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ZFamily5
06-29-2011, 05:57 PM
Welcome to my trip report! Let's get the introductions over with so we can get to the exciting part, the trip!

First up is Dad! My dad loves Disney World (and traveling in general). He'll go on all the rides and is tons of fun to be around!

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Then there's Mom! Mom loves Disney World just as much as me and she's the one that helps me convince Dad that it's been too long since our last trip and we need to go back. Just like Dad, she'll go on all the rides!

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Next is Thing2! Thing2 is my 11 year old sister (celebrated her birthday while we were there!). Again, she loves Disney World and goes on all the rides. She's usually my partner-in-crime when it comes to begging to ride "just one more ride"! :rotfl2:

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Thing3 is my 6 year old sister! She loves Disney World as much as the rest of us, but she's not too keen on the thrill rides yet. This trip she was more into pin trading and meeting characters.

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And finally, me, Thing1. I am 14 years old and obviously LOVE Disney World (and Disneyland for that matter). I love the thrill rides and soaking up all the magic Disney has to offer!

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We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside for 12 nights, June 3rd-June 15th! I hope you'll stick around to hear about our wonderfully awesome trip!

Thanks for reading!

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-29-2011, 06:26 PM
Joining in!

ZFamily5
06-29-2011, 06:59 PM
Joining in!

I'm glad you're coming along for the ride! I've been lurking on your TR too, guess now I have an "excuse" to join in! :thumbsup2

PoohGal05
06-29-2011, 06:59 PM
Looking forward to reading more about your Disney trip!

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-29-2011, 07:02 PM
I'm glad you're coming along for the ride! I've been lurking on your TR too, guess now I have an "excuse" to join in! :thumbsup2

Yes, please do! I love it when my lurkers join in. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
06-29-2011, 08:38 PM
Looking forward to reading more about your Disney trip!

Thanks for joining in!

Yes, please do! I love it when my lurkers join in. :goodvibes

Headed over there right now! :thumbsup2

MelMel11
06-29-2011, 08:40 PM
Count me in!!

ZFamily5
06-29-2011, 08:48 PM
Count me in!!

I will! Thanks for joining us! :thumbsup2

Disneypolyprincess
06-29-2011, 09:04 PM
IM IN!!!! :):cool1:

ZFamily5
06-29-2011, 09:10 PM
IM IN!!!! :):cool1:

:cool1::banana: Glad you're joining in! Can't wait to read about your trip!

DisneyMom14
06-30-2011, 01:16 AM
Ok so I couldn't wait til tomorrow and came over to your TR anyway. :rolleyes1 Really great start and I can't wait to read more. :)

afwdwfan
06-30-2011, 08:46 AM
Looking forward to reading about your trip.:thumbsup2

ZFamily5
06-30-2011, 08:51 AM
Ok so I couldn't wait til tomorrow and came over to your TR anyway. :rolleyes1 Really great start and I can't wait to read more. :)

Thank you for joining us! :banana:

Looking forward to reading about your trip.:thumbsup2

Thanks for joining in the fun! :cool1:

ZFamily5
06-30-2011, 08:53 AM
I'll start posting our first day later this morning. I have tennis camp for an hour but then I should be free to DIS all day! :cloud9:

ZFamily5
06-30-2011, 11:55 AM
I know it sounds crazy, but for some reason, I thought I was going to sleep in that morning. Maybe it was because Promotion Night was the night before, so I'd been up late, maybe it was because June 3rd was my first full day of summer vacation. I was wrong. Very wrong. I was awake by 6 AM, earlier than a school morning. I just sat in bed for a while going on the DIS, but finally I just decided to get up. Around 7, I made Mickey waffles for the family (and Grandma Z) because Thing2 still had school and Dad was going to work for the morning.

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Just pretend I took that picture....Thing2 and Dad left, Thing3 and Grandma were playing in the basement and Mom was finishing packing, so I went back on the DIS for a while, took a shower, finished packing, etc. FINALLY, Thing2 and Dad came back!! Dad loaded up the car to drive to the airport, we ripped the last link of our countdown chain and got into the car! We were finally on our way to Disney World!! Thing2 and I passed the time on the ride to the airport by singing songs rather loudly from the back seat, but Mom and Dad were too excited to be annoyed with us. When we got to our terminal, we unloaded the car and said good-bye to Grandma, who was taking our car back to our house for us. We checked 3 or 4 suitcases and then went through security. Dad ended up having to go through twice because he left his phone in his pocket (better than Hawaii; the zippers on his cargo shorts set off the alarms and he had to go through probably 5 times). We rode the moving sidewalk (love those things!) down to our gate (of course, the last one!). Mom and Thing3 decided to sit with our carry-ons so that Dad, Thing2 and I could go get lunch for everyone. Thing2, Thing3 and Mom all got lunch from McDonald's and Dad and I got lunch from Manny's (corned beef sandwich for him, potato pancakes for me). While we were sitting at our gate waiting for boarding to begin, my sisters and I decided that it would be the perfect time to put on our Mickey ears.

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We had boarding passes at the end of group B and beginning of C, so the chances weren't good we would get to sit together. We were right. We found two seats together in the back, so Thing2 and Thing3 sat there. I sat diagonal from them next to a lady and her daughter. Dad sat in front of Thing2 next to some kids from a Make-A-Wish family and Mom sat more towards the middle of the plane. For a while, we read and colored. Thing2's 11th birthday was during our trip, so Thing3 and I decided to give her the present we got her on the plane so she could use it the whole trip. We "presented" her with a Tigger plush toy and the Hidden Mickey book. Thing2 and Thing3 then surprised me with a Lightning McQueen plush toy! This immediately caught the attention of a Make-A-Wish boy sitting in front of me. We had a long conversation about Cars, his family, Disney World and my iPod. After he turned around, I turned on my iPod and was about to press play on my movie when the lady sitting next to me starts to chat with me. She was very friendly though, so it was not a problem. She and I chatted about her kids, her son's adoption from Guatemala and Disney World. Long story short, I didn't watch any of my movie on the plane. The plane landed smoothly and soon we were in the airport. We took the fake monorail to the other side of the airport and quickly found the Magical Express counter. We were put onto a bus right away, so I was hopeful that we wouldn't have to wait too long. Not the case. We waited for probably close to 45 minutes, which is a long time when you're tired and ready to be AT Disney World! We entertained ourselves by taking random pictures.

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I'll leave you with that picture for now. Thanks for reading! :)

Lifelong_Dreamer
06-30-2011, 04:00 PM
I love the picture of you and your sisters wearing your ears at the airport. YOu all look so happy and excited. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
06-30-2011, 04:20 PM
I love the picture of you and your sisters wearing your ears at the airport. YOu all look so happy and excited. :goodvibes

Thank you! We had a great time walking through the airport wearing our ears and pin lanyards, despite the strange looks we got! :rotfl2:

dekkerdisneydreamer
06-30-2011, 04:58 PM
While we were sitting at our gate waiting for boarding to begin, my sisters and I decided that it would be the perfect time to put on our Mickey ears.

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Okay, you three are too adorable!:cutie:




Joining in on the fun! 12 days!! Wow, the most I can get out of a trip is usually 6! Can't wait to read along!

p.s. You should change thing2's age in your siggy to 11!:goodvibes

ZFamily5
06-30-2011, 05:24 PM
Joining in on the fun! 12 days!! Wow, the most I can get out of a trip is usually 6! Can't wait to read along!

p.s. You should change thing2's age in your siggy to 11!:goodvibes

Welcome! Yes, we are lucky we got to go for 12 days! We had a ton of fun! Oh yeah...I probably should do that....and change Thing3's age to 6....guess I forgot about that...:rotfl2:

PoohGal05
06-30-2011, 07:09 PM
Loving the start so far and looking forward to reading the rest!

lbuzz52
07-01-2011, 01:20 AM
Cute family! I look forward to more!

Queenofallthings
07-01-2011, 10:11 AM
Joining in! Great start and I too love the picture of you three girls with your Mickey ears on:thumbsup2

teachermommy78
07-05-2011, 03:13 PM
Yay!!! You have a TR!!! You need to put the link in your signature, young lady! :lmao: You look like you are having tons of fun already! When you mentioned mourning Disney in your PTR...I'm relating to that right now! I call it PDD...post Disney depression. We are planning a trip for 3 years. UGH. Though dh and I are secretly hoping to be really good with money so we can maybe go in 2!

ZFamily5
07-05-2011, 03:22 PM
Loving the start so far and looking forward to reading the rest!

Thanks for joining in!

Cute family! I look forward to more!

Thanks for joining us!

Joining in! Great start and I too love the picture of you three girls with your Mickey ears on:thumbsup2

Thank you so much!

Yay!!! You have a TR!!! You need to put the link in your signature, young lady! :lmao: You look like you are having tons of fun already! When you mentioned mourning Disney in your PTR...I'm relating to that right now! I call it PDD...post Disney depression. We are planning a trip for 3 years. UGH. Though dh and I are secretly hoping to be really good with money so we can maybe go in 2!

Yes I do need to post the link!! I am going through a major case of PDD!! I'm in the process of trying to convince my parents we need Annual Passes...they aren't going for it quite yet. I'm hoping maybe we can fit in a short trip December 2012, but we'll see what happens! And if Annual Passes work out, maybe Summer 2013....and a long weekend in the fall of 2013...and maybe another weekend around Thanksgiving...I'm obsessed! :rotfl2:

ZFamily5
07-05-2011, 03:56 PM
When I last left you, we were sitting on the Magical Express waiting to go to POR. FINALLY, the bus driver got on and we started moving! The video started and all was well in my world!

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First we stopped at the Boardwalk, then Yacht Club, Beach Club and Port Orleans Riverside last. We hopped off the bus and were instantly immersed in the warm Florida air. In our area, it was just barely getting warm when we left (we had snow in May), so this was heaven! Thing3 kept jumping around saying that "Today is the best day EVER!". After getting our bags, Dad and I went to check-in (we hadn't done online check-in). There was no line and in just a few minutes Kieran had us checked in. While he was putting together our paper work, he told us that he has a fourteen year old sister with my name (not a terribly common name)! It was a strange, but neat coincidence! While we were there, we got Thing2 a birthday button AND found out that we had been upgraded to a preferred room! We were in building 18, room 1856. It was a FABULOUS location! Right by a quiet pool, short walk to the main pool, and the lobby/bus depot! After dropping our stuff off in our room, we went to the Riverside Mill food court for dinner. At this point it was about 9:30, and we hadn't eaten anything since our lunch at the airport, about 8 hours ago! Here's what we had to eat:
-Mom and Dad shared fish basket, water, carrot cake
-Thing2 had some sort of roast beef plate with corn and mashed potatoes, milk and cheesecake
-Thing3 and I shared pesto pasta with mushrooms, water and mint chip ice cream (but she ate the carrot cake instead)
All of it was really good and we were excited to use our first dining credits! Next, we walked back to the room to put on swimsuits. When we got to our room, we saw that Mickey Mouse had been there!

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Mickey had left a special note and Silvermist doll for Thing3! She was sooooo excited! We put on our swimsuits (we packed them in our carry-ons) and headed down to the quiet pool near our room. Thing2 and I jumped right in, but Thing3 was really tired, so Mom took her back to the room while Dad stayed with us. Around 11, we went back up to the room to shower and put on pajamas (also in carry-ons). This was around the time we noticed that our room was FREEZING! It was 80 some degrees outside, but I was still cold wearing my sweatshirt in there! Our luggage hadn't arrived yet, and Thing2 and I weren't tired yet, so we convinced Mom and Dad to let us take a walk around the resort. About 20 steps outside our room, Thing2 decided she was scared of the dark and wanted to go back. I convinced her that we could take a quick walk to the lobby and back, and she agreed. While we were in the main building, we stopped and listened to the piano show for a few minutes. He was playing "When the Saints Go Marching In". Thing2 and I were a little bit on the hyper side, so we started singing and dancing along. After a few minutes, we decided to head back to the room. We got in bed and read for a while, then drifted off to sleep. I think the luggage finally came a little bit after midnight.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, there are many more other days! Thanks for reading!

Blessed_wth_Triplets
07-05-2011, 04:23 PM
Joining in! So are you the biggest WDW fan of the family? Your parents' trained you well!:lmao:

ZFamily5
07-05-2011, 04:27 PM
Joining in! So are you the biggest WDW fan of the family? Your parents' trained you well!:lmao:

Yes I am! And yes they did! :rotfl2: Thanks for joining in!

ZFamily5
07-06-2011, 12:49 PM
Sorry for the delay in updates. I'll try to get one up this evening! :thumbsup2

DisneyMom14
07-07-2011, 12:16 AM
Yes I do need to post the link!! I am going through a major case of PDD!! I'm in the process of trying to convince my parents we need Annual Passes...they aren't going for it quite yet. I'm hoping maybe we can fit in a short trip December 2012, but we'll see what happens! And if Annual Passes work out, maybe Summer 2013....and a long weekend in the fall of 2013...and maybe another weekend around Thanksgiving...I'm obsessed! :rotfl2:

PDD! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: I now know what I suffer from after every trip!

I'm also laughing at your plan for annual passes. I secretly have the same plan but instead of having to convince my parents, I have to convince my husband! :laughing: I actually would love to take a cruise next fall and get an annual pass in 2013 for maybe a Mardi Gras, Summer and either Thanksgiving or Christmas trip. I really hope it works out for you and me. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
07-07-2011, 08:55 AM
PDD! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: I now know what I suffer from after every trip!

I'm also laughing at your plan for annual passes. I secretly have the same plan but instead of having to convince my parents, I have to convince my husband! :laughing: I actually would love to take a cruise next fall and get an annual pass in 2013 for maybe a Mardi Gras, Summer and either Thanksgiving or Christmas trip. I really hope it works out for you and me. :goodvibes

Yup, it's PDD! :rotfl2:

I'm already counting down the days until you can start pricing for December 2012 (August 7th...I asked :rotfl:)! Is it too early to start a PTR for that? :laughing: Your plan sounds great! I'd love to take a Disney cruise, but we've cruised the past 2 years and I think my parents are done with that for a while! You'll have to keep us posted on how your quest for annual passes is going!

ZFamily5
07-07-2011, 03:22 PM
When we were first planning the trip, this was going to be our first Magic Kingdom day, but when we found out that my aunt, uncle and cousin would be joining us things got moved around, so our first full day became one of our "break days". As much as I liked having a day to "break into" vacation and relax right away, it was VERY difficult to not get up and head to a park right away! Dad, the early riser in the family got up around 7, grabbed his Kindle and went to sit by the pool and read. About half an hour later, I got restless, so I texted him to find out where he was so I could join him. He came back up to the room, I grabbed my Kindle (everyone but Thing3 has one; Mom, Dad and Thing2 got theirs at Christmas, I got mine for my 13th birthday) and we left the room. First we took a walk around the resort. We looked at the main pool, the lobby, the gift shop and some of the other buildings. Then we got back to the quiet pool right outside our building, so we decided to sit down and read. After about 15 minutes of sitting still and reading, I got restless again. At home I am typically very active between tennis, track, dance, school and whatever else I have going on, so sitting still and reading was hard for me, ESPECIALLY because I was ready to swim! While sitting by the pool, we heard a couple people talking about how there had been a bobcat by the pool sometime last night, which freaked me out a little bit. Based on what we heard, I guess they found this out from a CM. FINALLY at 9, Dad took me up to the room so I could put my swimsuit on! While Dad and I were changing, Thing2 got up and decided to join us. Thing3 and Mom woke up a little bit, but decided they would join us later. Dad, Thing2 and I made our way over to the main pool. I was looking forward to getting right in, but the water was COLD!! I really don't like to swim in cold water, so I was standing on my tip-toes jumping up and down trying to get used to the water. This became a joke throughout the trip and my Dad would imitate me doing that quite frequently. I was not amused. Finally, I decided that I was done trying to get used to that gelid water, so I sat in the chair and Dad swam with Thing2. Mom texted and said that they were putting on swimsuits and sunscreen and would be here soon. 35 minutes later...still no Mom and Thing3. When they finally showed up, they were in CLOTHES! :scared1: Apparently Thing3 decided she did NOT want to swim and was going to have nothing to do with it. Since the rest of us had been at the pool for a while, we decided to go back to the room. Thing2, Mom and Dad made a quick detour to go pick up breakfast and Thing3 and I headed straight back to the room. We aren't big breakfast people (really it's only Thing2 and Thing3 who eat breakfast, but sometimes I nibble), so we used 4 snack credits to get 2 Mickey milks, a muffin and some fruit. Sometime after we took showers, Mom realized we needed another hairbrush for BBB, which was later that afternoon. Thing3 and I went to the gift shop in search of another hairbrush. We found one and headed back to the room. While waiting for Mom and Dad to finish getting ready, my sisters and I watched "Must-Do Disney". When they were ready, we walked to the boat dock so we could go to Downtown Disney. I love riding the boat, it's so relaxing!

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When we arrived, we went straight to Earl of Sandwich for lunch. There was a long line, but it moved quickly. I got the veggie sandwich, potato salad and water, Thing2 and 3 shared the American with pudding and milk and I'm not sure what Mom and Dad got. It was okay, not my favorite meal, but certainly good. Since we had some time to kill before BBB, we browsed through a lot of shops. We looked through Once Upon a Toy, Goofy's Candy Co., the Christmas shop and Art of Disney. Then it was time for BBB, something Thing2 and I had wanted to do for our 2008 trip but didn't have enough money for. Here's a before picture of us:

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I'm not exactly sure what order these were taken in, but here are some assorted pictures of us:

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And one of all of us:

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We had a great time doing BBB! We spent quite a while looking around World of Disney, before Thing2 and I escaped to Goofy's Candy Co. to purchase some snacks as a surprise for Mom and Dad. We ended up getting a big "crisped rice treat", a huge cookie, a giant lollipop and 2 create your own "crisped rice treats". I'll leave you with 1 last picture of us at Downtown Disney before we headed for dinner.

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Thanks for reading!

ZFamily5
07-07-2011, 08:00 PM
You know your 6 year old sister has a Disney obsession when she sings "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for 30 minutes straight and knows ALL the words! She's a keeper all right! :rotfl:

Lifelong_Dreamer
07-07-2011, 08:03 PM
You know your 6 year old sister has a Disney obsession when she sings "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for 30 minutes straight and knows ALL the words! She's a keeper all right! :rotfl:

:thumbsup2

Love your BBB pictures.

ZFamily5
07-07-2011, 08:07 PM
:thumbsup2

Love your BBB pictures.

Thanks! We had a lot of fun!

DisneyMom14
07-07-2011, 09:51 PM
Your first day sounds like it was relaxing but I would have been restless too!!! I'm always go, go, go and being at Disney and NOT going straight somewhere would have driven me bananas! :banana:

I love the BBB pictures. I brought my DD there a few trips back and we have great memories of that experience and some great pics. You girls look so beautiful!


You know your 6 year old sister has a Disney obsession when she sings "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for 30 minutes straight and knows ALL the words! She's a keeper all right! :rotfl:

That's so cute!

PoohGal05
07-07-2011, 09:52 PM
Very cute!!

Sooze
07-07-2011, 10:38 PM
Thought I'd stop by and see about these two younger siblings of yours! How nice that you are writing a trip report! I always love to hear things from the 'kid's' point of view!!

Great pictures and fun stories!!

ZFamily5
07-07-2011, 11:29 PM
Your first day sounds like it was relaxing but I would have been restless too!!! I'm always go, go, go and being at Disney and NOT going straight somewhere would have driven me bananas! :banana:

I love the BBB pictures. I brought my DD there a few trips back and we have great memories of that experience and some great pics. You girls look so beautiful!

That's so cute!

Thanks! It drove me bananas too! It helped a little bit that we at least got to see the castle on our way to dinner (next update), but I got a little impatient to get to a park!

Very cute!!

Thanks!

Thought I'd stop by and see about these two younger siblings of yours! How nice that you are writing a trip report! I always love to hear things from the 'kid's' point of view!!

Great pictures and fun stories!!

Thanks for joining in! We had a great time and I'm glad people are enjoying hearing a TR from different perspective!

ZFamily5
07-09-2011, 12:14 PM
When I last left off, we were just finishing shopping at DTD and were going to head for our dinner at 1900 Park Fare. At this point it is about 4:30 and our ADR isn't until 7:40. We decided that we would kill some time riding a couple loops on the monorail. We went to the bus depot and waited for the first monorail resort bus to come. The first bus that came was a Contemporary bus. We got on. I soon wished we hadn't. There were 2 very obnoxious girls on the bus behind us. They were screaming at each other, hitting each other, trying to pull down each others shirts and running from seat to seat. If the girls had been around Thing3's age, I might not have gotten so upset. These girls were around 12 and 9 or 10. Their dad was in a wheelchair, and most of the bus ride he was screaming at the girls, who payed absolutely no attention to him. They continued hitting and kicking and screaming. The dad then proceeded to say call them idiots and tell them that "they were dead once they got off the bus". Again, the girls payed no attention whatsoever and kept yelling and hitting each other. We were talking to another family on the bus, and after a few minutes, the mom we were talking to turned around and told the girls to please quiet down. She told us she is a substitute teacher and boy, did she make those girls quiet down! I was very thankful that she put them in their place! When we got to the Contemporary, we went straight to the monorail. We got on and rode to the TTC. There we transferred to the EPCOT loop. Thing3 loved getting to see "her EPCOT"! As much as she loves the princesses and the castle and everything at Magic Kingdom, her absolute favorite park is EPCOT. She fell in love with Figment on our last trip (2008; she was 3) and still claims it's her favorite ride. When we got back to the TTC, we switched back to the resort loop and rode one full loop and then another half of a loop to get back to the Grand Floridian. We had a blast just relaxing and riding the monorail! When we got to the Grand Floridian, it was only 6:30. Dad tried to put our name in early, but they said he couldn't for a little while still. We looked around the lobby for a little bit and then we sat down on one of the couches to wait.

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We were pretty worn out. Thing2 and I decided that we should just tell Mom and Dad what we had originally planned (go watch Wishes from the Poly beach with our treats) but suggest that maybe we should just go back to the room to enjoy our treats and get to bed earlier. Mom and Dad agreed with us, as they were pretty tired too. After about an hour, we got called back. My thoughts on 1900 Park Fare: the food was okay. There weren't a lot of options for me, because I don't eat meat, but I made do. Based on what I wrote in my notebook I especially liked the mashed potatoes and chocolate mousse cups. I made this reservation for Thing2 and Thing3. I don't really enjoy meeting characters, except Donald and Stitch, so I had told Mom and Dad that I was only getting my picture taken with Cinderella. Mom and Dad said that was fine, it was my choice whether I wanted to be in pictures with the stepsisters and stepmother. Cinderella came first:

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When I saw Prince Charming coming, I conveniently managed to escape to get more food before he got to our table.

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Then the stepmother came along...she was funny, picking up Thing3's stuffed tiger, Simba, and petting him while chatting with us. When she asked if we wanted a picture, Thing2 and Thing3 hopped right up, while I stayed seated. She glared at me and told me to come take a picture with her. I said something along the lines of, "No, I'm good...I'll stay right here". She promptly answered, "Your parents paid good money for that hairdo, now get up here and take a picture". Reluctantly I got up and took a picture, but in my head I was thinking, "my parents didn't pay for me to get this hairdo, I did!".

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Can you see the joy on my face? :laughing: Basically the same conversation happened with Anastasia, and somehow I ended up taking another picture.

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When Drisella came, I set my foot down. I let Mom and Dad go be in the picture so that my excuse could be that I was taking the picture. She dubbed me the "royal photographer".

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After we had mingled with all the characters, we decided to head outside and look around for a few minutes.

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We then got on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom.

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From there we caught a bus back to POR. Mom, Dad and Thing3 went to the lobby to ask a question or something. Thing2 and I went straight back to the room. When Thing3 got back she was happy to see that Mickey had left her another gift, an autograph book. Before I took down my bun (it was really hurting my head), we decided to take a couple of pictures comparing our 2008 trip to this trip. Thing2, Thing3 and I in 2008:

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And 2011:

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And finally, 2 good ones:

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That's all for now, thanks for reading!

Sooze
07-09-2011, 12:58 PM
We have never eaten at Park Fare... I'm thinking I better schedule a meal there before MY little girl starts avoiding pictures like you did!!! I LOVE how the stepmother bossed you around... that is SO in character!

Thanks for sharing your meal and pics... I often forget about this restaurant!

ZFamily5
07-09-2011, 02:06 PM
We have never eaten at Park Fare... I'm thinking I better schedule a meal there before MY little girl starts avoiding pictures like you did!!! I LOVE how the stepmother bossed you around... that is SO in character!

Thanks for sharing your meal and pics... I often forget about this restaurant!

I would certainly recommend going there, especially while Shae is still young! The stepmother had us all laughing, even me! I really enjoyed the meal, despite meeting a few more characters than I wanted!

PoohGal05
07-09-2011, 09:16 PM
Your updates are wonderful!

DisneyFairytale
07-09-2011, 09:40 PM
Oh my goodness those photos are so much fun! what a blast! cannot wait to see more!

teachermommy78
07-09-2011, 09:53 PM
You know your 6 year old sister has a Disney obsession when she sings "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for 30 minutes straight and knows ALL the words! She's a keeper all right! :rotfl:


Oh my gosh...Ethan is singing that RIGHT NOW!!!! Maybe we can marry them off someday! :rotfl:

Disfan3
07-09-2011, 11:20 PM
Super cute report!! I have 4 girls who have been going to Disney since 2005 so I am all about girls and Disney trips!! They used to love to get dressed up like Thing2 and 3 but now that the older ones are teens...not so much. Time flies. Good thing I have a 2 year old now who will dress up for Disney!! :)
We have also stayed at the Poly and POR. Love them both!

I am a teacher so I loved your story about the sub teacher telling the girls to be quiet. I would so do something like that!

You have very good notes and reporting for a 14 year old!!

Can't wait for more of your trip!!

:cutie::cutie::cutie:

Disfan3
07-09-2011, 11:21 PM
Oh...and I LOVE the comparison pics!! HOW CUTE!!!!

ZFamily5
07-09-2011, 11:27 PM
Your updates are wonderful!

Thank you so much!

Oh my goodness those photos are so much fun! what a blast! cannot wait to see more!

Thanks for joining in!

Oh my gosh...Ethan is singing that RIGHT NOW!!!! Maybe we can marry them off someday! :rotfl:

:rotfl: Too funny! Thing3 recently added a set of dance moves too! Maybe I'll get out the video camera and tape it so you guys can see her "in action"...

Super cute report!! I have 4 girls who have been going to Disney since 2005 so I am all about girls and Disney trips!! They used to love to get dressed up like Thing2 and 3 but now that the older ones are teens...not so much. Time flies. Good thing I have a 2 year old now who will dress up for Disney!! :)
We have also stayed at the Poly and POR. Love them both!

I am a teacher so I loved your story about the sub teacher telling the girls to be quiet. I would so do something like that!

You have very good notes and reporting for a 14 year old!!

Can't wait for more of your trip!!

:cutie::cutie::cutie:

Thanks for joining in! If I could have dressed up, believe me, I would have! Disney brings out the little girl inside of me! We loved the Poly and POR too! Next time Mom and Dad really want to stay at the Contemporary or Beach Club.

Oh...and I LOVE the comparison pics!! HOW CUTE!!!!

Thanks! We thought it was cool to see how much we've changed over the years. Based on the pictures, a lot!

Disfan3
07-09-2011, 11:52 PM
I have stayed at the BC and the CR...and I would suggest the CR for space reasons but of course, they are both nice!! It's just that I know how tight it can be with all girls!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

ZFamily5
07-10-2011, 12:03 AM
I have stayed at the BC and the CR...and I would suggest the CR for space reasons but of course, they are both nice!! It's just that I know how tight it can be with all girls!!! :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:

So true! :rotfl::rotfl2::lmao:

We have 5 girl cousins (only 1 boy), so space is at a premium (I think that's the phrase I'm thinking of) when we all get together! Especially since the girls range in age from 19-6! Bathroom time and space are coveted among the older girls!

anjalee6
07-10-2011, 09:56 AM
Just stopping by. You guys look like you had a great time.we just got back last week and we also went to 1900 park fare. We had the same Cinderella, prince charming, and Drizella. I never see the same people "characters" in our pictures. Love your detailed reports. Great job!

AGPrincess
07-10-2011, 10:37 AM
Subbing! Love hearing about you and your sisters -- I have 4 brothers, so I'm very jealous, lol. How fun that you all did BBB together! princess:

ZFamily5
07-10-2011, 05:11 PM
Just stopping by. You guys look like you had a great time.we just got back last week and we also went to 1900 park fare. We had the same Cinderella, prince charming, and Drizella. I never see the same people "characters" in our pictures. Love your detailed reports. Great job!

Thanks for joining in! I never have seen the same people either! Are you doing a TR?

Subbing! Love hearing about you and your sisters -- I have 4 brothers, so I'm very jealous, lol. How fun that you all did BBB together! princess:

Thanks for joining in! Sometimes I wish I had a brother! Our family has 3 girls and we are really good friends with a family from church that has 3 boys! Kinda funny!

ZFamily5
07-10-2011, 06:36 PM
I'll try to have an update up tomorrow morning. I would have updated today but all of my grandparents are here because my baptism was this morning. I can't believe it's already July 10th! Why does summer have to go so fast? :confused3

dizney chick
07-10-2011, 06:48 PM
:yay: I'm here :yay: Great job on the trip report. I can't wait to hear more.

Also CONGRATS on your Baptism :woohoo: Three people were baptized at our church this morning, love it :love:

TheThomsLuvDisney
07-10-2011, 08:41 PM
Subbing In!

I love that you are so young writing this TR, nice to hear your persepective on things! I'm going to share with my 14 year old daughter and maybe she will be interested in writing a TR for our upcoming trips.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your comparison pictures!!!

stitchfan531
07-10-2011, 10:55 PM
Hey Thing1! Your report is awesome! Can't wait to read more!

I'm also really glad I'm not the only one to give my tripmates nicknames! :rotfl:

I'm sorry you're not a big character fan... but I'm really glad you like pictures with Stitch!

Your sisters are really cute, by the way... loved the BBB pics! I'm not much into makeup, but you guys looked great!

Keep on posting! I want to see more awesome pics, especially of your resort. I've never stayed at POR before... the few pictures I've seen are pretty nice, but are the rooms nice? And what about the main areas?

Can't wait for another update! I'm definitely in!

Queenofallthings
07-10-2011, 10:55 PM
You all look so beautiful! Great pictures at 1900 Park Fare...you all look like you're having a great time!

ZFamily5
07-10-2011, 10:58 PM
:yay: I'm here :yay: Great job on the trip report. I can't wait to hear more.

Also CONGRATS on your Baptism :woohoo: Three people were baptized at our church this morning, love it :love:

Thanks for stopping in! We actually had 7 people baptized this morning, 5 youth and 2 adults. It was a HUGE event at our church because we average about 40 people that attend every week!

Subbing In!

I love that you are so young writing this TR, nice to hear your persepective on things! I'm going to share with my 14 year old daughter and maybe she will be interested in writing a TR for our upcoming trips.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your comparison pictures!!!

Thanks for joining in! I'm so glad people like hearing from my perspective! Sometimes I wonder if people aren't reading my TR for the reason that it's from a teen's point of view. Your DD10 is just a little bit younger than my Thing2! All you need is a 6 year old equivelant to my Thing3! :rotfl2: It would be great if your DD14 wrote a TR for your trip! The more teens around here the better! :cool1:

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 11:33 AM
This was the day I'd been dreaming about. The first time you see the castle (well…the first time of that trip anyways), the walk down Main Street, the music, everything. I was especially excited because I knew that this would probably be Thing3's first memory of seeing the castle, as she was only 3 last time. We got up VERY early, probably around 6 AM (5 at our house). We got dressed and made our way to the bus depot. We were nearest to the South Depot, which was just a 5 minute walk from our room. We were on the first Magic Kingdom bus, at 7 AM. The bus ride seemed very long because we were all so excited to get there! When we arrived, we got into the line for early entrance because of dining reservations. After just a few short minutes, they started letting us in. For me, this was probably the moment I felt like I was at Disney World the most. We rounded the corner and took our first glimpses of the castle!

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Thing3 was amazed. Thing2 and I were just so happy to finally be there! We leisurely walked down Main Street, stopping to take plenty of pictures along the way.

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When we got to the "Partners" statue, Thing2 and Thing3 sat down on the bench, just taking it all in. Before this trip, it had been semi-tradition to eat breakfast at Crystal Palace our first day at Magic Kingdom, so of course, that's where Thing2 and Thing3 assumed we were eating. One day back in January, I was messing around with the online reservation system and happened to find an 8:20 CRT ADR. I was thrilled and after asking Mom and Dad, booked it. The three of us had decided to keep the ADR a secret from the girls until the morning of the trip. Cut back to the Magic Kingdom, Mom decided it would be a good time to tell them where we were really eating. She nudged me to tell them, since I was the one who made the reservation. They were pretty excited to eat in the castle, especially Thing3!

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While we were waiting to check in, we walked towards Fantasyland to look at Dumbo from behind the rope. That's when Thing3 really got into the Disney spirit! She started jumping up and down and couldn't stop talking about how excited she was! After a couple of minutes, we went and checked in. We got our picture taken with Cinderella and then went upstairs to be seated.

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While we were walking up the stairs, Thing3 kept saying that this was HER castle and that we were her "royal guests". We got seated at a table looking over Fantasyland. It was amazing! First they brought out the plate of pastries, which were okay. I know Mom and Dad got scrambled eggs and some sort of potato, Thing2 got french toast, I got the yogurt parfait thing and I'm pretty sure Thing3 got something with bacon…she loves bacon. Then the princesses started coming around. Thing3 was very excited to get their autographs. Autographs and pin-trading were really fun things for her this trip. First we saw Thing2's favorite princess, Snow White.

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Then we saw Princess Aurora.

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Next came Ariel.

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And finally, Belle.

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Thing3 had a great time guessing who the princess would be when the read the little story about each one! I'll have to ask her, but this was probably one of the best moments of the trip for her. After "paying" the bill, we went back down to the Fantasyland rope to wait for the park to open. We had already decided that we were going to do Dumbo first (per Thing2 and Thing3's request). The CM's gave the usual, no running spiel and then undid the rope. We speed walked over to Dumbo and got onto the second ride of the day! My sisters and I were in one Dumbo and Mom and Dad were in the one right in front of us.

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After Dumbo, we went straight over to Peter Pan, which I'm pretty sure is Mom's favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom. I rode with Thing2 on this and Thing3 went with Mom and Dad. Then Dad ran and got fastpasses for Winnie the Pooh (and got "surprise" fastpasses for Philharmagic too). We headed over towards my favorite ride, Splash Mountain!! Thing3 was barely tall enough, but we encouraged her to come with us. She sat between Mom and Dad and again, Thing2 and I sat together. When we got off, Thing3 claimed she loved it…not quite what she told us later in the trip. Then we headed over to Big Thunder Mountain, another first for Thing3. Again, she rode with Mom and Dad and Thing2 and I were riding buddies. And yet again, she claimed she loved it, but that was not the case. The wait was still only 5 minutes for BTMRR, so Thing2 and I went again while Dad got fastpasses for Space Mountain and Mom and Thing3 went to ride It's a Small World. After taking our second ride through the wilderness, Thing2 and I walked over to IASW to meet them. Dad was waiting for us and Mom and Thing3 were just getting off. Thing2 and I wanted to ride, so we got in line and were soon riding It's a Small World for the first time of the trip (second time for Mom and Thing3). Next, we headed towards the teacups, in hopes of meeting Alice and the White Rabbit, since they were on our shirts. Sure enough, they were there, so after a quick spin on the teacups for Dad, Thing2, Thing3 and I, we got in line to meet them.

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I'll leave you with that picture for now, thanks for reading!

stitchfan531
07-11-2011, 12:33 PM
Look at you, taking pictures with all the characters! :thumbsup2 I love the matching shirts!

I totally understand the thing about little sisters changing their minds about rides. My DSis (she's eleven, too!) did that all the time with rides and shows when she was younger. She'd go on BTMRR and have a fantastic time, and then a couple of months later when we're talking about past trips, we'll bring it up, and she's like, "I didn't like that". :headache: Annoyed the heck out of my parents, but I thought it was hilarious! :lmao:

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 12:48 PM
Look at you, taking pictures with all the characters! :thumbsup2 I love the matching shirts!

I totally understand the thing about little sisters changing their minds about rides. My DSis (she's eleven, too!) did that all the time with rides and shows when she was younger. She'd go on BTMRR and have a fantastic time, and then a couple of months later when we're talking about past trips, we'll bring it up, and she's like, "I didn't like that". :headache: Annoyed the heck out of my parents, but I thought it was hilarious! :lmao:

Thanks for stopping in! Thing3 is our little fickle pickle! She'd say, "That was so much fun!" and then when we wanted to go again in a couple hours she'd say, "No, it's too scary!". It sure annoyed me at the time, but she's little, so I guess I understand.

BrdwayBoy
07-11-2011, 02:27 PM
Having a great time reading about your trip; Can't wait to hear more!

Blessed_wth_Triplets
07-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Great update! What a nice picture you took of your parents! I just love CRT too.....I think the entrance of the princesses is so exciting!! Can't wait to read more!

acf_1991
07-11-2011, 04:16 PM
I love your pictures and TR so far!! Can't wait to hear more :thumbsup2

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 06:37 PM
Having a great time reading about your trip; Can't wait to hear more!

Thanks for joining in! I'll try to post another update later tonight or tomorrow morning!

Great update! What a nice picture you took of your parents! I just love CRT too.....I think the entrance of the princesses is so exciting!! Can't wait to read more!

Thanks! I'm love photography, but sometimes it's hard with the lighting and angles and zoom and everything! Are you/have you taken your DD to CRT?

I love your pictures and TR so far!! Can't wait to hear more :thumbsup2

Thanks for joining in!

Sooze
07-11-2011, 06:43 PM
Wow! You got SO much done this morning! A full meal in the castle, meeting the princesses, and STILL being at rope drop, then riding all of those classic rides. GREAT PLANNING! :thumbsup2

I am betting Alice loved your shirts... she probably doesn't see to many with HER on them... it's always princesses and fairies!

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 06:47 PM
Sorry! I must have missed these! :confused3

Hey Thing1! Your report is awesome! Can't wait to read more!

I'm also really glad I'm not the only one to give my tripmates nicknames! :rotfl:

I'm sorry you're not a big character fan... but I'm really glad you like pictures with Stitch!

Your sisters are really cute, by the way... loved the BBB pics! I'm not much into makeup, but you guys looked great!

Keep on posting! I want to see more awesome pics, especially of your resort. I've never stayed at POR before... the few pictures I've seen are pretty nice, but are the rooms nice? And what about the main areas?

Can't wait for another update! I'm definitely in!

Nope, I came up with nicknames for my family too! I love the characters from a distance, I just feel kind of awkward giving them hugs and taking pictures. I'm not much into makeup either...I didn't want them to put any on me, but I didn't know how to ask without sounding rude, so I let them. Our room was nice, but COLD!! There were two double beds and a trundle (which my sisters and I found to be more comfy than the actual bed). We loved the food court, although certain stations (waffles at breakfast and pasta at dinner) always had lengthy lines. The only other downside I had with the resort was that it took a long time for the bus to get around the resort. The South Depot was closest to our room, but it was the last stop, so often it would take 45 minutes to get back to the resort from a park. Overall we loved it and I would definitely recommend it!

You all look so beautiful! Great pictures at 1900 Park Fare...you all look like you're having a great time!

Thank you so much!

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 06:51 PM
Wow! You got SO much done this morning! A full meal in the castle, meeting the princesses, and STILL being at rope drop, then riding all of those classic rides. GREAT PLANNING! :thumbsup2

I am betting Alice loved your shirts... she probably doesn't see to many with HER on them... it's always princesses and fairies!

Yes, we got a TON done! And we still hit Tomorrowland pretty hard before lunch! Well...I don't want to say this...especially here...but I didn't plan our morning like that...I didn't actually plan it at all. :scared1: Mom and Dad said that I could plan what parks for what days/park hopping, meals, etc. but they didn't want a set ride schedule. As they tell me, "We've been to Disney enough times to know what rides get crowded" :rotfl2:

Alice did love our shirts! And no, I haven't seen many Alice shirts either!

jenny105
07-11-2011, 07:24 PM
Hi! I saw the link in your signature and decided to come on over. I'm enjoying reading your TR. The picture of you and your sisters with the Mickey ears on is great!

You've done so much already and you're only on your second full day!

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 07:39 PM
Hi! I saw the link in your signature and decided to come on over. I'm enjoying reading your TR. The picture of you and your sisters with the Mickey ears on is great!

You've done so much already and you're only on your second full day!

Thanks for joining in! I'm rather fond of that picture too! And yes, we accomplished quite a bit already!

JolllyHoliday
07-11-2011, 07:43 PM
You are doing such a good job with your trip report. I am enjoying reading it. Great pictures too.

jecskc
07-11-2011, 07:52 PM
You and your sisters are just precious !!! And I also love that at 14 you have better grammar and better spelling than a good bit of the adults on this board. Kudos to you and I love your writing style. Can't wait to see more !!

jenny105
07-11-2011, 07:55 PM
You and your sisters are just precious !!! And I also love that at 14 you have better grammar and better spelling than a good bit of the adults on this board. Kudos to you and I love your writing style. Can't wait to see more !!

::yes:: I agree. If it weren't for the picture proof, I would never guess you're only 14!

luckylady
07-11-2011, 08:33 PM
Loving the report.Reading it it's hard to believe that your only 14. Your doing a great writing job. You and your sister are just to cute and I think your a wonderful big sister to surprise them with breakfast at CRT. Can't wait to read more.

ZFamily5
07-11-2011, 10:54 PM
You are doing such a good job with your trip report. I am enjoying reading it. Great pictures too.

Thank you so much! Glad to have you aboard (sounds like something I should say on the DCL board, not here!)!

You and your sisters are just precious !!! And I also love that at 14 you have better grammar and better spelling than a good bit of the adults on this board. Kudos to you and I love your writing style. Can't wait to see more !!

Thanks for joining in! And thank you so much! It helps that my mom is a high school English teacher!

::yes:: I agree. If it weren't for the picture proof, I would never guess you're only 14!

Thank you so much! You have no idea how much that means to me!

Loving the report.Reading it it's hard to believe that your only 14. Your doing a great writing job. You and your sister are just to cute and I think your a wonderful big sister to surprise them with breakfast at CRT. Can't wait to read more.

Thanks for joining in! As Thing2 declared after I surprised them with going to CRT, "Maybe all that DIS-ing DOES have it's advantages!" :rotfl:

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 12:05 AM
When I last left off, we had ridden Dumbo, Peter Pan, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain (twice for Thing2 and I), It’s a Small World (twice for Mom and Thing3) and the Teacups AND it wasn’t even lunch time yet! After our meeting with Alice and the White Rabbit, we went to ride the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with the fastpasses we had gotten earlier. As glad as I was to skip the line, I was kind of bummed we didn’t get to use the interactive area of the line. Next we went over to Mickey’s Philharmagic to use our “surprise” fastpasses from earlier. As usual, the show was great! I especially loved seeing Thing3’s reactions to all of the special effects. After the show, we headed for Tomorrowland. At this point it was pretty hot out, so we decided that a spin on the TTA (Peoplemover?) was in order. We all love that ride, even if it’s really slow, it’s a great way to cool down. Much to Thing3’s joy, we decided to see the Carousel of Progress next. The Carousel of Progress is pretty much the one thing she remembered from our 2008 trip. Leading up to the trip she’d say things like, “I want to see that show with the man and his dog and they sing!” It took us a little while to figure out what she was talking about, but she knew what she was talking about! As I posted previously, she STILL sings this song around the house! Finally we decided it was lunch time, so we headed over to Cosmic Ray’s. After telling Mom and Dad what we wanted to eat, they gave us each a fastpass for Space Mountain and told us we could go quickly before we ate. Thing3 is still too short, so with the baby-swap pass, all 4 of us could ride after lunch too! Thing2 was very excited for this, because Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are her favorite rides at Magic Kingdom. We made it all the way up to the boarding area when the left side of the ride (the side we were on) broke down. After about 20 minutes of just standing there, the CMs led us to the other side. We were quickly put into a boarding group, Thing2 in the front of our rocket, me in the middle and another guy in the back. Then the drama started. The lady who was waiting to board the rocket before ours decided that she didn’t want to ride in the middle of a rocket, she wanted the front. She asked the man who was in line for the front of her rocket to trade places with her. He said no, that he was closer to his family this way. She proceeded to get angry and tell her boyfriend (husband?) that she didn’t want to ride at all then. At this point I was telling Thing2 to make sure she held her ground and didn’t let the lady push in front of her. Her rocket pulled up and everyone got in but her; she just stood there. Finally, after the safety gates close and the rocket is about to pull away, she pushes through the gate and leaps into her rocket RIGHT before it starts to move! Thing2 and I just looked at each other in disbelief. Thing2 loved Space Mountain…me…not so much. I was afraid I was going to hit my head on the rails the whole time, so I spent most of the ride ducked down. Quite a while after leaving Mom and Dad (and Thing3), we returned. Lunch was okay. I didn’t like the veggie wrap I had, but I ate French fries and that chocolate cake (I know, real healthy). I volunteered to take Thing3 to meet some characters while Mom, Dad and Thing2 rode Space Mountain. Everyone agreed to that plan, so Thing3 and I got in line to meet Chip and Dale and the others went off for a space adventure. Just 5 minutes after leaving to ride Space Mountain, they returned. Apparently Space Mountain broke down, so Dad and Thing2 took another loop of the TTA and Mom waited with Thing3 and me. It was VERY hot out.

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Finally, Thing3 got to meet Chip and Dale. The line seemed to move so slowly, but the interaction was worth the wait.

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We must have gotten fastpasses sometime earlier for Buzz Lightyear, because we rode that next. I’ve never really researched what targets get you mega-points, but it sure seemed like Thing2 had! Her score was 995,500 and mine was about…well…12,000. I know, pathetic. After that, Mom, Dad and Thing2 went back to Space Mountain to try again. In the meantime, I took Thing3 to meet Stitch! This was a bad time to meet him, because there was no PhotoPass photographer, so I didn’t get to be in the picture! Thing3 got upset in line too, because we couldn’t find the autograph pen, so she didn’t get to get Stitch’s autograph.

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She was kind of shy.

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When Mom, Dad and Thing2 got back, we decided to go find a parade spot. It was REALLY hot out. We found a spot on the curb right across from the Partners statue. Thing3 was hot and tired, so she had a meltdown. Mom took her into the Emporium to keep her cool. They stayed and watched part of the parade from there, because Thing3 was pretty cranky. I love that parade. I’m really disappointed we didn’t take pictures of it, but it was just too hot. Much to my disappointment, after the parade Mom and Dad said we needed to go back to the room for Thing3 to take a nap. We rode the bus back to POR and headed back for the air conditioning. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I know that we refilled our mugs and Thing2 and I went swimming for a while. When Mom, Thing2 and I were headed back to the room from refilling our mugs, there was a family just arriving. They had a lot of suitcases that the dad was trying to drag up the stairs. He had just got to the top with his suitcases when I started walking up the stairs (Mom and Thing2 were a little bit behind me). When I was about 1/3 of the way up the stairs, one of his suitcases came rolling down the stairs at me! I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I did the sensible thing, I stayed right where I was standing while a suitcase came barreling down the stairs at me. When the suitcase was about to plow me down, I leaped over it, onto the next step and kept right on walking up the stairs like nothing happened. The man’s jaw dropped. My mom’s jaw dropped. Thing2’s jaw dropped. If you’ve ever seen the TV show “Wipeout”, I felt like I could have been on that show! Later Mom told me she was glad it was me and not her, because she would have fallen on her face. I’ll leave you with that memorable moment for now. The next update will hopefully have more pictures. Up next, evening at the Magic Kingdom! Thanks for reading!

PoohGal05
07-12-2011, 05:12 AM
OH MY GOSH :scared1: about the suitcase! Did the hotel you were staying in not have an elevator for the man to use? That's just craziness!

I think everyone is bound to run into a lady like the Ms. Drama you had at Space Mountain! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!

Loving the updates! :thumbsup2

stitchfan531
07-12-2011, 07:16 AM
Then the drama started. The lady who was waiting to board the rocket before ours decided that she didn’t want to ride in the middle of a rocket, she wanted the front. She asked the man who was in line for the front of her rocket to trade places with her. He said no, that he was closer to his family this way. She proceeded to get angry and tell her boyfriend (husband?) that she didn’t want to ride at all then. At this point I was telling Thing2 to make sure she held her ground and didn’t let the lady push in front of her. Her rocket pulled up and everyone got in but her; she just stood there. Finally, after the safety gates close and the rocket is about to pull away, she pushes through the gate and leaps into her rocket RIGHT before it starts to move! Thing2 and I just looked at each other in disbelief.

People like this annoy the heck out of me. It totally ruins the wonderfully fun, safe, relaxed atmosphere for everyone, just because they're so selfish. She could've broken a bone with that stunt! Make up your bloody mind, lady! :furious:

I'm sorry you didn't get to be in a picture with Stitch! But I love how chill he is with Thing3... that's my little blue genetic experiment!

Stitch: "Also cute and fluffy!" :stitch:

Yes, that too!

Keep posting! You're doing a fantastic job!

jenny105
07-12-2011, 10:40 AM
I never put my hands up on Space Mountain because I'm afraid they're going to hit the track so I understand that fear!

Buzz is a weird ride! Sometimes my score is 500,000 and other times I don't even break 100,000! :confused3 Good for Thing 2 getting that score!

I met Stitch at Castaway Cay. He took my towel and through it into the bushes! LOL True to character!

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 11:14 AM
**Word of Warning: If you see random dancing bananas, Thing2 put them there. She recently discovered all of the emoticons and LOVES those dancing bananas! :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

OH MY GOSH :scared1: about the suitcase! Did the hotel you were staying in not have an elevator for the man to use? That's just craziness!

I think everyone is bound to run into a lady like the Ms. Drama you had at Space Mountain! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!

Loving the updates! :thumbsup2

No, our building didn't have an elevator. Looking back on it, the situation seems scary, but in the moment, it just felt natural to jump over the suitcase! :rotfl2: :banana::banana: Yes, there were quite a few times when we saw dramatic people, but I think this was the most "involved" we were in it!

People like this annoy the heck out of me. It totally ruins the wonderfully fun, safe, relaxed atmosphere for everyone, just because they're so selfish. She could've broken a bone with that stunt! Make up your bloody mind, lady! :furious:

I'm sorry you didn't get to be in a picture with Stitch! But I love how chill he is with Thing3... that's my little blue genetic experiment!

Stitch: "Also cute and fluffy!" :stitch:

Yes, that too!

Keep posting! You're doing a fantastic job!

She sure annoyed us too! After the rocket left, we could see what she would have landed on if she jumped after the rocket left: a lot of gears and metal and scary looking stuff! :scared1: At first Stitch was trying to play with her, but apparently the sun was in her eyes, so she just stood there and Stitch mimiced her pose. :rotfl2:

I never put my hands up on Space Mountain because I'm afraid they're going to hit the track so I understand that fear!

Buzz is a weird ride! Sometimes my score is 500,000 and other times I don't even break 100,000! :confused3 Good for Thing 2 getting that score!

I met Stitch at Castaway Cay. He took my towel and through it into the bushes! LOL True to character!

Because you can see the rails partially, but not entirely, so that freaks me out! My score on Buzz varies quite a bit too! Thing2 is sitting next to me and says that you're nice (I think she likes that you complimented her Buzz score) :banana: :rotfl2::rotfl: about Stitch! Too funny!! :rotfl::rotfl2:

jenny105
07-12-2011, 12:14 PM
Because you can see the rails partially, but not entirely, so that freaks me out! My score on Buzz varies quite a bit too! Thing2 is sitting next to me and says that you're nice (I think she likes that you complimented her Buzz score) :banana: :rotfl2::rotfl: about Stitch! Too funny!! :rotfl::rotfl2:

Thanks Thing2! :goodvibes

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 01:41 PM
Thanks Thing2! :goodvibes

You're welcome. I love dancing bananas!:banana::banana::banana::banana:
-Thing2

rpbear
07-12-2011, 02:15 PM
Wonderful trip report and well written. I can't believe you are 14. I love the pictures of you and your sisters. I have two daughters that are 17 and 23. We started going to WDW when they were 3 and 9. Therefore, I especially love trip reports with pictures of little girls getting to meet the princesses. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Lucy

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 02:24 PM
Wonderful trip report and well written. I can't believe you are 14. I love the pictures of you and your sisters. I have two daughters that are 17 and 23. We started going to WDW when they were 3 and 9. Therefore, I especially love trip reports with pictures of little girls getting to meet the princesses. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Lucy

Thanks for joining in! I love reading TRs with little girls too! And there are lots of princess and character pictures coming up soon!:thumbsup2

Blessed_wth_Triplets
07-12-2011, 02:26 PM
I love your writing!!! Yes...I too can't believe your age! I really hope I've done my proper job brainwashing my love for WDW for my daughter and she is like you! ;) Seriously though...I dream of her getting married at WDW at wedding castle pictures...don't you?!?:thumbsup2

jenny105
07-12-2011, 02:41 PM
You're welcome. I love dancing bananas!:banana::banana::banana::banana:
-Thing2

:banana: Me too! :banana:

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 02:44 PM
I love your writing!!! Yes...I too can't believe your age! I really hope I've done my proper job brainwashing my love for WDW for my daughter and she is like you! ;) Seriously though...I dream of her getting married at WDW at wedding castle pictures...don't you?!?:thumbsup2

Thank you so much! Just make sure you take your daughter to Disney at least every couple of years (and maybe even let her help plan some) and I'm sure she'll love it as much as everyone here! Yes, I DREAM of getting married at Disney World! There was a Disney wedding special on a couple of years ago and I remember that one couple got married on the stage in front of the castle! :cloud9:
:banana: Me too! :banana:

:rotfl:

teachermommy78
07-12-2011, 03:05 PM
Your track coach will be proud of your agility!!! Good job with the jump! Perhaps you should switch to hurdles? I am questioning whether or not Sophie has the Disney gene. I thought she did, but every time I ask her (87 times a day...ahem) if she wants to go back to Disney World, she looks at me like I'm crazy! What is with that? She did say that she isn't super excited because she keeps getting sick there (true...1st time she ended up with pneumonia and a 105.8 temp, and this last time she's had a really slow recovery virus with lots of fever and fatigue). Hello....child! That's what zinc and vitamin C are for...duh! She isn't terribly amused with my responses. :confused3.

And that is an AMAZING score for thing 2! I am seriously impressed. I got 191,000 and was bragging to my family how awesome I was. :rotfl:

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 03:19 PM
Your track coach will be proud of your agility!!! Good job with the jump! Perhaps you should switch to hurdles? I am questioning whether or not Sophie has the Disney gene. I thought she did, but every time I ask her (87 times a day...ahem) if she wants to go back to Disney World, she looks at me like I'm crazy! What is with that? She did say that she isn't super excited because she keeps getting sick there (true...1st time she ended up with pneumonia and a 105.8 temp, and this last time she's had a really slow recovery virus with lots of fever and fatigue). Hello....child! That's what zinc and vitamin C are for...duh! She isn't terribly amused with my responses. :confused3.

And that is an AMAZING score for thing 2! I am seriously impressed. I got 191,000 and was bragging to my family how awesome I was. :rotfl:

Actually, I did the 100m hurdles the past 2 seasons. Sophie doesn't want to go back to Disney?!? :scared1: Pneumonia at Disney? That's horrible!! Poor kid! If it's any consolation, I'm amused by your respones! :rotfl: Last night I was explaining to Thing2 about renting DVC points and showing her pictures of all the resorts in hopes of inspiring her to help me plan. She decided that we will be staying at the Beach Club or Boardwalk on our June 2013 trip! She has expensive taste, but I have to admit, I agree with her choices! :rotfl2: I would be THRILLED if I got 191,000 too! :laughing:

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 06:13 PM
I'll try to have another update up later tonight. We are about to go help some friends cut up a tree that fell down and knocked over their fence, then have a cookout and swim. Should be a fun evening with friends!

ZFamily5
07-12-2011, 11:53 PM
When I last left off, I had just leaped over a suitcase tumbling down the stairs towards me! After about 2 hours of swimming and relaxing in the air conditioning, we took the bus back over to the Magic Kingdom! Before leaving I’d picked up a set of fastpasses for the Mickey and Minnie meet and greet. We decided to do that first, since we were right there. There was virtually no wait, so the fastpasses weren’t necessary, but I felt prepared having them. I guess I decided I didn’t want to meet Mickey and Minnie…

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After our meet and greet, we decided to go to Adventureland. When we first entered Adventureland we grabbed fastpasses for Jungle Cruise. There was just a short wait for Aladdin’s Magic Carpets, and soon we were flying above Agrabah (I think that’s how you spell it…).

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Then we got in line for POTC, which barely had a line either. Thing3 got a little scared on the hill, but she recovered quickly. After browsing through the gift shop for a while, we were all getting hungry. We decided on Columbia Harbor House for dinner. I know I got the sandwich with the hummus, which I enjoyed. Thing3 got macaroni and cheese, I’m pretty sure Thing2 got chicken tenders and I think Mom and Dad shared a fish basket. I LOVE Columbia Harbor House! I think it’s my favorite CS restaurant in Magic Kingdom. After dinner, we went back to Adventureland to use our Jungle Cruise fastpasses. I’d read somewhere that during the scene where the tribal people are all screaming, one of them shouts, “I like to disco!” and sure enough, I heard it. After Jungle Cruise we went over to Big Thunder Mountain again. I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I’m pretty sure Thing3 didn’t ride again. I know Thing2 and I did, I’m just not sure about Mom and Dad….Next, we decided to try the Haunted Mansion. That. Ride. Scares. Me. I know, I know, I’m a wimp. Even Thing3 wasn’t scared. For some reason, that ride just freaks me out. I clutched onto Thing2’s arm the whole ride. I did, however, enjoy the part where our heads got switched! After Haunted Mansion, we decided to head over to the Tomorrowland Speedway. I drove by myself, Thing2 went by herself and Dad and Thing3 rode together (Mom didn’t want to ride). Dad and Thing3 were behind me and Dad was NOT impressed with my driving skills. You see, I’ve been talking non-stop about how I’m able to get my learner’s permit in just a few months. Needless to say, Mom and Dad don’t quite think I’m reading for that (especially after last weekend’s off-road go-karting experience…here’s a tip, the go-karts are supposed to stay ON the road!). We decided it would be a good time to find a spot for the “Magic, Memories and You” show. We finally found a spot on the bridge to Tomorrowland. It would have been the perfect spot…except a really tall family came and stood RIGHT in front of us. While we were waiting, Thing3 noticed Tinkerbell’s wire. She was convinced that it was just a human zip-lining above us. Thing2 and I eventually convinced her that the CMs strap Tinkerbell to the wire, so in case she’s in one of her bad attitude moments when she needs to fly, they can just shove her out the window and she’ll still be seen by the crowd. She seemed to accept this answer. We stayed in that spot to watch Wishes also. I LOVE that show. It just makes me so happy! After Wishes ended, we decided to find a spot to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade. We found a GREAT spot in Liberty Square, sort of in front of Liberty Tree Tavern. It was only us and one other family, so we had PLENTY of room to spread out. While we were waiting, Dad ran to the Main Street Bakery to get a chocolate chip cookie for Mom and an oatmeal raisin cookie for him. In the meantime, Thing2 and I walked ALL the way to Adventureland to get ice cream for the three of us (Mickey Bar for Thing3 and I, Chocolate covered Banana for Thing2). Even after we got back, there was still a little while before the parade. As you can see, my sisters got pretty tired.

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I LOVE that parade too! It just makes me smile! I have the music on my iPod, so I listen to it quite a bit! We debated staying another hour, since the park was open ‘til midnight, but Thing3 was beat and we needed our rest, we were meeting up with my aunt, uncle and cousin tomorrow! We rode the bus back to POR, took showers and went to bed! Thanks for reading!

teachermommy78
07-13-2011, 08:59 AM
Wonderful update!!! Can I adopt you? My 3 things need a big sister! You be our permababysitter and Scott and I could go to WDW all we want! :rotfl2: yes, I'm being selfish. I smell a Cinderella story here somewhere. :lmao:

I love the picture on the carpet. You need to photoshop your dad in and it would be a cute Christmas card!

I can't wait for the next update!

teachermommy78
07-13-2011, 09:18 AM
Actually, I did the 100m hurdles the past 2 seasons. Sophie doesn't want to go back to Disney?!? :scared1: Pneumonia at Disney? That's horrible!! Poor kid! If it's any consolation, I'm amused by your respones! :rotfl: Last night I was explaining to Thing2 about renting DVC points and showing her pictures of all the resorts in hopes of inspiring her to help me plan. She decided that we will be staying at the Beach Club or Boardwalk on our June 2013 trip! She has expensive taste, but I have to admit, I agree with her choices! :rotfl2: I would be THRILLED if I got 191,000 too! :laughing:

Oh, she didn't get sick AT WDW. It was when we returned. That would be terrible. Although Finn did end up in the ER on this trip (spoiler!). I think the drive is the other thing that doesn't thrill Sophie. We are likely going to MA next summer to visit scott's brother and his family. We will be driving (another 18 hour drive) and Sophie visibly wilted. The only thing that got her to perk was a trip to NYC with a probable jaunt into NJ to see Carlo's Bakery (Cake Boss on TLC).

We are thinking about renting points next trip too! Can't you all wait until 2014 so we can be trip buddies ;)? Scott works will a guy who will rent them to us for $11 a point (but he said he's been known to rent them for lower if asked nicely :lmao:). You all run into the same problem we do, though. 5 people is tricky! I looked up point calculators and the only 5 people rooms I could find for DVC are Animal Kingdom and Bay Lake Towers (MY dream!). Would you go for one of the two bedrooms at BCV or BWV?

jenny105
07-13-2011, 10:32 AM
I was scared of POTC and HM when I was little. When I first went to Disney World, I had my eyes closed through most of those rides! I love HM, it's one of my favorites, but I understand why it freaks you out. I hate the part with the doors and the bride is just CREEPY!

I have the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade on a cd. I listen to it in my car sometimes. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
07-13-2011, 11:51 AM
Wonderful update!!! Can I adopt you? My 3 things need a big sister! You be our permababysitter and Scott and I could go to WDW all we want! :rotfl2: yes, I'm being selfish. I smell a Cinderella story here somewhere. :lmao:

I love the picture on the carpet. You need to photoshop your dad in and it would be a cute Christmas card!

I can't wait for the next update!

I'm not sure I'm avaliable for adoption....I think (hope :rotfl2:) my parents would miss me! What you need is your own Mary Poppins! Then you could have your permababysitter and you could go to Disney all you want! It would be a cute Christmas card! I'll have to mention that to Mom, then maybe I could get out of that little photoshoot by the fireplace we do every for every Christmas card!

Oh, she didn't get sick AT WDW. It was when we returned. That would be terrible. Although Finn did end up in the ER on this trip (spoiler!). I think the drive is the other thing that doesn't thrill Sophie. We are likely going to MA next summer to visit scott's brother and his family. We will be driving (another 18 hour drive) and Sophie visibly wilted. The only thing that got her to perk was a trip to NYC with a probable jaunt into NJ to see Carlo's Bakery (Cake Boss on TLC).

We are thinking about renting points next trip too! Can't you all wait until 2014 so we can be trip buddies ;)? Scott works will a guy who will rent them to us for $11 a point (but he said he's been known to rent them for lower if asked nicely :lmao:). You all run into the same problem we do, though. 5 people is tricky! I looked up point calculators and the only 5 people rooms I could find for DVC are Animal Kingdom and Bay Lake Towers (MY dream!). Would you go for one of the two bedrooms at BCV or BWV?

Oh good! I thought that she got pneumonia AT Disney World! Oh no! Poor Finn! I suppose you're going to make me wait and find out with everyone else what required the trip to the ER? I was going to say maybe you could take the train to MA instead, but I'm not sure if there is a train that goes to from Chicago to MA and you might want a car when you arrive. Mom and Dad decided that my plan for a December 2012 trip was out, so maybe we can get Annual Passes during the summer of 2013 so we can come BACK in 2014 and have a little DIS Meet or something. It's a long shot, but a girl can dream! $11/point or lower! That's great! :cool1: Yeah, I've looked up the point calculators too! Surprisingly enough, no one in my family is interesting in Animal Kingdom Lodge. I liked the thought of Bay Lake Tower, but with the monorail hours changing, I'm not so sure anymore...I LOVE the thought of a 2 bedroom at BCV (or BWV for that matter) but boy, does that rack up the points! You need to change your signature then, it says that you're hoping for Art of Animation or FW cabins. Much to my parents dismay, I'll probably start another PTR after I finish this TR. I need a way to keep up with all my DIS friends! :rotfl2:

I was scared of POTC and HM when I was little. When I first went to Disney World, I had my eyes closed through most of those rides! I love HM, it's one of my favorites, but I understand why it freaks you out. I hate the part with the doors and the bride is just CREEPY!

I have the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade on a cd. I listen to it in my car sometimes. :goodvibes

I think part of the reason I was scared is because, unlike lots of my friends, I don't watch a lot of scary movies. In fact, the only PG-13 movies I've seen are Thor, 17 Again and one of the Star Wars movies. Not exactly horror films! :rotfl2: I love listening to Disney music in general! It makes me smile!

DisneyMom14
07-13-2011, 12:10 PM
Enjoying your TR!! Makes me want to go NOW!!!!
:rotfl:

You guys really had a great first day! I just love a before park opening ADR when you get to see MK without the crowds, freshly cleaned, etc. About that woman on SM :eek: some people! Oh and I remember being scared of HM for a loooonnngg time. I'm sure I hid my eyes until I was as old as you. I was probably about 14 when I went to WDW with my parents for the last time. The next time I went was my honeymoon and I probably closed my eyes a little then too. :lmao: You really got so much done even with going back to the room for a break. Can't wait to hear more.popcorn::

ZFamily5
07-13-2011, 12:21 PM
Enjoying your TR!! Makes me want to go NOW!!!!
:rotfl:

You guys really had a great first day! I just love a before park opening ADR when you get to see MK without the crowds, freshly cleaned, etc. About that woman on SM :eek: some people! Oh and I remember being scared of HM for a loooonnngg time. I'm sure I hid my eyes until I was as old as you. I was probably about 14 when I went to WDW with my parents for the last time. The next time I went was my honeymoon and I probably closed my eyes a little then too. :lmao: You really got so much done even with going back to the room for a break. Can't wait to hear more.popcorn::

Makes me want to go back now too! :rotfl2: I was there a month ago today! We did have a great first day! I really enjoy the before park opening ADRs too! It's one of my favorite parts of the whole trip! Yeah, the lady on SM was a little scary. I'm trying to get over being afraid of it, but for some reason it just freaks me out! We did get a ton done, even with our 3 hour break! I know we didn't do Laugh Floor, the Stitch thing, Astro Orbiter, Country Bear Jamboree, Liberty Belle Riverboat, Tom Sawyer Island, Hall of Presidents, Snow White's Scary Adventures or the carousel, but we did everything else!

momabaarjo
07-13-2011, 06:57 PM
I did not realize you had a TR going...can't wait to catch up on your trip!

ZFamily5
07-13-2011, 07:00 PM
I did not realize you had a TR going...can't wait to catch up on your trip!

Thanks for joining in! Glad to have you along for the ride! :cool1:

ZFamily5
07-13-2011, 07:58 PM
This was one of the days Thing2 was most looking forward to, because we got to see Uncle R, Aunt C and K, our 12 year old cousin. We see them, at most, 3-4 times a year, so this was a big deal for all of us. Uncle R is my mom’s brother. Last year we traveled to Hawaii with them for their oldest daughter’s high school graduation trip and we had tons of fun together, so they decided to join us again. If anyone would like to see a few pictures or have any questions about that trip, feel free to ask! ANYWAY, back to Disney World! After our late-ish night, Mom and Dad thought it would be a good idea to let us sleep in. I did not agree. My plans called for us making it to Animal Kingdom for morning EMHs. As much as I love traveling with family, they don’t “get” Disney like we do and aren’t up for as much walking as we normally do. I wanted to get there and knock some of the attractions we wanted to hit off our list before we met up with them, so once we did meet up we could tour at a more leisurely pace. That goal was ruined when Mom and Dad didn’t wake us up until almost 8. I was instantly put into a sour mood because that was the whole reason I’d picked Animal Kingdom for today, to get there early! Mom and Dad didn’t quite understand why I was so upset. After rushing everyone through getting ready, we finally got to the bus depot and were soon on our way to Animal Kingdom! I just have to say, I love this park! Too often I forget about all of the fabulous theming that makes it so amazing! As soon as we arrived, Dad went and got Expedition Everest fastpasses for all of us (even though Thing3 isn’t tall enough) and we met at Triceratop Spin (or as we call it, Dinosaur Dumbo). We took this picture somewhere along the way...

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We had a short wait and soon we were flying high in our dinosaur. After exiting the ride, Thing3 spotted Goofy and Pluto, so Mom took her to wait in line to meet them while Dad took Thing2 and I on Dinosaur.

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Though Thing3 is tall enough for this one, we were all in agreement that she would have hated it. Our ride picture was hilarious, because Thing2 is sooooo scared, Dad is trying to comfort her and I look utterly bored. It helps that I knew the dinosaur was going to pop out, but my face still made me laugh. After we got off, we met Mom and Thing3 at one of the dinosaurs you can climb on. We had been texting Aunt C for a while and found out they were on the safari. We made plans to meet up with them at the Yak and Yeti CS place for lunch. Before heading over there, we decided to go and get fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris for us. We purposely dawdled in hopes of meeting up with them over there, but we didn’t see them, so we just waited at the restaurant. It seemed like forever until they got there because it was so hot out. When they arrived, we had a little family reunion right there in the middle of…well…Asia. Eventually Thing2 and K managed to persuade the parents that they could chat while in line to order lunch. I’m not sure what everyone else got, but I just had some fried rice (snack credit). The portion was very large (I couldn’t finish it) and it was very tasty! I also shared some of Thing2’s frozen lemonade! Yum! Next we decided to ride Everest together. This was K’s first rollercoaster ever, so we were excited to see how she’d like it. Between our 5 fastpasses, their 3 and our baby-swap pass we had more than enough for all of us to ride. The first group to ride was Thing2, K, Aunt C and me. Throughout this trip report, you’ll probably notice that Thing2 and K are almost inseparable. They are fairly close in age get along great, which makes the distance between our families pretty hard because they miss each other. Anyway, I rode next to Aunt C and Thing2 and K were in front of us. Their reaction? They both loved it, though Aunt C got a little dizzy getting off. It took us a little while to find the rest of our group, but eventually we did. Aunt C and I said we’d stay with Thing3, so Mom, Dad, Uncle R, Thing2 and K went on. We decided that we needed some air-conditioning, so we headed towards Finding Nemo- the Musical. Once we got over there, however, we saw the huge line waiting to get in. Instead we went over to see It’s Tough to be a Bug. I’m not sure Uncle R, Aunt C and K enjoyed it, but any time spent with family is a good time. Mom suggested going to see the Festival of the Lion King next, so we headed that way. We saw/heard some interesting things waiting in line for that show…There was a guy with one of those mini, disposable tooth brushes brushing his teeth in line. There was also a man talking about how he had pneumonia or some other illness. It was just kind of weird…I have to say, I love that show! As we were exiting the show my dad and I had this conversation:

Thing1: So Dad, I decided what I want to do when I grow up…
Dad: Oh? What’s that?
Thing1: A TUMBLE MONKEY!!!!
Dad: Great! Can you get me front row seats? I love the Tumble Monkeys!

Needless to say, he was very supportive of my desire to become a Tumble Monkey! It was about time for the parade, so we decided to try and find a spot. Nobody really wanted to sit on the ground, but there were no benches available. Behind one of the tattoo stands there were about 5 tables with small stools. The tattoo artist guy said that we could move them up in front of the stand so we’d have a front row spot AND somewhere to sit. We moved about 6 of the stools up there, lined them up and created our own bench. The music from that parade just makes me want to dance! But, for my family’s sake, I stayed in my seat and didn’t dance. After the parade, we made our way to the Nemo show for the second time that day. Would we actually enter the theater this time? Yes we would! We didn’t even have to wait in line! Yet another musical I love! For days after this, Thing2 and I would random start singing, “Together….we swim together...”! Sometime earlier we had all picked up fastpasses for Kali River Rapids. Mom didn’t want to get wet since we were having dinner at Boma and Thing3 was scared, so they played on that dinosaur again. Before we rode the rapids, Mom took a before picture of us...

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Thing3 and K ended up in the “lucky” seats! As you can see from the picture, some of us got very wet!

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We parted ways with Aunt C, Uncle R and K for a little while. They had a date with Dinosaur and we had fastpasses for the safari we needed to use. We made plans to meet on a bench outside the park when we were done.

Coming up next- “Are these things real?” and “Why do we keep stopping?” Thanks for reading!

Lifelong_Dreamer
07-13-2011, 08:51 PM
That's great that you got to meet up with your family in WDW, even if it did result in things not following your plan exactly. ;)

ZFamily5
07-13-2011, 09:05 PM
That's great that you got to meet up with your family in WDW, even if it did result in things not following your plan exactly. ;)

Yes, we had a great time and still managed to accomplish a lot, despite our late start!

momabaarjo
07-14-2011, 08:51 AM
I am so loving all the pictures of you and your family on this trip! It is so nice to put faces together while you are telling about them!

I sure wish I could get Ab to do BBB...no way she will go near there!:rotfl: What an awesome big sister you are. When you write about your sisters I can feel the love that you have for them! I know Ab wishes that she had a little sister, not 2 little brothers!

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 09:16 AM
I am so loving all the pictures of you and your family on this trip! It is so nice to put faces together while you are telling about them!

I sure wish I could get Ab to do BBB...no way she will go near there!:rotfl: What an awesome big sister you are. When you write about your sisters I can feel the love that you have for them! I know Ab wishes that she had a little sister, not 2 little brothers!

We took LOTS of pictures this trip, so you'll be seeing a lot of us! I wouldn't have done BBB if it weren't for my sisters. My reasoning was that I might regret not doing with my sisters when we were young. I try to be a good big sister! Like any siblings, we have our good days and our bad days, though at Disney, they tend to be good days! :thumbsup2 Want a Thing3 (or Thing2 for that matter)? I'll be happy to trade, I'd love a little brother! Though I'm not quite sure my parents would agree to that...:rotfl2:

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Just had to post this, I'm so excited! I was discussing future trips with Mom and Dad last night. I mentioned my plan to get Annual Passes to them. At first they just laughed and said that they "want us to see other places besides Disney". When my dad left to go to a meeting, Mom and I were talking more about it more. She decided that Annual Passes would be a great thing for us to ask for for Christmas in 2012! I'm so excited, because I know if she suggested we ask for them, there is a good chance we will get them! I think Mom is trying to be especially nice to us girls, as she is going back to work in the fall for the first time since Thing2 was born. I'm already planning a trip for Summer 2013, maybe a short trip around Christmas 2013 and then a short trip at the beginning of summer 2014 (I'll be going into senior year! :scared1:) I know this is really far in advance, but I'm obsessed! Do you think it's too early to be excited? And do you think it'd be too early to start a PTR (once I finish this TR)? Sorry for the rambling!

southern_redhead
07-14-2011, 05:38 PM
popcorn:: What an awesome trip report. I agree, you are a wonderful writer :)

I think it's so cool that you did all of that planning for your family (and, I must admit, with 12 days your parents were probably right that you could take a more relaxed approach to rides.) I did all of our planning for this trip, but for the next one I hope to get my kids on board. I think they would get a kick out of helping choose places to eat and going over the maps to plan our route in the park.

I just have to decide if I want to go back to WDW next summer or try out Disneyland...... I have relatives out West that we rarely see, and my aunt loves Disney :rolleyes1

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 06:07 PM
popcorn:: What an awesome trip report. I agree, you are a wonderful writer :)

I think it's so cool that you did all of that planning for your family (and, I must admit, with 12 days your parents were probably right that you could take a more relaxed approach to rides.) I did all of our planning for this trip, but for the next one I hope to get my kids on board. I think they would get a kick out of helping choose places to eat and going over the maps to plan our route in the park.

I just have to decide if I want to go back to WDW next summer or try out Disneyland...... I have relatives out West that we rarely see, and my aunt loves Disney :rolleyes1

Thanks for joining in! I really got into the planning with our 2008 trip and helped my parents decide what parks to go when, but this trip I really took control. I picked where we'd eat and where we would go each day. Of course, I had to get my parent's aproval on everything, but it was mostly me. I bet your kids would love to help plan another trip to Disney. We did Disneyland in 2007. We had a great time, it's just so different from Disney World, because it's right in the middle of a neighborhood basically! We had a lot of fun though, so I'm sure you'd enjoy it! I'll post some pictures of our Halloween costumes from years past here in just a minute! :thumbsup2

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 06:38 PM
I'd been talking about Halloween costumes with a couple of you, so here are a couple of pictures of our Disney themed Halloween costumes...In 2010 we decided to go with a Kim Possible theme. Thing2 was Kim Possible:

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Thing3 was Rufus:

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and I was Shego

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We went with some good friends from church. The oldest boy (age 15) was Dr. Drakken, the middle boy (13) was Wade, the youngest boy (10) was Ron Stoppable and my best friend in the whole world (15) was Bonnie Rockwaller. I'm going to have to check with them before I post any pictures with them, just to be sure they're okay with that. Just trust me, we were ADORABLE! All of the neighbors wanted pictures with us, I felt like I worked at Disney! In 2009 (the first year we did a "group" costume) we decided on Toy Story. Thing2 was Jessie:

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Thing3 was Little Bo Peep:

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And I was Mrs. Potato Head! :cool1:

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Again, we trick-or-treated with friends from church. The oldest boy was a Green Army Man (he painted his whole face and arms green!), the middle boy was one of the little green aliens (which was especially funny, because he's the tallest out of all 7 of us!) and the youngest boy was Woody. Hopefully I'll get to post the pictures of all of us, they are super cute! Both times we've done group costumes we've gotten stopped quite a bit for pictures. This year I'm hoping we'll go with Mary Poppins, but as some of you have heard, our moms like the idea of dressing all of us up as Waldo (from Where's Waldo?). I'll keep you posted on what we decide! Thanks for reading! :)

Queenofallthings
07-14-2011, 07:43 PM
Great ideas and great costumes...you all look so cute!

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 09:27 PM
Great ideas and great costumes...you all look so cute!

Thank you so much! All credit goes to my Grandma Z, she made all of the costumes except Bo Peep and Jessie. She even made Thing2's Kim Possible cargo pants and shirt, custom fitted for her!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-14-2011, 10:11 PM
Hi there! :goodvibes I'm following you over from my TR and I'm excited to read all about your family's trip! It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do - off to do that now! popcorn::

ZFamily5
07-14-2011, 10:51 PM
Hi there! :goodvibes I'm following you over from my TR and I'm excited to read all about your family's trip! It looks like I have a lot of catching up to do - off to do that now! popcorn::

Thanks for joining in! I'm not very far into our trip, so catching up shouldn't be too hard! Hope you enjoy it! :thumbsup2

southern_redhead
07-14-2011, 11:31 PM
Wow! Those costumes are adorable. I'm super impressed with your Grandma Z's sewing skills :thumbsup2

How cute is it that Thing3 was Rufus?!

dizney chick
07-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Love the themed costumes. You know how I love things to match!!:rotfl:

stitchfan531
07-15-2011, 07:43 AM
Your costumes are awesome! :woohoo: Any ideas for this year?

teachermommy78
07-15-2011, 09:24 AM
So cute!!! Sophie wanted to be mrs. Potatohead one year and have her costume pieces be interactive. I'm not a seamstress and it never happened! We found a ton of costumes in Target's clearance aisle and have the pirate stuff from Pirate's league, so it will have to wait! Your themes are great. The teachers at my school are going to be a box of crayons this year. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY! ;)

mreid1974
07-15-2011, 11:27 AM
Subbing. Really enjoying your trip report. And enjoy reading one from a kids point of view. Great job and cant wait to read more.

momabaarjo
07-15-2011, 11:35 AM
Awesome costumes!

ZFamily5
07-15-2011, 05:52 PM
Wow! Those costumes are adorable. I'm super impressed with your Grandma Z's sewing skills :thumbsup2

How cute is it that Thing3 was Rufus?!

Thank you so much! When Thing2 was younger, Kim Possible was her favorite game to play and since Thing3 was just a baby, she often got roped into being Rufus. When it came time for Halloween and we were considering a Kim Possible theme, she was excited that she "could really be Rufus"!

Love the themed costumes. You know how I love things to match!!:rotfl:

Thank you! And yes, I know how you like things to match! :rotfl:

Your costumes are awesome! :woohoo: Any ideas for this year?

Thank you so much! I'm trying to convince everyone on a Mary Poppins theme! I would be Mary, either oldest or middle boy could be Bert, Thing2 and youngest boy could be Jane and Michael and the remaining three could be the penguin waiters! I'm not sure if they'll agree, but I'm sure working on it! :rotfl2:

So cute!!! Sophie wanted to be mrs. Potatohead one year and have her costume pieces be interactive. I'm not a seamstress and it never happened! We found a ton of costumes in Target's clearance aisle and have the pirate stuff from Pirate's league, so it will have to wait! Your themes are great. The teachers at my school are going to be a box of crayons this year. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY! ;)

Thank you! I wanted my costume pieces to be interactive too, but we got started on costumes a little too late and ran out of time. How are you making your crayon costume? The teachers at our schools do themes too! The ones I can remember are different types of candy, Toy Story characters and just foods in general.

Subbing. Really enjoying your trip report. And enjoy reading one from a kids point of view. Great job and cant wait to read more.

Thank you so much! I'm glad people enjoy reading from my perspective!

Awesome costumes!

Thank you so much!

ZFamily5
07-15-2011, 05:54 PM
I'll finish up our Animal Kingdom day later tonight. We are going to go see the Winnie the Pooh movie in just a couple minutes, so it will have to be after that! Can't wait!! pooh::tigger::eeyore:pooh:

jenny105
07-15-2011, 07:38 PM
Those are awesome Halloween costumes! You guys have great ideas. You'll have to help me with a couples costume for MNSSHP next year. Kris wants to go as Wall-E and Eve but I don't know how we'd be able to sit in those costumes cause the only thing I can think to make them out of is cardboard!

I'm going to see Winnie the Pooh tomorrow!

momabaarjo
07-15-2011, 08:56 PM
I'll finish up our Animal Kingdom day later tonight. We are going to go see the Winnie the Pooh movie in just a couple minutes, so it will have to be after that! Can't wait!! pooh::tigger::eeyore:pooh:


Have fun...I think after our movie week last week, trying to watch all the HP movies this week and the midnight showing have done me in!

Queenofallthings
07-15-2011, 09:37 PM
Thank you so much! All credit goes to my Grandma Z, she made all of the costumes except Bo Peep and Jessie. She even made Thing2's Kim Possible cargo pants and shirt, custom fitted for her!

Wow...what a talented Grandma you have...that makes them even more special:lovestruc

ZFamily5
07-15-2011, 10:03 PM
Those are awesome Halloween costumes! You guys have great ideas. You'll have to help me with a couples costume for MNSSHP next year. Kris wants to go as Wall-E and Eve but I don't know how we'd be able to sit in those costumes cause the only thing I can think to make them out of is cardboard!

I'm going to see Winnie the Pooh tomorrow!

Thank you so much! I'll have to think on Wall-E, but I kinda have the start of an idea for Eve. What if you used white fabric (or a white garbage bag?) and made sort of a sack with leg holes. To make it poof out like the shape of Eve you could stuff it with cotton or crumpled up newspapers...not a terribly good idea. :rotfl2: I'll let you know if I come up with anything better! It's a great movie! You'll love it!

Have fun...I think after our movie week last week, trying to watch all the HP movies this week and the midnight showing have done me in!

We had a great time, it's such a funny movie, but I'm sure you are movie'd out for now!

Wow...what a talented Grandma you have...that makes them even more special:lovestruc

Yes, our Grandma is very talented! She does our costumes and in the past she's made us pajamas and bathrobes for Christmas, which make them very special gifts!







We just got back from the movie, but I'll have an update up shortly! :thumbsup2

ZFamily5
07-15-2011, 11:19 PM
When I left off, our family was heading towards Kilimanjaro Safaris! We all love that ride! There was a group of young adults and children behind us that had us cracking up. Every time we stopped to get a picture of something close to us, the lady behind me would say, “Why are we stopping?” I’m not sure she knew that the animals were real! Towards the end, she figured out that we had just seen real animals!

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When we got to the part where we see Little Red in the back of the “Rescue Truck” the lady behind me decided he “really wasn’t real”. Like I said, she had us all laughing! By the time we got off, Animal Kingdom was closing, so we made our way to the exit. We found Uncle R, Aunt C and K quickly and got in line for a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge, we were having dinner at Boma! We had predicted that a bus for Animal Kingdom Lodge would come quickly, because of its proximity to the park. This was not the case. We waited for quite a while, though we weren’t very bored, we were content just visiting with relatives for a while. While we were waiting, a Coronado Springs bus pulled into its stop. Nobody was waiting to get on, so the driver started to pull away. As the bus started to pull away, a man and his daughter ran up. Both of them are screaming “Stop! Stop!” The man starts chasing the bus and once he catches up, he starts pounding on the side of the bus to try and get the driver’s attention. All the while, his daughter (probably 7 or 8 years old) is still screaming stop as if someone had been murdered. After the man pounded on the side of the bus, the bus driver stopped the bus and got out. He was angry! We could hear him say that he thought he ran someone over when he heard people screaming at him. In the end, he let them get on the bus. After a short while, the bus came. When we got to AKL, we had a little bit of trouble finding Boma. Eventually, we found it and checked in. While we were waiting, Aunt C was trying to take a picture of us girls in front of the little water feature they have there. We were all sitting on the bench smiling and what happens? A guy decides to stand RIGHT in between Aunt C and us! We started laughing. We just sat there and kept smiling in hopes of him seeing we were trying to take a picture and moving a little bit. He didn’t get it. Instead he stayed right where he was and smiled back at us. At this point we were dying of laughter inside! Eventually his wife appeared and she noticed and had him move. We all had a good laugh over that one. We got called to be seated pretty quickly after that. Boma for me was just ehhh. I was kind of disappointed because of all the good things I’d heard, but it was just okay in my opinion. I liked the mashed potatoes (I know, very exotic!), some stewed tomato thing (I liked it because it was spicy!) and the desserts. However, I didn’t really care for my Zebra Dome. I LOVED the Banana Caramel Bread Pudding!! It was soooooooo good! Everyone else said that the meat was good and everyone agreed dessert was a hit. All in all, I’m not rushing to go back, but we had a good time. It was when we were walking back to the bus depot that I had my epic fail of the trip. We were leisurely strolling towards the bus depot and all of a sudden, one of the valet parking guys starts SPRINTING down towards the parking lot (I assume to get a car for someone). You have to understand 2 things to get this without thinking I’m crazy. Number 1: I love track. I love running track and I especially like watching it on TV. Number 2: I’d been out in the sun all day and my brain was dying of heat exhaustion (not really, that’s just the excuse I’m going to use for this fail). As he sprints down the sidewalk ahead of us I decide to say (rather loudly), “That guy runs faster than Saddam Hussein!” Needless to say, my parents and aunt and uncle whip their heads around to stare at me. In my mind I was trying to say, “That guy runs faster than Usain Bolt”, but that’s not quite the way it came out of my mouth. That became the joke of the trip and they still tease me about it. You know, Usain, Hussein, kind of similar sounding, right? After that little incident, we sat at the bus depot for a long time. Finally a bus came for Downtown Disney, so we got on it. Once we got there, Aunt C, Uncle R and K got onto a bus to go to Coronado Springs and we got on a bus back to POR. All in all, it was a long, hot but extremely fun day with family!

Lifelong_Dreamer
07-15-2011, 11:36 PM
Great safari photos!

ZFamily5
07-16-2011, 12:04 AM
Great safari photos!

Thank you!

Queenofallthings
07-16-2011, 08:12 AM
It's so rare to see the male lion awake never mind awake and walking:lmao: Great pictures of the safari...that woman behind you would have cracked us up too!

I think you either love Boma or you don't. We were nervous the first time we went because I knew they would have very different things. I have a severe peanut allergy so the chef at the time, Chef TJ, walked to buffet with me and went over everything. After dinner he brought us out deep fried oreos with chocolate sauce as a sepcial dessert just for us...he was awesome! Made for a great memory!

stitchfan531
07-16-2011, 09:00 AM
Awesome pictures! I love Boma, my inner carnivore is always satisfied there, and the zebra domes are to die for!

Sooze
07-16-2011, 09:37 AM
You got an AMAZING view of the lion! I've never seen anything but him sleeping on a distant rock or nothing at all. Good for you!

Hilarious about Saddam Hussein! Did the valet CM hear you?!:rotfl:

jenny105
07-16-2011, 10:50 AM
Thank you so much! I'll have to think on Wall-E, but I kinda have the start of an idea for Eve. What if you used white fabric (or a white garbage bag?) and made sort of a sack with leg holes. To make it poof out like the shape of Eve you could stuff it with cotton or crumpled up newspapers...not a terribly good idea. :rotfl2: I'll let you know if I come up with anything better! It's a great movie! You'll love it!

As long as I'm comfy in my fabric/garbage bag. :rotfl:

I can't see your pictures because I'm on my work computer and they're blocked but from what I can tell from the comments, you got a great shot of the lion. He's always asleep when I go!

I was considering trying Boma but the menu doesn't appeal to me. I'd really only be eating there to see AKL up close because I've never been.

Crazy story about the guy chasing down the bus. Another one would've come within a few minutes!

ZFamily5
07-16-2011, 12:03 PM
It's so rare to see the male lion awake never mind awake and walking:lmao: Great pictures of the safari...that woman behind you would have cracked us up too!

I think you either love Boma or you don't. We were nervous the first time we went because I knew they would have very different things. I have a severe peanut allergy so the chef at the time, Chef TJ, walked to buffet with me and went over everything. After dinner he brought us out deep fried oreos with chocolate sauce as a sepcial dessert just for us...he was awesome! Made for a great memory!

Yes, it is rare, we've only seen it once! I took the lion picture and my mom took the giraffe pictures! I've heard that the Disney chefs are great at working with people's allergies. I'd heard about the deep fried oreos, but since I'd read that they are a special treat, I didn't mention it to anyone that worked there. Lucky you! They sound amazing! Do you have any pictures?

Awesome pictures! I love Boma, my inner carnivore is always satisfied there, and the zebra domes are to die for!

Thank you! I don't eat meat, so I didn't try any of that but the desserts were to die for! :cloud9:

You got an AMAZING view of the lion! I've never seen anything but him sleeping on a distant rock or nothing at all. Good for you!

Hilarious about Saddam Hussein! Did the valet CM hear you?!:rotfl:

Yes we did get a great view! The male lion was pacing back and forth, the only time I've seen him move! :rotfl2: I think (hope) the CM didn't hear me! That would be embarassing!

As long as I'm comfy in my fabric/garbage bag. :rotfl:

I can't see your pictures because I'm on my work computer and they're blocked but from what I can tell from the comments, you got a great shot of the lion. He's always asleep when I go!

I was considering trying Boma but the menu doesn't appeal to me. I'd really only be eating there to see AKL up close because I've never been.

Crazy story about the guy chasing down the bus. Another one would've come within a few minutes!

Yeah...now that I think about it, that fabric/garbage bag idea wasn't one of my better ideas...:rotfl2: This was the only time we've seen the male lion awake and moving! I liked a couple of the "actual foods" at Boma, but for me the best part was the desserts! Another Coronado Springs bus pulled up right after that one left!









Forgot to mention in the update: After dinner we walked outside to the viewing area and we saw a giraffe! We had been to the Festival of the Lion King show earlier that day and so we (K, Thing2, Thing3 and I) decided to try out our giraffe sound with the real giraffe. We just scared it away :rotfl2:! Also, in the viewing area by some of the rooms, the only animal there was some sort of bird. I guess I was tired and feeling a little snarky because I made some sort of comment like, "Mom, I really want to stay here so I can look at this exotic bird all afternoon! We don't have any birds in Illinois, this is a real treat!" My mother did not enjoy that joke. She frowned at me, but later she said it was slightly funny. After THAT we walked back to the bus depot. Just had to add those parts in!

momabaarjo
07-16-2011, 12:12 PM
Your pictures are beautiful and so vibrant in color! :thumbsup2 Getting to see the male up and about...

I just can't understand people who are never aware that others are taking pictures! :confused3 I probably would have had to say something to him if he just stood there...okay probably I would have just stood there and glared at him with the teacher look!

We have and ADR for Boma...my husband is not sure about this at all his cousin told him the food was awful, but I really want to try it. It is one of the most expensive buffet restaurants...maybe I need to read up on the reviews more! I thought I would like the zebra domes too, but then I read they have coffee in them...guess I will be passing on these..

ZFamily5
07-16-2011, 01:26 PM
Your pictures are beautiful and so vibrant in color! :thumbsup2 Getting to see the male up and about...

I just can't understand people who are never aware that others are taking pictures! :confused3 I probably would have had to say something to him if he just stood there...okay probably I would have just stood there and glared at him with the teacher look!

We have and ADR for Boma...my husband is not sure about this at all his cousin told him the food was awful, but I really want to try it. It is one of the most expensive buffet restaurants...maybe I need to read up on the reviews more! I thought I would like the zebra domes too, but then I read they have coffee in them...guess I will be passing on these..

Thank you! People happened to walk through a few of our pictures, but we didn't get mad because I'm sure we've done the same thing on accident. I'm sure if my mom was with us (I think she was looking around) that she would have given him the teacher look too! I thought I'd like the zebra domes too, but they had kind of a strange texture for me. I was glad we tried it, but I'm not sure it's a must do for us on the next trip.

teachermommy78
07-16-2011, 09:22 PM
That is hysterical about the valet guy!!! I thought you were going to say that you started running with him or something. :lmao:

I was also not overly impressed with Boma, nor the zebra domes. I really LOVED the banana bread pudding (with vanilla sauce) and have already found the recipe here on the dis. I held it up on a pedestal with the Ohana banana dessert. Those were the two best desserts I had!

I once read that lions sleep 20 hours a day. You got lucky with a great shot!!!

teachermommy78
07-16-2011, 09:26 PM
Thank you! I wanted my costume pieces to be interactive too, but we got started on costumes a little too late and ran out of time. How are you making your crayon costume? The teachers at our schools do themes too! The ones I can remember are different types of candy, Toy Story characters and just foods in general.


It's a very difficult costume. You should take notes. Find sweatpants and a matching shirt. Make a cone hat out of fabric or even construction paper. If you want to get wacky, paint your face. :rotfl:

walt's girl
07-17-2011, 12:20 PM
Great trip report!! I'm just now joining in, but with 12 days of fun we've got a long way to go!! You and your sisters are just adorable, I especially love the comparison photos... so cute :)

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of trip went!!

Queenofallthings
07-17-2011, 04:57 PM
Yes, it is rare, we've only seen it once! I took the lion picture and my mom took the giraffe pictures! I've heard that the Disney chefs are great at working with people's allergies. I'd heard about the deep fried oreos, but since I'd read that they are a special treat, I didn't mention it to anyone that worked there. Lucky you! They sound amazing! Do you have any pictures?


I sure do have some pictures....enjoy!!! The first one is Chef TJ bringing them to our table....he is a doll! They really were as good as they look!!!
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ZFamily5
07-17-2011, 05:49 PM
That is hysterical about the valet guy!!! I thought you were going to say that you started running with him or something. :lmao:

I was also not overly impressed with Boma, nor the zebra domes. I really LOVED the banana bread pudding (with vanilla sauce) and have already found the recipe here on the dis. I held it up on a pedestal with the Ohana banana dessert. Those were the two best desserts I had!

I once read that lions sleep 20 hours a day. You got lucky with a great shot!!!

I wish I had started running with him instead! That might not have been quite so embarrassing! Where did you find the recipe! I'm sitting here practically drooling thinking about it! Yes, we got very lucky to see the lion awake!

It's a very difficult costume. You should take notes. Find sweatpants and a matching shirt. Make a cone hat out of fabric or even construction paper. If you want to get wacky, paint your face. :rotfl:

:rotfl2: This costume might be to complicated for me to handle! :rotfl2:

Great trip report!! I'm just now joining in, but with 12 days of fun we've got a long way to go!! You and your sisters are just adorable, I especially love the comparison photos... so cute :)

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of trip went!!

Thank you so much for joining in! Yes, we've got a long way to go! Thank you so much! You should take a picture of Lo somewhere and then take her picture in the same spot every trip, for your own comparison pictures!

I sure do have some pictures....enjoy!!! The first one is Chef TJ bringing them to our table....he is a doll! They really were as good as they look!!!
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Oh my goodness, those look AMAZING!! Any chance that recipe is on the DIS as well? Yummy!

momabaarjo
07-17-2011, 05:57 PM
OMG...now I am drooling! How yummy...

ZFamily5
07-18-2011, 12:53 PM
Sorry I haven’t posted an update in a couple of days! Trying to enjoy summer while it’s here! Now, back to the TR!

We got up around 7-ish. Dad ran to Riverside Mill and got a Mickey waffle meal for Thing2 and Thing3 to share. I think I mentioned this before, but Mom, Dad and I aren’t big breakfast eaters. After we finished getting ready for the day, we made our way to the bus stop. A bus came fairly quickly and we got on. It was standing room only, but that was fine with us. Actually, Thing3 was thrilled she got to stand up in a moving vehicle! This bus ride was a perfect example of people going out of their way to be nice to others. I have a knee brace I wear when I’m doing a lot of walking or playing sports. It’s not a big deal, because with the knee brace, I’m able to do all of those things without pain. Well, on the bus I was standing up. A nice lady moved her daughter (about 6 years old) onto her lap so I could have a seat. It was just one of those feel good moments. I felt bad though, because her daughter had leg braces on and should have gotten to stay where she was, I was doing okay standing. We experienced things like this happening all week. Men and teens would offer their seats to women and children and older people. Anyway, when the bus pulled up to the park, we could instantly tell how crowded it was! The line just to get your bag checked was already really long! Dad waited in that line and the rest of us went to get in line to go through the turnstiles. They started letting people through, and by the time we got into the park, the whole street was full! At one point, they had to shut down security and stop letting people in to the turnstile area. We reunited with Dad and waited for the park to officially be open. They did the little show and we headed straight to Toy Story Mania! Dad gave me the tickets and I went ahead to try and get fastpasses. The line for fastpasses stretched all the way to the little arch where you go down the stairs…forget what it’s called! I stayed in line for a few minutes but the line never moved. Dad eventually found me and decided that it wasn’t worth waiting for the fastpasses, because our return time would probably be too late for us to use. We were going to ride stand-by, but the line for that was already insane too! Sometime while we were at Hollywood Studios, Dad was talking to a CM who said that it was more crowded that day than any of the Star Wars Weekends days! We decided to head to Star Tours. There was a 5 minute wait and soon we were…well…I’m not exactly sure what you do on that ride! Thing2 loves Star Wars, so she enjoyed it. I liked it too; I just wasn’t exactly sure what was happening! Next we decided to get fastpasses for RNRC. We decided that we were going to see the Little Mermaid show next, since that’s something we knew Thing3 would enjoy. On our way there, we saw Tigger and Eeyore, so of course we stopped for a picture!

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After that, we made our way over to the Little Mermaid. While we were waiting, Thing3 started saying she didn’t want to see the show. Mom and Dad held their ground and made her stay. In the end, she loved it. We all love that show. We went straight across the street and into the Disney Junior show! This one was a little hard on my back, but I made it. Thing3 had fun here, but wouldn’t get up and dance. I guess she felt she was “too cool” for that! After getting the “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” theme song thoroughly stuck in our heads, we went to get fastpasses for ToT! While we were there, we used our fastpasses for RNRC. We got our baby-swap pass and then Mom, Thing2 and I were off. As I recall, I rode with someone from the single rider line and Dad and Thing2 rode together. While we rode, Thing3 and Mom hung out in the gift shop.

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RNRC and my back did not get along. I was in a bit of pain for a minute, but after doing some stretches my therapist gave me, I was doing alright. For some reason I decided I was doing well enough to go again with Mom and Thing2. This time I rode with Mom and Thing2 rode with a single rider. My back did better this time and once I got out of that seat I was doing fine. We were all getting a little hungry, so we decided on Pizza Planet for lunch. Dad and I waited in line for food while Mom and the girls found a table. It took FOREVER to get our food! I’m pretty sure we ended up with 2 kid’s pizza meals and 1 adult pizza meal. And I KNOW we got a Darth Vader cupcake for dessert! That cupcake was AMAZING! After lunch, we went over to see Muppet Vision 3D. Thing3 was especially excited for this, because she loves the Muppets!

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Mom decided she wanted us all to have our 3D glasses on...

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It’s a really funny show and we all enjoy it! Next, we decided to go to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Movie Set Adventure Playground (is that what it’s called?). My sisters and I had a great time blowing off steam and playing in the water!

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After playing for a while, we went over to the Animation Academy. We watched the video about Mushu (so funny!) and then went to get in line for the drawing class. This became one of Thing3’s must-dos! She loved it!

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We drew Winnie the Pooh, I believe. Next, we headed over to ToT. Thing3 is tall enough to ride this one, but she doesn’t want to. Mom didn’t care to ride either, and stayed with her while Thing2, Dad and I rode. I got very scared while we started going up, but as usual, I loved it! We got off and found Mom and Thing3. It was really hot out, so we decided to go ahead and take the boat to EPCOT, since we were having dinner there! That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

jenny105
07-18-2011, 02:54 PM
I got to be in the opening show at DHS back in 2009. I loved it! They told us we could be the first ride of the day on either ToT or RnRC and I told the CM I was going to do Toy Story Mania first (it was brand new at the time). She got us fastpasses for TSM to use after 10 am and we got to go on ToT all by ourselves. It was awesome!

Sounds like a great day so far :)

#1PoohBearFan
07-18-2011, 03:22 PM
Hi again! :) Awesome TR! Loving it so far! :thumbsup2 I've never been to the animation place, and I wanted to go this year. Did you guys like it?

I have to agree, you're an awesome writer! :goodvibes

P.S. Had to add a dancing banana. :banana: :rotfl2:

teachermommy78
07-18-2011, 03:50 PM
such a great update! That's crazy about the TSM line! Especially at Rope Drop! I hope you got to ride it later in the trip. The Disney Junior show is LONG! Both Finn and Ethan are a bit (OK, A LOT) timid with new situations. Of course they both needed to sit on my lap. So I was sitting cross legged with a boy on each knee, and they PACKED people in. Once they were comfy, there was no room for them to sit! So we all were squished that whole time. I think I managed to get E onto the floor in front of me. My legs were asleep when I got up. It was cute, but I'm thankful that we probably won't have to go next time (Finn will be 6, but I'm sure we can avoid it!). Sorry to vent on your TR!

The Pooh character picture is cute!!! I love the lady in your playdoh shot. I wonder what she is doing?

The animation class was one thing we didn't get to do. Next time for sure. Im not sure Finn would have tolerated it anyway.

It's probably good Thing 3 didn't go on TOT. Ethan went on, and said he LOVED it, but wouldn't even consider it later in the trip. :lmao: I get a bit creeped out (OK...VERY) so I can imagine what a 5 year old's imagination is thinking!

teachermommy78
07-18-2011, 03:54 PM
Oh, and I forgot...I googled BOMA bread pudding and it led me to The Dis and a thread on recipes from all the restaurants. Let me see if I can find it...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1777635

Enjoy! And apologize to your parents for the increase in the grocery bill this month! :rotfl:

ZFamily5
07-18-2011, 04:20 PM
I got to be in the opening show at DHS back in 2009. I loved it! They told us we could be the first ride of the day on either ToT or RnRC and I told the CM I was going to do Toy Story Mania first (it was brand new at the time). She got us fastpasses for TSM to use after 10 am and we got to go on ToT all by ourselves. It was awesome!

Sounds like a great day so far :)

That's so cool! How did you get chosen? Lucky ducks!

Hi again! :) Awesome TR! Loving it so far! :thumbsup2 I've never been to the animation place, and I wanted to go this year. Did you guys like it?

I have to agree, you're an awesome writer! :goodvibes

P.S. Had to add a dancing banana. :banana: :rotfl2:

Hi! Thank you so much! We liked the Animation Academy a lot! There were characters and the drawing class and some interactive games. Some of the stuff was more geared towards younger kids, but there was plenty of stuff for Thing2 and I as well! Thank you! Thing2 will be so excited when she hears about the dancing banana! :banana:

such a great update! That's crazy about the TSM line! Especially at Rope Drop! I hope you got to ride it later in the trip. The Disney Junior show is LONG! Both Finn and Ethan are a bit (OK, A LOT) timid with new situations. Of course they both needed to sit on my lap. So I was sitting cross legged with a boy on each knee, and they PACKED people in. Once they were comfy, there was no room for them to sit! So we all were squished that whole time. I think I managed to get E onto the floor in front of me. My legs were asleep when I got up. It was cute, but I'm thankful that we probably won't have to go next time (Finn will be 6, but I'm sure we can avoid it!). Sorry to vent on your TR!

The Pooh character picture is cute!!! I love the lady in your playdoh shot. I wonder what she is doing?

The animation class was one thing we didn't get to do. Next time for sure. Im not sure Finn would have tolerated it anyway.

It's probably good Thing 3 didn't go on TOT. Ethan went on, and said he LOVED it, but wouldn't even consider it later in the trip. :lmao: I get a bit creeped out (OK...VERY) so I can imagine what a 5 year old's imagination is thinking!

Thank you so much! Don't worry, we did get to ride it later in the trip! Yeah, that Disney Junior show isn't my favorite thing...they really pack a lot of people in there! And then sometimes people run their knees into your back! I'm hoping Thing3 won't want to see it next time we go! The lady in the Playdoh shot...:rolleyes: She just kept standing in front of us and walking right in front of us...finally we got a picture without her directly in front of us, but she's still there! I think you're right, Finn will enjoy the Animation Academy much more when he's a little older. Thing3 did exactly what Ethan did, except for Splash Mountain! I don't think she would have liked it, so I agree, it's good she didn't ride it!

Oh, and I forgot...I googled BOMA bread pudding and it led me to The Dis and a thread on recipes from all the restaurants. Let me see if I can find it...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1777635

Enjoy! And apologize to your parents for the increase in the grocery bill this month! :rotfl:

Too funny! I googled the recipe yesterday afternoon and had my dad buy the ingredients. Thing2, Thing3 and I made the banana bread pudding and vanilla sauce last night for our parents! It's soooo yummy! :love:

Blessed_wth_Triplets
07-18-2011, 04:27 PM
great update! Good to hear about the Little Mermaid Show! We haven't seen it yet but plan on taking my 2-year-old next month!!

ZFamily5
07-18-2011, 04:41 PM
great update! Good to hear about the Little Mermaid Show! We haven't seen it yet but plan on taking my 2-year-old next month!!

It's a great show! Bright colors, good music and Disney characters! What's not to love? Do you have a PTR?

Sooze
07-18-2011, 04:57 PM
Thank you for giving up some of your summer time to write this TR. It has been so much fun following your family's adventures!

So, did you guys ever get to ride TSM?:confused3

I'm so glad you were able to witness so many acts of kindness and etiquette. We usually experience the opposite! On our trip, we had to stand on the monorail multiple times. Not a big deal, as you say. But when a family with two teenage boys didn't even attempt to offer my mother-in-law, or any ladies in our party a seat... it just makes me sad that families don't teach their children common courtesy!!

ZFamily5
07-18-2011, 05:45 PM
Thank you for giving up some of your summer time to write this TR. It has been so much fun following your family's adventures!

So, did you guys ever get to ride TSM?:confused3

I'm so glad you were able to witness so many acts of kindness and etiquette. We usually experience the opposite! On our trip, we had to stand on the monorail multiple times. Not a big deal, as you say. But when a family with two teenage boys didn't even attempt to offer my mother-in-law, or any ladies in our party a seat... it just makes me sad that families don't teach their children common courtesy!!

You're welcome! It's really fun for me, I just have to make sure I leave time for stuff like swimming and playing tennis and riding bikes! Yes, we did ride TSM, just not that day. It makes me sad that the teenage boys didn't offer any of the women in your party a seat! We sometimes travel with a family with 3 boys (ages 15, 13 and 10) and I can say without a doubt, the three of them would be the first ones offering up their seats to anyone standing. Thing2, Mom, Dad and I always tried to offer our seats to people that needed them more than us. And yes, while some families still do, it seems that not as many families teach their children common courtesy!

walt's girl
07-18-2011, 05:57 PM
Thing3 with that hat on is too cute!! you guys seem to do great with the baby swap option, I love that Disney offers that to families with little ones!!

Now I am thinking about bread pudding!! My sister is in town and,the Disney nuts we are, are planning to make a Disney dinner sometime this week!! I'll post pics of what we come up with on my thread :) Still wondering what to make, maybe bread pudding!?!?!

ZFamily5
07-18-2011, 06:03 PM
Thing3 with that hat on is too cute!! you guys seem to do great with the baby swap option, I love that Disney offers that to families with little ones!!

Now I am thinking about bread pudding!! My sister is in town and,the Disney nuts we are, are planning to make a Disney dinner sometime this week!! I'll post pics of what we come up with on my thread :) Still wondering what to make, maybe bread pudding!?!?!

I think she's rather cute as well! :rotfl2: Yes, we use the baby-swap pass to it's fullest! The bread pudding was so yummy! And it's really easy to make too! allears.net has a TON of Disney recipes. I want to try and make the Le Cellier Cheddar Cheese soup sometime! Take a look at the list of recipes there, I'm sure you'll find sometime that might work! Can't wait to see pictures!

jenny105
07-19-2011, 10:22 AM
That's so cool! How did you get chosen? Lucky ducks!

Dumb luck! Me and my boyfriend at the time were walking up to the turnstile and a CM asked us if we'd like to help open the park. Of course we said yes!

ZFamily5
07-19-2011, 11:26 AM
Dumb luck! Me and my boyfriend at the time were walking up to the turnstile and a CM asked us if we'd like to help open the park. Of course we said yes!

That's so cool! On our 2008 trip we sort of got to help open Animal Kingdom.

heaven2dc
07-19-2011, 12:09 PM
I can't believe it took me 11 pages to find your TR!! What a great writing style you have and awesome pics! Your family has SO much fun on your trips - there are so many things I want to comment on but don't know where to start :goodvibes

First your family is beautiful - your dad must feel so lucky have 4 girls to spoil!
Loved the pic of you all in the Dumbo ride :love: Epcot used to be my fav park but then I keep wanting to revisit HS more and more (love ToT and Animation Studios and TSM.) I was sad on our last trip that my boys didn't like MK and we barely spent 3 hours there leaving after we hit all the big rides. Can't wait until my new granddaughter is old enough to take to WDW - boy will I spoil her at MK!! My grandson was 14 mos old on his first visit and loved IASW and Winnie the Pooh so can't wait til we go again when he is a little older (he's 3 now).

Can't wait to read more - you are doing a fantastic job :thumbsup2

StephaniexMarie
07-19-2011, 06:06 PM
I'm all caught up! I always saw your comments on peoples trip reports so hey, I decided to come join yours and I'm glad I did. I love reading other teen's TRs. :goodvibes Can't wait for more!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-19-2011, 09:27 PM
I've never seen any of the Pooh characters at DHS! I love the picture of you and your sisters with Tigger and Eeyore. Too cute! It looks like your family really has fun together. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
07-20-2011, 10:55 AM
If I don't get an update up this afternoon, there won't be one until tomorrow. It's my parent's 20th anniversary, so I'm baby-sitting my sisters and our neighbors so they can go out to dinner. I'll try my hardest to get one up before they come over though! :)

I can't believe it took me 11 pages to find your TR!! What a great writing style you have and awesome pics! Your family has SO much fun on your trips - there are so many things I want to comment on but don't know where to start :goodvibes

First your family is beautiful - your dad must feel so lucky have 4 girls to spoil!
Loved the pic of you all in the Dumbo ride :love: Epcot used to be my fav park but then I keep wanting to revisit HS more and more (love ToT and Animation Studios and TSM.) I was sad on our last trip that my boys didn't like MK and we barely spent 3 hours there leaving after we hit all the big rides. Can't wait until my new granddaughter is old enough to take to WDW - boy will I spoil her at MK!! My grandson was 14 mos old on his first visit and loved IASW and Winnie the Pooh so can't wait til we go again when he is a little older (he's 3 now).

Can't wait to read more - you are doing a fantastic job :thumbsup2

Thank you for joining in! Most of the picture credit goes to my mom, but I took a few. We do have lots of fun on our trips! Any where we go we have a blast! My dad does love his girls! Sometimes we ask him if he'd rather have boys and he likes to tell us, "I don't know what I'd do with a boy!" :rotfl2: We like HS a lot too, but I think MK is still our overall favorite! Well, except Thing3, her favorite is EPCOT too! If you go in the next couple years, he'll be at an awesome age for Disney! When they're the preschool age their eyes light up at every thing! Again, thank you so much!

I'm all caught up! I always saw your comments on peoples trip reports so hey, I decided to come join yours and I'm glad I did. I love reading other teen's TRs. :goodvibes Can't wait for more!

Thanks for joining in! Do you have a TR or PTR? I love reading about other teen's planning and trips too!

I've never seen any of the Pooh characters at DHS! I love the picture of you and your sisters with Tigger and Eeyore. Too cute! It looks like your family really has fun together. :goodvibes

I don't think we had up until then. They were right here the big hat (does it have a specific name?). We really do have lots of fun together! :cool1:

CJDisneyMommy
07-20-2011, 01:04 PM
I just engulfed myself in your TR on my lunch break, and I can't tell you how impressed I am. Your writing skills are absolutely amazing. I started reading and told myself that I only had 20 minutes to read, and then I had to go clean my car. 50 minutes later, I finished reading your trip report. It's so good! I still can't believe you are 14! There was so much to catch up on, I can't even remember every point that I wanted to touch base on.

The pictures of you and your sisters holding hands while walking into Main Street is adorable. I love that the three of you all did BBB, how cute! BBB wasn't there when I was little, so I keep saying when I have a girl, she and I will do it together one day. (If they let mommies, which I hope they do!)

I love that you did all of the research for your trip with the ADR's and everything else! And I have to say, it is so cool how much you help with your little sisters. I especially enjoyed how you convinced Thing 3 that Tink was not ziplining.

I feel the same way when I ride Space Mountain, and so does the rest of my family. That is a rollarcoaster that I will NEVER put my hands up while riding. I find that I tend to duck my head throughout the ride, but I still love it! I can't believe that woman on Space Mountain, I don't understand why people can't just be happy in Disney World. Who cares if you didn't get the exact seat you wanted, you're in Disney World for crying out loud!

But on a happy note, I have also experienced many nice people on the bus. The past two trips I have taken, my son was 10 months and then 1 1/2. Many times the bus only had room to stand, and I was forced to take him out of his stroller and hold him in my arms. Not once did I have to remain standing. Someone always offered up their seat, and this amazed me each time. I love how nice people can be in Disney World.

I love you TR so far and I can't wait to read more! But I have to go back to work because I am now two minutes over my break. Thank you for taking me back to the world I love so much for an hour of my day. It really brightened the afternoon.

ZFamily5
07-20-2011, 02:11 PM
When I last left off, we were just leaving Hollywood Studios to go to EPCOT! Thing3 was really excited, as I’ve said before, EPCOT is her favorite park! We had to wait a little while for a boat to come. It was pretty hot out, but we were mostly in the shade. The captain announced that the boat would be stopping at the Swan and Dolphin, the Boardwalk and the Yacht and Beach Club. I assured Mom and Dad that there was also a stop at the International Gateway, but they didn’t believe me. Despite my attempt to convince them that I knew what I was talking about, we got off at the Yacht and Beach Club and walked to the International Gateway. As we are approaching, what do we see passing us? Yup, the boat! Pretty soon we were entering into EPCOT! We all love the International Gateway! I think that (and Stormalong Bay) is the reason we are dying to stay at Beach Club next trip! Anyway, we decided that we were just going to explore the countries until dinner. My sisters and I were getting hungry, but it was still a while until our dinner reservation, so we went on a hunt for a snack! I had been waiting for a Mickey ice cream sandwich all day (my parents didn’t let me get one at HS), so I was searching for an ice cream cart. In the meantime, Thing2 got some ice cream from the crepe place in France. After walking to America and not seeing any ice cream carts, I decided on a regular old cup of ice cream. I got a cup of vanilla ice cream at the America CS place and Thing3 shared with me, as she doesn’t eat that much. After our snack, Thing3 started getting antsy. Here we were, at her favorite park and we hadn’t ridden her favorite ride. What is that ride, why Journey into Imagination with Figment, of course! We didn’t have that long before dinner, but somehow Thing3 managed to convince Mom and Dad that we had just enough time for a ride on Figment! As usual, there was no line and soon we were singing along with Figment! My notes say we rode twice; my guess is Thing3 begged and somehow managed to get her way again. Dad and Mom had been texting Uncle R and Aunt C throughout the day. They were at EPCOT all day (no park hopper) and had scheduled dinner at Rose and Crown too. We didn’t know that they had dinner planned there too, because when we were originally planning reservations, that wasn’t one they wanted to join us for. Turns out they changed their minds! Our reservation times were just 5 minutes apart! After 2 rides on Figment, we headed back to the UK to meet up with them. Dad and Uncle R went up to check in and asked if we could be seated together. They were able to put us together and we were seated within minutes. I had the Vegetarian Shepard’s Pie and the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Yum! I know all of the adults had the steak and fish combo with various desserts…not sure about the kids. During the whole meal, K and Thing2 were trying to come up with questions to ask the waiter just so they could hear his accent! It was so cute! After dinner, we split up for a bit. Uncle R, Aunt C and K had Mission: Space fastpasses. Aunt C decided she didn’t want to go, so Thing2 went in her place. Mom, Dad and Aunt C wanted to go see Captain EO. Thing3 and I weren’t interested. Thing3 has me wrapped around her little finger. She managed to convince me that more Figment was in order. I love her, so I agreed! Thing3 and I got in 2 more rides on Figment before Mom, Dad and Aunt C met up with us. Turns out they didn’t see Captain EO, because the wait was long and they were worried we’d miss Illuminations. On our way back to stake out a spot for Illuminations, Thing3 had a blast trying to convince Dad we got a scent other than skunk when we rode! We found a pretty good spot to watch Illuminations, although some people were encroaching on our space and our view was partially blocked by trees. Here's a picture of us waiting for Illuminations...not quite sure what happened with my hair...

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That show is amazing! EPCOT had EMH until midnight, so we decided to stay! Unfortunately for us kids, our parents wanted us to “meander the countries”. Thing2, K, Thing3 and I decided to entertain ourselves by taking random pictures.

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We especially enjoyed posing in front America!

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I know we saw American Adventure. I fell asleep during part of it. I know, I know, it’s our history. I was tired and it was dark. I did however, wake up just long enough to get the song stuck in my head! “America! Spread your golden wings! Sail on freedom’s winds! Across the sky!” The girls and I were itching to get on a ride, but our parents wanted to take their time. I know we rode Maelstrom. Thing3 was scared, but we convinced her it couldn’t be too scary because there were no seat belts. We also rode the Mexico ride. It was eerily empty in there. I took Spanish in middle school, so my dad decided I could only speak Spanish while we were in the Mexico pavilion. I had some problems remember what I learned. Not one to be quiet, I repeatedly bumped into Dad so I could say, “Lo siento” (I’m sorry). He was not amused. Finally, we finished walking through the countries! Where did we go? To Test Track! This was Thing3’s first time on Test Track! Thing2, K and I rode in the front of one car and the rest of them went in a separate car. The verdict? Thing3 loved it! Uncle R, Aunt C and K decided to head back to Coronado Springs. We, however, had something else on our agenda…Soarin’!! It was about 11:50 PM. The park closed at 12 AM. We were speed walking to Soarin’ when Thing3 decides she REALLY has to go to the bathroom. We did a frantic search and found her a bathroom. Dad runs in with her. They come out and we all jog towards the Land. Did we make it?



Yes! We made it on the LAST Soarin’ flight of the day! They announced it while we were waiting to board and everyone cheered. We got the front row too! Thing3 was a little nervous, but she LOVED it! Especially all of the smells! I was so glad she liked it! We took our time leaving, just enjoying seeing EPCOT empty. We got on a bus back to POR and soon we were fast asleep!

StephaniexMarie
07-20-2011, 02:23 PM
Thanks for joining in! Do you have a TR or PTR? I love reading about other teen's planning and trips too!

No problem! :flower3:
Yep, I have a PTR, it's in my signature. :goodvibes
Love the Epcot update! The "Lo Siento" part is hilarious. :lmao:

ZFamily5
07-20-2011, 02:43 PM
I just engulfed myself in your TR on my lunch break, and I can't tell you how impressed I am. Your writing skills are absolutely amazing. I started reading and told myself that I only had 20 minutes to read, and then I had to go clean my car. 50 minutes later, I finished reading your trip report. It's so good! I still can't believe you are 14! There was so much to catch up on, I can't even remember every point that I wanted to touch base on.

The pictures of you and your sisters holding hands while walking into Main Street is adorable. I love that the three of you all did BBB, how cute! BBB wasn't there when I was little, so I keep saying when I have a girl, she and I will do it together one day. (If they let mommies, which I hope they do!)

I love that you did all of the research for your trip with the ADR's and everything else! And I have to say, it is so cool how much you help with your little sisters. I especially enjoyed how you convinced Thing 3 that Tink was not ziplining.

I feel the same way when I ride Space Mountain, and so does the rest of my family. That is a rollarcoaster that I will NEVER put my hands up while riding. I find that I tend to duck my head throughout the ride, but I still love it! I can't believe that woman on Space Mountain, I don't understand why people can't just be happy in Disney World. Who cares if you didn't get the exact seat you wanted, you're in Disney World for crying out loud!

But on a happy note, I have also experienced many nice people on the bus. The past two trips I have taken, my son was 10 months and then 1 1/2. Many times the bus only had room to stand, and I was forced to take him out of his stroller and hold him in my arms. Not once did I have to remain standing. Someone always offered up their seat, and this amazed me each time. I love how nice people can be in Disney World.

I love you TR so far and I can't wait to read more! But I have to go back to work because I am now two minutes over my break. Thank you for taking me back to the world I love so much for an hour of my day. It really brightened the afternoon.

Thank you so much for joining in! Glad my TR is interesting to readers! I too, love the pictures of us walking onto Main Street! Is it weird that I want to print a copy of that one and one of us on Dumbo really big to hang on my wall? They do let mommies do BBB! You should totally do it with your daughter (when you have one). I really love doing the planning, I'm kind of a control freak! My parents sometimes think I'm weird for spending all my time DIS-ing! I agree, I'll never put my arms up on Space Mountain! And yes, the lady should have just sat wherever she was put. You don't see the people in the back row of Soarin' throwing fits because they don't have the best view! That's great that people gave up their seats for you to hold your son! I just don't get it when a man or teen is sitting while an older person, woman or child has to stand. Now I'm not trying to say that women aren't capable of standing, it just seems like common courtesy for a man or teenager to do that. I'm sorry reading my TR pushed your over your break time but I'm so glad I was able to bring a little bit of Disney to your afternoon!

No problem! :flower3:
Yep, I have a PTR, it's in my signature. :goodvibes
Love the Epcot update! The "Lo Siento" part is hilarious. :lmao:

I'll have to check it out! Thank you so much! We had a great time that night!

JJBEAN
07-20-2011, 03:29 PM
Joining in! I have really enjoyed reading your TR! :wizard:

ZFamily5
07-20-2011, 03:42 PM
Joining in! I have really enjoyed reading your TR! :wizard:

Thank you so much for joining in! I see you have a countdown in your signature! Do you have a PTR?

sheri18
07-20-2011, 05:20 PM
I just found this TR and am totaly involved.....what a great young lady you are...your writing skills are amazing...your parents must be so proud...I remember going to WDW when my 3 sons were that age...now I will be going with my 3 sons, wifes and our 2 grandchildren....Kaila age 2 1/2 (her 3rd time) and my grandson Jackson 1 1/2....we are so excited..just booked
we havent been since 2000.
your pics are great....great planning on your part....my oldest son (31) is a Disney crazie too....he is planning all our trip....booking our meals ect...cannot wait to go.....sept. cannot come fast enough...
cant wait to read the rest....

Sooze
07-20-2011, 05:43 PM
Ok... telling us that you are wrapped around your little sister's finger, and that you love her so you did what she wanted.... That officially makes you the best oldest sister ever! How sweet of you!! :lovestruc

Golden dream is SUCH a catchy song. Did you guys get to see Voices of Liberty on this trip? They do an AMAZING version of Golden Dream. We've never seen them do it live, because they have to have a certain number of voices on each part... someday I'm hoping to hear it live. I can only imagine the goosebumps. Sorry.. tangent! Here is a link to a video of them singing Golden Dream... enjoy!

Voice of Liberty "Golden Dream" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXcs3vQGr9o&feature=related)

nejjie
07-20-2011, 06:14 PM
What a great trip report!! You are an awesome big sister!! :)

luckylady
07-21-2011, 10:15 AM
Whaew all caught up now. What a great time ya'll are having. I agree you are a great big sister. That picture your mom took of the two younger ones with thier heads in you lap waiting for the parade, priceless.Can't wait to read more.

ZFamily5
07-21-2011, 01:17 PM
I just found this TR and am totaly involved.....what a great young lady you are...your writing skills are amazing...your parents must be so proud...I remember going to WDW when my 3 sons were that age...now I will be going with my 3 sons, wifes and our 2 grandchildren....Kaila age 2 1/2 (her 3rd time) and my grandson Jackson 1 1/2....we are so excited..just booked
we havent been since 2000.
your pics are great....great planning on your part....my oldest son (31) is a Disney crazie too....he is planning all our trip....booking our meals ect...cannot wait to go.....sept. cannot come fast enough...
cant wait to read the rest....

Thank you so much for joining in! I think (hope) my parents are proud of me! You'll have so much fun with your sons/daughter-in-laws and grandchildren! I love their names by the way! I have a feeling I'd get along with your oldest son! Are you going to start a PTR? I'd read it!

Ok... telling us that you are wrapped around your little sister's finger, and that you love her so you did what she wanted.... That officially makes you the best oldest sister ever! How sweet of you!! :lovestruc

Golden dream is SUCH a catchy song. Did you guys get to see Voices of Liberty on this trip? They do an AMAZING version of Golden Dream. We've never seen them do it live, because they have to have a certain number of voices on each part... someday I'm hoping to hear it live. I can only imagine the goosebumps. Sorry.. tangent! Here is a link to a video of them singing Golden Dream... enjoy!

Voice of Liberty "Golden Dream" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXcs3vQGr9o&feature=related)

Thank you so much! I try my hardest to be a good big sister! Being at Disney usually helps put us all in better moods, which in turn makes it easier to be a great big sister! And having great little sisters helps too! Yes it is a catchy song! We didn't get to see Voices of Liberty this trip! I would love to hear it live too! I love that song! Thank you so much for posting the link! I'm listening to it right now! Do you know if you can buy the 4 Parks, One World CD anywhere besides the parks? I didn't get a copy while we were there, and now I'm wishing I did!

What a great trip report!! You are an awesome big sister!! :)

Thank you so much for joining in! And thank you, I try to be a good big sister!

Whaew all caught up now. What a great time ya'll are having. I agree you are a great big sister. That picture your mom took of the two younger ones with thier heads in you lap waiting for the parade, priceless.Can't wait to read more.

Thank you so much! I love that picture too! I want to print a copy of a couple of pictures really big to hang on my wall! I'll try to post again later today!

dizney chick
07-21-2011, 11:11 PM
Sorry your family didn't believe you about the boat. My Mom still doesn't listen to me.:confused3

Good Job on making the last Soarin ride of the day.:thumbsup2 I have never been at a park to close. Maybe I will in September....well I can dream.:rotfl2:

ZFamily5
07-21-2011, 11:25 PM
Sorry your family didn't believe you about the boat. My Mom still doesn't listen to me.:confused3

Good Job on making the last Soarin ride of the day.:thumbsup2 I have never been at a park to close. Maybe I will in September....well I can dream.:rotfl2:

I was a little upset nobody listened to me, but it was a nice walk. I personally like nighttime EMH better than morning EMH. Next trip I'm going to try and schedule more late nights than early mornings.

tyandskyesmom
07-22-2011, 02:05 PM
OK...caught up to here...

You all look like you are having a great time!

I have tried to convince Skye it would be great to be the first female tumble monkey when she grows up (or at least the first one we have seen) but she wants to be the bird! Ya, she's nutz!

I just noticed you're from Illinois too..

You've got some great plans for future trips there! We'd love to be able to plan again but Skye's dance team travels every other year. This was the off year so next year they are planning Vegas and DISNEYLAND!!! SO that will be our big trip for next year...so hoping for 2013 too. They will be competing in Dianeyland and taking a class with Disney dancers. Should be lots of fun. Plus, I'm the only one who has ever been there and that was about 37 years ago...so it will be a whole new world!

Looking forward to reading along with the rest of your trip to get me through our next 22 days...

Sooze
07-23-2011, 01:16 PM
Do you know if you can buy the 4 Parks, One World CD anywhere besides the parks? I didn't get a copy while we were there, and now I'm wishing I did!


Did some looking. See if this helps.

http://www.amazon.com/Official-Disney-WDW-Four-Parks/dp/B001LXSQBK

luckylady
07-23-2011, 01:55 PM
You can also order from disneystore.com
http://www.disneystore.com/disney/store/DSISearch?Searchstr=park+music&storeId=10051&catalogId=10002&langId=-1&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&N=0&Nu=pProductID&Nr=pPublished%3A1&Ntk=All_Shopping&Ntt=park+music&D=park+music&Dr=pPublished%3A1
I love that CD

ZFamily5
07-25-2011, 06:32 PM
OK...caught up to here...

You all look like you are having a great time!

I have tried to convince Skye it would be great to be the first female tumble monkey when she grows up (or at least the first one we have seen) but she wants to be the bird! Ya, she's nutz!

I just noticed you're from Illinois too..

You've got some great plans for future trips there! We'd love to be able to plan again but Skye's dance team travels every other year. This was the off year so next year they are planning Vegas and DISNEYLAND!!! SO that will be our big trip for next year...so hoping for 2013 too. They will be competing in Dianeyland and taking a class with Disney dancers. Should be lots of fun. Plus, I'm the only one who has ever been there and that was about 37 years ago...so it will be a whole new world!

Looking forward to reading along with the rest of your trip to get me through our next 22 days...

Thank you so much for joining in! The bird could be fun too, but I'd love to be a tumble monkey! Skye would be a great tumble monkey! Yes, we are about an hour and a half outside Chicago. Awesome place for day trips! Disneyland and Vegas sounds great! We enjoyed Disneyland, but found it really weird that it was essentially in the middle of a neighborhood! A class with Disney dancers? Skye is one lucky girl!! If we go around the same time, we could have a DIS Meet!!

Did some looking. See if this helps.

http://www.amazon.com/Official-Disney-WDW-Four-Parks/dp/B001LXSQBK

You can also order from disneystore.com
http://www.disneystore.com/disney/store/DSISearch?Searchstr=park+music&storeId=10051&catalogId=10002&langId=-1&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&N=0&Nu=pProductID&Nr=pPublished%3A1&Ntk=All_Shopping&Ntt=park+music&D=park+music&Dr=pPublished%3A1
I love that CD

Thank you both so much!!

ZFamily5
07-25-2011, 06:43 PM
First of all, I apologize for not updating in a few days! Summer is supposed to be a relaxing time, but somehow we always end up so busy! As I mentioned before, Wednesday was Mom and Dad’s 20th anniversary! They went into Chicago for dinner with our neighbors. My best friend, C, came over to help me baby-sit, since I was watching Thing2, Thing3 and our neighbors 4 year old twin boys! We decided to do a Lion King themed movie night with them! When they arrived, Thing2 took them to the basement to play in our bounce house. C and I made Scar Salad, Rafiki Ranch dressing, Pumbaa pasta, Timon’s Tasty Sauce and Circle of Life Lemonade! The rest of our evening consisted of walking to the park, playing in the sprinkler, making ice cream sundaes and s’mores and watching “The Lion King”! All in all it was a really fun evening! Friday and Saturday we had a garage sale with friends from church (the people we trick or treat with). Friday afternoon, Thing2 and one of the boys decided our Halloween theme for this year: the Incredibles!! We will have Mrs. Incredible (me), Mr. Incredible (one of the boys), Violet (Thing2), Dash (youngest boy), Jack-Jack (Thing3), either Frozone or Syndrome (other boy) and Edna Mode (my BFF). Can’t wait to get working on costumes! Saturday afternoon, we drove 6 hours to Southern Indiana to be with family for my great grandma’s 93rd birthday and my great great aunt’s 95th birthday. We drove back last night after a fun time with family! Grandma Z is here now, Mom and Dad are going to Rhode Island for a couple of days to celebrate their anniversary, so she is staying with us. Should be a fun week spending time with her! I’ll try to get an update up soon! Thanks for reading along!

ZFamily5
07-26-2011, 09:12 AM
Again, sorry for the delay in updates! We actually slept in a bit this morning! We had an ADR at Chef Mickey’s with Uncle R, Aunt C and K! AND it was Aunt C’s birthday!! I’m not exactly sure what time we got up, but I know it wasn’t as early as our park days! We got up, took showers, got dressed, etc. Around 10, we caught a bus to the Magic Kingdom. Sadly, we did not enter the park. We sat on a bench outside the monorail station and waited for the rest of the crew to arrive. After about 15 minutes, they arrived and we all took the monorail to the Contemporary! I really want to stay there! We’ve stayed at the other two monorail resorts, but have yet to stay at the Contemporary. Anyway, we arrived around 11, for our 11:05 ADR! Cutting it a little close!! We took the picture by the statue of Mickey and then sat down with our pager. While we were waiting, we passed the pager around our group to see who would be “the winner” (whoever was holding the pager when it went off). Kind of a simple game, but it keeps us entertained while we wait. I believe Aunt C was the winner that time. We were seated in the back, fairly close to the buffet. Thing3 had been looking forward to Chef Mickey’s for so long! During our 2008 trip we came to Chef Mickey’s and she still remembers it. More specifically, she remembers that Mom and Dad let me take her to get food and she ended up with a pile of gummy bears and a doughnut. She was very sad when we didn’t find any gummy bears. She made do with doughnut holes and a brownie.

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Based on the pictures, Thing2 and K went with lots of sweets too.

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I know I had some sort of potato cheese thing. It was delicious!! Pretty soon the characters started coming around.

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Some random pictures:

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Everyone enjoyed Chef Mickey’s I think. It’s a good choice with a large group in my opinion. After we finished, we rode the monorail to Magic Kingdom with Uncle R, Aunt C and K. They got off for their first day at MK and we rode the monorail back to the Contemporary. From there, we caught a bus to Downtown Disney!! We were going to go pick out some souvenirs! What did I have my mind set on? You’ll have to keep reading to find out! Thanks for reading!

CJDisneyMommy
07-26-2011, 10:15 AM
We ate at Chef Mickeys last year for lunch and loved it! We sat near a window and the afternoon parade in MK set off fireworks right while we were eating. I didn't think the food was to die for, but the character experience is great.

ZFamily5
07-26-2011, 10:18 AM
We ate at Chef Mickeys last year for lunch and loved it! We sat near a window and the afternoon parade in MK set off fireworks right while we were eating. I didn't think the food was to die for, but the character experience is great.

Chef Mickey's does lunch? I still have a lot to learn I guess! I didn't think the food was spectacular either, but it was okay and yes, the character experience is wonderful!

CJDisneyMommy
07-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Chef Mickey's does lunch? I still have a lot to learn I guess! I didn't think the food was spectacular either, but it was okay and yes, the character experience is wonderful!

Only during certain times of the year :thumbsup2

jenny105
07-26-2011, 03:12 PM
Happy anniversary to your parents! Congrats to them :goodvibes

Great Halloween costume theme! :thumbsup2

I love Chef Mickey's! We went there last year for breakfast. I'm hooked on mickey waffles :)

sheri18
07-26-2011, 08:38 PM
what a great baby-sitter you are...the kids must have had a blast...
Son1...the planner....booked chef mickeys for dinner....should we rethink this and do a breakfast.....

ZFamily5
07-26-2011, 08:42 PM
Only during certain times of the year :thumbsup2

Good to know! :goodvibes

Happy anniversary to your parents! Congrats to them :goodvibes

Great Halloween costume theme! :thumbsup2

I love Chef Mickey's! We went there last year for breakfast. I'm hooked on mickey waffles :)

Thank you! We hope our Halloween costumes will be as fun as in the years past! We love Chef Mickey's too! And I love Mickey waffles! Luckily for me, we have a Mickey waffle maker!

what a great baby-sitter you are...the kids must have had a blast...
Son1...the planner....booked chef mickeys for dinner....should we rethink this and do a breakfast.....

I hope they had fun! I sure did! :laughing: We've never done Chef Mickey's for dinner. I've heard good things about it though! We typically do a late breakfast and then head to Downtown Disney to shop and back to the pool to swim!

StephaniexMarie
07-26-2011, 08:57 PM
Love your pictures of Chef Mickey's! I really like the picture of the sign for some reason. :laughing: We have to try that out someday. Looking forward to some DTD pics! :cool1:

DisneyMom14
07-26-2011, 11:04 PM
Great updates! I've been out for a while but I'm all caught up again. :goodvibes

ZFamily5
07-27-2011, 09:23 AM
Love your pictures of Chef Mickey's! I really like the picture of the sign for some reason. :laughing: We have to try that out someday. Looking forward to some DTD pics! :cool1:

Thank you! I love that picture too! :laughing: DTD pics coming right up!

Great updates! I've been out for a while but I'm all caught up again. :goodvibes

Glad you're enjoying it!

momabaarjo
07-28-2011, 05:51 PM
Finally caught up reading your TR!

I loved the Rose & Crown last summer when I hate there...the food was good, I too loved the toffee pudding. The view for illuminations was the best part along with our server! She was a college student from the UK whose work visa was about to expire and she was returning home in a few weeks. I had so much fun talking to her...I ended up leaving her a $20 tip for about a $60 bill I loved her so much!

Your lion king babysitting movie night sounds like it was a lot of fun...happy belated anniversary to your parents! I might have to steal some of the names you used for you food!

Please treasure your time with your greats! My children lost my grandmother (their great) this past fall. I am so thankful that they spent a lot of time with her and knew her well and will have lots of great memories! She was a very special lady!

Love the pictures of Chef Mickey's...I decided that is how we are going to start our WDW portion of our trip by eating there for breakfast and meeting Mickey!

ZFamily5
07-28-2011, 11:17 PM
We had just finished a really fun breakfast at Chef Mickey’s and were headed to Downtown Disney! Our souvenir money was burning holes in our pockets!! As soon as we arrived, we headed straight towards the store holding my major purchase: Once Upon a Toy!! I had my mind set on filling up my own box of Mr. Potato Head parts! I had wanted to do this since I dressed up as Mrs. Potato Head for Halloween! One of the CMs at the store told us that I could buy the body separate for $2.75. I grabbed a boatload of parts and sat down in the corner of the store trying to make it all fit. After a while of trying to shove pieces into the box, Dad came over to help. In the process, Dad ripped the box. It was just a tiny little rip, but we were worried that they wouldn’t accept the box. When Dad went to pay, the CM was very nice about our little ripped box. I believe she said something like, “A little rip in the box never hurt anyone”. She was one of the nicest CMs we met during our trip! After purchasing my Potato Head, we went to the World of Disney store! Thing3 knew that she wanted to get some pins for her souvenir, so she and I headed there while Thing2, Mom and Dad looked at other stuff. After carefully examining every pin on the racks, Thing3 decided on a Figment pin (big surprise there!) and a box of mystery Star Wars pins. I believe the mystery pins were a Stitch Yoda and Daisy dressed up as Aurra Syng (not sure about spelling). Then Thing3 and I began the daunting task of finding the rest of our family. We eventually found them by the Star Wars stuff (both of my sisters are HUGE Star Wars fans! We probably have more light sabers than some families with all boys!). Mom and Dad made up some excuse about looking at a t-shirt, and went off to buy Thing2’s birthday presents. Meanwhile, Thing2 found her souvenir, a Star Wars t-shirt. It’s the black one that says, “Judge Me by My Size, Do You?” It’s really cute and she loves it! I’m pretty sure Mom and Dad had the gifts sent to the resort gift shop. After purchasing our souvenirs, we took the boat back to POR. I'm not sure when we took this picture, so I'll just throw it in here:

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Immediately after getting back to the room, we put on swimsuits and headed to the main pool! We all swam for quite a while and went down the slide a couple times.

Me
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Thing2
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Me catching Thing3
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Then Thing2, Mom and Dad went back to their chairs and read on their Kindles for quite a while and Thing3 and I kept swimming. Thing3 and I pretty hungry, so we decided to go get a snack. We walked to Riverside Mill and got a bowl of Cookies and Cream ice cream to share. It was sooooo yummy!! Coming up next: My major meltdown of the trip! Sorry for the short update and thanks for reading!!

stitchfan531
07-29-2011, 07:18 AM
Can't beat Downtown Disney for souvenir shopping! I have the "Judge Me by My Size" t-shirt too! It's one of my favorites, because all of my friends and family tease me about being so short. "The world is big/but little people turn it around!" (Les Miz, Little People) I'll have to look for those Star Wars mystery pins... Sounds like you guys are still having an awesome time! Keep posting!

simplyintriguing
07-29-2011, 12:00 PM
Just caught up!

Looks like you're having fun. I just love reading other teen's TRs. :)

jenny105
07-30-2011, 12:06 PM
I love all the cute photo ops at DTD.

How is the slide at POR? Is it long?

ZFamily5
07-30-2011, 06:30 PM
I promise I'll go back and respond to everyone's comments, but I just had to share this! I've mentioned before that my Grandma is very crafty! A couple of years ago she made me these flip flops:

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Well, I've had those for quite a while, so she decided that she would make me a new pair and I got to choose the ribbons!! See if you can tell what I was going for here:

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I love them so much, especially because she made them for me! She taught me how to make them, so if anyone is interested in learning, let me know! I suppose I could even make them and send them to you! Thanks for reading!!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
07-31-2011, 08:36 PM
Cute pictures at Chef Mickey's! It looks like a fun breakfast. And I love the flip flops! They remind me of Minnie Mouse! :goodvibes Too bad my feet are too flat to wear flip flops. :headache:

mickeygirl14
08-01-2011, 04:37 PM
Ok - just joining in and totally caught up now! Found your TR when you posted on my PTR.
Couple of thoughts...
1. You are a fantastic writer!
2. You are an even more fantastic big sister! (Ever think about any long distance babysitting?? :goodvibes
3. Congrats on your baptism - very big deal!
4. Love the pictures!
5. I would LOVE to know how to make those flip-flops! Super cute!

I'm really enjoying your TR and can't wait to read the rest!

ZFamily5
08-01-2011, 06:57 PM
Finally caught up reading your TR!

I loved the Rose & Crown last summer when I hate there...the food was good, I too loved the toffee pudding. The view for illuminations was the best part along with our server! She was a college student from the UK whose work visa was about to expire and she was returning home in a few weeks. I had so much fun talking to her...I ended up leaving her a $20 tip for about a $60 bill I loved her so much!

Your lion king babysitting movie night sounds like it was a lot of fun...happy belated anniversary to your parents! I might have to steal some of the names you used for you food!

Please treasure your time with your greats! My children lost my grandmother (their great) this past fall. I am so thankful that they spent a lot of time with her and knew her well and will have lots of great memories! She was a very special lady!

Love the pictures of Chef Mickey's...I decided that is how we are going to start our WDW portion of our trip by eating there for breakfast and meeting Mickey!

Looking back on it, I wish I had made our ADR a little later so we could watch Illuminations while eating, but there's always next time! We loved talking to our waiter too! Too funny about the tip!! Our movie night was a lot of fun! Steal away (as long as you post pictures :laughing:)! I'm sorry you lost your grandma. We treasure every minute with them! I'm glad your kids got to know her before she passed! They will always have memories of her! Chef Mickey's will be a great way to start your trip! It's so much fun!!

Can't beat Downtown Disney for souvenir shopping! I have the "Judge Me by My Size" t-shirt too! It's one of my favorites, because all of my friends and family tease me about being so short. "The world is big/but little people turn it around!" (Les Miz, Little People) I'll have to look for those Star Wars mystery pins... Sounds like you guys are still having an awesome time! Keep posting!

I know, we love DTD!! We saw the Star Wars mystery pins in the World of Disney and the pin trading store.

Just caught up!

Looks like you're having fun. I just love reading other teen's TRs. :)

Thank you for joining in! Do you have a PTR or TR?

I love all the cute photo ops at DTD.

How is the slide at POR? Is it long?

The slide at POR is fine...it's not long by any means, but it goes a little bit fast. It's certainly not a thrilling slide, but it's decent.

Cute pictures at Chef Mickey's! It looks like a fun breakfast. And I love the flip flops! They remind me of Minnie Mouse! :goodvibes Too bad my feet are too flat to wear flip flops. :headache:

Thank you! Technically I'm not supposed to wear flip-flops too often (I have really high arches in my feet). I'm supposed to wear sneakers with inserts to support my feet, but in the summer my parents give me a break on those. That stinks that you can't wear flip-flops!

Ok - just joining in and totally caught up now! Found your TR when you posted on my PTR.
Couple of thoughts...
1. You are a fantastic writer!
2. You are an even more fantastic big sister! (Ever think about any long distance babysitting?? :goodvibes
3. Congrats on your baptism - very big deal!
4. Love the pictures!
5. I would LOVE to know how to make those flip-flops! Super cute!

I'm really enjoying your TR and can't wait to read the rest!

Thank you so much for joining in! Thank you! I wish I could long distance baby-sit!! :rotfl: There are so many people with cute kids on the DIS! Thank you, yes my baptism was a very big day for me! To make the flip flops:

1. Buy the flip-flops, ribbon (can't be too thick) and a bottle of "No Fray" (pretty sure that's what it's called)
2. Cut the ribbon into 6 inch long pieces
3. Create a pattern for the ribbon (if you want one)
4. You know how you tie a "criss-cross" in your shoelaces before you tie the bow? You just tie 2 criss-crosses and then that ribbon is secure
5. Repeat until shoes are full of ribbon
6. Spread the "No Fray" stuff on the ends of the ribbon so, well, they don't fray!

Hopefully you understand what I meant...:laughing:

jenny105
08-01-2011, 09:13 PM
Those flip flops are cute! Everyone in your family seems very good at arts and crafts!

ZFamily5
08-01-2011, 09:30 PM
Those flip flops are cute! Everyone in your family seems very good at arts and crafts!

Thank you! Really it's just Thing2 and my grandma, I'm not crafty at all! :laughing:

Self_resqing_princz
08-01-2011, 10:16 PM
So, I have to say, you are a FABULOUS writer for being as young as you are... you have such flair for it... you know when *and how* to leave the reader hanging on and you tell everything in such an interesting way. :banana:
Also, I like your pictures. Your whole family is cute!
I'm subbing! Loving the read! Can't wait to read more. We are about what? Half way through your trip? Very good stuff!:thumbsup2

ZFamily5
08-01-2011, 10:41 PM
When I last left off, Thing3 and I were enjoying a bowl of Cookies N’ Cream ice cream by the pool! Times like that are when I really wish we could stay at Disney for a month! I mean think about it: if we got APs, we could go to the park whenever we wanted, yet still have time to enjoy the resort, something we always say we’ll do, but never end up doing. The only issue I can find with a month at Disney is the cost factor! Anyway, after Thing3 and I finished our ice cream, we went and sat by Mom and Dad and Thing2. This is when I had my major meltdown of the trip, remember, I’m only 14! As you all know, my aunt, uncle and cousin were at Disney too. Well, despite knowing WAY ahead of time what parks they were going to which day, Mom decided she wanted to change all of our days around to match theirs!! I know, this seems really minor, but at the time it felt like a big deal to me! I love my aunt and uncle and cousin, I really do, they just don’t tour the way we do and I didn’t want to change the plans! I just don’t think Mom understood Le Cellier wouldn’t have availability last minute. In the end, Dad went to the lobby to see about switching ADRs. The dining system was down when he went, so Mom and Dad just decided to leave the plan the way it was. I just want you to all know, normally getting angry doesn’t get me my way. The only reason things worked out in my favor was because the ADR system wasn’t working. After we swam a little bit more, we put on our “cover-ups” (do other people call it a cover-up?) and went to Riverside Mill for dinner. Thing3 and I shared pasta again, Thing2 had pasta, I think Mom had a fish basket and I’m not sure about Dad. Once my sisters and I finished eating, Mom gave us the arcade card that came with our package. The three of us wandered over to the arcade. That arcade card horrible!! It was 100 points, but each game was around 30 points!! Skee-ball was only 10 points (I’m pretty sure) so we tried to play that. Every time we stuck in our arcade card, points got deducted, but the game never started. To make matters worse, there was nobody in the arcade to ask to come fix the machine. To add to the situation, Thing3 started crying because she wanted to play a game. I didn’t know what to tell her, so I just took the girls back to the room. Mom and Dad were already back to the room. We all took showers and put on our jammies. I believe we might have played cards for a little while, then we all read and went to bed! Next up: Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios! Thanks for reading!


*Just wanted to let you all know, I'll try and get another update in tomorrow, but then chances are, I won't be able to update until Sunday. Why? 4 of my cousins are coming!! We only see each other at Christmas usually, so I'm super excited!! Wish my dad luck though, 7 girls in the house (not including my mom) ranging in age from 19-6! Should be a great time!

teachermommy78
08-01-2011, 11:04 PM
Ooh! Have fun with your cousins!!! Family visits are so special. I'm sorry your mom scared you like that! You are entitled to a meltdown. At 33, I melt down quite often. ;). My kids will assure you of that. I'm also sorry about that game card! We didn't even try ours. We learned our lesson at pizza planet early in our trip. Disney arcades are a rip off. :confused3. When do you start school again?

ZFamily5
08-01-2011, 11:11 PM
So, I have to say, you are a FABULOUS writer for being as young as you are... you have such flair for it... you know when *and how* to leave the reader hanging on and you tell everything in such an interesting way. :banana:
Also, I like your pictures. Your whole family is cute!
I'm subbing! Loving the read! Can't wait to read more. We are about what? Half way through your trip? Very good stuff!:thumbsup2

Thank you so much for joining in! Thank you so much! I'm rather fond of my family! Yes, about halfway through! I'm going to be so sad when I finish! I'm thinking I'll have to start my 2013 PTR pretty soon after I finish this! :laughing:

Ooh! Have fun with your cousins!!! Family visits are so special. I'm sorry your mom scared you like that! You are entitled to a meltdown. At 33, I melt down quite often. ;). My kids will assure you of that. I'm also sorry about that game card! We didn't even try ours. We learned our lesson at pizza planet early in our trip. Disney arcades are a rip off. :confused3. When do you start school again?

Thank you! We are planning a day at Great America, a day in Chicago and a day to shop and swim! Should be a great time! Any suggestions for Chicago? I know we are taking the train, since we don't have enough room in the car and my cousins aren't allowed to drive in the city. Looking back on it, the meltdown was kind of silly, but it happens! My mom gets upset sometimes too! We start school at the end of August, I believe the 24th...what about you guys?

teachermommy78
08-01-2011, 11:24 PM
We go back right around then too. Sophie, Ethan, and Finn don't go back until after labor day. No fair!!! If I had just one day in Chicago, I would probably go to either millennium park (face fountains and bean!) or Navy Pier for the ferris wheel!!! Shopping on the magnificent mile is also fun. Sophie loves the American Girl Store (I have contemplated working there if I get sick of teaching!) Six Flags will be fun for you guys! We are going next Tuesday (I think). Bummer it wasn't the same day. If you ever make another trip to six flags, let me know! We have seasons passes and have been known to head there when we don't have other plans.

ZFamily5
08-01-2011, 11:36 PM
We go back right around then too. Sophie, Ethan, and Finn don't go back until after labor day. No fair!!! If I had just one day in Chicago, I would probably go to either millennium park (face fountains and bean!) or Navy Pier for the ferris wheel!!! Shopping on the magnificent mile is also fun. Sophie loves the American Girl Store (I have contemplated working there if I get sick of teaching!) Six Flags will be fun for you guys! We are going next Tuesday (I think). Bummer it wasn't the same day. If you ever make another trip to six flags, let me know! We have seasons passes and have been known to head there when we don't have other plans.

That stinks! Do they go to a baby-sitter when you're gone? I know the oldest wants to see the Marilyn Monroe statue, so I guess we'll be heading to millennium park. My sisters and I love the American Girl Store too! Which dolls does Sophie have? Bummer you won't be there! We usually go at least once a summer! Maybe sometime we can have a Chicago DIS meet, either there or Oakbrook or the American Girl Store or something? Our church youth group was going to go to Six Flags on Tuesday, but our whole church is going to a baseball game (minor league) on Monday night, so we didn't think it would work out. Now my brain is on DIS Meets! Hopefully one will work out for us sometime! :)

CJDisneyMommy
08-02-2011, 08:26 AM
I SO understand and feel your pain about this meltdown!!! I booked a trip for my sons father and I a couple of years ago, before my son was born. At this time, my boyfriend had two kids living in florida with their mom, right in Orlando, which I had NO IDEA.

Scratch that, I knew about the kids, and I knew they lived in Florida, but I had no clue that they lived so close. I only expected the ex to drop them off for one day, thinking they lived FAR away from Disney. Boy was I wrong! We ended up having them EVERY day of the trip, AND they stayed in our room. WHICH HAD A QUEEN BED! Had I known this, I would have requested doubles.

I had also made numerous ADR's at Le Cellier, Germany, and CORAL REEF!!! All of which were only made for 2, and I had to call and calll and call to get these reservations...all of which, we missed. I'm still bitter about this whole trip, so trust me, you aren't alone!

I might sound like the evil stepmother from Cinderella, but the point of this story is that I had made elaborate plans, that took a lot of time and effort, all of which were turned in the completely opposite direction because my boyfriend is a bad communicator.

ZFamily5
08-02-2011, 10:07 AM
I SO understand and feel your pain about this meltdown!!! I booked a trip for my sons father and I a couple of years ago, before my son was born. At this time, my boyfriend had two kids living in florida with their mom, right in Orlando, which I had NO IDEA.

Scratch that, I knew about the kids, and I knew they lived in Florida, but I had no clue that they lived so close. I only expected the ex to drop them off for one day, thinking they lived FAR away from Disney. Boy was I wrong! We ended up having them EVERY day of the trip, AND they stayed in our room. WHICH HAD A QUEEN BED! Had I known this, I would have requested doubles.

I had also made numerous ADR's at Le Cellier, Germany, and CORAL REEF!!! All of which were only made for 2, and I had to call and calll and call to get these reservations...all of which, we missed. I'm still bitter about this whole trip, so trust me, you aren't alone!

I might sound like the evil stepmother from Cinderella, but the point of this story is that I had made elaborate plans, that took a lot of time and effort, all of which were turned in the completely opposite direction because my boyfriend is a bad communicator.

Every day of your trip was spent with them??:scared1: Sharing a room??:scared1: How romantic! :laughing: That is horrible 1. That they did that to you and 2. that you had to miss all of the ADRs you made! Trust me, we all need to vent some times. Is he a better communicator these days?

CJDisneyMommy
08-02-2011, 11:10 AM
I wouldn't have even cared if I had known, it was the fact that all these plans were set in place and apparently that didn't matter to anyone but me. Luckily, I made him feel bad enough that it hasn't happened since, and will never happen again lol Each time we go, I have specifically set aside days to be spent with his kids so we don't have that problem again. But they are moving super close to home, so now we really won't have that problem again. Glad we could vent together! lol :thumbsup2

jenny105
08-02-2011, 12:23 PM
Don't be sorry for your meltdown! You guys had your own plans. No reason to switch everything around to accomodate someone else. That would not have flown with me either!

Have fun with your cousins! Good luck to your Dad!

tyandskyesmom
08-02-2011, 03:32 PM
I have thought about getting that t-shirt for Skye...the size one! She's so tiny, it would fit so perfectly!

I have lived her since I was 3 and believe it or not, I have never been to Navy Pier except once when Tyler was 1 (I think) and there was a dino exhibit there...and he was crazy into dinos...and we just went there and back. It looks so pretty at night though...maybe some day!

Skye is not a really "doll-y" kind of girl but those American Girl catalogues come in the mail and she loves 'em. I try to get them and get rid of them before she decided she wants one...they are just too much money for a doll that she really does not even play with. I mean she has maybe three and they sit in the room with dust on them. Every once in a while she will pull one out and change it's clothes and then leave it...until she is told to put it away. So American Girl is really not worth it for her! Now, give her a stuffed chicken and she's all over it!!!! :rotfl2:

momabaarjo
08-02-2011, 06:59 PM
I think your melt down was justified...would it be alright for me at 40+ to have one if someone messes with my park plans! :rotfl2:

McIntoshTx
08-02-2011, 07:07 PM
Great updates keep em coming! :banana::cool1::woohoo::wizard::goodvibes

Sooze
08-02-2011, 10:39 PM
Short updates are better than none! No need to apologize as it was another fantastic update. I love that you have tons of Star Wars stuff.. that is great!:darth:

The flip flops are awesome! :goodvibes

ZFamily5
08-02-2011, 11:54 PM
June 9th, we got up around 7:30-8. We showered, got dressed, etc. While my sisters and I were getting ready, Dad ran to Riverside Mill and got a muffin and some milk. The muffins were very big and easily fed all three of us (though I typically don’t eat much breakfast). Pretty soon we were on our way to the South Depot! Where were we headed? Animal Kingdom!! I may have mentioned this before, but every time I go back, I like it more! The theming is just fantastic! We arrived about 20 minutes after the park opened. Dad went straight to Expedition: Everest to get us fastpasses for later and the rest of us starting strolling towards Kilimanjaro Safaris! Dad caught back up to us before we reached the entrance and we all hopped in line. The line was getting long; we probably waited 35-40 minutes. Not too bad, but I wouldn’t have wanted to wait that long in the middle of the afternoon when it was even hotter!! Here are some pictures from our safari:

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After our trip through Africa, we split up for a little bit. I might have forgotten to mention, Thing2 had a bad cough and wasn’t feeling great. Her throat was bothering her she said. Dad decided to take her to First Aid to get cough drops. Meanwhile, Thing3, Mom and I took the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

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We had a mission: get Thing3’s picture taken with her favorite princess, Pocahontas! Here’s a picture of us on the train: Dad and Thing2 were on the train right after ours, so we just waited for them. When we got into the main building, Mom took Thing3 into the bathroom to put on her Pocahontas costume while I got in the rather long line. I’m not quite sure what Thing2 and Dad were doing…Thing3 was so excited to meet Pocahontas! Here are the pictures we took with her:

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After that, we walked around and looked at the exhibits. They were doing a check-up on a bird; I believe it was a pelican. And then Mom decided that we should get in line to meet Rafiki.

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It was nearing our lunch ADR, so we decided to take the train back to the main part of the park. Dad, the girls and I went to check in at Yak and Yeti while Mom went to get 2 fastpasses for Dinosaur and 3 for Kali River Rapids. We got called while she was gone, but you have to have your whole party there to be seated, so we waited. Mom loves Yak and Yeti! It was her must-do for this trip! Mom, Dad and Thing2 got a steak and shrimp plate, which they all enjoyed. I think Thing3 got orange chicken…I didn’t write anything down, so I’m not sure. However, I very vividly remember what I got! Fried rice! Fried rice wasn’t an option on the menu, but I asked anyway. I was expecting a little plate with a scoop of rice on it. What I got was a serving bowl full of rice! Bad DIS-er, no picture! I ate all I could eat, shared with my sisters, and still had enough for dinner that night! It was a LOT of rice! For dessert, I know I got the pineapple wontons! Delicious! I’m honestly surprised that Yak and Yeti isn’t more popular! It’s a fabulous restaurant! After our yummy lunch, we went over and took some pictures of the Tree of Life.

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That only took a few minutes and soon we were on our way to meet the Yeti! Dad, Thing2 and I went first, followed by Mom, Thing2 and I. While we were riding, Thing3 played in the gift shop.

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When we were done chasing the Yeti, we went and saw Thing3’s dinosaur pal again. She had a blast playing on “her” dinosaur!

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Mom was going to use one of the fastpasses for Dinosaur, since she hadn’t been yet. Thing2 didn’t want to go again, so it was Dad or I. I let Dad go with Mom, since Dinosaur isn’t one of my absolute favorites. I sat on the ledge while Thing2 and Thing3 played. When Mom and Dad came back, we headed towards Kali River Rapids. The whole walk there, Thing2 and I were trying to convince Thing3 to come with us. We knew she would like it, but she’s not particularly fond of water. Her first time at the ocean: she fell in and got swept a couple feet out. We went to a botanical garden place with a stepping stone path across a pond…she fell into the pond. Needless to say, she’s a little bit afraid of water. Somehow we convinced her to go! Mom and Dad handed me the fastpasses and sent us on our merry way! Thing3 got stopped to be measured part way. This is when we had a weird incident. Thing3 is teeny tiny for her age. She’s 41 inches, 34 pounds and 6 ˝ years old. I knew she was tall enough, so I wasn’t worried. Sure enough, she passed the height requirement. The CM standing there started talking to us though. She asked how old Thing3 was. She answered 6 and a half. The CM proceeded to tell her (in all seriousness) that she was “huge for a six year old”. Thing2 and I got really confused, but just smiled and kept walking. Thing3’s reaction to the ride? She loved it, but was surprised she got wet!

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You can tell by the pictures, she isn’t unhappy about that, just surprised. After Kali River Rapids, we decided to head to Hollywood Studios to meet up with Uncle R, Aunt C and K. I’ll stop there for today. But speaking of K, I’ll be with my cousins in less than 24 hours! They should be here for dinner, so Dad is going to make lime chicken tostadas! Can you tell I’m a bit excited?? It’s possible I might update Friday, because some of the girls are going shopping and I said I could stay with the ones that didn’t want to, but it will probably be Sunday before I update again!

ZFamily5
08-03-2011, 12:02 AM
I wouldn't have even cared if I had known, it was the fact that all these plans were set in place and apparently that didn't matter to anyone but me. Luckily, I made him feel bad enough that it hasn't happened since, and will never happen again lol Each time we go, I have specifically set aside days to be spent with his kids so we don't have that problem again. But they are moving super close to home, so now we really won't have that problem again. Glad we could vent together! lol :thumbsup2

I'm glad that it hasn't happened again!

Don't be sorry for your meltdown! You guys had your own plans. No reason to switch everything around to accomodate someone else. That would not have flown with me either!

Have fun with your cousins! Good luck to your Dad!

Thank you for understanding! We will have tons of fun! My dad asked my only male cousin (in his 20s) if he wanted to come too, but he declined his invite to the girl's weekend! :laughing:

I have thought about getting that t-shirt for Skye...the size one! She's so tiny, it would fit so perfectly!

I have lived her since I was 3 and believe it or not, I have never been to Navy Pier except once when Tyler was 1 (I think) and there was a dino exhibit there...and he was crazy into dinos...and we just went there and back. It looks so pretty at night though...maybe some day!

Skye is not a really "doll-y" kind of girl but those American Girl catalogues come in the mail and she loves 'em. I try to get them and get rid of them before she decided she wants one...they are just too much money for a doll that she really does not even play with. I mean she has maybe three and they sit in the room with dust on them. Every once in a while she will pull one out and change it's clothes and then leave it...until she is told to put it away. So American Girl is really not worth it for her! Now, give her a stuffed chicken and she's all over it!!!! :rotfl2:

The "Judge Me By My Size" shirt would be perfect for Skye! She's so petite! We went to Navy Pier once and rode the surrey bikes. It was really fun until one of my pedals broke off! We all have a couple of AG dolls. I have Kit, Kailey and one of the Today dolls. Thing2 has Kaya and Kailey and Thing3 has Rebecca and Josephina. Thing2 and I never play with ours, but Thing3 still does. They are expensive to get if you aren't really into that kind of stuff. It might be good Skye likes her chicken better than AG dolls: certainly saves you money!

I think your melt down was justified...would it be alright for me at 40+ to have one if someone messes with my park plans! :rotfl2:

I think you'd be completely justified to meltdown if someone messed with your park plans! :laughing:

Great updates keep em coming! :banana::cool1::woohoo::wizard::goodvibes

Thank you so much! I will! :thumbsup2

Short updates are better than none! No need to apologize as it was another fantastic update. I love that you have tons of Star Wars stuff.. that is great!:darth:

The flip flops are awesome! :goodvibes

Thank you so much! Does Tyson like Star Wars (you may have mentioned that on your TR and I just forgot)? Thank you! I love my flip flops!

tyandskyesmom
08-03-2011, 10:57 AM
WOW...you got some great safari pictures! Elephants are Tyler's thing ad we don't usually ge tto see that many at a time! Very COOL!

And I love the ones of you guys on Kali River Rapids...I never seem to be ready enough with the camera to ge tthat many good shots of who I am aiming for! I have a feeling Kail may be a necessity in August so we might be on it a lot!

amberdburke
08-03-2011, 12:03 PM
Paisley and I have been reading your trip report this morning, and we love it! :goodvibes

ZFamily5
08-03-2011, 03:15 PM
WOW...you got some great safari pictures! Elephants are Tyler's thing ad we don't usually ge tto see that many at a time! Very COOL!

And I love the ones of you guys on Kali River Rapids...I never seem to be ready enough with the camera to ge tthat many good shots of who I am aiming for! I have a feeling Kail may be a necessity in August so we might be on it a lot!

Thank you! I love elephants too! My parents are really good with the camera. I imagine you'll ride Kali River Rapids a couple times, especially in the August heat!!

Paisley and I have been reading your trip report this morning, and we love it! :goodvibes

Thank you so much for joining in! I'm so glad you and Paisley are enjoying it! :)

walt's girl
08-03-2011, 08:48 PM
Great updates!! Enjoy your time with your family... look forward to more updates when you have a chance!!

sheri18
08-03-2011, 08:56 PM
great update...love the pics....my grandson Jackson is going to love AK...he is only 1 1/2 but loves animals

TheDisneyBunch
08-03-2011, 11:15 PM
I am late joining in but I just love your report. You and your family look so cute together and like you have a great time. There are so many great pics of everyone.

Congrats on being able to write such an awesome report at your age. That is wonderful! I can not wait to read the rest.

Thank you for sharing with us all!! :wizard:

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
08-03-2011, 11:51 PM
I've never been to Rafiki's Planet Watch - it looks like fun! Your sister is so cute in her Pocahontas outfit. :cutie: I completely agree about Y&Y! We ate there for the first time on our honeymoon and loved it! Those wontons are amazing. Love the pictures on Kali! :goodvibes

CJDisneyMommy
08-04-2011, 08:29 AM
KALI RIVER RAPIDS!!!!! These pictures just got me WAY too excited!

Sooze
08-04-2011, 09:29 AM
You're wearing cute flip flops in this update! :goodvibes

How neat the Pocahontas is your sister's favorite! I bet Pocahontas doesn't see too many girls dressed up like her... I'm sure she was happy to see your sister dressed up! And she was such a beautiful Pocahontas!

:rotfl: In the picture with Rafiki, your mom looks like she has some kind of tropical headwear on! :rotfl:

Great update!:thumbsup2

jenny105
08-04-2011, 06:38 PM
The picture of Thing 3 in the sunglasses is so cute!

AK is ok. To be honest, it's my least favorite of the parks, but I have fun when I'm there. I just feel like there's not enough to do in comparison to the other parks.

I went to Yak & Yeti once and know all about the pineapple wontons. YUM!

sheri18
08-04-2011, 07:40 PM
BTW...love you sisters pocahontas costume...did you bring it with you or buy it there....would love to get that for the grand princess....

momabaarjo
08-05-2011, 06:38 PM
I am so looking forward to Yak & Yeti...the wantons made the ADR choice for me! Glad you liked it...makes me hopeful!

So love Thing2 in her Pochontas costume...looking at the pictures of the CM playing the character...she really hit the body language/mannerisms on the head for Pocahontas!

Queenofallthings
08-06-2011, 09:00 AM
SOunds like a great day! I love the shots of all of you on KKR...I always seem to sit in the seat that gets soaked:confused3on a hot August day though, it's just fine:thumbsup2

Your little sister looks so cute in her Pocahontas costume!

DisneyMom14
08-07-2011, 10:32 PM
About your meltdown, well,,, I would have had one too. Some people don't get Disney like we do. :confused3

Animal Kingdom update....FABULOUS! We've never ridden Kali River Rapids as we usually go during cooler weather. This trip will be our first opportunity to ride it! :woohoo: We're also trying out Yak & Yeti although it'll be the counter service, but I'm excited all the same. :cloud9:

Keep 'em coming. popcorn::

cam&phoebsmom
08-07-2011, 11:29 PM
Love your TR-you are doing a great job with it!!!:thumbsup2

We also use the rider swap b/c our DD is young so it is nice seeing where you used it;)

ZFamily5
08-08-2011, 12:19 PM
Great updates!! Enjoy your time with your family... look forward to more updates when you have a chance!!

Thank you so much! We all had a great time and I'll start working on an update shortly!

great update...love the pics....my grandson Jackson is going to love AK...he is only 1 1/2 but loves animals

Thank you! Jackson will love AK! You'll have to post pictures of his reactions to everything so I can see how cute he is!

I am late joining in but I just love your report. You and your family look so cute together and like you have a great time. There are so many great pics of everyone.

Congrats on being able to write such an awesome report at your age. That is wonderful! I can not wait to read the rest.

Thank you for sharing with us all!! :wizard:

Thank you so much for joining in! We do have a great time together! Thank you! Writing has always been the subject I was best at in school. Math and science, not so much, but writing was always fun for me! I'll try to get an update up shortly!

I've never been to Rafiki's Planet Watch - it looks like fun! Your sister is so cute in her Pocahontas outfit. :cutie: I completely agree about Y&Y! We ate there for the first time on our honeymoon and loved it! Those wontons are amazing. Love the pictures on Kali! :goodvibes

Rafiki's Planet Watch is fun! I liked watching the medical procedures and looking at the reptiles better than meeting the characters, but it was lots of fun because there was something everyone enjoyed! Thank you! I think she's pretty cute too! Yak and Yeti is so yummy!

KALI RIVER RAPIDS!!!!! These pictures just got me WAY too excited!

:laughing: I'm glad I could excite you!

You're wearing cute flip flops in this update! :goodvibes

How neat the Pocahontas is your sister's favorite! I bet Pocahontas doesn't see too many girls dressed up like her... I'm sure she was happy to see your sister dressed up! And she was such a beautiful Pocahontas!

:rotfl: In the picture with Rafiki, your mom looks like she has some kind of tropical headwear on! :rotfl:

Great update!:thumbsup2

Yes I am! My family was a little surprised when Thing3 first annouced that Pocahontas was her favorite! We all thought she'd like Cinderella or Belle or one of the more classic princesses, but she loves Pocahontas! I think she's pretty cute too! :laughing: It does look like she has tropical headwear on! Too funny!

The picture of Thing 3 in the sunglasses is so cute!

AK is ok. To be honest, it's my least favorite of the parks, but I have fun when I'm there. I just feel like there's not enough to do in comparison to the other parks.

I went to Yak & Yeti once and know all about the pineapple wontons. YUM!

Thank you! She's pretty cute! I think I might like AK better than DHS...we just really enjoy all the shows and it seems like we never have enough time there! I would LOVE to stay at AKL, but the rest of the gang wants to stay at the Beach Club. I'm not the one who pays for the trip, so I don't really get to make that choice! Those wontons are amazing!

BTW...love you sisters pocahontas costume...did you bring it with you or buy it there....would love to get that for the grand princess....

I think I wrote this on your PTR, but we bought it from the Disney Store at the mall by our house.

I am so looking forward to Yak & Yeti...the wantons made the ADR choice for me! Glad you liked it...makes me hopeful!

So love Thing2 in her Pochontas costume...looking at the pictures of the CM playing the character...she really hit the body language/mannerisms on the head for Pocahontas!

I hope you love Yak and Yeti! We sure do! I love the picture of Thing3 with Pocahontas too! And yes, the CM portrayed Pocahontas really well!

ZFamily5
08-08-2011, 12:22 PM
SOunds like a great day! I love the shots of all of you on KKR...I always seem to sit in the seat that gets soaked:confused3on a hot August day though, it's just fine:thumbsup2

Your little sister looks so cute in her Pocahontas costume!

It was a great time! Thing2 seemed to get the "lucky" seat both times, but the rest of us got pretty wet too! Thank you so much!

About your meltdown, well,,, I would have had one too. Some people don't get Disney like we do. :confused3

Animal Kingdom update....FABULOUS! We've never ridden Kali River Rapids as we usually go during cooler weather. This trip will be our first opportunity to ride it! :woohoo: We're also trying out Yak & Yeti although it'll be the counter service, but I'm excited all the same. :cloud9:

Keep 'em coming. popcorn::

You're right, some people just don't get it! Thank you so much! Kali River Rapids is so much fun! It's a short ride that sometimes has a long wait, so if the wait is too long, get fastpasses! The Yak and Yeti counter service place was so good! Probably the best CS of our whole trip!

Love your TR-you are doing a great job with it!!!:thumbsup2

We also use the rider swap b/c our DD is young so it is nice seeing where you used it;)

Thank you so much! We've learned how to maximize rides using the rider swap!

ZFamily5
08-09-2011, 11:04 AM
I’m back! I had a great time with my cousins, but now it’s back to trip reporting. Just a warning: I misplaced my little book of trip notes, so I’m going solely on pictures and my memory! When I last off, we were leaving Animal Kingdom. Where were we headed to next? Hollywood Studios! The bus ride was fairly short and the bus was almost empty. When we arrived, we debated what to do for a few minutes, before deciding to see the American Idol show.

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The pre-show guy:

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In all honesty, I liked the pre-show better than the actual thing! The pre-show guy was hilarious, getting us to dance and cheer for the contestants. The host seemed rather boring in comparison. Overall, we liked the show a lot and we will definitely do it again. After we got out of the show, we texted Uncle R, Aunt C and K. They were waiting to see the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. We didn’t want to see it again, so we decided to get some ice cream. Thing3 and I got Mickey ice cream sandwiches and I think Thing2 got a strawberry bar. After we finished our snacks, we walked over to wait for them to come out of the show. When they came out, we decided we’d go ride Tower of Terror and Rock N’ Rollercoaster. We didn’t have fastpasses for ToT, but the line was only about 30 minutes. Aunt C didn’t want to ride and Thing3 was scared, so they stayed on a bench. While we were in line, I saw one of my friends! It was a weird coincidence to see her at Disney World! Tower of Terror was fun, as usual. Here is a picture we took in line:

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Then we headed over to Rock N’ Rollercoaster. At some point we must have picked up fastpasses, because I KNOW we didn’t wait stand-by. Thing3 couldn’t ride and so Dad said the rest of us could go and he’d wait with her in the gift shop. I sat next to Mom, Thing2 sat next to K (surprise, surprise) and Aunt C sat next to Uncle R. Here are some various pictures of us:

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Following that, we decided to go ride Star Tours. On our way, we stopped to take a few more pictures:

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The line was about 30 minutes. Sadly, none of us got picked to be the rebel spy, but we still had lots of fun. Another picture we took in line:

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After that, Uncle R, Aunt C and K went to go get in line for their Fantasmic special seating. We weren’t seeing Fantasmic that night, so we decided to walk around and take in the scenery we usually just walk by. We saw the Singing in the Rain umbrella and then we looked at some Star Wars stuff.

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(I love looking at what Thing3 is doing in those pictures)

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And then some Star Wars stuff:

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No idea what some of that Star Wars stuff is, so if you know, feel free to let me know! We were going to stay until closing and hope that the line for TSM would go down enough to ride without a fastpass, but we were all so tired. We decided that we would leave earlier so we wouldn’t be as tired the next day. We caught the bus and were soon back at POR. If I remember correctly, we went straight to Riverside Mill for dinner. I have no idea what anyone got, but I know I had my leftover rice from lunch (and still didn’t finish it!). We went back to the room, took showers and were soon fast asleep! Thanks for reading!

jenny105
08-09-2011, 11:21 AM
I am NOT a fan of American Idol at all. Ryan Seacrest's voice makes me twitch lol. But I was forced to see the show last year and enjoyed it. We saw the last show of the day and I think that's the best one to see. It's all the winners from the other show's throughout the day. The finale. It was fun!

Sounds like another great day!

TheThomsLuvDisney
08-09-2011, 04:34 PM
Great Update! Pretty impressive details considering you misplaced your books of notes (you remembered the bus was empty.....wow)!! :upsidedow

momabaarjo
08-09-2011, 07:29 PM
I have to add the "Singing in the Rain" photo op in the plans! Love that movie!

Love the "Charlie Angels" pose at Star Wars...I was Thing1's age when that tv series came out! How I loved the angels!

DisneyMom14
08-13-2011, 07:36 PM
You guys are too cute. :cutie:

Your littlest sister seems like she is such a character! She must provide a lot of entertainment. :rotfl:

Disneyfreak616
08-13-2011, 07:41 PM
Hey! I definitely remember you from some aspect of planning your trip! Did you do a PTR maybe?

Well, anyway, great job so far! You guys are having so much fun! I really want to stay at POR someday, it sounds great!

SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE
08-14-2011, 12:13 PM
How neat that you ran into one of your friends at ToT! It really is a small world! :laughing: Aww, thing3 is too cute once again in her Rock and Roll gear! :cutie:

dizney chick
08-14-2011, 04:24 PM
Ok, all caught up. I am sooo happy to hear your family enjoyed Chef Mickeys. It is one of the restaurants we are trying next month. And I like thing3's blue floral shirt. (I smell gymboree.:lmao:)
Oh and I love all the shots of guys posing at DHS, you guys look like you were having a blast. :cool1:

Disneychix
08-14-2011, 06:45 PM
Hi! Thanks for visiting my PTR!

I was looking at your 1st pic in your TR and wondering about the flip flops you are wearing-Then I read through and saw your post about your grandma making them! Too cute! Are they comfy? Can you feel all the bows?

ZFamily5
08-14-2011, 07:10 PM
Again, sorry for the delay! Busy week with tennis try-outs and enjoying the last little bit of summer. I'll get another update in either tonight or tomorrow morning....it will probably be tomorrow morning because tonight is the finale of Food Network Star!! So excited!! :laughing:

I am NOT a fan of American Idol at all. Ryan Seacrest's voice makes me twitch lol. But I was forced to see the show last year and enjoyed it. We saw the last show of the day and I think that's the best one to see. It's all the winners from the other show's throughout the day. The finale. It was fun!

Sounds like another great day!

We watched AI for a while...but then after Simon and Paula left we stopped. I love the new show, The Voice! So much better in my opinion! We did have a great day!

Great Update! Pretty impressive details considering you misplaced your books of notes (you remembered the bus was empty.....wow)!! :upsidedow

Thank you! The only reason I remember the empty bus is because we were all so tired so I joked that we could lay down and cover all of the seats.

I have to add the "Singing in the Rain" photo op in the plans! Love that movie!

Love the "Charlie Angels" pose at Star Wars...I was Thing1's age when that tv series came out! How I loved the angels!

I'm not a big fan of the movie (not sure I've seen it all the way through) because I don't really like "old" movies. The photo op has become tradition for us though! Again, I've never seen Charlie's Angels, but we just decided to pose like that! :rotfl:

You guys are too cute. :cutie:

Your littlest sister seems like she is such a character! She must provide a lot of entertainment. :rotfl:

Thank you so much! She is quite the character! She always entertains us with her songs and dances and all of her crazy stories about kindergarten!

Hey! I definitely remember you from some aspect of planning your trip! Did you do a PTR maybe?

Well, anyway, great job so far! You guys are having so much fun! I really want to stay at POR someday, it sounds great!

Thanks for joining in! Yes, I did do a PTR! I looked back at it and you posted for a while, but then I think you went on a trip...Thank you so much! POR is great! In fact, my youngest sister has said, "I don't want to go back to Disney if we can't stay at Riverside". :laughing:

How neat that you ran into one of your friends at ToT! It really is a small world! :laughing: Aww, thing3 is too cute once again in her Rock and Roll gear! :cutie:

It is a small world! Thanks! Thing3 can be pretty cute (when she's in a good mood! :laughing:)!

Ok, all caught up. I am sooo happy to hear your family enjoyed Chef Mickeys. It is one of the restaurants we are trying next month. And I like thing3's blue floral shirt. (I smell gymboree.:lmao:)
Oh and I love all the shots of guys posing at DHS, you guys look like you were having a blast. :cool1:

We love Chef Mickey's! Especially Thing3! :laughing: I believe her shirt was from Gymboree! :rotfl: Thank you so much! We did have tons of fun that night!!

Hi! Thanks for visiting my PTR!

I was looking at your 1st pic in your TR and wondering about the flip flops you are wearing-Then I read through and saw your post about your grandma making them! Too cute! Are they comfy? Can you feel all the bows?

Hi! You're welcome! When I see cute kids, I can't help but subbing! My flip-flops are comfy! You can feel the ribbons on your feet a little bit, which used to bother me, but I've gotten used to it.

mickeygirl14
08-15-2011, 11:30 PM
We watched AI for a while...but then after Simon and Paula left we stopped. I love the new show, The Voice! So much better in my opinion! We did have a great day!


I LOVE The Voice so much better too! I tried watching AI for a while...I just couldn't really get into it. But The Voice was amazing! Great show, but someone should tell Christina Aguilera that she could leave a little to the imagination when getting dressed. :rolleyes1

Anywhoo...Thing 3 is awfully cute, huh? I bet you and Thing 2 spoil her rotten! Love the pics from KRR where she got soaked! And that was really quite brave of her to get on it having a fear of the water. I know because DS6 had that fear and while he's okay with water now, he is adamant that he will NOT ride Splash Mountain again. :rotfl2:

SarahDreamsInDisney
08-16-2011, 01:33 AM
I love ToT and I love those pictures of you guys and the lamp post/umbrella! What a great photo op, I will have to do that! :goodvibes

momabaarjo
08-16-2011, 07:21 PM
Ab wanted me to tell you that she is :love: the Sarah Dessen books...I think she has just about read every book she has written in the last month!

crest396
08-17-2011, 08:02 PM
Love the report so far! I am a teen too and love read other teens reports! You are a great writer! I am going to WDW in 10 days with my parents, brother(12), aunt, uncle, twin cousins (4), and triplet cousins(2 really close to 3) and it will be my dad's birthday while we are in MK!

ZFamily5
08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
I LOVE The Voice so much better too! I tried watching AI for a while...I just couldn't really get into it. But The Voice was amazing! Great show, but someone should tell Christina Aguilera that she could leave a little to the imagination when getting dressed. :rolleyes1

Anywhoo...Thing 3 is awfully cute, huh? I bet you and Thing 2 spoil her rotten! Love the pics from KRR where she got soaked! And that was really quite brave of her to get on it having a fear of the water. I know because DS6 had that fear and while he's okay with water now, he is adamant that he will NOT ride Splash Mountain again. :rotfl2:

Our whole family loved The Voice! I wanted Xenia or Dia to win, as I was a Team Blake fan. What team did you like the best? And I agree, Christina could have chosen some more family appropriate outfits! :laughing: Thing3 is pretty cute! Thing2 and I do tend to spoil her and let her have her way! We were really proud of her for riding Kali River Rapids. As of now, Thing3 claims she won't be riding Splash Mountain again, but we'll see what she thinks next time we go back.

I love ToT and I love those pictures of you guys and the lamp post/umbrella! What a great photo op, I will have to do that! :goodvibes

Thanks for joining in and thank you so much!

Ab wanted me to tell you that she is :love: the Sarah Dessen books...I think she has just about read every book she has written in the last month!

I'm so glad she likes them!! I'm a big fan and I had a feeling Ab would like them too! And man, she's a quick reader!!

Love the report so far! I am a teen too and love read other teens reports! You are a great writer! I am going to WDW in 10 days with my parents, brother(12), aunt, uncle, twin cousins (4), and triplet cousins(2 really close to 3) and it will be my dad's birthday while we are in MK!

Thank you so much!! You're trip is really close! Do you have a PTR? You'll have a great time, especially being there with family!!

ZFamily5
08-17-2011, 08:42 PM
June 10th: I had planned for us to get to EPCOT at 8 for EMH. Did that happen? Nope. My family doesn’t really like to get up early, despite not having a very late night. We got up around 7:30, showered, got dressed and ate breakfast. I believe that the girls shared a muffin for breakfast again. Between 8 and 8:15 we boarded a bus to go to EPCOT. We ended up entering the park at about 8:45, before the mob of people but not early enough to make use of the EMH. Dad went straight to Soarin’ to get fastpasses for later. In the meantime, Thing2, Thing3, Mom and I went over to Mission: Space. The wait for the orange side was only 5 minutes, so we got a baby-swap pass for Thing3. I said I’d sit with Thing3 and wait for Dad so that Mom could take Thing2 on. Dad came back pretty quickly and so we waited in the gift shop for the others. During this time, I was texting disneypolyprincess to confirm our DIS Meet for that afternoon. We confirmed time and meeting place and pretty soon Mom and Thing2 came back from their mission. They waited with Thing3 while Dad and I went. We had a great time, as usual! After that, we decided to head over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends!! The line was nonexistent for the Nemo ride, so we hopped right into our clams! I sat next to Thing2 and Dad, Mom and Thing3 went together. When we got out, we went into the room with the giant Bruce the shark. We took a picture inside his mouth (of course!) and looked around for a minute or two.

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Following that, we went into the holding area for Turtle Talk with Crush. We must have just missed a show, because we had to wait a long time! We all enjoyed the show, as we have in the past. On our way out, we stopped to take these pictures:

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I’m going to stop here for today. Really short update, I know and I'm sorry! Thanks for reading!

momabaarjo
08-17-2011, 09:04 PM
\Thanks for joining in and thank you so much!



I'm so glad she likes them!! I'm a big fan and I had a feeling Ab would like them too! And man, she's a quick reader!!



Yes she is...but that is how she spends her day! Tomorrow it is back to school...I can't believe she is going to be a freshman. When do you start?

momabaarjo
08-17-2011, 09:05 PM
It may have been a short and sweet update, but it gave me 2 places for photo opps! :goodvibes

crest396
08-17-2011, 09:44 PM
Great pictures!
And sorry no PTR, but I am very excited. This is my fourth time going but I have not been there since 2005 and is my cousins first time!

cam&phoebsmom
08-17-2011, 10:26 PM
looks like a fun time-your pics are great!! Your parents are lucky to have you take turns with your sisters-you all seem very close!