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LilAnn
08-20-2011, 01:35 AM
So since I got some positive feedback and before I am MIA for a bit, I am going to try to post the video. As I mentioned in the post, I didn't start the video until halfway through the interaction so I missed the big hug in the beginning. But we got the pose. The voice you hear laughing and egging on Woody would be my best friend because she is loving every moment of it. I hope you like it!

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dawnbu40
08-20-2011, 04:56 AM
That video was adorable and it really made me miss having a little one! Thanks for posting the video and have a wonderful time on your trip!:goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
08-20-2011, 05:37 AM
Alright. Seriously. Cutest character visit EVER. Both Jessie and Woody were fantastic! Thank you for sharing!! :goodvibes

tinkgurl
08-20-2011, 12:18 PM
Oh. My. Gosh. You got me crying over here! Happy tears though! That was absolutely the most adorable meet 'n greet ever! I just felt the love and excitement. I completely understand because this was the same feeling I got when Little Guy met Buzz. I think you remember that moment from my TR. I'll go back and find the pic of them posing the same just like your little one and Jessie. Thanks for sharing this moment!!! :cutie:

Here it is!!

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kaileighbug
08-21-2011, 07:16 AM
What an awesome meet n greet. The look on your daughter's face when she comes back is just priceless.:cool1:

petals
08-21-2011, 09:16 AM
I totally missed you starting another trip report but joining in now!

Luvin the way big Annie put little Annie in her pocket! and your DD is super cute at all the character interactions she looks so happy :)

To cute about the Aladdin meet as well!

I loled at the inappropriate pose with Buzz in DTD

I love the woodie and jessie video as well so cute and she got to spend sooooooooooo long with them! :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
08-21-2011, 04:17 PM
I'm here! Late, but here now.

I guarantee that we probably crossed paths several times. We were at the MK for the MVP parade, we were just further down the street then you were.

We were also at the MK when you were there when your DD met Jessie again in her Jessie getup. She is just sooooo cute! :cloud9:

PlutosRHM55
08-21-2011, 04:47 PM
Awwww... that is just such an adorable meet and greet. She definitely did not want to go. And I love the video! I think my favorite part was when your friend yells out "There's a snake in my boot!" and Woody just jumps back and goes a bit crazy, so funny. It was very cute seeing your daughter and Jessie pose together, adorable! Moments like this are what make Disney so special and unique.

Cat0727
08-21-2011, 05:07 PM
I'm behind a couple of updates but I just want to say that is the sweetest and most adorable meet 'n' greet I have ever seen! Moments like that show what a Disney trip is all about. Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

MEK
08-21-2011, 09:33 PM
OMG - that video was soooooooo precious. What a wonderful way to end my day. Your daughter just pulls on my heart strings. How precious!!!!!

Fabulous pictures and what a great day with your friends!

LilAnn
08-22-2011, 04:18 AM
That video was adorable and it really made me miss having a little one! Thanks for posting the video and have a wonderful time on your trip!:goodvibes

Thanks Dawn! This was the one moment that really made me want to write a TR and share it with all my Dis friends! Have a fabulous time on your trip as well if I don't get a chance to pop on before you leave.

Alright. Seriously. Cutest character visit EVER. Both Jessie and Woody were fantastic! Thank you for sharing!! :goodvibes

Aw, thanks so much! I thought it was pretty awesome myself. Then again, I et a lot of people have similar experiences with the princesses and all that, but this was a big one for our family. Jessie and Woody were soooo great. Thanks so much for reading!

Oh. My. Gosh. You got me crying over here! Happy tears though! That was absolutely the most adorable meet 'n greet ever! I just felt the love and excitement. I completely understand because this was the same feeling I got when Little Guy met Buzz. I think you remember that moment from my TR. I'll go back and find the pic of them posing the same just like your little one and Jessie. Thanks for sharing this moment!!! :cutie:

Here it is!!

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Aw, Tink, you know I totally could not wait to share this with you! I totally knew you would understand how I felt. And I miss reading your TR with your Little Guy. Fantastic pic with Buzz. Now if only we could find a kid who was a big Woody fan and we could get all three kiddos together....:goodvibes That is what makes trips to Disney so worth it!

What an awesome meet n greet. The look on your daughter's face when she comes back is just priceless.:cool1:

Thanks! We thought so too. My best friend said that meet and greet made her little side trip to Disney worth it. She seriously was in heaven!

LilAnn
08-22-2011, 04:31 AM
I totally missed you starting another trip report but joining in now!

Luvin the way big Annie put little Annie in her pocket! and your DD is super cute at all the character interactions she looks so happy :)

To cute about the Aladdin meet as well!

I loled at the inappropriate pose with Buzz in DTD

I love the woodie and jessie video as well so cute and she got to spend sooooooooooo long with them! :thumbsup2

No worries, it took me months before I even started my TR! :laughing: Thanks for joining in, though!

Yes, that Annie moment is our second favorite part of our trip. She talked about big Annie putting little Annie in her pocket for days, and still does.

Ah, yes, the inappropriate poses. Guess that is what happens when you are a little one! At least they weren't on purpose!

Woody and Jessie did spend so much time with her! And the video is only the second half. My husband said that most of the people in line were okay with it, but he did see some annoyed parents as well. I did feel a bit guilty at the end with how long it was taking, but oh well. How do you tell your little girl to hurry up when she is meeting her idols?

I'm here! Late, but here now.

I guarantee that we probably crossed paths several times. We were at the MK for the MVP parade, we were just further down the street then you were.

We were also at the MK when you were there when your DD met Jessie again in her Jessie getup. She is just sooooo cute! :cloud9:

Hey, not as late as I was to your TR! I popped over on the last day I think! :laughing:

We probably passed you sitting and waiting for the MVP parade since we had gotten her hair cut prior to the parade and saw tons of people camped out on Main Street in their Packers gear.

Thanks for stopping over!

Awwww... that is just such an adorable meet and greet. She definitely did not want to go. And I love the video! I think my favorite part was when your friend yells out "There's a snake in my boot!" and Woody just jumps back and goes a bit crazy, so funny. It was very cute seeing your daughter and Jessie pose together, adorable! Moments like this are what make Disney so special and unique.

I know right? I love that about Disney, how the cast members know how to stay in character and totally know how to make each moment special. I would never have thought of shouting that out! Thanks so much for popping over!

I'm behind a couple of updates but I just want to say that is the sweetest and most adorable meet 'n' greet I have ever seen! Moments like that show what a Disney trip is all about. Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

Aw, no worries. It's been a busy summer and I have been behind on all my TRs too! I just got all caught up on some of them. Thank so much and I agree. Those are the moments that make the expense of Disney worth it. That is exactly why I am willing to go to Disney time and time again (other than my own love of it;))

OMG - that video was soooooooo precious. What a wonderful way to end my day. Your daughter just pulls on my heart strings. How precious!!!!!

Fabulous pictures and what a great day with your friends!

Aw, thanks so much! You should have seen how all of us adults were looking after that meet and greet - tears in our eyes and silly happy grins on our faces. And we loved that we had our best friends to share it with. Glad you liked it!

lbuzz52
08-22-2011, 12:56 PM
What a great story! i agree with a previous poster- moments like those are exactly why you take young children. I love Woody's poses behind Jessie too!

RachelNinja
08-24-2011, 01:43 PM
How cute that your DD wanted a picture with Pocahontas! The CM didn't really look like her at all though.

Love the elephant and Jessie poses!

Yay for finding the nerds Disney bag! Very park appropriate!

Awww, how cute that your DD was asking if Donald was going to be okay after PhilharMagic! I love that he's stuck in the wall but then he falls through. So cute!

I loved reading about the Jessie interaction again! Ahhh, melts my heart! The video is fantastic. I love how warm they can be even though they don't even talk.

Sunset Cliffs
08-28-2011, 09:35 PM
Hi there!!! I just got caught up on your TR today. Sorry for missing so much but we traveled a lot in July and I went back to work in August and it has been crazy, as expected. We've been in school for 2 weeks, so I'm hoping it will start to settle down now. This is my first time on the Dis in 6 weeks!

I LOVE the Jesse meeting. It seriously brought me to tears, and I'm so glad that you posted the video because you can truly see how much the CM's inside those costumes loved her. :lovestruc That is the kind of character meeting that all mom's hope that their kids get to have. I'm so happy that you had that moment!

I've been meaning to ask you what Disney CD's you have for your cars? I want to get some for Dylan, but haven't looked into it at all.

SoonerGirl
08-29-2011, 05:13 PM
I know I told you this after I read about it on your blog, but that has to be one of the cutest character meet & greets EVER! And I loved the video :love:

I'm sure there were some people who were getting annoyed in line, but I sure wouldn't have been one of them, I enjoy watching other kids interact with the characters, especially when the interaction is as special as that one was!

petals
08-29-2011, 05:26 PM
Woody and Jessie did spend so much time with her! And the video is only the second half. My husband said that most of the people in line were okay with it, but he did see some annoyed parents as well. I did feel a bit guilty at the end with how long it was taking, but oh well. How do you tell your little girl to hurry up when she is meeting her idols?



I'd just tell the annoyed parents to bugger off. Everyone pays to get into the park so every little prince or princess (or big prince or princess) deserves as much time as they want with the characters I think :) Anyways you couldn't drag her away when she's having so much fun and being so cute at it :)

LilAnn
09-02-2011, 03:29 PM
What a great story! i agree with a previous poster- moments like those are exactly why you take young children. I love Woody's poses behind Jessie too!

Exactly! I think that it's so much fun to see everything through the eyes of a toddler. It's just all so magical to them! Woody really did have some great "expressions" through the whole meet.

How cute that your DD wanted a picture with Pocahontas! The CM didn't really look like her at all though.

Love the elephant and Jessie poses!

Yay for finding the nerds Disney bag! Very park appropriate!

Awww, how cute that your DD was asking if Donald was going to be okay after PhilharMagic! I love that he's stuck in the wall but then he falls through. So cute!

I loved reading about the Jessie interaction again! Ahhh, melts my heart! The video is fantastic. I love how warm they can be even though they don't even talk.

Yes, that Pocahontas was not completely "believable" in my book. But that's okay, DD is still young enough that she didn't notice.

I knew you would appreciate the Disney nerds park bag that I invested in!

I love Philharmagic! It was so cute and seeing her grab at everything while watching the movie was funny.

That was such a great meet. You know how excited I was about it!

Hi there!!! I just got caught up on your TR today. Sorry for missing so much but we traveled a lot in July and I went back to work in August and it has been crazy, as expected. We've been in school for 2 weeks, so I'm hoping it will start to settle down now. This is my first time on the Dis in 6 weeks!

I LOVE the Jesse meeting. It seriously brought me to tears, and I'm so glad that you posted the video because you can truly see how much the CM's inside those costumes loved her. :lovestruc That is the kind of character meeting that all mom's hope that their kids get to have. I'm so happy that you had that moment!

I've been meaning to ask you what Disney CD's you have for your cars? I want to get some for Dylan, but haven't looked into it at all.

Hi Alison! I know, summer has just been so busy, I can't believe that it is already Labor Day weekend!

Wasn't it a great video? It totally made the whole trip for us. You were one of the other people that I was thinking about when it happened - I couldn't wait to share that moment with you and Tink, because I just knew you would understand what I was feeling. I was hoping for a cute photo or two with the costume, but I didn't expect that - so it was awesome!

In terms of a Disney cd. I keep meaning to get the 4 parks cd, but we have one of the 2-cd Disney's greatest hits or something like that. It has all the major songs from their biggest movies. So my husband has one cd in his car and I have the other. It also has some of the ride/attraction songs - Small World, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean. Always fun to listen to.

I know I told you this after I read about it on your blog, but that has to be one of the cutest character meet & greets EVER! And I loved the video :love:

I'm sure there were some people who were getting annoyed in line, but I sure wouldn't have been one of them, I enjoy watching other kids interact with the characters, especially when the interaction is as special as that one was!

I know, it was a truly memorable experience. So great!

I agree with you - I always love watching other families getting a special moment. One year I totally teared up myself watching a little boy meet his idol - Woody. You can just feel the magic!:goodvibes

I'd just tell the annoyed parents to bugger off. Everyone pays to get into the park so every little prince or princess (or big prince or princess) deserves as much time as they want with the characters I think :) Anyways you couldn't drag her away when she's having so much fun and being so cute at it :)

Yes, it definitely was hard to get her away from Woody and Jessie when she was so adored by them! :laughing: She was just basking in the happiness. I just pretended to be oblivious to all the annoyed people in line.

RyansMommy1
09-03-2011, 08:58 AM
i may have posted before but im not sure... i read these things like they re going out of style and forget whose TRs i post on! :lmao:
anyway your daughter is absolutely beautiful and this is my favorite "child" PTR..i have a 4yr old boy going on his first trip in 2012!
keep up the good work.. i love reading your updates...especially all the Jessie pose pictures!! :rotfl:

LilAnn
09-06-2011, 09:40 AM
i may have posted before but im not sure... i read these things like they re going out of style and forget whose TRs i post on! :lmao:
anyway your daughter is absolutely beautiful and this is my favorite "child" PTR..i have a 4yr old boy going on his first trip in 2012!
keep up the good work.. i love reading your updates...especially all the Jessie pose pictures!! :rotfl:

Aw, thanks so much for reading and I am so glad that you are enjoying it! I know what you mean, I am subscribed to so many TRs that I can barely keep up! You are going to have such an awesome time with your little boy's first trip! I just love seeing all the wonder in their faces when they are in Disney. It really does make the trip worth it. :cloud9: My daughter has come back with some new poses from our most recent trip!:rotfl:

dawnbu40
09-06-2011, 12:21 PM
I just wanted to stop by and let you know how much we all enjoyed meeting you and your beautiful family :goodvibes It was so nice to finally meet you face to face! :)

LilAnn
09-06-2011, 10:23 PM
I just wanted to stop by and let you know how much we all enjoyed meeting you and your beautiful family :goodvibes It was so nice to finally meet you face to face! :)

Aw, thanks Dawn! We enjoyed meeting up with you guys too and it looked like you were having such a great time together. I agree, it was so nice to finally meet in person! And it was pretty fun texting back and forth while at Disney. Too bad our little gal was being shy so you couldn't see her in action. She was tired too - didn't make it to Wishes and barely held her eyes open for the castle show.

Thanks for meeting with us! :goodvibes

LilAnn
09-08-2011, 07:57 AM
Sorry for the gap in updates, but we just got back from an extended stay in Florida. Yes, I managed to finagle a day or two at Disney, but it was supposed to be a Harry Potter centered trip with more family. Hurricane Irene decided to extend our stay in Florida for us by cancelling some flights, so we made the best of it by going to Disney an extra day. I mean, I guess there are worse things than being stuck in Florida on vacation, right?

Anyways, back to the TR....

So after our perfect little Woody and Jessie interaction,

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we were all wandering around the Magic Kingdom in a happy little bubble. In our minds, there wasn’t much that could top that little interaction. Like most of our park days, we had no concrete agenda or touring plan. Our friends just had a list of “must-do” attractions for their MK day, but otherwise, we just let our little girl point the way. Of course she did it all in her Jessie outfit for a while there. Since it was February, the weather was perfect for her to walk around in that costume. Not too hot, and not so cold that she needed a jacket.

We were getting a bit hungry by that point, so we stopped off to eat at Pecos Bill. I think I forgot to mention that while we were waiting in the super long line for Woody and Jessie, Auntie Nini and I had run over to grab FP for Splash Mountain. Uncle G and my husband weren’t feeling up to rides that day, so we used their park tickets to get FP for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It worked out perfectly that the return times were within an hour window of each other, and by the time we had made it through the meet and greet, it was time for us to ride!

So while our little girl left with the boys to get lunch first, we hopped on the two nearby mountains for our rides. I was so happy because on our recent trips, I have rarely gotten the chance to ride BTMRR and Splash Mountian, especially with a friend. Since it was with my best friend, I was even happier! I don’t know how we never managed a Disney trip between the two of us before. Oh yeah, we were always poor college students back then.

We then met back up with the boys and our little girl back at Pecos Bill. They had finished with their lunches so we just grabbed our food and gobbled it down. We didn’t want to hold up the group too much.

We then peeked around Toontown a little bit. Auntie Nini and Uncle G wanted to see it one last time before it was closed off and gone for good. One last visit to Minnie and Mickey’s Country houses. One last look at the Barnstormer before it gets rethemed. One last look around at the general area.

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Looks like this little cowgirl can’t get in.

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Apparently we headed over to engage in a little Space Ranger Spin shortly after (it’s been so long that I totally can’t recall exactly).

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Auntie Nini’s face is totally indicative of the kind of people we turn into when we are at Disney (or at least us girls). Everything is just fun and happy, so who needs a plan? We just run around enjoying our time in the parks and going on all of our favorite rides.

Apparently we ran into this friendly little alien on our way out of Tomorrowland.

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For some reason, Stitch never seems to scare our little one. Maybe because all of his extra little arms and legs have been tucked in?

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I never really noticed before, but does Stitch rock a little goatee? Hunh.

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After we ran into Stitch, we took a little “break.” Auntie Nini needed to go on Carousel of Progress while we were in the neighborhood and the rest of us decided it would be a nice little rest period. Secretly, I was hoping that my little cowgirl would take a little nap during the show, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Nope, the song proved to be too catchy for her and she totally enjoyed watching the little dog in each scene. The two men may have gotten the little nap instead.

Next we went on a favorite ride of mine, once again hoping to coax a little nap out of our little one. We hopped on the Peoplemover to enjoy our little tour of the park. I love to just sit back, out my feet up and just enjoy the ride. Once again, no nap, but it was a nice relaxing ride up in the skies.

So after our little rest, we saw that it was time for a favorite of our little girl. It was Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It time! Yup, readers of my last TR will recall how often we saw that parade in May. You don’t think that my little cowgirl had forgotten about it do you? Of course not! She wanted to stay in her Jessie costume, but I convinced her to change out of it before the parade started. It had warmed up a bit and I didn’t want her getting too hot.

On our way to the front of Cinderella’s castle, we stopped off for a few PP pictures. This is a classic family photo.

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I can’t even tell you how many photos like that we have. It is a classic snapshot of us. Then we composed ourselves a little bit.

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We even got in a nice magic shot!

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Auntie Nini and Uncle G got a few pictures themselves.

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It was perfect because we got a couple of really great photos. Since we had preordered the cd, I was determined to make use of it. I was also hosting my best friend’s bridal shower back home in a month so I was able to get so many cute pictures from our Disney trip that I was able to put up around the house. The “proposal” photos were definitely displayed on the walls for the shower!

I love that they are both wearing Disney shirts! So cute! I think the only one that wasn’t wearing a Disney shirt was my husband. I don’t think I would have managed to get one on him.

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Then we just HAD to get in a girls picture, especially since we were all wearing Minnie Mouse shirts. That was a fun coincidence!

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And Minnie popped in for a photo as well.

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After our little photo shoot, we continued on our way to grab some spots for the parade.

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LilAnn
09-08-2011, 08:01 AM
We got there just in time. She is always waving to the characters as the parade rolls past.

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We have seen it so many times that we know just where Woody and Jessie’s float will stop for the street party portion.

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It wasn’t that crowded so our little girl had plenty of space to dance and jump around.

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She always manages to find a prime spot right next to Jessie when dancing.

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I think we must have seen the last Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade because it looks like the sun is starting to set at this point.

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We had a 7pm dinner reservation coming up soon so we decided to hang around Main Street for the next hour. Auntie Nini and Uncle G wandered around the stores, picking up a few souvenirs while we explored the street some more.

It was such a great day with our little girl!

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Mommy and daughter were happy campers that evening!

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We soon camped out in a little nook off Main Street to wait for our friends.

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Once everyone was back together, we hopped on the monorail for our dinner. We were headed to a favorite dining place of ours, located in the Poly. Can you guess? One hint….it’s the place where I took the photo of my husband in the intro post. It’s the place with a dessert that he literally dreams about.

Ohana!!

We were excited because our friends had never been before and we knew they would both like it. Plus, they weren’t on the dining plan and we wanted to make some of their meals worth the cost they were paying. You can’t get much better than an all-you-can-eat feast of meat, sticky wing, noodles, veggies, salad…..and the banana bread pudding. Really, I think that is the main reason we go – dessert.

I was also excited because we had scored a dinner reservation for 7pm, which meant that we should be able to watch Wishes from our table! And our little one was excited for all the fun activities they had to entertain her during dinner.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good game of limbo?

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Especially when you can just walk under the stick.

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She’s happy with all the activities.

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The adults are happy because it keeps her occupied and gives us more time to stuff our faces. It was a yummy meal, as always, Just as they brought out dessert for our table, the lights dimmed, and the children’s activities stopped. The music from Wishes started to play over the speakers and it was just perfect! We sat there eating our scrumptious banana bread pudding while watching the fireworks go off. While it is not totally the same experience as being inside the park watching the fireworks show, it’s not bad, either. The dinner was a fabulous way to end a pretty fantastic day at the Magic Kingdom.

As we rolled ourselves out of Ohana, we did manage to stop for a picture or two. This is probably the closest any of us will get to surfing.

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Of course you know our little one doesn’t pass on an opportunity to pose herself.

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The happy couple (now newlyweds) as we slowly made our way out of the Polynesian.

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Up next: we meet up again for Epcot

IheartDDuck
09-08-2011, 08:20 AM
You guys had a really great day! Your DD is so photogenic and she's so good at being ready for pictures.

tankgirl427
09-08-2011, 08:50 AM
It sounds like you guys had a great day!

dawnbu40
09-08-2011, 09:50 AM
What a wonderful day you had! The family pictures are adorable.

My family would agree that CoP is a perfect spot for a nap :laughing:

'Ohana is the perfect way to end a MK day! It is my favorite Disney meal and watching Wishes while eating is perfect :goodvibes

tinkgurl
09-08-2011, 11:54 AM
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Absolutely love this picture! :)

Looks like you guys did the parade at the perfect time. The sun going down made for some pretty pictures! Plus, it had to be nice not standing out in the sun!

Yum! Ohana! I could go for that right now! ALLLLLLLOOOOOOHHHHHAAAAA!

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-08-2011, 12:29 PM
Looks like you guys had a wonderful day!!! :goodvibes Your little one seemed to be entirely energetic throughout the day, despite skipping that nap you had been hoping for!

I've never been to Ohana, but it always sounds great! I'm a fan of the rodizio-style meal, those are always fun!

heathers4um
09-08-2011, 03:52 PM
Hiya :wave:

Just came across and read the entire TR! I am in my office oooh-ing and ahhh-ing to myself! :rotfl:

Your daughter is precious, and has a knack for finding all the characters...may we borrow her in a few weeks? :rolleyes1

Your TR is great - thanks for sharing! I cant wait for more! :thumbsup2

LilAnn
09-09-2011, 07:59 AM
You guys had a really great day! Your DD is so photogenic and she's so good at being ready for pictures.

Yes, it really was a great day! :goodvibes And thanks, she definitely is willing to pose for pictures when she is in the mood (key words there)

By the way, your team was looking pretty awesome last night.

It sounds like you guys had a great day!

It was a great day, thanks! Disney with friends and loved ones is uually a good day in my book! :thumbsup2

What a wonderful day you had! The family pictures are adorable.

My family would agree that CoP is a perfect spot for a nap :laughing:

'Ohana is the perfect way to end a MK day! It is my favorite Disney meal and watching Wishes while eating is perfect :goodvibes

Thanks, I had actually forgotten about the family pictures, so I think I need to print those out and get them framed.

'Ohana is usually pretty good. This past trip we just got back from was the first time we didn't eat there. We had a ADR for our "original" last night, but since half of our party flew out early, we had to let it go.

Absolutely love this picture! :)

Looks like you guys did the parade at the perfect time. The sun going down made for some pretty pictures! Plus, it had to be nice not standing out in the sun!

Yum! Ohana! I could go for that right now! ALLLLLLLOOOOOOHHHHHAAAAA!

Thanks Tink! I miss reading your TR's!!! I can't wait for you to start your PTR and Disneymoon TR! And you know I'll be anxiously awaiting pics from the wedding. :goodvibes

It was so much nicer watching the parade when it's not 100 degrees out. I didn't feel like I was melting away.

I could go for some 'Ohana right now too! ALLLLLOOOOOOHHHHHAAAA back to you!

Looks like you guys had a wonderful day!!! :goodvibes Your little one seemed to be entirely energetic throughout the day, despite skipping that nap you had been hoping for!

I've never been to Ohana, but it always sounds great! I'm a fan of the rodizio-style meal, those are always fun!

yes, I think she managed to make it thorugh without a nap because it was also not 100 degrees out and zapping all of our energy. Plus she must have still been on a high from the Jessie moment. She also usually is full of energy around friends.

There is definitely lot's of food at Ohana!

Hiya :wave:

Just came across and read the entire TR! I am in my office oooh-ing and ahhh-ing to myself! :rotfl:

Your daughter is precious, and has a knack for finding all the characters...may we borrow her in a few weeks? :rolleyes1

Your TR is great - thanks for sharing! I cant wait for more! :thumbsup2

Hi and welcome aboard! :welcome:

Thank you, she definitely does have her eyes peeled for characters at all times when we are in Disney. On our recent trip we actually came across Alice and the White Rabbit riding on the tea cups and my daughter mistakenly thought that they will do that every ride. She stood there saying she wanted to wait for the rabbit to ride it with her. :rolleyes1 We had to do some explaining on that one.

I am sure she would love to help you find characters since she is continually asking to go to Disney. She may not want you in any of her pictures though as she usually wants them all for herself! :laughing: And my husband and I may need to smuggle ourselves along too if it means being there for Food & Wine time! Yum!

Thanks so much for reading along!

lbuzz52
09-09-2011, 02:22 PM
i completely agree- the best part of Ohana's is dessert!

MEK
09-09-2011, 04:17 PM
What a fun day! I love all your pictures, but I especially love the one of the three girls! That's cute!

So glad you enjoyed Ohana. It is one of the best meals there!!!!

Great update!

shan23877
09-10-2011, 01:06 AM
Followed you over from my TR and trying to catch up. Your DD is so stinking ADORABLE! Since my DD is also a character stalker, I can totally relate. :lmao:
P.S. Check out the pic of my DD and Belle in the beginning of my TR for another inappropriate photo! :laughing:

SoonerGirl
09-10-2011, 08:10 AM
What a perfect day! I love that you were able to share it with your good friends :goodvibes

RachelNinja
09-10-2011, 09:32 AM
Isn't it such a different experience being able to ride a fun ride with a friend? I grew up riding it with my dad only, and though it was fun, we were quiet on the line and such so it was a bit too somber for me, haha. Then Matt started riding it, but I think that trip, I didn't ride because I had a headache. Now Howard will be there during every trip! The trip with my cousins was the greatest because it was an entirely different experience!

Such cute family photos! Your DD's smile is precious!

I love that little spot where you waited on Main Street. It looks like such a peaceful spot to relax and take a breather (or even enjoy a snack!). Is it on one of those "side" streets?

Sunset Cliffs
09-10-2011, 10:13 AM
What an amazing park day! Probably one of the best I've read about it a while. First of all, you got to go on grown up rides with....a grown up! So fun to go with your best friend.

I think it's sweet that your daughter loves to dance to the parades. Dylan will do that when he thinks we aren't looking, but if we pay too much attention, he will stop. Then he starts again when we aren't looking. :laughing:

Then, to finish off with Ohanas! We finally got to try it on our last trip, and it will now be a MUST DO for all future trips. The food was so amazing, and I know exactly what you mean about that dessert. Yum!

PlutosRHM55
09-10-2011, 11:35 AM
Awwww... that's great you got to ride a few rides with your friend this trip. And then get to show them Toontown one last time. The pictures of your daughter trying to open the door to the barn. Adorable :goodvibes

Oh wow! I never noticed Stitch had a goatee of sorts. That's pretty funny :laughing: So many things about experiment 626 that we don't know... And your daughter looks so cute with him, he's a lot shorter than most characters and just fits well with her (:

Oh, I love your Photopass, you guys look great as a family and I love the Minnie photo! How ironic you all ended up in Minnie shirts. If only your husband and your friend's fiance were wearing Mickey shirts :thumbsup2

You guys definitely seem to enjoy the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade. Your daughter really gets into it and looks so sweet. Imagine if she had been wearing her Jessie outfit for the parade, I'm guessing Jessie would've gone right for her :teeth:

Awesome to hear you had a nice meal at 'Ohana! It's so cute, the pictures of your daughter just walking right under the limbo stick. She is such a ham (: And that's awesome they played Wishes music while you were there. A great way to end your day :D

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

LilAnn
09-13-2011, 01:32 AM
i completely agree- the best part of Ohana's is dessert!

Yes, that banana bread pudding is divine. So gooooood!

What a fun day! I love all your pictures, but I especially love the one of the three girls! That's cute!

So glad you enjoyed Ohana. It is one of the best meals there!!!!

Great update!

Yes, I love the PP pics too! That particular location proved to be a good spot for us. We got some great ones there.

Yes, we always enjoy Ohana. I feel like there is a little bit of everything so depending on what I am in the mood for, I'm all set no matter what!

Followed you over from my TR and trying to catch up. Your DD is so stinking ADORABLE! Since my DD is also a character stalker, I can totally relate. :lmao:
P.S. Check out the pic of my DD and Belle in the beginning of my TR for another inappropriate photo! :laughing:

Aw, thanks! And welcome to my TR! Yes, I figured that you would totally relate to my type of trip - that's why I subbed in to yours. Your title alone is our motto when touring the World.

By the way - I totally saw that Belle inappropriate pic earlier and didn't say anything (but I was dying inside).

What a perfect day! I love that you were able to share it with your good friends :goodvibes

Thanks Michelle! Good friends always make any day brighter, don't you think? We had one more day with them before they had to fly out.

Isn't it such a different experience being able to ride a fun ride with a friend? I grew up riding it with my dad only, and though it was fun, we were quiet on the line and such so it was a bit too somber for me, haha. Then Matt started riding it, but I think that trip, I didn't ride because I had a headache. Now Howard will be there during every trip! The trip with my cousins was the greatest because it was an entirely different experience!

Such cute family photos! Your DD's smile is precious!

I love that little spot where you waited on Main Street. It looks like such a peaceful spot to relax and take a breather (or even enjoy a snack!). Is it on one of those "side" streets?

Oh my gosh - I love when I take Disney trips with a friend! I love how chessy and goofy we get together. I bet your cousins trip was such a fun one, can't wait to read more of that one....;)

I love my daughter's smile - you can totally tell when she is truly happy! Which is most of the time at Disney!

That spot was on a "side street," you're right! I always feel like people rarely explore those areas. I just love all the details in Disney.

What an amazing park day! Probably one of the best I've read about it a while. First of all, you got to go on grown up rides with....a grown up! So fun to go with your best friend.

I think it's sweet that your daughter loves to dance to the parades. Dylan will do that when he thinks we aren't looking, but if we pay too much attention, he will stop. Then he starts again when we aren't looking. :laughing:

Then, to finish off with Ohanas! We finally got to try it on our last trip, and it will now be a MUST DO for all future trips. The food was so amazing, and I know exactly what you mean about that dessert. Yum!

Right? Isn't it fun to go on a grown-up ride with a grown-up after only doing kiddie rides with a toddler? I got to do more this past trip in August when we went with more family and hit up Universal/Harry Potter. Lot's of big people rides there and I was the "go-to" roller coaster adult.

Oh, she totally gets so excited for the parades! The dancing only happened because she had so much room to move around. Usually, if we are right up front, she is just standing there waving like a lunatic.

I'm glad you enjoyed Ohana's! It gets mixed reviews, but we love it. Sooooo much food and seriously, that dessert! :cloud9:

Awwww... that's great you got to ride a few rides with your friend this trip. And then get to show them Toontown one last time. The pictures of your daughter trying to open the door to the barn. Adorable :goodvibes

Oh wow! I never noticed Stitch had a goatee of sorts. That's pretty funny :laughing: So many things about experiment 626 that we don't know... And your daughter looks so cute with him, he's a lot shorter than most characters and just fits well with her (:

Oh, I love your Photopass, you guys look great as a family and I love the Minnie photo! How ironic you all ended up in Minnie shirts. If only your husband and your friend's fiance were wearing Mickey shirts :thumbsup2

You guys definitely seem to enjoy the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade. Your daughter really gets into it and looks so sweet. Imagine if she had been wearing her Jessie outfit for the parade, I'm guessing Jessie would've gone right for her :teeth:

Awesome to hear you had a nice meal at 'Ohana! It's so cute, the pictures of your daughter just walking right under the limbo stick. She is such a ham (: And that's awesome they played Wishes music while you were there. A great way to end your day :D

Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

Yes, I have taken a few trips to Disney with another good friend before - and those are always fun. Friend trips. You can be zany and kooky and act like a kid and just enjoy yourself on all the rides.

oh my gosh - right? About the goatee? I never noticed it until I wrote this update! I was like - what? When did he have that? I'll have to look up some pics form the movie.

I know, about the parade. I do wish she had kept her outfit on for the parade, but she was getting warm and spilling things on it. It would have been cute to see though!

I totally love Wishes! It's my favorite nighttime "show." Thanks for reading along!

LilAnn
09-20-2011, 01:00 PM
Sorry for the delays between updates, but time is just flying by! I can't believe fall is here, although the weather outside is definitely reminding me lately. At least I have a quick little update ready.

Thursday morning we woke up to a brisk, cool day. It’s a good thing we came from colder climates because the coats and layers sure did come in handy. However, that is definitely not what we had in mind when we planned a vacation to Florida. At least it wasn’t snowing, that’s good, right?

So we got ourselves all bundled up and headed out to the car. We were headed to Epcot this morning and our friends were meeting us there once they got packed. Due to all the different changes in the travel plans, they had to cut their trip a little shorter than originally planned and were leaving to the airport later in the day. They still wanted to hit up another Disney park with us before they left and chose Epcot as the park.

We got to the park first, so we headed over to the Land to get breakfast. However, we got a little sidetracked at Innoventions. A little piggy had gotten our attention. We decided to give the Great Piggy Bank Adventure a whirl.

For those of you who haven’t done this little game before, the object is to learn about financial planning through little tasks, and you get to carry around an actual piggy bank! There are a couple of different goals that you can aim for, and I think our little girl picked the extreme bedroom makeover as her savings goal. We ended up doing the game in two teams, me with our little girl, and my husband decided to go it alone. Here is our little girl putting our piggy bank into the first stop.

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After the piggy went “inside the video screen,” we got to play our first videogame. Basically our goal was to try to direct as much money as possibly into savings, while trying to avoid the “Big, Bad Wolf” and his sneaky tricks of switching buckets on you. The coins fall from the top of the screen and you bounce them into different labeled buckets – savings, outfits, mp3’s, etc. Once the game is done, the piggy bank pops out on the other end of the conveyor belt “filled” a bit more with the coins that you have saved. Here she is waiting for him to come out.

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Here is Daddy with his piggy bank.

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And our piggy bank is finally out!

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Then it was on to the next stop. In goes our piggy bank!

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This next video game shows our piggy bank in a hot air balloon that we have to steer around and collect coins. Once again, the wolf pops up and tries to work against us by shrinking our coins with his machine (an inflation game). When the game is finished, the coins we collected from this game are added to our piggy bank and you can grab your piggy bank before moving to the next station.

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The last stop was my personal favorite, and I think my little girl like this one too. In this game, we had to hide the coins all around the bedroom before the wolf sneaks in and tries to steal it all. The money that he doesn’t find increases in value based on the multiplier for that location. He comes in a few times and then whatever is left, goes into the piggy bank.

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Then you take the piggy bank to the last station for the final weigh-in and to see if you accomplished your savings goal. Here are our two piggy banks before they get weighed.

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I am happy to report that we succeeded in saving enough money for the extreme bedroom makeover (it was also the easiest option). Our little girl got a sticker so she was happy.

We then continued on our way to the Land. We love eating at Sunshine Seasons so that was our intended stop. I think we just grabbed a breakfast platter and maybe some pastries. While we were eating, we got the phone call that our friends were at the entrance and would meet us in the Land. When we were all together, we grabbed FP for Soarin’ for all the adults before hopping on Living with the Land. I always enjoy seeing everything growing in the greenhouse. The FP return time actually wasn’t that far away, so Auntie Nini and I hopped on Soarin’ first then the boys went on the ride. When the boys were on the ride, us girls hopped back over to Innoventions.

Apparently we needed to try the Piggy Bank game one more time.

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After that little diversion, we headed over to the Seas with Nemo.

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We climbed into our clamshells and went off looking for Nemo. While we in the area, we also popped into the next Turtle Talk with Crush. I absolutely love this show! I love how it’s always different and sometimes the crowd interaction is just as hilarious. I don’t remember exactly what was said, but I do know that as we walked out of the show, our little girl was going “dude!” to everything.

We walked around the pavilion a bit and did some exploring before heading out.

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Our little girl could just stare at fish tanks and aquariums for hours. I think it was also feeding time for the manatees on the upper level. I don’t know how I missed some of these presentations before – like the diver one. Maybe because we are always on the hunt for characters instead.

Then it was back to Innoventions – shocker. However it wasn’t to see the Piggy banks again.

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We were going to make paper! I have been wanting to do this ever since I saw this on one of Tink’s TRs and we finally found it!

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Stamping the finished product!

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By this point, we decided to head out to the World Showcase and get some snacks. I mean, who doesn’t like to snack around the World?

dawnbu40
09-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Sounds like you had a lot of fun at Epcot! I've never heard of the papermaking before but we usually ending missing the Innoventions buildings.

Can't wait to read what yummy snacks you found around world showcase! :)

MEK
09-21-2011, 05:31 AM
I have to say that this is the first time I've heard of the Piggy Bank game. That is very cute and so is the actual bank.

Great morning so far in Epcot! Love Sunshine Seasons!

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-21-2011, 05:59 AM
I've always wanted to do the paper-making station! Do you get to keep the paper after you're done?

IheartDDuck
09-21-2011, 09:49 PM
Honestly, I have never done the Piggybank Adventure. Looks like a lot of fun.

I know, it was cold during that part of the week! Honestly not the Disney vacation I had in mind.

Honestly, I think my favorite part of Turtle Talk is the fact that little ones come out of there saying Dude to everyone. Who am I kidding? I come out of there saying Dude to everyone...:lmao:

tinkgurl
09-22-2011, 06:58 AM
I just wanted to say hi real quick! I'm sorry I've been behind..been busy with school and work!

SoonerGirl
09-22-2011, 07:56 AM
Even my big boys had fun with the Piggy Bank Adventure, the last section was our favorite too :thumbsup2

We haven't ever done the make your own paper thing though - that looks pretty cool!

LilAnn
09-22-2011, 11:48 PM
Sounds like you had a lot of fun at Epcot! I've never heard of the papermaking before but we usually ending missing the Innoventions buildings.

Can't wait to read what yummy snacks you found around world showcase! :)

We used to skip the Innoventions buildings before our little one, but since her arrival on the scene, we have found it to be pretty entertaining. And a good respite from the heat! :thumbsup2

I confess that since it's been so long, I may have forgotten some of the snacks and I definitely didn't get a bunch of food pics. Bad Diser, I know.

I have to say that this is the first time I've heard of the Piggy Bank game. That is very cute and so is the actual bank.

Great morning so far in Epcot! Love Sunshine Seasons!

I have to say that we have noticed so much more within the parks now that we have a little one. I do think the Piggy Bank Adventure is relatively new - maybe within the last year or so? The bank was super cute and fun to carry around.

We love Sunshine Seasons too! :thumbsup2

I've always wanted to do the paper-making station! Do you get to keep the paper after you're done?

Yes, you do get to keep the paper! It's pretty neat, but I probably would never have known about it if it weren't for the Dis.

Honestly, I have never done the Piggybank Adventure. Looks like a lot of fun.

I know, it was cold during that part of the week! Honestly not the Disney vacation I had in mind.

Honestly, I think my favorite part of Turtle Talk is the fact that little ones come out of there saying Dude to everyone. Who am I kidding? I come out of there saying Dude to everyone...:lmao:

I'm telling you, the parks are a whole different ballgame with a little one. You spot some crazy things.

Seriously, it wasn't the blizzard weather we were missing, but it sure was colder than we were used to with Florida weather. Not what we had in mind, either.

Dude, I totally agree. Either Dude or Totally Awesome Dude.

I just wanted to say hi real quick! I'm sorry I've been behind..been busy with school and work!

Hi Tink! I miss ya! I don't think you missed too much though, I've been a bit busy (our little gal turns 4 soon!) You'll see when you read the last update that I gave a shout-out to you. ;)

Even my big boys had fun with the Piggy Bank Adventure, the last section was our favorite too :thumbsup2

We haven't ever done the make your own paper thing though - that looks pretty cool!

I found the last section in the game to be fun too. I found it neat to make our own paper. Not as cool as swimming with dolphins though. ;) Some day......

LilAnn
09-29-2011, 11:05 AM
Now that we had explored a bit of Innoventions, our tummies were a bit rumbly. What better place to get some snacks than the World Showcase?

Now I have to admit that once again, I am woefully scarce on some photos for this particular portion. I am pretty sure that part of that had to do with the fact that it was still pretty chilly out and I was trying to keep my hands warm. So I apologize for that little fact. There are a few more photos towards the end of the update, because of course characters will be involved.

Before we officially started off on our World trek, we had to stop and say hi to a certain Disney Bear. Can you see how cold I am? I had opted not to wear my coat that morning (not a good idea). I was being stubborn and was refusing to wear a coat while I was in Florida.

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Duffy gets a nice big bear hug from our little girl.

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You know that she is always happy to see her “friends.”

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Then we said good-bye to Duffy and picked out our first country to visit. We started off in Mexico so that Auntie Nini could get her “must-do” ride in (she is part Mexican). We sailed off in our boat in search of Senor Donald with the Three Caballeros. Our little one enjoyed the ride since there are some similarities to the Small World boat ride.

Then we hopped next door to Norway and went on the Maelstrom. Uncle G had never been on this little boat ride, so we were excited to see his reaction to the “unexpected” parts of the ride. Our little girl survived her adventures through the scary Norwegian parts, mostly because there were more people to help distract her in the dark.

After Norway, we did some fast walking. We were ready for lunch and our time was coming to an end soon with our friends. Uncle G had a flight to catch that afternoon. Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to meander and wander around each and every country, but instead we did a quick walk around the world. For lunch we decided on Morocco’s Tangerine Café. My husband and I really enjoy that counter service and this would be a new experience for our friends. I pretty much polished off the baklava that came with our meals by myself because everyone else was saving room for dessert in the next country.

We were headed to ….

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France where we got to watch the waiters doing their fantastic little performance. That was good timing because us ladies got to watch this….

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while we waited in line to meet a certain white kitty cat. The guys had headed off to the Boulangerie for some goodies. I think my husband was going to get his favorite treat, the Napolean, for himself and a chocolate chip cookie for our daughter.

You can see it was still quite cold out as the coat has come out for our little girl.

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Always watching them sign their names.

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Then it was time for her huggie

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and a wave good-bye.

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We then waited on the benches for the guys to come back with the treats. We also paused to take some PP pictures. First one of the happy couple….

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wait a second, did you guys get a good look at the background of that picture? Here is a closer look…..

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and a more closely cropped picture…..

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Did you see us in the background? My husband and I were totally cheesing for that photo. Our friends had no idea that we were back there.

See us?

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I could not wait to see the picture later on and Auntie Nini about died laughing when she saw it. Since we are all “family,” they totally loved it.

Then it was time for another girl photo.

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And once again, daddy snuck into the picture.

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By the way, that was his favorite thing to do this trip. Whenever he would see the brazilian tour groups posing for a picture, he would try to get in the background of those pictures. Such a goofball.

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Then our little girl wanted a picture with her Auntie Nini and Uncle G.

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We were up next.

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Phew. Once our mini photo shoot was done, we finished up our trek around the world and made our way back to Future World.

In the UK, we came across a cute little game of hopscotch. I love that the cast members will sometimes scatter these little touches of fun throughout the parks. Our little girl hopped out of the stroller and skipped her way through the game.

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In Canada, we found that we had the perfect numbers for one other photo op. Who doesn’t pose for a photo here?

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Then our little princess posed with us for a family photo. All I can say is, she is so much like her daddy!

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Seriously? What’s with the poses? Why am I the only goober looking straight-on at the camera?

We were going to have to part ways soon and decided we would leave the park at the same time. Our little girl sat in the stroller and munched on her chocolate chip cookie. She was in her own happy little place at this point so it took a little bit longer for her to notice the next scary little moment.

So, has anyone noticed the seagulls at Epcot lately? Actually it may have just been in February, because we didn’t have an issue in August. Those seagulls were on a mission in the winter! They were stalking people, hovering and then dive bombing them for the food1 We had seen some teenage girls screaming and running from them earlier in the day and just thought they were just overreacting. But when they targeted us, we weren’t laughing anymore. I think they were after my daughter’s cookie, so we kept telling her to eat it or try to cover it up. We were just as bad as the girls we saw earlier, running around erratically and screaming (ok, just us girls may have been the ones screaming). Once we crossed over into Future World, the seagulls had retreated. Seriously? What was that all about? Scary seagulls.

We pulled ourselves together and got composed so we could take one last group shot.

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At this point, I think we had about an hour left before our friends had to leave, so we decided to head back over to Innoventions. We had hit up the major attractions on their list, so we decided to stay warm indoors.

Next: another meet n’ greet (of course)

dawnbu40
09-29-2011, 12:01 PM
Sounds like a fun afternoon, well except for the seagulls.

I love all the poses your little one comes up with. She is such a cutie :cutie:

That is about the coolest hopscotch ever!

Disneyfreak508
09-29-2011, 12:06 PM
I have never really explored Innoventions, but I sort of want to! It seems like there's a lot of fun things to do in there... the piggy bank activity seems cute and it would be fun to make some paper! Maybe if I have time next trip I can stop in there.
I'm so sorry it was cold :( Ugh I'm going in December, so I'm praying that it won't be freezing. But who knows, really.
Haha the pictures with you guys in the background are really funny :rotfl:
It sounds like you got to do a lot before your friends left! So that's fun!
And sorry about the seagulls.... They loved to swarm around us in January and February so I completely understand how you felt :laughing:
Thanks for updating! I can't wait to read more!

lbuzz52
09-29-2011, 12:35 PM
the sky even looks cold in your pictures! thanks for the piggy bank info. i'd heard of that one, but didn't know the details. i think my kiddos would love it!

LilAnn
09-29-2011, 12:55 PM
Sounds like a fun afternoon, well except for the seagulls.

I love all the poses your little one comes up with. She is such a cutie :cutie:

That is about the coolest hopscotch ever!

Yes, the seagulls were very aggressive that trip. We barely noticed them in August, but there was no avoiding them that day! :eek:

I don't know where she comes up with half of her poses. You should see her at home when she is dancing along with the tv and posing.

That was a cute hopscotch board, right?

I have never really explored Innoventions, but I sort of want to! It seems like there's a lot of fun things to do in there... the piggy bank activity seems cute and it would be fun to make some paper! Maybe if I have time next trip I can stop in there.
I'm so sorry it was cold :( Ugh I'm going in December, so I'm praying that it won't be freezing. But who knows, really.
Haha the pictures with you guys in the background are really funny :rotfl:
It sounds like you got to do a lot before your friends left! So that's fun!
And sorry about the seagulls.... They loved to swarm around us in January and February so I completely understand how you felt :laughing:
Thanks for updating! I can't wait to read more!

We usually don't take the time to explore Innovention, but with the lower crowds and cooler temps in February, we were able to do a lot more (plus the lack of roller coasters in our itinerary). I saw the paper making activity in someone else's TR and have wanted to try it ever since.

I think December can get chilly too, but it looke like we just happened to be there on a cooler week. It was warming up again on our last days there and it was still warmer than New England in February!

And I finally got caught up on your TR. Thanks for reading along!

the sky even looks cold in your pictures! thanks for the piggy bank info. i'd heard of that one, but didn't know the details. i think my kiddos would love it!

I think little kids love the piggy bank game. My girl found it so much fun just to carry around the piggy bank. And it's not like she doesn't have her own at home? :confused3

It was a bit cooler than we like on our vacations, but it's okay. At least we weren't dripping sweat like on past trips.

IheartDDuck
09-29-2011, 09:14 PM
That is too funny that you guys were cheesin' in those pictures! And that your hubby just likes to appear in random photos. His whole "picture with a Brazilian Tour Group" idea is awesome! I may have to implement that on my upcoming trip in October......

You are so right that the seagulls in Epcot are scary! I'm surprised you didn't see me screaming and running away from them.

LilAnn
09-30-2011, 03:06 AM
That is too funny that you guys were cheesin' in those pictures! And that your hubby just likes to appear in random photos. His whole "picture with a Brazilian Tour Group" idea is awesome! I may have to implement that on my upcoming trip in October......

You are so right that the seagulls in Epcot are scary! I'm surprised you didn't see me screaming and running away from them.

Ah, yes, we have now passed on the "random photo" trick to our 13 year old nephew. He found that to be a brilliant idea and tried it out while we were in Universal. My husband is much taller than me so he was able to pop his head up at the top of the crowds in the background. You should definitely do it in October! :thumbsup2 We can start a new game - like spot the DISer! :laughing:

Perhaps my screaming was blocking out any other noises so I didn't hear your cries of terror.

Stringbean&Wingnut
09-30-2011, 08:37 AM
I never thought Disney could be that cold until this past December...one day we were there the day temperatures were less than 40 degrees! Our coats barely were put away during our trip, I hated having to wear it so much!

Love your photopass shots, how funny you were sneaking into the background!

LilAnn
09-30-2011, 02:47 PM
I never thought Disney could be that cold until this past December...one day we were there the day temperatures were less than 40 degrees! Our coats barely were put away during our trip, I hated having to wear it so much!

Love your photopass shots, how funny you were sneaking into the background!

I know, we've only ever done Disney/Florida when it's warm/hot out, so it was so wierd to have to layer up while we were there. You don't want to have to wear a coat when you have travelled south for vacation!

Yes, we were cracking up the whole time we were invading their pic. It was a fun moment.;)

petals
09-30-2011, 07:49 PM
Luvin the update! I so wanna meet Marie and Duffy this trip!

shan23877
09-30-2011, 11:27 PM
great update! Love that you and your DH were sneaking into the photos. I have a waiter friend who would always get into the photos the guests were taking.

tinkgurl
10-02-2011, 11:00 AM
I just saw the shout-out! I feel so special to have been mentioned! She got to make paper; that's so exciting!

Sunset Cliffs
10-02-2011, 01:56 PM
All caught up! The Innoventions building is one that we skip most of the time. There have been a couple of things lately that I have read about in there that is making me think about scheduling a little time for our next visit. The bank game looks super cute. Dylan would probably like it.

The PP pictures were funny. I love the idea of doing that to tour groups. :laughing: The pictures in France were really pretty in front of the fountain. That's too bad that it was so cold. When we were there last December, right at the end of our trip it was starting to get really cold. When we got home, it was all over the news about the deep freeze they were having there. We felt lucky to have left when we did!

RachelNinja
10-02-2011, 04:29 PM
Those pigs are just so adorable! I want to play that game just so that I can get a picture with it, haha.

It was so much fun being able to make paper. I want to do it again next May and write something like, "Disneymoon" on it and put it in a scrapbook!

Haha, love how you guys were photobombing!

Boy, just seeing your pics with DD all bundled up makes me feel chilly now!

LilAnn
10-05-2011, 01:45 AM
Luvin the update! I so wanna meet Marie and Duffy this trip!

Thanks! Marie and Duffy are out in Epcot pretty often, so I hope you get a chance to meet them too!

great update! Love that you and your DH were sneaking into the photos. I have a waiter friend who would always get into the photos the guests were taking.

Thanks, we had a lot of fun with our friends this trip. And the photo crashing was just a bit spur of the moment, but so fun to do! That's funny about your waiter friend - did he make wierd faces too?

I just saw the shout-out! I feel so special to have been mentioned! She got to make paper; that's so exciting!

Hi Tink! I miss reading about your life and adventures. Your TR was one of the first ones that got me hooked so I remember so much from your trips and think of you all the time when I am there. Can't wait to read about your wedding planning! Let me know when you start the PTR.

All caught up! The Innoventions building is one that we skip most of the time. There have been a couple of things lately that I have read about in there that is making me think about scheduling a little time for our next visit. The bank game looks super cute. Dylan would probably like it.

The PP pictures were funny. I love the idea of doing that to tour groups. :laughing: The pictures in France were really pretty in front of the fountain. That's too bad that it was so cold. When we were there last December, right at the end of our trip it was starting to get really cold. When we got home, it was all over the news about the deep freeze they were having there. We felt lucky to have left when we did!

We used to skip the Innoventions buildings all the time too, but since we have gone a bit more frequently recently, we have done more exploring. She loved carrying the piggy bank around.

Yes, my hubby quite enjoyed popping into the tour group photos. He was tall enough that his head would just be visible and he would just stand there and grin. :rolleyes: It was cold in February, but not too bad. We just aren't used to touring Disney when it's not super hot and humid out.

Those pigs are just so adorable! I want to play that game just so that I can get a picture with it, haha.

It was so much fun being able to make paper. I want to do it again next May and write something like, "Disneymoon" on it and put it in a scrapbook!

Haha, love how you guys were photobombing!

Boy, just seeing your pics with DD all bundled up makes me feel chilly now!

You should totally do the game on your Disneymoon. Just for the photo ops alone. The game is pretty quick so it won't take too much time. And I learned about saving money. :thumbsup2

Um, the paper thing is totally up your alley. I bet you could totally do something cute for your special trip! They had their own stamp there to use, but maybe you could pack one of your own?

LilAnn
10-06-2011, 08:57 PM
Man, I started off this TR updating at a pretty good clip. Now I have fallen a bit behind. Sorry for that, but at least I am able to fit in another quick post. Hope y'all are still with me!

Since we had a little bit of time to kill and wanted to warm ourselves up a bit, we headed back into Innoventions. Some of the adults were interested in test driving the Segways. I had checked the time and realized that it was time for the Disney Visa Meet and Greet. So while everyone else was riding around on two wheels, the munchkin and I headed over to get in line. Lucky for us, it was a pretty short line.

The cast member took one look at my little princess in her Minnie Mouse hoodie with her Minnie Mouse pendant necklace and said, “let me guess….is your favorite character Minnie Mouse?”

And my little girl looked at him shyly and nodded her head in confirmation. When we asked him who was behind the curtain, he said it was a surprise. Soon we had reached the front of the line and the cast member said it was just going to be a few minutes, they were waiting for a special friend to arrive.

I hadn’t done the Visa character meet before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know if we would just see one character or more, but I was hoping it would be someone my little girl would like. Imagine our delight when we walked in and saw not one, but two characters waiting for us – Minnie Mouse and Goofy!

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She headed straight into the arms of Minnie Mouse.

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She seemed just as happy to see Goofy, too.

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They hugged it out for a little while.

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Then it was time for some posed pictures and our little girl just had to hold Minnie’s hand.

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She had taken off the Minnie Mouse sweatshirt at this point, but if you look carefully, you can just make out her Minnie Mouse pendant necklace. She wore that everyday while we were in Disney.

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I even got in one photo myself, but really, I think my little girl stole the shot here. She is just too cute sometimes (but I am biased).

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I mean, do you see her little pose?

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Poor Goofy, he was a bit off to the side by himself there, but it was kind of hard to compete against Minnie Mouse.

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Especially after Minnie handed her a sheet of special stickers.

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Thank you Minnie Mouse!

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I love you, Minnie Mouse!

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Don’t worry, Goofy, you get another hug, too!

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That was well worth it! I had a hard time picking out which picture to get printed. Good thing I had preordered the cd- totally worth it this trip!

By this point, the rest of the group had finished up with the Segways and were playing around with the video game area. We reconvened and made our way to the front of the park. We hopped on Spaceship Earth one last time and then exited the park.

To be honest, I can’t remember what we did exactly after this. We said goodbye to our friends in the parking lot, but after that, my memory is a bit fuzzy. All I do know is that we ended the evening at the Wilderness Lodge (and that is only because I have the photo to prove it). This is what happens when I don’t write anything down and try to write this TR almost 8 months later. Whoops.

Anyways, my husband had never visited the Wilderness Lodge and I could tell he was impressed as soon as we entered the lobby. He was pretty much awed by the architecture inside.

I, of course, had to pose for the obligatory photo with the totem pole in the lobby.

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My little point and shoot camera on this particular setting does not do the lobby justice.

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We walked around a bit, took in the atmosphere, and checked out the menu for Artist Point. After our experience at Flying Fish, we were debating changing our remaining ADRs to fit in another signature meal. We have found that resort hopping is a fun way to end our days at Disney, especially when the parks close so early during the off season.

Up Next: I smell strawberries!

Disneyfreak508
10-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Those Minnie Mouse pictures are TOO CUTE!!!
I didn't know you could test drive the segways. Did they have fun?
I love Wilderness lodge :) I made an ADR at Whispering Canyon for next trip just so I have an excuse to go there LOL

Thanks for the update! Can't wait to see what's next :wizard:

shan23877
10-06-2011, 11:32 PM
I didn't know you could test drive segways! My DH would LOVE to do that! Great Minnie pictures. I agree with you--she's adorable :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-07-2011, 05:14 AM
That's so cute that Minnie was one of the characters to be met! And Goofy doesn't look too left out either! :laughing: I wonder if they had found Minnie for her little fan or if she was supposed to be there already!

dawnbu40
10-07-2011, 06:49 AM
Great pictures! Your little one just looks so happy! I love that Visa greet area since it usually isn't very busy and you can meet more than one character at a time.

Isn't the WL pretty?! Staying there is on my "someday" list.

SoonerGirl
10-07-2011, 07:35 AM
What a fun meet & greet! Your DD looks so happy in all the pictures :goodvibes I would have had a really hard time deciding which picture to print too!

We went to the WL for dinner a couple of years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. Can't wait to stay there - in just one week!!! :woohoo:

MEK
10-07-2011, 09:33 AM
I must admit I am two updates behind because I always see you TR when I am at work (no pictures). But you are now third in line for me to view when I get home. Can't wait to see more PP pics of your lovely daughter. You sure did get your moneys worth out of that CD. :thumbsup2

LilAnn
10-07-2011, 12:31 PM
Those Minnie Mouse pictures are TOO CUTE!!!
I didn't know you could test drive the segways. Did they have fun?
I love Wilderness lodge :) I made an ADR at Whispering Canyon for next trip just so I have an excuse to go there LOL

Thanks for the update! Can't wait to see what's next :wizard:

Aw, thanks! Yes, she can definitely strike a cute pose and smile when she is in the mood - and she is almost always in the mood at Disney. :laughing:

I don't know if you can still learn to use the segways or not, but it's pretty fun. I did it on one of our previous trips and my husband totally enjoyed it. You have to be a certain age to do the demo. One year I want to take one of those tours around Epcot on the Segways.

I totally want to try Whispering Canyon one day, so I'll look forward to your future review! :thumbsup2

I didn't know you could test drive segways! My DH would LOVE to do that! Great Minnie pictures. I agree with you--she's adorable :goodvibes

I can't remember which Innoventions it was in, but we've done the Segway demo a few times. Or actually, I've done it once and my husband has done it multiple times. And thanks! Her character friends just bring out the happiness!

LilAnn
10-07-2011, 12:45 PM
That's so cute that Minnie was one of the characters to be met! And Goofy doesn't look too left out either! :laughing: I wonder if they had found Minnie for her little fan or if she was supposed to be there already!

We definitely got lucky with Minnie being one of the characters, even though I have a sneaking suspicion that they "found" her just for this meet and greet. We had to wait a few minutes between the group in front of us and the time we got to go in, so I think they were trying to find Minnie for our little girl. :thumbsup2

Great pictures! Your little one just looks so happy! I love that Visa greet area since it usually isn't very busy and you can meet more than one character at a time.

Isn't the WL pretty?! Staying there is on my "someday" list.

Yes, the Visa greet is a fantastic little area. We love waiting to see who will be behind the magic curtain.

WL is also on my "someday" list. So many resorts.....

What a fun meet & greet! Your DD looks so happy in all the pictures :goodvibes I would have had a really hard time deciding which picture to print too!

We went to the WL for dinner a couple of years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. Can't wait to stay there - in just one week!!! :woohoo:

Yes, it was such a good thing that I had preordered the cd. :laughing: She is seriously a pretty happy camper in Disney.

Have a blast in Disney! I am looking forward to your next TR already because I know it will be full of beautiful photos and drool-inducing food pics.

I must admit I am two updates behind because I always see you TR when I am at work (no pictures). But you are now third in line for me to view when I get home. Can't wait to see more PP pics of your lovely daughter. You sure did get your moneys worth out of that CD. :thumbsup2

Aw, well I am glad that you are still reading along, even at work! I have to admit that I do a lot of catch up reading at work too, but I work the night shift so if everyone is behaving and sleeping, then I can read. We definitely got our money's worth out of that cd, with character meetings alone!

petals
10-07-2011, 06:05 PM
I love the meet and greet pics and I also agree your little one is a cutie!

Raspberry Bubbles
10-17-2011, 01:51 PM
I just found your TR ~ I love it! Your little one is so adorable! Those seagulls ~ urgh, beware ~ one of them robbed a donut from my hand!

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 09:11 AM
I love the meet and greet pics and I also agree your little one is a cutie!

Aw thanks!

I just found your TR ~ I love it! Your little one is so adorable! Those seagulls ~ urgh, beware ~ one of them robbed a donut from my hand!

Aw, thanks and :welcome: to my TR! Thanks for reading. EEk! I can't believe a seagull took one right form your hand! Actually, that doesn't surprise me too much, they were so aggressive that day.

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 09:19 AM
Sorry for the delay in updates, but it’s been a busy few weeks here in our household. Our little girl turned 4 years old this past weekend. Here she is with her new Ariel pajamas and her new Belle doll that she also dressed in Ariel pjs. (if you are friends with me on FB, you’ll already know the picture) Sorry for the quality of the picture, but it was taken with our IPad.

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Oh, and RachelNinja - no worries, Jessie is still a fave of hers in the house. Her birthday cake included the princesses and Jessie. And while she is in love with her new Ariel pjs, I think she is going to be Rapunzel this Halloween - minus the long blond hair. She was a bit freaked out by the fake hair, she wants to wear a tiara/crown instead.

Back to the TR….

Now that the time really has passed by, my memory is definitely getting a bit fuzzy at this point on all of the exact details of the trip. The next morning dawned crisp, clear and chilly, as usual. We bundled up and headed to the POR food court for what had become our routine breakfast – a bounty platter, a chocolate croissant, a chocolate chocolate chip muffin and some drinks. I think we may have gotten a Mickey waffle somewhere in that mix as well – no breakfast in Disney is complete without a Mickey waffle, no?

With our tummies pleasantly full, we headed off to our park of choice – MGM/Hollywood Studios. We may not have made it to rope drop, but we still made the dash to get Toy Story FP tickets. Since we were in the area, we headed in to One Man’s Dream, also hoping to warm up a tad bit.

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I wish I had more time in this attraction. It’s a little harder to walk around and really take it all in when you are in the company of a little one. She was willing to take in some of the displays, but at a bit of a quicker pace than I was hoping for.

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I had to get that photo in since I loved the Mickey Mouse Club growing up. I do remember seeing reruns of the original club, but I grew up watching the new MMC – the one that spawned Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and so many more (NSYNC anyone? Tony Lucca?) That was a fave show of mine – along with Kids Incorporated (back in the day when Fergie was a preteen). But I digress.

After our little walk through attraction, we headed over to the Animation Academy to see if we could meet some friends. We walked inside to see who was out and about. I didn’t even have to ask a cast member because as soon as we entered the building, I smelled strawberries. I’m serious. The air was so fruity and sweet smelling, I instantly knew that there could only be one reason for that scent.

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Lotso! Doesn’t he look so deceptively sweet and snuggly?

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Our little girl instantly forgot that he was a villain in the movie and ran to get in line to meet him. I mean – he was pink, cuddly looking, and smelled like strawberries, how could she resist? She couldn’t. Since it was still relatively early in the day, there was a pretty short line to meet Lotso. Always a good thing when waiting with a little one.

First thing she did when she got up to him was give him a big hug. Love that she literally just disappears into him!

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Short term memory with little ones means a very happy meet and greet with Lotso.

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She just looks itty bitty next to Lotso. And he just looks so huggable - hm, I guess that does make sense with his full name, huh!

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He just looks so sweet and innocent, doesn’t he? And our little girl looks seriously thrilled to be in his arms.

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The meanest behavior that we saw from Lotso was his possible smothering of our little girl. Haha!.

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It was pretty hard for us to pull her away from Lotso, she actually wanted to meet him again later that day, but the line was a lot longer then. So we skipped over to the next line to meet the big cheese himself….

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We also did a little pin trading with a cast member while we waited patiently for our turn. She wore her little pin lanyard with so much pride!

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A big hug for Mickey!

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Strike a pose.

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And a little kiss goodbye.

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We played around in the building for a little bit ad asked our little one if she wanted to meet the Incredible Family, but they freaked her out a little bit. So we headed back outside. Now, if you thought that was the end of our character meets for the morning, think again! When you exit the Animation Academy building, where do you find yourself? Why, right in front of Playhouse Jr., which happened to be closed during our trip as they were changing it over from Playhouse Disney to Playhouse Junior. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t some more friends out and about!

Our little girl was really hoping to see big Annie again, but she had to settle for just Quincy.

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He still got a nice big hug from our little girl.

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We still needed Quincy’s autograph, so he signed her book before they struck a pose. Or he struck a pose and she just stood there in a slightly awkward stance.

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Coming up:even more characters - is that possible?

tinkgurl
10-19-2011, 10:53 AM
I don't know if I could meet Lotso. He looks so nice and friendly, but I can't forget what he did to Woody and friends. :laughing: Did he really smell like strawberries?! What a neat little attention to detail!

shan23877
10-19-2011, 11:49 AM
Glad you're back!

I also loved MMC and Kids Inc. Do you remember Mario Lopez as one of backup dancers too? I still can't take Fergie seriously. Every time I see her I think of Kids and want to yell "Your name is Stacey!!!"

Great update. I LOVE the pics with Lotso. We have one of DD with Cookie Monster where it looks like he's eating her. Too cute!

dawnbu40
10-19-2011, 11:50 AM
I love the MMC flashback. Caitlin was probably about the age your little one is now when we used to watch it and she loved it! :)

I'm so glad your little one wasn't afraid of Lotso. Her pictures are always adorable. Her smile is infectious :cutie:

Disneyfreak508
10-19-2011, 12:28 PM
I didn't know all of those people were in the "new" Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!! I need to find episodes to watch! I bet I would LOVE them after seeing all of those actors in their modern day movies.
Those Lotso pictures are TOO CUTE! Oh my gosh. I know, he does look so cute, doesn't he!? Such a shame. I remember being legitimately shocked when he turned out to be the villain. (I get really into Disney movies the first time I see them :rotfl: I was probably yelling at the screen) I wish he was nice. :sad2:
Sorcerer Mickey is adorable, too! I always love meeting him!
And way to go getting her pin trading at such a young age :thumbsup2 Such a Disney Child. I love it.

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 03:01 PM
I don't know if I could meet Lotso. He looks so nice and friendly, but I can't forget what he did to Woody and friends. :laughing: Did he really smell like strawberries?! What a neat little attention to detail!

I know, who would have thought Lotso was going to be so mean?! However, he looks so cuddly in person, I was tempted to run up ad hug him myself. And the whole room seriously smells like strawberries! I love all the Disney details.

Glad you're back!

I also loved MMC and Kids Inc. Do you remember Mario Lopez as one of backup dancers too? I still can't take Fergie seriously. Every time I see her I think of Kids and want to yell "Your name is Stacey!!!"

Great update. I LOVE the pics with Lotso. We have one of DD with Cookie Monster where it looks like he's eating her. Too cute!

Thanks! Glad that people are still around to read it.

Can you believe how many people came out of the MMC and Kids? I was totally in love with Tony Lucca from the MMC and JC, later in NSYNC. That's too funny about Fergie. I think the same thing.

The Lotso pics are cute. She is a sucker for anything soft, cuddly and pink!

I love the MMC flashback. Caitlin was probably about the age your little one is now when we used to watch it and she loved it! :)

I'm so glad your little one wasn't afraid of Lotso. Her pictures are always adorable. Her smile is infectious :cutie:

I used to watch the MMC with my sister and we'd reecord the episodes so that we could practice the dance moves from their musical numbers. Sigh, the memories. :rotfl:

Oh my gosh, she had the biggest smile with Lotso! It is so hard for me to stay upset with her when I see her little face. Her smile does always put a smile on my face!

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 03:07 PM
I didn't know all of those people were in the "new" Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!! I need to find episodes to watch! I bet I would LOVE them after seeing all of those actors in their modern day movies.
Those Lotso pictures are TOO CUTE! Oh my gosh. I know, he does look so cute, doesn't he!? Such a shame. I remember being legitimately shocked when he turned out to be the villain. (I get really into Disney movies the first time I see them :rotfl: I was probably yelling at the screen) I wish he was nice. :sad2:
Sorcerer Mickey is adorable, too! I always love meeting him!
And way to go getting her pin trading at such a young age :thumbsup2 Such a Disney Child. I love it.

Um, I was obsessed with the Mickey Mouse Club. Here is a photo I found online. You can see Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears.

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Lotso is just so cuddly looking, how can you resist? I was shocked too that he was the bad guy! And not only was he the bad guy, we was really bad - trying to get them all killed and whatnot?!

Mickey is just so cute in all his different outfits!

Yes, she is totally into pin trading. In February it was more about just trading for pins that she liked, our past trip in August, she actually seemed to be going for a theme. It was cute to watch! I am definitely trying my best to cultivate a Disney kid!:laughing:

Sunset Cliffs
10-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Aww, the MMC! I loved that show! I remember watching it when it first came back on, and I would set my VCR so I could record it and watch it over & over again. :rotfl: Yes, I was a bit obsessed. The cool thing was that my first time going to WDW when I was a teenager. We went to MGM and we went on the backlot tour, and the tram drove through the building that MMC was filmed at! We could see the set through this window as we drove by. There were no kids on the set at the time, but I almost died of excitement.

Your daughter takes the cutest character pictures! I'm so glad that she has gotten over her fear and just jumps right into the hugs. She always looks so happy. Too bad Annie wasn't around again.

LilAnn
10-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Aww, the MMC! I loved that show! I remember watching it when it first came back on, and I would set my VCR so I could record it and watch it over & over again. :rotfl: Yes, I was a bit obsessed. The cool thing was that my first time going to WDW when I was a teenager. We went to MGM and we went on the backlot tour, and the tram drove through the building that MMC was filmed at! We could see the set through this window as we drove by. There were no kids on the set at the time, but I almost died of excitement.

Your daughter takes the cutest character pictures! I'm so glad that she has gotten over her fear and just jumps right into the hugs. She always looks so happy. Too bad Annie wasn't around again.

Shut the front door!! (Yes, I also love me some Rachel Zoe) I also had a parallel experience in high school! We went to MGM and I remember being so bummed that they weren't filming. And my sister and I were just as obsessed.

Oh - and you would totally appreciate this story....when Bill Clinton was being inaugurated the first time, I went to the National Mall for the big festivities (I grew up in the northern VA/DC area) and some of the older kids from MMC were performing at the Kennedy Center later that night. Well, I was walking around checking out all the activities and ran smack dab into Kevin (I think that was his name). Like literally ran into him. I totally freaked internally and am pretty sure I came across as an inane, mute teenage girl. I just froze. I then proceeeded to stalk the area in hopes of finding Tony Lucca with my friend. Oh the memories!

Seriously, if we only managed to meet up one day we would have so much to talk about while our kids played.

IheartDDuck
10-19-2011, 07:45 PM
Okay, the Lottso pictures? Priceless. I LOVE them!

Girl, MMC? Keri Russell? Chasen? The PARTY!!!????

Um, can you tell I watched it ALL THE TIME!? Religiously. Oh, and Kids Incorporated. Fergie, Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Man, we totally just dated ourselves, didn't we? :lmao:

MEK
10-19-2011, 07:54 PM
Well - Happy Birthday to your little one! Hope she had a fabulous day.

I can't believe she was literally buried in Lotso! :laughing: Too cute!

Another great round of characters.

Did it ever warm up during your trip? Brrrrrr!

petals
10-20-2011, 03:47 AM
I love Lotso. On another trip report we decided not all lotsos are mean it's only the one in the movie and he's only mean because he lost the little girl he loved so was angry about it

Stringbean&Wingnut
10-20-2011, 05:29 AM
Happy birthday to your little one!!! I hope she had a wonderful day!!! :yay:

That's too funny about the Lotso M&G - I guess someone that's bright pink and smells like strawberries can't be too bad!! :laughing:

Love the MMC pic...I used to LOVE watching that!

LilAnn
10-20-2011, 08:30 AM
Okay, the Lottso pictures? Priceless. I LOVE them!

Girl, MMC? Keri Russell? Chasen? The PARTY!!!????

Um, can you tell I watched it ALL THE TIME!? Religiously. Oh, and Kids Incorporated. Fergie, Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Man, we totally just dated ourselves, didn't we? :lmao:

:rotfl:Love that you remembered the Party and Chasen! I had totally forgotten about them! We may have just dated ourselves, but that was a fantastic memory. Sigh.

And I forgot that Jennifer Love Hewitt was on Kids! So many people came out of those shows.

Well - Happy Birthday to your little one! Hope she had a fabulous day.

I can't believe she was literally buried in Lotso! :laughing: Too cute!

Another great round of characters.

Did it ever warm up during your trip? Brrrrrr!

Thanks, she had a great birthday and we still have one more party to go. Seriously, this child has gotten the longest birthday celebration. And you know that we have lots more Disney princess paraphenalia in the house now.

Yes, i used to think it was funny that Pooh and Duffy would engulf DD, but that was nothing in comparison to Lotso!

Yes, it did warm up.....on the last day. Of course.

I love Lotso. On another trip report we decided not all lotsos are mean it's only the one in the movie and he's only mean because he lost the little girl he loved so was angry about it

Ooh, that's a good one! I have to remember that if DD ever asks me about Lotso.

Happy birthday to your little one!!! I hope she had a wonderful day!!! :yay:

That's too funny about the Lotso M&G - I guess someone that's bright pink and smells like strawberries can't be too bad!! :laughing:

Love the MMC pic...I used to LOVE watching that!

Thanks - she had a great day! She loves telling people that she is 4 now!

Right? If your favorite color is pink and you like strawberries, Lotso is fantastic!

Apparently we have quite the MMC fan base here on this TR! :thumbsup2

LilAnn
10-31-2011, 09:26 AM
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope not all of you guys got walloped with snow like we did up here in the Northeast. We were lucky at our house though and only got a few inches and only lost power for a few minutes at time. Our good friends got a foot and a half of snow and lost power, so they ended up at our house to stay warm and watch some football. Later tonight, we'll be heading out trick or treating with my own little Rpaunzel. And of course she doesn't want to wear her warm hat and mittens. It would mess up her fancy Rapunzel braids (and clip on blonde hair extension).

Now back to the TR

After our little meeting with Quincy, we heard some loud music that we knew could only mean one thing. A parade or show. Anyone who has followed my TRs knows that our little girl just cannot pass up a parade. While it wasn’t her favorite Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It parade at the Magic Kingdom, it still consisted of a large float coming down Hollywood Blvd, blasting energetic music and people dancing and singing. So we had to see what this show was all about.

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You can kind of see her next to me – in her Minnie Mouse polka dotted sweatshirt. By the way, doesn’t the sky just look beautiful? Just a typical chilly winter day at Disney. Brrrrr.

Even though there weren’t any characters in the show, our little girl was still mesmerized by all of the singing and dancing. Of course she wanted to join in on the dancing in the street.

After our little show, we continued to make our way around the park, but not for long. We were soon sidetracked by some more friendly faces.

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Pooh and Piglet! She was so excited because we had missed out on Piglet our last trip.

Here she is being eaten up by Pooh.

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And then I guess he was using her as a hand rest? Or maybe he was just patting her head?

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Either way, she loved it. Of course.

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I like that even though there are some plain ugly barriers up, Disney finds a way to make them a bit more festive. Or at least tries to.

Piglet seemed to have some secret parting words for our little girl.

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Then we ran over to the other end of the square and headed to see Minnie Mouse. Like our little Minnie Mouse sweatshirt wearing little girl was going to pass up the chance to see her favorite mouse, in a pink dress too!

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I love this picture.

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She loves Minnie Mouse, can you tell? Not like she hasn’t already met her 2 other times this trip.

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Showing Minnie Mouse that she is also on her sweatshirt.

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And a high five to say goodbye.

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We weren’t totally done with this little meet and greet area, though. Our little girl spotted a pin that she wanted on Minnie Mouse’s cast member friend.

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Picking out which pin she is going to trade.

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And making the transaction.

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I can’t remember what pin she traded for, but it was pretty much whatever pin looked good to her. She didn’t really have any plan in mind. I just thought it was so cute to watch her trade. I can see how it can get addicting though.

Then we continued on our way around the park. Our little girl spotted a hat that she wanted to try on, though.

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Apparently she wanted to keep the veil over her face instead. Silly girl.

We finally made our way over to Pixar Place. We had Toy Story FP that were calling our name. That game is so fun, but I just refuse stand in the stand-by line when the waits are so long! Especially with a 3 year old. That would not be my idea of fun. So after we tired out our arms on the ride, our little girl was in a pretty good mood. She was even willing to stop by and say hi to this green fellow.

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I thought that was very brave of her, because frankly, I would have been terrified of him if I were her. Who am I kidding? I am still a bit freaked out by him. I think it’s the weird netting/”mask” over their faces.

I apologize if this TR is all over the place, but it’s been a while so I can’t remember a lot of the small details unless I have photographic evidence. When I flip back to my planner, I see that my ADR list was not updated before we left all the last minute changes. I had 1900 Park Fare written down for dinner that night, but I know we had cancelled that dinner and switched to a 2TS meal for later in the week. We weren’t sure if our little girl would have had fun with all the craziness of the stepsisters and the stepmother. I think my husband and I would have enjoyed it, but not so sure about our daughter. So that was placed on a list for a future trip. So anyways, my point was I also have no idea where we ate lunch this day. I know we ate somewhere in the park, I just have no idea where. I am guessing it was Pizza Planet. So sorry about that.

Moving on, we find ourselves back at the Playhouse Disney area. Who were we looking for? Big Annie again, but instead, we only found her big brother, Leo.

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He was pretty happy to see the little Annie doll, though. And once again, our little girl ate it all up!

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I think she would be perfectly happy just meeting characters all day.

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The sun was starting to come out by this point – finally. So it was warming up a bit. We could see people lining up on the street for the big parade, so walked around until we found a good spot. Let me tell you, it is much nicer to sit and wait for a parade when the sun is out and you aren’t sweating buckets. I thought this parade was cute, but pretty short.

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I love that you can see characters that you don’t normally see out and about, though. I mean, how cute is Boo?

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And of course, Jessie and Bullseye. Of course after this parade, our little girl kept asking us to meet both Bullseye and Boo.

We also stopped off for some classic PP photos. Unfortunately, I think there was something on the lens so we have some extra spots on the photos.

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And a fun little magic shot.

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And so ends our Hollywood studios day. I think we went and checked out different resorts that evening. One of them being Coronado Springs and then having dinner at Pepper Market. You could definitely tell there was a convention of some sort there as there were people walking around with their name badges and dressed in their business casual gear. They actually seemed to outnumber the families and Disney guests there. The food court was pretty good though. I do remember that I grabbed some of the chocolate chip muffins there for breakfast the next morning. POR only had chocolate chocolate chip muffins and I like plain chocolate chip muffins. So yay!

Next: more characters in AK and Epcot

petals
10-31-2011, 09:54 AM
Ooh, that's a good one! I have to remember that if DD ever asks me about Lotso.


Yeah it works! Not all Lotso's are evil! :)

I love all your character pics! They so cute!

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dawnbu40
10-31-2011, 10:13 AM
Happy Halloween!! Snow already?!! That is awful! :sad2: I am so not ready for winter! I hope you'll post pictures and let us see the little one as Rapunzel :)

It looks like a fun time at DHS. It's so cute how your family finds all the characters and the pictures are all adorable! We haven't caught the parade there in a long time so I enjoyed those pics :)

Have fun trick-or-treating and stay warm!

marDgreen88
10-31-2011, 10:37 AM
Hi! So I've been reading along silently for a while but I'm out of hiding now and wanted to 'introduce' myself. I've really been enjoying your TR. What a beautiful family you have, your daughter is seriously the cutest thing! :goodvibes I don't blame you for forgetting some details. Sometimes things can get fuzzy! Glad you found the time to update today, and hope you and your family have a safe Halloween!

MEK
10-31-2011, 11:27 AM
I can't wait to see Rapunzel Halloween pictures! I bet that is one cute outfit.

So glad you missed out on the snow and the power outages. I know there were areas up there that got hit - HARD!

I will stop back later to reread when I can see your pictures. It's no fun reading about your daughter when I can't see her. Her expressions are the best part!

lbuzz52
10-31-2011, 04:10 PM
she's so cute with her characters! I'm glad the day warmed up for you!

Disneyfreak508
10-31-2011, 05:19 PM
You met such great characters! Wow, she probably LOVED it! How adorable. :goodvibes

This Minnie Mouse picture is my absolute favorite!


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It reminds me of this picture that was taken of me when I was your little girl's age.

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Minnie just takes the best pictures with little girls :lovestruc So CUTE!!

That parade looked adorable!

I'm glad you went to Pepper Market too! It's really good there. And I'm glad you got the muffin you wanted! That's very important!

Happy Halloween! :wizard:

MEK
10-31-2011, 07:11 PM
Those pictures of Minnie and your little one are spectacular. They are they best so far (and they have all been excellent). Really, really precious!

IheartDDuck
10-31-2011, 07:48 PM
Love the pictures of your DD with Minnie. I just love how much she adores the characters! Such a brave girl.

Sunset Cliffs
10-31-2011, 11:50 PM
Shut the front door!! (Yes, I also love me some Rachel Zoe) I also had a parallel experience in high school! We went to MGM and I remember being so bummed that they weren't filming. And my sister and I were just as obsessed.

Oh - and you would totally appreciate this story....when Bill Clinton was being inaugurated the first time, I went to the National Mall for the big festivities (I grew up in the northern VA/DC area) and some of the older kids from MMC were performing at the Kennedy Center later that night. Well, I was walking around checking out all the activities and ran smack dab into Kevin (I think that was his name). Like literally ran into him. I totally freaked internally and am pretty sure I came across as an inane, mute teenage girl. I just froze. I then proceeeded to stalk the area in hopes of finding Tony Lucca with my friend. Oh the memories!

Seriously, if we only managed to meet up one day we would have so much to talk about while our kids played.

We have GOT to get together somehow. We will need to coordinate a future trip around the same time. I can't believe you were as into MMC as me. And I would have freaked out too about running into one of them in person. What is so funny is that you were probably thinking, "Bill Clinton who?" :rotfl: Priorities, you know!

The pictures with Minnie are so cute. It's nice that she is in different outfits, so if you see her multiple time she doesn't always look the same. I really hope that Dylan will be excited to see characters like that on our next trip. She does really well about greeting them (even the ones she doesn't know very well!).

I know how it feels about your TR notes. I'm pretty sure that I didn't finish writing mine up and I think the end of my current TR that I am writing is going to be a little sketchy. It doesn't matter though! It is still fun to read and see all the pictures! You are doing a great job with your TR! :thumbsup2

Stringbean&Wingnut
11-01-2011, 05:08 AM
Your DD is absolutely adorable with all of the characters! She really does look like she'd be thrilled to spend her entire trip to Disney meeting them all!

jane2073
11-01-2011, 12:50 PM
I really love your trip report!
My daughter is only three years older than yours, but seeing all of the character interactions makes me miss the younger days. She still loves characters, but it is extra cute when they are little and there is such joy on their faces! And they way they kind of fold into the characters is priceless. :lovestruc

tinkgurl
11-01-2011, 10:30 PM
Oh my goodness, the pictures of her with Minnie are adorable! They remind me of all my memories with her when I was that little! :goodvibes

LilAnn
11-02-2011, 01:42 AM
Yeah it works! Not all Lotso's are evil! :)

I love all your character pics! They so cute!

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Yes, I definitely have to remember that for when she gets older and starts asking questions.

I am glad you like the character pics - because there are more to come. Hope you had a nice Halloween as well!

Happy Halloween!! Snow already?!! That is awful! :sad2: I am so not ready for winter! I hope you'll post pictures and let us see the little one as Rapunzel :)

It looks like a fun time at DHS. It's so cute how your family finds all the characters and the pictures are all adorable! We haven't caught the parade there in a long time so I enjoyed those pics :)

Have fun trick-or-treating and stay warm!


Happy Halloween to you too! Hope you guys had fun! And yes, we already had snow. Lucky for us, we only had a few inches at our house, but my best friend (the very same friend in the TR) got a foot and a half at her house :eek: and they only live a few towns over. And are still without power, so we have been having some slumber parties at our house. I am definitely not ready for winter. Rapunzel got to experience trick or treating with snow on the ground. :sad2:

Yes, we definitely can spot the characters. And this TR doesn't even add in the characters that we saw that our little one passed up. There were even more characters that we encountered that our little girl was too shy to meet.

Hi! So I've been reading along silently for a while but I'm out of hiding now and wanted to 'introduce' myself. I've really been enjoying your TR. What a beautiful family you have, your daughter is seriously the cutest thing! :goodvibes I don't blame you for forgetting some details. Sometimes things can get fuzzy! Glad you found the time to update today, and hope you and your family have a safe Halloween!

Hi and :welcome: aboard! Thanks for reading along! I am glad that you are enjoying it. It has helped me keep the "magic" alive. I am going to try to update a bit more frequently so I can wrap this TR up, but things have just been so busy lately! I hope you had a nice halloween too.

I can't wait to see Rapunzel Halloween pictures! I bet that is one cute outfit.

So glad you missed out on the snow and the power outages. I know there were areas up there that got hit - HARD!

I will stop back later to reread when I can see your pictures. It's no fun reading about your daughter when I can't see her. Her expressions are the best part!

I have so many pictures on my camera that I still need to upload to the computer. I took a few last night, so I hope there is at least one good shot of her in her costume. It's pretty funny to see her with a little blonde extension.

We didn't miss out on the snow completely, we only got a few inches. My best friend got walloped with a foot and a half and they have been staying with us since they are still without power.

She does have the best facial expressions. ;)

she's so cute with her characters! I'm glad the day warmed up for you!

Aw, thanks! And by "warm" I think you mean it crept up into the low 60s with the sun shining. :laughing:

You met such great characters! Wow, she probably LOVED it! How adorable. :goodvibes

This Minnie Mouse picture is my absolute favorite!

It reminds me of this picture that was taken of me when I was your little girl's age.

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Minnie just takes the best pictures with little girls :lovestruc So CUTE!!

That parade looked adorable!

I'm glad you went to Pepper Market too! It's really good there. And I'm glad you got the muffin you wanted! That's very important!

Happy Halloween! :wizard:

Hi Jess! Happy Halloween to you! Yes, she totally loved all of the character interactions, especially Minnie Mouse. Your picture is super cute, too!

Yes, it is always very important to get the food items that you are craving while in Disney. ;) I know you know what I am talking about.

LilAnn
11-02-2011, 01:54 AM
Those pictures of Minnie and your little one are spectacular. They are they best so far (and they have all been excellent). Really, really precious!

Yes, she was definitely excited to see Minnie Mouse. I think my favorite photos so far may be from the Jessie interaction, but everyday definitely had stellar character moments. Thanks so much!

Love the pictures of your DD with Minnie. I just love how much she adores the characters! Such a brave girl.

Aw, thanks! I still need to get caught up on your TR and see what your little man has been up to and what new phrases he has come up with. What was he for Halloween? She is definitely not as brave as him since he managed to brave some of the bigger kid rides.

We have GOT to get together somehow. We will need to coordinate a future trip around the same time. I can't believe you were as into MMC as me. And I would have freaked out too about running into one of them in person. What is so funny is that you were probably thinking, "Bill Clinton who?" :rotfl: Priorities, you know!

The pictures with Minnie are so cute. It's nice that she is in different outfits, so if you see her multiple time she doesn't always look the same. I really hope that Dylan will be excited to see characters like that on our next trip. She does really well about greeting them (even the ones she doesn't know very well!).

I know how it feels about your TR notes. I'm pretty sure that I didn't finish writing mine up and I think the end of my current TR that I am writing is going to be a little sketchy. It doesn't matter though! It is still fun to read and see all the pictures! You are doing a great job with your TR! :thumbsup2

Right? Parallel lives again. MMC? We totally need to coordinate some sort of meet. I will definitely let you know if I ever make it out to the West Coast. We still have a wedding in March that we are up in the air about - airfare is killer for us right now. And we may still be recovering from the holidays at that point in time. But I already told my husband that DIsneyland will have to be on the itinerary if we do make it out to LA again.

I hope Dylan will be as excited for the characters as well. Maybe one day we will make it to Disney around the same time as you. Of course by then, the kids will be older and too shy around each other and not want to play.

Yes, my TR is suffering a bit on the details. Especially on the days that I didn't take as many pictures. Oh well, trying!

Your DD is absolutely adorable with all of the characters! She really does look like she'd be thrilled to spend her entire trip to Disney meeting them all!

Aw, thanks! I could spend all day watching her interact with the characters. And living vicariously through her since she woudl often tell me that I couldn't be in the pictures, that it was just her.:laughing:

I really love your trip report!
My daughter is only three years older than yours, but seeing all of the character interactions makes me miss the younger days. She still loves characters, but it is extra cute when they are little and there is such joy on their faces! And they way they kind of fold into the characters is priceless. :lovestruc

Aw, thanks! I am glad you are enjoying it. She is already growing up so fast and I know I am going to miss these days, so I am trying to cherish it all now. I just love that it is all so magical and real to her. She literally does just melt into the bigger characters. A true full body hug.

Oh my goodness, the pictures of her with Minnie are adorable! They remind me of all my memories with her when I was that little! :goodvibes

Hi Tink! I hope she will remember some of these trips like you do. I really woud love it if she grows up to develop a love of Disney.

How was Halloween with the Little Guy? Did he go trick or treating? Or just help with handing out candy again this year? I thought of you last night because she was totally more about handing out the candy at our house than she was about trick or treating. :laughing:

tinkgurl
11-02-2011, 06:19 PM
Hi Tink! I hope she will remember some of these trips like you do. I really woud love it if she grows up to develop a love of Disney.

How was Halloween with the Little Guy? Did he go trick or treating? Or just help with handing out candy again this year? I thought of you last night because she was totally more about handing out the candy at our house than she was about trick or treating. :laughing:

I hope she does too. :goodvibes

It went good! Fiance and I took him trick or treating and we ran into one of his friends from school and daycare. He happens to have the same name as my Little Guy, so they always have fun saying their name to each other. Little Guy was The Wolverine!! We went around the block like usual, then he was ready to hand out candy. He loves handing out candy! This year, when he handed candy to each kid, he would say "And what are you?" and then as they were walking away, he would say "Happy Halloween!"

That's so cute she had fun handing out candy. Thanks for thinking of me! :hug:

marDgreen88
11-03-2011, 08:38 AM
Hi and :welcome: aboard! Thanks for reading along! I am glad that you are enjoying it. It has helped me keep the "magic" alive. I am going to try to update a bit more frequently so I can wrap this TR up, but things have just been so busy lately! I hope you had a nice halloween too.


Thanks so much! I like it here. :goodvibes
Take your time! I can imagine you must be VERY busy with your little one and life in general! I'm patient, I promise. :)

LilAnn
11-04-2011, 02:39 AM
I hope she does too. :goodvibes

It went good! Fiance and I took him trick or treating and we ran into one of his friends from school and daycare. He happens to have the same name as my Little Guy, so they always have fun saying their name to each other. Little Guy was The Wolverine!! We went around the block like usual, then he was ready to hand out candy. He loves handing out candy! This year, when he handed candy to each kid, he would say "And what are you?" and then as they were walking away, he would say "Happy Halloween!"

That's so cute she had fun handing out candy. Thanks for thinking of me! :hug:

Wolverine! Fun! Did you take any pics? You'll have to send them to me somehow, because I want to see. I totally of thought of you when my daughter kept asking to hand out candy. It reminded me of one of your little guy stories from a previous Halloween.

Thanks so much! I like it here. :goodvibes
Take your time! I can imagine you must be VERY busy with your little one and life in general! I'm patient, I promise. :)

Yes, the people on the TR threads are pretty nice. I enjoy my time here as well and spend way too much of it on this board.

ANd :thumbsup2 for a fellow Virginian.

marDgreen88
11-05-2011, 10:23 AM
Yes, the people on the TR threads are pretty nice. I enjoy my time here as well and spend way too much of it on this board.

ANd :thumbsup2 for a fellow Virginian.


Oh! I didn't know you were from Virginia, I guess I missed that somehow! Do you still live here?

LilAnn
11-07-2011, 10:41 AM
Oh! I didn't know you were from Virginia, I guess I missed that somehow! Do you still live here?

I grew up in the Northernn Virginia area and my parents still live there. So I try to go back a couple of times a year. I miss it.

LilAnn
11-07-2011, 05:57 PM
I am finally nearing the end of the TR. We are down to the last few days. Thanks to everyone who has stayed with me! I hope y'all had a great Halloween. I'll try to post a photo of my little Rapunzel once I upload the photos from my camera. It's been a busy week with various groups of friends staying at our house - all who lost power. I have a feeling it's going to be a long winter if this storm is any indication. Seriously, snow in October??

And side note - anyone else out there obsessed with Once Upon A Time? I am totally loving that show! Okay, back to the regularly scheduled TR....

We woke up Saturday morning bright and early. We were down to our last two full days at Disney and were determined to cram as much as we could into the weekend. We talked to our little girl and basically decided that we would hit up all of her favorite parts of the World over the two days. Our first stop this morning…..Animal Kingdom.

Yes, we were going to Animal Kingdom for like the 3rd time this trip, I think. And we still didn’t explore all of it over the course of our many visits. Traveling with a little one who is not a daredevil means that we tended to see many of the same sights. We didn’t mind too much, though. Touring AK is so much more doable when the weather is cooler and you aren’t dying from the heat.

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It was a little sunny out that morning. We were hoping that would lead to a slight warming up of the temperatures.

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We actually didn’t have too much in mind for our day at AK, we just had one objective – Conservation Station. Speaking of which, the whole time we there, I kept hearing the song Conjunction Junction in my head. Over and over again. I think it just sounded so similar to Conservation Station that it brought back more old school memories. Anyways, random side note there.

We took the cute little train ride up to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and headed up to the Conservation Station building. Our little one had a cricket that she wanted to see.

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Apparently they were having a moment.

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It was a little hard to pull her away from her new friend.

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Lucky for us, a little information session was underway on baby alligators. And what little kid can resist the opportunity to pet a baby alligator?

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Of course I had to go and feel the alligator for myself too. Because really, when am I ever going to be brave enough to pet a real alligator any other time? Then we headed over to say hello to another friend.

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Our little girl really wanted to show Pocahontas her little green alien toys. On our way into the park this morning, our little girl had decided on her toy for the trip. She wanted the bucket of little green aliens. We told her that she would have to wait until we went back to DHS, but lucky for her, Island Mercantile had a nice selection of Toy Story toys. So our little girl wanted to keep some of the little aliens with her at all times. Pocahontas was pretty amazed by them.

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I think she was asking our little girl if they had names and what they were. Her response? Green Alien. And Green Alien. Great names, right?

I think I like this Pocahontas more than the first Pocahontas we met. She looked a bit more like what I had expected.

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Making sure she gets her aliens back.

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And one huge hug good-bye!

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Rafiki and some other friends were also out and about, but they were a little scary to our little munchkin. They were one of the few character friends that she passed on. Then it was off to pet some animals.

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She totally enjoyed the petting zoo area of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It’s not like she doesn’t get to visit baby goats and sheep at the farms near us at home. I am also very glad that they have Purell dispensers and hand washing stations on the way out of the petting zoo area. Not that I still didn’t make her use the “special soap” that I carry on me after she washed her hands. Just in case.

Once we had explored all that we needed to at the Conservation Station, we hopped on the little train back to the main part of the park. We were starting to get hungry. And there was one last thing I needed to do at Animal Kingdom. I wanted to get lunch at Flametree Barbecue. I had been wanting to try this place out, and was determined to make it this time around. Sorry, I don’t have any food pics from this lunch, but it was definitely yummy!

We even found a nice spot to sit and enjoy our lunch, There are so may pretty areas around there. And our little girl had her little green aliens and the blue rocket that came with it to keep her occupied while we dug into the massive meal. While we ate our lunch, we decided that we were pretty much all set with Animal Kingdom and would head over to Epcot. We had a dinner ADR there and wanted to do some more exploring of the World Showcase.

But first, some PP pictures! You can see that it warmed up a bit since our little girl’s coat is now off.

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And a surprise magic shot!

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She loved this shot when she saw it since she had her own little baby Simba to take home with her.

Then we were off to Epcot to explore the World Showcase. We wanted to have a lowkey afternoon just wandering around the countries and just soaking in the atmosphere. And by soaking in the atmosphere, I mean, just enjoy ourselves and act silly if we wanted to.

Apparently we started off in China…..

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The original plan was to have our little girl hop onto the elephant, but she nixed that idea. So I hopped on instead and she posed next to me.

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Sorry that this part of the TR is getting so disjointed, but I totally can’t remember all of the details. I do remember that I took a peek at the time and saw that Mulan would be out meeting people soon, so you know what that means…..

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Princesses and character friends always get hugs.

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They had a nice long conversation. I don’t recall what they were talking about, but I am sure it was fascinating.

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I do know that she asked her if it was okay if she gave her a little kiss. Of course our munchkin was not going to say no!

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It was her second princess kiss mark of the trip.

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After this meeting, our little princess decided that she wanted to meet more princesses. So we had to consult the Times Guide to see who would be out and about.

Next: how may more princesses and characters will we end up meeting this afternoon? And a yummy dinner ADR.

dawnbu40
11-07-2011, 06:14 PM
First of all, a big "yes" on Once Upon a Time. Sunday nights all 4 of us have been sitting down and watching together and we're hooked :)

The pictures with Pocahontas are so cute! It looks like they had a fun meet.

You got some great photopass pics and I love the magic shot! :thumbsup2

MEK
11-07-2011, 07:44 PM
Favorite pictures -

The magic shot with simba. OMG! It's almost like she knew Simba was going to be sitting right there.

The picture of Mulan's kiss. So cute.

That pocohantas is really a beautiful girl. Stunning. And the pictures of pocohantas and your daughter are just too cute.

You are very brave for petting that baby alligator. It is cute - sort -of! :rotfl:

Fun update. Please don't tell me you TR is almost over.

Disneyfreak508
11-07-2011, 07:57 PM
Aww so many characters!! I was going through my baby pictures this past weekend and you are going to be SO HAPPY you have all of these photos. :goodvibes They're too cute!

WS is a fantastic place to meet characters... so I bet you met tons! I can't wait to see who! And I can't wait to hear about your ADR! Any WS Dining experience is always fun to read about. :cloud9:

tinkgurl
11-07-2011, 08:25 PM
Fiance and I are loving 'Once Upon a Time'!! It's so good! I wish it was 2 hours long or on every night of the week. :laughing:

Aw, it looks like she was having a good time with Jiminy "Grasshopper". You remember that story right? :laughing:

I love that pic of you and her where you're on the elephant. She is totally making a "diva" pose. :cutie:

Message me sometime. I'd love to see who your cell phone company is. Maybe I can text you the pics of Little Guy.

shan23877
11-07-2011, 11:59 PM
Great character pics! Can't wait to hear who else you were able to find. We did the "World Showcase Character Hunt Marathon" when we were there. Criss-crossing back and forth all afternoon...;)

marDgreen88
11-08-2011, 09:54 AM
Aw, we're nearing the end. :(
Oh my goodness, you and your daughter are so brave. I don't think I would ever touch an alligator!
That girl is a beautiful Pocahontas! It's awesome that your daughter loves the characters so much. I think if I had gone to Disney at her age I would have been the exact same way. I used to follow the Hanna Barbara characters around Kings Dominion when I was little. (I figured you might know what that was since you were a Virginian. :goodvibes )
I know I've said it before but she is just the cutest thing. You can't help but smile when you see her smile in these pictures!
Hmmm... my guess would be Aladdin and Jasmine, and Belle and the Beast... possibly Snow White... lots of princesses to be found in World Showcase! Can't wait to see!

marDgreen88
11-08-2011, 10:47 AM
Oh! I had to come back like an hour later JUST so I could answer your question at the beginning of the post...

I am watching and I LOVE Once Upon A Time! I know there's only been 3 episodes but I think it's one of the best shows to come around in a while!

LilAnn
11-08-2011, 02:27 PM
First of all, a big "yes" on Once Upon a Time. Sunday nights all 4 of us have been sitting down and watching together and we're hooked :)

The pictures with Pocahontas are so cute! It looks like they had a fun meet.

You got some great photopass pics and I love the magic shot! :thumbsup2

Isn't it just the best show so far? This last episode was sooooo good! It is totally turning me into a Snow White fan. I wasn't a huge fan before, especially because the evil queen/old witch was so scary to me when I was little, but I am loving that she is more than just a girly girl. I love trying to figure out all the different characters.

Thanks! Pocahontas was very interactive with her. So cute.

LilAnn
11-08-2011, 02:35 PM
Favorite pictures -

The magic shot with simba. OMG! It's almost like she knew Simba was going to be sitting right there.

The picture of Mulan's kiss. So cute.

That pocohantas is really a beautiful girl. Stunning. And the pictures of pocohantas and your daughter are just too cute.

You are very brave for petting that baby alligator. It is cute - sort -of! :rotfl:

Fun update. Please don't tell me you TR is almost over.

I was so happy to get the Simba magic shot! I was too shy too ask about it, but the PP photographers that we happened to come across would just pull her aside and do the magic shots.

Thanks! She enjoyed the lipstick mark for about 30 seconds, then she aked us to wipe it off. :laughing: She can be OCD about being messy. :laughing:

We are nearing the end, as I think I am on Saturday and our last day at the parks is on Sunday, but we have a nice breakfast ADR on Monday, so there are a few more updates left. And I am debating what to do about our August trip. I don't know if I want to do a full fledged TR or tack it on to this one. We did a few days at disney and some at Universal (yes, we visited the dark side).

Aww so many characters!! I was going through my baby pictures this past weekend and you are going to be SO HAPPY you have all of these photos. :goodvibes They're too cute!

WS is a fantastic place to meet characters... so I bet you met tons! I can't wait to see who! And I can't wait to hear about your ADR! Any WS Dining experience is always fun to read about. :cloud9:

I am already so happy that we got a ton of photos over the past few trips. I plan on framing a lot of my favorites and having a "Disney" wall in our living room. I already have a cute photo collage of her first Woody and Jessie meet. I really hope she grows up to love disney like you do! I would love to take a mother daughter trip like you did.

She's already met many of the princesses from earlier in the trip, including your fave. Actually, it would work out well if we ever had a dis meet with you, you could keep Aladdin occupied while my daughter meets Jasmine. ;) She was too afraid of all the guys.

Our dinner was definitely yummy!

LilAnn
11-08-2011, 02:39 PM
Fiance and I are loving 'Once Upon a Time'!! It's so good! I wish it was 2 hours long or on every night of the week. :laughing:

Aw, it looks like she was having a good time with Jiminy "Grasshopper". You remember that story right? :laughing:

I love that pic of you and her where you're on the elephant. She is totally making a "diva" pose. :cutie:

Message me sometime. I'd love to see who your cell phone company is. Maybe I can text you the pics of Little Guy.

Hi Tink! Isn't it just a great show? I totally loved the latest episode. But then again, I loved Lost, so it's no surpise that I would like this show.

I totally remember the Jiminy "Grasshopper" story. I almost mentioned it when I was writing it. :laughing:

She has definitely got a few poses up her sleeve. That was the pose we got when we asked her to put the Duffy bear down so we could see her face.

I will message you as soon as I finish up the responses here. :goodvibes

LilAnn
11-08-2011, 02:46 PM
Great character pics! Can't wait to hear who else you were able to find. We did the "World Showcase Character Hunt Marathon" when we were there. Criss-crossing back and forth all afternoon...;)

Thanks! yes, we tried our best to not do too much criss-crossing. We were lucky that we had seen a lot of the princesses earlier in the trip. Also, DD was good about saying "that line is too long" and deciding to skip a line when it was a long wait. lucky for us.

Aw, we're nearing the end. :(
Oh my goodness, you and your daughter are so brave. I don't think I would ever touch an alligator!
That girl is a beautiful Pocahontas! It's awesome that your daughter loves the characters so much. I think if I had gone to Disney at her age I would have been the exact same way. I used to follow the Hanna Barbara characters around Kings Dominion when I was little. (I figured you might know what that was since you were a Virginian. :goodvibes )
I know I've said it before but she is just the cutest thing. You can't help but smile when you see her smile in these pictures!
Hmmm... my guess would be Aladdin and Jasmine, and Belle and the Beast... possibly Snow White... lots of princesses to be found in World Showcase! Can't wait to see!

Yes, the last few days are always a bittersweet feeling to the vacation. You just don't want it to end!

This Pocahontas looked more "real" to me than the first one. And she was more interactive too.

Um, I totally know what you are talking about with Kings Dominion. I think i might have a photo somewhere of when I was really young with some of the characters. I don't think I was as excited about seeing them as my daughter is, though. I totally loved that park!

Thanks, I find her smile to be pretty infectious too. and she is just so happy at Disney! Hmm, we'll have to see about your guesses, but I do have to say that she has already met Jasmine (and kinda met Aladdin).

Oh! I had to come back like an hour later JUST so I could answer your question at the beginning of the post...

I am watching and I LOVE Once Upon A Time! I know there's only been 3 episodes but I think it's one of the best shows to come around in a while!

I agree! I was totally missing Lost since it ended, and the feeling I would get watching that show. I couldn't wait for the next episode, and this is how I feel about this show. I am starting to become a Snow White fan, too, after this episode. I love her spunk!

marDgreen88
11-09-2011, 03:07 PM
Yes, the last few days are always a bittersweet feeling to the vacation. You just don't want it to end!

This Pocahontas looked more "real" to me than the first one. And she was more interactive too.

Um, I totally know what you are talking about with Kings Dominion. I think i might have a photo somewhere of when I was really young with some of the characters. I don't think I was as excited about seeing them as my daughter is, though. I totally loved that park!

Thanks, I find her smile to be pretty infectious too. and she is just so happy at Disney! Hmm, we'll have to see about your guesses, but I do have to say that she has already met Jasmine (and kinda met Aladdin).



I agree! I was totally missing Lost since it ended, and the feeling I would get watching that show. I couldn't wait for the next episode, and this is how I feel about this show. I am starting to become a Snow White fan, too, after this episode. I love her spunk!

Haha, I figured you'd know! I wish I could find some old KD pics! They don't do Hanna Barbara anymore, it's like Peanuts characters and Nickelodeon now, at least I THINK they still have Nickelodeon? It's been a while since I've been too. :(

Oh right... I forgot she'd already seen Jasmine! Well, we'll see if my other guesses were correct. ;)

I KNOW, I love this show! It's VERY well done. I agree about Snow White! I can't help but wonder what she could have done to the Evil Queen. Also, it's a lot of fun to figure out who each Storybrooke person would be as a fairy tale character... who do you think the young police officer is supposed to be? :confused3

petals
11-09-2011, 05:25 PM
Love the pocahontas meet sounds soooooo cute!

Sunset Cliffs
11-09-2011, 06:16 PM
I love your Conjuction Junction reference. Todd & I sing those songs all the time. We always sing "Beans & Rice, So Nice!" when we are having that for dinner. :rotfl: My other favorite was "I'm just a Bill".

The picture with Pocohantus is really good! Great picture of both of them. The people who have to be "face" characters must be the best people to know in real life. They always amaze me with how sweet they are to young children. That is a special gift.

I think my favorite picture this update is the 2 of you when you are sitting on the elephant. The expression on her face is so cute!

LilAnn
11-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Love the pocahontas meet sounds soooooo cute!

Thanks, it was pretty cute! I love when the face characters play right along with the kids.

Haha, I figured you'd know! I wish I could find some old KD pics! They don't do Hanna Barbara anymore, it's like Peanuts characters and Nickelodeon now, at least I THINK they still have Nickelodeon? It's been a while since I've been too. :(

Oh right... I forgot she'd already seen Jasmine! Well, we'll see if my other guesses were correct. ;)

I KNOW, I love this show! It's VERY well done. I agree about Snow White! I can't help but wonder what she could have done to the Evil Queen. Also, it's a lot of fun to figure out who each Storybrooke person would be as a fairy tale character... who do you think the young police officer is supposed to be? :confused3

I think all of my old KD pics are at home with my parents. Hmmm, those characters sound like fun (for my DD at least) too. I haven't been in forever! Oh the memories.

I know! It's funny, the other night at work, my friend and I sat there for horus talking about the show and trying to figure out who the characters were. We think the police office guy might be the Huntsman? The one who was supposed to kill Snow White, but let her go? He seems like he works for the Evil Queen, but has a kind heart, you know? I guess we'll have to wait and see. My friend was the one who picked up on the 2 dwarfs in the modern day, I didn't quite catch that. Do you think Regina/Evil Queen remembers the fairy tale world?

LilAnn
11-10-2011, 01:20 PM
I love your Conjuction Junction reference. Todd & I sing those songs all the time. We always sing "Beans & Rice, So Nice!" when we are having that for dinner. :rotfl: My other favorite was "I'm just a Bill".

The picture with Pocohantus is really good! Great picture of both of them. The people who have to be "face" characters must be the best people to know in real life. They always amaze me with how sweet they are to young children. That is a special gift.

I think my favorite picture this update is the 2 of you when you are sitting on the elephant. The expression on her face is so cute!

Um, yet one more reason that we should meet up. Do you watch Glee? If so, did you love when Gwenyth sang Conjunction Junction? Cuz I did. :laughing: I bet we would have a blast going through the old school pop songs that we were obsessed with too. And reminiscing about the MMC.

Yes, I really think the face characters have to be amazingly sweet and patient people. But then again, I would love to know that I was creating a magical moment for a little kid.

Um, I think that may have been her "diva" facial expression. The - I guess I'll out my Duffy bear down so you can take yet another picture - face.

marDgreen88
11-11-2011, 03:27 PM
I think all of my old KD pics are at home with my parents. Hmmm, those characters sound like fun (for my DD at least) too. I haven't been in forever! Oh the memories.

I know! It's funny, the other night at work, my friend and I sat there for horus talking about the show and trying to figure out who the characters were. We think the police office guy might be the Huntsman? The one who was supposed to kill Snow White, but let her go? He seems like he works for the Evil Queen, but has a kind heart, you know? I guess we'll have to wait and see. My friend was the one who picked up on the 2 dwarfs in the modern day, I didn't quite catch that. Do you think Regina/Evil Queen remembers the fairy tale world?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

OH! Yes! I bet yall are completely right, he has to be the huntsman! Good thinking! I honestly never even thought of that.
I picked up on Grumpy right away, but for some reason not Sleepy until later! Yeah, I think Regina remembers everything about fairy tale world because she seems to be trying really hard to prevent Snow White and 'James' from being together, and the fact that her father's name was Henry and she named her son that... and I think there's more to her wanting to get Emma out of Storybrooke than the Henry thing, I also think it's because she figured out who she is... I could be completely wrong though! What a great show. :)

LilAnn
11-14-2011, 09:32 AM
OH! Yes! I bet yall are completely right, he has to be the huntsman! Good thinking! I honestly never even thought of that.
I picked up on Grumpy right away, but for some reason not Sleepy until later! Yeah, I think Regina remembers everything about fairy tale world because she seems to be trying really hard to prevent Snow White and 'James' from being together, and the fact that her father's name was Henry and she named her son that... and I think there's more to her wanting to get Emma out of Storybrooke than the Henry thing, I also think it's because she figured out who she is... I could be completely wrong though! What a great show. :)

Did you watch laast night's episode? I just saw it and I think it looks more and more like the sheriff is the huntsman.

and how creepy is Rumplestilskin in the fairytale world? So creepy!

I do like how the fairytale characters and "royalty" intermingle.

marDgreen88
11-14-2011, 11:45 AM
I did! Poor Cinderella. I can't believe we have to wait 2 weeks for another episode, haha, I'm addicted.
Rumpelstiltskin is super creepy. Everything about him. Why is his skin grey?! I don't understand!
I like that too. They're all one big happy family. :goodvibes

LilAnn
11-15-2011, 02:24 PM
I did! Poor Cinderella. I can't believe we have to wait 2 weeks for another episode, haha, I'm addicted.
Rumpelstiltskin is super creepy. Everything about him. Why is his skin grey?! I don't understand!
I like that too. They're all one big happy family. :goodvibes

I know, 2 more weeks?! His skin, his mannerisms, and his eyes? Super creepy. Not as bad in the "real world" as Mr. Gold, but in the fairytale world, I would be running in the opposite direction if I saw him.

It was so fun to see the princes scheming together. Can't wait to hear baout Belle's storyline and Sleeping Beauty. But I think that's still a month or two away!

LilAnn
11-16-2011, 09:44 AM
So I know it's a bit late, but I forgot to post it a while back. Here is a photo of our little girl as Rapunzel this Halloween. I don't know if you can tell, but she has a little clip on blonde hair piece. The full on wig freaked her out.

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Now on to a quick little update.


After our little meeting with Mulan, we hopped across to the other side of the World Showcase Lagoon. According to the Times Guide, Alice in Wonderland would be out soon and our little girl had to cross her off the list. After a character meeting, she would take her autograph book and flip through the pages and point out who we still had to meet. She was on a mission to get her whole book signed, or at least most of it.

We made a little put stop in Canada. Our little girl has quite the memory so she wanted to stop for quick photo. And the rocket from her bucket of little green aliens had to join her.

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When we got to the UK, Alice was not out yet. We were a few minutes early. Mary Poppins was nearby, but our little munchkin wasn’t interested in Mary Poppins. She had already met her so she was more focused on Alice. I told her I would go knock on the door of the cottage to see if she was inside.

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Since she didn’t appear to be home, we had to come up with some other ways to amuse ourselves while we waited for her to come out.

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A close up to show you that the rocket had accompanied us once again.

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Then realizing that “whoops, there are people walking around back here watching me make a fool of myself”

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Thanks for the heads up honey. I like that my husband just stood there giggling instead.

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Once the area was empty once again, we went back to our random posing.

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We also walked around and knocked on some more random doors before grabbing a spot in line. And by grabbing a spot, I mean marking our place as first in line. I was desperately hoping with every knock that no one was on the other side otherwise I am sure I would have screamed in shock if the door opened.

Before long, Alice came out to say hello. Complete with her pretty blue cape.

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This Alice was super cute. She had the accent down pat and was just so friendly!

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I think it’s funny that she is the same height as our daughter when she is kneeling.

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Every princess, character, friend gets a hug goodbye.

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Apparently they continued their little chat, though. I can’t remember what it was about. But look how picturesque the background is. I think it’s just lovely and calming.

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We finally bid Alice farewell and then took a little detour out of Epcot. My husband is obsessed with the Beach Club and the “smell” of the lobby. So since we were right next to the International Gateway, he couldn’t resist stopping over at the Beach Club. We take this detour at least once or twice a trip – he needs his Beach Club fix. It’s still his favorite place to stay while on property.

A view of the boardwalk, with the Swan and Dolphin in the background.

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Another shot of the Swan and Dolphin.

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I have to admit that I loved staying there, even though it does not have the same Disney feeling. I absolutely loved the rooms there and the hotel in general. And the location isn’t bad either. And the beds? So heavenly.

A little touch of New England charm to remind us of home while vacationing.

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We have made it to our destination.

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Someone was in a happy mood. Don’t really remember how they got into this pose.

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Apparently our little girl couldn’t wait to get to the Beach Club either. Like father, like daughter.

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Did you think we were done with our little princess poses? Ha, think again!

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Seriously, she can’t stop posing. Do you see me there? I’m like, um, America’s Next Top Model? Or Toddler and Tiaras? I really hope other parents weren’t walking past going that mom must put her daughter in those crazy pageants, I mean, look at the posing!

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But honestly, she just learns all of her poses from her favorite Disney characters. I think this one is the Jessie pose again.

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After my husband got in his yearly Beach Club fix, we were back here….

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Up next: more frolicking around Epcot and a yummy dinner

dawnbu40
11-16-2011, 10:57 AM
The Halloween picture is so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

I love this update! You 2 posing in the English garden is adorable! Disney brings out the kid in all of us!

I totally understand your husband's love of the Beach Club. I too love the scent there! (not to mention the pool, the decor, the location)

shan23877
11-16-2011, 12:06 PM
LOL at the posing!!! My DD does it too. I'll admit that she's watched ANTM, but I won't let her watch Toddlers and Tiaras. Not letting her get any ideas. The Alice meed looked adorable. We missed her last time, I'm sure we won't make that mistake again. :laughing:

Too funny that you DH didn't warn you that people were walking behind you. Where else is it ok to make a fool of yourself though? It looked to me like you girls were having a great time!

Stringbean&Wingnut
11-16-2011, 07:28 PM
Your little one makes such a cute Rapunzel! Our niece was Rapunzel for Halloween too! (I think she was a popular costume this year :laughing:)

That's too funny about your husband not warning you about the people behind you. DBF would SO do that to me. Or he would be warning me, and I would completely miss any signal he sent. Either is very likely hahaha.

I would have been all nervous knocking on the doors too if someone actually opened one! :rotfl:

Love your little side trip to the Beach Club! I love the Epcot resort area - it's just so peaceful and wonderful there! :goodvibes

IheartDDuck
11-16-2011, 07:42 PM
I too am obsessed with Once Upon a Time. I just love the concept of it! It's just so cool to see different takes on the fairy tales.

Joaquin got a Transformer costume this year. Somehow that is not surprising...:lmao:

I love your DD's princess poses! They're just so priceless.

LilAnn
11-17-2011, 09:20 AM
The Halloween picture is so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

I love this update! You 2 posing in the English garden is adorable! Disney brings out the kid in all of us!

I totally understand your husband's love of the Beach Club. I too love the scent there! (not to mention the pool, the decor, the location)

Thanks, I forgot that I had mentioned that I would post a pic of her in the costume. And I never posted it on FB either, so I figured since I was uploading pics from my camera, might as well tack it on.

Disney has always brought out the kid in me. I may have knocked people (kids) over in my haste to get to a character in the past. :rolleyes1

Yes, the Beach Club is a fabulous place to stay. He has been on a hunt for the "smell" at various home stores and candle stores.

LOL at the posing!!! My DD does it too. I'll admit that she's watched ANTM, but I won't let her watch Toddlers and Tiaras. Not letting her get any ideas. The Alice meed looked adorable. We missed her last time, I'm sure we won't make that mistake again. :laughing:

Too funny that you DH didn't warn you that people were walking behind you. Where else is it ok to make a fool of yourself though? It looked to me like you girls were having a great time!

I don't think my daughter has seen either of those shows, but she also loves to mimic the dancing and poses from the Fresh Beat Band (on Nick). I was okay with all of the character meets since I feel like we have such a small window in which to enjoy it. Soon enough she'll get "too old" for it all.

Yes, I am not surprised that he didn't warn me. Not at all. But I figured, I will never see these people ever again. So all is fine!

Your little one makes such a cute Rapunzel! Our niece was Rapunzel for Halloween too! (I think she was a popular costume this year :laughing:)

That's too funny about your husband not warning you about the people behind you. DBF would SO do that to me. Or he would be warning me, and I would completely miss any signal he sent. Either is very likely hahaha.

I would have been all nervous knocking on the doors too if someone actually opened one! :rotfl:

Love your little side trip to the Beach Club! I love the Epcot resort area - it's just so peaceful and wonderful there! :goodvibes

Yes, I think Rapunzel was a very popular costume this year. She has a penchant for picking out the popular costumes, the ones that never go on sale.

Haha, funny. Yes, I was not surprised that he didn't give me a heads up. Oh well.

I was knocking a bit quietly, just in case.

We make multiple side trips to the Epcot resort area on our trips. Even if we don't have a Disney day planned, it's always fun to visit the resorts.

I too am obsessed with Once Upon a Time. I just love the concept of it! It's just so cool to see different takes on the fairy tales.

Joaquin got a Transformer costume this year. Somehow that is not surprising...:lmao:

I love your DD's princess poses! They're just so priceless.

That show is just so good! I always find myself discussing the show at work and we sit around trying to figure out who is who and what is going on. Like what happened to the prince this last week? I knew he shouldn't have gone off to the woods by himself. I mean, he's a prince- couldn't he send someone to get water? :confused3

Did Joaquin dress up as Bumblebee? I was not surprised to see that he picked ttransformers after his extensive discussion on them.

She is out of control with her poses. I love it.

LilAnn
11-17-2011, 09:25 AM
So I have a bit of a random question - but not too random since it is still related to vacations. We took a trip to Orlando in August and I have been toying with the idea of doing a mini TR of it. I wasn't as meticulous with pics, but still got a fair share of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and some Disney pics. And of course there are character pics with the little gal. Should I tack it on to the end of this TR? Or just start another one? Thoughts? Opinions?

dawnbu40
11-17-2011, 09:39 AM
Of course we want to hear about you August stay! I'd love to see your pics of WWOHP and hear what you thought of it! :)

marDgreen88
11-17-2011, 10:52 AM
I know, 2 more weeks?! His skin, his mannerisms, and his eyes? Super creepy. Not as bad in the "real world" as Mr. Gold, but in the fairytale world, I would be running in the opposite direction if I saw him.

It was so fun to see the princes scheming together. Can't wait to hear baout Belle's storyline and Sleeping Beauty. But I think that's still a month or two away!

:lmao: I completely agree! That's just not normal. I have to hand it to the makeup people because they do an excellent job!
I know, I thought that was really cool too. I also like that they gave both 'Prince Charmings' an actual name.
I know! I wonder how they could incorporate the BEAST. That could be cool. It's all so awesome. I just love it. :lovestruc

She is just the cutest Rapunzel!
I love the Beach Club too! Never actually stayed there... but I need to! It's so awesome. I love all the poses! That's hilarious and so cute! Don't worry, I'm sure nobody thought you were one of those psycho moms!
Mmm, I wonder where you had dinner!

Sunset Cliffs
11-17-2011, 06:18 PM
Her posing is hilarious! She definitely looks like she's been trained. So cute!

My husband would stand there & let me make a fool out of myself too. He'd probably take it one step further and video the whole thing while pretending to be taking pictures. You just need to think of a way to get him back. ;)

I think you should tack on your mini-report to this one. It would probably be easier than starting a whole new report. I definitely want to see your Harry Potter pics!

MEK
11-17-2011, 09:16 PM
OMG - your daughter has gotten a lot taller. Time for another trip to Disney. :rotfl: I certainly understand you husband's love for the BC. It's such an awesome resort and I loved staying there last May - so convenient.

More cute poses! :goodvibes

So - where's dinner?????

MEK
11-17-2011, 09:17 PM
So I have a bit of a random question - but not too random since it is still related to vacations. We took a trip to Orlando in August and I have been toying with the idea of doing a mini TR of it. I wasn't as meticulous with pics, but still got a fair share of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and some Disney pics. And of course there are character pics with the little gal. Should I tack it on to the end of this TR? Or just start another one? Thoughts? Opinions?
I say if its a small Trip then put it right on the end here. Love more TR! :thumbsup2

Disneyfreak508
11-17-2011, 11:26 PM
Aww what a cute little Rapunzel! :goodvibes
I like your random posing. :thumbsup2 You guys are too cute! No need to be ashamed - YOU'RE IN DISNEY!
That Alice is so pretty! I like the cape... it's very classy haha
I COMPLETELY understand how your husband has a love for the smell of the beach club. I happen to love the smell as well. :cloud9:
Hahaha what a little princess with all of the posing. TOO CUTE! princess:

LilAnn
11-18-2011, 03:31 AM
Of course we want to hear about you August stay! I'd love to see your pics of WWOHP and hear what you thought of it! :)

I totally loved WWoHP! I think I will end up just taking on a mini-TR to this one. So I may need to revise the title a bit.

:lmao: I completely agree! That's just not normal. I have to hand it to the makeup people because they do an excellent job!
I know, I thought that was really cool too. I also like that they gave both 'Prince Charmings' an actual name.
I know! I wonder how they could incorporate the BEAST. That could be cool. It's all so awesome. I just love it. :lovestruc

She is just the cutest Rapunzel!
I love the Beach Club too! Never actually stayed there... but I need to! It's so awesome. I love all the poses! That's hilarious and so cute! Don't worry, I'm sure nobody thought you were one of those psycho moms!
Mmm, I wonder where you had dinner!

Yes, I wonder - do you think the Beast will be there as the Beast? Or as his prince self? I heard that we will learn a lot more about Mr. Gold/Rumplestilskin in that episode too. Creepy, creepy man.

Thanks, I found her to be a funny Rapunzel with her blond streak. :laughing: But she absolutely loved it. She kept patting her hair.

She has so many poses. And sometimes I don't even know where she comes up with them.

Her posing is hilarious! She definitely looks like she's been trained. So cute!

My husband would stand there & let me make a fool out of myself too. He'd probably take it one step further and video the whole thing while pretending to be taking pictures. You just need to think of a way to get him back. ;)

I think you should tack on your mini-report to this one. It would probably be easier than starting a whole new report. I definitely want to see your Harry Potter pics!

Haha - are you trying to insinuate that I have trained my little 4 year old daughter to strike all those poses? ;):laughing: She's such a character when she is in a good mood.

So, not only would we get only swimmingly and our kids bond instantaneously, our hubbies would also bond over their mischevious ways. And we could all sit around eating rice Krispy treats. ;)

I think I am going to tack on the other mini-TR to this one. I just have to modify the title a bit. Harry Potter was great! I loved it!

LilAnn
11-18-2011, 03:37 AM
OMG - your daughter has gotten a lot taller. Time for another trip to Disney. :rotfl: I certainly understand you husband's love for the BC. It's such an awesome resort and I loved staying there last May - so convenient.

More cute poses! :goodvibes

So - where's dinner?????

Hm, when I think about it, I think she may have only grown about an inch. She just looks so grown up in that pic! You will see just how tall she has gotten in my extended mini-TR coming up. ;)

Nothing beats the convenience of BC. That walk to Epcot is fantastic. :cloud9:

Dinner should be in the next update I think. I have a few more character interactions to get through. :laughing:

I say if its a small Trip then put it right on the end here. Love more TR! :thumbsup2

You know I am taking my cue from you and your multi mini-TR! :thumbsup2

Aww what a cute little Rapunzel! :goodvibes
I like your random posing. :thumbsup2 You guys are too cute! No need to be ashamed - YOU'RE IN DISNEY!
That Alice is so pretty! I like the cape... it's very classy haha
I COMPLETELY understand how your husband has a love for the smell of the beach club. I happen to love the smell as well. :cloud9:
Hahaha what a little princess with all of the posing. TOO CUTE! princess:

I enjoy many random poses. I end up being such the ham on vacation. And you are right - I'm in Disney! It's okay to act crazy and childish!

Yes, it was a very classy cape (said in a british accent - just like Alice).

You and your smells - haha. The Land, the BC, the Disney water.....I love the BC smell for sure.

She does have her Jessie pose, her Minnie Mouse pose, her princess pose, the list goes on and on. :laughing:

marDgreen88
11-19-2011, 11:33 AM
Yes, I wonder - do you think the Beast will be there as the Beast? Or as his prince self? I heard that we will learn a lot more about Mr. Gold/Rumplestilskin in that episode too. Creepy, creepy man.

Thanks, I found her to be a funny Rapunzel with her blond streak. :laughing: But she absolutely loved it. She kept patting her hair.

She has so many poses. And sometimes I don't even know where she comes up with them.


Yeah, it's hard to know. I think it would be pretty awesome if he was in Beast form, but they may just do it like they did for Cinderella and focus on their story after they are already in love and his transformation already happened. Who knows! Haha I'm excited to find out!

The poses are so cute though, seriously. She's very creative! :rotfl:

okw19
11-20-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm definitely joining in late, but after a very lazy Sunday I am all caught up! I have loved every minute of your TR! My DD is turning 3 in January on our trip so I feel a little more confident taking a toddler having read your two TRs. :) Can't wait to read more!

RachelNinja
11-20-2011, 07:13 PM
Haha, you're not biased. Your DD really is the absolute cutest! I love how she's holding Minnie's hand with both of her hands.

I'm glad Jessie is still a fave! I love how much she adores all the characters! Haha, even Lotso's nose is bigger than DD's head! I didn't realize he was really that big!

I love the pictures of your DD trading pins with the Minnie CM! That's so adorable!

I sing "Conjunction Junction" and other songs at school when we go over the grammar lessons (well, the parts I know!), but the longer I teach, the less possibility that the kids actually know what I'm singing!

It's great how she loves the princesses and all the girly things but also loves the green aliens!

Wherever you put those pics of WWOHP, I'm excitedt o see it because I'm in the middle of reading Goblet of Fire! Never read them before, and I haven't finished watching the movies either. Haha, I'm really slow in getting on this Harry Potter bandwagon.

LilAnn
11-21-2011, 08:59 AM
Yeah, it's hard to know. I think it would be pretty awesome if he was in Beast form, but they may just do it like they did for Cinderella and focus on their story after they are already in love and his transformation already happened. Who knows! Haha I'm excited to find out!

The poses are so cute though, seriously. She's very creative! :rotfl:

I don't know about the Beast, but I may have heard that Gaston will definitely be featured? or maybe that was just a rumor. I can't remember. That would be fun to see, though.

She loves her poses. :rotfl:

I'm definitely joining in late, but after a very lazy Sunday I am all caught up! I have loved every minute of your TR! My DD is turning 3 in January on our trip so I feel a little more confident taking a toddler having read your two TRs. :) Can't wait to read more!

Hi and :welcome: I am glad that you are enjoying the TRs! That is so much fun that your DD will get to celebrate her birthday in Disney! She will absolutely love all the attention! Our biggest thing with our trips has been not overplanning things. We only have one child, so it's a lot easier for us to do (we definitely noticed this when we travel with extended family with otehr kids) because we don't have the pressure of fitting in every single attraction.

We just went with the flow for most of the trip and paid attention to her cues. Every once in a while we would "convince" her to do things that we knew she would love, but just remember you know her best. For example, as much as I love Haunted Mansion, I know my DD would have been scared witless in that. We catered the trip basically to her - most of the ADRs were based on her fave characters. And the autograph book - best way for us to get her involved with the characters. She was petrified her first trip at 21 months. Sorry for the big side track, but just thought I'd share my thoughts. We just had so much fun taking her at such a young age. So many priceless memories!

Haha, you're not biased. Your DD really is the absolute cutest! I love how she's holding Minnie's hand with both of her hands.

I'm glad Jessie is still a fave! I love how much she adores all the characters! Haha, even Lotso's nose is bigger than DD's head! I didn't realize he was really that big!

I love the pictures of your DD trading pins with the Minnie CM! That's so adorable!

I sing "Conjunction Junction" and other songs at school when we go over the grammar lessons (well, the parts I know!), but the longer I teach, the less possibility that the kids actually know what I'm singing!

It's great how she loves the princesses and all the girly things but also loves the green aliens!

Wherever you put those pics of WWOHP, I'm excitedt o see it because I'm in the middle of reading Goblet of Fire! Never read them before, and I haven't finished watching the movies either. Haha, I'm really slow in getting on this Harry Potter bandwagon.

Aw, thanks Rachel! She was in love with Minnie this trip. Minnie and Jessie.

Oh my gosh - Lotso was so big! I kinda wanted to go hug him myself just to feel small like that! :laughing:

She was so into pin trading this trip. I loved it. It was so hard to stop myself from buying more pins so she could trade more.

Yes, she is mosly girly, but she does enjoy all toys! Of course in the Cars 2 movie, her fave car is Holly Shiftwell. Why? Because she is purple. :laughing:

I think I am going to add the WWoHP pics and mini-TR to the end of this TR. I'm too lazy to start up a whole other one. I may need to modify my title again, though.

mbvisitor
11-21-2011, 05:11 PM
Hi LilAnn!
Just found your TR this weekend and have been busy catching up! Sounds like you had a great trip yet again! I've learned so much from your TR, like you could test drive Segways at EP (i missed that one) and that Fergie and Mario were in Kids Incorporated!! OMG!! I used to LOVED that show....I had to go back and google some pics! I'm sooo out of the loop! I didn't know that was Fergie!

I'm also with everyone on Once Upon a Time, we all love that show here! I hope it goes the distance!

If you're into creating photobooks...there is a designer that has a Jessie wordart Freebie right now. I thought of you when I saw it! I'll PM you the web address!

Can't wait to read about WWoHOP!

Hazel

LilAnn
11-22-2011, 10:47 AM
Hi LilAnn!
Just found your TR this weekend and have been busy catching up! Sounds like you had a great trip yet again! I've learned so much from your TR, like you could test drive Segways at EP (i missed that one) and that Fergie and Mario were in Kids Incorporated!! OMG!! I used to LOVED that show....I had to go back and google some pics! I'm sooo out of the loop! I didn't know that was Fergie!

I'm also with everyone on Once Upon a Time, we all love that show here! I hope it goes the distance!

If you're into creating photobooks...there is a designer that has a Jessie wordart Freebie right now. I thought of you when I saw it! I'll PM you the web address!

Can't wait to read about WWoHOP!

Hazel

Hi Hazel! Thanks for joining in!

I find it reassuring that I was not the only one obsessed with Kids Inc and MMC. It was my daily afternoon ritual. I would hurry up with my homework so I could watch the shows. Right? Can you believe that's Fergie?

I am glad I have found more people to discuss Once Upon a Time here, too. Such a good show. I hope it stays this good, it definitely seems to have a good following.

And I got your PM. I do like to create photobooks, as a matter of fact, I still need to make some for the Disney trips. I guess writing the TRs has taken up too much of the spare time. I had some issues with the Jessie art, though. Oh well. Thanks for thinking of me!

WWoHP should be coming up in a few updates. I am nearing the end of this trip and I'll just tack on the mini-TR to teh end of this one.

marDgreen88
11-22-2011, 10:52 AM
I don't know about the Beast, but I may have heard that Gaston will definitely be featured? or maybe that was just a rumor. I can't remember. That would be fun to see, though.

She loves her poses. :rotfl:


I think Gaston should be featured! I mean, he's a big part of their story. I just love this show. :)
Also, I somehow missed the post where you asked if you should do a mini-TR and I think you definitely should, that would be a lot of fun to see!

LilAnn
11-22-2011, 11:12 AM
I think Gaston should be featured! I mean, he's a big part of their story. I just love this show. :)
Also, I somehow missed the post where you asked if you should do a mini-TR and I think you definitely should, that would be a lot of fun to see!

I am always wondering it they will stick strictly to the Disney version of the fairy tales, or if they will go on a more general theme. Also, just read that they are thinking of casting an Ariel too! Yay!

Yes, I am working on getting this trip wrapped up so that I can add on the mini-TR just so I can post about some experiences and WWoHP. I am obsessed with Harry Potter, too, so I was so excited to go there.

marDgreen88
11-22-2011, 11:35 AM
I am always wondering it they will stick strictly to the Disney version of the fairy tales, or if they will go on a more general theme. Also, just read that they are thinking of casting an Ariel too! Yay!

Yes, I am working on getting this trip wrapped up so that I can add on the mini-TR just so I can post about some experiences and WWoHP. I am obsessed with Harry Potter, too, so I was so excited to go there.

Yeah, good point. If they stick to Disney they won't have AS much to go from. BUT, Rumpelstiltskin and Red Riding Hood are both not Disney, and I'm pretty sure I heard they were doing something related to Hansel and Gretel... but I guess we'll find out as it comes along! I LOVE ARIEL, that would be awesome!!!

Fun! I've never gotten into Harry Potter, but I have nothing against it, and I always enjoy reading about people's experiences at Universal as well as Disney. So I'll look forward to it! :)

LilAnn
11-22-2011, 11:36 AM
This installment is going to have a slightly different vibe. I decided I was going to sprinkle in some flashback photos from previous Disney trips to compare. I have been feeling a little nostalgic, must be the holiday season. I hope you guys don’t mind. Readers of my previous TR will recognize most of the photos. When I last left off, we had just completed our walk back along this path

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the International Gateway. Also known as the pathway to heaven according to my husband. He would make that little side trip to the Beach Club every day if he could. Actually his ideal little walk? Probably from the Beach Club to France to get a napolean from the boulangerie. One of his favorite Disney desserts.

However, he napolean was not the main reason we were stopping off in France. Of course we were going to say hi to a furry friend. And when I said “say hi” I meant “rush headlong into open arms.”

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You would think that the Aristocats was her favorite movie. She has never seen the movie or read the book. She just knows of Marie from Disney World. I guess she is a pretty adorable little feline. And who can resist a fluffy white cat with a pretty pink bow? Not this girl.

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It’s like she went in for the hug and never let go.

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Here is our first flashback photo from our 2010 trip. Apparently she was enjoying the hugs from Marie even back then.

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We did manage to convince her relax her hold and let someone else have a turn at saying hi to Marie. We had some more countries to visit.

Anyone thirsty? Hello lovely slushies.

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I have read and heard so much talk of the fantastic grey goose slushies, but I have also enjoyed this little number. A pomegranate and champagne cocktail. Pretty yummy. Here is a photo of me enjoying the drink and my sister-in-law enjoying the slushie from a trip we took together a few years back. Not the best photo of us, but you can see we are quite excited to dig into our French cocktails.

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Another favorite snack of my husband’s comes from this other stand in France.

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Crepes anyone? Looks like we caught this lady in mid hair flip. Whoops.

Looks like my husband was on a bit of a photographic journey of our typical snacking spots. We always enjoy stopping off for a meal in Morocco.

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It has become one of our go-to places to grab lunch, especially if we are craving a bit of rice.

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We usually get the combo chicken and lamb shawarma platter and a side of extra rice and it tends to feed all three of us easily. Also, keep in mind when I say it feeds all three of us easily, I am also taking into account all the many snacks that we eat around Epcot. I mean, it’s not like we are only eating at one country. Where is the fun in that?

Here is a flashback photo from a previous trip of our little girl enjoying the rice there.

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I also happen to love the courtyard in Morocco. It’s so pretty.

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Up next was a stop in Italy. My husband needed to get a photo of our little girl in front of one of the columns. And our little diva was happy to oblige.

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The reason for this shot? To see how much she has grown since her first trip. Here is the comparison photo of her from her very first trip in 2009 when she was 22 months old. That is a look of absolute pure joy on her face.

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We both totally loved that photo. So that was her then, and this is her now.

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Again, pure joy.

We breezed past the next country in the showcase. For some reason, we usually just skip this pavilion, unless we are in the mood for some funnel cake.

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Doesn’t this area look so sad all empty?

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Here is what it looked like when it was all lit up with the magic of Davy Jones.

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I do enjoy a nice solid brick house though.

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Makes me miss Virginia. You rarely see a full brick house up here in the northeast.

Then we skipped on over to Japan.

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Another favorite standby of ours in the counter service lineup.

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Whenever we needed a rice or noodle fix, we would head to the Yakitori House. While it may not be the most delicious, it would definitely satisfy our cravings.

cont. in next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43311721&postcount=405)

LilAnn
11-22-2011, 11:40 AM
At this point, we took a look at the time and saw that a certain princess would be out meeting people soon. And we figured that if we could get in early in the line, we would be able to fit the meet in before our dinner ADR. So here I am reversing direction and booking it to our destination.

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It was definitely getting more crowded in the World Showcase.

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The belly dancer was out doing a show in Morocco, so I had to maneuver my way through that crowd.

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Pretty, pretty ball.

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As we got closer to the line, we could tell that no one had arrived yet, so we would easily be first in line. I slowed my pace down a bit, but apparently our little girl had to make sure that she was first in line. See the blur?

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She was determined to be meet one of her other favorite princesses.

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I am sure that you can tell by our location that we were waiting for Belle. Why did we have to haul our butts over for this particular meet time, you ask? Because Belle would be out greeting people by herself, without the Beast. Remember our little girl’s aversion to Aladdin? Will it encompassed all the princes. So we knew that she would not go anywhere near the Beast.

The Photopass photographer came out a few minutes before Belle and succeeded in entertaining all of us. You could tell how great he was because he managed to get our little girl involved. At one point, he saw that our little girl was hopping around out of her stroller and took advantage of the empty stroller, claiming that he was exhausted.

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She is trying so hard to push the stroller, and the whole time he was egging her on. It was hilarious. Alas it had to end as Belle made her appearance, and just like Alice, she also had a fabulous cape.

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Our little princess needed to show Belle that she had collected a toddler Belle pin.

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Of course it ends with a princess pose

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and a hug.

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And here is a flashback with Belle a year prior.

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The hugs are always the same.

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Princess meet done with, it was time for dinner. And in case you can’t wait to find out where we ate, here is a hint:

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Stringbean&Wingnut
11-22-2011, 07:03 PM
I love your flashback photos! How fun to see your little girl enjoying Epcot through the years! :goodvibes

That CM sounds hilarious, hopping into the stroller! I love hearing stories of great CM's like that!

marDgreen88
11-22-2011, 09:21 PM
I love flashback photos! So cute. Marie and Belle are two characters I have yet to meet but I REALLY want to! I bet your daughter would LOVE The Aristocats! :)

MEK
11-25-2011, 01:54 PM
Well, I would recognize that dessert and its origin anywhere. :thumbsup2

Love your flash back pictures, especially the ones with your daughter and the characters. Was she ever afraid? It sure doesn't look like it. They are all adorable. It's fun to see how much she's grown.

LilAnn
11-29-2011, 01:28 AM
I love your flashback photos! How fun to see your little girl enjoying Epcot through the years! :goodvibes

That CM sounds hilarious, hopping into the stroller! I love hearing stories of great CM's like that!

Aw, thanks! I think I will try to incorporate some others if they work out. I never did a TR for her very first trip to Disney.

I really do think the CMs at Disney are fantastic for the most part. He was pretty funny and helped pass the time.

I love flashback photos! So cute. Marie and Belle are two characters I have yet to meet but I REALLY want to! I bet your daughter would LOVE The Aristocats! :)

Thanks! Marie and Belle are out pretty often in Epcot and the times are now on the Times Guide, so it makes it so much easier to find them. I feel like they are always out.

Oh, and what did you think of this week's Once? I feel like they are definitely building up to something. Did you catch what was in the mine?! I don't know what that means!! Trying to be cryptic in case you didn't see it yet.

Well, I would recognize that dessert and its origin anywhere. :thumbsup2

Love your flash back pictures, especially the ones with your daughter and the characters. Was she ever afraid? It sure doesn't look like it. They are all adorable. It's fun to see how much she's grown.

Yes, that is a pretty well known dessert pic! It was a yummy meal.

So, you were thinking that my daughter might not have been afraid of characters? Take a look at this bad boy from a trip to Sesame Place before her first trip to Disney. She was about a year and a half then.
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And look how cute Bert and Ernie are! That is pure terror on her face. So glad she outgrew that!

marDgreen88
11-29-2011, 10:32 AM
Thanks! Marie and Belle are out pretty often in Epcot and the times are now on the Times Guide, so it makes it so much easier to find them. I feel like they are always out.

Oh, and what did you think of this week's Once? I feel like they are definitely building up to something. Did you catch what was in the mine?! I don't know what that means!! Trying to be cryptic in case you didn't see it yet.


Oh awesome! I'll definitely look for them! :thumbsup2

I saw it! I thought it was a pretty good one. The whole back story behind Jiminy Cricket was really interesting but the puppet thing was CREEPY. If my parents were turned into wooden puppets, I don't think I'd want to start making them for a living! :laughing: And no, I didn't quite get what was supposed to be in the mine... it looked like some kind of cut glass or something? It's definitely making me curious, though!

LilAnn
11-29-2011, 02:50 PM
Oh awesome! I'll definitely look for them! :thumbsup2

I saw it! I thought it was a pretty good one. The whole back story behind Jiminy Cricket was really interesting but the puppet thing was CREEPY. If my parents were turned into wooden puppets, I don't think I'd want to start making them for a living! :laughing: And no, I didn't quite get what was supposed to be in the mine... it looked like some kind of cut glass or something? It's definitely making me curious, though!

Yes, I hope you find them, and like I said, definitely check out the Times Guide at Epcot!

Those puppets were sooo creepy! But I loved how they came up with that backstory to Jiminy Cricket and how he ended up with Gepetto. And the glass that they kept finding/throwing back into the mine? Part of Snow White's glass casket!!! See? Here's a pic from the end of the episode.....
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What does that mean????????

marDgreen88
12-01-2011, 09:58 PM
OH!!!!! Wow, okay I feel so stupid now because I somehow COMPLETELY missed that when I watched the episode! That is interesting... and a little spooky... and I have no clue what it means but I'm sure we'll get another clue on Sunday! Thanks for showing me that!

LilAnn
12-09-2011, 05:27 AM
OH!!!!! Wow, okay I feel so stupid now because I somehow COMPLETELY missed that when I watched the episode! That is interesting... and a little spooky... and I have no clue what it means but I'm sure we'll get another clue on Sunday! Thanks for showing me that!

What did you think of this week's episode? I thought it was sooooooo good! I cannot wait for Sunday's episode!

I was reading a theory that maybe the fairytale world is underneath the real world?! That could make sense, right? I don't even know. Those puppet dolls are so creepy though. Oh, and they already cast a Gaston!

marDgreen88
12-10-2011, 11:14 AM
What did you think of this week's episode? I thought it was sooooooo good! I cannot wait for Sunday's episode!

I was reading a theory that maybe the fairytale world is underneath the real world?! That could make sense, right? I don't even know. Those puppet dolls are so creepy though. Oh, and they already cast a Gaston!

I know I loved it too! Poor Mary Margaret. :( I'm glad they showed us why James would be married to that other girl though, because I was wondering why he would even like her. Good to know he doesn't really...

That sounds about right! That will be so awesome to see Belle's story! So much fun. I love this show. ALSO you were totally spot on about the sheriff! VERY GOOD GUESS! :worship:

LilAnn
12-12-2011, 09:06 AM
I know I loved it too! Poor Mary Margaret. :( I'm glad they showed us why James would be married to that other girl though, because I was wondering why he would even like her. Good to know he doesn't really...

That sounds about right! That will be so awesome to see Belle's story! So much fun. I love this show. ALSO you were totally spot on about the sheriff! VERY GOOD GUESS! :worship:

Um, did you watch last nights?!?!

LilAnn
12-12-2011, 09:16 AM
We bid adieu to Belle and skipped off to the neighboring country of Canada for our dinner ADR. Yes, we were eating at Le Cellier. We got really lucky with this reservation since we had to make many changes to our plans with the changes to our trip with the shower and all. And yes, we had dinner ADR to Le Cellier during the weekend of the shower. Of course. We really wanted to eat here for dinner one last time before it became a signature restaurant. So when this time opened up, I jumped on the chance and did some more rearranging to our other ADRs.

The pathway leading to the restaurant is just so beautiful.

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I couldn’t resist a photo myself, don’t mind the awkward angle.

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We checked in at the entrance and only had to wait a few minutes before we were shown to our table. Our little girl got straight to work on her coloring activity.

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Now I know everyone who eats here raves about the filet and their steaks, but I have a confession. I don’t eat beef. Yup, true story. I had planned on just ordering the salmon again, but then I saw a new addition to the menu. I’m sorry, I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it was a fish dish and it sounded so good, I immediately ordered that.

Doesn’t it look delicious?

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Of course, this is what the hubby ordered.

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now back to me.

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I totally cleaned my plate, much to my husband’s chagrin. He had taken a few bites of my dish and had also fallen for it. He was wishing he had ordered my dish. That’s how good it was! Our waiter asked me for my thoughts on the dish because I guess they were debating adding it to the new signature menu. And I told him it was divine. Sadly, I don’t see it on the current permanent menu, but maybe it will be a seasonal item. I would have gladly gone back there for that dish alone.

No meal is ever complete without dessert, right?

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At this point, we were stuffed and it was pretty late, so we rolled ourselves out of Le Cellier and slowly made our way out of the park. We figured we should get our little one to bed relatively close to her normal bedtime so she wouldn’t be too cranky for her last days on vacation. We wanted to pack a few more park hours into our last day.

Yes, sadly Sunday morning came and we all (my husband and I) got out of bed with those awful bittersweet emotions running through us. It was our last park day. Our little girl hopped out of bed eagerly because to her, we were still in Disney. She was getting used to being there in Florida. We had a lot planned for today, so we busted a move and got ourselves to our first stop…..

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awww, yeah. Time for some Toy Story madness. We grabbed FPs and hopped right into the standby line. This was a ride request from our little girl. She wanted to ride it one last time so we made the trip over to Hollywood Studios just for her. Plus, her favorite board game is Candyland so how could she not be happy in line?

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Her typical game piece is the red one, so she found it fitting that she had on a red skirt.

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Baby Simba and the alien rocket wanted to take a closer look at those crazy monkeys.

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Hi Mr. PotatoHead!

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We soon hopped into our ride vehicle and whizzed off into the world of arcade games.

Since some of you liked the flashback photos, here is a photo of our little girl standing before Toy Story Midway Mania for the first time in 2009.

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And some photos from her first ride on TSMM soon after.

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Then it was time to wander about the park as we waited for our FP time to come about. What else were we going to do except stop off and take cheesy pictures?

We stopped to get out of the passing rain shower.

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Our little girl wanted to practice her driving.

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Apparently she is learing to drive overseas.

Then what was it time for? Oh yeah, meet some characters. First up – Quincy.

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As you can see, Annie and baby Simba were also along for the meet.

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Then what do you know? As luck would have it, out walked June! So we hung around to give that little ballerina a hug as well.

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And Quincy got another hug so he wouldn’t feel left out.

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Our little girl found that it was a little hard to strike a pose when her hands were full.

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continued in next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43451905&postcount=417)

LilAnn
12-12-2011, 09:19 AM
Do you think we were able to leave that meet and greet area? Of course not because you know the main reason we were there was to say hello to big Annie again.

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They shared another private little moment with little Annie.

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Remember this photo from earlier in the trip?

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Then they posed for one last photo together.

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Here is another flashback photo of her first meeting with Annie and Leo.

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It was at this point that we started to hear some loud music coming our way…..you know what that means? Yup, a parade/show time. My husband and I just looked at each other because we knew how this was going to end up. Readers of my TRs will also know where this is going……our little girl gravitating towards the show like a moth to a flame.

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See her in the crowd of kids? Of course she ran straight to a girl cast member to dance around. She was also one of the last ones off the “stage.”

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She isn’t one to turn down the chance to dance in a parade or show. Once the show was done, we headed back to Pixar Place. It was time for our second ride on Toy Story Midway Mania. This was our ride vehicle (with some random people’s bottoms exiting it).

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After our second ride, we decided that we were done with Hollywood Studios. Our main objective had been accomplished, so we hopped across the pond to Epcot. Our tummies were rumbly and we needed to get a little lunch in. I think we ended up grabbing some food at Yakitori house, but I am not positive. Seems like the likely culprit, knowing our food preferences. What I do know is what we had for dessert….

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I love me some Kaki Gori! The sun had finally started to come out so I figured we could eat a nice cold dessert.

What do you think this look is telling us?

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I think she is saying “What? You want to try some of my shaved ice? Pshhhh, don’t think so.”

Up next: the rest of our last park day :guilty:

RyansMommy1
12-12-2011, 02:45 PM
She is too cute! I've been looking forward to an update...i loved the flashback posts!! :lovestruc

dawnbu40
12-12-2011, 02:48 PM
Boo for the last park day! That day is always so bittersweet but it looks like the little one was having a great time. When I recently read that the Little Einsteins were leaving DHS, I couldn't help but think of all the fun she had with them and hoped there will be new friends she'll enjoy just as much!

tinkgurl
12-12-2011, 05:52 PM
I think she is saying “What? You want to try some of my shaved ice? Pshhhh, don’t think so.”

I think that's exactly what she's saying! :rotfl:

And yum! Le Cellier! I'm drooling at the food pictures!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-12-2011, 06:32 PM
:( Oh no, the last park day always stinks! I'm always trying to cram in as much Disney as possible at that point! :laughing:

It's so cute how eagerly your little one joins a parade or dance party! She looks like she was having a great time!

IheartDDuck
12-12-2011, 07:13 PM
Okay, if someone was trying to take away my Kaki Gori, I would be making the same face.

The last day is always so sad, isn't it? Good choice on your last park of the trip though.

PrincessCaitlin
12-13-2011, 05:11 AM
Um, did you watch last nights?!?!

I just wanted to comment that I was heart broken at the end!!! I didn't think it would happen and it did and I seriously was upset!

LilAnn
12-13-2011, 08:06 AM
She is too cute! I've been looking forward to an update...i loved the flashback posts!! :lovestruc

Aw, thanks. Sorry about the big delay in updates, but I feel like time has just flown by! I can't believe it's already mid-December. I hope my next update won't be too long in coming.

Boo for the last park day! That day is always so bittersweet but it looks like the little one was having a great time. When I recently read that the Little Einsteins were leaving DHS, I couldn't help but think of all the fun she had with them and hoped there will be new friends she'll enjoy just as much!

What?! Oh no! I didn't know the Einsteins were leaving. She will be so upset when we go next time and she can't see Annie. She still walks around carrying Annie at home, in addition to carrying her Belle and Ariel toddler dolls. I guess I am not as surprised because there are barely any Einstein toys out anymore.

The last day is always a bit sad, but luckily I have another trip I can write a bit about.



I think that's exactly what she's saying! :rotfl:

And yum! Le Cellier! I'm drooling at the food pictures!

Right? Her face always says it all.

Are you guys going to eat at Le Cellier on your Disneymoon?

And by the way, I am still totally coveting your Disney village.

LilAnn
12-13-2011, 08:13 AM
:( Oh no, the last park day always stinks! I'm always trying to cram in as much Disney as possible at that point! :laughing:

It's so cute how eagerly your little one joins a parade or dance party! She looks like she was having a great time!

I know! I do too and we actually ended up fitting in 3 parks on our last day! I always need to end my Disney vacation at MK. Always.

She seriously can't pass up a parade or dance party. Even if she is standing off to the side dancing.

Okay, if someone was trying to take away my Kaki Gori, I would be making the same face.

The last day is always so sad, isn't it? Good choice on your last park of the trip though.

Me too. Did you notice that I have my own Kaki Gori cup? Because I wasn't about to share my cup with my little girl. Not with the way she devours desserts.

I just wanted to comment that I was heart broken at the end!!! I didn't think it would happen and it did and I seriously was upset!

right?! I knew a death was coming, and I had it narrowed down to Jiminy or the Huntsman, and when they showed a preview the week before of Emma crying, I knew it was going to be him. Maybe he won't be totally gone? Maybe Rumplestilskin will have another trick up his sleeve.

RyansMommy1
12-13-2011, 01:53 PM
Is your name Ann too?

and just so ya know ... I'm a Once Upon A Time-aholic!! haha. CRAZYYY episode..

tinkgurl
12-13-2011, 07:43 PM
Are you guys going to eat at Le Cellier on your Disneymoon?

And by the way, I am still totally coveting your Disney village.

We definitely will try to eat there! Fiance says it is one of his favorite places to eat at WDW!

And thanks! I'm glad I was able to show it to you.

marDgreen88
12-14-2011, 12:18 AM
Um, did you watch last nights?!?!

BAH no I haven't had a chance to watch it yet! It's really unacceptable!

Glad yall enjoyed Le Cellier! I've never been there. BOO. I admire your no beef eating though, I used to do that too! I need to do that again... I like cows.

Aww last day. :( Your DD and her characters. SO CUTE.

LilAnn
12-15-2011, 07:50 AM
Is your name Ann too?

and just so ya know ... I'm a Once Upon A Time-aholic!! haha. CRAZYYY episode..

Yup, I am an Ann! :goodvibes Not a common name nowadays, though. ooooh, right? This past week was a crazy episode!!! I am so addicted to that show.

We definitely will try to eat there! Fiance says it is one of his favorite places to eat at WDW!

And thanks! I'm glad I was able to show it to you.

So many places to eat, so little time, right? When are you going to start your PTR? In Jan, because that's next year? ;)

BAH no I haven't had a chance to watch it yet! It's really unacceptable!

Glad yall enjoyed Le Cellier! I've never been there. BOO. I admire your no beef eating though, I used to do that too! I need to do that again... I like cows.

Aww last day. :( Your DD and her characters. SO CUTE.

What?! Still haven't watched it yet? I watch it as soon as I can on Monday morning or sometimes I'll be able to catch it Sunday night.

haha, I love that comment. I like cows.

Yes, last day of the parks on this trip, but I'll still write about our August trip on here too! She does love her characters.

Disneyfreak508
12-15-2011, 10:34 AM
YAYY for a Le Cellier dinner! How incredibly lucky! It's a shame they didn't keep that fish on the menu, because if you thought it was better than the filet, it must have been INCREDIBLE!

Oh nooo the last park day is always the worst. :sad2: Ugh so sad.

But yay for Toy Story Mania! Ahh the flashback photos are so cute! Even though your little girl is so young, she has grown up so much already!

And yay for characters and parades - her favorite things.

It sounds like a great start to your last day! It makes me sad because our flight is early on our last day. :sad2: I love these "squeeze-everything-in-before-you-have-to-leave" ends to the trip... but we won't have that this time. Oh well!

Can't wait for the next update - even though we are nearing the end :(

stacikristine
12-15-2011, 02:56 PM
Hi Ann!

I just read your entire TR (so far). I LOVE IT! Your little girl is so cute, and it's been fun to see how much she's grown since last year. I also realized that touring with a little one is WAY different than what we did last time. We'll have to get used to that. :goodvibes

I love all of her character interactions. She just lights up around them. And her Annie and Jessie encounters were priceless! Your family is precious, and I'm glad I caught the tail end of your TR!

--Staci

LilAnn
12-19-2011, 08:41 AM
YAYY for a Le Cellier dinner! How incredibly lucky! It's a shame they didn't keep that fish on the menu, because if you thought it was better than the filet, it must have been INCREDIBLE!

Oh nooo the last park day is always the worst. :sad2: Ugh so sad.

But yay for Toy Story Mania! Ahh the flashback photos are so cute! Even though your little girl is so young, she has grown up so much already!

And yay for characters and parades - her favorite things.

It sounds like a great start to your last day! It makes me sad because our flight is early on our last day. :sad2: I love these "squeeze-everything-in-before-you-have-to-leave" ends to the trip... but we won't have that this time. Oh well!

Can't wait for the next update - even though we are nearing the end :(

Oh, that dish was so good! I hope they kept it as a seasonal item. Even my husband loved it! Sadly for him, there weren't any leftovers for him to eat.;)

I always feel like the last few days are so sad because you know the trip is coming to an end. We always try to book a later flight on the last day so that we can fit in some more vacation time. In the case of our Feb. trip, we were able to fit in a fun character breakfast....

End of the this trip, but I'll tack on stuff from our August trip to Disney and Harry Potter! :yay:

Hi Ann!

I just read your entire TR (so far). I LOVE IT! Your little girl is so cute, and it's been fun to see how much she's grown since last year. I also realized that touring with a little one is WAY different than what we did last time. We'll have to get used to that. :goodvibes

I love all of her character interactions. She just lights up around them. And her Annie and Jessie encounters were priceless! Your family is precious, and I'm glad I caught the tail end of your TR!

--Staci

Hi Staci! Welcome back to the DIS, I've missed you on here.

Glad that you liked TR so far. She has grown so much, it's crazy. Just wait....kids grow so fast! And yes, touring with a little one is totally different. And do I spy a trip in your future? I've never gone with an infant before, but I see them all the time at the parks.

She is totally in her glory around characters.

LilAnn
12-21-2011, 02:07 PM
SOOOOOOO, I made a little mistake as I am relooking at my trip planner. I totally JUST realized that Sunday night was not our last park day. It was our next to last park day. Whoops. So please just move all of those bittersweet sentiments over to Monday’s day. Haha, sorry. This is what happens when I try to write a TR so far after the fact. However, our way of touring was still pretty much the same – we were trying to squeeze in all of our favorite last things. So think of my little brain fart as an added bonus! One more trip day to read about! Sorry I've been a bit slow in the updates, but here's a short little update to move it along!

So, back to Sunday evening…..
After enjoying our little snack of icy goodness, we made our way back to the car and took a quick refueling break. In other words, we took one more drive through Orlando/Celebration as our little one napped. We had a big dinner reservation and I didn’t want her to be cranky and tired for the evening.

We soon made our way back on Disney Property for our dinner ADR. We had an early dinner time, but that was fine with us. I was really excited too because it was at a place I have been dying to try out. Could you tell from the title of this update where we ate at?

We parked our car just in time to catch the Disney bus over to our intended destination. It was so interesting to get a view of Fort Wilderness, and I love all of the names of the different bus stops! Soon we were all making our way out of the bus, got into a big long line, and headed in for our seats.

If you couldn’t tell by the title, does this give you a clue?

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We were at the Hoo-De-Doo-Revue! I was seriously so excited! First, I love me some fried chicken. Second, I love me a good, cheesy show. I was laughing so much throughout the whole dinner. I had been a bit worried that we were sitting so far back, but really, it ended up being great! We could still see all of the action and we weren’t packed in like sardines towards the back, so we had some breathing room.

There was a woman there who was celebrating a big birthday (I think it may have been her 80th/90th) and she kept getting picked on through the whole night. And she was playing right along the whole time. It was fantastic! I love when the audience gets involved in the show!

Of course we all got in on the washboard action.

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Actually our little girl was trying to play the washboard and eat her strawberry shortcake at the same time. Thatta girl! Nobody messes with her dessert!

You know what else was great? Our little girl’s favorite character from the show even stopped by our table during one of the walkarounds and stopped for a picture!

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Sorry I couldn’t post a better review of this dining show, but it’s been so long that all I can remember is that I really enjoyed it. Once again, since we had taken that extended weekend away from Disney, we had some extra dining credits to use up. Hoop-De-Doo was a perfect solution for us. Since it was the earlier seating, we still had time to head over to the MK for the rest of the evening. There was actually going to be extra magic hours that evening, so we figured it was perfect. We would could wander around and go on some rides and not feel too rushed.

We stopped off for an obligatory castle picture.

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We popped over to Tomorrowland for one of our little girl’s favorite rides – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. However, I was soon realizing that we had gotten totally spoiled over the last week with low crowds. Things had definitely picked up over the weekend and it was packed that evening. So our plans for wandering around leisurely and hopping on and off various rides was scrapped. I think we made it onto 2 rides that night. The second one having a massively long wait. But it was one that our little girl really wanted to go on, so we weren’t going to deny her that.

Can you tell what ride vehicle we are in?

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Poor thing, by the time we got onto Peter Pan, it was close to 10pm, and our little one was definitely tired. She made it though!

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We tucked her into her stroller after that and decided we could just stroll out slowly while she rested. I love seeing the Magic Kingdom all lit up.

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I have to say that while the MK was packed when we first entered around 8pm, it definitely had cleared out by 10pm. Probably because all the families with little kids had to call it a night, like us. Our little girl crashed in the stroller so we decided to take advantage of it and just take our time walking out.

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I love the details on this castle!

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Sadly making our way out MK since the vacation is close to an end. We always get sad the last couple of days of our vacation.

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Sorry it was so short and so sorry again about the last day mix-up, but I'll try to see if I can get another, longer update in soon.

dawnbu40
12-21-2011, 02:16 PM
Glad you all enjoyed the HDDR! :)

Those castle pics are just beautiful!! The park at night is so pretty!
Glad you aren't quite done! :)

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :santa:

LilAnn
12-21-2011, 02:35 PM
Glad you all enjoyed the HDDR! :)

Those castle pics are just beautiful!! The park at night is so pretty!
Glad you aren't quite done! :)

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :santa:

Hi Dawn! I just sent you a holiday text ;)

Thanks, every once in a while we manage to grab a nice scenic photo (not as nice as Caitlin's though) of the area.

Yes, I can't believe that I got the days mixed up, but when I started going through the photos for the next update, I was like....whoops. Then I had to pull out the old trip planner and look at everything again. We had plans to leave on a Monday on our August trip so I thin that's how I got confused.

Merry Christmas to your family as well! Here's too a better year for you all!

marDgreen88
12-21-2011, 03:53 PM
What?! Still haven't watched it yet? I watch it as soon as I can on Monday morning or sometimes I'll be able to catch it Sunday night.

haha, I love that comment. I like cows.

Yes, last day of the parks on this trip, but I'll still write about our August trip on here too! She does love her characters.

Oh goodness, I know. I can't believe I'm saying this but I STILL have not seen the episode from... 10 days ago. But I have a VERY good excuse. I was getting ready for Disney, I went to Disney, and now I am recovering from Disney. Then there's that whole... Christmas thing? hahah I'm really hoping to watch it tonight or tomorrow but I'm worried because everyone I've talked to says they didn't like what happened... bah. I'll let you know as soon as I watch it!

YAY, bonus TR day! Hahaha, don't worry, I get it! I'm glad yall enjoyed Hoop-De-Doo Revue! I've never actually been but I'm heard mostly good things about it! hahah...NOBODY gets between her and her dessert! :thumbsup2

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-21-2011, 07:37 PM
Your little girl definitely has the right idea, don't let go of dessert while playing!!! :laughing:

IheartDDuck
12-21-2011, 09:26 PM
I love HDDR! It's sooo much fun. You and I seem to be very alike. I love me some fried chicken and a cheesy show too! Put them together, well, that's just perfect.

You read my TR with Jason and I, so does it surprise you that the last time we went Jason got picked to be a "performer" during HDDR?

MEK
12-22-2011, 08:03 AM
Your little girl definitely has the right idea, don't let go of dessert while playing!!! :laughing:

:rotfl2: wish I could see that picture right now.

I love the Hoop-de-doo review. It's a fun show. Glad you all enjoyed it.

We just drove through Celebration before we went back to the airport on Monday. What an adorable town. All those cute houses decorated fror Christmas. Next time I would actually like to get out and walk around!


Can't believe your trip is almost over.

LilAnn
12-23-2011, 02:27 AM
Your little girl definitely has the right idea, don't let go of dessert while playing!!! :laughing:

I think she was afraid the waitress might come and take it away before she had a chance to finish it. :laughing:

I love HDDR! It's sooo much fun. You and I seem to be very alike. I love me some fried chicken and a cheesy show too! Put them together, well, that's just perfect.

You read my TR with Jason and I, so does it surprise you that the last time we went Jason got picked to be a "performer" during HDDR?

I think we would get along swimmingly! Don't forget about our love for MMC and the Party. ;) I think because we were fans from way back when, we should get first dibs on Ryan Gosling or something.

Wait, did I miss the part about Jason being picked to be a performer? Or is that on a different trip? I am sure you were enjoying every moment of that!

:rotfl2: wish I could see that picture right now.

I love the Hoop-de-doo review. It's a fun show. Glad you all enjoyed it.

We just drove through Celebration before we went back to the airport on Monday. What an adorable town. All those cute houses decorated fror Christmas. Next time I would actually like to get out and walk around!


Can't believe your trip is almost over.

Yay! You're back from your Disney trip! I can't wait to hear all about it!

I love driving through Celebration. It is a really cute town. We had dinner there in August and it was pretty good!

LilAnn
12-23-2011, 02:30 AM
Oh goodness, I know. I can't believe I'm saying this but I STILL have not seen the episode from... 10 days ago. But I have a VERY good excuse. I was getting ready for Disney, I went to Disney, and now I am recovering from Disney. Then there's that whole... Christmas thing? hahah I'm really hoping to watch it tonight or tomorrow but I'm worried because everyone I've talked to says they didn't like what happened... bah. I'll let you know as soon as I watch it!

YAY, bonus TR day! Hahaha, don't worry, I get it! I'm glad yall enjoyed Hoop-De-Doo Revue! I've never actually been but I'm heard mostly good things about it! hahah...NOBODY gets between her and her dessert! :thumbsup2

Well, I guess you did have a pretty good excuse for not seeing it. How was your trip? Are you going to write a TR? Cuz I'll totally come over and read it! And ack! I can't believe how fast Christmas is coming this year! I was hoping to get in another update before then, but it's not looking so good right now.

And yes, let me know what you think when you FINALLY see Once. At leats you won't have quite so long to wait until the next episode in Jan!

RyansMommy1
12-23-2011, 10:41 AM
Hey Ann,
I don't know anyone with a child as close in age to Ry on here other then you to answer the couple questions I have... so the "other" Ann (you) it is!!! :)

1. Looks like Ryan and the little princess are about the same size- kinda on the tiny side? (Correct me if I'm wrong) --- I was wondering what kind of stroller you used?

and

2. Do you still think the Princess will fit/use a stroller when she's five? Should I anticipate Ryan using one?

I'm trying to figure this out cause I don't think I want to rent one, but I also don't feel like carrying a tired Ryan if he falls asleep or needs to take a break from walking. :confused3 We still bring one to places like that mall but it's a cheap and extremely uncomfortable looking no frills umbrella stroller....HELP!!!!

LilAnn
12-24-2011, 02:45 PM
Hey Ann,
I don't know anyone with a child as close in age to Ry on here other then you to answer the couple questions I have... so the "other" Ann (you) it is!!! :)

1. Looks like Ryan and the little princess are about the same size- kinda on the tiny side? (Correct me if I'm wrong) --- I was wondering what kind of stroller you used?

and

2. Do you still think the Princess will fit/use a stroller when she's five? Should I anticipate Ryan using one?

I'm trying to figure this out cause I don't think I want to rent one, but I also don't feel like carrying a tired Ryan if he falls asleep or needs to take a break from walking. :confused3 We still bring one to places like that mall but it's a cheap and extremely uncomfortable looking no frills umbrella stroller....HELP!!!!


Hi Annie!
I think you are probably right in terms of size. My daughter tends to be a bit shorter. She is almost at the 40 inch mark. Which means she probably could have gone on a ton more rides in August, but she is also a scaredy cat with rides. :laughing:

Anyways, we have always used the same stroller for our trips - I think it's an Evenflo. It's basically an umbrella stroller but with a bunch of pockets and cup holders. It doesn't recline at all. We decided that we didn't want to bring a stroller that we would get upset with if it was stolen and it has served us well. I definitely think you should still bring a stroller. We found it so helpful in the airport, walking around the parks, etc. It's a lot of walking for an adult, let alone a little person. Our stroller wasn't the most comfortable, but she did fall asleep in it when she was really tired and it saved us from having to carry her for very long distances.....

LilAnn
12-28-2011, 01:41 AM
So, what does the chapter title have to do with my update? Not too much, other than the fact that the song is currently running through my head.

Okay, so we are down to our last park day now – for real this time. We were once again off to an early start this morning. Not because we were trying to make rope drop, but because we had an important breakfast ADR to get too. We were also checking out of POR and would be checking in to another hotel for the last night of our stay. My husband wanted to try out some new hotels in the area and thought it would be best to do it on our last night. I was a bit more concerned about what that meant for my precious park time!

So we packed up our bags and checked out of our hotel. Good-bye POR! While I was sad to leave our Disney hotel, I was excited to head to our breakfast destination. It was for a breakfast that our little girl had been asking for since the day we booked our trip. Does this view from our table give you a hint?

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What about the little accessory our little girl had on?

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We were having breakfast at ‘Ohana with Lilo and Stitch! My husband was excited at the prospect of more Mickey waffles and my daughter was excited about meeting Lilo and Stitch. I was just excited. We had a teeny tiny wait at check-in, but were soon posing for our restaurant picture and then being shown to our table. I liked the idea that the food came out family style in one large skillet. My husband liked that the Mickey waffles were brought around separately when he wanted more. And you know he wanted more.

Here is a photo of the spread on our table.

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Before we could dig into our breakfast, we found our little girl being swallowed up by a little monster.

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And she was loving every minute of it, of course.

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Not only that, if you look carefully in the next picture, you may notice something in Stitch’s ear.

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He had stuffed a mickey waffle in there! I guess he wanted to keep it handy in case he got hungry. Oh Stitch.

Once Stitch left, if was time for her to get swallowed up by another furry friend.

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Do you think she enjoyed meeting Pluto?

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I mean, it’s not like she hasn’t seen him before. Do you think she got to start in on her breakfast after Pluto left?

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Think again! It was parade time and you know our little girl is not one to pass up on a parade. Especially when there are maracas involved.

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Did somebody say maracas??? Who likes maracas?

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She was so intent on shaking the maracas and following Mickey, that she was surprised to feel someone tapping her on the head.

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LilAnn
12-28-2011, 01:45 AM
We headed back to our tables after the little parade and wolfed down some eggs, bacon, sausage, Mickey waffles and whatever else was in the skillet. We needed to make sure we had enough energy for the rest of our day. Soon Lilo was stopping by to greet us.

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I happen to love Lilo so I wanted to jump in the picture as well.

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Then it was time for the big Kahuna. The big cheese. Mickey!

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Remember how in love with Pluto she was? Well, she was in luck as he was rounding the corner again as we were paying the bill. She pretty much mowed him down.

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She <3 Pluto.

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Then it was time for some parting photos at the Poly. Why hello Mr. Tiki man.

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Would you mind terribly if I hopped on to your drums? No? Thanks!

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Wait mommy! I wasn’t ready! Now…..I’m ready.

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Then it was family picture time!

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Then we had a little bit of unexpected Disney magic. We ran into a family that was checking out of the Poly that morning and they were looking to give away a Mickey balloon. The little girl with them had picked out our little girl as the lucky recipient of her Mickey balloon. They told us that since they were leaving for the airport, they couldn’t bring the balloon with them and wanted to pass it along to another little kid. Lucky us!

She was in love with this balloon. All trip long she had been asking for a Mickey balloon. We just weren’t able to justify the cost of the balloon, especially since we wouldn’t be taking it home with us. And now she got one – and a pink one, too!

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That Mickey balloon was the same size as her pretty much!

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We figured we would do the same thing with the balloon. We would let our little girl enjoy the balloon all day on our last park day and then at the end of the night, she could pick out someone to give it to.

Here is our paparazzi shot of us leaving the Poly and heading to the car.

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up next: our first park of our last day :sad1:

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-28-2011, 05:16 AM
Between the characters and the parade and the maracas, I was actually wondering if your little girl did eat breakfast that day!! :laughing: But Mickey waffles are definitely too good to pass up (and, apparantly, stick in your ear...:rotfl:)

That's so cool that you guys got to play with the balloon for a bit! Those are very cute, but I agree, a bit expensive for a balloon that you can only keep for a little while!

dawnbu40
12-28-2011, 05:27 AM
I could totally go for that breakfast right now! :)

What a great way to start your day! Character breakfasts are always fun and who can resist Mickey waffles?


The pictures are of course, adorable :cutie:

I love how the other family passed along pixie dust to your family and that you decided to pay it forward :goodvibes

LilAnn
12-28-2011, 05:43 AM
Between the characters and the parade and the maracas, I was actually wondering if your little girl did eat breakfast that day!! :laughing: But Mickey waffles are definitely too good to pass up (and, apparantly, stick in your ear...:rotfl:)

That's so cool that you guys got to play with the balloon for a bit! Those are very cute, but I agree, a bit expensive for a balloon that you can only keep for a little while!

Haha, she did eat breakfast. Not a lot, but she did manage to get Mickey waffles in her belly. Stitch was in rare form that day. :rotfl:

Yes, what is it? I think $15? If we could take it home easily, I might not mind because we tend to have balloons that last forever in our house. It worked out perfectly.

You're trip is coming up soon! Are you excited?

I could totally go for that breakfast right now! :)

What a great way to start your day! Character breakfasts are always fun and who can resist Mickey waffles?


The pictures are of course, adorable :cutie:

I love how the other family passed along pixie dust to your family and that you decided to pay it forward :goodvibes

I could go for that breakfast too! I am starving, but I've also been awake forever.

Right? Who can turn down a Mickey waffle?

Yes, we love to pay it forward when it comes to pixie dust. It was a great surprise and a fun lesson to teach our little one. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a happy new year!

Stringbean&Wingnut
12-28-2011, 06:40 AM
Haha, she did eat breakfast. Not a lot, but she did manage to get Mickey waffles in her belly. Stitch was in rare form that day. :rotfl:

Yes, what is it? I think $15? If we could take it home easily, I might not mind because we tend to have balloons that last forever in our house. It worked out perfectly.

You're trip is coming up soon! Are you excited?


I thought they were somewhere between $10 and $15, which really is a lot for a balloon! I'm not sure though, I've never traveled with kids to WDW, so we've never had to worry about balloon purchasing! :laughing:

It is!!! I can't believe how soon it is! We're SO excited! :banana:

MEK
12-28-2011, 10:27 AM
Awww - how sweet that your daughter was the lucky recipient of that balloon. That's awesome and probably made her day.

I'm glad you all had a great time at breakfast. I'm sure it was a blast.

Curious to see where you stayed on your last night.

SoonerGirl
12-28-2011, 02:29 PM
Hiya Ann! I've been MIA for quite awhile so I had a lot of catching up to do!

I loved this last update, your little girl is just too darn cute, makes me smile everytime you post pictures of her having such a wonderful time :goodvibes

marDgreen88
12-28-2011, 02:40 PM
:lmao: This update had me cracking up! Ohana for breakfast looks so good and like so much fun! HOW CUTE that the little girl gave your daughter her balloon! That's so sweet. I love the photoshoot pics!

PS. I FINALLY watched the latest episode of Once Upon A Time... and I AM SAD.

OH! I remembered you asked if I was writing a TR and I AM! I haven't started it yet but I'm going to really soon!

RyansMommy1
12-28-2011, 02:53 PM
Once again she is tooooo cute!! :lovestruc I hope Ryan is as good with the characters...although I highly doubt it. Hopefully he is alright with the princesses though - he does have a slight obsession with them :rotfl2:

Thanks for the stroller advice :) very very helpful!

RachelNinja
12-28-2011, 09:15 PM
We JUST had a quick blackout, so I lost the comments I had written in Notepad. Arg. I don't remember everything, but I remember some of it:

- I love how your DD was focusing on the dessert and not letting the washboard distract her! Her priorities are right!

- It's so great that she was able to get the balloon she had wanted! What a way to spread some pixie dust!

- Is the Kaki Gori flavored all the way through? I don't like it when ices or slushees don't have the flavoring reaching all parts and some of it is just plain ol' ice. It just seems like such a good snack on a hot day, and for our Disneymoon, we'll be there in May (I know it's not THAT hot, but it's much hotter than April, and I already don't like April!).

So sad to be nearing the end of the trip!

MEK
12-29-2011, 08:16 PM
Just got my picture fix. Boy have I missed seeing your little one's pictures! Those hugs just are too cute. What a wonderful breakfast and character experience. And that balloon - it IS huge!

LilAnn
01-02-2012, 07:19 AM
I thought they were somewhere between $10 and $15, which really is a lot for a balloon! I'm not sure though, I've never traveled with kids to WDW, so we've never had to worry about balloon purchasing! :laughing:

It is!!! I can't believe how soon it is! We're SO excited! :banana:

It is something like that, and I agree. Quite a lot for a balloon, especially when you can't bring it back home easily. I would be excited too if I was leaving for Disney so soon! :yay:

Awww - how sweet that your daughter was the lucky recipient of that balloon. That's awesome and probably made her day.

I'm glad you all had a great time at breakfast. I'm sure it was a blast.

Curious to see where you stayed on your last night.

She was totally ecstatic about the ballon. It was a fun way to pay it forward too. We;ve done that with FPs that we didn't use, but this was a fun suprise.

I am always happy with a hot breakfast!:thumbsup2

We should get to the new hotel soon.

LilAnn
01-02-2012, 07:29 AM
Hiya Ann! I've been MIA for quite awhile so I had a lot of catching up to do!

I loved this last update, your little girl is just too darn cute, makes me smile everytime you post pictures of her having such a wonderful time :goodvibes

Hi Michelle! Happy new year to you and the family!

Seriuosly, she always enjoys herself at Disney. She is barely ever not happy around characters. One of the many reasons we keep going back.

:lmao: This update had me cracking up! Ohana for breakfast looks so good and like so much fun! HOW CUTE that the little girl gave your daughter her balloon! That's so sweet. I love the photoshoot pics!

PS. I FINALLY watched the latest episode of Once Upon A Time... and I AM SAD.

OH! I remembered you asked if I was writing a TR and I AM! I haven't started it yet but I'm going to really soon!

We really enjoyed Ohana. Stitch was hilarious with his waffle in the ear routine.

The balloon thing was fun and she had a lot of fun deciding who to pass it on to later that night.

Right? I was upset about how they ended that episode. I thin he'll be around in flashbacks, but I keep hoping that maybe he isnt' really gone.

And I'll be on the lookout for your TR!

Once again she is tooooo cute!! :lovestruc I hope Ryan is as good with the characters...although I highly doubt it. Hopefully he is alright with the princesses though - he does have a slight obsession with them :rotfl2:

Thanks for the stroller advice :) very very helpful!

We also booked Hollywood and Vine as our first "test" character meal on our May trip (it's in my first TR) and planned on cancelling the other character meals if she freaked. She loves the Little Einsteins so we figured it would be a good way to test out her reaction to characters. Apparently, we have created a monster as she is obsessed with meeting them all.

We are planning on bringing the stroller again with us on our next trip, but it's on it's last leg and will probably barely make it. It has served us well though!

We JUST had a quick blackout, so I lost the comments I had written in Notepad. Arg. I don't remember everything, but I remember some of it:

- I love how your DD was focusing on the dessert and not letting the washboard distract her! Her priorities are right!

- It's so great that she was able to get the balloon she had wanted! What a way to spread some pixie dust!

- Is the Kaki Gori flavored all the way through? I don't like it when ices or slushees don't have the flavoring reaching all parts and some of it is just plain ol' ice. It just seems like such a good snack on a hot day, and for our Disneymoon, we'll be there in May (I know it's not THAT hot, but it's much hotter than April, and I already don't like April!).

So sad to be nearing the end of the trip!

Ew, I hate when you lose your comments, especially if you typed out a lot.

Dessert is very important to this family! :laughing:

Yes, it was a fun way to get some unexpected pixie dust! We have done the same with unused FP tickets (to Toy Sotry) and it's always fun to pick out a family and see their reaction.

The Kaki Gori is flavored all the way through, or at least ours were. Maybe it's because we don't gobble it down in 2.5 seconds. I like that it's a yummy treat and not too filling. May can be really hot - I'll keep you posted when we go and let you know how bad it is!

Just got my picture fix. Boy have I missed seeing your little one's pictures! Those hugs just are too cute. What a wonderful breakfast and character experience. And that balloon - it IS huge!

Happy new year to you and yoru family! Aw, thanks! I like reliving it all through her facial expressions too. And tha balloon is so massive! I can only imagine how difficult it is for the castmembers who have to hold all of those balloons!

marDgreen88
01-02-2012, 08:27 AM
Right? I was upset about how they ended that episode. I thin he'll be around in flashbacks, but I keep hoping that maybe he isnt' really gone.

And I'll be on the lookout for your TR!

Yeah... I know. I'm sure he will be in flashbacks, especially since that's what a lot of the show is. I watched the marathon yesterday and I just couldn't watch that part again! We'll see, maybe there will be a way to revive him! Like, maybe all Emma has to do is kiss him, but she doesn't know it, because she doesn't believe the fairy tale stuff? Ugh I don't know!

And I haven't checked back yet so I don't know if you saw or not, but the link is in my signature! :goodvibes

LilAnn
01-03-2012, 10:31 AM
Yeah... I know. I'm sure he will be in flashbacks, especially since that's what a lot of the show is. I watched the marathon yesterday and I just couldn't watch that part again! We'll see, maybe there will be a way to revive him! Like, maybe all Emma has to do is kiss him, but she doesn't know it, because she doesn't believe the fairy tale stuff? Ugh I don't know!

And I haven't checked back yet so I don't know if you saw or not, but the link is in my signature! :goodvibes

Ooh, okay, I'll hop over to check out your TR after I post this update!

LilAnn
01-03-2012, 10:38 AM
Our last park day was off to a magical start with the addition of a happy, floating, pink Mickey balloon. Our tummies were pleasantly full of Mickey waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit and delicious juice. The next stop on our list? Epcot.

Of course we had to stop off for a few more PP pics. We had to get some pictures with the new balloon? I mean, it’s just so Disney!

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However, as you can see, we had to hold the balloon off to the side a bit as it would have totally obscured my husband’s face.

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Of course, wouldn’t you know it, but the weather was much warmer this day. On our last park day. When we leave the next day. Of course.

Then the photographer asked us big people to step aside so she could take a picture of just our little girl. Yeah, she’s the cute one anyways.

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Sorry about the messy hair. Try as I might, this girl has flyaway hair. And apparently her haircut was just a trim because it’s still insanely long in the pics. I have since come to the realization that she looks way cuter with her hair shorter. For some reason, it seems to stay in the ponytails better that way too. Go figure.

Now as you have probably gathered from reading about our other park days, we don’t seem to hit a lot of the rides while we are in the parks. Today was no different. And despite the fact that she just saw Mickey and Pluto at breakfast, she caught sight of the Epcot Character Spot and any other plans were scrapped. My husband wanted to try to ride Test Track one last time so I said I would take her in to meet her friends while he went on the ride. The only catch? I needed a little something to occupy me in line…..

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It’s never too early for a Mickey bar or a Mickey ice cream sandwich. You know my little girl agreed. Eating those yummy frozen treats was a fabulous way to help the wait in the line go by faster. I know I spied more than one envious look from other people waiting in line. Who can blame them? Frozen delicacies in the shape of a Mickey head are just divine.

Once we devoured every last morsel of the treats and I had wiped off the ring of chocolate around my little girl’s mouth, it was already time for us to meet Mickey. Get ready to see those crazy futuristic backgrounds again.

How did Mickey get over here so fast? And out of his Hawaiian shirt? He looks so formal here. I feel like he should be wearing a tee shirt, shorts and a camera slung around his neck with this background. Anyways, our little girl ran headlong into his arms. Seriously, not like we didn’t JUST see him.

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She’s too happy just being with Mickey that she couldn’t be bothered to do a matching pose.

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Maybe Mickey took a Segway over from the Polynesian.

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I love Mickey too and had to make my way into the photo.

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Oh, and remember some of those inappropriate hand placements of my daughter’s? Did you catch the one in that last photo? No, well, here’s a closer look just in case you missed it.

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Sigh, she can’t help it if that’s where her hand happens to fall when she’s trying to hug him.

Next up was Mickey’s dog, Pluto. Remember how insanely happy she was to see Pluto twice at breakfast? Well, that feeling did not subside one bit. He got another huge hug.

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Look at that face. You can just see the beams of happiness radiating from her face.

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And Pluto must have gotten the memo that this little girl is an inappropriate poser and decided he was safer if he got down to her level.

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She wasn’t ready to leave Pluto’s side just yet. She needed to show him some of her pins first. At that time, she still had a Pluto pin on her lanyard.

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At this point, my husband had made it back from his ride on Test Track. So we pulled our little princess away from Pluto and headed over to say hi to Minnie Mouse. This is the background that I don’t get. It doesn’t look like a space that Minnie would be in.

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Again, she was too busy hugging to strike her Minnie Mouse pose.

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Same hand placement as earlier, but somehow nowhere near as inappropriate.

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In this next picture, just ignore my crazy hair flip pose. I just wanted to show you how excited she was to see Donald. And seriously, for all those people that say you shouldn’t bring a kid under 5 years old or even a 3 year old….just look at the body language and the face on my little girl. I would not trade any of these Disney trips. Many priceless memories have been made.

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Can’t you just picture the squeal of “DONALD!” coming out of her?

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A little heart to heart talk.

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Followed by a super cute photo.

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Look how fluffy Donald is! He must have taken a bubble bath or something earlier.

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Then it was time for Goofy’s hug. Although it kinda looks like he just ate her head.

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Then she got a cute little moment with Goofy. He decided he wanted to dance a little with her. How sweet!

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They danced and twirled their way over to the picture spot.

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cont (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43613464&postcount=461).

LilAnn
01-03-2012, 10:42 AM
Goofy then convinced her to do a matching pose with him. He figured since she had two braids, it was almost as good as having two floppy ears.

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Sorry that photo was so blurry. Once we got done with meeting the Fab Five (why isn’t Daisy included in the bunch and it’s the Super Six or something?) we thought we would just head back outside. We found ourselves a nice little treat though. Apparently since Pixie Hollow had closed down with the closing of Mickey’s Toontown Fair, the fairies could be seen right around the corner! Not only that, we got a nice little bonus gift for waiting on the line. It was a cute little model that we could build of Tink’s fairy house from the third Tinkerbell movie. As always, we weren’t sure who we were going to be waiting for in that line, but we didn’t care one way or another. We got lucky as many people stepped aside and let us go ahead of them because they were all waiting for Tinkerbell. We ended up being the last ones to see Rosetta and Vidia.

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They were having a conversation here about what kind of fairy our little girl was based on her name.

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They didn’t know if she was a water fairy or if she belonged in the garden with Rosetta. It was a very serious conversation and they were really contemplating their options.

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I think Rosetta’s hand pose looks a little odd here. It’s almost like she’s doing an Eastside-Westside type hand gesture.

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Of course each of the fairies got their own little hug goodbye.

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At this point, it was approaching midday and my husband was itching to get out of the park and over to the new hotel. Yes, that’s correct, we only hung out at Epcot briefly before we made our way back out. The weather was warm and beautiful and my husband needed to be at a pool asap. He doesn’t feel like he’s on vacation until he’s been in a pool and it was pretty chilly this trip. So he wanted to make the most of our last day. I knew we still had my fave park for later in the evening so I agreed to leaving.

We had pricelined a hotel for the last night of our trip and my husband was super excited to try it out. I would have been perfectly content to stay at POR. However, we got a pretty sweet deal and we scored a night at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate. For some reason I don’t seem to have a lot of photos from the resort, so here are some from the internet.

The exterior of the hotel.

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Photo of the pools and lazy river at the pool…..the big reason my husband wanted to head there asap.

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The Omni was a bit further out, but not too bad of a drive. We pulled up to the front and my husband was immediately longing to golf. Too bad it was the last day and he didn’t bring his golf clubs. Slight technicality. No worries though, he was soon a happy camper.

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The pool area was pretty empty. Probably because it was February and the temps were only in the 60s. The water was ridiculously warm though, you could tell it was heated. Daddy wasn’t the only happy one.

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They got their splash on for a while before we had to head back in to get warmed up.

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Another perk of staying at this hotel? Free internet access.

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You can also see the little model next to the laptop of Tink’s fairy house. We all got showered and layered back up for our last evening in Disney.

jane2073
01-03-2012, 11:55 AM
Your daughter is so adorable!!!
And I could not agree with you more that it is so worth it taking the little ones. My daughter is also a huge character fan. We have priceless pictures of the most adoring looks Em is giving to the characters.

dawnbu40
01-03-2012, 12:00 PM
I totally agree that people who think pre-schoolers/toddlers are too young for Disney are wrong! Caitlin went for the first time at 2.5 years and just like your little one, she loved it! She had no fear of the characters and still remembered things when she went back at 5yo.

The character pics are so cute! I love the Goofy one :cutie: As for the hand placement, someday you'll be able to embarass her with those :laughing:

Goldeelox9
01-03-2012, 03:00 PM
We leave in 17 days for DIsney with my almost 4 year old niece. I have read your entire trip report today! Thank you!!

Oh also...where did you get your autograph book...I love it!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-03-2012, 06:21 PM
I agree that the backgrounds in the character spot are a bit strange. And busy. You'd think people would want something less distracting in their photos! But your little girl is adorable as always with the characters! It must have been so fun to see how excited she was to meet her friends (again and again :laughing:)

LilAnn
01-03-2012, 07:08 PM
Your daughter is so adorable!!!
And I could not agree with you more that it is so worth it taking the little ones. My daughter is also a huge character fan. We have priceless pictures of the most adoring looks Em is giving to the characters.

Thank you! I am glad that you also agree with me. Each trip has yielded so many priceless memories. I think that by 5-7 years old, a lot of the magic and wonder would be gone. Everything is just still purely magical at this age.

I totally agree that people who think pre-schoolers/toddlers are too young for Disney are wrong! Caitlin went for the first time at 2.5 years and just like your little one, she loved it! She had no fear of the characters and still remembered things when she went back at 5yo.

The character pics are so cute! I love the Goofy one :cutie: As for the hand placement, someday you'll be able to embarass her with those :laughing:

I can only hope that she grows up to love Disney as much as Caitlin does. :cloud9: I hope that all of the frequent visits to the World aren't having the opposite effect of her taking it all for granted or something.

Oh my, the hand placement is just classic for her height. I am sure they get that a lot.

We leave in 17 days for DIsney with my almost 4 year old niece. I have read your entire trip report today! Thank you!!

Oh also...where did you get your autograph book...I love it!

Oh, that is so exciting! Less than 3 weeks! Thanks for reading!

I actually made the autograph book on Shutterfly - it's a photobook. I found it so useful in getting her over her initial fear of characters on an earlier trip. You will have a great time!

I agree that the backgrounds in the character spot are a bit strange. And busy. You'd think people would want something less distracting in their photos! But your little girl is adorable as always with the characters! It must have been so fun to see how excited she was to meet her friends (again and again :laughing:)

It's always fun to see her with the characters. I seriously get excited just watching her. You'll see a bit more variety in my mini-TR of our August trip to Universal.

Goldeelox9
01-04-2012, 10:05 AM
YOu made that book???? DId you use a template? It is great! I admired it the whole trip report! LOL

SoonerGirl
01-04-2012, 12:37 PM
Wow! The pool at the Omni looks awesome, no wonder your DH was ready to get there. I could sure go for a float in a lazy river right now, even though we've had a very mild winter thus far, I would still like some warmth!

marDgreen88
01-04-2012, 06:17 PM
Have I ever told you I thought your daughter was cute? Oh, I have? Yeah... she is seriously so adorable. I love how happy she looks meeting characters no matter how many times!

I don't understand the character spot backdrops either! I mean Character spot is awesome, but that just confuses me. I know it's kid-friendly but... I don't want a framed picture of me and Mickey with that background, ya know? :confused3

Wow that hotel pool looks amazing! How awesome that yall got a great deal.

Aww... last night in Disney. :( BUT we still have the August updates to look forward to, right? :thumbsup2

LilAnn
01-05-2012, 01:03 AM
YOu made that book???? DId you use a template? It is great! I admired it the whole trip report! LOL

Yuppers, I did! I got a bunch of the page designs from the creative minds of the DISigns board. Then I put them into a photo book on Shutterfly. I've done it the past two trips and am debating it this next trip, but not sure. It can backfire too as she then feel like she has to get all the characters signed.

Wow! The pool at the Omni looks awesome, no wonder your DH was ready to get there. I could sure go for a float in a lazy river right now, even though we've had a very mild winter thus far, I would still like some warmth!

Yes, shame it was so cold out for most of trip. 60s is still a bit cold for me to get in the water, but my husband and daughter were happy to splash around.

I could totally go for a warm climate right now. It was in the 10s when I walked into work tonight. Brrrrrrrrr.

Have I ever told you I thought your daughter was cute? Oh, I have? Yeah... she is seriously so adorable. I love how happy she looks meeting characters no matter how many times!

I don't understand the character spot backdrops either! I mean Character spot is awesome, but that just confuses me. I know it's kid-friendly but... I don't want a framed picture of me and Mickey with that background, ya know? :confused3

Wow that hotel pool looks amazing! How awesome that yall got a great deal.

Aww... last night in Disney. :( BUT we still have the August updates to look forward to, right? :thumbsup2

Aw, well, I never get tired of hearing that she's cute! My husband and I always talk about whether people really mean it or are just saying that because that's just what you say to people with kids. We think she's cute, but we're her parents.

Awesome deals are easier to come by when you start planning early. Because we end up changing our minds over and over again.

Yes - August will come up soon!

MEK
01-05-2012, 04:26 AM
More wonderful character pictures. I think your little girl might be destined to become a Disney princess. :goodvibes

Nice score on the hotel and the pools do look beautiful. I can't blame your DH for wanting a little swim before leaving the next day.

Looking forward to your last Disney evening.

marDgreen88
01-05-2012, 11:28 AM
Aw, well, I never get tired of hearing that she's cute! My husband and I always talk about whether people really mean it or are just saying that because that's just what you say to people with kids. We think she's cute, but we're her parents.

I promise, I really mean it! I understand what you mean though! If I didn't think so I probably just wouldn't say anything haha.

LilAnn
01-12-2012, 01:57 PM
More wonderful character pictures. I think your little girl might be destined to become a Disney princess. :goodvibes

Nice score on the hotel and the pools do look beautiful. I can't blame your DH for wanting a little swim before leaving the next day.

Looking forward to your last Disney evening.

Well, she does say that she wants to be Annie and Rapunzel when she grows up. Sometimes she adds in Minnie Mouse too, then comes a mommy and a nurse. Glad to see where I rannk on the list.

Yes, we do like to try score some good deals on hotels when possible.

I promise, I really mean it! I understand what you mean though! If I didn't think so I probably just wouldn't say anything haha.

Aw, well thanks!

LilAnn
01-12-2012, 02:04 PM
The last park night is always sad. You try to squeeze every last bit of Disney magic and fun into the last few hours. For me, I always need to end my Disney trip with watching Wishes. It’s my absolute favorite fireworks show and I just have to see it one last time. So now that my husband had gotten a bit of a pool fix, we got ourselves ready to head back to the Magic Kingdom.

It’s a different feeling passing through these arches when it’s at the end of your trip versus the start of a magical vacation.

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You don’t get that same shiver of excitement. That giddy feeling of anticipation of all the fun days that lay ahead. Instead, it’s just the bittersweet feelings that pervade your last park day.

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No lines to park when you come to the parks later in the day.

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Seeing the castle never does get old though. It’s so pretty sitting there in the distance.

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We decided that we would take a ride on the ferry instead of the beloved monorail. That provided us with the opportunity to see all of the sights in a leisurely fashion. I always feel like the ferry takes longer than the monorail, but they always say it takes the same amount of time. Must be all in my head.

So long Poly!

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Here comes the castle! We’re on our way!

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Good bye Grand Floridian!

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We’re getting closer!

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You will see that our pink Mickey balloon has joined us once again. Also that our little princess decided that she would accessorize her outfit with a pretty floral lei, courtesy of our morning meal.

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We didn’t do much this evening. Our main objective was just to close out the vacation with Wishes and the Main Street Electrical parade. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t get a chance to take one last ride on the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, though. We then headed over to Frontierland to stake out a spot for the big nighttime parade. I ran and grabbed some fried food goodness from Columbia Harbor House. That is our typical nighttime parade watching routine – sitting on the curb, waiting for the parade to stop and munching on some fried shrimp and fried fish.

Here comes Tink!

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Hi Minnie!

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Hi Alice!

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Why hello Prince Charming. Are you checking out my foot size from way up there? I do love me some pretty sparkly shoes!

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After the parade was over and done with, we headed over to the castle to watch the new castle show. I love the Magic, Memories and you show! It is a close second in favorite shows behind Wishes, now. For me, it’s not just how fantastic the shows are, it’s the feeling I get when I watch them. I don’t really know how to describe it. I get goose bumps all over my arms. My heart seems to swell and I just get ….happy, hopeful, sentimental…I just seem to get lost in the moment. That is what I love about Disney and that is why I have to end my vacation with MK if I can swing it.

I don’t have any photos of the fireworks because pretty much, our little girl passed out while the castle show was going on. So we just sat on the ground and enjoyed Wishes with our own little princess in my lap. Sigh, goodbye Magic Kingdom.

The next morning we had a little bit of time before our flight left, so we had a lazy morning at the hotel. We decided to take a walk around the grounds and just see what the hotel had to offer.

The lobby was pretty, with all of the natural light flooding in.

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It was a beautiful day outside (of course it would be warm and sunny the day we go home) and we headed out to walk the path near the golf course. Our little girl was well rested so she was in a goofy mood.

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Not sure what this pose is exactly, but she does it often.

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The pool was very quiet and tranquil in the morning.

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Before you know it our vacation had come to an end and we found ourselves at the airport. We stopped off to grab one last princess photo ….

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and then we really did have to say goodbye to our happy place.

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Little did we know that we would be back in August……..

Disneyfreak508
01-12-2012, 02:47 PM
Aww this is making me sad :( Leaving is the WORST. You're so right about seeing the sign and feeling all bittersweet. Wahh I miss it I wish I could go back and never leave. :sad1:
That sunset is really beautiful! You lucked out getting a nice one on your last night.
Yay for the parade! And I SO agree about MM&Y and the feeling you get when you watch them. It's just indescribably magical and perfect. God, I miss it.
Wahhh leaving is so sad :sad1: But it sounds like you had a great trip!

marDgreen88
01-12-2012, 06:30 PM
Awww last night. So sad!
Those sunset pictures are beautiful! Ya know, something I noticed about riding the ferry is that you can see the castle SO clearly and then you get up to the entrance and the train station and you can't see it at all! It's pretty cool, but odd.

OH GOSH I feel the exact same way about Magic Memories and You. I don't even know what it is about it. Just the combination of everything, just like you said. I cry if I even hear that song. So beautiful!

I'm excited to hear about your August trip! :)

Blessed_wth_Triplets
01-12-2012, 07:57 PM
We always finish our trips the same way!! Except we get goodies from sleepy hallow :) what made you decide to return in august?! How exciting! We are currently booked for our annual trip in august...but crazy airfare prices may keep us away till 2013 :(

shan23877
01-12-2012, 11:55 PM
Haven't had much Dis time lately, but I'm still here.

I refuse to be sad about this TR ending since there'll be an August one (right? :lmao:)

Love that she had to get one last princess pic!

MEK
01-13-2012, 04:17 AM
Lovely ending to your TR. I know exactly how you felt about leaving. It's always so hard. That's why I always have another trip lined up before I go. It takes the sting out of leaving.

That hotel really is beautiful. What a bonus to stay there for the night. Great idea.

Love the picture of your little girl and her airport princess.

petals
01-13-2012, 05:49 PM
Boo to end of trip!

dawnbu40
01-13-2012, 06:03 PM
The final entry? How sad!

I love how you summed up your feelings about Wishes. I have those same sentimental feelings :goodvibes

How cute that the little one found one last princess to visit :cutie:

Thanks for another great TR! Looking forward to the next!

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-16-2012, 05:49 AM
That last day does always stink! You're right, you definitely don't feel the same entering the MK on your last day versus your first! But it does sound like you guys had a nice end to your trip though! I'm sad to see your TR ending, I really enjoyed reading it!! :goodvibes

LilAnn
01-17-2012, 07:47 AM
Aww this is making me sad :( Leaving is the WORST. You're so right about seeing the sign and feeling all bittersweet. Wahh I miss it I wish I could go back and never leave. :sad1:
That sunset is really beautiful! You lucked out getting a nice one on your last night.
Yay for the parade! And I SO agree about MM&Y and the feeling you get when you watch them. It's just indescribably magical and perfect. God, I miss it.
Wahhh leaving is so sad :sad1: But it sounds like you had a great trip!

Yes, the last park day is always so bittersweet. I am always so sad leaving at the end of the night.

I am glad you agree about MM&Y! Between that and wishes, I get so many goose bumps and just feel so happy. They are Disney shows at their best!

Yes, we had a fantastic trip and the Auguts one was fun, too.

Awww last night. So sad!
Those sunset pictures are beautiful! Ya know, something I noticed about riding the ferry is that you can see the castle SO clearly and then you get up to the entrance and the train station and you can't see it at all! It's pretty cool, but odd.

OH GOSH I feel the exact same way about Magic Memories and You. I don't even know what it is about it. Just the combination of everything, just like you said. I cry if I even hear that song. So beautiful!

I'm excited to hear about your August trip! :)

Oh my gosh, that's so funny, my photos on the ferry actually show that - the castle in the distance and then disappearing, then popping back up. But I didn't post the disappearing castle pic. I didn't think anyone would catch that - haha. Good eye!

Yay, another person that understands why I get all emotional watching that show!

Yes, the August trip will be more about highlights and stuff, but I am excited to share the Harry Potter pics, and of course - more characters with the little one.

We always finish our trips the same way!! Except we get goodies from sleepy hallow :) what made you decide to return in august?! How exciting! We are currently booked for our annual trip in august...but crazy airfare prices may keep us away till 2013 :(

Isn't it the best way to finish the trip? We actually weren't planning on going back in August, but we had plans to do a big family vacation with my sister-in-law's family (more like going to a nice beach) that morphed into an Orlando trip. So how could we resist?:confused3

Haven't had much Dis time lately, but I'm still here.

I refuse to be sad about this TR ending since there'll be an August one (right? :lmao:)

Love that she had to get one last princess pic!

Thanks for still reading! Yes, I feel like while I still pop on quickly on the Dis, I haven't had as much time as I would like to respond and update. Maybe now that the holidays are over and I have finished reading the Hunger Games, I'll be more producutive. I am useless while reading good books.

And yes, August will be tacked on soon and of course there will be more character pics to come!

Lovely ending to your TR. I know exactly how you felt about leaving. It's always so hard. That's why I always have another trip lined up before I go. It takes the sting out of leaving.

That hotel really is beautiful. What a bonus to stay there for the night. Great idea.

Love the picture of your little girl and her airport princess.

I always try to have another trip planned before leaving, but it never works. Ironically, we always end up going back within a year. I don't know how long that will last, but we are enjoying it while we can!

Seriously, she would pose with a cardboard princess. no joke. She had me snap a picture of her on my phone with her and a Tangled display at Best Buy once.

Boo to end of trip!

I know. But I will be writing about our August trip at the end of this one!

LilAnn
01-17-2012, 07:52 AM
The final entry? How sad!

I love how you summed up your feelings about Wishes. I have those same sentimental feelings :goodvibes

How cute that the little one found one last princess to visit :cutie:

Thanks for another great TR! Looking forward to the next!

I am always happy to hear that I am not the only emotional and sentimental one when watching these shows.

She always finds the princesses no matter where we are or what store we are in. And she always has some sort of princess sock or accessory on. Such a Disney girl!

Yes, should be able to start writing about the August trip soon. Too bad we never got our Dismeet photo!

That last day does always stink! You're right, you definitely don't feel the same entering the MK on your last day versus your first! But it does sound like you guys had a nice end to your trip though! I'm sad to see your TR ending, I really enjoyed reading it!! :goodvibes

Thanks! I need to hop over to your TR that I see that you have just started. Sad that you are back? I confess, I barely had time to follow your trip on FB, either. Just that first photo.

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-17-2012, 12:47 PM
Thanks! I need to hop over to your TR that I see that you have just started. Sad that you are back? I confess, I barely had time to follow your trip on FB, either. Just that first photo.

Yes, I just started!! I thought I'd wait a couple of days, but I was too excited to just get it going! :laughing: I am a little sad to not still be in Disney! The weather was SO nice, and now it's all icy here!

I think I maybe only posted 4 photos on FB! I did warn you that I wouldn't be good at the live updates! I just always forgot to take pictures with my phone! :rotfl:

stacikristine
01-17-2012, 01:55 PM
Hi Staci! Welcome back to the DIS, I've missed you on here.

Glad that you liked TR so far. She has grown so much, it's crazy. Just wait....kids grow so fast! And yes, touring with a little one is totally different. And do I spy a trip in your future? I've never gone with an infant before, but I see them all the time at the parks.

She is totally in her glory around characters.

I missed being on here. At my last job there was TONS of time for messing around on the internet. This new one? Nope. But I just have to get back on in time for our new trip!! YES--we're going in December! I'll start a PTR right after we finish our taxes. It'll be my reward. :laughing:

Your luau breakfast pictures were so adorable! I still can't get over how cute your little girl is with all of the characters! And woo-hoo for getting to go back in August! Will you have a PTR or TR?

LilAnn
01-18-2012, 06:03 PM
Yes, I just started!! I thought I'd wait a couple of days, but I was too excited to just get it going! :laughing: I am a little sad to not still be in Disney! The weather was SO nice, and now it's all icy here!

I think I maybe only posted 4 photos on FB! I did warn you that I wouldn't be good at the live updates! I just always forgot to take pictures with my phone! :rotfl:

I jumped in just a few seconds ago! The weather is so frigid right now with the wind chilll that I would love to be in Disney now too!

That's okay about the updates. I always take pics on my phone, but never post them until I get back.

I missed being on here. At my last job there was TONS of time for messing around on the internet. This new one? Nope. But I just have to get back on in time for our new trip!! YES--we're going in December! I'll start a PTR right after we finish our taxes. It'll be my reward. :laughing:

Your luau breakfast pictures were so adorable! I still can't get over how cute your little girl is with all of the characters! And woo-hoo for getting to go back in August! Will you have a PTR or TR?

Hi Staci! I am so glad to see you back here! It was fun to read a bit about your plans on your blog (which you have been way better about keeping up with than I have with mine).

Oh, the August trip I was mentioning already happened. This TR was for last Feb. and we ended up going back in August to Orlando with family. The main reason was to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but of course, I had to finagle a Disney day or two in for my little princess. ;) You guys should try to fit in a Harry Potter day - you would love it!

LilAnn
01-19-2012, 09:58 AM
I hear it all the time. “I don’t think you should bring a kid under 5 years old to Disney.” “They are so young, they probably won’t even remember it!” Well, as a quic recap of our February trip, I thought I would list some of my favorite moments to explain why we do it. Why we bring our little girl to Disney.

4. This face says it all.

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To see how excited my little girl gets at a parade and at spotting Mickey and other characters, that is priceless to me. Worth it.

3. Where a kid can be a kid.

Sometimes it’s just as simple as letting her be a kid.

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Her happy face makes me happy. Worth it.

2. She really does remember it.

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To this day, she still talks about taking little Annie to see big Annie. She keeps making plans to bring Annie back to Disney so that she can have big Annie put her in her pocket again. (I dread telling her the news that the Little Einsteins aren’t there anymore).

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And seeing a favorite character of my daughter’s take her by the hand to have a little private moment with her brought a silly, sappy grin to my face. Worth it.

1. The ultimate character interaction.

My little girl has her idols. At the time of this trip, it was Jessie. Jessie was who she strived to be for 2 years. For her to get the chance to meet Jessie, and in her costume, she was in heaven. And I was in tears.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1dd28b3127ccefcc7dbc6e01100000030O08BbuGzFm5aA9 vPgo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

It doesn’t get much better than that for us.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1dd36b3127ccefcf6d9c45e5800000050O08BbuGzFm5aA9 vPgo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1dd36b3127ccefcf737cb7e6c00000040O08BbuGzFm5aA9 vPgo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Definitely worth it.

And that, in a nutshell, is why I brought my 3 year old to Disney.

Next: stay tuned for the August trip portion of this TR!

Blessed_wth_Triplets
01-19-2012, 10:45 AM
I couldn't agree more!! And love all the pictures to proove it! How many months was your daughter on this trip? My daughter has been at 15 and 26 months....and this august will have just turned three so I'm wondering what that will be like.

dawnbu40
01-19-2012, 11:06 AM
Oh my goodness what a wonderful wrap up! :goodvibes

You know how adorable I think your little one is and any one of those pictures could be in a Disney ad campaign!

Thanks for sharing another of your beautiful family's vacations :)

LilAnn
01-19-2012, 11:58 AM
I couldn't agree more!! And love all the pictures to proove it! How many months was your daughter on this trip? My daughter has been at 15 and 26 months....and this august will have just turned three so I'm wondering what that will be like.

In February, she was just a little over 3 years old. We have taken her at 22 months, and 2 1/2 years also. She definitely remembered a lot between her last few trips, so it was so much fun, but more difficult if we were trying to trick her about things.

LilAnn
01-19-2012, 12:01 PM
Oh my goodness what a wonderful wrap up! :goodvibes

You know how adorable I think your little one is and any one of those pictures could be in a Disney ad campaign!

Thanks for sharing another of your beautiful family's vacations :)

Thanks Dawn! That's funny, I have debated submitting a pic and memory onto the Disney site. Thanks for reading, you know I love reading yours as well.

marDgreen88
01-19-2012, 12:10 PM
So adorable! I don't question anyone who takes their young kids to Disney. I AM TOTALLY GOING TO. I really enjoyed this trip report and I'm looking forward to the August portion! :thumbsup2

shan23877
01-19-2012, 02:42 PM
Perfect.

I couldn't agree more. :goodvibes Looking forward to reading about the next trip!

petals
01-19-2012, 04:08 PM
aw the last update was so cute. Love it and can't wait to hear about the august trip

jane2073
01-19-2012, 04:22 PM
You already know I agree with you!!

I loved your trip report!!

AMVmom
01-19-2012, 05:25 PM
I just happened on your trip report today and loved it! You have a beautiful family and I just love your daughter she is adorable! I do have a confession to make, I really really want to read your tr to Harry Potter. I want to go so bad unfortunately when we go in August this year my husband doesn't want to go b/c of the ticket price and he thinks the kids are too young for Universal. He's already having a mini heart attack over the cost of the Disney tickets. So I need to live vicariously through you! Can't wait to read the rest of your TR! :cheer2:

Stringbean&Wingnut
01-19-2012, 07:39 PM
What an adorable and perfect and wonderful wrap-up to your trip! Your daughter absolutely seems like she loved and appreciated and will remember her trips to Disney! Can't wait to hear all about your August trip!

tinkgurl
01-19-2012, 08:26 PM
I agree, all of those pictures pretty much sums up why it's worth taking a kid under 5 years old!

Loved your TR! Like always, of course. :)

It's almost time for us to making our dining ADR's, then I"ll start a PTR!! :banana:

IheartDDuck
01-19-2012, 08:31 PM
I'm glad that you're going to be writing about your August trip too! I can't get enough of that cutie of yours. I agree with your post about bringing toddlers. Joaquin went for the first time when he was 22 months old, and he remembered it. He would see pictures and say "look, that's when we went to Disney World together!" Kids are so much smarter than people give them credit for.