your magical trip! :)

Thanks so much. I can't wait to have the chance to relive the memories as I write the TR...it really was a magical trip!

:woohoo: made it onto page one :woohoo:

Great Start of your TR....very cute photo with your favorite mice!

can't wait to see more!!

Thanks so much...I am off to visit your PTR--how did I miss it getting started. Your trip is so soon, Yahoo!!!!!


Joining in :cool1:

Great...thanks for joining in!

It was great to meet you and the family while you were on your trip! Can't wait to hear about everything that happened!

It was so great to meet you too! It was really such a great trip. I hope I can convey in the TR just how great. We loved GKTW and hope we can come back and visit someday!

Emilyswish
03-17-2011, 01:30 PM
I made it!!!

I love your picture with Mickey and Minnie! We totally forgot to bring Em's Mickey with us to get signed, your pic reminded me!

Sounds like your kiddos did great on the plane ride, I hope you make it in time for orientation!!!

mommy2mrb
03-17-2011, 01:39 PM
love the photos! how cool they got to visit the cockpit :cool1:
seeing their happy faces is priceless :lovestruc

thanks for coming over to see our PTR... I just started it a few days ago...its means a lot to me...thanks for your support and sweet words too :goodvibes

billwendy
03-17-2011, 07:22 PM
Awesome!!!!:goodvibes

brookerene
03-17-2011, 08:17 PM
great start...love the photos so far!

smileycrissy
03-17-2011, 09:14 PM
Wow, that is so awesome they got to check out the cockpit! And so sweet of the pilot to let them take a copy of the flight plan. :goodvibes I love the last photo in the cockpit. I can't wait to hear more! :)

HeatherSP
03-17-2011, 09:44 PM
So excited to read more .... I'm subbing

blessedmom4
03-17-2011, 11:29 PM
I am here, simply loving the photos and the wonderful smiles and magic has already happened! A pilot and co-pilot in the family!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

21hearts
03-18-2011, 08:26 AM
I'm joining this trip! :) Once I figure out how to sub I'm going to.

mommy2mrb
03-18-2011, 08:44 AM
I'm joining this trip! :) Once I figure out how to sub I'm going to.

once you post something you are subbed....

Goofy442
03-18-2011, 09:16 AM
Great start!! We have never flown Delta airlines, so it good to know how they were.

Stasieki
03-18-2011, 10:38 AM
Looking forward to reading along!

bskts4bj
03-18-2011, 12:05 PM
can't wait to hear all about the trip!!

Brenda

tinytreasures
03-18-2011, 03:37 PM
WooHoo for the newest Delta pilots :love:

fnrsgrl
03-20-2011, 02:59 AM
Signing on and looking forward to more!:goodvibes

kjmommie
03-20-2011, 09:05 PM
Excited to follow along!!

fulseasmama
03-21-2011, 04:45 PM
So after our cockpit adventure with the newest Delta Pilot and Co-Pilot we were off to find our GKTW greater. We found our way to the airport tram and found our greater Claire.

Here is Chelsea with Claire and her welcome sign.

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She was so lovely and it was so nice how she just helped us right through the airport and to the rental car company. Our car was rented through Avis and they were really nice. They had car seats for the kids, very new and clean and an almost new car for us. We headed out of the airport and followed the directions given to us on the Welcome sign and soon we arrived...It was pretty exciting pulling up to the gates of GKTW and walking into the House of Hearts. It really hit me then that this was real...Chelsea’s wish was coming true. I took a moment, the first of many, shed a few tears and I was thankful to be with my husband and both our kids celebrating life, family and princesses.

Here the loves of my life are walking towards the House of Hearts.

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Alex welcomed us to GKTW and gave Chelsea a Mickey and Fuller a Shamu. The kids loved their new friends and they would be the first of about 20 stuffed animals that would join our family during this trip.

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Alex went over some brief information and then loaded the kids and Christopher in a golf cart with him to go to our villa (soon after arriving the kids started calling it our "Vacation Home":)). Here is a silly picture he took of us in the villa...I think at this point we were all pretty tired and silly.

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Our "vacation home" for the week was Villa 289. We were a block away from the Gingerbread House, Carousel, the Pool...it was really a perfect location for us. It was not until much later in our that I realized how big GKTW was and how nice it was to be so close to most everything.

Here the kids are with our Villa sign. We were home for the week:cool1:.

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It turns out I could have made it to the 7:30PM orientation (we actually got to GKTW earlier then I thought we would, Claire did such a nice job of getting us through the airport and on our way) but honestly I was hungry and did not want to miss the kids initial reaction to everything at GKTW so I just asked if I could go in the morning like I had originally planned and they very nicely said yes (everyone at GKTW was so helpful, flexible and lovely the entire time we were there:)). So off to explore we went and like I said everything was so close by so it was easy to do.

Our first stop was dinner at the Gingerbread house. I had read some mixed reviews and my kids are pretty picky eaters so I was a bit worried but the food was really good and the people there were so amazing. The kids loved it that they always got to pick where we sat for meals there. The volunteers never let your drink get empty and were happy to help you get any seconds. It was so dreamy and relaxing for this mama who normally fixes and serves every meal.:)

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Then we rode the carousel about 10 times in a row...the kids wanted to try out every animal so that is exactly what we did!

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We quickly explored the castle and I could tell we were all starting to fade but we had to make one last stop...ICE CREAM!

We had our first of what would become our nighttime ritual on the trip...ice cream before bed! What a great way to end everyday:lmao:.

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We had a really fun evening and the kids fell in love with everything at the village. I am so glad I decided to skip the evening orientation, take it easy and enjoy that night with my family. This relaxed taking it easy pace continued throughout the trip and I am so glad it did as we all really had a chance to share so many magical moments as a family.

We decided to call it a day and get a good nights sleep we had a busy day planned for tomorrow.

Up next...will the kids ever want leave GKTW and will we ever get to Universal Studios?

smileycrissy
03-21-2011, 04:58 PM
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How cute are they in this picture! I'd love to have ice cream before bedtime every night. :goodvibes So glad you guys had a relaxing first night. GKTW looks like so much fun.

fulseasmama
03-21-2011, 05:02 PM
Good timing, I am first again! :cool1: So happy you've started! I love the pictures, especially the cockpit one. Can't wait for more :goodvibes

The trip to the cockpit was really a nice surprise and the kids loved it. Just posted a bit more;).


I made it!!!

I love your picture with Mickey and Minnie! We totally forgot to bring Em's Mickey with us to get signed, your pic reminded me!

Sounds like your kiddos did great on the plane ride, I hope you make it in time for orientation!!!

Hi!!! Mickey and Minnie were so great at GKTW...they spent so much time with each family. It was Christopher reading over the plan for the day that reminded me to bring the mickey otherwise I am pretty sure I would have forgotten. See new post to find out about orientation:). I am loving following along with Emily's TR.

love the photos! how cool they got to visit the cockpit :cool1:
seeing their happy faces is priceless :lovestruc

thanks for coming over to see our PTR... I just started it a few days ago...its means a lot to me...thanks for your support and sweet words too :goodvibes

The pilot was so nice. I am so glad you started a PTR...I so hope your trip is magic...you both deserve that and so much more. You and your daughter are super special people.:hug:


Awesome!!!!:goodvibes

Hi Wendy...did you happen to see about a week ago on the MAW trip thread I posted a few sneak peek pictures of the kids in there amazing clothes from you!?! Have a great week!

great start...love the photos so far!

Thanks so much...you will be on your trip soon and I am so excited for you. A week of magic is so awesome!

Wow, that is so awesome they got to check out the cockpit! And so sweet of the pilot to let them take a copy of the flight plan. :goodvibes I love the last photo in the cockpit. I can't wait to hear more! :)

Thanks so much---I loved that they thought they had "flown" the plane after the visit. Too cute...I still have a thank you to post on my PTR for the adorable bracelets...Chelsea has hers on today:):goodvibes

So excited to read more .... I'm subbing

Thanks for following along!

I am here, simply loving the photos and the wonderful smiles and magic has already happened! A pilot and co-pilot in the family!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

Hi there...thanks for following our TR. It was a really magical travel day which set the tone for the rest of our amazing time!

I'm joining this trip! :) Once I figure out how to sub I'm going to.

Thanks...I hope it is a fun read!:)

Great start!! We have never flown Delta airlines, so it good to know how they were.

They were really lovely...super nice to the kids!

Looking forward to reading along!

Thanks for reading along!

can't wait to hear all about the trip!!

Brenda

Hi Brenda, nice to "see" you on here! I was just finishing some photo editing from our meeting at MK. Loved having the chance to meet up. Hope you are doing great!

WooHoo for the newest Delta pilots :love:

It was so fun...We built them a plane from some big boxes when we got home and they used the pictures from the trip to draw all the equipment in their cockpit. They fly daily now! I love how life experiences can spur the imagination.

Signing on and looking forward to more!:goodvibes

Thanks so much...new post today and more to come soon!

Excited to follow along!!

Thanks...I look forward to putting the TR together!

mommy2mrb
03-21-2011, 07:06 PM
what a great first night at GKTW!!! 10 times on the carousel must of been a blast and ice cream before bedtime, bet you made some major mama points!!

so happy to hear you enjoyed having your break from the cooking and serving ...I'm looking forward to that too...

too cute that the kids have created their own plane, what great imaginations they have!


thank you so much for your well wishes and sweet words...we leave in 5 days! got most of my packing done today !!!

jj0plin
03-21-2011, 07:42 PM
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I love this picture!!! Great update, sure is making me pretty excited!! :yay:

maroo
03-22-2011, 08:16 AM
LOVE the TR so far! You are doing such a great job.

I am in awe of your ability to keep up and thank everyone in the Big Give!

Great job on the TR so far! :)

:goodvibes

fnrsgrl
03-23-2011, 03:36 PM
I love that you are just going with the flow and letting the trip be about what the kids want!

tinytreasures
03-23-2011, 05:28 PM
Love your first night :cloud9:
That was my favorite part just relaxing with the kids instead of trying to run run run

fulseasmama
03-24-2011, 01:11 PM
The kids were pretty excited and woke us up around 7:30 ready to start the day. It looked like a pretty nice day outside and we were excited to be waking up in Florida. We all got ready and headed to breakfast at the Gingerbread house. Fuller and Chelsea were happy to have eggs and bacon and I was happy to have a strawberry waffle. We all ate a great breakfast and had a nice chat with a volunteer passing out Disney “I’m Celebrating” pins. After breakfast I made my way to orientation and Christopher and the kids did some exploring of GKTW in the daylight. There was some carousel riding and then walking around to see what they could find.

The kids loved all the larger then life food that decorates the village. They may have even tried to take a bite:scared1:.

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The talking trash cans that sucked up paper were also a big hit with the kids. Throughout the entire trip we always carried extra pieces of paper so when we walked by them we could “feed” them. They were always whispering to you "I love paper". It was pretty funny however because after they put the trash in and it gets sucked up they always ran away screaming.

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On their way over to the horses they stopped by to say hi to Ol'Elmer the sleeping and snoring tree...the kids kept hoping he would wake up anytime we walked by but he never woke up during our stay:rotfl:.

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The 9 AM orientation was nice and lasted about an hour...there was not really anything the wonderful people on the DIS had not given me a heads up about so I left feeling pretty good about the plans we had. I made a few arrangements at the front desk and was off to find my family.

I met up with Christopher and the kids over at Keaton’s Corral for some horseback riding. The kids have only really had a chance to ride ponies at the county fair so these horses were a bit big to them. I got there right as Chelsea was about to get on her horse Chance for her turn at horseback riding. I think she was a bit nervous at first but there were volunteers right there with her so she really ended up enjoying the horse ride and talked about it tons after.

Chelsea riding on Chance...our little cowgirl.

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Next was Fuller’s turn on his horse Jo Jo. I was amazed at how comfortable he looked on the horse and he really enjoyed it too. My cousin has some horses and he is always asking her now to go for a ride...now that he knows how to do it and all.;) Here is our sweet Cowboy!

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They might have been most excited however to get cowboy hats and certificates after the ride.

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We took our cowboy and cowgirl back to get changed so we could head out around 10:45 AM for our first park Universal Studios. Honestly the kids were not so sure they wanted to leave GKTW but we told them it would be fun so let's go!

Coming Soon---How to instantly get your kids to fall in love with Universal Studios.

fulseasmama
03-24-2011, 01:20 PM
what a great first night at GKTW!!! 10 times on the carousel must of been a blast and ice cream before bedtime, bet you made some major mama points!!

so happy to hear you enjoyed having your break from the cooking and serving ...I'm looking forward to that too...

too cute that the kids have created their own plane, what great imaginations they have!


thank you so much for your well wishes and sweet words...we leave in 5 days! got most of my packing done today !!!

I think I did get some major mama points because we just had so much fun eating Ice Cream every night and they still talk about it here at home. It was just such a great time for our family...such a blessing.

I posted on your PTR but I know you leave soon and I hope your trip is amazing. You have planned a really magical time for you and Megan...big mama points for you too!:goodvibes

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I love this picture!!! Great update, sure is making me pretty excited!! :yay:

I am so excited for you. Since we have returned that has been a fun thing about being around on the DIS with the other wish trip families. I get to feel so excited for you and the experience you are going to have.:cool1::woohoo::yay:

LOVE the TR so far! You are doing such a great job.

I am in awe of your ability to keep up and thank everyone in the Big Give!

Great job on the TR so far! :)

:goodvibes

Thanks so much Mary...I am really enjoying the TR process and it is a great excuse to make sure all the pictures we took are edited and organized. I also really want to let all the Big Givers know how much we appreciated everything they did for us...it made the trip so extra special. Thanks for stopping by.

I love that you are just going with the flow and letting the trip be about what the kids want!

My husband and I decided early on this trip was all about the kids...it turned out to be a great choice as we all had such an amazing time.

Love your first night :cloud9:
That was my favorite part just relaxing with the kids instead of trying to run run run

It was just so nice to move at Fuller and Chelsea's pace. There was not any run, run, run in this trip which we all just loved. Thanks again for reading.

mommy2mrb
03-24-2011, 01:21 PM
love their happy faces while riding their ponies!!
to funny about the paper eater!

I will probaby have to wait and see more updates after we get home from our trip...we leave in TWO DAYS!!! so I will check in after we get home and then get to start my TR!!

hope everyone is doing good, take care "see" you in a couple weeks!

jj0plin
03-24-2011, 01:37 PM
Awww... wonderful pictures!! The horseback riding ones are priceless :)

that's nice
03-24-2011, 01:38 PM
Ok... I guess I'm a little late to this party.

I didn't realize you started this! :sad2: Wait maybe I did? I don't remember. AHHH! :scared1:


I will be back to read everything! :surfweb:


:goodvibes:goodvibes

fulseasmama
03-24-2011, 04:45 PM
So when I left off we were getting the kids changed into their amazing Scooby Doo Outfits from Jamie, Abbie, Gray and Maddie (Dis: busy mommy) and we fixed Chelsea's hair with the adorable bow from Ann (Dis:nurse ann) and heading to our first park...Universal Studios. We followed the directions in our bunny book (guide book given to us at GKTW) and quite quickly arrived at Universal Studios parking lot. I had read in many TRs that the parking is pretty far from the parks themselves and the other TR’s were not kidding. We rode people mover after people mover and so after a bit of a trek we headed through downtown Universal on our way to Universal Studios.

We got through the gates and almost immediately the kids saw Dora and Diego. I could tell walking towards the park the kids did not know what to expect but as soon as they saw Dora and Diego there they were super excited so we stopped for a few pictures. As we walked up the Universal Employee (From now on to be referred to as UE) immediately came and got us and had us meet them right away---no waiting in line!

Here the kids are loving on Dora and Diego...once Chelsea started hugging them she never wanted to let go!

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This was the start of the absolutely AMAZING treatment we got at Universal Studios. I was totally blown away at how fast they would get you to a character or onto a ride...it was awesome and made the day so easy. I feel like saying we had a VIP experience does not even begin to explain it since we were so spoiled by the UE's all day. We decided to head towards the Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and check out some things on our we hope to do list(at the end of each day on the TR I will recap what we did from our plan, didn't get to do and all the extras we fit in).

We decided to walk through Hollywood to get there and I am so glad we did as we turned to walk down the street we saw THEM and by THEM I mean Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the Mystery Machine. We were all super excited and once again the UE had us come right up and meet them. To say they loved their outfits would be an understatement and I got all teary eyed watching Chelsea and Fuller beaming from Scooby and Shaggy’s hugs and attention. It was such an awesome meeting. :love:

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From there we met a family that our kids have never seen but Mama and Papa watch sometimes on TV...The Simpsons. It was so cute Bart came right over to the kids who loved him immediately. I love the rabbit ears Bart gave me during our family picture! :rotfl:

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I could not believe all the characters we kept finding and we were not done yet. Next we found Curious George...the kids are big fans of his books so they were excited to give him some love! Chelsea later told us George did not seem to be too getting into too much trouble.:)

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So at this point we are all having fun, the kids can't believe how many "friends" (their name for characters) we have seen and we had been at Universal for about an hour when the kids start asking “When can we go back to our vacation home!?!” It was not that they were not having fun at Universal but this would be a theme throughout the week as the allure of GKTW is really strong. For families still planning your trips especially if you have kids around the age of our kids take this into consideration when making your plans. I had thought this would be the case before hand so we had planned to spend every evening at GKTW which was perfect for our family. Okay back to our day at Universal...

So we made our way just in time to get in line for the A Day in the Park with Barney show. The UE had us wait in our own little section and there was music playing so the kids danced away. It was so fun to watch them.

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When they were younger they both watched Barney sometimes so they enjoyed the show and thought it was fun to see him in person. After the show the kind of odd man from the pre-show came and got the kids and walked them right over to meet Barney. It was really sweet and the kids enjoyed the show.

Fuller and Chelsea had lots of hugs for Barney.

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Making some silly faces with mama outside the Barney fountain.

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We got lunch next at Mel’s Drive-In...burgers, fries and such. The food was fine, not too expensive and Chelsea really liked her double decker PB&J from the kids menu. Well fed we were off to try some rides. We rode Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster twice so each of the kids could have a turn in front...so nice of the UE to suggest it and let them ride back to back like that. The kids liked to ride hands up which I thought was super cute. For their age it was a fun roller coaster and they loved getting to ride back to back like they did.:cool1:

Here is Fuller and Papa in front...

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Here is Chelsea's little arms in the air during her turn in front with Papa.

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So far everything was going great---it was a awesome start to our trip!:woohoo:

Up Next---Should we try ET or will it put the kids over the edge!?!

mommy2mrb
03-24-2011, 05:01 PM
what a wonderful day so far! Chelsea looks adorable in her outfit and Fuller so handsome! great photos of you all too!
how great you got to see so many characters right away!
love Chelsea's little hands peeking out over her Papa's arm, so sweet!

We are leaving Sat am for our trip! will check back in when we get home! hope everyone has a great two weeks!

HeatherSP
03-24-2011, 10:18 PM
Loving your TR!!! Great pics too!

smileycrissy
03-24-2011, 11:27 PM
Wow, those paper eaters at GKTW are awesome! I haven't heard anyone mention them before.

I love Chelseas Scooby Doo outfit and Fuller looks so adorable. :goodvibes You guys are getting VIP treat at US. I love the pic of Chelsea's arms in the air. It's so precious because shes soo tiny. :)

Mom2mitokids
03-25-2011, 01:15 AM
I'm loving your TR. I love the fact that it was a slow pace trip. We were more a go go trip. I guess that how it is with teenagers. I love the Scooby outfits.

brookerene
03-25-2011, 10:12 AM
Great photos and great PTR!!! Keep it coming! I still love those Scooby DOo cothes from the Big GIve....!!!

fulseasmama
03-29-2011, 10:58 AM
So our day was really amazing and we were feeling so great about all the fun we had so we made an on the spot decision to see if Chelsea was tall enough for the ET ride...she was so happy she was tall enough so we decided to give it a go. Here is our happy girl showing off her tallness.:love:

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Since they got us on the ride so fast we did not have time to brief the kids about ET or the ride and this might not have been the best plan as our kids had never seen the movie and I think Fuller at least thought ET was a bad guy and Chelsea did not like how dark the ride was. They were a bit stressed out after riding but were just fine in a few minutes. The kids liked how ET said their name at the end...that might have saved the ride experience for them. :cool1: I thought it was kind of cute and by the end of the trip Fuller was in love with ET and had bought a stuffed one during our second day at Islands of Adventure. Since our return home we have watched the movie and now the kids LOVE ET and ask to go back on the ride. Overall I think we will call it a success!

We had a bit of time to kill before the next show we wanted to see so the kids spent about 30 minutes running around the Curious George Goes to Town play area. There were buttons they could push to make animal noises and they loved it. Running around a bit was just what they needed. They had so much fun and it was a joy watching them!

Here they are with what Fuller said was "the biggest book I have ever seen"

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Fuller in action at the playground.

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Chelsea in action on the playground.

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Lastly...our two little elephants!

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Next we headed over to the Animal Actors on Location show. They very kindly gave us front row seats for the show. The kids really liked this show...it was funny, all the animals running around cracked them up and it was fast paced. After the show we were getting up to leave and the UE asked us to stay. They brought the pug from the show and I guess some movies out to meet us. The kids had fun petting the dog and learning a bit more about it. It was so super nice of them to do this for us. Like I said earlier everyone who worked at Universal was so AMAZING to us!


Fuller and Chelsea loving up the pug whose name I should probably have noted.

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Here we all are with a star from the show.

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As we walked out from the show there was another show going on with a bunch of characters so we watched it. We had not met with Woody Woodpecker and his lady friend Winnie so we stopped to see them and give them some hugs.

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We also had another quick visit with Scooby and Shaggy before moving on...the kids could not pass up a chance to see them again. We decided to walk the rest of the way around the park, let the kids have some snack and see if we could find the Shrek 4-D show. Before we found the show we found Fiona and Donkey so we stopped to say hi. We were the last family that got to see them and the kids loved talking with them.

Donkey was cracking Fuller and Chelsea up (mama and papa too!).

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Posing for a picture with the beautiful Fiona.

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After pictures we were walking away and the UE stopped us and said wait a few minutes and Shrek is coming. So we did and Shrek came right out so the kids had a really fun visit with him and seeing Donkey again.

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At this point we were standing right next to the Shrek 4-D ride and all the kids were talking about at this point was swimming at GKTW so we decided that we were ready to go. Just one last stop to make to meet SpongeBob SquarePants...Fuller really wanted to meet him even though he does not watch the show at home. He was happy to meet him and that is what matters.

Here is our family with the giant yellow sponge dude!

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We let the kids do a quick shop at the gift shop on the way out...they normally don’t get to shop when we go places so this was a big deal (thanks MAW for the spending money). Fuller chose a stuffed Barney and Chelsea wanted a stuffed Thing 1 (no we had not even been to Seuss Landing yet she just loves the book The Cat in The Hat) and I got them Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts to wear during our day at Islands of Adventure.

On the ride home I looked back to see Chelsea was sound asleep after a great time at Universal.

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Up Next...Who could be at our door, isn't it bedtime?

fulseasmama
03-29-2011, 11:08 AM
love their happy faces while riding their ponies!!
to funny about the paper eater!

I will probaby have to wait and see more updates after we get home from our trip...we leave in TWO DAYS!!! so I will check in after we get home and then get to start my TR!!

hope everyone is doing good, take care "see" you in a couple weeks!

Thinking about you and hoping your trip is going great!

Awww... wonderful pictures!! The horseback riding ones are priceless :)

They had so much fun riding those horses...like I said Fuller is working on his Auntie to get her to take him riding.

Ok... I guess I'm a little late to this party.

I didn't realize you started this! :sad2: Wait maybe I did? I don't remember. AHHH! :scared1:


I will be back to read everything! :surfweb:


:goodvibes:goodvibes

I think I started it while you were at DisneyWorld...anyway no worries thanks for stopping by! It is fun to read the TR after your trip to see everything again isn't it!

what a wonderful day so far! Chelsea looks adorable in her outfit and Fuller so handsome! great photos of you all too!
how great you got to see so many characters right away!
love Chelsea's little hands peeking out over her Papa's arm, so sweet!

We are leaving Sat am for our trip! will check back in when we get home! hope everyone has a great two weeks!

I loved her little hands peaking out too. She is my little dare devil.:scared1:

Loving your TR!!! Great pics too!

Thanks so much...your trip is coming soon and I love watching your families amazing Big Give.

Wow, those paper eaters at GKTW are awesome! I haven't heard anyone mention them before.

I love Chelseas Scooby Doo outfit and Fuller looks so adorable. :goodvibes You guys are getting VIP treat at US. I love the pic of Chelsea's arms in the air. It's so precious because shes soo tiny. :)

The paper eaters were so fun for the kids...they still talk about them. The Scooby outfits are amazing and the kids loved all the attention they got wearing them...Such magic.:wizard:

I'm loving your TR. I love the fact that it was a slow pace trip. We were more a go go trip. I guess that how it is with teenagers. I love the Scooby outfits.

Thanks for stopping by. The Scooby outfits are awesome...can't wait for some sun here so they can wear them again. We really had a great time and even came home feeling pretty good and not too tired. For traveling with a 3 and a 5 year old I felt like that was pretty good!

I will be excited to read your TR when you start. Going through all the pictures can be lots of work.

Great photos and great PTR!!! Keep it coming! I still love those Scooby DOo cothes from the Big GIve....!!!

Thanks so much! Our day was amazing and the Scooby outfits were such a big hit!:yay:

Emilyswish
03-29-2011, 11:13 AM
I can't believe I missed all of these updates!!!!! :scared1:

What a wonderful day you had at US! You must've met every character there! Awesome!! :banana:

Those Scooby Dooo outfits are amazing and I'll have to remind Ann to read this so she can see Chelsea wearing her bow! :cool1:

bskts4bj
03-29-2011, 11:22 AM
I'm really enjoying your TR -- I think I'm enjoying it more so because we had the chance to meet all of you -- it really makes a difference when reading your reports -- it seems so much more personal. Your pictures are great!!

Can't wait to see what's next . . .
Brenda

fulseasmama
03-29-2011, 10:25 PM
With a sleeping Chelsea in the back seat and Fuller busy playing with Barney we easily got back to GKTW around 5:30. We got our swimsuits on and headed to Katies Kitchen to order some food for dinner.

Fuller and Chelsea ready to swim. Notice the kids clothes from the Big Give thanks again for everything...cute sundress on Chelsea from Crystal (Dis:Tinka_Belle) She loves her dress! Fuller was super excited to wear his Phineas and Ferb shirt from Dania (Dis:CP2002).

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At Katies Kitchen we mentioned we thought we would eat by the pool and they were so lovely and offered to bring dinner over to the pool for us. How awesome is that...dinner served poolside! So off to the pool we went. We decided not to get wet before dinner so the kids explored a bit and played around on the surf board.

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Dinner was so nice...I just could not believe it was February and we were sitting poolside having a family meal.:love: We don’t have Boston Markets around here and we thought it was really good. Chelsea LOVED the mac and cheese so that was great. After that we swam for about 45 minutes and had so much fun at the pool.

Chelsea enjoying the pool...she is my little fish and loves the water.

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Fuller not so sure about the water but having a great time!

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Finally we were starting to get cold so we headed back to our “vacation home”, gave the kids a bath and got them into their PJ’s. It was not time for bed yet however as we still had to head back out again since we had not had our nightly ice cream. :cool1::cool1:As we were walking that way we had a lovely and magical surprise...Ms. Merry and Mayor Clayton were at the carousel and invited Fuller and Chelsea to ride with them. Fuller and Chelsea were so EXCITED...Chelsea was just beaming holding Mayor Clayton’s hand and Fuller could not believe they were so lucky. Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry rode not once but twice around with the kids. It was so awesome...I was happy the kids had a chance to meet them as a surprise was headed their way later that night! You are about to notice that yes we did let them go out and about with their PJ's on at GKTW that night.:rolleyes1

Riding the Carousel with Ms. Merry and Mayor Clayton...SO MUCH FUN!:love:

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One last quick picture with all four of them.

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After our very special ride we headed into the Castle of Miracles. Fuller and Christopher played legos for awhile while Chelsea and I hung out at the La-Ti-Da Spa. She was so excited to get her nails done and to get the cute my little pony lunch box they gave her. Her finger nails never lasts longer then a day so at home I will only do her toes.;) Here she is getting her nails all prettied.

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We headed for some ice cream because it is an awesome way to end the day and a few quick spins on the carousel also a pretty awesome way to end the day. ;)

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So back at our "vacation house" we were just finishing reading the kids bedtime books and there was a knock on the door. F & C were super excited to see Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry there in their PJ’s t tuck them in. There were hugs all around and the kids had a great time showing them all of their sleep friends.

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Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry got the kids all tucked in and kissed good night.

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Funny little story, while the kids were getting tucked in the rabbit handlers (if that is what they are called) asked me if these were our only kids...somehow or another when I signed up they had noted we had EIGHT kids so that is why they sent both Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry. Yet another amazing addition to the an already amazing and wonderful day. Fuller and Chelsea were excited to have the tuck in but I am sure they were asleep when their heads hit the pillow.

So let’s see how we did plan vs actual day events:

Horseback Riding at GKTW---yes and it was really fun for the kids
Universal Studios:
A Day in the park with Barney--Yes, kids enjoyed the show and meeting Barney
Woody Woodpecker Coaster--Yes rode it twice back to back!
Animal Actors on Location--Yes, kids still talk about this show
Shrek 4-D--Nope the draw of the pool at GKTW was stronger then this...no worries!

All the extras we were able to do:
Meet Characters--1. Dora and Diego 2. Scooby Doo and Shaggy (actually saw them twice) 3. The Simpsons 4. Curious George 5. Barney 6. Woody Woodpecker (saw him twice too) and Winnie 7. Alex from Madagascar and the Penguins 8. Fiona and Donkey 9. Shrek and Donkey 10. Sponge Bob Square Pants ---Wow that's alot of friends to meet.:woohoo::woohoo:

Rode the ET Ride, Kids played at Curious George Goes to Town

Mayor Clayton Tuck In at GKTW---yes and since they thought we had 6 more kids we got Ms. Merry too! Yahoo!!!

How would any other days live up to such a wonderful magic filled day...you’ll find out!

Goofy442
03-30-2011, 08:48 AM
What a amazing day your family had! :banana: Can't wait to hear how the rest of your trip goes.

smileycrissy
03-30-2011, 05:28 PM
Well thank goodness that little mistake on the number of kids worked out for your better by having both Mr. Clayton and Ms. Merry. :rotfl: That was pretty lucky of you guys to see them on the carousel and then have them both return for the tuck in.

I love the pics of Fuller & Chelsea in their sunglasses. Sooo cute!!

tinytreasures
03-30-2011, 07:58 PM
How did I miss all your updates. Your report is getting me excited for U/S. Thank you for all the pictures and I love how you are sharing everything with us :cloud9:

fulseasmama
03-31-2011, 10:22 AM
I can't believe I missed all of these updates!!!!! :scared1:

What a wonderful day you had at US! You must've met every character there! Awesome!! :banana:

Those Scooby Dooo outfits are amazing and I'll have to remind Ann to read this so she can see Chelsea wearing her bow! :cool1:

We did have a great day at US...we could not believe how amazingly nice everyone there was to our family. Please do let Ann know to check it out if she can. The bow matched perfectly and Chelsea loves it.:love:

I hope sweet Emily is feeling better...I have been thinking of you all.:goodvibes

I'm really enjoying your TR -- I think I'm enjoying it more so because we had the chance to meet all of you -- it really makes a difference when reading your reports -- it seems so much more personal. Your pictures are great!!

Can't wait to see what's next . . .
Brenda

Hi Brenda...you are so sweet. Thanks for following along! I love that we got to meet. :cool1::cool1: You and Krysten are so sweet and lovely. I love it when the kids talk about it and one will say "remember that is when we met our friends at Disneyworld" and the other will say something like "isn't it cool we have friends AT Disneyworld!?!" We were lucky to get to see you. Hope you are doing great!

What a amazing day your family had! :banana: Can't wait to hear how the rest of your trip goes.

It really was an amazing day...a great way to start off our trip!

Well thank goodness that little mistake on the number of kids worked out for your better by having both Mr. Clayton and Ms. Merry. :rotfl: That was pretty lucky of you guys to see them on the carousel and then have them both return for the tuck in.

I love the pics of Fuller & Chelsea in their sunglasses. Sooo cute!!

I know it was a sweet mistake. The kids were so excited to have both of them...I almost fell over when they asked if we had EIGHT kids.:scared1: That would be alot for me.:scared1:

How did I miss all your updates. Your report is getting me excited for U/S. Thank you for all the pictures and I love how you are sharing everything with us :cloud9:

While everywhere we went was nice both days at Universal were so AMAZING. People were constantly going out of their way to take such nice care of us. I hope you have the same wonderful experience. All the stuff to do there was really great too! Thanks for reading the TR...it's nice to hear from you!

Mom2mitokids
03-31-2011, 10:46 PM
Loving your TR. So glad your first day was an awesome one. How did they think you had 8 kids..when you can only have 7 total in one Villa:confused3. Glad it worked in your favor though.

brookerene
04-01-2011, 08:05 AM
WOw what great photos! Luv them!

blessedmom4
04-01-2011, 01:27 PM
I am LOVING all of the photos and fun...What an AMAZING trip!!!! Incredible memories to last a lifetime!

fulseasmama
04-04-2011, 05:41 PM
So what is the plan for today...visit with our favorite mice, head to SeaWorld and celebrate Christmas in February...this seems to be just the best vacation ever.:cool1: We decided to take it easy in the morning and plan on seeing Mickey and friends during their second "showing". Everyone enjoyed breakfast again at the Gingerbread house...the kids love eggs, bacon and fruit so mornings were a big hit at GKTW. We had some extra time after breakfast so we went to explore places we had not seen yet.

Here is my little Minnie with her beloved mickey taking it all in before the walk towards the train station. Special thanks to Flora (Dis:PurpleEars) for Chelsea's beautiful dress and Laura, Dave, Carmella, Catherine and John (Dis:Wishin' on a star) for her adorable headband.

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We made it to the Amberville Train Station where I had told the kids they could ride a train so that is what they wanted to do first. Here are our little train conductors.

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Here we all are after our train ride was over...after riding twice in a row!

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Then the kids spent a good amount of time seeing what would happen on the model train when you pushed the buttons all around the outside edge.

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Fuller found the boats you could drive around and after figuring out which boat they were driving they promptly drove in circles and loved every minute of it.:rotfl:

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It was getting time to go get in line to see our favorite mice...Mickey and Minnie were at Give Kids the World! I had to laugh because it was probably the longest line we waited in all week but so well worth it!

Here is Minnie's reaction when she noticed Chelsea's dress...Mickey was pretty excited about it too. It was so fun to watch their reactions.

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Mickey and Minnie took so much time with the kids...they signed the feet of her stuffed Mickey and played around with them. Fuller and Chelsea were having so much fun.

Minnie and my little Minnie strike a pose.

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Mickey and my big boy strike a pose.

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The whole family hanging out with our favorite mice.

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Mickey and Minnie showering Chelsea with love...I loved watching this.:love:

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Fuller giving Minnie a super hug...He is a little smitten.:lovestruc

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We had the nicest visit with Mickey and Minnie. Fuller and Chelsea had so much fun and felt so special after the visit. It was amazing how much time they spent with them...a really special memory from the trip! Chelsea shows anyone she can her Mickey with it's signed feet.

After Mickey and Minnie we had a good time visiting with Pluto and Goofy outside but the sun had come out and we had been in the darkish theater so the pictures are not great of our sweet squinty eyed kids...just picture it in your mind.;)

I had to make a few quick arrangements and Christopher took these pictures of the kids at the House of Hearts...I just love them (the pictures and the super special kids).

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Up next...Are There Big Fish at SeaWorld?

fulseasmama
04-04-2011, 05:46 PM
Loving your TR. So glad your first day was an awesome one. How did they think you had 8 kids..when you can only have 7 total in one Villa:confused3. Glad it worked in your favor though.

I have no idea and I about fell over when they asked. I love my kids but I can't imagine having EIGHT!:scared1:

WOw what great photos! Luv them!

Thanks so much...I am having fun getting them all edited and reliving the trip!

I am LOVING all of the photos and fun...What an AMAZING trip!!!! Incredible memories to last a lifetime!

It was an amazing trip from start to finish...Incredible! Thanks for following along.:)

bskts4bj
04-04-2011, 08:27 PM
These pictures are PRICELESS!! Chelsea and Minnie . . . . Fuller and Mickey . . . .

tinytreasures
04-04-2011, 08:39 PM
Little Minnie and Big Minnie are so cute together. Love the Big Mouse and your Big guy too :love:

OregonGirl
04-04-2011, 08:54 PM
I usually lurk but thought I would drop a quick line and say HI because I recognized PDX. I am also from Oregon!

Great trip report and photos so far! :)

- Carey

OregonGirl (30 yrs) princess:

Goofy442
04-05-2011, 07:54 AM
Love that they bring the characters to you! Our friends brought there daughter there, but she was still too sick to enjoy it. :sad1:

brookerene
04-05-2011, 09:04 AM
I love ll the photos... and that mickey dress is too cute!

goofy47
04-05-2011, 09:44 AM
Awesome!!!!:goodvibes

Fantastic Photos & Trip :cool1:

fulseasmama
04-05-2011, 01:32 PM
After an incredible morning at GKTW with Mickey and Minnie we got ourselves ready and headed out to SeaWorld for the day. We had never been to SeaWorld so I was not too sure what to expect but I was pretty sure the kids would like it because they love to visit the aquarium on the Oregon Coast.

Our fist stop after arriving was to find out how to feed the dolphins...I just love dolphins so I was really excited about it. I had read it was best to do this earlier in the day so that made it our first stop. We got to the area and just had to wait a bit until the next feeding time. They took us and another MAW family in and gave each of us a tray of fish so we had three trays to feed the dolphins which was really nice of them. It is hard to get pictures from behind and Christopher did not have time to walk around to the other side so here are the best we got.

Here I am helping Chelsea get them some food.

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Dropping some fish right into the dolphins mouth.

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Dolphins swimming right up to be fed.

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While we were feeding them a trainer came by and got one of the dolphins to come right up and lay on a ledge right below us so we could pet it. Fuller was a sport and tried it while Chelsea wanted nothing to do with that. Feeding the dolphins was fun but probably mainly for me as Chelsea was a bit intimidated and Fuller told me he was scared they would bite his hand off.:scared1::rotfl: As we walked away I overheard part of a conversation between Fuller and Chelsea and she just kept on saying "You are right brother a dolphin is a big fish." I decided not to interrupt them right there and get into the whole mammal discussion. Saved that for another day.:lmao:

After feeding the dolphins it was time for some lunch. We decided to eat at the Seafire Inn...pasta dishes, salads and such with an added bonus it served wine and beer.;) The food was pretty good...really big portions for the kids and me. We walked away full and with about five minutes to reach the Blue Horizons Dolphin Show.

Here is the crew waiting for the show to start.

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The show was really very cool. Kind of a mix between dolphin show, Cirque Du Soleil acrobatics and competitive diving with a nice story line. Fuller and Chelsea sat wide eyed most of the show and sometimes had a hard time figuring out where to be looking.:)

Fuller still talks about the guy who rode the dolphins...he was super impressed by it.

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The coordinated flips of the dolphins were really cool to watch.

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After the show we headed towards the sharks. Everyone enjoyed walking through the tubes where you could see the sharks swimming all around. They have lots of vicious teeth but there is just something graceful and beautiful about watching sharks swim.

Next we tried to see if we could find a place to see Shamu or a recent incarnation of him. We did not seem to have any luck finding a place to just see whales swimming around. I am guessing maybe you have to go to the show to see them!?! :confused3 Fuller was a bit disappointed since he was excited to see him after he got a stuffed one at GKTW and sadly we were not planning to stay until the 5pm show to see them.

Happily he got over it really quickly when we got to the Shamu's Happy Harbor area. Lots of small scale rides perfect for our size kids. Our first stop was the Sea Carousel for a ride on a shark and a dolphin.

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Next a spin on the Swishy Fishies...my poor spinning head! Chelsea spun her papa around.

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While Fuller kept mama spinning as fast as he could.

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Next up was a little bouncing up and down on the Flying Fiddler.

The kids were cracking me up...Chelsea likes to scream on rides just because she can. Even before the ride does anything she is screaming with great glee and joy everytime which just cracks Fuller up. I love it so much that it cracks me up too!

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We all rode the Shamu Express a few times in a row just because they loved it and learned they could at Universal the day before.:) A quick ride on the Ocean Commotion and Jazzy Jellies. The kids liked all the rides...like I said before I think they were about perfect age for it.

Just as a side note for families planning on visiting this area my only complaint is that you have to leave your purse, bag or whatever you happen to be carrying in little cubbies by the entrance and exit to the rides. The day we were there they were pretty strict about enforcing this rule of NO bags on the rides. There are big signs that tell you SeaWorld is not responsible for any loss or theft but anyone can grab your bag while you ride so it almost felt like they were setting it up to let someone take your bag. It was kind of a bummer and for the life of me I can't imagine why I could not have my purse with me on any of these rides. Not a big deal I guess but something others might like to know so you can plan accordingly.

After the rides we decided we had done what we wanted to at SeaWorld and the kids were asking to go back to GKTW so we headed back towards the entrance. We stopped to take a photo at the lighthouse tower since it had been pretty busy to do so on the way in.

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A short drive and we were back at our "vacation home" and off to learn about the star fairy and a very special pillow tree...coming soon.

fulseasmama
04-05-2011, 06:44 PM
These pictures are PRICELESS!! Chelsea and Minnie . . . . Fuller and Mickey . . . .

I love the pictures too! I really can't believe how long they spent with the kids...like I said the line was actually long but SO worth it!

Little Minnie and Big Minnie are so cute together. Love the Big Mouse and your Big guy too :love:

Such a great morning and memory for our family...they way they interact with your family at GKTW is awesome.

I usually lurk but thought I would drop a quick line and say HI because I recognized PDX. I am also from Oregon!

Great trip report and photos so far! :)

- Carey

OregonGirl (30 yrs) princess:

Ahhh yes we were almost blown away at PDX. Thanks for coming out of lurkdom...it is rare to find many west coasters on this part of the DIS. Nice to "meet" you!

Love that they bring the characters to you! Our friends brought there daughter there, but she was still too sick to enjoy it. :sad1:

It was awesome that they were there at GKTW and they gave the kids such special treatment. I am so sorry your friends child was to ill to enjoy it...we have friends who took their child on a wish trip and he ended up being pretty sick most of the time too, breaks my heart.

I love ll the photos... and that mickey dress is too cute!

Thanks...Chelsea LOVES the dress!

Fantastic Photos & Trip :cool1:

Thanks and thanks for reading our TR!

smileycrissy
04-05-2011, 08:24 PM
I love, love, loved the Minnie & Mini Minnie pics. So cute!

Sounds like the kids enjoyed Sea World. I have to agree with you about the purse thing on that ride, that sounds so silly and I am sure that other MAW parents will appreciate the heads up. Too bad you guys didn't get to see the Shamu show. But I am sure that they had even more fun when they got to GKTW. :goodvibes

brookerene
04-06-2011, 08:34 AM
Great photos!

that's nice
04-06-2011, 10:16 AM
I am all caught up.... (this is a reoccurring theme today! LOL)

I just love... LOVE the amount of time you spent at GKTW. I am almost jealous.. I wish we spent more time there and your days seemed very relaxed. I feel like we were on the go from morning to night-EVERYDAY. :goodvibes

The pictures with Mickey and Minnie are priceless... :love::love:

How awesome that you had both Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry come for the tuck in! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I can't wait to read the rest! :goodvibes

Goofy442
04-07-2011, 08:36 AM
Great pictures, it's been a few years since we have been to Sea World, didn't know they had all those ride. We went to Sea World in California, and fed the dolphins. My kids talk about that all the time.

mommy2mrb
04-10-2011, 12:01 PM
just got all caught up!
wow, looks like so much fun was had at US and seaworld!
love all the cute photos!


thanks for the sweet post on our PTR, we would love to meet up this summer, keep me posted on your dates!

got home late last night, but wanted to get caught up with everyone...besides, keeping me from starting laundry and unpacking :lmao:

fulseasmama
04-11-2011, 11:58 AM
Sorry for a bit longer then normal delay. It was spring break week and the kids and I tried to fit in all the rainy day fun we could. So now back to pretty sunny Florida...

When we last left off we were leaving Sea World and headed back to GKTW where my hope for the was to have Chelsea sign her star, have the kids get their pillows from the pillow tree and to celebrate Christmas. Before we left I had asked the kids if they wanted to take their Christmas outfits with us to Florida for when they have Christmas at GKTW. They were very excited and said yes but when the time came to put them on they were not so excited.:rolleyes: Oh well a quick change for Chelsea because she "needed" to wear a dress and we were off to the Castle of Miracles...with a stop to see if Ol'Elmer had woken up yet!

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Here are Fuller and Chelsea outside the Castle of Miracles. I love this picture of them.:love:

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Once inside we set out to have Chelsea make her star. The entire ceiling in the Castle of Miracles and now many hanging banners and some walls are covered with stars that represent every wish child that has stayed at GKTW. It is very humbling to walk in there when you know many children whose names are on those stars...many who are angels and were taken from their families way too soon.:littleangel:

We got Chelsea's star situated and ready for her to write on. I kept on asking if she wanted help as at the time she could only make the CH from her name. She wanted no help and so we turned the black permanent marker over to her and she went to work.

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She decided only to make a C since she would not be able to write the rest of her name. She told us it was the best C she had ever written. I cried watching Miss Independent complete her star...I am so thankful for that fighting spirit and strong will. I am so thankful she got the chance to put her C on her star.

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Here is Chelsea with her completed star!

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At this point the wish child puts their star in the star fairies box and it tells them the story of how their star will be hung. Chelsea really wanted none of it! She had just worked so hard to make her perfect C and she saw no reason to let some star fairy have her star...so there! She wanted to take it home. :scared1: Thankfully after a bit of a chat we explained to her how great it will be to someday come back and visit her star and she was ready to give the star to the Star Fairy. Probably I should have explained the whole thing a little better before but in the end all was well.

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I can't begin to tell you how happy she was when I told her after we left GKTW that they had given us a star for her to take home when I got our check out packet. All was well with the world.:)

The kids then spent lots of time crowning themselves King and Queen. They must have done this about 50 times during our trip. This thing cracked them up.

Here is King Fuller...

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And the Queen Chelsea...

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Next we were off to the pillow tree. In the Castle of Miracles there is a tree that grows pillows for you. The kids both really had fun doing this and to this day love those pillows.

Here they are watching the little screen that told them how to make the pillow tree work.

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Here is Fuller pulling down really hard to get the pillows to come.

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Finally Fuller finding the pillows for them in the trunk next to the tree.

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Chelsea with her Strawberry Shortcake cheerleader pillow and Fuller with his monkey pillow.

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The activities and the thoughtful details that go into them at GKTW are amazing. It seemed every activity was so well thought out to make a special memory for you and your family. GKTW is just a magical place!

Up next...a most magical meeting with a special little Rapunzel.

fulseasmama
04-11-2011, 12:06 PM
I love, love, loved the Minnie & Mini Minnie pics. So cute!

Sounds like the kids enjoyed Sea World. I have to agree with you about the purse thing on that ride, that sounds so silly and I am sure that other MAW parents will appreciate the heads up. Too bad you guys didn't get to see the Shamu show. But I am sure that they had even more fun when they got to GKTW. :goodvibes

Thanks so much...Mickey and Minnie were so amazing with the kids!

They had a great night at GKTW and I am pretty sure Fuller does not even remember that we did not see Shamu...something for another trip I guess!:cool1:

Great photos!

Thanks so much!

I am all caught up.... (this is a reoccurring theme today! LOL)

I just love... LOVE the amount of time you spent at GKTW. I am almost jealous.. I wish we spent more time there and your days seemed very relaxed. I feel like we were on the go from morning to night-EVERYDAY. :goodvibes

The pictures with Mickey and Minnie are priceless... :love::love:

How awesome that you had both Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry come for the tuck in! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

I can't wait to read the rest! :goodvibes

Thanks for catching up Tim! We did spend lots of time at GKTW...the kids loved it there. We were lucky we were able to add the days onto our trip so we never felt too rushed. Mickey and Minnie at GKTW were amazing and having the double dose of the rabbits for tuck in was a lovely surprise. As you know GKTW is just so amazing!


Great pictures, it's been a few years since we have been to Sea World, didn't know they had all those ride. We went to Sea World in California, and fed the dolphins. My kids talk about that all the time.

Thanks so much...feeding the dolphins was great.

just got all caught up!
wow, looks like so much fun was had at US and seaworld!
love all the cute photos!


thanks for the sweet post on our PTR, we would love to meet up this summer, keep me posted on your dates!

got home late last night, but wanted to get caught up with everyone...besides, keeping me from starting laundry and unpacking :lmao:

Welcome home and thanks so much for stopping by. I thought about you guys so much while you were on your trip and I can't wait to hear about it. I say put off the unpacking and laundry as long as possible and stay in some sort of vacation mode!

I am glad you are home safe and I will absolutely keep you posted as our Seattle plans hopefully come together. :love:

bskts4bj
04-11-2011, 12:10 PM
I can't get over how cool this place is -- we were watching the movie "Letters to God" this weekend -- GKTW is IN this movie -- how cool is that!!

Can't wait to read more . . .
Brenda

mommy2mrb
04-11-2011, 03:31 PM
Welcome home and thanks so much for stopping by. I thought about you guys so much while you were on your trip and I can't wait to hear about it. I say put off the unpacking and laundry as long as possible and stay in some sort of vacation mode!

I am glad you are home safe and I will absolutely keep you posted as our Seattle plans hopefully come together. :love:

I got my laundry all done, just need to put away and unpack somemore, probably tomorrow! feeling the effects of the time zone change a lot today, Megan had a hard time going to school today, plan on bed early tonight and hope tomorrow we both feel a bit more rested!

jj0plin
04-11-2011, 03:39 PM
I am loving your updates! It's kind of weird to see someone else post the pictures of where we just were!! We loved Shamu's Happy Harbor, especially the clam drop ride.

fulseasmama
04-11-2011, 05:01 PM
Before I dive into this part of our day I have to share a little side story. Every night before bed during our trip I kind of told the kids what was planned for the next day. I had explained to them that Thursdays were Christmas at GKTW so they would get a chance to see Santa. I did not think much else of it until Chelsea was standing next to our bed in the morning with tears in her eyes telling us that Santa had not left any presents while they were asleep. :sad1:We quickly explained that this was different then Christmas at home and Santa might bring presents for them later when they saw him. I need to remember to think about how what I tell them will be understood by a 3 and 5 year old sometimes. ;)

So back to our day...After all of our activity at the Castle of Miracles the kids wanted to play there for a little while longer since they had Legos and coloring sheets. There was another family there at the same time and their daughter looked so familiar to me but I just kind of let it go since I was positive I did not know anyone who was going to be there at the time we were. Then her mom talked to her and called her Lilli and I knew immediately who she was...long story short she is a little girl who has been battling leukemia since she was an infant and is from the same area we are. I had learned of her story last summer when someone on the Caringbridge website mentioned they could use some extra prayers. They had been on her wish trip before her second transplant would take place during the summer and were returning for another visit to Disneyworld as she was feeling well even though they have found she has relapsed with tumors in her abdomen. They were visiting GKTW for the evening and I am still so amazed we had the chance to meet them and their amazing warrior daughter. She and Chelsea were instant best friends holding hands wherever they walked. It was so sweet. Lilli was Rapunzel for the night and only answered to that name...really cute.

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They went for a ride on the carousel...here is Chelsea.

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And waited together for dinner outside the Gingerbread House.

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Christmas dinner at the Gingerbread house was fun and Mrs. Claus was there passing out her business card (Yup at GKTW Mrs. Claus has a business card:rotfl:). The kids had fun talking with her about if they had been good or not. This was a topic they were really ready to talk about after the mornings misunderstanding.

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After dinner we took the horse drawn ride through the village. This was the first time I realized how big the village was. While we were there I think they were less then half full with only about 50 families and an entire section of the village was empty. Next we headed over to see Santa and get some pictures taken.

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The kids were pretty excited to pick out toys and kept saying I can't believe IT IS Christmas. It really was pretty dreamy to get an extra chance to celebrate the holiday.

There are times in life when you have super proud mama moments and at the Amberville train station on Christmas night I got to have one. Since Lilli and Chelsae had become such fast friends Fuller was feeling a bit left out I think. We went to ride on the train and in the front car there is only space for two kids to sit. At first Fuller really wanted to ride in the front with Chelsea but soon realized that would not work so Fuller let Lilli and Chelsea ride in front together. He told me he knew this was going to be special for Lilli. I love him and his sweet big heart so much.

Chelsea and Lilli conducting the train.

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Fuller my boy with the big heart full of smiles.

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From there we headed back to the Christmas party and enjoyed the festivities. There were cookies to decorate, books to read, popcorn to eat,princesses and gingerbread men to dance with...SO MUCH FUN!

Lilli and Chelsea enjoy some popcorn.

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Chelsea decorating her cookie.

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Hugs from Fuller and Chelsea for Mayor Clayton

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Spending some time with Ms. Merry too!

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Chelsea and the snow princesses...she was pretty smitten.

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Fuller and Chelsea with the gingerbread man.

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Fuller and Chelsea dancing with Mama.

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Towards the end of the night Lilli had to leave so the girls shared a hug.

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Lilli is currently doing pretty well. Her last scans showed her tumors were stable so she is going to continue the treatment she is on. If you have a moment keep this sweet girl in your prayers. Spending all the 3 years of your life as a cancer warrior would be very hard and she is just the nicest sweetest girl with amazing strong and loving parents. I hope she and her family get their miracle.

Let's recap how we did with our plan vs or actual day--

SeaWorld
1. Blue Horizons show--Really entertaining and fun to watch
2. Feed the Dolphins --I loved it but I think it was not as fun for the kids. I think they were a bit scared of the "Big Fish"
3. Shamus Happy Harbor for some rides for the kids--they loved it and had fun on all the little rides. Perfect size rides for them at their age.

We hope to be back at GKTW in the afternoon for the Christmas Party that night--Spent the late afternoon at GKTW in the Castle of Miracles and made a special new friend (Extra Bonus
Time). Really magical night for the whole family. We had ice cream to end another amazing day!


Coming up next---This is the DIS boards so will we ever get to DisneyWorld, why yes we will...Magic Kingdom here we come for a Date with the Princesses.

mommy2mrb
04-11-2011, 05:57 PM
Please tell Fuller that he is such an AMAZING BIG BROTHER with a HUGE HEART!!! he is just so sweet and loving to his sister and her little friend, it brought tears to my eyes...you have raised quite the young man there!

how sweet the girls were together holding hands the whole time! and that you were there at the same time was meant to be!
too cute about their comments on the presents from Santa....I'm sure it was a lot of fun for all that night!

will definately keep Lilli in our prayers and thoughts!

MaryAz
04-11-2011, 09:05 PM
So excited to see that you started this!! Great updates so far. So happy everyone is having such a great time!!

smileycrissy
04-12-2011, 10:34 PM
I have to agree with you about the photo of Fuller & Chelsea in front of the Castle of Miracles, it is so beautiful. Actually all of their photos are beautiful - I love seeing their smiley faces and I know I've told you this before but you can really see how much they love each other when they are together.

I was touched when reading about Chelsea's star. I love that she gave them her best 'C'. She's so cute and I am so glad that she was able to do this trip.

Wow that is awesome that you recognized Lilli and that the girls hit it off so well. Sending prayers and well wishes for Lilli too.

You must be so proud of Fuller. I can't believe how kind hearted, sweet, and understanding he is.

Goofy442
04-13-2011, 08:13 AM
They really do go out of there way to make the kids feel extra special. :banana: I love that about GKTW!

Owensheart
04-15-2011, 09:06 PM
I am loving your trip report. GKTW sounds so amazing.. maybe my decision won't be so hard after all! :)

jj0plin
04-15-2011, 11:25 PM
Fuller is such an amazingly sweet big brother!!! Love the pictures, I wish we could have experienced the full Christmas party but the rain stopped a lot of it from happening. It looks like so much fun!

fulseasmama
04-17-2011, 02:29 PM
I can't get over how cool this place is -- we were watching the movie "Letters to God" this weekend -- GKTW is IN this movie -- how cool is that!!

Can't wait to read more . . .
Brenda

GKTW is such an amazing place. I feel like it is really hard to put into words what a special experience it is to stay there. I had heard it is in that movie...not sure I can watch it as I get so emotional from them.

I am loving your updates! It's kind of weird to see someone else post the pictures of where we just were!! We loved Shamu's Happy Harbor, especially the clam drop ride.

Shamu's happy harbor was really fun. It is fun to follow others TR's and get to have flashes of memories your trip too! Loving your TR...fun to see your family having so much fun!

Please tell Fuller that he is such an AMAZING BIG BROTHER with a HUGE HEART!!! he is just so sweet and loving to his sister and her little friend, it brought tears to my eyes...you have raised quite the young man there!

how sweet the girls were together holding hands the whole time! and that you were there at the same time was meant to be!
too cute about their comments on the presents from Santa....I'm sure it was a lot of fun for all that night!

will definately keep Lilli in our prayers and thoughts!

I will pass that along to Fuller...he really has a big heart and I love that he realized how important it was going to be for Lilli to get to ride in front. Melts my heart. The girls together were so sweet and I am so thankful we had the chance to meet. Thanks for keeping Lilli in your prayers...she really needs a wonderful miracle!

So excited to see that you started this!! Great updates so far. So happy everyone is having such a great time!!

Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!

I have to agree with you about the photo of Fuller & Chelsea in front of the Castle of Miracles, it is so beautiful. Actually all of their photos are beautiful - I love seeing their smiley faces and I know I've told you this before but you can really see how much they love each other when they are together.

I was touched when reading about Chelsea's star. I love that she gave them her best 'C'. She's so cute and I am so glad that she was able to do this trip.

Wow that is awesome that you recognized Lilli and that the girls hit it off so well. Sending prayers and well wishes for Lilli too.

You must be so proud of Fuller. I can't believe how kind hearted, sweet, and understanding he is.

It melts my heart how much they love each other and how good to each other they are. They are not perfect and argue sometimes but there is a really special bond between them that's for sure. :love:

Thanks for the prayers for Lilli...she is such a sweetheart and I would love for her family to have an amazing miracle of healing.

They really do go out of there way to make the kids feel extra special. :banana: I love that about GKTW!

Every person who we interacted with at GKTW went out of their way to make our stay extra special...the whole place just makes you feel special. Having the chance to stay there was an amazing experience we are so thankful for.


I am loving your trip report. GKTW sounds so amazing.. maybe my decision won't be so hard after all! :)

Thanks so much...good luck with your decision. Only you will know what is the best decision for family but I would really consider staying at GKTW Iave never had an experience like it. Our kids still talk about our time there everyday and we all loved our stay!

Fuller is such an amazingly sweet big brother!!! Love the pictures, I wish we could have experienced the full Christmas party but the rain stopped a lot of it from happening. It looks like so much fun!

Thanks Fuller has a really big heart! The Christmas party was fun...sorry about the rain for you. I know it was the first night of your trip so I hope after that the rain stayed away! Celebrating Christmas twice in one year is great!:cool1::cool1:

bskts4bj
04-17-2011, 03:19 PM
[QUOTE=fulseasmama;40765724]GKTW is such an amazing place. I feel like it is really hard to put into words what a special experience it is to stay there. I had heard it is in that movie...not sure I can watch it as I get so emotional from them.


I think you and are alike in many ways. Even though I've been blessed with healthy kids (even though my son has clubfeet), I didn't watch more than 15 minutes of the movie and I lost it.

bj

fulseasmama
04-21-2011, 01:29 PM
Well we have made it to the big day...our first trip to the Magic Kingdom, really our first trip to any part of DisneyWorld. I woke up super excited, a bit giddy and ready to get going. We did take time to have a great breakfast at the Gingerbread house and ride the carousel a few times because no morning is complete with out a few spins on the carousel before we left GKTW. After that we had to get going because this was the first time we had a schedule to keep to as it was to be an exciting day for all, we had appointments at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to turn Fuller and Chelsea into the prince and princess they are and then a reservation thanks to MAW for lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table. It was set to be a day fit for a princess and her prince!:cool1::banana::woohoo::yay: Special thanks to Kendra (Dis: effervescent) from the big give for the amazing Sleeping Beauty dress for Chelsea and the handsome Prince Phillip Shirt for Fuller. They loved wearing them and got so many compliments...all day long!

We made the drive to DisneyWorld and finally crossed under the Magic Kingdom sign...we were getting closer. At this point I should share it was drizzling a bit. The weather forcast called for 75 degrees and sunny but it was pretty wet and foggy as we got out of the car. Wanting to travel light, feeling like it was warmer then it would ever be at home and not have extra to carry around all day husband and I skipped the jacket thing so yes we are the crazy ones in the beginning rainy looking pictures with no jacket.;)

Here my loves are riding the tram to get to the boat to get to the Magic Kingdom. If you have never been before it can be very surprising how long it takes to get from your parking place to the actual park!

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Once through the gates we headed towards main street as it was getting close to our BBB appointments. On our way we ran into someone pretty special to Chelsea however and we had to stop for some love and pictures. Here it is the first meeting ever of our family and Daisy Duck (at Disneyland she is super hard to find)!

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I think that meeting alone could have made Chelsea's day but we had even more planned so off to the castle we went in the rain and drizzle. Neither of the kids had any idea what to expect so they were pretty excited when we arrived at BBB and got checked in and got to hear about what was going to happen. Karlita was our Fairy Godmother in Training and Fuller got to go first. First she spiked his hair all up with goo of some sort that I will say most of the day he wanted to touch because to him it seemed strange.:laughing:

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Then she put in the red highlights he chose to match his Prince Phillip Shirt, added some cool mickey confetti and a finished it off with a cool mickey on the back of his head. He loved it!

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Mama going in for a quick kiss with her newly transformed prince! He was just the sweetest little Prince.:love:

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Next up was the little princess...our Chelsea. I think she could get used to a life of pampering because she pretty much beamed the entire time! It takes a few more steps to fix up the princess so here we go...

Chelsea starting to get her hair pulled up and into a pony tail.

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Getting the bun on top of her head.

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A sweet little tiara for our princess.

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Fuller watching on as his Chelsea gets all fixed up.

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Finally Chelsea getting to check everything out in the mirror...picture me in the background crying. She just looked so happy and was smiling from ear to ear I was so happy she got to have the experience. It was such a great way to start our day at MK.

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We had a great time at BBB our Fairy Godmother in Training Karlita was awesome. Fuller was a bit nervous at first but she calmed him right down and he really had fun with all the fixing up but I think the part he liked best was getting his sword and shield...they were a huge hit and are played with here at home daily. Chelsea loved every minute of it! At the end Karlita gave her a little princess goodie bag with lots of stickers, 2 packages of princess silly bandz, her left over make-up & face jewels, some pink combs, a little plastic hair cover for the rain and an extra sash. I felt like this experience was fantastic and really reasonable considering all it included. We would totally do it again! More pictures of this to come when I have a chance at the end of the TR to post my Photopass pics!

As we left BBB we were excited to see the sun had come out! :cool2: We had about 15 minutes before our lunch reservation so we decided every prince and princess need a good horse and we went to ride the carousel. We learned on this trip Chelsea is pretty carousel obsessed and in about a week we will be celebrating her 4th birthday with a princess party at a carousel in the area!:cool1::cool1:

Here are our mickey heads waiting for their turn on the carousel. ::MickeyMo

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Mama and her loves on the carousel.

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Princess Chelsea rides her horse (one of my favorite pictures from our trip of her).

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As we got off the carousel the kids noticed another friend we have never met but we LOVE her movie...Mary Poppins!

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She had a nice chat with the kids and at one point noticed me checking the time on my watch (I mean we did have a lunch at the castle to get to right?!?) so she told the kids they must have an appointment to get to so hurry along now! It was so cute and very Mary Poppins like!

So with an amazing morning already had we were off to lunch at the castle...the princesses await!

tinytreasures
04-21-2011, 01:48 PM
2 updates where have I been :lmao:
Love all the pictures you kids are so sweet. I will keep Lilli in my prayers :hug:

blessedmom4
04-21-2011, 07:52 PM
I LOVE the BBB and Magic Kingdom Update so far!!! Chelsea and Fuller are absolutely adorable, THANK YOU for sharing! :goodvibes:flower3::goodvibes

mommy2mrb
04-21-2011, 08:29 PM
such a handsome and cool Prince Fuller and sweet and beautiful Princess Chelsea!
BBB is a wonderful experience isn't it and worth every penny in my book too!
how great you got to meet Daisy, we missed seeing her due to the lines being way to long everytime we noticed her!
Mary Poppins is a fav for us too! love the photo of the kids on the carousel!
hey, what's a little rain to us NW girls! we braved the rain twice during our trip!

Mom2mitokids
04-21-2011, 10:03 PM
Wow!! What an awesome start of your day. I wish ours had started out like that, but in the end..Kylee got to be a Princess. Chelsea and Fuller looked like a true Prince and Princess. I too love that picture of Chelsea on the carousel. I can't wait to see and hear more.

that's nice
04-21-2011, 11:15 PM
What a great end of your SW day... Christmas at GKTW! :santa:

How sweet that Chelsea and Lilly became instant friends. They look so cute together. I will be keeping her in my prayers.

The kids look so cute at BBB! We love it there.... and I know it is a little pricey, but I always can justify the cost in the end. princess:

I can't wait to see what the kids thought about lunch. popcorn::

jj0plin
04-22-2011, 01:20 AM
Chelsea looked beautiful, and Fuller was a very handsome Prince!

blessedmom4
04-24-2011, 04:17 AM
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mommy2mrb
04-24-2011, 07:28 AM
Sending you Happy Easter Wishes!!!

tinytreasures
04-24-2011, 10:28 AM
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04-24-2011, 12:42 PM
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fulseasmama
04-25-2011, 01:19 PM
And we are off to lunch at the castle! Special thank you to Make A Wish who planned and paid for our families lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table. Both Chelsea and Fuller were so excited to be going into the castle and were happy the minute we walked in and there was Cinderella! She chatted with the kids for a minute and took some cute pictures with the kids. Chelsea just looks so happy in this picture...Love it!

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Chelsea giving her a hug...she was all about loving all the "friends" we met during our trip and the Princesses got lots of love during lunch.

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They had us wind up some spiral stairs to get to the dining room area and the kids were surprised to have a sword and wand brought to the table for them. Since Fuller had just gotten a sword and shield at BBB he said "Two swords in one day Mama, this is a GREAT day!"

They took our order and the first Princess entered the room...Princess Aurora. Chelsea was so excited because she was in her Sleeping Beauty dress and Princess Aurora noticed it right away and kept telling her what a beautiful Princess Chelsea was. She chatted with Chelsea and Chelsea got some snuggles in then both kids posed with her.

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It was then that Princess Aurora noticed our own little Prince Phillip. She seemed so excited and told him she knew another handsome prince who had that same shirt. Fuller started to blush but was loving all the compliments and then she gave him a big smooch leaving a pretty cute lipstick kiss on his cheek. So cute and he was so smitten after that kiss!:love:

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Next Snow White came by for a visit. She also was just so lovely with the kids. All of the princesses loved their personalized autograph pages we had received during the Big Give from Brenda and Krysten (Thank you, Thank you, Thank you again!) but Snow White seemed the most excited. Chelsea was always excited to show her "friends" the pages they were going to sign too! We had so much fun getting the autographs and I can't wait to finish putting the pictures into the books.

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She chatted a bit with both of the kids and we got a nice picture of them with Snow White.

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Then Snow White noticed Fuller had a nice kiss from Princess Aurora and she decided Chelsea needed one too so she gave Chelsea a sweet little smooch on the Cheek. The picture is a bit blurry so sorry in advance but it was a fun moment of the lunch I wanted to share!

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Our lunch came at this point and the kids liked the mickey plate with their pizza on it. I had the Pork Tenderloin and Christopher had the Major Domo's Favorite Pie. All the food was good (especially mine and Christopher's)but it was hard getting the kids to focus on eating as they just watched all the Princesses move around the room.:laughing:

The next princess to visit was Ariel. She ended up talking with the kids about her friend Flounder because Fuller mentioned he really liked him. It was cute as they talked about adventures Flounder and Ariel had in the sea. Good thing she was very up on her Movie knowledge because Fuller was testing her without even knowing it!:rotfl:

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Our last princess to visit was Belle. She and Chelsea talked about reading and her love of books. Chelsea told her that her favorite books were Princess books which seemed to make Belle really happy.

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Then it was time for the really serious part of the meal...dessert time! The kids LOVED how they brought out dessert. It was basically a make your own ice cream sundae. I am pretty sure they used every last topping they could. Here is Prince Fuller and his...

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Here is Princess Chelsea and hers...

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We had a great time at Cinderella's Royal Table. Every Princess was so great to our kids and seemed willing to chat with them for a bit and each one let Chelsea love on her before she left so Chelsea was pretty much beaming the entire time and loving it....:cloud9:. It was another pretty amazing wish come true!

As we left Fuller noticed the knight and he totally wanted a picture so here is our Prince and the castle knight.

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All decked out from BBB and very well fed at CRT it was time to explore a bit more of the Magic Kingdom so we were off to see if we could find Mickey and Minnie's houses...maybe with a stop here or there! Coming Soon!

mommy2mrb
04-25-2011, 01:24 PM
what a perfect lunch for your Princess and Prince!
did Fuller keep his kiss on for the rest of the day?

so nice the princesses were so sweet with them both!

fulseasmama
04-25-2011, 01:29 PM
2 updates where have I been :lmao:
Love all the pictures you kids are so sweet. I will keep Lilli in my prayers :hug:

Thanks so much...Lilli is such an amazing little girl and I appreciate the prayers for her.

I LOVE the BBB and Magic Kingdom Update so far!!! Chelsea and Fuller are absolutely adorable, THANK YOU for sharing! :goodvibes:flower3::goodvibes

Thanks it was really fun! They still play BBB here at home and fix each other up...it's pretty cute! I think it is this week you meet with MAW I hope it goes great and I can't wait to hear all about it!

such a handsome and cool Prince Fuller and sweet and beautiful Princess Chelsea!
BBB is a wonderful experience isn't it and worth every penny in my book too!
how great you got to meet Daisy, we missed seeing her due to the lines being way to long everytime we noticed her!
Mary Poppins is a fav for us too! love the photo of the kids on the carousel!
hey, what's a little rain to us NW girls! we braved the rain twice during our trip!

The rain is no big deal for us NW girls huh! We LOVED BBB and I thought it was worth every penny too! It was really great to start our day off meeting Daisy as Chelsea really loves her!

Wow!! What an awesome start of your day. I wish ours had started out like that, but in the end..Kylee got to be a Princess. Chelsea and Fuller looked like a true Prince and Princess. I too love that picture of Chelsea on the carousel. I can't wait to see and hear more.

Thanks so much Kris...Your day was a bit stressed to start out but it did all end up great as Kylee was such an adorable princess! BBB sure was fun!

What a great end of your SW day... Christmas at GKTW! :santa:

How sweet that Chelsea and Lilly became instant friends. They look so cute together. I will be keeping her in my prayers.

The kids look so cute at BBB! We love it there.... and I know it is a little pricey, but I always can justify the cost in the end. princess:

I can't wait to see what the kids thought about lunch. popcorn::

Christmas at GKTW was awesome and meeting Lilli was wonderful! Thanks for keeping her in your prayers.

BBB is worth every penny and considering all they did for you I thought it was a bargain by Disney standards...I would totally go back again and this summer at Disneyland we just might!

Chelsea looked beautiful, and Fuller was a very handsome Prince!

Thanks so much!

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I hope you had a very Happy Easter too...thanks!

Sending you Happy Easter Wishes!!!

Happy Easter to you too...hope you had a nice day celebrating!

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And to you too...all these great graphics!

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Hope your family had a great Easter!

DWGal210
04-25-2011, 02:24 PM
Hi! New reader & LOVE your TR. What a special trip, sounds like you had a great time!!

I'll keep Chelsea & Lili in my prayers. :)

- Katie

fulseasmama
04-25-2011, 04:40 PM
Having just had a magical time at CRT we were off to explore some of the Magic Kingdom...I mean it was already around 2PM and we really moved past Fantasyland and it turns out we were not going to for awhile.:) Chelsea really wanted to ride Dumbo and so that is what we did next. Here are the kids waiting in line deep in conversation about what color elephant they were going to fly in.

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We waited quite a long time for our ride on Dumbo but the kids really enjoyed the ride and had fun making their elephant go up and down. Here is Christopher and Fuller riding their Dumbo.

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When we got off Dumbo the kids noticed a "friend" we had never met before, Pinocchio, so we were off to see him. As a little side note I have to say the cast members at Disney were really nice about helping the kids see characters really fast once they saw Chelsea's GKTW button. I tried to go over and thank the next person in line each time for letting the kids go ahead of them. I imagine it can be frustrating when you have been waiting in line to have someone else have a turn. Everyone we came across was so nice when I talked to them offering a thank you and really just wanted to wish Chelsea the best which I thought was really lovely. Back to Pinocchio...he was awesome! He played around with the kids, twirled Chelsea around, gave hugs and more hugs, played some more and shared high fives with the kids...like I said awesome. He really made the kids feel like they were hanging out with a friend...Magic!

Here Chelsea is dancing with him.

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Fuller and Chelsea strike a pose with him.

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We decided to head towards ToonTown making a quick stop at the Pooh ride. I have to say this one cracked me up...the lines and the availability of FP for the ride since it seemed to be the same as the ride at Disneyland and at DL I have never seen a line in fact our last two visits the CM let us all stay on again if the kids wanted to since there was no one else wanting to get on. We enjoyed the ride and then really were off to ToonTown.

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It seems funny we were just there and already this part of the park is no longer as the expansion of Fantasyland continues. I am glad it was still there for the kids however as they really liked visiting Mickey and Minnie's house's. Fuller was a bit perplexed as to why they have houses at Disneyland and Disneyworld so we just explained that the ones in Florida were more like vacation homes!:rotfl:

Here is Fuller on Mickey's mailbox (we always take there pictures at DL on Mickey's mailbox so it was fun to take them here too!)

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Here is Chelsea on Mickey's Mailbox (normally we do her on Minnie's mailbox but somehow we missed doing that...oh well)

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We decided to quickly say hello to the Big Cheese Himself and Minnie. The kids were happy to see them and had a nice visit.

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Next we rode The Barnstormer at Goffy's Wiseacre Farm super fun for the kids so we rode twice! I need to get Chelsea about an inch taller so she can ride the real roller coasters she has no fear and loves rides she can scream on!:scared1:

Next we went to visit Tinkerbell and the Fairies. Fuller was super excited to get to meet Terence the boy fairy...they discussed rations of pixie dust quite a bit.

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Then we met Tink...she was a big hit and they had a nice chat about Chelsea and Fuller's favorite Fairy, neither of them would say Tink was there favorite much to her dismay.

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Lastly we got to hang out with Fawn who was really nice and got the kids laughing. She was really sweet.

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We had a really fun visit with the fairies and decided to skip the Princesses since we had just done lunch with them and go find the Peter Pan ride. It was a hit with both of the kids since they have finally seen the movie...before that Fuller was having none of the ride at DL and Chelsea just went on it to show off to her brother I think. This time they kept telling Christopher and I all about the story line of the movie as shown on the ride.

Next on the list was a visit to see Rapunzel...I wanted to make sure we did it while we had the GAC to use at the Magic Kingdom because the line was crazy long! Chelsea loved Rapunzel but was not too sure about Flynn Ryder...check out the look she gave him when he was showing off his smolder look while trying to teach Fuller how to do it.

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They had a nice visit and took a few pictures.

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Chelsea could have hugged Rapunzel ALL day if given the chance!

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Meeting Rapunzel and Flynn was very fun so from there we went in search of another Princess and her Prince hopeful we would not find some Frogs...more to come soon!

jj0plin
04-25-2011, 04:48 PM
CRT looks amazing!!! Addison said she wants to do that next time :) Love all the pictures, but the ones of Mickey and Minnie's houses makes me said because they are gone and we didn't get to see them.

mommy2mrb
04-25-2011, 05:06 PM
Happy to got to visit toontown! at least they are still in DLR!!!
love the photos with Rapunzel....we didn't get to see her due to the lines, I would of loved to meet Flynn :lovestruc

too funny they wouldn't tell tink she was their favorite! got to love kids and what they say or don't say!

that's nice
04-26-2011, 09:26 PM
Great updates!!!!!!

Love your CRT meal! It seems like the princesses really took a liking to the kids!

I'm glad the CMs were so nice to you while you were meeting the characters. And I love the pics from Dumbo and Pinocchio. How cute that he danced with Chelsea. :thumbsup2

Isn't it sad knowing that Toontown is gone... forever? :sad2:

mommy2mrb
04-26-2011, 11:49 PM
Isn't it sad knowing that Toontown is gone... forever? :sad2:

just gives you a reason to visit DLR!!!! that's where Mickey and Minnie REALLY live....WDW is their vacation home!

ChattaAlley
04-27-2011, 05:44 AM
You have seriously the cutest kids ever.... Loved the outfits.

fulseasmama
04-27-2011, 04:07 PM
what a perfect lunch for your Princess and Prince!
did Fuller keep his kiss on for the rest of the day?

so nice the princesses were so sweet with them both!

It was a perfect lunch...I was super excited we were having lunch in the CASTLE!!! Fuller and Chelsea kept their kisses until after they got more from Jasmine later in the day. They were hot and we needed to put sunscreen on so they had to be wiped away:sad1:...Fuller like to act like it was not big deal but he got lots of kisses this trip and LOVED it!:love:

CRT looks amazing!!! Addison said she wants to do that next time :) Love all the pictures, but the ones of Mickey and Minnie's houses makes me said because they are gone and we didn't get to see them.

Lunch at the Castle was really fun...I am glad we did it! It is really sad about them just plowing down ToonTown including Mickey and Minnie's house...our kids love going to see their houses. We still can at Disneyland so that's great. Sorry you guys missed them...they closed the day we left Disney on our trip so we had pretty perfect and lucky timing.

Happy to got to visit toontown! at least they are still in DLR!!!
love the photos with Rapunzel....we didn't get to see her due to the lines, I would of loved to meet Flynn :lovestruc

too funny they wouldn't tell tink she was their favorite! got to love kids and what they say or don't say!

I am glad we got to visit DisneyWorld's ToonTown...it actually closed on our last day there so our timing was perfect. We like the houses at DLR and hope to see them this summer!

Rapunzel's line was crazy. Even when we were there and the parks were pretty empty there was a huge line:scared1: I can't imagine how long it must have taken to wait. I like Flynn myself but Chelsea was really having none of it.:rotfl:

They totally held out on Tink which was pretty funny because I think she is their favorite:)!

Great updates!!!!!!

Love your CRT meal! It seems like the princesses really took a liking to the kids!

I'm glad the CMs were so nice to you while you were meeting the characters. And I love the pics from Dumbo and Pinocchio. How cute that he danced with Chelsea. :thumbsup2

Isn't it sad knowing that Toontown is gone... forever? :sad2:

It is sad they won't have a ToonTown...like Lisa says below a good reason to visit DLR!

The CM's were so nice to us and got us right up to see anyone the kids wanted to meet. Pinocchio was great with the kids dancing, playing around, high fiving...they loved meeting him.

Thanks for stopping by...I notice you now have "Peeps"...this is my cracking up about that!:rotfl:

just gives you a reason to visit DLR!!!! that's where Mickey and Minnie REALLY live....WDW is their vacation home!

Hopefully they won't tear down DLR ToonTown...it is great for the little kids and parts of Disney should be for all different age groups.

You have seriously the cutest kids ever.... Loved the outfits.

Ohhhh you are so nice...Thank you. All the cute outfits were from the most amazing people who blessed us with a Big Give before our trip. Our kids are excited for the weather to get a bit better around here so they can start to wear their clothes from the trip again.

fulseasmama
04-27-2011, 05:27 PM
Having finished a great visit with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder we decided to see if we could find another great princess pairing...Tiana and Prince Naveen. They were on a quick break but coming right back so the really nice CM let us wait behind the gazebo for them. When they came out they walked over and took the kids hands to walk them over to the gazebo. The kids were pretty happy to meet them.

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Next we decided to get a quick snack...Popcorn and a drink were close by so that is what we had. When they gave us the our popcorn the CM said "Here you go Princess" to Chelsea. All day they had been calling her princess but I think at that moment it just hit her and she looked up at me very wide eyed and said "Mama they are calling ME a Princess." and for the day she truly was a princess...Thank You Disney! :love:

Next we headed towards Aladdin's Magic Carpet Ride but got side tracked when we saw the Aladdin and Jasmine. Here an amazing CM named Jill helped us to see them. While we were waiting our turn Chelsea fell in love with a Sleeping Beauty pin on her lanyard. I had brought some pins from a friend for the kids to trade but had totally forgotten to pack them on this day. I really had not thought much about it until this moment. I told Chelsea we would pin trade later but that I had not brought pins to trade today. Jill did not care if we had pins to trade...she just took off the pin and gave it to Chelsea and then let Fuller pick a pin from her lanyard. I was starting to tear up at this point because I just thought it was so sweet and my kids were grinning from ear to ear...but then Jill leaned over and told me she had been a Wish family many years ago and was happy to give our kids a bit of extra magic...imagine me pretty much crying at this point. Thank you Jill for your kind heart and for being so nice Fuller and Chelsea making there day just all the more special! She got the kids set up with Aladdin and Jasmine and then had to go...but she sure made an impression on us!

Aladdin helped Fuller to get ready for the picture so they could pose the same way...it was really cute!

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After the picture was taken Jasmine gave them each a kiss on their forehead. It was really cute! Here they are with their kiss collection from the day.

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Next we finally rode the Magic Carpets and the kids loved it. They laughed and squealed with delight every time the camel "spit" on them. They also liked that they could each control part of the ride. We were on this ride for a pretty long time because some not so smart kids stood up in the middle of the ride so we had to come back down, the CM's told them not to do that again and then they let us have a full ride again...they did not kick the kids off but they might should have as their mother was not even upset with them she was just laughing so they thought they were pretty cool. I am pretty sure everyone waiting in line for the ride did not think they were very cool.

Papa and Fuller on the ride.

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Chelsea and Mama on the ride.

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Chelsea having a blast controlling her part of the ride.

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Next since we were right there we decided to ride on the Jungle Cruise. It was fun and the kids like the Elephants lots for some reason. Our guide was pretty funny and Fuller even got one of the jokes. Here we are at the end of our cruise.

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I was pretty excited for what we had planned next...we were going to meet Brenda and Krysten who had made the most amazing autograph books for our trip and given them to us as part of our Big Give. They were at DisneyWorld to support friends participating in the weekend cheer competition. How cool that we got to meet them in person and thank them for everything they had done for us.

While we were waiting to meet up with them out in front of the castle the Dream Along With Mickey show started up. It was a nice surprise and the kids had fun watching the show. Here they are giving it their full attention.

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Then we met up with Brenda and Krysten. It was great to meet them in person and give them a hug and a big thank you for all they had done for us. They were just so nice and it was great to have a chat with them. Krysten participated in our big give as a part of a Senior project...she has a heart of gold and loves kids. She has a pretty amazingly nice mom too! They are both so talented and the autograph books they made us are such amazing memories from our trip.

Here we all are minus husband who took the picture.:) Check it out...Dis Meet!

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Fuller still tells me "Isn't it cool we had friends to meet at DisneyWorld!" It was cool and we were even lucky enough to see them again before they had to leave for home...but that has to wait for another day!

Our troops were getting hungry so we headed towards Tomorrowland for some dinner. We ended up eating at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, not the best meal of our trip but we had a pretty amazing view to enjoy during dinner.

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To finish off our day we rode on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. The way you shoot on the ride is very different then at DLR and I just never got the hang of it. Chelsea loved it when she realized she could just keep spinning her and I around so you can guess what we did the rest of the ride. As we were leaving we saw Buzz...yet another friend we had never met.

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He was so amazing...I think normally they have a stamp with his autograph but Buzz was having none of that he personally signed each of their autograph sheets. It was pretty great of him and the kids realized it was special as they talked about it all the way out of the park.

Here the kids are watching him sign away!

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We were headed back to GKTW for the Pirates and Princess party after an amazingly wonderful and magical day at the Magic Kingdom.

mommy2mrb
04-27-2011, 06:09 PM
You have to love disney CM's...sounds like Jill was a wonderful girl! so sweet to your kiddos!

how fun to be able to meet some fellow DISsers!

love all the photos, too cute what Chelsea said about being a princess....tell her she's a princess to us too!

Mom2mitokids
04-29-2011, 02:45 PM
Another wonderful TR. So glad you got to meet another Diser. Keep up the great report.

billwendy
04-29-2011, 05:54 PM
I agree with Fuller - it is so fun to meet friends at Disney!!!!!:goodvibes

smileycrissy
04-29-2011, 06:54 PM
How sweet of Jill! :goodvibes I love the collection of kisses - too cute.

I chuckled at Chelsea's comment about everyone calling her a princess. She is a princess every day. :)

Emilyswish
05-06-2011, 12:55 PM
Another magical day! Awesome!! I love how they are watching Buzz sign! :)

fulseasmama
05-06-2011, 01:36 PM
Having had the best time at Magic Kingdom we headed back to GKTW for the Pirates and Princess Party. I think this was the kids favorite night activity at GKTW. They danced, collected pirate booty and spent lots of time with Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry. :love:

Right as we arrived the kids saw Dolly Dolphin all decked out in her princess wear and had to give her some love and get their picture with her.

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Next we ran into pirate Shamu...Fuller and Christopher gave their best pirate hook fingers for the picture.

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Next Chelsea got a princess tattoo on her arm. She loves those temp tattoos I see real ones in her future if this keeps up.:eek:

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Next they got some pirate booty and princess booty bags. They gave Chelsea some nail polish and even gave a little bag with some nail polish to Fuller too so he would not feel left out...GKTW is so amazing that way!

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Then there was some dancing. Fuller was being a bit shy at this point so Chelsea and I went dancing with everyone. She loved it, especially since she got to dance with Dolly. :love:

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Next our favorite bunnies showed up and the kids had fun giving them some love and getting pictures taken. Fuller noticed they always had on different outfits and thought it was cool they dressed up for the parties.:thumbsup2

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Next it was time for them to make the kids pirates and princesses. They had the kids line up in front of a pirate ship stage before going up on stage. Chelsea was so excited for what might happen next.

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They were so sweet to Fuller since he had on his prince shirt they knighted him instead of turning him into a pirate. During the entire ceremony they mentioned they had some pirates and an amazing knight on stage. It was so sweet of them and Fuller LOVED it.

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Here are the princesses on stage. The entire time they were up on the stage Chelsea just held onto Ms. Merry's hand. It was so cute to watch. All the girls look so sweet!:cutie:

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All the boys got blow up swords from Mayor Clayton. It was a fun mayhem up on the stage with swords all over. When Fuller came off the stage he told me "This is the best day...it is a three sword day!" He had gotten a sword at BBB, one from CRT and now one at the Pirates and Princess Party. A three sword day is pretty darn awesome!

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When they came off the stage they were given certificates officially making them Pirates and Princesses. We collected all their loot and we were ready to head to our nightly stop for ice cream when Mayor Clayton stopped the kids for one more hug. They he helped them pose for this fun shot...Fuller getting Mayor Clayton and Chelsea to surrender with the power of his sword.

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We stopped by the ice cream shop tonight just like we did every night of our trip...that is a hard habit to break when you come home!;) Here is Chelsea on the rocking horse there.

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Here are both of the kids with the treats they picked that night...Fuller enjoyed a milkshake and Chelsea had a nice little sundae.

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After a few quick spins on the carousel we were off to our "vacation home" for bed. The Pirates and Princess Party was a great way to end a really lovely and perfect day. Our prince and princess were treated in such a royally lovely way. Dreams really did come true on this day!

So how did we do with our plan vs our actual day...we were able to do so much more then I thought we would. I feel like I have said it about twenty times already but it was a great day!

Our Plan:

BBB and Lunch at CRT--Both were awesome and I am so glad we had the time to do them. Thanks again to MAW for the amazing lunch with the princesses.

1. Dumbo--Kids had fun riding it and I loved the view of Fantasyland from the ride
2. The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm -- Fun coaster for the kids, since they had learned you can ride more then once we rode this a few times.
3. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin -- Fun ride, I found it harder to shoot my lazer on this ride then I do on the one at Disneyland.
4. Characters, Characters, Characters -- We got to see: Daisy Duck, Mary Poppins, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Belle, Pinocchio, Aladdin & Jasmine, Mickey & Minnie, Rapunzel & Flynn Ryder , Tiana & Prince Naveen, Tinkerbell, Terrence, Fawn, Buzz Lightyear. I could not believe how many characters we got to see I mean 20 "friends" in one day...the kids adored it!

Pirates and Princess Party at GKTW--The kids really loved all their nighttime activities there but I think this party may have been their favorite! All the dancing and fun on stage as well as all the treats they collected all evening just made it a perfect party for them.

All the extras we got to do:
We rode: The Carousel, Peter Pan, Pooh Ride, Aladdin's Magic Carpets, Jungle Cruise and we got to meet our friends Brenda and Krysten after watching the Dream Along with Mickey show. :cool1:


Coming Soon --"Mama, It's like Dr. Seuss is everywhere!"

mommy2mrb
05-06-2011, 01:47 PM
what a wonderful way to end your magical day! the photos of the kids are so cute, but especially love the one with Chelsea leaning on the Mayor and Fuller defeating him!
how cool to get three swords in one day, you must of had one happy prince! and your princess looked beautiful :lovestruc

we are so excited to get to meet you all the end of the month! let's hope we get some nice spring weather!!!

fulseasmama
05-06-2011, 01:49 PM
You have to love disney CM's...sounds like Jill was a wonderful girl! so sweet to your kiddos!

how fun to be able to meet some fellow DISsers!

love all the photos, too cute what Chelsea said about being a princess....tell her she's a princess to us too!

You are so sweet...I'll tell Chelsea. Her face was just so amazed that they all had been calling her a princess. It was a really priceless moment of the trip. It was fun to meet fellow Dissers at MK...hopefully we will meet you soon too!

Jill was amazing with the kids and then to find out her family had been a MAW family was extra amazing!

Another wonderful TR. So glad you got to meet another Diser. Keep up the great report.

Thanks Kris...it is really fun to meet Dis friends. I loved reading about you all meeting Mary!

I agree with Fuller - it is so fun to meet friends at Disney!!!!!:goodvibes

So very fun...he still talks about how we had friends at Disneyworld. So cute and so fun! We are getting closer to our Crystal Palace day and your adorable outfits in action so stay tuned.


How sweet of Jill! :goodvibes I love the collection of kisses - too cute.

I chuckled at Chelsea's comment about everyone calling her a princess. She is a princess every day. :)

Thanks so much...I think it just really hit her that she was a princess. It was an awesome part of our trip! They really had quite the collection of kisses didn't they!:cool1:

Another magical day! Awesome!! I love how they are watching Buzz sign! :)

It was really a magical day! Watching Buzz sign was cool it took him awhile to get two autographs done but he was determined to do it for them which I thought was so great! I have been thinking about your family and Emily. Hope you are all well!

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brookerene
05-07-2011, 11:39 AM
AWesome updates!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the photos.... love CRT!!!! We relly enjoyed that.... and the PP party was our favorite!

I love disney123
05-07-2011, 12:13 PM
They are so cute I love gthe photos <3 Love it<3 LMBO

tinytreasures
05-07-2011, 08:35 PM
Love the Pirates and Princess party update. We plan on hitting it when we are there. I hope my kids love it as much as your kids did.

that's nice
05-08-2011, 12:27 AM
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I have LOVED all of the updates and the pictures make me :love::love::love:.ENJOY your day!!!

I love disney123
05-08-2011, 07:46 AM
You have such cute kids :) Love it:)

hollisterluva92
05-09-2011, 09:46 AM
So cute! Sounds like you all had an amazing day!

fulseasmama
05-17-2011, 01:19 PM
Sorry for the delay on the TR...I hope to be back now and get moving towards finishing it. We are going to Disneyland in August and it seems like I have to have this TR done to earn another trip to Disney.;)

I can't believe I am already on day five of our trip...luckily as we were on the trip the time did not fly by too fast. Today our plans included The Cat in the Hat, meeting Spiderman, dinner with a princess and celebrating Mayor Clayton's birthday...so we are off!

We arrived at Universal Islands of Adventure and headed right for Seuss Landing. The entrance to the area is so cute. Here is Papa with our own little Thing 1 and Thing 2.

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Then one with Mama and our own Thing 1 and Thing 2.

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We rode The Cat in the Hat twice in a row! We all loved this ride and the telling of one of our favorite stories and the kids thought it was so fun how it spun you around. Then headed over to ride One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to get sprayed by the fish. Everything in this part of the park was just so great if you love Dr. Seuss books. Here Chelsea and I are riding in our fish.

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The kids in front of the ride after we took our spin on it.

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Next we took a few spins on the Caro-Seuss-el. Chelsea LOVES a carousel and this was no exception.

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Fuller loved that when you pulled the reigns on his it made the horns pull back.

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Next we decided to ride The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. A UE(Universal Employee) was taking us the back way to get on the ride and we ran into a friend who was happy to stop and chat with us. Here are Fuller and Chelsea with Sam I Am...I later told Fuller he should have told him he liked green eggs and ham.:)

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Here is picture from riding the trolley train. It was a really neat way to see all the amazing details of Seuss Landing.

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Then another really nice UE asked us if we would like a private meeting with The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch and we said sure. So we waited in the same hall that we met Sam in for a few minutes and then they came out.

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They were so great with the kids. The Cat in the Hat kept on tapping Fuller's shoulders and then acting like he had not done anything which made Fuller laugh and at one point Chelsea gave The Grinch a big hug then he signaled to her that his heart was growing with love. Not the best picture but here he is telling her his heart was growing.

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As we were walking away from meeting them Chelsea said to me "Mama the Grinch did not smell bad like I thought he would from eating trash. Maybe it is because his heart is growing" I think she was a bit smitten with the Grinch.:love:

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was our next stop. I have to admit to never having read the books but I have seen a few of the movies. This area looked just like it is where the books are set. The attention to detail was amazing...you really felt like you were in a wizarding world.

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We decided to see if Chelsea was tall enough for Flight of the Hippogriff...she was super excited that she was.

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Fuller and Chelsea liked it so much we rode twice in a row. Have I mentioned again how awesome they were to us at Universal!?! The kids loved that they could stay on rides and go again when they wanted to without even getting off. It was a really special part of the trip. Next it was snack time so we had some frozen butter beer. YUMMMMM-O is all I can say. We had to beg the kids to share some with us.

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At this point Christopher and I decided to try and ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey using parent swap. The UE's were really nice in getting us to the front of the line and getting Christopher set with the kids in the parent swap area and then the ride went down. :scared1::scared1:I felt bad that the kids were having to wait but Christopher kept on saying it was okay. I was starting to wonder if I wanted to ride the ride just after they have to fix it but about 20 minutes later the ride started back up and I got on. The ride was fun and pretty amazing...I have never ridden anything like it before. I stayed with the kids while Christopher took a turn and he really liked it too. While I am glad we got a chance to ride it I am glad we did not do too much other parent swap riding as it really did take quite a bit of time out of our day to do it. I just kept on telling myself that when the kids are older it will be a great excuse to come back so we all can ride the big kid rides together. :cool1:

It was time for lunch and some decisions to be made. Pretty much all day the kids had been asking if we could go back to GKTW and swim...so we made a plan. We would eat lunch at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous so after we could ride The Cat in the Hat ride a few more times. On our way back into Seuss Landing we saw something, well actually a thing...Thing 2. He had fun with the kids and I got a Thing picture with our little Things!

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Lunch was fine...the kids ate chicken strips and Christopher and I had salad with chicken strips. Feeling full we rode The Cat in the Hat a few more times...such a fun ride.

Here is papa with with Fuller and Chelsea in front of the ride.

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Just a few shots from in the ride too...a Thing making a mess and then the cat helping clean up.

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Just a few things to do before we left. One of them was to meet Spiderman but when we got there he had just left so we waited a few minutes until what did the kids see coming our way...Spiderman.

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Spiderman was really nice and chatted for quite awhile since there was no one in line at the time. Not too many characters actually speak so at first I think the kids were a bit taken back but warmed up to him.

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We stopped by a gift shop and let the kids pick something out. Fuller choose an ET toy and Chelsea choose a charm bracelet that she got to put 6 charms of her choosing on. The kids were happy with their choices and still love them lots since our return home.

We were headed back to GKTW but would we beat the very dark clouds and rain to have a quick swim or not? More coming soon!

jj0plin
05-17-2011, 02:22 PM
Love all the Universal pictures!! Seuss Landing was so awesome... I wish we had spent more time there, we didn't get a chance to see any of the characters in that area.

mommy2mrb
05-17-2011, 04:56 PM
:love: what the Grinch did!
great photos with the characters! looks like a very fun place!
and how wonderful you got extra special attention through out the day!!

fulseasmama
05-18-2011, 12:03 PM
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Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes...so thoughtful.

AWesome updates!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the photos.... love CRT!!!! We relly enjoyed that.... and the PP party was our favorite!

The PP Party was just so much fun...I think it is perfect for our kids ages. Just getting caught up and saw your pictures from the party. They were great!

They are so cute I love gthe photos <3 Love it<3 LMBO

Thanks so much!

Love the Pirates and Princess party update. We plan on hitting it when we are there. I hope my kids love it as much as your kids did.

I hope they love it too. It was so fun and they still talk about it all the time. That's why I think it might have been their favorite! Really they loved everything we got to do at GKTW...as you know it is such an awesome place!

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Happy Mothers Day!!!!

Thanks so much...hope Mel had a great Mother's day!

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Thanks so much...I hope you had a great Mother's Day too!

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Thanks so much...Hope you had an amazing day too!



I have LOVED all of the updates and the pictures make me :love::love::love:.ENJOY your day!!!

Thanks so much...you enjoy your day too!

You have such cute kids :) Love it:)

Thanks...most days they are pretty cute.:)

So cute! Sounds like you all had an amazing day!

It was really so amazing...It was great to watch the kids beam!

Love all the Universal pictures!! Seuss Landing was so awesome... I wish we had spent more time there, we didn't get a chance to see any of the characters in that area.

Loved Seuss landing and in general had such a nice time at Universal. Everyone there seemed to make the day so relaxing. The Grinch totally had me tearing up...he was so sweet with Chelsea. I am loving following your TR!

:love: what the Grinch did!
great photos with the characters! looks like a very fun place!
and how wonderful you got extra special attention through out the day!!

Everyone was so nice at Universal which made the day really relaxing. The Grinch had me in tears. He was so sweet with Chelsea.:love: Looking forward to seeing you and Megan soon!

fulseasmama
05-18-2011, 12:27 PM
After a great day at Universal Islands of Adventure we headed back to GKTW to see if we could beat the dark rain clouds and get in an afternoon swim. It was not what I would call warm by the time we got back to GKTW but the kids were determined so we went for it! We were trying to beat the rain but first we had to make a stop at the Amberville train station to use our turn on the claw machine certificates that had been left in our villa. Both the kids got toys after a few tries. Now whenever we walk by one they think they should try it out and get a toy because it is so easy...not going to happen.:rotfl:

Here is Chelsea playing the claw game.

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Then the kids rode the rides around the train station a few times. Here is Fuller enjoying a little boat ride.

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While Chelsea was riding in the boat we played a quick game of ring toss with Fuller's head and pool floaties.;)

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A quick stop by the Clayton's house...Kids were a little curious how they fit in there because they are actually pretty big rabbits. Do they shrink at night when they get home maybe? Not really sure but it is a cute house!

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Finally we were off to swim. The kids decided to they wanted to run around on the splash pad first so that is what we did.

Here is Chelsea striking a pose as she stops for a minute before running back through.

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Here is Fuller stopping for just a minute for me to get a picture.

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Papa catching a wave with his little loves.

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After the splash pad we headed over to the pool for some swimming. The sky was getting darker and the wind was picking up so we had to drag the kids out of the pool. It was actually perfect timing because we had a dinner date with one of Chelsea's favorite Princesses! More coming soon!

bskts4bj
05-18-2011, 12:47 PM
Love the surfin' family!! It was a yucky afternoon wasn't it . . . . glad we were under a pavillion that afternoon for the dance competition. Didn't make for nice pictures for us at Epcot or HS, but oh well . . .

Can't wait to see what you did next!
Brenda

mommy2mrb
05-19-2011, 10:11 AM
love the photo of Chris and the kids!
water and kids are a great combo no matter how cold the water is! they don't seem to care!!

cute about the house....amazing how the kids come up with how things work!

we are looking forward to meeting you next weekend! safe travels coming up north!

brookerene
05-19-2011, 01:04 PM
We loved spidey... he was great... and I love the surfing shot! So fun!

kaileighbug
05-19-2011, 08:50 PM
What a great trip report. It looks like your family is having such a great time together. I love how you are taking it easy and going with the flow. GKTW is an awesome place and keeps getting better as the years go by.

Emilyswish
05-23-2011, 03:36 PM
Great updates, I'm still reading!!!

fulseasmama
05-25-2011, 12:47 PM
Chelsea loves princesses. Each week her favorite changes but often it is Cinderella. As a surprise for the kids we planned a dinner at 1900 Park Faire so on this evening we were off to the Grand Floridian for dinner with Cinderella and friends. Special thanks to Jessica (Dis: Froggy33) for the amazing Pink Cinderella dress. Chelsea LOVES :love: the dress and twirled in it all night. Also special thanks to Kelly for the perfect Cinderella clip for her hair. I got pretty teary eyed when I stopped for a moment and I saw what a beautiful princess she was walking into the hotel.:love:

Here we are after arriving at the restaurant. This might be the most dressed up we got all trip.;)

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The restaurant was really busy this evening so we had a bit of a wait. We enjoyed exploring the hotel and the kids had fun dancing to the jazz music in the lobby. What a beautiful hotel the Grand Floridian is. The kids really like the glass elevator ride.

Dancing princess Chelsea in the hotel lobby.

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Dancing prince Fuller...trying to perfect his moves.

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So after a bit of a wait it was our turn to sit down for dinner. Our first visitor to the table was Madame Tremaine. She was grumpy in a funny way and let Chelsea know she did not love her dress. Chelsea told her it was pink and pretty...that's my spunky girl.

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Our next visit was from Anastasia who was a total hoot. She had the kids laughing and was just great. She kept on telling Chelsea she just knew she had seen a dress like hers somewhere and Chelsea kept on telling her it was the pink Cinderella. She loved her autograph page and made such a big deal out of it. She really cracked the kids up and was lots of fun.

Here she is noticing her custom made page to sign (Thanks again Brenda and Krysten:worship:).

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And then after she autographed it she sealed it with a kiss for each of them.

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Fuller and Chelsea with Anastasia striking a pose.

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At some point we did get food. Chelsea was happy there was Mac and Cheese for her...I think on this trip she tried an experiment to see if one could live on hamburgers, pizza and mac & cheese alone with lots of fruit and ice cream tossed in.:thumbsup2 The food was fine. I am not a big dinner buffet person and at the end of the meal Christopher and I both kind of felt like it was fine...not bad not great. I had to laugh when they brought out a big ice cream dessert because it is true we ate some of it and had ice cream before bed later that night.:lmao: I love vacation.:thumbsup2 The best part of the meal really was the characters and that was what we came for so that made it a fun time. Speaking of characters our next visit was from Drizella. Chelsea was pretty cute with her and hopped right up to talk to her.

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Fuller could not be left out so here they all are in a picture.

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Next came Prince Charming...I don't think Chelsea felt like he was all that Charming. She is not a fan really of any of the princes...but she did humor me with a picture and I have to say he tried really hard to endear himself to her.

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Our last visit was from Cinderella...she gasped and ohhhhhed and awwwwwed when she saw Chelsea's dress which made Chelsea beam and tell her "It's your pink dress...look it even has your bluebird."

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They had a nice chat about how fun it is to wear pretty dresses and Chelsea showed her how fun it was to twirl in the dress. Cinderella was lovely and I think Fuller was a bit smitten.

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There was a little dancing thing with Cinderella and Prince Charming that took place in the middle of the restaurant that the kids had fun watching but wanted nothing to do with as our ice cream had arrived. They love ice cream.:rotfl:

As we left the hotel we had to wait a few minutes for valet to bring the car around. I think the kids were still so happy from the fun dinner they were dancing on air. They danced all around the valet area and were so happy.

Chelsea having a blast spinning around in her dress...it made such a great twirl.

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Fuller joining in on the dancing. I love watching them dance, have fun and just enjoy.

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Great way to end our evening at the Grand Floridian. If you can believe it our activities were not over. We still had the birthday party of a very special rabbit to attend. Up next--Happy Birthday Mayor Clayton!

fulseasmama
05-25-2011, 12:57 PM
Love the surfin' family!! It was a yucky afternoon wasn't it . . . . glad we were under a pavillion that afternoon for the dance competition. Didn't make for nice pictures for us at Epcot or HS, but oh well . . .

Can't wait to see what you did next!
Brenda

It was a nasty weather afternoon...but the kids just had to swim.:rotfl:

I am so excited we will get to meet up at Disneyland too...just amazing!

love the photo of Chris and the kids!
water and kids are a great combo no matter how cold the water is! they don't seem to care!!

cute about the house....amazing how the kids come up with how things work!

we are looking forward to meeting you next weekend! safe travels coming up north!

I love the surf picture of Christopher with the kids too...one of my favorites from the trip.

Can't wait to see you this weekend.

We loved spidey... he was great... and I love the surfing shot! So fun!

Thanks! Spidey was really nice and chatty with the kids. Fuller thought it was so cool he "hung out" with spiderman.

What a great trip report. It looks like your family is having such a great time together. I love how you are taking it easy and going with the flow. GKTW is an awesome place and keeps getting better as the years go by.

Thanks...we did try and take it easy. With two younger ones I think it saved out sanity. GKTW was so special...the kids loved it and talk about it all the time. Everyone there is so special and amazing and helped our family make wonderful memories.

Great updates, I'm still reading!!!

Hi and thanks for checking in. Loved your last updates!

mommy2mrb
05-25-2011, 01:02 PM
Erika, this just brought happy tears to my eyes!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos of the kids!

way to go Chelsea, love her photo with PC, she's one determined little lady not letting the Prince work his magic on her!

I think this is one of the best interactive character meals on property, love the fun the steps bring to everyone....yah, the food not the greatest being a buffet, but the show is more than worth the money!!!

can't wait to see your sweet babies and you all on Saturday....hope they will be ready for some hugs!!!

bskts4bj
05-25-2011, 02:19 PM
I think this is one of the best interactive character meals on property, love the fun the steps bring to everyone....yah, the food not the greatest being a buffet, but the show is more than worth the money!!!




I totally agree -- the stepsisters are a RIOT -- we ate there as a family last summer and those girls were laying into me -- the kids (17 and 14 at the time) LOVED that someone was picking on their mother and getting away with it. Not my favorite buffet either, but they made it worth the money for sure.

What's next Erika? Loving this report -- and can't wait to see you again!!

Brenda

fulseasmama
05-26-2011, 01:41 AM
After an amazing dinner with Cinderella and friends we headed back to GKTW for a birthday celebration for Fuller and Chelsea's favorite big rabbit Mayor Clayton. The kids were sold the minute they saw there were birthday hats involved and cotton candy made fresh which they had never had before.

Chelsea ready for the party.

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Fuller ready for the party too.

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It was raining outside so the party was in the theater. There were cards to make for the mayor, backpacks to color and fun to be had. The kids really had fun with coloring their own backpacks.

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Our little love hanging out at the party. She seems so happy and content...and I am pretty sure after such a great day she was!

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At one point they had the kids get under the tables to hide to surprise Mayor Clayton when he came in for the party. But then he did not show up so they all thought it was funny to hang out under the tables for a bit.

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Mayor Clayton arrived and the kids all "surprised" him and then the kids got to go up on stage with him to wish him a happy birthday. Chelsea jumped on the chance to see him and hang out a bit.

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After the party we made our nightly stop at the ice cream shop because dessert after dinner, birthday cupcakes and cotton candy were just not enough. :lmao::cool1:

Here Fuller and Chelsea are in deep ice cream discussion.

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Then making silly ice cream faces...I love catching them in such happy moments when I know they are totally in their own world with each other.

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WHAT A DAY!!!! I am loving doing this TR, as slow as I may be at getting it done, because it is just a wonderful reminder of the amazing gift MAW gave our family. A week of dreams come true can leave you speechless sometimes!

Let's see how our day compared to our original plans...

1. Seuss Landing---We loved it. We rode The Cat in the Hat 6 times! This is an awesome area for kids Fuller and Chelsea's age...I might have loved it just as much.

2. Flight of the Hippogriff--kids loved it and loved riding it back to back. Plus Butterbeer stands were right there...Yum Yum Yum.

3. Find Spiderman for Fuller---Spiderman Found...He was so cool just chatting it up with the kids. Since Universal gave us one free picture we let Fuller get one with Spiderman to frame in his room. He loves it.

4. Jurrasic Park Discovery Center---Kids vote to leave Universal to return to GKTW for swimming so we missed this. No worries...maybe next time.

Dinner at 1900 Park Faire---Step sisters were SOOOO great. Really fun time!

Extras for the day---

**Meeting Sam I Am, The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and Thing 2---all really nice!
**Christopher and I used parent swap to ride the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride...fun but it took up lots of time due to the ride being down for a bit.
**Swimming with the kids at GKTW---Fuller and Chelsea loved the pool so it was such a fun way to spend the afternoon.

Coming soon...DHS here we come for some Jedi Training or Bust!

mommy2mrb
05-26-2011, 08:31 AM
love the ice cream faces!!! sounds like they had a major sugar overload!!!
your day was filled with so many fun adventures!
looking forward to your DHS day and hopefully Jedi fun!!!

bskts4bj
05-26-2011, 08:39 AM
What a priceless evening -- LOVE the pics during ice cream time . . .

Brenda

brookerene
05-26-2011, 05:45 PM
Love all the photos.... I love Chelsea's dress....

kaileighbug
05-26-2011, 07:48 PM
What a great day. I loved how you captured their expressions while eating ice cream. What a great shot. I;m on sugar overload just thinking about all that sugar:lmao:

smileycrissy
05-28-2011, 03:19 PM
Yikes, I fell behind a few pages but I'm all caught up now. I love seeing their cute, happy faces! They are both so adorable. I love the photo of Chris with the kids surfing. You should print it and put in a special frame as a Father's Day gift. :)

You've got me really thinking about checking out Universal Studios one of these days. I haven't been since the park opened up and practically half the rides weren't working. :rotfl: DF and I have avoided it because we aren't big amusement/thrill ride people but seeing you talk about all the fun and all the nice employees there makes me want to check it out. Loved the Grinch story with Chelsea, she seems to bring out the sweet side of everyone - even the Grinch! :goodvibes

I love the ice cream photos and that you were able to catch that special bond that Chelsea and Fuller have with each other. Can't wait to read more!

mommy2mrb
05-28-2011, 06:12 PM
a quick hi-jack Erika, just wanted to share with the peanut gallery....

we got to meet Chelsea, Fuller, Erika and Christopher today!!!:banana::banana:

the kids are just so dang cute, sweet and funny! they are such wonderful little kiddos! their mama and papa have done an awesome job in raising them! they are a very happy and kind family!

we had a yummy breakfast at the waterfront down in Kirkland and hung out on the pier for a bit....the weather was nice sunny, breazy and a few clouds!

thanks for taking time to meet with us....hope we can do it again someday!

hope the rest of your visit is great!!

petals
05-28-2011, 08:24 PM
Joining in... I'm luvin your trip report

How cool that the kids got to ride the carosel with Mayor Clayton and his bunny friend and how cool that you got the two of them for tuck in even if it was because GKTW thought you had 8 kids :goodvibes

The pic of Mickey and Minnie giving your DD kisses is super cute

I don't blame you for tearing up with some of the amazing pixie dust you got. That CM Jill sounds amazing! CM'S are the best!

The pic of your DH and kids on the surf board is so cool and I love the pink cinderella dress

jj0plin
06-03-2011, 05:36 AM
Love the dancing pictures and the ones of 1900 PF. We had a blast there too!

WDWJonasGirl
06-23-2011, 02:20 PM
OMG!! I love the trip report so far. I love how Chelsea held on to the rabbit's hand the whole time. Those rabbits are cute.

blessedmom4
06-26-2011, 06:12 AM
Talk about slow...HOW did I miss the last update???? I love your adorable children they are obviously having the time of thier life and savoring every moment. THANK YOU for sharing them with us!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

fulseasmama
06-28-2011, 05:07 PM
Wow...after my longest delay yet I am back with a new installment for our TR. Summer + Descent Weather in the Pacific Northwest = No time inside on the computer.:)

We woke up to a little bit of rain so I was a bit worried heading over to Hollywood Studios that they might not be having the Jedi Training due to weather. When we arrived around 10AM to the park we thought we would head directly for the Jedi Training sign up...instead we made a brief detour to get a few umbrella's since we had forgotten to pack any. That done we went right over and were able to get Fuller signed up for the 12:40PM Jedi Training. The super lovely and nice CM did explain however that there can not be any water on the stage so it would be very weather permitting. We crossed our fingers and headed to one of the things on our list the kids had been looking forward to Muppet Vision 3D. Our kids LOVE the Muppets and were so excited to see a 3-D Movie as they had never seen one.

Here Fuller, Chelsea and I are while waiting for the movie to start.

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Here Chelsea, Papa and Fuller are in the theater about to start the movie.

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We were not sure how they would feel about the objects seeming to come at them but they LOVED it...so much so we had to take oma and opa back a few days later. They can't wait to go on it again at California Adventure.

Next we went in search of Fuller's two favorite cars...Mater and McQueen. I think Chelsea was pretty taken by how big they were and I am pretty sure Fuller just wanted them to chat with him.

Fuller and Chelsea with Mater and McQueen.

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I love this picture of Fuller just gazing up to Mater. Sometimes I think he feels like he is getting too old for his love of Cars but in this moment he was just in awe.

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Next we decided to make our way to Toy Story Mania. On our walk to the ride we got a bit side tracked when Chelsea and Fuller noticed Buzz and Woody. A really nice CM traded pins with them while she waited to take us in the back way.

The kids love Toy Story so this was a treat...although my little Jessie fan just could not believe she was not there hanging out with Buzz and Woody.

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There were lots of hugs going on during this visit. Buzz and Woody were just so great with the kids. I'm not always sure how they do it but without talking the characters sure do say alot and our kids left their time with them feeling pretty special.

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We rode Toy Story Mania...that ride is so great but the lines were super long even on a pretty quiet day in the park so I was feeling very thankful for Chelsea's magic button.;)

Here Fuller and Chelsea are waiting to ride Toy Story Mania.

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After the ride it was still raining a bit and I was starting to get a bit worried about Fuller's Jedi training. I did not have much time to worry however because we hit the most amazing character jackpot ever.

Up next Characterpalloza---So Many Hugs, So Little Time!

fulseasmama
06-28-2011, 05:25 PM
Erika, this just brought happy tears to my eyes!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos of the kids!

way to go Chelsea, love her photo with PC, she's one determined little lady not letting the Prince work his magic on her!

I think this is one of the best interactive character meals on property, love the fun the steps bring to everyone....yah, the food not the greatest being a buffet, but the show is more than worth the money!!!

can't wait to see your sweet babies and you all on Saturday....hope they will be ready for some hugs!!!

All the characters were so great at 1900 Park Faire. It was a really fun meal. I hope she continues for a long time to not think too much of any Prince Charmings.:rotfl::rotfl:

Loved seeing you on Memorial Day weekend...highlight of my weekend. You and Megan were so sweet and lovely!:hug:

I totally agree -- the stepsisters are a RIOT -- we ate there as a family last summer and those girls were laying into me -- the kids (17 and 14 at the time) LOVED that someone was picking on their mother and getting away with it. Not my favorite buffet either, but they made it worth the money for sure.

What's next Erika? Loving this report -- and can't wait to see you again!!

Brenda

What was next was me falling off the computer world for a bit. Rainy day today so I am trying to get all caught up and get an entire day of posts done. We will see...I just made my reservations for Disneyland so I owe you an e-mail so we can plan a meeting time...still can't believe our awesome luck that we get to see you all again.:love:

love the ice cream faces!!! sounds like they had a major sugar overload!!!
your day was filled with so many fun adventures!
looking forward to your DHS day and hopefully Jedi fun!!!

It was major sugar overload...at the time I did not even really realize it. It really hit me as I was writing up the TR. Fun day!

Jedi fun coming up...Fuller still loves to talk about it!:woohoo:

What a priceless evening -- LOVE the pics during ice cream time . . .

Brenda

They loved the Ice Cream Parlor...:cool1:

Love all the photos.... I love Chelsea's dress....

It is so amazing. Chelsea loves it too. She has worn it for her Birthday Party and yesterday for the Cinderella day of Princess Ballet Camp. I love getting it on her each time!

What a great day. I loved how you captured their expressions while eating ice cream. What a great shot. I;m on sugar overload just thinking about all that sugar:lmao:

I started to get a bit ill just writing about how much sugar we let them have...funny thing is we did not notice it was so much at the time. I think that's what a relaxed vacation is all about.;)

Yikes, I fell behind a few pages but I'm all caught up now. I love seeing their cute, happy faces! They are both so adorable. I love the photo of Chris with the kids surfing. You should print it and put in a special frame as a Father's Day gift. :)

You've got me really thinking about checking out Universal Studios one of these days. I haven't been since the park opened up and practically half the rides weren't working. :rotfl: DF and I have avoided it because we aren't big amusement/thrill ride people but seeing you talk about all the fun and all the nice employees there makes me want to check it out. Loved the Grinch story with Chelsea, she seems to bring out the sweet side of everyone - even the Grinch! :goodvibes

I love the ice cream photos and that you were able to catch that special bond that Chelsea and Fuller have with each other. Can't wait to read more!

I would totally check out Universal if you get a chance. It was lots of fun and we did not even really ride any of the big thrill rides!

a quick hi-jack Erika, just wanted to share with the peanut gallery....

we got to meet Chelsea, Fuller, Erika and Christopher today!!!:banana::banana:

the kids are just so dang cute, sweet and funny! they are such wonderful little kiddos! their mama and papa have done an awesome job in raising them! they are a very happy and kind family!

we had a yummy breakfast at the waterfront down in Kirkland and hung out on the pier for a bit....the weather was nice sunny, breazy and a few clouds!

thanks for taking time to meet with us....hope we can do it again someday!

hope the rest of your visit is great!!

We had the best time with you guys. We all keep talking about it. Thanks for meeting up with us and I certainly hope we get to do it again sometime too. Hope you are having the best summer. I can't believe how busy it seems like we are. No computer time as I want to spend every minute out in the not raining weather.

Hope all is well...Loved getting a chance to meet in person. It was fun to hear more about your trip and to get to chat with Megan. She is such a great kid!

Joining in... I'm luvin your trip report

How cool that the kids got to ride the carosel with Mayor Clayton and his bunny friend and how cool that you got the two of them for tuck in even if it was because GKTW thought you had 8 kids :goodvibes

The pic of Mickey and Minnie giving your DD kisses is super cute

I don't blame you for tearing up with some of the amazing pixie dust you got. That CM Jill sounds amazing! CM'S are the best!

The pic of your DH and kids on the surf board is so cool and I love the pink cinderella dress

Thanks...it was such an amazing and wonderful trip. Hope to get back on track and tell some more stories from it!

Love the dancing pictures and the ones of 1900 PF. We had a blast there too!

What a fun place to eat...glad you had a blast too! The kids must have been in a dancing mood that night.:cool1:

OMG!! I love the trip report so far. I love how Chelsea held on to the rabbit's hand the whole time. Those rabbits are cute.

Mayor Clayton and Ms Merry are so sweet and Chelsea was pretty much in love with them. She would follow them around at the parties and just hold Ms Merry's hand. :love: It was so sweet and they were super sweet to her!

Talk about slow...HOW did I miss the last update???? I love your adorable children they are obviously having the time of thier life and savoring every moment. THANK YOU for sharing them with us!! :goodvibes:goodvibes

Thanks for reading along. I am so slow at getting new updates up. I am trying to make sure I finish by the end of July...such nice weather here it is hard to be inside on the computer. I am loving following your PTR...Your princess is amazing and so is her Mama!

mommy2mrb
06-28-2011, 06:15 PM
Hey there stranger....hope all is going well in OR!!! know what you mean about the nice weather, we have to take full advantage of it when its here!!!

thanks for you sweet words, its was a lot of fun getting to meet you all! give the kids a hug from us....


now back to Disney....love the photos at DHS! looks like the kids enjoyed meeting Woody and Buzz, to bad Chelsea didn't get to meet her Jessie!

Tell Fuller he's never to old to enjoy Cars....are you going to see Cars2? its totally different than Cars....more James Bond, but really a great movie!

Summer is only into its 4th day for us since school got out on Friday...we leave in 9 days for NY, so getting ready for that! will let you know if we make it south this summer!

bskts4bj
06-28-2011, 09:14 PM
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bskts4bj
06-28-2011, 09:15 PM
What was next was me falling off the computer world for a bit. Rainy day today so I am trying to get all caught up and get an entire day of posts done. We will see...I just made my reservations for Disneyland so I owe you an e-mail so we can plan a meeting time...still can't believe our awesome luck that we get to see you all again.:love:


Yes -- hope to hear from you soon (Krysten's getting worried that your plans have changed) -- I'm still working on our arrangements for the week (LA/Yosemite/SF). Now that graduation is out of the way and Boy Scout camp will be out of the way (for me anyhow) on Saturday, then I can focus on our trip!

I don't see it as luck -- I see it as a blessing!! Hope to hear from you soon. . . .
Brenda

Belle83
06-28-2011, 10:32 PM
I'm new to your TR but am loving it :lovestruc. Many pics made me tear up.

fulseasmama
06-29-2011, 03:57 PM
Warning...this is going to be a pretty picture heavy post!!!

So we had ridden Toy Story Mania and we still had about an hour to kill before Fuller's attempt at Jedi Training what to do, what to do? Go get some hugs and autographs seemed like a good out of the rain kind of plan so we were off to The Magic of Disney Animation building. In Fuller and Chelsea's wildest dreams I don't think they could have imagined how many friends we would be able to meet. Many of the lines were not even too long but no CM was going to let us wait and often had us stay over so we could meet more characters as they switched out. We had a blast and here are the pictures to prove it.

Hello there Tigger and Pooh so nice to meet you!

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Next up was the Little Einstiens. We got to meet them all. Quincy, Leo, June and Annie. Fuller used to love this show so he was pretty excited about it.

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The Incredibles were super nice and Mr. Incredible even helped Fuller strike a strong pose.

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Next we really quickly said hello to Chip and Dale. Did not get a great picture of all of them but love this one of Chelsea giving Dale some hugs!

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Goofy and Pluto were great fun to play with. They kept pulling the kids back for more hugs as they tried to walk away. Fuller told me "they must have really liked us because they wanted lots of love".

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Then we found Handy Manny a show both the kids really liked. He really outdid himself with his autograph by drawing little tools around it.

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Lotso was a hit even though I thought the kids might not like to meet him since he is not so nice in the movie Toy Story 3. They ran right in for a hug...it almost seemed like they might get swallowed up!

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We all got into the picture with Lotso.

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Then I was getting his autograph and he saw a Buzz Lightyear sticker on our clipboard we were using to get the autographs. Lotso gave me a stern head shake which kind of just cracked me up.:rotfl:

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Next up we hung out with Eeyore and Tigger for a bit.

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We found our way over to Socerer Mickey to get a family picture. The line for him was really long and the CM was helping us get to the front when a man in line tapped Christopher on the shoulder and asked how he could get a pass to do that. He did not seem upset but rather was wondering if there is a way to do that. Christopher told him the only way he knew how was by having your daughter's wish come true from the amazing people at Make a Wish. The guy put his hand on Christopher's shoulder and told him he hopped she had the best trip ever, that she had earned it and that he hoped our beautiful girl would remain well. I get tears just typing the story. Both Christopher and I were super touched at his very thoughtful reaction.

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Then there she was again...Daisy Duck and this time she had Donald with her. Chelsea just could not pass up the chance to love on her. They were all decked out in their fancy outfits.

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As we were walking out Chelsea noticed Minnie and had to see her since she had on her Minnie Shirt and Skirt. Minnie LOVED the outfit and kept on pointing to it and dancing around. Really cute stuff.

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Thinking we were done and knowing we had to get the kids out of there to make it to Jedi Training we saw one more character to stop and see...Stitch. As much as I tried to convince them we would see Stitch later it did not matter the kids minds were set. So here are Fuller and Chelsea with Stitch.

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And that my DIS friends is alot of hugs and autographs. The kids LOVED it!:thumbsup2:love::thumbsup2

Up next...Will the rain stay away and let Fuller complete his Jedi Training to defeat Darth Vader?

fulseasmama
06-29-2011, 04:03 PM
Hey there stranger....hope all is going well in OR!!! know what you mean about the nice weather, we have to take full advantage of it when its here!!!

thanks for you sweet words, its was a lot of fun getting to meet you all! give the kids a hug from us....


now back to Disney....love the photos at DHS! looks like the kids enjoyed meeting Woody and Buzz, to bad Chelsea didn't get to meet her Jessie!

Tell Fuller he's never to old to enjoy Cars....are you going to see Cars2? its totally different than Cars....more James Bond, but really a great movie!

Summer is only into its 4th day for us since school got out on Friday...we leave in 9 days for NY, so getting ready for that! will let you know if we make it south this summer!

Have a great time in NY and NJ and please do let us know if you are headed South anytime:)!

We are going to see Cars 2 I am just not sure when...soon I hope. He LOVES cars!

Chelsea might have missed her Jessie on this day but we found her later in the week which was great!

Yes -- hope to hear from you soon (Krysten's getting worried that your plans have changed) -- I'm still working on our arrangements for the week (LA/Yosemite/SF). Now that graduation is out of the way and Boy Scout camp will be out of the way (for me anyhow) on Saturday, then I can focus on our trip!

I don't see it as luck -- I see it as a blessing!! Hope to hear from you soon. . . .
Brenda

You are right it is a blessing! Take Care...I'll try and get our plans to you guys later today!

I'm new to your TR but am loving it :lovestruc. Many pics made me tear up.

Awwww...thanks so much. We had a magical trip that I am happy to report has replaced many not so great memories with awesome ones. Make A Wish has an amazing way of doing that. Both the kids had a wonderful, magical and amazingly special trip and I am so grateful for this trip of a lifetime! Thanks for taking the time to check it out...I hope to keep some momentum and get further along in the trip.

blessedmom4
07-04-2011, 04:53 AM
I am still here! popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::
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fulseasmama
07-12-2011, 03:51 PM
Well it was staying pretty grey but the rain had stopped and we arrived back at Jedi Training to find them drying the stage and checking kids in. We noticed they also had Darth Vader available for pictures so before he and Fuller battled it out we posed for a quick picture.

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Fuller was so excited to do the Jedi training so we got him checked in and having gotten over the sadness that she was not old enough to participate Chelsea told Fuller "I am going to be cheering for you brother...go go go Fuller!" She did cheer for him almost the entire time.:love:

Here he is waiting to head up on stage in his Jedi robe.

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The Jedi Master woman who was training them was pretty funny and once Fuller got over being nervous he had a good time using his lightsaber. There was a boy on stage who never seemed to listen to one thing the Jedi Master told them to do so kind of jokingly she says "Does he speak any English?" and the crowd laughs a bit then she repeats and says "No seriously, Does he speak any english?". It turns out the answer was no and he really should not have been participating but the show went on.

Here is Fuller doing his training.

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Here he is working hard to help defeat Darth Vader.

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Lastly walking off stage with his certificate. I love how confident he looks in this picture...like a boy who just defeated the dark side.

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This was a great experience and Fuller loved it. Chelsea got to have lots of fun cheering him on and I think Christopher was just so proud of Fuller for trying it. Fuller can be kind of shy sometimes so having him do this and love it was a big step. I highly recommend this to any Star Wars loving kids.

It turns out taking on Darth Vader can make you quite hungry so we headed over to Pizza Planet for some lunch. It was nothing fancy but the pizza hit the spot and we were off.

We had tried to say hi to Sully and Mike earlier and missed them so we took a bit of a detour to see the Beauty and the Beast show to visit them. They had a good time with the kids and even had them do their best Monster pose with them.

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After that we did see the Beauty and The Beast show which it seems I took no pictures of:confused3...I must have been too busy enjoying it. The show was great and we all really enjoyed it. I have to admit it was hard to be so close to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and not give it a go but that would have to wait for later.

At this point we headed towards the gates of the park. We had to leave by 3PM because some pretty special people were joining us to spend the rest of the trip with us...oma and opa were coming!!!! We did stop and watch the Pixar parade since it was starting about the time we got there. The kids liked seeing the characters but it was not anything too amazing. On our tram ride the kids were having fun giving each other kisses. They sure do have a great time together and I am so thankful for how close they are.

Our sweet loves giving kisses!

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We had a great time at Hollywood Studios but now we were off to the Airport to drop off our MAW rental car and have my folks pick us up since this was an easier day to do it then later would be. The kids were so excited to see Oma and Opa and show them all over GKTW. We had a fun night planned...coming soon!

bskts4bj
07-12-2011, 04:12 PM
We should've ran into each other at HS -- that's about the same time we showed up at the park for the dance competition. . . . . we got caught by the parade too.

See you soon,
Brenda

fulseasmama
07-13-2011, 12:28 PM
After leaving DHS we headed to the airport and returned our rental car a day early. We were extending our trip and my parents were joining us and renting a van for the next week of our trip. The kids were so happy to see them and take them to our "vacation home" at GKTW. We spent the late afternoon walking around GKTW and finally made it to the playground!

Chelsea on her way to the playground with Oma and Opa.

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What a great playground...it might be best we did not make it there until our last night as it was hard to get the kids to leave GKTW already sometimes. Everything they have done there is just so amazing and the playground is no exception. We all ran around for about an hour having an awesome time.

Here are some pictures of Fuller and Chelsea having a BLAST!:cool1:

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The playground was awesome but our tummies were starting to growl so we started heading back towards some food.

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We passed by the castle of miracles and Chelsea wanted to show Oma and Opa her star so we stopped in there.

Here it is up on the wall...

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and here she is proudly looking up at it.:cutie:

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Because it was so quiet that week at GKTW the Gingerbread house was closed for dinner on this night which was just fine as we had Katies Kitchen food at the Ice Cream parlor. Once again everyone loved their food...too bad we don't have Boston Markets around here.

Here is Chelsea showing Oma and Opa all the things at GKTW on the Candyland board. They kindly gave us a game to take home and it gets played all the time. The kids LOVE to see all the places they enjoyed on our trip.

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So it was Sunday night which normally means Candyland at GKTW but this was no ordinary Sunday...this was Super Bowl Sunday and my dad and my Green Bay Packers were playing in the game and GKTW had a Super Bowl Party.:banana::cool1: They had lots of games set up for the kids to play so Fuller and Chelsea went to work playing.

First they played some bean bag toss.

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Then lots of games of giant connect four...only to them the game was just about seeing how fast you can put the pieces into the game board.

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Next they played this animals in a cage game where they got to pick 3 keys on the key ring to try and unlock the cage to free a stuffed toy to keep. They both found the key to open the cage pretty easily and were super excited at their luck and the chance to get to pick out a new friend.

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I think since it is normally the Candyland party that night they had this amazing candy table set up where they let the kids choose a bunch of things to put in their bags. These worked nicely as little treats the rest of our trip.

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We had been watching the progress of the game on our iPhones and when we had a chance to sit down and start watching it in the theater the score was Packers 21 Pittsburgh 3...what a great game so far! As we sat and watched however things went downhill and Pittsburgh kept on scoring...my poor dad's heart. We decided to go have ice cream let the kids go to bed and watch the rest of the game in the villa (good news is the Packers did end up winning...great night for my dad and I). On a side note...being from the West Coast it was strange to watch the Super Bowl so late into the night as at home it is normally an afternoon activity.

On our way out the kids ran into Mayor Clayton. I am so glad they got to have one last picture with him...they just love him. :love:

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They were also playing a little game with the kids and Fuller and Chelsea decided to play. Here they are listening intently to the instructions.

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The object of the game was to wrap Fuller up with white and red streamers to make him into a candycane. Chelesea and two other girls did the wrapping.

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They all had a good time tearing the streamers off at the end.

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We did stop for our last ice cream before bed...such a nice habit to have on vacation. We got the kids back and in bed. They slept while I packed us up to move to Animal Kingdom Lodge in the morning with Oma and Opa. We were sad to be leaving GKTW...it is such a magical and wonderful place but also excited for the new part of our adventure.

Up next how do you start your last morning at GKTW...Ice Cream for Breakfast!!!

bskts4bj
07-13-2011, 12:43 PM
What a great place GKTW seems to be -- they really do things right don't they? Part of me wishes I could visit this place, but . . . . the part that would get me there makes me want to just forget that wish.

The kids looked like they were having a blast -- Fuller must've really been getting into the playground -- he broke a sweat and it wasn't even hot that evening!!

So enjoying your story . . . keep it coming!!
Brenda

petals
07-13-2011, 05:53 PM
Catching up you met so many characters in HS how cool and I so want to meet all the fab5 in those costumes!

princessmamaof5
07-17-2011, 03:34 PM
:lovestruc Jumping on the tail end of your trip reportand subbing , I do have to say you have some sweet kids!!!!

kaileighbug
07-24-2011, 08:02 PM
Great updates and great pictures. The kids look like they had so much fun at DHS. Wow they met lots of characters. The games look like a lot of fun. How sweet Chelsea showing grandma and grandpa where everything was on the map at GKTW.

hollisterluva92
08-06-2011, 09:55 AM
Wow! I fell way behind :( Bad Disser! lol!
-I love the theming for Seuss Landing! So neat!
-I have never gone to Seuss Landing, but it is on my list of places to visit on my next trip!
-Wow! Love the trolley shot!
-That is the cutest thing that the grinch did <3 I would be in tears if Chelsea said that to me!
-I cannot wait to visit the Harry Potter area! I have read all of the books and I've seen all of the movies, so it will be that much better!
-Mmmm Butter Beer! Cannot wait to try that!
-That's cool that spiderman talks!
-What a cute little house for rabbits!
-Love the surfing display!
-Oh my goodness I NEED Chelsea's princess dress! I might be buying a copy of that dress!
-Aww! Anastasia was so sweet!
-Awwwww! I am in love with Cinderella's expression!
-Wow! What great character interactions!!!!
-Toy Story Mania is one of my favorite rides! But I agree, the lines are crazy!
-That is amazingly sweet of the CM's! What a great dose of magic :)
-Love Goofy's costume!
-I love the Lotso picture! Adorable!
-Donald and Daisy's outfits are really cute!
-Minnie's pink dress is my favorite costume for her!
-I am loving the giant Candyland board! I think I need one of those for my house!
-What an amazing super bowl party! Go Steelers!

Emilyswish
09-28-2011, 12:40 PM
Just caught up on your whole report! AWesome!!!! you saw so many characters! :woohoo:

Delaney21
11-13-2011, 02:15 PM
I just read both your pre-trip report and your trip report..well it took me 2 days, but I finished it! What an amazing trip! I'm getting close to starting to plan my son's wish trip and I was taking notes while reading along!