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eecteacher82
05-11-2011, 12:58 PM
Hi everyone! Welcome to our year long WDW Trip Report! This is our second set of WDW passes! Our first set we got in September of 2009 when we upgraded our tickets to Florida Resident Seasonal Passes. That set expired in December of 2010 and we got our new set in February of 2011. We decided to stick with the seasonal passes instead of the regular annual passes since we don't really want to go during any of the times that are blacked out anyways.

So, who are we you might ask? Here is your cast of characters for this year long TR:

Me, Me, Erin. A 29 year old, former kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom to my princess Olivia and wife to my DH. I have loved all things Disney since my first visit when I was 4. I was born in Wisconsin and moved down to Florida when I was 8 and have been here ever since. We live about 1.5 hours from the mouse on the west coast of Florida, just south of Tampa. I am the total anal Disney planner and start planning the next big trip on the way home from the last one!

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DH, Toby. A super hard working 25 year old daddy to Olivia! Toby works extremely hard so that I can stay home with Olivia! Toby will be the first to tell you that I am totally obsessed with Disney, although he does not share in my obsession (yet!). We went to Disney while I was pregnant with Olivia and I have been dragging him along ever since. He says Disney is just "ok", but while we are there he is having a blast and loving every minute of it.

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DD, Olivia. Our 3 year old princess who, like me, loves all things Disney! She is our little miracle baby. Olivia was born at just 32 weeks, weighing 4 pounds and measuring 16 3/4 inches long and spent 3.5 weeks in the NICU more than an hour away from home. She made a total turn around, and now you would never know (other than being a bit on the small side) that she was a preemie! Olivia loves every minute of our Disney trips and asks on a daily basis to go back!

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So, now that you have the basics, I will get started on writing the fun stuff!

For some background reading:
Olivia's 3rd Birthday Extravaganza! DDxP,BBB and PP!Oh my! Our 12/10 TR! **Finished** (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2616663)

eecteacher82
05-11-2011, 12:59 PM
Handy Dandy Chapter Links!

Day 1: February 27, 2011-Sunday
Let's get this year started! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41087978&postcount=17)

Day 2: February 28, 2011-Monday
Wake Up. Eat. Check-in! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41140483&postcount=24)
A DHS Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41240700&postcount=33)
Enjoying POR! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41336235&postcount=43)

Day 3: March 1, 2011-Tuesday
Time for some Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41764498&postcount=53)
DTD for some grub! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41766253&postcount=54)

Day 4: March 2, 2011-Wednesday
Magic Kingdom time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41815601&postcount=63)
Olivia's afternoon and evening plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41914954&postcount=73)

Day 5: March 3, 2011-Thursday
Breakfast in the Big Easy and a relaxing final day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42127958&postcount=82)

Day 6: April 10, 2011-Sunday
Time for a quick girls trip! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42129562&postcount=85)
Special snacks, hula hoops and glow bracelets! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42192471&postcount=91)

Day 7: April 11, 2011-Monday
A morning of animated fun (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42273255&postcount=95)
Finishing up our girls trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42450717&postcount=101)

Day 8: May 29, 2011-Sunday
We need a Disney fix! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42488284&postcount=105)
Mommy, can we PLEASE see if I'm big enough? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42499365&postcount=110)
Well, was she tall enough??? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42536937&postcount=124)
What's for dinner? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42729061&postcount=135)
Looking around the Lodge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42729549&postcount=136)

Day 9: May 30, 2011-Monday
The WORST morning ever!!!! (http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n567/WorleyDisney2011/May%202011/124.jpg)
The worst morning ever is turning into the worst DAY ever! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43187653&postcount=157)
Lunch Time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44545884&postcount=170)
DHS Fun! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44546588&postcount=171)

Day 10: June 10, 2011-Friday
A short trip with a purpose! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44567907&postcount=173)

Day 11: June 11, 2011-Saturday
It's Dancing Time!...or is it? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44594538&postcount=177)

Day 12: August 20, 2011-Saturday
Time for another girls trip! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44627720&postcount=184)
Time for some adventure! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44696871&postcount=186)

Day 13: August 21, 2011-Sunday

Day 14: August 22, 2011-Monday

Day 15: August 23, 2011-Tuesday

Day 16: October 16, 2011-Sunday

Day 17: October 17, 2011-Monday

Day 18: November 12, 2011-Saturday

Day 19: January 8, 2012-Sunday

Day 20: February 17, 2012-Friday

Day 21:February 18, 2012-Saturday

Day 22: February 19, 2012-Sunday

Day 23: February 20, 2012-Monday

jc040404
05-11-2011, 02:52 PM
Am I first???? So excited about your new TR!!

Title is adorable!

eecteacher82
05-11-2011, 03:27 PM
Am I first???? So excited about your new TR!!

Title is adorable!

You are indeed first! I wish I could say I had some great prize to offer, but I have nothing! I'm glad you like the title....I had a heck of a time thinking of one, and I'm still not even sure I like this one!

I should have a "real" post up tomorrow!

sahm2two
05-11-2011, 04:27 PM
looking forward to reading all your adventures this year :goodvibes

Tinkermom76
05-11-2011, 04:42 PM
I'm here too!!!!!

pinkxray
05-11-2011, 05:04 PM
I just found your last trip report and spent a bit of time this morning reading through it. Olivia is so adorable:goodvibes

I'm in from the start on this one.:thumbsup2

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-11-2011, 08:08 PM
I'm here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like the title..it seems that mine didn't make it haha. I guess I better start thinking of one for myself assuming I move down that way and will be going as often as you guys!!

blessedby3
05-12-2011, 07:15 AM
I'm in for this one too! I sure wish I could have a year long trip report:lmao:
I just live too far away to go all year long:sad1:

Tnkrbelle565
05-12-2011, 08:31 AM
I'm here!!!!

Corrine 1973
05-12-2011, 09:21 AM
I have been reading TR's to get ready for my upcoming trip and ran across yours. I can't wait to read more.popcorn::

Your DD is so adorable, a true princessprincess:

He have a small thing in common. My youngest son was also a miracle baby. He was born at just over 26 weeks and weight a little over 2 lbs.

eecteacher82
05-12-2011, 09:27 AM
looking forward to reading all your adventures this year :goodvibes

:welcome: Glad you made it! I'm really excited to have a year long TR! We have already spent 7 days at WDW since the beginning of March, and we have another couple planned in the next month...guess I better get to work on this!

I'm here too!!!!!

:welcome: Yeah! So happy to see you here!

I just found your last trip report and spent a bit of time this morning reading through it. Olivia is so adorable:goodvibes

I'm in from the start on this one.:thumbsup2

:welcome: Glad to have you! Hopefully you enjoyed the last TR and will like this one as well!

I'm here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like the title..it seems that mine didn't make it haha. I guess I better start thinking of one for myself assuming I move down that way and will be going as often as you guys!!

:welcome: I knew you would be here! Let me tell you, your title still isn't out! I'm not sure if I like this one enough to see it for a whole year, so I might change it! :rotfl: I'm so excited that you will be down here! You will definitely have to come down here so we can go to the Oyster Bar!

I'm in for this one too! I sure wish I could have a year long trip report:lmao:
I just live too far away to go all year long:sad1:

:welcome: Honestly, WDW is the ONLY good thing about living in Florida as far as I'm concerned!

I'm here!!!!
:welcome: Yeah Kristine! I figured you would make it over as well (well, I was hoping)!

exwdwcm
05-12-2011, 12:59 PM
I'm here Erin! Can't wait! :thumbsup2;)

arubio0801
05-12-2011, 01:13 PM
I'm in too!!! :yay:

eecteacher82
05-12-2011, 02:51 PM
I have been reading TR's to get ready for my upcoming trip and ran across yours. I can't wait to read more.popcorn::

Your DD is so adorable, a true princessprincess:

He have a small thing in common. My youngest son was also a miracle baby. He was born at just over 26 weeks and weight a little over 2 lbs.

:welcome: How exciting that you have a trip coming up! We have never done a SWW, and I think I will probably wait until Olivia is older (and have more time to prepare for the chaos) before we try one!

Thank you, we think Olivia is pretty cute too (but all parents think their kids are cute right?).

Wow, 26 weeks! I can't even imagine that! How long did he have to spend in the NICU? Isn't it amazing how resilient the little, tiny babies are?

I'm here Erin! Can't wait! :thumbsup2;)

:welcome: Hi Michelle! Glad to see you here! I was trying to get an update done today, but my SIL popped over, so I was distracted. I'm REALLY going to try not to let so long go between updates like I did on my Dec TR!

I'm in too!!! :yay:

:welcome: I'm glad to see so many familiar faces from my last TR over here!

Corrine 1973
05-12-2011, 03:25 PM
:welcome: How exciting that you have a trip coming up! We have never done a SWW, and I think I will probably wait until Olivia is older (and have more time to prepare for the chaos) before we try one!

Thank you, we think Olivia is pretty cute too (but all parents think their kids are cute right?).

Wow, 26 weeks! I can't even imagine that! How long did he have to spend in the NICU? Isn't it amazing how resilient the little, tiny babies are?



He was in the hospital for exactly 14 weeks but actually had a pretty uneventful time while he was there. Most of that time was spent growing, learning be out of the incubator, and learning to eat. He had the most problem with the learning to eat part and came home with a NG tube that I needed to learn how to place.:scared1:

It is amazing how resilient these tiny babies are. They go through so much just trying to get through the first weeks of life that alot of us grown ups take for granted. It has definatly given me a diffrent look on life.:thumbsup2

I didn't know about SWW when I first booked the trip so hopefully it will not be to crazy. My DS is going to be nine (just me and him this trip) so I think we will be OK. Taking all the kids (DS9, DD5, DS3, and DS1 (preemie)) would have driven me absolutly crazy in the SWW madness.:upsidedow

eecteacher82
05-12-2011, 03:33 PM
Day #1 February 27, 2011

Yeah, finally! We are heading back to WDW after almost 3 moths!!!! Let me tell you, it was 3 months of torture!

Wait, let me back up a bit. How did this whole year start? I knew that we wanted to get passes again, since we had such a great year with them in 2010, but I also knew that we wouldn't be going back to WDW until at least mid February of 2011, so I decided that, even though it would be a bit cheaper, I didn't want to renew our passes (that expired on 12/28/2010) and essentially lose those two months of time, so we decided just start fresh. Also, Olivia would be getting her very first pass this year! :cool1: So, I bought our new passes online the night before we left for our trip. The total for the 3 of us to get Florida resident seasonal passes was $800.48. I printed the voucher and tucked it away so we could trade it in for our actual passes when we arrived.

This trip:
We decided to take a little spring getaway and try a new hotel! After lots of drama (the full story is in my Dec TR), we were booked for one night (2/27) at the Radisson-Celebration with an awesome rate I got on Priceline ($38 for the night), and the next 3 nights were at Port Orleans Riverside!!! I used the PIN code I got, so the rate for that was $113 a night.

Ok, I think that catches you up!

Sunday February 27, 2011
This was actually a work day for me (I work in the church nursery on Sunday morning and nights, and Wednesday nights), so I woke up around 7:30, got ready and headed to church. I finished up around 12:45 and headed home to feed Olivia lunch and finish up the last minute packing while Toby was out with a buddy of his.

By 5:15 we were finally on the road! Other than an accident about a mile from home that slowed us up, we made pretty good time and arrived at the Radisson to check in at 6:50. After the quick process, we headed up to the room to drop of our overnight bag and meds that had to be kept cold before heading back out to Downtown Disney!

**I'll warn you now....I don't have a single picture from this night, so I will just get it all over with in one post**

When we arrived at DTD, it. was. packed! It took a good 15 minutes to find a parking spot, and that ended up being all the way over by Planet Hollywood! Our goal at DTD was simple-trade our vouchers in for our new passes! Sounds easy right? I wish! After making our way all the way over to Guest Relations and waiting in the l o n g line, we get to the counter, only to realize that Toby left his wallet (with ID) in the car! :scared1: We had to walk all. the. way. back. Ughh. After the trek to the car and back, I was just hoping for a shorter wait this time! I was in luck, there was only 1 person in front of us! After a few minutes we had our new seasonal passes in hand! Olivia is Goofy this year, Toby is Donald, and I am Pluto.

The original plan was to grab dinner at DTD, but with the massive crowds and the fact that it was already about 9:00, we decided to just hit up a drive thru on the way back to the hotel since we were planning on getting up early anyway, it was probably better to head back. So, we ended up at McDonald's and we all ended up getting nuggets.

After eating and getting ready for bed it was about 9:45, so I put Olivia down. *Funny story here. Neither one of us like sharing a bed with Octopus Olivia, so we just pushed the queen beds together and made one giant bed and stuck Livy in the middle!* At 11:30 Olivia was still wide awake. Her allergies had really been acting up, so she had been doing a lot of coughing, and at 12:30 after all of us finally falling asleep, Livy's coughing got best her and she got sick. :sad: After about an hour of the coughing/getting sick cycle, I finally calmed her down and we were asleep for the night just after 1:30.

Up next: Our first "real" day of 2011!

eecteacher82
05-12-2011, 03:42 PM
He was in the hospital for exactly 14 weeks but actually had a pretty uneventful time while he was there. Most of that time was spent growing, learning be out of the incubator, and learning to eat. He had the most problem with the learning to eat part and came home with a NG tube that I needed to learn how to place.:scared1:

It is amazing how resilient these tiny babies are. They go through so much just trying to get through the first weeks of life that alot of us grown ups take for granted. It has definatly given me a diffrent look on life.:thumbsup2

I didn't know about SWW when I first booked the trip so hopefully it will not be to crazy. My DS is going to be nine (just me and him this trip) so I think we will be OK. Taking all the kids (DS9, DD5, DS3, and DS1 (preemie)) would have driven me absolutly crazy in the SWW madness.:upsidedow

Olivia only spent 3.5 weeks in the NICU, but let me tell you, it was tough! She was in a hospital a little over an hour away from home, and we went to see her everyday, so we were so glad when we could finally bring her home! Livy had a hard time learning to eat as well. She had some intestinal issues at the very beginning, so she wasn't even allowed to eat until she was about 12 days old. After a few days she finally got it and they were able to take out the NG tube (so glad I never had to do that)!

I bet you and your DS will have an awesome time! He is as such a fun age for SWW!

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-12-2011, 06:42 PM
Wow! That is a crazy first night!!!!!!

DTD can be NUTS on Fri, Sat, and Sun. When I lived there, I NEVER went to DTD on those days unless it was something I needed badly and I would always go early in the morning!! I don't blame you on McD's haha. Was it the one across from DTD?? You can count that as a "disney McDs" hehe.

disneymegs
05-12-2011, 08:33 PM
I'm new to your report! DTD is insane at night. I'm a FGIT at the DTD BBB and when I'm there til 10 some nights, the World of Disney store is mobbed!

MiaBella05
05-14-2011, 01:36 PM
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

Tnkrbelle565
05-15-2011, 04:43 PM
I didn't know about SWW when I first booked the trip so hopefully it will not be to crazy. My DS is going to be nine (just me and him this trip) so I think we will be OK. Taking all the kids (DS9, DD5, DS3, and DS1 (preemie)) would have driven me absolutly crazy in the SWW madness.:upsidedow

Ok just had to comment that SWW will be BEYOND packed Memorial Day weekend. Please be prepared. It's like a wall of people. If your son would like to do the Jedi Training, plan on being at rope drop SUPER early and running immediately there. We were at rope drop an hour early last Memorial Day Wknd and while we got into Jedi Training, we didn't get in until the 2:15 show (they fill up all the shows first thing in the morning). Feel free to check out my TR from last year's SWW http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2480447 We did not prepare for the crowds so we were shocked. We also had assumed that DHS would be packed but didn't plan on the other parks being equally as insane. I had never seen the parks at a level 10. I don't want you to think you won't have a great trip...you will but be prepared for wall to wall people.


OK...onto Erin. What is up with the pictureless update??????? I'll let it slide. This time :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:

PrincessBrideJo
05-16-2011, 08:00 AM
Oh no, what a horrible first night. Hope she gets better after that night!

eecteacher82
05-17-2011, 09:20 AM
Day 2: February 28, 2011

After a rough night, I was really unsure about the 7:00 wake up, but thank goodness Olivia was her normal, happy self when she woke up!!! I was so relieved! I was thinking we were going to spend the day sitting in the hotel! Here she was, being her silly self:
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After showering and packing up the overnight bag, we headed out of the Radisson and up the road for the breakfast of champions....Waffle House! Let me just say, I had never been to a Waffle House in my life before I met Toby. We went there on a date night once (romantic, I know), and I have been hooked ever since! We really don't go all that often, but when we go, we love it! We had been to this particular WH last year for Toby's birthday, so we headed there again. We arrived at 8:20 and were seated right away, and ordered our food right away since we get the same thing every time we go. After 15 minutes we still didn't have our drinks. :headache: Finally after 35 minutes we got our food and drinks. I have to say, this was the most unfriendly server I have ever seen in my life!!!! She pretty much threw our food on the table and walked away! By this point, Toby and I were pretty darn mad, but we were determined to have a nice trip, so we just ate our food and didn't complain. When the lovely server tossed the check on the table, I grabbed it and went to pay while Toby cleaned Olivia up and took her potty. When I was asked how our meal was, I said the food was good and the service was horrible. The response I got was "oh". Yep, that's it, just "oh". Needless to say, we did not leave a tip, and have decided to cross that Waffle House off of our dining list for Orlando. By now it was 9:15 and we had fun waiting for us!

We hopped in the car and headed towards WDW so we could check-in at our new hotel!

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We parked the car and headed inside to check-in. I had requested the Alligator Bayou section, first floor. I was really hoping to get AB since they have the trundle beds and that way neither of us would have to share a bed with Octopus Olivia! Once again, I did not to online check-in, and once again I had no regrets! Besides, if I did online check-in, Olivia wouldn't be able to play in line!
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After a couple of minutes, we were called to the window and had an awesome CM! She said that she saw I had requested AB 1st floor and was going to try and get me in! After a couple of minutes she said she had a AB room on the 2nd floor that was ready now, or we could wait and get a 1st floor room later. Hmmm. What to do? What to do? I decided that it was worth the wait for the 1st floor room. With all of our stuff and the stroller, and no elevators in the AB rooms, the 1st floor would be SO much easier!

We were given our building number (26) and told where to park, so we headed towards the West Depot and parked in front of building 34. After getting what we would need for the day out of the car, we headed towards the bus stop and waited for a DHS bus to come! After about 5 minutes one came and we were off!

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Up next: Morning at DHS!

Tinkermom76
05-17-2011, 11:42 AM
I love Riverside and can't wait to stay there sometime!!!

I hope you took lots of pictures!!!

exwdwcm
05-17-2011, 02:28 PM
i hate parking at DTD, it is ALWAYS a nightmare unless you are there right at opening. And given we like to rent a car and drive, we are almost always driving there. We've driven around for like 20 minutes before. it's just crazy sometimes and you literally have to 'stalk people' going back to their cars. I never do that, i just usually park far away and walk, but sometimes at DTD, that isn't even an option!

I love the AB side of POR, my favorite mod!! i see Olivia's cage necklace in the last pic? so cute!;)

broadwaybookworm
05-17-2011, 02:41 PM
Joining in!

eecteacher82
05-17-2011, 03:14 PM
Wow! That is a crazy first night!!!!!!

DTD can be NUTS on Fri, Sat, and Sun. When I lived there, I NEVER went to DTD on those days unless it was something I needed badly and I would always go early in the morning!! I don't blame you on McD's haha. Was it the one across from DTD?? You can count that as a "disney McDs" hehe.

DTD was so nuts, but I didn't want to waste time in the morning getting our passes at a park, and since we weren't staying on WDW property that night we didn't have a parking pass, and I wasn't going to pay $14 to park just to get passes!

Unfortunately, the McDs that we went to was not on property, lol! It was on 192!

I'm new to your report! DTD is insane at night. I'm a FGIT at the DTD BBB and when I'm there til 10 some nights, the World of Disney store is mobbed!

:welcome: Glad to have you! Now I have 2 BBB CMs on here! I really wish we had a good one on our December trip...oh well maybe this year!

popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

:welcome:

Oh no, what a horrible first night. Hope she gets better after that night!

Thank goodness the next morning was much better!


OK...onto Erin. What is up with the pictureless update??????? I'll let it slide. This time :rolleyes1 :rotfl2:

Thanks Kristine! That will be the one and only update with no pictures!

eecteacher82
05-17-2011, 03:21 PM
I love Riverside and can't wait to stay there sometime!!!

I hope you took lots of pictures!!!

Don't know if I should say this...but I didn't take a ton of pictures! I took a few, but I was more focused on family time on that trip.

i hate parking at DTD, it is ALWAYS a nightmare unless you are there right at opening. And given we like to rent a car and drive, we are almost always driving there. We've driven around for like 20 minutes before. it's just crazy sometimes and you literally have to 'stalk people' going back to their cars. I never do that, i just usually park far away and walk, but sometimes at DTD, that isn't even an option!

I love the AB side of POR, my favorite mod!! i see Olivia's cage necklace in the last pic? so cute!;)

DTD parking is always crazy! I think the only lots that are pretty empty are the ones on the Westside by Cirque, and I refuse to park there!

We definitely enjoyed POR and AB!

I didn't even notice Livy's necklace until you mentioned it! She loves that thing!

Joining in!

:welcome: Glad to have you here!

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-17-2011, 05:19 PM
Yay for the room request!!!

I'll have to scope out the map to see where your room was located since I haven't stayed at POR in years!!!

Can't wait to see how Olivia liked the little bed :)

Tnkrbelle565
05-17-2011, 07:16 PM
Olivia's eyes look so blue in those pics!!! Aisling said "oh my friend has blue eye like me" :rolleyes:

mermaid764
05-17-2011, 07:35 PM
That's too bad that your first meal of your vacation ended up being such a disappointment, hopefully this didn't continue one you were on WDW property.

I love the pic of Olivia with the stickers all over her face...too cute.

Yah for having your room requests met:goodvibes

eecteacher82
05-25-2011, 11:29 AM
When I last left off we were on a bus to DHS for some fun!

We arrived at DHS at 10:30 and made it in pretty quickly. Our first stop was Guest Relations to renew our GAC. Once that was quickly taken care of, we asked Olivia what she wanted to do and it was TSM. She LOVES this ride and would ride it all day if she could. The wait was surprisingly low for it being almost 11:00!

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After our super fun ride on TSM, we checked the wait time to meet Buzz and Woody (which we have never done), and it was 35 minutes, so we decided to pass on that. Instead, Olivia needed some Mickey time! Off to see Mickey and Lotso! I'm pretty sure that the waits for these guys were our longest of the day! ...And long waits make Olivia act SILLY!

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Finally, after all that waiting it was time for the Main Mouse himself! (I don't think the silly had worn off yet...)

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After Mickey, I figured we should say hi to Lotso one last time before he left his M&G to be replaced by Pooh. Once again, the waiting was silly!

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I managed to snag a few pics of the line. The details here were so cute!

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Finally our turn!

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On the way out, Olivia spotted something she HAD to have! It was as little stuffed Daisy! She had every other stuffed animal (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto), but we had never seen Daisy before. I was almost as excited as she was! We went ahead and bought it ($11.45).

By this time it was a about 11:30 and we were all getting a little bit hungry. We weren't really wanting a full meal, so we headed to Starring Rolls Cafe. I had one thing on my mind...can you guess what it was?

Toby wanted the Turkey Focaccia:
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Olivia wanted "the strawberry pudding" (Strawberry parfait)
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I wanted....do you really even need me to type it out?.... BUTTERFINGER CUPCAKE!!!
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After getting drinks for everyone, the total came to $25.08


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Our next move ended up being the Beauty and the Beast show that was at 12:45. By the time we finished up eating and headed into the theater it was only about 12:25 or so. Guess that means we will get good seats for once! We actually did get good seats! About 3 rows back just off the center section!

While we waited, we all took turns playing with the camera:
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Right on cue at 12:45, the show started and Olivia was in a trance!
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I have to say, for the show only being around 20 minutes, they really get pretty much the whole story in! Olivia loved the show as always, but she was sad that she didn't get the rose at the end. She said next time we HAVE to make sure it is her turn to get it!

After slowly making our way out of the theater and hitting the potties, I realized that I had a text that our room was ready! Yeah!

We walked towards the buses and only had to wait a few minutes before one for POR came!

Up next: Our room and a nice afternoon!

eecteacher82
05-25-2011, 11:44 AM
Hi guys! Just wanted to say sorry it took me so long to get another post up! Things have been nuts here! Olivia finished up her first soccer season and loved every minute of it! Up next is cheerleading over the summer (along with continuing with ballet and swimming).

In other exciting news, we are going to Disney this weekend! Some friends of ours also have passes, so we are heading up with them. Toby doesn't want to go this trip, and our friend's husband is out of town so it will be a girls only trip! I have to work until noon on Sunday and then we are heading up right from there and coming home Monday night. It's just a quick trip, but it should be fun! What is everyone else doing for Memorial day?

jc040404
05-26-2011, 08:10 PM
Catching up on your TR! I've fallen so far behind on everything on here! Have fun on your girls' trip. :yay: We just got back from another overnight and the crowds were pretty awesome. Hope it keeps up while you're there!

I can't wait to see some of POR. I'm super nervous about an upcoming stay there and need to read as many happy TRs about it as I can!

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-26-2011, 08:28 PM
Sounds fun!! I guess you can make a new ticker!!!!

I'll be hopefully soaking up some sun and decide what I'm going to do with my life until July since my center is closing next week (not sure if your read my TR/PTR update).

mermaid764
05-26-2011, 08:30 PM
Olivia's shirt is adorable...too cute!

How fun that you guys get to take another trip even if it is a fairly short one.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

Tinkermom76
05-26-2011, 08:31 PM
I REALLY wish I loved that close to WDW, I would be there all the time!!!!

Tnkrbelle565
05-26-2011, 09:20 PM
Disney World??? You lucky girl!!!! So jealous you can decide at the last minute just to go. We will be doing the cookout thing. Oh and the zoo. OH and getting ready for my sister's visit. She hasn't been home in 6 years (she lives in Salt Lake City) so we have to get out the welcome wagon :rotfl2:

Tell Olivia that it helps to get picked for the rose if you go really early to the show and have a minor meltdown in front of the very first CM you run into before you go into the theatre (that's who picks). They will feel bad for you and pick you. That's how Aisling was picked when she was 3. :thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
05-27-2011, 07:13 AM
Disney World??? You lucky girl!!!! So jealous you can decide at the last minute just to go. We will be doing the cookout thing. Oh and the zoo. OH and getting ready for my sister's visit. She hasn't been home in 6 years (she lives in Salt Lake City) so we have to get out the welcome wagon :rotfl2:

Tell Olivia that it helps to get picked for the rose if you go really early to the show and have a minor meltdown in front of the very first CM you run into before you go into the theatre (that's who picks). They will feel bad for you and pick you. That's how Aisling was picked when she was 3. :thumbsup2

LMAO can you imagine..... Honey you have been really good this trip but can you do mommy a favor and have a meltown now so we can get picked for the rose.... my kids would be laughing so hard they wouldn't be able to do it :rotfl2:

eecteacher82
05-27-2011, 09:54 AM
Catching up on your TR! I've fallen so far behind on everything on here! Have fun on your girls' trip. :yay: We just got back from another overnight and the crowds were pretty awesome. Hope it keeps up while you're there!

I can't wait to see some of POR. I'm super nervous about an upcoming stay there and need to read as many happy TRs about it as I can!

Don't worry about it! I have fallen behind as well, I have read everyone's updates, but commenting on it all... :rolleyes1 I'm thinking crowds will be pretty bad (that way if I'm wrong I'll be ok with it)! I'm hoping Monday crowds might be a bit better with people leaving to head back home, but if not, oh well, at least we will be at Disney!

You will LOVE POR! I know your boys like the water area at CBR, and POR has a pretty good slide as well (it was almost impossible to get Livy off of it)! The grounds were so nice and peaceful, and we really liked the food court. I would just suggest for you guys to request a building near the parking lot since you drive to the parks, it might be a little walk if you end up in one of the interior buildings (think 60s section of POP to the parking lot). Enjoy your trip!

Sounds fun!! I guess you can make a new ticker!!!!

I'll be hopefully soaking up some sun and decide what I'm going to do with my life until July since my center is closing next week (not sure if your read my TR/PTR update).

I think I might just not have a ticker for a while....we pretty much decided to just take more, shorter length trips this year, and we really don't have any dates totally set in stone yet! I know we are going this weekend (possibly next), a couple weekends in August, a long weekend in October, a couple of days in November for Livy's birthday, and again in December, then with a few day trips filling in the blanks as well!

I did read your TR but didn't comment yet! I can't believe that! What a crappy time for that to happen! I REALLY hope everything works out for you and you get to move down here!

Olivia's shirt is adorable...too cute!

How fun that you guys get to take another trip even if it is a fairly short one.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

I love that shirt as well-too bad she has just about outgrown it! I like how blue it makes her eyes look!

I'm glad we get to go so often, even if most of them are just for a day or two! My goal is to have the only month we miss this year be July! We missed January (but we will go next year since our passes were expired this year), we went in February, March, April, and will go this month and next for sure, so far it's looking good!

I REALLY wish I loved that close to WDW, I would be there all the time!!!!

I always say Disney is the only good thing about living in Florida! I can't find one other thing I like about this darn state!

Disney World??? You lucky girl!!!! So jealous you can decide at the last minute just to go. We will be doing the cookout thing. Oh and the zoo. OH and getting ready for my sister's visit. She hasn't been home in 6 years (she lives in Salt Lake City) so we have to get out the welcome wagon :rotfl2:

Tell Olivia that it helps to get picked for the rose if you go really early to the show and have a minor meltdown in front of the very first CM you run into before you go into the theatre (that's who picks). They will feel bad for you and pick you. That's how Aisling was picked when she was 3. :thumbsup2

We usually do the cookout at my mom's house, so she was a bit shocked when I said we wouldn't be there this year. I'm just hoping the crowds aren't too terrible! Would you believe that the only zoo Olivia has been to is AK?! We have a pretty nice one about an hour away, but have never taken her! Have fun with your sister! I'm sure she will appreciate your wagon rolling! :rotfl2:

That's a good tip! I might have to pinch her or something to make her cry! She is always more than excited when we head to the show! I just might try to get there super early and talk nice to the CMs!

LMAO can you imagine..... Honey you have been really good this trip but can you do mommy a favor and have a meltown now so we can get picked for the rose.... my kids would be laughing so hard they wouldn't be able to do it :rotfl2:

LOL! I can picture that!

Sunset Cliffs
05-29-2011, 06:08 PM
I am joining in on this one! Hi!!! How are you? :flower3: I have not really been on this website in months and I am trying to get back in the habit now that the summer is coming.

I just finished reading your TR from your Christmas trip and it was so fun to read. I appreciated the links to that I could buzz right through it & get caught up. I love the idea of a year long TR. Soo jealous that you are so close to WDW and can go spur of the moment.

I am still planning on writing a TR of our trip...it's only been 6 months. lol. I just lost my motivation and then my job got really busy. I really want to do one though, so it's just a matter of getting started.

By the way, we stayed at POR for our trip and LOVED it. Of course, it was our first time staying on property so I had nothing to compare it to. I would definitely stay there again. :thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

eecteacher82
06-02-2011, 02:07 PM
After our quick bus ride, we arrived at the West Depot of Port Orleans Riverside, and hopped off and made our way to the car to get all of our suitcases and bags out and take them to the room. We always make it a goal to get everything to the room in one trip. *I should mention that we had 3 carry-on size suitcases, 2 big reusable bags of food and drinks, a big bag of Olivia's "stuff", the laptop bag, the portable DVD player bag, and a stroller. Once again, I'm not sure how, but we managed to get in all in one trip!

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I have to say, I really loved the room! Toby was equally impressed, and Olivia loved that she had her own "little bed"! While I unpacked quickly, Olivia was exploring the room and Toby was laying down...must be nice! I finally got everything put away and broke the news to Olivia that she needed to take a nap, or at least lay down and rest for a bit. Finally, after telling her that if she took a nap we would go to the pool, she fell asleep by 3:00 and slept for about an hour. When she woke up, she was crying her eyes out...:guilty: Poor little lady had an accident (I couldn't even tell you the last time that happened at nap time), and was super upset with herself. After I got her cleaned up and into her bathing suit, I realized that she had manged to not only soak her clothes, but her blanket and stuffed animals as well. After a quick call to house-keeping, they brought a clean sheet and took the yucky one away.

Once we were all settled, we headed out to the main pool for some swimming. The weather this afternoon was in the mid 70s with a great breeze so it was beautiful outside! (Man, does that sound great now)! We put our things in a couple of chairs and Toby took Livy into the water while I searched for a life jacket for her. I thought this would be an easy task. I. Was. Wrong! I asked a life guard and he told me that I had to go to the main building to the gift shop to get one. Ok, that sounded a bit weird, but he worked there so he must know what he was talking about. I trekked over and went in the shop and asked a CM who looked at me like I had 3 heads. Great. She said that at POFQ you could pick up the life jackets in the gift shop, but not here. In fact, she didn't even think they had life jackets here and that I would have to go to POFQ to even get one! Now, I know that I had read that every single resort had life jackets. On my way out I saw a family with a little one and they had a life jacket so I asked them where they had gotten it. They nicely directed me to the marina where all I had to do was give them my room number and check-out date and we could keep the jacket until check-out. Whew, finally.

I made my way back to the pool and found Toby and Olivia playing in the water. My plan was to stick the life jacket on Liv and head to find the laundry room and wash the yucky clothes, blanket and stuffed animals while they swam. Toby had other plans. He was too cold so he said he would go ot the laundry while I swam. That was fine with me. I hopped in and we swam for about 20 seconds before Olivia was begging for the slide. Hmm, how was this going to work? I knew I couldn't go down with her, I wasn't going to walk her up there and then have her slide down with nobody to catch her, I wasn't going to send her up alone and wait at the bottom. I made my decision. I was going to be a rule breaker and slide down with her! Olivia absolutely LOVED it! I of course was scolded when as I climbed out of the water, but it was worth it! Of course she wanted to go again, but I wasn't about to break the rules again and risk getting kicked out!

About that time, Toby came back.....still holding the bag of dirty laundry! He said he couldn't find the laundry. GRR! Oh well, this meant Toby could take Livy up and down the steps of the slide while I waited at the bottom! We did this for quite a while, Olivia probably went down the slide about 10 times.

Finally at about 5:15 it was starting to get chilly with the breeze and the sun going down so I was the mean mommy and called it quits. Olivia was of course not a happy camper, but she got over it when I told her we would play on the the playground later on.

We made our way back to the room and got out of our bathing suits and into clothes. While Toby and Olivia were lounging, I went and did the laundry. By 6:45 I was done and we were off to the Riverside Mill for some dinner!

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I ordered the fish basket:
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Toby got the Roast Beef and Blue Cheese on Ciabatta:
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Olivia got chicken nuggets:
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Everything was really good. Toby was in love with his sandwich. He loves roast beef and blue cheese, so this was pretty much heaven to him. My fish was really good as well, not at all greasy and there wasn't too much batter. Our total was $23.08

After dinner we took Olivia to the playground as promised and she and Toby had a great time playing until about 8:20.

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After playtime, it was bedtime! Olivia was asleep by 9:00, Toby was out by 9:30, and I took that time to pack up and get ready for our next day. I finally fell asleep around 10:30.

Up next: Animal Kingdom!

Sunset Cliffs
06-02-2011, 04:22 PM
What a nice end to the day (minus the laundry part)! Poor little thing. Dylan has not had a lot of accidents since we finished potty training but when he does, he gets so upset!

That pool is so much fun and the playground is the perfect size for little kids. It's nice that you got to bed at a decent time that night so you would feel rested the next day.

exwdwcm
06-03-2011, 02:23 PM
Great update! i love POR, it is my favorite mod!!! sorry you had to go on a wild goose chase for a life jacket!

William loves the slides too. We get season passes to our local waterpark and he is so good on the slides, in fact this last weekend, i just stood at the bottom of the huge kids play area and kept an eye on him and let him climb all over by himself and go down the big slides. He has been doing the bigger slides since last year, but usually i would go up with him while DH waited at the bottom. I was comfortable letting him go up there on his own and he finally understands the concept of waiting in line too (which he didn't last year). so i would watch him from the ground, waiting in line and would be there as he came down. The slides don't empty into a pool though, so he just climbs out of the slide when done at our waterpark. he loves it! we are going to try Blizzard Beach and the pool at Bay Lake in October. I can't wait!

sorry she had an accident too. i hate when that happens! can't wait for the next installment.

jc040404
06-03-2011, 04:49 PM
That butterfinger muffin was insane! I can't get over how big those are.. We definitely need to stay away from Starring Rolls! Sounds like a fun day, minus the accident. I can imagine how upest she must've been. :sad1:

Rule breaker!! I think the fun was worth getting in trouble just that once. ;) What a headache over the life jacket anyway, but something I'm glad I know to think about before we get there.

Can't wait to read about AK!

TinkerbellLuvr7
06-05-2011, 07:54 AM
Nice report of por! Haha u should have gone on dis about the life jacket. You probably would have gotten a quicker response but who would have thought it would be that hard! You got it all figured out and that's good! Did u check for bed bugs!? Lol.

eecteacher82
06-08-2011, 09:38 AM
Hi Guys! Just wanted to give you a quick life update. First off, the reason for no updates yet this week is that we are house/pet sitting about 30 minutes from home and I forgot to bring my trip journal with me! :scared1: I have to stop home today on my way to work, so I will grab it and do an update either tonight or tomorrow. Also tonight, Olivia starts cheerleading! She is quite excited to be allowed to yell and jump around without getting in trouble! In other news, Olivia once again has her standard sinus/double ear infection. It started Sunday night after I put her to bed. She woke up crying about every 30 minutes, coughing, runny nose and saying her ear hurt. We went to the doctor Monday afternoon and got some lovely Augmentin, which is horrible tasting and a pain to get in her twice a day! She is feeling much better and acting herself. Lucky for me, she is a really good sick kid. She never really acts sick and is usually her happy little self. Yesterday I managed to sneak in a little nap while Livy was napping and I woke up feeling HORRIBLE! I checked my temp and it was 101.5! I NEVER get sick! I was pretty much a bum the rest of the day and when I woke up this morning felt just fine! Whew! Being sick was not an option because Olivia and I are going to squeeze in one last girls day before our passes black out for the summer! We are either heading up Friday and coming home Saturday night or heading up Sunday afternoon and coming back on Monday. Probably Friday though since Livy has swimming lessons on Monday morning and I don't really want her to miss that. Why are we going you might ask? Well, we plan on doing some bad dancing! You have probably seen the home video the Wolf family made of their trip to Orlando a couple of years ago (if not you should! Search "The Wolfs Dance Orlando" on YouTube), and they are back again making another trip video and this time they are looking for other DISers to dance with them! Olivia watches all of their videos constantly so she is pretty excited!

Well, that catches you up here! I'll be back tonight or tomorrow with a real update for you!

jc040404
06-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Glad you're both feeling better! That didn't sound fun at all!

Have a great time on your before blackout girls' trip. We'll just miss each other. The boys' birthday trip starts Sunday. I'll be watching for you in the next Wolf family video. Their first was fun to watch!

Can't wait to read some more of your WDW fun!

Tnkrbelle565
06-09-2011, 11:41 AM
The Wolfs are at WDW right now!!!! Stacy saw them at SAB. They are staying at the BC. She said that they look kinda boring when they are not dancing :rotfl2:

Tinker_Tam
06-09-2011, 12:18 PM
I am not sure how I have missed this TR but I have found it now and I am on board!!!! Can't wait to hear every detail!!!

eecteacher82
07-07-2011, 03:29 PM
Hi everyone! I'm back! After about a month of no updates I'm back! I would have been back sooner, but I misplaces my TR notebook so I couldn't update without that, then when I found it the other day my TR was closed to posting and moved to completed so I had to wait to have it opened back up!

Well, I'm back now and I promise to have an update tomorrow! I'm in the middle of a bad sewing project right now, then I have to make dinner and pick up the house!

How has everyone been?

eecteacher82
07-08-2011, 10:35 AM
After a relaxing evening the night before, and everyone getting a pretty good nights sleep, Olivia was up at 7:00, which means I was also up at 7:00. We decided to be quiet and let Toby sleep in for a little bit, so I turned on the TV for Livy while I started to get ready. By 7:20, I was ready so I turned my attention to Olivia who was engrossed in something on Disney Junior. I managed to get her dressed, and combed her hair while she was in her television coma. By 7:45 Livy and I were eating breakfast: some yummy homemade banana bread and OJ. At 8:00 I sent Livy to jump on daddy to wake him up! Let's just say this isn't his favorite way to wake up!

Finally by 9:00 we were ready to head out for the morning. We walked over to the West Depot and only had a short wait for a bus to AK.

We arrived at AK by 9:30 and headed right to our favorite thing at AK....Festival of the Lion King!!!! We seriously LOVE this show!!! We have seen it every single time we have been to AK! We have also been lucky enough to sit in the front row every single time we have been! This time was no exception! As usual, the show was amazing!

Once again, they asked Olivia if she wanted to participate in the show! She didn't seem to be as excited this time, but she got up and did it. You can tell from the pictures that she was a bit nervous this time around.

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After a quick potty stop, we started to make our way to Africa for a nice safari ride. I have to say, this was one of the best safari's we have ever been on! We got front row seats, we saw TONS of animals and our guide was great! After our 2 week safari was cut short, we headed out of Africa and Livy and I tried our hardest to convince Toby we should go for a ride on Kali River, but he was having no part of it! Instead we ran into Terk with no line! Now, Livy has NO idea who Terk is, but he was a character of some sort and that was good enough for her!

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Up next we decided to hit the 11:45 Finding Nemo show. The only other time we have seen it was on Olivia's first trip when she was 15 months old-and we were not fans then. We only went this time because Olivia was BEGGING to go! I'm glad we went, because she sure did LOVE the whole show! Of course Toby and I had the darn song stuck in our head all day! I guess we would see this again, just for Livy, but I think FotLK is MUCH better!

By now it was about 12:30 and we started heading out. The plan was to head back to POR and change clothes and figure out a lunch plan.

Up next: Where should we go for lunch?

eecteacher82
07-08-2011, 12:46 PM
By 1:00 we were back at POR and had changed clothes and ready to feed our hungry stomachs! After a few minutes I had figured it out! Lets take advantage of the resort amenities and take a nice boat ride to Downtown Disney and grab a bite there! That plan worked for Toby, so we were off.

It was a really nice ride and we all enjoyed the nice, quiet time. We failed to decide on a restaurant on the way over, so now we had another dilemma. I wanted Earle of Sandwich, but Toby wanted a sit down. I figured I would give in since he does put up with my WDW addiction. Now, which sit down? Toby is in LOVE with Planet Hollywood, and I cannot stand it. He was nice enough to say no to that one. I didn't really feel like walking all the way to the West Side, so that left us......Rainforest Cafe. We have eaten here in the past and I can take it or leave it. Yes, the atmosphere is pretty neat, but the prices are nuts! For some reason I have NO pictures of our lunch, but luckily I wrote down what we ate! Toby had a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a Coke to drink. Livy had chicken nuggets with corn and lemonade to drink, and I had a turkey wrap with fries and a Diet Coke to drink. Our total came to $50.41 and we left a $10 tip.

Now that our bellies were full and it was almost 3:30 it was time to figure out our next plan of action. After some different ideas floating around, we decided to head to Epcot. Hmm how to get there? Since we were in no hurry, and had decided to just kind of go with the flow for this trip, we decided to walk over to Saratoga Springs and grab a bus there. It was a nice little walk, and Olivia loved being able to run on the sidewalk without us yelling at her to watch out for other people since there were no other people!

After a nice ride, we had arrived at Epcot, and headed over to the Land pavilion. We figured we could see if Olivia had made any progress in her quest to be tall enough to ride Soarin, and take a ride on Living with the Land since our little munchkin loves that one as well. As far as the 40inch mark, poor Livy was still just a bit too short. Thankfully she was ok with that since we were going to go on the "vegetable boat".

Once we finished up, we were off for a treat!

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My rootbeer float-it was yummy!

After we finished up our treats, I wanted to head over to Mousegears to look around for a bit. On the way Toby got pooped on by a not so nice bird! Let me tell you, I was nearly on the ground, wetting my pants I was in such hysterics, while he was trying not to use every word in the book! :rotfl::rotfl2::laughing: I'm not sure if he was more upset at getting pooped on or the fact that I was finding it SO funny! Once I managed to calm down a bit, I got a baby wipe out of the bag so he could clean himself up and we could move on.

By the time I was done looking around Mousegears it was getting late so we decided to make our way out. Olivia decided that she HAD to ride SpaceShip Earth before we left, and who were we to say no? So ride it we did. By now it was 6:30 and we were finally on our way back to the buses to head back to POR for the night.

Once we arrived, we headed to the Riverside Mill and got some rations:

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While I was procuring our not-so nutritious dinner, Toby and Livy were having fun with the camera:

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Our total for a cheese pizza, 2 mugs, 1 brownie, and 1 magic cookie bar was $50.34. We hauled it all back to the room to eat there. It was really nice to just be able to relax and eat since it was about 7:30 already. The pizza was pizza, it wasn't terrible and it wasn't super delicious. The desserts were both quite yummy!

By 8:30 we had all showered and by 8:40 Olivia was asking to go to bed!

Up next: Magic Kingdom!

mermaid764
07-08-2011, 04:28 PM
Your Ak day sounds like a lot of fun, I love her skirt...too cute!

The pizza and desserts look really good, and I love the look of the new mugs

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

TinkerbellLuvr7
07-08-2011, 05:00 PM
nice updates!!!!

The food looks yummy but I'm not a Disney Pizza type of girl but those desserts looked amazing!!!!

Sounds like a fun day :)

blessedby3
07-08-2011, 05:52 PM
Enjoyed your update:goodvibes
We love the AK and the FOTLK show as well as Nemo. My dd3 loves them both equally...they are such different shows and both so well done. My oldest dd21 was in the FOTLK show twice back in 1999. My mom was with us in a wheelchair and we saw the show twice that week and they picked my dd each time since we were in the front.
We ate at the RFC (at AK) on our trip last month, and I agree the prices were very high. It had been a few years since we had eaten there, but I think it is way overpriced.
We always order pizza from an offsite place (like Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, etc)at least once when we are at Disney. Im not too fond of their pizza (although I LOVE that pizza box) or their prices so we choose off site places.
Cant wait to read more on your trip:thumbsup2

And did you end up seeing the Wolfes? We were there the same time and were looking for them, but never saw them. We made a video of our trip and wanted them in ours....oh well.

eecteacher82
07-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Your Ak day sounds like a lot of fun, I love her skirt...too cute!

The pizza and desserts look really good, and I love the look of the new mugs

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

Yeah! Thanks for sticking around after my lack of posting for a month! I always seem to love our AK days even though it never seems like we really do anything! I can't wait until Livy is tall enough for Everest!

The desserts were really yummy! I actually discovered that the WL has the magic cookie bars as well! I had one when we went in May and it was just as yummy! I like the new mugs as well! They just seem more girly to me. Toby is just excited that they have one with a black lid now! We already have 3 of them, and it looks like we will be getting 3 more next month since I have the quick service dining booked as of now.

nice updates!!!!

The food looks yummy but I'm not a Disney Pizza type of girl but those desserts looked amazing!!!!

Sounds like a fun day :)

Yeah, the pizza was nothing to write home about, but it hit the spot after a long day. I could go for a cookie bar right about now!

So, now that you are in this horrible state....when are you heading this way :rolleyes1

Enjoyed your update:goodvibes
We love the AK and the FOTLK show as well as Nemo. My dd3 loves them both equally...they are such different shows and both so well done. My oldest dd21 was in the FOTLK show twice back in 1999. My mom was with us in a wheelchair and we saw the show twice that week and they picked my dd each time since we were in the front.
We ate at the RFC (at AK) on our trip last month, and I agree the prices were very high. It had been a few years since we had eaten there, but I think it is way overpriced.
We always order pizza from an offsite place (like Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, etc)at least once when we are at Disney. Im not too fond of their pizza (although I LOVE that pizza box) or their prices so we choose off site places.
Cant wait to read more on your trip:thumbsup2

And did you end up seeing the Wolfes? We were there the same time and were looking for them, but never saw them. We made a video of our trip and wanted them in ours....oh well.

Thanks to you for sticking around as well!

How cool that your DD got picked twice in a week for FotLK! Livy loved it in December, but wasn't too thrilled that time.

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks RFC is just kinda ehhh and overpriced! I think the only reason that we ended up getting pizza from the food court is because it was already getting late and we didn't feel like waiting for delivery....and the cute box!

We did end up meeting up with the Wolfs! That whole weekend trip was totally nuts (not in a good way), but all Olivia had wanted to do was get to dance with them so it was all good in her book! That will be an interesting few updates to say the least....

jc040404
07-08-2011, 10:59 PM
Glad to see you're back and all is well. I'd wondered what happened to you!

Great AK day! How awesome on getting the front row everytime. How'd ya manage that one? I have to admit I'm on the other side though. Nemo is my AK favorite! Glad Olivia loved it!

Tnkrbelle565
07-10-2011, 12:42 PM
I'm a crazy person...do you know what pic got me the most excited? The resort mugs :rotfl2: I am so excited to get our first ever resort mugs because 1) they "go" with our resort choice and 2) because we are staying long enough to utilize the mugs!!!!

exwdwcm
07-10-2011, 05:07 PM
yeah, another update! i think Olivia jumping on daddy to wake him up sound fun! i do it to Alan all the time too. :goodvibes

sounds like another great day. hopefully she will be tall enough for Soarin soon- maybe next trip?

so when are the black out dates for your passes? did it already start?

eecteacher82
07-11-2011, 06:27 PM
Glad to see you're back and all is well. I'd wondered what happened to you!

Great AK day! How awesome on getting the front row everytime. How'd ya manage that one? I have to admit I'm on the other side though. Nemo is my AK favorite! Glad Olivia loved it!

It's good to be back! I have another update ready for tomorrow!

I have no idea how we manage that?! I think some of it has to do that if my GAC happens to be facing out on my lanyard they think we need first row, which is why I usually try to keep the GAC facing me!

I'm a crazy person...do you know what pic got me the most excited? The resort mugs :rotfl2: I am so excited to get our first ever resort mugs because 1) they "go" with our resort choice and 2) because we are staying long enough to utilize the mugs!!!!

You are totally right on the mugs! I definitely think of the BC when I see them! We always get our money out of our mugs! I actually use them at home everyday for everything!

yeah, another update! i think Olivia jumping on daddy to wake him up sound fun! i do it to Alan all the time too. :goodvibes

sounds like another great day. hopefully she will be tall enough for Soarin soon- maybe next trip?

so when are the black out dates for your passes? did it already start?

I think that is a great way to wake him up as well....him, not so much!

I'm really hoping she can FINALLY get on Soarin soon! I think I will be looking for some thick soled shoes before we go next month....:rolleyes1

Our summer black outs started last month and go to August 18.

eecteacher82
07-12-2011, 11:07 AM
After a good nights sleep, we were all up by 7:45! After some banana bread for breakfast, a quick round of showers and getting ready, we headed out of the room by 8:45, and arrived at the MK by 9:15.

This was going to be another go with the flow/do whatever kind of day. We looked at Olivia for a decision and her choice was Pirates of the Caribbean. This went right along with her new obsession with pirates, thanks to the new at the time show Jake and the Neverland Pirates (which she is still totally obsessed with).

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After Pirates, Livy requested Haunted Mansion, followed by Peter Pan's Flight, and then Dumbo. We had quite the fun time waiting for Dumbo and then riding!

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Yes, we did all cram our big hiney's into one poor Dumbo! Toby is always terrified that we will break poor Dumbo and come crashing down! It cracks me up every time.

Once our flight was completed, Livy wanted some time with Pooh, so off we went. While we were waiting for our ride in the honey pot, Olivia insisted that I take a "princess picture" of her:

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After Pooh, it was time for a ride on the carousel. Our princess wanted Daddy to accompany her on this ride while I was told to "take lots of beautiful pictures".

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Just about the time my motion sickness was setting in and I was looking like this :sick: the carousel finally stopped and I needed to do something with no motion. Mickey's Philharmagic it was! I have always LOVED this show, and this was probably the first time Olivia really got into it and was reaching for everything and had the biggest smile on her face the whole time! By the end of the show I was feeling back to my normal self...and we were all starting to feel a bit hungry. Before we could get some food in our bellies, our princess had one request: she NEEDED pixie dust NOW! Who were we to say no? After a healthy sprinkling of pixie dust, we had a happy little lady and we started making our way to Tomorrow Land and our old standby of Cosmic Rays. It was about 11:45, so the crowds weren't too bad at all-just the way we like it! We of course ordered the same things we always do: Toby and I got the 1/2 chicken and ribs combo and Livy got chicken nuggets.

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It was all yummy as usual, and our total came to $40.20 for the 3 meals and 2 drinks.

After lunch we did Tomorrow Land: first up was the Speedway. This is one that I always let Toby and Olivia do together.

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Next up on Olivia's list was one of our favorites: The Peoplemover of course! I have loved this since my first trip when I was 4, and I have made sure to instill my love of it with Olivia!

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We finished up Tomorrowland with a ride on Carousel of Progress-another one of our favorites, and then Buzz Lightyear. Next, we left Tomorrowland and started making our way to the front of the park. The plan was to head out of MK and pick another park. As we arrived at the front of the park, Olivia spotted the train station and wanted a ride. Since we didn't really have any plans we decided a nice relaxing train ride would be nice, so we hopped on. After our ride around the park, we grabbed a bucket of popcorn and sat down to come up with a plan for the afternoon.

Up next: Where did we end up and what did Olivia talk Toby into doing?
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Tnkrbelle565
07-12-2011, 06:55 PM
OK I really hope you will be joining us for MK day because Aisling could ride the People Mover all day!

Not-so-interesting fact...I have never been on Dumbo as an adult. I can't believe you guys on squeezed into one. I think I'd be crying in pain :rotfl2:

eecteacher82
07-12-2011, 09:45 PM
OK I really hope you will be joining us for MK day because Aisling could ride the People Mover all day!

Not-so-interesting fact...I have never been on Dumbo as an adult. I can't believe you guys on squeezed into one. I think I'd be crying in pain :rotfl2:

It's looking like our dates are the 21-23 (possibly the 24th). We are totally up for anything! You can be stuck with us for as little or as much time as you want! Olivia will gladly ride the peoplemover all day!

You have really never been on Dumbo as an adult? I think I have ridden more times in my adulthood than my childhood! We are pretty much smashed to bits in the darn Dumbo, but it is so hysterical!

Tinkermom76
07-13-2011, 03:47 PM
Great updates! What's it like to go into a park with no plans? :confused3:scared1:

eecteacher82
07-13-2011, 07:27 PM
Great updates! What's it like to go into a park with no plans? :confused3:scared1:

It was really weird not having my normal level of plans! I figured it would be ok since it wasn't very crowded at all. I don't think I would go without plans in during the busier times! We are also trying really hard this year to just take our time since we can come back another time and catch something we missed. So far it is working out pretty well!

Tinkermom76
07-13-2011, 09:17 PM
It was really weird not having my normal level of plans! I figured it would be ok since it wasn't very crowded at all. I don't think I would go without plans in during the busier times! We are also trying really hard this year to just take our time since we can come back another time and catch something we missed. So far it is working out pretty well!

well if I lived as close as you I MIGHT go without plans.... who am I kidding I wouldn't go without plans :lmao:

exwdwcm
07-17-2011, 06:50 PM
I'm really hoping she can FINALLY get on Soarin soon! I think I will be looking for some thick soled shoes before we go next month....:rolleyes1

Our summer black outs started last month and go to August 18.well you should........the one day we put him in his crocs, he wasn't tall enough. the day before, in his tennis shoes, he was. So just keep in mind with flip flops/sandals or crocs, they won't have as much 'cushion'. ;)

eecteacher82
07-18-2011, 03:09 PM
Just a quick update: The Wolf's Dance Disneyworld movie is now up and you might see some familiar faces dancing with them!

Here it is! (http://youtu.be/ZXqGRdbQkNI)

blessedby3
07-18-2011, 09:25 PM
Too Cool!! Cute to see little Olivia dancing right along with the Wolfs:goodvibes Wish we could have seen them, but we never ran into them...thanks for posting the link!

exwdwcm
07-18-2011, 09:39 PM
that is so COOL!!! I've seen some of their past videos! so did you meet them on the dis and do a meet? so fun!!!! love it and what talent to put together something so awesome. :thumbsup2

eecteacher82
07-20-2011, 10:21 AM
When I last left off, we were enjoying some yummy Disney popcorn and making our plan for the afternoon. When I say we, I really mean Olivia. We left the afternoon planning entirely up to her! Once Toby told her we would go do whatever she wanted it only took about 10 seconds for her to make up her mind: Animal Kingdom to ride Kali River! I LOVED her choice! Toby, not so much.

We made our way to the bus area at the TTC and hopped on an AK bound bus.

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Can you see how excited Toby is?!

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Soon enough we arrived at Animal Kingdom, and made our way right to Kali River. After a quick height check and wristband/hand stamp *On a side note here: why is this the ONLY ride that they use the hand stamp/wristband? I understand that people can work out of a wristband and somehow transfer the stamp from one child to another....but here the put the wristband on first and then stamped the wristband and her arm together so they would be able to match up when checked again! It would have made our lives MUCH easier on a future trip (that you just have to wait to read about)?*, we were on our way to ride! I can't even begin to say how excited Olivia was! She was bouncing all over the place and couldn't wait! Good thing the wait was only about 10 minutes. Toby was really not looking forward to this one. I'm not totally sure why. I know he is not a fan of roller coasters and heights, he doesn't really enjoy being soaked to the bone, and he had never been on this one before, so maybe all of that together made him a bit nervous. :confused3

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Getting closer....

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Finally it was our turn! Olivia pretty much ran to the boat/tube/whatever it is actually called, and after getting all buckled up we were off! To sum it up: Livy LOVED it, but was sad that we hardly got wet at all! Literally, the 3 of us had a couple of drops of water on us at the most! I have never seen anyone come off this ride so dry in my life! Toby ended up really liking it (especially since he was dry), so when Olivia asked to go on again, he was more than happy to hop right back in line. We all got on the boat again and we were with a family who had never been on before and Toby was talking to them like he was an old pro at it! It was hysterical! He was bragging that he has never gotten wet on this ride (ummm, yeah, the ONE time you have ridden it....), and he wasn't worried about it at all........


HE GOT SOAKED!!!!!! :rotfl: The entire boat did! Let me tell you, Olivia was in heaven! She had the biggest smile on her face and was laughing hysterically the whole time. It was one of the most fun rides we have ever been on together. Toby was even laughing about how wet he was.

After disembarking, I took Olivia right to the bathroom to change her clothes (she was lucky, I always have at least 2 changes of clothes for her...not so much for Toby and I). After Livy was nice and dry she said she was ready to leave, she had only wanted to ride Kali River. Toby and I were happy to hear this because we were ready to leave whether she wanted to or not!

We hopped on a bus back to POR and were there by 4:45. It felt great to get out of the wet clothes after being on the freezing cold bus! After a quick change of clothes for everyone, we headed to the Riverside Mill to grab some quick dinner to go (I'm pretty sure we got two chicken finger combos), and then headed out to grab a bus to MK. Once again, there were zero plans and it was all up to Olivia. We ate our dinner on the bus ride over (shh, don't tell the bus driver, since you are not supposed to eat or drink on the busses).

Olivia want to see if she was big enough for BTMRR, so we headed in that direction first. When we got there, Olivia went right up to the height post and did her best to stand up nice and extra tall (well as tall as you can on your flat feet). Nope, no go. Still the tiniest bit too short. Darn! She was really looking forward to riding, but understood, so there was no unhappiness. Thank goodness!

After that, Livy, going right along with her new (at that time) obsession with pirates of all kinds decided that we were going to ride POTC. Luckily there was no line so we got to ride twice! Olivia is obsessed with this ride and would probably ride all day if it were an option. Sadly more rides were not an option, I can only take this ride in small doses! I bribed Livy with treats, so she happily left and we were on our way back to Main Street. I wanted to hit up the Confectionary for some goodies! On the way, we caught the end of the Magic, Memories and You show. I cannot begin to say how much I love this show! No matter how many times we have seen it, it is still just as awesome! I can't wait to go back in 31 days (I think that is right) and see it again!

We finally made it to the Confectionary, and after much debate we ended up with:

Fudge with M&Ms
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The biggest Oreo ever:
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Both were equally yummy and between the 3 of us we ate them all that night! The plan was to stay and watch Wishes, but we had all be up and on the go since 7:45 with no break, so we made the decision to head out. We actually ended up watching quite a bit of Wishes from outside the gates, which was just as good for Olivia. By 8:15 we were on a terribly packed bus. Luckily we had seats since we were in the front of the line (yes, Toby did give up his seat and stand-I know Kristine will like to hear that). Let me just stay, this was one of the worst bus rides EVER! Our driver had to have been at least 80 (and I'm not kidding at all) and you could tell! I seriously was questioning my safety while riding! She was speeding, cutting people off, and just driving badly in general! I had never been so happy to get off a bus in my life!

We made our way back to the room and I got Olivia ready for bed and she was asleep by 9:00. Toby and I were a bit hungry so I headed to fill up our mugs and grab something for us to share. Once again, I'm not sure what we got, but I'm sure it was good!

When I got back to the room it was sadly time to pack up since we would be leaving in the morning. After a bit of packing, I decided I was too tired and would just finish in the morning. By 10:30 Toby and I were asleep as well.

Up next: What would our last day have in store?

Tnkrbelle565
07-20-2011, 06:42 PM
Good job Toby!!! I'm very proud of you :thumbsup2

So surprised that Olivia picked AK. Aisling has some weird loyalty to the animals at our local zoo (Franklin Park of Zookeeper fame) so she never gets too excited about AK...which is so weird given her obsession with animals!

eecteacher82
07-20-2011, 07:03 PM
Good job Toby!!! I'm very proud of you :thumbsup2

So surprised that Olivia picked AK. Aisling has some weird loyalty to the animals at our local zoo (Franklin Park of Zookeeper fame) so she never gets too excited about AK...which is so weird given her obsession with animals!

We are really spending more time at AK with this year of passes. Olivia was super excited to be tall enough for Kali River, and we are hoping to hit Dinosaur next month, and we always love FOTLK and the safari. We have a pretty decent zoo about an hour away from here and we have never taken Olivia...I know, we are mean parents!

TinkerbellLuvr7
07-22-2011, 09:14 PM
Yum Yum Yum!! I would love those sweets right now :)

jc040404
07-22-2011, 11:14 PM
:lmao: I had a feeling the second ride wouldn't be as magical on staying dry. Loved that! What's the height for that one. 38? I was so hoping Blake would make it for one more "height requirement" type ride, but he's barely over 37 right now. :sad1:

Too bad about BTMRR, but she'll be there before you know it!

I can't wait to learn what happened where the arm band situation would've helped. This doesn't sound good. :(

eecteacher82
07-23-2011, 08:36 AM
Yum Yum Yum!! I would love those sweets right now :)

Me too! I was a bit worried that the Oreo wouldn't taste like an actual Oreo, but it really did! The fudge was to die for too! There is just so much yummy stuff to choose from we always have a hard time!

:lmao: I had a feeling the second ride wouldn't be as magical on staying dry. Loved that! What's the height for that one. 38? I was so hoping Blake would make it for one more "height requirement" type ride, but he's barely over 37 right now. :sad1:

Too bad about BTMRR, but she'll be there before you know it!

I can't wait to learn what happened where the arm band situation would've helped. This doesn't sound good. :(

I was more than 99% sure we were going to be drenched on the second ride! I just didn't want to let Toby in on that feeling! The height requirement for Kali is 38. Poor Blakers! I bet he will shoot up before you know it and then you will want him to be little again!

The wristband thing just makes upset every time I think about it! That update is on day 9 and I'm just getting ready to start day 5!

eecteacher82
08-04-2011, 07:13 PM
Hi guys (well those of you that are actually still here)! Just wanted to say that I haven't forgotten about this little TR! Things have been nuts. We were house-sitting for the past 2 weeks and I didn't bring my TR journal with me, so there was no updating going on. We are finally back home and now I have time to work on this poor, neglected TR. I have an update almost done and I will post it either later tonight after everyone goes to bed or tomorrow after Livy's ballet class. I hope I still have a few people reading along!

Tnkrbelle565
08-04-2011, 09:13 PM
Hi guys (well those of you that are actually still here)! Just wanted to say that I haven't forgotten about this little TR! Things have been nuts. We were house-sitting for the past 2 weeks and I didn't bring my TR journal with me, so there was no updating going on. We are finally back home and now I have time to work on this poor, neglected TR. I have an update almost done and I will post it either later tonight after everyone goes to bed or tomorrow after Livy's ballet class. I hope I still have a few people reading along!

Still here :thumbsup2

exwdwcm
08-04-2011, 09:28 PM
great updates! i don't get the stamp/band thing there either- i think it is great, but why only there at Kali?

yummy on the treats. i can't wait to pig out on our trip!!!

so glad you guys had a good time that night, especially with Olivia choosing!:goodvibes

eecteacher82
08-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Our last day of the trip. :sad1: After our busy day the day before, we were planning on taking it easy on this last day. We really had no plans for this day, it was just kinda go with the flow. It started at 7:45 when Olivia and I woke up. I gave Livy a banana to tide her over until breakfast and turned on the TV for her so I could get started on the packing. By about 8:45 I was nearly done and we decided it was time to wake Toby up. Once again, this was accomplished by Livy jumping on him! :yay: While Toby showered and got ready, I put the final touches on the packing. By the time he was ready to go, so was all of our stuff. By the time we got everything to the car (in one trip again!), it was about 9:45 and we had breakfast plans.

We loaded up the car, said goodbye to POR and headed over to POFQ for some breakfast. I had beignets on my mind, and that sounded yummy to Olivia as well, so we got a 6 pack (so we could have leftovers) ($4.29) and Toby wanted "real food" and decided on the Bounty Platter ($8.29).

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After finishing up breakfast, we needed a plan. It was about 10:30 by this time and after throwing around some ideas, and Toby deciding that he wasn't interested in going to a park, we settled on heading over to the Boardwalk since we had never been before. After a quick car ride, we arrived at the Boardwalk.

We spent some time in the lobby area looking around and enjoying a nice break from the parks. Once we finished looking around inside, we made our way out and looked in lots of the shops and pretty much just enjoyed our surroundings.

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When we arrived at the end of the Boardwalk, Tobys eyes lit up: it was the ESPN Club: the restaurant of his dreams! He pretty much begged to eat here even though we had just eating breakfast about an hour an a half earlier. I said ok, and I was secretly hoping this would become his new favorite WDW restaurant, leaving Planet Hollywood in the dust!

We were seated right away and Toby was in heaven! Our waiter came pretty quickly and took our order Diet Coke, Coke and lemonade to drink, a bowl of clam chowder for Toby, bbq wings for me and chicken nuggets for Livy. While we were waiting for our food to arrive it was potty time for Olivia, so off we went. Call me weird, but I took pictures of the bathroom...

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The view from the stall:
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Once we finished up I of course sent Toby in to look and was just hoping he would come back out! He came out pretty quickly and decided that we needed to do our bathroom the same way. Umm, NO! Our food came pretty quickly, and despite still not being very hungry since we had a late breakfast, we all managed to finish our food. It was pretty good, nothing to gush over, but it wasn't terrible at all. The bill came to around $30. After paying the bill we headed to the car and made our way back home.

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Overall it was a great 5 day trip and a super kickoff to our 2011 passholder year! We loved POR and would stay there again in a heartbeat (although we are trying to work through all the hotels before we do repeats - except for POP since Olivia requests that for every single trip so we will probably stay there plenty of times). The weather for this trip was as perfect as it could get. Never really hot or cold, just awesome touring weather!

jc040404
08-05-2011, 10:43 AM
He came out pretty quickly and decided that we needed to do our bathroom the same way.

:lmao: Yeah, I wouldn't do that either!

Definitely a great start to your year! I love your relaxed last moments on this visit. Leaving isn't such a big deal when you'll be back in no time. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to see where else you stay!

eecteacher82
08-05-2011, 11:24 AM
:lmao: Yeah, I wouldn't do that either!

Definitely a great start to your year! I love your relaxed last moments on this visit. Leaving isn't such a big deal when you'll be back in no time. :thumbsup2 I can't wait to see where else you stay!

I really did like how relaxed this trip was! It was a nice change, although we never really go totally nuts when we are there since we always know we will be back. As for hotels, after that trip we stayed offsite for the next trips since they were pretty last minute, and only for 1 night each and we weren't planning on spending any down time at the resort. For our trip in a couple of weeks it was Olivia's hotel choice, so I'm sure you can guess where we are staying!

eecteacher82
08-05-2011, 12:29 PM
After a little more than a month without a visit to our favorite place, Olivia and I were more than ready to head back up to WDW. I decided the day before that we needed the WDW time. Since it was so last minute, there was nothing available on WDW property that interested me in the least bit, so I did my old stand by of Priceline and name your own price. I ended up getting the Sheraton Safari for $38 for the night. This was a new hotel to us so I quickly hopped online and did some research. It looked pretty good so I was excited.

Saturday April 9 was filled with house cleaning and packing for our girls trip while Toby was working. Toby had decided to sit this trip out because he had been terribly busy at work and just wanted a quiet couple of days to relax and play his PS3 without interruption. Once I had the house clean and our overnight bag packed I loaded it into the car and we hit the sack.

Sunday April 10 was of course a work day for me. I was up by 7:30 and got Olivia and I ready and we headed to church. The morning was uneventful and by 12:30 we were on the road. It was a quick and boring trip-just the way we like it! We arrived at the Sheraton Safari at 2:10 and went inside to check in. The young man who checked us in was incredibly nice and gave us a top floor room-1621- facing Epcot (we could see the Swan/Dolpin hotels) and waived the $6 fee since we were just going to be there for one night! Woo Hoo! Livy and I brought our things up to the room, had some snacks and took a potty break and headed out!

We decided to head to Epcot because Livy wanted to see if she was tall enough to get on TT and Soarin yet. We arrived at 3:15 and made our way right to TT....nope, still too short. Luckily Olivia wasn't upset at all and she wanted to go on Living with the Land instead. I'm still not sure whey she loves this ride so much, but it is still a must do for her on every trip! Next up was Nemo, followed by a ride on SSE on our way out. *Not sure why I don't have any pictures of the day so far :confused3* We hopped on the monorail around 5:00 and upon arrival at the TTC, we hopped off and walked over to the Poly for some dinner at Capt. Cooks. Olivia got the kids turkey sandwich meal and I got the adult turkey sandwich meal and we got a Dole Whip to share!

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After our bellies were good and full, we hopped on the monorail and headed to the MK for some evening fun!

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-05-2011, 07:38 PM
Great updates!!!! My aunt stayed at safari before and I've seen the rooms, they are nice!! I'm glad u didn't keep us waiting. When's ur next wdw trip ...aug?

eecteacher82
08-05-2011, 08:31 PM
Great updates!!!! My aunt stayed at safari before and I've seen the rooms, they are nice!! I'm glad u didn't keep us waiting. When's ur next wdw trip ...aug?

We really like the Safari! I wish I could name my own price and pick the hotel on Priceline, I would pick that one every time!

Yep, we are taking another girls trip from the 20-23 of this month!

exwdwcm
08-09-2011, 05:28 PM
great ending to your last family trip. I love the Boardwalk area. I hate Planet Hollywood, so here's hoping he liked ESPN better. :lmao:

Loving the girls trip too. can't wait to see the rest.

btw- how is Capt Cook's- pretty good? do they only offer the dole whip ice cream, or do they offer the floats too like at the MK?

eecteacher82
08-09-2011, 05:40 PM
great ending to your last family trip. I love the Boardwalk area. I hate Planet Hollywood, so here's hoping he liked ESPN better. :lmao:

Loving the girls trip too. can't wait to see the rest.

btw- how is Capt Cook's- pretty good? do they only offer the dole whip ice cream, or do they offer the floats too like at the MK?

He did like ESPN much better! Woo hoo! No more PH!!!!!!!!! :banana:

I love our girls trips as well! We have another coming up in 11 days, and I'm super excited for it as well!

Capt Cooks was pretty good. They only have the ice cream, which was fine with us, that just meant we had to get a float at the MK! The nice thing is that is self serve, so you could get as much or as little as you wanted in the cup.

I have to say, I feel like a horrible DIS friend! I have been keeping up with reading your PTR, but have been a SUPER slacker in the commenting! Sorry! Hopefully I'll have time tonight to head over there and get all my comments in!

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-10-2011, 03:59 AM
I can't wait to see you girls next weekend!!! It will be a nice reward after my first week at work. Ill pm you later today!

eecteacher82
08-10-2011, 09:01 AM
After a quick monorail ride we arrived at Magic Kingdom and headed inside. Once again, Olivia was in charge, and she had one thing on her mind: Pixie Dust of course! We can never have a visit to MK without some Pixie Dust! Toby hates the stuff! He is like a magnet for it and it ends up all over him! I think it is hysterical! Olivia loves to get it and it doesn't bother me one bit. I may or may not ask them to give her a little extra because her daddy likes it SO much. :rolleyes1 After the princess was sufficiently dusted, we walked over to Dumbo to see what the wait was like. It was only 10 minutes so we hopped on and took some silly pictures of the two of us and some of the FL expansion.

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Once we were done on our flying elephant friend, Livy decided that she was getting hungry for a "special yummy snack". I had no idea what she was talking about. :confused3 After a few minutes of her explaining: that thing, from the place with the white stuff. She wanted a funnel cake! Over to Sleep Hollow we went. We ordered a plate of goodness and found a nearby table to eat. After about 3 bites, Olivia spilled her water bottle all over the plate and ruined our treat. A CM happened to be cleaning the table next to us and saw what happened and went and got us a new funnel cake without us even saying a word! I was just going to toss it and move on, but this CM was great! We finished what we could of our snack and made the rest of our evening plans.

Our first stop, was to meet some new to us characters!

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I'm not sure why, but Olivia was being super shy with them. Those are honestly the only 2 pics I got.

After our meet, we headed into Adventureland and hit up Pirates, Jungle Cruise and the Magic Carpets.

By now it was nearing 8:00 and we were planning on seeing the parade, so I figured we should probably try and find a semi-decent spot. We made our way to the hub and actually got a great spot for the two of us right on the rope. There was a nice family right next to us who had a little girl a bit older than Olivia so the two were chatting away. After a few minutes Olivia noticed the hula hoops right in front of us and ran over to take a turn. The Easter Bunny brought her a hula hoop this year and by the end of Easter night she had taught herself how to use it and has been obsessed ever since!

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After the CMs took away the hula hoops, Olivia made her way back to me and we broke out the glow bracelets. Olivia kept 3 and passed the others out to the kids around us. She loves that we bring so many and she can share. She said it makes the other kids hearts happy, so that makes her heart happy. :love: While handing out the bracelets, Olivia saw one of the light up, spinning Minnie toys and had her heart set on getting it. There was no vendor to be seen at this point, so I told her we would grab one on the way out. In the mean time, she had her trusty old light up necklace from her first trip and the glow bracelets to keep her happy. Livy loved the parade and fireworks as usual! I have to say, I cannot wait for Spectro to come back! I am just not a fan of MSEP!

As we made the mass exodus with the rest of the crowd, I made sure to stop in the Emporium to buy Livy her light up Minnie. I handed it to her and we made our way to the monorail so we could take it back to Epcot and the car. Shockingly the wait wasn't bad at all! Someone was getting tired though:

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After our monorail ride and car ride back to the hotel it was about 10:45 and we were exhausted! Olivia didn't even wake up when I took her from the car to the room and get her ready for bed!

I was showered, had the bag packed for the morning and was in bed, asleep by 12:00.

Up next: A day at the Studios

exwdwcm
08-10-2011, 09:16 AM
He did like ESPN much better! Woo hoo! No more PH!!!!!!!!! :banana:

I love our girls trips as well! We have another coming up in 11 days, and I'm super excited for it as well!

Capt Cooks was pretty good. They only have the ice cream, which was fine with us, that just meant we had to get a float at the MK! The nice thing is that is self serve, so you could get as much or as little as you wanted in the cup.

I have to say, I feel like a horrible DIS friend! I have been keeping up with reading your PTR, but have been a SUPER slacker in the commenting! Sorry! Hopefully I'll have time tonight to head over there and get all my comments in!ah, don't worry about it! I love that it is just the two of you on this trip, i bet that makes for a fun time, doing whatever she wants!

so where do you get pixie dusted at?

I also prefer Spectro over MSEP. Spectro was the parade that ran while I was a CM in 96, so we would go over to the MK at night just to watch it and leave. It holds a special place in my heart for that and a few of my friends were in it too. MSEP just doesn't do the same for me. I like the Spectro music better.

so nice that the CM replaced your funnel cake! that's the disney magic at work! :wizard::wizard::wizard::wizard:

Tnkrbelle565
08-10-2011, 05:54 PM
Good job Mama!!! That is one EXHAUSTED baby in that final pic! :thumbsup2

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-14-2011, 10:26 AM
aww so tired in the end!!! Looks like you had a fun day!!

eecteacher82
08-16-2011, 01:16 PM
When I left off I had a tuckered out little princess who was in dream land, resting up for another fun day.

After all the fun the day before, Olivia was pretty tired and ended up sleeping until 8:15! I turned on Disney Junior for Livy since it was just about time for Jake and the Neverland Pirates which was and still is the one show she LOVES. While she was watching tv, I packed up our things and got ready to go. Since it was just the two of us, things went pretty quickly and we were out of there by 9:00. Instead of heading to a park, we were off to breakfast at POFQ. We had beignets on our mind. After a quick breakfast we hopped on a bus, headed to DHS and arrived around 10:15

The only thing we had on the agenda today was to see the new Disney Junior stage. Since Olivia is SO obsessed with Jake, this was all that was on her mind. We had just missed a show, so we decided to hang out in the area and venture under the sea with Ariel. We sat in our usual spot of the front row. We loved this show as always, but I do have one pet peeve: Could Ariel and Eric make the kiss at the end look any more fake?! It is just nuts! Anyway, after the annoying end, we headed out of the theater and across the courtyard to the Disney Junior show. It was still about 20 minutes until showtime, but we hopped in line, and had a little snack while we waited.

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Soon enough, we were inside and the show started and Olivia was in heaven!

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I really enjoyed the show and can't wait to see it again! Olivia is dying for there to be a Jake meet and greet, and I can't either! Why does it take SO long to get a new character out there?

Up next was TSM. Olivia was super excited for this one since she would get her own seat and be able to use the gun the whole time instead of sharing with Toby and I when the three of us ride together. She didn't do too terrible either!

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On the walk over to TSM from Disney Junior Livy had been eyeing up the face painting stand, so after we got off TSM she asked if she could get painted. Who was I to say no?

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Up next: Finishing up our day at DHS

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-16-2011, 04:48 PM
Great update!!!! I love the face painting :) We had girls that would come into BBB with braids from the cruise + face painting and getting the princess make-overs with all of that as well lol. Only a few more days till Disney!!!! :)

Tinkermom76
08-16-2011, 05:49 PM
Love the facepaint!!!!

I am also looking forward to the new playhouse Disney show. Less than 6 weeks now!!!!

exwdwcm
08-22-2011, 12:36 PM
her facepaint is so pretty!

so was the new Jake part really cute? William is looking forward to that too- he loves Jake!

eecteacher82
08-25-2011, 12:16 PM
Hi guys! Just wanted to get a quick update in. I have not abandoned you! Livy and I took a girls trip to WDW last weekend- from Saturday to Tuesday. We had one of the best trips EVER! Despite the HOT temperatures and some rain, it was amazing! We finally got to meet up with some DIS friends that are now real life friends. I cannot wait to get to these days in the TR! I will try to have an update tomorrow, but no promises.

jc040404
08-25-2011, 10:15 PM
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Awwww! Love it!!

I love that you ask for extra pixie dust just to annoy him. :laughing: That stuff kinda makes me nuts sometimes, but it's a happy nuts. I can't believe that I'm still finding it in the most random places at home!

I love the fake Ariel & Eric kiss! It's so silly and makes me leave the show with a smile. :thumbsup2

Glad Olivia liked the Disney Junior show! It is a lot of fun!

eecteacher82
08-30-2011, 06:51 PM
Hi guys! Sorry it has been so long! Things have been pretty nuts here! Between our amazing girls trip, getting ready for soccer season to start, getting Livy ready to start preschool, and general craziness I've been busy!

When I last left off my little princess had been made into a little Pixie and we still had some fun stuff to do at DHS!

We decided to try out something new (at least I'm pretty sure it was new for Olivia): The Backlot Tour. Let me just start by saying that I remember this attraction from trips as a kid and it has definitely gone WAY downhill! They have dumbed it down so much and taken out SO much of the real "backlot" type of stuff. Anyway, there was pretty much zero wait, so we walked right in and picked our spot for the first scene.

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Olivia thought it was pretty neat with all the water soaking everything. This part could use an update as well...just saying. Olivia really enjoyed the rest of the tour and riding on the tram.

After our tour was over, I realized that Lights! Motors! Action! had a show that was getting ready to start in a few minutes, and since we both like the show, we pretty much ran over and grabbed some seats just before it started. About 5 minutes in, Livy started to be a pill. I knew it was because she was tired, and she wasn't being disruptive (unlike the child a few rows behind us who was screaming bloody murder saying that he wanted to leave and take a nap, and the father kept saying he didn't care because he paid good money to come to the park and he was going to get his money's worth). I managed to keep her pretty happy with some snacks and drinks and we both enjoyed the show. I'm fairly confident that the child who screamed the WHOLE show was not a happy camper!

After the mass exodus I decided that it was time for a real lunch instead of snacks and we headed to Backlot Express. I have no idea what we ate because I took zero pics and cannot find the receipt. :scared1: After we finished filing our bellies, we made our way to the front of the park to do some shopping/browsing. Along the way my little lady requested a picture.

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After our shopping (I'm pretty sure I bought a couple of pins and possibly a new stuffed animal to add to Olivia's collection), we headed out and grabbed a bus back to POFQ. We hit the bathroom and grabbed a drink before headed out at 3:35. After a nice, uneventful ride, we pulled in the driveway at 5:15. With that our little girls trip was done!

Up next: A trip with a friend!

eecteacher82
08-30-2011, 07:15 PM
Great update!!!! I love the face painting :) We had girls that would come into BBB with braids from the cruise + face painting and getting the princess make-overs with all of that as well lol. Only a few more days till Disney!!!! :)

Wow! That all sounds a bit excessive!!! Why pay money for the BBB when all that is already done! I made sure to make Livy wait to get her face painted until after the BBB in December! I was going to get my money's worth! :rotfl:

Disney was awesome! It was so great to finally get to meet you and hang out! Eventually I'll get to those days in this TR! I bet you will beat me to it!

Love the facepaint!!!!

I am also looking forward to the new playhouse Disney show. Less than 6 weeks now!!!!

She is so obsessed with face painting! She begged to get it done when we were there last week, but I wasn't about to spend $20 on something that was gong to sweat off in minutes!

The Disney Junior show is great! I think it's much better than the old one! The characters are actually up to date with what is currently on Disney Junior!

her facepaint is so pretty!

so was the new Jake part really cute? William is looking forward to that too- he loves Jake!

That is the 2nd or 3rd time she has gotten the same design! I guess she is a creature of habit!

The Jake part is definitely cute! All the kids seemed to love it and were dancing around the whole time! I bet William will love it!

Awwww! Love it!!

I love that you ask for extra pixie dust just to annoy him. :laughing: That stuff kinda makes me nuts sometimes, but it's a happy nuts. I can't believe that I'm still finding it in the most random places at home!

I love the fake Ariel & Eric kiss! It's so silly and makes me leave the show with a smile. :thumbsup2

Glad Olivia liked the Disney Junior show! It is a lot of fun!

LOL! The Pixie Dust cracks me up every time! As much as Olivia loves it, is as much as Toby loathes it! It really does last and hang around forever! She got some last Saturday (the 20th) and despite bathing her daily and swimming there is still some in her hair!

That kiss kills me every time! I'm pretty sure that is the only show where there is not a real kiss...WHY?!

Tnkrbelle565
08-30-2011, 07:18 PM
You can tell Olivia that Randy and i were once the people getting soaked on the Backlot Tour. They lie when they say those blue suits keep you dry ;)

I agree with you about the Backlot needing to jazz it up. Notice we skipped it this time :thumbsup2

eecteacher82
08-30-2011, 07:23 PM
You can tell Olivia that Randy and i were once the people getting soaked on the Backlot Tour. They lie when they say those blue suits keep you dry ;)

I agree with you about the Backlot needing to jazz it up. Notice we skipped it this time :thumbsup2

I will definitely tell her! She pretty much thinks your whole family is the best ever (especially since Randy knew just how to make her drink), so that will make you even cooler! (She may have asked me if she could go live with you guys so she can be Aisling's sister and have you guys as a "fake mommy and daddy").

We skipped it this time too..I figured once was enough in her young life!

eecteacher82
09-02-2011, 06:02 PM
Disney Day #8 Sunday May29, 2011
Weather: High-90, Low-72 30% chance of rain

After a month and a half with no Disney, it was definitely time for a fix! Once again, it was time for a quick overnight trip! This trip would be a bit different for us.....we were bringing a friend! Danelle is a friend of ours who loves Disney just as much as we do, and was a new passholder. Her husband was out of town so the plan was to take a quick girls trip so we could all get a fix!

The original plan was to head up bright and early Monday morning (yes Memorial day) and spend the day doing whatever and head home that night. After some discussion we decided that we might as well just priceline a hotel and split it. I bid my standard $38 and we ended up with the Radisson Orlando-Celebration (the same place we stayed for the night before our POR reservation started for our February/March trip. I was pretty happy with this since we had already been there and enjoyed it.

Toby was planning on staying home and enjoying some man time: sleeping and playing his PS3 in peace and quiet for his two days off.

On Saturday I did the standard, clean the house, do the laundry and pack up an overnight for Olivia and I. I had called Toby at work 3 times while I was packing to make sure he didn't want to come. He assured me that spending the weekend outside, in the heat, in packed parks with 3 ladies was not his cup of tea!

After I got everything done for the day, I packed up the car and put Olivia to bed around 9:00, got my things ready for work in the morning and finally fell asleep around 2:00 or so.

I went to work like usual on Sunday morning and the plan was to leave work by 12:30, pick Danelle up since her house was on the way to the interstate, and then be on our way! Well, of course nothing goes to plan! Around 10:30 or 11:00 my phone rang and it was Toby. He wanted to know if it was too late for him to decide to come along. :sad2: Somehow I knew that he would decide to come at the last minute. Of course we didn't mind if he joined us, so that wasn't a big deal. The problem was that our house is the total opposite way of the direction I was going. I decided to just have him drive to my grandmas house and leave our car there since it was only a few blocks away from church. Problem solved. In my head I was trying to picture what he would forget while packing for himself! :rotfl:

Another wrench was thrown into the plan when it was 12:45 and I was still at work. Ughh, the one Sunday I really wanted to get out on time, and the pastor was being quite long winded! Finally, by 1:00 the last kiddo was picked up and I was headed out!

After quickly picking Toby up from grandmas house we were on the way to pick up Danelle! Olivia was so excited! She loves Danelle and the prospect of spending two whole days with her was wonderful!

By 1:45, we had picked up Danelle, hit the McD's drive thru for lunch and avoided what would have been a serious accident, when a jerky driver pulled out in front of us while we were on a 50mph road! Toby had to slam on the brakes and we were within an inch of slamming into the car! :scared1:

After that scary moment, the rest of the ride was easy and soon enough we were seeing these beautiful sights:

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Up next: What AWESOME new things were in store for us?

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-02-2011, 07:43 PM
Only two pictures?! MORE MORE MORE :)

eecteacher82
09-02-2011, 07:58 PM
Only two pictures?! MORE MORE MORE :)

I know, I know! The update was already getting SO long and I hadn't taken any pics up to that point! I thought I might be entitled to a couple of picture light updates in a year long TR! Guess not! I suppose I could work on another update with enough pics to satisfy you after I put Livy to bed!

eecteacher82
09-02-2011, 08:03 PM
Ok, guys, I just wanted to let everyone know how glad I am that so many people are reading my little old TR, but to all my lurkers, come out and say hello! I know there must be a lot of you since there are 5,000 views of the thread and only 108 posts!!! We are a nice, friendly bunch! Come on, say hello....you know you want to!

Oh yeah, I know I posted this on my Dec 2010 TR, and most of you already do, but if you want to be friends on FB, feel free in friend request me! HERE (http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1350219229) is the link!

jc040404
09-02-2011, 09:19 PM
What a rough start! Super glad you were able to avoid the accident & I hope things only get better from here. Excited about what new stuff you might find!!

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 07:44 PM
When we hopped out of the car in the MK parking lot, it was 3:15. A little later than I wanted to get there, but it was better than being at home!

Livy decided that she wanted to take the ferry instead of the monorail, so off we went! She had pretty good timing, since a boat had just pulled up and we walked right on!

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We made our way inside and headed for Guest Relations so I could renew our GAC. With that taken care of, we headed in, ready to have some fun! The first thing Olivia wanted to do was see if she was tall enough for Splash and BTMRR. I wasn't very hopeful, but she knows that she is not allowed to be upset if she isn't tall enough. Luckily, we have checked her height so many times and she is always too short, so she has gotten used to not being able to ride and just happily moves along to something she can do. This has also been GREAT motivation to eat veggies and drink milk since they help you grow taller you know! ;) The 4 of us made our way to Frontierland and Livy decided that she wanted to try Splash first. Toby decided that he wanted NO part in that ride! He didn't want to get wet and he didn't like the drop. We tried to talk him into it, but it was no use. So, off us 3 ladies went to see if my little peanut had grown that last little bit to make the ride. Livy walked right up to the height stick like a pro and waited for the CM to check her. The CM looked at her for all of a millisecond and said she was fine!!!! :worship: I didn't get my hopes up too high since I knew that CMs at the ride loading area would have the final say. Olivia was SO excited since she had never been told she was big enough before! I had to explain to her that we would have to wait in another line so they could check her one more time, and that they might say she was still too little and we might not be able to ride. She seemed ok with this, but I was pretty sure that they were going to check her much more carefully and we were going to be turned away, and then she was going to be a too short, sad princess.

We got up to the loading platform....the moment of truth...What would they say?

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 07:52 PM
What a rough start! Super glad you were able to avoid the accident & I hope things only get better from here. Excited about what new stuff you might find!!

First off, let me start by saying thanks for being such a loyal reader! Want to send over some of yours?! You have tons!

It was a rough start! Let's just say that this trip was full of lots of HIGHS and lots of lows..... How's that for a teaser?

Tinkermom76
09-03-2011, 08:02 PM
Holy Cliffhanger :scared1:

I'm dying to know if she's tall enough popcorn::

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 08:18 PM
Holy Cliffhanger :scared1:

I'm dying to know if she's tall enough popcorn::

Thank you for playing dumb since you are my FB friend and already know the answer! It was a good one though, huh?!

Tinkermom76
09-03-2011, 08:37 PM
Thank you for playing dumb since you are my FB friend and already know the answer! It was a good one though, huh?!

Facebook, what's facebook????:confused3 ;)

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 08:41 PM
Facebook, what's facebook????:confused3 ;)

:rotfl2::rotfl::lmao: :lmao: I can't even imagine life without it now!

arubio0801
09-03-2011, 08:53 PM
Looks like you guys had a great girls trip!! We had to cancel our trip bc DH had a transplant 2wks ago :cool1: So were planning a big celebration trip next summer!! Oh I hope shes tall enough to ride!!! :flower3:

Tinkermom76
09-03-2011, 08:55 PM
:rotfl2::rotfl::lmao: :lmao: I can't even imagine life without it now!

I still remember getting an invitation to join and thinking what the heck is this :rotfl:

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 08:59 PM
Looks like you guys had a great girls trip!! We had to cancel our trip bc DH had a transplant 2wks ago :cool1: So were planning a big celebration trip next summer!! Oh I hope shes tall enough to ride!!! :flower3:

Sorry you had to cancel, but what a great reason to have to! SO glad your DH got his transplant!! How is he doing? Your trip next summer will be SO amazing since you are celebrating something amazing!

arubio0801
09-03-2011, 09:22 PM
Sorry you had to cancel, but what a great reason to have to! SO glad your DH got his transplant!! How is he doing? Your trip next summer will be SO amazing since you are celebrating something amazing!


I know it was def bitter sweet! But worth it forsure! Hes doing great he's almost back to normal only has minor pain and that it which is great! Ya I know Im hoping I can get him to spurge alittle and do all deluxe stay and the beach club and do deluxe dining! We love POFQ we've stayed there a few yrs ago we actually were staying there when we got engaged! :cloud9: I can't wait to go back!

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 09:37 PM
I know it was def bitter sweet! But worth it forsure! Hes doing great he's almost back to normal only has minor pain and that it which is great! Ya I know Im hoping I can get him to spurge alittle and do all deluxe stay and the beach club and do deluxe dining! We love POFQ we've stayed there a few yrs ago we actually were staying there when we got engaged! :cloud9: I can't wait to go back!

Wow! Sounds like he is doing amazingly well! Sounds like you are planning a great trip! We did the DxDP last December and LOVED it!!! It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy some really yummy food! We stayed at POP, but since it was for Olivia's birthday, we let her pick the resort. I would stay pretty much anywhere (except for All Start Music) as long as I was at Disney, and I really do like Pop! Can't wait to hear more details as you have them!

jc040404
09-03-2011, 09:41 PM
Scary moment!! I hate that second measure at the ride when they're just tall enough. I always wonder how many little ones get their hearts broken after being told they're tall enough. I hope she got to ride!!

arubio0801
09-03-2011, 09:50 PM
Wow! Sounds like he is doing amazingly well! Sounds like you are planning a great trip! We did the DxDP last December and LOVED it!!! It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy some really yummy food! We stayed at POP, but since it was for Olivia's birthday, we let her pick the resort. I would stay pretty much anywhere (except for All Start Music) as long as I was at Disney, and I really do like Pop! Can't wait to hear more details as you have them!

I've stayed at POP a few times before and we stayed there I think Logan's second time there and we like it there as long as its not a busy time lol Ya we never stay at music! Im excited and def willhave more details soon hopefully! Cant wait for a new update! :surfweb:

eecteacher82
09-03-2011, 09:57 PM
Scary moment!! I hate that second measure at the ride when they're just tall enough. I always wonder how many little ones get their hearts broken after being told they're tall enough. I hope she got to ride!!

I've stayed at POP a few times before and we stayed there I think Logan's second time there and we like it there as long as its not a busy time lol Ya we never stay at music! Im excited and def willhave more details soon hopefully! Cant wait for a new update! :surfweb:

I'm working on the update now! I hate to leave you guys hanging! It should be up tonight or tomorrow!

eecteacher82
09-06-2011, 07:09 PM
Hi everyone! How was your Labor Day weekend? Ours was nice. On Saturday, Livy, my mom and I went to IKEA and did some shopping, which was a great girls day! Sunday was work and family brunch. Monday was pretty much a lazy day with dinner at mom's house. Today we woke up at 6:30 with Olivia in our room crying because she was too hot. Turns our our air conditioner went out int the middle of the night at at 6:30 it was already 81 in the house! :scared1: I called the a/c guy around 9:00 and by the time he got here around 12:30 it was 86! The bad news: we need a new outside unit/compressor. The worse news, it won't be fixed until tomorrow! As I am sitting her typing this it is 88 at almost 8:00! They are coming at 8:00am tomorrow so that is the only reason we are staying home!

On to the TR! I think I have left the couple of you still reading hanging long enough. So, did Olivia make the 40 inch mark so she could finally ride Splash???




SHE SURE DID!!!!!!!!!! Her very first "big kid" ride! They honestly didn't do a very thorough check and just kind of glanced, but I had measured her at home and she was about 40.5 with her shoes on, so I wasn't too worried. Danelle, Olivia, and I crammed our 3 hiney's into one row and we were off! Olivia was entranced the whole ride and loved every second of it! She even kept her hands up and did a great little scream down the big hill! As soon as she got off she said it was her new favorite ride and couldn't wait to tell Toby all about it!

When we made it back to Toby, she begged to go for a ride on BTMRR, of course we said yes and we were off! I made sure to tell her that she might not be tall enough to ride, and they were going to check her again. She was fine with this and we made our way in. We didn't get so much as a second glance, and soon enough we were ready to board. Livy wanted to ride with Mommy, so Toby and Danelle rode together.

Waiting for her first big kid roller coaster!
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Of course I had to video her first ride!
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Of course my little daredevil loved every second of the ride! Still not sure about Toby.....

After our new adventures, it was pretty hot and we were pretty thirsty, so we grabbed a couple of drinks and made our way to Haunted Mansion to cool off for a bit. Once we finished our ride and managed to escape without being 4 additional ghosts we headed to Adventureland for Olivia's request of a ride on POTC. Well, I'm not sure what was going on but the line stretched all the way outside the building! We made a decision that we were going to pass on that one for now and moved on to Jungle Cruise and it's 10 minute wait!

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Once we made it safely back to civilization we decided that we were all pretty hungry and it was time for dinner! We decided to try something new to all of us and headed towards the exit.

Up next: Dinner. It was yummy and uncrowded and had one of my favorite desserts at WDW! Any guesses where we went?

Tnkrbelle565
09-06-2011, 07:16 PM
Aisling held her breath to see if Olivia liked Splash...despite the fact that she has ridden it with her LOL!

eecteacher82
09-06-2011, 07:29 PM
Aisling held her breath to see if Olivia liked Splash...despite the fact that she has ridden it with her LOL!

Now that is funny!!!!!!!! Have I mentioned how much I love your child?!

Tinkermom76
09-06-2011, 07:29 PM
YAY Livy!!!!!!!

I'm gonna guess Caseys :confused3

eecteacher82
09-06-2011, 07:37 PM
YAY Livy!!!!!!!

I'm gonna guess Caseys :confused3

She was SOOOOO excited that she was able to ride!

That would actually be a good guess since we have never been there! But, nope. I should clarify that we actually left MK to get our dinner. I'll give you another guess though!

exwdwcm
09-06-2011, 07:44 PM
yeah for Olivia being tall enough! she must have been so excited!!!!!

eecteacher82
09-06-2011, 07:52 PM
yeah for Olivia being tall enough! she must have been so excited!!!!!

She was super excited, but super sad that Space Mountain has that pesky 44 inch requirement!

Tinkermom76
09-06-2011, 08:20 PM
She was SOOOOO excited that she was able to ride!

That would actually be a good guess since we have never been there! But, nope. I should clarify that we actually left MK to get our dinner. I'll give you another guess though!

I'm gonna guess Kona, can't you get a Dole Whip there?

eecteacher82
09-17-2011, 07:46 PM
Just wanted to pop in with a quick update! I haven't abandoned this TR! Toby was on vacation this week so we did lots of family stuff and lots of cleaning out/rearranging the house so we were pretty busy and I haven't had time to get on the DIS! :scared1: I should be back on with an update on Tuesday since tomorrow is work, Packer game, work, and then Monday is Toby's last day off with swimming lessons and soccer practice for Olivia. Hope everyone is doing good!

Sunset Cliffs
09-19-2011, 03:39 PM
I am finally all caught up. I'm so glad you are just continuing all of your trips in one report so that makes it easier to keep going.

I'm so excited that she got to go on big girl rides!! Very brave of her. It's interesting hearing you say that you let her pick where you go, and then where she decides to go. If we let Dylan do that, we would spend the whole day on the teacups and IASW. :laughing:

eecteacher82
09-23-2011, 09:20 AM
I am finally all caught up. I'm so glad you are just continuing all of your trips in one report so that makes it easier to keep going.

I'm so excited that she got to go on big girl rides!! Very brave of her. It's interesting hearing you say that you let her pick where you go, and then where she decides to go. If we let Dylan do that, we would spend the whole day on the teacups and IASW. :laughing:

Glad you're here! I decided to just do one big TR this year since we aren't taking a "big" trip like we did last year. This year is more smaller trips/day trips and we are going to do a "big" birthday trip every other year.

She was SO excited that she could finally ride as well! That is all I had been hearing about for months was that she couldn't wait to get big!

Lucky for us, Olivia likes pretty much every single ride in all of the parks, so she usually chooses a pretty good range of rides to do when it is her turn to pick!

eecteacher82
09-23-2011, 09:58 AM
Hi guys (well the handful of you that are still here), I'm back with an actual update!!!! Things have been so crazy between Toby being on vacation last week, soccer season starting, Olivia being in school, and her getting sick last week, this is the first time I have really had to sit down at the computer!

So, when I last left off, my little lady had FINALLY gotten to ride BTMRR and Splash and we were heading out of MK to grab some dinner. On the way out my little hula hoop master spotting a lovely hoop just calling her name so she hopped out of the stroller and did her thing. Every time she does this at WDW people are always amazed at how good she is for being so little. It cracks me up to see peoples faces when they watch her!

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Now it was really time for dinner. Where were we going you ask? We wanted to try someplace new, so we hopped on a boat and made our way to Wilderness Lodge! Of the 4 of us, I was the only one who had even seen WL before, but had never eaten there, so it really was a new adventure for everyone! Some pics from the ride over:

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Just as we got off the boat and made our way up the dock, I realized that it was just about time for the geyser to go off! What timing!

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After we watched the eruption for long enough (and managed to avoid getting totally drenched), we headed inside to grab some food at Roaring Forks. Toby and Olivia grabbed us a table while Danelle and I went to get the food. Toby wanted a cheeseburger, Livy wanted pizza, and Danelle and I decided on the chefs special (or whatever it was called), chicken alfredo. As we made our way out of the food line, I glanced down at the dessert display and my eyes lit up! They had the magic cookie bar!!!!! I have been slightly obsessed with this since we discovered it during our stay at POR earlier this year. I'm not exactly sure what is in it, but I know there is chocolate chips and coconut. Just take my word, it is heavenly! Danelle decided to get one for herself as well. We quickly paid and made our way to Toby and Olivia so we could eat. We were all pretty hungry and all 4 plates were clean in no time! Olivia even ate a good chunk of my food as well, guess she really was hungry!

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Once we were sufficiently stuffed, we decided to walk around the lobby for a while and get some pictures and pretty much just let Olivia blow off some steam and walk around for a while.

Cont. in next post.

eecteacher82
09-23-2011, 10:42 AM
This will pretty much be a picture update (that was your warning) until the end where there will be an actual story line! We spent about an hour just looking around the lobby and browsing the shop! It was some really nice downtime and just made us want to stay at WL even more!

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After we had looked around for long enough, it was time to head out and grab a boat back to MK since we were planning on catching MSEP, the Magic, Memories and You show, then Wishes.

When we got to the dock we had just missed a boat! This turned out to be a bad thing. We were in for a long wait. I decided to pass the time taking pictures, while Toby was in charge of making sure Olivia did not fling herself into the water to go for a swim like the little fish she is!

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Finally, after nearly 40 minutes the boat finally showed back up! We hopped right on and made our way back to MK and managed to grab some seats right across from the Christmas shop. Of course Olivia spotted something fun to do while we waited...

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Then it was time! *Sorry, no actual parade pics*

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After the parade, M,M&Y show, and fireworks, we made our way out with the hoards of other people who had the same idea. As we were trying to get out, it was a bit more tough since there were people on the curbs waiting for the next MSEP. There was one family who took it over the top. They were seriously about 5-6 feet into the street right where you turn back onto Main St from the hub. They were creating a huge bottleneck with people tripping all over them, and they refused to move! There was not a CM in sight and it was just plain ridiculous! After we got through that chaos and hopped on the ferry boat back to the TTC we walked to the car since we had parked pretty close and were shortly on our way back to the hotel!

We got back around 11:35 and everyone but me was asleep by midnight, while I was up until 1:30 or so.

Up next: The WORST morning ever! Seriously!

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-23-2011, 06:42 PM
great update :) I love the food at Roaring Forks and it never seems too busy which is nice too!! I love love love the magic cookie bars and I'm pretty sure only POR and WL sell them...wonder why?!

arubio0801
09-23-2011, 08:57 PM
Great update! I love that resort its soo pretty especially at christmas time!! Im sure you've seen on my fb that I need my gallbladder taken out :guilty: I have gallstones and have been in sooo much pain I ended up going to the ER last night!! :sick: I saw my surgeon and I have surgery next friday at 9am so I need to be there at 6am!! Im def not looking forward to it but will be happy I don't have anymore pain! I seriously :worship: to you with your cleaning you did!! I need to get into Logans room and do the same!! How's the new a/c?

Tinkermom76
10-05-2011, 08:26 PM
just read your updates!!! Emma tried Splash this trip and decided she doesn`t really like it :scared1:

I love the WL and will definitely stay there sometime

eecteacher82
10-11-2011, 01:57 PM
Hi guys! Once again I'm sorry for the delay. Livy was super sick last week with strep and a sinus infection and then just when she started getting better my moms house was robbed so I have been spending lots of time with her cleaning up, getting all new door and window locks for the house and getting her car rekeyed and all of the other unfun tasks that go along with being robbed. This is the first time I have been on the DIS in about a week! :scared1: I should have an update this week once things settle down. I'm headed back over there now since today was her first day back at work and she is scared to go home alone. :sad1::hug: Thanks to those of you that are still here!

Tinkermom76
10-11-2011, 04:40 PM
Sorry about your mom's house that must be a terrible feeling being scared to go home :sad2:

jc040404
10-16-2011, 09:33 PM
Still enjoying your TR, even if I stink at commenting lately! LOVED all the hat pics! :thumbsup2

Hi guys! Once again I'm sorry for the delay. Livy was super sick last week with strep and a sinus infection and then just when she started getting better my moms house was robbed so I have been spending lots of time with her cleaning up, getting all new door and window locks for the house and getting her car rekeyed and all of the other unfun tasks that go along with being robbed. This is the first time I have been on the DIS in about a week! :scared1: I should have an update this week once things settle down. I'm headed back over there now since today was her first day back at work and she is scared to go home alone. :sad1::hug: Thanks to those of you that are still here!

:scared1: I'd be scared to go home, too! How awful!! So sorry to hear about your mom's house and how Olivia's been doing.

Tnkrbelle565
10-17-2011, 07:26 PM
Hi guys! Once again I'm sorry for the delay. Livy was super sick last week with strep and a sinus infection and then just when she started getting better my moms house was robbed so I have been spending lots of time with her cleaning up, getting all new door and window locks for the house and getting her car rekeyed and all of the other unfun tasks that go along with being robbed. This is the first time I have been on the DIS in about a week! :scared1: I should have an update this week once things settle down. I'm headed back over there now since today was her first day back at work and she is scared to go home alone. :sad1::hug: Thanks to those of you that are still here!

YIKES :scared1: So sorry!!!!

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-17-2011, 07:44 PM
Hi Erin!! It was nice seeing all of you on Sunday :) I'm glad you enjoyed the party..and don't worry, I'm still here!!! See you in a few weeks!!!!!!

eecteacher82
10-19-2011, 11:02 AM
Monday May 30, 2011- Memorial Day
High of 88, Low of 72 30% chance of rain

When I last left off (AGES ago), we had finished off our day at MK and we back at the hotel getting some sleep. This is the point where the most horrible, no good, very bad day begins!

It all started at 5:00am when the alarm clock in the room starting going off randomly and woke everyone but Olivia up. Grr... After beating the clock into submission we went back to sleep until around 7:45.

While the grown-ups were getting ready, Livy was watching some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and eating an oh so nutritious poptart. When Toby finally crawled out of bed to get ready and when he stepped out on his side of the bed he commented on how cold the floor was. He assumed at first that it was because the a/c was right there and we had it on pretty cool all night. Well, as soon as he grabbed his clothes to put on (that were laying on the floor next to the bed), he realized that his shorts were totally soaking wet. Wet to the point that you could literally squeeze water out of them! :scared1: We quickly realized that the floor wasn't cold, it was SOAKING WET!!!!! Besides the fact that this was an annoyance, Toby had no extra shorts! The ones he wore the day before had got a big stain on them, so they were of no use. We also saw that his shoes were a bit wet as well. I hopped on the phone to the front desk right away (buy now it was 8:06). The person I spoke to did not care whatsoever. He asked if we wanted to be moved to a new room and that was it. Hello! We are getting ready to check out! What good is a new room going to do???!!! Toby was in the shower during this whole conversation, so rather than get myself even more mad I just hung up and planned on letting Toby deal with it.

While I was waiting for him to get out I did some a/c investigation. This is what I found:
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HOW GROSS IS THAT?!?!?!?

As soon as Toby was out of the shower, I showed him the pictures and told him about my call to the front desk and he was on the phone in 2 seconds flat!

After getting the same useless person on the phone that I did, he demanded to talk to a manager. After a few minutes, the managers solution was to refund our resort fee and send someone up to get Tobys shorts and dry them for us.....free of charge! Well DUH!!!! I'm not paying to dry the clothes b/c your a/c is broke!!!!

At 9:10 they finally sent someone pick up the shorts (after 2 more phone calls wondering where they were). By 9:45 we still didn't have the shorts back, so that meant another call to the front desk/manager. This time when Toby called, the manager was "in a meeting" and unable to speak to Toby. Yeah right. By 9:55 the shorts finally showed back up......still damp!!!!

Can you tell how excited Toby is?.....
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By this point we were all fuming! I also forgot to say that in all of the phone calls, not one person said they were sorry, or even seemed to care at all! While looking at our room keys, we saw that they said if you are not 100% satisfied they will give you a refund. It wasn't so much that we wanted a refund (since I had got a pretty good deal for the room on Priceline), we just wanted to let them know what was going on and how the staff at the hotel was treating us. Toby called the 800 number and spoke to an amazing lady who was seriously appalled at what we were telling her! Toby told her the whole story and when he told her that we had pictures, she gave us her email address to send them. She also told us she was contacting Priceline and having them refund our money. The last thing she wanted to do was have a super high up manager for the hotel chain call us so he could hear what was going on. Overall, this woman was amazing! You could tell she really cared and thought the whole situation was horrible! After getting off the phone with her, we felt better.

After all that, we decided to make the best of the day and headed to Epcot, and arrived around 10:10.

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Livy wanted to head right for Test Track to ride since it was a new ride to experience since she was the magical 40 inches! Of course she got measured before we hopped in line, and made it (just barely). Look how excited she was!
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Up next: A ride on Test Track!!!!!!!!? The horrible day continues!

blessedby3
10-19-2011, 11:47 AM
Wow...what a horrible start to the day! It doesnt sound like the next post is going to get any better:scared1:
Glad you finally got some satisfaction out of the hotel situation. I have found the same thing in our travels. Most just dont care and do the least they have to in order to keep the customer happy.....not Disney though:thumbsup2

eecteacher82
10-19-2011, 11:58 AM
Wow...what a horrible start to the day! It doesnt sound like the next post is going to get any better:scared1:
Glad you finally got some satisfaction out of the hotel situation. I have found the same thing in our travels. Most just dont care and do the least they have to in order to keep the customer happy.....not Disney though:thumbsup2

First of all, THANK YOU for sticking around!!!!! I think you are one of the few that has put up with my lack of updates lately!

It was by far the worst start to the day ever!!!! I just cannot believe how people can work in the hotel industry and act like that! Disney is totally a different story! They always go above and beyond for even the tiniest thing! If we are going for any longer than just a night we always stay on property, but I am cheap by nature, so I hate to pay just to sleep for a few hours! I have since quit using Priceline...I'm just not willing to get that same hotel again (since I do the name your own price and can't see the hotel before booking)!

This trip was the most roller coaster-ish trip we have ever taken! There were some HIGH highs, and some LOW lows!

jc040404
10-19-2011, 03:00 PM
Oh no! What a rotten start to the day!! I can't believe how they were first going to handle this. We would've been out the door and standing at the front desk after that one. Well, maybe not if dh didn't have anything to wear! :headache: What a headache!! And then to return his stuff still damp? Geesh.. I'm glad the phone call seemed to help. Did they contact you again? Those pics were just icky!

Tinkermom76
10-19-2011, 03:17 PM
I can't believe that i would have been pissed off :headache:

I would have put on the stained ones, for fear there was chemicals in the leak coming form the broken air conditioner :confused3

eecteacher82
10-19-2011, 03:51 PM
Oh no! What a rotten start to the day!! I can't believe how they were first going to handle this. We would've been out the door and standing at the front desk after that one. Well, maybe not if dh didn't have anything to wear! :headache: What a headache!! And then to return his stuff still damp? Geesh.. I'm glad the phone call seemed to help. Did they contact you again? Those pics were just icky!

It was pretty bad! I am still in shock at how they handled the situation at the hotel level! They did contact us (more on that in the next update). I couldn't believe how much nasty mold there was in the area of the a/c!!!! Toby wanted to go down but the first time he spoke to the manager it sounded a tiny bit promising so that is why he didn't.....well that and the no shorts thing!

I can't believe that i would have been pissed off :headache:

I would have put on the stained ones, for fear there was chemicals in the leak coming form the broken air conditioner :confused3

Oh yeah, to say we were PO'd is an understatement!!!!! The stain was bad.... They were khaki shorts and he had sat in chocolate the night before....:rolleyes1

blessedby3
10-19-2011, 05:05 PM
First of all, THANK YOU for sticking around!!!!! I think you are one of the few that has put up with my lack of updates lately!


No problem! I totally understand that sometimes life gets in the way of the things you want to do:lmao: Ive got 4 kids---my life is interupted constantly. :lmao: Im enjoying your updates :thumbsup2

Sunset Cliffs
10-19-2011, 05:59 PM
Wow! I can't believe that is the service that you got. I know that we all expect the "Disney treatment" and sometimes those expectations might be high, but that situation didn't even come close to what you would think. I'm glad that you were able to find someone to listen to you! The pictures of the a/c were pretty bad!

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-21-2011, 07:15 PM
Wow!! I can't believe that happened :( I think your Priceline hotels after that have been fine right?! It was nice seeing all of you last week! Before you know it, you'll be back!!! :)

Tnkrbelle565
10-26-2011, 07:16 PM
Ok that mold really made me sick :sick:

exwdwcm
10-28-2011, 12:51 PM
wow on the hotel room. that is just plain gross. I would have been totally upset too and like you said, not so much about the money or refund as it is about the customer service attitude. And theirs was obviously to not give a crap at all. ugh! What an awful start to the day. I hope it got better from there!

and sorry we missed you while there last week- next time we will definitely have to meet up!!!:wizard:

eecteacher82
10-28-2011, 03:24 PM
No problem! I totally understand that sometimes life gets in the way of the things you want to do:lmao: Ive got 4 kids---my life is interupted constantly. :lmao: Im enjoying your updates :thumbsup2

Glad you are still enjoying my ramblings!!!! I should have an update tomorrow!

Wow! I can't believe that is the service that you got. I know that we all expect the "Disney treatment" and sometimes those expectations might be high, but that situation didn't even come close to what you would think. I'm glad that you were able to find someone to listen to you! The pictures of the a/c were pretty bad!

The service was totally horrible! I really don't know how they keep getting business like that! It was the total opposite of our stay at the same hotel a couple of months earlier! That was definitely the last time I used name your own price on Priceline!

Wow!! I can't believe that happened :( I think your Priceline hotels after that have been fine right?! It was nice seeing all of you last week! Before you know it, you'll be back!!! :)

I still cannot believe just how gross that was and that nobody else had noticed! That was the last time I used name your own price on Priceline! I have since switched to last minute travel and have no complaints, plus they are usually cheaper! I cannot wait to head back up there! Even if it is only for the day!

Ok that mold really made me sick :sick:

It was pretty gross! I guess that is what I get for being cheap! I learned my lesson that time! Thankfully nothing like that has happened in the past or since then!

wow on the hotel room. that is just plain gross. I would have been totally upset too and like you said, not so much about the money or refund as it is about the customer service attitude. And theirs was obviously to not give a crap at all. ugh! What an awful start to the day. I hope it got better from there!

and sorry we missed you while there last week- next time we will definitely have to meet up!!!:wizard:

I was totally upset with the service as well. I wouldn't have cared if we got a refund or not..it's not like we paid hundreds for the night! I really hope that after our call to the higher ups, the hotel employees got a bit of a refresher in customer service!

It stinks that we couldn't meet up! I bet the kiddos would have had a blast together!

eecteacher82
11-08-2011, 02:53 PM
Sorry for the delay everyone! (I know I keep saying that....). Things have been crazy here! Between Halloween, soccer, swimming, ballet and life in general I haven't had a chance to breathe, let alone update! Olivia's 4th birthday is Friday and this past weekend we had her Jake and the Neverland Pirates party! She had a great time and got WAY too many gifts! I will post pics on here later. Now on to an update!

**SORRY, no pictures in this update**

When I last left off, we were in line for Test Track for Olivia and Toby's first ride ever! After about 35 minutes we got in the pre-show room and watched the video. Does anyone else think they should change that video up a bit and update it? Anyway, after zig zagging through the rest of the line it was our turn to hop in a car and test it out! Or was it? We were of coursed asked to stop and check Olivia's height on the height stick. No biggie, I figured we would be stopped. Livy tried to duck under the stick so she wouldn't boink her head. After explaining to her that it was OK for her head to touch the stick and me putting her back against it and straightening her head she looked good to go. Or not. A supervisor decided to join in. He was by far the rudest Disney CM I have ever come across in my life! He walked over, told me that I was not aloud to touch her while they were measuring and asked me to step back. This scared Livy and she kind of slunk down and the rude CM glanced at her and said "No way is she tall enough. She isn't even close, I don't know why you even tried". I was shocked! :scared1: I tried to be polite and ask him to remeasure and explain that she was tall enough at the entrance, and we had already ridden Splash and BTMRR, but he was hearing none of it and directed us out. That was it. Livy was in tears telling him that she knew she was tall enough because she had eaten lots of veggies and drank all her milk. This of course put me in tears and made Toby even more angry.

After a couple of minutes we calmed Livy down and decided to try Soarin. When we made it over there, we were once again prepared to have Olivia measured. Livy was still a bit unsure of anyone who wanted to get near her for a measurement, and pretty much refused to stand up straight and tall. So, the verdict? We got 3 CMs that said she was good to go, and one lousy one who literally SHOVED a piece of paper between the height stick and her head. Boo. No Soarin for Olivia. At least they were nice to her here, and gave her one of the Born to Soar cards which made her happy. Danelle offered to sit with Livy and let Toby and I take a quick ride over California.

We had a nice ride, and when we found Olivia and Danelle, Livy was happily munching on cotton candy and chatting up a storm. Danelle said she felt bad for her, so she bought her the cotton candy. :lovestruc

After a quick ride on Living with the Land we were all getting pretty hungry, and decided that Beaches and Cream sounded really good to all of us! We were going to walk, but Olivia insisted on riding the boat over, and we figured we could at least let her ride this one "ride" that she wanted to!

Up next: Lunch at Beaches and Cream.....?

Tinkermom76
11-08-2011, 04:13 PM
Did you complain about the rude CM cause thats just mean, especially to a little girl :mad:

eecteacher82
11-08-2011, 08:46 PM
Did you complain about the rude CM cause thats just mean, especially to a little girl :mad:

Nope, didn't complain. I didn't want to spend the time doing it, and we all just wanted to get on with things and do something fun! I am also the most non-confrontational person in the world, and didn't want to upset myself even more by complaining. I really wish I would have at least got his name and wrote an email after we got home, just to let them know. I'm just glad that kind of "service" isn't the norm at WDW!

Sunset Cliffs
11-09-2011, 06:32 PM
I can't believe that CM said that to you!! I would have been soooo angry! :headache: Especially since you were explaining to him that she had ridden other rides.

I understand being non-confrontational, but I wish you would have taken down his name and emailed after you got home. I'm sure that he acts like that to other people too.

eecteacher82
11-11-2011, 08:43 AM
I just wanted to hop on here and wish my little princess a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I cannot believe that she is 4 already! Today she has ballet and soccer, followed by her birthday dinner and tomorrow we are heading to MK with my mom for a girls day! BBB is at 12:00 and she cannot wait! I will try REALLY hard to get an update on this afternoon while she is napping!

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blessedby3
11-11-2011, 08:52 AM
Happy Birthday Olivia!!!
:bday:party:party::bday:
:dumbo::donald::stitch::goofy::tigger::sulley:
Hope you have a great day:goodvibes



My youngest just turned 4 about 6 weeks ago. Time sure does fly by so quickly. Enjoy your Princess

jc040404
11-13-2011, 09:47 PM
Hope Olivia had a great 4th birthday!! :thumbsup2

What an awful experience with the height checks! I would've been super upset over this, too. You'd really think the CMs would have some sort of training (or common sense??) on how to deal with little ones and the measuring process. I could totally see my youngest not standing up straight if they scared him like that. Some just don't do well with strangers. Stories like this are why we're so hesitant to try any new rides as they grow until they're far beyond the required height. The paper thing just seems ridiculous to me, but I've heard of that happening a lot. :sad2:

exwdwcm
12-08-2011, 02:48 PM
Hope Olivia had a great birthday!

i am so sorry you had the measurement incidents. I had one too with Will. We had just ridden BTMRR (his first time- 2 years ago) and he wanted to go again, so we immediately exit and go to get right back on. We walk in, all the way to the train/loading platform and a CM wants to measure him. I told him we just rode literally 10 minutes ago. He turns Will away, says, no, you aren't tall enough, literally as we are getting on. We all had to get off the ride, cross the train and exit. UGH. I was PISSED and LIVID! I mean we just rode. Why was he tall enough 5minutes ago? It really just depends on the CM you get I think and if the child is slouching at all or not. I mean, it's hard to get a 3-4yo to stand up straight for an accurate measurement. I would have been so mad. I am so sorry Olivia had to experience that too. I think they need some global measurement system- like measure them in one spot in each park, give them a stamp or wristband that says cleared for 40" or 42" or whatever. That way it is at least consistent.

blessedby3
03-08-2012, 12:04 PM
I was just checking on my subscribed trip report threads and realized you havent posted in a while....are you still going to be posting? Im needing a bit of a Disney Fix todaypopcorn::

eecteacher82
04-03-2012, 10:30 AM
I was just checking on my subscribed trip report threads and realized you havent posted in a while....are you still going to be posting? Im needing a bit of a Disney Fix todaypopcorn::

SOOOO sorry! Yes I will still post! I was afraid I had lost all my readers! Things just went nuts around here after the holidays! We had family in town, Olivia was super sick for about 3.5 weeks and then we moved, so I am just getting around to getting back on the DIS! I am actually in the process of planning our big trip for the year to celebrate Olivia's 5th birthday! I am running out the door now to pick Olivia up from school, but I will try my hardest to get back on and post this afternoon!

eecteacher82
04-08-2012, 11:12 AM
Hi everyone (if there is actually anyone still out there reading my pathetic TR)! I am happy to say that I am ready to get back into this TR and give it the attention it deserves! Things have been so nuts here, I didn't even log into the DIS boards for about 3 months! Now that things are settled down I am ready. I really want to get this yearly TR finished so I can start on the next year. Yep, we renewed our passes and are passholders for another great year! I already have Olivia's 5th birthday trip dates picked out and booked, so now I will have you guys to help me with the planning of that one! Can't wait to get another update in! Happy Easter to everyone!

blessedby3
04-09-2012, 07:56 AM
Hi everyone (if there is actually anyone still out there reading my pathetic TR)! I am happy to say that I am ready to get back into this TR and give it the attention it deserves! Things have been so nuts here, I didn't even log into the DIS boards for about 3 months! Now that things are settled down I am ready. I really want to get this yearly TR finished so I can start on the next year. Yep, we renewed our passes and are passholders for another great year! I already have Olivia's 5th birthday trip dates picked out and booked, so now I will have you guys to help me with the planning of that one! Can't wait to get another update in! Happy Easter to everyone!

Im still here...cant wait to read more!:surfweb:

jc040404
04-09-2012, 09:33 AM
Hi everyone (if there is actually anyone still out there reading my pathetic TR)! I am happy to say that I am ready to get back into this TR and give it the attention it deserves! Things have been so nuts here, I didn't even log into the DIS boards for about 3 months! Now that things are settled down I am ready. I really want to get this yearly TR finished so I can start on the next year. Yep, we renewed our passes and are passholders for another great year! I already have Olivia's 5th birthday trip dates picked out and booked, so now I will have you guys to help me with the planning of that one! Can't wait to get another update in! Happy Easter to everyone!

I'm still here!! I've been wondering about you, too! Glad to hear things are starting to settle down for you and cant wait to read about more of your WDW fun! Hope you had a great holiday!

eecteacher82
04-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Hmm, where did I leave off so many eons ago? Oh yeah, it was with us hopping on a boat bound for Beach Club and Beaches and Cream for lunch!

After an uneventful boat ride over, we made our way to B&C, only to discover that it was 1.5 hour wait :scared1: Umm, no thank you! We all decided to walk over to the Boardwalk and go to the ESPN Club since Toby loves it and Danelle had never been before.

We were given a table right away and ordered our drinks and started looking over the menu and just having a good time.

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Our food came pretty quickly, and by the looks of things (since I don't have the receipt and apparently didn't take notes) we had:

Chicken nuggets for Olivia:
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Chicken wings for me:
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Bacon cheeseburgers for Toby and Danelle:
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As always the food was good and we enjoyed our meal. The total was $42.43 including tip. Before we headed off to our afternoon adventures it was time for potty stops. I still can't believe I did it, but here are pics from inside the bathroom:
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Inside the stall:
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After potty stops it was time to head out and hop on a boat bound for DHS and an afternoon of fun (hopefully)!

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Up next: DHS, would our afternoon be better than our morning had, or would the same bad luck continue?

eecteacher82
04-09-2012, 12:40 PM
After we had stuffed our bellies it was time for some fun! We arrived at DHS at 2:55 and by the time we got through bag check and the turnstiles it was just after 3:00 and the afternoon parade had started. We snaked our way towards Star Tours and ended up stopping right around Indiana Jones to watch the parade. This was the first time we had actually seen the parade and we all enjoyed it! Here are just a few pics:
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Once the parade passed we continued on our path towards Star Tours since Olivia was begging to ride. On the way I prepared her for the fact that she might not be quite tall enough, but to try and stand up nice and tall so her head touched the bar. Well, we got to the entrance and of course Livy was asked to be measured, and.....














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She made it!!!!!!!!!! She was so excited to be able to ride! I on the other hand, was NOT! Ever since I was pregnant with Olivia I get terrible motion sickness and I was not looking forward to the ride!

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We had a pretty short wait and soon enough it was our turn. The verdict? Olivia loved every single second of it! The rest of us? We hated it! All of us grown ups felt super sick! :sick:

After that torture it was on to something we knew we would all enjoy. Toy Story Mania!

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Toby and I actually got to ride together and shoot our own guns on this ride since Olivia rode with Danelle! I didn't record any scores, but I know they were better than any time that Livy was taking turns with us.

After we had our fun Olivia conked out in the stroller pretty much immediately. Danelle and I took the opportunity to take a quick ride on Tower of Terror since we both love this ride and Toby does NOT!

When we were finished we met back up with Toby and I was going to grab a Butterfiinger cupcake from Starring Rolls but it was already closed for the day!!! How dare they! :scared1:

Since Olivia was sleeping, we decided to start heading home since Danelle had to work the next day. We took a bus back to Epcot and on our way to the car it started to rain. We pulled out of the Epcot parking lot at 5:20 and dropped Danelle off at her house at 7:00 and finally got to our house just before 7:30.

We had another good trip despite all of the hotel hassles and not so nice CMs!

Up next: Olivia is a star!

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-10-2012, 08:31 PM
I'm still here!!! You can correct that and say Livy does not really like Tower but will go on it once when Miss Megan is there lol. She is very brave + I'm proud of her!!!!

eecteacher82
04-11-2012, 01:45 PM
After a whopping 11 days without a trip it was time for some more Disney! This trip was going to be another girls only trip for Olivia and I. We had one thing in mind: Olivia wanted to be a dancing fool! You have probably seen the home movie from the Wolf family of their 2009 Disney trip (if you haven't here it is (http://youtu.be/vLOJ9HMkgAE)). The Wolf's were headed back to Disney and they were looking for some DISers to do some dancing with them. Since Olivia was obsessed with watching the video I knew it was something that would be right up her alley, and when I told her about it she wanted to do it right away!

This trip was going to be a quickie, leaving home Friday evening and coming home on Saturday. After our horrible experience with the hotel last time, there was no way I was using Priceline again, so I used last minute travel and got us the Clarion Hotel Maingate for $35 for the night. Once I had the hotel secured, I took advantage of Olivia napping and got our bag packed and the car loaded up and made dinner for Toby. We waited for Toby to get home so we could say goodbye and we pulled out of the driveway at 6:35. After a quick stop at McDonalds we were officially on the road!

The drive was going great until we hit traffic on I-4 that held us up for a little while, but we still managed to make decent time and arrived at the hotel at 9:20. After a quick check-in, I pulled the car around, unloaded it and we made our way to room 321 by 9:35.

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I wasn't sure what we would be getting for $35 and I have to say, we really, really liked it! The room was huge, nice and clean!

I debated heading to MK for a couple of hours since they were open until midnight, but decided against it and Olivia and I just took showers and watched a little tv before she fell asleep around 10:15 and me at 11:00. During that time I was texting with the Wolf's and we made a plan to meet up at DHS 10:30 the next morning!

Up next: I made a HUGE mistake......:scared1:

blessedby3
04-11-2012, 02:07 PM
Love the updates! We were there the exact same time as you quick trip. We were looking for the Wolfs, but never saw them. We made our own video while there and it was so much fun:) Glad you got to dance with them!

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-14-2012, 07:31 AM
I was going to say..Where was I but that was before I moved down haha. I love love love their videos!! Do they have any plans to come back soon?! They should do one to "Good Life" :) Miss you girls!!! You need to come back up here soon!!!

eecteacher82
04-14-2012, 08:50 AM
Love the updates! We were there the exact same time as you quick trip. We were looking for the Wolfs, but never saw them. We made our own video while there and it was so much fun:) Glad you got to dance with them!

We had a great time on our quite little trip (despite what I write about in the next update)! I'm so jealous that you made a video! I don't have anywhere near the skill level needed to do that!

I was going to say..Where was I but that was before I moved down haha. I love love love their videos!! Do they have any plans to come back soon?! They should do one to "Good Life" :) Miss you girls!!! You need to come back up here soon!!!

Yep, that was before you were down here! I believe you make you first appearance in the next trip we took (which will be after this day I have to write about). I know we need to come! Olivia has really been bugging me lately to come see you! I'd love to do an overnight, but since I booked Livy's birthday trip I'm trying to be a good mommy and put money towards that, so the reasonable/responsible part of me says to just do some day trips for a while to save on hotel money! Definitely planning at least a day trip in the next couple of weeks!

eecteacher82
04-14-2012, 02:49 PM
After a nice nights sleep, I was up at 7:45 and Olivia followed shortly after, around 8:00. Olivia immediately remembered that today was her "dancing day" and was beyond excited and wanted to get going right away! We were cleaned up, packed up and ready to head out a little before 9:00.

Beignets sounded quite yummy for breakfast so we headed to POFQ, parked and went inside for some breakfast. Once our bellies were full, we hopped on a DHS bound bus and were pulling in at 9:55.

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After bag check we made our way to the turnstiles. I swiped my ticket and the CM working the gate said "I'm sorry, your tickets are blacked out". Wait. What? While I was on the phone with a CM a week or so before I made sure to check on the blackout dates and I was told they were blacked out from June 18- August 19, and today was only the 11th! After a trip to Guest Relations it turns out that the 11th was the first day of the summer blackout and the information I had been given over the phone was wrong! Of course by this point Olivia was in tears that our tickets were "broken" and she wasn't going to be able to dance today! :guilty: I got her calmed down fairly quickly after I had texted the Wolf's and we had agreed to meet outside the DHS gates and do our bad dancing there.

Right on time at 10:30 we met the Wolf family and Olivia was in heaven and had forgotten that our tickets didn't work. I have to say, the family was super nice and Olivia and I had a blast with them! We spent almost 30 minutes doing our bad dancing and then just talking with them. By 11:00 we were done and it was time to part ways. How did the video turn out you ask? Well, here it is (http://youtu.be/ZXqGRdbQkNI).

Once the Wolf family had made their way inside DHS it was time to figure out what Olivia and I were going to do. Since we were so close, we decided to hop on a boat to the Beach Club and have some lunch at Beaches & Cream. When we arrived, there was only a 20 minute wait and we passed the time playing games on the iPod. Soon enough we were inside and eating.

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I wasn't very hungry, so I ordered 2 kids meals and an order of onion rings for the 2 of us to share.

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The kids meals were pretty good and the onion rings were yummy as well. Once our meals were finished, it was time for dessert:
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Neither one of us could finish our cute little ice cream sundaes we were so full. Out total came to $24.68 and we were rolling ourselves out by 12:30.

We decided our day wasn't over yet, so we hopped a bus to DTD to spend some time there since we never manage to when there are parks calling our name!


We arrived at DTD at 1:00 and made our way to World of Disney-which was PACKED! I have never seen this store so busy before! Needless to say, we didn't spend much time in there!

By now, Olivia was getting tired so we decided to start heading out, but not before a couple more stops. We of course had to get our free chocolate from Ghiradelli and then Olivia begged to get her face painted. Well, since I was feeling guilty about our tickets being blacked out, I said yes!
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After that, we hopped on a boat back to POFQ and left and made the uneventful trip back and we were home by 4:40.

Despite the whole thing of not being to go into a park, we had a really nice time! I think it was nice to take some extra to do things that we normally don't since we are so focused on park stuff!

Up next: Yet another girls trip! FINALLY meeting up with some DIS friends!

exwdwcm
04-15-2012, 04:48 PM
Total bummer on the blackout!!! Poor Olivia! But glad she still made the video- i saw it back when it was posted and loved seeing her in it. So cute. She must have been so excited.

Can't wait to see the rest of the report!!!

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-15-2012, 05:37 PM
Oh No!! I can't believe your tickets were denied!!!!! At least you made the most of it :) Let me know when/if you want to come up!! You know you're always welcome for a sleep over lol :)

Sunset Cliffs
04-15-2012, 10:26 PM
Hi there! I am just getting back on the Dis myself after months of being gone. I am caught up on your TR and I am loving all of the different trips that you have been on. Olivia was definitely a good sport to not actually be able to go into the park. What a trooper!

jc040404
04-16-2012, 08:23 PM
Oh no! That's awful about the blackout mix up! Thank goodness you were still able to dance and have a great time. I could see something like that really ruining someone's trip! That blackout is what keeps me from saving some money on seasonal APs instead. Our big birthday is June 13th!

Olivia is too cute with the face paint, btw. :thumbsup2 Glad she was able to handle not getting into the park okay. This sounds like a fun day!

blessedby3
04-17-2012, 08:19 AM
Sorry about the blackout dates. Are you blacked out for the whole summer??:scared1: At least Olivia got to dance and was happy with that!

eecteacher82
04-17-2012, 09:01 AM
Oh no! That's awful about the blackout mix up! Thank goodness you were still able to dance and have a great time. I could see something like that really ruining someone's trip! That blackout is what keeps me from saving some money on seasonal APs instead. Our big birthday is June 13th!

Olivia is too cute with the face paint, btw. :thumbsup2 Glad she was able to handle not getting into the park okay. This sounds like a fun day!

The blackouts dates actually work pretty well for us (in addition to the fact that we can save a good chunk of change on tickets by getting the seasonal passes). The only thing that is bad is that my birthday is in July so I never get to go to Disney for my birthday, but I really can't stand being out in that miserable weather with huge crowds so it actually works out ok!

Sorry about the blackout dates. Are you blacked out for the whole summer??:scared1: At least Olivia got to dance and was happy with that!

Our blackout dates this year are from June 9-August 16. In reality, I have no interest in being in the parks when it is so miserably hot and crowded, so the seasonal passes work really well for us (as long as I have my dates straight...:rolleyes1) Olivia is generally a pretty easy going and agreeable kiddo, so we are pretty lucky with that!

eecteacher82
04-18-2012, 11:30 AM
After 2 months of no Disney it was time to go back! First a little background. This trip would once again be a girls trip for Olivia and I, but it was also going to be when we FINALLY got to meet some of my DIS friends in real life!!! For the past few months I had been talking to Kristine (Tnkrbelle565), and we decided to meet up for a few days so Olivia and her DD Aisling could have some fun together. I had also been talking to Megan (TinkerbellLuvr7), so we were going meet up with her as well! I was so excited to finally meet them!

I booked Olivia and I at Pop Century (did you really expect anything different?) for Sunday and Monday nights with the quick service dining plan, and then just got a cheapo hotel for Saturday night. After many phone calls and texts with Kristine, I decided to change our quick service to the regular dining plan and we were going to join Kristine and her family for dinner one night. Ok, now I had one more meal credit left. Where should we use it? *Keep in mind that this is now mid to late July and we are traveling in mid to late August.* I hopped on Disney dining and tried to see what they had left that would work for us. I knew I wanted a breakfast on Monday morning maybe somewhere in the Epcot or MK area since we were planning on Epcot that day. I ended up with Cape May Cafe, which was fine with me since we had eaten there in December of 2010 and really enjoyed it. But...I ended up cancelling Cape May when I got something better that Olivia was really excited about...;) OK, I think that catches you up. Hotel reservations made. Dining plan booked/ADRs made. Plans made with new friends. I also one very special appointment booked for my little lady. Any guesses (no cheating if you were there with us...)?

It was finally Saturday August 20th! I was awake by 6:00 when Toby left for work and Olivia crawled out of bed around 7:45. Luckily I had packed the car the night before so there really wasn't too much to do before we left. I got the two of us ready pretty quickly, we ate some breakfast and were on the road by 8:30. After a quick stop at McD's for a diet coke we were really on our way!

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By 10:15 we had made our way to our hotel for the night. Champions World Resort. We went to check in and leave our bags with bell services since I had meds that couldn't sit in the hot car all day only to discover that every hotel is not like Disney! They had a strict policy of not letting anyone check in until 3:00 and they didn't have a place to store luggage. Hmm. What to do now? It was right about then then Megan texted me to see if we had made it up there yet, and she said I could just head to her apartment and leave the meds and food there for the day until we were ready to check in later that night. Yeah! Megan to the rescue! :worship: Livy and I hopped back in the car and headed to Megan's place (which was less than 5 minutes from our hotel). We pulled in and FINALLY got to meet Miss Megan (as Olivia calls her) in real life!...and I have zero pictures. :headache: After some quick hellos we left Megan to finish getting ready and we headed off. Soon enough we saw this

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We parked at the Beach Club (where Kristine and her family were staying) since I wasn't sure what our plans were for later that day. Almost as soon as we walked up a MK bus pulled up and we were off.

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By 12:00 we were walking into MK and ready for some fun! The first order of business was to renew our GAC. Once that was taken care of I text Kristine to see where her family was so we could meet up. They were in line for Haunted Mansion, so that is where we headed. On the way we had to stop for a PP pic of course!
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Finally it was time to head to HM and meet everyone! They weren't quite off the ride yet, so we had a few minutes to kill.

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Up next: Fun times with the Smith family!

TinkerbellLuvr7
04-18-2012, 06:06 PM
Yay finally!!!!! I'm so glad I could come to your rescue and store the meds :) Can't wait to read more!!

eecteacher82
04-25-2012, 11:37 AM
When I left off, Olivia and I were waiting Kristine and her family to get off of Haunted Mansion so we could finally meet! We spotted them pretty quickly and made our introductions (once again, no pictures! :headache:). Olivia and Aisling hit it off immediately and were chatting right away.

The ladies had enough of the standing in one place pretty quickly, they wanted rides! It was a unanimous decision, to Splash we went! After our nice and not too soaking ride, our ladies wanted more thrills, so we made our way next door to BTMRR.

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By now it was getting later and it was going to be time to part ways so the Smith family could get some nice pool time in before their dinner and Olivia and I had a very special appointment at 2:00. We decided that we had time for one more ride together and the girls picked POTC. Us parents were quite happy with this since it was pretty hot out and we all needed some a/c!

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After our ride we parted ways for the time being with plans to meet back up later for fireworks and Olivia and I made a quick potty stop and made our way towards the front of the park!

Up next: Exactly where are Olivia and I off to?

eecteacher82
04-25-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi guys! I just wanted to invite everyone to join in on my PTR for Olivia's birthday trip this year. I debated about just adding in it in with this TR, but decided to just start a new one instead. HERE (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2914067) it is! Come on over...and invite your friends too!!

torsie24
04-25-2012, 12:10 PM
Hi Erin :)

I just found your TR :)

You're so lucky to be so close to WDW and Livy is adorable. :)

Can't wait to read more. X

eecteacher82
04-25-2012, 12:20 PM
Hi Erin :)

I just found your TR :)

You're so lucky to be so close to WDW and Livy is adorable. :)

Can't wait to read more. X

:welcome: So glad to have you here! I have to say, living so close to Disney is amazing, it is the only thing I like about living in Florida! Thanks, we think our little princess is pretty cute too, well most of the time!

Sunset Cliffs
05-03-2012, 07:34 PM
I'm so impressed with Olivia going on so many "big girl" rides. We are still working our way up to those with Dylan, although he did ride Test Track a few times on our last trip. He is really hot & cold when it comes to bravery, so I guess we just have to catch him at the right time. :confused3 Can't wait to see where you go next.

TinkerbellLuvr7
05-07-2012, 07:07 PM
I bet you headed to see me!!!!!!