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ksl5f123
08-11-2011, 10:35 PM
Welcome to my 3rd trip report. I can't wait to share with you all about the trip that I took with my girls last month. It was a completely different style of trip for us and we had a wonderful time.

The story of this trip picks up where our last trip ended. As we drove away after our March 2011 trip, DD5 made one last observation, “Mommy, I am happy at Disneyworld.”

My first thought was “Well now, aren't we all?” But, then I got to thinking. She truly IS happy at Disneyworld – really like nowhere else. How long will this last? How long will she get caught up in the magic and the excitement? DD7 has fun at Disneyworld and there are moments where she lets her guard down and she gets swept up in the magic but in large part, she no longer experiences the joy and wonder of DD5 and DS2. What if that is gone for DD5 by the time she is 7? We weren't planning to return to WDW until after the Fantasyland renovation. That would mean that DD5 would be 7 years old. What if this was the last trip to watch her eyes light up when CM's called her “princess”? What if it was the last time she wanted to dress up and have “princess hair”? What if next time she is done riding Aladdin with mom and wants to take off on the roller coasters with dad too? Well, those thoughts were just too much for this sentimental mommy to bear. I told DH that I wanted to go back. Now, my DH is always happy to go to WDW, but even he wasn't ready to plan another trip so soon. We knew that we would be returning to Florida in July to visit family, so I asked him if I could go with just the girls. DH agreed, but decided that we needed to keep to a very strict budget - $1300.

OK, enough backstory. Let's move on to the cast:

Me, I'm Karen
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My favorite rides are Kali River Rapids, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, and Soarin'. I avoid anything that moves faster than I can walk. This was my 13th trip to WDW.

DD7
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This was her 7th trip to WDW. She has unbounded energy. Her favorite rides are Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Kali, and Toy Story Midway Mania.

DD5
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This was her 6th trip to WDW. She is the consummate princess. She likes Spaceship Earth and Carousel of Progress (not exactly a thrill rider) and loves meeting characters.

That's it! If you are a reader of my other trip reports you will notice a lot of people missing! We usually have my DH and DS2 and MIL and FIL along (and sometimes the nephews, DH's cousin, cousin's kids, etc.) This time it is just my girls and me!

ksl5f123
08-11-2011, 10:36 PM
Chapter 1: On our way! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42280020&postcount=13)
Chapter 2: Off to Florida! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42340939&postcount=14)
Chapter 3: Driving day 2. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42354051&postcount=17)
Chapter 4: Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42378918&postcount=20)
Chapter 5: Where is the Magic Kingdom? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42398479&postcount=23)
Chapter 6: YES program (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42427359&postcount=28)
Chapter 7: BBB (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42453237&postcount=38)
Chapter 8: Photoshoot and lunch (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42494837&postcount=50)
Chapter 9: Tomorrowland in the afternoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42534680&postcount=53)
Chapter 10: Magic Kingdom parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42586846&postcount=62)
Chapter 11: My embarrassing moment (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42624175&postcount=69)
Chapter 12: Chef Mickey's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42648420&postcount=70)
Chapter 13: Our condo (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42719880&postcount=79)
Chapter 14: Toy Story Mania (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42738543&postcount=82)
Chapter 15: Buzz and Woody (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42832691&postcount=91)
Chapter 16: HISTK playground (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42832691&postcount=91)
Chapter 17: Mama Melrose (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42867026&postcount=101)
Chapter 18: BatB and the Animation Studio (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42887187&postcount=104)
Chapter 19: Fantasmic!? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42929417&postcount=111)
Chapter 20: Emergency ride stop! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42945363&postcount=122)
Chapter 21: Finishing Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42966498&postcount=125)
Chapter 22: Waiting for Mickey (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42997225&postcount=132)
Chapter 23: Exposition Hall pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43020023&postcount=145)
Chapter 24: Magic Kingdom evening (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43037480&postcount=146)
Chapter 25: Ouchie at Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43081533&postcount=155)
Chapter 26: The decision (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43106921&postcount=164)
Chapter 27: Imagination (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43150886&postcount=171)
Chapter 28: Nemo and the Land (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43206078&postcount=174)
Chapter 29: Figment Lost! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43233276&postcount=175)
Chapter 30: France and Morocco (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43275548&postcount=180)
Chapter 31: Japan and Germany (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43296922&postcount=183)
Chapter 32: Finishing Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43336174&postcount=186)
Chapter 33: Animal Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43401799&postcount=189)
Chapter 34: finishing up - part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43942543&postcount=197)
Chapter 35: finishing up - part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43942593&postcount=198)

TinksThree
08-11-2011, 11:00 PM
Hooray!!! Can't wait to hear all about this trip!! :yay:

pinkxray
08-11-2011, 11:05 PM
Joining in.

Your introduction is exactly why I wanted to go back with Caitlin so much this fall. She has developed a huge love for the princesses again and was all ready to do all the princess stuff again. Now that we aren't going back she won't have those things again. No more BBB or face lighting up when we see which princesses are at CRT:sad2: I wish we could go one more time with her this age but really the last 2 trips were just for her and I couldn't help it if she decided to love the princesses again a week after we leave WDW. I'm sure she will get over that be the time we were to go in Oct. anyway.

I hope you had a great trip. I was hoping to do a budget trip but honestly I could not do it. Apparently budget and Disney don't go together for me. I can't wait to see how you did.

Becc1
08-12-2011, 09:36 AM
I'm in, can't wait to hear all about yours and the girls trip!

disneylovin24
08-12-2011, 12:24 PM
popcorn::

Im going to head back and read your other TRs now too!:goodvibes

sherylcin
08-12-2011, 12:35 PM
Subbing! Your title pulled me in. My head is contemplating the ways this budget could be achieved so I can't wait to read how it really happened. :thumbsup2 I think taking a trip alone with your adorable girls will be a fantastic memory!

DizFan101
08-12-2011, 12:40 PM
I'm looking forward to your trip report. I remember back in 2006 we only went for 4 days because of the columbus holiday weekend in october. lol.

TeaForTulips
08-12-2011, 01:23 PM
I'm in! popcorn::

Your girls are too cute! princess:

Can't wait for more!

ksl5f123
08-16-2011, 12:08 PM
Hooray!!! Can't wait to hear all about this trip!!

Woohoo! You're first. You win the princess:

Joining in.

Your introduction is exactly why I wanted to go back with Caitlin so much this fall. She has developed a huge love for the princesses again and was all ready to do all the princess stuff again. Now that we aren't going back she won't have those things again. No more BBB or face lighting up when we see which princesses are at CRT I wish we could go one more time with her this age but really the last 2 trips were just for her and I couldn't help it if she decided to love the princesses again a week after we leave WDW. I'm sure she will get over that be the time we were to go in Oct. anyway.

I hope you had a great trip. I was hoping to do a budget trip but honestly I could not do it. Apparently budget and Disney don't go together for me. I can't wait to see how you did.

It is so hard to decide how often to go. On one hand, you know they are going to outgrow the "magic" stage so you wnat to go as often as possible. On the other hand, there are so many other places in the world to visit and I worry that I am narrowing their scope. :hug: It will all work out for both of us.

ksl5f123
08-16-2011, 12:12 PM
I'm in, can't wait to hear all about yours and the girls trip!

Thanks for coming back and joining in another adventure!

Im going to head back and read your other TRs now too!

:welcome: Glad to have you along!

Subbing! Your title pulled me in. My head is contemplating the ways this budget could be achieved so I can't wait to read how it really happened. I think taking a trip alone with your adorable girls will be a fantastic memory!

Hello! The budget was a challenge - but kind of a fun one. We made lots of great memories!

I'm looking forward to your trip report. I remember back in 2006 we only went for 4 days because of the columbus holiday weekend in october. lol.

That sounds like a great trip. I have only been once in October and it was a great time of year to visit. Unfortunately, it was pre-kids. I would love to take them back in the fall

I'm in!
Your girls are too cute!
Can't wait for more!

Thank you! I think they are cute too. ;) More coming tonight!

CozumelDisneyFan
08-16-2011, 12:28 PM
popcorn::

ksl5f123
08-16-2011, 11:24 PM
Photopass CD = check

Kids back to school = check
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Time to get this TR rolling!

The girls started school yesterday - DD7 in 3rd grade and DD5 in Kindergarten. They are both enjoying it and have already told the tale of our trip to their classes. Now it is my turn!

Our Disney dates for July 11-15. However, our trip actually began on July 1 with a 14 hour drive to Ohio. Let's just say that Ohio is in the opposite direction of WDW from our house, but we were going to visit my parents first. There isn't much about our week there to share, but we did do one Disney related thing. We saw the Broadway style production of The Lion King.

Here are the kids ready to go:
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I found this fabric just a few weeks before we left and couldn't resist making the girls some dresses.

The show was AMAZING! If you ever get a chance to see it, I really recommend it. DD7 loved every minute and was on the edge of her seat. She was really impressed that the kids playing Simba and Nala in the first act were only 9 years old. They were incredible.

DD5 loved the first act which follows the movie closely. However, in the 2nd act when they added some more scenes, she fell asleep. DS2 enjoyed the show, but had a little trouble not talking. He wanted to let us know when he recognized the characters.

The only other significant thing that happened while we were in Ohio was the realization that I had forgotten DD5's princess dress for her BBB appointment. :sad2: She owns the Rapunzel, Snow White, and Ariel dresses from BBB and DD7 owns the Aurora. We had plenty of dresses to choose from - that was the problem. DD5 couldn't decide which one to bring and she waited so long that I forgot. :headache:

I quickly got on the internet and discovered that there was no Disney store anywhere around us. Then I found a website for a Disney outlet in Cincinnati. I was excited! :banana: We had to drive through Cincy on our way to Orlando. Then I read down the webpage and learned that it will open later this fall. :guilty:

OK, no Disney store around, no time to order anything, no money in the budget to buy one when we get there - what do we do? Mom and I headed off to some big box stores, but I couldn't bring myself to buy any of the princess costumes they sell. They were SO scratchy and I couldn't imagine DD5 wanting to wear them in the Florida heat. Also at 5 years old she is a little too big for those dresses - which really surprises me - don't 5 year olds still like to dress up?

Anyway, we headed off to the local department store where I looked for any dress with a Disney character on it. The ONLY thing I found was a nightgown. Desperate, I bought it - on sale for $8. DD5 loved this dress. It was VERY comfortable and lightweight. So, what do you think? Will she wear the nightgown? Will she beg for a new princess dress? Stay tuned!

Up next, off to Florida

ksl5f123
08-21-2011, 11:04 PM
On July 9, we left Ohio on our way to Florida. Glancing at the newspaper before we left my parents' house, we learned that the Space Shuttle had launched as planned the previous day. I was a little sad. I was hoping that they would have a delay and we would get to see the launch - even if from a distance. My undergrad and graduate research were both sponsored by NASA so I spent about 10 years at various NASA facilities. I have seen a couple of launches, but it would have been really special to see the last one. :goodvibes Oh well.

The drive from Ohio to Florida is basically 2 days on I-75 (with just a little on the Florida turnpike at the end). The first day was really frustrating. First we got stuck in a traffic jam in Cincinnati taking 45 minutes to go the last 12 miles to the Kentucky state line. :eek:

Then, about 50 miles from the Tennessee state line we see a sign that says "Road Closed at Jellico Mountain". :confused3 But then, there are no more signs for the next 30 miles. We figure that someone just forgot to remove that sign.

NOPE! About 15 miles from the Tennessee state line we get to our 2nd traffic jam of the day. After rolling along for another 1.5 hours and going 30 miles (:scared1:) we finally decide to get off of I-75 and take a highway that runs parallel to it. We have to do 50 mph, but we make decent time down into Knoxville where we stop for gas.

While at the gas station, DH talks to a local man who informs us that there have been two MAJOR accidents in Knoxville that morning including a roll-over of a Haz-mat truck. :headache: He gives us directions to take some surface streets around Knoxville to reconnect to I-75 about 30 miles south of the city. We follow his directions and get back onto I-75 only to discover it is STILL backed up. We go 3 miles in 15 minutes and quickly get off again. We now declare ourselves done with I-75 and follow US-11 to US-74 to US-411all the way into the Atlanta metro area.

What should have been an 8.5 hour drive takes us 14 hours!!! :scared1: It was long and frustrating and exhausting for everyone. We were so happy to arrive at our hotel that night. We stayed at a Hyatt Place on the north side of the city and these are rapidly becoming my favorite hotel chain. :thumbsup2 The rooms are big, the TV is huge, you get a sofa, a desk, a fridge, and it is just really nice! Because we arrived late, they were out of rooms with 2 beds. We got a room with a King size bed plus a giant sectional sofa that had a pull out for the girls. DS2 slept on the two comforters on the floor with a sheet over them. Since we didn't get the kind of room we requested, we all got free breakfast the next morning. ;)

Up next, driving day 2.

pinkxray
08-22-2011, 03:23 PM
Aw, the girls look so cute and grown up in their school clothes:goodvibes

I would love to see the Lion King or Mary Poppins but I am not holding my breath on that one. I did buy tickets to go see Phineas and Ferb- The best live show ever for Sept. DH just gave my a huge eye roll.

I don't know how people do long are rides with kids. The longest ride we have taken Caitlin on is maybe an hour and a half and she whines through that. When I was a kid we drove the 24 hrs from CT to WDW, I don't think we could make it that far with Caitlin. :eek:

ksl5f123
08-22-2011, 10:47 PM
Aw, the girls look so cute and grown up in their school clothes:goodvibes

I would love to see the Lion King or Mary Poppins but I am not holding my breath on that one. I did buy tickets to go see Phineas and Ferb- The best live show ever for Sept. DH just gave my a huge eye roll.

I don't know how people do long are rides with kids. The longest ride we have taken Caitlin on is maybe an hour and a half and she whines through that. When I was a kid we drove the 24 hrs from CT to WDW, I don't think we could make it that far with Caitlin. :eek:

Thanks for the compliment on the kiddos. I LOVE school uniforms. They really make my life easier. It is probably easier on the kids too, but I love not having to make sure the coordinate or argue about an outfit.

Even if you don't like Disney, the Lion King was just good theater. I would like to see Mary Poppins too. I didn't know there was a Phineas and Ferb show.

We have been driving to my parents house since DD7 was 9 months old. They have just never had a choice. We bring lots of stuff to do (including a DVD player with a screen for each of them) and lots of food. They are allowed to do things the wouldn't at home - like really insane snacking.

ksl5f123
08-22-2011, 10:51 PM
Sunday morning July 10 we got up bright and early and made our way to St. Jude Catholic church. It was only about a mile away from our hotel so we made the 7 AM Mass (not something I would usually do on vacation, but we really wanted to get moving). The church is one of those with wood planking on the ceiling which always reminds me of being in the hull of a big old ship. It was nice.

We then returned to our hotel to have our free breakfast. DH and DD7 ordered the waffle and DD5 and I had the eggs. Let's just say had I paid for this food, I would not have been happy – yuck. DH couldn't even finish his waffle. How do you make a bad waffle? I don't know but apparently the folks in the kitchen couldn't cook. I am quite certain my “scrambled eggs” were the sort that start as a powder. Ewww.

While we were placing our order I overheard this conversation between 2 workers:
Woman 1: This lady would like her eggs sunny-side up.
Woman 2: We don't do that.
Woman 1: I know, but Jane (random made-up name) made them for her yesterday.
Woman 2: That's fine, but Jane is not here and we don't know how.

Yikes! I don't consider that an outlandish request for a place serving breakfast!

Anyway, after giving up on our “free” hot breakfast, we had some yogurt and fresh fruit from the complimentary continental breakfast and got out of there. We finally had some good luck with traffic and made it quickly through Atlanta.

The drive through the rest of Georgia and north Florida was completely uneventful – yeah!!! - and by 4 PM we were arriving at our hotel for the evening. This night we stayed in the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress just off Apopka-Vineland near Downtown Disney.

We pulled up to the hotel and DH went inside to check in while I sat with the kids in the van. We waited – and we waited – and we waited some more. Finally, I was done being stuck in a van that was not moving with 3 kids who had been on the road for 2 days. We went in to find DH. As we stepped out of the van, a bellhop informed me that I had to leave my car keys with him if we were going inside. That seemed strange to me, but I did it anyway because the kids were really driving me nuts and I wanted to find DH.

When we got inside, DH was the only person at the check-in desk and he was getting some amazingly long explanation from the front desk worker about something. The guy had a really thick accent and to this day DH has no idea what he said. :confused3 Finally checked in, I took the kids to the room while DH went to park the car and start bringing up the luggage (with a quick conversation about retrieving my car keys which luckily he did). The parking lot at this resort is about a 10 minute walk from the main building and once again, it felt like DH was gone for a very long time.

The kids liked this hotel very much. The lobby is beautiful and during the day there are exotic birds on perches all around. There is also a glass elevator that goes VERY fast. The kids loved that. DH then continued unloading all of the luggage and had we realized the great distance to the parking lot, we most certainly would have used the bellhop – lesson learned. :headache:

With the van finally unloaded, it was time for supper! Now I realize we could have gone anywhere in Orlando, but for me the choice was easy. We went to Downtown Disney! :cool1:

Up next, our first Disney meal!

pinkxray
08-23-2011, 07:59 AM
I was a bit afraid when you handed off your keys. It sounded like the beginning of an issue. Glad it was a non issue.

Your breakfast sounds awful. I only eat scrambled eggs and omelets so I have no idea how to cook most of the others except a fried egg for DH's bacon,egg and cheese sandwiches. I have no idea what over easy or sunnyside up eggs are. But then again, I don't work in a restaurant.

Yay, DTD! I hope your meal makes up for the yucky breakfast.

ksl5f123
08-24-2011, 09:08 PM
I was a bit afraid when you handed off your keys. It sounded like the beginning of an issue. Glad it was a non issue.

I had never had to do that before, so I was quite nervous about it. I am glad it was nothing too.

Your breakfast sounds awful. I only eat scrambled eggs and omelets so I have no idea how to cook most of the others except a fried egg for DH's bacon,egg and cheese sandwiches. I have no idea what over easy or sunnyside up eggs are. But then again, I don't work in a restaurant.

Horrible - absolutely horrible. Sunnyside up just refers to a fried egg where you don't flip it and don't bread the yolk. An over easy egg is one where you do flip it, but again don't break the yolk. Personally, I can't stand runny yolks so I always break mine - that is called hard fried.

Yay, DTD! I hope your meal makes up for the yucky breakfast.

Always! :thumbsup2

ksl5f123
08-24-2011, 09:14 PM
We drove over to Downtown Disney. It was incredibly busy and despite our plan to spend the entire evening in the Marketplace, we had to park closer to Pleasure Island. It was a bit of a walk, but it gave us the opportunity to visit the LEGO store.
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I love all of the new creations, but this one is my favorite:
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We then went into the World of Disney store. If I am being honest, I really didn't like the idea of DD5 wearing a nightgown around the parks. I was really hoping that she would fall in love with a princess dress, do the puppy dog eyes and get her Daddy to give us an exemption on the budget. :rolleyes: Nope. Didn't happen. :guilty: She looked at every dress. I had her look at the new skirts. Nope. She wanted to wear the nightgown. OK, I bought it – I better accept it.

Finally, it was time for supper. DH and I really wanted to try Earl of Sandwich (I had a coupon), but the line was out the doors and down the sidewalk about 50 feet! So . . . we decided to go look at Wolfgang Puck Express (I had another coupon). When we got there, there wasn't a line but DH and DS2 needed to go to the bathroom. While we waited on them, the line grew and grew. I was getting pretty nervous when they finally emerged and we got in line. In all, it was probably a 10 minute line.

After we ordered, we walked around looking for a table and quickly realized we would have to sit outside. Surprisingly, it wasn't actually that bad (given that it was Florida in July).

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We only had about a 10 minute wait before our food arrived. I had the Basil Chicken salad sandwich.

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It was amazing! The sandwich was very good with just enough dressing. The potato chips were incredible! They were clearly house-made and so yummy!

DH had the Warm Mediterranean Vegetable Melt. The kids shared one cheese pizza and one order of chicken fingers. It was plenty of food for the 3 of them.

Even though we really wanted to go to Earl of Sandwich, I have to say that I just love the food at WPE. Everything I have had there has been really yummy! :thumbsup2

After supper, we returned to our hotel and got the kids ready for bed. I spent a lot of time re-organizing the suitcases to make sure that I had everything we needed and that DH could take as much of the “other” stuff as possible. I went out on our balcony at 9 PM to see if I could see any of the Disney shows, but we were too far away and not quite looking in the right direction. Soon, we were all in bed with our alarm clock set for 6:30 AM!

Before I get to the money spent, just a quick reminder of the rules of what counts toward our $1300 budget:
1)Travel to/from WDW does not count. Why? We are going to Florida to visit my in-laws who live in Vero Beach no matter what. So, there is no additional travel for the Disney part.
2)The clothing I made for the girls does not count.
3)“Souvenirs” bought in advance (like little stuff for the girls from the Dollar spot at Target) do not count.
4)Everything else counts! Lodging, tickets (no, we do not have APs), dining, souvenirs bought at WDW, everything!

OK, so looking at that the rules, it is clear that our hotel for this evening counts – we wouldn't have stopped in Orlando otherwise. Does our supper count? I am going to say “no” because even if we didn't stop at WDW, we would have needed to eat during that drive. It probably wouldn't have been at WPE, but we spend about the same at a Cracker Barrel (BTW, we spent $34.51 at WPE).

Money remaining = $1300 - $77.73 for hotel - $24.75 resort fee (ugh!) = $1197.52

sherylcin
08-25-2011, 12:21 PM
Just reading that you decided on Wolfgang Puck Express made my mouth start watering! Love that place! :thumbsup2


Glad you're there and can't wait to read more..........popcorn::

ksl5f123
08-26-2011, 12:44 PM
Just reading that you decided on Wolfgang Puck Express made my mouth start watering! Love that place! :thumbsup2


Me too! Everything that I have had there has been really yummy. I could go there everyday of a trip.

ksl5f123
08-26-2011, 12:49 PM
Monday morning (July 11) we woke up early and got ready to leave. DH decided that it would be easier on DS2 for the girls and I to slip out without waking him up. We did – although I will say that was REALLY hard. :sad1: He had overheard the girls talking about going to WDW and couldn't stop telling us how much he wanted to ride Buzz Lightyear. If I could have added an extra day to my ticket (you can't alter YES tickets after you buy them) I would have taken him the night before (since he is still free) for a couple of hours. Oh well. :guilty:

When the girls and I left the Hyatt, the parking gates were up. Apparently, they weren't charging for parking on Sunday, but if we had stayed a couple more hours we would have had to pay the $14 self parking fee. :eek:

Here is where I made a huge mistake. I should have just gone back to Downtown Disney and followed the signs to the Magic Kingdom. But, I didn't. No, I did something stupid. I printed out directions from GoogleMaps. Why is that stupid? Because they use back roads that take you through backstage areas. I followed their directions to a T, but I didn't end up at the Magic Kingdom parking lot. No, I ended up at a CM entrance near Space Mountain! :headache: I quickly did a U-turn, went back to the Contemporary and took the road from there around to the Magic Kingdom entrance.

Unfortunately, this little detour cost us some serious time. My receipt from the parking says we arrived at 7:55 AM. Our YES program started at 8:15!!! :eek: We still had to park and get from the TTC to the MK!

Of course it was still early, so we got a very close parking spot and nearly ran to the TTC. The Magic Kingdom was opening at 9 AM this morning, so we were too early for the express monorail. Off to the resort monorail we went. The stop at the Grand Floridian was quick, but then we stopped on the track halfway between the GF and the Poly. I am now trying to put on my happy face for the girls, but inside, I am completely panicked!!!!!!!!!!! You see, if we miss our YES program, our tickets are void!! :scared1:

Finally, the monorail starts moving. We pull into the Magic Kingdom at exactly 8:15 AM. I grab the girls and we nearly run to bag check (which of course has a line!). Once through bag check we head toward the left side when a CM in a blue shirt interrupts us. I am instantly irritated. :mad: Doesn't he know I am late and don't have time for his survey?

“Do you have a dining reservation?” he says.
“No”, I reply, “We are coming for the Youth Education Series program.”
“Follow me”, he says
This is the moment when I realize that his blue shirt says Youth Education Series. :blush: I need to work on my powers of observation. At least he couldn't hear what I was thinking. :rolleyes1

He led us over to our guide. We were introduced to the rest of the group. In addition to my 2 girls, there was another family with one girl and one boy and two other families with one boy each for a total of 6 kids and 4 adults. The registration had said the would be taking 12 kids and we quickly learned there were 2 groups doing the same program, but that they like to keep each group really small. :thumbsup2

By 8:25 (probably a little late due to us), we were going through the turnstyles. :cool1:

Up next, our YES program.

sherylcin
08-26-2011, 01:16 PM
Up next, our YES program.

Now I'm really intrigued. Just learned about the YES and Homeschool Days Programs recently and am hoping for a class next February when my daughter and I plan to take my oldest granddaughter on a surprise trip to celebrate her turning 13.:cheer2: Can't wait to read what you thought of the class. (The tickets are an awesome enticement!!)

LadyBeBop
08-26-2011, 07:53 PM
Coming in a little late. Have a couple of comments on your earlier posts.

I quickly got on the internet and discovered that there was no Disney store anywhere around us. Then I found a website for a Disney outlet in Cincinnati. I was excited! We had to drive through Cincy on our way to Orlando. Then I read down the webpage and learned that it will open later this fall.

We're getting a Disney outlet store? :cool1: That's the first I've heard of it. I'm in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. That makes up for us losing the Disney Store in our local mall about five minutes from here. However, the new outlet store will still be a hike for us. It's in Monroe, about an hour south of us. I'll still find an excuse to get up there.

The drive from Ohio to Florida is basically 2 days on I-75 (with just a little on the Florida turnpike at the end). The first day was really frustrating. First we got stuck in a traffic jam in Cincinnati taking 45 minutes to go the last 12 miles to the Kentucky state line.

They are doing bridge work during the weekend. 45 minutes to go 12 miles on a Saturday isn't bad. I've heard horror stories of two hours to go three miles.

About 15 miles from the Tennessee state line we get to our 2nd traffic jam of the day. After rolling along for another 1.5 hours and going 30 miles () we finally decide to get off of I-75 and take a highway that runs parallel to it. We have to do 50 mph, but we make decent time down into Knoxville where we stop for gas.

While at the gas station, DH talks to a local man who informs us that there have been two MAJOR accidents in Knoxville that morning including a roll-over of a Haz-mat truck. He gives us directions to take some surface streets around Knoxville to reconnect to I-75 about 30 miles south of the city. We follow his directions and get back onto I-75 only to discover it is STILL backed up. We go 3 miles in 15 minutes and quickly get off again. We now declare ourselves done with I-75 and follow US-11 to US-74 to US-411all the way into the Atlanta metro area.

That was the Saturday after the Fourth of July, right? We were in the middle of that mess coming home from outside Knoxville. Took us six hours to make a trip that's normally about 4 1/2 hours. Bad thing about it...there's two routes we could take home, I-75 all the way or US 25E from outside Knoxville to Corbin, then pick up I-75. We decided on I-75 all the way since we thought it would be a little quicker. :scared1:

Looking forward to getting some more budget tips. We're going in a little over two years for my DGD's 5th birthday. However, the YES program is out for us...unless, through some miracle, they offer the "How Things Move" program on Oct 31 or Nov 1, 2013.

ksl5f123
08-28-2011, 10:32 PM
Now I'm really intrigued. Just learned about the YES and Homeschool Days Programs recently and am hoping for a class next February when my daughter and I plan to take my oldest granddaughter on a surprise trip to celebrate her turning 13.:cheer2: Can't wait to read what you thought of the class. (The tickets are an awesome enticement!!)


We loved our YES program. Since your DGD will be 13, you will have a lot of choices for a class for her. Some of them look really great.

ksl5f123
08-28-2011, 10:40 PM
Coming in a little late. Have a couple of comments on your earlier posts.

Welcome! Glad to have you reading along!


We're getting a Disney outlet store? :cool1: That's the first I've heard of it. I'm in Northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati. That makes up for us losing the Disney Store in our local mall about five minutes from here. However, the new outlet store will still be a hike for us. It's in Monroe, about an hour south of us. I'll still find an excuse to get up there.

We drove past the outlet mall they are putting it in on our trip. You could see the building and the sign so it should be ready soon. I will probably find an excuse to get there too.

They are doing bridge work during the weekend. 45 minutes to go 12 miles on a Saturday isn't bad. I've heard horror stories of two hours to go three miles.

Well, that explains it. I am originally from the Dayton area, so I knew about all of the construction up that way. We took all backroads around that area. I might have lost my mind if it took us 2 hours to go 3 miles. :eek:

That was the Saturday after the Fourth of July, right? We were in the middle of that mess coming home from outside Knoxville. Took us six hours to make a trip that's normally about 4 1/2 hours. Bad thing about it...there's two routes we could take home, I-75 all the way or US 25E from outside Knoxville to Corbin, then pick up I-75. We decided on I-75 all the way since we thought it would be a little quicker. :scared1:

Yep! I-75 was just nuts that day. I have never seen it that bad for such a long distance (outside of a couple of winter storms where the KY didn't clear the roads). The road we got off on in KY was US-25. It was moving, but you couldn't do 70 mph or anything.

Looking forward to getting some more budget tips. We're going in a little over two years for my DGD's 5th birthday. However, the YES program is out for us...unless, through some miracle, they offer the "How Things Move" program on Oct 31 or Nov 1, 2013.

That sounds like it will be an awesome trip. Five is a fabulous age at Disney!

ksl5f123
08-28-2011, 10:49 PM
When I left off, we were in the Magic Kingdom at 8:25 AM. There were a few people heading to dining reservations, but Main Street was still really empty. Our YES program was called How Things Move, so we were instructed to look for things that were moving as we walked down Main Street.

I'll be honest – I never take my time walking down Main Street. :guilty: I am always in a hurry to get “into” the park. I certainly never take time to look at all of the windows – but I really should!!!!!!! They are amazing. Almost every window has motion – dancing princesses, waving Mickey, etc. If we did nothing else this morning, the experience of taking our time walking down Main Street and looking in the windows made the program worth it. :goodvibes

We walked over to a tree near the teacups and found some shade. Our guide then talked about all of the different things that we saw moving. The kids had fun shouting out all of the things they had seen: the things in the windows, other people walking, some ducks, etc. The guide then explained that everything that moves gets energy from somewhere. We talked about how people get energy and she asked what everyone had for breakfast. Let's just say that most of us skip the health food on vacation. :rolleyes1

The guide then pulled out some little toys and gave one to each family. She asked us to figure out how it moves and then share with the group. One family had a top so we talked about how the energy from the child transferred to the toy. One family had something which was powered with a battery. Someone had a pinwheel which could be powered either by the child or the wind. My girls had a set of gears that they had to arrange so that they would all turn. The coolest one was one family had this little gadget that you had to pump up and then flip a switch and a little robotic arm would move. This allowed us to talk about pneumatic pressure. Fancy words for a group of 5-8 year olds! :thumbsup2

We then walked over toward Winnie the Pooh. The guide handed DD7 a little car and asked her to hold it up. When she did the wheels started turning. Then the guide asked her to lower her arm – the car stopped. She repeated this exercise a few times until DD7 figured out that the car was solar powered.

DD7 holding up the solar car:
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We spent a little time watching this cute little solar car drive around Fantasyland and casting our shadow over it to make it stop.

A really empty Fantasyland at 8:45 AM!
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At this point, it was about 8:50 AM. Our guide explained that to really understand how things move, we needed to do some more research. The topic of our research? Winnie the Pooh. We got to ride 10 minutes before the park opened! :banana: Once again, we were told to watch for things that were moving as well as to try to figure out what was providing the energy to our honey pot. With a goal like this, you really do notice different things. It is amazing how many things are moving on that ride.

When we got off Winnie the Pooh, we talked about all of the things we had seen moving. We also talked about all of the different ways we moved – forward, “hopping” with Tigger, “floating” in the rainwater. We talked about how quiet the honeypots are and we thought back to the toys we had played with earlier. It took a few minutes, but we eventually came to the conclusion that Winnie the Pooh is powered by electric motors.

It was now 9 AM and we went over to Dumbo where we made the 2nd cycle. The kids were told to pay close attention to the sounds of the ride. When we came off, we discussed what we had heard and the kids quickly realized that the up and down motion of the ride is powered with pneumatic pressure! It was really awesome for this physics professor mom to hear her kids make such a discovery! :goodvibes

Our research then took us to it's a small world. Again, there are a LOT of things moving in here. Not only all of the dolls, but balloons going up and down, Ferris wheels going around, and lots of other stuff. The kids realized quickly that the boats were moving, but it took them a little while to figure out that the motion of the boats was caused by the motion of the water. The guide explained that this type of ride was called a flume and that there were electric motors pushing the water which caused the boats to move.

Next, we went inside Pinocchio's restaurant (which isn't open for breakfast) and each child was given a piece of paper. They were asked to design their own ride and then explain to the group how it moved. DD5 was immediately in her element and quickly began to design her ride. DD7 felt put on the spot and couldn't immediately think of anything, so she had a minor meltdown before she finally started drawing.

The other children all drew various types of roller coasters. The coolest one was a “phase 2” of Big Thunder Mountain rail road. My girls both drew boat rides. DD7 drew a ride that she would put in Animal Kingdom named “Jaguar world”. It was a boat ride through a rainforest filled with jaguars. DD5 drew a boat ride like the boat scene from Rapunzel with the room filled with lanterns. I can't find DD5's drawing right now, but when I do I will post pictures of them.

Then the kids were told to work as a team to build a ride. They were given some tubing of various sizes and shapes and a marble. It took them several tries to put the tubing together in an arrangement where the marble wouldn't stop at a low point.

After some experimenting with building a ride, they were then each given a little car with magnets on both ends. They quickly discovered that magnets have two poles and they could attract or repel each other's cars based on how they turned theirs. They spent several minutes using both attraction and repulsion to move the cars back and forth across the table from a partner.

Finally, we headed out for our last ride of the program – the Peoplemover. The kids were given a tip to look at the back of the cars and to look down at the track. It only took them a few minutes to figure out that the Peoplemover is powered by magnets!

With that, our program was over. Would I recommend the YES program? Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The kids learned a lot about how things move. It was very interactive with the drawing and experimenting. We got to ride 4 rides and see stuff that we never noticed before. I can't wait to do another program and would even be happy to do this one again when DS2 is old enough.

Up next, BBB!

cappucinno
08-29-2011, 04:24 AM
That YES program sounds very cool. My Dd would love that. Sadly i've never heard of it before:confused3 and we will be there in a few weeks so I don't see us participating...

looking forward to BBB story.

teekathepony
08-29-2011, 09:30 AM
Sounds really neat! I had never heard of the YES program before!

I'm joining in! Sounds like a great trip so far!

sherylcin
08-29-2011, 12:59 PM
Thanks for such an awesome review of the YES class. It sounds like it was lots of fun. My 6-year-old DGS would think it was very cool! Hoping we can get them all in a class or two next time we do our big "Grand" family trip.:goodvibes

GrammyJudy
08-29-2011, 01:01 PM
How do you find out about the YES program? I never heard of it either

LadyBeBop
08-29-2011, 01:12 PM
How do you find out about the YES program? I never heard of it either

This thread explains it all.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2332767&highlight=yes+program

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 10:55 PM
That YES program sounds very cool. My Dd would love that. Sadly i've never heard of it before:confused3 and we will be there in a few weeks so I don't see us participating...

looking forward to BBB story.

I think the YES program is really one of Disney's best kept secrets. I would never have known about it if it weren't for the DIS.

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 10:58 PM
Sounds really neat! I had never heard of the YES program before!

I'm joining in! Sounds like a great trip so far!

Welcome! Glad to have you reading along. The YES program was wonderful. LadyBeBop posted the link to the DIS thread above. Here is the link to the official YES site

http://www.disneyyouth.com/youth-education-series/

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 10:59 PM
Thanks for such an awesome review of the YES class. It sounds like it was lots of fun. My 6-year-old DGS would think it was very cool! Hoping we can get them all in a class or two next time we do our big "Grand" family trip.:goodvibes

I am sure your DGS would love it. We had a great time.

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 11:00 PM
How do you find out about the YES program? I never heard of it either

You can follow either of the links above.

And, Welcome!

ksl5f123
08-30-2011, 11:11 PM
Our YES program ended at 10:45 AM and DD5 had an appointment at BBB at 11:10 AM. I had hoped we would have time to grab an ice cream before heading off to our appointment, but since the program ended in Tomorrowland, we needed to head straight for the castle.

We arrived slightly early at 11 AM, checked in, and sat down to wait. There were 3 other families there when we arrived. They all got called back. Then 3 more families arrived and they all got called back. :mad: I was starting to get irritated when DD5 was finally called at 11:30.

Despite having washed DD5's hair the night before and combing it that morning, it was a tangled mess by the time we got to BBB. :guilty: Three hours out in the Florida heat and humidity did a number on that curly hair. Our poor FGIT literally spent 30 minutes just combing DD5's hair. It was awful and it took forever. I felt really bad. While this was happening, DD7 was bored so she was our official photographer. All of my BBB photos were taken either by DD7 or by the PhotoPass guy.

Alright, let the pictures begin!

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I told you DD7 had the camera.
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Time for some over the top pixie-dusting! This poor child literally had blue hair by time her FGIT was done! :eek:
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Getting ready to reveal:
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The reveal:
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teekathepony
08-31-2011, 07:39 AM
Great update, I wish I was young enough to go to the BBB! lol!

TinksThree
08-31-2011, 10:54 PM
I thought I had responded right before the YES post...:confused3 Maybe I am going crazy!! :laughing: I really have been reading along...Promise!!! :)

The YES program sounds so awesome!! I think it is so cool to combine fun vacation stuff with learning experiences! We try to do this all of the time although we are more like major history buffs and that is usually the route we take. Sorry it isn't science! :upsidedow Maybe you won't be too disappointed in me!!

Love the BBB pictures! What a beautiful little princess!!

RyansMommy1
08-31-2011, 11:55 PM
she is too cute!!

ksl5f123
09-01-2011, 11:21 AM
Great update, I wish I was young enough to go to the BBB! lol!

Adults can do it. ;) Not that I would have the courage to walk around in public made up like that....

ksl5f123
09-01-2011, 11:25 AM
I thought I had responded right before the YES post...:confused3 Maybe I am going crazy!! :laughing: I really have been reading along...Promise!!! :)

The YES program sounds so awesome!! I think it is so cool to combine fun vacation stuff with learning experiences! We try to do this all of the time although we are more like major history buffs and that is usually the route we take. Sorry it isn't science! :upsidedow Maybe you won't be too disappointed in me!!

Love the BBB pictures! What a beautiful little princess!!

I just figured life got in the way of your DIS time.

The YES program was incredible. It made the trip extra special since we did it right at the start the lesson carried over for the rest of the trip.

I'm not disappointed in you at all. :hug: My mom is a big history buff, so all of our travel when I was a kid was of that nature. I have been to at least a dozen Civil War battlefields, Valley Forge, Williamsburg, etc. I actually am looking forward to taking the kids to all of those places too.

Thank you for the compliment on the princess. princess:

ksl5f123
09-01-2011, 11:27 AM
she is too cute!!

Thank you! She looks so different with her hair up than with her normal long curls, but she just adores having "princess hair".

ksl5f123
09-01-2011, 11:29 AM
Just a quick aside... My baby started preschool today. I am home alone for the first time in 8 years. :sad1:

Doesn't he look excited:
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I'll try to post another update tonight or tomorrow.

teekathepony
09-01-2011, 12:01 PM
What a cutie! Yes, he does look excited! I hope he has a great time in preschool!

sherylcin
09-01-2011, 01:22 PM
BBB has to be one of Disney's very best ideas ever! My DGD's love that place! Your daughter looks adorable and very princessy. princess: I see she wore the nightgown. It looks very cute actually and probably was waayyy cooler and less scratchy than the actual costumes are! Know what you mean about the glitter! It gets EVERYWHERE!!:)

For future info, I have to give a plug for the Pirate League for boys. pirate: My two DGS's became pirates on our trip in January and it equals BBB in experience. I think both are "worth" the money.

ksl5f123
09-03-2011, 12:11 PM
What a cutie! Yes, he does look excited! I hope he has a great time in preschool!

Thank you! He was thrilled once we got there. The morning was a little rough. He had a great day!

ksl5f123
09-03-2011, 12:13 PM
BBB has to be one of Disney's very best ideas ever! My DGD's love that place! Your daughter looks adorable and very princessy. princess: I see she wore the nightgown. It looks very cute actually and probably was waayyy cooler and less scratchy than the actual costumes are! Know what you mean about the glitter! It gets EVERYWHERE!!:)

For future info, I have to give a plug for the Pirate League for boys. pirate: My two DGS's became pirates on our trip in January and it equals BBB in experience. I think both are "worth" the money.

I love BBB! Yes, she went with the nightgown. My thoughts on that in the next post. The girls love the glitter and last time it lasted for months, but this time the pure volume of it was completely over the top!

I will have to keep pirate's league in mind for when DS3 is a little older. Right now, he wouldn't sit still. Maybe in a year or two...

ksl5f123
09-03-2011, 12:16 PM
When we last left off, we had just finished DD5's princess makeover at BBB. From there, we headed over to the Tinkerbell's treasure store for the photoshoot. We had never done this before. In July 2010 when both girls went to BBB, there was a line and we would have missed rope drop if we stayed. This time, it was around noon and there was nobody around.

The photographers in there were fabulous! They were very playful with the girls which allowed them to get some really wonderful pictures.
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As you can see, we ended up with the $8 nightgown.
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Was it the right choice? I don't know. On one hand, it was a cheap solution to our problem. It was comfortable and cool. There was no “scratchy” issue. She still looked cute and she was VERY happy with that “dress”. On the other hand, it was a nightgown and it looked like one. Are we now one of the families that people talk about on the DIS that allows their kids to wear strange stuff to WDW? Probably. Should I worry about that? I don't know. What do you all think?

Anyway, on with the pictures:
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Same picture as above with a different border:
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The photographers tried really hard to get DD7 to get in the picture. She did her shy act and ducked behind me. This caused the photographer to get into the curtains to hide also. He played around with her for at least 5 minutes trying to get her to relax and get in the picture. No matter what he did, she wouldn't go for it. Oh well.

By the time we were done getting our pictures, we were all really hungry. We had considered packing our lunch and having it in the cooler in our car. I am glad we didn't. It was late, we were hungry, and the walk out to the minivan probably would have been more than we could take. So, I gave the girls 2 choices for food – Columbia Harbour House or Cosmic Rays. They chose CHH. Since we had to pass it on our way, we grabbed a fastpass for Peter Pan with a return time of 2 PM.

There was a short line at CHH when we arrived at 12:30 PM. We ordered the adult chicken and fish combo basket with fries, one kids mac & cheese with applesauce, grapes, and chocolate milk, and two tap waters. The downstairs was completely full, but there was still plenty of seating upstairs. We got a table right next to the stairs. Our mantra for this trip was “all food is share food”. This meant that anyone could eat anything. There was no “my grapes” or “your applesauce”. So, everyone ate some of everything and nobody left hungry. Before leaving CHH, we made use of the restrooms that are upstairs. They were extra clean and with no line.

After lunch, we still had some time before we could use our Peter Pan fastpass, so we were off to Tomorrowland.

reelmom
09-03-2011, 02:58 PM
I'm curious to see if you were able to stay within budget. I am planning on taking the kids down to Disney a few days before DH and my Mom arrive. Money is the only thing stopping us and I hope I can learn a few tips from you. I think the BBB pictures of your DD are adorable. I can't tell that she was wearing a nightgown. It looks like a super cute dress to me.

ksl5f123
09-06-2011, 05:12 PM
I'm curious to see if you were able to stay within budget. I am planning on taking the kids down to Disney a few days before DH and my Mom arrive. Money is the only thing stopping us and I hope I can learn a few tips from you. I think the BBB pictures of your DD are adorable. I can't tell that she was wearing a nightgown. It looks like a super cute dress to me.

Hello! I will try to give the best tips I can. :thumbsup2 I was worried about being alone with the girls at Disney, but we did really well.

Thanks for the BBB compliment. I think she is cute too. ;) I am glad you think it didn't look too much like a nightgown. I was just super self-conscience about it.

ksl5f123
09-06-2011, 05:14 PM
First, one quick thing that I forgot before. Now at BBB, the girls get to choose stickers from their favorite princess. When DD5's FGIT asked her favorite princess, she responded, “Rapunzel”. The FGIT informed us they didn't have any Rapunzel stickers so DD5 chose Snow White instead. As we were leaving BBB, DD5 and I were talking about how maybe next time when we come they will have Rapunzel stickers. Another CM overheard us and told DD5 that the reason they didn't have any Rapunzel stickers was because Rapunzel wanted to design them herself and she wasn't finished painting them yet. DD5 LOVED that answer!

Alright, on to our after lunch touring. From CHH, we made our way over to Tomorrowland. We grabbed a set of Buzz Fastpasses when we got to Tomorrowland.

The girls chose to do the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor first. The last several times we had seen this show, they had selected a little girl in the audience to be Boo. DD5 really wanted to be Boo. So we made our way to about the 3rd row and as close to the center as we could to increase her chances. Wouldn't you know, on this day they didn't do that part! DD5 was not pleased.

To cheer her up, we headed off to her favorite attraction – Carousel of Progress. She chose to sit in the very front row which actually is not the best place to sit in this theater. It is kind of like sitting in the front row of a movie theater – my neck says “ouch”.

After singing about “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow...” it was already time to use our Buzz Lightyear fastpasses!
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You may notice that she still has on both the sash and the sticker on her face. This is a big change from last year where neither of those things lasted 30 minutes. It is really amazing the difference that a year makes! Last year these things really bothered her but this year it was no problem.

It was now about 2:30 PM. We decided to make our way over to Liberty Square to see the parade. We stopped at Sleepy Hollow and DD5 got a cup of chocolate ice cream and DD7 got an ice cream cookie sandwich. I knew that DD7 wouldn't be able to eat all of hers so I didn't order anything. We found a spot to sit down in front of the Liberty Tree Market so that after the parade went by we could just turn around and head back to Fantasyland.

We sat down and started to eat our ice cream just as it started to rain lightly. We pulled out our ponchos and stayed put. At about 3 PM, they announced that the parade would be delayed due to the rain. The general consensus from people around us was that the rain didn't look too bad and it probably wouldn't be long. Luckily, we were right to stick it out and the parade started at about 3:15.

I am going to try to post some parade pictures in my next post, but once again I let DD7 have the camera and she didn't realize she was in video rather than picture mode so I have about fifteen 3 second videos. :headache:

teekathepony
09-07-2011, 07:56 AM
Great update, love the answer about the Rapunzel stickers. Too bad they didn't pick a little girl at Monsters, but it sounds like you still had a good day!

sherylcin
09-07-2011, 12:57 PM
The pictures from the BBB Photoshoot are precious!! Too bad your DD7 wouldn't get in the pictures but that's how it goes sometimes with kids! :confused3 I think what you have done is created a wonderful memory. Don't be surprised if this becomes one of her favorite memories of all of your trips.......wearing her "nightgown dress". She looks so happy and that's all that really matters. Who cares what anyone else thought about it.......(as I tell myself on vacation) I'll never see these people again anyway! :laughing:

The rest of your day so far sounds great! I like the "all food is shared" idea. CHH upstairs is a really great place to have a little quiet and some good food! Can't wait to read the rest and see how you kept expenses in check.

TinksThree
09-08-2011, 09:45 PM
I just figured life got in the way of your DIS time.

I'm not disappointed in you at all. :hug: My mom is a big history buff, so all of our travel when I was a kid was of that nature. I have been to at least a dozen Civil War battlefields, Valley Forge, Williamsburg, etc. I actually am looking forward to taking the kids to all of those places too.



This time...life has gotten in the way...:sad1: We adore Williamsburg and this is probably our Spring Break destination! I have been in heavy planning mode!!

I don't think the gown looked much like a nightgown. I mean it could, but there are things I see people wearing that isn't night clothes but really should be! :rolleyes1 Besides it was cute and she was comfy and happy..and that is what matters! :thumbsup2

Love CHH...Carousel of Progress...and the parade location is our favorite spot to catch the parades!!

Also love the pictures...such a beautiful keepsake! Too bad DD7 didn't want to join in!

lbuzz52
09-09-2011, 04:10 PM
thanks for the details on the Yes program! sounds like a lot of fun!
add me to the list of those curious to see how the budget breaks down. Love the bbb photosession!

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Great update, love the answer about the Rapunzel stickers. Too bad they didn't pick a little girl at Monsters, but it sounds like you still had a good day!

I love the little "stories" like the one about the Rapunzel stickers or where the characters are going when they take a break. It just makes Disney special and really lets you get into the magic.

I don't know why they didn't do the Boo part. We have seen it several other times and they have always done it before. :confused3

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 10:09 PM
The pictures from the BBB Photoshoot are precious!! Too bad your DD7 wouldn't get in the pictures but that's how it goes sometimes with kids! :confused3 I think what you have done is created a wonderful memory. Don't be surprised if this becomes one of her favorite memories of all of your trips.......wearing her "nightgown dress". She looks so happy and that's all that really matters. Who cares what anyone else thought about it.......(as I tell myself on vacation) I'll never see these people again anyway! :laughing:

The rest of your day so far sounds great! I like the "all food is shared" idea. CHH upstairs is a really great place to have a little quiet and some good food! Can't wait to read the rest and see how you kept expenses in check.

Thank you for the comment on the pictures. I really enjoyed doing that. I probably should have last year. Oh well.

I appreciate the reassurance about the "dress". :hug:

The shared food concept was really important. We couldn't have made it work any other way.

We love CHH and sitting upstairs made it even better.

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 10:48 PM
We adore Williamsburg and this is probably our Spring Break destination! I have been in heavy planning mode!!

DH and I lived in Virginia for several years. We used to love to go to Williamsburg. I think my girls would enjoy it, but DS is still too young.

I don't think the gown looked much like a nightgown. I mean it could, but there are things I see people wearing that isn't night clothes but really should be! :rolleyes1 Besides it was cute and she was comfy and happy..and that is what matters! :thumbsup2

Thank you!!!! Yeah, I guess I have seen worse...:rolleyes1

Love CHH...Carousel of Progress...and the parade location is our favorite spot to catch the parades!!

Also love the pictures...such a beautiful keepsake! Too bad DD7 didn't want to join in!

It was the perfect parade spot. The photographers were so good getting DD5 to pose. They tried hard with DD7. She even remembers that he spoke to her in a voice that "sounded just like Mickey Mouse!"

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 10:49 PM
thanks for the details on the Yes program! sounds like a lot of fun!
add me to the list of those curious to see how the budget breaks down. Love the bbb photosession!

You are welcome! It was great and I highly recommend it.

The budget gets tough...

ksl5f123
09-10-2011, 10:53 PM
When we left off, we were on the ground in Liberty Square eating ice cream in the rain waiting for the afternoon parade to start.

Here it comes!
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Minnie
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and Mickey!
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You can see in this one that there are some dark clouds mixed with the blue sky. It was just a quick rain.

Snow White
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The Queen of Hearts looks like she is levitating. :rotfl:
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Peter Pan and Alice
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Suzy or Perla?? – I am bad I can never remember which is which. :blush:
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Ariel blew DD5 a kiss
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Tiana
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After the parade ended we turned around and headed straight into Fantasyland. This was a brilliant plan because most people seemed to be following the parade into Frontierland or working their way against the crowd toward the hub.

We flew over London with Peter Pan using our fastpasses and then headed over toward the carousel. For some reason, it had a line! :eek: The carousel never has a line. Some of my favorite pictures of the girls when they have done BBB is on the carousel....but....We were hot. We were tired. It was almost 4 PM and we had a 5 PM ADR at Chef Mickey. We skipped the carousel :( and headed for the exit. I thought we might make a quick stop for pictures with Mickey and Minnie or the Princesses in the Exposition Hall, but the waits were listed at over an hour each! :eek: Apparently, the Magic Kingdom gets really busy in the late afternoon. :confused3 So, we just headed out to the monorail.

Coming up, our first really embarassing moment

teekathepony
09-13-2011, 11:13 AM
Great parade pics, hope the upcoming embarrasing moment isn't too bad!!

lbuzz52
09-13-2011, 01:58 PM
wow, an hour- that's nuts! can't wait to hear the embarrassing story. i promise i'll laugh with you...

gatormommy07
09-13-2011, 04:09 PM
Your kiddos are cute!!! I don't think it looks like a night gown, it looks like a cozy dress!!

ksl5f123
09-13-2011, 10:33 PM
Great parade pics, hope the upcoming embarrasing moment isn't too bad!!

Thanks. I know the pics were a little blurry, but they were taken by a 7 year old (and extracted from videos).

ksl5f123
09-13-2011, 10:35 PM
wow, an hour- that's nuts! can't wait to hear the embarrassing story. i promise i'll laugh with you...

I know! The DIS had been saying that the waits never got above 30 minutes so I figured it wouldn't be a big deal trying to catch them on our way out - not that day!

ksl5f123
09-13-2011, 10:36 PM
Your kiddos are cute!!! I don't think it looks like a night gown, it looks like a cozy dress!!

Thank you!! I think they are cute too. I appreciate the reassurance about the dress.

ksl5f123
09-13-2011, 10:43 PM
When we last left off, we were leaving the MK on the monorail headed to Chef Mickey's. Despite the rather large number of people in the Magic Kingdom, the monorail was pretty empty and we were about the only people to get off at the Contemporary.

If you followed my PTR, you know that I have issues with vertigo. Usually, it isn't a big deal, but escalators trigger it for me BIG time! All those moving vertical lines get wavy and with them “moving” I am incapable of finding the horizontal lines that separate each step. :upsidedow

We all know that Chef Mickey's is downstairs from the monorail. Walking off of the monorail, I knew there had to be an elevator, but initially I didn't see it. So, we headed for the escalator. Luckily, it was one of the narrow escalators where I can put one hand on each handrail and kind of hold myself up until the steps separate and I can see them. DD7 got on first and was going down. Then DD5 stepped on and lost her balance. I caught her just in time to keep her from falling headfirst down the escalator! :eek:

I yelped and DD7 turned around to see what was going on. She started climbing up the escalator at a pace that allowed her to stay right in the middle. I tried to stand DD5 back on a step, but my inability to see the steps means we missed again and she again almost went tumbling down the escalator. :headache: Finally, I said forget it. We will take the elevator. But, DD7 was scared to be downstairs waiting on us so she climbed back up the escalator to meet us at the top. She made it to the top, but couldn't go fast enough to step off the escalator back onto the platform. I had to reach our and grab her and pull her up – not an easy task! She is getting big. We must have been quite the sight. DD7 running up the escalator, me trying to reach down it to grab her, DD5 still shaken from nearly falling down the thing. :sad2:

Now that we were all back together, I took a deep breath and realized that we were only about 10 feet away from the elevator. We started walking toward it which was met with loud yelling from the CM on the platform. “You are going the wrong way!!!” he yelled. I looked around really confused. We were headed straight for the elevator. “You have to exit,” he said. “The monorail can't leave until you move!!!” Oh no. :blush: Throughout this whole ordeal, the monorail had been waiting on us!!!! If I could have sunk through the floor at that moment I would have.

Finally, I stuttered, “We...um...we...need to get to the elevator.” He angrily pointed to a gate right behind me and said again, “You have to exit.” I tried to apologize and leave quickly. How long did this all take? From my perspective, it felt like an hour. However, when we got downstairs and I was able to sit down and calm down it had only been 10 minutes since we left the MK.

I knew there would be bumps in the road taking the girls by myself. If DH had been with us, he would have picked up DD5 and everything would have been fine. But I couldn't do that. And so there you have it – my most embarrassing moment of the trip – holding up a monorail and being yelled at by a CM.:sad2::blush:

ksl5f123
09-15-2011, 09:29 PM
Once we finally made it downstairs, we stopped in the restroom so I could calm down from our ordeal. Then we wandered through the shops for a little while. This was Monday, July 11 and my DS2's birthday was that Friday so we were looking for something for him. I got really close to buying a monorail playset, but in the end decided he was probably still too young. :guilty:

Chef Mickey's opened at 5 PM and people were lined up at least 20 families deep waiting to check in. I couldn't remember if our ADR was for 5:05 or 5:20 so we just hung back a little until that whole first wave had checked in. Then we were able to walk right up to the check in desk. :thumbsup2

We went ahead and had our pictures made with the Mickey statue, because I didn't remember the price of the picture package. Once I learned what it was, we didn't buy it. :eek: Then we sat down to wait for our buzzer to go off. We were probably sitting for only about 5 minutes when we were seated. While we were waiting, DD7 was channeling her inner teenager and giving me the whole “Mom, really, a character meal!?! Do I have to have my picture with Mickey? Why do we have to eat here?” speech. I was slightly irritated with her. After all, BBB was supposed to be DD5's special thing and this was supposed to be DD7's special thing. Ugh! :headache:

We had a pretty nice table in the middle level near the kitchen doors. Our server took our drink orders and said that we had about 5 minutes until Mickey would be out. We headed down to the buffet and were able to get a few pieces of broccoli before she came down and said, “Mickey is coming!” So we returned to our seats with just some broccoli.

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Doesn't DD7 look like she is being tortured? ;) Yeah..it was just an act. She had a great time and loved seeing the characters.

Goofy was just behind Mickey, so we waited for him.
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Now it was time for some food! DD5 had some Mickey ravioli, broccoli, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and cornbread.
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DD7 had some Mickey ravioli, Mickey mac & cheese, and some peas.
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I had some of the turkey from the carving station (VERY good), salmon (not as good as Crystal Palace), broccoli (needed to be seasoned), mashed potatoes (they were fine), and a piece of cornbread (awesome!).
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Now, if you followed my PTR, you will know that I chose this ADR because DD7 LOVES Mickey ravioli. There are very few places where you can get them (Chef Mickey's, Kona, and Akershus are the ones I know about) and this is the only place where they are unlimited. In the ultimate irony, DD7 decided that she didn't like the Mickey ravioli at Chef Mickey's! :sad2: When we went back for seconds, she only got the Mickey mac and cheese. On the other hand, DD5 got more Mickey ravioli. I can never predict what my kids will like in any given trip. :confused3

After getting some food, we met some more characters
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did some napkin waving
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and met a few more characters.
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We took our time eating which means that we got to see this guy a second time.
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Overall, our experience here was that the food was better than I expected. I could have eaten just the turkey and cornbread and been very happy. The kids loved the sundae bar and had great interaction with the characters. Our receipt indicates that we checked out at 6:22 PM so we spent just over an hour at our table. At no time did I feel rushed either by our server or by the characters. Was the price too high? Of course, but we knew that going in.

Up next, checking into Windsor Hills

teekathepony
09-16-2011, 08:58 AM
Sounds like a great time at CM!

pinkxray
09-16-2011, 08:42 PM
What an awful experience on the escalator. :eek:

I am so glad DD7 changed her turn once the characters came around especially since it was supposed to be her special meal.

I read your nightgown post before and never commented. I think DD5 looks very cute. I could tell it was a nightgown right away but then again Caitlin has so many similar nightgowns. I think it looked fine and I am sure it was much more comfortable than a princess dress. I saw that the Disneystore is now selling nightgowns that can double as a costume. I wanted to get the Rapunzel one for Caitlin but it is gone.

sherylcin
09-16-2011, 09:40 PM
I knew there would be bumps in the road taking the girls by myself. If DH had been with us, he would have picked up DD5 and everything would have been fine. But I couldn't do that. And so there you have it – my most embarrassing moment of the trip – holding up a monorail and being yelled at by a CM.

Oh my!! That escalator story had my stomach in a knot there for a second! :scared1: Glad it had a happy ending! (Probably stems from my own "escapade" when my son was 9 or 10 and got his shoelace caught between the steps. Let's just say I had a freak out moment!) However, I don't think there is EVER an excuse for a CM to react angrily to a guest! How rude!! How about a polite "Can I help you?" Just sayin................

Glad to hear you enjoyed Chef Mickey's. I've read some not so great comments about it lately (mostly the food) and hope it's recovering its culinary reputation! I will say that I always feel a little tense when we eat there because I'm a slow eater and trying to take pictures with the characters and get food, eat and talk all at the same time really taxes my brain!!:rotfl:

I can never predict what my kids will like

Let's just leave it at that! :lmao: (As every other mother/grandmother will agree!)

TinksThree
09-18-2011, 08:06 PM
Trying to catch up. What an experience with the escalator! I always seem to do something that embarreses me. I usually have a problem letting it go, holding my head in shame when in actuality, no one else has thought anything about it again! :laughing:

We did Chef Mickey's for breakfast and dinner. Dinner wins hands down! Funny how DD7 is channeling the teen angst! Madison did the same thing just as early!

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 01:56 PM
Sounds like a great time at CM!

It was really good. The food was better than I anticipated and the characters were not as rushed as I expected. Overall, a very nice meal.

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 01:59 PM
What an awful experience on the escalator. :eek:

I am so glad DD7 changed her turn once the characters came around especially since it was supposed to be her special meal.

I read your nightgown post before and never commented. I think DD5 looks very cute. I could tell it was a nightgown right away but then again Caitlin has so many similar nightgowns. I think it looked fine and I am sure it was much more comfortable than a princess dress. I saw that the Disneystore is now selling nightgowns that can double as a costume. I wanted to get the Rapunzel one for Caitlin but it is gone.

I HATE escalators and that day didn't really serve to improve my opinion. :headache:

I am so happy that DD7 was just "blowing smoke" about the characters. I was having to bite my tongue to keep it from lashing out at her while we were waiting.

I had noticed the new nightgowns at the Disneystore, so I guess Disney doesn't mind if my kid walks around in jammies. ;) They seem to sell out of all the Rapunzel stuff so fast. You would think they would figure out that she is really popular right now and order more.

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 02:05 PM
Oh my!! That escalator story had my stomach in a knot there for a second! :scared1: Glad it had a happy ending! (Probably stems from my own "escapade" when my son was 9 or 10 and got his shoelace caught between the steps. Let's just say I had a freak out moment!) However, I don't think there is EVER an excuse for a CM to react angrily to a guest! How rude!! How about a polite "Can I help you?" Just sayin................

Glad to hear you enjoyed Chef Mickey's. I've read some not so great comments about it lately (mostly the food) and hope it's recovering its culinary reputation! I will say that I always feel a little tense when we eat there because I'm a slow eater and trying to take pictures with the characters and get food, eat and talk all at the same time really taxes my brain!!:rotfl:


I shudder thinking about your DS with a shoelace caught in an escalator. I hear they sometime eat Crocs too. :eek:

I had read a lot of bad reviews of Chef Mickey's too. Now, I will say that we are not foodies. I like my food kind of plain - grilled chicken, potatoes and steamed veggies are my idea of a perfect meal. If you are looking for caviar and pate you will be disappointed. If you are looking for simple food done reasonable well (it is a buffet afterall), then CM does fine.

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 02:08 PM
Trying to catch up. What an experience with the escalator! I always seem to do something that embarreses me. I usually have a problem letting it go, holding my head in shame when in actuality, no one else has thought anything about it again! :laughing:

We did Chef Mickey's for breakfast and dinner. Dinner wins hands down! Funny how DD7 is channeling the teen angst! Madison did the same thing just as early!

Oh yeah! I am so bad about holding on to stuff and feeling guilty when nobody else even noticed. On this trip, I had to get over it quickly because I didn't want it affecting the girls or our meal.

I'm glad you can look back on the (way too early) teen angst and laugh. Maybe when my DD is an awesome teen like Madison I will feel that way too. Right now, I am still wondering what happened to the little girl. :sad2:

ksl5f123
09-22-2011, 02:14 PM
After our supper at Chef Mickey's, we took the monorail back to the Transportation and Ticket Center. As we got off, I realized I had no idea where the car was parked. :eek: I was in such a panic that morning trying to get to our YES class on time, that I didn't bother to look at what row we were in – or even what lot! :headache:

I did the only thing I could do, I asked the girls (in the most positive tone I could manage), “Who remembers where we parked?” “We parked on the other side of that bridge”, DD7 replied. I was skeptical. Wouldn't I have remembered going under a road? :confused3 But, I had to trust her because I had no idea. We walked under the bridge and there was the car only about 100 feet away. Good job, DD7!! :thumbsup2

This time, Googlemaps didn't fail me and we had an easy drive over to Windsor Hills. We checked in with the guard at the gate, got our pass for the week, and made our way to our condo. We were able to park right in front of the stairwell and make our way up the stairs to our 2nd floor condo. It was the 2nd door on the right from the stairwell. The key to the unit was in a little lockbox outside the door that we had been given a code to open. It opened easily and we removed the key and opened the door. However, the box did not close nearly as easily. I spent about 5 minutes fiddling while the girls explored the condo before I just gave up and brought the pieces inside.

I have never rented a condo in Florida before and I was quite nervous about it. What if I was being scammed and there really wasn't a condo? What if it didn't look anything like the pictures on the internet? What if I opened the door and hordes of roaches scurried everywhere? Yeah, I have a vivid imagination and a personality that worries about everything. :laughing:

So, what did our condo look like?
The kitchen
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The dining area
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The living room
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The girls' bathroom – I didn't take a picture of my bathroom, but it was basic (and not Disney themed)
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My room
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The girls' room
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The closet in the girls room
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As you can see, there were some toys in here that the girls enjoyed very much while I was unpacking. That was a nice surprise. There were also some games that would have been appreciated had we been stuck in the condo due to some bad weather. You can also see a stroller in this closet. If you read my PTR, you will remember that this was a HUGE issue for me – to stroller or not to stroller. In the end, we didn't bring one, but had we really needed it we could have used this one.

After we looked around and made sure everything was acceptable, it was time to unload the car. I will have to say that I was dreading this, but the girls really pitched in and helped bring stuff upstairs. I started with the main suitcase while the girls brought up their backpacks. Then I started bringing up the food while the girls got the swim bags. At this point, I was getting pretty hot and very tired. It was about 7:30 PM, but still about 90 degrees outside. We had been going since 6 AM. So, I told the girls I needed a break and suggested we walk around the building a little. This was timely because we discovered there was an elevator (didn't know there was one) about 30 feet down the hallway. :worship: I was thrilled because I still had the biggest box of food to carry upstairs. We used the elevator to finish our unloading.

By the time we finished getting settled, it was time for bed. The girls watched TV in their room for a little while (a huge treat) but were still asleep at a reasonable hour. I was happy to get a shower, call DH to chat, and get to bed.

So, how did the finances work out this day?
Park tickets (YES program – 5 day standard non-hopper tickets) - $468.73
parking - $14
BBB - $53.20
Columbia Harbour House - $14.25
Sleepy Hollow - $7.86
Chef Mickey's - $100.17 – somehow, in my original budget plan I had estimated this meal at $78 including tip, so I was shocked when it was $85 before the tip! I think that seasonal pricing got me – either that or I used an out of date number from allears. It was $40 for my meal and $20 for each of the girls plus tax.
Windsor Hills condo (4 nights) - $350

Total spent this day = $1008.21
Money remaining = $189.31 :eek: Yeah, I know. It's not looking good for the budget, but this was our most expensive day BY FAR!

pinkxray
09-22-2011, 05:52 PM
Wow, that was an expensive day! It was probably tough to stay on budget after that.

Your condo looks great. I am really starting to question if staying onsite will be for us in the future. I really liked the 2 bedroom unit we had offsite in 2010 and the cost was a fraction of Disney rates.

ksl5f123
09-24-2011, 11:14 AM
Wow, that was an expensive day! It was probably tough to stay on budget after that.

Your condo looks great. I am really starting to question if staying onsite will be for us in the future. I really liked the 2 bedroom unit we had offsite in 2010 and the cost was a fraction of Disney rates.

Yeah, I had expected all of the costs except for the extra $20 at Chef Mickey's. That threw me a little bit.

The condo was wonderful. We all loved having all of the space. It was so nice to put the girls to bed and then be able to do whatever I wanted without having to keep the lights off. The girls loved each having their own bed. They keep each other awake a lot longer when we are in a hotel room where they have to share.

ksl5f123
09-24-2011, 11:19 AM
After a good night's sleep, we got up the next morning bright and early. We all got dressed in our matching Toy Story shirts that I made with matching skirts for the girls. We sat down for breakfast and ….realized we forgot to go to the grocery and buy milk. So, after a quick breakfast of dry cereal (yuck) we were on our way. If you read my PTR, you know that I had a huge debate of AK or DHS on this day. In the end, we decided to go with DHS.

Before we left, I read all of the instructions on here about the Sherbeth road shortcut from Windsor Hills onto Disney property. However, with my experience of trying to get to the MK the day before, I decided to stick to the main roads. We were at DHS in under 10 minutes!!!!!!!! I am not sure we get there that fast when we stay on-property.

As you can see, there were only a few cars that beat us into the parking lot that morning. This picture is taken at 8:01 AM.
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We jumped on the tram
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And 5 minutes later found ourselves here
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You can see that there are quite a few people already at the turnstyles. We found a line where we were in the shade with about 2-3 families in front of us. We spent our time playing 20 questions (Disney character version). And soon it was time to head up to the rope. We were not as fast as the rest of the crowd and were about 3-4 rows back from the rope. But, we were close enough that this time the girls could see the little opening show which was well-acted that morning. Soon we were off!

Now that we have done the Toy Story Dash a few times, I had my strategy down. Since we didn't have a fastpass volunteer, our plan was to just get in the standby line. I took both girls by the hands and we “walked with purpose” along with the crowd. DD5 reminded me that she doesn't like walking fast and I promised her (again) that this was the only time all day I would ask her to move quickly.

I now knew that we needed to go through the bigger entrance, not the smaller one when you make the left turn. I also knew to stay to the right after making that turn. Apparently, a lot of the crowd this morning didn't know that and as we headed into Pixar Place we were at the front of the pack!!!! I only had a split second to decide if we wanted to change our plan and get fastpasses or stick to the plan and get in the standby line. I HATE making split second decisions, so we just stuck to the plan.

The standby line at 9:01 AM!!!
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That last picture was taken at 9:06. By 9:10 AM we were on the ride. I rode with DD5 and DD7 rode on the other side of our car. We all did pretty well (by our standards).

Our next goal was the 9:40 Disney Junior show, but it was now only 9:15 AM. We need to fill some time! What will we do while we wait?

lbuzz52
09-29-2011, 04:48 PM
I HATE escalators and that day didn't really serve to improve my opinion. :headache:

I am so happy that DD7 was just "blowing smoke" about the characters. I was having to bite my tongue to keep it from lashing out at her while we were waiting.

I had noticed the new nightgowns at the Disneystore, so I guess Disney doesn't mind if my kid walks around in jammies. ;) They seem to sell out of all the Rapunzel stuff so fast. You would think they would figure out that she is really popular right now and order more.


i would have been nervous too. i don't go on escalators when there are more kids then adults. they scare me a bit.

rapunzel items drive me nuts. it took everything in me to talkdd out of rapunzel for halloween. as fast as it all sells out, i'm sure they will be everywhere.

wow, one of the first on TSMM! awesome! did you grab FP afterwards?

i'm not feeling very hopeful for your budget!

TinksThree
09-29-2011, 05:28 PM
The condo looks pretty nice! And that is cool that a stroller was there "just in case"!

You had so much better luck with TSMM than we did! That makes me very, very :mad:!!! :lmao: You have the same strategy as me but on our DHS day luck just wasn't our friend!! That is amazing that by 9:15 you were already finished with TSMM and ready to move on!! :thumbsup2

pinkxray
09-30-2011, 02:01 PM
Awesome job with TSM! I can't believe you were done by 9:15. You don't mess around:laughing:

We have never done the TSM rope drop run. In 2010 we had the fast passes from the Give a Day promotion and we just skipped in this year. We will have to follow your plan if we ever make it back.

I'm surprised you even had to take the tram to get to the entrance. I would think you would be right at the entrance based on your picture.

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 01:55 PM
i would have been nervous too. i don't go on escalators when there are more kids then adults. they scare me a bit.

rapunzel items drive me nuts. it took everything in me to talkdd out of rapunzel for halloween. as fast as it all sells out, i'm sure they will be everywhere.

wow, one of the first on TSMM! awesome! did you grab FP afterwards?

i'm not feeling very hopeful for your budget!

I hate escalators. I should have known better and gone straight to the elevator. Lesson learned.

I don't know what it is with Rapunzel stuff. Clearly there is a lot of demand. You would think that by now (a full year after the movie came out) that they would realize this and up the quantities they order. You are probably right about Rapunzel being a popular costume this year. Luckily DD5 wants to wear her outfit from the China pavilion in Epcot for Halloween.

We couldn't believe we were at the front of the pack for TSMM. By the time we got out, the fastpass line was LONG!!

Yeah, it was a rough day on the budget.

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 01:56 PM
The condo looks pretty nice! And that is cool that a stroller was there "just in case"!

You had so much better luck with TSMM than we did! That makes me very, very :mad:!!! :lmao: You have the same strategy as me but on our DHS day luck just wasn't our friend!! That is amazing that by 9:15 you were already finished with TSMM and ready to move on!! :thumbsup2

I assumed that we would be pretty far back in the pack and that is why my original plan didn't include getting fastpasses. We were definately having good luck that morning!

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 01:58 PM
Awesome job with TSM! I can't believe you were done by 9:15. You don't mess around:laughing:

We have never done the TSM rope drop run. In 2010 we had the fast passes from the Give a Day promotion and we just skipped in this year. We will have to follow your plan if we ever make it back.

I'm surprised you even had to take the tram to get to the entrance. I would think you would be right at the entrance based on your picture.

Like I told DD5, that was the only time I wanted to move out all day. Ater that we could meander all she wanted.

Those GAD fastpasses were awesome. I hope they do something like that again in the future.

We probably didn't *need* to take the tram, but there was no reason to wear out little legs so early in the morning. ;)

Tuney
10-03-2011, 01:59 PM
Hey there....

when will you be posting your next chapter?

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 01:59 PM
Hey there....

when will you be posting your next chapter?

Right now! ;) Thanks for reading along!

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 02:02 PM
So, what did we do while we waited? Well, I thought about getting a set of fastpasses for TSMM, but at this point you couldn't even see the end of the line. While we were standing there thinking, a CM commented on our matching outfits. The girls proudly stated that I had made their skirts and the matching shirts. The CM said, “What?! No skirt for mommy?” I told her I think there is a point where one ages out of ruffles. :rotfl: At this point, a random guest interrupted to mention that she also liked the matching outfits. My advice: If you want to be noticed at DHS wear custom Toy Story outfits. ;)

Then the CM said, “Since you have on your Toy Story outfits, you really ought to come in and meet Buzz and Woody. This is the shortest their line will be all day.” Now, I thought that Buzz and Woody's meet & greet didn't start until 10 AM, but they were ready to go at 9:15! So, we walked on in with only about 3 families in front of us. :thumbsup2

This was our first time in this meet and greet area. It is SO CUTE!!
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Oh, no! Zurg is going to get you!
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We were leaving Buzz and Woody by 9:30 and walked right down and into the Disney Junior show. As we walked to the Animation courtyard, I pointed out to the girls how long the line was for TSMM now. The standby was 90 minutes and the line for fastpasses was probably 200 yards!

teekathepony
10-03-2011, 02:02 PM
Gorgeous condo! Loving all those pictures, great updates!

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 02:06 PM
Apparently, the Disney Junior show wasn't a very big priority for most people that morning because we arrived only 5 minutes before it was supposed to start and we still got a front row seat! :confused3

Little Einsteins!
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Jake and the Neverland Pirates!
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
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It was now about 9:55 AM. We had one more goal for the morning – the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground (before it got too hot!). As we walked past TSMM, there was no longer a line for fastpasses. So, we grabbed a set with a 3:20 return time. :thumbsup2 If you think about it, that isn't really that bad for TSMM fastpasses pulled at 10 AM! On our DHS day in June 2010, the fastpasses were gone by 10 AM. Touringplans says this day was an 8.1, but I thought the park seemed pretty empty.

In fact, when we arrived at the HISTK playground, there was NOBODY around. I actually asked a CM if it was open because there were no people anywhere in the area. They said it was and we had the playground to ourselves for about 20 minutes! :goodvibes

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This slide is SO CUTE!
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After sliding, the girls went off climbing through all of the tunnels. I couldn't see them for at least 5 minutes. Luckily, my girls can't resist chattering with each other, so even though I couldn't see them, I could hear them. If it had been busy in there I probably wouldn't have been able to hear them and I would have been much more nervous. Instead, I just took some “atmosphere” pictures.

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Then we decided to climb through the big rope thing. The girls were worried about it so I went with them the first time. Here they are at the top:
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After one time through with mom, they were more than happy to do it again without me!
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Back to the tunnels
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and the slide
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Can you even imagine how hot that must get in the afternoon? You can see the sun directly on it. It was 93 degrees that day!

Time to ride the ant!
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Found some more tunnels
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We spent almost an hour in the HISTK playground. But now, it was time for our break. We stopped for these on the way out:
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OK, full disclosure – we stopped for those pictures because we were lost again. :rolleyes1 We just wanted to ask the photographer how to get back to the front gates, but since he wasn't doing anything else we got some pictures too.

By 11 AM, we were on our way back to the condo for some lunch. We ate and then went to the pool for about 90 minutes. What a difference a year makes! Last year, DD5 (then DD4) kept her princess hair for 9 days. Back then, she didn't put her face in the water when we went swimming. Now, she is a full-fledged swimmer and princess hair didn't quite survive the pool. While we didn't take it out, you will see it slowly coming apart for the rest of the trip. :rolleyes1

After swimming, we stopped in the little convenience store next to the pool and bought some really overpriced milk ($3 for a ½ gallon! :eek:). Usually, I wouldn't pay that ridiculous of a price, but it was becoming clear to me that we were never going to make a run to a big box store, so I might as well just get some and not have dry cereal again the rest of the week.

After getting cleaned up, we headed back to DHS arriving at 2:45 PM.

ksl5f123
10-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Gorgeous condo! Loving all those pictures, great updates!

We had never rented a condo before and that one was REALLY nice. It had everything we needed - including a great price!

TinksThree
10-03-2011, 05:25 PM
First I think you are just trying to rub it in that Touringplans gave you an 8.1 and it felt slower while I had a 6.1 and it was a NIGHTMARE!!!! :mad: :lmao:

Love the pictures with Buzz and Woody!! I love Woody! :lovestruc

I think it is hilarious that you got the pictures in Streets of America due to needing directions! :lmao: I think our DHS stories are correlating so well...

The HISTK play area is fun even for adults for those atmosphere pics (unless a lot of kids get in my way! LOL).

I think you return time is pretty awesome for TSMM since it was 10am. Fastpasses go so fast for that ride!

lbuzz52
10-03-2011, 06:09 PM
you guys have really got your schedule down pat. i can't believe all you did, plus breaktime and swimming, by 2:30

alabamagirl
10-03-2011, 08:39 PM
Enjoying your TR! I'm in the process of planning a budget Disney trip for December. I love the idea of a girls trip! Can't wait to read more. :)

ksl5f123
10-06-2011, 03:21 PM
First I think you are just trying to rub it in that Touringplans gave you an 8.1 and it felt slower while I had a 6.1 and it was a NIGHTMARE!!!! :mad: :lmao:

Love the pictures with Buzz and Woody!! I love Woody! :lovestruc

I think it is hilarious that you got the pictures in Streets of America due to needing directions! :lmao: I think our DHS stories are correlating so well...

The HISTK play area is fun even for adults for those atmosphere pics (unless a lot of kids get in my way! LOL).

I think you return time is pretty awesome for TSMM since it was 10am. Fastpasses go so fast for that ride!

I'm not trying to rub it in but I am thinking that sometimes those numbers don't mean quite as much as we want them to.

Buzz and Woody were awesome and the theming in that area is GREAT!

Yep, I need a big roadsign right next to Miss Piggy that says "EXIT THIS WAY"!

A lot of people complain about losing their kids in the HISTK playground and now I totally understand. They get back in those tunnels and there is no way you can see them. I am glad it was empty that morning.

I couldn't believe there were even fastpasses left. I was sure they would be gone.

ksl5f123
10-06-2011, 03:23 PM
you guys have really got your schedule down pat. i can't believe all you did, plus breaktime and swimming, by 2:30

We aren't a commando family, but I am a little bit of a Disney taskmaster. This is the plan - stick to the plan and nobody gets hurt. :rotfl:

ksl5f123
10-06-2011, 03:24 PM
Enjoying your TR! I'm in the process of planning a budget Disney trip for December. I love the idea of a girls trip! Can't wait to read more. :)

Welcome! I enjoyed planning a budget trip. It added an extra challenge of trying to get the most for my money.

I am so glad we did the girls trip. It was great to have that much time with my girls.

ksl5f123
10-06-2011, 03:29 PM
When we last left off, we were just arriving back at DHS after a break.

I forgot to include these earlier, but also in the morning, the girls wanted to know what was inside the giant sorcerer Mickey hat. I told them it was a souvenir shop and they didn't believe me. :sad2: So, we had to go and see.

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Alright, back to the afternoon. We had a 3:20 ADR at Mama Melrose with the Fantasmic! package. However, it seemed too early to head to our ADR, so we went to the Animation academy. We were going to do the drawing class and we were let into the waiting area, but after several minutes we realized that we were waiting for the 3 PM class. That was not going to work. So I apologized to the CM that works that area for messing up her count and we headed off for Mama Melrose.

Surprisingly, we found it without too much trouble. We checked in and found a seat to wait – and wait we did – for 30 minutes! I know that Disney restaurants are busy, but that seemed like a very long wait given the odd dining time. The long wait also meant that DD5 fell asleep on my lap in the waiting area. After an early morning, some excitement in the park, and swimming in the afternoon, she was beat! At least she got a pretty long nap while we waited.

When our buzzer finally went off, I carried a sleeping DD5 to our table. We were seated in the very back of the restaurant, so by the time we reached our table she was awake.

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The placemats that you see in front of the girls were really entertaining with lots of good activities for while we were waiting.

Since we were using the Fantasmic! package, drinks were included for everyone and I got and appetizer and dessert. DD7 had the grilled fish with green beans, fruit salad, and a Sprite, DD5 had the cheese pizza with sliced apples an ice cream sundae and a lemonade, and I had the Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, and chocolate gelato with a Diet Coke.

DD7 was disappointed with everything she ordered. She ate the fish, but the green beans were too crunchy and the fruit salad was mostly melon.
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DD5 enjoyed her pizza and shared her apples with DD7.
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The girls favorite part of the meal was the Mickey shaped plates
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My Caesar salad was fine although once again over-dressed (a pet peeve of mine).
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The chicken parmesan was quite good and I enjoyed it but shared the slightly overcooked pasta with DD7 (who didn't mind).
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The “chocolate gelato” was terrible! I tried it before I gave it to DD7 who didn't order a dessert. She thought it was OK and ate it all, but as someone who LOVES gelato, I am pretty sure that was just soft serve ice cream. It even had that crystalline texture that ice cream gets if it thaws and re-freezes – YUCK!

Once again, I underestimated the cost of this meal. I had predicted $63.87. I guess I did pretty well if I didn't consider the tip. Our pre-tip cost was $62.81. However, after the tip it was $73.42 – about $10 over my predicted budget. We were paying our bill at 4:40 PM so it was a pretty long meal!

Would I go to Mama Melrose again? Probably. The food was OK and I am pretty picky about my chicken parmesan. If it hadn't been for the “gelato”, I would have said the food was good. The service was fine, although a little slow. The ambiance of the restaurant is nice, but nothing remarkable. Once again, the price was high, but that was because of the Fantasmic! Package. If we were just ordering OOP, we wouldn't have gotten that much food.

TinksThree
10-06-2011, 04:33 PM
I have heard many opinions on Mama Melrose. The chicken parmesan looked good but I always ask for my salad dressing on the side since I do not like my salad over dressed either! It can really ruin a salad! If I ever try this restaurant i think it will be solely for the Fantasmic package.

Oh, and the hat pictures were adorable!!

ksl5f123
10-08-2011, 06:57 PM
I have heard many opinions on Mama Melrose. The chicken parmesan looked good but I always ask for my salad dressing on the side since I do not like my salad over dressed either! It can really ruin a salad! If I ever try this restaurant i think it will be solely for the Fantasmic package.

Oh, and the hat pictures were adorable!!

The problem with Caesar salads is that they are often "pre-tossed" so they can't bring it to you with the dressing on the side. However, I have learned one trick that works in some places - to order a garden salad with Caesar dressing. ;)

We had never done "hat pictures" before and the girls really had fun with them!

ksl5f123
10-08-2011, 07:02 PM
Our next goal was the 5:30 Beauty and the Beast show. We took our time walking over and getting some seats. The theater was already about ½ full when we arrived at 5:10. We played with the camera while we were waiting. All of the pictures here are courtesy of DD5 – remember that when they look blurry or have other people's heads in the middle. ;) :laughing:
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This one gives a nice idea of where we were sitting – on the right side, on the aisle, about ½ way up.
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This was our first time seeing Beauty and the Beast and we enjoyed it very much. DD5 has been taking dance lessons for 2 years and she loved watching all of the dancers. I just loved the beautiful costumes.

Next we headed back to the animation studio. We made it in time for the 6:30 drawing class. We had about a 10 minute wait in the holding area. While we were sitting there, we were looking at all of the characters that were out and thinking about who we might want to meet. The girls had gotten Lilo and Stitch on our drive down and watched it for the first time ever. Lilo was meeting in the Animation academy and the girls were excited to meet her for the first time.

Also, while we were sitting there, the sky opened up with a torrential downpour. :headache: Oh no! All of this planning and extra expense so we could see Fantasmic! for the first time and now it is not only raining, but storming. I asked the CM working the waiting area when they would decide if the show would be canceled and she said 8:50 PM (i.e. 10 minutes before it would start). :guilty: Now I have to make a decision – head to the theater at 8:20 and hope for the best or call it a good try and leave. Ugh! Oh, well. I still had some time to think about it. Now, it was our turn to draw.

Let's see if you can guess who we drew:

Probably not from DD7's drawing:
http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy234/ksl5f123/Disney%202011/DSCN5326.jpg

Maybe from DD5's attempt:
http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy234/ksl5f123/Disney%202011/DSCN5327.jpg

Hopefully, you can tell from mine!
http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy234/ksl5f123/Disney%202011/DSCN5328.jpg

I have to say, I LOVE these classes. Yes, it bothers the girls every time that they don't have erasers and we always end up with a couple of tears before we get over it, but I have ZERO artistic talent and I always feel like I come out having done a pretty decent drawing.

After finishing our drawings, we went back into the main room where all the characters were and wouldn't you know, they were ALL gone! :sad2: OK, next plan. We don our ponchos and head out to use our TSMM fastpasses.

We make a dash for TSMM, jumping over puddles, and are surprised when we arrive that the standby wait (in the rain) is still 2 hours! Good thing for fastpasses. We hurry through the queue (glad we had seen everything in the morning) and are quickly on the ride. In case you didn't know (which I didn't) you aren't allowed to ride TSMM while wearing a poncho. I should have thought about that – nobody wants to sit on a wet seat! So, we quickly slipped them off and into our bag and we were off!

After TSMM, we came out to find this in the sky
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Maybe it is a good omen for seeing Fantasmic! that night. :goodvibes

It is now 7:30 PM. We take a couple of pictures
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and walk through a couple of shops.

Up next, will we finally see Fantasmic! or will we be rained out?

sjs314
10-08-2011, 07:56 PM
Great TR. Scarey moment there on the escalater, I had a similar thing happen with one of my DS once and I hate escalaters now. Your condo is really nice, first time I have ever seen one at Windsor Hills, I have to make sure DH does not see what it cost to stay there or I will lose staying at CR in March :rotfl:
Can not wait to read more, I am wishing I booked Mama Melrose instead of HBD for our F! pkg, thinking I might see if I can change it.

pinkxray
10-09-2011, 08:19 AM
I have found MM to be pretty disappointing our last two trips. We always did it for Fantasmic but we have had 30 minute waits, horrible service and just okay food. We're over it.

I hope Fantamic is still on. I would hate to pay for the package and not be able to use it:sad2:

We have yet to do the drawing class. One of these days. I wasn't aware there was no eraser. That stinks:headache:

TinksThree
10-09-2011, 03:36 PM
We really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast....okay correction: Madison and I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast....on our trip but this one keeps alluding us. As does Animation Studios...ah, maybe one day! Good job on the drawing! I would probably need erasers too so maybe you can sneak one in?! :rolleyes:

ksl5f123
10-12-2011, 10:23 PM
Great TR. Scarey moment there on the escalater, I had a similar thing happen with one of my DS once and I hate escalaters now. Your condo is really nice, first time I have ever seen one at Windsor Hills, I have to make sure DH does not see what it cost to stay there or I will lose staying at CR in March :rotfl:
Can not wait to read more, I am wishing I booked Mama Melrose instead of HBD for our F! pkg, thinking I might see if I can change it.

Thank you and WELCOME!

I have never really liked escalators. That experience just took my dislike to whole new levels. :laughing:

We have never rented a condo before this trip and I had no idea if I was going to like it or not. I was so happy that it turned out to be a great experience - although I wouldn't trade a stay at CR for it!

Mama Melrose wasn't bad (except for the "gelato"). I haven't eaten at HBD, but I would eat at MM again if we were doing F!

ksl5f123
10-12-2011, 10:28 PM
I have found MM to be pretty disappointing our last two trips. We always did it for Fantasmic but we have had 30 minute waits, horrible service and just okay food. We're over it.

I hope Fantamic is still on. I would hate to pay for the package and not be able to use it:sad2:

We have yet to do the drawing class. One of these days. I wasn't aware there was no eraser. That stinks:headache:

I thought our wait at MM was ridiculous. I see no reason to be 30 minutes behind seating ADRs at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

I was SO worried about getting to see F! If it wasn't for Fantasmic! there is no way I would have spent that much money on a meal either. We could easily have had sandwiches and cupcakes from Starring Rolls. :rolleyes1

The drawing class is so awesome! It is my favorite thing at DHS. The pencils are real sketching pencils like an actual artist would use, so, yeah, no erasers. It doesn't bother me - the animator leading the class tells you when to use light pressure and when to go darker - but it drives the kids crazy.

ksl5f123
10-12-2011, 10:31 PM
We really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast....okay correction: Madison and I really wanted to see Beauty and the Beast....on our trip but this one keeps alluding us. As does Animation Studios...ah, maybe one day! Good job on the drawing! I would probably need erasers too so maybe you can sneak one in?! :rolleyes:

This was our first time seeing BatB. We ran out of time in June 2010 and it wasn't working in March, so we were thrilled to finally get to go. DD5 was just talking the other day about how much she liked that show. She loved all of the costumes and the dancing.

You have to try the Animation Studio. It is so much fun!! You could try to sneak in an eraser, but honestly they go too fast for you to use it. By the time you erased one line that was wrong, they would have drawn 4 more lines.

ksl5f123
10-12-2011, 10:35 PM
At about 8:05 we decide to just give it a go and head into the Fantasmic! Theater. We are just about to walk in when DD5 says she needs to use the restroom. This was one of those moments where I wondered where my head was. What kind of mother takes her 2 children into a theater where they will have to sit for over an hour with out stopping in the restroom first? :confused3: :guilty: Apparently, the kind of mother I am – a forgetful one. :headache:

We make our pit stop and head in to take our seats. We choose to sit about 10 rows from the front. There are still a lot of seats in the reserved section. However, in the rest of the theater, the only available seats are in the last 5 or so rows. It is nearly full! Here is the crowd shot at 8:10:
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BTW, yes, all of the people with matching shirts in the middle are South American tour groups (some Brazilian, some Columbian). I know they get a bad rap on the DIS, but they made waiting fun by constantly starting the wave and generally having a good time. :banana:

Here is our view of the stage.
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If you look closely, you can see raindrops hitting the water. It rained off and on the whole time we were waiting – often with some really impressive lightning off in the distance.

Here we are waiting:
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You can see a pretty dark sky behind DD5:
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You can also see in this picture what swimming does to princess hair. It is quite "fuzzy".

While we are waiting, there would be an announcement every 5 minutes or so letting us know that “Due to inclement weather the show may be postponed or canceled.” I was happy that I had talked to that CM in the Animation academy and knew that a decision wouldn't be made until 8:50. In between rain showers, we pulled out some snacks that I had in my bag and we enjoyed those. I was surprised that DD7 lasted this long.

Finally at 8:50 the announcement came: “The show will begin in 10 minutes”!!! Woohoo! :cool1::cool1::cool1: We were so happy that we hadn't sat in the rain for an hour in vain.

The show began right on schedule. I tried to take a couple of pictures, but everything moves so fast, they all came out horribly blurry. There were parts of it that the girls found a little scary (especially Jafar as a giant snake), but we had watched it on YouTube in advance so they knew it would be OK in the end.

When it was over, the girls declared it the best show ever and couldn't wait to call DH and tell him how much he NEEDED to see this show. They LOVED it! :goodvibes I was happy that they enjoyed it and it made all of the worry and sitting in the rain worth it. We were in no hurry to leave, so we let lots of people pass us as we skipped our way to the exit, jumping over more puddles, and recounting our favorite parts.

By 10:30, we were back in our condo and off to bed. It was a pretty late night and we had planned to rope drop the Magic Kingdom the next day. Would we make it?

Money spent: $14 for parking, $3 for milk, and $73.42 at Mama Melrose or $90.42 for the day.
Money remaining: $98.89

This is when I realized that we were not going to make our budget if we kept our ADRs at Liberty Tree Tavern and Rose & Crown. After the girls got off to bed, I called to cancel them. :sad1:

Mombits
10-13-2011, 05:59 PM
Great TR so far. What a bummer that you had to cancel your ADR's to stay on budget but hey, you were still at Disney!

I do have a question about the YES program. On their webpage it says that most of the classes have a minimum of 10 participants. But it was just your two girls plus others, was that a problem for you? How did that work out? I'd ideally like to take some girl scouts but we only have 5 girls. It probably won't happen anyway but it's something I have thought about.

sjs314
10-13-2011, 06:37 PM
There was quite a large crowd for F! the evening you went, I hope it is not so busy when we go.............:laughing: We have never seen the show but DH so hates crowds oh well we will at least have dinner and then decide, it is at 7 pm when we are going, at least we should be back to our room at a decent hour.

Sorry you had to cancel the LTT and R&C ADRs to stay on budget.

ksl5f123
10-13-2011, 10:42 PM
Great TR so far. What a bummer that you had to cancel your ADR's to stay on budget but hey, you were still at Disney!

I do have a question about the YES program. On their webpage it says that most of the classes have a minimum of 10 participants. But it was just your two girls plus others, was that a problem for you? How did that work out? I'd ideally like to take some girl scouts but we only have 5 girls. It probably won't happen anyway but it's something I have thought about.

I was excited about those ADRs because my DH is a vegetarian and neither place has anything that appeals to him. So, this was my chance to get to try them.

There are two types of YES programs: one where you register a group of 10 or more and another called Individual Enrollment intended for a parent and child (or children). The group classes can be scheduled at almost any time, but there are only a few months out of the year where there are individual enrollment classes. There is a great thread about them on the DIS for Families board.

BTW, WELCOME!! :goodvibes

sherylcin
10-14-2011, 12:59 PM
Just catching up here. Love the report from your DHS day. We've never done rope drop but I've read lots of reports about the mad dash to TSM. It sounds like your strategy worked really well for you that day! :thumbsup2 I also love the Animation Academy although I have to say your drawing looks way better than any I've ever done! Hooray for seeing BATB. We love that show. It's like a mini-Broadway musical.

I agree with you about MM. We ate there for the same reason: Fantasmic package! Would go again but not overly thrilled. I will say though that we love the Fantasmic show and in January decided we'd try just showing up without the package. Bad idea!! The crowd is so "smushed" (for lack of a better word) getting into the theater that it's a little scary trying to hold onto young children's hands and not lose them. We will definitely do the package again next time to avoid the cattle drive.

Aren't condos great! Yours looks very nice and the extra room is wonderful!We actually rented a house in Windsor Hills in 2008 and absolutely loved it! You're right about the drive to WDW too. I believe we made it every day just as quickly as on Disney transportation.

So sad you had to cancel those ADR's but good job sticking to your budget! I probably would have said oh, I'm on vacation and I'm going! (Not so good for the budget). I have a goal of under $2000 for the trip with my daughter and granddaughter next February so I'm going to have to be careful. Already got the YES tickets and great rate at Pop. Now just waiting on some good airfares to show up!

Can't wait for your next chapter.

pinkxray
10-14-2011, 02:10 PM
Thank goodness Fantasmic was still playing. It would have been so annoying to pay the ridiculous amount they charge for the package and not be able to see it.
Glad the girls loved it.Now your DH has to see it.

Bummer that you had to cancel your adrs. If I ever get to do a mother/daughter trip I would want to book all the places I know DH would hate too.

ksl5f123
10-14-2011, 02:23 PM
There was quite a large crowd for F! the evening you went, I hope it is not so busy when we go.............:laughing: We have never seen the show but DH so hates crowds oh well we will at least have dinner and then decide, it is at 7 pm when we are going, at least we should be back to our room at a decent hour.

Sorry you had to cancel the LTT and R&C ADRs to stay on budget.

Since we had never seen Fantasmic! before, I really didn't know what to expect. I was quite surprised that the theater was pretty much full - in the rain - an hour before show time. Especially, since this was during the period this summer when they were doing 2 Fantasmic! shows a day every day of the week.

Thanks, it was a tough decision to cancel the ADRs, but it adds to the reasons to go back. ;)

TinksThree
10-14-2011, 02:28 PM
However, in the rest of the theater, the only available seats are in the last 5 or so rows. It is nearly full! Here is the crowd shot at 8:10:
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This is why I have not been to Fantasmic! before...I need to do the package. Everytime the line is cut off because there are so many people!
When it was over, the girls declared it the best show ever and couldn't wait to call DH and tell him how much he NEEDED to see this show. They LOVED it! :goodvibes I was happy that they enjoyed it and it made all of the worry and sitting in the rain worth it. We were in no hurry to leave, so we let lots of people pass us as we skipped our way to the exit, jumping over more puddles, and recounting our favorite parts.

This is awesome! I loved this part! Don't you love it when everything works out int he end and they have wonderful memories to carry with them!? :goodvibes

This is when I realized that we were not going to make our budget if we kept our ADRs at Liberty Tree Tavern and Rose & Crown. After the girls got off to bed, I called to cancel them. :sad1:

Sorry about having to cancel the ADRs but I bet you still managed to find something awesome and fun to replace them! Can't wait to hear!!

ksl5f123
10-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Just catching up here. Love the report from your DHS day. We've never done rope drop but I've read lots of reports about the mad dash to TSM. It sounds like your strategy worked really well for you that day! :thumbsup2 I also love the Animation Academy although I have to say your drawing looks way better than any I've ever done! Hooray for seeing BATB. We love that show. It's like a mini-Broadway musical.

I agree with you about MM. We ate there for the same reason: Fantasmic package! Would go again but not overly thrilled. I will say though that we love the Fantasmic show and in January decided we'd try just showing up without the package. Bad idea!! The crowd is so "smushed" (for lack of a better word) getting into the theater that it's a little scary trying to hold onto young children's hands and not lose them. We will definitely do the package again next time to avoid the cattle drive.

Aren't condos great! Yours looks very nice and the extra room is wonderful!We actually rented a house in Windsor Hills in 2008 and absolutely loved it! You're right about the drive to WDW too. I believe we made it every day just as quickly as on Disney transportation.

So sad you had to cancel those ADR's but good job sticking to your budget! I probably would have said oh, I'm on vacation and I'm going! (Not so good for the budget). I have a goal of under $2000 for the trip with my daughter and granddaughter next February so I'm going to have to be careful. Already got the YES tickets and great rate at Pop. Now just waiting on some good airfares to show up!

Can't wait for your next chapter.

I was so pleased with our effort at TSMM. *I* knew what I wanted to do. I just wasn't sure I could do it with two kids in tow (without getting them stepped on or knocked down).

Thanks for the compliment on my Dopey. I thought he came out really cute.

Wow! Your story about trying to see F! in January sounds really stressful. I would have thought the same thing - how bad could it be in January. Yikes!

I would consider renting a house at Windsor Hills in the future. We usually go to WDW with DH, DS3, and my in-laws for a total of 7 people. I would love to stay somewhere with at least 3 bedrooms.

I had to fight back the "I'm on vacation" temptation with the ADRs. But, part of the deal for this trip was me proving to DH that we could do Disney on a reasonable budget - and I would hate to be proven wrong. ;)

ksl5f123
10-14-2011, 02:43 PM
Thank goodness Fantasmic was still playing. It would have been so annoying to pay the ridiculous amount they charge for the package and not be able to see it.
Glad the girls loved it.Now your DH has to see it.

Bummer that you had to cancel your adrs. If I ever get to do a mother/daughter trip I would want to book all the places I know DH would hate too.

The girls were pretty much indifferent about Fantasmic! when we watched it on YouTube. I was so worried that they wouldn't like it "in person" either and I would have wasted so much time and money (and sat in the rain). I was thrilled and relieved that they liked it. It will certainly be on our itinerary in the future.

My DH and I have pretty different tastes in food. I am your classic midwestern girl who could live on grilled chicken, potatoes, and steamed veggies. DH would prefer to live on pasta and Indian food. We compromise a lot with pasta (because I do like that), but it would have been nice to go to these places that he doesn't want to try.

ksl5f123
10-14-2011, 02:48 PM
This is why I have not been to Fantasmic! before...I need to do the package. Everytime the line is cut off because there are so many people!

Crazy, isn't it? I couldn't believe how many people were packed in there. If you want to see it, you really need to do the package.

This is awesome! I loved this part! Don't you love it when everything works out int he end and they have wonderful memories to carry with them!?


It was such a relief. The girls were so cute rushing to call Daddy and tell him how good the show was.

Sorry about having to cancel the ADRs but I bet you still managed to find something awesome and fun to replace them! Can't wait to hear!!

We did our best.

ksl5f123
10-14-2011, 02:55 PM
I left you with the question: Would we make rope drop at the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday morning? The answer? YES! To my great surprise, the girls happily got up at 7 AM Wednesday morning, got dressed and enjoyed some oatmeal (now that we had some milk). We left the condo at 8 AM and were getting out of our van in the parking lot only 14 minutes later!

We decided to take the ferry over that morning from the TTC. We went through bag check and were the 3rd family at our turnstyle that morning. We chose the right-most turnstyle on the left side so that we also had a great view of the opening show.

Now came the great challenge – what do we do? We had done all of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland on Monday. Do we repeat them? If not, what do we choose. While we are standing there, I ask the girls what the want to do and probably unsurprisingly, they choose all of Fantasyland. OK, at least I have a great plan for that!

When the park opens, we head up Main Street and do something we never do. Something that breaks all the rules of good touring plans. Something that can “put you behind the crowds” all day. Something so simple. We stop for Photopass pictures! I know, I know, you are never supposed to do this if you are trying to get to Dumbo. But, we did it anyway because at 9 AM, there were only a couple of people in the background of our pictures. Who could resist!
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Now that we feel like touring plan rebels, we head off to Dumbo and still make the 3rd cycle. Here are the girls in line (notice the spray bottles they have on their lanyards this morning – they will be REALLY important in just a minute):
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and here we are boarding our elephant at 9:06 AM!
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A view of the castle (showing a not yet busy Fantasyland):
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And some of the Fantasyland construction (it has really come a long way from how it looked when we were there in March!)
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After Dumbo, we headed over here:
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(arriving at 9:11 AM).

Here are the girls waiting to board:
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So far, everything this morning has gone perfectly – there was no traffic, we easily boarded a ferry, we made rope drop, we got great pictures, we rode Dumbo. Obviously that means we are due for something to go wrong. Yep!

It is our turn to board Peter Pan. The CM asks how many in our party. I reply, “3”. She says take that one. DD7 steps onto the moving walkway and …...... BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is a huge popping noise. The other CM working the ride immediately hits the emergency stop. What could have made that noise? Did a ride vehicle fall? Was there a gunshot? What could it be?

I look frantically at DD7 wondering what could have caused that horrible noise. Remember that spray bottle I told you to pay attention to? Yeah, it EXPLODED!!!!!!!! Luckily, it only broke into about 3 pieces. We quickly picked them up and made sure DD7 hadn't gotten hurt. The CM who did the emergency stop asked if we needed a towel to clean up the water and the CM at the loading point said, “No, there isn't very much.” We apologize for causing a disturbance and DD7 steps back off of the moving walkway. They restart the ride and we get to board and ride. I will have to say that I didn't enjoy the ride as much as I usually do. I was still so shocked (and a little embarrassed). :blush:

We learned a few things from this incident: 1) CMs have lightning fast reflexes. He hit that emergency stop so fast I had no idea what had happened. 2) Do not let 7 year olds pump those bottles. They clearly build up too much pressure and cause explosions. :headache:

BTW, if you were riding Peter Pan at 9:12 AM on Wednesday July 13, I am sorry that we made your ride stop. :flower3:

On our way out, we grab our first set of fastpasses for the day. I figured it would be good to have a more relaxing ride on Peter Pan later in the day.

Mombits
10-14-2011, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the info! I'll check into the YES program further if we ever get even close to being able to do something like that. Right now all our energies are focused on the trip to Europe that we have planned for 2013.

I can see why you would be so disappointed in missing out on those ressies if your dh doesn't want to eat there:(

Oh my!! I can't believe that thing exploded!!!Holy Cats!! I'd have had a heart attack and then been so embarrassed. Poor kid, I'll bet she was embarrassed too.

ksl5f123
10-16-2011, 09:52 PM
Thanks for the info! I'll check into the YES program further if we ever get even close to being able to do something like that. Right now all our energies are focused on the trip to Europe that we have planned for 2013.

I can see why you would be so disappointed in missing out on those ressies if your dh doesn't want to eat there:(

Oh my!! I can't believe that thing exploded!!!Holy Cats!! I'd have had a heart attack and then been so embarrassed. Poor kid, I'll bet she was embarrassed too.

Oooh, a trip to Europe. That sounds like wonderful fun! We have been to Italy twice (I LOVE Italy), but I would really like to go to Germany/Austria/Switzerland. Maybe some day...

I couldn't believe it exploded either. Now, I admit as a physics professor, I knew it was theoretically possible to build up too much pressure and cause that to happen. I just didn't think my 7 year old could do it! :eek:

Even though she didn't say anything and nobody blamed her for what was clearly an accident, I would guess she was probably embarrassed too. Chaulk that up as another reason we rode again later.:thumbsup2

ksl5f123
10-16-2011, 10:04 PM
When we last left off, we were exiting an eventful ride on Peter Pan. Our next stop was Winnie the Pooh. There was about a 5 minute wait when we arrived at 9:24 AM. I sort of wish it had been longer because the girls were having so much fun in the interactive queue. ;)
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Playing with the “honey” walls – I love these. They are so neat. However, the engineer in me just can't imagine how they are going to hold up long term. :confused3
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Honeypots in the background:
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We had a fun ride on Winnie the Pooh and then decided to go ride the Teacups (9:37 AM for those keeping track). We often skip this ride because it is the only ride at the Magic Kingdom that DH will NOT ride. :sick: But, since he wasn't with us, we were off to do some spinning.

DD7 is excited. DD5 is leary.
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DD7 loves the teacups and would have enjoyed going as fast as we could possibly spin it. Her sister does not share this enthusiasm. She spent a large portion of the ride saying, "no faster, no faster!"

When we exited the ride, a Photopass photographer came over and handed us a card. He had been taking pictures of us while we rode.
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You can see that DD7 was smiling from ear to ear. She was really having a great time! :goodvibes: DD5 was trying to have fun, but was certainly concerned. ;)

Just outside the Teacups, we noticed that Alice and the White Rabbit were meeting. We have never met either of them. This was one of the few moments where I regretted deciding not to bring autograph books on this trip. :headache:
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Our next stop was the Carousel (at 9:52 AM). I am still a little sad that we missed this one on Monday when DD5's princess hair looked better.
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After the carousel, we headed over to ride it's a small world. I didn't take any pictures on this one, we just enjoyed it.

When we pulled our Peter Pan fastpasses, we got the bonus Philharmagic ones also. I was surprised by this. They used to come with the Winnie the Pooh fastpasses. :confused: Anyway, we decided to see the show for the first time in 5 years. I was scarred by our first two visits to Philharmagic with children – both led to me leaving the theater with screaming kids in my arms. DD7 saw the show at 2 years old and was terrified by it. DD5 saw the show at 1 year old and couldn't take the volume (we didn't know then that she has really sensitive hearing like I do).

We tried really hard to find a CM to take our fastpass, but there wasn't anyone around. We just walked right into the theater, got our glasses and sat down with no more than a 2 minute wait. Since we hadn't seen this in the girls' memory, they liked the little staging area where we waited for the theater to open. I warned them that this movie would be like the Muppet one at DHS which we saw last June with the appearance of things coming out of the screen. I reminded them that if it bothered them all they needed to do was remove their glasses.

It didn't matter – they LOVED the show. :thumbsup: I was happy (I really didn't want to remove screaming kids) and now it is something we can put back on our itineraries.

We finished up our morning in Fantasyland by using our Peter Pan fastpasses. By 11 AM we had done everything in Fantasyland (except ride Snow White – although I did try again to convince them), including Peter Pan twice, and met Alice and the White Rabbit. I call that a successful morning!

TinksThree
10-17-2011, 08:00 AM
Wow what an amazing morning!! I love seeing the pictures of the expansion and how fast it seems to change! I also love that the Photopass Photographer got your pictures on the tea cups! That is very cool and what a great memory that you could have not captured!

We adore Mickey's Philharmagic!! :cloud9: I have heard several people say they got bonus FPs for this when they got PP FPs. I have wondered about that since the longest we have ever waited is 15 minutes. Even at Spring Break.

teekathepony
10-17-2011, 08:21 AM
Holy cow! I think if my water bottle exploded the CM's would be picking me up from the floor too!
Glad the kids liked PhilharMagic this time, I love that show!

sherylcin
10-17-2011, 01:29 PM
Wow! It's amazing what you can accomplish when you're there at rope drop! I think I will use this as ammunition to convince my daughter (not a morning person) that it's worth it at least once! :rotfl:

Also wanted to say I noticed the girls outfits and they are so cute. Is Ariel the favorite princess right now? Anyway, what a great idea. The Toy Story skirts and shirts were adorable too. You are quite creative!

Thanks for the construction progress pics too. Hoping something is done and open when we go next February. I'm afraid I'm with your husband about the teacups. I can't do round and round without feeling :sick:. Glad you all enjoyed them!

ksl5f123
10-19-2011, 10:58 AM
Wow what an amazing morning!! I love seeing the pictures of the expansion and how fast it seems to change! I also love that the Photopass Photographer got your pictures on the tea cups! That is very cool and what a great memory that you could have not captured!

We adore Mickey's Philharmagic!! :cloud9: I have heard several people say they got bonus FPs for this when they got PP FPs. I have wondered about that since the longest we have ever waited is 15 minutes. Even at Spring Break.

They are building really fast in the expansion. I was surprised at how much it had changed in the 3.5 months between our two trips.

I was so happy that the Photopass guy was there! Such fun pictures!

I kind of think the Philharmagic fastpasses are given out to remind people that attraction is there. It is easy to get caught up in all of the rides and miss Philharmagic altogether.

ksl5f123
10-19-2011, 11:00 AM
Holy cow! I think if my water bottle exploded the CM's would be picking me up from the floor too!
Glad the kids liked PhilharMagic this time, I love that show!

Yeah. If that had happened to me instead of DD7 I probably would have had a more dramatic reaction. DD7 just wanted to get on the ride!

I was happy about Philharmagic too. I love getting to add new things to our touring plans as the kids get older.

ksl5f123
10-19-2011, 11:04 AM
Wow! It's amazing what you can accomplish when you're there at rope drop! I think I will use this as ammunition to convince my daughter (not a morning person) that it's worth it at least once! :rotfl:

Also wanted to say I noticed the girls outfits and they are so cute. Is Ariel the favorite princess right now? Anyway, what a great idea. The Toy Story skirts and shirts were adorable too. You are quite creative!

Thanks for the construction progress pics too. Hoping something is done and open when we go next February. I'm afraid I'm with your husband about the teacups. I can't do round and round without feeling :sick:. Glad you all enjoyed them!

I think rope drop is crucial to getting a lot done in the parks. By mid afternoon, I am usually too hot to really enjoy the park - so I don't want to be there then. Mornings work really well for us.

Thank you for your compliments on the outfits. :goodvibes We already had the Toy Story shirts from our last trip. I just made the skirts to go with them. Then we each picked one fabric for the other 3 days. This is the fabric that DD7 choose. She actually prefers Aurora, but wanted blue fabric and we couldn't find Aurora on a blue background.

Strangely, the teacups don't bother me. But if the kids make Dumbo go up and down too fast - I'm in trouble. :rotfl:

ksl5f123
10-19-2011, 04:23 PM
After our wonderful morning in Fantasyland, we were off to Adventureland and Aladdin's Magic Carpets. As we walked past the Adventureland veranda, I contemplated a stop to meet Ariel since we all had our Little Mermaid outfits on, but her line was quite long (about 45 minutes) and we were getting pretty hot. I didn't even mention her presence and we continued on to the Magic carpets. DD7 hadn't ridden these in years because we have been sending her with DH to ride Big Thunder Mountain while I ride Aladdin with the little ones. DD7 tried hard to add BTMRR to our itinerary, but DD5 would not budge.

We arrived at Aladdin a little after 11 AM. Usually, I like to get here earlier, but the line was still only about 5 minutes. Since she hadn't ridden it in a while, DD7 really enjoyed flying the carpet. Somehow, I didn't get any pictures.

After Aladdin, it was time for lunch! We went back to Columbia Harbour House since it was pretty close to where we were. My receipt says we got our lunch at 11:26. We ordered one adult order of chicken nuggets with fries (the girls didn't eat any of the fish on Monday so we decided to go with all chicken this time) and one kid's mac and cheese with grapes, applesauce, and chocolate milk. We also got two cups of water. Grand total $13.72 for plenty of food for all 3 of us! We sat at the same table at the top of the stairs as we had on Monday.

Now that we were nourished, we went back to Adventureland and tried another new attraction (at least to us). We climbed the Swiss Family Treehouse. The girls have never seen the movie, so I explained the basics of the plot to them as we started in. Once again, I will say that I can never predict what my girls will like because they really liked this!
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Views from the top:
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We must have eaten lunch at a lightning pace, because my camera says these pictures were taken at 12:04 PM.

The only other thing we wanted to do before our break was to head up front to see Mickey and the princesses. Once again, their wait times were listed at an hour long. I do not stand in one hour long lines! So, we got fastpasses for both sets. Our return time for Mickey was 1:20 PM and for the princesses was 2:20 PM! We decided we would shop our way up and down Main Street and then see Mickey. We would save our princess fastpass and try to use it after the return time when we came back from break.

This was a super fun and girly thing to do. Could you even imagine spending an hour walking through shops with a 2 year old boy? Yeah, wouldn't work at all! But the girls were great and it was so much fun. The first stop was the Confectionary. We have never been in here before (yeah, I know). Everything looked so yummy and smelled so good. I had to keep reminding myself “we are on a budget” or we would have gone home with a sack full of candy – OK, the fact that it was 95 degrees and chocolate wouldn't have made it 2 steps out the door helped a little too.

Doesn't this look like a party waiting to happen?
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For a little entertainment, I let the girls alternate taking pictures. Here are some things that caught their interest:
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We had wandered through about 2 or three stores when we heard the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party starting up. So, we went outside to watch that:
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Then we were back into the stores:
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As we finished up our browsing, these guys were out on the street:
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Finally, at exactly 1:20 we checked in to go meet Mickey and Minnie!

Mombits
10-19-2011, 05:45 PM
Wow! You did so well! Not only hitting so many attractions so quickly but also staying on budget. I couldn't have gone into that confectionary with out buying something for the kids. I'm a sucker that way. Good job!!!

teekathepony
10-20-2011, 08:40 AM
Going through the shops is always my favourite way to pass time <3 even if I don't buy anything it's always nice to see what's around!

Mombits
10-20-2011, 12:10 PM
Well, I haven't actually been to Italy before but we are going and actually I am taking a solo trip in February to Rome. It's a training trip! The touring company that we are going through is sending me there for free. I really need to get my passport soon.

I lived in Germany for three years when I was little. Ideally, I'd love to go to Greece. That won't be happening:(

sherylcin
10-20-2011, 12:39 PM
Your willpower is amazing! :worship: That Mickey rice krispie treat is our traditional buy only we get the one covered in chocolate. Now we usually have it for several days and there are 13 of us so don't judge us too harshly!:) Looking at all your pics of Main Street make me realize that we don't spend enough daytime hours there. We love the shops but are usually in them at night and, therefore, we miss all the street performers. We have caught the Street Party tho and my "grands" loved it (so did I).

Don't think you could've planned a more perfect MK day so far!

Taja
10-20-2011, 03:17 PM
Thoroughly enjoying your TR, OP!

Your DD5's emergency dress looks terrific--not at all like a nightgown! More on the order of a casual spring/summer dress. The little detail at the top makes a big difference!

I love that you and your DH thought a ladies only WDW visit was a good idea before your DD7 is too old--or considers herself too mature!--to enjoy WDW. I have a feeling your DS and DH are enjoying their time together just as much--just differently! :)

TinksThree
10-21-2011, 01:54 PM
I kind of think the Philharmagic fastpasses are given out to remind people that attraction is there. It is easy to get caught up in all of the rides and miss Philharmagic altogether.

And I think Philharmagic is one of the best things there! Sure it isn't a thrill attraction but the music, the smells...I wonder if I could fly down this weekend!! :rotfl:

I love spending quality time on Main Street. It is such an overlooked "attraction". The entertainment and shops are so fun!! Yay! for FPs to see Mickey now! You could have remained in line for an hour or experience some fun on Main Street after grabbing a FP...that is a no brainer I do believe!! :woohoo:

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:26 PM
Wow! You did so well! Not only hitting so many attractions so quickly but also staying on budget. I couldn't have gone into that confectionary with out buying something for the kids. I'm a sucker that way. Good job!!!

My girls are pretty good about not asking for candy. My 3 year old son on the other hand....

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:27 PM
Going through the shops is always my favourite way to pass time <3 even if I don't buy anything it's always nice to see what's around!

It was fun just to walk through and see what was there. We went in with the expectation that we weren't going to buy anything so it was never an issue.

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:31 PM
Well, I haven't actually been to Italy before but we are going and actually I am taking a solo trip in February to Rome. It's a training trip! The touring company that we are going through is sending me there for free. I really need to get my passport soon.

I lived in Germany for three years when I was little. Ideally, I'd love to go to Greece. That won't be happening:(

I solo trip to Rome sounds awesome! I love Rome, especially off the beaten path. My first trip to Rome started my love for real gelato (not whatever that was at MM).:goodvibes

It would be tough to go to Greece right now. I have never been there, but friends tell me to skip it and go to Turkey instead. :confused3

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:34 PM
Your willpower is amazing! :worship: That Mickey rice krispie treat is our traditional buy only we get the one covered in chocolate. Now we usually have it for several days and there are 13 of us so don't judge us too harshly!:) Looking at all your pics of Main Street make me realize that we don't spend enough daytime hours there. We love the shops but are usually in them at night and, therefore, we miss all the street performers. We have caught the Street Party tho and my "grands" loved it (so did I).

Don't think you could've planned a more perfect MK day so far!

It was challenging not to buy some little treat in the confectionary. Everything looked yummy. I would love to have had one of those Mickey treats covered in chocolate. :cloud9: But, oh, what a sticky mess it would have been in that heat. :eek:

We had never spent any time on Main Street before this trip except for getting ice cream. I am so happy that we took our time and really explored the whole area.

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:36 PM
Thoroughly enjoying your TR, OP!

Your DD5's emergency dress looks terrific--not at all like a nightgown! More on the order of a casual spring/summer dress. The little detail at the top makes a big difference!

I love that you and your DH thought a ladies only WDW visit was a good idea before your DD7 is too old--or considers herself too mature!--to enjoy WDW. I have a feeling your DS and DH are enjoying their time together just as much--just differently! :)

Thank you and :welcome:

She loved that dress and actually just figured out about two nights ago that it was a nightgown when she discovered it in her pajama drawer. :rolleyes1

I loved getting to spend this time with my girls and, yes, DS2 had a blast having Grandma and Grandpa all to himself. He was a spoiled little guy for that week.

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 07:42 PM
And I think Philharmagic is one of the best things there! Sure it isn't a thrill attraction but the music, the smells...I wonder if I could fly down this weekend!! :rotfl:

I love spending quality time on Main Street. It is such an overlooked "attraction". The entertainment and shops are so fun!! Yay! for FPs to see Mickey now! You could have remained in line for an hour or experience some fun on Main Street after grabbing a FP...that is a no brainer I do believe!! :woohoo:

I agree that Philharmagic is a great attraction it is just somehow that building doesn't really catch my attention and say, "Come inside. There is something great in here." :confused3

I hear the combination of free dining and MNSSHP are making it crazy crowded - at least that is what I tell myself when I think about flying down for the weekend. ;) :laughing:

Exactly, why would I stand in a line for an hour when I could spend that same hour wandering Main Street? We were inside (not out in the heat), taking our time, and enjoying the shops. Most people were off eating lunch, so we pretty much had all of the stores to ourselves. It was a great way to spend the noon hour.

ksl5f123
10-21-2011, 08:55 PM
After browsing Main Street, we walked up to get in the fastpass line at exactly 1:20. As we came up, the CM working the line was turning away a family that came back too soon. For some strange reason, that made me nervous even though I knew at most my watch would be 1-2 minutes fast. It didn't matter, she said “Mickey's clock says 1:20. Come on in.”

We followed the ropes through the fastpass line and quickly found ourselves behind just one other mom and daughter in a back hallway. About a minute later another family joined us and then we were all lead down the hallway to meet Mickey!

My picture:
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And the Photopass
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One of these days, DD5 will learn to turn her head when she gives a hug.
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After a great visit with Mickey and Minnie, we made our way back to our minivan (this time I remembered where we parked) and back to the condo. My go-go-go DD7 wanted to go to the pool again, but DD5 wasn't in the mood. I really think she was too tired, but she would never say that. They decided to watch their new Lilo and Stitch DVD (which they received on the drive down) and just lounge around in the condo. This was fine with me – I took a nap!

I made us supper in the condo this evening and then we made our way back to the Magic Kingdom. When we got back, we had to park pretty far back in the parking lot. There were lots of spots closer up, but you have to go where you are told. ;)

At this time in the afternoon, the express monorail was running, so it was a quick trip back to the MK. We went straight to use our princess fastpass and had no trouble using it 3 hours late. Whew! The timestamp on my photos indicates that we met our first princess at 6:40 PM. I didn't remember it being that late.

Up first was Cinderella:
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I like that picture because it really shows DD7's outfit. The outfits kind of worked against me in here because EVERY CM said something about how Ariel must be our favorite princess and "did we see her today?". Of course, by this time she was done for the day and we had to say "no, we missed her" which of course made the girls look at me like "Why did we miss her mom?" because they knew we weren't coming back to MK. Ugh!

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next came Belle:
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Belle was awesome! You can tell from the above pictures that she talked to each girl and really took her time with us!

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I love this one:
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and finally Aurora:
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Up next, nighttime at the Magic Kingdom!

ksl5f123
10-23-2011, 10:09 PM
First, let me apologize that this update is light on the pictures. I will include what I have, but I didn't take many. I will explain why in just a minute. OK, back to the TR.

After meeting the princesses, we made our way back up Main Street
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(Lots of people are leaving at 7 PM!)

and toward Tomorrowland pausing for pictures along the way.
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You can't really see them in our Main Street pictures, but as we were walking up Main Street, the curbs on both sides were already full of the Brazillian (and Columbian) tour groups holding their spots for the parade. The parade was at 9 PM and this was 6:50 PM. How long do you think they all sat there? :confused3 That is just crazy to me!

The rest of this evening is a little hazy in my memory. :confused: I know that we went into Tomorrowland. Knowing how we tour, we probably got a fastpass for Buzz lightyear, rode the Peoplemover, saw the Carousel of Progress, rode Buzz Lightyear, and got another Buzz fastpass for later. At least that is what I think we did? :confused3

What I do know is that by 8:20 we had our spot on the sidewalk for MSEP and Wishes. Where did we choose? The exact same spot we had in March! :cool1: If you are coming from Tomorrowland, we walked up to the Hub without crossing the street and sat right there on the left side of the walkway.

Our view:
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We sat down and I told the girls that I would go get some ice cream in a few minutes. Unfortunately, a family decided to come up right behind us and sit down just behind the tape. :headache: I knew any minute a CM was going to come by and make them move up inside the tape. If I wasn't there, there is no way my 2 little girls could have defended that space. So, I had to stay. There was no ice cream, but there was a VERY disappointed DD7. She doesn't like it when I can't do what I say. :guilty:

I don't have any pictures from either MSEP or Wishes this evening. I don't think I mentioned it before, but I decided since I was the lone pack mule for this trip (no DH or stroller to carry things for me ;)) we were not bringing the DSLR camera. Instead, I just brought our 8 year old Nikon Coolpix which fits in my pocket. It takes pretty nice pictures (not as nice as the DSLR), but it takes at least 30 seconds in between pictures to be ready again. Ugh! :mad: Anyway, since we don't use this camera as our main one, I have no idea if it can increase exposure time or do any of the things that you really need a camera to do to get good nighttime pictures – so I didn't even try.

While we were waiting, we pulled out or Dollar Store glow bracelets and shared with the kids around us. It kept everybody entertained while we waited and prevented anyone from wanting anything from the passing carts. Too bad there wasn't a passing ice cream cart – we would have done that.

We also like to make friends with the people around us. Somehow people seem less likely to push and step on you if their kids are playing with yours. Some CMs did come out with a jump rope, but instead of little kids lining up to jump, the line filled with girls from the South American tour groups. Would my girls have gone out to jump if the big girls weren't there? Probably. But there was no way they were going to go out with a bunch of teens. We did enjoy watching them though and some of them were quite good at jump-roping.

So, MSEP was MSEP. I still like it and the kids got waved to at least 2 or 3 times. The music is nostalgic for me as I have it on an album (yeah one of those like 12” discs that go on a record player and need a needle to play – ever heard of one of those? :laughing:) that I got as a kid. I still love that album and listen to it occasionally.

Then it was time for Magic, Memories, and You. I LOVE this show. :goodvibes The technology is amazing. The girls had a pretty good view and they loved it too. I tried to take a video of the show using the smartphone I had purchased just 2 weeks before our trip started, but I didn't really know how to work it yet, so I failed miserably. :guilty:

Finally, we also stayed for Wishes. The girls went crazy over Tinkerbell flying over us. DD7 insisted that she was hanging from a wire while DD5 argued that she was flying. It was so cute. The girls prefer last summer's Summer Nightastic fireworks to Wishes. I think it just had more of a story which meant it was easier for them to understand.

I love this spot for these shows, because it allows us to just turn around and go back into Tomorrowland while most of the crowds leave. We went and rode Buzz Lightyear again. We may have also seen Carousel of Progress or ridden the Peoplemover again – I really don't remember.

We then walked back into Fantasyland. The wait times at Pooh and Peter Pan were both still about 50 minutes, but “it's a small world” was a walk-on so we headed over there. We were having a great ride when about two rooms from the end I looked over and noticed that DD5 was ASLEEP! :eek: We got to the end of the ride and I woke her up to get off. This was the only moment of the trip where I wished we had a stroller. She was so tired. I took this as a pretty strong signal that it was time to leave. We hurried down Main Street just as the 11 PM MSEP was starting and quickly made our way out of the park and back to the condo.

Money spent: $14 for parking and $13.72 for Columbia Harbour House = $27.72 for the day! We're on a roll now! :banana:
Money remaining = $71.17

Up next, EPCOT!

sherylcin
10-24-2011, 12:53 PM
Love all the pictures! Both the photopass and your own are really good. The Minne/Mickey and Princess M&G pics are really wonderful! I love that they have a Photopass photographer there especially. So did you think the new M&G area was better than in Toontown? I do like that you can FP it. That was one great idea!

I think you had an awesome MK day. Like your pick for a spot to watch Wishes (too bad about the ice cream though:sad2:). I agree with you about the new Magic, Memories and You show. It is just so innovative. We'll have to try to snag that spot next time. My DGD's would be thrilled to have Tink "fly" right overhead!

teekathepony
10-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Awww I love all the Princess pictures!!

TinksThree
10-24-2011, 01:33 PM
The pictures with Mickey and Minnie and the Princesses are great!! I love the FPs for those! I saw ovwer the weekend where they are going to test FPs for the parades. I can't remember which site I saw it on since it was a Facebook post. I need to find that post to see how that would work!

MESP: Love it, love it! You are right it is so nostalgic!
Memories, Magic and You: again I totally agree! The technology is awesome!
Nightastic: 100% agree that I prefer it to Wishes! That is cute how they "argued" over Tinker Bell's flight, though!!

Poor DD5 sacking out in IASW! The budget looks pretty decent right now! :thumbsup2

Mombits
10-24-2011, 03:55 PM
I think the pics that you do have are just wonderful! It sounds like you had a great time and you are doing great on your budget!!

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:11 AM
Love all the pictures! Both the photopass and your own are really good. The Minne/Mickey and Princess M&G pics are really wonderful! I love that they have a Photopass photographer there especially. So did you think the new M&G area was better than in Toontown? I do like that you can FP it. That was one great idea!

I think you had an awesome MK day. Like your pick for a spot to watch Wishes (too bad about the ice cream though:sad2:). I agree with you about the new Magic, Memories and You show. It is just so innovative. We'll have to try to snag that spot next time. My DGD's would be thrilled to have Tink "fly" right overhead!

I like the theming for Mickey better now than in Toontown. For the princesses, it is really a tossup to me. Since the fairies were next to the princesses in Toontown, they took most of the crowd and it was usually pretty quick to see the princesses. The theming seems to be nearly identical to what they had in Toontown. I love getting the fastpasses for the M&G. That made planning to see the characters so much simpler.

I love that spot for the nighttime shows. We get a great view of all three without having to move. Seeing Tink fly is just the icing on the cake.

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:13 AM
Awww I love all the Princess pictures!!

Thank you! DD5 is completely enamored with all of the characters. DD7 tries to talk it up like she isn't interested, but she still enjoys it too.

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:18 AM
The pictures with Mickey and Minnie and the Princesses are great!! I love the FPs for those! I saw ovwer the weekend where they are going to test FPs for the parades. I can't remember which site I saw it on since it was a Facebook post. I need to find that post to see how that would work!

MESP: Love it, love it! You are right it is so nostalgic!
Memories, Magic and You: again I totally agree! The technology is awesome!
Nightastic: 100% agree that I prefer it to Wishes! That is cute how they "argued" over Tinker Bell's flight, though!!

Poor DD5 sacking out in IASW! The budget looks pretty decent right now! :thumbsup2

We had really good meet and greets this day. I heard about the parade fastpasses. I don't know how I feel about that. Last year we could have had reserved seating for the afternoon parade at MK because AAA was offering it if you booked their package. But, we prefer not to be in the park at 3 PM (especially in the summer) so we skipped it. Add on top of that giving up a fastpass slot.... I would really have to think about it. Now, if they were giving them for the evening parade - that is something entirely different.

I couldn't believe DD5 fell asleep in iasw. She loves that ride! She must have been so exhausted.

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:20 AM
I think the pics that you do have are just wonderful! It sounds like you had a great time and you are doing great on your budget!!

Thank you! I love taking lots of pictures and we decided to get as many Photopass pictures as we could this time. I have such a hard time remembering to stop for them.

The first day was REALLY rough on the budget, so we needed to make it up a little. We did great on this day.

ksl5f123
10-28-2011, 01:28 AM
I was surprised that my girls made it up in time on Wednesday to make rope drop at the Magic Kingdom after staying out Tuesday night to see a 9 PM Fantasmic! It would be impossible for us to make rope drop at Epcot on Thursday after staying in the Magic Kingdom until 11 PM, right? I mean that does make sense, doesn't it?

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Yeah – that would be the girls first in line at our turnstyle! :banana::banana:

OK, I have a confession. I have “family of the day” envy. :blush: Intellectually, I know how small the odds are – especially since they seem to be phasing out rope drop shows. But, we try anyway. OK, actually I try – my family just thinks I like standing around at the turnstyles for an hour in the morning. :rolleyes1 I know better than to get my girls hopes up about something. When we arrived at 7:57 AM on Thursday, July 14, there were only about 5 other families waiting at the gates. One other family was sporting the matching shirt look – theirs were orange. I didn't say anything to the girls, but looking around I thought we might actually have a shot on this morning. :hyper: Would this be our day? I was hopeful.....until I saw the CMs talking to the orange shirt family. Phooey. They were chosen. Oh well - back to enjoying being first in the park. :thumbsup2

When they opened the turnstyles at 8:50, I took DD5 by the hand and started making our way toward the rope. When we were just about 100 feet from the rope, I noticed DD7 was lagging about 10 feet behind us. DD7 NEVER lags behind. She is my child with unbounded energy. Why would she be behind me? I called to her to catch up only to notice that she is limping. :guilty: Apparently, instead of walking into the park she was jumping/bouncing/acting like Tigger and she twisted her ankle.:headache:

I take her by the arm and we still make it in time to get right up to the rope. We happen to stand right next to a boy wearing a birthday button. The CM working the rope notices his button and calls all of the characters over to wish him a happy birthday.

He gets a great hug from Pluto:
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Another hug from Minnie:
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Minnie gives the girls a little wave as she walks past:
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Here comes Goofy:
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Goofy greets the birthday boy, and then shakes hands all the way down the rope – including DD7:
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Today, I really like Goofy. :thumbsup2
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While we were watching all of the characters come out, I was trying to figure out what to do. Here we are, at the rope, on the right hand side, in the perfect position for the Soarin' Stampede. The girls had done so well at DHS on Tuesday. But, DD7 is standing on one foot. I know she is not seriously hurt and will probably be able to shake it off in 10 minutes or so – but we don't have 10 minutes – the rope is about to drop and we need to have a plan NOW. Once again I have to make a last minute decision. I hate last minute decisions. I need 6 months to plan! I don't have 6 months - I don't even have 6 minutes. What do we do? Do we stick with the plan and join the crowd for the rush to Soarin'? Or do we think of somewhere else to go where DD7 doesn't have to hurry?

Mombits
10-28-2011, 03:57 PM
Oh man!! What a choice!!!

Really great character pics. I'll bet the girls were excited to have the characters come over to say hi, even if they weren't the intended recipient. Too bad you didn't get chosen as family of the day. Smart not to tell the girls.

TinksThree
10-28-2011, 04:44 PM
Phooey on that orange family!! :headache: .....:)

We always make it for rope drop at Epcot but we never see the characters...:confused3 Maybe we lag too far behind getting PP pictures taken. It is always a mad rush to Soarin' for us!! I love Soarin!!!!! :yay:

heaven2dc
10-29-2011, 12:14 AM
Oh I hope your daughter's foot is okay and that you still made it to Soarin' early enough for good Fastpasses! Love your designed outfits :love: I wish I were that innovative but then I have four boys and only one daughter and am sure none of them would wear matching outfits. Too bad you didn't get chosen as family of the day :(

teekathepony
10-29-2011, 11:27 AM
Yikes! Hope that ankle heals up fast!

ksl5f123
10-30-2011, 11:42 PM
Oh man!! What a choice!!!

Really great character pics. I'll bet the girls were excited to have the characters come over to say hi, even if they weren't the intended recipient. Too bad you didn't get chosen as family of the day. Smart not to tell the girls.

The girls loved getting to see the characters at the rope that morning. We have always been WAY back in the pack at Epcot so it was fun to be right up front and see them open the park.

ksl5f123
10-30-2011, 11:44 PM
Phooey on that orange family!! :headache: .....:)

We always make it for rope drop at Epcot but we never see the characters...:confused3 Maybe we lag too far behind getting PP pictures taken. It is always a mad rush to Soarin' for us!! I love Soarin!!!!! :yay:

Thank you for sharing my uncalled for disappointment. ;)

You have to be AT the rope to see the characters. If you are more than 3-4 rows back you would probably never notice them.

ksl5f123
10-30-2011, 11:47 PM
Oh I hope your daughter's foot is okay and that you still made it to Soarin' early enough for good Fastpasses! Love your designed outfits :love: I wish I were that innovative but then I have four boys and only one daughter and am sure none of them would wear matching outfits. Too bad you didn't get chosen as family of the day :(

Thanks! I loved making all of our outfits for the trip. I really loved the girls skirts on this day. They were just really full and twirlly. This was the fabric that DD5 picked out. It was princesses and stars with lots of glitter imbedded in the fabric. It fit her personality perfectly. princess:

ksl5f123
10-30-2011, 11:50 PM
Yikes! Hope that ankle heals up fast!

It was one of those moments where the first though through my head was "Is this really happening? Did my child really just get hurt walking in the gate?"

She was able to shake it off - just not in time for rope drop...

ksl5f123
10-30-2011, 11:59 PM
When we last left off, we were at rope drop at Epcot. DD7 had twisted her ankle on the way to the rope and I had to make a quick decision about doing the planned Soarin' Stampede or making a new plan.

The park commando in me knew what she wanted to do – she wanted to be on the first run of the day of Soarin'. But the mommy in me won over the park commando.

Instead of the Soarin' stampede, we made the very short walk directly over to the Character Connection. You can see how close we already were to that – it is visible over Goofy's shoulder in my picture in my last chapter. So, when the rope drops, I take both girls by the hands and we weave through the crowd and into visit the Fab 5. We were the third group there that day – the first people were a couple of young Japanese women, then one father and daughter, and then us.

DD7 did a little complaining on our way in about meeting Mickey “again”. Yeah. The child looks tortured, doesn't she:
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Minnie:
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Notice DD7 still standing on only one foot:
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Pluto:
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Donald:
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Goofy:
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Just a couple of comments on this experience. If you look back through all of these pictures you will notice that in every one DD5 is wrapped around a character with an ear-to-ear smile. This is why we took this trip. That is the look that I wanted to capture forever. It is a sad but true fact that kids grow up. We never know how long that look of joy will last. Will she do it when she is 6 or 7 or 9 or 12 or 17? Who knows - but I want to take advantage of as many moments of it as I can while it lasts.

Second, you may notice that DD5's hair is no longer in a bun. Actually, you might have noticed it over the past several updates. During our break on Wednesday afternoon, the pins came out of the bun. I offered to put it back up for her, but she decided that this long ponytail with all of the rubberbands looked like Jasmine's hair. So, she declared that she was done with Cinderella hair and now had Jasmine hair. ;)

pinkxray
10-31-2011, 02:47 AM
Good decision. It's funny that kids say that they dont want to meet characters but it is a whole different story once they are with them.

You got some great photos and soarin will still be there later.

MagicShell
10-31-2011, 11:47 AM
I just found your report and read all your updates. I was curious to see if you made your budget. It sounds like you are doing pretty well. I was wondering if your girls went shopping down main street and not ask for anything. I can't imagine my kids doing that. :sad2: Also, was your condo cheaper than a value resort, or do you just like that type of accommodation better? Yes, I am a little nosy. :flower3: I really like your report, you seem to have had a great plan to do a lot each day. I will be waiting to find out whether or not you made your budget. :thumbsup2

lbuzz52
10-31-2011, 01:30 PM
Doing better with the budget now!
I love the Jasmine hair!
I can't believe the water bottle exploded on PP. i would have yelled for sure. I'm glad you saw Philharmagic. That is usually one of our after lunch spots- its a lot of fun and cools you off for a bit in the early afternoon heat.

ksl5f123
10-31-2011, 02:55 PM
Good decision. It's funny that kids say that they dont want to meet characters but it is a whole different story once they are with them.

You got some great photos and soarin will still be there later.

Yeah! I think they gripe just to see how much they can annoy mom before we explode. I was a little irritated with her because I was trying to come up with a plan with HER needs in mind. Oh well. At least she changed her tune and we don't have any pictures of the grumpy face. :laughing:

ksl5f123
10-31-2011, 03:06 PM
I just found your report and read all your updates. I was curious to see if you made your budget. It sounds like you are doing pretty well. I was wondering if your girls went shopping down main street and not ask for anything. I can't imagine my kids doing that. :sad2: Also, was your condo cheaper than a value resort, or do you just like that type of accommodation better? Yes, I am a little nosy. :flower3: I really like your report, you seem to have had a great plan to do a lot each day. I will be waiting to find out whether or not you made your budget. :thumbsup2


:welcome:

The girls knew pretty much up front not to ask for anything. This is just the regular way things are. I shop to a list everywhere - not on the list, not going to buy it. They quit asking long ago. :rolleyes1

This was our first time ever staying in a condo. We usually stay onsite. However, there were no discounts offered for July and it is peak season. So, the value resorts were $124/night. For our four nights, that would be $496. We got the condo for $350. Even with 5 days of parking ($14/day = $70) we still came out $76 ahead. Staying in the condo also allowed us to cook some of our suppers whereas we would have been pretty limited in a room at Pop (maybe some pb&js). I also wasn't sure how I would do with that much togetherness. :blush: The condo let me have my own bedroom where I could escape at bedtime or during our breaks.

If money weren't an issue, we would have been at POR, but since it was Windsor Hills worked out great.

ksl5f123
10-31-2011, 03:09 PM
Doing better with the budget now!
I love the Jasmine hair!
I can't believe the water bottle exploded on PP. i would have yelled for sure. I'm glad you saw Philharmagic. That is usually one of our after lunch spots- its a lot of fun and cools you off for a bit in the early afternoon heat.

After I realized that the table service meals were really messing up the budget, we started doing much better.

I love how she is so adaptable about stuff like the Jasmine hair. She sees it with a creative eye.

The exploding water bottle was a complete shock. I never would have guessed that was going to happen.

Philharmagic was great and I love that now the girls want to do it again.

ksl5f123
11-04-2011, 02:26 PM
After having a great meet and greet and avoiding the mass of people heading to Soarin', I asked the girls where they wanted to go next and they chose Imagination. We headed into the pavilion and noticed there was no line – in fact, there were no other people at all. :confused3 We made our way all they way back to where you load the ride vehicles and we saw 3 CMs and a ride that was not moving! :eek: One CM was sitting in a ride vehicle, another was standing outside the vehicle leaning on it, and the third was standing by the ride controls. My first thought was, “Oh no. It isn't working. Where should we go now?” But, I was wrong. It was working – there just weren't any people that were riding it yet that morning – We were FIRST! :cool1:

As we loaded our ride vehicle, one of the CM's asked us what took us so long. We replied that we had stopped to see Mickey first. He said, “Oh. So you like Mickey?” and then proceeded to cover the girls in Mickey stickers! Pixie dust!! :wizard: That moment removed any stress that came with changing our plan this morning.

We finished our journey with Figment and made our way into the play area at the end. In March, we had rushed through here because DH was missing. This time the girls got to play as long as they wanted.

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Usually, it is so loud in here that it is hard to detect the effect – you hear the sound of whatever instrument or object you step on – but this morning since it was just the two of them the sounds were very clear and it was much more fun.

I love these little areas
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We also created this cute little thing
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Hmmm. I just noticed they stuck a copyright on there. I wonder if it is legal to post him. :rolleyes1

Finally we had one more stop in the Imagination pavilion – the gift shop. I owed DD5 a plush Figment. On our June 2010 trip, it had been the only souvenir that she wanted. I had told her to wait while we walked around the World Showcase, but then we never made it back to get her Figment. As I mentioned earlier, we had rushed through Imagination in March 2011 searching for a missing DH. So, DD5 had been waiting on this one item for over a year – and she was NOT going to let me forget it again!

Here she is with him later in the afternoon:
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Yeah, it is that little 3” tall Figment on the table that she waited a year to get! Doesn't ask for much, does she? :lovestruc $7.41 spent on a little Figment. Of course, DD7 immediately launched into the “I want something too” speech. I told her that I would by her a set of trading pins right then (she had REALLY gotten into pin trading on this trip and had already traded away all the ones she didn't want) or she could wait and have $7 to spend on whatever she wanted later. She chose to wait.

TinksThree
11-06-2011, 08:40 AM
I like the Imagination Pavilion and Figment. It gets a lot of bad rap comparing it to the days of old...but I do not remember those days so I think this ride is cute! And I love the games at the end! We made those figures too!!

Cute little Figment to wait almost a year for!! :)

ksl5f123
11-10-2011, 02:48 PM
I like the Imagination Pavilion and Figment. It gets a lot of bad rap comparing it to the days of old...but I do not remember those days so I think this ride is cute! And I love the games at the end! We made those figures too!!

Cute little Figment to wait almost a year for!! :)

Imagination is just fun. I am one of those folks who prefer the old ride, but as long as Figment is there, I am happy!

DD5 is both a patient and a decisive child. She will pass by 100's of really cute things and then become completely attached to one small item.

ksl5f123
11-10-2011, 02:53 PM
Hello! Sorry I have been MIA lately. We have had a parade of visitors at our house, so I have been extra busy. Hopefully now, things will get back on track. :goodvibes

After journeying through Imagination, we were off to visit with Nemo. There was only one other family in the queue with us here. I was beginning to wonder where all the people went. Soon, we boarded our clamshell and I do believe it may have been the first time ever that the ride didn't stop in the middle!

We were then determined to find the dolphins. I had read on the DIS that there were dolphins in the tanks, but somehow we had always missed them. We must have walked by their tank 2 or 3 times before we finally saw a dolphin in it. Once we knew where they were, we stayed and they swam right up to the glass several times. DD7 LOVES dolphins, so this was a highlight for her.

Then we were off to explore the rest of the Seas.
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Can you believe we have never taken this picture before?
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I love seahorses – I think they show God's sense of humor.
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Not sure why we have this picture – kind of an interesting fish
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It was now about 9:58 AM. I had heard that they do the dolphin feeding at 10 AM, but on this day it was delayed until 10:30. :( We didn't want to spend another ½ hour at Nemo, so we went over to the Land.

We pulled our Soarin' fastpasses at 10:10 AM with a 1:30 return time – not too bad. Then we went to ride Living with the Land. I LOVE this ride. I have crazy dreams about being able to grow veggies like they do in the greenhouses.

Coffee
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Papaya
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Dragonfruit
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The water lilies are just pretty
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Mango – I would have never thought these would produce fruit in a container!
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Watch out! Alligators with glowing eyes
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Love the Mickey out of lettuce
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More lettuce – I want one of these!
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Bell peppers – I also want to learn how to do this. This year I think my bell pepper plants each produced about 2 golfball size peppers. Ugh!
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Love the basil too
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We got off of the Land ride at 10:38 and we were hungry! My plan for this day had been to eat here
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But, they don't start serving lunch until 11 AM. We really didn't want to stand around for 20 minutes, so we decided to just grab a snack and keep moving.

At 10:40 AM, we purchased one cup of applesauce, one blueberry muffin, and two kid's drinks for a total of $6.45.

By the way, do you ever take time to look up in the Land pavilion? I love the ceiling with the balloons each representing one of the four seasons!
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ksl5f123
11-13-2011, 05:47 PM
After finishing up our favorite attractions in Futureworld, we were off to the World Showcase. First, we grabbed a Kim Possible fastpass (determined to use it this time). We made our way to Canada arriving a minute or two after 11 AM. Our goal for the rest of the day was to do something we have never done before – make it all the way around the World Showcase. :goodvibes I think the best we have done in the past is 5 pavilions. :rolleyes1

We enjoyed walking around the Canada pavilion. The gardens here are pretty (and the sun was REALLY bright!)
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We then stopped to start our “Duffy on a stick”.
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To my other mommy friends, I wanted to let you know that now in addition to the traditional Sharpies, they also had Crayola crayons available!!! I know this has been a big deal to some folks on the DIS, so I wanted to let you know about the change. :thumbsup2

Then we walked to the back of the pavilion and enjoyed all of the scenery back there – it is so beautiful!
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We also saw the first showing of the movie on that day. I haven't seen it in YEARS and I don't think the girls ever have, so we really thought it was fun – especially the beginning! :laughing: We then wandered through all of the shops. One of them has a little game where you can looked for hidden stuffed animals and win a prize, but we were there too early and they hadn't hidden them yet. :(

Finally, we took these pictures as we made our way to Jolly Old England.
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In England, we enjoyed looking through all of the shops. Isn't this cute?
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If we weren't on a budget, this might have gone home with us.

This was a neat little display.
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We also added to Duffy.
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The room next to the Duffy coloring area.
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After England, we decided we were hungry again. After all, it had been almost an hour since we ate. We decided to share some fish from Yorkshire Fish shoppe and just as we were heading there, DD5 exclaims, “MY FIGMENT!!!” Yep, she had waited a YEAR to get Figment and he was lost in less than 2 HOURS.

We turned around and retraced our steps through the England pavilion shops. I remembered her having him in the first shop we visited in England. So, we knew he had to be in England somewhere. What we didn't realize at the time is that she had him when she sat down to color Duffy (if you look really close at the picture above, you can see his orange scales next to DD5's ponytail – Figment is on the table while she colors), but not when she stood up. After that picture was taken, quite a few other children joined us and he probably walked off with one of them. Anyway, we searched the England pavilion and then approached the CM working the cash register in the first shop (where I KNEW we had him). I told her that Figment had been lost and was about to ask her to hold him for us if he was found. My plan was for us to return at the end of the day and see if they had found him.

BUT, I didn't get to do that because she saw DD5's tears and pulled out a special pad of paper. She wrote DD5 a coupon to return to Imagination and get a new Figment at no cost!!! This was, by far, our best pixie dust of the trip. :wizard: :cloud9: :yay: After waiting a year for a very small toy, then losing him 90 minutes later, we knew we would be going home with a little Figment – although we decided not to go pick him up until we went back to Futureworld to use our Soarin' fastpasses.

OK, crisis averted and back to lunch. We made our way back outside and off to get some fish and chips. We got one adult order of Fish and Chips and two cups of ice water for $8.73. We each got a pretty big piece of fish and about 5 large french fries. It was plenty and we were happy.

ksl5f123
11-13-2011, 06:18 PM
Pssst....DISers.

Over here.


I have a secret.



Don't tell anyone.


But,


We MIGHT be going back to WDW. :cool1:

We aren't sure yet, but I can't contain myself. Please let me tell you the whole twisted story.

When I am not planning a new trip to WDW, I live on the Budget Board. About a month ago, there were some posts about getting a discount to Legoland. For $75, you got one adult and one child ticket. This is a HUGE savings. Usually, those same tickets would cost $170. DH and I talked about it. We REALLY want to go to Legoland. The park is intended for families with children ages 3-10 and ours are 3, 5, and 8 years old. Perfect! Also, my DH LOVES Legos. He is a computer science professor and his class with the highest enrollment is a Robotics course for non-majors where they program LEGO robots. (Isn't that cool? If you were an English or history major, what would you rather do to fulfill your science general ed requirement: take chemistry or biology or physics 101 or play with LEGO robots?)

Anyway, we decide to buy the tickets which are good through the end of May 2012. We plan to drive to Florida for spring break, spend a few days at the in-law's condo in Vero Beach, stop at Legoland for a day, spend the night in a hotel and drive home. Pretty cheap trip. Probably about $500.

Only ONE SMALL problem. MIL and FIL had decided to spend March (the month of spring break) at their house in Denver and had RENTED out the condo for the month!!!!!! :scared1:

OK, plan B. We will still go to Florida. We are in the process of learning to camp with kids. DH and I both love to camp, but we have never taken the kids. DS3 potty trained last February, so this has been our first summer without diapers in 8 years. We cloth diaper and I can't imagine how one would camp with a child in diapers. :confused3 Anyway, camping is our new thing. We look at Ft. Wilderness and learn that we can stay there for only $75/night. We can afford that and what a better place to camp? I hear the comfort stations are really nice. We make a new plan that involves staying at Ft. Wilderness, going to Legoland one day, maybe Seaworld another, and the rest of the time enjoying the Fort. There is a lot to do there. With just those tickets and cooking all of our own food at the Fort we think we can do the trip for $1000. No longer cheap, but still affordable.

Then, we find out that since DH mentioned the trip to MIL and FIL, they have decided they are joining us. :eek: OK, plan C. MIL must "dine" at least once a day. Vegetarian chili at the campsite certainly does not count. So, now we must budget at least $150/day for eating. Ugh. After the wonderful trip I have been writing about where the girls and I managed to eat on $300 for the week, this is a painful realization. :guilty: I have started looking at making some ADR's but only have one for now. The cost of the trip is now just over $2000.

Finally, DH says, "I don't think the kids will let us be that close to the parks and not go." I asked the kids - they are fine with it. I think secretly DH wants to go to the parks. ;) Anyway, on to plan D. DH and I both have tickets from 2001 with a day left on them. So, if we just buy one day tickets for us and two day tickets for the kids, and we drop Seaworld, but keep MIL's dining our cost goes to $2900. We can't afford that. $2500 is our ceiling. So, we are negotiating with MIL and FIL. Maybe we can drop 2 days of "dining". Maybe they can get the kids tickets (Florida residents are allowed to buy their grandchildren "Florida resident" tickets which are MUCH cheaper). Maybe they will split the cost of the campsite with us. We'll see.

Remember, it's still a secret. Shhh!

TinksThree
11-13-2011, 09:51 PM
What great Pixie Dust in regards to Figment! That was super sweet of the CM!

I :lovestruc LWTL also! My black thumb dreams of growing things like in the greenhouse too!

What awesome news you may be returning!!! :yay:

TinksThree
11-13-2011, 10:08 PM
What great Pixie Dust in regards to Figment! That was super sweet of the CM!

I :lovestruc LWTL also! My black thumb dreams of growing things like in the greenhouse too!

What awesome news you may be returning!!! :yay:

ksl5f123
11-17-2011, 09:28 PM
What great Pixie Dust in regards to Figment! That was super sweet of the CM!

I :lovestruc LWTL also! My black thumb dreams of growing things like in the greenhouse too!

What awesome news you may be returning!!! :yay:

It was so nice of the CM to put an end to the hunt for Figment right then and there. I doubt that he would have been found, so she saved me a lot of trouble - and DD5 some tears.

My garden had a terrible year this year. We had lettuce in the spring, but pretty much nothing after that. I would love to have a good tomato season. Maybe next year...

ksl5f123
11-17-2011, 09:32 PM
After our 2nd snack stop of the day, we were on to France. We walked around a little and looked at the gardens and then we got in line to meet Aurora. She came out at 12:20.

This picture was taken at 12:25, so we were pretty near the front of the line.
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The girls had a great interaction with Aurora. First, Aurora notes her image on DD7's shirt:
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Then DD5 points out Aurora on her lanyard:
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Then Aurora asks the girls to do her a favor. She explains that she is playing a game with Jasmine and that she needs the girls to tell Jasmine, “TAG, you're it! - from Aurora”
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Well, you would have thought that the president himself asked them to perform a secret mission. It may seem like the smallest little thing, but I actually can't imagine anything that would have made the girls enjoy the World Showcase any more than this one simple request. They spent the next 45 minutes practicing what they were going to say to Jasmine. Who was going to talk first? What would she say? Should they say “TAG” at the same time? They got completely caught up in the idea. Disney magic!

OK, back to the pictures:
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Next, we were off to bright and sunny Morocco. OK, everywhere was bright and sunny, but using our Duffy-on-a-sticks as sunshades amused me:
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This is what I got when I asked them to put the Duffys down:
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We did some exploring while we waited for Jasmine and Aladdin's next time. We have never spent any time in Morocco before.

This is a beautiful mosaic:
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We also did some more coloring on Duffy. The store in that area is very interesting. There are lots of beautiful scarves and some neat metalwork. They were playing some interesting music and some people were dancing also. The CM working the coloring area wrote the girls' names on their Duffys in Arabic. The girls loved that.

About 10 minutes before Jasmine and Aladdin were scheduled to come out, we got in there line and took a couple of pictures.
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Strange how those trees jumped right into my shot. ;)

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Finally, it was time for Aladdin and Jasmine
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DD5 was enjoying showing Jasmine her “princess-turned-Jasmine hair”
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The girls delivered their message while the characters paid rapt attention.
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Then Jasmine said, “Can you do me a favor too? Mulan and I are having a tea party tonight and I need you to remind her to bring the eggrolls.” The girls grinned from ear to ear – they had another special mission from a princess.

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jerseygirl81
11-19-2011, 11:01 PM
I'm loving your trip report! Your girls are so cute, nice budget trip. Linda :)

ksl5f123
11-20-2011, 06:17 PM
I'm loving your trip report! Your girls are so cute, nice budget trip. Linda :)

Thank you! I think they are cute too. :goodvibes We worked really hard to stay on budget.

ksl5f123
11-20-2011, 06:19 PM
After our meet & greet with Jasmine and Aladdin, we were off to Japan.
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We wandered through the store there and then went outside to wait for Miyuki. I have been trying to see her for the last 2 trips and somehow we are never anywhere near the Japan pavilion during the afternoon when she does her shows. I was NOT going to miss her again!

While we were waiting, we watched a little bit of the drumming show. I found it rather entertaining, but the girls thought it was boring. Luckily, it wasn't too long before Miyuki appeared. We were right up to the rope around where she works, but on the side. The girls tried really hard to get chosen to pick an animal, but she only chose children from in front. I will remember than in the future!

I took a ton of pictures here. I hope you enjoy them. :)

First, she made a flamingo. Look at the detail on the wings! Absolutely amazing!
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Then she made a tiger
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Then a blue dog
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And a rooster
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From left to right, the tiger, a pink bunny, the rooster, the flamingo, the dog, and a grey cat.
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After the show, she lets the kids come up and hold one and get pictures taken.
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In contrast to the drumming show, the girls were mesmerized by Miyuki. They couldn't wait to see what she was going to do next and were really enthralled with the whole idea. We never saw her back when she used to give the candy away, but I now understand why everyone was so upset when she stopped. What a wonderful souvenir that would be! I have to say this show is now a must see for us in the future. She is so talented and it was just amazing to see how much artistry she put into each piece.

After Japan, it was time to get our Kimmunicator and go save the world. We did our first mission in Germany. It was so much fun! For those who haven't done a Kim Possible mission before, I am not going to give away all of the little tricks, but lets just say that you spend about 30 minutes going from store to store pressing the buttons on the Kimmunicator and watching the decorations on the wall move and reveal various clues. Unfortunately, right as we started our mission, the skies opened up with one of Florida's famous afternoon rain showers. We wanted to finish the mission so we could move on to other pavilions, so we were constantly dashing in and out of the rain in the German pavilion as we crossed from one side to the other. By the time we finished our mission in Germany, the rain had ended. The Kimmunicator asks if you want to do another and lets you pick your country. DD7 wanted to do another, but DD5 didn't. We decided we would try the one in China when we went over there.

Before leaving Germany, we also stopped in the Karamel Kuche shop. Mmmm. It smells AMAZING in there. I really wanted to try something so I asked the girls what they wanted. DD5 quickly picked something, but DD7 launched into meltdown mode. She has some orthodontics and is militaristic in her observance of the “forbidden” foods. She declared loudly that she wasn't allowed to have caramel so she couldn't have anything and it wasn't fair that little sister could. Extremely disappointed, I decided it would be better if we just leave. :( I can't believe I didn't get to try anything. Next time, I will not be deterred!

jerseygirl81
11-20-2011, 08:33 PM
That caramel shop in Germany is good. We had some caramel corn with chocolate drizzled over it, they also had them with nuts that was delicious! Linda :)

ksl5f123
11-25-2011, 10:29 PM
That caramel shop in Germany is good. We had some caramel corn with chocolate drizzled over it, they also had them with nuts that was delicious! Linda :)

Mmmmm. That sounds awesome! I WILL try something there next time...

ksl5f123
11-25-2011, 10:36 PM
Leaving Germany, we head on to China. We had two main goals in China – do our 2nd Kim Possible mission and give Jasmine's message to Mulan. We worked our way through our mission. With the exception of the very last special effect, I didn't like this one as much as Germany. The girls were starting to get bored with it and we skipped a lot of the extraneous text from the Kimunicator. :rolleyes1

“My” only meltdown of the trip started in China. :guilty: It was now almost 3 PM. We had been at the park since 8 AM. Somehow between the rain in Germany and China I lost my hat. :mad: I have worn that one hat at WDW for the last 5 trips. I was also hungry and frustrated that I didn't get a snack in Germany. Then the girls got bored with the Kim Possible mission, but somehow managed to push the button making it so we didn't know where to drop it off and had to do a 3rd one. :headache: Finally, we couldn't find Mulan. We knew she was supposed to be out at 3 PM, but we asked 3 CMs who all gave us the run around about where exactly she would be.

I just had to make the executive decision that we were going to sit down on the rain-soaked benches and wait and watch for Mulan. Of course, after that she came out quickly.

She played along with the game and said how much she was looking forward to tea that evening with Jasmine. She clearly wanted to continue the game and send the girls back to Belle, but I had to veto that one. :sad2:

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After China, we went over to Norway for our final Kim Possible Mission. I don't even remember this one because the girls had completely lost interest and I just wanted to hurry up and finish it and turn in the thing. Of course, this is the hardest one as far as figuring out exactly where you need to stand to see the special effects and get your next clue. :headache: At one point I was ready to just put the thing down and let somebody else finish it. Eventually, we did figure it out and get the Kimmunicator dropped off.

Our last stop in World Showcase was the boat ride in Mexico. It actually had a line, but the line moved quickly. It took maybe 5 minutes. I like this ride. It is dark and cool and not too loud. It was a good break when I was near my breaking point.

From the World Showcase we went back to Imagination to get DD5 a new Figment. It took quite a while because there was only 1 CM working the register and apparently she was doing some sort of inventory or something that couldn't be interrupted, so we just had to stand there and wait. Can you feel my frustration building? :rolleyes1

With a new Figment in hand, we made our way over to the Land pavilion to use our Soarin' fastpasses. Wouldn't you know when I am already cranky and tired this was the one time on the whole trip when an entire Brazilian tour group entered the fastpass line just as we got there? :eek: Ugh! OK, I am not going to go stand in the fastpass line while they load all those kids. We find a nice bench and sit for 10 minutes to let them get through. We still have a wait once we get in the fastpass line, but it isn't too bad. We enjoy our flight over California (especially, the orange grove!)

Our last stop of the day is Spaceship Earth which is a walk-on. DD7 is thrilled that she gets her own car while DD5 and I share. We love this ride. We have a great time. I enjoy the time sitting down and cooling off and feel better by the time we exit.

We stop on our way out for a few Photopass pictures.

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By 5:30 PM, we are back at our condo. I make everyone a quick supper and we head out to the pool for a couple hours. Knowing we won't return to the pool on our last day, we turn in our pool key and get our deposit back before leaving.

By 9 PM, we are back in the condo. The girls head to bed while I do some laundry and most of the packing.

Money spent: $14 for parking, $7.41 for Figment, $6.45 for a snack in the Land, $8.73 for some Fish and chips
Total spent this day = $36.59
Money remaining for our last day = $34.58!

TinksThree
11-28-2011, 01:37 PM
Boy have I gotten behind!! I love the little game the princesses had your girls play! That is so cute and they will probably remember that for a long time!

The candy maker is amazing! I caught the end one time and I hope to get to see her show next time!

We all have meltdowns at some point! I know I have mine :guilty:....and then we move on! :)

ksl5f123
12-02-2011, 09:38 PM
Boy have I gotten behind!! I love the little game the princesses had your girls play! That is so cute and they will probably remember that for a long time!

The candy maker is amazing! I caught the end one time and I hope to get to see her show next time!

We all have meltdowns at some point! I know I have mine :guilty:....and then we move on! :)

It's OK. I haven't been on the DIS much lately either. I will try really hard to do another update tomorrow.

The girls had a blast being sent on missions by the princesses. It was so special! :goodvibes

I LOVED Miyuki! She was incredible. I am going to add her to all of my future touring plans!

Thanks! I was actually surprised it was my only meltdown of the trip. :blush: My kids say I turn into a growly bear when I am hungry.

ksl5f123
12-04-2011, 07:47 PM
Our last day was Friday, July 15. It was sort of an emotional day for me. On one hand, I was at Animal Kingdom with my girls having a great time. On the other hand, it was my 11th anniversary and DS's 3rd birthday and neither DH nor DS were there. It was a real balancing act between enjoying our day at AK and wanting to leave and get to the condo.

As with all our other days, we began bright and early. We finished packing up the car and did the last couple of things to clean up our condo before departure. Then we made the 5 minute drive to AK.

Although all of the websites had said that AK was opening at 9 AM this day, they were already open when we arrived at 8:50. So, we headed on in and went straight to Triceratop Spin. We rode 2 or 3 times (there is NEVER a line for this in the morning) and then made our way to Kali River Rapids.

When we arrived at Kali at 9:15, there were about 10 people in line at the gate and it wasn't running yet. Now, I know from reading the DIS that Kali doesn't always open at 9 AM. Sometimes it opens at 10 AM. We decided to wait in the line for a few minutes to see if it would open. While we stood there, we watched as the fastpass time got later and later. By 9:25, the fastpass return time was 11:15! I was beginning to get concerned. For the first time ever, I got out my new smartphone and used the Lines app to see how the line was going over at the Safari. The Safari was the only other fastpass enabled ride that we wanted to do that day. According to the app, the standby line at the safari was 45 minutes and the fastpass return time was 10:30.

Several people tried to ask the CM working the gate when the line would open and she gave the usual obtuse answer. Is there something in Disney policy that prohibits them from telling you what time something will happen? They almost never tell me.

Finally, I decided that we better do something and I sent DD7 over to get fastpasses (I could see her the whole time). Just as she returned, it was 9:30 and they opened Kali. Why couldn't the CM have just said that all along? Oh well. This time DD5 got the KALI stamp on her hand indicating that she was tall enough to ride. If you read my March TR, you might remember that she had been very upset that she didn't get one on that ride. I guess it just depends on the CM working the entrance.

We made our way through the queue and onto our boat. We quickly dropped our bags into the center compartment and took our seats. Apparently, waiting in line for 15 minutes didn't give the other people on our boat enough time to organize their things. There was a woman standing in the middle asking her husband about where something was in the bag. The CM standing on the edge of the boat asked her to sit down. She continued standing and continued her conversation. The CM began counting down, “Ma'am, if you don't sit down we will have to stop the ride in 10 seconds...5 seconds...3...2..1” Yep, our 2nd emergency stop of the trip! It was probably another 30 seconds before the woman finally finished her conversation and sat down. Good grief!

We floated our way down the river and got totally drenched. DD5 and I in particular really took the brunt of it. We were wet for the next couple of hours.

My next goal was to make our way over to Camp Minnie Mickey because I have heard the lines are really short when the characters first come out. We headed over there and arrived with very few people in the area. We originally got in line to see Chip and Dale first, but then noticed that we could be the first people of the day to meet Donald!

My picture
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And a bunch from the Photopass
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See how wet I am?

Then we noticed that Thumper had just come out. Since we were wearing our Bambi outfits that day, we hurried over there next. Thumper LOVED the outfits and really managed to thump that foot. It was adorable. I really wish there had been a photopass photographer with Thumper, but my pictures will have to do.
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Next, we hopped back over to Chip and Dale.
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I wish I knew why he took such an interest in her hand!?!

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Then we were off to Mickey
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And finally, we stopped to see Minnie
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pinkxray
12-05-2011, 01:40 PM
I just wanted to say that I was looking at your AK pictures and your crocs look adorable for some reason. Totally off topic and random, but I just thought you should know that you are one of the only people I have even seen who looked good wearing crocs in pictures.


Anyway, back to Epcot.

We have never seen the candy lady. She looks amazing.

If I was DD7 I would have been upset if everyone could have something from the caramel shop and I couldn't. It would be torture watching others eat those yummy treats in front of me.

I thought Kim Possible was a bit boring and it was very annoying having to finish the mission just to turn in the set. I can't imagine having to go through 3.

I didn't realize you would be missing DS birthday and your anniversary. That must have been tough.

TinksThree
12-13-2011, 10:09 AM
You got to ride Kali! I hate we missed riding this year! It drives me crazy when people are indecisive and slow down my fun!! :headache::rotfl:

I love the pictures with the characters! I just love meeting the characters....even as an adult! :goodvibes

I feel your "pain" in missing your guys on the special day! That would have to be a tough one!!

sherylcin
01-05-2012, 01:41 PM
Just got all caught up. I haven't had much time for DISing lately (my mother passed away although not unexpectedly). Anyway, the pics are wonderful and it sounds like your days at Epcot and Animal Kingdom (so far) have been pretty amazing! I think that was some pretty great pixie dust getting the Figment replacement. I've also done the KK game with my grandkids. It is a little annoying to finish up if they're losing interest. Epcot is one of our favorite parks and we've spent lots of time there but I've never seen the "candy lady" in Japan. Putting her on my list.

Waiting to see how the budget ends up...............popcorn::

I'm leaving in a month with my daughter and oldest granddaughter to celebrate her turning 13 (BIG SURPRISE TRIP). Can't wait to see if I can stay in MY budget!!:goodvibes

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 07:25 PM
OK, I know I have gone completely AWOL for the past two months. I really don't like unfinished trip reports, so I am determined to finish this one. In fact, it is all written now and just waiting to be posted.

So, what happened to me for the past 2 months? Well, we went to visit my parents in Ohio for Christmas and their internet was spotty. So I didn't get to post then.

However, more important than that is that I have been sick :sick: - but it is a good sick. I have had REALLY bad morning sickness! (As in haven't kept a whole day's food down in over a month :headache:) We are expecting baby #4 to arrive in late July!! :dance3: (+1) :goodvibes

With feeling as bad as I have been, I just haven't been interested in getting on the DIS. I still feel bad, but it is time to finish. So, with that, back to the trip report...

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 07:43 PM
I just wanted to say that I was looking at your AK pictures and your crocs look adorable for some reason. Totally off topic and random, but I just thought you should know that you are one of the only people I have even seen who looked good wearing crocs in pictures.

Gee, thanks. I only wear them on days when we know we are going to get wet feet because in general I don't like th elooks of them either. The ones I am wearing at AK are the Mary Janes which I like because I am such a klutz and I need the extra straps so I don't trip myself.


Anyway, back to Epcot.

We have never seen the candy lady. She looks amazing.

Totally amazing! She is now a must do for me on any future trip.

If I was DD7 I would have been upset if everyone could have something from the caramel shop and I couldn't. It would be torture watching others eat those yummy treats in front of me.

I was frustrated because she immediately started in with the whining about not being able to have something. I realize that with orthodontics she can't have a chewy caramel candy, but a cupcake or a cookie or a strawberry with a caramel drizzle wouldn't have hurt anything. She just didn't give me the chance to explain that. :rolleyes1

I thought Kim Possible was a bit boring and it was very annoying having to finish the mission just to turn in the set. I can't imagine having to go through 3.

I was SO done with KP I almost just left the thing on a bench somewhere! If we ever do this again there will be a new rule - only one mission!


I didn't realize you would be missing DS birthday and your anniversary. That must have been tough.

Yeah. I was ready to go celebrate with them, but we still had a fun last day.

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 07:52 PM
You got to ride Kali! I hate we missed riding this year! It drives me crazy when people are indecisive and slow down my fun!! :headache::rotfl:

I love Kali! It is always hard for me to miss it.

I love the pictures with the characters! I just love meeting the characters....even as an adult! :goodvibes

We had wonderful luck with characters on this day. The Camp Minnie Mickey meet was excellent!

I feel your "pain" in missing your guys on the special day! That would have to be a tough one!!

It is hard to be away, but luckily the little guy couldn't read a calendar to know what was happening. I won't get away with that much longer. ;)

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 08:31 PM
Just got all caught up. I haven't had much time for DISing lately (my mother passed away although not unexpectedly). Anyway, the pics are wonderful and it sounds like your days at Epcot and Animal Kingdom (so far) have been pretty amazing! I think that was some pretty great pixie dust getting the Figment replacement. I've also done the KK game with my grandkids. It is a little annoying to finish up if they're losing interest. Epcot is one of our favorite parks and we've spent lots of time there but I've never seen the "candy lady" in Japan. Putting her on my list.

Awww. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Even when it is expected that is tough. :hug:

It was definitely pixie dust to get the new Figment. It is now 6 months later and she still sleeps with him every night. She just loves that tiny little guy.

There needs to be a "I'm done" button on that Kimmunicator for people who just want to be finished.

The candy lady is awesome! Make sure you check her schedule, she isn't there everyday.

Waiting to see how the budget ends up...............popcorn::

I'm leaving in a month with my daughter and oldest granddaughter to celebrate her turning 13 (BIG SURPRISE TRIP). Can't wait to see if I can stay in MY budget!!:goodvibes

Ooooh! From your ticker you only have one week to go. I hope you have a great trip!

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 08:51 PM
After a great visit with the characters, we headed straight in to see the 10 AM showing of the Lion King. I LOVE that show. We were in the 2nd row in the elephant section. I'm not very good at elephant noises. I much prefer being in the lion section. ;)

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DD5 really wanted to be picked to go down at the end, but it didn't happen. We did have a tumble monkey jump up right next to our seats and give the girls a high five (which DD5 did happily and which caused DD7 to hide behind me).

After the Lion King, we made our way back to Asia to see the Flights of Wonder show. The girls had loved this on our March trip – especially the part about the baby bird. We enjoyed the show again, but the girls were hugely disappointed because they didn't do the baby bird part!

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By this time, it was 11:30 and we were ready for lunch. However, since it was now our ride time for our Kali fastpasses, we needed to jump over to the Safari and get a set for that. To my surprise, we got a 12:45 PM return time!

After a little discussion, the girls chose to go eat at Pizzafari – I think the air conditioning won them over. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to try Flame Tree, but I have to admit the A/C sounded pretty good to me too.

There wasn't much of a line when we got to Pizzafari, but it was still challenging to find a table. Since it was our last day, we decided to splurge a little bit and I allowed the girls to each get a meal – no sharing required! The girls each got mac & cheese – DD7's with carrots, a cookie, and a Sprite and DD5's with grapes, a cookie, and a lemonade. I got a Chicken Caesar salad and a diet Coke. We spent $21.26 on this meal.

We then started making our way back toward the Safari. Along the way, we stopped to visit with Baloo and King Louie. They were standing completely alone when we saw them. We have never met them before so the girls were excited to meet some new characters.

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King Louie really enjoyed hugging DD5 and it took a little while to convince hime to let go of her. :rotfl: She still talks about the "monkey who wanted to keep her".

I don't usually take animal pictures on the Safari (DH has taken so many we could make a whole book), but we actually had to stop the ride for several minutes because there was a rhino on the path! Look how close he is to DD7!

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At this point, DD7 and I wanted to go use our Kali fastpasses, but DD5 didn't want to get all wet again. We told her to take a few minutes to think about it and we would go walk the Maharajah Jungle Trail.

On our way, we stopped to watch this:
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She is so amazing! We had never found her before and the girls were fascinated.

Then off to see some more animals. A picture of the bats:
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To my surprise, the tigers were really active that day! I didn't expect them to be doing too much on a July afternoon (HOT!!). We watched them for at least 10 minutes.
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Finally, we really enjoyed trying to identify all the birds.
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After we finished the Trail, DD7 and I tried really hard to convince DD5 that we should go on Kali again, but she wasn't going for it. Eventually, we gave up and made our way back to the front of the park. Along the way, we took some Photopass pictures.

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continued in the next post

ksl5f123
02-05-2012, 08:58 PM
And then we ran into Lilo and Stitch with about 5 people in line. I didn't really want to wait, but the girls had just watched the movie for the first time on this trip, so they really wanted to meet them. I gave in.

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On our way to the front, we also saw this bird. DD7 insisted that I take a picture so that we can figure out what it is. Six months later, we still don't know.
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One last set of photopass pictures:
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And that is the end!

Money spent this day: $14 for parking, $21.26 for lunch
Money remaining: -$0.68!!!! Can you believe it?!! We only overspent our budget by 68 cents!!!!!!!!!

So, I finally answered the question that I have wanted to discover for over two years: Can we do a trip to Disney that allows us to both have a great time and not break the bank? The answer is absolutely YES! We went to BBB. We ate at Chef Mickey and Mama Melrose. We enjoyed all 4 parks. We saw Fantasmic! for the first time. We had a wonderful trip and we STAYED ON BUDGET!

If you came back and read the last two posts, Thank you! I will be starting a PTR for our March trip soon. Look here for the link!

TinksThree
02-06-2012, 07:40 AM
However, more important than that is that I have been sick :sick: - but it is a good sick. I have had REALLY bad morning sickness! (As in haven't kept a whole day's food down in over a month :headache:) We are expecting baby #4 to arrive in late July!! :dance3: (+1) :goodvibes

With feeling as bad as I have been, I just haven't been interested in getting on the DIS. I still feel bad, but it is time to finish. So, with that, back to the trip report...

OMGoodness! Congrats!!!!!! That is amazing and a perfect reason to not updating!! I was beginning to wonder if all was well! :goodvibes I will come back later to read the update due to work beckoning.

pinkxray
02-06-2012, 09:51 AM
Welcome back! I was wondering how you have been. For some reason when I saw that you had updated, I had a feeling that you were pregnant. I have no idea why, it seems to be going around on the dis.:)

Congrats!:banana:

I am glad you decided to finish up. Great job coming in on budget. I have so many trips that I want to do that include WDW at different times of the year, Disneyland, DCL and other cruises on different cruise lines that I need to start trimming the cost of our Disney trips. The less money you spend, the more trips you can take:thumbsup2

Can't wait for you to start you pre-trip report. I hope the morning sickenss passes soon:hug:

teekathepony
02-06-2012, 10:45 AM
Wow, I am incredibly impressed. $0.68 over budget doesn't even count as over in Disney! You could pick that up in the Magic Kingdom parking lot! And you're absolutely right, you didn't skimp on anything. What a magical and financially feasible trip.

ksl5f123
02-06-2012, 11:34 AM
OMGoodness! Congrats!!!!!! That is amazing and a perfect reason to not updating!! I was beginning to wonder if all was well! :goodvibes I will come back later to read the update due to work beckoning.

Thanks for coming back! :woohoo: Like I said, I just didn't want to leave it unfinished.


Welcome back! I was wondering how you have been. For some reason when I saw that you had updated, I had a feeling that you were pregnant. I have no idea why, it seems to be going around on the dis.:)

Congrats!:banana:

I am glad you decided to finish up. Great job coming in on budget. I have so many trips that I want to do that include WDW at different times of the year, Disneyland, DCL and other cruises on different cruise lines that I need to start trimming the cost of our Disney trips. The less money you spend, the more trips you can take:thumbsup2

Can't wait for you to start you pre-trip report. I hope the morning sickenss passes soon:hug:

I am the same way. I have lots of ideas for great Disney trips. After our March 2012 trip, I really want to save for a DL trip to take DS out to the new Carsland while he is still in the age group that loves Cars.

Wow, I am incredibly impressed. $0.68 over budget doesn't even count as over in Disney! You could pick that up in the Magic Kingdom parking lot! And you're absolutely right, you didn't skimp on anything. What a magical and financially feasible trip.

I had to give up the Liberty Tree Tavern and Rose and Crown ADRs that we had originally planned, but in the grand scheme of things those were small sacrifices. I was so happy that we were able to go on such a small budget. it makes future trips easier to afford.

TinksThree
02-06-2012, 01:38 PM
Way to go on the budget! I am overly impressed! Your last posts were full of my favorite things! FOTLK, Kilimanjaro Safari, Pizzafari and the trails! I haven't done Flights of Wonder yet. it was ont eh plan this past trip but we simply ran out of time. I have it as a priority next time around!

I can't wait to see about your March trip plans! Hopefully I will be there at the end of March! I am crossing my fingers!

sherylcin
02-06-2012, 01:41 PM
Awww. I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Even when it is expected that is tough.

Thanks for the kind words! You're right, I miss her every day!

Money remaining: -$0.68!!!! Can you believe it?!! We only overspent our budget by 68 cents!!!!!!!!!

That is amazing!! I know what I need now to stay on budget.....willpower!!:rotfl: Seriously, it's sooo hard to cancel (or not make) those ADR's. Our big splurge on Ashton's Surprise Trip will be the Fireworks Dessert Party at MK. I've been wanting to try that for a while and it's much more affordable for 3 of us than 13.:eek:

Your last day at AK was beautiful! I'm sure this is a trip your girls will never forget. Maybe you can even do another one sometime!

:cheer2: on the new little one! Have to admit I was wondering if someone's being sick was keeping you away. Never thought it might be morning sickness but that's really the best kind of sickness you can have. (Easier said when it's over! :rotfl2:)

Thanks for coming back to finish. I've loved reading your report and congratulations again on the baby AND staying on budget!

ksl5f123
02-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Way to go on the budget! I am overly impressed! Your last posts were full of my favorite things! FOTLK, Kilimanjaro Safari, Pizzafari and the trails! I haven't done Flights of Wonder yet. it was ont eh plan this past trip but we simply ran out of time. I have it as a priority next time around!

I can't wait to see about your March trip plans! Hopefully I will be there at the end of March! I am crossing my fingers!

Thank you! I am so happy that we were able to stick to our budget. I was concerned after the first day, but the girls really did well sharing meals and not asking for stuff in the stores. Somehow it made the trip feel more "laid-back" to me to know that we could afford everything we were doing.

I love AK too! You will have to try to see Flights of Wonder. The story is a little hokey, but I like birds.

I plan to start the March PTR this week. I already have a bunch written I just need to get it posted.

A little pixie dust :wizard: for your March trip!

ksl5f123
02-11-2012, 06:02 PM
That is amazing!! I know what I need now to stay on budget.....willpower!!:rotfl: Seriously, it's sooo hard to cancel (or not make) those ADR's. Our big splurge on Ashton's Surprise Trip will be the Fireworks Dessert Party at MK. I've been wanting to try that for a while and it's much more affordable for 3 of us than 13.:eek:

Your last day at AK was beautiful! I'm sure this is a trip your girls will never forget. Maybe you can even do another one sometime!

:cheer2: on the new little one! Have to admit I was wondering if someone's being sick was keeping you away. Never thought it might be morning sickness but that's really the best kind of sickness you can have. (Easier said when it's over! :rotfl2:)

Thanks for coming back to finish. I've loved reading your report and congratulations again on the baby AND staying on budget!

The Wishes Dessert Party sounds awesome! Have fun!!

I love AK! It is such a pretty park (hot, but pretty). I would love to take another girls trip someday...

Thank you for sticking with me while I was away. I just couldn't leave everybody hanging. :goodvibes

ksl5f123
02-15-2012, 03:55 PM
I have started the PTR for our March trip! It can be found by following this link:

I must be crazy - a March 2012 PTR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44038437&postcount=1)