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LilAnn
05-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Hi, Hello, Hiya, Howdy and Welcome! :wave:

Welcome to my 2nd attempt at writing a TR that is half as entertaining as the ones that I read and subscribe to. Some of you may have popped over to my very first attempt at Our First Trip as Family of Three (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=36686751#post36686751) from last year.

Or you may have just been curious enough to click on this Trip Report.

Whatever the reason, I am very excited that you have decided to stop by.

Welcome to

We’re on our way to the “Magical Kingdom!”

As I mentioned, this is my second trip report ever, and it actually happened this February (2011). I know it’s quite a bit late to get started, but I wasn’t planning on writing a trip report. However, this has been the longest winter ever and even as I type this, the weather outside is still gloomy and cloudy and cool. Add in the fact that we currently do not have a Disney trip planned on the horizon and I can feel the beginnings of Disney depression setting in. So I’m hoping that reliving our fabulous trip to Disney World will help pass the time away.

So let’s get this show on the road!

Let me start with some basic introductions:

The star of my TRs, our little girl. She has gone three times and is only 3 years old. Lucky girl!

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Here she is at Halloween this past October (it’s a little blurry). As you can tell, she is definitely a Disney gal!

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She wants to be Jessie when she grows up.

Here’s a picture of me and the little munchkin from our May trip last year.

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And here is a photo of my hubby getting ready to dig into our first Ohana meal a few years ago.

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That is when we discovered the joys of eating around Disney.

The plan was for the three of us to fly down to Walt Disney World on February 2, 2011-February 15, 2011. That was the plan anyways……more on that coming up.

We were going to be staying at Port Orleans Riverside for most of the trip and once again taking advantage of Free Dining. With all the different promotions out at that time, we did the math and this was what worked out best for us. There was a bit of hemming and hawing though as I was faced with a decision: 5 days at a deluxe or almost twice as long at a moderate/value resort. We were totally spoiled on previous trips with stays at the Dolpin and Beach Club, but also enjoyed our time at the Pop.

So did I want to try out my dream resort – the Poly or try out a new moderate? Duh – given the chance for a longer vacation? That decision took me about 10 seconds.

I think that’s about it for the basic info. I hope you guys will want to continue to read along. I love having readers and let me know how I’m doing. Feel free to comment away as I have been coming out of my Dis shell.

Here we go! ::MinnieMo


Unexpected addition to the TR.....snippets and a mini-TR of our August 2011 trip to Orlando. I'll be recapping some Disney time as well as some Wizarding World of Harry Potter time! Yes, that's right. We headed over to the dark side for a few days. So basically, this is like a bonus TR - read one, get one free!

LilAnn
05-23-2011, 02:45 PM
This page will be saved for Chapter links.....

Yup, gonna try get all fancy and learn some new things with this TR.

Hope it works.....

Getting there
Trying to Escape the Crazy New England Weather (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41225943&postcount=18)

First day
Breakfast with friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41252896&postcount=25) (2 posts)
Little Annie meets Big Annie (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41263652&postcount=36)
First ever Dumbo Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41306317&postcount=48)
The Infamous Brazilian Tour Groups (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41333911&postcount=61)
Princesses, teacups and nighttime parades (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41359823&postcount=72)

Second day
Annie gets a new friend (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41414334&postcount=89)
Greetings from the Animal Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41471879&postcount=103)
Dining with Princesses (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41511559&postcount=113) (2 posts)
Saying Goodnight to Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41596507&postcount=128) (2 posts)

The weekend
Our Weekend Outside of the Parks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41669492&postcount=151) (2 posts)

Fifth Day
Back to the Magical Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41735519&postcount=165)
Fairies, haircuts and a superbowl MVP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41830993&postcount=177)
Flying Fish and Illuminations (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41913410&postcount=200)

Sixth Day
Breakfast with Donald before heading off to Camp (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42065178&postcount=214)
Conservation Station (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42205850&postcount=228)
Leaving AK to explore Orlando (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42269690&postcount=235)

Seventh Day
Our BIG Jessie moment!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42314488&postcount=243)
Jessie video (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42319806&postcount=251)
Bopping around the MK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42554494&postcount=273)

Eighth Day
The Great Piggy Bank Adventure (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42696572&postcount=290)
Continuing our Adventures Around Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42792800&postcount=298)
Today’s favorite friend is Minnie Mouse (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42870987&postcount=313)

Ninth Day
He really does smell like strawberries! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42992943&postcount=325)
The Real Stars of Hollywood Studios – or at least for a 3 year old (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43109343&postcount=339)

Tenth Day
She must have character radar! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43179420&postcount=359)
Afternoon Follies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43259567&postcount=380)
Snapshots around the World, complete with flashbacks (2 posts) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43311680&postcount=404)

Eleventh Day
A moose, Einsteins and Hollywood (2 posts) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43451889&postcount=416)
WHoop-De-Doo, and another whoops… (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43514415&postcount=433)

Twelth Day
Hey Mickey, you're so fine. You're so fine, you blow my mind. Hey Mickey! (2 posts) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43553194&postcount=444)
Who needs rides when there are characters that you can meet…again92 posts) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43613433&postcount=460)
Now it’s time to say good-bye, to all our family….. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43714368&postcount=474)

Why I bring a toddler to Disney - my quick wrap-up (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43784656&postcount=488)

Our August Trip to the Dark Side with a touch of Disney
The Invitation (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43792389&postcount=503)
The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters (http://http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43841629&postcount=517)
The Hungarian Horntail (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43909855&postcount=531)
The Second Task (2 posts) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44016716&postcount=544)
Finally back to our happy place! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44103109&postcount=565)
Rides? Wait, there’s more to Disney than characters? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44154830&postcount=576)
Magic Kingdom at Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44190103&postcount=592)
It's Mickey waffle time (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44260886&postcount=606)
Water Parks and More (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44335426&postcount=621)
Pit Stop at the Airport (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44428310&postcount=630)
In the Wake of a Hurricane lies a Blizzard (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44505481&postcount=641)
It's a Small, Small World (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44553157&postcount=647)
Now it's time to say goodbye (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44624227&postcount=658)

A few of our Favorite Things - the TR wrap-up (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44923694&postcount=686)

tankgirl427
05-23-2011, 02:59 PM
I'm going to try and follow along. The New England gloominess has got me looking forward to my trip in October.

Your daughter is adorable BTW. I hope you follow through with your TR!

LilAnn
05-23-2011, 03:38 PM
I'm going to try and follow along. The New England gloominess has got me looking forward to my trip in October.

Your daughter is adorable BTW. I hope you follow through with your TR!

Thank you! and Yay! A reader! :welcome:

I know what you mean about the gloominess. And coming from New England, you will totally appreciate our "getting to" Disney World adventure.

I will definitely try to get the TR moving along soon, but unfortunately I need to get ready for work now. I managed to keep my first TR going at a reasonable speed, I think. October should be an awesome time to visit. I know a few friends going around that same time.

PrincessCaitlin
05-23-2011, 03:45 PM
I'm in!

I can't wait to hear about your trip and see all of the adorable pics of your munchkin!

Antigua08
05-23-2011, 03:50 PM
I'm joining in! I followed along with your previous TR (well lurked!:rolleyes1) but am trying to get more involved on the boards.

And coming from England, can completely understand what you mean about cold and gloomy weather! Just looking at lovely pictures of blue skies makes me feel a little happier :)

Your little girl is adorable, looking forward to following along.

MEK
05-23-2011, 03:53 PM
Well - your little girl is so cute. How can I not join in?!

dawnbu40
05-23-2011, 03:55 PM
I'm glad you've decided to do a TR :) Your little one is such a cutie :cutie: I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

dilligaf212
05-23-2011, 03:58 PM
looking forward to reading about your trip.. We were there the last week in Feb
:thumbsup2

BarbP
05-23-2011, 04:00 PM
Count me in too. I do apologize in advance...I live in beautiful Sunny But Hot Florida. About 1 1/2 hours from the magical place. So looking forward to your report. You have a beautiful little girl...:)

MiaBella05
05-23-2011, 05:59 PM
popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

mermaid764
05-23-2011, 07:12 PM
I'm here!

I followed along on your last one, and can't wait to hear all about this one as well!

Your daughter is absolutely adorable and can't wait to hear more:goodvibes

wildcatfan
05-23-2011, 08:42 PM
Beautiful family! I can't wait to hear about your adventure. :)

wigdoutdismom
05-23-2011, 10:44 PM
Signing up! What a precious little cowgirl you have!:goodvibes

tobiasschnell
05-23-2011, 11:21 PM
Wow, its awesome. I also want to join this.

LilAnn
05-24-2011, 09:53 AM
I'm in!

I can't wait to hear about your trip and see all of the adorable pics of your munchkin!

Yay! You made it over! I was going to let you ladies know on your TR once I got my first real entry in, but you beat me to it! I know you got a sneak peek on FB already, but there are some moments that I can't wait to share.
I'm joining in! I followed along with your previous TR (well lurked!:rolleyes1) but am trying to get more involved on the boards.

And coming from England, can completely understand what you mean about cold and gloomy weather! Just looking at lovely pictures of blue skies makes me feel a little happier :)

Your little girl is adorable, looking forward to following along.

Hi! and welcome! :goodvibes I lurked on several TRs as well before I finally made the leap. I have met so many wonderfully nice people here. Thanks for reading!

Well - your little girl is so cute. How can I not join in?!

Aww, thanks! Hope I can keep you somewhat entertained.

I'm glad you've decided to do a TR :) Your little one is such a cutie :cutie: I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

I went back and forth on the decision for so long and finally decided to do it. Best way to help pass the time between trips, I think. You got here before I had a chance to post it on your TR! ;)

LilAnn
05-24-2011, 10:01 AM
looking forward to reading about your trip.. We were there the last week in Feb
:thumbsup2

Hi and thanks for reading! I bet you guys had nicer weather than we did in the beginning of the month. It was really starting to warm up at the end of our trip.

Count me in too. I do apologize in advance...I live in beautiful Sunny But Hot Florida. About 1 1/2 hours from the magical place. So looking forward to your report. You have a beautiful little girl...:)

Thanks for joining in! No need to apologize for living in a nice, warm climate. I would be there in a heartbeat if I could convince my hubby to move. and thanks, I think she's cute, too!;)

popcorn:: joining in popcorn::

hi and :welcome:

I'm here!

I followed along on your last one, and can't wait to hear all about this one as well!

Your daughter is absolutely adorable and can't wait to hear more:goodvibes

:wave: thanks for coming back to read this one! It's a toss up between which trip we enjoyed more. The weather was definitely warmer in May.

Beautiful family! I can't wait to hear about your adventure. :)

Thank you! I can't wait to get started telling everyone about it.

Signing up! What a precious little cowgirl you have!:goodvibes

Thank you and :wave: Jessie has definitely stolen her heart, and it all started with our May trip last year. :wizard::wizard:

Wow, its awesome. I also want to join this.

:welcome: and thanks for joining in!

LilAnn
05-24-2011, 10:09 AM
(sorry for the lack of photos in this update, but you will soon understand why)

So for any of you folks in New England, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that this was definitely one awful winter. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that we had snow on our lawn from December – April. ALL the time. And when I tell you that we had snow, I mean it. In January, we would get walloped with a foot of snow every couple of days. February could not come fast enough.

At least someone found the joy in the falling snow while others shoveled around her.

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Sigh, catching snowflakes on your tongue? The simple joys of being a child.

So, while someone was busy catching all the snowflakes that came down from the sky, we got the news that we had been dreading since the day we booked our vacation for February. Snow was in the forecast for our departure day. Not just a little bit of snow, and not just one storm, but a TRIO of massive snowstorms were poised to arrive on Tuesday, February 1. And our flight was scheduled to depart in the afternoon on February 2. Fantastic timing.

Snowmageddon. Snowpocalpse. I didn’t care what they were calling it. I wanted out of New England!

Of course we started stalking the Jet Blue website, awaiting the bulletin of cancelled flights. Luckily, they were waiving all the fees during this time. Unluckily, the flights were booking up like crazy and when we finally lucked out with earlier flights out, they would just then get cancelled. I think we changed our flight three times in 24 hours. We knew we had to get out of here before the storms hit otherwise we would NEVER make it out (we would be lucky if we could make it to Orlando by the weekend). We were also stalking the weather forecasts. My hubby kept asking me how early I was willing to leave and if I could get out of work Monday night (negative).

So to sum up the rest of our traveling woes (because I could go on forever)…..what did we end up doing with the storms looming up on the horizon?

I skipped out of work 2 hours early Tuesday morning (I work overnights) so that I was home by 6am. I showered and got everything all packed and we picked up a rental car at 8am and were on the road by 8:30am as HUGE snowflakes fell from the sky. The roads quickly became a mess and we weren't driving our SUVs, but a teeny tiny rental car. We were doing some improvising and decided to road trip it away from the storms and try to catch a flight to Florida in a slightly warmer area.

Our new plan: to drive down to a new destination and take a flight out the next day to Orlando. Lucky for us, this new plan meant an unexpected visit to my parent’s house. Yup, we were roadtripping our way down to

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Washington DC and leaving from Washington Dulles the next day. According to the weather radar, the snow was only in the New England area and the same storm system would only be spitting out rain in Virginia. During our drive, the snow changed to rain and then cleared up by the time we hit Virginia. And the temperatures warmed up to a balmy 50 degrees. The best part of all this (other than seeing my parents) was that after all of that madness and traveling, we would be arriving in Orlando on the same day as planned, just a few hours later. I just had to change around some of our ADRs.

I hope that wasn’t too confusing, but I wanted to get the traveling adventure out of the way. Because then we are in Disney! But seriously, I think I will not be taking any more trips in the middle of winter. Way too stressful for me.

SoonerGirl
05-24-2011, 05:32 PM
Hiya Ann :wave2: I'm here!! So glad you decided to write this TR!

Yuck, I didn't realize getting out of town for this trip turned out to be such an adventure for you - stupid snow. :sad2: Glad you made it though!

mermaid764
05-24-2011, 05:42 PM
Ugh what awful news that must have been with all those canceled flights, but yay for finding one out of a different area.

I love the photo of your munchkin catching snowflakes...too cute!

LilAnn
05-25-2011, 09:35 AM
Hiya Ann :wave2: I'm here!! So glad you decided to write this TR!

Yuck, I didn't realize getting out of town for this trip turned out to be such an adventure for you - stupid snow. :sad2: Glad you made it though!

Hi Michelle! :wave2: Thanks for making your way over here.

It was definitely an adventure making it there. Especially trying to drive through the blizzard in a tiny little rental car when every other sane person is either staying home and off the roads or driving in a car with 4WD.

Hope you getting all of your last minute things done!

Ugh what awful news that must have been with all those canceled flights, but yay for finding one out of a different area.

I love the photo of your munchkin catching snowflakes...too cute!

Yes, I think we went through 3 cancelled flights in about 12 hours. So stressful. I had to keep calling my parents to see what they were predicting weatherwise in VA so we could make the decision to fly out of there.

She loves catching snow like that - all came from the books we were reading at the time. She's not really a fan of snow otherwise.

tinkgurl
05-25-2011, 06:45 PM
I'm here! I'm here! :)

Cat0727
05-25-2011, 06:58 PM
Can't wait to read more! You have a beautiful family :)

LilAnn
05-26-2011, 09:52 AM
I'm here! I'm here! :)

Hi Tink! I'm so glad you could stop by! I thought of you and your little guy so many times during the trip! I can't wait to share all the moments with you.

Can't wait to read more! You have a beautiful family :)

Thank you! I'm trying to hurry up and get to the good stuff. ;)

LilAnn
05-26-2011, 10:00 AM
So to do a quick recap of our travels…..
Original plan: arrive in Orlando on Wed. 2/2 around 3pm, explore the resort, then dinner at Boma
What ended up happening: rented a car to drive to Virginia barely escaping the blizzard on Tuesday 2/1. Spent a nice relaxing day with my parents and enjoyed a yummy lunch prior to going to the airport. So when all is said and done, we were actually going to arrive on the same day, just much later in the evening. Too late for our ADR at Boma (bummer since we all love that place)

I enjoy the airport in Washington DC much more than the one we typically leave from up here in MA, so I was a happy camper. And since we had been with my family, I already felt like I was on vacation. And our little girl loves looking at the airplanes at the gates.

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Time passed pretty quickly, and uneventfully, at the gate. We were still flying Jet Blue so pretty soon, we were getting all settled in for the flight.

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Skip ahead a few hours and we had landed in Orlando, picked up our rental car and checked into our room at Port Orleans Riverside. We decided to grab a quick meal at the food court and decided on a make-your-own-pasta dish to bring back to the room. I think we grabbed a cheesecake for our dessert. Of course we picked up a refillable mug to use also. After all the traveling from the past two days, we were tired and I wanted to make sure our munchkin got in a good night sleep. We had our first day at Disney and a favorite character meal ahead of us.

This was our first time staying at POR and we were pretty pleased with it. The rooms were a bit bigger than at the POP and we enjoyed having two sinks to use.

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If we had only planned our trip a few months later (or picked POFQ to stay at), we could have had a newly refurbished room. But I have always loved the look of the mansions, so I was happy we got to stay here.

Anyways, we had a good night sleep and pretty soon it was morning and it was time to start our Disney vacation!

Here is a view of our building.

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and the building next to ours.

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Our little girl was all set to go. Of course she brought along her little friend from our last trip, Annie.

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She had been talking for weeks about how she was bringing little Annie to meet big Annie. Love it.

See ya later, Port Orleans.

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We’re on our way to

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for our morning meal. We had a date with some important friends. For those who followed along on our previous trip, you might recall that we got our trip started with a character breakfast at Hollywood & Vine and it was a huge success. So we wanted to get our trip started in the same fashion this time around. Only this time, instead of meeting JoJo and Goliath, Handy Manny and Special Agent Oso would be joining Leo and June. Our little one was very excited to see Oso.

Here we are just sitting on the bench, waiting for our names to be called.

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We even got in a nice family shot.

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We were soon seated and before we even had our drinks, someone was already stopping by for a hug from our little girl.

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As you can see, she is already all smiles with “her friends.” She is definitely in her element at these character meals. I wasn’t sure we would be able to get any food in her because Leo was soon stopping by our table.

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After signing the book comes the hug and kiss.

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After Leo’s visit, my hubby slipped away to try to put together a plate of food for our little princess. We stayed at the table since June was skipping her way over.

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And just as June’s visit was coming to an end, the music started blaring as it was time for the dance party. Our little girl definitely remembered what she needed to do here as she followed June up to the front and made her self comfortable. Do you see her? She put herself smack dab in the middle.

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and of course she kept her place right next to June as they paraded around the restaurant.

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Ecstatic as she is making her way back to her seat.

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Dad finally made it back with some food for our little one and she just had to fill him in on what he missed. She especially wanted to ask him if he saw her dancing with her friends.

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We got a few bites of food into her little belly before it was time for her to jump out of her seat for another hug.

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continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41252950&postcount=27)

tinkgurl
05-26-2011, 10:04 AM
Oh my goodness, looks like H&V was another great meal. You know we loved it there with my Little Guy! :goodvibes I just wish Special Agent Oso was there then!

LilAnn
05-26-2011, 10:04 AM
June stopped by one more time and our little one just had to introduce her to little Annie (of course there was another hug involved).

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She even brought her up to dance a bit.

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I guess her participation didn’t go unnoticed because we ended up getting one last visitor to our table.

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Definitely a successful breakfast! Good thing we weren’t touring the parks commando style because it’s always a long meal with us when there are characters involved.

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We didn’t make it to the park in time to grab FPs for Toy Story before our breakfast but we decided to walk over and see how bad the wait was just in case. But first, a stop for the customary big hat picture.

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Then we continued on our way to Pixar Place. Surprise to us, the wait wasn’t even 45 minutes, so in we went!

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She was so happy to be a part of her favorite board game. Hopping her way down the path.

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I have to admit, I was pretty happy hopping along behind her. I love that game myself!

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I’m pretty bananas about scrabble/words with friends/wordfeud myself.

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I know where Mr. Potato Head is, can I get that reward money? It sure would come in handy.

I told mr. Potato Head to “freeze” so that I could capture him.

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Capture him on camera, that is. Haha. I know, so corny. I can’t help it. I’m sleep deprived.

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Glasses on!

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I am happy to report that this trip went much better than our last one in terms of rides. She loved TSM. She kept asking to go on it over and over again. If only it were that easy.

We decided to stick around DHS a little while longer.

up next: little Annie meets big Annie

LilAnn
05-26-2011, 10:08 AM
Oh my goodness, looks like H&V was another great meal. You know we loved it there with my Little Guy! :goodvibes I just wish Special Agent Oso was there then!

Yes, a definite success. I know you had a blast too! She was happy to see Oso. :goodvibes

dawnbu40
05-26-2011, 10:19 AM
What a fun update! Your DHS morning looks like the perfect start for your family vacation :) I love how happy the little one looks :cutie:

LilAnn
05-26-2011, 10:26 AM
What a fun update! Your DHS morning looks like the perfect start for your family vacation :) I love how happy the little one looks :cutie:

Thank you, she was so happy. Pretty much the whole trip she was jumping around in happiness. I think we have found this meal to be the perfect start to our trip so far. It may changes as her fave characters change. I love how interactive it is and that you don't feel rushed since it's not as crowded and not one of the "must-do" character meals for many people.

ericandkelly
05-26-2011, 10:54 AM
I'm in. Can't wait for more.

Antigua08
05-26-2011, 02:26 PM
Wow what a perfect character breakfast you had. Must be lovely seeing your little one so happy to meet her friends, just the reaction you can only hope for.

We're not too big on breakfast so haven't booked any, but after seeing those pics l may have to see if l can squeeze in an ADR. My DD loves Oso and Handy Manny so would be great for her :)

BarbP
05-26-2011, 03:51 PM
She is just too cute. Love that she loves everyone that comes and sees her. Not much fear in her. Love that smile. :)

Disneyfreak508
05-26-2011, 08:12 PM
Your daughter is ADORABLE :) It sounds like you're having an awesome trip so far! I really can't wait to read more! I completely understand about that snow. We had a TERRIBLE winter here, too, and it's just not quite springtime weather yet. Too much rain!

LilAnn
05-27-2011, 08:13 AM
I'm in. Can't wait for more.

Hi and thanks for reading along! I have another update coming up of a favorite moment.

Wow what a perfect character breakfast you had. Must be lovely seeing your little one so happy to meet her friends, just the reaction you can only hope for.

We're not too big on breakfast so haven't booked any, but after seeing those pics l may have to see if l can squeeze in an ADR. My DD loves Oso and Handy Manny so would be great for her :)

I am always so happy at Disney because I love experiencing it through her eyes now. It changes everything. I was definitely teary eyed last year and there were some moments this year that brought happy tears to my eyes.

The food was typical breakfast fare, but the character interaction was pretty great. We never felt rushed and even saw some characters more than once. DD loved getting up to do the dance and parade. If you DD loves Handy Manny and Oso, you should try it. I think this is the only place you can see Oso (not positive if he is out near Playhouse Disney). And the line is typically long for Handy Manny, so we were able to get some characters crossed off our list

She is just too cute. Love that she loves everyone that comes and sees her. Not much fear in her. Love that smile. :)

Oh, trust me, there is a lot of fear in her. And you can't tell from these character interactions, but she has pretty bad separation anxiety and stranger anxiety. However, she considers these guys her "friends" so she is all smiles.

Your daughter is ADORABLE :) It sounds like you're having an awesome trip so far! I really can't wait to read more! I completely understand about that snow. We had a TERRIBLE winter here, too, and it's just not quite springtime weather yet. Too much rain!

Thank you! I have an update coming up on a sweet moment for us. I think we went from winter to summer now with warm temps and major humidity. Not that I'm complaining, since we are now done with two weeks of a foggy rainy mess.

LilAnn
05-27-2011, 08:23 AM
After we made our way out of Pixar Place, we meandered our way around the park until we found Luigi’s Garage. It was time to meet Lightening and Mater! We did make one quick pit stop though, I was looking to get out of the rain.

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Our little munchkin had no idea that water was going to be falling from the sky so as soon as the rain started, her legs wrapped around me super tight. And she soon asked me how we were going to make it out from under the umbrella.

We jumped out from the raining umbrella and made our way over to those famous cars. Lucky for us, there was barely a line. Our little girl was still a bit scared to see them up close by herself, so she pulled me and little Annie along for the meet and greet.

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Apparently Annie loves the cars.

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We said goodbye to Lightening McQueen and Mater and decided we needed to try to see if big Annie was out and about. We were planning on heading over to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon, but our little princess was dying to show big Annie her little Annie. We were basically at DHS just for the breakfast. I can’t wait too long in my vacation to see the castle!

We headed over to the Playhouse Disney area, which was actually closed for renovations. We were a bit bummed because she had enjoyed that show last year, but they were updating it into the Disney Junior show. At least the characters were still coming out for meets in front of the building. And lucky for us, Leo and Annie were out! :thumbsup2

Our little girl was so excited! I have to admit that I was excited too. Ever since we got her the Annie doll last year, she has accompanied us on various outings. We were actually hoping to score another Annie doll on this trip (as a back-up in case this one gets lost) and a little June to play with Annie. Sadly, they are no longer being sold. Anyways, back to the big meet.

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I love how they get down to her level. You can see our daughter already has Annie in her arms. And she went straight for big Annie.

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Little Annie did not go unnoticed.

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Leo was pointing to the doll and Annie saying there were two of them now. He found that amusing. Big Annie was showing everyone the little Annie doll.

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And our little girl was eating it all up. It was great! She was getting a kick out of watching big Annie play with little Annie.

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Then it looks like big Annie was going to take little Annie and keep her for herself.

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It was so cute to watch. And Leo finally got a little attention from our princess.

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Now he is blown away that there are 3 Annies – the doll, his sister, and the picture in the book.

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I have to say that these big kids are pretty cute!

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Picture time!

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Then came one of my favorite moments. Big Annie (with little Annie still in her pocket) grabs a hold of my daughter’s hand and just starts to walk off with her. And of course she goes right with her (why wouldn’t she follow her friend Annie?), hand in hand. I was totally wishing I had my video camera handy then. I was too busy drinking it all in. But we did capture one last moment as big Annie said good-bye to our little girl and returned little Annie to her.

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I absolutely LOVE :cloud9: that photo. It’s right up there as one of my favorite photos and moments from this trip. It was so great of the characters to spend that much time with her and make it so worthwhile. She was talking nonstop about it all day and for days to come. All about how big Annie wanted to go home with her and how she wanted to keep little Annie. I surely had a grin on my face almost as big as my daughter’s.

dawnbu40
05-27-2011, 03:18 PM
Awww what a wonderful meet and greet! I love how you were as excited as your little one! The pictures are adorable and what great memories you'll always cherish from that visit :goodvibes

mermaid764
05-27-2011, 04:12 PM
Awww what an adorable moment for your daughter, it's so cute how much she loves her little Annie.

The final picture is sooo cute:goodvibes

tinkgurl
05-27-2011, 08:05 PM
Okay, I'm a big sap..I had tears in my eyes during this update! :goodvibes I LOVE how great Annie and Leo were with your little one.

mimiloveswdw
05-28-2011, 06:29 AM
Joining in! I read your last TR and loved it; is it sad that I got excited that you were going back to Hollywood and Vine and there would be more adorable picture :rotfl: Anyway, another great report so far! :thumbsup2

Sunset Cliffs
05-28-2011, 09:29 AM
I'm here! I'm sorry that I'm getting in a little late. I have not been on the Dis that much the last few months, but I'm hoping that will change now that the summer is coming. I'm so glad you decided to do a TR. I am going to do one too, and it has been 6 months from our trip! :scared1: I'm in the same situation as you though. No WDW trip in sight and I am missing the World, so it will be fun to live it again while writing it.

I can't believe the craziness of getting out of New England. I remember you posting on FB that you had gotten out before the storm hit, but that is a crazy story!

I LOVE the character breakfast photos. Your DD looks so happy in all of them. I know that Dylan would love that one as well, since he watches all those shows. We wil have to remember that for next time.

DisneyRed95
05-28-2011, 06:40 PM
Joining In! What a great start to the trip! I'm glad you were able to avoid the crazy snow storm. We're in the Midwest and it was a very long winter here too! I'm glad you were able to escape for a little and soak up some Disney magic! :cool1:

Can't wait to read more!

LilAnn
05-29-2011, 09:24 PM
Awww what a wonderful meet and greet! I love how you were as excited as your little one! The pictures are adorable and what great memories you'll always cherish from that visit :goodvibes

I have always been excited when at Disney, but it's just so much more fun to experience it with a little one. We had some truly fantastic moments this trip. I can't wait to share one moment in particular.

Awww what an adorable moment for your daughter, it's so cute how much she loves her little Annie.

The final picture is sooo cute:goodvibes

Thank you! It was an awesome moment and as a matter of fact, she was just talking about it the other night. Annie went out for a day trip with us today, too. I love the last picture too!:lovestruc

Okay, I'm a big sap..I had tears in my eyes during this update! :goodvibes I LOVE how great Annie and Leo were with your little one.

Aww, Tink, thanks! I am telling you, I thought of you and your little guy all the time this trip. I couldn't wait to share some of the moments with you so that is one of the reasons I decided to go through with this TR. I knew you would understand just how great some of those moments are.

You aren't a big sap at all! Either that, or I am just as big a sap! ;)

Joining in! I read your last TR and loved it; is it sad that I got excited that you were going back to Hollywood and Vine and there would be more adorable picture :rotfl: Anyway, another great report so far! :thumbsup2

Aw, thanks! It's fun to find that I had some readers that enjoyed my last TR! I never knew if it was just way too many pictures of my daughter, but really, that is the major reason for the trip! This is another character heavy trip. :rotfl:

I'm here! I'm sorry that I'm getting in a little late. I have not been on the Dis that much the last few months, but I'm hoping that will change now that the summer is coming. I'm so glad you decided to do a TR. I am going to do one too, and it has been 6 months from our trip! :scared1: I'm in the same situation as you though. No WDW trip in sight and I am missing the World, so it will be fun to live it again while writing it.

I can't believe the craziness of getting out of New England. I remember you posting on FB that you had gotten out before the storm hit, but that is a crazy story!

I LOVE the character breakfast photos. Your DD looks so happy in all of them. I know that Dylan would love that one as well, since he watches all those shows. We wil have to remember that for next time.

Hi Alison! I was so excited to see your post because that meant you are back on the boards! :yay: I am totally using this TR to help bridge the gap between now and whenever we may plan another trip back. My hubby definitely wants to wait until the fantasyland expansion is done and I feel like that is so far away! ;) But we are now toying with the idea of a quick DL trip next year because a friend is getting married out in LA. Any excuse to stop by, right?

I bet Dylan would have a blast! She loves it! She was asking about so may character meals this time around.

Joining In! What a great start to the trip! I'm glad you were able to avoid the crazy snow storm. We're in the Midwest and it was a very long winter here too! I'm glad you were able to escape for a little and soak up some Disney magic! :cool1:

Can't wait to read more!

We literally just barely made it out of New England. If you are in the Midwest you may even remember that string of snowstorms. It was really bad. It shut down half the flights in the nation for days. Hope to get another update in here within the next day or so. Welcome to the TR and thanks for reading!

Antigua08
05-30-2011, 11:00 AM
Those pics of your DD with Leo and Annie are just adorable! You've certainly had a great start with the character interaction. Hope it continues?

I mentioned that after seeing your Hollywood and Vine pics l was tempted to try an get an ADR, well l went for it! Think l was lucky this late out but managed to get a breakfast slot, so excited! :banana:

MEK
05-30-2011, 01:24 PM
What a cute update with big and little Annie! Your daughter looks like she is having a blast! Too, too cute!

Cat0727
05-30-2011, 03:10 PM
Awww what a sweet character interaction your DD had with Annie and Leo! I can only imagine how precious it must be to view WDW through the eyes of your little one :goodvibes

LilAnn
05-30-2011, 09:15 PM
Those pics of your DD with Leo and Annie are just adorable! You've certainly had a great start with the character interaction. Hope it continues?

I mentioned that after seeing your Hollywood and Vine pics l was tempted to try an get an ADR, well l went for it! Think l was lucky this late out but managed to get a breakfast slot, so excited! :banana:

Yes, this is definitely a TR full of characters, DD included. :laughing: She just loved looking for her "friends" in the parks and didn't care most of the time if we had already seen them. I think we saw the fab 5 more times than I can count. And it was all just as awesome for her each time. Annie was definitely a big moment though.

Yay! I'm glad that you got into the breakfast at Hollywood and Vine. We have only ever been for the character breakfast and at least then, we know what kind of food we are in for. I hear the food isn't as good for the other meals. It's not as popular as some of the other character meals, so the interaction is great! I hope you have a great time with your family and can't wait to hear all about it!

What a cute update with big and little Annie! Your daughter looks like she is having a blast! Too, too cute!

Thank you! She was totally in heaven with this interaction. She just loves Annie, right up there with Jessie, so it was a special moment for us.

Awww what a sweet character interaction your DD had with Annie and Leo! I can only imagine how precious it must be to view WDW through the eyes of your little one :goodvibes

It is so different to see Disney through the eyes of a little kid. Everything is just so magical, and the fact that it's your own child, makes it that much better. Thanks for reading!

LilAnn
05-31-2011, 09:40 AM
After that completely fabulous encounter with Leo and Annie, we decided to say farewell for the moment to Hollywood Studios and make our way over to the Magic Kingdom. A quick side note – our little one would constantly ask us every morning if we were going to the Magical Kingdom when we would get ready to leave the hotel room. Both of us found it so cute that she called it “magical kingdom” and never tried to correct her. Because when you think about it, it really is a magical place!

Anyways, it wasn’t long before we were walking down Main Street. Of course I needed to stop off for a PP pic. However, if you see the faces of the rest of my little family, you can see that they are obviously not in the mood for pics. I find it funny that my daughter is making the exact same face as my husband – not planned.

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She is always making facial expressions that look exactly like my husband, so this was just further proof of that for me. He never believes me though, and now he can see it for himself!

Our first stop – Fantasyland. Our little one had decided that she wanted to ride Dumbo. Those of you who read my first TR may recall that the closest we ever got to Dumbo was this

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So we were definitely expecting a change of heart when we got closer to the attraction. We got in line and someone started to look a little nervous.

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But so far, so good. There was about a 20-30 minute wait and she was actually pretty good in that line. We spent a lot of the time planning out what color Dumbo we would ride. She also kept telling me that we were going to “fly low, not high, okay?”

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Almost there and she is looking excited!

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Wait, make that nervous again. I have never ridden on Dumbo before myself, so I was excited to go on the iconic ride.

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We ended up picking out a blue Dumbo.

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Time to buckle up. This is the moment of truth. This is where she freaked out at Sesame Place a few summers ago. They had to postpone the start of that ride so we could get out of the flying Elmo. I was totally scanning her face.

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Looks like we are good to go!

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And we’re off!

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I don’t really have any pics of us in flight as my husband took videos instead of that. She definitely had a death grip on my arm during the whole flight, but I was proud of her. She made it through and there were no tears. She got a little nervous at the end when the elephant went up in the air, but since it’s quick, she did fine. Phew. Success! :banana:

We had no set plans for the rest of the day (other than we wanted to stay until the Main Street Electrical parade) so we wandered through the park when we came across some Toys out and about. The line was a bit long, but there was no way we were going to get out of this meeting. It was Woody and Jessie! And in case you didn’t notice, our little girl was wearing a Jessie tee shirt. So straight in line we went. My husband actually ran off and got a chicken tenders meal for our girl to munch on while she waited.

Now let me take a quick break to talk about what I spotted while in line. DD was in the stroller just hanging out, waiting, and watching the kids in front of us play around. It was a family of 4 – two little boys and the parents. Well, the youngest boy was probably about my daughter’s age, maybe a little younger. The mom was playing around with her phone and the dad was just looking around at people and whatnot. The older boy was playing around on the fence and chatting. The little one….wandered around the family a bit, right up to the trashcan in front of us and started reaching inside. Not only that, pretty sure his mouth was dangerously close to the edge of the trashcan. :crazy2: I’m pretty sure I was grossed out at this point. He proceeded to root around the trash while his parents were oblivious. When his dad finally noticed, he grabbed the boy and told him not to play there, then asked him if he wanted a snack, handing him something to munch on. :scared1: No cleaning the hands, no baby wipes, no hand sanitizer, nothing. I don’t know if that grosses anyone else out, but I was definitely skeeved out. Ugh. All those germs.

Anyways……back to our meeting. After the yucky incident, dad was back with our daughter’s lunch and she happily snacked away as we waited for our turn to meet Woody and Jessie. Soon, it was our turn.

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And our little one was off to meet two more favorites.

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Hugs for Woody

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and a hi-five.

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Picture time!

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For some reason, we didn’t capture the Jessie hug. But never fear, we have a truly memorable Woody/Jessie interaction coming up in the trip. I can’t wait to share that moment. She was so happy to meet these two and I don’t think it went unnoticed. As she was walking away, a castmember came up and handed our little girl a pack of Toy Story cards – it was a game of memory! So cute and a fun little surprise. We still have those cards at home and still play with them today.

Up next – our first spotting of the infamous Brazilian tour groups

4forWDW
05-31-2011, 09:57 AM
Love your TR :thumbsup2
You have a beautiful family!
It brings make so many memories.
My DD (13) and DS (10) were 5 and 2 1/2 on our first visit to WDW.
I'll never forget their wonderment at meeting all of their "friends".
I remember my DD asking Cinderella which room in the castle was hers. Cinderella said 'Why the highest one, my dear".
Whenever we would pass the castle my DD would have to look up and point to the highest window and tell us that was Cinderella's room.
And when my DS (who was wearing a Buzz Lightyear visor) went up to Buzz. My DD pointed to my DS's visor and Buzz picked up my DS and hugged him.
Sorry to go down memory lane during your TR.
I can't wait for updates and to read your prior TR.
Amy

Cat0727
05-31-2011, 12:59 PM
The PP picture in front of the castle is so cute and funny. I love how your husband and daughter are both cocking their heads to the side making the same exact expression! :rotfl:

Horray for your little girl's first Dumbo ride being a success! Did she ride it again during your trip or will we have to wait and find out? ;)

The boy putting his hands in the trashcan made me :scared1: I am such a germaphobe.

AprilRenee
05-31-2011, 02:22 PM
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Love that pic!! So cute! You can see how excited she is :)

And you aren't the only one who found that gross! I don't even have kids yet but I can guarantee that my child wouldn't be touching ANYTHING else until we visited a bathroom to wash hands (or at least used sanitizer..but definitely not food til we used real soap and water)! Ewww!

LilAnn
05-31-2011, 02:42 PM
Love your TR :thumbsup2
You have a beautiful family!
It brings make so many memories.
My DD (13) and DS (10) were 5 and 2 1/2 on our first visit to WDW.
I'll never forget their wonderment at meeting all of their "friends".
I remember my DD asking Cinderella which room in the castle was hers. Cinderella said 'Why the highest one, my dear".
Whenever we would pass the castle my DD would have to look up and point to the highest window and tell us that was Cinderella's room.
And when my DS (who was wearing a Buzz Lightyear visor) went up to Buzz. My DD pointed to my DS's visor and Buzz picked up my DS and hugged him.
Sorry to go down memory lane during your TR.
I can't wait for updates and to read your prior TR.
Amy

Thanks, I am glad you are enjoying it!

That is such a cute story about your DD. I love when the "characters" are able to add to the standard meet and greet experience. People always ask me why I bring her so young, but really, I think this has been the perfect age. It is all so amazing to her. Love that buzz picked up your son - but did he say anything about how hard Buzz is?:rotfl: Wait until you hear about our big Jessie moment later in the trip.

The PP picture in front of the castle is so cute and funny. I love how your husband and daughter are both cocking their heads to the side making the same exact expression! :rotfl:

Horray for your little girl's first Dumbo ride being a success! Did she ride it again during your trip or will we have to wait and find out? ;)

The boy putting his hands in the trashcan made me :scared1: I am such a germaphobe.

I thought that was funny too, how they looked the same in that photo. And I am oblivious to it at the time.

In regards to Dumbo, let's just say that we definitely got more rides in general into this vacation than we did last year in May.

I not only found the hands in the trashcan gross, but the fact that he could have been licking the edge too totally awful. I couldn't tell from my viewpoint, but his mouth was right there. :eek:

Love that pic!! So cute! You can see how excited she is :)

And you aren't the only one who found that gross! I don't even have kids yet but I can guarantee that my child wouldn't be touching ANYTHING else until we visited a bathroom to wash hands (or at least used sanitizer..but definitely not food til we used real soap and water)! Ewww!

Thanks! She loves Jessie and wants to be her when she grows up (that's what she tells me all the time). She was always so excited to meet her friends.

I guess it didn't bother those folks that their kid was all in the trashcan. :eek: Ugh, I was definitely grossed out. It took me a while to get over that sight. I even have my daughter use hand sanitizer after she's washed her hands when she has to use a public restroom - just in case, before she touches food.

Sunset Cliffs
05-31-2011, 05:29 PM
I am so excited for you that she finally rode Dumbo! It is such a right-of-Disney-passage, you know? It was so cute watching her expression change throughout all of the pictures.

My favorite picture was of her running to the characters with her book in her hand. Just about the cutest thing ever! She was focused on the prize. :lmao:

I just have to say that in the last picture, Jessie looks like she has no neck at all. Is it just me? It looks so weird, but maybe it's just me.... :confused3

mermaid764
05-31-2011, 05:43 PM
How exciting that she was finally ready to ride Dumbo, what an awesome moment!

Ugh to the trash can story, i would have been horrified too.

tinkgurl
06-01-2011, 10:34 AM
I'm so glad she finally rode Dumbo!! How exciting! :goodvibes I know how nervous you can get when you're waiting to see if they're going to freak out or not.

bluejasmine
06-01-2011, 10:45 AM
Oh my goodness your DD is absolutely adorable! Enjoying the TR!

tankgirl427
06-01-2011, 10:56 AM
Its really cute to see your DD interactions with the characters. Big Ann getting a kick out of Lil Ann was too cute!

How gross about that boy reaching into the trash can. Ugh!

I'm so glad you guys got to ride Dumbo. Its the only ride I remember going on as a kid.

jane2073
06-01-2011, 11:09 AM
Love your report!

I don't think I could have washed my child's hands enough if I found her reaching in a garbage can! Yuck!!

When my daughter's was about your little one's age she brought her little June to see big June. She was so excited! :)

lbuzz52
06-01-2011, 01:57 PM
your daughter is so beautiful. i just found this today, but it made me happy to read it. you can just see the joy and excitement on her face! looking forward to reading more!

LilAnn
06-01-2011, 02:57 PM
I am so excited for you that she finally rode Dumbo! It is such a right-of-Disney-passage, you know? It was so cute watching her expression change throughout all of the pictures.

My favorite picture was of her running to the characters with her book in her hand. Just about the cutest thing ever! She was focused on the prize. :lmao:

I just have to say that in the last picture, Jessie looks like she has no neck at all. Is it just me? It looks so weird, but maybe it's just me.... :confused3

I know! I was so happy that she rode it too. :goodvibes She talked about going on before the last trip, but I think just got scared when she saw it in person. She loved watching the videos of it online or on the Disney DVD, but she was also hoping to ride it with Mickey.

She literally was always running to the characters. But Jessie and Annie are definitely two characters that she couldn't wait to see.

Too funny about Jessie's neck. I had to go back to look at it. Hard to tell since they have such large heads!:laughing:

How exciting that she was finally ready to ride Dumbo, what an awesome moment!

Ugh to the trash can story, i would have been horrified too.

It was an awesome moment, thanks!

Ugh, the trash can incident, still disgusts me. I aalready freak out if she touches the stall walls in a public bathroom. :eek:

I'm so glad she finally rode Dumbo!! How exciting! :goodvibes I know how nervous you can get when you're waiting to see if they're going to freak out or not.

Right? You are in that nervous limbo state wondering how they are going to react before the ride and really hope it all goes okay. I was so relieved!

Oh my goodness your DD is absolutely adorable! Enjoying the TR!

Thanks so much! Thanks for reading it!

Its really cute to see your DD interactions with the characters. Big Ann getting a kick out of Lil Ann was too cute!

How gross about that boy reaching into the trash can. Ugh!

I'm so glad you guys got to ride Dumbo. Its the only ride I remember going on as a kid.

I don't know how much she will remember about the trip and rides, but she still talks about some character interactions and some of the rides. She does talk about going back to Disney World on a daily basis, so I know she remembers the feeling of being there.:thumbsup2

Love your report!

I don't think I could have washed my child's hands enough if I found her reaching in a garbage can! Yuck!!

When my daughter's was about your little one's age she brought her little June to see big June. She was so excited! :)

Thank you, I'm glad you are enjoying it!

Right? Let along just give your child something to eat right away? I don't get it. :confused3

Love that June story! I would love to be a character and be able to make a moment like that come true. It must be a fun feeling to be on the other end of it as well. DD loves June as well, so we were sad that we weren't able to pick one up that trip.

your daughter is so beautiful. i just found this today, but it made me happy to read it. you can just see the joy and excitement on her face! looking forward to reading more!


Thank you! I am glad that it makes you happy, because it sure makes me happy to relive it! Her face is very expressive, you can definitely tell exactly what is on her mind! ;)

LilAnn
06-02-2011, 11:04 AM
After saying goodbye to the Western duo – Woody and Jessie, we continued our walk around the park and stumbled upon a jungle adventure. We missed out on the Jungle Cruise our last trip and my husband has never been on it so he wanted to try it. There was a short line so we decided to go for it.

It looks like we will be touring Southeast Asia today.

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Ha, I told my husband he would have to visit Thailand (Siam) one day. This is only a preview for him though, he still needs to make the actual trip one day.

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Looked like there were a few animals out roaming that day.

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Some of them seemed a bit more aggressive than others.

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Our little girl was not enjoying this cruise through the jungle quite so much. I think it was a little spooky for her. She did, however, enjoy “driving” the little jungle boats in the water after the ride.

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She didn’t seem to realize that the boats weren’t actually working that day. Or maybe we needed to pay money, either way, she had no clue that all her steering didn’t necessarily correlate with the movements of the boats. She was still enjoying herself there.

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We weren’t sure how we were going to convince her to leave the boats, but the promise of a Dole Whip (for my hubby) and a parade worked wonderfully. Just the mention of ice cream and my little girl will go running. We headed towards the castle to see if we could grab a spot to watch the Dreams Come True parade.

First, a stop off to say hi to Dumbo.

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However, we soon realized that while the parks weren’t that crowded, we still needed to stake out our spots a little earlier than 5 minutes before start time. After reading about them on the boards, we were now coming into contact with…..the Brazilian tour groups!

Someone is not happy that we were not sitting in the very front.

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Here is a little snapshot of the tour groups. Pretty much all the teenage girls in the hot pink shirts and white shirts.

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She ended being entertained by the singing and cheers that the groups would randomly break out into while waiting for the parade to start. DH and I weren’t too concerned about being a bit farther back, we knew we still had plenty of days to catch parades.

Plus the girls are pretty well behaved so it didn’t detract from our trip at all. We just made sure to avoid the attractions they were going to so we wouldn’t have to wait longer for rides. Surprisingly, they also remained seated during the parade, so our little munchkin could still see and wave to her heart’s content.

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After the Dreams Come True Parade was over, we made our way over to Toontown. We wanted to visit the country houses before it closed down forever. We love those little houses, they’re just so cute!

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Goodbye Barnstormer! Sadly, our little girl will never get a chance to ride this coaster as it is currently known. Hopefully on a future trip when she is tall enough and not afraid of thrill rides we can ride it in it’s new setting.

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First up was Minnie’s house

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I just love all the little details. Next up, a stop across the way at Donald’s boat.

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We had to take her leggings off when she started running through the water.

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Then we hopped back across the street to check on Mickey Mouse.

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Looks like Mickey is pretty good at ping-pong.

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I wonder if they will continue with these plans?

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Pluto, where are you?

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Coming soon: Princesses, teacups and a nighttime parade

dawnbu40
06-02-2011, 11:11 AM
Cute update :cutie:
It's good to hear the tour group wasn't as bad as you'd read. In May we always run into a lot of school groups and those kids always seem very out of control :rolleyes1

I'm glad you got to see ToonTown again before it closed. It looks like the little one had a good time playing in the water :)

LilAnn
06-02-2011, 11:15 AM
Cute update :cutie:
It's good to hear the tour group wasn't as bad as you'd read. In May we always run into a lot of school groups and those kids always seem very out of control :rolleyes1

I'm glad you got to see ToonTown again before it closed. It looks like the little one had a good time playing in the water :)

Thanks, it's a little short, but I thought I should finish up the day in the next update.

Ah yes, the school groups in May are a bit more unruly. We have encountered them before too. These groups were better, just large in numbers. And they travelled in huge packs, but were pretty well behaved. We just mad sure we went in the opposite direction to avoid a longer line.

We tried to visit Toontown a couple of times and it will be sad the next time we go as I am sure my little one will ask about the houses. She loves those two houses.

tinkgurl
06-02-2011, 03:01 PM
:rotfl: Ice cream always comes in handy when bribing or trying to get kids somewhere.

We didn't make it on the Jungle Cruise with Little Guy, so I'm anxious to see what he thinks of it the next time we go together.

Glad you could still see the parade. I know how rowdy those tour groups can get.

mermaid764
06-02-2011, 04:24 PM
That is awesome that the tour groups were well behaved, we have run into some that are and others that are completely out of control which can totally ruin the whole experience.

Your daughter is so adorable driving the boats, she looks so determined.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

Sunset Cliffs
06-02-2011, 04:35 PM
THe picture of her with Dumbo is so cute!

I'm glad your husband finally got to ride the JC. I hope you had a good skipper for his first trip! Where are those little boats? I don't think I've ever seen them.

I'm so sad that Toontown is leaving but we are lucky enough to live closer to Disneyland and their Toontown is very similar (and actually better, in my opinion). We are going to DL for one day this summer and Dylan said he wants to ride Goofy's Barnstormer so we are going to try it!!

lbuzz52
06-03-2011, 01:42 AM
Oh- the boats! I have not noticed those on either of our recent trips. Where exactly are they? I remember those! I can remember standing there forever as a child while my parents let my baby brother do it over and over and over.

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-03-2011, 05:57 AM
Joining in!! I'm really enjoying your TR so far!

UGH I'm in the Northeast too - I know exactly how this winter was!!! Oh man, I can't believe you had to travel during one of those storms! That's great you were able to fly out of DC - I would have been so nervous!!


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Your daughter is absolutely adorable - I love that pic!!

LilAnn
06-03-2011, 07:23 AM
:rotfl: Ice cream always comes in handy when bribing or trying to get kids somewhere.

We didn't make it on the Jungle Cruise with Little Guy, so I'm anxious to see what he thinks of it the next time we go together.

Glad you could still see the parade. I know how rowdy those tour groups can get.

Just the slightest hint of ice cream and she'll gobble up her whole dinner, just to get the dessert. :rotfl: Kinda like her mom!;)

DH was not impressed with the Jungle Cruise. He wasn't as amused by her funny skipper as I was.

Yes, we have encountered some rowdy tour groups, but I think we either got really lucky, or maybe it was just our attitude. We were kind of like "what can you do? They're already here and we're in Disney." But I did think that other than their large size (they travelled in huge groups) they weren't bad at all.

That is awesome that the tour groups were well behaved, we have run into some that are and others that are completely out of control which can totally ruin the whole experience.

Your daughter is so adorable driving the boats, she looks so determined.

Can't wait for more:goodvibes

The tour groups that we found out of control were more like the end of the year school trips in May. They didn't travel in huge packs, but they were very rowdy. So in comparison, this was a nice group.

Thanks for reading! I'll try to put up another update before working this weekend.

THe picture of her with Dumbo is so cute!

I'm glad your husband finally got to ride the JC. I hope you had a good skipper for his first trip! Where are those little boats? I don't think I've ever seen them.

I'm so sad that Toontown is leaving but we are lucky enough to live closer to Disneyland and their Toontown is very similar (and actually better, in my opinion). We are going to DL for one day this summer and Dylan said he wants to ride Goofy's Barnstormer so we are going to try it!!

Thanks! She just HAD to pose with the little Dumbo after going on the ride.

I thought we had a good skipper for our JC trip, but my husband doesn't get amused as easily as I do. ;) He found it a bit corny. :rolleyes:

Speaking of Disneyland, I may need to pick your brain about it. We may be headed that way next year...I hope. Dylan is definitely way more adventurous than our girl. But maybe she'll be tall enough and brave enough to try it soon!

Oh- the boats! I have not noticed those on either of our recent trips. Where exactly are they? I remember those! I can remember standing there forever as a child while my parents let my baby brother do it over and over and over.

The boats are just outside of the Jungle Cruise, as you exit I think. I never really noticed them before either, but our little girl will never pass up the chance to drive something! She saw those "steering wheels" right away. That's awesme that you still remember playing with it!

Joining in!! I'm really enjoying your TR so far!

UGH I'm in the Northeast too - I know exactly how this winter was!!! Oh man, I can't believe you had to travel during one of those storms! That's great you were able to fly out of DC - I would have been so nervous!!



Your daughter is absolutely adorable - I love that pic!!

Thanks for jumping in! Wasn't this winter awful? Ugh, we barely made it out before the storm completely shut everything down. We are lucky that my family still lives in VA and that my husband even came up with that idea. I was so stressed about it, and so it was also really lucky that my coworkers let me leave a bit early. Otherwise, no way would we have made it out quite so easily.

Thanks - I love that pic, too.

209Disney
06-03-2011, 07:07 PM
Love reading your trip report so far! Your daughter is adorable! :cutie:

LilAnn
06-04-2011, 09:58 AM
Love reading your trip report so far! Your daughter is adorable! :cutie:

Thanks! I am glad you are enjoying it. I see that you live somewhat close to DL - any pointers/tips/advice? We are thinking of heading there next year - we have a wedding we might be attending out that way.

LilAnn
06-04-2011, 04:06 PM
While we were in Toontown, we thought we might check in and see how long the wait was for Pixie Hollow and the Princesses. The fairies were at the standard 45 minute wait but there was a very short line for the ladies. Obviously our little girl was not going to pass up the opportunity to meet her favorite princess, Belle. Unfortunately, since I hadn’t planned the actual days out, I didn’t have her in a pretty, girly outfit. And her hair was a mess. Oh well, try to ignore that as you read on.

I’ve never been in the princess greeting area so I had no idea what to expect. But it was fun to walk in and see all the princesses with their own little greeting area. First up was Aurora. Once again, she was ready with her autograph book.

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She seemed to be listening very carefully to whatever it was that Aurora was talking to her about.

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I guess it was about her Jessie tee

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and her autograph book.

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Of course she had to watch her sign the book to make sure she was signing in the right place.

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Then came the hug. I was a bit bummed that she wasn’t in her “princess” tee or a cute little dress, but oh well. She didn’t seem to care.

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Next up was Cinderella.

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And she was perfectly happy following Cinderella back to her royal bench.

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It was really cute to watch. It was like a private little moment for the two of them.

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I love having a little girl!

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I don’t know where the princesses are at now, but next time, I will definitely have to bring something girly for her to wear when seeing them. It would be so cute in this setting!

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And last, but not least, was her favorite princess at the time – Belle.

I think that once again, the autograph book was a big hit!

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One last hug before we leave.

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LilAnn
06-04-2011, 04:10 PM
After saying good-bye to the princesses, we headed out of Toontown. We continued to wander around and came across another ride that caught our little one’s attention.

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The teacups! I was so excited to go on this with her since I absolutely love the teacups. I was even more excited that she was the one that asked to ride it!

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She totally seemed to be enjoying herself.

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After the teacups we took a ride on the Peoplemover, my fave ride. And then we came across our second parade of the day…..and it was definitely a flashback to our previous trip. It was the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade. It’s a bit chaotic, but you may be able to see that our little one has scooted her way right up to Jessie. She just loves dancing with her!

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After the parade, we figured we should grab some dinner. There was only about an hour before the Main Street Electrical Parade was supposed to start, and that was definitely on our agenda. So we headed over to Cosmic Ray’s for some food. I kept an eye on our little one as she tried to hula hoop while my husband got the food.

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I can’t remember exactly what we got, but I’m pretty sure it had the chicken and the ribs on it. With our bellies full, we staked out our spot for the parade. We were anxious to compare it with Spectromagic – a fave of ours.

Soon, you could hear the music and the cheers of the crowd from around the corner. It was starting!

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So what did we think? I think our little girl loved it no matter what. My husband and I both, though, love the music for Spectromagic more. The MSEP was fun and cute, but I just get the tingles whenever I hear the music for Spectro. I do love some of the floats from MSEP more. But enough of these two nighttime parades, it was time for Wishes!

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I love the new castle show, by the way. I love the different lighting effects on the castle, so cool. I wish I had gotten a video of it. It’s just amazing. And a perfect precursor to Wishes, something that we all love.

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I wish all fireworks shows could be like this, and accompanied by Disney music and scenes. It just puts me in the Disney mood. Absolutely love it!

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A perfect ending to an absolutely magical first day. We were soon off to dream happy dreams before getting up for another day at Disney!

dawnbu40
06-04-2011, 04:35 PM
What a wonderful first day! Your princess pics are so cute and they made me feel nostalgic about when Caitlin was little. They grow up so fast :sad1:

Isn't the new castle show great? We loved it! :)

LilAnn
06-05-2011, 08:26 AM
What a wonderful first day! Your princess pics are so cute and they made me feel nostalgic about when Caitlin was little. They grow up so fast :sad1:

Isn't the new castle show great? We loved it! :)

It was a great first full day there! I can only imagine how fast time flies, I already know that I am going to miss this stage. So we are enjoying every second of it and I am so glad that we decided to take her so young. It's so magical to them, you know?

I love the new castle show!

tinkgurl
06-05-2011, 10:54 AM
I absolutely love that last pic of your girl with Aurora. That is one of my favorite smiles to see on a little one. You can tell she's having the time of her life right there.

If you're wanting her to be all dressed up cute for the Princesses next time, maybe plan to meet them first thing in the day. Just an idea, because before too long int he day, they'll be sweaty and carrying along a few "leftovers" on their shirts from a snack or meal. :rotfl:

As you know from my TR, we also got to see the MSEP. While I'll always have a special love for Spectro, it was nice to see something different for a change. Like you said, I do like some of the floats from MSEP more.

And you're right, that was such a great ending to your day! :goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-05-2011, 11:52 AM
Your girl looks SO happy meeting the princesses! Disney really must be just amazingly magical at that age :goodvibes

Great Wishes shots!

Sunset Cliffs
06-05-2011, 07:19 PM
You got some fabulous fireworks pictures! I can never get my camera to take good pictures of fireworks. Just blurry ones. The castle in front of them is so striking and magical looking.

I grew up watching the MSEP in California so it holds a special place in my heart. Plus, I have never seen Spectromagic (which is a major bummer) so I can't compare the two parades.

Of course you can pick my brain for Disneyland! We are going again this summer (just for 1 day) and we seem to go at least once a year since we have family down there. Just let me know what you want to know! :goodvibes

MEK
06-05-2011, 07:29 PM
Super cute princess pictures. Your daughter looks like she is having such a great time. What a great day you had at the MK!

LilAnn
06-06-2011, 02:10 PM
I absolutely love that last pic of your girl with Aurora. That is one of my favorite smiles to see on a little one. You can tell she's having the time of her life right there.

If you're wanting her to be all dressed up cute for the Princesses next time, maybe plan to meet them first thing in the day. Just an idea, because before too long int he day, they'll be sweaty and carrying along a few "leftovers" on their shirts from a snack or meal. :rotfl:

As you know from my TR, we also got to see the MSEP. While I'll always have a special love for Spectro, it was nice to see something different for a change. Like you said, I do like some of the floats from MSEP more.

And you're right, that was such a great ending to your day! :goodvibes

Hi Tink! She was definitely having a blast. Disney is definitely one of her absolutele favorite places to be.

I don't know if I'd get her totally decked out in costume, but I'd probably either have her in a cute dress or carry one along. I did that with the Jessie costume and was so worried that it would get dirty!

I remember reading your experience with MSEP too. I think I had many of the same thoughts as you. We saw it again later in the trip and I think it grew a bit on me, but there is just something about the Spectro music that I love.

Your girl looks SO happy meeting the princesses! Disney really must be just amazingly magical at that age :goodvibes

Great Wishes shots!

She is pretty much so happy meeting any characters! Disney is truly an amazing place for the little kids, I think. Thanks!

You got some fabulous fireworks pictures! I can never get my camera to take good pictures of fireworks. Just blurry ones. The castle in front of them is so striking and magical looking.

I grew up watching the MSEP in California so it holds a special place in my heart. Plus, I have never seen Spectromagic (which is a major bummer) so I can't compare the two parades.

Of course you can pick my brain for Disneyland! We are going again this summer (just for 1 day) and we seem to go at least once a year since we have family down there. Just let me know what you want to know! :goodvibes

Thanks! I feel like I am always just clicking away with my camera in hopes that I'll get a good fireworks shot.

Maybe that's why I like Spectro more? It's pretty much the main parade I saw as a kid and teen and the first one that we brought our daughter too. I do think there is something nice about the music for us. It gives both of us the Disney feeling, just like Wishes does for me.

As we start debating more on the the west coast trip, I may just take you up on that offer. Like, do you think two days for DL/CA will be enough? I was reading your old DL TR while you were updating it. I have never been, so I just am excited to see it one day

Super cute princess pictures. Your daughter looks like she is having such a great time. What a great day you had at the MK!

Thanks! We definitely had a great first day. It was an amazing trip in general (but then again, I'm usually pretty happy in Disney).

dilligaf212
06-07-2011, 09:58 AM
I can't believe i missed so much :confused3 I wasn't getting the updates from your TR..

My son loved the cars... we watch the movie daily. Can't wait til the second one comes out so we can watch something different :rotfl2:

Mass weather was crazy this winter I love the snow but it was even too much for me..

I am so bummed we missed toon town by just a couple weeks looks like you guys were having fun.. Can't wait to read more :thumbsup2

LilAnn
06-07-2011, 01:32 PM
I can't believe i missed so much :confused3 I wasn't getting the updates from your TR..

My son loved the cars... we watch the movie daily. Can't wait til the second one comes out so we can watch something different :rotfl2:

Mass weather was crazy this winter I love the snow but it was even too much for me..

I am so bummed we missed toon town by just a couple weeks looks like you guys were having fun.. Can't wait to read more :thumbsup2

No worries, I was actually on a roll with the updates there.

My daughter loves the Cars movie. I actually can't believe that our DVD copy still works with the amount of times she asked to watch it. My best friend has already asked that as her birthday present, she wants us to all go see the Cars2 movie with her. :thumbsup2

MA weather was crazy. I don't think I could see backing out of my driveway for weeks! It was insane how much snow we kept getting this year.

We always have to visit Toontown. I'll be sad if they end up getting rid of the country houses completely. I hope they move them somewhere else on property.

By the way, love that you have a countdown for the day that you book your vacation!

4forWDW
06-08-2011, 12:40 PM
Love the pictures with the princesses. Your DD is adorable.
I agree to take them when they are younger. The are totally caught up in all the magic. My DS was 2 1/2 and my DD was 5 when we went the first time - May 2003. They would cry to go back to Disney. I would be taking them to day care on my way to work and they would be crying that they want to go back to Disney. (what a way to start your day!) That was the year they offered the Fairy Tale Package - go for 7 but pay for 4. I told my DH that if we went again that summer our DS was still "free". So we went again that August. I am so glad we did take them when they were younger. The pictures and videos are precious.
My friend (who is a WDW lover) made a funny comment when we were talking about people not taking their children at a young age because "they won't remember it". She said she doesn't remember hardly anything of her 1st marriage and is glad she doesn't! And she said she was certainly older when it happened.
Looking forward to more updatespopcorn::
Amy

Sunset Cliffs
06-08-2011, 06:18 PM
Thanks! I feel like I am always just clicking away with my camera in hopes that I'll get a good fireworks shot.

Maybe that's why I like Spectro more? It's pretty much the main parade I saw as a kid and teen and the first one that we brought our daughter too. I do think there is something nice about the music for us. It gives both of us the Disney feeling, just like Wishes does for me.

As we start debating more on the the west coast trip, I may just take you up on that offer. Like, do you think two days for DL/CA will be enough? I was reading your old DL TR while you were updating it. I have never been, so I just am excited to see it one day

I would say that depending on the time of year that you are going, 2 days might be enough. DL is very similar to WDW, but it is smaller & easier to get around the park. Since many of the rides are similar, you already know which rides are your favorites and which you could skip (if you needed to). You want to leave some time for Toontown since it is VERY different and has the Roger Rabbit ride, which tends to have a longer line. Also, Indiana Jones is a MUST DO, and that can get long too. At least IJ has Fastpass and is next door to other rides that usually have a shorter line (Jungle Cruise, Pirates, etc) so you could pass the time doing those other rides.

In my opinion, DCA has been a 1 day park in the past. They have a lot of the big rides like ToT, Soarin', TSM, California Screamin', but we always seem to leave and feel like we got everything done in one day... Now that they have added Little Mermaid ride and World of Color night time show, it may add more to the day than before. The areas like Bugs Land and the playground area add time too.

If you are going during the high season, you might want to add one more day, just due to the lines and whether you want to commando style the parks or really slow down and take in all of the differences.

LilAnn
06-09-2011, 08:58 AM
Love the pictures with the princesses. Your DD is adorable.
I agree to take them when they are younger. The are totally caught up in all the magic. My DS was 2 1/2 and my DD was 5 when we went the first time - May 2003. They would cry to go back to Disney. I would be taking them to day care on my way to work and they would be crying that they want to go back to Disney. (what a way to start your day!) That was the year they offered the Fairy Tale Package - go for 7 but pay for 4. I told my DH that if we went again that summer our DS was still "free". So we went again that August. I am so glad we did take them when they were younger. The pictures and videos are precious.
My friend (who is a WDW lover) made a funny comment when we were talking about people not taking their children at a young age because "they won't remember it". She said she doesn't remember hardly anything of her 1st marriage and is glad she doesn't! And she said she was certainly older when it happened.
Looking forward to more updatespopcorn::
Amy

Funny, that is what goes on with me here at home all the time. I'll pick up my daughter from daycare and she'll ask me if we are going to Disney World now. Or she'll ask me if I have to go to work (I do nights) and why do I have to go to work. My response is always that I need to make money for Disney World. Which then progresses into a discussion with her on how many more times I have to go to work before we have enough money for Disney. :rolleyes1 I may need to come up with some new answers.

Love the response of your friend. I wouldn't trade any of our Disney vacations for anything. The memories have been priceless and I don't know how much she'll remember now, but she loves watching videos of it.

LilAnn
06-09-2011, 09:02 AM
I would say that depending on the time of year that you are going, 2 days might be enough. DL is very similar to WDW, but it is smaller & easier to get around the park. Since many of the rides are similar, you already know which rides are your favorites and which you could skip (if you needed to). You want to leave some time for Toontown since it is VERY different and has the Roger Rabbit ride, which tends to have a longer line. Also, Indiana Jones is a MUST DO, and that can get long too. At least IJ has Fastpass and is next door to other rides that usually have a shorter line (Jungle Cruise, Pirates, etc) so you could pass the time doing those other rides.

In my opinion, DCA has been a 1 day park in the past. They have a lot of the big rides like ToT, Soarin', TSM, California Screamin', but we always seem to leave and feel like we got everything done in one day... Now that they have added Little Mermaid ride and World of Color night time show, it may add more to the day than before. The areas like Bugs Land and the playground area add time too.

If you are going during the high season, you might want to add one more day, just due to the lines and whether you want to commando style the parks or really slow down and take in all of the differences.

Thanks for the advice so far! Like I said, it's still far ahead in the future and we are going through some other adjustments at home, so once the dust has settled, I think we will start talking more seriously about the trip. It would be in March, so I am hoping not too crowded? I am hoping it wouldn't coincide with too many spring breaks.

I don't think we'll do anything to commando style, and just wander around. The biggest factor may be in if our little one wants to meet all the characters again. We've been so lucky and spoiled recently with all of our trips to Disney World, that this may be a change for us to spend only a couple of days at DL. We are also looking into driving down the coast towards San Diego (we both love it there) so that also cuts into the time. So much thinking still! I'm sure I'll be bugging you again in the future.;)

dilligaf212
06-09-2011, 09:37 AM
By the way, love that you have a countdown for the day that you book your vacation!


August is when the new rates come out.. We are planning on going to WDW the end of Feb and having a ticker that says 3 months is alot better than one that says 8months :rotfl2:

LilAnn
06-09-2011, 09:37 AM
August is when the new rates come out.. We are planning on going to WDW the end of Feb and having a ticker that says 3 months is alot better than one that says 8months :rotfl2:

:thumbsup2 whatever makes us happy, right? Plus, it will be that much more exciting to change over a ticker from planning to book a trip to a ticker that countdowns the days until you leave!

LilAnn
06-09-2011, 09:44 AM
We woke up ready to go Friday morning! We had a dinner ADR that night so we grabbed a quick breakfast at the food court in POR – Boatwright’s. There were some pretty good choices for food there, which made us happy. We’ve always been happy with the selection at Pop, and as much as we loved staying at the Beach Club, we found their food selection to be lacking (for counter service meals). I don’t have many food pics for this TR (sorry, wasn’t planning on writing the TR) but I think we just grabbed a breakfast platter and a muffin to share between us.

Soon, we were on our way to the Animal Kingdom! Once again, we didn’t have a set plan, but we were hoping to catch the Finding Nemo show, go on a safari, check out Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and walk some trails. Of course, our little one also had character meetings in mind, and it wasn’t long before her little eagle eyes spotted some new friends.

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There was barely a line for Lilo and Stitch since it was still early. She never got a chance to meet Lilo our last trip, so she was excited to see her so early in this trip. One of the meals she was most looking forward to was breakfast with these two.

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I love how little she looks next to the two of them!

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And happy as a clam, once again.

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We said “aloha” to our friends and continued on our way. We stopped pretty soon to say hello to some friends we passed. I think they were going on a nature hike.

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Donald decided to go fishing the “human” way, but looks like he didn’t exactly catch a fish.

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Someone else seems to have found fishing a bit boring for his taste.

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At this point, I am a bit hazy on what we actually did as I didn’t write anything down. I am pretty much going by memory and photos. But I do remember we walked through a gift shop and someone decided she was ready to spend her little Minnie Mouse gift card. It was only our second day so we were a bit hesitant to get her something so early on in case she found something better later on. And really, she’s a toddler so you know that within minutes she is likely to find something better and more exciting. However, she was adamant.

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And so Annie got a new friend in baby Simba, who to this day, hangs out with Annie in her bed at home (and goes on stroller rides together, picnics, tea parties……)so I guess it ended up being a good purchase. And what did our little one want to do with her new friend? Apparently we were going to be taking baby Simba to look for his mommy and daddy on a safari adventure.

I know everyone posts tons of pics on this safari ride and for some reason, I always feel the need to snap tons of pictures myself. But I won’t put them all on here. I do have to say though, that there are definitely more animals out and about when it’s not a blistering hot day and it is so much more comfortable to be in that vehicle when you are not dripping sweat.

I do still enjoy the hippos,

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the giraffes,

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and the elephants.

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Especially the baby elephant!!!!

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Of course I also adore the flamingos as they are my favorite color and have that fantastic ability to stand on one skinny little leg.

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Then we got lucky – baby Simba’s daddy was up and about! A rare sight for us on our adventures as he always seems to be asleep when we do the trek.

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So I would have to conclude that the trip was a success! Lot’s of animal sightings and baby Simba saw his father.

During our park wanderings we came across a PP photographer, so we figured it would be a great time to take a family picture.

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When I got home, I was excited to see some fun little Animal Kingdom borders. It’s usually so hot when we are at AK, that we barely get any pics there, so I never get a chance to use these fun borders.

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I love how lush and green the area looks.

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Doesn’t it just look tropical?

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Then we got a nice little surprise. The photographer asked our little girl to stand off to the side and pose for her own special little picture.

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coming up: more character greetings, of course

jane2073
06-09-2011, 10:17 AM
How sweet is that last picture!!
We have been taking our daughter since she was barely one. True, she may not remember any of it, but we will!!
And we have years of adorable pictures!

dawnbu40
06-09-2011, 11:25 AM
The magic picture is so adorable! :cutie:

I completely understand why the little one had to have that Simba. I look at those babies on every trip and wish I had someone to buy it for, so I understand the attraction :laughing:

LilAnn
06-09-2011, 12:35 PM
How sweet is that last picture!!
We have been taking our daughter since she was barely one. True, she may not remember any of it, but we will!!
And we have years of adorable pictures!

Thank you, I love it too! I'm glad that you know what I mean. She seems to remember certain parts of the trips and I'm sure she remembers that special feeling of being there. Plus to me, all of the memories have been worth it. :goodvibes

The magic picture is so adorable! :cutie:

I completely understand why the little one had to have that Simba. I look at those babies on every trip and wish I had someone to buy it for, so I understand the attraction :laughing:

Thanks! She was so excited when she saw it later with tinkerbell there. She kept telling me that Tinkerbell is really light.

She actually already has a baby Minnie at home that someone got us when I was pregnant. So I was kind of hoping for a different souvenir for her trip. Then I tried to convince her to get the baby Boo or baby Dumbo instead, but she had her heart set on baby Simba. and the cast member was not helping, he was just egging her on. :rotfl:

tinkgurl
06-09-2011, 02:37 PM
Aw! I love that pic of your little girl holding Lilo & Stitch's hands. They look like the best of friends. Like you said, I love how little she looks in-between them! :cutie:

Wow, you got lucky with Simba's Daddy up walking around! From now on, I'm always going to think of you at this part of the Safari!! And don't think I'll forget, because I remember everything! :)

I sure hope you guys got to do some of the trails.

Cat0727
06-09-2011, 04:43 PM
How perfect baby Simba ended up getting to "see" his father! Aww I can tell from the pictures your little one loved Simba already by the way she was holding him. :cutie:

Wow, you are getting so many great shots with your little girl and the characters. I agree, she looks so tiny! And she made Lilo & Stitch look like giants :rotfl:

mermaid764
06-09-2011, 04:48 PM
That's too cute how quickly she grew attached to the Baby Simba

I love the photopass pics, especially the last one...she looks adorable:goodvibes

MEK
06-09-2011, 09:58 PM
That baby simba is adorable. No wonder your little one wanted it so badly. So cute.

Great photopass pix of the three of you!

I can't believe you got the Lion standing up. :thumbsup2 I am lucky if I see the Lion's head let alone the whole lion on all four feet. Score!

4forWDW
06-10-2011, 02:24 PM
The picture of her with Tinkerbell is sooo cute:cutie:
Of course, all the others are good too:)
I agree with the other posters about the lion. I don't think I have ever seen him standing, he is always lying down. I've even started joking that he is a big stuffed animal - lol.

LilAnn
06-10-2011, 02:51 PM
Aw! I love that pic of your little girl holding Lilo & Stitch's hands. They look like the best of friends. Like you said, I love how little she looks in-between them! :cutie:

Wow, you got lucky with Simba's Daddy up walking around! From now on, I'm always going to think of you at this part of the Safari!! And don't think I'll forget, because I remember everything! :)

I sure hope you guys got to do some of the trails.

Thanks - I just thinks she looks so cute between them.

We got so lucky with the big lion walking around! I usually can barely just make out the top of his head while he's lounging around or sleeping. I'm honored that you'll think of us (or probably my little one asking to see baby Simba's daddy) on a trip. I kept flashing back to you and your little guy or thinking about how much you would appreciate certain moments at Disney.

We got to do the Pangani trail our last trip, so I was hoping to see the other trail this trip. We'll see if we make it or not....

How perfect baby Simba ended up getting to "see" his father! Aww I can tell from the pictures your little one loved Simba already by the way she was holding him. :cutie:

Wow, you are getting so many great shots with your little girl and the characters. I agree, she looks so tiny! And she made Lilo & Stitch look like giants :rotfl:

I was so glad that he was up and walking around! She would have been disappointed not to find his daddy on the ride. She loves baby Simba. He will continue to pop up in the TR.

Trust me, I have many, many more character shots to come. I thought we had seen a lot of characters last trip, but we definitely surpassed that this time around. I love Lilo and Stitch together, so I was happy to get that shot.

That's too cute how quickly she grew attached to the Baby Simba

I love the photopass pics, especially the last one...she looks adorable:goodvibes

She did have an instant love for baby Simba, same as with Annie. Thank you! She was happy to hold Tinkerbell.

That baby simba is adorable. No wonder your little one wanted it so badly. So cute.

Great photopass pix of the three of you!

I can't believe you got the Lion standing up. :thumbsup2 I am lucky if I see the Lion's head let alone the whole lion on all four feet. Score!

I think all the little baby stuffed animals are cute. I think she had seen someone carrying baby Simba the day before and decided she wanted one.

Thanks! We had preordered a photopass cd so I wanted to get as many as I could on there. My family just doesn't always humor me. ;)

I know, we got so lucky with the lion being up and about! It must have been the cooler weather in February. :confused3

The picture of her with Tinkerbell is sooo cute:cutie:
Of course, all the others are good too:)
I agree with the other posters about the lion. I don't think I have ever seen him standing, he is always lying down. I've even started joking that he is a big stuffed animal - lol.

I was so excited for the Tinkerbell pic. We've gotten one of her holding Tink on the past two trips, but I've usually had to ask for it. So I was excited to get this one out of the blue.

I know, so lucky that the lion was up and about! And it wasn't even that early in the morning.

lbuzz52
06-11-2011, 12:47 AM
Great Princess pictures!

That's a long day you had at MK! Your dd was a trooper

you saw quite a few animals on the safari!

LilAnn
06-12-2011, 10:35 AM
Great Princess pictures!

That's a long day you had at MK! Your dd was a trooper

you saw quite a few animals on the safari!

Thank you! :goodvibes

It actually actually wasn't that long of a day since the parks closed relatively early that week. I think the Main Street Electrical parade was at 7pm and Wishes at 8pm.

We definitely saw a bunch of animals out and about this time around. The weather was cooler in Feb - around 50/60s during the day so maybe that had something to do with it? :confused3 I had a bunch more pictures, but didn't want to bore people with them all.

SoonerGirl
06-12-2011, 03:31 PM
Hiya Ann! Just getting caught up.

I have to say, I never tire of seeing pics of your DD with the characters, it is so fun to see how excited and happy she is! :goodvibes

Sounds like you are having a wonderful day at AK so far, what a treat to see the lion up and roaming around!

LilAnn
06-12-2011, 08:56 PM
Hiya Ann! Just getting caught up.

I have to say, I never tire of seeing pics of your DD with the characters, it is so fun to see how excited and happy she is! :goodvibes

Sounds like you are having a wonderful day at AK so far, what a treat to see the lion up and roaming around!

Wow, I'm impressed. You just got back, like a minute ago, and are already catching up on your Dis reading?

I'm glad you haven't gotten tired of it yet, because there are tons more to come of her with characters. And I don't know if you ended up visiting the blog or not, but I plan on posting that little video too if I can figure out how.

I was so shocked to see the lion awake and moving! I can usually just barely make him out on his mountaintop.

LilAnn
06-14-2011, 09:06 AM
We spent quite a bit of time over at the Animal Kingdom this morning, but didn’t get much done in the way of rides and attractions. It was all about the characters once again, a common theme for our Disney vacations it seems. We were definitely getting the most out of our photopass cd, which I had preordered. Which, if anyone else here has ordered it lately, have you noticed some new photos added in? Something like this……

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It was so weird to find photos of the various characters interspersed with our photos when you are going through your PP pics. I totally can’t recall where we were headed at this point in the day, but we definitely got sidetracked. We came across this friendly doggie.

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We said good-bye to Pluto and continued on our way. Our little one made herself comfy in the stroller with her little friends.

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The sun was finally starting to make an appearance this morning. While the weather was definitely an improvement over the blizzards that were raging up north, it still wasn’t as warm as we had hoped. I think it may have ranged from the 50-60s during the day, warmer if the sun came out.

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We were told to roar like Simba, and apparently I was the only one to actually roar.

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We didn’t get far before we came across some new friends. It’s like she has a sixth sense about these things. Last year, she could spot any playground on the horizon (they were everywhere with Flower and Garden Festival) and this year, it was characters. We caught sight of these characters……

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and there was barely a line. Of course the autograph book came out and our little one took off.

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First up was Pooh bear.

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Do you think she could get any closer? I love her facial expressions.

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She is always in her element with the characters. Disney is her happy place. :cloud9:

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Then we bounced over to say hi to Tigger.

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And the hugs continued.

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And the other trend that we noticed…..

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that our little one’s hands would end up in slightly inappropriate places on the characters. Just because she is so little, they would sometimes end up in “funny” positions. We definitely got a kick out of that, because we are immature like that. :rotfl: We didn’t get a chance to meet Eeyore that morning, I think he had to go get his tail reattached, so we headed back out into the park.

By this point, it was nice and warm out so my husband was no longer interested in the parks. He never feels like he is truly on vacation until he is in a pool. Of course, mention a pool and swimming to our little girl, and she is on board with the new plan. So we headed out of AK earlier than planned and back to the resort.

I didn’t feel like swimming but it sure didn’t take the rest of my family long to get ready. I need it to be a bit warmer still before I am willing to get in my bathing suit and a pool.

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I don’t know why exactly, but I love that picture. Maybe it has to do with how I can still tell that my little girl is excited with the little swimming tube around her. Or maybe it just immediately brings back the memory of her jumping around in anticipation of the pool. Either way, I love it.

Seriously, can you even handle this pose?

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Our room happened to be pretty close to the quiet pool, but we wanted to check out the main pool. We weren’t sure what the weather would be like the rest of our vacation, so we wanted to take advantage of it.

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She totally needed to have goggles as well since her daddy had goggles.

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She was happy to spend the next hour paddling around the pool.

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While my husband and little girl swam around, I figured I would go refill our mug before we had to go back to the room to get ready for dinner. POR really is a beautiful resort.

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We really enjoyed our stay there, but we also had a rental car. The resort is very spread out and I am not sure I would have liked it quite so much if we had to rely only on Disney transportation. But with the rental car, it was a perfect fit this trip.

Up next: Dining with princesses

dawnbu40
06-14-2011, 09:15 AM
Your little one should be a model. She's such a cutie and those poses are adorable :cutie:

I'm glad you enjoyed POR. It's so pretty there but I agree that you really need a car when you stay there. It is very spread out and we've had bad experiences with the buses there.

Can't wait to see pictures from your princess meal popcorn::

LilAnn
06-14-2011, 10:05 AM
Your little one should be a model. She's such a cutie and those poses are adorable :cutie:

I'm glad you enjoyed POR. It's so pretty there but I agree that you really need a car when you stay there. It is very spread out and we've had bad experiences with the buses there.

Can't wait to see pictures from your princess meal popcorn::

Aw, thanks! When she is happy and up for it, she can definitely strike a pose for the camera. I don't know where she comes up with some of them.

We never actually tried out any of the Disney transportation, other than the ferry boat to DTD, but just driving to our room you could see how spread out the bus stations were. I can imagine that the rides may be a bit time consuming.

I think we may have gotten more video footage than photos at the dinner, but I'll see what I can scrounge up for you. ;)

SoonerGirl
06-14-2011, 01:21 PM
My DH would skip the parks completely and just hang out at the pool all day, so he'd be all over your DHs plans! :thumbsup2

Antigua08
06-14-2011, 02:16 PM
And the other trend that we noticed…..

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that our little one’s hands would end up in slightly inappropriate places on the characters. Just because she is so little, they would sometimes end up in “funny” positions. We definitely got a kick out of that, because we are immature like that. :rotfl: We didn’t get a chance to meet Eeyore that morning, I think he had to go get his tail reattached, so we headed back out into the park.



That pic has just made me giggle, it is funny the things little ones do :lmao:
I'm about to preorder the photopass cd for our trip, certainly looks like you guys got lots of lovely photos from it :)

Cat0727
06-14-2011, 02:55 PM
and there was barely a line. Of course the autograph book came out and our little one took off.
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Aww this pic is so cute! You can see the excitement written all over her face :cutie:


And the other trend that we noticed…..

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that our little one’s hands would end up in slightly inappropriate places on the characters. Just because she is so little, they would sometimes end up in “funny” positions. We definitely got a kick out of that, because we are immature like that. :rotfl: We didn’t get a chance to meet Eeyore that morning, I think he had to go get his tail reattached, so we headed back out into the park.

This made me LOL at work. Thank goodness no one was around to hear me. :laughing:

We felt the same way about CBR. We had a car so we didn't mind much how large the resort really was. We definitely would have felt differently if we didn't have my dad to drive us around!

LilAnn
06-15-2011, 03:00 PM
My DH would skip the parks completely and just hang out at the pool all day, so he'd be all over your DHs plans! :thumbsup2

So would mine! Actually he would probably just spend the day at the pool, then head over to the parks/resorts for dinner. I told him that I would try to be less of a park enthusiast next time, if our little one doesn't push for it too. :rolleyes1 I really am like a little kid once my feet hit Orlando turf.

LilAnn
06-15-2011, 03:04 PM
That pic has just made me giggle, it is funny the things little ones do :lmao:
I'm about to preorder the photopass cd for our trip, certainly looks like you guys got lots of lovely photos from it :)

At least we weren't the only ones that found it amusing. Sometimes the characters could tell the positioning of her hand was a bit "off" and try to help her readjust, but other times.....you'll see. And she is just happily clueless and unaware of it all. Ah, the innocence of childhood.

We definitely got good use of the PP cd. :thumbsup2

Aww this pic is so cute! You can see the excitement written all over her face :cutie:

This made me LOL at work. Thank goodness no one was around to hear me. :laughing:

We felt the same way about CBR. We had a car so we didn't mind much how large the resort really was. We definitely would have felt differently if we didn't have my dad to drive us around!

I know, right! Her expressions are just priceless! She is so excited when she gets in line for a character.

I'm glad we could provide you with some humor. There will be some more scattered throughout the trip. ;)

Exactly! While we loved the resort, we were lucky we had a car. Otherwise, I don't know if I would have liked waiting around as the bus made all the stops around the resort.

lbuzz52
06-15-2011, 09:37 PM
I have some of those bonUs pics in my photopass too. I didn't get them on our last trip two years ago. They seem to be tied to whatever photopass locations we took advantage of and only those places.

That crotch grab is hilarious!

LilAnn
06-17-2011, 07:56 AM
I have some of those bonUs pics in my photopass too. I didn't get them on our last trip two years ago. They seem to be tied to whatever photopass locations we took advantage of and only those places.

That crotch grab is hilarious!

Yeah, we kept seeing the bonus pics pop up randomly when we would review the pics. I ended up keeping some of them and getting rid of some.

Yes, sometimes the characters were aware of her inappropriate hand placements, and sometimes they didn't notice. The past two years, she always ends up hugging the taller characters in that general vicinity if they didn't kneel down to her level. :lmao:

LilAnn
06-17-2011, 11:45 AM
Once my husband and little girl had gotten their fill of the pool, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner. But first, one last pose for y’all.

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We then came across this:

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If someone could enlighten me as to what that is supposed to be, that would be great. I have to admit that we definitely were not as lucky with towel creations as we were last year at Pop. We got spoiled there – we had a fantastic creation every day. Here, not so much, but that’s okay. My husband and daughter got all cleaned up and showered and soon we were off. I think our little one caught a little cat nap in the car as well, a trend once again this trip.

Soon we were at the front of the park and heading in.

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So, seeing as how the title of this post is about a meal with princesses and you can see that we have arrived at Epcot, can you tell where we had dinner reservations? Another hint is on my daughter’s tee shirt. You can see that baby Simba made the trip over with us to visit this park as well.

We started our walk towards the World Showcase, but you know that we had to make a stop or two. I was itching to go on Spaceship Earth, but we really didn’t have time for any rides. Bummer – I’d have to wait for later on in the trip. We did however, stop to say hi to a new friend. I will let this little story introduce him to you all.

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It’s Duffy, the Disney bear!

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Yup, we saw Duffy out greeting guests in his little gazebo, and with hardly any wait, too. She is always ready for her little autograph book.

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The nautical border is just so cute!

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Always watching them write their names.

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I love how looking at this Duffy bear makes me want to go on a sailboat.

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I love this park!

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You can see that my husband caught me trying to document Duffy’s story

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and so I was embarrassed that he caught me on film.

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My husband loves these balls, and I am sure if we weren’t flying, we would have come home with one. I think he is most fascinated by the humongoid ball that is usually on display nearby.

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We saw a monorail go whizzing by on our way to Norway.

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Soon we were at the Royal Banquet Hall.

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If I had any question on where to check in, the flock of girls dressed up as princesses sure answered my questions. There were some gorgeous home-made costumes too. I have to admit I was a little jealous. All we had was a cute little Belle tee shirt and skirt. Oh well, there were other moments on the trip that more than made up for that for me.

Soon, we were being escorted in to be greeted by Belle in her fancy yellow gown. Excuse the dust marks on the camera screen.

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I love that the photo is included in this meal package and that it gets added to your PP card/cd. I wish all the character meals did that.

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LilAnn
06-17-2011, 11:50 AM
A glimpse at the inside of the castle.

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I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about this meal. While my husband and I are usually pretty open minded about most foods, we typically don’t stop in Norway to eat and we were nervous that we may not enjoy the meal. Or at least I was, I think he already knew what he was going to eat. But actually, it was pretty good, and the server was so nice. However, and I feel bad about this, but both my husband and I had a bit of trouble understanding our waiter with his accent. I am usually pretty good with accents, and my husband is awful, but we were both confused a bit in the beginning of the meal. I felt awful because he gave us a nice little welcome and I think asked for our drink order and we were both quiet for a bit before I made the leap and ordered a drink. He was so nice though, and after that I seemed to have less trouble.

Anyways, before we really got a chance to eat, the princess parade started up. And you know our little girl would never pass up on the opportunity to be in a parade!

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Who’s a happy girl?

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Then it was time to eat and meet some pretty princesses. First up, Aurora.

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Our little one loved looking for who was coming next and she would get so excited when a new princess walked in the room. We were a bit in the back, so it would take a few stops before they got to us, so that gave us some time to eat.

Next up, Cinderella!

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In the back corner of that photo, you can see a little boy also dressed up – I think maybe as the Prince in Snow White. His sister was dressed up as Snow White and both of them had AMAZING outfits. I couldn’t wait to see the reaction when Snow White got to their table.

Speaking of Snow White, that’s who stopped by next.

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She was so sweet!

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She was so happy about the kiss mark until she saw Ariel walk in the room. Then she had me wipe it off because she didn’t want Ariel to see it on her face. She needed to be presentable I guess.

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All of the princesses were very nice, but I did feel as though the interactions were a bit short here. I don’t think it was that way for everyone, because I know they spent a lot of time with the ones who were dressed as their miniatures, which I totally understand. Maybe it was because our daughter is so young too, that they kind of breezed in and out. Still a fun time, though.

One food pic from the meal – dessert. Which I have no recollection of, but I think my husband enjoyed it.

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When we got outside, this is what we saw.

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Wait, what? When did it get dark outside? Yup, the meal did take up a bit of time. She was a bit bummed that she didn’t get to meet Jasmine at dinner, so we decided to walk over to Morocco and see if she was out and about.

As you can see, it also got a bit more crowded at night. I am sure it has a bit to do with all the adult beverages that can be consumed here…..

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I love the Italy pavilion.

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Who do you think lives up there?

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Pretty ball.

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We were in luck! Aladdin and Jasmine were outside – with a super long line. But what are you going to do when your little girl just jumps right in? Wait in line, that’s what. I think I may have grabbed a baklava from the nearby stand to eat in line while we waited.

So, we waited for about 20 minutes, get close to the front, and what does our little one do? Freak out. :sad2: And not in a good way. She all of a sudden decided that she didn’t want to meet them. And I was not having that. All I have heard in the car rides for the past few months was how she wanted to meet Aladdin and Jasmine. And here we were, right in front of them. So I was not letting her out quite so easy. And before you go thinking I was mean, I pretty much knew what the issue was – Aladdin. She was scared of him. So I asked the castmember if we could meet with Jasmine alone and they were fine with that. Aladdin was a good sport and walked a few feet away, and our little girl ran straight for Jasmine.

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Both Aladdin and Jasmine were really great about it. Jasmine even kept scolding Aladdin if he tried to inch in on them. She also passed the book off to Aladdin to sign after she asked our little one if it was okay. So it all ended up okay. And our little girl even hi-fived Aladdin on our way out. She just didn’t want to hug him. I guess it’s good that she won’t go up to all strange men, right?


So after we finally met Jasmine, what do you think we ended up doing? Do you think our little girl was getting tired and we headed back to the hotel? Do you think we hit up a few attractions? Or do you think there were more characters in our future for that night?

SoonerGirl
06-17-2011, 04:16 PM
I think your DD looks adorable, even without the fancy homemade outfits :goodvibes I know I'll have to wish for a grandaughter to someday be able to enjoy the princess meals, so I'm glad I have you to live vicariously through! :thumbsup2

Too funny that she didn't want to meet Aladdin! Well, he is a street rat, she must just be a good judge of character :laughing:

RachelNinja
06-17-2011, 05:03 PM
Wait. Hold up. Have I not bee on this thread yet? Did I not comment yet? I was sure that I had (I recognize the first few updates), so I was searching for the page on my User CP, but in a search, I got your old TR instead of this one! WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!? Oh, crafting ... haha.

How cute that your DD squeezed her legs around you while under the umbrella! I saw it last time, but I didn't get a chance to try it because there were so many people around. We were going to go back at night, but we forgot.

I love the interaction with big Annie and little Annie! I like that there are so many pictures so we can pretend we were all there watching!

EW EW EW to that kid who rummaged in the garbage! EW EW EW! I mean, I get so scared of all those stories where people get sick in Disney probably because of like, ride bars and all that. But that is just NASTY! BLECH.

I'm glad you still had DD meet Aladdin (from afar!) and Jasmine! Why does she not like Aladdin? Would that happen with all the princes?

dawnbu40
06-17-2011, 05:54 PM
I love the Duffy area! He is so cute I had to have my own :laughing:

Your little one looks like she had so much fun with the princesses! The smile on her face in the parade picture is adorable :)

Your night shots came out really well! :thumbsup2

MEK
06-17-2011, 08:02 PM
That was such a sweet update. I love your "little one's" outfit. I think its every bit as cute as a costume and it looks a heck of a lot more comfortable. She looks so happy with all the princesses. Wonderful pictures!

Too, too funny about Aladdin!!!! :rotfl: And, yes, it is good that she won't give up a hug to a strange man!

lbuzz52
06-17-2011, 11:11 PM
I'm not sure what your towel art is supposed to be, but it reminds me of the Hamburger Helper commercial:rotfl2:

how sweet of Jasmine and Aladdin to appease your DD.

I love your dd's poses! She's such a cutie!

I thought the interaction was pretty quick at Akershus too. Thanks for mentioning the photos going on your PP. I have to figure out to add mine.

ctink23
06-18-2011, 01:27 AM
I just found your TR. I'm a little late, but I'm here!

I'm from the Northeast, too, and this winter was so cold and snowy. Glad you got to get away from it for a little bit! I actually remember this period of time. I had a friend in Virginia, who said the weather was warm there. Meanwhile, it was freezing and snowy by me!

I can't believe you had to rent a car and drive to a different airport. You are a great problem solver! :thumbsup2

Your daughter is so adorable. She looks so happy and excited in every picture.:) I especially loved the Big Annie/Little Annie interaction! What a great memory!

Looking forward to reading the rest!

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-18-2011, 05:13 AM
That is too cute about the Jasmine and Aladdin meet! I wonder if the character duos get that a lot - I can see this happening with Belle and the Beast - he's a bit of a big and scary looking character.

Isn't it a bit disconcerting when you go into a meal or a ride and the weather or day-to-night totally changes? You're just like "I could have sworn there was a sun there..." :laughing:

LilAnn
06-18-2011, 07:58 PM
I think your DD looks adorable, even without the fancy homemade outfits :goodvibes I know I'll have to wish for a grandaughter to someday be able to enjoy the princess meals, so I'm glad I have you to live vicariously through! :thumbsup2

Too funny that she didn't want to meet Aladdin! Well, he is a street rat, she must just be a good judge of character :laughing:

Aw, thanks. I did like her outfit too, just got a bit envious when I saw all the mini princesses walking around. Maybe you can go to Disney with your niece one day! Having a little girl there is so much fun!

Aladdin - I know! It was too funny once we got it all situated. I'm glad they went along with it for us.


Wait. Hold up. Have I not bee on this thread yet? Did I not comment yet? I was sure that I had (I recognize the first few updates), so I was searching for the page on my User CP, but in a search, I got your old TR instead of this one! WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!? Oh, crafting ... haha.

How cute that your DD squeezed her legs around you while under the umbrella! I saw it last time, but I didn't get a chance to try it because there were so many people around. We were going to go back at night, but we forgot.

I love the interaction with big Annie and little Annie! I like that there are so many pictures so we can pretend we were all there watching!

EW EW EW to that kid who rummaged in the garbage! EW EW EW! I mean, I get so scared of all those stories where people get sick in Disney probably because of like, ride bars and all that. But that is just NASTY! BLECH.

I'm glad you still had DD meet Aladdin (from afar!) and Jasmine! Why does she not like Aladdin? Would that happen with all the princes?

Hi Rachel! I am glad you are here! I was going to mention it to one of your TRs once I saw you posting again. You have been busy with your awesome crafts though. Besides, you saw the best parts via the blog and I plan on posting the video here, too.

I love the Annie interaction too! It was more than I had hoped for when we were talking about it. :lovestruc

Yes, the garbage kid still haunts me. Blech!

She seemed to be afraid of most of the guy face characters. She didn't want to meet Tiana either if Prince Naveen was in the gazebo. And we came across Ariel and Prince Eric in the MK one day with barely a line and I was so excited, and she was too, until she saw Prince Eric. I don't know what it is. :confused3


I love the Duffy area! He is so cute I had to have my own :laughing:

Your little one looks like she had so much fun with the princesses! The smile on her face in the parade picture is adorable :)

Your night shots came out really well! :thumbsup2

Duffy is pretty cuddly looking.

Oh my gosh - she was in heaven in the parade. She was so happy!

Thanks, Dawn. I never know how my night shots will come out and like to play around when I am at Disney. Perfect place to try!


That was such a sweet update. I love your "little one's" outfit. I think its every bit as cute as a costume and it looks a heck of a lot more comfortable. She looks so happy with all the princesses. Wonderful pictures!

Too, too funny about Aladdin!!!! :rotfl: And, yes, it is good that she won't give up a hug to a strange man!

Haha, yes, I think the outfit my daughter was wearing must have been more comfortable than the typical princess outfit. She was just happy to be wearing Belle on her shirt when she met her.

I'm glad she won't go to strange men, too! :laughing:


I'm not sure what your towel art is supposed to be, but it reminds me of the Hamburger Helper commercial:rotfl2:

how sweet of Jasmine and Aladdin to appease your DD.

I love your dd's poses! She's such a cutie!

I thought the interaction was pretty quick at Akershus too. Thanks for mentioning the photos going on your PP. I have to figure out to add mine.

I still have no idea what the towel thing is. I was hoping someone here would know.

Jasmine and Aladdin were very sweet about the whole thing. Aladdin didn't seem to take it personally and Jasmine was so sweet to her.

I can't even handle her poses sometimes. She is too much ....and I love it!

I think with the Belle pic at Akerhus, the number is on the bottom of the pic receipt. A code to enter onto the PP site.


I just found your TR. I'm a little late, but I'm here!

I'm from the Northeast, too, and this winter was so cold and snowy. Glad you got to get away from it for a little bit! I actually remember this period of time. I had a friend in Virginia, who said the weather was warm there. Meanwhile, it was freezing and snowy by me!

I can't believe you had to rent a car and drive to a different airport. You are a great problem solver! :thumbsup2

Your daughter is so adorable. She looks so happy and excited in every picture.:) I especially loved the Big Annie/Little Annie interaction! What a great memory!

Looking forward to reading the rest!

Hi and welcome! Are you from CT (just guessing based on your name). Winter was awful and it seemed to rain all through spring. We are finally getting warm weather!

I have to say the rental car and drive to VA was my husband's idea. He was determined to get us out of here before the storm hit. He was not missing out on any Florida time.

Thank you! She loved the Annie interaction and still talks about it. It was a definite highlight of the trip.


That is too cute about the Jasmine and Aladdin meet! I wonder if the character duos get that a lot - I can see this happening with Belle and the Beast - he's a bit of a big and scary looking character.

Isn't it a bit disconcerting when you go into a meal or a ride and the weather or day-to-night totally changes? You're just like "I could have sworn there was a sun there..." :laughing:

Yes, she didn't want to go near the Beast when we saw them out and about. We had to check the times to see when Belle would be out alone, because meeting ehr twice during the trip wasn't enough. :rotfl:

I forgot how short the days are in the winter because I am so used to doing Disney in the warmer months when the days are longer. It was so wierd for us also to have the parks closing so early!

ctink23
06-18-2011, 08:16 PM
Hi and welcome! Are you from CT (just guessing based on your name). Winter was awful and it seemed to rain all through spring. We are finally getting warm weather!

I have to say the rental car and drive to VA was my husband's idea. He was determined to get us out of here before the storm hit. He was not missing out on any Florida time.

Thank you! She loved the Annie interaction and still talks about it. It was a definite highlight of the trip.

I live in NY now, but lived in MA outside of Boston for many years! As crazy as the weather was in NY, my MA friends got a few more storms than we did! Glad it is over (until next year)...

LilAnn
06-20-2011, 09:06 AM
I live in NY now, but lived in MA outside of Boston for many years! As crazy as the weather was in NY, my MA friends got a few more storms than we did! Glad it is over (until next year)...

Yes, we definitely got tons of storms this year. I hope next winter won't be as bad. My parents couldn't believe how much snow we kept getting up here. Now I'm just trying to enjoy summer weather while we have it!

ctink23
06-21-2011, 12:01 AM
Yes, we definitely got tons of storms this year. I hope next winter won't be as bad. My parents couldn't believe how much snow we kept getting up here. Now I'm just trying to enjoy summer weather while we have it!

:thumbsup2
Agreed!

tinkgurl
06-21-2011, 08:48 AM
I think the towel creation is supposed to be a crown and the red dots are jewels?? :confused3

How funny she made you wipe off the kiss on her forehead before Ariel saw it. :laughing:

Aw..poor Aladdin. :laughing:

LilAnn
06-21-2011, 02:49 PM
:thumbsup2
Agreed!

Although today I wa complaining about being too hot during my niece's elementary school graduation. I can't win with my weather comfort level. :rotfl:

I think the towel creation is supposed to be a crown and the red dots are jewels?? :confused3

How funny she made you wipe off the kiss on her forehead before Ariel saw it. :laughing:

Aw..poor Aladdin. :laughing:

Hi Tink! I was so confused on that towel creation. I was like.....:confused3 Maybe your guess is right?

She loved the kiss, but she needed to be perfect before the next princess came by. She talked about the kiss for a while too.

I know, poor Aladdin. He was banished to the exit walkway while the girls hugged it out. :laughing: At least he was totally shunned by her, she did give him a hi-five. Maybe she'll actually be willing to pose with him next time.

LilAnn
06-24-2011, 09:25 AM
We bid goodnight to Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco, and continued along our journey around the world. We were debating whether we wanted to stay near the World Showcase to wait for Illuminations or go on some attractions. Being February, it was pretty dark out, even though it was only 7 something. Our little one had other ideas. She wanted to meet more friends.

Lucky for us, the UK was right nearby and there were some friendly animals just hanging out waiting to meet us – Pooh and Tigger! It didn’t matter to her that she had just met them a few hours earlier. There was only one couple in line and she practically ran to Pooh for her hug. There was no autograph book to slow her down this time.

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Tigger got his hug too.

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I feel like she is starting to look so big in this picture – not like my little toddler anymore, but a little girl.

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Time just flies by so fast! After saying goodnight to Pooh and Tigger, what do you think our little girl had in mind? Do you think she was done with characters by this point? Ha, of course not. She wanted to meet more friends. So we decided to head over to the Character Spot to see if it was still open and if there was a long line. We’ve never actually tried this area out before so we weren’t sure what to expect. I was always scared away by the long lines inside.

I peeked in and saw that there looked like a formidable line. However, the castmember at the front said it should only be about 20-30 minutes. Plus our little one had gotten a glimpse at who was inside and had decided that she could wait. So inside we went! I have to say that the line wasn’t that bad. I can always amuse myself by people watching and the little tv screens helped amuse our little one. She also loved the decorations and guessing which character held up which tv screen. For those of you who haven’t been inside the Character Spot, this is who we were waiting to meet.

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The fab Five! :thumbsup2

I think it was getting close to 8 o’clock by this point and our little one is usually in bed around 8/8:30. So seeing as how she had only gotten a tiny nap in, she was starting to look tired while we were waiting line. She was starting to get that glazed look in her eyes. However, she perked right up when she got up to the front of the line because who was she meeting first? The big cheese himself, Mickey!

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She was wide awake now and loving every second of meeting Mickey Mouse.

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Always interested in how they sign their names.

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Then she tried to copy Mickey’s pose, but it didn’t work out quite so well since she still wanted to hug him at the same time.

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On a side note, what’s with the backdrops here in the Character spot?

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Are they supposed to be in a futuristic type setting because they are in Epcot? Actually, as I look longer at this photo and the next ones, maybe they are all supposed to be images of areas within Epcot? Because in Mickey’s, I see the monorail, Test Track and segways. I get it now!

Then we popped over to say hi to Mickey’s doggie, Pluto.

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He does look like a cuddly puppy.

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I was wondering why Pluto is in a garden, but maybe that is supposed to represent the Land?

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And Minnie Mouse is in some sort of high tech room? Not too sure about this one.

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Once again, watching her sign the book.

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She LOVES Minnie Mouse as well, can you tell?

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cont. in next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41596561&postcount=129)

LilAnn
06-24-2011, 09:28 AM
Up next was Donald, and now I have no idea what the backdrops correlate to.

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Donald was looking extra fluffy today as our little girl watched him sign her book.

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Donald apparently decided that our little girl was wearing a skirt that was perfect for twirling and dancing in. Our little girl was more than happy to oblige.

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Then it was off to Goofy for one last hug.

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Our little poser is loving all of these little photos.

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And then after the excitement of meeting her friends was done with, someone was back to looking tired again.

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So we decided to say goodnight to Epcot and head back to our room.

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We even got a chance to see some fireworks from Illuminations as we walked out to the car.

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Up next: quick trip to Miami for some pre flower girl duties

SoonerGirl
06-24-2011, 10:31 AM
We had a chance to do the Character Connection when there was NO LINE, I kid you not, Mickey was standing out in front of the entrance waiting for visitors. Unfortunately my boys were past the age of getting excited about characters, they were more interested in getting to the Land asap for a ride on Soarin' :rolleyes:

Donald does kinda look like he just got out of the bath and went a little nuts with the towel drying doesn't he, lol!

As always, super cute pics!!

dawnbu40
06-24-2011, 01:45 PM
Time does fly by too fast but all these beautiful pictures will capture those moments and help you remember when :goodvibes

What a fun night!

Blessed_wth_Triplets
06-24-2011, 02:10 PM
Just now joining in and love your TR!! Your DD is Beautiful and you really got some GREAT pictures!!! Do you remember what you ate at Akershus? I didn't make and ADR there for our upcoming trip because I had heard the food/choices weren't that great...but it makes me sad we don't have a princess meal for my DD :( Oh well. Last year we ate at CRT and while the experience, princesses, castle was AMAZING...the food left much to be desired.

ctink23
06-24-2011, 02:10 PM
Such adorable pictures with the characters! It looks like she had some great interactions with them! :)
Seeing Mickey would be enough to wake me up, too!

LilAnn
06-24-2011, 03:23 PM
We had a chance to do the Character Connection when there was NO LINE, I kid you not, Mickey was standing out in front of the entrance waiting for visitors. Unfortunately my boys were past the age of getting excited about characters, they were more interested in getting to the Land asap for a ride on Soarin' :rolleyes:

Donald does kinda look like he just got out of the bath and went a little nuts with the towel drying doesn't he, lol!

As always, super cute pics!!

No line?! I would have sent the boys on ahead to get in line for Soarin' while I said hello to some friends. I have been known to knock people out of my way in my younger days to get to Mickey. Yes, probably not something I should be proud of. :rotfl:

Thanks! Glad you are enjoying the pics.

Time does fly by too fast but all these beautiful pictures will capture those moments and help you remember when :goodvibes

What a fun night!

i think that all fo the photos and videos are actually helping my daughter remember everything too. She loves flipping through her autograph book and looking at pictures.

By the way, when are you guys headed back to Disney? We may be heading to Orlando in Aug. and I am trying to convince DH to a day at Disney if we end up going. I can't be in the same city and NOT bring my daughter there!

Just now joining in and love your TR!! Your DD is Beautiful and you really got some GREAT pictures!!! Do you remember what you ate at Akershus? I didn't make and ADR there for our upcoming trip because I had heard the food/choices weren't that great...but it makes me sad we don't have a princess meal for my DD :( Oh well. Last year we ate at CRT and while the experience, princesses, castle was AMAZING...the food left much to be desired.

Hi and Welcome! I am glad to have you on board! I don' totally recall what we ate at Akershus, but I remember that we looked into the menu on the Allears website before booking it. I am the pickier eater of the two of us and I was okay with the meal. I just like that we had a princess meal and it was only 1 TS credit. But you can always try 1900 Park Fare too if your DD likes Cinderella. There aren't otehr princesses but I hear the interaction is fabulous and the food is good. We actually had that booked and then changed because we weren't sure our daughter would like the stepsisters and stepmother.

Such adorable pictures with the characters! It looks like she had some great interactions with them! :)
Seeing Mickey would be enough to wake me up, too!

Thanks! Like I have been saying all along, there are a ton of character pics. Maybe that should have been my title instead - something about how we saw more characters than anything else.

Seeing Mickey always gets me excited. My daughter would get mad at me if i tried to get in the photo with her. :laughing:

dawnbu40
06-24-2011, 03:38 PM
By the way, when are you guys headed back to Disney? We may be heading to Orlando in Aug. and I am trying to convince DH to a day at Disney if we end up going. I can't be in the same city and NOT bring my daughter there


We will be there Aug.29- Sept. 2nd. Just a quick trip before Caitlin's classes start back up :)

There is no way you could be in Orlando and skip WDW! I'm sure you'd convince him! :)

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-24-2011, 06:15 PM
The character spot backgrounds have always befuddled me too. Why are they so busy? Why are there so many cell phones floating around in there? I guess just a plain background was too boring...:laughing:

Sunset Cliffs
06-25-2011, 12:42 AM
I am all caught up finally! We have never gone to the Character Spot. Not because I don't want to, but because the line is always incredibly long! Do you just keep moving to each character when you get to the front of the line or do you have to wait in a line for each one? It would be a great way to get in a lot of them in one short time, but the line would be 45 minutes and Todd would not wait for that.

The pictures are adorable. I was cracking up with the inappropriate picture with Tigger. I can see how hugging can be difficult for a small child if they don't squat down to her height. Hilarious!!

lbuzz52
06-26-2011, 11:18 PM
Awe, more sweet interactions with your cutie and the characters. I agree, I'd rather have simple backgrounds. Especially I'd I'm going to add a border. Most of those are busy too and it's too much with crazy backgrounds.

thechesters420
06-27-2011, 12:04 AM
your little one is just too cute!! Great trip report!

MeMom
06-27-2011, 04:40 AM
I am all caught up finally! We have never gone to the Character Spot. Not because I don't want to, but because the line is always incredibly long! Do you just keep moving to each character when you get to the front of the line or do you have to wait in a line for each one? It would be a great way to get in a lot of them in one short time, but the line would be 45 minutes and Todd would not wait for that.



A suggestion: On the day you want pictures, open Epcot, and after they lower the rope, go straight to Character Spot. You can go through all 5 characters in just a few minutes. You move down the line from character to character, and sometimes there is another character, Belle or Alice for instance, right outside the door in the hallway before you go back outside.



LilAnn - I'm enjoying seeing your precious little girl soaking up all of the Disney fun. Brooklynn (almost 5 year old granddaughter) is a champ at going up to hug characters and pose for pictures, but Bella (just turned 2) wants little to nothing to do with them. She likes to watch from afar. We're hoping that when we go this time (Friday! :cool1:) she'll have watched enough to be comfortable enough to join in herself.

:thumbsup2 to Aladdin and Jasmine for handling things so nicely for you guys.

I'm also in the camp of those Character Spot backgrounds being a little too busy.

RachelNinja
06-27-2011, 09:24 AM
I love that your munchkin has the patience to wait for the characters she wants to see!

And maybe those futuristic-y backgrounds relate to Innoventions? They do look kinda weird, haha.

Purple Opal
06-28-2011, 01:03 AM
I 'followed' you over here from our trip report and I just have to say: you have a beautiful family and your daughter is adorable!

Plus I like your writing style :) You have made me laugh more than once...

LilAnn
06-28-2011, 05:04 PM
We will be there Aug.29- Sept. 2nd. Just a quick trip before Caitlin's classes start back up :)

There is no way you could be in Orlando and skip WDW! I'm sure you'd convince him! :)

Bummer, we will miss each other by just a few days I think. And we are going to stop off in Disney! :cool1: Decided to get a mulitday PH ticket with no expiration so we can use it on a future trip! And I get to see HP world!

LilAnn
06-28-2011, 05:10 PM
The character spot backgrounds have always befuddled me too. Why are they so busy? Why are there so many cell phones floating around in there? I guess just a plain background was too boring...:laughing:

I know right? About the cell phones! :confused3 Maybe they will replace it with some Toontown backdrops - good way to recycle! They are totally cuter than this business!

I am all caught up finally! We have never gone to the Character Spot. Not because I don't want to, but because the line is always incredibly long! Do you just keep moving to each character when you get to the front of the line or do you have to wait in a line for each one? It would be a great way to get in a lot of them in one short time, but the line would be 45 minutes and Todd would not wait for that.

The pictures are adorable. I was cracking up with the inappropriate picture with Tigger. I can see how hugging can be difficult for a small child if they don't squat down to her height. Hilarious!!

That was the very same reason we had never done the character Spot. I wasn't really willing to wait for an hour to meet this folks when we can find them elsewhere in the parks. One you get to the front of the line, you move from character to character with minimal wait. and it's all air conditioned!:thumbsup2

Yes, Tigger was not the only inappropriate "grab." I believe on our May trip the characters kept moving her hands down when she ran up to hug them. She just had no idea. :rotfl:

Awe, more sweet interactions with your cutie and the characters. I agree, I'd rather have simple backgrounds. Especially I'd I'm going to add a border. Most of those are busy too and it's too much with crazy backgrounds.

There are so many character interactions this trip. And she is continually reminding me daily that she needs to meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider still. I wonder if she will run from Flynn Rider too, though. The backgrounds are a bit crazy.

your little one is just too cute!! Great trip report!

thanks! she definitely is a Disney girl!

MEK
06-28-2011, 05:14 PM
Wow - you got such great shots with the characters. Your daughter is just totally eating it up. How precious. She is so into it! Lovely pictures!

My boys did not go to Disney world for the first time until they were "too old" for the characters. I often regret not taking them when they were younger, but I honestly didn't know how cool it would be a little kid. Yes - there was actually a time when I was that uneducated. :rotfl:

LilAnn
06-28-2011, 05:15 PM
LilAnn - I'm enjoying seeing your precious little girl soaking up all of the Disney fun. Brooklynn (almost 5 year old granddaughter) is a champ at going up to hug characters and pose for pictures, but Bella (just turned 2) wants little to nothing to do with them. She likes to watch from afar. We're hoping that when we go this time (Friday! :cool1:) she'll have watched enough to be comfortable enough to join in herself.

:thumbsup2 to Aladdin and Jasmine for handling things so nicely for you guys.

I'm also in the camp of those Character Spot backgrounds being a little too busy.



My little one wanted nothing to do with characters the first trip and I think she was about 21 months old. Second trip and she was about 2 1/2 and she was in love with the characters. And as you can see, she still loves them. I am cherishing every moment of the trips.

I'm glad that Aladdin and Jasmine went along with it. Wondering if the same thing will happen when she finally meets Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (if we can find them and get lucky in a line).

I love that your munchkin has the patience to wait for the characters she wants to see!

And maybe those futuristic-y backgrounds relate to Innoventions? They do look kinda weird, haha.

The tv screens in this line definitely helped. But she is usually patient because she wants her book signed and wants to hug them. Especially Woody and Jessie - that was a LONG line, but SO WORTH IT!

I 'followed' you over here from our trip report and I just have to say: you have a beautiful family and your daughter is adorable!

Plus I like your writing style :) You have made me laugh more than once...

Aw, thanks for coming over! I have been reading your sister's reports since the beginning and she is actually the reason I started writing one myself. I learned so much from her experiences with Dylan, I wanted to do the same for others if I could.

I also have a tendency to write my reports in the morning after working all night, so sometimes delirium sets in......

LilAnn
06-28-2011, 05:34 PM
Wow - you got such great shots with the characters. Your daughter is just totally eating it up. How precious. She is so into it! Lovely pictures!

My boys did not go to Disney world for the first time until they were "too old" for the characters. I often regret not taking them when they were younger, but I honestly didn't know how cool it would be a little kid. Yes - there was actually a time when I was that uneducated. :rotfl:

Aw, thanks! She was a total pro. She had her technique down pat. She would run up with her autograph book and wait for them to sign it. If there were more than one character there, she would hug the other one. And as she hugged them, she would turn her head to the camera. Then she would do the formal pose. :rotfl:

I always tell people when they ask me if they think 3 years old is too young to bring them that my daughter loved it. I do think it depends on the kids, too though. And financial situations. We have just been lucky enough to go often. We just forego any work on the house! :rotfl:

PlutosRHM55
06-28-2011, 08:55 PM
Joining in!

Great TR so far! Though you haven't done a ton of attractions, I like seeing where to find characters since that's something I continuely miss on most trips. Your daughter is great with the characters, I probably would've run away at her age and most do. Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

Sunset Cliffs
06-29-2011, 12:10 AM
A suggestion: On the day you want pictures, open Epcot, and after they lower the rope, go straight to Character Spot. You can go through all 5 characters in just a few minutes. You move down the line from character to character, and sometimes there is another character, Belle or Alice for instance, right outside the door in the hallway before you go back outside.

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Thank you for the tip! I will be sure to do that next time. :goodvibes

LilAnn
06-30-2011, 08:52 AM
Joining in!

Great TR so far! Though you haven't done a ton of attractions, I like seeing where to find characters since that's something I continuely miss on most trips. Your daughter is great with the characters, I probably would've run away at her age and most do. Can't wait to read more! :mickeyjum

We actually did eventually get some attractions in, but I just never took pictures of a lot of them so I can't remember all of it! I wasn't planning on writing a TR at that point. Thanks for reading along! I'm always happy to have readers. :goodvibes

I feel like the characters are out and about everywhere nowadays. I feel like when I went with my friend in college, it was a mission to find them. She totally loves meeting all of the characters!

LilAnn
06-30-2011, 08:58 AM
We woke up Saturday morning bright and early, but instead of eagerly getting ourselves ready for the parks, we had to pack and get on the road. We were making a quick weekend trip to Miami. So I don’t think I mentioned it earlier, but the primary reason for us making a February trip to Disney was due to my best friend’s bridal shower. She was getting married in April and we were all in the wedding. I was throwing her a shower up here, but somehow when we started talking about her cousin throwing her a shower in Miami, we started joking around that we should just go too and make it a family vacation. Then it stopped being a joke and we seriously started crunching numbers and the next thing you know, we had a trip to Florida booked. Funny how that worked. ;)

Now the original plan was that we would spend a week at Disney, then drive to Miami for the bridal shower and then fly home. However……once our flights, tickets and POR were all booked, we got the news. The cousin was changing the date of the shower at the last minute to the weekend before. There was a whole lot of other drama, but I won’t even get into that, :rolleyes: needless to say, we were not happy. She knew we had booked everything and she never even called to tell me that she was changing the date of the shower. So we had to basically leave our room at POR and drive to Miami, and pay for another hotel room there, and then drive back. Yes, basically double paying for rooms for a night.

And before you ask why we didn’t just check out instead of paying for a room we weren’t sleeping in, I’ll explain that too. Free dining. We arrived in time for free dining, and that was also a big deciding factor in the trip coming to fruition, but if we checked out over the weekend and checked back in later, we wouldn’t be eligible for free dining. For some reason, there was a blackout week right around that time. So there you have it, why we were heading out to Miami instead of enjoying the parks. And …..end of rant. Sorry.

Anyways, we were on the road soon after breakfast. The ride was pretty uneventful, and there wasn’t a whole lot to look at. But this sign did amuse me.

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It was a smooth ride until we got closer to Miami – then it was traffic everywhere. The shower was supposed to start at 1pm and I think we ended up being just about 30 minutes late. Which ended up being time because I guess they were running on “Cuban time,” as my friend calls it. I quickly got our little girl changed into her dress and we headed out to enjoy the party. She was going to be the youngest flower girl in the wedding, but she soon made friends with the other little flower girl. Of course we coordinated them into matching dresses. Here are the girls with the bride-to-be, my best friend. You will see more of her later on in this TR.

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She is forever the poser. And did you pick up on the strawberry theme for the shower? Hence the dresses, get it?

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I have to say that I was a bit of a mess during the shower. Our little girl can’t swim without her inner tube and the two girls were constantly playing around the pool. So of course, I was neurotic and nervous about her falling in. Yes, I am a paranoid one.

I love how sometimes little kids and just turn into instant friends. Believe me, this is not always the case with our little girl. She is usually pretty shy around other kids for a good hour before inching her way in.

Just relaxing by the pool.

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I have to say that I was super impressed with the presentation. I have to admit that my shower up here was nowhere near as fancy or coordinated. I am just not that crafty or as good at baking.

Pretty place settings at the tables.

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The candy bar – you know our little one made herself a super full basket to take home.

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The flowers in this flower pot are actually cupcakes! And those are real strawberries.

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More cupcakes in the mini flower pots and those massive strawberries are cookies. Can you believe that they were all homemade? The girl’s mother is apparently a big baker, can you tell?

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Someone was very happy to see those big strawberries. I don’t blame her, who could resist those?

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Once the shower was over, we hung out and chatted with everyone for a while before heading back to the hotel. We just wanted to relax and hang out on our own. Of course I took a few room pics.

Part of the bathroom…..love how pretty it all is.

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Here you can see me unloading a few things. I was downsizing my big bag into a wristlet so we could walk around the area and look for some dinner.

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The area we were staying in was pretty cute, but honestly, we were tired from the drive. So we grabbed some takeout from a Thai restaurant and ate back in the room. It wasn’t long before someone crashed for the night. Don’t mind me, I’m trying to hide from the camera, but I think you can totally tell who had the best night sleep.

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And she had Annie and baby Simba with her, naturally.

So after a restful night sleep, at least for most of us, we woke up ready to swim. Yup – we wanted to swim in the pool before checking out and heading back to Disney. We weren’t used to Florida being a bit on the cooler side, but then again, we usually don’t go in February. That weekend was nice and warm and perfect for taking a dip – at least to us northerners.

cont. in next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41669565&postcount=152)

LilAnn
06-30-2011, 09:03 AM
Here is what the hotel looked like in the daylight.

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And this is the pool that we were so anxious to be swimming in.

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We walked around the neighborhood and grabbed some yummy pastries from a nearby bakery and had a nice little picnic outside near the pool. Our little one (and my husband too) were itching to get in the pool, so before long we had gotten changed and jumped in.

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Notice how we are the only ones in the pool? Yup, because it was a bit early and we were the crazy northerners willing to swim in weather that wasn’t sweltering hot.

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Perfectly relaxing morning for us. We had decided to do a pool morning as opposed to checking out the beach. We knew we didn’t have time for both and I wasn’t a fan of the idea of going to the beach if we couldn’t go back to the hotel to clean up afterwards. I mean, who wants to sit in a car for four hours with sand everywhere. Not me. But I had also already been to Miami beach before and my husband hadn’t, so he was the deciding vote. He picked the pool. So this was the closest we got to the beach.

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Fortunately the drive back to Orlando was a bit quicker, not much traffic to deal with. Soon we were seeing this…

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Sigh, back at Disney. Why, hello Minnie! It’s good to see you too.

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It was still somewhat early in the afternoon and we didn’t have a dinner ADR until close to 7pm, so we decided to do a bit of exploring. We had to change into something a bit warmer since it was decidedly chiller in Orlando.

We wandered around the resort and saw this little boat docked and decided to go for a ride.

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We hadn’t checked out Downtown Disney yet, so we figured, why not? Perfect way to get a Disney fix without actually going to the parks.

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Our little girl brought along her Toy Story matching cards, just in case. For what? Not sure, but she wanted to be ready with them.

See you in a little while, POR.

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Once we arrived at DTD, I was hoping to get a nice photo here, but alas, I was the only one willing to stand there.

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And I love Tweedledee and Tweedleduum. I wish I had done a fun pose here, though.

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Then it was our little girl’s time to pose.

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Up close with Minnie and Mickey.

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Then it was time to go to infinity and beyond!

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Another slightly inappropriate pose.

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Then it was time for the train ride. I knew there was no way of getting around this since it’s hard to avoid. She loves it. You would think that she doesn’t get a chance to ride the one at the malls near here, too.

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Of course I had to drag everyone into some stores. I was hoping to actually leave with some nice souvenirs, like maybe a nice Disney Dooney, but it was not to be this trip. Our little princess was doing her best to convince us that she needed a princess dress. This was the closest she got to winning that battle.

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By that point, it was getting late and we had a boat to catch if we wanted to make it to dinner in time.

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I think I forgot to mention that it was superbowl Sunday. When we were first planning the trip, we were trying to figure out how we were going to be able to watch the Superbowl and keep our little one entertained at the same time. However, once the Pats were out (don’t hate us because we’re Pats fans, I know not many people like them) we didn’t feel as big of a need to watch it. I wasn’t as emotionally invested into the big game since my teams were out (I also root for the Redskins, sadly) but I decided to root for the Packers. It was fun to see all the jerseys out and about though.

Anyways, we headed over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for one of our favorite restaurants, Boma. (thanks once again Alison for that big recommendation). They had a huge TV set near the lounge/bar area so we were able to catch the game if we wanted to. However, we were too busy stuffing out faces. Once again, it was a delicious meal, very filling. I think I had at least 3 plates of food – I know, I’m a piggie at times. There are just so many options!

Then we were off to explore the resort a bit and check in on the score. Our little girl could not have cared less about the game. She had found her own way to amuse herself.

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So many options.

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Even a pink cheetah print!

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I was all set to buy her a pair, and maybe a coordinating one for myself, but she soon lost interest. We walked around the hotel a bit more and then headed back to the room so we could relax in bed and catch the rest of the game. Minus the traveling time, it was a pretty good weekend for not being in the parks. My new mission for the next day: trying to see if we could see Aaron Rodgers, Superbowl MVP!

tinkgurl
06-30-2011, 09:39 AM
Whew girl, this update made me tired! That really stinks you guys had to go to Miami and back.

Wow, those flowers are cupcakes?! How neat! I take it the bride likes strawberries? Like a lot? haha.

Aw, too bad she ended up not wanting any of those Mickey ears. They were cute on her!

SoonerGirl
06-30-2011, 09:42 AM
Your friend's cousin did a really good job with the shower, everything looks so nice. It wasn't very nice of her to change the date on you like that though :sad2:

You are much stronger than I am, I'm afraid if I had a little girl she would own every princess dress out there :laughing:

Yum, Boma!

LilAnn
06-30-2011, 01:06 PM
Whew girl, this update made me tired! That really stinks you guys had to go to Miami and back.

Wow, those flowers are cupcakes?! How neat! I take it the bride likes strawberries? Like a lot? haha.

Aw, too bad she ended up not wanting any of those Mickey ears. They were cute on her!

yeah, the travelling back and forth was not fun. But what can you do? Plans changed so we weren't going to miss the shower since that was technically the real reason we were in Florida in the first place. ;)

Wasn't that flower pot display amazing? I never got a chance to try those cupcakes, but the other ones were yummy. And yeah, the bride didn't pick the theme. She wanted a pink shower so I threw her a pink and green themed shower up here. I don't remember exactly why her cousin picked strawberries, maybe so she could use them for her daughter's birthday later this year. :confused3

I so wanted to get her a pair of mickey ears!

Your friend's cousin did a really good job with the shower, everything looks so nice. It wasn't very nice of her to change the date on you like that though :sad2:

You are much stronger than I am, I'm afraid if I had a little girl she would own every princess dress out there :laughing:

Yum, Boma!

I have to admit that even after all the drama, it did end up looking vey nice. My friend was not in the least bit surprised about the date change. Apparently that's how she rolls. My husband was not a happy camper though.

It was very hard to resist the princess dress, but with the hefty price tag multiplied by the amount of princesses, and the lack of suitcase room.....easier decision. She does have a Mulan outfit, but barely wears it.

dawnbu40
06-30-2011, 02:50 PM
The shower looks adorable! I love the theming and the girls look so precious :)

Tiana's dress is my favorite. Everytime I see it I wish I had a little one to buy for :laughing:

Sounds like a fun but exhausting weekend :)

mermaid764
06-30-2011, 04:47 PM
That must have been frustrating having to pay for two hotels for one night but at least you guys were able to make the best of it, the pool looks gorgeous!

I love the strawberry dresses, how adorable, what a creative idea for a shower:goodvibes

Stringbean&Wingnut
06-30-2011, 06:37 PM
Wow you guys had a busy weekend while on vacation! I definitely wouldn't have been pleased about the rescheduled detour to Miami, but the shower looks like it was beautifully done. Those strawberry cookies are so cute!

I think I would have voted for the giraffe ears, those are so cute!

MEK
06-30-2011, 08:41 PM
Very creative shower. That was so nice of you to travel there for the event after the date got changed. The Miami hotel looked gorgeous. I'm sure if you weren't heading back to disney you would have stayed and enjoyed that hotel a little longer.

I love Boma. Glad you got back in time to do some shopping and enjoy a lovely meal at Boma!!!!

Oh - and the animal print mouse ears - too cute!

PlutosRHM55
06-30-2011, 08:53 PM
Whoa! That is a pretty elaborate shower and the food looks so good, especially those strawberry cookies Yum! The hotel you stayed at looked very nice. :thumbsup2 Love the pictures you took with Tweedle Dee and Dum, as well as the ones at the Pin Trading store! So cute (: I'm shocked you managed not to buy anything. I go there and go crazy (when it comes to Disney, I do everything insanely, even shopping), but you managed to not get anything. Well, it probably was for the better ;) I must try Boma sometimes, heard many good things and this is yet another. Can't wait to hear if you got to see Aaron Rodger's in the parade! :mickeyjum

lbuzz52
06-30-2011, 11:56 PM
Your hotel in Miami looks nice. What type was it?
I'm glad you had low traffic and were able to get in a little Disney time!

LilAnn
07-01-2011, 08:28 AM
The shower looks adorable! I love the theming and the girls look so precious :)

Tiana's dress is my favorite. Everytime I see it I wish I had a little one to buy for :laughing:

Sounds like a fun but exhausting weekend :)

The decorations and the execution of the shower was so pretty! I'm glad we went, even after all teh trouble, because the girls got a chance to meet before the wedding. That ended up being pivotal in my DD going down the aisle.

I may have been more tempted if my little princess wasn't changing her mind constantly on which dress she wanted. They are so cute in the little girl sizes though!

All the driving was tiring.

That must have been frustrating having to pay for two hotels for one night but at least you guys were able to make the best of it, the pool looks gorgeous!

I love the strawberry dresses, how adorable, what a creative idea for a shower:goodvibes

It was annoying to have to double pay. Like I said, my husband was NOT a happy camper about it. The pool and the weather was gorgeous that day! So we did make the best of it. :thumbsup2

Wow you guys had a busy weekend while on vacation! I definitely wouldn't have been pleased about the rescheduled detour to Miami, but the shower looks like it was beautifully done. Those strawberry cookies are so cute!

I think I would have voted for the giraffe ears, those are so cute!

Yes, it was mostly annoying because we had already planned everything out, including ADRs. So I had to do some stalking to change some around - including a dinner at Le Cellier! We were supposed to eat at Le Cellier that weekend, imagine my frustration at having to try to rebook that one! It was a must-do that trip since it was still 1 TS credit.

The cookies were cute and yummy! The animal ears are all so cute!

Very creative shower. That was so nice of you to travel there for the event after the date got changed. The Miami hotel looked gorgeous. I'm sure if you weren't heading back to disney you would have stayed and enjoyed that hotel a little longer.

I love Boma. Glad you got back in time to do some shopping and enjoy a lovely meal at Boma!!!!

Oh - and the animal print mouse ears - too cute!

My husband is all about relaxing at hotel pools, so that was a nice morning for us. Plus it's always better when you can score a good deal via Priceline! :thumbsup2 We had to travel to the shower since it's my best friend and it really was the whole reason why we were down in Florida. Disney was technicall supposed to be the bonus portion. :rotfl:

Boma is so good! We love all the choices there and our daughter enjoys the food there too.

Whoa! That is a pretty elaborate shower and the food looks so good, especially those strawberry cookies Yum! The hotel you stayed at looked very nice. :thumbsup2 Love the pictures you took with Tweedle Dee and Dum, as well as the ones at the Pin Trading store! So cute (: I'm shocked you managed not to buy anything. I go there and go crazy (when it comes to Disney, I do everything insanely, even shopping), but you managed to not get anything. Well, it probably was for the better ;) I must try Boma sometimes, heard many good things and this is yet another. Can't wait to hear if you got to see Aaron Rodger's in the parade! :mickeyjum

Leaving the stores at DTD empty handed was only due to the fact that we still had a lot of days ahead of us. I just hadn't found something that we absolutely needed to have then, and I knew we'd be back in a few days.

We really enjoyed Boma. We wanted to try it after reading many good reviews on the food and a glowing endorsement from Alison (Sunset Cliffs) a few years back.

My daughter was all about posing for the pics. She remembered where the Minnie and Mickey were.

Your hotel in Miami looks nice. What type was it?
I'm glad you had low traffic and were able to get in a little Disney time!

I think it was the Hyatt in Coral Gables. We scored a great deal on it at the last minute through Priceline. Definitely worth it! I'm always happy with a little touch of Disney!

jwwi
07-01-2011, 08:29 AM
I loved the theme of the shower, and all the cupcake and cookie pictures. Your daughter's dress is so cute. I'm sure it was hard to pull yourself away from Disney, but it looks like you had fun in Miami.

LilAnn
07-06-2011, 09:06 AM
I loved the theme of the shower, and all the cupcake and cookie pictures. Your daughter's dress is so cute. I'm sure it was hard to pull yourself away from Disney, but it looks like you had fun in Miami.

Thank you! Yes, she can definitely throw a party! The weather was gorgeous that weekend, so we made the best of it.

LilAnn
07-06-2011, 09:15 AM
After our busy travel weekend, we were ready to jump back into Disney, and what better park to do that at than the Magic Kingdom? We ate a quick breakfast at Boatwright’s Dining hall. I think our daily breakfast was a to share a breakfast platter, a chocolate croissant, and a chocolate muffin. Not the healthiest breakfast, I know, but always yummy and we’re on vacation!

With pleasantly full bellies, we headed to the Magical Kingdom. With it being February, this was one of the first times we were at Disney when we weren’t sweating, so it was nice to be able to walk around at a nice pace. Since we weren’t there during President’s week (aka school break), the lines weren’t that bad. We headed over to Fantasyland and stopped to visit a silly old bear. Since there wasn’t a line, we decided to stop and play in the new waiting area.

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We tried to ring the bell before we went inside, but no one came out to meet us.

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There sure were a lot of “hunny” pots, inside and out.

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We stopped to take a look at the map before continuing on.

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Rabbit’s garden proved to be quite a fun experience.

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Looking for all of those pesky groundhogs.

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We played around some more before we headed in for our little ride through the hundred acre woods. Lucky for us, this ride went over pretty well with the little one. We were hoping that our little girl was going to get over some of her fears this trip with rides.

We wandered around some more and then you know what it was time for? Character greetings, of course. You didn’t think we would make it through a whole morning without a character meet and greet, did you? Not just any character meeting, a princess meeting.

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Princess Tiana was under the gazebo, without Prince Naveen (a key element to this greeting). If you remember our Aladdin and Jasmine experience, our little princess would get excited to see Princess Tiana out and about, but refused to go up and meet her if Prince Naveen was there as well. So we got lucky here (other people may disagree, as I am sure Prince Naveen is a big draw).

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I love how Tiana’s dress just flares out when she crouches down.

Princess Tiana was so personable and so great, I can see why people rave about this meet. As you can, our little girl was mesmerized herself.

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Princess Tiana was quite taken with out little princess as well. She asked us if she could keep her and our little girl was just all smiles with that.

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Do you think the character greetings ended there? Ha, of course not! I felt as though there were characters out and about everywhere this trip. Maybe I just never noticed them before I had my daughter, although I doubt that since I was always one for characters. Who did we see next? But a practically perfect lady, Mary Poppins.

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Can you tell that our little one was a little nervous to meet Mary Poppins? I’m not sure what it was, but she got a little scared while waiting in line. She asked me to go up with her, but apparently decided she could go it alone at the last minute.

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Always watching them sign her book.

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It looks like she got over her fear, don’t you think?

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After we said good-bye to Mary Poppins, we went for a ride on the carousel. I mean, how could you not go for a ride when you are so close? Our little girl was still a bit nervous with the up and down motion of the horses so I had to stand next to her the whole ride.

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She looks so little up on that horse!

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After that dizzying ride – I definitely got a bit dizzy just standing there, we made one more classic stop.

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Do you think she was strong enough to pull that sword out of the stone?

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Considering she could barely see over the sword, I think that would have been quite impressive!

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She gave it her all, but alas, it was not to be.

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Next: more MK fun and would we see Aaron Rodgers?

tinkgurl
07-06-2011, 10:10 AM
The Pooh line looks so cute! I can't wait to see it!

I'm glad she's doing better with meeting the characters. Do you think she has a better time warming up to the face characters since she can interact with them?

SoonerGirl
07-06-2011, 10:53 AM
The new Pooh queue looks so fun! I want to play in it myself :laughing:

The Mary Poppins you saw was really pretty!

LilAnn
07-06-2011, 02:10 PM
The Pooh line looks so cute! I can't wait to see it!

I'm glad she's doing better with meeting the characters. Do you think she has a better time warming up to the face characters since she can interact with them?

Hi Tink! The Pooh line is so fun! I can imagine that it helps to pass the time when the line gets long.

I feel like once she turned two - it was like a switch turned and she wasn't as afraid of the characters anymore. Or at least, it wasn't as bad. She did ask me why some of the characters can't talk....:rolleyes1 I had to change the subject fast!

The new Pooh queue looks so fun! I want to play in it myself :laughing:

The Mary Poppins you saw was really pretty!

I have to say that we had fun ourselves playing in there.

The Mary Poppins was really pretty, she had amazing eyes. She was really nice too, but a bit more reserved than some of the other characters. Maybe because she is so proper?

PlutosRHM55
07-06-2011, 02:34 PM
The Winnie the Pooh queue looks really cool. It is sad some parts of it have been closed off. If only I had gone on the ride while I was last there I could've experienced it all :( I love the pictures of your daughter with Tiana, especially the one where Tiana hugs her. :) Too bad Naveen wasn't there for your daughter to see or meet (possibly), since he may be leaving the M&G to become a special occasions character, like Flynn Rider. :'( And that's great to see she got over her fear of meeting Mary Poppins, maybe that's a sign for other characters :thumbsup2 And that's so cute, with her trying to pull out the sword :teeth: Can't wait to read about if you got to see Aaron Rodgers! :mickeyjum

LilAnn
07-07-2011, 12:30 PM
The Winnie the Pooh queue looks really cool. It is sad some parts of it have been closed off. If only I had gone on the ride while I was last there I could've experienced it all :( I love the pictures of your daughter with Tiana, especially the one where Tiana hugs her. :) Too bad Naveen wasn't there for your daughter to see or meet (possibly), since he may be leaving the M&G to become a special occasions character, like Flynn Rider. :'( And that's great to see she got over her fear of meeting Mary Poppins, maybe that's a sign for other characters :thumbsup2 And that's so cute, with her trying to pull out the sword :teeth: Can't wait to read about if you got to see Aaron Rodgers! :mickeyjum

Have some parts of the Pooh queue been closed off? How come?

Tiana was totally in love with our daughter (or so I choose to believe ;) ) and it was so cute to watch them interact. I think my daughter was in awe of her huge ball gown!

I heard about Flynn Rider leaving! And Rapunzel and Flynn Rider are all my daughter talk abotu now, as in "we never got to see rapunzel and Flynn Rider." However, I am sure as long as I can get her in to see Rapunzel, she will be happy. Now I just have to figure out how to do that without waiting hours in a line.

Hope to have the info on Aaron Rodgers in the next update or two.

dawnbu40
07-07-2011, 12:55 PM
I loved the update! You already know how much we liked the Pooh queue and your pics are so cute! :cutie:

IMO Tiana is the most engaging princess so I can totally see why the little one had so much fun.

LilAnn
07-08-2011, 01:15 PM
I loved the update! You already know how much we liked the Pooh queue and your pics are so cute! :cutie:

IMO Tiana is the most engaging princess so I can totally see why the little one had so much fun.

I know, I thought it was funny when I read yoru update that it was so parallel to mine! :goodvibes It's such a fun area.

Tiana was so great, she was sooooo nice and personable.

ctink23
07-11-2011, 08:31 AM
Cute bridal shower! My cousin is getting married in May, and this is a great theme for a shower. Though I highly doubt I could make such cute baked goods. Sorry your BFF's cousin didn't keep you in the loop and that your plans got shuffled around!

Love the animal print Mickey ears! Glad you got to watch the Superbowl at Boma,even if the Pats weren't playing.

The new Pooh waiting area is great! You got some great pictures, and it looks like fun! And your daughter looks so excited with Tiana. Also, some great pictures!

4forWDW
07-11-2011, 01:18 PM
All of the pictures of your little one with the characters are so cute.
I really like the one of her and Mickey-where she is trying to hold her arms out like his but yet hugging him at the same time.
I'm sure she'll be adorable as a flower girl.
Can't wait for the next update.
Amy

RachelNinja
07-11-2011, 09:47 PM
Oy, I didn't know that there was such issue with the booking of two rooms! I just remember that the dates changed because initially we thought we'd get our DIS meet. Hopefully, all the free dining stuff made up for the cost of the room that extra night!

Ahhhhhhhh, the pic of your munchkin' sleeping in the bed is the GREATEST!

Your DD has to learn that taking photographs of the things you want is just as good as having them. Okay, who am I kidding. That's just what I try to tell myself, haha. In all honesty, it does work for a lot of things though. That's why Howard and I take pics of everything! MUCH cheaper! (She would look darling in that dress though! Just sayin' hehe!)

Having 3 plates of food isn't being a piggie. It's getting your money's worth! Haha, I think I'd get yelled at by my dad if I didn't eat enough at a buffet. Eating at a buffet with him as a kid was kind of stressful!

LilAnn
07-13-2011, 10:49 AM
Cute bridal shower! My cousin is getting married in May, and this is a great theme for a shower. Though I highly doubt I could make such cute baked goods. Sorry your BFF's cousin didn't keep you in the loop and that your plans got shuffled around!

Love the animal print Mickey ears! Glad you got to watch the Superbowl at Boma,even if the Pats weren't playing.

The new Pooh waiting area is great! You got some great pictures, and it looks like fun! And your daughter looks so excited with Tiana. Also, some great pictures!

It was a cute shower. I just felt bad for my BFF because there was so much drama and stress around it. It was supposed to be a special day for her and I don't know if it ended up being that way. But we made up for it later on in the week.

Tiana really was such a great princess. She was so happy to be there and just great with everyone. I love when you come across cast members and characters that are totally happy in their job.

All of the pictures of your little one with the characters are so cute.
I really like the one of her and Mickey-where she is trying to hold her arms out like his but yet hugging him at the same time.
I'm sure she'll be adorable as a flower girl.
Can't wait for the next update.
Amy

Hi Amy, thanks! She is always so happy when she is around her favorite characters. She did an awesome job as a flower girl - I'll have to remember to post pics later on.

Oy, I didn't know that there was such issue with the booking of two rooms! I just remember that the dates changed because initially we thought we'd get our DIS meet. Hopefully, all the free dining stuff made up for the cost of the room that extra night!

Ahhhhhhhh, the pic of your munchkin' sleeping in the bed is the GREATEST!

Your DD has to learn that taking photographs of the things you want is just as good as having them. Okay, who am I kidding. That's just what I try to tell myself, haha. In all honesty, it does work for a lot of things though. That's why Howard and I take pics of everything! MUCH cheaper! (She would look darling in that dress though! Just sayin' hehe!)

Having 3 plates of food isn't being a piggie. It's getting your money's worth! Haha, I think I'd get yelled at by my dad if I didn't eat enough at a buffet. Eating at a buffet with him as a kid was kind of stressful!

Hi Rachel! I was so bummed that the dates changed because I was getting excited that we might actually get to meet!

She sleeps like that all the time. Sometimes I'll find her upside down in her bed with her feet on her pillow. I don't know how I'll ever get rid of the bedrails without her falling out.

I would have gotten her a princess dress if she had picked an absolute favorite. But she was pointing out that she wanted each and every one and my wallet could not handle that! However, she is now asking for a princess themed birthday party because she wants to be Cinderella. She also told me that she wants to be Jessie again for Halloween.

Oh my goodness, I never really ate enough at buffets to get my money's worth as a kid. I usually try pretty hard at Boma and Ohana though. And have you ever been to a Minado before? I think there are some locations near NJ/NY. It's a Japanese sushi buffet. Can you imagine how much I ate there? I totally thought I was going to be sick leaving.

LilAnn
07-13-2011, 12:26 PM
I forgot to mention in my last update that on our way into the parks, we caught sight of a familiar show in front of the castle.

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It’s so much more enjoyable to sit and watch the show when you aren’t sweating profusely.

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It was at this point that she first saw Maleficient and Captain Hook. She definitely did not like the “green witch” and currently refuses to watch the new Disney Junior show “Jack and the Neverland Pirates” because Captain Hook is in it. I guess she is a good judge in character. I don’t blame her about Maleficient either. Ever since I read the Kingdom Keepers books, I find her to be even more sinister.

Okay, back to the rest of the day.

Once we finished trying our luck with the sword in the stone, we found another friendly face to say hi to. Our little girl has never seen the movie or even heard the story of Pinocchio, but she still knew his name. I think it has to do with some of the Look and Find Disney books we have (kind of like a Where’s Waldo, but with Disney characters). Lucky for me, I had left a few pages blank in her autograph book. I didn’t think we would run into so many characters this trip!

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She wasn’t at all intimidated by Pinocchio, maybe it’s because of his smaller stature?

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Another happy encounter for our little girl. Then it was on to a favorite attraction of hers. She has the song memorized and asks to hear it in the car over and over and over again.

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Yup, it was time for a ride on It’s a Small World. I love that she even tries to sing the parts of the song in other languages. I happen to enjoy the ride as well, so we are able to just hang out in the boat and relax. I feel like I always see something new when I go on it.

Passing by Big Ben and the royal guards.

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I wonder if they were getting ready for the Royal Wedding? (By the way, who was totally obsessed with that wedding? Yup, me)

Don Quixote? That was new to me.

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Are those llamas on top of the mountains?

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Back outside, our little princess found the construction walls to be mesmerizing. She told me she needed a picture with Ariel.

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Prince Eric and Ariel were a little lost in their own private moment, so they didn’t notice our little girl posing off to the side.

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On our way to our next ride, we stopped for one more picture. I just needed one last picture before it was gone for good.

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Goodbye Toontown! Well miss you!

We were headed to the Speedway. Our little one felt the need for speed. Unfortunately, half of the track was being worked on, so there were only two open tracks. This was literally where we had the longest waits over the vacation.

We parked the stroller, but before we jumped in line, our little one spotted something that just put a smile on her face.

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A nearby castmember was filling the air with bubbles.

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And she was off and chasing them down.

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I love how something as simple as bubbles just creates so much fun for little kids. The joys of being young again.

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Once she had gotten her fill of the bubbles, we got in line and waited for our turn at racing a car. She was so happy to be behind the wheel!

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See that sign over the walkway?

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Yup, we were a spectacle alright. If you had watched us on the roadways, we were swerving left and right and left and right. I guess that’s what happens when you can barely see over the steering wheel. Each jerk to the side brought out hysterical giggles from our little girl, so it was worth the bumpy ride.

After our tour on the racecourse, we headed towards Main Street. We had a simple errand that we needed to do…..it was time for a haircut. Anyone who read about our May trip knows that we made a trip to the Harmony Barbershop for her first haircut. Well since then, our little diva has decided that Disney World is where all of her haircuts will be. Ummmmmm, okay, lucky for her we had a trip planned when she made that comment. (We have since tried out a local Snip-Its and convinced her that not ALL haircuts need to be done in Florida).

There was a little bit of a wait at the barbershop, so while we waited for our turn, we stopped by to say hi to these people.

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They were letting some people try out their fire engine as well and ring the bell.

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What little kid can resist a fire truck and bells? Not ours.


cont. in next post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41831134&postcount=178)

LilAnn
07-13-2011, 12:34 PM
Soon it was our turn as a chair opened up. She hopped right on and waited patiently as her hair was being cut.

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She was given a few Mickey stickers and tons of Mickey confetti to play with while her hair was being worked on. It worked like a charm and I actually don’t think she was ready to stop playing when the lady was all done.

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The lady even gave us an extra set of stickers and a little baggie of confetti so we could continue her fun in the hotel room. She told us that the mousekeepers love finding confetti in the rooms. Ha, I’m sure they do.

After the haircut, we decided to pay a visit to Pixie Hollow. We knew that Toontown was closing in a day or so and with it, Pixie Hollow and the fairies. There was still a bit of time before the afternoon parade and the Superbowl MVP parade, so we made the executive decision to check on the fairies and hope that the wait time wasn’t too bad.

When we arrived in the tent, we saw the wait time was about 30 minutes, so we went for it. I didn’t want to miss out on meeting them just in case, and they always have such a long wait. Maybe the arrival of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider in the Magic Kingdom helped with the wait times. There were also a ton of Packers fans staked out on Main Street waiting for the parade to start, so that may have helped.

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Soon we were being led into Pixie Hollow by Fawn. I didn’t ask who was inside before we got in line, so that was a nice surprise.

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First came the autograph book, of course.

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Then came the posed pic.

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And with it, a slightly inappropriate hand position. She can’t help it, it’s just where her hands fall. All was forgiven.

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Next up was Tinkerbell. I just love all of the decorations in this area.

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She was perfectly nice, but our interactions last year were better. I think the group we saw in May last year was just more playful and kept improvising. This group was a little more composed, I guess you could say.

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And our last fairy? It ended up being Vidia!

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And yet another inappropriate hand placement.

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No worries, easily cropped out.

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By the time we were done with Pixie Hollow, we found that it was close to 3pm, time for the Dreams Come True Parade. We had heard that Aaron Rodgers would close out the end of the parade, so we made our way to the castle to see if we could find a spot.

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There weren’t any front row spots left, but there were a ton of visible areas. My husband and I didn’t care so much about the regular parade, but we wanted to see the Superbowl MVP. Our little one of course, wanted to see the main parade.

I love this photo because you can see just how happy she is to be watching a parade. She waves at everyone as they go by.

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Apparently Aaron Rodgers’ flight had gotten delayed so he didn’t end up rounding out the parade. A lot of people vacated their spots after the main parade ended, unaware that he would be making an appearance. We heard that he would show up close to a half hour after the end of the parade at this point. So we decided to stand our ground because we now had a front row spot at the castle. The bad news? It looked like a storm was blowing in. the clouds were looking dark and ominous and the temperature had dropped about 10-15 degrees and the wind was starting to blow. Would we see him? Would they postpone the parade again?

Never fear! We heard cheers and clapping and soon were treated with the sight of this banner rounding the corner.

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There he is!

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Our biggest problem? We were on the wrong side of the street!

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We couldn’t get a good shot of Aaron Rodgers in because we happened to be standing on Mickey’s side. Oops. But look how cute football Mickey is?

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It’s okay, though. I got a decent picture of him on my phone, so those of you who are FB friends with me may have remembered me posting it. I was so excited that we got to see it. I love that all of the Packers fans were there and cheering him on. And he just looked almost overwhelmed with it all, but happy at the same time.

So we had accomplished our missions for the day. Haircut – check. Fairies – check. Superbowl MVP – check. Now it was time for us to run out of the park before the storm hit.

Up next: Will our little one make it through a signature dining experience?

dawnbu40
07-13-2011, 02:09 PM
What a great day you had and how fun that you saw the Super Bowl parade! The pics with the fairies are adorable but the one on her daddy's shoulders is the best :cutie:

tinkgurl
07-13-2011, 02:32 PM
Another great update! :)

I loved watching the Royal Wedding as well!

I am SO excited for the new Little Mermaid ride. Have you watched the video of the ride over in Disneyland? It opened in June! It looks so neat! The clam-mobiles look similiar to what we ride in for Nemo at Epcot.

Wow, such a big girl getting her hair cut! I always get nervous taking Little Guy because he sometimes does not like to sit still that long. But, I really want to take him to get his hair cut at Main St. because it would be such a fun memory. How does getting in there work? Do you just walk up and ask? Do you call ahead to make the appointment?

Even though I don't like the Packers..it was neat that you got to see Aaron!

PlutosRHM55
07-13-2011, 04:06 PM
That's so cute with your daughter on IASW, trying to sing in other languages. Awwww... just adorable. Poor you having to listen to that song over and over again in the car hahaha (: I love all the little things you noticed on the ride, I don't think I even remember them being there. :thumbsup2

I'm surprised they let your daughter drive on the Tomorrowland Speedway, I haven't been on it, but I thought there was a certain height limit, so that you could see over the steering wheel. She did still seem to enjoy it despite banging from side to side :teeth:

Love her little haircut motto with the Harmony Barber Shop. I wonder how long her hair would be if you ended up going with it.... I'm guessing that whole thing would've been thrown out of the door then Hahaha But she still got her haircut either way :)

Sorry you weren't on the side of the street Aaron Rodgers came by on, but you still got to see him nonetheless (:

Can't wait to read about your signature dining experience! :mickeyjum

mermaid764
07-13-2011, 06:54 PM
What an awesome day at the MK:goodvibes

I was also totally obessed with the Royal Wedding, it was all so exciting.

I love the pic of your daughter playing with the bubbles, you can see how much fun she is truly having.

Love the story about her haircut...too funny.

Can't wait for more

LilAnn
07-14-2011, 07:23 AM
What a great day you had and how fun that you saw the Super Bowl parade! The pics with the fairies are adorable but the one on her daddy's shoulders is the best :cutie:

I always like the pics of her with daddy, whether it's them walking hand in hand or her on his shoulders. Always so cute. The parade was pretty fun to see - quick, but fun.

Another great update! :)

I loved watching the Royal Wedding as well!

I am SO excited for the new Little Mermaid ride. Have you watched the video of the ride over in Disneyland? It opened in June! It looks so neat! The clam-mobiles look similiar to what we ride in for Nemo at Epcot.

Wow, such a big girl getting her hair cut! I always get nervous taking Little Guy because he sometimes does not like to sit still that long. But, I really want to take him to get his hair cut at Main St. because it would be such a fun memory. How does getting in there work? Do you just walk up and ask? Do you call ahead to make the appointment?

Even though I don't like the Packers..it was neat that you got to see Aaron!

I bet it was fun to watch the royal wedding knowing that you will be getting married yourself soon. It was the same weekend as my BFF's wedding, so we kept joking that they were trying to steal her thunder. :rotfl: Have you seen the pictures comparing Will and Kate with Cinderella and Prince Charming? So funny. That's why my little girl loved watching it with me and she said her favorite was Prince William. It looked like the Cinderella wedding to her.

Oh, I have't seen the video for the new Little Mermaid ride. I will have to check it out soon.

You should totally take the little guy there for a haircut! Everytime we go, it's all boys/men getting their haircuts. I think they have started taking appointments, but I found it easier to wing it. Typically early morning or during a parade are good times. You can usually if there is a wait just by walking past. And all of the barbers are great at keeping the kids entertained. You can also get some pixie dust sprinkled on your hair at the end. I loved seeing a grown man have that done.

That's so cute with your daughter on IASW, trying to sing in other languages. Awwww... just adorable. Poor you having to listen to that song over and over again in the car hahaha (: I love all the little things you noticed on the ride, I don't think I even remember them being there. :thumbsup2

I'm surprised they let your daughter drive on the Tomorrowland Speedway, I haven't been on it, but I thought there was a certain height limit, so that you could see over the steering wheel. She did still seem to enjoy it despite banging from side to side :teeth:

Love her little haircut motto with the Harmony Barber Shop. I wonder how long her hair would be if you ended up going with it.... I'm guessing that whole thing would've been thrown out of the door then Hahaha But she still got her haircut either way :)

Sorry you weren't on the side of the street Aaron Rodgers came by on, but you still got to see him nonetheless (:

Can't wait to read about your signature dining experience! :mickeyjum

Lucky for us, the theme song does not drive us crazy. We happen to like it and it's so cute to hear her sing it. Also, that particular Disney cd is in my husband's car and I have more of the princess songs. ;) So I hear Mulan's Reflections a lot. :laughing: As for noticing all the stuff, for some reason, I always feel the need to take pictures on the ride, even when I've been on it a ton.

I don't remember if there was a height requirement. I know there was one for riding alone, but we all rode together in one car. My husband had his arm around the back of her and wrapped around her so that he could help shield her and lesson the impacts. If there is a height limit, then I think she must have just made it.

Yes, the haircuts would be quite pricey if we had to fly to Florida each time! Luckily she enjoyed the Snip-its here as well. If she wants to continue getting haircuts at Disney in addition to other ones, that's fine with me.

Let's just say our dinner was yummy!

What an awesome day at the MK:goodvibes

I was also totally obessed with the Royal Wedding, it was all so exciting.

I love the pic of your daughter playing with the bubbles, you can see how much fun she is truly having.

Love the story about her haircut...too funny.

Can't wait for more

Thanks, it was a great day at MK! And the weather was pretty nice too, right up until the end of the parade.

I was so obsessed with the Royal Wedding and am still obsessed with them. i have a problem. :laughing:

you put bubbles near her and she is happy as a clam. She absolutely loves chasing after them.

Thanks for reading!

tinkgurl
07-14-2011, 08:57 AM
I have seen the picture that compares them to Cinderella and Prince Charming! It's so neat!

LilAnn
07-14-2011, 02:52 PM
I have seen the picture that compares them to Cinderella and Prince Charming! It's so neat!

You mean - this one?

http://myblogject.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/the-royal-wedding-and-cinderella.jpg

Love it!

tankgirl427
07-16-2011, 03:12 PM
Hi! Sorry about surprising you in the outlets, I hope you don't mind. It must have been really neat to time your trip with the Super Bowl. Now if Tom Brady was there I would have made sure to be on the right side of the street!

MEK
07-16-2011, 07:43 PM
What a great update! Your daughter continue to be the best character magnet. She even likes posing with pictures instead of the real thing. That was too cute. How nice that she enjoyed her haircut! You've started a tradition.

LilAnn
07-16-2011, 09:08 PM
Hi! Sorry about surprising you in the outlets, I hope you don't mind. It must have been really neat to time your trip with the Super Bowl. Now if Tom Brady was there I would have made sure to be on the right side of the street!

Oh my gosh, I totally didn't mind, just surprised. Plus, could you tell I was a bit flustered? We don't live super close to the outlets so we were trying to get some shopping errands in before I had to work tonight. I realized that I never actually introduced myself of anyone - sorry!

We were really excited about the timing of the trip because at the time, the Pats were on a roll. So we were hoping for a Brady appearance (although I really wish he would cut off that hair and go back to the pre-Giselle days).

Nice bumping into you! It was my first encounter ever!:goodvibes

LilAnn
07-16-2011, 09:09 PM
What a great update! Your daughter continue to be the best character magnet. She even likes posing with pictures instead of the real thing. That was too cute. How nice that she enjoyed her haircut! You've started a tradition.

Thanks, glad you are enjoying it. I don't know if she was a character magnet, or we were just extra aware of them this trip. I do feel like there were a lot more out and about.

She loves to pose. She's a total character. And she loves getting her haircut at Disney - even her friends at daycare know that she gets her hair cut there. :rotfl:

MinnieMouse880
07-16-2011, 10:32 PM
I Love reading your trip reports, you all seem to have so much fun! Your daughter is too cute!! :cutie:

flounderfan12
07-17-2011, 03:49 PM
hi just read the trip report your daughter is sooo adorable!!!! thats cool you got to see the super bowl parade i mean aaron rodgers is no tom brady but hey who is (die hard pats fan here lol) still a cool thing to see cant wait to read the rest!

LilAnn
07-18-2011, 08:07 AM
I Love reading your trip reports, you all seem to have so much fun! Your daughter is too cute!! :cutie:

Aw thanks! We usually have a good time, because really, you are on vacation and at Disney! My daughter is definitely happy as a clam there and is forever asking to go back.

hi just read the trip report your daughter is sooo adorable!!!! thats cool you got to see the super bowl parade i mean aaron rodgers is no tom brady but hey who is (die hard pats fan here lol) still a cool thing to see cant wait to read the rest!

Thanks and I'm happy you are enjoying it so far! We did have a little debate in our heads about whether we would watch the superbowl parade if the Steelers won and Big Ben was there (neither of us are fans), but since it was Aaron Rodgers, we were happy to see it. And seriously, can Tom just cut his hair already? I am pretty sure Giselle is sucking all the manliness out of him.

ctink23
07-18-2011, 08:55 AM
It was a cute shower. I just felt bad for my BFF because there was so much drama and stress around it. It was supposed to be a special day for her and I don't know if it ended up being that way. But we made up for it later on in the week.

Yeah, it is too bad that these type of things have a lot of drama sometimes. But it is good that you got to make up for it later in the week!

I am glad that the construction walls are amusing/attractive. At least there are some photo opportunities!

And it is so cute that your DD got her haircut at the Barber Shop. Cute meet and greet with the fairies. Even if they were less engaging, you still got some great pictures!

4forWDW
07-18-2011, 09:55 AM
Hopefully her driving will get better.
However, the last time were were there, my DD was 10 1/2 and her driving was like your DD's. Bam, then jerk to the right, Bam, then jerk to the left. We still laugh about it.
Whenever we split up and my DS rides with my DH and she rides with me - we start laughing right off because we know what it is going to be like.

LeeLee'sMom
07-18-2011, 10:21 AM
I just got caught up with your TR..:cool1: I have to say I am kind of jealous that the weather was cool for you..must be nice not feeling refreshed and not like a vat of sweat..LOL..We are going August 26 and the heat & humidity is going to be horrific..:scared1: but we usually go first or second week of September :rolleyes1 Your DD is getting so big..what a cutie..and how she loves the characters. MY DD is now 5 and still a little shy with some of them:confused3 Oh and Tom Brady needs to be "DEGISELLIZED" he was so much better looking and manlier before her..what is she doing to him :confused3:confused:

LilAnn
07-19-2011, 12:51 AM
Yeah, it is too bad that these type of things have a lot of drama sometimes. But it is good that you got to make up for it later in the week!

I am glad that the construction walls are amusing/attractive. At least there are some photo opportunities!

And it is so cute that your DD got her haircut at the Barber Shop. Cute meet and greet with the fairies. Even if they were less engaging, you still got some great pictures!

We met up with my BFF and her fiance later in the week (coming up soon!) so we helped make the trip more worthwhile for them. They loved touring the World with DD.

I typically find that Disney does their best to keep the contruction walls somewhat nice to look at. I love the Walt Disney quotes on the walls, too.

DD LOVES getting her haircut at Disney World. :cloud9: She will actually wait for a while to get her hair cut if there is a line.

Hopefully her driving will get better.
However, the last time were were there, my DD was 10 1/2 and her driving was like your DD's. Bam, then jerk to the right, Bam, then jerk to the left. We still laugh about it.
Whenever we split up and my DS rides with my DH and she rides with me - we start laughing right off because we know what it is going to be like.

10 1/2? Better et practicing before she gets behind the wheel in a real car!:laughing: But your description is exactly what our rides our like with DD driving. And she is laughing hysterically the whole time. She loves it. Good thing there is enough room between the lanes so that if both cars are next to each other and swerving, there is no collision!

I just got caught up with your TR..:cool1: I have to say I am kind of jealous that the weather was cool for you..must be nice not feeling refreshed and not like a vat of sweat..LOL..We are going August 26 and the heat & humidity is going to be horrific..:scared1: but we usually go first or second week of September :rolleyes1 Your DD is getting so big..what a cutie..and how she loves the characters. MY DD is now 5 and still a little shy with some of them:confused3 Oh and Tom Brady needs to be "DEGISELLIZED" he was so much better looking and manlier before her..what is she doing to him :confused3:confused:

It was really odd for us to be touring the World in cooler temps. I have to say that we were hoping for slightly warmer temps (70s at least) since we were escaping the winter storms. My husband really wanted some pool time. Our last trips have always involved profuse sweating. And I'm sure our next jaunt in August will be just as bad - I think we may be in Orlando at the same time. However, this is not supposed to be a "Disney" trip but an "Orlando" trip as we are hitting up WWoHP first. I did convince my husband into at least one day at Disney, for my daughter, of course. ;) So I totally know what you mean with the warm temps. Last May I think was freakishly hot the week we were there.

I am so glad you know what I mean about Tom Brady! He looked so much better when he was with Bridget Moynahan - so much more manly and I think he played better back in the day, too.

lbuzz52
07-19-2011, 01:17 AM
I am in love with the parade picture on the shoulders! What pure joy!
Great haircut. I'm glad she's agreeed to get her hair cut at home too!
What a score with Vidia and Fawn! It seems like it's always Terrance, maybe Rosetta.
Glad the rides are getting more love:)

tinkgurl
07-19-2011, 10:21 AM
You mean - this one?

http://myblogject.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/the-royal-wedding-and-cinderella.jpg

Love it!

Yes that one! I love it too!

I forgot to mention, I love that pic of your little one on her Daddy's shoulders. I really wish our little ones could have a play date. And I'd love to meet and chat with you! Maybe someday. :)

LilAnn
07-19-2011, 02:23 PM
I am in love with the parade picture on the shoulders! What pure joy!
Great haircut. I'm glad she's agreeed to get her hair cut at home too!
What a score with Vidia and Fawn! It seems like it's always Terrance, maybe Rosetta.
Glad the rides are getting more love:)

I love watching her face and reactions when we are at Disney and during parades. she is just so happy and excited. She waves at everyone.

We did see Terrance before in May, but we never met Vidia or fawn. Silvermist continues to elude us.

Yes that one! I love it too!

I forgot to mention, I love that pic of your little one on her Daddy's shoulders. I really wish our little ones could have a play date. And I'd love to meet and chat with you! Maybe someday. :)

Aw thanks! Well, you know how much I loved all the pics of your little guy on your FI's shoulders. :goodvibes I know, it would be fun to get all the little ones together for a mini-Dis meet! Can you imagine the fun it would be, especially if it were at Disney?

LilAnn
07-20-2011, 08:24 AM
After we had gotten our glimpse of the Superbowl MVP, we booked it out of the park. We weren’t the only ones, either. There was a mass exodus out of Main Street, not as bad as park closing, but still pretty crowded. We saw cheeseheads and Packers jerseys everywhere. It was pretty fun I have to say, a fun atmosphere. There was even one cheesehead (literally, he was wearing the big “hat”) that had just flown in from the game just to see him in the parade?!

The clouds were rolling in and soon enough, the sky opened up and fat drops fell from the sky. We scurried back to our room to regroup, and this is what we found.

An elephant.

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and…..?

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We just relaxed for a little bit in the room before heading back out in the rain. My husband and I changed into slightly warmer clothing since the rain had brought about a drop in temperatures. We then went for a little car ride, allowing some time for our munchkin to take a little nap. Yup, for all of those who read our previous TR, you know that this little naptime routine continued this trip. We ended up driving around Celebration, Florida most days, just checking out the houses and dreaming of what it would be like to live there.

We soon headed back towards the Epcot resort area for our dinner ADR. My husband and I were pretty excited about this dinner. One good perk of having to “double book” hotel rooms when we made that side trip to Miami was that we ended up having extra dining credits to use up. We decided to put those extra TS credits to good use with a signature meal and a dinner show later on in the trip. Our choice for dinner tonight…..Flying Fish.

We parked at the Boardwalk hotel and ran into the lobby since it was still raining out. While we have stayed at the Beach Club once before, we never really explored the Boardwalk hotel. We got to the lobby just in time to see the magician perform. Acutally, I don’t know if he was a magician, maybe he was a juggler? Either way, he was a very entertaining performer. I love that Disney adds these little touches to their resorts.

We wandered our way through the resort and headed out the back to the boardwalk to get to the restaurant. Even with her hoodie jacket, our little girl was still a bit chilly. She ended up borrowing my scarf to keep warm and dry. I think she rocked it pretty well, don’t you think?

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When I made the reservation for Flying Fish, I added in that we were celebrating our anniversary. Not our wedding anniversary, but our “dating” one. It was 13 years in February that we have been together and I thought that was a good enough reason to celebrate. We decided on Flying Fish because the menu appealed to both of us and we were hoping that our little girl wouldn’t be too out of place here. I was worried that she might be too young or too loud for California Grill or Narcoossee’s. We also booked a relatively early dinner to not disturb other diners.

We were seated right away and given some nice souvenir menus. How cute!

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I apologize that I didn’t get any pictures of the entrees and appetizers, but they were delish! We actually are debating going back next month and eating there again. We had a wonderful server and in addition to the customized menus, we also got complimentary glasses of champagne. Nice! If my memory is correct, this is what we ordered:

For an appetizer:
Signature Flying Fish Cafe "Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake" - Savory Vegetable Slaw, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, and Ancho Chile Rémoulade

My husband’s entrée:
Signature Flying Fish Café "Potato-wrapped Red Snapper" - Leek Fondue with a Veal Glace, Red Wine, and Cassis Butter

My entrée:
Oak-grilled Maine Diver Scallops - Artichoke, Fresh and Sun-dried Tomato, Basil, Pecorino Romano and Mascarpone-laced Risotto di Carnarolli,with Proscuitto di Parma Cracklins

Our little one had:
Bowl of Mickey Pasta - with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese
She could have had a fruit skewer as her appetizer but I asked if she could get a bowl of just cantaloupe instead and they were happy to oblige. Yay! Made for a happy little girl.

The food was all so good. As our first signature meal, we were not disappointed. I did get some pictures of our desserts though, and they were definitely delish! I am not that great at food pics so we’ll just have to make the best of it.

My husband’s dessert:
A Trio Sinful Chocolate Indulgences - White Chocolate-Almond Créme Brulée, Almond Florentine and Cranberry-Orange Biscotti, Decadent Flourless Chocolate Torta, and Raspberries Chcolate Bread Pudding, Cherry, and Tahitian Vanilla Accents

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My dessert:
White Chocolate and Almond-scented-Créme Brulée - Almond Florentine and Cranberry-Orange Biscotti

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And our little girl’s dessert (which I have to say is the best kids dessert ever!):thumbsup2:
Mickey's Chocolate Puzzle - white chocolate puzzle, sugar paints, creamy-topped chocolate cupcake

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The idea was to put the white chocolate puzzle together and then you could paint it with the edible paint. Then you can eat it!

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I don’t know if our girl played with the puzzle and paints more or if I did. :rotfl: And there was a yummy looking “dirt” cupcake that went with it. Seriously, can I order a dessert off the kids menu next time? We were definitely happy and full when we left the Flying Fish.

The rain had stopped by this point, but it was definitely cooler out. Luckily we had brought along our daughter’s coat so she could stay toasty warm. By this point I think it was close to 8pm so we decided to walk over to Epcot and just catch Illuminations before heading back to the hotel. Sigh, the perks of having a park hopper, right?

We loved using the “back entrance” to Epcot and it brought back memories of staying at the Beach Club. Before we knew it, we were in France.

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I love how different France looks in the background. We stopped by one or two countries and got a Duffy bear stamped. I miss the masks that they used to have at the kidcot station. Although it was kind of fun to color the Duffy bear. Because of all the rain, Epcot was pretty empty and we were able to get a fabulous spot for Illuminations right before the lights went out.

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I always think that fireworks at Disney are the perfect way to end the night. We had a morning ADR the next day so we headed back to our room and called it a night.

Up next: Breakfast with Donald

PlutosRHM55
07-20-2011, 08:41 AM
It's amazing, how crazy fans are. Just taking a plane to fly down to see the Super Bowl MVP in a parade at Disney. I'd have to stay for a week, if I did that! Haha, but that's me ;) Love the little gifts left in your room and I think this:

Is the towel form of a cyclops/elephant/cobra. Hehehehe :thumbsup2

Sounds like you had a really nice dinner at Flying Fish! All the dishes sounded great. Especially those desserts :goodvibes Mmmm... creme brulee and I love the whole idea behind the kids dessert. I may just get that to fulfill my lost childhood dream of playing with my food before I eat it :P Hahahaha

Those are some fantastic pictures of IllumiNations. Where exactly wore you? I may have to scope out that spot the next time I go. ::yes:: And yeah, Fireworks are the best way to end a day at Disney.

Can't wait to read about your ADR the next morning! :mickeyjum

SoonerGirl
07-20-2011, 09:12 AM
Your dinner at Flying Fish sounds great! That is another restaurant on my list to try, there are so many places I haven't been yet that I want to go to, I see many trips in my future to accomplish this ;)

Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert, so I would have been all over yours, but how fun was your DD's dessert?!

Love the family photo in France, such a great picture! And being able to just walk over to Epcot for Illuminations - awesome :cloud9:

tinkgurl
07-20-2011, 09:37 AM
Oh no, rain! :headache: While I understand there's nothing you can do about, I just don't like it to rain on our trips!

I know how important nap time is! Driving around, looking at houses, and dreaming sounds like so much fun! We love to drive around and explore new places. And what better time to do that than when your little one was sleeping?! Perfect!

Oh yum, your food looks so good! I'm going to have to check out the whole menu. And yes, she rocked that scarf! You go girl! :cutie:

That pic with France in the background is so good!!

Stringbean&Wingnut
07-20-2011, 12:31 PM
Sounds like you guys had a wonderful Disney evening! Flying Fish looks great, and how nice that they're so accomodating to the little ones! That dessert does look awesome - why can't adults paint their food too? :laughing:

LilAnn
07-20-2011, 12:49 PM
It's amazing, how crazy fans are. Just taking a plane to fly down to see the Super Bowl MVP in a parade at Disney. I'd have to stay for a week, if I did that! Haha, but that's me ;) Love the little gifts left in your room and I think this:

Is the towel form of a cyclops/elephant/cobra. Hehehehe :thumbsup2

Sounds like you had a really nice dinner at Flying Fish! All the dishes sounded great. Especially those desserts :goodvibes Mmmm... creme brulee and I love the whole idea behind the kids dessert. I may just get that to fulfill my lost childhood dream of playing with my food before I eat it :P Hahahaha

Those are some fantastic pictures of IllumiNations. Where exactly wore you? I may have to scope out that spot the next time I go. ::yes:: And yeah, Fireworks are the best way to end a day at Disney.

Can't wait to read about your ADR the next morning! :mickeyjum

I know, right? I don't even know how long that guy stayed at Disney. But he sure was a dedicated fan to fly to the Superbowl and then fly over to Orlando - not to mention the cost of a park entry ticket just to watch the parade!:eek: I wish I had that kind of money at my disposable.

hmm, nice guess on the towel animal. Maybe it's a new breed?

yes, the dinner at Flying Fish was sooooo good. I am sorry about not getting pics, but I didn't know if I would be writing a TR. I do know that I got just as much fun out of playing with my daughter's dessert. She was occupised with the cupcake so i got a chance to paint her puzzle in between bites of my creme brulee. :goodvibes

as for our spot for illuminations - I forget where it was exactly in terms of what countries, but it is one of those lower patio areas that I usually see roped off. I've seen wedding receptions and other functions there before, so I was happy to see it open and empty!:thumbsup2

Your dinner at Flying Fish sounds great! That is another restaurant on my list to try, there are so many places I haven't been yet that I want to go to, I see many trips in my future to accomplish this ;)

Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert, so I would have been all over yours, but how fun was your DD's dessert?!

Love the family photo in France, such a great picture! And being able to just walk over to Epcot for Illuminations - awesome :cloud9:

We did enjoy our dinner. Your review of Jiko and obvious love of that restaurant makes me want to try it one day, too. It's just not as high on my husband's list. We have different tastes and Flying Fish was a compromise for us. You're right though, so many places to eat at in Disney!

I love creme brulee too, and I loved it there. The maple one at Le Cellier is a bit sweet for me, but this one was divine.

Oh no, rain! :headache: While I understand there's nothing you can do about, I just don't like it to rain on our trips!

I know how important nap time is! Driving around, looking at houses, and dreaming sounds like so much fun! We love to drive around and explore new places. And what better time to do that than when your little one was sleeping?! Perfect!

Oh yum, your food looks so good! I'm going to have to check out the whole menu. And yes, she rocked that scarf! You go girl! :cutie:

That pic with France in the background is so good!!

Hi Tink! I figured you would also understand about naptimes. The good thing for us is that we have had the luxury (like you guys) of going to Disney often enough that we don't need to go commando on our trips. Although my hubby may disagree with that - he thinks I get a little park crazy. :confused3

I don't like it to rain on our vacations either, but it was okay since we were just inside eating for most of it.

Have you started planning your Dismoon/honeymoon yet? I was going to ask you on FB, but couldn't find you. :confused3

I like that France pic too, the whole feeling just looks different in there.

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful Disney evening! Flying Fish looks great, and how nice that they're so accomodating to the little ones! That dessert does look awesome - why can't adults paint their food too? :laughing:

I was worried about some of the Grand Floridian restaurants being a bit too "nice" for us to bring a toddler, so this place worked out great. I have to admit, I was a bit jealous when her dessert came out. I hear that they have that dessert at a few of the signatures.

lbuzz52
07-20-2011, 12:54 PM
oh, Flying Fish is so yummy!!! i was going to ask if i could order the kids dessert and then last minute i decided to order something off the adult menu. I'm glad i did because it was my favorite dessert all week.
i'm glad the rain helped with the crowd levels for illuminations:thumbsup2

tinkgurl
07-20-2011, 01:11 PM
I got rid of my FB, so that's why you couldn't find me. :laughing:

We have started thinking abot where we want to stay and stuff. We are thinking a couple nights at Vero Beach, then the rest of the trip at WDW we want to stay at the Poly. I've been thinking about places for us to eat. Fiance has requested one place he for sure wants to eat: Le Cellier!

LilAnn
07-21-2011, 02:31 AM
oh, Flying Fish is so yummy!!! i was going to ask if i could order the kids dessert and then last minute i decided to order something off the adult menu. I'm glad i did because it was my favorite dessert all week.
i'm glad the rain helped with the crowd levels for illuminations:thumbsup2

There were a lot of good choices at Flying Fish. Sometimes though, the kids dessert options are more tempting than the adult ones! :rotfl:

Yes, we lucked out since we were eating during the rain and it had stopped when we were done. :thumbsup2 So very low crowds.

I got rid of my FB, so that's why you couldn't find me. :laughing:

We have started thinking abot where we want to stay and stuff. We are thinking a couple nights at Vero Beach, then the rest of the trip at WDW we want to stay at the Poly. I've been thinking about places for us to eat. Fiance has requested one place he for sure wants to eat: Le Cellier!

I figured you had gotten rid of your FB. Do you think you'll go back on it or something? I know it's a ways away, but I'm gong to want to see wedding pics!

Do you think you will do a PTR for your honeymoon? I have always wanted to stay at the Poly, especially because we always seem to end up eating there a ton. Are you going to do any character meals? Or do you think you are going to go all "grown-up" and with more adult meals? There are so many options in Orlando!

dawnbu40
07-21-2011, 05:46 AM
Your dinner at Flying Fish sounds wonderful! It was so nice of them to add the little extras for your "anniversary"! (belated congrats by the way!) I want that kiddie dessert too :)

I love the picture of the 3 of you! What a beautiful family!

tinkgurl
07-21-2011, 10:27 AM
I figured you had gotten rid of your FB. Do you think you'll go back on it or something? I know it's a ways away, but I'm gong to want to see wedding pics!

Do you think you will do a PTR for your honeymoon? I have always wanted to stay at the Poly, especially because we always seem to end up eating there a ton. Are you going to do any character meals? Or do you think you are going to go all "grown-up" and with more adult meals? There are so many options in Orlando!

Don't you worry, I'll make sure you see pics! I can always e-mail them/PM them.

Yep, I am planning on doing a PTR when it gets closer; unless things get too crazy so close to the wedding! :laughing: But I will for sure be doing a TR!

I'm not sure if we're going to do any character meals. Now that we've done them with Little Guy, it just might be weird to do those without him! I think we might stick to more of the "adult" meals. Like I said, Fiance wants Le Cellier..I want to try the Cali Grill! It's always been my dream to eat there.

LilAnn
07-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Your dinner at Flying Fish sounds wonderful! It was so nice of them to add the little extras for your "anniversary"! (belated congrats by the way!) I want that kiddie dessert too :)

I love the picture of the 3 of you! What a beautiful family!

It was really good, sorry we didn't get any pics of the actual meal. We musthave been way too hungry! :laughing: Doesn't that kiddie dessert just look delicious?

Thanks! I always like your pics too, Dawn!

Don't you worry, I'll make sure you see pics! I can always e-mail them/PM them.

Yep, I am planning on doing a PTR when it gets closer; unless things get too crazy so close to the wedding! :laughing: But I will for sure be doing a TR!

I'm not sure if we're going to do any character meals. Now that we've done them with Little Guy, it just might be weird to do those without him! I think we might stick to more of the "adult" meals. Like I said, Fiance wants Le Cellier..I want to try the Cali Grill! It's always been my dream to eat there.

yay! I love seeing wedding pics and whatnot, even if it's still a ways away, I am already excited to see them. Definitely email/PM some or a link. ;)

Even if it gets too busy for a PTR, you know you'll have a ton of readers for the TR! :goodvibes

We have also always wanted to try Cali Grill. I'm sure you'll love it since you enjoy your sushi, too. So many choices!

ctink23
07-28-2011, 09:09 AM
Looks and sounds like a great meal at the Flying Fish! I am glad something good came out of having to double book rooms! This meal seems great. I LOVE the mickey puzzle and paints. So cool!

LilAnn
08-01-2011, 08:25 AM
Looks and sounds like a great meal at the Flying Fish! I am glad something good came out of having to double book rooms! This meal seems great. I LOVE the mickey puzzle and paints. So cool!

That was a really good meal. I had heard about the mickey puzzle and paints before and was so excited to see it on this menu. I didn't even give ym daughter any choices with her dessert - I just picked that one! :rotfl: We BOTH enjoyed it. ;)

LilAnn
08-01-2011, 08:53 AM
We woke up Tuesday morning bright and early once again – not via an electronic alarm, but via our other alarm – a little wiggly 3 year old girl. No matter what time she goes to bed, early or late, she always wakes up relatively around the same time, but always no later than 8am. Occasionally we get an 8:30am, but that’s rare. Good thing she was up bright and early this day since we were off to the Animal Kingdom for breakfast.

I had been looking forward to the Tusker House breakfast for so long, especially after reading reviews on the DIS. We got all bundled up in layers, key for this February trip since the temperatures seemed to vary so much from hour to hour. Our plan was to eat breakfast with Donald, walk around AK for a bit, then head back to the hotel in the early afternoon. We had some friends coming into Orlando to join us for a couple of days, my BFF and her fiancé, Auntie Nini and Uncle G (that is what our little girl calls them ever since she was little and the names have just stuck as she has gotten older). We were all excited for 2 days at Disney together.

I do remember that is was pretty cold this morning. We had a 9:20am ADR I think, just after the opening of the park, but we still had to wait a bit for our name to get called. Or it may have just felt like a long time because we were so cold. While we had on layers/sweatshirts, we weren’t in coats because it was supposed to warm up and we didn’t want to have to carry them around all day. Once our name was called, we headed up and got in line for a picture with Donald. I was a bit bummed that we couldn’t add the Donald PP pic onto our card, especially because we had already prepaid for a cd, but I figure that’s how they try to get a bit more money out of you. The Donald pics were pretty cute too. We got a couple with our camera, but at the time, we thought the pics would be included in the package so we didn’t take more.

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She loved Safari Donald!

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See how happy she is?

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We took a family pic too, but like I said, that was not purchased……

We got a quick tour of the inside and were shown to our table. I really liked the inside of the restaurant and the way the breakfast buffet was laid out. I will admit that I was most excited to try out the famous jungle juice! It did not disappoint – I loved it and definitely had refills of the juice. Once again, no food pics, we were too busy eating and keeping an eye out for characters.

First up was Mickey Mouse. I love their safari gear!

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Then a super tall friend stopped by. Goofy.

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Our little girl was so excited to see characters at our meals, but she did a good job at waiting patiently for her turn.

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Then we saw the other main reason I had booked Tusker House – Daisy Duck.

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I was trying to cover a lot of the characters with our character meals, just in case we had a hard time finding them in the parks. Of course, you can see that we already saw a fair amount by this point, and our daughter was not one to pass a character by without saying hi.

Before Daisy had gotten too far away, it was time for a conga line!

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Our little girl manages to squish herself to the front every time.

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I sincerely apologize to anyone who she may have cut off. We are still working on that concept of not cutting in front of other people. She understands waiting in line when there is one established, but when it comes to the parades, dance parties, etc., she has a tendency to squeeze her way to the front. Obviously we need to work on that a bit. I think she just gets so excited.

Once we finished greeting all of our friends, we were able to focus on finishing up our meal. I also ended up getting a hot chocolate to go. Perfect on a crisp cool day. Our waitress had offered up the juice to go, but since it was so cold out, I opted for a hot chocolate instead, otherwise I would have taken her up on that offer!

After we were done with our meal and our tummies were full, we headed over to Camp Minnie-Mickey. Since we didn’t buy the Donald pic from the breakfast, we decided to see if we could find him at the camp to try for the pic again. We were just hoping that we wouldn’t end up at the characters the exact same time that the Festival of the Lion King show let out. That happened earlier in the week and the lines get long so fast then!

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LilAnn
08-01-2011, 08:57 AM
When we got to Camp Minnie-Mickey, we saw that we were in luck! There was barely a line for Donald Duck so we made a beeline for that hut.

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And we were able to get a few PP pics here to make up for the breakfast ones.

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Including the bonus PP pic.

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We had just seen Mickey, and Goofy at the breakfast, and Minnie Mouse had a long line, so we jumped in to see some chipmunks instead. Every time we came across Chip & Dale in MK, there was a super long line, so I was not passing this short line up.

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I really like this pic.

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I love how snuggly they were with her.

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Chip seemed attracted to the sparkly Minnie Mouse on her sweatshirt.

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And that earned him a nice hug.

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I have a soft spot for Chip and Dale myself. I always find them a lot of fun to visit. When I was in college, my good friend and I were actually waiting in a nearby line at MK for another character when I felt someone tugging me out of the line. It was Dale and he proceeded to pull me all the way out of line and dragged me over to their line instead. He then got “yelled” at by Chip for dragging me over there and the two of them played tug of war with me. I, of course, was loving every minute of it. It made for a fun memory that my friend and I laughed at over the course of the trip.

Before we left Camp Minnie-Mickey, we stopped off to give a quick cuddly hug to a pair of bunnies.

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They are just so cute and snuggly looking. Who could be afraid of those two?

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But you know who can be a bit intimidating?

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We ran into that big fella when we were coming out of the restrooms and he had no line. Unfortunately, our little girl was a little scared of him, I think due to his height. But as long as I held her, she was fine with waving to him and touching his paw.

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Up next: do you think we were done with AK yet? Or characters?

dawnbu40
08-01-2011, 09:01 AM
Aww great update!

Your Tusker House pics have me so excited to be having breakfast there later THIS MONTH :cool1:

As for the little one making her way to the front...well that's not all bad. Being assertive will be an asset as she gets older :thumbsup2

As always, the pictures of her are adorable. Definitely among the cutest kiddos on the Dis :cutie:

LeeLee'sMom
08-01-2011, 09:09 AM
You are lucky..my DD5 still wakes at 6 no later than 6:30 a.m. even on the weekends. :eek:..she starts kindergarten in September, watch then she will try to sleep late:laughing:

Love the pics of her with all the characters but especially Chip & Dale. They are so much fun. I am glad you mentioned that the pics with Donald at Tusker House are not included with the prepaid CD.. We will be doing Tusker House this visit and are excited..:banana: never been there before either.

SoonerGirl
08-01-2011, 09:11 AM
Oh, the juice alone is worth going to Tusker House for, so yummy!! Glad you guys enjoyed it. I love the pictures of your DD stading with her autograph book and waiting for the next character to come :goodvibes I think it's so great that she enjoys them so much.

The Chip and Dale pictures are beyond adorable, we've always had good interaction with them too.

Stringbean&Wingnut
08-01-2011, 09:19 AM
Great character pics! I also have a special fondness for Chip and Dale. When DBF was pushing me around the parks when I had to use the wheelchair, C&D came randomly up to give me high-fives (not once, but twice during our trip!). It was very sweet and is one of those nice Disney memories :goodvibes.

RachelNinja
08-01-2011, 09:46 AM
Haha, I used to sleep like your munchkin too and end up in the weirdest positions. In the middle of one night, I woke up with one of the threads from my comforter wrapped around my toe. It was wrapped in such a way that I couldn't undo it, and my mom had to get up to do it for me. She was like, "How in the WORLD did this happen?!?" It was really tight! I used to always wake up on the floor too because I fell off my bed often. Haha, eventually I'd wake up as I was almost about to fall. Other times, I'd be like, "Just embrace it ..." and I'd grab a blanket on my way down.

I've never eaten at a Minado ... not yet! A lot of my friends have, but I'm nervous about that because I don't like the pressure! I recently went to Sushi Village for a friend's birthday party. This buffet required checking things off on a list, and the stuff was brought to the table. There was sashimi on it, so what we should have done was go all out on that! But my side of the table really likes rolls too, so we got full on rice (but we did order a plate of sashimi afterwards though!).

YES, Maleficent is so scary now because of KK. I didn't like her beforehand either, but now it's terrifying! Part of me wants to go up to her in the parks though and take a picture with her with a scared look (that won't be too difficult to do!). I wonder if the CM would know what's going on if people asked her things regarding KK.

How cute that your DD wanted a picture with the Ariel and Eric!!!

I must still be a little kid because I like bubbles too! When I do the dishes, I try to squeeze the dish soap bottle to get a bubble to come out and float in the air. If I'm with someone, we watch it until it pops and then we go, "Aww ..."

I could totally get a haircut at WDW next year! I know it's not healthy, but I only cut my hair every 2 years to donate (I know it's supposed to be trimmed constantly, but I don't really get split ends like I used to when I was in HS). The following year is a cut year for me, but I need my hair long for the wedding. My mom was like, "Cut it the day after on Sunday and then leave for your honeymoon on Monday." Haha, I could totally have them cut it there although what I'd do with the hair all day long is beyond me ... that'd be weird! Do they only cut dry hair there?

I love how the characters don't seem to think twice about inappropriate hand positions. They're probably so used to it especially with the size of most of the people they take pictures with! Plus, since the kids don't even realize it, I like that the CMs don't point it out or move the hands because then it would draw attention to it.

LOVE the picture of your DD waving as the parades goes by not just because of her expression but because of your husband's expression too!

I'm so glad you liked Flying Fish! It's one of the possible places we might want to eat for our Disneymoon. We know we won't really get a chance to eat at all these places later on, so we want to enjoy it now.

How nice to have a hot chocolate to go! Makes sense! I don't remember it being that cold when we were there, and that was only a week later, right? Never mind, I lied. Haha, I had my heavy hoodie on at MK!

Haha, your "They are just so cute and snuggly looking. Who could be afraid of those two?" comment about Thumper and his girlfriend made me laugh because I was thinking, "ME!" And that means I, of course, would be intimidated by Brer Bear! Howard and I have an inside joke about him now though. It literally started on Saturday when we heard a song at church (some of our dancers in our coffeehouse were taking a break) rapper sounded like Brer Bear! It'd be hilarious if we could find him for a picture, but I totally might chicken out. He is rather cute though!

mermaid764
08-01-2011, 11:38 AM
The Breakfast at Tusker House always looks so good, but I definitely agree that it is a pain they won't add photos from most of the character meals to your photopass

I love how happy your DD always is to see the characters, she is such a cutie:goodvibes

tinkgurl
08-01-2011, 12:43 PM
Yay for Tusker House! It really is a nice place to eat. And that juice is SO good!

Aw..I just love all the pics with your little one and all the characters she got to meet. But my favorites? The ones with Chip 'n Dale. She just looks like she was having a ball!

MEK
08-01-2011, 09:00 PM
Seriously great character mojo!

I have always wanted to try Donald's breakfast at the TH. It looks like a lot of fun!

ShaylaLynn
08-01-2011, 09:16 PM
Awesome pictures! :goodvibes your daughter is such a inspiration
it would be great if everyone would have that carefree attitude like
when we were younger!! :) I can't wait to hear more about your
trip!! And I say you seen more characters before leaving AK!! ;)

LilAnn
08-03-2011, 03:13 PM
Aww great update!

Your Tusker House pics have me so excited to be having breakfast there later THIS MONTH :cool1:

As for the little one making her way to the front...well that's not all bad. Being assertive will be an asset as she gets older :thumbsup2

As always, the pictures of her are adorable. Definitely among the cutest kiddos on the Dis :cutie:

Aww, thanks! We think she's pretty cute too! ;)

Ooh, that juice will taste so good in the warm weather!

We had an ongoing joke about how she always managed to scoot her way up to the front of the parade lines to be right next to a character. Too bad she is not assertive at other time, only when Disney characters are involved.

You are lucky..my DD5 still wakes at 6 no later than 6:30 a.m. even on the weekends. :eek:..she starts kindergarten in September, watch then she will try to sleep late:laughing:

Love the pics of her with all the characters but especially Chip & Dale. They are so much fun. I am glad you mentioned that the pics with Donald at Tusker House are not included with the prepaid CD.. We will be doing Tusker House this visit and are excited..:banana: never been there before either.

Well, she only seems to wake up at her normal early time when I want to sleep in and has a knack for sleeping in on the times that we are counting on her waking up early. Of course.

Yes, I wish I had known that not all of the character meal PP pics are included with the prepaid cd. We had gotten confused because the princess dinner at Akershus includes that picture with Belle. :confused3

We really enjoyed the Tusker house breakfast. I thought there were a lot of options and of course, loved the juice! :thumbsup2

Oh, the juice alone is worth going to Tusker House for, so yummy!! Glad you guys enjoyed it. I love the pictures of your DD stading with her autograph book and waiting for the next character to come :goodvibes I think it's so great that she enjoys them so much.

The Chip and Dale pictures are beyond adorable, we've always had good interaction with them too.

I know! The juice is so good! I tried out a simliar juice here that I found in the amrket, but it wasn't the same. Must be the disney atmosphere too.

She enjoys every character and is already naming all the characters that she wants to meet this month. Too bad we are only going to be there one day and top on her list.....Rapunzel. I am going to need some serious pixie dust to get that to happen.

Great character pics! I also have a special fondness for Chip and Dale. When DBF was pushing me around the parks when I had to use the wheelchair, C&D came randomly up to give me high-fives (not once, but twice during our trip!). It was very sweet and is one of those nice Disney memories :goodvibes.

Yes, I always think Chip & Dale are cute and fun to meet with. That sounds like a nice moment yourself! I would have been grinning if that had been me.

LilAnn
08-03-2011, 03:24 PM
Haha, I used to sleep like your munchkin too and end up in the weirdest positions. In the middle of one night, I woke up with one of the threads from my comforter wrapped around my toe. It was wrapped in such a way that I couldn't undo it, and my mom had to get up to do it for me. She was like, "How in the WORLD did this happen?!?" It was really tight! I used to always wake up on the floor too because I fell off my bed often. Haha, eventually I'd wake up as I was almost about to fall. Other times, I'd be like, "Just embrace it ..." and I'd grab a blanket on my way down.

I've never eaten at a Minado ... not yet! A lot of my friends have, but I'm nervous about that because I don't like the pressure! I recently went to Sushi Village for a friend's birthday party. This buffet required checking things off on a list, and the stuff was brought to the table. There was sashimi on it, so what we should have done was go all out on that! But my side of the table really likes rolls too, so we got full on rice (but we did order a plate of sashimi afterwards though!).

YES, Maleficent is so scary now because of KK. I didn't like her beforehand either, but now it's terrifying! Part of me wants to go up to her in the parks though and take a picture with her with a scared look (that won't be too difficult to do!). I wonder if the CM would know what's going on if people asked her things regarding KK.

How cute that your DD wanted a picture with the Ariel and Eric!!!

I must still be a little kid because I like bubbles too! When I do the dishes, I try to squeeze the dish soap bottle to get a bubble to come out and float in the air. If I'm with someone, we watch it until it pops and then we go, "Aww ..."

I could totally get a haircut at WDW next year! I know it's not healthy, but I only cut my hair every 2 years to donate (I know it's supposed to be trimmed constantly, but I don't really get split ends like I used to when I was in HS). The following year is a cut year for me, but I need my hair long for the wedding. My mom was like, "Cut it the day after on Sunday and then leave for your honeymoon on Monday." Haha, I could totally have them cut it there although what I'd do with the hair all day long is beyond me ... that'd be weird! Do they only cut dry hair there?

I love how the characters don't seem to think twice about inappropriate hand positions. They're probably so used to it especially with the size of most of the people they take pictures with! Plus, since the kids don't even realize it, I like that the CMs don't point it out or move the hands because then it would draw attention to it.

LOVE the picture of your DD waving as the parades goes by not just because of her expression but because of your husband's expression too!

I'm so glad you liked Flying Fish! It's one of the possible places we might want to eat for our Disneymoon. We know we won't really get a chance to eat at all these places later on, so we want to enjoy it now.

How nice to have a hot chocolate to go! Makes sense! I don't remember it being that cold when we were there, and that was only a week later, right? Never mind, I lied. Haha, I had my heavy hoodie on at MK!

Haha, your "They are just so cute and snuggly looking. Who could be afraid of those two?" comment about Thumper and his girlfriend made me laugh because I was thinking, "ME!" And that means I, of course, would be intimidated by Brer Bear! Howard and I have an inside joke about him now though. It literally started on Saturday when we heard a song at church (some of our dancers in our coffeehouse were taking a break) rapper sounded like Brer Bear! It'd be hilarious if we could find him for a picture, but I totally might chicken out. He is rather cute though!

Hi Rachel! You get your own reply since it's so long! ;)

I totally love your story about you falling off the bed all the time as a kid. I used to share a room with my sister and she used to fall out all the time, too. I would always wake up because I would hear the thud but she would still be asleep on the floor. :rotfl: and she never seemed to injure herself either. The one time I fell out of bed, I scraped my back up on a nearby kid chair. Go figure.

We enjoy Minado every once in a while, but will usually go during lunch because otherwise it is twice as much in cost. And then I feel obligated to try to each that much when I am there. And you definitely get full on the rice and they keep an eye on your plates to make sure you aren't wasting the rice. youw ill get charged a fee if you leave too much food on your plate( i.e. are too wasteful). Although dinner may offer sashimi ?:confused3

oh, Maleficient would totally freak me out to see her in person now. I have never seen her out and about, but have never been to the parks during a special even either. The only "villians" I have seen out are Captain Hook and the Queen of Hearts.

There is a phone number for harmony barbershop, so maybe you could call and ask them if they can do the Locks for Love thing? Oh, and they did wet her hair before they cut it. I don't think I posted all the pics of the haircut. Just the highlights.

Haha, I totally forgot about your rabbit phobia! How funny. I guess you wouldn't find them all cuddly then. I hope the pictures didn't traumatize you!

LilAnn
08-03-2011, 03:31 PM
The Breakfast at Tusker House always looks so good, but I definitely agree that it is a pain they won't add photos from most of the character meals to your photopass

I love how happy your DD always is to see the characters, she is such a cutie:goodvibes

aw, thanks. She does get so excited to meet the characters. She also continues to talk about it all the time at home. People who say 2/3 years old is too young are wrong. She totally remembers her favorite moments and interactions!

We were confused about the TH breakfas photo op since the one at Akershus is included in you PP.

Yay for Tusker House! It really is a nice place to eat. And that juice is SO good!

Aw..I just love all the pics with your little one and all the characters she got to meet. But my favorites? The ones with Chip 'n Dale. She just looks like she was having a ball!

hi Tink! We enjoyed the TH breakfast and I like that you are usually full for so long after the character breakfasts. I could definitely drink a lot of that juice!

She was eating up all of the interactions. She loved that they noticed her sparkly Minnie Mouse sweatshirt because she loves it herself!

Seriously great character mojo!

I have always wanted to try Donald's breakfast at the TH. It looks like a lot of fun!

Yes, we got lucky with some of the character lines. And she also has eagle eyes and can spot a character a mile a way.

the breakfast was fun and delicious. There was more offered there than at the Hollywood & Vine Playhouse breakfast.

Awesome pictures! :goodvibes your daughter is such a inspiration
it would be great if everyone would have that carefree attitude like
when we were younger!! :) I can't wait to hear more about your
trip!! And I say you seen more characters before leaving AK!! ;)

You may be right about seeing more characters before we left AK. ;)

She is so totally happy and in her element at Disney that you just can't help but smile around her, at least we can't. Like I said, we are also extremely lucky that we have been able to make a few trips to Disney so we have the luxury of not going completely commando in the parks.

The summer has been busy but I hope to get another update in soon.

LilAnn
08-11-2011, 08:10 AM
Once we finally made our way out of Camp Minnie Mickey, we decided it was some time to see some attractions. Our last trip, we were able to see the Lion King show and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, we have never seen the Finding Nemo show so we decided to make that our next stop instead of revisiting the Festival of the Lion King.

We left Camp Minnie Mickey and headed over to Dinoland, USA. We didn’t get too far in our walk before our little girl begged us to stop. What do you think caught her eye? Of course, it was another character friend! Pocahontas was out with her little creature friend Meeko.

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I had a page all set for Pocahontas, but I think Meeko had to use a blank page. I hope he was okay with that.

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I love that she is so excited to see Pocahontas but has never seen the movie or heard the story. Her only association with Pocahontas? She hears her songs on our Disney cd in the car.

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Meeko got a nice big hug.

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I guess she wanted to stick by Meeko for a little bit as Pocahontas worked on the book.

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Quick photo with Pocahontas while Meeko worked on his name.

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These animals are just so clever, able to stand on two legs and write their names!

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We finally made our way over to Dinoland, USA and just made it into the next show. The timing was perfect. We got great seats and didn’t have to wait too long. I didn’t get a chance to take any photos in the auditorium as our little munchkin was taking up space on my lap. It was fun to look for Nemo in the bubble walls on either side of the stage though. What a great way to help pass the time waiting for the show to start!

Like many of the other Disney shows we have seen, we enjoyed Finding Nemo. I have to admit that I still found it a bit hard to forget about the people moving around the puppets though. If you’ve never seen it and liked the movie, I think it’s a great show.

After we left the auditorium, we walked around Dinoland a bit. We came across the Tricera-top spin and our little munchkin surprised us by saying she would like to give it a whirl!

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Well, we weren’t going to say no to that. She is definitely not a thrill-seeker, so when she asks to go on a ride, we don’t question it, we go with it! She decided to sit with daddy in the front and I would sit behind them.

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I think someone is excited!

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Surprise, surprise, someone actually seemed to somewhat enjoy it!

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Apparently she had a death grip on my husband, though. That was expected since she had a death grip on me during Dumbo. I still took it as a good sign, though! Yay! Progress!

After our spin on the dinosaurs, I couldn’t resist one last photo in Dinoland.

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And our little girl had to have one herself.

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We then wound our way over to another area of the park that we have never visited before. Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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We took the nice little train ride over to the Conservation Station. The train ride was neat because you sat facing out instead of the direction the train was traveling. You basically sat looking out the “window” the whole ride and it was so cool to see it all as you traveled. You also got to see where many of the animals were kept once the park closed.

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We didn’t know what to expect inside, so we wandered around looking at the various displays. I thought there was a lot of nice information inside and it reminded me a bit of visiting the reptile room in the Natural History Museum. We were able to walk around and take it all in. Of course, our little one has eagle eyes and spotted a new character with no line at all. And she was off!

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She loved Jiminy Cricket. Even after the encounter, she kept popping back near him and saying, “Mommy, look! It’s Jiminy Cricket!” I think she would have gotten back in the line and see him over and over again if we had let her.

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He even got a kiss good-bye.

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We then stopped to listen to a little session on armadillos. Sorry that the picture is a bit off center, but that was taken by our little one.

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We then headed outside to the “petting zoo” area. I was happy to see that there was a nice big hand washing station right before you excited as well. Our little girl was perfectly content walking around and petting the various animals. Or even just hanging out with a goat.

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After the petting zoo area, we walked over to hear about some other animals. These animals required a personal “handler” to accompany them.

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I even got in on the action and went up to feel the snake myself.

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It was so soft and smooth! It’s definitely neat, but I don’t think I’ll be getting a pet snake anytime soon.

We then decided it was getting late and we were hungry so we headed back to the train station to catch a ride back to the main part of the park. Our friends were also driving up to Orlando from Miami and we were expecting to meet up around 3pm for lunch. Our Tusker House breakfast had filled us up nicely so we only needed to stop for a little lunch for our munchkin and maybe a snack or two for us to tide us over until we met up with our friends.

Do you think we made it out of the park without anymore character greetings?

tinkgurl
08-11-2011, 10:26 AM
How cute she got to meet Pocohantas and Meeko! Although, I do have to say, that Pocohantas is disappointing. I remember meeting her when I was younger, and her "friend" was absolutely gorgeous and looked exactly like Pocohantas.

Rafiki's Planet Watch! It's a hidden gem. We only finally did it a few trips back after all the years we've been going to WDW. The part where she met Jiminy Cricket reminds me of when my Dad and Sis were in line to meet him. There were two ladies in front of them having this discussion:

"Who is he?"

"I think he's a grasshopper. Jiminy Grasshopper."

:rotfl:

So now, we always call him Jiminy Grasshopper.

dawnbu40
08-11-2011, 01:07 PM
I can't get over how many characters you found on your visit! The pic with Jiminy is so cute! :cutie:

YAY for braving Triceratop Spin! I'm sure as she grows she'll be braving more and more rides.

I'm betting you didn't leave the park without running into more character friends :)

lbuzz52
08-11-2011, 03:01 PM
Sounds like a great day so far! Tusker House is yummy. I still get the biggest kick out of your dd's pictures. there is just nothing like the excitement and happiness shown in a true smile!

LilAnn
08-14-2011, 04:30 PM
How cute she got to meet Pocohantas and Meeko! Although, I do have to say, that Pocohantas is disappointing. I remember meeting her when I was younger, and her "friend" was absolutely gorgeous and looked exactly like Pocohantas.

Rafiki's Planet Watch! It's a hidden gem. We only finally did it a few trips back after all the years we've been going to WDW. The part where she met Jiminy Cricket reminds me of when my Dad and Sis were in line to meet him. There were two ladies in front of them having this discussion:

"Who is he?"

"I think he's a grasshopper. Jiminy Grasshopper."

:rotfl:

So now, we always call him Jiminy Grasshopper.


We met up with another Pocahontas later in our trip and I thought that one looked a lot more like Pocahontas. This one was nice, too though.

I agree with you - Rafiki's planet watch is a hidden gem! We visited it at least twice on our trip. Plus, it's so much nicer to visit Animal Kingdom when it's not 100 degrees outside.

Love your Jiminy Grasshopper story! :rotfl:

I can't get over how many characters you found on your visit! The pic with Jiminy is so cute! :cutie:

YAY for braving Triceratop Spin! I'm sure as she grows she'll be braving more and more rides.

I'm betting you didn't leave the park without running into more character friends :)

We certainly got lucky with charactersr this time around. Maybe because it wasn't as crowded and not as hot. I didn't even take pictures of the characters that we came acorss that she didn't want to meet, like the fairy Godmother, the Stepmother and Stepsisters, Peter Pan, etc. There were so many out and about this trip!

Um, if our recent trip to Storyland is any indication, I think our little one will continue to stay timid around thrill rides. Oh well.

You may be guessing correctly about character interactions....

Sounds like a great day so far! Tusker House is yummy. I still get the biggest kick out of your dd's pictures. there is just nothing like the excitement and happiness shown in a true smile!

Aw, thanks, I'm glad because there are still more to come of her! She really is just super happy in Disney World. Who can blame her?;)

MEK
08-14-2011, 05:23 PM
Your daughter is practically throwing herself at Ol' Jiminy. Did she knock him over? Too cute! She really is fearless.

I love the Nemo show. I think its my favorite in all of Disney. Once I learned they sing all that life with a backing track I was so impressed.

Great update!

LilAnn
08-15-2011, 07:55 AM
Your daughter is practically throwing herself at Ol' Jiminy. Did she knock him over? Too cute! She really is fearless.

I love the Nemo show. I think its my favorite in all of Disney. Once I learned they sing all that life with a backing track I was so impressed.

Great update!

Haha, no she didn't knock over Jiminy, but I'm surprised she didn't. She does run at the characters at a pretty fast clip.

The Nemo show is definitely something I think people should experience at least once, especially if you like the movie.

LilAnn
08-16-2011, 08:52 AM
So when I last left off, we were winding our way out of the Animal Kingdom park. Our friends were supposed to be arriving in Orlando pretty soon and we had plans to meet up for a late lunch/early dinner. Of course, as you are probably guessing, our little girl can hardly pass up a chance to meet a character when she sees one, even if she has already seen then before. Who do you think caught her eye this time? Some furry friends that typically reside in the Hundred-Acre Woods, that’s who.

They are pretty cuddly and Pooh just screams “hug me!”

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She definitely got a bear hug from Pooh!

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Next up was Eeyore, the one we had missed out on earlier in the trip.

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Waiting patiently while he signs her book.

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I think he is just as cuddly.

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Last, but not least, was bouncy Tigger. Our little girl never minds waiting in line when she can see a fluffy character in her line of sight.

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Getting engulfed in another hug.

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Tigger sure is tall!

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So once we said goodbye to our three friends, we FINALLY managed to get close to the front of the park. But then, it was me who made us stop for some pics. Heehee. I had to sneak in some photopass pics.

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I always try to get as many family pics as I can while I am in Disney. Where else do you have a photographer willing to help out?

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Well, I guess our little girl was still in a silly mood. She asked us to take some photos of her on the way out as well. Only this time she decided to pose like an elephant.

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Then it was time for her to strike one of her patented “Jessie” poses.

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Then we finally made it to our car. Our friends had just arrived to Orlando and were just getting checked in to their hotel. So we took a drive to let our little one nap while we waited for our friends to finish settling in. We ended up at a favorite neighborhood of mine – Celebration, Florida. We drove through the neighborhood pretending to pick out which houses we would like to stay in and imagining what it would be like to live in this “quintessential American town.”

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Not the best picture, but I was leaning out of my window trying to get the picture. Unfortunately it doesn’t do the little town center any justice. I find the whole area so cute and pretty!

We also stopped back at our hotel to pick up some things.

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Then we met up with our friends for a yummy meal at Red Lobster. Sigh, readers to my last TR will already know of our love for the cheddar biscuits. The seafood dishes aren’t too bad, either. But seriously, y’all know that I go for those yummy biscuits.

Once everyone was satisfied and had a nice full belly, we parted ways. The boys had a game to go to, and we were going to have a girls night at Downtown Disney.

When we first booked the trip and planned on meeting up in Orlando, the guys started researching tickets to a NBA game. They were hoping to catch the Heat, but that didn’t work out. So instead, they got tickets to see the Magic (for about a tenth of the cost). So this is how the guys spent their night.

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Us girls headed off to Downtown Disney to do a bit of shopping and wandering around. We boarded the ferry from Port Orleans for the ride over to DTD. I have to say, it’s a bit spooky to ride the ferry in the dark. I just kept imagining alligators and snakes in the waters. But we made it over to the other dock safely!

We stopped to say hello to a friendly giraffe that was just hanging out away from Animal Kingdom.

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I have to admit that we spent most of our time in the Christmas store looking at ornaments. Both of us have traditions of buying an ornament on vacations or trips. We also have always traded ornaments every year, another tradition that we have. So needless to say, we were all in a flutter in that store with all the different options. My little girl found her own way to amuse herself.

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That ornament found it’s way back home with us once my best friend saw her trying on the mini princess hat.

We wandered around some shops – World of Disney, Trend-D, Goofy’s Candy Shop, and stopped off for some hot chocolate at Ghiradelli. I have to say that for it being just us girls, we were successful in not spending too much money. I was hoping to find a cute “park bag” because I had forgotten to pack mine in the chaos of our departure. The one that I had thrown in was not working out at all. I was hoping for a fun Dooney & Bourke bag, but they weren’t stocked as well and I wasn’t completely sold on them. So I ended up for a much cheaper Disney bag – the “I love nerds” line. RachelNinja will know exactly what I am talking about!

One last photo to end out the night.

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And then we headed back to the hotel to meet up with the boys. It was time to get some sleep because we had a big day at the Magic Kingdom ahead of us!

Coming up: Magic abounds at the Magical Kingdom and our BIG Jessie moment!

MEK
08-16-2011, 08:05 PM
What? You rather spend your evening at DTD instead of a basketball game? :rotfl: Can't say I blame you!

More cute character pictures (stationary and living)!

I would love to visit Celebration. It's always on my list and I never get there!

Disneyfreak508
08-16-2011, 09:18 PM
Haha that elephant picture was too cute!! :laughing:
That sounds like a lovely night! I know what you mean about those Red Lobster Biscuits! Dang... they are SO good!!!
What a great girls night! I'm glad you had fun!

LilAnn
08-17-2011, 01:00 AM
What? You rather spend your evening at DTD instead of a basketball game? :rotfl: Can't say I blame you!

More cute character pictures (stationary and living)!

I would love to visit Celebration. It's always on my list and I never get there!

Um, especially considering I am not a big basketball fan? Yes, DTD it is! Now, if it was to watch an NFL game, I may have decided differently. :rolleyes:

Never fear, more character pics to come over the course of the rest of the trip!

We love driving through Celebration. It was a bit wierd though because it looks so perfect and we barely saw people out and about in the yards. It was almost like driving around a movie set or something.

Haha that elephant picture was too cute!! :laughing:
That sounds like a lovely night! I know what you mean about those Red Lobster Biscuits! Dang... they are SO good!!!
What a great girls night! I'm glad you had fun!

Hi Jess! I'm telling you, my gal has more poses everyday. I hope she continues to love Disney so I can take a mother daughter trip with her one day!

We don't have Reb Lobster near me up here, the closest one is in CT, I think. So when we are near one, we try to get our cheddar biscuit fix!

Stringbean&Wingnut
08-17-2011, 05:14 AM
I would have picked going to DTD too! Sounds like everyone had a good evening. I'd love to drive around Celebration one day, but we just never rent a car when we're down at Disney! Some day though...it looks so nice and quaint!

LilAnn
08-17-2011, 09:01 PM
I would have picked going to DTD too! Sounds like everyone had a good evening. I'd love to drive around Celebration one day, but we just never rent a car when we're down at Disney! Some day though...it looks so nice and quaint!

Haha, I actually don't think I was ever even given a choice. I think it was just assumed that me and my BFF would not want to go to the game. Rightly so.

I think driving around Celebration became part of our routine whenever our little one napped. it's really pretty!

4forWDW
08-19-2011, 12:28 PM
I like the way you all wander from WDW property.
It makes it seem like your vacation is relaxing and not all 24/7 go, go, go.
I guess I feel like we shouldn't leave the "borders" when we are there.
We hope to go for 10 days next year, so maybe we'll get off the property.
Your little girl is too cute:cutie:
Can't wait to read more.
Amy

LilAnn
08-19-2011, 03:09 PM
I like the way you all wander from WDW property.
It makes it seem like your vacation is relaxing and not all 24/7 go, go, go.
I guess I feel like we shouldn't leave the "borders" when we are there.
We hope to go for 10 days next year, so maybe we'll get off the property.
Your little girl is too cute:cutie:
Can't wait to read more.
Amy

Hi Amy!

We definitely tour the World differently now that we have the little one. We also have the luxury of having gone somewhat often in the past few years. The different car rides have become a part of our days so the little munchkin can sleep. Plus, we rent a car. When we went a few years ago without a rental car, we didn't leave the "boundaries" of Disney. We do a lot of resort hopping though. Thanks for reading!

LilAnn
08-19-2011, 03:14 PM
I forgot to add in two pictures from the Tuesday night shopping excursion to DTD. When we were outside of the World of Disney, our little princess couldn’t resist stopping to pose with some other lovely ladies herself.

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And what she is holding up in her hands is a little Lady figurine. That was her little purchase from the store. Since it was $5, I gave in. It was a little Lady figure, a little dog bowl and a tiny bone, all in a convenient little pouch. She loves Lady from Lady & the Tramp, even though she has never seen the movie. In fact, Santa brought her a big Lady stuffed animal on Christmas morning. I guess he got her letter this year, since that was the dog that she was asking for.

We can’t forget Cinderella too!

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Now, back to the next day.

Wednesday morning we woke up bright and early and super excited to be spending the full day at the Magic Kingdom with our close family friends, Auntie Nini and Uncle G. We see them all the time back home because she is one of my closest friends and we were all excited to be going to Disney World together. And they were both sooo excited to be going with our little girl.

Now since they were not staying on property, we planned on meeting up at POR and then taking one car into the parks. They had a free hotel stay to use up, and who can blame them for not wanting to have to pay for a hotel room? More money for them to save up for their wedding and honeymoon! Plus their hotel came with a complimentary continental breakfast. So we grabbed our meal at the POR food court. I think we split a breakfast platter and a chocolate chip muffin. My husband needed his fill of Mickey waffles, and I need a bit chocolate in the morning. Our munchkin ate a little bit of everything.

Soon we were all piled into our little rental car and on our way to the Magical Kingdom! We were all in high spirits. How could you not? I mean, we were at the most magical place on earth with our best friends! A recipe for a perfect day! Of course we were going to make use of the photopass cd!

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You can see that it was still a bit chilly. I definitely was not used to touring the parks and not sweating in the heat and humidity, but at times it was a very welcome change! Then it was time for the big group shot.

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And the happy couple.

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I had managed to get a hold of some “Just engaged” buttons to surprise them with and you can see that they are wearing them that morning. Auntie Nini was so excited to get them!

We walked inside, down Main Street and then it was time for the obligatory castle pics! This is when our first little bit of fun happened. Remember the buttons I just mentioned? Well, the PP photographer definitely noticed those and decided to have some fun with the happy couple. And I have to say, this is just what I was hoping would happen!

First comes the nice, cute picture.

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Then she asked them to do a little kiss – practice for the big day, she said.

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Then (and I was loving this all) she asked him to get down on one knee and pretend to propose.

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And my best friend was eating it all up! She was in heaven and now she had a perfect picture to have forever!

Then apparently our little girl wanted to get in on the act.

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Kisses for her too!

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Funny how she would pose with them for a picture but when we tried to get another family shot, she got all bent out of shape. So instead of forcing her into that, I just decided to let her win that battle and head for Fantasyland instead. It was time to hit up some rides!

I don’t have a lot of pictures of all the attractions, but I know we went on It’s a Small World first. Since our girl sings that song all the time, it was a definite must do for everyone. All of the girls piled into the front of the boat and the boys took the last seat. They weren’t as excited about this attraction as us ladies.

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It always makes me happy to be on this ride.

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Who’s happy to be on Small World?

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We had grabbed FP for Peter Pan on our way into Small World. When we were getting our PP fast passes, we happened to get bonus FP for Mickey’s Philharmagic for the upcoming show. So after Small World, we headed to the auditorium.

I was excited because I had never see Mickey’s Philharmagic before, neither had my husband or our little girl. A family first! Plus it was the first time our little princess was going to get to see a movie in 3-D.

Let me say – I loved it! Such a cute movie! And we absolutely loved watching our little girl’s reactions during the movie. It was so cute to watch her trying to grab all the objects. We were all cracking up watching her. And she kept asking us if Donald was going to be okay since he was stuck in the wall. Love her.

Up next, we checked out the line for Dumbo. I think it was a bit long, because the only photos I have of the flying elephant at this moment are actually of a stationary one.

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Since the line for Dumbo was a tad long, we decided to head over to the tea cups. However, before we got to far, we needed to stop off for another photo op.

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I absolutely loved all of the walls that had been put up during the Fantasyland construction. I kind of wanted to take my picture there as well, but totally forgot. Belle is my favorite princess and I would have loved a photo of me pretending to walk along that nice country path with a book.

How cute is the Beast?

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I guess the sun is a bit bright out for our little girl. It’s just not quite that warm yet.

On to the teacups! It was going to be just us girls again as the boys get a bit dizzy and don’t tolerate these rides as well. Fine with us!

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We are ready to go!

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In case you can’t tell, we aren’t doing a whole lot of spinning.

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There was a lot of pretending to spin since our little girl wanted to show us how strong she was by spinning the cup itself. So we didn’t spin quite as fast as some of the other teacups. Once again, I am not about to complain because everytime she goes on a ride, I am a happy camper.

Next up, we did a little splitting up. Auntie Nini and I headed off to the Haunted Mansion. I love going on that and was going to take full advantage of having more adults in the group. The boys decided to wander around a bit with our little girl since the HM line wasn’t that long.

Apparently, while I was visiting some grim grinning ghosts, the rest of the group came across a fun little party. Our little girl apparently was all excited to take part in this little jamboree.

See her little spotted skirt? She went right along with the nice cast member.

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She never is one to miss out on a parade!

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Is that Clarabelle out in front?

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I like that all the different bears make an appearance from the Country Bear Jamboree.

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I guess they played a little game of Hokey Pokey after the parade. I missed out on it all, but was happy to see a little video of it when I met back up with them. At least the time passed by quickly with them.

We then headed over to get FP for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Since the boys weren’t big on rides this day, we were able to get FP for both rides at the same time using all of our park passes. Score!

While we were in Frontierland, we came across the long line to meet Woody and Jessie. Our little girl was desperate to see them again, so we got in line. And this is where the best moment of the trip occurred! This is also the main reason for my writing this TR, to share this moment with you all. Once you read it, it may not be anything terribly out of the blue, but it was the ultimate moment for our little girl.

cont. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42314530&postcount=244)

LilAnn
08-19-2011, 03:18 PM
I think I may have mentioned it before, but our little girl has told me on many occasions that she wants to be Jessie when she grows us. She was Jessie for Halloween. Toy Story 3 was the first movie that she ever saw in a movie theater. She strikes her Jessie pose all the time for pictures. Our little girl LOVES Jessie.

So even though the line was probably about 30-40 minutes long, we waited. I had also brought along something at our little girl’s request. Her Jessie costume. So while we waited in line, we put her costume on.

She is getting more and more excited the closer we get. It’s not like we didn’t meet the duo just a few days ago. But like I said, she is a huge fan. She was so good at being patient and she didn’t even complain when the stopped the line at her.

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Yup, Jessie and Woody had to go in for a quick break and they cut the line right before she got her chance to meet them. While we waited for them to come back out, the Pp photgrapher decided to get some extra pictures of our cowgirl. Of course she struck the pose.

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She also has the sparkly red cowboy boots to go along with the outfit, but I was not packing those in our suitcase. So we had to make do with the sneakers.

Then came the moment we were waiting for. Woody comes around the bend and…..he stops short before he gets to the fence. He got a look at our little cowgirl and decided that Jessie needed to see her first. (I’m totally getting teary just thinking of it all over again). So he stayed near the fence and let Jessie come in first. As soon as she came around the corner, our little girl took off! You know there was a big hug on the way!

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She was sooooo happy!

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I wish I had gotten that portion on video, but I was too busy sniffling and smiling. I finally did get my act together part way through the meet to start the video on my camera.

I love Woody in the background.

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Woody wanted his own hug too.

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Then they were about to walk over to the “picture spot” when our little girl stopped. And why did she stop? Because she was going to strike the Jessie pose.

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It seriously was the best moment. Jessie jumped in behind and struck the same pose. Woody, meanwhile, was dying over in the corner.

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Apparently our little girl had stolen Woody’s heart.

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Then they finally made their way over for the formal pictures.

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Of course there were more hugs.

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and one last hug for Jessie.

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I will try to get the video posted soon if anyone is interested. Also, if anyone is a big Woody fan or has a little one with a big Woody fan, make sure you yell out “There’s a snake in my boot!” My best friend did that and he was hilarious when he heard that.

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You will also see on the video that she did not want to leave. She was just soaking it all up. I felt a little bad towards the end because the line was so long to see them, and she was taking up a good chunk of time. But seriously, this is what going to Disney is all about. Moments like this. Where you see your little one’s face light up with elation. The best moment of our trip, hands down. :cloud9:

Stringbean&Wingnut
08-19-2011, 04:05 PM
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These are the cutest and sweetest pictures ever!!! I know I'd LOVE to see that video! How wonderful and special a moment for all of you! :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

teetee830
08-19-2011, 05:55 PM
That is the sweetest thing in the world. We had a simular moment with my DS and lightning McQueen and Mater. He wanted so bad to stay and play. I love that the little ones go to Disney and see all their really good friends. :lovestruc

dawnbu40
08-19-2011, 05:57 PM
Thank you for sharing that precious moment! I got teary eyed reading your entry!! :cutie:

jane2073
08-19-2011, 07:14 PM
Those pictures right there are the perfect answer to "Why should I take a child under five to WDW?"

They are the sweetest pictures! I love the Jessie pose!

AprilRenee
08-19-2011, 07:34 PM
So sweet!! Love love love these!

LilAnn
08-20-2011, 01:30 AM
These are the cutest and sweetest pictures ever!!! I know I'd LOVE to see that video! How wonderful and special a moment for all of you! :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

Aw, thanks! I have been so excited to share this particular moment with y'all on the Dis. I will try to post the video in the next post. It was such a great moment for all of us! :goodvibes

That is the sweetest thing in the world. We had a simular moment with my DS and lightning McQueen and Mater. He wanted so bad to stay and play. I love that the little ones go to Disney and see all their really good friends. :lovestruc

I know! The world is just so magical for the little ones. I felt bad because the line for Woody and Jessie was so long and she took up so much time. You know, usually the meet and greets are fast - sign books, hug, pose for pic, done. We were there for quite a few minutes.

Thank you for sharing that precious moment! I got teary eyed reading your entry!! :cutie:

Aw, thanks Dawn! I know I have it posted on FB and my blog and whatnot, but I couldn't wait to share all the details here on the Dis. I knew people here would truly "get" the feeling of it all and the magic. :cloud9: Believe me, we were teary eyed watching it all unfold.

Those pictures right there are the perfect answer to "Why should I take a child under five to WDW?"

They are the sweetest pictures! I love the Jessie pose!

My thoughts EXACTLY! Thank you! People always tell me that she is so young and that she won't remember. She definitely remembers this moment and her Annie moment. Thank you so much!

So sweet!! Love love love these!

Thanks so much! :goodvibes It was a great moment. Pure Disney magic.