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thecapells
07-17-2011, 03:29 PM
We’re back!
As our family rule dictates, when a child turns 4, we must descend on Walt Disney World.
And 2011 would be no different as our youngest turns the Magical Number.
However, this time “Unca” would be joining us.
So let’s get right to the cast of characters.
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From left to right, we start with Mom.
Chief Wardrobe Coordinator, Nurse, Nutrionist, and ‘Fraidy Cat.

Little X is the Birthday Boy – excited to be back and celebrate HIS birthday this time.
And he let EVERYONE know it!

In the middle is yours truly.
Anal Disney Planner with color-coded Excel spreadsheets complete with ADR’s, graphics, icons, and more things than you can imagine.
I’m an avid fan of all things Disney - especially the Disney details.
Except I do not do rollercoasters (remember that one…)

We complete the back row with Boxmaster.
He is one of my oldest friends and de facto uncle of the children.
They love him and refer to him affectionately as “Unca” but we’ll just call him “J’ for this report.
(I’m lazier and that’s easier to type).
J has not been to Disney for several years and he’s never done it “the Capell Way.”
But unlike the rest of us, he will do the major thrill rides.
(Which of course resulted in additional color-coding of the spreadsheet for Unca-only excursions).

In the front row is the Princess.
Disney veteran and lover of all Disney royalty, she was excited for the surprises I had in store for her (the kids know I always have something up my sleeve).
And she was dying to try some new foods – yes, she’s a foodie-in-training.

Last, but not least, is DS9.
Well, he was a month shy of 9 at the time.
He’s like his old man and is all of a sudden grasping all of those little details you find throughout the parks.
It was fun to see his mind start putting together all of the behind-the-scenes tricks with the Disney Magic.
And no, it didn’t ruin it for him, but instead created a better understanding and appreciation for the Mouse.

Now that you know the cast, here’s the story.
As I said, the kids knew that when X’s fourth birthday rolled around, it was time for Disney.
So we created a 30-Day countdown starting around Christmas 2010.
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Everyday we pulled off another number from the window.
For the kids (and us), it took forever.
Finally, the day had come.
And since it was "his" trip, little X had the honor of pulling the last number:
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Just like that, it was time to go.
Even our iPhones told us to get a move on!
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So, settle in as the Capells visit Walt Disney World one more time!
And be sure to subscribe if you want more photos, videos, stories, and details than you ever thought could be packed into a trip report! :woohoo:

dawnbu40
07-17-2011, 03:52 PM
I'm here! You know I've been waiting for this one to begin popcorn::

acf_1991
07-17-2011, 04:11 PM
present!:goodvibes

Grumpy's Wife
07-17-2011, 05:01 PM
Oh, how I wish my husband had your Disney spirit.

thecapells
07-17-2011, 06:38 PM
I'm here! You know I've been waiting for this one to begin popcorn::

Yeah, it took us awhile but I had to sort through 3 cameras worth of pictures to start this thing! :goodvibes

present!:goodvibes

Welcome aboard!

Oh, how I wish my husband had your Disney spirit.

HA! I think my wife wishes I had less!! :confused3

boxmaster
07-17-2011, 08:03 PM
Yeah, it took us awhile but I had to sort through 3 cameras worth of pictures to start this thing! :goodvibes



Welcome aboard!


Not sure if I'm stealing some of Mike's thunder (sure it'll happen at least once or twice as he writes this report and I pipe in regularly with something from my POV), but sorting through all the cameras was all the worse because we hadn't synced up the times on them in advance. Bad enough that his and DW's were off by about 10 minutes, but apparently mine was about one HOUR off of theirs. :eek:

So when we were looking at pictures, we'd see Mike's pix of a meal, then DW's, then their pix of a ride, and finally mine of the meal we had that hour prior. Over and over for hundreds of pictures over the course of 9 days. :rolleyes1 (OY!)

So, tip:idea:: If ever you plan on sorting two or more cameras' worth of pictures for a trip, make sure to get the times as close together as you can, or you'll want to pull your hair out! :headache: (It was funny, but surely very frustrating for Mike.)

thecapells
07-17-2011, 08:24 PM
Not sure if I'm stealing some of Mike's thunder (sure it'll happen at least once or twice as he writes this report and I pipe in regularly with something from my POV), but sorting through all the cameras was all the worse because we hadn't synced up the times on them in advance. Bad enough that his and DW's were off by about 10 minutes, but apparently mine was about one HOUR off of theirs. :eek:

So when we were looking at pictures, we'd see Mike's pix of a meal, then DW's, then their pix of a ride, and finally mine of the meal we had that hour prior. Over and over for hundreds of pictures over the course of 9 days. :rolleyes1 (OY!)

So, tip:idea:: If ever you plan on sorting two or more cameras' worth of pictures for a trip, make sure to get the times as close together as you can, or you'll want to pull your hair out! :headache: (It was funny, but surely very frustrating for Mike.)

Very true - it's insane.
As it is, I've only sorted through Day One thus far.
Definitely a lesson to be learned there!!

portobello_rd
07-17-2011, 09:43 PM
yay yay yay! i missed you guys- haha. i am very excited to see what you guys did this time!

thecapells
07-17-2011, 10:11 PM
yay yay yay! i missed you guys- haha. i am very excited to see what you guys did this time!

Glad you are returning! Hope you enjoy this time around!

thecapells
07-18-2011, 09:00 PM
We woke up early, got everyone dressed in their Disney attire, and loaded the car.
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J spent the night so he was raring to go with the rest of us.
We hopped in the minivan and headed to the airport.
I dropped everyone off and went to park the car while Mom and J corralled the kids and then checked in our luggage.
Next time we’d see it – our rooms. I LOVE :love:Magical Express.
After a quick security check, we found we had some time to kill at the gate.
So what do good DIS’ers do with some time on their hands?
Why pictures of course!
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(As you will see, if J was to come along on a Capell trip, he would have to look the part so he was “encouraged” to gather all of his Disney attire as well!)

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Once we boarded the plane, the kids were mesmerized.
We fly JetBlue so each mousketeer gets their own TV set.
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We arrived about 11:15 and headed straight down to Magical Express, down the red carpet, and into line for our resort.
After a short wait, we were led outside to find one of these beauties just waiting for us:
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On board, we settled in and the kids got all excited. :banana:
They remembered that they get to watch the “Welcome to Disney” video and were looking forward to their first glimpse of the Mouse.
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About a half hour later, we saw another great site.
Our “Home Away From Home."
Remember When…

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J and I checked in while Mom and the kids enjoyed the confines of the lobby.
There was a small issue as apparently it is very difficult to split up meals on the meal plan.
We had reserved two rooms on two separate reservations– one for Mom, myself, and X and one for J, Princess, and DS.
But since J would be wandering off on his own from time to time, we wanted his meals on his room key and the rest on mine.
This took some time to pull off.
In hindsight, always put multiple rooms on one reservation – it apparently makes things easier.

However, the kids seemed to be having fun.
They even got to play with their best friends from home.
Our friends from the down the street planned a similar vacation starting with the same flight so we were all there together.
So they watched TV (again):
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As well as tried out the 80’s-style arcade games:
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Finally we got our room settled but were too hungry to check it out.
Instead we headed straight to Everything Pop and grabbed some lunch.
The eldest kids ordered pizza while X settled for nuggets.
Mom experimented with Shrimp Lo Mein and found it good but slightly spicy.
She followed it up with a nice crumb cake which she enjoyed.
J went with the parmesan chicken which he found pretty good and added a side salad and a lemonade.
I needed my caffeine fix so I started with a Coke and then grabbed Beef & Broccoli and the infamous Pop Century sensation – tye-dye cheesecake.
J also had one for dessert.
The Beef and Broccoli was okay but the cheesecake was really good.
I wasn't as fond of the red velvet cake on the bottom but the cheesecake part was really good.
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thecapells
07-18-2011, 09:08 PM
With food in our bellies, it was time to check out our rooms.
Pop Century was just recently redesigned them so it was a new look even for us!
We lucked out and got the tip of the 70’s right next to the parking lot – Rooms 130 and 131.
This meant our walk to the buses every morning would be short and sweet!
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Inside, we had friends already waiting for us.
Welcome to Pop Century Capells!!

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The bedspreads had new designs as well as carpeting.
Definitely a less campy feel than before – we liked this décor much better.
And of course it is complete with Hidden Mickeys!
Can you find them?
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By now, X was exhausted.
He fell asleep on Mom while we were eating.
So we let him take a quick catnap while we explored our rooms and got settled.
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Welcome to the 70’s!
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That second poster was good foreshadowing as we were looking forward to having the kids see Elliot for the first time!
We were very excited that the Main Street Electrical Parade is back!
And don’t forget the mandatory shot of the bathroom complete with Mickey supplies!
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At about 3:00, we were finally settled.
So we changed into our Magic Kingdom attire, woke X up, and headed for the bus.
Outside we met some friends of Donald.
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And you can see how excited we were to finally hit the parks!
After a year and a half, we were back in Disney!!!
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Unfortunately, X was still a bit groggy so he spent the bus ride like this:
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But even he rubbed his eyes and woke up when we caught site of those magical gates.
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Finally, we had arrived.
Stay tuned as we storm the parks.
Can anyone guess where we went first?
There were some clues for those who are really observant!

shannn
07-18-2011, 09:34 PM
Yay! I'm in from the beginning this time. :)

And my guess is PotC.

thecapells
07-18-2011, 09:35 PM
Yay! I'm in from the beginning this time. :)

And my guess is PotC.

And we're glad to have you from the beginning this time! :goodvibes
Good guess on our 1st attraction - you were paying attention.
However, although you have the right idea, you guessed incorrectly.

dawnbu40
07-19-2011, 05:18 AM
Fun update! Your arrival has me so excited to be back at Pop next month! :)

I too would have guessed Pirates but since that was wrong, how about Peter Pan? I see mom has him on her shirt :)

StitchIsBeast
07-19-2011, 09:47 AM
I'm late, but in :goodvibes.

ahall4disney
07-19-2011, 10:14 AM
I'm here!! Great start! cant wait to see yo guys storm the parks!:cool1:

disneylovin24
07-19-2011, 11:24 AM
Just started reading your TR and I enjoyed what you've writte so far:) CAn't wait for more!


I love the countdown you did! So cool that it was in the shape of 2011. I also love all the mickey's on the Pop rugs.

teetee830
07-19-2011, 12:08 PM
Subbing, like what I've read so far. The countdown you did is great. I also love your countdown app on your phone. I wonder if there is one for Droid?! :confused3

thecapells
07-19-2011, 07:52 PM
Fun update! Your arrival has me so excited to be back at Pop next month! :)

I too would have guessed Pirates but since that was wrong, how about Peter Pan? I see mom has him on her shirt :)

Nice guess but also incorrect.
You are on the right track though...

I'm late, but in :goodvibes.

It's not too late, we're just gettin' started!
Welcome!

thecapells
07-19-2011, 07:57 PM
I'm here!! Great start! cant wait to see yo guys storm the parks!:cool1:

Glad to have you on board!
We're about to get started!

Just started reading your TR and I enjoyed what you've writte so far:) CAn't wait for more!


I love the countdown you did! So cool that it was in the shape of 2011. I also love all the mickey's on the Pop rugs.

Welcome!
I always love having newcomers to the Capell Adventures who haven't heard our stories yet.
And this time around, there are LOTS of stories!

As for the countdown, thanks!
We always try to get a little Magic at home to get us in the Disney mood!!

Subbing, like what I've read so far. The countdown you did is great. I also love your countdown app on your phone. I wonder if there is one for Droid?! :confused3

Not sure about the Droid but I love that app for the iPhone.
It's fun to be able to just flash a quick look and see how much longer till we're back at our home away from home!

acf_1991
07-20-2011, 06:40 PM
Im in awe of all of the wonderful pictures :) cant wait to read more!

thecapells
07-20-2011, 08:24 PM
Im in awe of all of the wonderful pictures :) cant wait to read more!

Thanks so much - lots more pictures coming right up!

thecapells
07-20-2011, 08:33 PM
We arrived at the Magic Kingdom to find the new slogan adorning the Entrance!
It was time to Let the Memories Begin!
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We headed inside the park and could feel the magic all around.
However, before we could really have fun, we required a quick detour.
Stopping at City Hall, we upgraded our tickets to Annual Passes.
Mom and I had some plans for the rest of the year and realized this would save tons of money.
J even upgraded his ticket to a park hopper so he could keep up with us.

By now, the kids were going crazy waiting around in City Hall this close to all that fun!
Finally, we headed out onto Main Street.
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And up to the hub.
Gotta love that majestic Castle.
It just puts a smile on your face.
This pic even got some birdies flying by!
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Now it was time for our first stop.
And some of you guessing got close.
The clue was on our clothes – you just kept choosing the wrong mouseketeer.
We were headed to... ADVENTURELAND!

If you checked out the Princess’ wardrobe, you may have noticed a certain “under the sea” princess.
She had been recently evicted from her Grotto only to land in a nearby Veranda.
However, when we arrived at said Veranda, there were no mermaids to be found.
They would, however, return shortly so Mom got on line while the rest of us found other ways to pass the time.

First stop was over to Jungle Cruise to snag some fastpasses for later.
J took the kids for a pitstop while I secured our tickets.
And then begins one of the “Firsts” from the title as none of the kids had ever been here before.
We headed across the way to the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.
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To recap a bit, before our adventure, we spent the last several months watching Disney movies on the weekends.
One such movie was Swiss Family Robinson just for this purpose.
With that memory still in their heads, the kids understood just what we were looking at.
I imagine if we hadn’t, it would seem rather random for a treehouse to be sitting here in Walt Disney World.
I wonder what the other children think when they see it.

Anyway, with Mom saving our place on line, the rest of us headed off to see what life might be like stranded on a deserted island.
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X was so excited to be in Walt Disney World.
He was even smiling for all the pictures!!!
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I don’t think I ever noticed this coat of arms before…
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The kids liked the working water wheel.
It reminds me of the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean now.
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And the views were spectacular!
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And the “branches” are so large!
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But finally we reached near the top and found the boys room
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And the Library
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Just like in the movie, the family organ was situated in the common area.
And sure enough, it was playing Swisskapolka.
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The family must be expected back soon.
There was fresh fruit out on the table.
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Mr. Robinson must have just finished recording the day’s events.
He left the Ship’s Log out on the desk.
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Next was the kitchen.
There’s some really cool stuff in here.
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Looks like it might be time for lunch!
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thecapells
07-20-2011, 08:37 PM
Alas, our journey was complete.
Before we depart though, one last shot of a really cute waterfall near the kitchen:
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And for those who like construction, here’s the new stroller parking and queue area that was being built.
(It's all done now - we saw it completed back in June).
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All in all, it was lots of stairs and a fun bit of exploration.
There are some fun gadgets and really cool views up there.
A good way to pass the time while waiting for mermaids.
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But before we leave, make sure you arm the canons!
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And, yes Caitlin – those were before the infamous Pirate Pose. :goodvibes
Next up – Into the Veranda to meet a Princess princess: ... and her Prince!! :cool1:

shannn
07-20-2011, 09:12 PM
OH, I saw the mermaid outfit but had forgotten the new location for the meet & greet! You're a sneaky one. :lmao:

thecapells
07-20-2011, 09:32 PM
OH, I saw the mermaid outfit but had forgotten the new location for the meet & greet! You're a sneaky one. :lmao:

It wouldn't be any fun if the clues weren't sneaky! ;)

Grumpy's Wife
07-21-2011, 06:58 AM
Annual Passes! This is going to be a fun year for your family.

dawnbu40
07-21-2011, 07:29 AM
I love the castle picture! There is nothing like seeing the castle for the first time (every trip!!) :goodvibes

Nice treehouse pictures but it looks like that fresh fruit needs some dusting :laughing:

Seeing the princess with the cannon made me smile thinking of May and then I laughed when I saw your comment to Caitlin :)

Looking forward to more!

MEK
07-21-2011, 08:28 AM
Presented and accounted for! Thanks for the heads-up. I am without picture viewing right now, so I'll be back later tonight because I LOVE to look at all your family pictures!

portobello_rd
07-21-2011, 01:32 PM
First- yay for annual passes, this means ill have tons of TR updates to read right?!
and also thanks for all the pics of Swiss FR treehouse. its one of my favorite live action disney movies, and when we go in September its going to be closed! Looks like a fun walkthru at least. My husband didnt really want to do it anyway and this way i can at least know what most of it looks like!

thecapells
07-21-2011, 09:55 PM
Annual Passes! This is going to be a fun year for your family.

Oh yeah!
Mom and Princess already had their "Gals Weekend" for Flower & Garden Festival - they even met some fellow DIS'ers!
DS and I finally got to attend Star Wars Weekends for our "Guys Weekend" (Trip Report of that will follow this one)
And we're still planning some more Capell fun for 2012 so stay tuned...

I love the castle picture! There is nothing like seeing the castle for the first time (every trip!!) :goodvibes

Nice treehouse pictures but it looks like that fresh fruit needs some dusting :laughing:

Seeing the princess with the cannon made me smile thinking of May and then I laughed when I saw your comment to Caitlin :)

Looking forward to more!

Yeah, that was one of the reasons I liked Caitlin's cannon pic.
Our princess had found those cannons on this trip so she must have been plotting that Pirate Pose for some time...

Presented and accounted for! Thanks for the heads-up. I am without picture viewing right now, so I'll be back later tonight because I LOVE to look at all your family pictures!

Glad to have you join us!
Hopefully you can catch all the pictures tonite!

First- yay for annual passes, this means ill have tons of TR updates to read right?!
and also thanks for all the pics of Swiss FR treehouse. its one of my favorite live action disney movies, and when we go in September its going to be closed! Looks like a fun walkthru at least. My husband didnt really want to do it anyway and this way i can at least know what most of it looks like!

Unfortunately, those tons of TR's keep putting me way behind.
But, yes, I promise to write 'em if you promise to keep reading 'em!!
As for the Treehouse, it was fun to check out this time around.
I wouldn't say it's something to do every trip, but it's nice to check out every once and a while.
And the kids appreciated it more since they just saw the film.

MEK
07-22-2011, 05:48 AM
Awesome start. Happy Belated BDay x. Was this in february? Ahhhhh - what I wouldn't give to be in a sweatshirt now. :rotfl: So great that you were able to travel with a good friend. Lovely treehouse pix!

thecapells
07-22-2011, 06:49 AM
Awesome start. Happy Belated BDay x. Was this in february? Ahhhhh - what I wouldn't give to be in a sweatshirt now. :rotfl: So great that you were able to travel with a good friend. Lovely treehouse pix!

The trip was actually at the end of January - a couple of weeks before X's birthday.
No matter, we all still considered it X's Birthday Trip.
And having a 3rd adult for 3 kids helped more than you might think.
Potty breaks, fastpass runs, and getting food were the among the things that became much easier...

thecapells
07-22-2011, 07:00 AM
Awesome start. Happy Belated BDay x. Was this in february? Ahhhhh - what I wouldn't give to be in a sweatshirt now. :rotfl: So great that you were able to travel with a good friend. Lovely treehouse pix!

The trip was actually at the end of January - a couple of weeks before X's birthday.
No matter, we all still considered it X's Birthday Trip.
And having a 3rd adult for 3 kids helped more than you might think.
Potty breaks, fastpass runs, and getting food were the among the things that became much easier...

boxmaster
07-22-2011, 06:58 PM
And having a 3rd adult for 3 kids helped more than you might think.
Potty breaks, fastpass runs, and getting food were the among the things that became much easier...

We'll get to one of those particular potty breaks a bit later. ;)

And I'm definitely looking forward to going back down to WDW on one of the alluded to upcoming trips. But let's not jump the starter's gun on that.
:banana:

portobello_rd
07-22-2011, 07:04 PM
i promise to read your trip reports as long as you keep putting them out. unless i die. or something equally not good! :worship:

boxmaster
07-22-2011, 07:19 PM
i promise to read your trip reports as long as you keep putting them out. unless i die. or something equally not good! :worship:

:eek: :scared1: Equally not good? :confused3 I'm not sure if I really want to ask. :goodvibes

thecapells
07-22-2011, 07:42 PM
i promise to read your trip reports as long as you keep putting them out. unless i die. or something equally not good! :worship:

Wow, that's a pretty loyal follower right there.
Ok, you got it - Unlimited Trip Reports coming your way! :cool1:

thecapells
07-24-2011, 10:25 PM
After our trek through the treehouse, we headed back to meet Mom.
Mom was first on line in the alcove near the Adventureland Veranda.
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Sure enough, a door burst open and out came the regal Prince Eric with a walking mermaid!
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Apparently, with the departure of her grotto, so went her tailfin.
Ariel was now dressed in a stunning gown with, what do you call 'em?
Oh, feet. :goodvibes
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This next picture I just love.
I didn’t think you could actually capture a look of joy on someone’s face.
But this one certainly does.
Ariel was, by far, our little princess’ favorite and today she got to meet Prince Eric as well – something she has never done before.
Well, this shot says it all…
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Tentatively, she walked towards her idols.
Don’t you just love the Disney Magic?
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Then, at least, the poses.
I think my camera did a pretty good job of catching this moment when compared to Photopass if I do say so myself.
Here they are, side by side so to speak…
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And, then, of course, the signature shot.
HA! Pun intended! :goodvibes :lmao: :rotfl2:
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Then we tried to get X into the shots.
It was his birthday after all.
But he wanted nothing to do with that... that... GIRL!
In fact, he hid his eyes so he could not see her.
How cute!
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But his disappointment did not last long.
Our princess was positively giddy at this point and I imagine didn't care what we did next.
So we opted to return to X's first ever ride in Walt Disney World.
After stopping off at the restrooms, we headed further into Adventureland.
It was time for

Unbelieve sights,
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

Anyone know where we’re headed? :confused3

MEK
07-25-2011, 04:32 AM
Aladdin!

That really is a stunning PP pix of your daughter. You are right - pure magic captured. Love her dress!

dawnbu40
07-25-2011, 04:55 AM
What darling pics of the little princess :cutie: Looks like your vacation was off to a wonderful start! :goodvibes

thecapells
07-25-2011, 06:40 AM
Aladdin!

That really is a stunning PP pix of your daughter. You are right - pure magic captured. Love her dress!

I made that one too easy, huh?
I kinda got song lyric happy in that last update. :confused3

What darling pics of the little princess :cutie: Looks like your vacation was off to a wonderful start! :goodvibes

What better way for a Princess to start her day than meeting royalty?
The boys, however, were growing impatient by this point.
They needed some action!

baseballfairy
07-25-2011, 07:43 AM
Great pictures! Looking forward to more, my family is headed to WDW in a little over a month, reading trip reports is helping me pass the time before we go!

thecapells
07-25-2011, 08:23 AM
Great pictures! Looking forward to more, my family is headed to WDW in a little over a month, reading trip reports is helping me pass the time before we go!

Thanks! Much more to come!
So where did the name baseballfairy come from?

baseballfairy
07-25-2011, 12:02 PM
Thanks! Much more to come!
So where did the name baseballfairy come from?

It goes way back even though i'm new to the DIS...it combines my two favorite things disney and baseball and I think baseballprincess was too long or was taken so it became baseballfairy, lol.

thecapells
07-25-2011, 12:11 PM
It goes way back even though i'm new to the DIS...it combines my two favorite things disney and baseball and I think baseballprincess was too long or was taken so it became baseballfairy, lol.

Gotcha.
I asked because I am also a big baseball fan as you'll see in a future trip report. :goodvibes

lbuzz52
07-25-2011, 02:50 PM
great start! i have a 6 year old (well, in a couple days) dd who will always have Ariel as her first love! can't wait to hear more!

thecapells
07-25-2011, 02:54 PM
great start! i have a 6 year old (well, in a couple days) dd who will always have Ariel as her first love! can't wait to hear more!

Thanks!
It's funny but DD has since moved on.
When asked who she wants on her backpack for school this year, the new #1 Princess is Rapunzel.
I think that change actually happened later this trip (more on that later).
And I think Tiana may have slid into the #2 slot leaving Ariel a distant third.

teetee830
07-30-2011, 08:37 AM
Thanks!
It's funny but DD has since moved on.
When asked who she wants on her backpack for school this year, the new #1 Princess is Rapunzel.
I think that change actually happened later this trip (more on that later).
And I think Tiana may have slid into the #2 slot leaving Ariel a distant third.

Poor Ariel...upstaged by the new chicks. LOL

Your DD's face was truly priceless. I love the pictures of the joy on our childrens faces, we only seem to get those at Disney. I have one of my DS (4) and his first sight of Mickey and one of his "Date" with Daisy. Daisy is his girlfriend. :lmao:

thecapells
07-30-2011, 09:06 PM
Poor Ariel...upstaged by the new chicks. LOL

Your DD's face was truly priceless. I love the pictures of the joy on our childrens faces, we only seem to get those at Disney. I have one of my DS (4) and his first sight of Mickey and one of his "Date" with Daisy. Daisy is his girlfriend. :lmao:

Those are definitely the more priceless pictures.
You can literally see the happiness :goodvibes in pictures like those...

thecapells
07-31-2011, 01:23 PM
After meeting with the undersea princess, we headed into the depths of Adventureland.
As we progressed, the pavement quickly turned a mixture of sand, porcelain, and gemstones:
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We had arrived in the ancient city of Agrabah.
This small trading post was created by a simple man with a vision to create the final destination of merchants and travelers.
Fortune has shined on this visionary as the bustling bazaar is full excitement and adventure.
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The main attraction here leads travelers on a magical journey.
Made famous by the swashbuckling streetrat-turned-prince Aladdin, guests are invited to fly along on a magical carpet.
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Sure enough to the sign, if one looks up, you can see carpets in flight overhead and screams of delight from their riders.
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Visions of Aladdin and his magical adventures surround the carpets.
The center pole is adorned with none other than Genie’s magic lamp.
Now if we can just get to it and give it a couple of rubs….
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Lower down, you can see Abu dancing in delight.
Or maybe the little monkey is trying to reach the lamp himself.
Or, given his origins, maybe he is dancing after a successful pickpocket attempt.
One can never be too careful with that playful prankster.
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But it seems that someone has reached the lamp and called out an old friend as Genie also appears in the center of the carpets.
In fact, these carpets may be flying because of a spell he put on them!
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As you approach the enchanted rugs, potential riders are warned using one of our favorite Disney signs.
Don’t Stand Up and Wave Your Arms Like They Are Broken!
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We anxiously awaited our turn.
Our adventurers were raring to go!
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Alas, our carpet had arrived.
We quickly boarded while Mom stayed behind.
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I grabbed a quick shot of the foursome before I joined them.
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Mom was then able to snap one of all of us since she was grounded.
She had no intention of yet again experiencing “wonder by wonder over, sideways, and under on a magic carpet ride.”
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But she would not escape the limelight.
Here she is, standing there with her feet firmly planted on the ground...
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As for us, we were off!
And once again we noticed the warning – no insane dancing aboard!
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And away we went “soaring, tumbling, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky!” http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20One/Disney2011DayOne078-008.jpg

While we experienced ”new, fantastic points of view”, J focused on one in particular.
Now, here’s something you don’t see everyday.
Camel Butt.
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Finally our carpet ride concluded.
Now, you must realize that this was X’s first ride in Disney World on his first ever visit several years ago.
On that fateful trip, we arrived one evening and he spent the night in the Emergency Room after splitting his head in the hotel room.
Nine staples and a bit of a rest later, we were off to breakfast with Pooh Bear and then on to this diversion.
He was so excited and enamored by this ride that he broke into tears when it stopped thinking his trip to Disney was over.
He didn’t realize there was much more magic to be had.
So coming back was definitely reliving some magic for our littlest mouseketeer.
And again, when it stopped, came the tears.
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He quickly covered as we headed off to the next adventure.
But, before we leave, we can’t forget the good ol’ camels…
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And now it was off to the Caribbean to capture some pirates we’d heard tell of.
But our destination may not be what you think.
Stay with us as we are diverted to the plains and jungles of Persia with Experienced Expeditioners!

dawnbu40
07-31-2011, 01:36 PM
Kudos to your brave bunch for being daring enough to conquer that dizzying ride! I'm getting lightheaded just thinking about it :laughing:

Fun pictures of all the ride details :)

thecapells
07-31-2011, 02:01 PM
Kudos to your brave bunch for being daring enough to conquer that dizzying ride! I'm getting lightheaded just thinking about it :laughing:

Fun pictures of all the ride details :)

We (minus Mom of course) love those carousel-type rides.
And this one holds a special place in that it was X's first ride ever.
He loved it!!

SimplyGoofy
07-31-2011, 03:34 PM
After lurking my way through your previous trip reports (which were fantastic!), I had to jump onto this one. Your family is lovely, and I can't wait to see what adventures you'll have on this vacation!

I'm also quite happy J is along--Disney isn't the same for me without a few thrill rides. :)

thecapells
07-31-2011, 03:46 PM
After lurking my way through your previous trip reports (which were fantastic!), I had to jump onto this one. Your family is lovely, and I can't wait to see what adventures you'll have on this vacation!

I'm also quite happy J is along--Disney isn't the same for me without a few thrill rides. :)

Thanks for joining us again!
But no fair taking J's side.
We do just find without those thrill rides.
Although, as you'll see this trip, J may have started a trend that may prove to be difficult to keep up in the future...

MEK
08-01-2011, 08:14 AM
Ahhhhh - Poor Little X - He must really love that ride. Either that or he had a flash back to the ten stitches in his head.

This is one of the many rides that makes me regret the fact that I did not take my kids to Disney world when they were younger. Oh well - patiently waiting for the grandkids! :laughing:

thecapells
08-01-2011, 09:59 AM
Ahhhhh - Poor Little X - He must really love that ride. Either that or he had a flash back to the ten stitches in his head.

This is one of the many rides that makes me regret the fact that I did not take my kids to Disney world when they were younger. Oh well - patiently waiting for the grandkids! :laughing:

It's nothing special but the kids do indeed love it.
I think their favorite part is freaking Mom out by going as high as they can.
Without Mom on board, they focused on the button they each had.
This ride sports one button in front for height and another in the back seat which controls tilt.
That way, everybody gets to play. :goodvibes

boxmaster
08-02-2011, 08:16 PM
I'm also quite happy J is along--Disney isn't the same for me without a few thrill rides. :)

Thanks for that. :woohoo: As Mike points out, I have now made some of their Disney life a little bit more difficult if they are not accompanied, at least part time, by a thrill-ride rider. :cool1:

And as for Camel Butt... let's just say there's a bit of a recurrent theme in some of the pictures yet to come. :laughing: :rolleyes1

disneylovin24
08-02-2011, 10:17 PM
Im glad to see that you did not do any crazy dancing while on the ride:lmao:

boxmaster
08-03-2011, 05:08 PM
Im glad to see that you did not do any crazy dancing while on the ride:lmao:

No crazy dancing. :cloud9: Just a simple happy dance. :goodvibes

thecapells
08-07-2011, 10:11 PM
We departed Agrabah heading towards the Caribbean Plaza.
But on our way, I noticed something odd.
One of my favorite attractions, The Enchanted Tiki Room, was closed.
But that wasn’t the odd part.
I noticed something on the side I never noticed before.
Do these seem odd to you?
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Skulls and shields adorn the walls of the Tiki Room.
And here I always thought this was an uplifting ride...

Meanwhile, J was snapping the Dream Builders signs:
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But now, back to the story.
We arrived in the Caribbean and were immediately warned that “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
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However, we rounded the corner and noticed a sign I’ve never seen above the fort before.
“Wait Time – 35 Minutes.”
For Pirates?
Really?
I don’t think so.
So, there goes my color-coded, double-sided Excel spreadsheet.
Never fear, I ALWAYS have a back-up plan!

Author’s Note: We found out later that the ride had stopped earlier and that backed everything up.

thecapells
08-07-2011, 10:20 PM
With the Pirates at bay, we turned around and decided to cruise the jungle.
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But first, a look around the queue:
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Complete with bad puns…
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Then we boarded our boat and headed off into the magical jungle that connects 4 rivers from different continents…
First stop, Inspiration Falls
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Then it was on the wild animals on safari.
From the zebras…
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To the giraffes
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And the king of the jungle
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Don’t look now but I think we’re being watched…
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Hey look – it’s an advertisement for “Lost!”
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Around the corner and we’re being attacked.
Everybody now, “Ooo, Eee, Ooo Aah Ahh, Ting Tang, Walla Walla Bing Bang!”
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And then, the Eighth Wonder of the World…
The Backside of Water (I still love that joke)
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We pressed on deeper and deeper into the jungle until we approached a cave.
Should we go in?
There could be danger!
There could be adventure!
There could be… a gift shop!
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Or Tigers…
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And Snakes.
Why did it have to be snakes?
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Who let the monkeys out?
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Re-emerging into the light, we were greeted by a pool of elephants.
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They were all here splashing, having fun, and taking a bath.
But don’t be embarrassed – they all have their trunks on!
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But luck was with us today!
Beyond the elephants, we were introduced to Trader Sam.
And he was having a special today!
Two of his heads for one of ours!
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Finally we arrived back at the “pair-o-docks” (paradox) and disembarked.
Apparently all the luggage was there waiting for us – no carousel or anything.
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Except this one was a bit damaged.
Anyone see a Wild Orangutan run through here?
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Oh, nevermind.
I found him…
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And now that we were all regrouped back on shore, we were headed back… to the future!
But first, a quick stop for dinner.
Thoughts on what delicacies we should end our day with?
Here's a hint - it was shipped directly from Yew Nork, Yew Nork.

dawnbu40
08-08-2011, 05:21 AM
Fun update! I love the Jungle Cruise and it's one of the MK rides we're most looking forward to sharing with our newbie :)

No idea where you're headed next :laughing:

thecapells
08-08-2011, 06:41 AM
Fun update! I love the Jungle Cruise and it's one of the MK rides we're most looking forward to sharing with our newbie :)

No idea where you're headed next :laughing:

Really? I thought I made that one too easy. :confused3
As for Jungle Cruise, it is definitely a classic.
And now, we even love it at night with the lights on - it's like a whole new ride (and even borders on scary for the little ones).
I almost want to do it twice every trip now - once during the day and once at night.

MEK
08-08-2011, 08:08 AM
I love the Jungle Cruise too! It's so fun! I especially enjoy it in the dark and since I haven't done it for the past few trips, I think I will add it to my December itinerary!!!! :thumbsup2 Thanks for the idea!

thecapells
08-08-2011, 12:37 PM
I love the Jungle Cruise too! It's so fun! I especially enjoy it in the dark and since I haven't done it for the past few trips, I think I will add it to my December itinerary!!!! :thumbsup2 Thanks for the idea!

If you want a brand new experience, check it out at night.
It's a whole different attraction!!

thecapells
08-13-2011, 11:38 AM
Hey gang.
Sorry it's been a while.
Work has been insane this week with lots of late nights.
But I'm back now and plan to post several updates this weekend.
So let's get right to it!

thecapells
08-13-2011, 11:56 AM
As we headed out of the land of Adventure, we thought about a quick snack.
And there is only one snack anyone on these boards should think of when they think Adventureland.
And this sign may give you a clue…
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Alas, the lines were very long so we made a pact to come back for J’s 1st experience with the delectable Dole Whip.
Instead we headed back to the hub.
Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It was underway.
Is it me or does that ALWAYS seem to be underway?
Anyway, with everyone gathered to watch the parade/show, I decided to take advantage of the empty castle.
So I grabbed Mom and made her pose. Take it away Mom!
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Apparently, J was busy with an artistic series of castle angles.
Which, in hindsight, makes me wonder where the kids were!!
Some babysitter he was…
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We regrouped near the bridge to the Enchanted Grove and were given our assignments.
Mom took the kids to go grab seats, J began the ordering process, and I headed off to Buzz Lightyear to snag fastpasses for later.
For those who haven’t guessed yet, we were planning to dine with the greatest lounge singer Yew Nork, Yew Nork has to offer – Mr. Sonny Eclipse himself.
As luck would have it, he was appearing “today only” at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café!!
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I joined J who was still figuring out our orders.
I grabbed a cheesesteak (I heard they were good here) with fries and a Coke.
And, of course, I loaded it with toppings from the bar. The best part is the cheese fries!!
It was okay, but I think I like Ray’s burgers better (and the cheesesteaks are better at the Plaza).
Mom opted for a veggie burger with apples.
She thought the flavor was fine but there was not much texture to it.
J made me drool with a Bacon Cheeseburger and rubbed it in when he said that the bacon was really good.
He also had fries and tried the sugar free brownie which he quickly trashed. Yuk!
Our princess also opted for the Bacon Cheeseburger but had hers with apples.
I love the fact that at Counter Service meals, you can order any entrée you want for kids on the Dining Plan – it’s a little known loophole that the kid’s meal is not mandatory.
DS had his standard hot dog and fries but longed for Casey’s.
X had a hot dog and grapes.
But the reason this is my favorite Counter Service in the Magic Kingdom is due to the “live” performances by Sonny himself.
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He’s cheesy. He’s campy. But he’s a lot of fun and keeps the kids entertained while the adults can enjoy a decent meal.
And the free cheese sauce puts it over the top(ping).
Sorry – couldn’t resist.

After dinner, we packed up our desserts (little cheesecakes and some fruit) for later as we had a better idea for our next activity.
We circled around Cosmic Ray’s and headed over to the Tomorrowland Bridge.
However, before we reached it, we took a quick left towards the Tomorrowland Terrace.
It was time for Dessert Under the Stars…

dawnbu40
08-13-2011, 12:04 PM
:woohoo: for an update.

So I now know why I had no clue where you were going...we've never eaten at Cosmic Ray's. We always do either ts, Casey's or CHH.

We love the dessert party. Hoping to hear that you all enjoyed it too! :goodvibes

thecapells
08-13-2011, 12:27 PM
:woohoo: for an update.

So I now know why I had no clue where you were going...we've never eaten at Cosmic Ray's. We always do either ts, Casey's or CHH.

We love the dessert party. Hoping to hear that you all enjoyed it too! :goodvibes

BLASPHEMY!
And you call yourself a Disney fan. :sad2:
You guys definitely should give it a shot next trip.
The campy lounge singer factor itself makes it worthwhile!

boxmaster
08-13-2011, 02:11 PM
Apparently, J was busy with an artistic series of castle angles.
Which, in hindsight, makes me wonder where the kids were!!


Hey! I could see them perfectly well as they were wandering about aimlessly on their own amid the huge throng of people swirling all about in dizzying patterns! :rotfl2:



J made me drool with a Bacon Cheeseburger and rubbed it in when he said that the bacon was really good.


Not my fault you decided to be silly and get a cheesesteak. This isn't Philly, after all. :banana:


He also had fries and tried the sugar free brownie which he quickly trashed. Yuk!

Heck, there was nothing else that they had which was dessert oriented as far as I was concerned. :confused3 Next time, I'll just get some extra apple slices for the kids.



And the free cheese sauce puts it over the top(ping).
Sorry – couldn’t resist.

Yes, Mickeys and Minnies, that particular mouse is definitely the cheesey one. :rotfl:

MEK
08-13-2011, 03:03 PM
Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.

Ah - Sonny - always the entertainer.

Fun update, but you are making me hungry!

TheCapellsMom
08-13-2011, 03:37 PM
Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!

You see, there were 3 of us taking pictures on 3 cameras and we made the mistake of forgetting to sync the time stamps on the cameras before the trip. OOOPS!

Right now, DH is trying to put the pics in the correct order while also sorting through to find the best ones. What a pain in the <<BEEP>>!
Yesiree, he has been mumbling some very unDisneyish explatives! :rotfl:

Anyhow, I am so happy to have all of you following along with us! After reading the last few updates, I wanted to pipe in and clarify a couple of things:

1) Despite DH's claims, I am NOT afraid of the Aladdin Ride. I actually LOVE rides that spin but I am not a huge fan of heights.
So, the kiddos think it is great fun to make the carpet fly as high as it can & watch me get nervous.
I sat out the ride that day because I wanted everyone to be able to fit on one carpet an I wanted to try getting photos of the kids mid-flight. :genie:

2) Given my feelings about heights, I admit that I was not at all disappointed to miss out on Swiss Family Robinson while I waited for Ariel. :)
BTW- didn't she look beautiful in her ballgown & feet? The up close details of the tapestry on the dress were magnificent!
Also, I thought that prince Eric was odd looking but DD didn't seem to notice! princess:

3) Cosmic Rays is OK but I DO NOT agree with DH about it being sooo wonderful! If you have never been there before, it can be neat to sit by Sonny Eclipse and hear his lounge act.
But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly. :crazy2:
Also, the room is very noisy and it's a pain to tread through the huge crowded restaurant when the kids need to go "potty!"

Oh- and one more thing- for all of you folks who have been faithful followers of our previous adventures, isn't it nice to read a trip report WITHOUT any of that annoying pirate jargon??? :lmao:

TheCapellsMom
08-13-2011, 03:42 PM
Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.

Yup- that's right! Of course, it is not published anywhere official and the CM's at the CS restaurants aren't supposed to tell you... but Disney just keeps track of how many CS credits you have used without distinguishing between adult credits and kids credits. So, we almost always order adult CS meals for everybody. It's more food to go around and offers better choices for kids like DD who is a total foodie like her parents. :goodvibes

thecapells
08-13-2011, 04:10 PM
Wait - you can order a kid's CS meal from the adult menu on the meal plan? Did I just read that right? I better go look.

Ah - Sonny - always the entertainer.

Fun update, but you are making me hungry!

Yeah - little known fact.
Credits come off the meal plan as just a credit.
There is no distinction between kids meal and adult meal.
So for a family of 6, you can get 6 adult meals at a counter service and it is 6 credits.
It makes no difference if it is a child or an adult.
A CM pointed this out to us when Princess wanted a Bacon Cheeseburger and there was none on the kid's menu.
She advised us to just order the regular meal and it worked.
We've been using the trick ever since!

thecapells
08-13-2011, 04:14 PM
Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!

I just finished sorting Day 2.
1400+ pictures down to 400.
That was fun.
NOT.


But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly. :crazy2:


She lies.
It's not that short.
She's no fun.


Oh- and one more thing- for all of you folks who have been faithful followers of our previous adventures, isn't it nice to read a trip report WITHOUT any of that annoying pirate jargon??? :lmao:

MATEY! pirate:

boxmaster
08-13-2011, 07:52 PM
TheCapellsMom wrote:
Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!

I just finished sorting Day 2.
1400+ pictures down to 400.
That was fun.
NOT.


TheCapellsMom wrote:
But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly.

She lies.
It's not that short.
She's no fun.



Couple o' notes. (Shame I don't know how to to inset quotes from multiple people in the one post...) As for DW's posts, I was giggling at some of the more amusing typos (backquoted above -- can anyone tell me how to actually pronounce "2rd"? :goodvibes), but given DW's dyslexia, there are actually very few. Not making fun of the dyslexia, but amused by the unwitting results at times, nonetheless. ;)

While there were over 1400 pictures total for Day Two, don't get suckered into giving him THAT much sympathy now. :lmao: Mike has long since departed with a good 600 or so of my pictures from that day, as I had taken advantage of the automatic setting that he demonstrated the night before, much to his chagrin. (No way I would've tried doing that with real film. Oy!) Because of that setting, I was able to capture some of the action at one particular, fast-paced event we were packed into on Day Two. :banana: Any guesses as to which?

As for Sonny Eclipse's routine, darned if I could weigh in on who was right about the length of time it took. I couldn't hear ANYTHING that was supposed to be coming out of his mouth or keyboard, it was so loud in the place overall. :scared1: And we really weren't that many tables away. :confused3 Still, the burger was pretty good. :thumbsup2 Maybe next time Mike will even get it. :rolleyes1

shan23877
08-14-2011, 02:20 AM
Been following along, but i had to laugh:lmao: when DW posted about the expletive filled photo project. I laugh because I am smack in the middle of mine. I'm trying to sort about 2200 pictures, develop some, and then sort the ones I've developed for photo albums, scrapbooks, frames, and autograph books. So, some pics I need like 4 copies of! It's crazy!:banana:

katman2540
08-14-2011, 10:50 AM
Fighting our own photo battle here. After 3 weeks driving adounr the country adn many awesome stops we have 6500 plus photos to try and get down to album quantities. Good luck with the pictures.

thecapells
08-14-2011, 11:57 AM
Been following along, but i had to laugh:lmao: when DW posted about the expletive filled photo project. I laugh because I am smack in the middle of mine. I'm trying to sort about 2200 pictures, develop some, and then sort the ones I've developed for photo albums, scrapbooks, frames, and autograph books. So, some pics I need like 4 copies of! It's crazy!:banana:

Fighting our own photo battle here. After 3 weeks driving adounr the country adn many awesome stops we have 6500 plus photos to try and get down to album quantities. Good luck with the pictures.

It's been tough.
And I'm only through the 2nd day - just trying to stay a bit ahead of the trip report.
Now I'm off to start sorting Day 3.
Lesson learned - ALWAYS MAKE SURE ALL THE CAMERAS IN YOUR PARTY HAVE THEIR DATES AND TIMES SYNC'ED. Ugh! :sad2:

kimbo0569
08-14-2011, 05:00 PM
Loving your TR so far! Trying to get ready to plan our next trip for sometime next year...not sure when we want to go, definately fall (thinking late September/early October or right after Thanksgiving...)

My oldest daughter will be 10 in December and on our last trip (she was 6 1/2 then) and her favorite princess was Ariel as well. :lovestruc

MEK
08-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Yeah - little known fact.
Credits come off the meal plan as just a credit.
There is no distinction between kids meal and adult meal.
So for a family of 6, you can get 6 adult meals at a counter service and it is 6 credits.
It makes no difference if it is a child or an adult.
A CM pointed this out to us when Princess wanted a Bacon Cheeseburger and there was none on the kid's menu.
She advised us to just order the regular meal and it worked.
We've been using the trick ever since!


I really wish I had known this when I took my 8 year old nephew a few years ago. It was painful watching him pick from the kids meals. Painful. :sad2:

thecapells
08-14-2011, 07:40 PM
Loving your TR so far! Trying to get ready to plan our next trip for sometime next year...not sure when we want to go, definately fall (thinking late September/early October or right after Thanksgiving...)

My oldest daughter will be 10 in December and on our last trip (she was 6 1/2 then) and her favorite princess was Ariel as well. :lovestruc

Welcome to our TR!
September is always a great time to go since there's little to no crowds.
Although we're partial to November right after Halloween since the kids get off 2 days for Election Day.

As for the Princess, hopefully she hasn't grown "out" of princesses.
I hope my Princess never does...

I really wish I had known this when I took my 8 year old nephew a few years ago. It was painful watching him pick from the kids meals. Painful. :sad2:

Yeah, I know the feeling.
Our Princess is done with kid's menus and wants "real food" everytime we go anywhere these days.

thecapells
08-14-2011, 07:51 PM
We had heard good things about the Wishes Dessert Party but were most excited about the reserved viewing location for Wishes.
We had been looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the view without camping out hours ahead of time.
Unfortunately, this was the one night of our trip that was really, really cold.
By the time they started letting us in for the party, the kids were already bundled up.
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But this was Disney, and fireworks were coming so we pressed on.
They gave us each a bracelet so we could get back into the reserved area if we needed to leave to use the restrooms.
And then they escorted us to our table.
We lucked out and had a table right next to the railing with a nice view of the castle.
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Our table was decorated with little sparkling castles and a little centerpiece reserving the table just for us!
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We had some time before the fireworks so as everyone rushed to the dessert tables, we headed over the Photopass photographer.
No one was there so we got lots of pictures.
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Hooray for Mickey!
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Then we headed back to the table and took turns taking the kids to pick out treats.
In the background was the early Main Street Electrical Parade.
From our table, we could see the tops of the floats but that was about it.
Don’t worry, we planned to see the late parade and will have LOTS of pictures to prove it!

The buffet was on the upper level up a small ramp and had several carts like this one:
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There were lots of snack-size treats but the winners were the chocolate truffles and the mini glasses of chocolate mousse.
And, on this night because of the cold, the hot chocolate was amazing!
We scooped up our desserts and headed back to the table.
As you can see, the “Let the Memories Begin” campaign was in full swing
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By now, we were bundled up trying to stay warm.
I honestly thought about rescheduling our Dessert Party so we could enjoy it more when it was warmer but we made it through.
Mom was smart enough that she brought extra blankets for us while we waiting for the fireworks.
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But while we waited, we had to eat these wonderful desserts so we couldn’t complain too much.
Our princess was delighted with her hot cocoa.
You can see she also had a HUGE chocolate strawberry along with some mini chocolate mousse and a tart of some kind.
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DS was not interested in the hot chocolate surprisingly but did grab a chocolate strawberry.
He also had some tarts and a chocolate chip cookie.
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X was content with chocolate chip cookies.
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The adults experimented with all of the treats.
J even tried putting a chocolate chip cookie in the bottom of his hot chocolate for extra flavor!

After stuffing ourselves with dessert, we were in for another treat!
Disney’s “The Magic, the Memories, and You!” show had just recently debuted as a sort of pre-show to Wishes!
It was hard to get a picture of so this is the best I could do:
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But the show is great!
While we didn’t care so much about the pictures of people, the things they did to the castle are simply amazing!
From changing colors to having characters appear in windows to our favorite part – literally launching the castle into space with Buzz Lightyear flying among the stars!
It was INCREDIBLE!
While the pictures can be removed, I really hope they keep this kind of show for a loooong time.

thecapells
08-14-2011, 07:53 PM
After the “pre-show”, we cuddled up to watch the spectacle that is Wishes!
What a great fireworks show – it makes all other fireworks shows (including July 4th) such a letdown.

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And the grand finale literally lighting up the sky with a brilliant flash!
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What a wonderful sight!
And a wonderful way to end our first night in the World.
But wait, we weren’t quite done yet.
First off, some pictures from our terrace.
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And then it was off for some more adventures!
The Night, you see, belongs to Tomorrowland!
Come join us for some late night fun in the future!

TheCapellsMom
08-14-2011, 08:48 PM
We had heard good things about the Wishes Dessert Party but were most excited about the reserved viewing location for Wishes.
We had been looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the view without camping out hours ahead of time.
Unfortunately, this was the one night of our trip that was really, really cold.
By the time they started letting us in for the party, the kids were already

There were lots of snack-size treats but the winners were the chocolate truffles and the mini glasses of chocolate mousse.


Now I have GOT TO say that while my DH usually goes into TOO MUCH detail about things, this time he did not say enough!

It wasn't just cold. It was frigid!!! No question it was below 40̊ (or 4.5 celsius for the rest of you). Plus, it was VERY windy.
The kids were wearing 4 layers and still shivered! Thank goodness there was hot cocoa! :cold:

Despite the weather, however, I LOOOOVED the dessert buffet! Of course, as DH can tell you, the way to my heart is through chocolate. :laughing:

My absolute favorite treatsare chocolate covered strawberries & chocolate mousse so I was in heaven.
Unfortunately, it was hard to really enjoy it all with gloves on my hands and kids in my lap.
There was definitely a huge selection of treats to choose from including several fruity things and some non-chocolate pastries as well.

There was NO way we could try it all in one night! We actually slipped a few truffles into a ziploc baggy in my pocket and brought they back to our room to stash in the minifridge.
SHHHH- don't tell! :ssst:

I would definitely do the Wishes Desert Party again- and hope for better weather!
Oh- and next time I plan to come with an empty stomach and bring more ziplocs! :rotfl:

dawnbu40
08-15-2011, 04:44 AM
I'm sorry to hear it was so cold on the night of your party! That can put a damper on things!

I agree with you about the Memories pre-show! Very cool! :thumbsup2

As for the desserts,I am with mom that those strawberries are heavenly!!

Your day isn't over? You guys had a lot of energy that day! :)

MEK
08-15-2011, 07:46 AM
If I shivered my way through the dessert party, you can bet I would ziploc a few goodies for later.

I'll stop back later when I can see the pictures!!!!!


Sounds like you all had fun, despite the cold!

SimplyGoofy
08-15-2011, 07:13 PM
I'm with Mom--my favorite part of the meal is dessert. ::yes::

The Wishes Dessert Party looks really fun--and quite tasty! It's too bad that it was so darn cold, but it seems you still had a good time. I don't think I ever realized that it was technically "outdoors"--I always thought you saw the fireworks through windows. Bravo to all of you for toughing it out! (And an extra bravo to Mom for the Ziploc bag--extra chocolate for later is ALWAYS a good idea.) :thumbsup2

MEK
08-15-2011, 07:39 PM
Nice pictures - love the group shots! They are great. Love the couples shots, too. You all look like you are having a fab time!

thecapells
08-16-2011, 10:25 PM
I'm sorry to hear it was so cold on the night of your party! That can put a damper on things!

I agree with you about the Memories pre-show! Very cool! :thumbsup2

As for the desserts,I am with mom that those strawberries are heavenly!!

Your day isn't over? You guys had a lot of energy that day! :)

First day in the Magic Kingdom on our First Day back in Disney World!
OF COURSE we had lots of energy! :goodvibes

If I shivered my way through the dessert party, you can bet I would ziploc a few goodies for later.

I'll stop back later when I can see the pictures!!!!!


Sounds like you all had fun, despite the cold!

I definitely would have rather gone on a warmer day but we still had a blast!

I'm with Mom--my favorite part of the meal is dessert. ::yes::

The Wishes Dessert Party looks really fun--and quite tasty! It's too bad that it was so darn cold, but it seems you still had a good time. I don't think I ever realized that it was technically "outdoors"--I always thought you saw the fireworks through windows. Bravo to all of you for toughing it out! (And an extra bravo to Mom for the Ziploc bag--extra chocolate for later is ALWAYS a good idea.) :thumbsup2

And I'm not sure being "sort-of" inside even helped as it was probably a wind tunnel. :confused3
Oh well, still a great view of the fireworks with no reserving a spot.
And the hot chocolate made it all okay. :goodvibes

Nice pictures - love the group shots! They are great. Love the couples shots, too. You all look like you are having a fab time!

It was definitely a great way to start the vacation!

boxmaster
08-17-2011, 07:07 PM
Now I have GOT TO say that while my DH usually goes into TOO MUCH detail about things, this time he did not say enough!

It wasn't just cold. It was frigid!!! No question it was below 40̊ (or 4.5 celsius for the rest of you). Plus, it was VERY windy.
The kids were wearing 4 layers and still shivered! Thank goodness there was hot cocoa! :cold:


Yes and no. As it turns out, while I managed to GET hot cocoa, I didn't manage to HAVE it. At least while it was hot, and that after standing around for about 5 or so minutes for new tureens of it to come out so I could get some for me, DD, and Mom. (OK, any thoughts on how *I* should refer to you on-list? Both Mom and DW seem odd for me.) Alas, moments after I put the chocolate chip cookie into my hot chocolate (something I did PLENTY of times in college - mmm....), I had a certain someone ask to go to the restroom. (With it being as frigid as it was and active shivering going on, it wasn't at all surprising.) So, by the time we got back (literally as the show was just starting off), my hot chocolate was cold. Still tasty, though! :)



Despite the weather, however, I LOOOOVED the dessert buffet! Of course, as DH can tell you, the way to my heart is through chocolate. :laughing:


And mine as well. Give me some good chocolate, especially dark or bittersweet chocolate, and my mood improves vastly. :banana: :cool1:

I could easily go back to this again, and hope for warmer weather.

thecapells
08-17-2011, 08:45 PM
After hanging out on the terrace a bit more, we headed off into Tomorrowland.
You see, I had some fastpasses burning a hole in my pocket!
It was time to join the Space Ranger Corps.
To Infinity and Beyond!
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For those of you playing at home, here’s a map of where we are.
Just find the “You are Here” and you should be able to figure out the rest. :rotfl:
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And it’s always a good thing to keep your batteries in the Power Center.
We want them fully charged and ready to go for our mission!
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Ummm.
So I’m not sure what X was doing here.
Maybe he was trying to be a Little Green Man?
Maybe he was just hyped up from all that chocolate.
Either way, I’m not quite sure what to say…
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Buzz then gave us our last minute instructions before launch.
We hoped to do him proud.
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And just before we boarded our vessels, one last glimpse of the enemy target.
The Evil Emperor Zurg.
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DS joined me as I tried to teach him all the tricks.
I even manned the swivel controls to try and steer him toward the correct targets.
He did pretty good but then I hit some of the sweet spots and came out way ahead.
I didn't match my high score of all 9's but I did okay.
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He was upset but he held it together this time – I was proud of him.
He’s getting much better at losing.
Meanwhile, J was battling the Princess head to head.
Looks to me like they were both concentrating pretty hard.
Unfortunately neither one did fairly well (DS’ consolation prize was that he beat them both).
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DS was even happy enough to torment Zurg in his prison cell.
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In the corner, I discovered this little picture.
Who knew Buzz’s right-hand Space Ranger was none other than the intergalactic alien himself - Stitch! :stitch2:
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After returning from our missions as Space Rangers, the girls had another mission – the restrooms.
The boys took this opportunity to go tour Tomorrowland in one of my favorite attractions.
And yes, folks, the old and “proper” name is back.
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For those of you needing proof of my high regard of this attraction,
Take a gander at the license plate on my new car:
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So we bundled together in our Blue Line car and headed off on a Grand Circle Tour of Tomorrowland departing from Rocket Tower Plaza.
We tried to catch a glimpse of the girls heading off to the restrooms but had no luck.
Instead we took pics of each other.
And yes, X was still covered in chocolate.
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The Peoplemover is so relaxing and a great way to unwind and watch the park at night.
Especially Tomorrowland with all the neon lights glowing.
And there’s the robots bustling all about.
What? You’ve never seen the robots rushing to get to their next robot appointments?
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Our tour rounded some bends and we arrived at Starport Seven-Five.
This sign is a nice new homage to Space Mountain since it was created in 1975.
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Which brings me to the other great thing about the TTA.
Since I will never in my lifetime go on Space Mountain, I can always go through it to see what I may have been missing!
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Then there’s always the wonderful view of the castle lit up in all its glory.
You can get some great shots from the Peoplemover.
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And from the castle to EPCOT – the “real” Epcot.
That’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow for those trivia buffs.
But, yes, here on the good ol’ TTA is Walt’s original prototype for the prototype.
Just imagine what could have been…
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Alas, we returned to Rocket Tower Plaza as our journey had concluded.
I would’ve stayed on for another round but we had other plans.
We regrouped with the gals and heading towards the hub.
Mickey and Minnie were even showing us the way!
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It was time for the finale of the evening.
And if we were lucky, we might even catch sight of a dragon…

dawnbu40
08-18-2011, 04:15 AM
Looks like you guys were having a lot of fun!

I love your license plate! How cool! :)

That last picture is lovely! Nice job :thumbsup2

thecapells
08-18-2011, 07:16 AM
Looks like you guys were having a lot of fun!

I love your license plate! How cool! :)

That last picture is lovely! Nice job :thumbsup2

Thanks so much!
We were definitely having a blast despite the cold!

MEK
08-19-2011, 07:21 AM
I will make sure to look for that license plate the next time I am driving through Virginia! Love it!

Fun evening!!!!! Love Buzz Lightyear - stink at it - but love it all the same!

thecapells
08-19-2011, 09:46 AM
I will make sure to look for that license plate the next time I am driving through Virginia! Love it!

Fun evening!!!!! Love Buzz Lightyear - stink at it - but love it all the same!

Yeah we had fun coming up with that plate.
We love Buzz - it's alot of fun and a great family attraction for everyone!

lbuzz52
08-23-2011, 09:36 AM
Thanks!
It's funny but DD has since moved on.
When asked who she wants on her backpack for school this year, the new #1 Princess is Rapunzel.
I think that change actually happened later this trip (more on that later).
And I think Tiana may have slid into the #2 slot leaving Ariel a distant third.

My dd would no longer call Ariel her favorite, but would still tell you she was her first (princess) love. she did the same thing- for her birthday, she asked for Rapunzel hair, Rapunzel shoes, Rapunzel bedding, Rapunzel backpack- i could go on:lmao:

I'm really enjoying this. i like your writing style. Pair this TR up with some Magic Kingdom music on yoitube or cd, and its like i'm right there:thumbsup2

thecapells
08-23-2011, 08:57 PM
My dd would no longer call Ariel her favorite, but would still tell you she was her first (princess) love. she did the same thing- for her birthday, she asked for Rapunzel hair, Rapunzel shoes, Rapunzel bedding, Rapunzel backpack- i could go on:lmao:

I'm really enjoying this. i like your writing style. Pair this TR up with some Magic Kingdom music on yoitube or cd, and its like i'm right there:thumbsup2

Thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy my storytelling.
You should try the previous TR when I, according to my wife, went a bit overboard with that part of the TR.
Check my signature for the link.

As for DD, she's now come full circle back to Ariel.
I think depending on the day it's either Ariel, Rapunzel, or Tiana.
Hey, as long as she's still my princess, Daddy's happy. :goodvibes

thecapells
08-23-2011, 09:46 PM
We returned to Rocket Tower Plaza and found the girls and then headed for the hub.
The final entertainment for the evening was about to start!
Yes, we were still going!

J and DS headed for the restrooms while the rest of us found a spot in the hub.
The park was mostly empty around here as it tends to be for the second parade of the night.
So the kids bundled up but were very excited.
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You see, this was monumental – our kids had never seen the Main Street Electrical Parade before.
Heck, they haven’t even seen Spectromagic before.
And Mom and I – well, we just missed good ol’ Elliott.
We even showed Pete’s Dragon to the kids recently so they could appreciate the jolly green dragon.
J and DS had trouble finding us but finally – minutes before Main Street went dark, they arrived.
We all beamed with anticipation.
And then, that magnificent song began…

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nightime magic and imagination;
In thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!

And there, around the corner came that famous train…
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We got some odd shots during the next wave of swirling characters.
The flash does some interesting things with those moving lights…
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Alice made her appearance next riding on a mushroom.
Right in front of her (periodically disappearing) was the Cheshire Cat.
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Following Alice, some more twirling creatures.
And butterflies, ladybugs, and mushrooms.
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But not too far behind was that good ol’ caterpillar.
“Whoooooo R Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu?”
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Following the caterpillar was a centipede of sorts.
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And a creepy frog.
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Dancing mice signified a scene change.
From Alice in Wonderland, we were now entering the world where the clock approaches midnight.
And just in time, Cinderella’s Coach appeared.
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And an entire royal entourage followed the princess.
There was dancing and twirling and a grand ol’ time being had by one and by all!
Even Cindy’s stepsisters were getting into the act – pressuring the Prince into a dance no less!
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thecapells
08-23-2011, 09:51 PM
Alas, the clock did, indeed strike twelve.
Except this was no ordinary clock.
It was Big Ben and Peter had just launched himself from its arms to Neverland!
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Captain Hook’s ship was not far behind.
And there, on deck, the deadly foes were locked in mortal combat.
Watch out Peter!
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Trailing behind was loyal Mister Smee trying to help his dear Cap’n.
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Snow White was next along with her seven protectors.
They were covered in gemstones and must have just come from the mines themselves.
Grumpy even stopped by to say hello and shake the kids’ hands!
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From Dwarve’s Mines to Paradise Island as wooden boys and donkeys were next around the bend.
Pinocchio and his “friends” led the next float and were up to their no good hijinks!
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But that lighthouse at the end of Pleasure Island there signaled what we had been waiting for.
At first, we simply saw the smoke.
And then what was causing it.
He had the head of a camel and the neck of a crocodile.
It sounds rather strange, I know.
But there it was.
He was both a fish and a mammal and even had ears like a cow!
A big, green, smoke-blowing dragon glowing right before our eyes.
And there was good ol’ Pete right atop his best friend Elliot.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
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Next up was a celebration of the United States which, I can honestly say, I don’t recall from my youth.
My guess was that I didn’t take my eyes off that dragon as he glided down the street so I never saw this float…
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And then, all too soon, it was over.
It definitely did our memories proud.
And the kids loved it as well.
What a way to start a vacation in Walt Disney World.
We headed for the exits but not before a stop at our favorite khaki clad cast members:
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Then it was off to the buses and back to Pop Century.
We arrived late (around 10:30), put the kids to sleep, and then downloaded the pictures onto the laptop.
What a blast and this was only the first day!
Hopefully by now, I have you hooked and you’ll join us for the rest of our adventures!
Until then, everybody sing!

“He has the head of a camel, the neck of a crocodile”
“It sounds rather strange…”

dawnbu40
08-24-2011, 06:10 AM
Nice update! I love your enthusiasm for the parade :goodvibes

Sounds like despite the chilly evening you had a wonderful first day! Looking forward to more :)

thecapells
08-24-2011, 07:27 AM
Nice update! I love your enthusiasm for the parade :goodvibes

Sounds like despite the chilly evening you had a wonderful first day! Looking forward to more :)

We were definitely looking forward to it.
One of Mom's favorite Disney movies is Pete's Dragon so seeing Elliot was a highlight of the trip.
Me? I just love dragons. :goodvibes

thecapells
08-27-2011, 08:27 PM
The next day we awoke with high hopes as we headed for our first full day in the parks!
We were out early and on the bus by 8AM for a 9AM opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Now I know the cardinal rule of touring is that you should not “waste” those early hours of the park with a meal.
And we usually obey this "unwritten rule" by scheduling an 8AM breakfast before the park opens at Play ‘N’ Dine at Hollywood ‘N’ Vine.
However, on this trip that timeslot was not available – even 180 days out.
We found out when we arrived that the kitchen is undergoing some repairs to the dishwashers and the early opening would return once the work was completed.
That explained a lot but meant no early morning in the park for us.
So we were stuck getting to turnstiles around 8:30 for a 9:00 opening.
And since we're not thrill riders, I figured there were really only 2 attractions that we really wanted to do.
We would need to get to both Toy Stoy Midway Mania and Jedi Academy early(Star Tours was currently being refurbished).
I calculated that we could split up and accomplish all of the above and then take a pitstop for breakfast.
So I actually scheduled us for breakfast at park opening (and no they wouldn't let us in even a little earlier which sucked).

J’s mission was to follow the crowd right and grab us all fastpasses for Toy Story Mania.
I would be escorting DS to Jedi Academy to sign him up for the second show of the morning.
Mom would be heading straight to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine and getting X and the Princess settled.
Upon arrival, we all had our assignments and were ready to go.

What we had not counted on was the appearance of every Brazilian tour group known to man.
Huge groups of people stood in different lines outside the turnstiles.
Each marked by a fluorescent-colored shirt and a person in front holding up a flag of the same color.
There was the flaming orange group, the lime green group, the bright red group, and the royal blue group among others.
I was in shock as I had not expected these extra groups and this could significantly affect our touring plan for the day.
Well, I prepared to throw my schedule out the window and figured we’d have to play it by ear.
But I at least knew we’d knock out the wishlist since we were getting those accomplished first.
So the turnstiles opened, we gave J all the tickets and split into our designated teams.

J weaved his way up towards the right and was able to catch the Hollywood Studios Opening with our Director for the day and one of the Streetmosphere stars:
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DS and I broke left and found a couple of other father/son tandems heading in the same direction.
We squeezed our way as far forward as we could and turned around.
This is the sea of people that would be charging into the park after us:
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Mom was pushing the double stroller and she can tell you about the horror stories she faced trying to make it to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine amidst the swarm of bodies.

The clock struck 9, the rope dropped, and all heck broke loose.
DS and I joined the other father-son tandems on a brisk walk towards Star Tours.
I had recently heard on the DIS about the new sign-up procedures allowing you to book your slot first thing in the morning. :disrocks:
We arrived and were about third or fourth in line.
The mom in front of us was already in an argument since she did not bring her child with her and they were not going to sign her up without him.
They pulled her to the side as she continued to argue.
DS stepped up, answered the questions a little nervously, and then they were about to put us into the first show.
I promptly requested a later one since we had breakfast ADR’s and was obliged.
We were slated for the 10:50 show and had to be back at 10:20.
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Happy with our secured ticket, we strolled back to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine stopping only so DS could pull the rope over by Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.
He loves that little hidden detail.
Finally, we arrived here and we were hungry!
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Inside the room was decorated for Disney Junior.
While our kids were a bit old for this (except for X), this is always a fun breakfast.
The kids get to eat a bit and then get up and dance and get excited for the day!
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We found Mom and the gang (J was already back) and settled in.
It was my turn to take X to the buffet and you can see how excited our little one was to meet his Disney Junior friends.
He had just finished asking us “When are the Disney chars coming to see me?”

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First to visit was Handy Manny – a new character for our kids as he was not around last time.
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Of course, me being the big kid I am had to get into the action as well.
After all, of all the Disney Junior characters, Manny is the coolest!
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Another “new to us” character followed Manny out.
The kids got a real kick out of seeing Agent Oso in the fur!
After a great big hug, DS exclaimed “He’s so fuzzy!!”
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But X was shy all of a sudden and ran away from the large panda bear.
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The restaurant was still very empty so the characters spent some quality time with each table.
The kids were having a blast as they were treated to lots of goodies with the breakfast.
Mickey Waffles and strawberries anyone?
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And don’t forget the chocolate milk to go with those tater tots!
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About now it was time to dance!
A CM headed over with the Little Einsteins (Leo and June) while another CM danced on the other side with Manny and Oso.
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The kids were moving and grooving to those Disney Junior Classics.
From the Imagination Movers to Little Einsteins to the Handy Manny theme, it was smiles all around!
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After the dancing, the Little Einsteins came to visit.
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thecapells
08-27-2011, 08:31 PM
With all the characters met and the kids all fed, I decided to tour the restaurant a bit before departing.
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My tour including the restrooms which are interesting placed between Hollywood ‘N’ Vine and the 50’s Prime Time Café.
So, of course, I snuck a peek in there on my way out.
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It’s a cute concept for a restaurant but not our style.
We tried it once but don’t like the waitresses being on our case.
When I got back, everyone was up once again for a parade around the restaurant!
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This was definitely a good way to get the kids all excited for a day of Disney!
The kids got their sweatshirts on (not sure why – it was really nice out) and we began to get going.
But before we were able to head out, Handy Manny came to say good-bye!
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And with that, we were off to begin our day in the Hollywood That Never Was.
Lights!
Camera!
Action!
pixiedust:

boxmaster
08-27-2011, 09:40 PM
So we were stuck getting to turnstiles around 8:30 for a 9:00 opening.
And since we're not thrill riders, I figured there were really only 2 attractions that we really wanted to do.

Speak for yourself, bucko. THIS one is a thrill rider, but thankfully that was on tap for later, unencumbered by the rest of the family, much as I love you guys. :goodvibes

And, while I'm getting ahead of myself here, and can't do justice to Yoda in print - "There... is... another." :cool1:



J’s mission was to follow the crowd right and grab us all fastpasses for Toy Story Mania.


We arrived late enough compared to so many other people and chose the oh-so-wrong line (isn't it always, though?), that we were VERY far back in the pack when we finally got through the turnstiles. :sad2:

But, once everyone got through the turnstiles, I took all 6 of our passes in hand and started to slowly creep my way through the crowd. When you just have one person wending his way through the crowd, frequently people will actually shift aside -- after all, they don't know if you merely got cut off from the rest of your party. :banana:

But, unfortunately, there was a point where I just couldn't go any further. People were packed in so tightly, it was unreasonable to expect anyone to move, and there just wasn't a path I could find to make it still closer to the rope. Progress was made, but I knew I needed to be further up if I was to have a prayer of succeeding, given what Mike had told me of how insane the line is for TSM. :scared1:

The bit that was done before rope drop was kinda cute, definitely getting people into the feel of Hollywood. (I worked in movies long enough to be able to appreciate it more than the average moviegoer.) :happytv:

And then THE moment came. They repeated several times that we were to WALK, not run. Once rope drop happened, there was enough space for me to walk like the New Yorker I am, fast (while not running) and weaving in and through people, getting pretty close to the front. While I wanted to take a look around, if I took any time for that before getting the tickets, I'd be s.o.l. and then never hear the end of it from the gang.

People were rather well-behaved on the brisk walk up. And we finally arrived to the FP lanes for TSM. I was reasonably close to the front (I thought), but I think there must have been several of those Brazilians with about 20 or 50 tickets each that they needed to get. So, by the time I was within a few people of the machines, they were already slowing things down, seeing that there were few tickets left. (The CMs were taking people's tickets and working the machines. And me having been trained on how to use the FP machines the prior day. ;)) I was one of the last few who got tickets, a very long line of expectant and disappointed people behind as the CMs started to close down the FP kiosks. :worship:

I was happy to be able to make my way back to H&V relatively quickly, passes in hand. Breakfast beckoned, and I, too, was hungry. popcorn:: I was definitely looking forward to what the day - and evening - had in store.

thecapells
08-27-2011, 10:24 PM
I was one of the last few who got tickets, a very long line of expectant and disappointed people behind as the CMs started to close down the FP kiosks. :worship:

Close down?
I don't think I've heard this part of the story.
You snagged us pretty good fastpasses for about 10:00 AM or so.
What was closing down? :confused3

dawnbu40
08-28-2011, 05:19 AM
We've never been to Hollywood and Vine. It looks like fun for the little ones. When Caitlin was little the DHS character meal was in the building that now holds the Playhouse Disney show. Ah memories... :goodvibes

Anyway, so glad that your son got signed up for the Jedi Academy! I can't wait to hear all about it! :)

Poor Jared having to brave the crazy TSM herd! That stampede is probably my least favorite thing in all of Disney :sad2:

MEK
08-28-2011, 05:24 AM
Thank you for posting all those wonderful ELP pictures. I did not see it in May, but I definitely have it on the schedule for December. I am looking forward to seeing it in real life.

What a lovely character breakfast Hollywood & Vine is. The kids look like they are having a blast. How was the food? Did you enjoy it?

Looks like a great start to the morning!

boxmaster
08-28-2011, 07:21 AM
Close down?
I don't think I've heard this part of the story.
You snagged us pretty good fastpasses for about 10:00 AM or so.
What was closing down? :confused3

:confused3
I may be confusing that first time with a subsequent one for TSM FPs, but didn't think I was solo trying to get those for the 6 of us at this particular attraction any other time. But if they were morning tix that I got (I couldn't remember the time on them), it wouldn't make any sense for them to close down. :confused3

thecapells
08-28-2011, 11:54 AM
We've never been to Hollywood and Vine. It looks like fun for the little ones. When Caitlin was little the DHS character meal was in the building that now holds the Playhouse Disney show. Ah memories... :goodvibes

Anyway, so glad that your son got signed up for the Jedi Academy! I can't wait to hear all about it! :)

Poor Jared having to brave the crazy TSM herd! That stampede is probably my least favorite thing in all of Disney :sad2:

Lots of Jedi coming up.
And as for J, it was fun trying to teach him the fastpass system the night before and giving him all the tricks to get there.
It was a good indoctrination by fire.

Thank you for posting all those wonderful ELP pictures. I did not see it in May, but I definitely have it on the schedule for December. I am looking forward to seeing it in real life.

What a lovely character breakfast Hollywood & Vine is. The kids look like they are having a blast. How was the food? Did you enjoy it?

Looks like a great start to the morning!

We love the Main Street Electrical Parade (as I'm sure you can gather from my text).
As for Hollywood 'N' Vine, the food is actually pretty good.
For the kids, it's one of the only places they can get tater tots which is a nice change.
For the adults, there's your standard breakfast fare (bacon, eggs, sausage, potatoes, waffles) plus some stuff not often found in Disney.
For example, I had a breakfast burrito (they have tortillas, cheese, salsa, and other toppings so you can make one yourself)

But the main attraction (for us) is getting into the park an hour early and getting a jump on the crowds.
If you leave at 9AM, you can enter the park alongside the rope drop crowd.
If you're heading to Star Tours, it's great as you're closer.
If you're heading to Toy Story Mania, you'll have to cross the courtyard and merge with the sea of people but you're still close to the front.

:confused3
I may be confusing that first time with a subsequent one for TSM FPs, but didn't think I was solo trying to get those for the 6 of us at this particular attraction any other time. But if they were morning tix that I got (I couldn't remember the time on them), it wouldn't make any sense for them to close down. :confused3

Yeah, I think you were thinking of later in the day.
That morning you should've just grabbed the passes and headed back to us.
The more interesting story is how fun it was trying to get back to Hollywood 'N' Vine against traffic.

boxmaster
08-28-2011, 06:02 PM
The more interesting story is how fun it was trying to get back to Hollywood 'N' Vine against traffic.

That's not so special, IMO. It's just a simple matter of dodging the onrushing horde and weaving around people standing still (or going so slowly in the same direction as I am that I consider them to be standing still). Every day I've ever been in NYC or DC I'm doing that, so no biggie. :cool1:

shan23877
08-28-2011, 11:34 PM
The TSM Stampede is CRAZY! Last time I did it, I was alone with my 4yo pushing her stroller :scared1:. We got the FPs but by the time we did standby was already 30 mins. It is a great ride tho...:)

lbuzz52
08-29-2011, 03:57 PM
so glad the kids got to see MSEP! Elliot is my favorite part too:thumbsup2

TheCapellsMom
08-30-2011, 07:45 PM
Mom would be heading straight to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine and getting X and the Princess settled.
Upon arrival, we all had our assignments and were ready to go.

Mom was pushing the double stroller and she can tell you about the horror stories she faced trying to make it to Hollywood ‘N’ Vine amidst the swarm of bodies.


Sounds like I had the easiest job- right??? HA!

With DD & X in the double-wide stroller, I did my best to weave my way up towards the turn off for Hollywood & Vine.
Of course, pushing 2 heavy, wiggly, bouncy, hungry, troublemakers in a stroller is difficult on an empty road.
With all the people/things at Studios, it was a nightmare!

DD kept complaining because all she could see was the "butts" of the people in front of us. :laughing:
Once she heard the Streetmosphere performers, and realized she couldn’t see their show at all, she was even more whiney.

X kept trying to turn around and tell me he was hungry-- which of course, I already knew.
To emphasize his point, he kicked his sister, pulled her hair, and threw off his shoe. TWICE.
The second time I nearly got trampled trying to pick it up!

Ok- for those of you who know the layout of Studios, I managed to get up Hollywood Blvd. to the intersection of the first road on the left where I would need to turn to head to Hollywood & Vine.
There were a few rows of people in front of me but CM's had the road roped off so all we could do was wait.

The real fun started when a crazy lady right behind me started shouting that she had an 8:30 reservation for breakfast and everybody needed to move so she could get through.
I tried to explain to her that there were CM's holding us back. I also told her that Hollywood & Vine didn't open until 9 that day.
Her response was to shout twice as loud that we all need to move and let her huge family through!

I was determined to ignore her until she tried actually driving her elderly Mother's ECV into my backside.
The old lady said something like "Be careful! You'll hit her!" and the nasty witch loudly replied "Well, maybe that will make these s#*t-heads move."

Needless to say, I was furious, but not very anxious to get into a fist fight on vacation. :mad:
I could see that the people around me were also angry.

Well, somebody must have reported the lady because a big, burly CM squeezed through the crowd and politely asked her “Excuse me, what seems to be the problem?”

The nasty lady ranted at him for a few minutes- and the CM pretty much just nodded his head and let her vent until he could get a word in.
Then he asked her name, radioed over to Hollywood & Vine, and proceeded to tell her that her reservation was actually for 9:30 NOT 8:30.
I noticed he said this rather loudly so the rest of the crowd could hear.

When she called him a liar & cursed him out, the CM calmly said something like:
“Mam, I need you to calm down and stop cussing. There are children present.
You can come with me RIGHT NOW to discuss this situation in the Guest Services Office or I can escort you out of the park.
Which would you prefer?”

…and that’s when the ropes dropped and I was free to walk over to the restaurant.

Honestly, I was SO tempted to stay and just watch the drama for a few more minutes but I knew the fellas were counting on me to do my job!
Which I did- checked in at H&V, got a table near the door so I could see the guys come in, and ordered all the drinks before they arrived.

On a side note, I just have to mention that I love Disney.
That CM was obviously well trained in how to handle lunatics and he kept his cool through the whole crazy incident.
Also, I noticed on my way to H& V that there were a team of other big, burly looking CM’s just hanging back a bit and watching to see if they would need to step in.

The whole thing was such an unDisney start to my day but after just a few minutes of singing and dancing with my kids, I was back in my “happy place.” :cloud9:

SimplyGoofy
08-30-2011, 09:47 PM
Yikes! :sad2:

Bravo to you for keeping your cool--I don't know if I would've been able to do the same. (Who am I kidding?! If I would've listened to that ridiculousness, followed by getting rammed in the rear end with an ECV... nope, coolness gone!) It was a good thing you had a mission to distract you!

Bravo, also, to that fabulous CM. Disney hires some fabulous people. :thumbsup2

thecapells
08-30-2011, 09:48 PM
The TSM Stampede is CRAZY! Last time I did it, I was alone with my 4yo pushing her stroller :scared1:. We got the FPs but by the time we did standby was already 30 mins. It is a great ride tho...:)

This is why we sent the only one of us WITHOUT kids. :goodvibes

so glad the kids got to see MSEP! Elliot is my favorite part too:thumbsup2

We LOVED MSEP!! :thumbsup2

thecapells
09-04-2011, 08:37 PM
About 9:45 or so, we headed out from Hollywood ‘N’ Vine en route to Toy Story Midway Mania.
But since this is us, we have to take some shots along the way to set the tone of course.
Lights! Camera! Action!
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On our way to Pixar Place, we passed some billboards for other studios here on the MGM – I mean Hollywood Studios – lot.
Here’s one for Maroon Studios where those famous Baby Herman and Roger Rabbit Maroon Cartoons are made!
And remember folks, she’s not bad – she’s just drawn that way…
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We reached the crossroads of Mickey Lane and Minnie Avenue.
We were nearing our destination indeed.
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We also past what must be the Walden Media Studios as we saw signs for The Chronicles of Narnia.
Prince Caspian is their latest feature in the 7-book series and we hoped we’d have time to swing by later.
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Finally, we saw the entrance to the studios we were looking for.
This backlot sure was full of lots of sound stages.
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First thing we passed was the Hey, Howdy, Hey! Shop.
So we had to take a quick pic of this giant Woody Cookie Jar.
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Then it was on to the main attraction for the morning – Toy Story Midway Mania.
Once inside, we were shrunk down to the size of toys.
You can see the scale here with Andy’s signature.
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Everybody ready for some fun?
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This one caught my attention.
Anyone out there know who Scooter the Squirrel is?
I have no idea but its placement here suggests it’s a famous kids thing…
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Life. Battleship.
Now, these I know…
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And we’ve all played Candyland before.
Not to mention used all those Crayola crayons…
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Then our Princess saw a block with her letter on it so we had to stop for a picture.
Sure enough, I found a block with DS’ letter as well…
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Then we stumbled across the Viewmaster reels.
I used to love those!
This one is Peter Pan.
We even tried to give you a glimpse of one of the cells…
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Around the corner is the packaging for that amazing Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear!
It looks like there’s an “Attack on Zurg” game – I’ll have to look for that one!
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Oh, and pick up those puzzle pieces.
You might lose one…
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Next along our path, we located the Sherriff’s office.
Not a very sturdy structure.
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And we definitely did not want to end up in jail.
Especially wearing 3-D glasses!
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When in this queue, look all around you.
Including up.
Someone just might be riding a chute down on top of you!
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Right when the fastpass lane reaches the regular queue, Andy left his mark.
A preview of what we might be facing during our game play.
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But alas, the line from this point was fairly long.
We still had to go up the stairs, down the hall, down the stairs, and ride the ride.
And it was already 10:20.
DS and I had to be at the Jedi Academy at 10:30.
So I made a calculated decision and bailed.
I begged the CM to get 2 fastpasses back so we can use them later.
It was a bit of a struggle and this was highly unprecedented.
But I’m a solid debater and made my case.
We left the gang there and headed back through the line going the wrong direction.
Back out in the sunlight, we hightailed it across the park to get to the Jedi Academy in time for our show.
In fact, DS was first on line and I was able to secure a great spot to watch and take pictures.
But that’s jumping ahead – let’s hear what happened back in line.

dawnbu40
09-04-2011, 09:04 PM
We love TSM! Your pictures from the queue are great! I especially like the viewmaster pics. I had a talking viewmaster back in the day :)

I can't wait to hear about the Jedi Academy and see all the pictures popcorn::

boxmaster
09-04-2011, 09:17 PM
But alas, the line from this point was fairly long.
We still had to go up the stairs, down the hall, down the stairs, and ride the ride.
And it was already 10:20.
DS and I had to be at the Jedi Academy at 10:30.
So I made a calculated decision and bailed.
I begged the CM to get 2 fastpasses back so we can use them later.
It was a bit of a struggle and this was highly unprecedented.
But I’m a solid debater and made my case.
We left the gang there and headed back through the line going the wrong direction.
Back out in the sunlight, we hightailed it across the park to get to the Jedi Academy in time for our show.
In fact, DS was first on line and I was able to secure a great spot to watch and take pictures.
But that’s jumping ahead – let’s hear what happened back in line.

Mike's not kidding when he says the line was long. Even for FP, this was kinda nuts. But I didn't mind so much -- this was my first time in this attraction, as it didn't exist the last time I was down in this neck of the woods, over 15 years ago.

So, the four of us remaining plodded along slowly but surely. Up the stairs, one slow step at a time. :surfweb: (How many stairs are there? Surely I shouldn't lose count, but it was slow enough, I did. :lmao:)

We finally make it to the top of the staircase and I can finally see my first glimpse of what we have in store for this ride!

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We still had a little way to go, though, as we needed to wind our way up and back a relatively small hallway before coming to the stop of the stairs to descend into the attraction's area.

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Then I finally see one of my favorite TS characters: the LGMs! :banana: :woohoo:

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We finally get through the inefficiently loaded ride (there's GOT to be a better way for them to load this thing!), and we have our pairings: I'm with DD, and X is with Stacey.

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I was way too busy playing the game and enjoying the ride, that there was no chance of my taking pictures in here. :cool1: After being whipped around the first 1 or 2 times, I figured out the pacing, but that didn't matter. It always started up a little too fast for me to take a picture. :rolleyes1

So, we enjoy the game and, all too fast, it came to a close.

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I *think* this was X and Stacey's read-out:

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And this was DD's and my scores:

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But, not only were the results not favorable, even worse, the ride was over.

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X is NOT a happy camper when the rides end. He just wants to stay on. (Can you blame him? And this is one cool ride! Can I swing back on it again? Can I, can I, huh? :worship:)

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And, the ubiquitous glimpsing of the ball that's in all Pixar movies, is present here, too:

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And with one last picture to snap on the way out:

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We had to get going pretty quickly, for we had to watch a certain padawan at the Academy.

thecapells
09-04-2011, 10:16 PM
We love TSM! Your pictures from the queue are great! I especially like the viewmaster pics. I had a talking viewmaster back in the day :)

I can't wait to hear about the Jedi Academy and see all the pictures popcorn::

Oooh, talking Viewmaster - fancy, fancy.
Don't think I ever had one of those.

Jedi Academy was a blast - tons of pictures coming up for that experience... :yoda:

TheCapellsMom
09-05-2011, 03:38 PM
Mike's not kidding when he says the line was long. Even for FP, this was kinda nuts.

Can you guess why the FP line was so darn long??? Yup- it was those [BLEEP]in' Brazilian Tour Groups again!
The problem is that they traveled everywhere in packs of 30-50 High School (or maybe college) age kids.
So if a group got on line ahead of you, the wait time was instantly doubled. AND- they were all using the fastpasses!

Each separate batch of those touring kids had different matching T-shirts so we started referring to them by color.
This time, I think it was the neon yellow kids ahead of us in the FP lane making it the longest I have ever had to wait for TSM with a FP! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

We finally get through the inefficiently loaded ride (there's GOT to be a better way for them to load this thing!)

I don't think the loading/unloading for this one is too bad at all! It's not like Dumbo or the teacups!
At least this one keeps moving! And they have a nifty way of pulling the handicap-accessible cars off to the side for loading/unloading so they don't hold up the rest of the riders.

You are being too picky, J!

I *think* this was X and Stacey's read-out:

Yup. That's it. 65,700 is actually pretty good considering that I needed to help X aim his gun at the same time as I was shooting mine!
But, stay tuned for my upcoming TR- I did MUCH better when I was there with DD in may!

X is NOT a happy camper when the rides end. He just wants to stay on.

THAT is a serious understatement!!!!
X has gotten so familiar with some of his favorite rides (like TSM, Aladdin, Imagination and the TTA) that his eyes actually start to tear up when we get close to the end before the ride is actually over! :sad1:
It is SO pitiful! Every once in a while when the park is relatively empty, a CM will see his sad eyes & big pouty lips and just let us stay on a ride for a second run.
I once went around the TTA 4 times in a row with him and he STILL cried when we had to get off! :laughing:

MEK
09-05-2011, 07:33 PM
You got some cool pictures on your unhurried walk over to TSM. Wow - lucky for you that you could get out of line and get your FP's back. Strong work there!

X looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOO upset that he couldn't stay on the ride. Boo hoo! Poor little guy! Makes me feel so bad for him.

Thanks for the breakdown on the H&V breakfast buffet. The breakfast burrito sounds yummy!

thecapells
09-05-2011, 07:57 PM
You got some cool pictures on your unhurried walk over to TSM. Wow - lucky for you that you could get out of line and get your FP's back. Strong work there!

X looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOO upset that he couldn't stay on the ride. Boo hoo! Poor little guy! Makes me feel so bad for him.

Thanks for the breakdown on the H&V breakfast buffet. The breakfast burrito sounds yummy!

X got over it once he got one some more rides but it is pitiful.
And yes, I was pretty proud of getting out of line with my fastpasses - I didn't want DS to miss the ride later on.

As for breakfast, Mom said to mention they have fritattas as well.

lbuzz52
09-12-2011, 02:44 PM
so i've made a note to remember to never get behind the tour groups in the fastpass lane! thanks for all the TSMM pics- i've got to send a friend to your tr to see them all- her toy story fan would love it!

thecapells
09-12-2011, 10:34 PM
so i've made a note to remember to never get behind the tour groups in the fastpass lane! thanks for all the TSMM pics- i've got to send a friend to your tr to see them all- her toy story fan would love it!

Glad you enjoyed the trip to Andy's Room.
Now come join us a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

thecapells
09-12-2011, 10:41 PM
While the gang was enjoying Toy Story Midway Mania, the future Jedi and myself were heading to the Academy.
But even as we briskly walked to our destination, we found some details we just had to capture.
DS pointed out the huge billboard for Tron:Legacy which we recently saw in the theatres in 3-D:
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Finally arriving, we got into line (DS was first).
And, for the first time, he started to grasp the concepts of Hollywood Studios.
He noticed how the facades looked real, but the backs of all the props were not fully developed:
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At that point, a CM appeared and starting separating the young padawans from their parents.
I grabbed a spot front and center to the Jedi Academy stage.
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And a last picture of the signs for Star Tours (before the upcoming refurb):
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Meanwhile, DS was fitted for his Jedi robes and you can see his shirt was also themed appropriately.
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The crowd began to fill and finally J and Mom appeared with the rest of the Capell clan.
They took up positions closer to the action but off to the side.
As you’ll see, we have full coverage of this event – including several angles!!
They settled in just in time as a familiar theme began to explode through hidden speakers.
A Jedi suddenly appeared on stage and the crowd was hushed in her presence.
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She dramatically removed her hood to reveal a Jedi instructor uniform.
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Then the padawan were assigned locations with the older ones around the outside of the stage.
The idea being that they were less likely to fall off the edge.
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Finally the padawans were assembled and ready for their lesson.
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From Mom’s angle, I think he looked more like a Jawa than a Jedi.
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A second Jedi handed out practice lightsabers while the teacher went over last minute instructions.
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Then the command was given.
IGNITE!
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STAND AT THE READY!
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ATTACK!
LEFT!
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RIGHT!
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DOWN!
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AND STRIKE!
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thecapells
09-12-2011, 10:47 PM
With their lesson completed, the padawans were instructed to holster their weapons.
After all, lightsabers are not toys.
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They repeated this exercise to complete their training.
And young Padawan Capell was ready.
The force was indeed strong with this one.
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The training completed in the nick of time.
With a sudden explosion of smoke, a patrol of stormtroopers blasted through the bunker doors.
And in their wake, the Lord of the Sith himself – Darth Vader.
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Covered in black from head to toe, this imposing figure sent a chill down the spines of all those present.
The sun gleamed off his helmet and he stood triumphant on the stage.
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The padawans retreated quickly to the side of the stage.
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Vader approached the younglings and offered them a way out.
“Join me and feel the power of the Dark Side.”
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He was confident in his ways.
Despite the heckles from concerned parents surrounding him.
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He was menacing indeed – at least, until he dropped his lightsaber… :laughing:
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He vowed to fight each of the younglings in turn and show them the power he posseses.
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thecapells
09-12-2011, 10:53 PM
He fought valiantly through several of the younglings.
Until Padawan Capell stepped forth.
The Force is strong in my family.
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DS attacked with speed and precision.
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Then Vader took the offensive.
He swung but the nimble padawan ducked just in time!
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After the blade passed over him and he lept back into action and struck the Dark Lord!
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The test was over and DS had prevailed.
Vader stood there motionless.
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Just then, Yoda’s presence was felt across the stage as the collective power of the Jedi began to grow.
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Vader stepped towards the padawans but dozens of lightsabers ignited in unison!
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Vader wisely retreated back into the bunker.
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The stromtroopers, however, were not as wise.
The Jedi force-pushed them back to show them they meant business.
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And laughed as they no longer viewed these silly henchmen as a threat.
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However, the bunker doors had closed and the stormtoopers were now at the mercy of the Jedi.
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The Jedi instructor reached out into the force and opened the doors once more.
Good riddance to this Imperial Trash!
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Our padawans were victorious!
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Upon their exit from the stage, they were presented with a diploma.
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Arriving back into the crowd, we were so proud.
Our son, had indeed fulfilled his destiny and has become a powerful Jedi.
But after harnessing the force, whatever is a young padawan to do next?
Stay tuned and May The Force Be With You...

shan23877
09-12-2011, 11:18 PM
Awesome Training Academy pics! Your son must have been in heaven!

thecapells
09-12-2011, 11:32 PM
Awesome Training Academy pics! Your son must have been in heaven!

Thanks!
I think he had a good time (although he'll probably never admit it!) ;)

dawnbu40
09-13-2011, 05:11 AM
What fun! :) I'm sure he'll always remember the magic of that day!

I love how you seperated so you could get shots from every angle. Good thinking :thumbsup2

I didn't know that the Photopass had special Star Wars borders. Very cool!

thecapells
09-13-2011, 11:16 AM
What fun! :) I'm sure he'll always remember the magic of that day!

I love how you seperated so you could get shots from every angle. Good thinking :thumbsup2

I didn't know that the Photopass had special Star Wars borders. Very cool!

The separation was more out of necessity than design.
By the time J and Mom showed up, the crowd was already gathered so they slipped in where they could.
In hindsight, it worked out well as their pictures weren't whitewashed by the sun like mine were.

As for Photopass borders, I've only seen those borders for the Jedi Academy or Star Wars Weekends. :chewy:

lbuzz52
09-13-2011, 12:42 PM
I love the Jedi Academy Pics. How long is the whole "show"? I'm sure it was a very special moment for your DS.

thecapells
09-13-2011, 02:50 PM
I love the Jedi Academy Pics. How long is the whole "show"? I'm sure it was a very special moment for your DS.

It's about 20 minutes or so.
The kids practice a set maneuver several times.
The instructor has some corny jokes.
Vader comes out and fights each padawan in turn.
It's staged so the kids basically perform what they just learned.
Then a cute little bit with Yoda's presence and the retreat of the bad guys.
And then each child gets a certificate.
And you can get their Photopass pics added to your card at the front of the park later that day.

-Michael

MEK
09-13-2011, 05:54 PM
**** Applause.....Applause********

That was GREAT! Loved it! I've never seen the whole thing and that was pretty cool. Your son's pictures turned out great!!!! What a fun activity for kids. My boys would have loved that about 10 years ago. Very cool!

portobello_rd
09-13-2011, 07:13 PM
that is so awesome that he got to fight darth vader!!!!!!!!!!!!
wow.
awesome. too bad some adults dont get to do that too.
i heard that there is a photopass picture option that you can do with vader. so i guess thats as close as i can get. i leave in three days for my very first trip!

thecapells
09-13-2011, 08:11 PM
**** Applause.....Applause********

That was GREAT! Loved it! I've never seen the whole thing and that was pretty cool. Your son's pictures turned out great!!!! What a fun activity for kids. My boys would have loved that about 10 years ago. Very cool!

10 years ago?
Are you kidding?
*I* was jealous and wanted to be up there fighting Vader. :darth:
That desire transcends age! :goodvibes

that is so awesome that he got to fight darth vader!!!!!!!!!!!!
wow.
awesome. too bad some adults dont get to do that too.
i heard that there is a photopass picture option that you can do with vader. so i guess thats as close as i can get. i leave in three days for my very first trip!

If you are lucky, you can get pics with the real Vader although it's rare (but stay tuned and you might see some).
As for the photopass shot, I believe it's only during Star Wars Weekends these days.
We tried it this summer and it was really cool!
But that's for the next trip report. ;)

thecapells
09-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Before we leave that galaxy, far, far away, I had a thought.
When we arrived at the Jedi Academy I noticed that Darth Vader was actually doing a meet and greet but the line was already closed.
Since Star Tours was closed, he was meeting at the entrance to the attraction against a Star Destroyer backdrop.
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I asked the CM what his schedule for the day was and she responded that he will be back after the Jedi Academy.
That’s all I needed to hear!

So as all the parents gathered their belongings and children and headed out, I grabbed the Capells and moved to the Star Tours queue.
We waited with about 3 or 4 other smart families and then they removed the rope and we headed down the queue.
While we waited for the other families to meet the Lord of the Sith, I took one of my favorite pictures.
AT-AT Footprint! You have to love those Disney Details!
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Vader finally appeared while Stormtroopers paced the line making sure everyone was single file and orderly.
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Soon enough it was our turn.
The Empire was waiting for us and “The Empire Wants You!”
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I love these borders – it’s like those old Star Wars Bubblegum Cards I had when I was little.
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Yes, I had Star Wars Bubble Gum Cards.
You have to realize that Star Wars – the original Star Wars – was the first movie I remember seeing in the movie theatre.
I remember everything that happened and how awestruck I was leaving the theatre.
So awestruck I didn’t even care that my parents made me (a 4 ½ year old boy) sit through Grease for my sister.

We were so excited by this meet and greet that we had cameras firing from all sides.
The problem is the characters didn’t always look at the right one.
For example, here, DS was watching me instead of the Photopass photographer:
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But afterwards we got some nice shots including the cool background:
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And of course, I could not resist and had to get some shots as well.
I tried a pose where I strangled Darth Vader with the force but it didn’t come out very well.
Instead I’ll settle for the family photos, some solo shots, and then some of just the guys.
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And then, I cracked J up (I forget what I said but I think these are the first pics he actually smiled for!!

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And with that, our adventure to a galaxy far, far away came to an end.
The grumbling of our stomachs confirmed that fact.
So we headed over for our lunch ADR’s.
Come meet us under the stars!

dawnbu40
09-18-2011, 03:17 PM
How cool that you all got to meet Darth Vader after DS participatied in the Jedi Academy! I totally remember those Star Wars trading cards. My brother had them. The year the movie came out I was Princess Leia for Halloween and it is still one of my all-time favorite costumes :)

Great pictures! :thumbsup2

thecapells
09-18-2011, 03:19 PM
How cool that you all got to meet Darth Vader after DS participatied in the Jedi Academy! I totally remember those Star Wars trading cards. My brother had them. The year the movie came out I was Princess Leia for Halloween and it is still one of my all-time favorite costumes :)

Great pictures! :thumbsup2

Thanks!
Mom was too Leia for Halloween a couple of years later.
Coincidentally, I was Luke that same year - though we hadn't even met yet.
Talk about being connected by the Force...

dawnbu40
09-18-2011, 03:25 PM
Thanks!
Mom was too Leia for Halloween a couple of years later.
Coincidentally, I was Luke that same year - though we hadn't even met yet.
Talk about being connected by the Force...

Aww how cute! :)

thecapells
09-18-2011, 03:30 PM
Aww how cute! :)

Yeah - I'll have to try to dig those pictures up and scan them in.

thecapells
09-18-2011, 05:45 PM
So I was going through the rest of my notes and stumbled across X's Birthday card.
I had forgotten that the Play 'N' Dine characters presented us with a wonderful little keepsake after that breakfast.
Each character signed and decorated this cute little card to our little one:
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Just another piece of that Disney Magic.
And now, back to our story...

boxmaster
09-18-2011, 06:58 PM
And then, I cracked J up (I forget what I said but I think these are the first pics he actually smiled for!!

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Darn good question - I don't remember, either. :confused3 I would figure that it was something that was actually Star Trek related. (Since it hasn't been outright mentioned yet, for those playing at home, Mike and I fairly well embody the wars of opinion that break out between the Star Wars fanatics and the Trekkers. I am most certainly the latter, but easily take (some of) the potshots.)

Hmm... could it have been that Vader's helmet was even shinier than Picard's head? :happytv:

You get smiles from me in pics if I'm laughing, as I was. :lmao: Otherwise, it looks fake from me, so why bother? :confused3 Anyone else think that for pics?

MEK
09-20-2011, 06:53 AM
I am bumping you this morning so I can see your PP pictures when I get home tonight!!!!!! :thumbsup2

MEK
09-20-2011, 03:38 PM
Great PP pics! I knew they would be. I especially love the one of you and the kids! :thumbsup2

lbuzz52
09-22-2011, 11:58 AM
i love all the photopass pics!

thecapells
09-23-2011, 03:59 PM
I am bumping you this morning so I can see your PP pictures when I get home tonight!!!!!! :thumbsup2

We love a good bump! :goodvibes

Great PP pics! I knew they would be. I especially love the one of you and the kids! :thumbsup2

Gotta love taking shots with the Lord of the Sith!
This worked out even better as DS and I hit Star Wars Weekends this summer and were able to skip Vader's long lines. ;)

i love all the photopass pics!

Thanks so much!
We loved taking 'em!

thecapells
09-23-2011, 04:08 PM
Fighting the Empire in another galaxy definitely makes one hungry.
And what better way to have lunch that in the Hollywood Hills with the top down gazing at the stars…
…and some really bad “B” Movie Clips?
I know the rep for this place is not the best, but I’m actually a fan of their burgers.
And the kids LOVE the opportunity to both watch movies while they eat and eat in the car.
So we checked in for our 11:30 ADR at the Sci-Fi Diner.
[BTW, check out the cool UFO crashing into the restaurant's sign]
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While we waited, Uncle J took X for a ride – literally…
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When we were seated, we got to enjoy the details of this restaurant.
From the lobby, all you see is the back of the set and it is obvious with all the little details that filming is underway on the other side.
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The walls also enhance the effect when you turn the corner and are literally transported into a California Drive-In Movie Theatre!
You will literally believe you are in the 50’s complete with convertibles, roller-skating waitresses, and a sky full of gleaming stars.
We were sat in a 6-passenger convertible and each adult was paired with a little driver.
You can see how excited X was about eating in the car next to Mom!
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The kids then settled in to watch the classic “B” Movie trailers.
We’ve actually come here so much that the kids even know what trailers are next.
They especially love the Tom & Jerry cartoons and the silly news of the future.
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Appetizers were up first.
J & I split the Double Dip for Two.
X was very excited as he grabbed one off my plate.
“Ooooh. I get to eat chips in a car”
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J ordered ribs and onion rings
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Mom went with the spinach & artichoke dip followed by the beef & bleu salad which she liked very much.
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I followed my chips up with the angus bacon burger with fries and a Coke.
Like I said – one of my favorite burgers on property.
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The princess ordered a hot dog with apples, fries, and a fruit cup.
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The boys got mac & cheese with varying sides
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The desserts were yummy but hard to photograph.
Here’s a kid’s brownie sundae
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Followed by Mom’s Apple Cobbler Ice Cream concoction:
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J went with the red velvet cheesecake
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We were happy campers.
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thecapells
09-23-2011, 04:09 PM
Then it was picture time!
So I grabbed the camera and headed out.
First, some of the Capell Clan…
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And then some of those great Disney details around the restaurant:
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All in all, it was a nice, relaxing lunch and a good way for everyone to recharge.
On the way out, we posed for a couple more pictures.
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Then we were off to do something we’ve never done before!
And little X was very excited…
So for those who have been loyal readers, any guesses?

dawnbu40
09-23-2011, 05:06 PM
Glad to see an update :)

We really wanted to go to SciFi on our recent trip but couldn't get an adr. Your meal looks really good and it looks like everyone enjoyed the food and theming :goodvibes

MEK
09-23-2011, 05:25 PM
That is totally the cutest picture of you and X.

I've heard the Sci-Fi burgers are the absolute best!!!! I just ate and those desserts are very tempting.

Can I tell you that I have never once noticed the flying saucer crashing into the sign. Thanks for pointing that out!

thecapells
09-23-2011, 07:09 PM
Glad to see an update :)

We really wanted to go to SciFi on our recent trip but couldn't get an adr. Your meal looks really good and it looks like everyone enjoyed the food and theming :goodvibes

Definitely check it out next time.
It's alot of fun!!

That is totally the cutest picture of you and X.

I've heard the Sci-Fi burgers are the absolute best!!!! I just ate and those desserts are very tempting.

Can I tell you that I have never once noticed the flying saucer crashing into the sign. Thanks for pointing that out!

Believe it or not, I never noticed the UFO either.
It was only when I was writing that segment that I noticed it in the picture.
I can't believe I never saw it before! :goodvibes

And I do really like the burgers there - give 'em a shot next time!

boxmaster
09-23-2011, 07:25 PM
While we waited, Uncle J took X for a ride – literally…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo126.jpg

It's gonna be a sad day when X is finally too heavy for me to lift up and twirl around - the last of the 3 I can still do that with. (I might be able to do so with DS, if he were still willing to be subjected to that, but he never asks for that.)



J ordered ribs and onion rings
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Hey, where are the onion rings? Did I scarf them down so fast I didn't get them in the picture?

FWIW, I would recommend NOT getting the ribs. Resist the on-paper temptation, as they weren't terribly good. Go with the burger, even if you're trying as much as possible to avoid such fast food standards.



Followed by Mom’s Apple Cobbler Ice Cream concoction:
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J went with the red velvet cheesecake
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A little "inside baseball" here: the three of us struggled throughout the ENTIRE vacation to figure out how to best take the pictures of the food. :mad: One setting - too dark. Another setting - the food looked blah. (The cobbler above) Yet another setting - the food looked pretty darn good, for the portion that was distinct (the red velvet cheesecake). :cool1: Getting any of the whipped cream of vanilla ice cream parts to not be a total white-out was tough! :confused3

And it'd be one thing if it was futzing around with it at one meal, getting it right, and doing it that way thereafter. We started off with that. Didn't work. Ugh! :eek: :headache:

I never would've thought I'd be one of THOSE people who took pictures of their food before eating it. :cool1: Never say never. :cool2:

InLoveWithTheBeast
09-27-2011, 09:22 PM
I never would've thought I'd be one of THOSE people who took pictures of their food before eating it. :cool1: Never say never. :cool2:

I'll have to keep that in mind for that little project that I want to do at some point in the future, you can be talked into anything, even things you think you'll never do. :laughing:

shan23877
09-27-2011, 10:07 PM
I've never really wanted to try sci-fi (I don't really like science fiction movies or eating in the car :lmao:) but the burger and beef and bleu salad looked amazing!

thecapells
09-28-2011, 07:22 AM
I'll have to keep that in mind for that little project that I want to do at some point in the future, you can be talked into anything, even things you think you'll never do. :laughing:

Yeah, we sell J out for odd jobs.
Rate is cheap too! :rotfl:

I've never really wanted to try sci-fi (I don't really like science fiction movies or eating in the car :lmao:) but the burger and beef and bleu salad looked amazing!

Unfortunately I just read that the Sci-Fi menu was updated to remove the beef and bleu salad.
They did add two other burgers to go with my fav - a bacon double cheeseburger and a "picnic burger" which is a burger with a hot dog on it...
Not sure what to think of that but the reviews sound good...

boxmaster
09-28-2011, 10:21 PM
I'll have to keep that in mind for that little project that I want to do at some point in the future, you can be talked into anything, even things you think you'll never do. :laughing:

:duck:

:scared1: Oh, no no. :eek: THAT one ain't happenin'. (to paraphrase from :wizard: Oz) Not no way, not no how! :sad2: :faint:

thecapells
09-29-2011, 07:56 PM
We headed out from lunch and towards the Streets of America.
Around the corner, we had a special picture to take.
You see, our Princess had recently starred in her ballet class’ rendition of “Singin’ in the Rain.”
The girls were given little umbrellas to dance with and I showed our Princess a video of that famous scene in the movie.
So, of course, she had to re-enact her new favorite scene!
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From there, we arrived at our destination – Lights! Motors! Action!
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We had never seen this show and always went to Indy instead.
But with little X along and his fascination with all vehicles, we figured this was the perfect time to try this attraction.
We arrived about 1:15 for a 1:30 show and it was packed.
I quickly parked the stroller while Mom detoured to the bathrooms.
With the place filling up, J and I took the kids and entered in order to secure seats.
We came around the corner into a madhouse of people.
Guess where those Brazilian tour groups were spending their afternoon?

It was insane – swarms of people standing outside the arena and the CM’s kept herding us in.
There was NO WAY we were all going to fit in there.
Well, apparently there was.
Inside, one CM with a LOUD voice was screaming at everyone to slide down and then squashing more and more people into the arena.
We finally reached the bleachers and I was still convinced there would be no room.
But the CM kept yelling and people kept moving and sure enough we just barely got a seat.
Which means…

The phone rang and Mom was calling to tell us that the CM at the entrance would not let her in as the stadium had reached capacity.
She tried to explain that I have little ones to no avail.
She can tell you the story better but I think she was actually happy to get some time to herself.
But that’s her segment.
For everyone us, the show was about to start!
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The arena was set up exactly like Disneyland Paris where this attraction originated.
The only difference was the sights in the distance – Characters in Flight anyone?
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The show itself was actually kind of cool – a mixture of stunts and explanations about how stunt driving is done.
Very similar to the pacing of the Indy show.
First we learned about the red “hero” car.
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And then we got to see it in action!
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From spins and turns and backwards driving, it was now time for high-flying exploits!
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Afterwards the stunt driver spoke to us a bit while the crew set up for the next scene.
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And the next scene was all about Disney’s “original” stunt car – Herbie the Love Bug!
The kids just finished watching all of the Herbie movies so they were excited for this part.
First, we got to see some highlights on the screen.
Then Herbie himself came for a visit!
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After a brief visit, Herbie had to leave.
But he inadvertently headed over to the place where the crew had set up explosives.
Watch out Herbie!!!
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It was too late!
After hearing a big explosion, Herbie returned – in pieces!!
He was literally split in half and each half drove in a different direction!
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thecapells
09-29-2011, 08:00 PM
After Herbie went off to be fixed, more stunt cars made their appearance.
This time they were joined by motorcycles.
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At this point, the driver hopped out and jumped onto some netting to swing across the stream at the front of the set.
This was cool and all, but check out the background.
Look through the tunnel.
Anyone see a familiar site?
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That’s the snowspeeder from Empire Strikes Back that used to be sitting out front of Star Tours!
That shot cracked me up!

After this scene, the director called a child down and handed him a remote to one of the hero cars.
He “drove” the car around making sharp turns and stops.
However, as he concentrated on the remote, the audience was able to see that the car was really being controlled by a stunt driver.
The driver was in a cage on the side of the car and could not be seen from the original angle.
It was pretty funny.
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Next up, a stuntman was shot and fell from a building.
This is what continuous shot on your camera is made for.
Actually, the whole show is – in fact, right before the show started, I showed J how to use his.
Which also explains why we have an insane amount of pictures of this show.
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The next stunt was to light one of the actors on fire after he escaped a wreck.
This was really cool…
Well, it was actually hot but you know what I mean…
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Then, because we’d seen everything else, it was time for speedboats!
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This show had everything.
If you or your child likes vehicles, this is the place to go.
X was having a blast!
Speaking of blasts, check out the finale…
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(Doesn’t that last one look like a doggie in the cloud of smoke?)

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thecapells
09-29-2011, 08:04 PM
On the way out, J even caught a sneak peak of the plane Walt used to check out the Florida site for his new project.
Later it was used to travel back and forth between Disneyland (Los Angeles) and Walt Disney World (Florida).
Introducing, Mickey Mouse One!
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And with that, we headed out into the swarm of Brazilians to try and find Mom.
This part was not fun.
But what you may ask was Mom doing all by her lonesome?
Well, that's up to her to say...

dawnbu40
09-30-2011, 04:42 AM
Nice update! I felt like I was there :)

All the action shots are great!

Sorry mom wasn't allowed to join you but looking forward to hearing how she spent her solo time :)

thecapells
09-30-2011, 06:50 AM
Nice update! I felt like I was there :)

All the action shots are great!

Sorry mom wasn't allowed to join you but looking forward to hearing how she spent her solo time :)

Yeah, and that's only about 40 of the 800+ pictures we took of the show.
With both J and I on continuous shot, the picture count was insane.
I spent alot of time deleting most of them and keeping it to the "highlights."
And I still had over 40 shots. :sad2:

thecapells
09-30-2011, 06:54 AM
I also just noticed in the "doggy smoke" picture, the "nose" of the dog is a Hidden Mickey!! :goodvibes

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boxmaster
09-30-2011, 08:46 PM
I also just noticed in the "doggy smoke" picture, the "nose" of the dog is a Hidden Mickey!! :goodvibes

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo209a.jpg

When I'm good, I'm GOOD. :rotfl2:

More precisely, continuous shot will get you all sorts of shots you could never get otherwise. :cool1: Even if I had ever had a camera capable of that back in the day of actual FILM in the camera, no chance I'd've ever dreamt to use a continuous shot, only to waste all that expensive film. :scared1: Here, it's just a little extra room on a chip that'll be formatted that evening.

Don't forget what I think we mentioned briefly early on -- the part that was ultra-galling for Mike sifting. We didn't sync our cameras' times in advance. :rolleyes1 And, somehow, I was about an hour behind Mike and Stacey's clocks. So after we left here and even after we had our next meal, I think, on your camera, I finally "caught up" back in time to us being at the show on mine. :banana: (And so it went for the entire 9 days. This went undiscovered during the trip.)

Multi-camera DIS'ers, beware: sync your cameras' clocks as closely as possible to save yourself the aggravation, especially if one or more of you go hog-wild on continuous shot. :laughing:

TheCapellsMom
10-01-2011, 01:56 PM
So, my DH left off when I made the serious mistake of heading to the Ladies Room just outside the entrance to the Lights Motor Action show.
I was thinking how I had a huge drink with lunch and I would hate to have to get up and go half way through the show.
Well, by the time I got out of the Ladies Room, the front gates to the LMA Stunt Show were closed.
I tried explaining to the CM that my husband and little kids were already inside.
I even tried playing the “mommy card."
I said I was really worried about my little guy getting scared during the show and I was planning to hold him in my lap for the whole thing.
The CM was really very nice about it but he would not/could not let me in.
He suggested that my husband bring the little guy out to wait with me if the show would be too scary for him.
So, I finally gave up and decided to take advantage of the rare bit of kid-free time I was getting.
I took a mellow stroll around the whole Streets of America area checking out all of the little details that I usually breeze past when I am in a hurry to get somewhere.

So, I found this cute little shop- I just love the name!
Do you think that’s spelled with a Brooklyn accent? Or a Bronx accent?
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Then I noticed how awesome this newsstand looks- VERY realistic! From a distance it totally looked real.
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Upon closer inspection I noticed that the newspapers had actual articles about Disney movies printed on them.
This one is about “Steamboat Willie.”
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The other paper had a front page article about how the movie “UP” had a blockbuster weekend.
Obviously the painting had been done fairly recently (or at least this part was updated recently).
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Finally, I decided to head back towards the LMA Stunt Show entrance/exit.
When I was looking for a street sign to get my bearings, I found this one. Looks like Mickey is trying to find his way around DHS too!
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I also took some pics of the Muppets area of the park.
Apparently, DH sorted those pics into a folder with the Muppets attraction so you don’t get to see them now. SORRY!
I wasn’t sure when the show would be ending exactly, but I eventually headed back to the street right outside of the Stunt Show- and it was jam packed!
Yup, you guessed it- Brazilian Tour Groups!
Well, the red group and the orange group were effectively blocking the entire road outside of the exit.
Since I didn’t want to fight my way through their crowds I chose a spot on the sidewalk across the street.
There I sat down leaning against a tree, and closed my eyes for a power nap.
When the family finally emerged from the show, there were a few thousand Brazilians between them and me.
They called on my cell and I told them to take their time getting out, use the restrooms, take photos in front of the LMA sign, etc.
When the crowd cleared a little bit, they headed in my general direction but I had to direct them by phone:
“See the 3rd lamppost from the corner? Look past that to the 2nd tall tree...” and so on.
It was tedious and time consuming and VERY frustrating!

This whole afternoon just served as a reminder that I NEVER want to go to WDW when the crowd levels are high!!!

dawnbu40
10-01-2011, 04:40 PM
I'm sorry your solo time was dampened by the tour groups but at least you got to take some great pictures and sneak in a power nap :thumbsup2

boxmaster
10-01-2011, 09:53 PM
Do you think that’s spelled with a Brooklyn accent? Or a Bronx accent?
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Brooklyn, all the way!:cool1:


Upon closer inspection I noticed that the newspapers had actual articles about Disney movies printed on them.
This one is about “Steamboat Willie.”
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Curious. :confused3 Is there a particular reason why the headline is lisping? It looks like it's saying "WEMEMBERING THE CLASSICS!" :goodvibes

I wasn’t sure when the show would be ending exactly, but I eventually headed back to the street right outside of the Stunt Show- and it was jam packed!
Yup, you guessed it- Brazilian Tour Groups!

And, as I think was commented on at least once during the trip, it seemed like there were a bazillion Brazilian tour groups. :lmao:

thecapells
10-08-2011, 03:31 PM
So where were we?
Oh yeah – J and I attempting to wade through a sea of Brazilian tour groups to find my wife as she guided us on her cell phone.
It really was insane – you could not see anything in that courtyard.
You basically had to “go with the flow” or be stampeded.
I saw a section just about smack into the side of Herbie’s Drive-In.

But we finally found Mom and tried to wait out the crest of the wave of people.
The problem was what to do next?
We needed to go to where the people were not going.
My schedule suggested we go hang with Mike and Sully at their meet and greet.
I ran over to scout it out.
Nope – lines stretched all the way around the corner.
Maybe we can bide our time in the playground.
I figured the Brazilians were too old to jam that up.
The kids headed to the restroom and I went ahead with the stroller to park it.
I parked it and waited for the crew to return at the entrance to Honey I Shrunk the Kids Adventure.
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And there I saw something I couldn’t believe.
A line.
A line to get into a playground.
Are you kidding me!?!!?!?!
There was even a sign suggesting a 10 minute wait.
FOR A ***!$##@@?? PLAYGROUND!

Everyone finally caught up to me and we debated what to do next.
Our dinner ADR’s were fast approaching (we had very early ADR’s due to our Fantasmic! Dinner package).
Finally, we decided to head towards dinner and do something in that direction.
Which brings us to the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational attraction in the park.
Welcome to Muppet*Vision 3-D!
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According to Fozzy, we had to Walka-Walka this way…
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But first, some area shots.
I love Gonzo hanging off the hands of the clock…
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Dr. Bunsen Honeydew I presume?
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One drama queen posing with another.
They could be twins!
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Another detail I hadn’t noticed before.
Rizzo left his paw prints as a signature to his place:
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And then an example of the 3-D effects you’ll see inside.
Courtesy of Mom’s favorite – Sweet Ums!
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Of course, Waldorf and Statler have to have their say before we can enter.
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These I just noticed this trip.
For the first time in my life, we were directed to the outside part of the queue.
And if you look on top of the wall, you’ll see some interesting plants.
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As you continue through the queue, the plants aren’t quite plants anymore.
Ummm, is that ice cream???
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Continuing through the queue, apparently someone got hungry.
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There are plenty of little details all around the outside of the building
Random muppetty-type things decorated the queue.
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I was very excited when reached the “World’s First Experimental Line.”
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It was quite an experience…
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Then came the famous Muppet Movie Poster parodies like only the Muppets can do…
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This one is my favorite!
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As is this one…
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Even the pipes looked muppet-ish…
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thecapells
10-08-2011, 03:35 PM
Finally we reached the inside of the building.
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And the infamous security checkpoint.
Back in 5 minutes!
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Luckily, we knew where the key was!
Still one of my favorite details…
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Just in case you were wondering.
Don’t go this way…
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“This Door Is Not a Door”
Like that sign isn’t tempting…
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And it’s always important to “Stay Ahead of the Times”
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When the drama queens in your life become “directors”, this is what happens…
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It’s always fun to wander the pre-show area here.
I find something I haven’t seen before every single time…
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Leftovers from the finale…
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Sam the Eagle preps his “Salute to All Nations, but Mostly America”
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Not really sure what’s going on in this one but it’s Gonzo, so you’re probably not supposed to understand…
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Rizzo’s best Mickey impersonation…
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The good ol’ Jim Henson Muppet
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The doors opened shortly and we headed into the theatre.
We were ready to go!
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As usual, it was a great show.
Happily, everything was working this time.
On my last trip, Swedish Chef wasn’t working and the explosions weren’t working right.
But we got to enjoy it all this time around.
On the way out, Beaker didn’t look so happy…
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And the Electric Mayhem was already looking for a new gig!
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So was Rizzo – ummm, Ricky…
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And Fozzie…
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We love this show.
It’s a must do every trip as the Muppets are just a blast.
I’m not fond of that silly 3-D gag character but I grew up with the Muppets.
And we’ve made sure our kids have to as we watch the movies and old TV shows all the time.
It makes me wonder how much better this section of the park could’ve been if Disney signed that deal with Jim Henson before he died.
For those who don’t know the story, a deal was on the table to turn this section of what was then Disney’s MGM Studios into Muppet Studios.
Next to Muppetvision was supposed to be a 2nd Muppet attraction – the Great Muppet Movie Ride.
It would be the same concept as the Great Movie Ride except here the Muppets would be acting out different movies.
From what I understand, the guest would see some behind the scenes stuff as the Muppets scrambled to get scenes ready as well as the “on-stage” stuff.
In addition, Mama Melrose would be Gonzo’s crazy restaurant.
Swedish Chef would make all the dishes and you’d be able to see him in the back probably chasing chickens with a hatchet.
In addition, throughout the meal, you’d hear bits and pieces of the insanity going on in the kitchen – muppet-style.
Gonzo would then send the food out to you via trains that circled the restaurant.
My guess is that they would be driven by Rizzo and his friends.
It would be mayhem – which is exactly what you'd expect from the Muppets.
I would’ve loved to see all that.
Alas, it was not to be.

So, with our Muppet fix behind us, there’s only one real choice of things to do upon exiting this attraction.
Can anyone guess what that might be?

dawnbu40
10-08-2011, 06:19 PM
I always think of you guys when we do Muppetvision :goodvibes

I didn't know all that Muppet trivia. Those plans would have been really cool if they had come to be!

The picture of the kids in their glasses is too cute :)

thecapells
10-08-2011, 06:58 PM
I always think of you guys when we do Muppetvision :goodvibes

I didn't know all that Muppet trivia. Those plans would have been really cool if they had come to be!

The picture of the kids in their glasses is too cute :)

Hmmm - does that mean we remind you of Muppets?
Or do the Muppets remind you of us? :goodvibes

dawnbu40
10-08-2011, 07:23 PM
Hmmm - does that mean we remind you of Muppets?
Or do the Muppets remind you of us? :goodvibes

:lmao: I just know how much you like them :)

thecapells
10-09-2011, 10:32 PM
:lmao: I just know how much you like them :)

We are definitely a family full of Muppet fans.
Even J is a long-time Muppet-lover!!

boxmaster
10-11-2011, 09:31 PM
We are definitely a family full of Muppet fans.
Even J is a long-time Muppet-lover!!

Bork Bork Bork! :happytv:

MEK
10-15-2011, 07:23 AM
Wow...all I can say is WOW - you really know how to photograph the muppet queue like nobody's business. :worship: I have never noticed about 3/4 of those things. I am now officially on a mission to photograph that queue.

So glad I stopped by this morning, even though I got hopelessly behind again.

And the kids - they are so darn cute, as always!

thecapells
10-15-2011, 01:49 PM
Wow...all I can say is WOW - you really know how to photograph the muppet queue like nobody's business. :worship: I have never noticed about 3/4 of those things. I am now officially on a mission to photograph that queue.

So glad I stopped by this morning, even though I got hopelessly behind again.

And the kids - they are so darn cute, as always!

And that's just the stuff I didn't take pictures of before. :goodvibes
I would definitely argue that the queue and pre-show of Muppets is one of the most detailed areas in Walt Disney World.
I find something new every time we go...

thecapells
10-15-2011, 10:30 PM
When you head down the ramp from MuppetVision 3-D, you can hear a revving of engines.
Looking immediately to your right at the end of the ramp, there is no mistaking the sight.
There one can find (or one used to be able to find as I hear it’s changed), Casa della Tires.
Straight out of the movie Cars, Lightning McQueen is parked with his new best friend Mater outside of Luigi’s establishment.
And once X sees his favorite Disney characters, there is no questioning what is next on our list.
Needless to say, we headed straight for the queue.
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Not quite the leaning tower of tires seen in the movie, but here’s a cute detail nonetheless…
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And, in case you wondering, here’s a sure sign of knowing where you are.
Welcome to Radiator Springs!
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Apparently we even picked the right day.
Lightning and Mater were here obviously for the sale Luigi was having…
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X was literally bouncing up and down as he caught site of Mater from the queue.
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Finally, it was our turn and he literally ran to see his heroes.
First he actually petted Lightning and then ran back and forth between the two having the time of his life.
It was actually hard to get him to look at the camera and not the cars.
And I can’t really blame him…
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Luckily there’s a Photopass photographer present at this Meet and Greet.
And that means we can add fun borders to the occasion.
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I was actually surprised that there was no special Cars-themed borders though.
So, I found a logo on the internet and cropped it into some of the pics myself.

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The problem is when it is time to say “good-bye” to these characters.
X literally breaks down and cries.
Everytime.
So, much like we did last time, we hopped on-line again.
And X visited his friends one more time.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo267.jpg

This time leaving wasn’t as traumatic but he still wasn’t happy.
He could probably stay here all day long.
But we had lots more fun in store for our day at Hollywood Studios.
And now it’s “time to get things started.”
Stay tuned…

dawnbu40
10-16-2011, 05:12 AM
Finding your own border? Very creative :thumbsup2 I never would have thought of that.

I love how excited X looks! Great pics :)

Could you be headed to the Muppet store?

MEK
10-16-2011, 06:11 AM
I absolutely love seeing the happy smiles of children in Radiator Springs. I know my boys would have adored those cars characters had the movie come our ten years earlier. This summer my 4 nephews will be traveling with us and the youngest is 5. I can't wait to see what he gravitates towards.

I never get tired of seeing pix of your children. So cute!!!!!

thecapells
10-16-2011, 07:32 PM
Finding your own border? Very creative :thumbsup2 I never would have thought of that.

I love how excited X looks! Great pics :)

Could you be headed to the Muppet store?

Congratulations!
Someone's been paying attention!
We are definitely off to the Stage 1 Company Store before we grab a bite to eat.
2 points for Dawn! :goodvibes

thecapells
10-16-2011, 07:33 PM
I absolutely love seeing the happy smiles of children in Radiator Springs. I know my boys would have adored those cars characters had the movie come our ten years earlier. This summer my 4 nephews will be traveling with us and the youngest is 5. I can't wait to see what he gravitates towards.

I never get tired of seeing pix of your children. So cute!!!!!

Thanks so much for the kind words.
Our little tikes definitely keep us busy.
You'll have a blast this summer with nephews!!

boxmaster
10-17-2011, 09:19 PM
The problem is when it is time to say “good-bye” to these characters.
X literally breaks down and cries.
Everytime.
So, much like we did last time, we hopped on-line again.
And X visited his friends one more time.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo267.jpg


It was a fair bit easier this time 'round, I'd wager. Do recall that when we were all a decent chunk of the way through the line the first time around, I actually got out of place and went to the back of the line, to save a space for Xander once he was finished with his first time through. It wasn't that much extra time on line, given the timing.

:cool1:

thecapells
10-27-2011, 07:48 PM
We still had some time to kill before our extremely early dinner ADR – the one with problem with the Fantasmic! Dinner Package is the dinner times are sooooo early!!
First off, we decided to explore the immediate area a bit.
There’s some great Muppet gags scattered around here if you know where to look…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo270.jpg

The recurring motif of the area is that the muppets were apparently painting and knocked over most of the paint.
You’ll see it in lots of places just splattered around.
Check for footprints, handprints, and other things that might indicate who was there…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo271.jpg

Then there’s the larger-than-life frog himself.
We always stop to take a picture here.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo272.jpg

Followed by some more paint…
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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo274.jpg

And some interesting cannisters left in the corner.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo275.jpg

Then we decided to shop a bit and explore one of our favorite stores – the Stage One Company Store.
The entire store is made up of props from the Muppet movies complete with Muppet-style pranks with all the fun signs.
So let’s start the tour…
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And then, my favorite set of sign gags.
The kids love this one too – follow along everyone across one of the walls…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo278.jpg

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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo280.jpg

And then the randomness ensues.
Yes, it gets even worse (these are the Muppets after all)…
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Don’t forget the subtlety!
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Remember this set?
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And then our Princess got into the Diva act…
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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo291.jpg

X wasn’t as happy being green…
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Now, back to the scenery.
Here’s some with good ol’ reliable Rizzo…
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thecapells
10-27-2011, 07:50 PM
Before we left, we ended up buying the huge 2011 Matchbox box and matching airplane for X (you'll see the picture later).
It was his birthday after all and he deserved a keepsake.
With the little guy thrilled, we headed outside for some more Muppet Mayhem.
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I love this one.
It’s a target on the floor for when the Muppets decide to drop things on your head.
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Finally, our tour was over.
It was time to have some dinner – but that story is for next time…

thecapells
10-27-2011, 07:55 PM
Sorry I haven't posted in some time.
This past week has been crazy as we try to fit in soccer games that were rescheduled due to rain.
In addition to all that, we've been prepping for Halloween - yes, we are that family who gets dressed up all together!
And then there was Princess' birthday!
She turned 7 on October 19th (which a little birdie tells me will be an important day next year as well!)
party: :bday:

And then there's the small issue of us DOING THE SINGLE DIGIT DANCE!!!
Yup, we are headed to the World next Friday and the kids don't even know yet!
I can't believe we've been able to keep it a secret.
They're gonna die when they find out!!! :goodvibes
Needless to say, we've been trying to pack in our spare time so the kids wouldn't see and gather all the things we need.
It's gonna be a long trip and we'll be driving so there's lots of planning to be done!
However, I do vow to keep posting until we leave and hope to have a couple more segments up by then!

dawnbu40
10-28-2011, 05:47 AM
What a fun update! That store has so much to see! You got some pictures of things I'd never noticed :thumbsup2

Enjoy Halloween weekend! Do we get a hint on your costumes or a family picture?

Oct 19th will always be an important day in both our families! :goodvibes Caitlin loves that she and your princess will share a special day.

I am so impressed that you've been able to keep your trip a secret! It can't be easy!

PrincessCaitlin
10-28-2011, 07:03 AM
Happy Birthday to the Princess!!!!

Yay for single digit dancing :woohoo::woohoo:

HilJoy14
10-28-2011, 10:15 AM
Thanks for sharing all the pictures of the muppets area. We never take time to just look at things like that! (Although maybe we can soon, since we're hoping to get annual passes and are now living only two hours away!)

I can't believe you've been able to keep the trip a secret from the kids! Have an amazing time!!!

thecapells
10-28-2011, 12:29 PM
What a fun update! That store has so much to see! You got some pictures of things I'd never noticed :thumbsup2

Enjoy Halloween weekend! Do we get a hint on your costumes or a family picture?

Oct 19th will always be an important day in both our families! :goodvibes Caitlin loves that she and your princess will share a special day.

I am so impressed that you've been able to keep your trip a secret! It can't be easy!

Yes, we'll be thinking of you guys when we crown her 8 Years Old! :goodvibes

We did "Boo at the Zoo" last weekend to test out the costumes and I think they came out well.
We can post pictures after Monday if we can get a good group shot.
Although I must warn you, we deviated from Disney in our costume choice and went with a certain wizard also found in Orlando...

Happy Birthday to the Princess!!!!

Yay for single digit dancing :woohoo::woohoo:

We are very excited!!
And I will pass on the birthday wishes from one princess to another! princess:

Thanks for sharing all the pictures of the muppets area. We never take time to just look at things like that! (Although maybe we can soon, since we're hoping to get annual passes and are now living only two hours away!)

I can't believe you've been able to keep the trip a secret from the kids! Have an amazing time!!!

We could spend hours over there - we literally find new details either in the store, the queue, or in the courtyard every time we visit.
As for keeping a secret from the kids - it's been tough.
Our current plan is to start leaving clues on Monday.
I'll update the TR with our progress!

thecapells
10-30-2011, 03:28 PM
The Muppet Mayhem seems to continue as you head around the corner.
I can’t otherwise explain this picture…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo302a.jpg

But that’s where we were headed.
It turns out we’re not very fond of the dining choices at Hollywood Studios.
We like Sci-Fi and Play ‘N’ Dine is fine for breakfast, but there’s no real other choice.
Until we found Mama Melrose.
On our last trip, we tried it and were pleasantly surprised.
So this time, we decided to go with the Fantasmic! Dinner Package here and let J experience it.
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We checked in and wandered the lobby.
DS even found a hidden Mickey in the dalmation statue!
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After a slight delay, we were seated.
We were placed right next to the kitchen.
And it was hot.
Not because we were next to the kitchen, but because the place’s air conditioning must have broken.
It was so bad in there that I literally developed a headache before our food arrived.
And that wasn’t so hard as it took FOREVER for the food to arrive.
We actually had to complain several times and were about to walk out when it took more than 45 minutes for dessert to arrive.
I have never experienced a Disney restaurant this bad before.
Which is sad because we really enjoyed it last time.
And even more so since the rest of our day was now ruined.
Spending 2 hours for dinner eliminated the chance for us to squeeze some more attractions in before Fantasmic!
But, before we move on, here’s what was on the menu.
Honestly, I couldn’t enjoy mine since I was sweating and had a migrane from the heat but it may have been good…

Mom had the Chicken Pipette but substituted shrimp.
She said the shrimp were great but she detested the veggies and the sauce.
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I had the chicken parmigiana with a cesar salad.
I had heard good things about this simple dish here and was very excited to try it but I barely had a bite since I felt so ill by the time it arrived.
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J went with the chicken flatbread and a cesar salad.
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The kids each got pizza.
Sides ranged from a fruit cup to yogurt to just plain strawberries.
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For dessert, we ordered the chocolate meatballs to go.
Yes, I did say chocolate meatballs – more on that later.
Outside we tried to cheer up (that is, Mom tried to get me in a better mood since I was fuming) so we posed for some pictures.
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Then we decided to split up.
I had to swing by the photo shop on Hollywood Boulevard to get the Jedi Academy pictures added to our Photopass account.
So Mom took J, X, and Princess and headed out to Sunset Boulevard slowly.
I grabbed DS and we took off quickly.
With one minor detour – I was so excited for the upcoming Star Tours 2!!
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We finally arrived, found the pics of DS (which you saw earlier) and added them to our account.
Then we ran over to Sunset Boulevard to meet the rest of the crew.
It was getting close to Fantasmic! Time and that would definitely cheer me up!

dawnbu40
10-30-2011, 03:41 PM
I'm so sorry to hear what a lousy experience you had a MM! I hope Fantasmic saved the day! :goodvibes

thecapells
10-30-2011, 03:49 PM
I'm so sorry to hear what a lousy experience you had a MM! I hope Fantasmic saved the day! :goodvibes

Yeah, it was disappointing.
But Fantasmic always makes things better!
Stay tuned!!

boxmaster
10-30-2011, 09:11 PM
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo286.jpg

It truly is amazing just how RIGHT this sign actually is. :happytv: Having worked for a TV show, I can attest to how #4 always seemed to come into play, no matter how accurate I was able to get things for the writers, as the actors and producers were always mucking around with things. :lmao: :banana:

boxmaster
10-30-2011, 09:30 PM
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo304.jpg


Clearly, none of us paid particular attention to the sign above the restaurant, let alone realized that it referenced lots of things inside: the air conditioning, the food, the waitress... :lmao:



We actually had to complain several times and were about to walk out when it took more than 45 minutes for dessert to arrive.

...

J went with the chicken flatbread and a cesar salad.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo307.jpg
It was quite tasty. I was very glad that I went with this pseudo-pizza. :thumbsup2 Shame it took so long, though. :mad:


For dessert, we ordered the chocolate meatballs to go.
Yes, I did say chocolate meatballs – more on that later.

A preview, though, of what happens to dessert when you get so fed up with them and tell them that you want it to go. Any guesses at to what this, my dessert, was actually supposed to be? :confused3

http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa403/boxmaster2/Disney%20Day%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo318.jpg

At least the chocolate meatballs Mike referenced above were presented in a much better manner, as you'll see.

MEK
11-02-2011, 01:29 PM
I'm all caught up (except for pictures).

Happy Belated Birthday to your pretty little princess. I actually still remember my 7th birthday because I felt so "old". If only I knew. :rotfl:

Sorry Mama Melrose stunk. I have eaten there several times and its always been good, plus I like the interior of the restaurant. But the experience you had makes me question whether I would ever return. I know you aren't the first person to have a bad meal/service there.

I agree that those Fantasmic Dinner Package meals are ridiculously early. I just stopped doing fantasmic all together. I am taking my nephews this summer. Hmmm .....I wonder if we will have to do it again.

So - planning a new trip??? When are you leaving?

MEK
11-02-2011, 04:21 PM
Love all the muppet pics! And the kids - well you know I adore them! Although X doesn't look so happy in his hat pose!

thecapells
11-02-2011, 09:15 PM
I'm all caught up (except for pictures).

Happy Belated Birthday to your pretty little princess. I actually still remember my 7th birthday because I felt so "old". If only I knew. :rotfl:

Sorry Mama Melrose stunk. I have eaten there several times and its always been good, plus I like the interior of the restaurant. But the experience you had makes me question whether I would ever return. I know you aren't the first person to have a bad meal/service there.

I agree that those Fantasmic Dinner Package meals are ridiculously early. I just stopped doing fantasmic all together. I am taking my nephews this summer. Hmmm .....I wonder if we will have to do it again.

So - planning a new trip??? When are you leaving?

It was surprising as we really liked Mama Melrose the previous trip.
We'll go back again and see which one shows up next time.

As for the the new trip - ummmmm.
We leave FRIDAY!!!!!
And the kids don't know about it yet!!!
We left some clues yesterday and today but I don't think they've caught on yet.
Should be fun picking them up from school on Friday and driving south!

Love all the muppet pics! And the kids - well you know I adore them! Although X doesn't look so happy in his hat pose!

Yeah, X didn't like the strap from the Kermit ears.
And hopefully we'll have some more Muppet goodies to share when we get back next week!
:cool1:

MEK
11-03-2011, 07:56 AM
As for the the new trip - ummmmm.
We leave FRIDAY!!!!!
And the kids don't know about it yet!!!
We left some clues yesterday and today but I don't think they've caught on yet.
Should be fun picking them up from school on Friday and driving south!





:woohoo: Woohoo! I got the feeling you were leaving soon, but tomorrow! :cheer2: That is so great and what a wonderful surprise for the kids. I hope you have a wonderful trip! I can't wait to read all about your latest adventure! popcorn::

Curoly06
11-03-2011, 09:33 PM
Just joined the boards, but I'm a huge fan of your TRs! Hope you guys have a great time at Disney! Can't wait to read about it later on :0)

thecapells
11-03-2011, 11:01 PM
Just joined the boards, but I'm a huge fan of your TRs! Hope you guys have a great time at Disney! Can't wait to read about it later on :0)

We are very excited!
We're just about packed and the kids don't know yet but have suspicions something Disney is happening tomorrow.
They just don't know what!

thecapells
11-18-2011, 08:41 AM
We're back and I'm struggling to catch up with everything!
We had a great time and now I'm several TR's behind again so I better get back to it!
My goal is to have some updates up this weekend and then a bunch more over the Turkey Day Holiday.
So stay tuned!!

SimplyGoofy
11-18-2011, 11:36 AM
I hope you had a great time!

Looking forward to the updates... popcorn::

thecapells
11-21-2011, 08:32 AM
I hope you had a great time!

Looking forward to the updates... popcorn::

We had a blast as usual.
But now I'm even FURTHER behind on my reports! :confused3
I hope to have a new segment up tonite!

thecapells
11-23-2011, 10:54 PM
Sorry for the delay.
Things have been very hectic and we had a minor family emergency.
Everything is okay now and I have a segment all ready for you.
So without further delay, let's go see Fantasmic!

thecapells
11-23-2011, 10:57 PM
Okay, so where were we?
DS and I had just added his Jedi Academy pics to Photopass.
And now we were heading over to meet the rest of the gang on Sunset Boulevard.
We stopped at the restrooms near the entrance to Fantasmic! and then all backtracked to the special new Dinner Package entrance.
It was about 30 minutes before showtime and there were plenty of seats left in our reserved section.
Now I know there are lots of complaints about this section as it is off to the side and when the princess boats float in front of you, they are no longer lit and the wrong music is playing.
Oh, and you can see backstage somewhat.
But I’ll trade in those negatives in order to relax at dinner (usually), not worry about getting a seat, and wait less than 30 minutes for the show each and every time.
And, as you can see, our view was not bad at all…
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo314a.jpg

And if we hadn’t been on the Fantasmic Dinner Package! we would have to contend with this:
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo315.jpg

So we settled in and began to eat our dessert.
Remember those Chocolate Meatballs?
Well, here they are.
They literally were a Chocolatey meatball on what looked like spaghetti sitting on a cupcake.
Very, very odd.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo319.jpg

J had his Tiramisu but that was all melty by now and not as good.
Nevertheless, once of my favorite shows was about to start so we all cuddled up in our Disney jackets and sweatshirts (it was a little chilly) and prepared for the show!
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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo317.jpg

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo318.jpg

And then….
IMAGINATION!
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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo321.jpg

Watch Out Mickey!!
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo324.jpg

And then my favorite part.
Enter Maleficient the Dragon!
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http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Two/Disney2011DayTwo326.jpg

But Brave Little Mickey can use imagination as well!
Cue the water jets!
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It’s such a great show and I love the idea of animation on water screens (yes, I can’t wait to get out to California to see World of Color one of these days).

Then the finale.
And who better than to be driving the cavalcade of Disney characters than Steamboat Willie!
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And how about some sparklers?!!?!?
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“Some Imagination, huh?”

portobello_rd
11-24-2011, 07:40 PM
i liked fantasmic. its fun, and the pictures on the water were awesome.
we did not do the dinner package but were able to get front middle section area seating. it wasn't full.
what were the noodles made of with your chocolate meatball?
just looks and sounds odd. :laughing:

thecapells
11-24-2011, 08:36 PM
i liked fantasmic. its fun, and the pictures on the water were awesome.
we did not do the dinner package but were able to get front middle section area seating. it wasn't full.
what were the noodles made of with your chocolate meatball?
just looks and sounds odd. :laughing:

Yeah, the chocolate meatball and spaghetti was very disconcerting.
While the meatball was chocolate, the spaghetti was strands of white frosting or icing or something similar.
Very weird - even moreso since we had it in "to go" boxes.

thecapells
11-24-2011, 08:49 PM
After Fantasmic, we realized the park was still open for Evening Extra Magic Hours and I still owed DS his turn on Toy Story Mania.
So we decided to split up – Mom and J would take DD and X to Voyage of the Little Mermaid while I would veer off with DS.
Mom and J will fill you in on the adventures from their side – there was a bit of a miscommunication.

As for us, we headed towards Pixar Place.
On the way, however, I wanted to show DS Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian.
We had just finished reading the first three books in the series and I knew this would soon be gone so I wanted him to take a peak at the Stone Table.
They don't allow pictures inside so I got some outside of Aslan's How.
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After our trip to Aslan’s How, we headed to Pixar Place for our long-awaited 3-D Adventure!
I LOVE the details in here – so much to see!
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We had fun as usual and I won (as usual).
It is funny how DS aims much more and is more precise with his shots.
(You can see how much better his accuracy is on our scores)
I just let loose and fire as many times as humanly possible.
The carpal tunnel in my wrist is not happy with me afterwards.

Anyway, I don’t see the fascination with this one.
It’s basically just a big video game.
Yes, it’s better than Buzz but I don’t think it’s worth a stampede at park opening.
Toy Story Mania is no Soarin’, that’s for sure.
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On the way out, Pixar Place was empty.
So I thought we could check out some details across the street at “Hey Howdy Hey!”
The CM there even let us behind the ropes to take pics of whatever we wanted!!
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DS’s favorite detail in Pixar Place is Andy’s map of the area.
Basically, Andy lays out the entirety of Pixar Place explaining where the troops are, where the secret decoder is, and where the recon position is.
It’s actually a pretty cute little detail.
And if you follow the map, everything is in its place (and what the characters are doing makes a little more sense).
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MEK
11-25-2011, 05:17 AM
Hope your most recent trip was great!

The whole chocolate meatball and spaghetti thing is a little odd, for sure.

Really cute pictures of everyone at Fantasmic.

I have to agree with you that TSM is NOT worth the stampede. Nevertheless, I will stampede in December because my son has never ridden it and I will let him decide for himself.

I never noticed those spoons before. Cute.

boxmaster
11-25-2011, 12:20 PM
Definitely a great show. I'm pretty sure this was my first time watching it. (Did it exist in nearly this fashion ~1995 the only prior time I had gone to then-MGM Studios?)

Hey, Mike, any chance you can take a few still shots from the video(s) I took of the on-water animation during the show? (The full video(s) are probably a bit too long to post as is.)

boxmaster
11-25-2011, 01:21 PM
After Fantasmic, we realized the park was still open for Evening Extra Magic Hours and I still owed DS his turn on Toy Story Mania.
So we decided to split up – Mom and J would take DD and X to Voyage of the Little Mermaid while I would veer off with DS.
Mom and J will fill you in on the adventures from their side – there was a bit of a miscommunication.

Yes, there was definitely a bit of miscommunication. Largely stemming from the fact that it was unclear to us whether Mike and DS would be attempting to make their way back to meet up with us or not, and there being no phone call forthcoming when we were getting close to the time we'd have to head on into the show from the initial staging area.

After waiting on the outer line for a relatively short time, the four of us entered the staging area for the show. Slowly but surely, the place was filling up. Stacey and I didn't really know what the deal was with Mike and DS, and after long, there was going to be no way we'd be able to have a reasonable line of sight to them if they did arrive. So, I made my way from near the front by the doors into the show to the door at the back of the staging area, cell phone in hand, looking in both directions to see if I could catch a glimpse of the wayward vagabonds. Any calls that Mike made to either of us never managed to get to our phones. :confused3

While I waited in the back, I caught a glimpse of a detail most people likely just stream on past:
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And, clearly DD and X were a little on the bored side waiting inside this room that didn't have anything interactive going on. :love: So, they chose :rolleyes1 a different kind of interaction:
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Eventually, I gave up on Mike and DS making their way to this show (good thing I did) and worked my way back through the then-packed room over to where Stacey, DD, and X were. A few more minutes and in we went into the show.

thecapells
11-25-2011, 01:59 PM
Hope your most recent trip was great!

The whole chocolate meatball and spaghetti thing is a little odd, for sure.

Really cute pictures of everyone at Fantasmic.

I have to agree with you that TSM is NOT worth the stampede. Nevertheless, I will stampede in December because my son has never ridden it and I will let him decide for himself.

I never noticed those spoons before. Cute.

Yeah, I definitely want the kids to get a chance at it, but I'd rather head over to Star Tours with no lines. :darth:

Definitely a great show. I'm pretty sure this was my first time watching it. (Did it exist in nearly this fashion ~1995 the only prior time I had gone to then-MGM Studios?)

Hey, Mike, any chance you can take a few still shots from the video(s) I took of the on-water animation during the show? (The full video(s) are probably a bit too long to post as is.)

Fantasmic! has been there for some time but probably not in '95.
I know back in 1993, I saw it's predecessor "Splashtacular" in Epcot.

As for the videos, I'll see what I can do.


Eventually, I gave up on Mike and DS making their way to this show (good thing I did) and worked my way back through the then-packed room over to where Stacey, DD, and X were. A few more minutes and in we went into the show.

In our defense, DS and I called on the cell phones several times.
Apparently the Voyage of the Little Mermaid staging area has lead walls or something preventing Mom from getting a signal.

thecapells
11-27-2011, 07:13 PM
On the way out of Toy Story Mania, I called again but no answer.
(See? I was trying...)

Assuming the gang was still in Voyage of the Little Mermaid, I decided to check out One Man’s Dream with DS.
DS had never been in here before and was finally showing some interest.
And I wanted to see the new revamp of the area.
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Remember - it was All Started By a Mouse.
Well, here's Walt in a famous picture with that mouse.
Oh, and who's that with them?
Looks like a brilliant, young, up-and-coming Imagineer!
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DUMBO!!!
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A replica of the Nautilus!
I loved that ride as a kid!!!
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The original Abe Lincoln audio animatronic…
DS was fascinated by this.
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But me, I ran over to the new case with my old favorite.
The Original Figment!
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And Dreamfinder’s contraption!
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Along with the robot butler from Horizons…
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And the cast of Kitchen Kabaret – another old favorite!
“Veggie, veggie, fruit, fruit! Veggie, fruit, fruit!”
Author’s Note: My kids now sing that song since I’ve talked about it so much and played them the audio!
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In the back are the cool models of the different parks.
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Along with the original Tron helmet!!
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And the new D23 room which I was really excited to see.
Looks kinda like my office (or at least I wish it did!)
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And a recent tribute to Epic Mickey – which we are hooked on at home!
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Looking to the future, here’s some pieces of the New Fantasyland…
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After that, we met the gang on a bench near the Sorcerer’s Hat and headed out for the evening.
But not before Mom spotted a last Hidden Mickey on the trim of a building on Hollywood Boulevard.
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And, of course, our nightly Photopass shots…
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Then we hopped the bus but left J behind to enjoy some of Hollywood Studios on his own since it was an Extra Magic Hour Evening.
But that’s his story.
We tucked the kids in with their Disney PJ's (of course) and gave them each a present for the night.
DS has been collecting Disney Racers so he wanted the Donald Racer.
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As you may recall, X was busting in the Muppets gift shop for a 2011 bus so that’s what he got…
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And our princess got a teaser of what was to come for tomorrow.
An Animal Kingdom Barbie doll…
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But before we can head into the jungles of Day Three, J did some exploring on his own.
Take it away J!

boxmaster
11-27-2011, 08:20 PM
Having split with the “weak-stomached” for the remainder of the evening, I had a few hours to myself, to go at my own pace, including going on my favorite ride from my first foray down to MGM Studios over 15 years ago, now. For some reason, neither Mike nor Stacey can even contemplate going on it and, the same goes for the kids, naturally. (I might be able to partially “correct” the latter problem. But I'm getting ahead of myself.) As if the title didn't give it away, that ride is the Tower of Terror. (insert Twilight Zone music here)

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This is such a great ride, IMO. Not only is the actual 2-3 minute “ride” a thrill, literally, the theming throughout the entire thing is wonderful!

When you first enter the long-abandoned “hotel” lobby, you are greeted with tons of details.

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Even down to a tapestry with the Holywood Tower Hotel logo
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More bags seem to have been left abandoned for years.
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And probably a record-length game of mah jongg, still in play.
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Doesn't the front desk look like someone will just appear any minute now?
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So just where IS everything in this hotel? Just take a look at the Directory listing. Granted, over the past few years some of the letters have naturally fallen off, but you can still make it out. And the beauty of it all is that we actually get to see (almost?) all of those rooms, even though they're not labeled as such that I saw.
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So far we've gone through the lobby level lounge and are now making our way to the library. Further proof of the great theming throughout this attraction are all of the trinkets and props.

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Some of the props are from the original Twilight Zone, even. Recognize the devilish one here? It's from one of the two episodes that actually starred a pre-Star Trek William Shatner.
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Proof that this once was a truly international hotspot.
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After making our way through the bowels of the hotel (the Steam Baths, according to the Directory), we arrive at a rather rickety set of elevator doors topped by a rather foreboding sight.
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Then, the “do or die” moment. Do we want to see the High Society Suite and the Tip Top Club or not? To chicken out, supposedly satisfied at seeing all of the details so far, or forge on further, enjoying more Twilight Zone and the “terror” of the “13-story freefall”? Please! No-brainer! Onward, march.

thecapells
11-27-2011, 09:32 PM
Yeah, and that's about as far as I would go.
Chicken Exit please...

Actually - it's cool J went and took so many pictures as I know I'll never be near that place.
And I know he's got some more up his sleeve...

dawnbu40
11-28-2011, 05:38 AM
Loved the dual update :thumbsup2

I love wandering through One Man's Dream. There is so much to see! How cool that the kids know the veggie/fruit song :) That was Caitlin's favorite thing at Epcot on her first visit at age 2.

The photopass pics at the Sorceror'sHat are great!

As for Jared's update-as someone to chicken to ride I love to see pics of TOT. The theming is so cool. I have gone through the queue though I just take the smooth elevator ride back down :laughing:

thecapells
11-28-2011, 07:20 AM
Loved the dual update :thumbsup2

I love wandering through One Man's Dream. There is so much to see! How cool that the kids know the veggie/fruit song :) That was Caitlin's favorite thing at Epcot on her first visit at age 2.

The photopass pics at the Sorceror'sHat are great!

As for Jared's update-as someone to chicken to ride I love to see pics of TOT. The theming is so cool. I have gone through the queue though I just take the smooth elevator ride back down :laughing:

Yeah, for stuff like this, we live vicariously through Uncle J!

MEK
11-28-2011, 08:47 AM
Looking forward to seeing all your pictures when I get home tonight. I never tire of looking at ToT queue pictures and there appears there are quite a few. :thumbsup2

thecapells
11-28-2011, 08:52 AM
Looking forward to seeing all your pictures when I get home tonight. I never tire of looking at ToT queue pictures and there appears there are quite a few. :thumbsup2

Yeah, we were busy this holiday weekend putting up several segments to make up for the long hiatus.
Hope you like all the pics!

MEK
11-28-2011, 07:43 PM
Awesome pics from both of you. Those ToT pictures are some of the best I've seen. You really captured such amazing detail. I tend to grt nervous on ToT so I never leave my camera out that long. I think I need to!

boxmaster
11-28-2011, 07:46 PM
Loved the dual update :thumbsup2

As for Jared's update-as someone to chicken to ride I love to see pics of TOT. The theming is so cool. I have gone through the queue though I just take the smooth elevator ride back down :laughing:

Well, then, you should enjoy seeing a bit more than "just" photos. ;) Too bad this will be the only way some people will "experience" ToT.

boxmaster
11-28-2011, 07:50 PM
Given that likely at least 4 of the other 5 (there's hope for one yet, I think) will NEVER set foot
inside the Tower of Terror elevator, I had to do something. My first time through the ride tonight,
I strictly enjoyed it. I took my time on line, stepping out of the way to let people behind me pass
as I took oodles of pictures. However, the second time through, which had a slightly slower line
(maybe 15 minutes to get through the whole queue) and only a few extra pictures I wanted to
take, I made sure to take video from the moment the elevator doors shut. :happytv:

For those of you who are similarly “weak-stomached” and can't tolerate the feeling of your stomach
rising and falling opposite of the way your body is moving (shame!), here is the best I could do at
bringing you into the car with us all. And, yes, the rider's voice you hear loudest, once we start
dropping, is mine, but they're squeals of joy and laughter throughout. :cool1:

Around 1:55 into the video, there's a nice little peak outdoors, just to get us nice and calm overlooking
the great view of DHS, right before we're taunted by a 1-foot drop, before being rushed high-speed
into the bowels of the hotel, sent rising up to the top floors, and once again plummeting to our
doom down below. :scared1:

Care to join the terror? popcorn:: :3dglasses
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So, while I was traveling solo on these two trips through the Tower of Terror, I wasn't traveling alone.
Here are the other intrepid souls who were similarly lost in the deadly plunge to the basement.
You actually might have caught a glimpse of the picture having been taken during the video if you were
looking really closely.

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So, having joined some ghosts and made my way through some television lore, what could possibly be next?

thecapells
11-28-2011, 07:55 PM
Awesome pics from both of you. Those ToT pictures are some of the best I've seen. You really captured such amazing detail. I tend to grt nervous on ToT so I never leave my camera out that long. I think I need to!

We trained J well. :goodvibes

boxmaster
11-28-2011, 09:36 PM
Awesome pics from both of you. Those ToT pictures
are some of the best I've seen. You really captured such amazing detail. I
tend to grt nervous on ToT so I never leave my camera out that long.
I think I need to!

Thanks a lot. With a decent camera and taking just that tad bit of extra time,
rather than rushing through as is all too frequently the case, that's what makes
the difference. Glad you enjoyed. :)

SimplyGoofy
11-29-2011, 06:10 PM
What a wonderful update! Not only did you highlight my favorite ride at Disney World, you included the most FANTASTIC pictures of ToT that I've ever seen! I hope you had a wonderful time, J!

(I look forward to seeing which Capell you managed to get onto the ride...) :teeth:

boxmaster
11-29-2011, 07:14 PM
What a wonderful update! Not only did you highlight my favorite ride at Disney World, you included the most FANTASTIC pictures of ToT that I've ever seen! I hope you had a wonderful time, J!

(I look forward to seeing which Capell you managed to get onto the ride...) :teeth:

Thanks for that. :banana: As for who I *managed* to get onto the ride... none of them... YET. However, as you'll eventually see, I did wind up getting one of them onto another thrill ride later on in the trip. That's who I figure will eventually go on ToT. :thumbsup2

boxmaster
11-29-2011, 07:23 PM
Satiated about having done the one thing in DHS that I wanted to make sure I got back on, I walked
about to see what else was available to do that I hadn't yet done this time around. Walking back
towards Hollywood and Vine (a great intersection in real life, filled with TONS of foot traffic), my
attention was caught by this gorgeous car. Now THIS is style. (Even though my favorite are Caddies
from the 50s, convertible, with fins, red exterior with white leather interior :car: – even though I really hate
the “new smell” of leather interiors that never goes away fully.)

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So, casting about for what to do, I ended up at the Great Movie Ride. :3dglasses
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Inside the entrance are a few props/costumes that are certainly eye-catching.
This outfit is from (I think) Elizabeth:
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And I believe this is one of the carousel horses from Mary Poppins:
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I timed it well enough, apparently, to catch the last few seconds of the pre-ride queue's film. So,
essentially, I just walked in. And, boy, was I ever so disappointed. :sad2: :bored: This is NOT something I will ever go
on again. It was such a cheesy, outdated, predictable, and boring “ride” - ugh! And I actually knew the
vast majority of the references. It's certainly not something for young kids unless, at best, they come
from a movie buff family popcorn:: where they will have seen lots of older/classic movies, since they won't otherwise be
able to get any of the references.

After I left there, I swung by TSM to see how crazy the line was. Wishful thinking! :eek: The line was at
least 30 minutes long (probably closer to an hour), and I didn't have a FastPass (those having been
“sold out” for the day many hours before). Not willing to wait for that long, but not wanting to call it a
day just yet, I went to the attraction detailing Walt Disney's life. But I wasn't really paying a whole lot
of attention, nor taking many pictures. (I was clearly only procrastinating leaving the park.) The one
thing that truly caught my attention was this animatronic Abe Lincoln.
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And his controls, of course:
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By the time the movie about Dinsey was finished (which was good, but my head really wasn't all there
to absorb much), I was tired and wanted to get going, and make sure I wasn't caught up in whatever the
late exit rush might be like. So, I caught the next bus back to Pop Century.

thecapells
11-29-2011, 07:47 PM
By the time the movie about Dinsey was finished (which was good, but my head really wasn't all there
to absorb much)

Hey J - Any details on the movie?
DS and I skipped it since we wanted to get back to you guys...

boxmaster
11-29-2011, 08:45 PM
Hey J - Any details on the movie?
DS and I skipped it since we wanted to get back to you guys...

Sadly, no - not definitively; I was a bit unfocused. I only have a vague memory about how he built up the company (despite having lost the rights to his first big character - Oswald), how generous his brother Roy was to him growing up, etc. Thing is, I'm not sure whether what I'm thinking of is from that movie or from somewhere else. I'd suggest swinging in there if possible during our time in DHS in January, but X likely would be bored by the movie - he's still too young for a documentary, even about ol' Walt himself. :happytv:

boxmaster
11-30-2011, 06:50 PM
My very long day completed, I arrived back at Pop Century. I liked the
lighting of the buildings around where our rooms were so decided to
take a few pics.

Here's the cell phone at the end of the nearby 90s
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And the 80s' Rubiks Cube, making a resurgence in pop culture
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And the 8-track that was at the end of the building the 6 of us were
staying in – the 70s
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It was definitely time to call it a night, so I didn't poke around the rest of the
resort. After all, there was plenty more time for that later in the week. (In
theory, anyway.) And I had to get the chip with all of my pictures for the day
to Mike for him to download to his computer, as he was the repository for all
the pictures from the three cameras. There's lots more in store, and I want
to be as rested as possible to kick off Day Three.

And with the way that Day Three kicked off for me before we even got out the door, I was happy to be well-rested and functioning. :thumbsup2

BridgetR3
11-30-2011, 10:06 PM
You can't leave us hanging like that!!!! :lmao:

Now post Day 3 already!!! popcorn:: :rotfl2:

MEK
12-01-2011, 08:24 AM
I have to agree with you that the animatronic Abe Lincoln is awesome!!!! It's really cool to see its insides.


I also agree that the GMR is tired. Years ago I loved it, but I haven't ridden it for quite awhile. I would love a redo in of that ride, but I'm glad they upgraded Star Tours first!

boxmaster
12-01-2011, 06:35 PM
You can't leave us hanging like that!!!! :lmao:

Now post Day 3 already!!! popcorn:: :rotfl2:

Thanks for that. I like a good cliffhanger. :woohoo:

boxmaster
12-01-2011, 06:51 PM
As happened most of our trip, it was pretty chilly outside in the morning
when we were getting ready to go. (Don't listen to what Mike might say on
that score – he's a heat generator.) As much as DS and DD wanted to get
into the parks, they didn't exactly want to wake up at the time that we
needed to to get a jump on the day, let alone get ready all that quickly. They
can fully dress themselves, no problem – it's just the battle of motivation
versus inertia. In the morning, inertia tends to win. (Hey, it does for most
adults, too – that's why the snooze button was invented. :coffee:)

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As for X, he needed a bit of help still. So, my being pretty quick to get ready
and wanting to expedite our departure (no reason to be a bump on a log
while Mike and Stacey were also busy readying things for the day), as I did
the prior day and have done so on many occasions leaving the Capell
residence with the crew, I helped out putting on X's socks and shoes, always
a last-minute procedure. (It's a little more cumbersome than for most kids
his age because of the orthotics that need to be put on his feet prior to
putting on the shoes.) It's not a tough chore, unless X decides to flex his toes
back and forth, messing up the socks and giggling at my obvious frustration :laughing:;
he wasn't doing that this morning at all. :littleangel:

Even though Mike always wonders why I don't face X to do this, I've always
found it easiest and most comfortable to have X sit on my lap when I put on
his socks and shoes; it's much easier for me to visualize what needs to be
done. So, as many times past, I got his socks on and even his orthotics (you
can occasionally see them in a picture), and was starting to put on his shoes.
Out of nowhere, X turns his face up towards mine, and in his soft, raspy
voice, he proclaims quite clearly, “Unca, I like you.” :cloud9: :love: Bestill
my heart, as much as X has expressed that sentiment previously and run
over to me when I visit :hug:, this morning in this setting I melted. :goodvibes
It was just so sweet; what a good way to start the morning. It's these sorts
of moments that make any craziness or frustration (as there's bound to be
with three young children on a 9-day vacation) totally worth it. :banana: :woohoo:

It was soon thereafter that everyone was all ready to head on out to the bus
stop for us to begin a wild day. Any guesses to our destination?

thecapells
12-01-2011, 09:26 PM
It was just so sweet; what a good way to start the morning. It's these sorts
of moments that make any craziness or frustration (as there's bound to be
with three young children on a 9-day vacation) totally worth it. :banana: :woohoo:

Our kids definitely love :love: their Unca - no question about it!
And I must admit, having a 3rd parent around made the trip so much nicer - especially for splitting up since each child to cuddle with a parent.

thecapells
12-02-2011, 08:28 PM
As J indicated, Mom and I were busy in the adjoining room getting ready for the day – snacks, changes of clothes, etc.
In the melee, I did manage to snap a picture of a friend that was there to greet us the night before when we got home from the parks:
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But then it was off to the bus stop.
And in case you haven’t figured out where we are headed, let Mom give you a clue:
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J and I were also decked out in our animal wear.
I’m still not sure why J was pouting but he apparently thought it was funny since he started laughing afterwards.
Here’s the before and after…
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After a short bus ride, we arrived at about 7:30.
Here’s our lovely model doing her best Vanna White impression…
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I love these ticket booths.
They are themed so perfectly.
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And, of course, the new “Let the Memories Begin” banners were proudly waving in Animal Kingdom too!
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The park opened at 8 for Extra Magic Hours but they let us in around 7:45.
Past the gates, through the Oasis, over the bridge, and there it was.
The mighty Tree of Life.
What a wonderful way to start a morning.
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But we weren’t stopping.
Shortly after arriving here, the rope dropped and we pressed on over another bridge and arrived at the outskirts of Harambe.
Welcome to the small village deep in the heart of Africa…
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You see, we had booked a two-week safari excursion which leaves out of this quaint little town.
We were very excited but we were afraid that X would not be able to stand in the long line so we opted to take his stroller in with us.
(Remember, we had a guest assistance card for just these occasions).
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We headed down the queue and stopped in the office to check-in for our excursion.
But no one was around.
Must be a slow day…
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We rounded a corner where most people dropped off their strollers but the CM’s told us to keep going.
A “pre-flight video” of sorts began and we learned about the problem of poaching here in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.
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Then we were shuffled over to the handicapped entrance.
Boy, was this the wrong move.
At this point we had to wait for the proper vehicle to arrive.
Even though we were carrying X on, there were others with wheelchairs that were waiting.
So this delayed our departure about 10-15 minutes.
Next time, we’ll just carry X.

Another interesting tidbit we learned.
Kilimanjaro Safaris does not actually begin loading passengers until 8:15 on EMH mornings.
So while we were ready to go at 8, the line did not start to move until 8:15.
And then we waited another 15 minutes for our vehicle.
Needless to say, I was a bit annoyed at our late start.
But finally, we hopped on our jeep and off in the preserve we went!
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Mom and J began taking detailed shots of our jeep as we waited for clearance.
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thecapells
12-02-2011, 08:31 PM
The warden then contacted our driver and we were off!
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Some deer were off to the side around the first bend.
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And then we approached the rhinos.
Now, for some reason, Unca made it a point to try to capture a more interesting side of all of the animals.
So, without further adieu, Rhino Butt!
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The hippo ponds were next complete with lots of birds and mostly submerged hippos.
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And then a rickety bridge which shook and shook.
The kids were giggling with delight.
Although the crocs down below were licking their lips…
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Here’s a nice shot of the “upside down” tree – I believe it’s called a baobob.
See? Animal Kingdom is educational!
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Next up was a group of giraffes having their breakfast.
And now that you know the game, guess which of the next shots was J’s.
The giraffe even gave him a dirty look afterwards…
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J was on a roll so he continued with wildebeast and antelope butts
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I, on the other hand, was getting artsy trying to frame some animals alongside the newly constructed viewing locations.
These were just completed and house lucky “Wild Africa Trek” patrons who get to relax with snacks here while they watch the animals.
Think about the view from their angle!
When the kids are older, we are DEFINITELY trying that tour out!
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thecapells
12-02-2011, 08:33 PM
Next up were the elephants!
And we even saw the little baby elephant that was born right before our last visit.
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And J took his picture of course…
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Look Ma!
Now you see me… Now you don’t!
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Around the bend were the flamingos.
They were all out in force today!
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I love the antlers on these guys!
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We were having a blast by now and getting pretty lucky.
We even got to see the cheetahs out and about.
Boy can those guys run!
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And we caught a glimpse of the head lion himself on Pride Rock.
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And then J started snapping again.
Hey kids, it’s Pumbaa Butt…
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And more antelope butt
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Next we caught up to those “Wild Africa Trek” guests – it looks like a lot of fun!
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But our luck would run out as our safari had to be cut short.
The warden needed our help tracking down some poachers.
So off we went following their trail and flushing them out into a trap the warden set up.
We rescued Little Red!
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But then we had to circle back around and dock at the special handicapped entrance so that took a bit longer as well.
But we did get to check out a cool tunnel for a bit.
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As usual, a fun trip and one we always enjoy.
But now we were late.
We had 9AM ADR’s for breakfast in a safari of a different sort.
Come join us!

boxmaster
12-02-2011, 08:45 PM
J and I were also decked out in our animal wear.
I’m still not sure why J was pouting but he apparently thought it was funny since he started laughing afterwards.
Here’s the before and after…
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It was a forced pout, just to be contrary. :goodvibes Both you and Stacey always comment how I don't give full smiles including teeth in pictures, and I point out how fake they look unless I'm laughing and the sentiment is genuine. So, whatever Stacey's comment was this particular morning to try to get me to smile, I did the opposite. Then, while laughing :lmao:, she snapped the "after" picture. :laughing:

boxmaster
12-02-2011, 08:59 PM
[QUOTE=thecapells;43390235]Next up were the elephants!
And we even saw the little baby elephant that was born right before our last visit.
http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/oo257/thecapells/Disney%202011/Disney%202011%20Three/Disney2011DayThree040.jpg


Hey, I don't mind being the butt of a good joke or double entendre :rotfl2:, but I did take pictures of more than just animal butts on the safari. :cool2: Some of those other non-butt pics were mine, too.

Nevermind the fact that that elephant picture you pointed out as mine framed two important things fairly evenly. The elephant was only one of the items that I made sure to have in that picture. :rolleyes1 :rotfl: I leave it to the reader to go back and take another look at the picture if they want to see for themselves. :rotfl2: :scared1:

MEK
12-03-2011, 06:27 AM
So much to comment on.

Stacey - I love your ears. They are adorable.

"Unca - I like you".........OMG - that is so adorable! X knows how to melt a hear.

great pictures of pop and the safari. I'm pretty impressed that you got the whole body of the cheetah!

BTW - I did the Wild African Trek and I highly recommend it, if you ever get a chance.

GReat updates guys!

thecapells
12-04-2011, 09:48 PM
So much to comment on.

Stacey - I love your ears. They are adorable.

"Unca - I like you".........OMG - that is so adorable! X knows how to melt a hear.

great pictures of pop and the safari. I'm pretty impressed that you got the whole body of the cheetah!

BTW - I did the Wild African Trek and I highly recommend it, if you ever get a chance.

GReat updates guys!

How was the Trek?
I would love to hear about it!
Once the kids are old enough, I so wanna go!!!

thecapells
12-05-2011, 07:53 PM
After our 2 week safari was cut short, we realized we were very hungry.
So while we were in Harambe, we decided to sample the local cuisine.
Which led us to Tusker House.
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However, we realized quickly that we’d have to watch our backs.
Harambe may not be the safest of all places judging by the signs…
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Sure enough, around the corner were animals.
Although, I’m not sure this one rates as very dangerous…
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At first site of his favorite fowl, X lept forward and charged.
However, he lost his footing and down he went – again.
For those familiar with my trip reports, it seems poor X has very bad luck when it comes to Disney.
On his first trip on the night we arrived at the hotel he managed to literally crack his head open on the hinge of the door and was sent to the hospital for nine stitches.
This wasn’t as bad but he broke into tears nonetheless.
The other kids, not sure what to do, posed with Donald but had some concern on their face.
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I joined in as Mom catered to the crying little guy.
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X finally calmed down and we asked if he wanted to go eat.
But he was adamant – he wanted his Donald Duck picture!
So, with Mom carrying him, and with a big scrape across his forehead (you can see it in the picture), he finally got to meet his favorite duck.
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X was back in good spirits and ready to eat despite the scrape so we headed inside.
We love Donald’s Safari Breakfast – it’s a buffet with all the normal things you might find on a breakfast buffet.
However, this one also has some African samplings like bobotie as well as items (while not African) you might not find at other Disney breakfasts like blintzes.
Another item the kids look forward to are the tater tots – this is one of the only breakfasts in Disney that has ‘em.
And then there’s the Jambo Juice (or Jungle Juice) – the nectar of the gods!
I was a bad boy and did not remember to take pictures of our plates so you are left with the buffet room and your imagination…
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As we eat, we were approached by yet another Duck – Daisy!!
She was also decked out in her Safari gear ready to go exploring!
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In fact, after her pictures, she took our crew on a safari around the restaurant all the while playing African instruments.
The kids had a blast!
Even the ones sitting at the table watching the fun!
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Check out the detail on the noise makers.
They are really intricate and so perfectly themed for here in Harambe.
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After the parade, Goofy appeared in his Safari garb.
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Us Goofs have to stick together.
Don’t you think?
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Our Expedition Leader was the last guest to arrive at our table.
We can’t head into the jungle without our Big Cheese you know!
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But then X was presented with a cupcake for his 4th Birthday.
Check out the surprise on his sister’s face!
I think she may have been more excited that he was!
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Then Mickey posed with the kids and the cupcake!
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Too bad X couldn’t take his eyes off of the cupcake for a great family shot!
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And then Perry had to get in on the fun!
Hey! Where's J?
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And I couldn’t pass up another shot at the Head Mouse.
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Before we left, Daisy surprised us with another appearance – this time she stayed a bit longer since last time the parade was starting.
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And then we were off heading across the park to find prehistoric treasures!
The one problem with hitting the Safari first thing is our next stop is always a trek.
So strap on those hiking boots, grab your packs, and join our safari!

boxmaster
12-05-2011, 08:29 PM
And then Perry had to get in on the fun!
Hey! Where's J?
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... dooby dooby doo bah, dooby dooby doo bah, dooby dooby doo bah...

http://www.televisiontunes.com/Phineas_and_Ferb_-_Perrys_Theme.html

:happytv: :cool1:

dawnbu40
12-06-2011, 05:09 AM
I'm all caught back up :)

Poor X! I'm glad he was still able to see Donald.

I love the look on the princess' face in the picture where she is behind Daisy in the parade :cutie: So often children get jealous when their siblings get special attention, her excitement for X's cupcake is adorable.

Nice update and great pictures! We love the Tusker House breakfast too :goodvibes

thecapells
12-07-2011, 06:53 PM
I'm all caught back up :)

Poor X! I'm glad he was still able to see Donald.

I love the look on the princess' face in the picture where she is behind Daisy in the parade :cutie: So often children get jealous when their siblings get special attention, her excitement for X's cupcake is adorable.

Nice update and great pictures! We love the Tusker House breakfast too :goodvibes

Glad you are back!
It think the Princess likes to "ham it up" for X to get him more excited.
She still likes to play "mom" with her little brother.

Curoly06
12-08-2011, 10:40 PM
You guys always take the best pictures! J's animal butt pics reminded me... I had an art history professor that would take pics of sculptures' butts instead of the "normal" pictures everyone else was taking. It was always fun trying to identify those on the exams!

thecapells
12-09-2011, 02:38 PM
You guys always take the best pictures! J's animal butt pics reminded me... I had an art history professor that would take pics of sculptures' butts instead of the "normal" pictures everyone else was taking. It was always fun trying to identify those on the exams!

Thanks so much!
As for the butts, that must've been one interesting exam! :rotfl:
More segments to come this weekend!!