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baseballmickey
08-11-2011, 09:45 PM
My apologies for posting this so long after the fact. This is my first ever trip report.

BACKGROUND:

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Myself, my DW of 6 years, and 4-year-old DD, are DVC members. I have been vacationing at WDW since I was a kid. I brought my DW for her first ever trip back in ’98. I think she is hooked. She has now been there 12 times , including the trip I am writing about here. My DD has been to WDW 5 times already. We have yet to visit any other Disney property outside of WDW.

We had just taken a trip to WDW at the end of March 2010. Then, in the summer of 2010 we found out that our family would be growing!! Almost immediately we wondered how that would impact our next WDW vacation. After some thought, we decided to borrow from our 2011 points to squeeze in another trip before the baby! We had never been to WDW for the holidays, so we booked a trip for the week after Christmas and staying through NYE! And based on DW’s previous pregnancy, the trip would fall right in her second trimester, which was when she felt the best. It was genius!! We booked our stay for SSR from 12/26/10 thru 1/01/11. ADRs were made, flight was booked. We were wavering on adding DDP, but other than that, we were all set.

Table of Contents:
1. The Plan (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216046#post42216046)
2. Escape from New York, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216275#post42216275)
3. Escape from New York, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216553#post42216553)
4. Escape from New York, Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42223034#post42223034)
5. Escape from New York, Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42229475#post42229475)
6. Escape from New York, Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42247620#post42247620)
7. WDW Day 1, Animal Kingdom, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42270536&postcount=56)
8. WDW Day 1, Animal Kingdom, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42270845&postcount=57)
9. WDW Day 2, Resort Hopping, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42306384#post42306384)
10. WDW Day 2, Resort Hopping, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42319476&postcount=78)
11. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42381310#post42381310)
12. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42393892#post42393892)
13. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42406095#post42406095)
14. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42460654#post42460654)
15. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42625461#post42625461)
16. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdowm on NYE, Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42784030#post42784030)
17. WDW Day 3, Magic Kingdom on NYE, Part 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43299802#post43299802)
18. WDW Day 4: How we spent the first few hours of 2011 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43358959#post43358959)
19. WDW Day 4, Part 2, EPCOT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44528494&postcount=177)
20. WDW Day 4, Part 3, EPCOT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45455836&postcount=180)
21. WDW Day 4, Part 4, DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45486492&postcount=190)
22. WDW Day 5, Saying Goodbye (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45615810&postcount=199)
23. Epilogue (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45875918&postcount=203)

Appendix:
i. Escape from New York, the forgotten Pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42311670&postcount=74)


Up Next... The Plan (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216046#post42216046).

baseballmickey
08-11-2011, 09:53 PM
THE PLAN:

The plan was to fly out on 12/26 on an afternoon flight from JFK to MCO. DW's family was coming to our house from CT for Christmas, so we were kicking them out the next morning and heading to the airport. (That's not rude, is it?) We booked the MK dessert party for that night to give us something to kick off the vacation with (and since it wasn’t available on NYE when we wanted to be at MK later in the week). This was our itinerary for the week:

Sunday: Arrival and MK Wishes Dessert Party
Monday: EPCOT and Candlelight Processional w/ dinner at Teppan Edo
Tuesday: DHS
Wednesday: AK w/ Tusker House Character breakfast and dinner at Boma
Thursday: Resort-Hopping Day, Character dinner at 1900 Park Fare
Friday (NYE): MK with Crystal Palace Character lunch
Saturday: DTD in the morning before catching our flight home.

It was looking like a we had a great trip in the works. We were all very excited to see WDW decked out for the holidays, and to ring in the New Year at MK!!

Next up... Escape from New York (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216275#post42216275)

amandaw
08-11-2011, 09:58 PM
I'm joining in! popcorn:: I want to know what it was like the week after Christmas. I love Christmas time at Disney, but we always go either right after Thanksgiving or mid-December.

ETA: I've never been first on a TR! Yay! Yes, it's the little things that make me happy! LOL!

baseballmickey
08-11-2011, 10:16 PM
Escape from New York, Part 1:

We were all very excited for the trip. DW’s pregnancy was going very well. DD couldn’t wait for Christmas because not only did it mean presents, it meant going to WDW too!

The week before our trip the Weatherman became our enemy. Forecasts were calling for heavy snow on the afternoon/evening of our flight out of NY.

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I called the airline a few days before and tried to see if we could fly out earlier in the morning, or maybe the day before or after. No Luck. Everything was booked. I then called DVC to express my concerns we might not make it on time and to ask whether we could maybe slide our trip back a day. The CM was very nice but told me they had no availability to maneuver us around. There was a chance the snow wouldn't start until after we left, and some reports were saying the storm could miss us, so we stuck with our booking as it was and hoped the storm would hold off until after our departure.

Christmas and the in-laws came and left quickly, and we were on our way. No delays were being reported when we left for the airport. Leading up to the trip, there had been a lot of hype about the new screening procedures and we had worries about being subjected to pat-downs and full body scanners. I had no worries for myself, just for my pregnant DW and almost-4-year-old DD. To our surprise, we zipped right through security. There was hardly any line, and no body scanners in sight. We saw noone getting patted down either. It was almost disappointing.

When we got through security we found the flight before ours was slightly delayed, but it escaped before the storm. Then, our flight was delayed. It turns out that our pilots were coming in on a flight from Florida and their flight was delayed. We had a plane ready and waiting, but no pilots. By this time it was snowing and the airport was scrambling to get flights out. The flight after ours was delayed as well, with the opposite problem, they needed a plane. I thought the decent thing to do would have been for them to give us their pilots and then take ours, so at least we could get out of there. But nobody asked me.

After almost 2 hours of delay, we finally got our pilots, boarded our plane. The snow was coming down and we could see plows and men outside the plane working hard to get us fueled and ready to go. We were going to make it out by the skin of our teeth. The flight crew was giving us our safety instructions when the airplane's phone rang. Apparently, the plane only has that one phone and they use it for both announcements and for taking calls. You could hear a pin drop as we all waited for one of two things... either bad news, or the rest of our emergency procedures. Well, it was bad news, the airport was closed.

I was so disappointed at that moment the pilot made the announcement. All around me, the passengers were grabbing their things and making calls. The captain was making an absurd announcement telling the flight crew to prepare for landing and I remember thinking, "how can we prepare for landing if we never took off?" I then realized the people on their phones were all calling hotels, or trying to book another flight. I had no plan B. DW was asking "what do we do?" and DD was starting to cry as she realized the plane wasn't going to take us to WDW. I honestly had no idea what we were going to do... all I knew was that I had to get my family off of the plane. So I turned to my daughter and told her, "hey, we're still going to WDW. We just can't take this plane. But we're still going. We are not giving up."

We got off the plane and it was an absolute madhouse inside the terminal. The desks closest to our gate had lines that wrapped around and around the terminal endlessly. We made for another wing in hopes that if there had been less gates in use, maybe there would be less people. But we encountered the same snaking lines of people. So being the Disney troopers we are, we got on line. DW and DD went to grab a seat, and I pulled out the cell and called the airline. I was simultaneously on hold and waiting on line... it was a race to see if I would get to the front of the line before someone answered my call.

I was on the line almost 45 minutes when my call was answered. (there were probably only 10 people in front of me at this point). A very sweet woman with no geographical understanding of the state of New York attempted to get us rebooked onto another flight, but the best she could do at that point was Wednesday. It was Sunday night. That was 3 days. I laughed one of those psychiatric ward laughs when she told me she would stay on the line as long as it took for me to decide, even while I called other airlines. I only had one phone, so calling around to other airlines was out of the question. I was conveying all this information to my DW when the rep said "ooh" excitedly and asked if I could get to Buffalo. Buffalo? There was a flight that had 3 seats open from buffalo to Orlando on Tuesday... a whole day sooner than Wednesday. I laughed again and said to the lady, "we are nowhere near Buffalo. I would have to drive there… and if I am going to drive to Buffalo, I might as well just drive to Florida."

And it was decided right in that moment... we would no longer be flying to WDW... we were going to drive! The airline said they would issue us a refund. The next thing we had to do was...

Get out of the Airport (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42216553#post42216553)

baseballmickey
08-11-2011, 10:48 PM
This is what we saw when we got outside:

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I waited outside in the cold and snow for cabs that never came. There was a bus that came, but the line to get on it was chaos and we had no tickets. No other buses came after that. A couple of taxis came and went when we first got there, but there was a long line of people waiting. Even if we got a taxi, we had no destination. I was calling all the hotels in the area, but I couldn't find a vacancy anywhere. It appeared we were stranded at the airport until morning. We weren't alone. There were employees handing out flimsy airplane blankets to the hundred or so people that were toughing it out around the baggage carousels. Every seat was occupied, and most of the spaces of the floor against the walls. It was cold because the doors were constantly opening and closing. I saw a few brave souls head out on foot trying to either reach their cars, or maybe the other terminals. There was a Dunkin' Donuts that had run out of food, but they still had coffee and hot chocolate… and yes, we still had to pay. DW and DD had staked out an alcove that was actually the doorway to the TSA office. We shared it with a couple of people, and there was an outlet, so we all took turns charging our phones.

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Poor DW was over 5 months pregnant and trying to sleep on the floor of the airport. Poor DD was sleeping in her stroller and starting to show signs of a cold. (runny nose and slight temperature) She woke up briefly, looked at me, and said, "Daddy... we're not giving up, right?" and I said, "that's right. we're not giving up." It became our mantra. I was ready to do anything to get my family out of that airport and into a hotel room. It didn't matter that is was after midnight and there was a raging snowstorm outside. I wasn't giving up. And that's when the man came around asking people if they needed a taxi.

When I first saw him across the terminal he was approaching anyone who was awake, speaking to them and getting turned down. Then he would move on to someone else. Finally, he got a bite and a few minutes later, a car pulled up through all of the snow outside of the terminal and the woman he had spoken to got her bags and went off into the blizzard. I knew it was risky, but I thought it was worth a shot. He was stationed by the sliding doors to the storm when I got up and walked over. He asked me if I needed a ride and told me he could get me a car for $100. My choices were pay the $100 and possibly get my family to a place with a warm bed, or keep my $100, stay and be miserable. I didn’t hesitate. I still needed a hotel though, so I got back on the phone and started dialing numbers. On the third or fourth hotel, I got a break. At first, I was told no vacancies, but in my exasperation I said something half-to-myself about only needing the room for a few hours. At that, the hotel clerk changed his tune. He had a room. We just had to check out in the morning.

Feeling hopeful for the first time all night, I went back to the man with the cars. He told me he would call his driver. He walked away, made his call and came back to tell me that the original driver wasn't coming back, but that he had another driver who would come and get us, but he wanted double what the first guy would have done it for. I am generally a very trusting person, but I got the feeling I was being played. And since I was the only potential customer this guy had at that moment, I acted disappointed and told him all I had in cash was the price he told me earlier, and then I started to walk back to our little TSA alcove. He caught up to me and told me he talked the driver into coming for the agreed price. I woke up DW and we got our stuff together. 15 minutes later, the car pulled up and out into the storm we went, on the...

The Scariest Ride EVER! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42223034#post42223034)

baseballmickey
08-11-2011, 11:02 PM
I'm joining in! popcorn:: I want to know what it was like the week after Christmas. I love Christmas time at Disney, but we always go either right after Thanksgiving or mid-December.

ETA: I've never been first on a TR! Yay! Yes, it's the little things that make me happy! LOL!

Thanks for reading!!

I see you have a link to your TR. I am taking a break to go read it!! I promise to not steal any of it!

amandaw
08-11-2011, 11:21 PM
OMG! I read your 2 updates & I'm just dying for y'all! First of all, my heart was breaking (especially for your adorable DD) when they said the airport was closed & y'all had to get off the plane. Then, your poor DW 5 months pregnant stuck on the floor of the airport. :sad2:

I'm scared for y'all about this upcoming cab ride. Obviously, y'all walked away from it unscathed but I'm still scared! :scared1:

I can not get over those pictures of the snow! Oh, there is a reason why I live in the south - I could NEVER deal with that!

Thanks for reading!!

I see you have a link to your TR. I am taking a break to go read it!! I promise to not steal any of it!

You're welcome! I hardly ever catch a good TR right from the get-go. And this one is starting off very suspenseful! :scared:

Thanks for going to check out my TR. I just finished it up this week. I really had a lot of fun writing it. I never got around to putting chapter links - oops! - sorry about that!

disneylovin24
08-12-2011, 11:47 AM
popcorn::

I want to see how this all ends! What a start to your vacation:scared1:

dekkerdisneydreamer
08-12-2011, 12:24 PM
:scared1: :scared1: :scared1:

That's about all I can say. I can't imagine a worse start to a magical trip. I admire you for doing everything that you could to get your family on their trip.:goodvibes The snow pictures are truly frightening. I can't wait to here about the "Scariest Ride Ever."

popcorn:: popcorn::

baseballmickey
08-12-2011, 12:40 PM
popcorn::

I want to see how this all ends! What a start to your vacation:scared1:

Thanks for reading!!

baseballmickey
08-12-2011, 12:43 PM
:scared1: :scared1: :scared1:

That's about all I can say. I can't imagine a worse start to a magical trip. I admire you for doing everything that you could to get your family on their trip.:goodvibes The snow pictures are truly frightening. I can't wait to here about the "Scariest Ride Ever."

popcorn:: popcorn::

Thanks for reading!!

Writing about it, even 8 months later, it's like I am reliving it. What a nightmare it was...

Let's see if we can't get through this and on to something good...

pamelaz
08-12-2011, 12:54 PM
I'm from NYC too and man do I remember that storm!! Our street wasn't plowed for 5 days and I didn't get mail during that week at all!

Good luck! Can't wait to read more. :)

dvczerfs
08-12-2011, 12:57 PM
im in!!! :thumbsup2 i remember that storm. one of many.:lmao: we only got 4 inches. we drive to wdw, theres been a few trips we have left a day early or later to beat the storms in or out of the north east. back in 1986, dw and i were on i81 in virginia and ended up sleeping in the car at whites truck stop one year. ive never seen that much snow in that short of time.we pulled in there and stayed the night in the car. not to bad, we were younger and i guess if your gonna get stranded on the road, being parked 20ft from a gas pump and 50 feet from a dinner.:lmao: we never tried it again!! now we watch the weather forcast.:lmao:

Chicago Mo
08-12-2011, 12:57 PM
popcorn::
I'm in!!! This is great!!! thinking this is going to be the next Disney movie!!!

baseballmickey
08-12-2011, 01:49 PM
The Scariest Ride EVER

The very non-descript black car pulled up to the terminal and we loaded our bags and jumped in. Most of the luggage was in the trunk, but the carry-ons were crammed in to the backseat with the 3 of us, with DD half-awake and lap-belted into the middle. I gave the driver the hotel address and we were off.

I was amazed to see the car pull up to the terminal in all that snow in the first place, so when the driver hit the gas and we lurched ahead into the storm... well, I was speechless. There was no turning back. We had put so much distance between us and the terminal in that first minute or so. The guy driving that car had absolutely no fear. DW was white-knuckling it, and thankfully, DD was too small to see the trees, guardrails, walls, snow banks and other obstacles that we were coming within inches of hitting.

I am sorry, I have no pictures. To begin with, I didn't go into this vacation with a TR in mind, so there won't be as many pics as my next TR. But when your life is flashing before your eyes and you are thinking that perhaps you are living your last moments, you don't really stop to think about documenting it. The best I can do is describe it... and i'll try to do so in a way you'll all understand.

Imagine you've boarded The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, only to discover that the blustery day has become the blizzard-y day. Now, turn over the controls of your bouncing-floating-sliding honey pot to Captain Rex, the former Star Tours pilot. Hang on as he "pilots" your honey pot off its tracks, out of the ride and into Space Mountain. So now, you can't see a thing, you are bouncing, sliding/floating, and jerking around and when you do see something appear in front of you, you turn violently to avoid it.

Oh yeah, and take the fun out of it.

I can't stress enough how crazy this guy was. I remember thinking that if he should crash, even if we somehow avoided major injury, we would be stuck in the snow and cold. I decided I would opt for the instant death if I had any say. But we obviously did not die, nor did our driver leave us on the side of the road, which was another fear which crept into my head as we were careening toward the hotel. I was trying to stay calm on the outside, but some of the scenarios that went through my head were frightening. I had no idea who this guy was, or if he was actually going to get us safely to the hotel.

I pulled out my phone and tried to use GPS to figure out where we were in relation to the hotel. On the map, it said we were heading AWAY from the hotel. In my head, things got worse. I imagined a scenario where this guy wasn't driving us to the hotel, but that he would rob us and leave us on the side of the road. I actually went as far as to remove my debit and my main credit cards and some cash from my wallet, and stuff them down my sock... just in case.

Shortly after that, our driver made a sharp u-turn and started back towards where we needed to go. I am pretty sure that at this point we are driving the wrong way on the belt parkway, not that there were any other cars on the road. We didn't see any other cars until we finally turned onto a side street, and those were all almost completely covered in snow. Our driver was speeding down these side streets, which had just enough room for the car between the piled up snow around the cars parked on each side. I think our driver was thinking that the faster he went, the less likely he was to get stuck.

Suddenly, he slowed and made another sharp turn, up an incline. I thought we were getting stuck in a snow bank, but he got through it and a moment later, we pulled to a stop in front of the hotel... only it was the WRONG hotel. I got out of the car and looked up at it and my heart sunk. What do we do? do we go in and see if we can get a room? or do we get back in the car?? We wanted no part of the car. We were about to get out and take our chances getting a room when the snow cleared a bit and I caught sight of another building just behind this one. It was our hotel!! It was in the next building complex, just one block over.

So back in the car for another minute and we were there. Finally. I paid the driver the money he was promised, and then some. He got us there in one piece, and I was awed by that fact. The clerk I had spoke to on the phone came outside to help with our bags and get us checked in. He turned out to be an extraordinarily nice guy. Maybe he took pity on us or perhaps he never believed we'd make it and was amazed we showed up, but he discounted our rate to a partial stay and told us we could have the room until the afternoon. We were finally safe, warm, and comfortable... and it was just shy of 5am. We sent out texts to family to update them on what was going on, and then we tried to get some sleep. Only a few hours later we had to get up and deal with...

The Day After. (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42229475#post42229475)

baseballmickey
08-12-2011, 02:49 PM
I'm from NYC too and man do I remember that storm!! Our street wasn't plowed for 5 days and I didn't get mail during that week at all!

Good luck! Can't wait to read more. :)

Thanks for reading!! I am sure my story is just one of many from that storm. I got some dirty looks from people when I finally returned home and was shoveling my sidewalk.

im in!!! :thumbsup2 i remember that storm. one of many.:lmao: we only got 4 inches. we drive to wdw, theres been a few trips we have left a day early or later to beat the storms in or out of the north east. back in 1986, dw and i were on i81 in virginia and ended up sleeping in the car at whites truck stop one year. ive never seen that much snow in that short of time.we pulled in there and stayed the night in the car. not to bad, we were younger and i guess if your gonna get stranded on the road, being parked 20ft from a gas pump and 50 feet from a dinner.:lmao: we never tried it again!! now we watch the weather forcast.:lmao:

Thanks for reading! can't imagine being stuck overnight at a rest stop. wow! good for you that gas and food were close by!

popcorn::
I'm in!!! This is great!!! thinking this is going to be the next Disney movie!!!

Movie?? hmm... wonder who would play me??? Thanks for reading!!

amandaw
08-12-2011, 02:55 PM
OMG! What a ride! :scared1: I can't even imagine how terrified you & your wife were. Tracking your route on the GPS & moving money & cards to your socks sounds like something I would do! I'm so glad y'all finally made it to the right hotel. Can't wait to hear what you did next though to try & get to Disney!

baseballmickey
08-12-2011, 11:51 PM
The Day After

We got about 5 hours of sleep. We got up and decided to go get breakfast down in the lobby and figure out what to do next. This was the view out our window.

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This was not what I expected to see. The roads were pretty clear. The plows had been busy it seemed. (The storm before this one, the NYC response was terrible and the media was all over it, so they were on their game for this storm) I was hopeful. It was a new day, and I was starting to believe we might pull this off after all.

Breakfast was good. I can't tell you what we ate. I just remember sitting at a corner booth in the lobby cafe, eating and listening to other people telling each other their nightmare stories from the night before. The plan was for DW and DD to go back up to the room, change and relax until I returned with the car. Our car was in the airport's long-term parking lot. I needed to get back there, so I inquired at the desk if they were running their usual airport shuttle. I was told it was running and that it was due to be back at the hotel in about a half an hour. So I went back to the room to get a few things and make a call.

In the elevator I met a woman who had also been on her plane when the airport closed. Their plane had been on the tarmac, while ours had never pulled away from the terminal. They had gotten off the plane and left the airport immediately. They didn't even wait for their luggage, which was still on the plane because the cargo doors were frozen shut. In hindsight I would have traded my luggage for a room and a bed as well. I learned my lesson. I wasted time on that stupid line, when we should have prioritized getting to the hotel and just calling the airline. Oh well.

Back in the hotel room, I called DVC to advise them that we wouldn't be checking in until tuesday. I am not sure if it was simply a matter of talking to a different CM this time, or if people had canceled trips due to the storm, but I was able to shift our check-in back to tuesday, AND add a day on the end of our trip, without even having to change rooms. We would now be leaving for home on sunday, instead of saturday. We still lost our points for the day of the storm, but we managed to salvage a bit of our trip, so I was thankful for that.

The shuttle came and a full load of people boarded, myself included, to head back to the airport. It was the last place I wanted to be heading, but it was where I needed to go. The shuttle driver asked us all where we were headed as we got on. I asked him how close he could get me to the long-term parking lot. Not nearly close enough. He only went around to the terminals, and the airport's monorail service, which would normally take me to the parking lot, was still not running. I told him to just get me as close as he could. It looked like I would have to walk the rest of it. I pulled out my phone and surfed for an airport map... the parking lot was a good mile or so from the terminal. In normal conditions, I figured that would be a good 15-20 minute walk. In all this snow, probably twice that... maybe more. It was already noon.

The airport was still closed. the roads were clear, but the parking lots we passed were buried. Most of the people on the shuttle were going back to get their luggage, or to wait for flights later in the day, when the airport was expected to open again. I was the only fool on the shuttle trying to get to the long-term parking lot.

At the last terminal, I was about to get off the shuttle when the driver motioned for me to sit back down. He asked me again where I needed to go. I explained and he listened, shaking his head. He gave a sigh and told me to stay in my seat, and he drove off, heading out of the airport. I thought he was taking me back to the hotel, but instead he turned into some sort of service area for airport vehicles. He came to a stop in front of something resembling a bus stop. He opened the door and wished me luck.

I got out into the cold and was trying to get my bearings when I saw a man in a heavy coat step out of a trailer. He was headed toward me and carrying a walkie-talkie. He walked right up to me and asked "can I help you?" in a very curious tone. I told him I needed to get to long-term parking. He gestured toward the bus stop-looking thing and said "wait there". He got on his radio and called someone, then returned to the warmth of his trailer. The bus-stop thing blocked some of the wind, which was good. I waited for about 10 minutes when a shuttle bus pulled in. I started toward it, but the man-in-the-coat popped out and gestured me back to the bus-stop. He went and spoke to the shuttle driver and then the shuttle left. another 5 minutes had gone by when a van marked "airport maintenance" pulled in. I didn't think it was for me. But the man-in-the-coat came back out and waved for me to come over. He had already spoken to the driver by the time I got there. The door was open, so I climbed in.

The van had two other passengers, beside myself. One got off shortly after I got on. Our driver liked to talk. He was one of those perpetually happy people that always sees the silver lining. His job that day, as he explained was to survey the airport and radio back to his bosses where the trouble areas were so they could allocate resources appropriately. In other words, he was driving around in circles. So it wasn't a bother to him to shuttle around people as well. He even stopped when he saw someone walking along the side of the road to offer him a ride. The guy was disney material, for sure. In a few minutes, he was dropping me off at the long-term parking lot and wishing me luck.

The parking lot had been plowed. But that was actually a bad thing. The aisles were in good shape for the most part, but the plows had actually blocked in all the cars. I found mine, and it looked like this:

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I did not have a shovel. I turned back and went to the monorail terminal. I was hoping to find someone there who could help. It was empty. I was heading back out into the cold when I saw a "caution, wet floor" plastic sign near one of the doors. Upon closer inspection, it was a little flimsy, but better than just using my hands, so I um... borrowed it.

Armed with my makeshift shovel, I headed back to the car. On the way, I was flagged down by an elderly woman who was also looking for a shovel. I showed her my sign and told her I hadn't seen anyone else since I was dropped off. She told me her car was buried on the other side of the parking lot where her grandson was trying to dig it out with his hands. I told her I would help as soon as I got my car out.

It was slow going but I was making progress when the woman's grandson appeared. He came to help (and probably to make sure I kept my promise). It was good to have someone to give me a break. He tried a few minutes with my "shovel" and then I went back at it again. Part of the sign broke (oops) but before too long I had the pile low enough where I thought maybe I could drive out.

It took about 5 attempts, but I got the car out and into the aisle. My new friend hopped in and we were on our way to his car when we ran into another obstacle. The end of the aisle was a 4 foot snow bank. My friend started to get out, but i stopped him and reversed. Then it was back into a low gear and straight for the bank... We almost made it through.

So, now I was stuck in a snow bank. My friend took the "shovel" and dug out around the tires a bit. Then I tried again. Still stuck. We did this for a while and then what to our wondering eyes did appear, but a security van. The driver was a woman who stopped, looked us over, shook her head, got out and went to the back of her van, from which she returned carrying a actual SNOW SHOVEL!!

Now that we had the right tool for the job, as Handy Manny would say, we got the car unstuck in just a minute or so. We asked to keep the shovel to use on the other car, and the security officer obliged us, while she went off to find us one of the plows to come by and help. And it's a good thing she did, because that other car was BURIED! The elderly woman was trying to help us, but I talked her into waiting in my car while we dug around their car. It was even slower-going, despite having a real shovel. thankfully, a small plow showed up and did the rest of the work for us. We got the car out and we were all free to go. I was on my way back to the hotel and then on to florida. My new friends were headed to Boston. We returned the shovel, and the sign, and parted ways. Here are some pictures I took on the way back to the hotel.

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and I saw an example of how our crazy car ride from the night before could have ended.

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It was around 2:30 when I finally made it back to the hotel. We didn't have time for a proper lunch, so we just loaded up on some snacks and hit the road... well, after a bit of a false start. We had some trouble getting out of the hotel parking lot because we couldn't get traction. But eventually we got out and we were on our way...

Boy, it was a tough time, but we were so relieved to finally...

BE ON OUR WAY! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42247620#post42247620)

BrdwayBoy
08-13-2011, 02:38 AM
Subbing in!

disneylovin24
08-13-2011, 06:28 AM
Boy what a story!!!

I am so glad that you were able to get your car the next morning after the night in a hotel. I am VERY VERY glad that you got to add a day onto your trip:goodvibes

I can't wait to read more! I cant imagine this trip getting anything but better:thumbsup2


I live on Long Island too so I understand (kind of) the burden of leaving in snow. Two years ago my family left in the middle of a snow storm, we were driving but still it took us 3 hours to get from the LIE to Staten Island on the BQE:scared1: It was horrible! Not as bad as what you had to endure though. That same year coming home we hit a storm and ended up having to take service roads all the way home because they closed the LIE. Last year me and my dad were driving while my mom and aunt were flying when a big storm was suppossed to hit. Me and my dad ended up leaving 2 days early to make sure we got out and we still just missed the storm! It was coming from the south and we encountered alittle snow in DC but thankfully after that there was no more snow! I remember the week before that trip being so hectic with our travel plans changing a million times. In the end, we were suppossed to leave at 12 on a Tuesday but at 7 taht morning my dad changed it to 9 am, crazy stuff! My mom and aunt were the lucky people the day they left who got on one of the last planes to leave before the airport closed!

Sorry for going on there about all of that on your TR but I know you can relate:lmao:

baseballmickey
08-13-2011, 10:07 AM
OMG! What a ride! :scared1: I can't even imagine how terrified you & your wife were. Tracking your route on the GPS & moving money & cards to your socks sounds like something I would do! I'm so glad y'all finally made it to the right hotel. Can't wait to hear what you did next though to try & get to Disney!

I've always wanted to believe that everyone has irrational thoughts like this go through their head, and that most "normal" people know not to act on them. At that point though, I wasn't able to tell the difference. :scared:

things are looking up in the story about now though. we're finally on the road and heading toward our vacation!

baseballmickey
08-13-2011, 10:14 AM
Subbing in!

Thanks for reading!! you timed it just right, the snowstorm is over. Next Stop, WDW!!

Boy what a story!!!

I am so glad that you were able to get your car the next morning after the night in a hotel. I am VERY VERY glad that you got to add a day onto your trip:goodvibes


Thanks for reading! I was very glad to get that extra day too. Driving meant wasting 4 days on travel (2 there, 2 back). That extra day was HUGE! and we also both called out of work for that following monday. (well, we hadn't done that at this part of the story, but we will realize we need to at some point.)

I can't wait to read more! I cant imagine this trip getting anything but better:thumbsup2


you'd think so, right? Well, the scary part should be over!

I live on Long Island too so I understand (kind of) the burden of leaving in snow. Two years ago my family left in the middle of a snow storm, we were driving but still it took us 3 hours to get from the LIE to Staten Island on the BQE:scared1: It was horrible! Not as bad as what you had to endure though. That same year coming home we hit a storm and ended up having to take service roads all the way home because they closed the LIE. Last year me and my dad were driving while my mom and aunt were flying when a big storm was suppossed to hit. Me and my dad ended up leaving 2 days early to make sure we got out and we still just missed the storm! It was coming from the south and we encountered alittle snow in DC but thankfully after that there was no more snow! I remember the week before that trip being so hectic with our travel plans changing a million times. In the end, we were suppossed to leave at 12 on a Tuesday but at 7 taht morning my dad changed it to 9 am, crazy stuff! My mom and aunt were the lucky people the day they left who got on one of the last planes to leave before the airport closed!

Sorry for going on there about all of that on your TR but I know you can relate:lmao:

I can SOOOOO relate!!

amandaw
08-13-2011, 11:19 AM
Great update! :thumbsup2 I'm so glad you were able to get your car & pick up your family to get going. Sounds like you were able to find some handy helpers at the airport! Hope it's smooth sailing from here on out for y'all!

Seńor DonDuck
08-13-2011, 11:29 AM
That is one crazy start to your trip! I can't wait to hear what happens next.

baseballmickey
08-13-2011, 02:39 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2 I'm so glad you were able to get your car & pick up your family to get going. Sounds like you were able to find some handy helpers at the airport! Hope it's smooth sailing from here on out for y'all!

It was great to get that help! and I was glad I was able to help out someone else in need as well. Yes, it would have been nice to have been on the road earlier in the day with such a long ride ahead. But our vacation had been delayed a few days at this point, so what's a few more hours on top of that?

That is one crazy start to your trip! I can't wait to hear what happens next.

Well, stay tuned. I am heading home from work now, and with tomorrow off, I should be able to get some more updates posted! Thanks for reading!!

FosterA
08-13-2011, 03:39 PM
great report so far!
yikes!! I'm impressed that you just keep on diggin' (literally)!
right now we're roasting in TX and I haven't seen snow in 15 years and sometimes I'm sad about that. But...now after reading your report, I'm glad I don't live in a snowy area again! Thanks for reminding me.:lmao:

Can't wait to read more!

baseballmickey
08-13-2011, 08:05 PM
great report so far!
yikes!! I'm impressed that you just keep on diggin' (literally)!
right now we're roasting in TX and I haven't seen snow in 15 years and sometimes I'm sad about that. But...now after reading your report, I'm glad I don't live in a snowy area again! Thanks for reminding me.:lmao:

Can't wait to read more!

Thanks for reading! I could live without any snow this winter. But no snow, forever?? nah... I need a little of the fluffy white stuff every now and then. I just wish we could figure out a way to schedule it!

I see you are taking the family to WDW for the first time! How exciting!!

Chicago Mo
08-13-2011, 08:34 PM
Thanks for reading! I could live without any snow this winter. But no snow, forever?? nah... I need a little of the fluffy white stuff every now and then. I just wish we could figure out a way to schedule it!

I see you are taking the family to WDW for the first time! How exciting!!

i agree! snow is a must. Chicago was hit pretty hard as well. blocked in our homes for a day or so. OK going back to being quiet and reading.. i can imagine Disney making a movie about a family's desperate voyage to get to Disney! with the magic of Disney on the family's side!

popcorn::

shan23877
08-14-2011, 02:38 AM
joining in! What a terrible start to a vacation:eek:, but a GREAT start to a TR. I'm hooked! Plus, I love your member name. Bit of a baseball geek myself :thumbsup2

PoohGal05
08-14-2011, 08:25 AM
Oh my goodness! WHAT a way to start your vacation! I can relate to the snow thing, living in Oklahoma, but not necessarily trying to get to out of an airport, then back in, then OUT of the same airport! GoodNESS! Waiting to read the next installment! :scared1:

sheri18
08-14-2011, 09:46 AM
jumping in.....you have me hooked....obvioulsy you all made it ok...but OMG..what an awful start.....happend to us once, going on a cruise...1/2 my family made it out on an earlier flight...the rest had to scramble...but I must say not even close to what you had to go through....cant wait to read the rest...

baseballmickey
08-14-2011, 02:56 PM
i agree! snow is a must. Chicago was hit pretty hard as well. blocked in our homes for a day or so. OK going back to being quiet and reading.. i can imagine Disney making a movie about a family's desperate voyage to get to Disney! with the magic of Disney on the family's side!

popcorn::

Yeah, in Chicago you must have gotten the prequel to all of our storms. Well, so far this movie has been either a horror or a disaster film. Let's see if we can't get it out of that category so nobody has to watch it with their eyes covered anymore!

joining in! What a terrible start to a vacation:eek:, but a GREAT start to a TR. I'm hooked! Plus, I love your member name. Bit of a baseball geek myself :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading! Always a pleasure to meet another baseball geek!

Oh my goodness! WHAT a way to start your vacation! I can relate to the snow thing, living in Oklahoma, but not necessarily trying to get to out of an airport, then back in, then OUT of the same airport! GoodNESS! Waiting to read the next installment! :scared1:

Thanks for reading! I can assure you that on our next trip, we will be flying from a different airport, just to avoid seeing that one again!

jumping in.....you have me hooked....obvioulsy you all made it ok...but OMG..what an awful start.....happend to us once, going on a cruise...1/2 my family made it out on an earlier flight...the rest had to scramble...but I must say not even close to what you had to go through....cant wait to read the rest...

wow, at least we were all together through our experience. I can't imagine how it must have felt to be separated. And for a cruise, too! If our trip was a cruise, I don't know if we would have made it.


Thanks everyone for reading! I was just trying to post the next update, but I lost it. ugh. I will quickly re-write so I get to the good stuff! Sit tight. I'll be right with you!

lippylulu
08-14-2011, 03:12 PM
This part just made me spit my soda out from laughing. I'm sorry. I'm a New Yorker too and the Belt parkway is scary enough going in the proper direction! I know this exact snowstorm too and how NYC totally blew the cleanup. Can't wait to keep reading.


The Scariest Ride EVER

I am pretty sure that at this point we are driving the wrong way on the belt parkway, not that there were any other cars on the road. .

kimbo0569
08-14-2011, 03:35 PM
I feel your pain on your ordeal with the snow. I live in Queens, NY and I couldn't get my car out of the spot for three days because we didn't get plows to our streets until late Tuesday night! :scared1:

I can't even fathom trying to travel with a young child and a pregnant wife...Looking forward to reading the rest!

baseballmickey
08-14-2011, 04:11 PM
On The Road

Growing up, my family took many trips to Florida, and we drove EVERY time. I am one of eight kids, and we pack ourselves into the van and drive down from New Jersey. We always did it in two days, stopping overnight in Lumberton, SC.

So even though I'd been flying to WDW the last few trips with my own family, I found myself in familiar territory as I navigated our tired trio out of New York, and into NJ to pick up I-95 for the trip south.

We were getting a late start, but we were determined to go as far as we could. We were not giving up. Thankfully, the roads were in good shape (at least the major roads were, the side streets were a disaster).

We were still in NJ when we stopped for dinner. We found a diner and filled our bellies, and then we found a gas station and filled our tank. Over dinner, we discussed how far we'd try to make it. Using my phone, I found a hotel in Maryland, and I called to see if they had rooms. I really didn't need a reservation, as they weren't even close to capacity. So, knowing we could get there as late as we needed to, we got back on the road. We drove out of NJ, through Delaware, and into Maryland. We made it to the Hampton Inn and got our room.

I took this picture because I was surprised at how much LESS snow they had in MD. I thought they had been hit hard too.

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I have to take a moment to say that the Hampton Inn is my favorite hotel (non-disney, of course). The rates are reasonable, and the rooms I've stayed in have always been clean and comfortable. And, to top that off, their continental breakfast ROCKS! Most places you are lucky to get a donut. Here, you can make your own waffles!

Early the next morning, we hit up the aforementioned breakfast spread. We finally had gotten a decent night's sleep. I think we checked-in around 10:30 the night before, and we got up around 6. We ate our breakfast and also nabbed a couple of breakfast-to-go bags they had out to take with us. They made for good snacks on the road.

DD was coughing now, to go along with her sniffles. This was a concern because she has a history of bronchial problems in her short 4 years. She had even been hospitalized for pneumonia once. So we were watching that cough carefully. DW, in the meantime, was starting to complain of flu-like symptoms herself. I felt fine, aside from being tired and a little sore from shoveling.

DW asked if we should still do this. She thought maybe everything that had happened was a sign that we shouldn't go on this trip. She was on the fence and was thinking of turning around and going home.

My response was immediate: "We're not giving up." I may have been bordering on obsession here. And worse, I had brought my DD along with me. "That's right, mommy, we're not giving up!" She had my back, I had to love that!

So, with 2 definite votes for pressing on, (and one abstention), we got back in the car and drove... and drove... and stopped for lunch at a Cracker Barrel and got more gas. DW and DD were trying to rest in the car as much as they could. I did all the driving. DW doesn't like to drive under normal circumstances, so there was absolutely no way she was getting behind the wheel on this trip.

Afer lunch we drove... and drove some more. It was late in the evening when we crossed over into Georgia. DW was hungry, so we exited and looked for something we could grab-n-go. We found a Wendy's and opted for going inside to get our food so we could use the bathroom. Unfortunately, they had no baked potatoes, which DW was craving. She settled for french fries. We got our food to go and got back in the car, got gas, and jumped back on I-95.

DW and DD were asleep when we crossed into Florida. I was feeling drowsy, so I stopped at the Welcome Center to stretch my legs, and load up on caffeine. (I don't drink coffee, so it was soda for me). The cool air did the trick more than anything else, and we were on our way again.

Before long, we were turning off onto I-4, and then passing downtown Orlando, and then... taking the exit and following the signs for DTD and our resort, SSR. We pulled into SSR just before midnight. I got us checked in, and we found our room. Thankfully, it was on the ground floor. We got ourselves situated and passed out. We had a busy day the next day.

We finally made it to WDW. It took 3 days instead of a 3-hour flight. We lost our reservation for the wishes dessert party (which we paid for upfront) and we missed out on the candlelight processional. But we still had a good four days, including NYE to look forward to. The question now was, would we even be able to enjoy it after what we had been through? and now both DW and DD are sick??

Well, we certainly didn't go through all of that for nothing! So we slept and got up the next day to pick right up with the original plan. We headed to...

The Animal Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42270536&postcount=56)

baseballmickey
08-14-2011, 05:22 PM
This part just made me spit my soda out from laughing. I'm sorry. I'm a New Yorker too and the Belt parkway is scary enough going in the proper direction! I know this exact snowstorm too and how NYC totally blew the cleanup. Can't wait to keep reading.

I'm glad I could make someone laugh! I laugh about it all the time now.

I feel your pain on your ordeal with the snow. I live in Queens, NY and I couldn't get my car out of the spot for three days because we didn't get plows to our streets until late Tuesday night! :scared1:

I can't even fathom trying to travel with a young child and a pregnant wife...Looking forward to reading the rest!

Not being around for the cleanup was one of the few positives for us. Although, like I mentioned in response to someone else, I got a lot of dirty looks from people when I was finally shoveling my sidewalk over a week later!

Thanks for reading!

I'm starting to worry that the Disney part of our vacation will be pretty boring compared to getting there!

airplanegod
08-14-2011, 05:28 PM
Awesome job so far! We are from Southern Connecticut, and were up in Boston at the time. The next day, we were deciding wether to go home yet or stay another day. We decided to go home as most of the roads in Boston and Massachusetts were cleared. By the time we got to Connecticut, the roads were just finished getting cleared so we did good! Sorry you had to drive all the way down though.

petals
08-14-2011, 05:39 PM
joining in... after our last winter I have fears this years trip might start like yours :scared1: fingers and toes crossed tightly it won't though sounds like you had an awful start

amandaw
08-14-2011, 09:16 PM
Yay! Y'all made it to WDW! :woohoo: Even though it took a lot longer than planned to get there, at least y'all made it safely. That's so cute that your daughter wouldn't give up either on getting there. Hope DW & DD didn't get sick while y'all were at Disney.

rachel09985
08-14-2011, 09:33 PM
Wow- what a gripping first trip report! I can't believe all of that happened. That was amazing that you didn't give up. I would have been devastated.

baseballmickey
08-14-2011, 09:59 PM
Awesome job so far! We are from Southern Connecticut, and were up in Boston at the time. The next day, we were deciding wether to go home yet or stay another day. We decided to go home as most of the roads in Boston and Massachusetts were cleared. By the time we got to Connecticut, the roads were just finished getting cleared so we did good! Sorry you had to drive all the way down though.

Thanks for reading! DW's family is from the Bridgeport area, so we are up in CT several times a year to visit. Driving certainly wasn't the original plan, but as you read, we got there... eventually.

joining in... after our last winter I have fears this years trip might start like yours :scared1: fingers and toes crossed tightly it won't though sounds like you had an awful start

I'll keep mine crossed for you as well. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. If I had it to do over again, I don't know if I could have done anything different, except getting out of the airport as soon as they canceled our flight. Live and learn, I guess. Thanks for reading!

Wow- what a gripping first trip report! I can't believe all of that happened. That was amazing that you didn't give up. I would have been devastated.

Thanks for reading! I hope the rest doesn't get too boring for you after all this excitement.

Yay! Y'all made it to WDW! :woohoo: Even though it took a lot longer than planned to get there, at least y'all made it safely. That's so cute that your daughter wouldn't give up either on getting there. Hope DW & DD didn't get sick while y'all were at Disney.

I just love that little girl to pieces. She is such a trooper... as you will see as we proceed...

By the way, just finished your TR. I know I posted on that thread, but wanted to say it again here so others might see it and go check it out. You did a great job! especially for anyone interested in DCL or anyone with a toddler.

Singinglizzie
08-14-2011, 10:36 PM
Can't wait to read more. Thanks for taking the time to post your trip report with us!!!

amandaw
08-14-2011, 11:17 PM
I just love that little girl to pieces. She is such a trooper... as you will see as we proceed...

I know how you feel! I love my little man beyond what I could've ever imagined! She sure sounds like a trooper! I just hope she didn't get sick during the trip. :sad2:

By the way, just finished your TR. I know I posted on that thread, but wanted to say it again here so others might see it and go check it out. You did a great job! especially for anyone interested in DCL or anyone with a toddler.

I just got done catching up on responses on my TR. I'm so glad you enjoyed it & got some useful info for the Dream next summer. Y'all will have so much fun! I can't wait to go on another Disney cruise.

Thank you for all your kind words about my TR & for letting people on your own TR know about it. I was really unsure of whether or not I should write it, but I'm really glad I did. The feedback has been so nice & it's truly been a great experience getting to "know" the people following my report.

PoohGal05
08-15-2011, 12:50 AM
YEA for you ~ ya'll made it to Disney World!!! :cool1: Now that you are there, it HAS to get better, right??

ChattaAlley
08-15-2011, 07:24 AM
Wow what people will go throught to get to Disney...LOL. I right there with you ya.

petals
08-15-2011, 07:30 AM
I'll keep mine crossed for you as well. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. If I had it to do over again, I don't know if I could have done anything different, except getting out of the airport as soon as they canceled our flight. Live and learn, I guess. Thanks for reading!

We're in Ireland so if they cancel our flight due to snow I will actually cry. Only bonus is we're flying later in the day this time. Last year though we had freak snow storms in November and December so most mornings the airport was closed while they tried and clear the runway and de-ice the planes.. I have no problem getting stuck in Florida just get me to Mickey's house first lol! :rotfl:

dekkerdisneydreamer
08-15-2011, 08:27 AM
Hooray for making it to SSR!! I hope that you truly enjoyed it! Crossing my fingers that DD and DW aren't too seriously ill.

I'll be interested in hearing how bad the crowds were on NYE. I've heard that is the most crowded day of the year!

lizzyb
08-15-2011, 09:00 AM
Wow! That was quite the trek. Can't wait to hear the rest.

mamaboogie
08-15-2011, 09:29 AM
So glad you made it to Disney after all your trials!:cool1:

Can't wait to hear what you got up to :surfweb:

baseballmickey
08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
Can't wait to read more. Thanks for taking the time to post your trip report with us!!!

Thanks so much to you and everyone else for taking the time to read my TR!

YEA for you ~ ya'll made it to Disney World!!! :cool1: Now that you are there, it HAS to get better, right??

That's EXACTLY what I am thinking at this point in the vacation.

Wow what people will go throught to get to Disney...LOL. I right there with you ya.

I am happy to hear that people aren't chiming in with "forget that, I would have turned around and went home". If it had been a wedding, or just a trip to see relatives then yeah, I would SO be back at home and in bed. But we're talking disney here... so there was NO GIVING UP!!:earsboy:

We're in Ireland so if they cancel our flight due to snow I will actually cry.

Ireland? wow, that's cool. I've got some Irish heritage in my family. One day I hope to get over there.

I have no problem getting stuck in Florida just get me to Mickey's house first lol! :rotfl:

I KNOW! Why couldn't it have been the opposite way? Oh no! we can't go home! We're stuck in WDW, oh well, back to the parks! Maybe that can happen on our next trip!

Hooray for making it to SSR!! I hope that you truly enjoyed it! Crossing my fingers that DD and DW aren't too seriously ill.

I'll be interested in hearing how bad the crowds were on NYE. I've heard that is the most crowded day of the year!

Well, I think I'd rather be sick at WDW than be "well" anywhere else!!

DW is a teacher, so we always seem to be going at the peak times. We figured the crowds couldn't be any worse than when our last trip when we were there right before Easter.

Wow! That was quite the trek. Can't wait to hear the rest.

Thanks for reading. I promise you won't have to wait too long. I'll have the next update posted at some point today.

baseballmickey
08-15-2011, 09:51 AM
So glad you made it to Disney after all your trials!:cool1:

Can't wait to hear what you got up to :surfweb:

Thanks for reading!! Stay tuned. I've finally got some Disney action coming up!!

radev104
08-15-2011, 10:03 AM
I am hooked. That was a horrible storm. I remember it cause we were stuck inside for a couple days and stuck in the snow when we started shoveling. Glad you made it to WDW!!

donnaf516
08-15-2011, 04:36 PM
Wow! What a trip! Hope things turned better after you made it to SSR. Looking forward to reading more.

Seńor DonDuck
08-15-2011, 04:43 PM
Wow. After that airport experience and drive down, I sure hope you also did not end up with sick family.

baseballmickey
08-16-2011, 02:13 AM
I am hooked. That was a horrible storm. I remember it cause we were stuck inside for a couple days and stuck in the snow when we started shoveling. Glad you made it to WDW!!

Wow! What a trip! Hope things turned better after you made it to SSR. Looking forward to reading more.

Wow. After that airport experience and drive down, I sure hope you also did not end up with sick family.

Thanks for reading! I'm burning the midnight oil to the get the next update out. Shouldn't be much longer now.

baseballmickey
08-16-2011, 10:00 AM
The Animal Kingdom

We were expecting the parks to be packed and the lines to be long for everything. And that was okay. Our previous trip was during Easter/Spring Break and we figured the crowds couldn't be much worse than that. With DW being pregnant, there were more than a few things she could not go on (some of which she'd never go on even when she wasn't pregnant). So we went into this trip knowing we wouldn't be able to see and do everything. And given how our trip had started, we were now even less motivated to push ourselves this first day.

There were EMH at the park that day from 7am-8am, and the park was open until 9pm. We had a rezzie for breakfast at Tusker House at 9:20. and a rezzie for dinner at Boma at the AKL at 7:05pm. But we slept in a little and didn't try to take advantage of the EMH. Before leaving SSR, we swung by Guest Services where I ran in and bought our park tickets. We had 5 days to spend, so I bought us 5-day tickets, but opted to not get the hopper option as our original plan had us doing 1 park each day. (this will be important later).

I may have forgotten to mention this, but we had the DDP now as well. We didn't originally get it because we didn't have the extra money to put out up front when we booked. But when our vacation was "rebooked" to push it back and add the extra day, I used the airline refund to buy the DDP.

DW and DD were both feeling worse. DW was now sniffling, sneezy, achy, and everything else. DD had been going through tissues like there was no tomorrow, and all under her nose was red as a result. She still had the cough too, which we were keeping and eye on, and for now, it sounded innocent. As for me, well, I had avoided getting whatever they had... until that morning. Now I wasn't feeling too hot either.

It was a cold morning (though warmer than home) and we all wore our coats to the park. It felt weird to be at WDW and wearing long sleeves, pants, and coats. DD was even wearing mittens!

Since we now had a car, we could drive ourselves over to the park. From looking at the parking lot and amount of people boarding the tram, the park didn't seem too crowded. We were arriving just before 9am, and when the tram pulled up and we disembarked, we got our first taste of WDW at christmastime.

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We spent some time looking at the AK christmas tree before heading into the park to get breakfast. We would ordinarily stop for a family picture with the Tree of Life, but I think because we were running a little late for our rezzie, and because none of us was feeling very photogenic, we bypassed the photo people and just headed for Tusker House.

When we checked in for breakfast, there was a bit of a wait. But they did have a CM serving hot chocolate to everyone!! And boy was it hot! DD was very impatient waiting for it to be cool enough to drink. But she was happy and not letting her cold get her down.

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Soon, they called for us to head in. We got our picture taken with Safari Donald before we entered.

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We were seated at a table, and our server asked what we wanted to drink. I told him to keep the juice coming! This is always my response to a cold. I try to overdose on orange juice and vitamin C. Almost instantly, Safari Daisy was upon us.

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Breakfast here is buffet style, so DW went up first to get food for herself and DD. DW returned and I went for my plate. My stomach was not up to eating too much, So I nibbled at my eggs, waffle and bacon and drank a lot of juice. The juice was really good. DW was able to eat more than me, she had the Mealie Pap porridge and said it was good. She even went back for more of it. DD ate mostly fruit. While we tried to enjoy breakfast, these characters kept interrupting.

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Breakfast would have certainly been better had we all been 100%. We enjoyed seeing the characters in their safari gear. I think we'll do the Tusker House breakfast again sometime.

IMO, I think all the Character meals should come with a photo, and it should be included in the price. If not, then they should just have it be photopass like the rest of the park. I always find that moment when they come to your table and show you the photo and ask if you want to buy it to be very awkward. You have to stop eating, look at the picture, confer about it, and give them an answer on the spot. I know I am digressing here, but we did Akershus Princess dinner and the photo was included and it took away all that awkwardness. And if you didn't like the way your photo came out, they let you take another. (i saw another table do that). And some character meals like Crystal Palace at MK have no family picture as you enter.

Anyway, I am getting away from my story and I am sure there are threads about this already... so where were we?

After breakfast we decided to walk through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to see some animals. We couldn't do the safari since DW was pregnant, but we were on line for it briefly as we exited Tusker House. Yes, the line for the safari came all the way back to Tusker House. I'd never seen it that long, EVER. We fought our way through that crowd and up to the trail. Here are a couple of animals we saw.

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After the pangani trail, we headed to see some our favorite animals, the tigers. On the way, DD stopped to play the drums. She can't walk past drums without wanting to play them! I think it was about 11am now, and it had warmed up a bit. DW and I were able to take off our coats. DD kept hers on a bit longer.

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I also stopped and took this pic of the Tree of Life.

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Next up was the Maharajah Jungle Trek. We love to see the tigers. More often than not, they are sleeping. But not this time.

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DD and I also wanted to see the bats, but they were shy, and nowhere to be found.

After the jungle trek, we walked over to Dinoland to see if we could catch the Finding Nemo Show. On the way we passed by Expedition Everest. DW asked me if I wanted to try to sneak in a quick ride while they got on line for Nemo. But I just wasn't feeling up to it, :sick: so I opted out. EE is arguably my favorite ride at WDW, so DW knew I really must not have been feeling too hot to pass it up.

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We love this show. The pictures above are frame grabs of the video I shot of the show. Here are links to the my video of the show on youtube:

Finding Nemo, the Musical Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DNvNtJoGHU)
Finding Nemo, the Musical, Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apk2PeCIhqA)
Finding Nemo, the Musical, Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnl1-baw-A)

After Finding Nemo, we headed toward Camp Minnie-Mickey to see if we could meet some more characters. By the time we got down to the path leading to CM-M, we realized we didn't have time to go down and make it back for the parade. We opted for the parade, because we were definitely going to see those characters at the other parks.

Just as we were deciding this, we noticed a short line of people waiting to see Lilo and Stitch, so we got on line. I waited in line with DD while DW walked back to a gift shop to get DD a new autograph book. She returned just in time, and we were the last family to see Lilo and Stitch before they took a break.

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DW bought a cool pen which Lilo used to hypnotize Stitch. DD got a kick out of that. Then Lilo stuck the pen in Stitch's ear to wake him up, and DD got an even bigger kick out of that!

Perhaps there is a thread already about this, but isn't it odd how some "human" characters are human (princesses, princes, peter pan, alice, etc..) and others are in full suits (Lilo, Gipetto, Capt. Hook, Mr. Smee, etc..) It makes me wonder why? who makes that decision and is there a reason for it? Okay... I'm done thinking out loud for now.

Alright, so we're about halfway done with AK, and I've hit my limit on pics for this post. Stay tuned, I'll be right back as we head over to see...

The Jingle in the Jungle Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42270845&postcount=57)

baseballmickey
08-16-2011, 10:23 AM
When we last saw our intrepid band of AK explorers, they had just escaped an up close and personal encounter with Lilo and Stitch. Now they were on their way to scout out a viewing area for the parade...

Right next door to where we saw experiment 626 there was a DVC information center with these picture cutouts...

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I couldn't take the picture of both of them at the same time, because DD was too short and DW had to pick her up.

Next we grabbed a spot for the Jingle in the Jungle Parade. We found a place not far from the bridge into Africa where DD and I could sit on the ground behind some masking tape while DW sat on a wall behind us. At first, the parade didn't seem at all different from the normal version, but they did dress it up a bit. Here are some pics that DW took while I was videotaping.

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the Naughty and Nice Lists

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I will edit together a version of it you can watch (if you want, nobody's going to force you) on my youtube account. Here is the link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKwy_on_8Vc). <-----

Following the parade we literally followed the parade toward Dinoland USA so DD could get on her favorite AK ride. Just before the bridge into Dinoland, we saw a character greeting was going on and decided to check it out... and here's who we met...

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This was a great character greeting. The area was secluded and decorated for the holidays, and they even had christmas music playing. And as you can see from the pics, even DW got in there to get a pic with her favorite character of all! And I got one of me and Tigger.

Another weird thing that we experienced going down at this time of year was that it got dark earlier. We're so used to going in the summer, so it was different to be at AK when it got dark. Even though the park was open until 9, we had that rezzie for dinner at Boma to get to. So we made our way over the bridge to Dinoland USA. There we saw another couple of characters decking the halls. So we stopped by to say hello.

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In this picture, DD is covering her cough, and Pluto is imitating her.

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There was music playing and both Pluto and Goofy were dancing. It was fun! Another great character greeting!

And finally, we hit DD's favorite ride at AK. Triceratops Spin! or as DD calls it... "Dino-Mite!"

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Finally, it was time to say goodbye to AK. I stopped for a pic of the christmas tree lit up on the way out.

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Overall, It was a decent day at AK. Especially considering how we were all feeling. I'm glad we didn't push it and try to do more than we did. DD fell asleep in the stroller a few times while we were cutting across the park, and while we waited for the parade. She was a trooper. We felt bad that she was sick and hoped her cold would clear up for the rest of the trip.

We headed over to AKL to get dinner. We hadn't eaten lunch, we had just grabbed some snacks. I mistakenly turned into Kidani Village and we had to get back in the car and head around to AKL itself. oops. That Kidani Village wasn't there the last time we went over to scope out AKL!

I don't have any pictures of Boma. All I can tell you is that they had a TON of food. Another buffet style meal. DW raves about the carrot-ginger soup. She even went as far as to track down the recipe. I remember going back for seconds of the Durban Spiced Chicken. I thought that was good. DD had chicken fingers and mac and cheese.

When dinner was over, we headed back to our room at SSR. DW and DD got settled in for the night, and I made a run over to Goodings to get tissues, anti-bacterial wipes to wipe down the car us sickos had spent the last few days in, nasal spray for DW, tylenol and cold medicine for myself.

Day one was over. After everything we went through to get there, our vacation was already flying by. But don't they all?

For those interested in the DDP, we used 6 of our 15 TS credits that day between breakfast and dinner. We used 3 snacks as well.

We were all tired, and thankfully we could sleep in a bit the next morning since it was our...

Resort Hopping Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42306384#post42306384)

amandaw
08-16-2011, 11:56 AM
Awww....I had that after everything y'all went thru to get to WDW, y'all ended up sick, too! :sad2: But, I think all of y'all were great troopers in AK. Considering that everyone was feeling under the weather, I think y'all had a pretty great day! :thumbsup2 Looking at all the Christmas decorations in your pics has me excited to go for our quick weekend in December! I hope y'all got to feeling better quickly!

shan23877
08-16-2011, 02:32 PM
I've never been to WDW during the holidays, so I'm loving those pics! Hope you guys ended up feeling better.

mamaboogie
08-16-2011, 04:27 PM
Fantastic photos - I love the ones of your daughter with the characters - so cute!

Good to see you have Disney fun - despite your illnesses! Can't wait to hear more.

petals
08-16-2011, 04:33 PM
Luvin the pictures. I can't wait to see Disney in holiday season. I love how all the characters are decked out for Xmas as well

heathsf
08-16-2011, 05:27 PM
Oh my gosh what a nightmare!!! My flight was cancelled in Jan due to a snowstorm but I only spent 8 hours in the airport and went right home afterwards!! We cancelled our original trip and postponed it a month. I was ready to cry when I found out my flight was cancelled after being delayed several times...but I can't imagine how heartbreaking it was to be on the plane and ready to take off! :sad:

I'm glad you didn't give up and eventually got there! Your DD really looks like she has a cold in your AK pictures *BUT* she also looks so happy to be there!! Looking forward to hearing more!

lizzi6692
08-16-2011, 06:50 PM
That's horrible that the airport closed but I'm glad you finally made it there. This has kind of got me worried though, I'm living in upstate new york and I've got a trip planned for the week before Christmas. We're flying and I hope there isn't another big storm like that(I remember that storm well), if our flight gets cancelled I will cry.

baseballmickey
08-16-2011, 08:57 PM
Awww....I had that after everything y'all went thru to get to WDW, y'all ended up sick, too! :sad2: But, I think all of y'all were great troopers in AK. Considering that everyone was feeling under the weather, I think y'all had a pretty great day! :thumbsup2 Looking at all the Christmas decorations in your pics has me excited to go for our quick weekend in December! I hope y'all got to feeling better quickly!

The way things were going, you just knew we were all going to be sick! lol. But being there in WDW, there were times I forgot how sick we were.

I am so glad we went and got to see how WDW does christmas. A little bummed we missed out on the christmas party and some other things. But it was still great!

I've never been to WDW during the holidays, so I'm loving those pics! Hope you guys ended up feeling better.

Thank you! If you ever have the chance, you have to go for the holidays!

Fantastic photos - I love the ones of your daughter with the characters - so cute!

Good to see you have Disney fun - despite your illnesses! Can't wait to hear more.

Thank you so much. I used to take pictures of DW with all the characters. She's been replaced!!:rolleyes1

Luvin the pictures. I can't wait to see Disney in holiday season. I love how all the characters are decked out for Xmas as well

The characters we got to see were probably the best part of the day, IMO. That's the whole reason we wanted to go for the holidays.

Oh my gosh what a nightmare!!! My flight was cancelled in Jan due to a snowstorm but I only spent 8 hours in the airport and went right home afterwards!! We cancelled our original trip and postponed it a month. I was ready to cry when I found out my flight was cancelled after being delayed several times...but I can't imagine how heartbreaking it was to be on the plane and ready to take off! :sad:

I'm glad you didn't give up and eventually got there! Your DD really looks like she has a cold in your AK pictures *BUT* she also looks so happy to be there!! Looking forward to hearing more!

I'm sorry to hear you had a similar experience. It was the first (and hopefully the only) time that's ever happened to us and it was horrible. We're so lucky that DD has always been such a go-with-the-flow kid. She had some moments where she would seem out of it, but she would perk right up whenever something was happening.

That's horrible that the airport closed but I'm glad you finally made it there. This has kind of got me worried though, I'm living in upstate new york and I've got a trip planned for the week before Christmas. We're flying and I hope there isn't another big storm like that(I remember that storm well), if our flight gets cancelled I will cry.

That's the crazy thing about air travel, there are so many factors involved that sometimes it's not even your airport that has the trouble that gets you delayed. I hope the weather is on your side for your upcoming trip. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

baseballmickey
08-17-2011, 11:47 AM
Animal Kingdom, Part 1 has been updated with links to youtube video of Finding Nemo, the Musical.

I will repeat them here as well with a word of warning: I shot handheld, and I was coughing, sniffling, and dealing with DD next to me, so it gets a little shaky here and there. I am sure there are better videos out there, these are mine.

Finding Nemo, the Musical Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DNvNtJoGHU)
Finding Nemo, the Musical Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apk2PeCIhqA)
Finding Nemo, the Musical Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnl1-baw-A)

Still to come... Jingle Jungle Parade video links and the next installment of our TR.

dekkerdisneydreamer
08-17-2011, 12:37 PM
Wow, you really had some awesome character interactions. Bless your hearts, toughing it out while colds are invading your bodies! DD looks like she's truly having the time of her life!:cutie:

PoohGal05
08-17-2011, 07:44 PM
I guess f you're going to be sick, Disney is THE place to be sick! I hope you all felt better into your trip. And Disney at Christmas is my dream vacation, crowds and all! :D

FosterA
08-17-2011, 08:13 PM
You take fantastic photos!
Whew!! so glad you guys made it safe and sound, though sick.

Keep up the report, it's very exciting:yay:

baseballmickey
08-18-2011, 12:17 AM
Wow, you really had some awesome character interactions. Bless your hearts, toughing it out while colds are invading your bodies! DD looks like she's truly having the time of her life!:cutie:

I know the commandos will want to revoke my status after reading this TR, but what can you do? :confused3 The characters were great! hopefully we didn't get THEM sick!

I guess f you're going to be sick, Disney is THE place to be sick! I hope you all felt better into your trip. And Disney at Christmas is my dream vacation, crowds and all! :D

Some might say that Disney IS my illness. :rotfl2: I hope you get to experience a Disney Christmas sometime soon!

You take fantastic photos!
Whew!! so glad you guys made it safe and sound, though sick.

Keep up the report, it's very exciting:yay:

Thanks! The people over in the photography forum put me to shame, but I am working on it!:thumbsup2

baseballmickey
08-18-2011, 09:48 PM
Resort Hopping

In the original plan, we would have done 3 parks by now and would have used this day to sleep in, and rest up for MK on NYE. We had some thoughts about changing things up and maybe doing Epcot or DHS instead, but we still needed the rest, and since we did get an added day on the end of the vacation, we stuck with the Resort Hopping idea.

We had read all about the gingerbread displays at the various resorts, and really wanted to see them. We had also seen a flyer in our room packet about a DVC Merry Member Mixer. We weren't sure what that was all about, but it was at the CR that afternoon, so we made a mental note to take a look if we were there when it was happening. Lastly, we had a rezzie for dinner at 1900 Park Fare.

The day before, I called over to the GF spa and was able to get DW an appointment for a pregnancy massage. Each vacation I try to do something or buy something special for DW, and this was it. The appointment wasn't until 12pm, so we were able to sleep in, and get breakfast at the SSR food court. The line at Artist's Palette was really long, so we opted to just grab muffins, bagels, and cereal from the self-serve market area and bypass the line so we wouldn't be late for DW's massage. I was surprised that the CMs were able to take our hodgepodge breakfast items and piece together counter service meals out of them for the DDP. That was cool!

We had all eaten and drank plenty of juice. DW had her nasal spray to help her breathe, and I was using the cold medicine for myself. DD was still going through tissues like we owned stock in kleenex, and had that persistent cough.

We headed over to the GF Spa, parking in the Wedding Pavilion lot. We planned on leaving the car there for the day and using the monorail to hop around the lagoon.

We dropped off DW at the spa, and then DD and I went to go walk around and kill some time. Right outside the spa, we left the path and walked up onto the white sand of the beach between the GF and the WP. DD had a good time running around for a while...

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She got tired out after a while and wanted to rest. We still had some time to kill, so she got back in the stroller and I walked us down to Poly.

These are just some pics of GF, WP, and a sign in the water @ Poly.

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We walked around the resort a bit and then headed to the docks to take a boat ride around the lagoon. Normally, DD would love this, but for some reason she wasn't as excited as I thought she would have been. We got on the boat anyway. I hoped maybe she would perk up once we were out on the water.

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Instead DD looked miserable. By the time we reached the GF stop, she started to cry and I noticed she kept playing with her ear. She said it hurt her and didn't want me to touch it. She cuddled up against me and I just sat there holding her, trying my best to soothe her and hoping we wouldn't annoy all the other people on the boat. Thankfully most people were sympathetic and I didn't see anyone glaring at us. We rode all the way back around to Poly and then it was time to go meet up with DW.

We had a short wait at the Spa for DW to come out. She looked much better when she did! She loved her massage and wanted to know if she could come back for another before we left for home! lol.

Unfortunately, I had to burst her bubble a bit with my concern for DD. I was pretty sure she now had an ear infection to go with her cold. We were thinking about leaving and going back to SSR, but we decided to walk over to GF to see how it looked all decorated for the holiday. It was right next door and it wouldn't take long at all. Then at least we could say that we saw one of the resorts, just in case we never made it back. DD nodded off in the stroller as we headed over to the GF.

This is the christmas tree in the GF, and above on the ceiling you can see the nets holding the balloons I suspect they would drop that night at midnight on NYE.

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and here's the GF Gingerbread house...

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We walked around to the other side of the gingerbread house, and to my astonishment, there were CMs selling treats out of it!! You literally walked up to the window and could buy gingerbread shingles, or gingerbread men, or a few other treats. We got a little something for DD so she could have it later when she awoke from her nap in the stroller.

Okay, we might get flamed here for what happens next, but it's water under the bridge, as they say.:rolleyes1

Instead of heading back to our room, we got greedy and decided to take advantage of DD napping in the stroller to jump on the monorail and head over to CR to see their gingerbread tree.

On the way, I had an idea to call our pediatrician back home and see if there was any way possible to get a prescription faxed to a local pharmacy. It was a longshot, but I figured it couldn't hurt. The last thing we wanted to do was to take DD to a walk-in clinic or urgent care. I reached the receptionist and made my request, hoping that the Dr. would help us out. I was told they would call me back on my cell.

In the meantime, we arrived at the CR and made our way down to the concourse level to get a closer look at the gingerbread tree.

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After scoping out the gingerbread tree, we made our way to the lobby so we could go to Guest Services. I was still waiting for the pediatrician's office to call back, and I wanted to see if I could get information about nearby pharmacies, prescription deliveries, and area doctors. I guess my question was kind of complex. So the CM brought a manager out and we laid out the situation for him. He was very nice and extremely helpful. DD had woken up from her nap and he gave her some stickers. He explained all our options to us. There were pharmacies that delivered to the resorts, as well as doctors who make resort-calls. Since we had a car, we also had the option of driving to a nearby pharmacy, as well as Centra Care, which was an urgent care facility on rt. 535.

Aside from an occasional visit to first aid inside the parks, this was our first WDW medical problem, so this was all new to us. (Well, technically, this was MY second WDW medical problem, but that's a story for a different time)

So, there we were, armed with all our options, and waiting on the phone call that would determine what we did next... It didn't make sense to leave until we knew where we were going, so we decided to just hang out at the CR until the call came. We noticed it was just before 3pm, and wouldn't you know, that was the time that the DVC Merry Member Mixer was supposed to be at.

So we walked around until we found a sign, and we followed it to the mixer. And since we were waiting to find out what would happen next, I'll make you wait too.

stay tuned... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42319476&postcount=78)

shan23877
08-18-2011, 11:56 PM
Loving the pics of the gingerbread! I totally understand why you kept going- you were actively trying to help DD, you couldn't have been doing more if you were sitting at your resort.

Chicago Mo
08-19-2011, 07:31 AM
went from a adventure movie to suspense! ;)

dekkerdisneydreamer
08-19-2011, 07:59 AM
I don't think what you did is flame-worthy. Your DD was asleep, getting rest she needed, and you already called your pediatrician.:)

I love the GF pic with the tree and balloons at the ceiling. It really does look festive and beautiful!

So now, the suspense is killing me! I sincerely hope the pedi is sympathetic and sends down a prescription for DD. Poor thing.

baseballmickey
08-19-2011, 11:19 AM
I was in the middle of writing the newest entry, and I was mourning the loss of several pictures and some videos of this trip that I took on my old phone (I lost the phone and everything on it a few months ago)... and then I remembered that I had uploaded some of those pics to my facebook account!!

So while you wait... please enjoy "Escape from New York: The Forgotten Pictures"

Our plane:

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People sleeping at JFK

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Our little TSA alcove at JFK

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Hotel weather forecast in Maryland

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DD and DW asleep in the car

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Welcome to North Carolina

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Welcome to Florida!

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Back to Table of Contents? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2778173)

or

To Resort Hopping, Part 2... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42319476&postcount=78)

kthshh
08-19-2011, 02:29 PM
Subbing so that I can hear how it all turns out. What a vacation! It definitely deserves a trip report.

You guys are being such great sports about it all. I'm impressed.

Can't wait to read more!

baseballmickey
08-19-2011, 02:29 PM
I don't think what you did is flame-worthy. Your DD was asleep, getting rest she needed, and you already called your pediatrician.:)

Thanks! DW was reading this as I was writing and she said "omg, what are people going to think of us?" I am sure most people would understand, but there's always a few...

[B]I love the GF pic with the tree and balloons at the ceiling. It really does look festive and beautiful!

The GF is so nice on its own... the holidays make it even better!

Loving the pics of the gingerbread! I totally understand why you kept going- you were actively trying to help DD, you couldn't have been doing more if you were sitting at your resort.

Thanks! This whole trip I know I was going back and forth between feeling justified for putting my family through all of it, to feeling guilty... it all depended on their mood.

So now, the suspense is killing me! I sincerely hope the pedi is sympathetic and sends down a prescription for DD. Poor thing.

went from a adventure movie to suspense! ;)

Sorry to keep you all in suspense... not a nice thing to do to my readers! :rolleyes1

baseballmickey
08-19-2011, 09:59 PM
Subbing so that I can hear how it all turns out. What a vacation! It definitely deserves a trip report.

You guys are being such great sports about it all. I'm impressed.

Can't wait to read more!

Thanks so much for reading!

baseballmickey
08-19-2011, 11:47 PM
I know you are all hoping that this part begins with... "The phone rang", but it doesn't.

It was about 3pm, and I am not a pushy person (I firmly believe you catch more flies with honey, as they say), so I figured I'd give it until 4pm, and then if I still hadn't heard from the Dr., I would call them back. So yeah... we’re still waiting.

In the meantime, we had located the mixer. We weren't sure what to expect, but I had suspicions of this being some pretense to get us all in a room to see if they could get us to buy more points!

The mixer was in the Fantasia ballroom of the Convention Center. There were a good number of people there, and a line had formed to get in. CMs were handing out pens and forms for people to fill out while on line. We could hear music coming from inside the ballroom, and we were eager to see what they had in store for us inside.

The forms being handed out were raffles for you to drop into boxes inside, along with a map of the ballroom showing the different "stations" they had. To get in, you had to show your DVC member card. The line was moving quickly, so before we knew it we were going inside.

The room was huge. On the far side was a stage with a DJ, and in front of that, a dance floor. There were a lot of small tables spread around the room for people to fill out raffle forms, and eat snacks. There were some chairs, but not enough for everyone. Around the outside of the room were the various stations. One was selling pins, another had artwork, there was a kids craft table, and in one corner there was a character greeting.

There were also a couple of snow sculptures of characters:

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We filled out our forms and then made our way to the snack table where we could get a mickey-shaped rice krispie treats and some punch. We then deposited our raffles in a box and took in the scene. While we were watching the dance floor, Goofy came out to dance!

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DD perked up, and when the conga line started, DW and DD were in it!

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DD loves crafts, so we headed to that corner next. DW got her situated at the table, where she could color and glue together Christmas ornaments.

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While they did that, I walked over and got on line for the character greeting. When I got on line, Mickey and Minnie were out, but when I got closer, Mickey and Minnie left, and Chip and Dale came out. This was when DW and DD joined me on line, and we got our picture with Chip and Dale.

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The way it was working was that every 30 minutes they switched. So at 4pm, Mickey and Minnie would be back out. So, if we were still there, maybe we could try again. We were back near the dance floor and now Pluto had come out to dance. DD was once again shaking her groove-thing. I have no pictures of this because...

I took a look at my phone and saw I missed the call from the Dr.!

It was loud inside with the music and people, so I had never heard it ring. I left DW and DD and stepped outside to check the message. The message just asked me to call them, so that's what I did. The receptionist told me that the answer was “No.” The doctor would not prescribe anything without seeing DD, so that meant we’d have to take her to Centra Care. It was disappointing, but I can understand the doctor’s decision. It wasn’t what we wanted to do, but we had to get DD checked out… so I went back inside to break the news to DW.

Back inside, DD was having fun. We decided to let her enjoy herself some more before leaving for Centra Care. It was getting close to 4pm, so I got back on line for the character greeting so we could get a picture with Mickey and Minnie.

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Beverly!! this one was out of focus. Note to self: put camera back in auto focus before handing to someone else to take a picture, even if that person is supposed to be a professional.

I got my camera back and was able to snap off a couple more shots as DD said goodbye to Mickey and Minnie.

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With only about a half an hour or so left in the mixer, we hung out until the end. We took turns dancing with DD on the dance floor.

DD and I got to do the Cupid Shuffle.

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DW and DD did the...

Chicken Dance

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The YMCA...

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and ANOTHER conga line

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We were still there when they announced the raffle winners. We didn’t win anything. Before we left, we checked out the Pins and bought a pin that was only available there. On our way out the CMs handed us a gift. It was a DVC Christmas ornament.




It was 5 o’clock and we were heading back to the GF and our car so we could take DD to Centra Care. Our dinner reservation was for 7:20, so it appeared we would probably miss that. So we tried to figure out what to do about dinner since we were already hungry. (All we had for lunch was rice krispie treats and punch!)

Well, pushing our luck had worked up until this point… what if we stopped off at 1900 Park Fare and asked about changing our reservation?? We were getting off the monorail at GF anyway because that’s where we were parked. It couldn’t hurt to ask, right?


The CM at the podium outside the restaurant was very nice. He listened as I explained our dilemma. I asked if they had any tables open. The CM told me he thought he could do something, so he asked us to wait and not more than 10 minutes later, we were on our way inside!




This was the picture they took before we went in. It came with a pop-up frame.

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I couldn’t believe our luck! Now we could eat. This was another buffet-style meal. I particularly enjoyed the chicken marsala. While we were eating, DD had some visitors.


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I liked that we got to see cinderella's wicked step-mother and step-sisters, because you don't normally see them in the parks. Those three really played their parts well. It made for a good atmosphere with the step-sisters yelling at each other across the room and their step-mother scolding them. We're still not sure exactly how Ariel got put into that mix... but Ariel is one of DD's favorites!! So she wasn't complaining!! (I don't know if there's anywhere else you can see the human version of Ariel, now that I think about it)

Overall all, I think this is a good character dinner for girls. I am not sure how it would go over with the little boys. But, hey, you never know!



Afterwards, we finally were on our way to Centra Care. I'm serious. We're actually going this time.

It didn't take too long to get there. It is located on rt. 535, on the other side of that non-disney hotel complex across the street from DTD. Which means we were close to SSR.

We waited for a while at the walk-in. DD sat on my lap, but would jump down every minute or so to walk across the waiting room to get a tissue. She must have down this 20 times. Finally, her name was called and we went in. They checked her out and confirmed the ear infection, for which the doc prescribed an antibiotic. We also informed the doctor of her history of colds settling in her chest, and her bout with pneumonia. He also prescribed us an inhaler, just in case we needed it. I think we spent about 2 hours @ Centra Care.

After that, it was off to the 24 hour pharmacy to get the prescription filled. Remember how close we were to SSR? Well, the pharmacy wasn't. It was a good 15-20 minute drive. They had a problem with our insurance, which made things difficult. I got fed up and just paid full price for the meds so we could get going. By 11pm, we had the medicine in hand and were on our way back to SSR.

All things considered, I think we had a pretty good day. The mixer was definitely the unexpected surprise. We all had a good time, and we felt better now that DD would be on an antibiotic for her ear. The end of day 2 was upon us. We really needed to get some sleep this night because tomorrow was...

New Year's Eve at The Magic Kingdom!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42381310#post42381310)

shan23877
08-20-2011, 12:32 AM
Oh that poor little girl! Looks like she's having fun anyway. We loved 1900 Park Fare, but Ariel wasn't there for our dinner- we got Prince Charming instead.

baseballmickey
08-20-2011, 08:21 AM
Oh that poor little girl! Looks like she's having fun anyway. We loved 1900 Park Fare, but Ariel wasn't there for our dinner- we got Prince Charming instead.

Hmmm... I heard that Prince Charming was a germ-a-phobe... maybe that's why we got Ariel?? :rotfl:

CaptainAlex
08-20-2011, 09:50 AM
As a fellow New York from the other side of the state (although I spent the 1st 8 years in NYC and then the next 16 in Orange County) I wanted to drop you a line.

Your narrative is one that has brought out every emotion a person can have: frustration (with the snow), fear (with the wrong way winter driving on the belt parkway), apprehension (with DD tugging of her ear and knowing what that means), contentment (The mixer), joy (arriving at WDW) and happiness (your time with your family).

I'm looking forward to reading more!

baseballmickey
08-20-2011, 10:31 AM
As a fellow New York from the other side of the state (although I spent the 1st 8 years in NYC and then the next 16 in Orange County) I wanted to drop you a line.

Your narrative is one that has brought out every emotion a person can have: frustration (with the snow), fear (with the wrong way winter driving on the belt parkway), apprehension (with DD tugging of her ear and knowing what that means), contentment (The mixer), joy (arriving at WDW) and happiness (your time with your family).

I'm looking forward to reading more!

Hello from the other side of NY! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

As I've been writing this, I have been recalling all of these emotional swings we had during the trip. At the time, it seemed to me like we were always shifting gears, from one emotion to another. Looking back on the trip as a whole, I realize that most of those emotions were always present, and whatever was happening at the moment dictated which emotion rose to the top. In some ways, that was good because it allowed us to get quickly out of a funk and into "disney" mode. On the other hand, it also meant that those negative emotions never truly subsided, and we were that much closer to potentially blowing our tops...

Mouseteacher
08-20-2011, 10:37 AM
What a wonderful report! I am really enjoying reading it. :goodvibes

sheri18
08-20-2011, 11:16 AM
cant wait to read the rest.....your daughter looked "none the worse for wear" as my mom would say.....what a little trooper she is....you and your DW too...

mamaboogie
08-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Well done to you all for making the best of your day! You did the right thing.

Your DD looks like she's having lots of fun - despite the ear infection!

Monknmom
08-20-2011, 11:44 AM
I am joining in! We live in NY and are going to be driving down this December! I am hoping that we don't get as bad a winter as we had this last year! That was HORRIBLE! Your TR has me saying YAY and Oh my goodness all at once! I am happy that you finally got there and got some stuff for DD to feel better! You have a really happy looking family so far! By now I would bet that your wife had the baby though right? Was it a boy or girl?

amandaw
08-20-2011, 04:54 PM
Your DD is quite the little trooper! :thumbsup2 Sounds like y'all still had a pretty good day, even with DD developing the ear infection. :sad2: Glad y'all were able to get her checked out & get her meds....without having to miss 1900 Park Fare! I can't wait to hear about NYE at MK!

baseballmickey
08-21-2011, 12:27 AM
What a wonderful report! I am really enjoying reading it. :goodvibes

Thank you so much!

cant wait to read the rest.....your daughter looked "none the worse for wear" as my mom would say.....what a little trooper she is....you and your DW too...

Thank you! I'm not sure where she gets it from. :confused3

Well done to you all for making the best of your day! You did the right thing.

Your DD looks like she's having lots of fun - despite the ear infection!

Thank you! We got some good breaks, I guess. If DD wasn't having fun we wouldn't have pushed it.

I am joining in! We live in NY and are going to be driving down this December! I am hoping that we don't get as bad a winter as we had this last year! That was HORRIBLE! Your TR has me saying YAY and Oh my goodness all at once! I am happy that you finally got there and got some stuff for DD to feel better! You have a really happy looking family so far! By now I would bet that your wife had the baby though right? Was it a boy or girl?

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a much better time driving down than we did. Yes, DW did have the baby back in April. I was keeping it a secret until the end of the report, but then again, my signature gives it away. :rolleyes1

Your DD is quite the little trooper! :thumbsup2 Sounds like y'all still had a pretty good day, even with DD developing the ear infection. :sad2: Glad y'all were able to get her checked out & get her meds....without having to miss 1900 Park Fare! I can't wait to hear about NYE at MK!

Thanks! At this point we were relieved to have the meds, but we also knew that antibiotics take a few days to kick in... so we were hoping she'd be okay for the rest of the trip. Should have the first installment of NYE at MK up soon.

PoohGal05
08-21-2011, 05:51 PM
Your stoory is SO great! Full of suspense and the like. However, I won't get to finish reading any more until we get back, as we are leaving in the morning! :goodvibes I have a 3 year old son and a 62 year old mother who are climbing the walls! It's not even funny that Disney was referenced TWICE in today's sermon at church! :goodvibes

baseballmickey
08-22-2011, 10:44 PM
Your stoory is SO great! Full of suspense and the like. However, I won't get to finish reading any more until we get back, as we are leaving in the morning! :goodvibes I have a 3 year old son and a 62 year old mother who are climbing the walls! It's not even funny that Disney was referenced TWICE in today's sermon at church! :goodvibes

Thanks! I hope you have a great trip! :goodvibes

Monknmom
08-23-2011, 10:40 AM
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a much better time driving down than we did. Yes, DW did have the baby back in April. I was keeping it a secret until the end of the report, but then again, my signature gives it away. :rolleyes1



I know sorry I always jump ahead even in books I read the beginning, end, middle! I will keep it a secrete!

baseballmickey
08-25-2011, 12:03 AM
I know sorry I always jump ahead even in books I read the beginning, end, middle! I will keep it a secrete!

well, whether you read this frontwards, backwards, or jumping around, I am just very happy to have people reading it at all!!

I am working on the next update as I write this... it will be up shortly. I promise. :)

baseballmickey
08-25-2011, 01:20 AM
We woke up that Friday morning knowing that for the first time in forever, we’d be celebrating New Year’s Eve together, and away from home. We were all still sick. I now had a cough to go with my sniffles, DW was still congested, and DD was not sniffling as much, but she still had that cough… and every time we heard it, we couldn’t help but worry.

In no condition to push ourselves, we took our time getting up and out of the resort that morning, knowing that it was going to be a long day. We set out for the park, already in a festive mood. The weather was cool, so DD and I were wearing light jackets, and DW a hoodie, to go along with our festive hats, and we would wear them all day long!!:woohoo:

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We took the most popular route to the park because we wanted to see the entrance sign and get some pics.

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Having already ridden the monorail the day before, we opted for the Ferry. I like to take the Ferry at least once during a trip. If you’ve never taken the ferry, I highly recommend doing so at least once! As we approached MK, you could see the top of the Christmas tree on Main Street, USA.

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It was around 9:30 when we finally passed through security. A train was just pulling into the Main Street station as we walked underneath. DW snatched up some guide maps and we emerged into Town Square. The most striking difference to me from previous visits was the music. The usual MSUSA sountrack had been replaced with Christmas music. The song was “Caroling Caroling”. We walked out into Town Square a bit before stopping to take in the scene.

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You might expect Disney to be more themed or maybe more over-the-top with its tree, but I think it was tastefully done.

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As we stopped by the tree and looked up Main Street toward the castle, we saw the horse drawn trolley coming down with some street performers on it. It came to a stop in front of us, and the performers got out to dance.

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This is a view looking back down Main Street toward the tree. No, we're not leaving! :lmao: We're just getting started!

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After all the hype about it being “the busiest day of the year” for MK, the crowd didn’t seem bad. We had seen much worse on our previous trip right before Easter. There were character greetings going on, and they all had the typical lines, but our first order of business was breakfast, so we continued up Main Street, pausing to get our picture…

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And here’s DD and DW taking a small rest on line at the Main Street Bakery. I share this pic for 2 reasons. First, because it's the best I've seen DD and DW look since we left NY 4 days earlier. Secondly, to prove that we hadn't even made it up Main Street, and both of them had broken the "wear your hat all day" rule. :confused3

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For the record, my hat was still on. :thumbsup2 After breakfast, we headed for Fantasyland, with the occasional stop for a pictures

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Okay, so you're probably getting the sense that this is going to be a picture heavy day. I hope you are enjoying them. I am trying to include pictures that also might give you a sense of what the crowd was like. I am almost at the limit for this post, so I want to squeeze this last picture in.

I had been to WDW during the holidays once before, as a kid, although I don't remember it at all. I dug up this picture of my family on Main Street USA. My best guess is that this is December, 1979 (or 1980 if I am wrong). As you can see, the decorations are much the same... mickey wreaths on the lampposts, wreaths strung across Main Street, and you can see part of the tree in town square.

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And in case you are wondering, I am front row, first on the left, with the Kenny G. haircut.

I think this is a good spot to pause before we continue into...

Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42393892#post42393892)!

Monknmom
08-25-2011, 11:53 AM
YAY DD is starting to feel better! And DW too.. I hope she continues up! I like how picture heavy you are it gives me a sense for my vacation this year!

amandaw
08-25-2011, 12:46 PM
Love, love, love the update!!! Especially all of the photos! Seeing all of the Christmas decor in your pics has me so excited to go on our quick get-away in December. Actually, yesterday, I was considering just canceling it. Now, you have me wanting to see if I can talk my husband into adding just 1 more day! :lmao: Can't wait to hear more & see more pics! :santa:

shan23877
08-25-2011, 01:08 PM
Love the pics! Keep 'em coming--can't wait to see more of MK dressed up for the holidays. Glad DW and DD were feeling a little better!

dekkerdisneydreamer
08-25-2011, 01:30 PM
Never worry about picture heavy posts!! We DISers are nothing but picture hounds!:goodvibes

l love the festive hats, hopefully the make another appearance with DD & DW! That is a really great picture, by the way, I hope that they remain feeling better.

Nice retro pic!! You've got the look in that picture like "You talkin to me?" Sorry I had to. :goodvibes

Seńor DonDuck
08-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Picture heavy posts are always welcome, especially when they are Christmas decoration photos!

baseballmickey
08-25-2011, 04:37 PM
YAY DD is starting to feel better! And DW too.. I hope she continues up! I like how picture heavy you are it gives me a sense for my vacation this year!

Glad I can help! :thumbsup2

Love, love, love the update!!! Especially all of the photos! Seeing all of the Christmas decor in your pics has me so excited to go on our quick get-away in December. Actually, yesterday, I was considering just canceling it. Now, you have me wanting to see if I can talk my husband into adding just 1 more day! :lmao: Can't wait to hear more & see more pics! :santa:

canceling??? are you out of your MIND???!!?!?!?!! :scared1: :lmao:

I so wish we had spent more time there. Even as I am writing this, I can't believe it's almost over. In hindsight I wish we had skipped Christmas at home and had a longer stay at WDW. maybe next time.

Love the pics! Keep 'em coming--can't wait to see more of MK dressed up for the holidays. Glad DW and DD were feeling a little better!

Thanks! I'll do my best to keep them coming then! :goodvibes

Never worry about picture heavy posts!! We DISers are nothing but picture hounds!:goodvibes

l love the festive hats, hopefully the make another appearance with DD & DW! That is a really great picture, by the way, I hope that they remain feeling better.

Nice retro pic!! You've got the look in that picture like "You talkin to me?" Sorry I had to. :goodvibes

Thanks! glad you're enjoying the pics!

Picture heavy posts are always welcome, especially when they are Christmas decoration photos!

great! i'll see what else I have for you!

usd2bmd
08-25-2011, 07:14 PM
Last night I was reading your TR and my daughter came out and told me that I had a problem and needed help...Seems she thinks I'm addicted to reading other peoples trip reports. This is what gives me that bit of Disney Magic that I need to keep me going in between trips, and it's has been too long since I walked under the train station into the Magic Kingdom myself. So let me say a HUGE THANK YOU.:cheer2:

baseballmickey
08-25-2011, 09:22 PM
Last night I was reading your TR and my daughter came out and told me that I had a problem and needed help...Seems she thinks I'm addicted to reading other peoples trip reports. This is what gives me that bit of Disney Magic that I need to keep me going in between trips, and it's has been too long since I walked under the train station into the Magic Kingdom myself. So let me say a HUGE THANK YOU.:cheer2:

YOU'RE WELCOME!! Thank you so much for reading!!

baseballmickey
08-25-2011, 11:38 PM
Before the commercial break, we were on Main Street USA and heading for Fantasyland... and I'm still wearing my hat!!!

You know, as far back as I can remember, we always went to Adventureland first. But that all changed when DD came along... now we have to head straight through to Fantasyland and then we usually end up going back several times throughout the day.

First up, we grabbed FPs for Winnie the Pooh. It was about 10:30ish and our window opened at 11:30... so that gave us some time to do a couple of DD's other favorites.

First ride of the day, Cinderella's Golden Carousel... No, wait, make that Prince Charming Regal Carousel. When did that happen?? apparently over the summer. Well, I suppose since they're married... what's his is hers and what's hers is his. Whatever the name, it's a classic and DD always enjoys it.

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Tried to talk DW out of getting up on the horse. But she did it anyway. Getting off the horse, she told me that was her exercise for the day.

Exiting the ride, I grab a shot of the oft-neglected and underappreciated backside of the castle.

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Next up, we headed over to another ride that should be easy to get on without waiting too long... It's a Small World. From this picture, you can see that you now board from the LEFT instead of the right side. This felt a little weird, I must admit. I like to consider myself an easy-going kind of guy, but I guess after boarding this ride from the right side all my life... I imagine this might be similar to what it feels like for the English when they come to America and have to drive on the opposite side of the car??? lol.

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I'll spare you the pics I took from inside the ride otherwise I won't be able to fit the rest in this post. But I had to make an exception for this one:

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umm... did anybody lose a shoe??? It looks like it's a left shoe. No sign of its partner. That was the last we saw of the shoe, so if it was yours, please inquire with Lost and Found.

anyway... moving on...

Believe it or not, but those two rides ate up most of the hour we had to wait for our FP window to open... so we walked back toward Winnie the Pooh, on they way we ran into CMs handing out hula-hoops. DD just had to give this a try...

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Now, don't let the picture fool you. It looks as though she's rocking that hula hoop... but in reality all she could manage was to spin it around herself while she stood still and let it go all the way to the ground. It was pretty hysterical. All the CMs got a kick out of her.

We finally got her to give up the hoop and we moved on to Winnie the Pooh. Since we had FPs, we didn't get to go through the new activity area that is part of the stand-by line. We did see a bit of it though, and it looks cool.

Here is part of the play area. It's smaller than the original, but it still has the treehouse as well as some new activities. You can see that if your kid(s) is(are) out in the play area, you'll have to be able to reel him/her/them back into the line at some point.

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Also added are interactive screens where you can wipe away the honey that is pouring down to reveal characters underneath. These are further along the line and separate from the play area.

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It's a cool addition to the line, but I know DW and I will miss having the separate Pooh's Playful Spot across the way. It was such a good place for us to get off our feet for a few minutes while DD ran around. We even used that to keep DD occupied while one of us waited on line to see characters like Pooh and friends nearby, or Ariel when her Grotto was open.

Of course, we're excited to see the new Fantasyland once everything is open. Perhaps we'll forget all about the ol' playful spot then??

We came out of the Pooh ride with about 15 minutes or so to spare before the Once Upon a Christmas Parade was due to start. This was one of our MUST-DOs for the day. This was the first of two showings of this parade, and since DD was awake and feeling good now, we went for it. The parade was starting in Frontierland, and "our spot" for parade viewing is in Liberty Square, so we had a few extra minutes to make our way over and get settled. This was the first time the crowd size became apparent to us. Our usual spot didn't have much available. I ended up putting DD up on my shoulders and DW got a seat on the wall, while I stood. Here are DW's shots of the parade:

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The parade was great. I was disappointed we couldn't get DD up front for a possible high-five from a character, but she had one of the better seats in the house from up on my shoulders. Although that did make it hard for me to videotape the parade.

When Santa made his appearance, we explained to DD that he was on vacation too. She seemed to buy it.

Well, whaddya know? I hit my limit on pics again. So I'll be stopping here to give my fingers a rest. In the next update, it will be time for lunch... and it's our one rezzie for today.

Hmm... can you guess where we'll be having lunch? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42406095#post42406095)

amandaw
08-26-2011, 12:29 AM
More great pictures! I'm so glad your DD was starting to feel better. I sure hope that trend continued for all of y'all. I love the picture of her with the hula hoop....she is too cute!

shan23877
08-26-2011, 12:33 AM
The Christmas parade looks like so much fun!

Chicago Mo
08-26-2011, 12:59 PM
I cannot wait until we go in November!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! your report is fantastic!

baseballmickey
08-26-2011, 02:29 PM
More great pictures! I'm so glad your DD was starting to feel better. I sure hope that trend continued for all of y'all. I love the picture of her with the hula hoop....she is too cute!

Thanks! She is too much. I sometimes doubt my involvement in bringing her into this world because she is so cute. :rotfl2:

The Christmas parade looks like so much fun!

It definitely is. If there hadn't been so many other things to do, we might have watched it the second time!!

I cannot wait until we go in November!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! your report is fantastic!

You're Welcome! and thanks again for reading!

sheri18
08-26-2011, 04:56 PM
love the pics from the christmas parade...would love to go someday during that time...(not sure about the crowds)....

baseballmickey
08-26-2011, 09:33 PM
love the pics from the christmas parade...would love to go someday during that time...(not sure about the crowds)....

Everybody should get to see WDW during the holidays at least once. The crowds are definitely a beverly, but I think if you go into it knowing you will have to deal with them, and if you have reasonable expectations, it's not so bad.

It definitely makes it easier if you've been there before, so there is less pressure to do it all. For us, that allowed us to concentrate on seeing things like the parade and the christmas show, and not worrying about hitting every ride.

I wish we had more time there this past trip. It would have been nice to go back to MK a second day.

baseballmickey
08-27-2011, 12:36 AM
As the Once Upon a Christmas Parade made its way out of Liberty Square, we gathered our belongings, took our small child by the hand, and walked behind the throng of people who were following it... just as far as the bridge to the castle forecourt, where we hung a right turn and took a shortcut towards our lunch destination, the Crystal Palace.

Just behind Ye Old Christmas Shoppe, there is a character greeting area, and we saw there was hardly any line to speak of, so we detoured to get a few pictures with a very difficult character to track down.

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Even I had to get my picture with Rabbit. Maybe it's just the time of year we normally go, but I never see Rabbit at the parks.

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Note: I'm still wearing my hat!! :thumbsup2 In addition to Rabbit, Mr. Smee and Meeko were there also. DD didn't want her picture with Mr. Smee, and I noticed the groups ahead of us skipped him as well, so I got my picture with him while we waited.

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Perhaps with the new Jake and the Neverland Pirates show, Mr. Smee will get some more respect. In the meantime, DD seemed content with Meeko, even though I wasn't sure if she knew exactly who he was.

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You may have noticed that we've ditched our jackets. It had warmed up considerably. DW had even bought DD a new shirt, since the one she wore to the park had long sleeves. A short walk later on this beautiful day, we were checking in for our lunch. The front of the CP has one of my favorite views of the castle and I snapped a picture of a not-entirely-cooperative DD while we waited to be seated.

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Our name was called and we went inside. We have eaten at CP several times for breakfast, but this was our first lunch. It was yet another buffet meal, we seemed to be doing a lot of these this trip. The food was unremarkable. We ate and couldn't really complain, but unlike some of the other meals we had, there was nothing to rave about either. But, we were there for the experience, not the food...

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After visits from Pooh and Piglet, Eeyore arrived. Just as he walked up, it was time for the parade! So Eeyore took DD by the hand and led her and the other kids around the room!!

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DD loved it! Right after bringing DD back to her seat, Eeyore disappeared for a break, but came back later for a picture.

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He was followed by Tigger.

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Lunch was over. So we stepped back outside into the sunshine. We made our way toward the castle to see another of our MUST-DOs. The crowd had thickened somewhat since we were last in front of the castle.

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It was a little bit of a wait for the Celebrate the Season show at the castle, so we grabbed a spot and sat down. While sitting here waiting for the show, we got a closer look at the castle and all the lights that were covering it. It truly is amazing how much effort and material goes into making the magic. We were excited to see the castle all lit up later, but for now, it was time for the show. Here are some frames of my video.

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Well, the show was over and there is much more to see and do... but guess what? I'm out of pictures for this post!! So we'll pause here... when we come back...

More Magic Kingdom fun (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42460654#post42460654)!

amandaw
08-27-2011, 12:49 PM
Awww, DD looks like she was having so much fun in the parade at CP! Too cute! And that was such a great character meet & greet that y'all stumbled upon. My DS would've been sooo excited to meet Mr. Smee. I'm glad to see you gave Mr. Smee some love since no one else would. :laughing: It's so good to see how much fun y'all were having after having worked so hard to get there & then with everyone being sick!

kimbo0569
08-27-2011, 02:40 PM
Last night I was reading your TR and my daughter came out and told me that I had a problem and needed help...Seems she thinks I'm addicted to reading other peoples trip reports. This is what gives me that bit of Disney Magic that I need to keep me going in between trips, and it's has been too long since I walked under the train station into the Magic Kingdom myself.:

My dh tells me this all the time.....:lmao:

petals
08-27-2011, 04:30 PM
picture heavy days are the best days! I love your Magic Kingdom day so far and can't wait for more :)

baseballmickey
08-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Awww, DD looks like she was having so much fun in the parade at CP! Too cute! And that was such a great character meet & greet that y'all stumbled upon. My DS would've been sooo excited to meet Mr. Smee. I'm glad to see you gave Mr. Smee some love since no one else would. :laughing: It's so good to see how much fun y'all were having after having worked so hard to get there & then with everyone being sick!

It's funny how you can't seem to find characters when you are looking for them, but then when you least expect it, they are right in front of you.

My dh tells me this all the time.....:lmao:

Well, I'm glad there are people reading this! Thanks! :)

picture heavy days are the best days! I love your Magic Kingdom day so far and can't wait for more :)

Glad you are enjoying it!!

Monknmom
08-27-2011, 09:31 PM
Hi, I know you are in NY too so i was wondering how your family is doing during the storm and just want to say a quick stay safe! Hope we don't loose power so that we can still read the TR! I am on the east end of the island (southeast suffolk)and we have wind and no rain yet. Again stay safe and enjoy the home time with the wife and kids:goodvibes!

baseballmickey
08-27-2011, 10:23 PM
Hi, I know you are in NY too so i was wondering how your family is doing during the storm and just want to say a quick stay safe! Hope we don't loose power so that we can still read the TR! I am on the east end of the island (southeast suffolk)and we have wind and no rain yet. Again stay safe and enjoy the home time with the wife and kids:goodvibes!

Thanks for checking in! We are hunkering down over here. Kids are sleeping and DW is *trying* to sleep. We're just to the east of the Nassau/Suffolk border, just a few blocks south of Sunrise. Not south enough to get evacuated. It's raining here, and we're starting to get a few gusts.

I hope we don't lose power either. Working on the next installment of the TR is a good way to keep busy during the storm!!

Stay safe too! :goodvibes

Monknmom
08-28-2011, 07:27 PM
Thanks for checking in! We are hunkering down over here. Kids are sleeping and DW is *trying* to sleep. We're just to the east of the Nassau/Suffolk border, just a few blocks south of Sunrise. Not south enough to get evacuated. It's raining here, and we're starting to get a few gusts.

I hope we don't lose power either. Working on the next installment of the TR is a good way to keep busy during the storm!!

Stay safe too! :goodvibes

Yes, thank you we live in the village of Mastic Beach and we have a lot of flooding, just not on my road! Looking forward to the next installment! I hope that you have power and are still all safe!

baseballmickey
08-31-2011, 12:18 AM
Yes, thank you we live in the village of Mastic Beach and we have a lot of flooding, just not on my road! Looking forward to the next installment! I hope that you have power and are still all safe!

We only lost power for a short time in the middle of the night. Everyone is safe and we escaped without any damage. A lot of downed trees in our neighborhood, and a friend of ours is still without power.

Other things have kept me from updating my TR the last few days... but I am happy to report that I am working on it right now!!

shan23877
08-31-2011, 01:01 AM
Great pics from CP. I love it when you can see the true smiles from the little ones!

FreezinRafiki
08-31-2011, 06:10 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say that I've gone back and read your entire report, and that it's absolutely riveting stuff! Snowstorms, death defying car rides, driving to Florida on a whim, doctor visits, etc etc. I'm almost afraid to see what comes next. But tell me anyway...:thumbsup2

baseballmickey
08-31-2011, 01:41 PM
Great pics from CP. I love it when you can see the true smiles from the little ones!

Gotta love those candid moments!!

Just wanted to pop in and say that I've gone back and read your entire report, and that it's absolutely riveting stuff! Snowstorms, death defying car rides, driving to Florida on a whim, doctor visits, etc etc. I'm almost afraid to see what comes next. But tell me anyway...:thumbsup2

Thanks for reading!!

baseballmickey
08-31-2011, 02:23 PM
Alrighty… where were we? Oh yeah. Thanks for reminding me.

We had just finished watching the “Celebrate the Season” show at the Castle. It was around 3:20pm now, and we’d yet to visit Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, or Mickey’s Toontown Fair… so of course, we made our way back to Fantasyland!!

I think we were actually on our way to Toontown, but we saw the line for the Mad Tea Party wasn’t so bad. While on line, something happened that I’ve only seen once before. A character got on the ride! This time, it was the white rabbit who came out and got into an empty teacup just before the ride got underway. DW got a pretty good picture of it while I was videotaping.

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When the ride stopped, the White Rabbit stayed on and the first family out of the next group was able to get into the teacup with him! That must have been cool! That was the group ahead of ours. But he was apparently too dizzy for a third ride in a row.

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It was finally our turn to get our spin on. But we got a broken teacup that wouldn’t spin!!! Okay, I cannot tell a lie. The truth is that we were wimps. DD asked not to spin fast, and DW didn’t think it was such a good idea for three sick people to get dizzy… and I would have normally said, “sure, I’ll just spin us a little bit” and then proceeded to spin us as fast as I could… but I didn’t. So while everyone else was spinning, we just kind of floated around. It was still fun.

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Being wimps on the teacups meant that we could walk a straight line to Mickey’s Toontown Fair, and one of my most favorite parts of this trip!

DD has only recently met the height requirement for certain rides, and she’s been talking up how she’s been going to go on everything since… well, since she could talk. But her follow-through up to this point has left a little to be desired. So I was curious to see how it would all play out as we approached Goofy’s Barnstormer (or Goofy's Brainstorm as DD calls it)

DD didn’t hesitate. So her and I got on line while DW went over to the Hall of Fame tent to do some shopping. I was excited. This was DD’s first roller coaster! I am a roller coaster/thrill ride nut! DW… not so much. So my diabolical plan to turn DD into a thrill ride nut like myself appeared to be off to a good start!! :thumbsup2

The wait time was posted as 30 minutes, but I think we were up to the loading station in 15. As it worked out, we got the front seat!! Another favorable sign that my plan was working!! As we boarded the car, I had my first doubt. There was one lap bar for both of us, and it would only lower as far down as MY lap. So DD had something like 6 – 8 inches of space between herself and the safety bar.

I moved my left hand over her and poised to grab her at a moment’s notice. Meanwhile, my right arm was extended out and pointing the video camera back toward DD to capture it all on tape.

Moments later, we were off. DD was apprehensive as we got under way, but as we climbed that first incline and I asked if she was ready, DD raised both arms and let out a woot!

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And then we hit the first dip…

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It was priceless. My fears about the lap bar disappeared because DD was now holding on to both me and the car for dear life. She got a little less scared as the ride went on, but she never got daring enough to let go again until it was over. As we pulled back into the station, I asked her how it was. Her response: “It was TOO fast!”

I wonder what this means for my diabolical scheme? :confused3

If these pics are priceless... wait until you see THE VIDEO!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6JwPlDAquA) go ahead, click on it!!

We went over to the tent and found DW so DD could tell her all about Goofy's Brainstorm. The lines for character greetings inside the tent were a bit long, so we opted out of those. DD wanted to go on Donald’s Boat, so I took her over there while DW relaxed a bit more.

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We skipped Mickey’s tent because we saw Mickey and Minnie the day before at the DVC mixer. DD wanted to see Minnie’s house, but the line for that was outrageous! DW and I had experienced Minnie’s house with a crowd before, and it was not pleasant, so we bypassed that as well, much to the disappointment of DD.

We decided to head to Adventureland. It was a bit of a walk, and our route took us back through Fantasyland yet again. We were passing Mrs. Pott’s Cupboard and couldn’t resist stopping for a snack. A root beer float for DW, a chocolate shake for DD, and a vanilla shake for me!

While enjoying our treats, we noticed a line had formed in the middle of nowhere. Some CMs were handing out NYE hats and noisemakers. So I got on line and grabbed us four of each. (I know there was only 3 of us, but I thought that we still had about 7 hours until midnight and DD was bound to either lose or break hers in that time) I also rationalized it by saying that technically there were 4 of us, if you counted the one DW had been lugging around in her belly this whole trip.

I am not sure why we got the hats though. We had brought our own, even though I was the only one still wearing one!!

So, armed with the NYE paraphernalia, we continued our trek across the park, heading back through Liberty Square, Frontierland, and cutting over into Adventureland.

When we arrived there, we checked the line for the Jungle Cruise and saw it was a bit too long, considering we had just walked across the park. So we opted for the Tiki Room instead, so we could have a seat.

We couldn't possibly know that this would be the last time we would get to see the Tiki Room, “under new management.” Here are a couple of stills from my video.

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As we exited the Tiki Room, it was getting dark out. DW didn’t want to do Pirates while pregnant, so we skipped it and I talked her into going to see the Country Bear Jamboree.

DW had seen it on her first trip, and she probably could have gone the rest of her life without seeing it again… but I insisted we had to see the Christmas version. (Um… little did I know that they stopped showing the Christmas version about 5 years ago.)

So… to my disappointment, it was just the regular Country Bear Jamboree. But I enjoyed seeing it again. Especially Melvin, Buff, and Max. It was like seeing old friends!

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We were now less than an hour from the start of the Main Street Electrical Parade, so we made our way back to “our spot” and grabbed a seat. DD fell asleep in the stroller while we waited. We had excellent seats, which turned into just “good” seats once the parade started. This was because everyone to either side of us decided to stand when the parade appeared. DD was comfortable in her stroller, and I wasn’t about to block anyone’s view by standing, so we remained seated. Here are DW’s pics of the parade:

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It was nice to see the MSEP again. I think I prefer Spectro, but it had been a while since we had seen MSEP.

Well, we’re closer to celebrating NYE… but since I am once again out of room for more pics in this post, I’ll have to pause here. Up next…

Ringing in the New Year!! But where? Our night hits a little snag… all in the next update (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42625461#post42625461)!

shan23877
08-31-2011, 11:03 PM
great roller coaster pics!! I love DD's reaction too! Way too fast dad. :lmao:

amandaw
08-31-2011, 11:58 PM
I'm loving all of your ride pictures! How cool would that be to ride the teacups with the white rabbit?!? I loved the pictures of your DD on Barnstormer. Reminded me so much of when we took Reid for his first trip last December. Yeah, he was all excited until that first drop, too! That's when he started crying! :laughing: But, by the time the ride was over, the tears were dried & he said it was a lot of fun. :confused3 DH & I are both roller coaster enthusiasts so I don't know what we'll do if Reid doesn't grow into liking them! :sad2:

I can't wait to hear how y'all ended up ringing in the New Year!

kimbo0569
09-01-2011, 07:13 AM
There is hope for your plan! My youngest loved Goofy's Barnstormer but my youngest thought Test Track was a bit too fast for her.

Re: the white Rabbit on the Teacup ride, I have seen once before a character riding with some guests, last time we were in MK (back in 2008), on the Magic Carpet ride, Aladdin got on with some guests and rode with them. It was pretty cool, I have to admit, I was a bit envious ;)

I hope you got to spend NYE in MK. I went down with some friends for NYE back in 1995 and had the best time. We didn't spend it in MK but in Hollywood Studios and had a blast. I would love to do it again someday.

Monknmom
09-01-2011, 08:19 AM
We only lost power for a short time in the middle of the night. Everyone is safe and we escaped without any damage. A lot of downed trees in our neighborhood, and a friend of ours is still without power.

Other things have kept me from updating my TR the last few days... but I am happy to report that I am working on it right now!!


Glad that your family made it through well... mine too!


Oh my your DD's face on that first drop is priceless! Looks like even though your all sick your making it around fairly well! And your DD and DW look a lot better in these pictures! But I do notice the the hats are gone :rotfl:

sheri18
09-01-2011, 08:04 PM
great reading....and I must say when I got to the pic of you DD on the barnstormer, I laughed so hard out loud....my DH who does not partake in my love of disney has never read or never will read a report..could not belevie how hard I was laughing....that was priceless.....:laughing:

Captain_Oblivious
09-02-2011, 07:15 AM
Just checking in with a fellow DisDad...followed the link from Barry's TR. Nice job with the parade pics, and the look on your daughter's face on the Barnstormer is priceless! I'll have to go back and catch up on the rest.

baseballmickey
09-02-2011, 11:34 AM
great roller coaster pics!! I love DD's reaction too! Way too fast dad. :lmao:

It cracks me up... EVERY TIME I watch it.

I'm loving all of your ride pictures! How cool would that be to ride the teacups with the white rabbit?!? I loved the pictures of your DD on Barnstormer. Reminded me so much of when we took Reid for his first trip last December. Yeah, he was all excited until that first drop, too! That's when he started crying! :laughing: But, by the time the ride was over, the tears were dried & he said it was a lot of fun. :confused3 DH & I are both roller coaster enthusiasts so I don't know what we'll do if Reid doesn't grow into liking them! :sad2:

I can't wait to hear how y'all ended up ringing in the New Year!

One of these trips... it will happen to us!! If we go enough times, it will happen!! I know it!!

DD and I watched the video of the Barnstormer yesterday as I was getting it uploaded, and I asked her if she'll go on it again next trip... she said no. :rotfl2:

but at least she's talking about HM. so we'll have another first time experience on the next trip hopefully!

There is hope for your plan! My youngest loved Goofy's Barnstormer but my youngest thought Test Track was a bit too fast for her.

Re: the white Rabbit on the Teacup ride, I have seen once before a character riding with some guests, last time we were in MK (back in 2008), on the Magic Carpet ride, Aladdin got on with some guests and rode with them. It was pretty cool, I have to admit, I was a bit envious ;)

I hope you got to spend NYE in MK. I went down with some friends for NYE back in 1995 and had the best time. We didn't spend it in MK but in Hollywood Studios and had a blast. I would love to do it again someday.

I guess time will tell if DD can follow in my footsteps or if she will follow DW's... she is not my last hope.... there is another.


Glad that your family made it through well... mine too!


Oh my your DD's face on that first drop is priceless! Looks like even though your all sick your making it around fairly well! And your DD and DW look a lot better in these pictures! But I do notice the the hats are gone :rotfl:

Yes, all still sick, but not as bad. being at WDW certainly helps!!

I am still wearing my hat, even though I don't show up in any of these pictures. In the barnstormer video, you can see my ears casting a shadow as we board the ride, and my strap is visible during... :thumbsup2

great reading....and I must say when I got to the pic of you DD on the barnstormer, I laughed so hard out loud....my DH who does not partake in my love of disney has never read or never will read a report..could not belevie how hard I was laughing....that was priceless.....:laughing:

Mission Accomplished!! I love that other people are getting such a kick out of it as well!!

Just checking in with a fellow DisDad...followed the link from Barry's TR. Nice job with the parade pics, and the look on your daughter's face on the Barnstormer is priceless! I'll have to go back and catch up on the rest.

Always glad to have a DisDad on board!! Welcome. You're just in time for the NYE celebration!! Thank you for the compliment on the parade pics. I'll pass it on to DW, she takes all the parade pics while I am videotaping.

baseballmickey
09-02-2011, 11:37 AM
Adding a couple of video links here...

My condensed version of Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKwy_on_8Vc&feature=related) <-----

and

DD's first ride on the Barnstormer!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6JwPlDAquA)<-----

I hope you enjoy them!!

shan23877
09-04-2011, 12:25 AM
From one first trip reporter to another- can you give me any tips? I'm still not sure how to multi quote, and I'm not sure how to get the link to my TR in my signature, or how to do chapter links. Help!! (if you don't mind). And, please feel free to follow along! Our DDs are about the same age.:lmao:

baseballmickey
09-04-2011, 02:09 AM
From one first trip reporter to another- can you give me any tips? I'm still not sure how to multi quote, and I'm not sure how to get the link to my TR in my signature, or how to do chapter links. Help!! (if you don't mind). And, please feel free to follow along! Our DDs are about the same age.:lmao:

Definitely looks like our DDs would get along... purple, princesses, and the disney expert attitude!! :thumbsup2

Stitch#001
09-04-2011, 12:08 PM
Just wanted to let you know that I have been following along and enjoying your report

baseballmickey
09-04-2011, 10:40 PM
Just wanted to let you know that I have been following along and enjoying your report

Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! I see you're from CT, so we're kind of neighbors. Hope you made out okay with the storm. DW was born and raised in CT and has family there. They were without power until this past friday!

usd2bmd
09-11-2011, 02:43 PM
My dh tells me this all the time.....:lmao:

That's why I love coming to the boards...I'm just one of many that feel the same way I do when I'm here...thanks!:woohoo:

baseballmickey
09-14-2011, 01:31 AM
okay... sorry I fell off the pace a bit. I am working hard to get the update up tonight/this morning. I've written some of it, and before I crash, I'll post what I have.

"Please remain in your vehicles. This TR will resume momentarily."


thanks for your patience.

baseballmickey
09-14-2011, 02:26 AM
We just finished watching the MSEP, it was now approximately 7:40pm. Just over 4 hours until midnight!! We were very hungry and decided to go find dinner. My personal favorite Counter Service restaurant in MK is Casey’s Corner, naturally. Our plan was to head back to Main Street, where I would get on line at Casey’s and DW and DD would head over to find seats at the Tomorrowland Terrace. If all went well, we would just be finishing our meal before Holiday Wishes started at 8:30.

The parade was heading toward Frontierland, so we made our way against the parade-follower traffic toward the hub. As we crossed over the bridge, we got our first good look at the castle all lit up in holiday fashion.

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On the castle stage was a DJ and he was already playing music. The NYE party was underway.

We also saw nothing but people everywhere. Most were sitting… in the middle of the street or on the curb, or against the fences. This was the NYE crowd we had heard so much about.

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The only place you could walk (if you could call it walking… it was more like a zombie’s shambling) was on the sidewalk between the masking tape parade lines. It was very dark and people were so tightly packed that you couldn’t see the tape. You could hardly see the people who were sitting on the ground to your left and right, and sometimes, abruptly, right underneath you. I lost count of the fingers and toes I was stepping on. I began to mutter “excuse me, I’m sorry” with every step, even though it might have just been popcorn or trash I felt under my feet.

DW kept giving me her “What do we do, now?” face. CMs were located every 30 feet or so, directing everyone in the "pathway" to keep moving. There was no way to turn around, so we pressed on, hoping that when we got to Main Street, it might open up a bit. Eventually we made it down to Casey’s. It was slightly less crowded here, but not by much. We didn’t see any option other than to stick with the plan. I got on the end of the line at Casey’s, which was three or four people out of the door. DW took DD and crossed the street to go see if there were any seats to be had up at Tomorrowland Terrace.

At Casey’s, it was a madhouse. There were large groups of people trying to stay together, and they just ended up blocking the doorways and people couldn’t get to the lines. Somehow people coming in from the other entrance were getting in front of us and we (myself and the people around me) could see that and were getting frustrated. Finally, one of the groups ahead of us sent half their party looking for seats, so I was able to squeeze inside Casey’s and actually secure a spot on an actual line for a register.

Meanwhile… DW was taking this picture:

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Now, you might be saying to yourself, how is it that she’s taking a picture of the tree in Town Square, when she should be over at Tomorrowland Terrace? Well, as I would find out a bit later, DW and DD couldn’t get there. CMs weren’t letting people through and all traffic was being diverted down Main Street. They tried and tried to either get around and up to TT, and when that didn’t work, they were just trying to get back to Casey’s… and they couldn’t. Finally, it opened up a bit and she broke out of the sidewalk and into the street to cross over and head back up Main Street. At this point she found herself with some breathing room and paused there to collect herself… and she took that picture.

Back at Casey’s, I was nearing the register, moving slowly but surely. I was formulating my escape route… figuring out how to best cut through to the condiments and then to the door… and that’s when I heard DW calling my name. She was back at Casey’s (which to her must have been a giant relief, but in my mind, this was not good.) I can tell she’s upset, but I’m thinking it’s just about not being able to find a seat. Again, we’re back to “what do we do now?” There aren’t many options, so I tell her we need to go to the other side of Casey’s, the back entrance near the BabyCare and the bathrooms… The look on DW’s face was complete terror. She could see the crowd of people between her and where I was telling her to go. On top of that, all traffic through Casey’s was being forced against her. It took a moment to explain what I wanted her to do. It was the same thing I would need to do once I got the food. She had doubts, so I tried to invoke my “former cast-member authority” to reassure her. Whether that worked or not, she and DD turned back out onto Main Street.

A minute or so later, I was up to bat at Casey’s. I ordered our meals and thankfully didn’t have much trouble getting the order. I cut through to the condiments and thankfully the three or four of us there were all very understanding and accommodating of each other. Loaded with everything I needed, I headed out to Main Street and took a hard right turn towards Town Square, followed by another hard right turn… into the Emporium. The Emporium was crowded, but manageable. Left into the next room, Right and straight through to another room, and right again brought me to the back room of the Emporium, which seamlessly transitions you into the back of Casey’s, where there are bleachers you can sit on… but they were full.

DW and DD were in a corner by the TV. DD was asleep in the stroller. She had probably been asleep since shortly after the parade. DW did not look happy. I announced myself by saying something stupid like, “here’s the food.” DW’s response was “I want to go. Now!” DW was on the verge of tears. The crowds, not being able to sit, and especially the not being able to get anywhere… all this on top of being sick and pregnant…it was all just too much. It was the airport all over again. We were huddled in the corner, and unable to get to somewhere we’d be more comfortable. I let DW vent. It was really all I could do. I agreed that we needed to leave, but trying to do so meant going back out into the crowds to fight our way to the exit. In the meantime, we had a little breathing room right where we were, and we had our food. So DW and I ate. I saved DD’s for her in case she woke up. DW was still visibly upset. We ate our food, but I don't think either of us really enjoyed it. I can't speak for DW, but that whole time I was trying to figure out...

What were we going to do next? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=42784030#post42784030)

amandaw
09-14-2011, 09:56 AM
Oh man! Just reading about those crowds makes me all anxious! :eek: Yep, you've confirmed what I've always suspected.....there is NO WAY I could do WDW around NYE. And I so felt for your DW....being sick & pregnant in those massive crowds....poor thing! :sad2: I hope the night ends on a good note for y'all! :thumbsup2

shan23877
09-14-2011, 12:24 PM
Oh my gosh! Those crowds sound just terrible. Your poor wife! I am upset for her!

petals
09-14-2011, 05:56 PM
Those crowds sound terrible!

dekkerdisneydreamer
09-20-2011, 12:59 PM
Sorry I've been away for a bit.:flower3:

DD's expression on the barnstormer is PRICELESS!! So great! When she becomes a coaster fanatic like yourself, you can show her those pictures of, "remember when." :goodvibes

Oh, my goodness. Those crowds do not look or sound good.:scared1::scared1::scared1: Poor DW, I was in her shoes in 2009 when we went during Thanksgiving and I was pregnant and sick. I didn't have to fight those unbelievable crowds, though. I hope that you make it out of there unscathed.

Captain_Oblivious
09-22-2011, 07:22 AM
Well, the Christmas pictures are really nice. But the experience sounds horrifying! Sorry it was such a mess.

averill94
09-27-2011, 06:19 AM
Oh boy... I am only at the beginning and I have to go to work BUT I laughed out loud so much. That was very brave to get in the car ot the hotel. My husband and I wouldve been sure that the driver was going to rob us then ditch us in the snow too!

Further I cant believe that you got to the long term parking AND got your car. Awesome!

That snow was so ridiculous. Isnt it funny how all the snow blew off the top of the car at the lot?

Cant wait to read more :goodvibes

baseballmickey
09-28-2011, 02:29 PM
Before going any further on this TR, I have to correct something from the last update. DW looked it over and pointed out an error I made, so please bear with me as we step back in time to where DW and DD left me on line at Casey’s to go look for a place to sit…

DW took DD, who was napping in the stroller, and crossed Main Street and tried to walk up to the Tomorrowland Terrace. I wrote before that the CMs made her turn down Main Street. This was incorrect. What actually happened was that she was able to walk up past the Plaza Restaurant, and it was at this point, halfway between Main Street and Tomorrowland Terrace, that she was stopped and forced to make a right turn… BACKSTAGE. We’d experienced this one time before, where they open this gate to facilitate getting people out of the park… so DW thought she was being forced to leave!! I can only imagine how she must have felt, being caught up in that flow of people being herded back toward the exit. In her mind, she was being forced to leave the park and wasn’t sure if she’d be able to get back in. Fortunately, instead of having to proceed all the way out of the park, she was able to get back on to Main Street by Le Chapeau, in Town Square. THAT is how she came to be standing by the tree. She worked her way back up Main Street and cut across to get back to Casey’s.

My apologies for getting my facts a little screwed up. I think you’ll agree that this adds even more to DW’s stress level. Now back to the story…

We had just finished our food in the back of Casey’s, and we needed to make a decision about where we were going to go next. Having a bit of food and being out of the worst of the crowds for a few minutes had done nothing to improve our mood. So, it was decision time… but what were our choices?


We could leave MK and go to another park. But how would the crowds be at the other parks? We couldn’t be sure. We had to be honest with ourselves. Given the circumstances, if we got into the car, there was probably only one place we would be headed, and that would be back to SSR. Taking Disney transportation anywhere meant coming back to TTC for the car, and that wasn’t appealing either.

We could head to one of the MK resorts. We’d watched MK fireworks from Poly once and it was nice. This, or even just getting a seat on the monorail and riding it around for a while seemed like a better idea than going to a different park. But we were still 3 ˝ hours away from midnight, and we didn't think we could kill that much time just sitting around.

We could stick it out at MK. But the only way to stick it out at MK was if we could get a Fairy Godmother to show up, wave her wand, and make the crowds disappear.

We could leave and go back to SSR, crash, and try to make the most of our last day tomorrow. It had already been a long day, and we were all exhausted and sick to begin with.


DW was voiting for Option 4. DD was sleeping and was thus abstaining from the democratic process. I wanted to stick it out. But I was torn. We had gone through so much to get here and celebrate the New Year at MK. It was disappointing to come so close and not get to do it. I know this was just one moment in our vacation and we were lucky to be there at all. It would be great to be in MK at midnight, celebrating with everyone… but even back at SSR, we’d still be in Disney and not at home. So I did what any husband would do… I stalled and tried to think of another option… anything.

I believe I was thinking out loud when I asked DW “what if we didn’t watch the fireworks from this side of the castle? What if we were on the other side?” It seems like such a simple thought now. And writing this all out makes it seem kind of silly that we were putting ourselves through all this frustration because we had to eat on Main Street and find a place to be for the fireworks and all that. As I write this even now, I find myself wondering why we never considered this option earlier…

**WARNING: The author of this TR is about to wax philosophical. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that he knows there are people reading this, and his ego feels obligated to share his insights with those poor unfortunate souls in an attempt to transcend mere Trip-Reporting, and reach a new plane of vacation-story-telling that noone would probably understand anyway. Rest assured, due to the DIS restrictions on money changing hands through the boards, there will be no attempt to sell you anything… The actual TR will continue in a few paragraphs.

Okay, I can’t move past this part without getting these cluttered thoughts freed from my mind. It’s funny that I would get sidetracked here because I’ve had so much trouble the past few weeks with finding time to update. In fact, there was a night not so long ago when this entire update that I am writing now was pretty much finished… and I lost it. Damn computer rebooted on me and I lost it all. And in that version, I didn’t write about this… funny how that works sometimes. :confused3

So why didn’t we consider going somewhere else in the park to eat when we saw the mass of people in front of the castle and down Main Street? I figure there are many people who might say, “yeah, what took you so long?” And there are probably people who would say, “oh yeah… I never thought of that either.” But what drives me a little crazy is that I DID know this. I just forgot it until that moment.

My first trips to WDW were as a kid, and those early trips I pretty much did what I was told. I watched parades, shows and the fireworks with my family. But it wasn’t long before I reached a point where it was okay for me to go off with my siblings and do things separate from my parents. It was a whole new way of doing WDW. On those trips, the parades, shows, and fireworks that had people lining up to wait… well, those were the best times for us to hit the rides. We would run around Fantasyland and Tomorrowland like lunatics from the time the MSEP started until the fireworks were long gone.

Then, on the cusp of adulthood, I did the College Program. Being immersed in the Magic Kingdom and the rest of WDW for 6 months was amazing. I still loved the rides, but my attitude changed because I could ride almost any time I wanted. I could stop and look at things I never appreciated before. I saw the parade and the fireworks every night I worked, and I got to see them from pretty much every place you could see them from.

So I knew. I knew that when the fireworks were going off, that everybody headed to Main Street and all the other lands became practically deserted. And I also knew that if you didn’t mind not seeing the castle during the fireworks, well then hands-down, the best place to watch MK fireworks from is Fantasyland, and more specifically, my personal favorite spot is in front of Mrs. Potts. There are no trees, roofs, or anything else blocking your view! And the fireworks go off almost right over your head!

So how did I block this out? I have to “blame” it on DW. She came along, and I brought her on her first WDW vacation. She fell in love with the place, and I quickly adapted to her way of doing Disney. Thrill rides took a backseat and food, which was never a high priority for me, suddenly became important. We were enjoying things like the flower and garden festival, eating at character meals, and sitting in front of the castle to watch shows. And I was fine with it. I got my thrill-fix in where I could. But not getting on ToT or MS wasn’t going to make or break my trip. I made sure she saw the fireworks above the castle that first trip, and that’s how she had always seen them. Our vantage point would vary from one side of Main Street to the other, from the hub to Town Square, and our favorite spot had become the Tomorrowland Terrace seating area.

And then came DD. And a lot of things have changed yet again. She’s also always seen MK fireworks from a “castle view.” So where am I going with this?... :confused3 I’ve been fortunate to have been able to experience WDW from my early years all the way to fatherhood. Over that period of time, my perspective kept evolving. And I think that is what I love so much about doing this TR. If I’m going to be honest here, I must admit that when I first stumbled upon the DIS, I saw the TR threads and I thought, “***?... why would anyone want to read about someone else’s vacation?? Especially someone you don’t know?!” So why would I write one? My initial motivation to write this TR was more about telling the story of our getting to WDW more than what we did while we were there. But in the process of actually writing the TR, I gained a new appreciation for the dynamic of having people reading along as I was writing. I found myself stopping to read other people’s TRs as well (initially to scope out the competition and get ideas on how people structured their reports) and I found myself enjoying them. I found myself enjoying seeing WDW through other people’s eyes.

So my conclusion, as of right now, is that TRs are not about comparing and contrasting trips, or keeping score on how many times you did something or went somewhere, or about how much you spent. The TRs are about sharing our perspectives on Disney. And so that’s why I ask you to forgive me for rambling here. Because I just now figured out the purpose behind this, and I can’t go back and rewrite this TR, nor can I write one for all the previous trips I’ve taken. The best I can do is sum up those various perspectives here, and admit that I had some of those memories locked away… probably waiting until my own kids are old enough to want to run around MK like lunatics instead of watching the parade… and I’ll be very tempted to join them! :thumbsup2

So I just needed to get that out. For those of you that were able to make any sense out of that, thank you for sticking it out. For the confused and lost… I’m sorry. It’s ridiculous that as I am working my way up to the penultimate moment in our trip, that I suddenly pause and write what sounds like it should have been an epilogue. If it’s any consolation, you are not alone in thinking that I am crazy. My train of thought is often misdirected and sometimes derailed. Ask my DW, and she’ll tell you that she still has no idea what I was saying when I tried to adlib my vows at the altar on our wedding day. :rotfl2:

As I was mentioning somewhere in all that mumbo-jumbo, my perspective and my priorities on what the ideal WDW vacation is had changed. I guess we were so focused on that ideal, that we didn’t consider the alternative, which in this case, was watching the fireworks from a non-traditional location. If it worked, it would be the best solution. The questions that remained were whether the crowd was so unusually large that the other lands would remain crowded as well? And was it worth it to try?

DW was not sold on this idea. I told her that if it didn’t work, we could still leave. We’d just be taking one last lap around the park to do so. Ultimately, I’m not sure if it was her desire to stick it out, her faith in my judgment, or just her fear of Main Street that made her agree. But we had a new plan. :thumbsup2 In sticking with the “pushing our luck” theme of this vacation, we decided to wait until after Holiday Wishes, which was in just a few minutes, and make for Fantasyland. DW took a moment to go to the restroom, while I took DD and stepped outside to see if there might be a spot we could watch the fireworks.

The crowds were still as bad as they were. We had a little breathing room right outside the back entrance to Casey’s because it was not a good viewing spot. I tried to move up and get out from under the roof, but a CM was positioned in front of us to direct traffic and he saw what I was trying to do and told me I either had to join the flow of traffic or step back. So I stepped back and waited, and got an unexpected pre-show of sorts.

I was just standing there next to the doorway, staying out of the way, when a man and woman stopped in front of me and started reenacting the conversation that DW and I had just before. This woman was in tears and couldn’t take the crowds and wanted to leave. The man was trying to be sympathetic and reason with her… it wasn’t going well. It was so eerily similar to what we had just done, that for a few moments I actually thought I was being mocked. But that couldn’t be. I became fascinated and although I felt bad about it, I watched it all play out no more than just a few feet in front of me. It was strangely comforting to see that other people were going through the same thing. Unlike us, they decided to leave, and I watched them disappear into the Emporium. I hope the rest of their night got better. I wouldn’t share this experience with DW until we got home. I was probably afraid it would make her change her mind about our plan, instead of comforting her.

It was time for Holiday Wishes. DW had not returned yet from the bathroom when the music started. Almost everyone participating in the human merry-go-round orchestrated by the CMs stopped in their tracks, and the CMs stopped trying to force them to move. For the next however-many-minutes of fireworks, wherever you were was where you were going to be. I got DD (a little groggy, but now awake) out of the stroller, left it by the doorway, and moved up to the best spot I could find. DD’s head was between two pillars and she had a pretty good view. My field of vision was very narrow. I was trying to look around the pillar and through a tree. As the first fireworks blossomed in the sky, DW appeared at our side. I’m sure her view was as bad as mine. Neither one of us took pictures, or videotaped. I honestly don’t remember much more than the three of us standing there in our obstructed viewing spot. I’ve since watched some youtube videos of Holiday Wishes, and it was like I was watching it for the first time.

The fireworks ended to roaring applause, and then the human Carousel of Not-Progressing was underway once again. DD went back into the stroller. DW and I steeled our nerves and plunged back into the fray. We had to go against traffic initially, but once we teamed up with a few like-minded trailblazers we were able to forge our way into Adventureland. With every step we took away from Main Street, it seemed like we gained an inch of personal space. It was by no means empty, but compared to where we had come from, it seemed like it. We cut over to Frontierland and up through Liberty Square on our way to Fantasyland (yet again). As we passed the Haunted Mansion, we saw the the line was out of control. I asked DD if she wanted to go inside anyway, but she wanted no part of it. Maybe next trip?

We made it! We were back in Fantasyland. And there was room enough to walk around. Nobody was waving lighted traffic wands at us. Nobody was bumping into us. Nobody was stepping on our toes or kicking the backs of our legs. We kept going until we got to the Carousel… and that’s when we saw it. A place to sit down!! Between the Carousel and Dumbo there is a large planter that has a bench built all around it. There was a nice, big, open spot there for us! We grabbed it and we sat down for a break.

And since we’re breaking in the story… we’ll break in the TR as well.

Up next… How we spent 3 hours waiting for the New Year to arrive! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43299802#post43299802)

amandaw
09-28-2011, 02:50 PM
I'm so glad y'all were able to make it to Fantasyland! And you got a seat! :thumbsup2 I think that was a very good idea. When we did MVMCP last year, that's where we went to watch the fireworks....so much less crowded. Now, I'm interested to hear if y'all made it to midnight and, if so, if it was worth it.

I really liked your part about trip reports. I used to not understand the whole trip report thing either. But, I really got into them on here. And I really enjoyed writing my first one. I think it's a good experience.

petals
09-28-2011, 06:49 PM
I like trip reports because I learn alot about things in the parks that we always miss...

baseballmickey
09-29-2011, 12:52 AM
Oh man! Just reading about those crowds makes me all anxious! :eek: Yep, you've confirmed what I've always suspected.....there is NO WAY I could do WDW around NYE. And I so felt for your DW....being sick & pregnant in those massive crowds....poor thing! :sad2: I hope the night ends on a good note for y'all! :thumbsup2

Oh my gosh! Those crowds sound just terrible. Your poor wife! I am upset for her!

Those crowds sound terrible!

It was the first and only time I've seen THAT many people on Main Street USA. One of the most frustrating parts about it was that even if you knew where you wanted to get to, it was so difficult to do. Traffic on the sidewalk was pretty much "one way" in most places, and as much frustration as I would instinctively direct at the CMs for forcing us to do that... well, what's the alternative. There'd be nowhere to go AT ALL if they had allowed people to stop on the sidewalks. The only suggestion I can make is that they put CMs at the bridges leading back to Main Street to advise people what they are walking into. And perhaps they did that, and we just didn't see them. :rotfl2:

Anyway, as you have read in the last update, my advice for anyone looking to go to MK on NYE is to keep your expectations low, don't think you are going to do it all (don't let that stop you from trying, just realize that it's very likely you miss something), and avoid Main Street USA once the first night parade happens. Unless you are content with staking out a spot very early and not moving from it for hours.

Sorry I've been away for a bit.:flower3:

DD's expression on the barnstormer is PRICELESS!! So great! When she becomes a coaster fanatic like yourself, you can show her those pictures of, "remember when." :goodvibes

Oh, my goodness. Those crowds do not look or sound good.:scared1::scared1::scared1: Poor DW, I was in her shoes in 2009 when we went during Thanksgiving and I was pregnant and sick. I didn't have to fight those unbelievable crowds, though. I hope that you make it out of there unscathed.

That's okay, I've been away from my TR for a bit too! :lmao: I asked DD the other day about going back on and she seemed unsure. But she HAS been asking to watch the computer-generated video simulation of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. So perhaps she'll want to ride that when it opens? :thumbsup2

Well, the Christmas pictures are really nice. But the experience sounds horrifying! Sorry it was such a mess.

Thanks! There'll be some more pics in the next update.

Oh boy... I am only at the beginning and I have to go to work BUT I laughed out loud so much. That was very brave to get in the car ot the hotel. My husband and I wouldve been sure that the driver was going to rob us then ditch us in the snow too!

Further I cant believe that you got to the long term parking AND got your car. Awesome!

That snow was so ridiculous. Isnt it funny how all the snow blew off the top of the car at the lot?

Cant wait to read more :goodvibes

Thanks for reading! Yeah, it was weird how there was no snow ON the car. :confused3 But that was less for me to dig. Although the other section of the parking lot was a lot worse. The other car we dug out was BURIED. I should have gotten a picture of that one!

baseballmickey
09-29-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm so glad y'all were able to make it to Fantasyland! And you got a seat! :thumbsup2 I think that was a very good idea. When we did MVMCP last year, that's where we went to watch the fireworks....so much less crowded. Now, I'm interested to hear if y'all made it to midnight and, if so, if it was worth it.

I really liked your part about trip reports. I used to not understand the whole trip report thing either. But, I really got into them on here. And I really enjoyed writing my first one. I think it's a good experience.

Okay! so at least one person didn't mind my going off on a tangent!! :thumbsup2 I feel better now! :lmao:

I like trip reports because I learn alot about things in the parks that we always miss...

That is another great benefit of the TRs as well! :thumbsup2 I have learned a few things from the ones I have read. I seldom find one that I don't find entertaining, or informative, or BOTH! I can't believe I was so prejudiced against them in the beginning! :rolleyes1:lmao:

shan23877
09-29-2011, 01:07 AM
Great update! I originally started reading TRs to pick up some tips for doing WDW with a little one (we'd only been as kids or as childless adults). But, now I really enjoy reading about how others enjoy disney, and I did my TR because it was so wonderful, that I wanted to share that too.

Keep up the good work! :thumbsup2

baseballmickey
09-29-2011, 08:20 PM
Great update! I originally started reading TRs to pick up some tips for doing WDW with a little one (we'd only been as kids or as childless adults). But, now I really enjoy reading about how others enjoy disney, and I did my TR because it was so wonderful, that I wanted to share that too.

Keep up the good work! :thumbsup2

Thanks! :goodvibes

airplanegod
09-30-2011, 07:12 PM
Fantastic job so far! I've been away for a while too, but I caught up here! I feel bad for all of you at that point with regards to the crowds. In my opinion, the one place Disney needs to improve on is crowd control, both here in Disney World and out in Disneyland. Or maybe it's just a part of the whole Disney experience. :thumbsup2

baseballmickey
10-01-2011, 11:14 AM
Fantastic job so far! I've been away for a while too, but I caught up here! I feel bad for all of you at that point with regards to the crowds. In my opinion, the one place Disney needs to improve on is crowd control, both here in Disney World and out in Disneyland. Or maybe it's just a part of the whole Disney experience. :thumbsup2

Thanks!! I think it may be part of the experience too! :thumbsup2 We'd always handled the crowds pretty well. I guess we found our crowd tolerance limit that night though.

averill94
10-02-2011, 05:00 AM
Does anybody know the MKs crowd capacity?

Always thought we wanted to go at Thanksgiving and Christmas time but now I am not so sure!!!!

baseballmickey
10-02-2011, 07:09 AM
Does anybody know the MKs crowd capacity?

Always thought we wanted to go at Thanksgiving and Christmas time but now I am not so sure!!!!

Good question. I did some quick Googling and no definitive answer jumps out. My results included several threads and the sources for the numbers people were throwing around were "A CM told me," or "when I was a CM we were told"... so who knows if these are right, but the general concensus of what I saw seemed to be around 70-75 thousand for MK. There was also someone who posted an MK AVERAGE daily attendance at 40-something thousand... so that may give some support to the 70-75k figure.

I wonder if there is any kind of "official" max crowd capacity on file... maybe RCID? With the FLE underway, that number should be changing.

baseballmickey
11-20-2011, 09:45 PM
I can't believe it's been practically 2 months since I've updated this TR!!

It's not like I fell off the face of the Earth. I've been active on the boards, but it just seems like every time I tried to focus on the TR, something or other got in the way. More often than not, I've just been too tired to concentrate. Being a SAHD has been SO much harder than I imagined. I thought I would have had a lot more time for things, but it hasn't worked out that way.

Throw in my ear surgery and troubles on the job front over the last two months and the TR just fell through the cracks.

I've probably lost many of those who took the time to read this, but if anyone is still following, I am going to get this updated!! Thanks!!

amandaw
11-20-2011, 11:21 PM
I can't believe it's been practically 2 months since I've updated this TR!!

It's not like I fell off the face of the Earth. I've been active on the boards, but it just seems like every time I tried to focus on the TR, something or other got in the way. More often than not, I've just been too tired to concentrate. Being a SAHD has been SO much harder than I imagined. I thought I would have had a lot more time for things, but it hasn't worked out that way.

Throw in my ear surgery and troubles on the job front over the last two months and the TR just fell through the cracks.

I've probably lost many of those who took the time to read this, but if anyone is still following, I am going to get this updated!! Thanks!!

No worries! I think all of us here know that, unfortunately, life can sometimes get in the way of the DIS. :laughing:

I'm a SAHM, so I know just how hard it can be....and I only have one! Hope your ear surgery went well. And, again, I understand the whole job troubles thing. The company my DH worked for shut down at the end of October. He had a 5 week notice to get another job. But, fortunately, it has all worked out for the best! And I hope things have worked out well for you & your DW as well.

shan23877
11-21-2011, 12:09 AM
still here!

baseballmickey
11-21-2011, 12:37 AM
There was a part of me that didn't want to get up off that bench. Another part of me knew we had to do something to keep ourselves occupied. Fortunately, we were only steps away from one of the biggest time-swallowing rides in all of MK... Dumbo!! DD and I went for a nocturnal pachyderm flight while DW kept the bench warm!

a view of the castle while we waited for our ride to start:

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DD enjoying Dumbo under the stars

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The line for Dumbo was not as long as it usually is. We killed about 30 minutes between waiting on line and our ride. It was now about 10pm. We consulted the show schedule and saw that we could make the Tomorrowland Christmas show. It seemed like a good way to kill some more time, so we reluctantly left our bench and leisurely strolled over to Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland was even more empty than Fantasyland. We walked right up to the stage with a couple of minutes to spare. The crowd waiting for the show was small enough that I could have counted the people (But I didn't). DD had fallen asleep in the stroller on the way over. She perked up a bit when the show began. Here are some grabs from my video of the show:

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It was a cute show, and it did it's job helping us pass the time. Before heading back to Fantasyland, we killed some more time by getting on the standby line for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. No pictures or video this time, though.

Between the show and Buzz Lightyear, we got an hour closer to 2011 in Tomorrowland. We decided to wait the rest out back in Fantasyland, and headed back, yet again.

Amazingly, our spot was still unoccupied. There were a bit more people gathering in Fantasyland for the fireworks, but they seemed to be leaving our little sanctuary alone. They kept to the sides of the carousel, looking toward the castle. Here are some of the crowd shots from my video camera.

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So we sat on our bench, and listened to the music being played from the castle stage. DD continued to amaze me with her endless energy. I expected her to be dead asleep during that last hour of waiting, and perhaps sleeping through the fireworks themselves. Instead, she said, "Daddy, c'mon! Let's dance!"

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Oh yeah, and now that we were in the home stretch, the hats came back out!!!

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And we bought DD a light up toy (it promptly broke, but we got it replaced)

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And then... it was time. 10 MINUTES TO 2011!!!

It was time for Fantasy in the Sky fireworks. The classic fireworks, only they went off from multiple positions around the park, so we were surrounded by fireworks. We had a great view from our spot looking just between Dumbo and Pinnochio's. Our view to the left wasn't bad either, and it was a bit blocked by the tree we were under and the castle when we tried to look behind us or to our right toward Tomorrowland. Here's a little sample:

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I was videotaping with my left hand, while taking pictures of DW and DD with my DSLR with my right. With my attention torn, both the video and the pictures suffered a bit. But I'll post the best of the pics here and get the video on youtube for those brave enough to watch.

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And then it was time. The last "Fantasy" firework faded, and the whole park roared with applause. But this applause quickly died, because now we could hear Goofy's and Mickey's voices. It seemed like everyone in our immediate area was straining to hear above the sound of noisemakers. Although it was hard to make out the exact words, it was clear when the countdown started. Each even number on the countdown was accompanied by a firework in its shape going off in the sky all around. And when it hit midnight, the sky exploded all around us.

It was a grand finale that lasted about 2 1/2 minutes. Non-stop fireworks all around. I was turning in circles as I watched it all happening (and videotaping in circles!) I paused about halfway through to give DW and DD Happy New Year kisses, and then it was back to the dizzying attempt to take it all in!

The video might come closer than the pictures, but neither can come close to capturing how great that moment was for me. We did it! We never gave up. We overcame every obstacle and not only were we there to ring in the new year at MK, but we still had our sanity and we actually were able to enjoy it!

DD was a little upset as the fireworks ended, but not because it was over...but because she was concerned for Mickey. She heard his voice before the fireworks went off and she didn't know where he was, and he didn't come back on afterwards... I feel bad laughing at it, but it was so funny but yet so sweet.

It was hands-down the best New Year's Eve... EVER!

I know this feels like it should be the end of the story... but we've still got to leave MK, and then we have one more full day at WDW!!

New Year's Day is next!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43358959#post43358959)

baseballmickey
11-21-2011, 12:41 AM
No worries! I think all of us here know that, unfortunately, life can sometimes get in the way of the DIS. :laughing:

I'm a SAHM, so I know just how hard it can be....and I only have one! Hope your ear surgery went well. And, again, I understand the whole job troubles thing. The company my DH worked for shut down at the end of October. He had a 5 week notice to get another job. But, fortunately, it has all worked out for the best! And I hope things have worked out well for you & your DW as well.

Thanks! The surgery was a success. Sorry to hear about your DH's work troubles, but glad things have worked out! We are getting by, and hopefully things will get better on our end sooner rather than later.

still here!

Yay! Thanks!!

kimbo0569
11-21-2011, 07:18 AM
I'm still here! Loved your update! What a fabulous way to spend NYE and well worth the trouble you went through to get there, when your daughter remembers dancing with her dad in MK and watching all those fireworks!

I spent NYE in DW once and it was, by far, the best time I've had, ever! I would love to go with my daughters one time!
:goodvibes

Chicago Mo
11-21-2011, 11:18 AM
still here! what is the SAHM???

baseballmickey
11-21-2011, 03:11 PM
I'm still here! Loved your update! What a fabulous way to spend NYE and well worth the trouble you went through to get there, when your daughter remembers dancing with her dad in MK and watching all those fireworks!

I spent NYE in DW once and it was, by far, the best time I've had, ever! I would love to go with my daughters one time!
:goodvibes

I am not sure if she will always remember it, but I know I will! I have trouble remembering things from when I was a kid. :confused3 I hope to be able to do it again sometime when DS is old enough to enjoy it. I hope you get to experience it again with your daughters!

still here! what is the SAHM???

Thanks for checking in! SAHM = Stay-At-Home Mom

amandaw
11-21-2011, 11:48 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2

Love the picture of your DD on Dumbo! So cute! And I also love the pictures of y'all dancing. Such a sweet memory that both you & her will remember for years & years to come!

I'm so happy for y'all that y'all were able to ring in the new year at MK even after the horrible weather, illnesses & crazy crowds. It made me all teary-eyed for y'all!

baseballmickey
11-22-2011, 02:34 PM
Great update! :thumbsup2

Love the picture of your DD on Dumbo! So cute! And I also love the pictures of y'all dancing. Such a sweet memory that both you & her will remember for years & years to come!

I'm so happy for y'all that y'all were able to ring in the new year at MK even after the horrible weather, illnesses & crazy crowds. It made me all teary-eyed for y'all!

Thank you! :goodvibes

baseballmickey
11-24-2011, 09:21 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving!!

baseballmickey
11-28-2011, 11:46 PM
Before I get into the next day's adventures, I have to finish up MK. I cannot express how exhausted we all were. I think that had we been going home the next day, we probably would have just sat down on our bench and milked our time at MK, people watching or even napping (MK was open for a couple of hours still). But we had another whole day ahead of us, so we needed to go get some rest. We lingered in Fantasyland for a bit, and then decided to slowly make our way to Main Street. We were hoping that if we took our time, much of the crowd might be gone by the time we got there.

One last pic of the casle from the backside. We were finally leaving Fantasyland... for good.

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We walked around the Tomorrowland side of the castle, and as we were passing Cosmic Ray's, a CM was letting everyone know that there was free hot chocolate and cookies inside. DD perked right up at the words "hot chocolate" and DW and I looked at each other and said "why not?" DW went inside while I waited outside with DD. She came out after a few minutes with our treats. The hot chocolate was indeed "hot" and the cookies were good. It was a nice surprise for the end of the night. We ate our cookies and drank our hot chocolates while listening to the music from the castle.

We slowly inched our way toward the hub. We stopped to take a pic of the castle from the bridge.

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A couple was trying to take their own picture with the castle in the background, so I offered to take it for them. They then returned the favor.

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Eventually we made it back to the hub, where we were relieved to see that the crowd had thinned out... somewhat. Near the stage was a huge crowd of people, and Main Street was packed with people leaving. We were in the open space between them. We weren't looking forward to being shoulder-to-shoulder with people again, but it was the only way out.

Some pics of the castle and crowd.

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Still in no hurry, we turned and made our way down Main Street, and the mass of people heading to the exit. Some pics of the Main Street crowd

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and it was "Snowing!" What a thrill to experience some Main Street Snow as we were walking out!

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A little closer view of the snow.

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Normally we spend time shopping in the Emporium at the end of the night. We were just too tired. One last pic of the tree on the way out.

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And then we were finally outside the park.

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From here it was back to the TTC and our car. That walk through the parking lot... How many times have I done it? You get off the tram and suddenly you are almost completely alone. Your feet ache. Your shoulders ache. Sometimes you're carrying a bag or a kid... or both. I kept telling myself that it was just a few more minutes. Make it to the car, and then a short drive back to the resort.

Well, as our luck would have it. It wasn't that simple. We made it to the car without a problem. We left the parking lot and headed for the resort. But... we hit a traffic jam once we got on to World Drive. DW let out an expletive and all I could respond with was, "well, at least we only have to make it a little ways before our exit."

Oops. Our exit was closed. In fact, all the exits off World Drive were closed. All traffic was being forced to leave WDW entirely... all the way out to I-4 and 192. And we crawled the whole way out. So we ended up taking the long way back to SSR. Got on I-4 and went back to 535, and circled around to the other side of DTD to get back to SSR.

I think we left the park at around 12:45am, give or take a few minutes. We didn't get back to SSR until 2am.

Needless to say, we went straight to bed.

Up Next, Only 1 Day left and 2 parks to choose from (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44528494&postcount=177)...

Chicago Mo
11-29-2011, 06:59 AM
WOW....
You and DW look great!!!

katoot
11-29-2011, 07:35 AM
I'm a bit late to the party, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of your updates. Now subbing.

FreezinRafiki
11-29-2011, 09:04 AM
I love fireworks from Fantasyland - even the normal ones you feel like you're surrounded by them. I can only imagine how awesome NYE fireworks would be from there!

amandaw
11-29-2011, 09:58 AM
OMG! I can't get over how long it took y'all to get back to SSR! That's insane. But, I'm glad y'all ended up being able to ring in the New Year at MK!

I can't believe y'all were able to do a park the next day! Can't wait to see which one it was....

baseballmickey
11-29-2011, 05:23 PM
WOW....
You and DW look great!!!

Thank you. That is very nice of you to say.

I'm a bit late to the party, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of your updates. Now subbing.

Thanks for taking the time to read my TR!! You actually have good timing because I finally stopped slacking and started updating again!

I love fireworks from Fantasyland - even the normal ones you feel like you're surrounded by them. I can only imagine how awesome NYE fireworks would be from there!

It was awesome! And if you are daring enough, I invite you (and everyone else) to watch my video of Fantasy in Sky NYE edition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZUarwYmg_k)!. Consider yourself warned that it may make you dizzy! :rolleyes1

OMG! I can't get over how long it took y'all to get back to SSR! That's insane. But, I'm glad y'all ended up being able to ring in the New Year at MK!

I can't believe y'all were able to do a park the next day! Can't wait to see which one it was....

That traffic was pretty bad. But what can you do?? :confused3 I was just frustrated at having to go ALL the way out of WDW and then come back in. That was a bit ridiculous.

FreezinRafiki
11-29-2011, 08:15 PM
It was awesome! And if you are daring enough, I invite you (and everyone else) to watch my video of Fantasy in Sky NYE edition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZUarwYmg_k)!. Consider yourself warned that it may make you dizzy! :rolleyes1


Ooooo.....Aaaaaaa....1080p goodness full screen. :thumbsup2
I just added NYE at WDW to my bucketlist! Wow! (oh, and I love how your DD totally dissed DW as she went in for kiss. :rotfl2:)


Ever wonder what happens in the Fireworks planning meetings at Disney
Imagineer #1: What should we do for a finale?
Imagineer #2: How about we just blow the s#*! out of the sky?
Imagineer #3: We do that all the time
Imagineer #2: Yeah, but it works.
Imagineer #1 & #3: OK.

Chicago Mo
11-30-2011, 07:10 AM
I was feeling sorry for you and DW for having to deal with the crowds and all! in the end it was well worth it wasn't it?!?!? you were in the Perfect spot to see! that was amazing thank you for sharing!!!
I can picture you standing there in circles like Julie Andrews in Sound of Music!!! :lmao:
My DH did that in the middle of the Osbourn lights... So I understand!!!

baseballmickey
11-30-2011, 09:53 AM
Ooooo.....Aaaaaaa....1080p goodness full screen. :thumbsup2
I just added NYE at WDW to my bucketlist! Wow! (oh, and I love how your DD totally dissed DW as she went in for kiss. :rotfl2:)

I think I got the cheek, but she definitely dissed DW! :lmao: Even though I checked that one off my list, it's back on the list now that DS is here. He hasn't seen it, so we'll have to go back one year so he can experience it.



Ever wonder what happens in the Fireworks planning meetings at Disney
Imagineer #1: What should we do for a finale?
Imagineer #2: How about we just blow the s#*! out of the sky?
Imagineer #3: We do that all the time
Imagineer #2: Yeah, but it works.
Imagineer #1 & #3: OK.

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If it's not baroque...

I was feeling sorry for you and DW for having to deal with the crowds and all! in the end it was well worth it wasn't it?!?!? you were in the Perfect spot to see! that was amazing thank you for sharing!!!
I can picture you standing there in circles like Julie Andrews in Sound of Music!!! :lmao:
My DH did that in the middle of the Osbourn lights... So I understand!!!

It was a pretty good spot. I did notice that Dumbo was running during the fireworks. I'm not sure if they ever stopped to unload and reload during the fireworks. Wouldn't that be cool?? to get a 10 minute ride on Dumbo during the fireworks!!! I think even Julie Andrews would prefer going around on Dumbo instead of spinning herself!! :thumbsup2

Chicago Mo
11-30-2011, 10:59 AM
It was a pretty good spot. I did notice that Dumbo was running during the fireworks. I'm not sure if they ever stopped to unload and reload during the fireworks. Wouldn't that be cool?? to get a 10 minute ride on Dumbo during the fireworks!!! I think even Julie Andrews would prefer going around on Dumbo instead of spinning herself!! :thumbsup2

that WOULD be cool!!! especially if it KEPT going for the duration of the fireworks! then you wouldn't have to twirl with the camera!!! :lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
11-30-2011, 12:52 PM
Fireworks from Fantasyland sounds really cool! I'll have to try that out sometime. Looks like it was well worth staying up past midnight in order to ring in the new year.

baseballmickey
12-01-2011, 12:39 AM
Fireworks from Fantasyland sounds really cool! I'll have to try that out sometime. Looks like it was well worth staying up past midnight in order to ring in the new year.

I highly recommend it! :thumbsup2 (Unless it's your first time.)

baseballmickey
04-07-2012, 02:15 AM
Obviously, we slept in a little bit the next morning (9:30 or 10am?) Had we been leaving for home that Saturday, I think we would have slept right up until it was time to go. Although we’d definitely earned the right to sleep the day away, we now had a whole day left in WDW before we had to head home Sunday, and we had two parks we hadn’t set foot in yet. So, we left the comfort of our beds with some regret, but quickly shook off the desire for more sleep and let the excitement of another day at Disney wash over us.

We drove over to the Boardwalk as a prelude to EPCOT. We arrived around 11am, and we lingered in the lobby to check out the gingerbread display before heading back outside to the Boardwalk.

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On the Boardwalk side of the hotel we found another of the many Christmas trees Disney puts up for the holidays.


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Our next stop, and the reason for going through the Boardwalk on our way into Epcot, was for breakfast at the Boardwalk bakery. This is a must-do family tradition for us. We enjoy the food just as much as we enjoy sitting out on the Boardwalk to eat it.

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The Boardwalk was quiet this morning. Not too many people were up and about. There wasn’t a free pedestal if you were a seagull though.

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After breakfast, we leisurely strolled along the Boardwalk toward the international gateway entrance to EPCOT. On the way, we saw a rather unusual sight. A golf cart was being used to tow one of the four-seat bicycles that had apparently broken down.

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We entered EPCOT’s "back door" right around noon. As we were making our way to Future World, it became apparent that somethig was "off". It took us a minute or two, but we figured it out... the park was practically empty! It was well past the opening of World Showcase and there was hardly a person to be seen. After dealing with the packed crowds at MK the night before, a normal crowd would have seemed small. This was hardly a crowd at all and it made EPCOT feel like a ghost town. There were times when we couldn’t see more than a handful of people walking around in the same area as us.

Our first official stop inside EPCOT was the Seas with Nemo and Friends. We rode through and then walked around inside the aquarium.

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hidden mickeys in the aquarium:

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Next stop was Spaceship Earth. DD did a little posing for me here before we got on the ride.

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We had an ADR for lunch at Teppan Edo, so we made our way to Japan, stopping for a pic of the tree on the way.

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We had never eaten here before. Originally, we had made an ADR to eat at Teppan Edo as part of the Candlelight Processional package, but that fell apart with most of our plans. DW got us a lunch here for our last day though, which made up for some of it. We arrived and checked-in, and waited for a few minutes before our name was called… Twice. They called for “Cameron, party of 3”, but then also called for “Cameron, party of 4”. We were a little confused, but we followed the hostess and noticed there was indeed a party of 4 following as well. Turns out that we shared the same last name with that family… so the entire table was full of Camerons, although there was no apparent relation.

We had a good time chatting with them and enjoyed our lunch. We even got a tip about the NYE fireworks, albeit a day late. We had no idea they rehearsed the MK fireworks the night before... so on the 30th, you can see the same fireworks that they do on NYE!!

Good to know for the future, but hey, we survived and we can say that we were there when the clock struck midnight FOR REAL!!

After dinner, we continued walking around the World Showcase in search of some characters. The first we met was Duffy... and if any of you don't know who Duffy is by now, well, here's his story... at least as it's told here in EPCOT.

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I think I'm just about full on pictures for this update... (which is long overdue) Stay tuned as DW, DD, and I hunt for more characters! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45455836&postcount=180)

baseballmickey
04-07-2012, 02:40 AM
Hey, look... it's an update!!!

hopefully I'll get this TR completed before our next trip!! :lmao::rotfl2:

amandaw
04-08-2012, 10:54 AM
I love all of the pictures in the update!

That's too funny that y'all sat with another Cameron family at Teppan Edo. What are the odds? :confused3

I'm glad to hear the park was practically empty for y'all. At least that kind of made up for the mob at MK! :thumbsup2

baseballmickey
07-12-2012, 02:24 AM
Boy, I am not doing well with updating this darn TR... but it's past time to get it done. If only so it can be done and I can move on to the next. :lmao:

So where were we??

Ah, that's right. We were last at the new Duffy Bear M&G in the World Showcase in Epcot. It was getting late in the afternoon on a quiet day in the park. We were running on fumes from the crazy week and the New Year's Eve craziness on top of all that.

At this point, we were done with rides, and done with ADRs, and done with being sick. We left Duffy and headed for another turn around the lagoon with the hopes that we might see some characters, fill up our memory cards and DD's autograph book.

The first characters we came across were the green kind. No, not LGMs. I'm talking about holiday topiaries along with the Epcot xmas tree.

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Now it's been months since anyone has probably been reading this, so in case you've lost your sense of direction, we're heading counter-clockwise around the World Showcase... for the second time. First up is Canada... and no characters about. So next up we head to the UK... no characters at the moment, but there was hopscotch. DD leaped out of the stroller at the opportunity to play.

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So, two countries so far, and no characters. DD got back in the stroller, which made it all that more fun to push it up over the bridge and into France, where we finally found...

Marie!

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and Aurora!

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while waiting to see Aurora, the photopass photographer got this pic of DD.

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This is one of my favorites of her. A cute kid, if I do say so, myself!

We said Au Revoir to Marie and Aurora, and around the world we continued... no characters in Morocco as we passed by (not that we went looking that much)... none to be seen in Japan (not that we could see from out in front of it)... nor America (though we did see funnel cakes)... and zip in Italy...

I snapped a pic of the tree in America as I was walking by.

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I didn't even bother to stop walking. I think I was afraid if I had stopped, that I wouldn't have been able to start again. there was that slight incline walking up from Japan... :rotfl2:

And from Italy, I actually did stop and got this view across the lagoon...

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Nearby was a M&G spot in Germany. Noone was there, but we decided to wait to see if a certain someone would make an appearance... and it turns out that we didn't have to wait that long.

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After seeing Snow White, we passed by the African Outpost, and ended up in China. Instead of skirting by, we actually went into the country to seek out another of DD's favorites. Near where I took this picture...

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We also took this picture, with Mulan.

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next, we passed by Norway and didn't see any characters, so we kept on chugging to Mexico where this guy was hanging out.

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I think it would be awesome if they could get all 3 caballeros out there at that spot. Especially now that they are included in the boat ride there.

Our journey around World Showcase complete, we decided to call it a day at EPCOT. We only had two things left to do. One of them was eating dinner. The other was seeing one last holiday display... and it wasn't these guys...

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nope, what we had in mind was a bit.... brighter. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45486492&postcount=190)

amandaw
07-12-2012, 08:43 AM
The picture the photopass photographer took of your DD is precious! Glad y'all were able to see some characters!

baseballmickey
07-12-2012, 09:17 AM
The picture the photopass photographer took of your DD is precious! Glad y'all were able to see some characters!

Thanks. I think I'm writing this just for you now. I think you're the only one still reading it!! :rotfl2:

I got so frustrated. I lost most of the pictures I uploaded, then had to upload them again, and now I have to go back and correct all the links to the pictures. ugh.

I have to get caught up on your PTR.

shan23877
07-12-2012, 09:37 AM
You got some great photos! I'm bet that made World Showcase more palatable for DD :)

ljcrochet
07-12-2012, 10:26 AM
Thanks. I think I'm writing this just for you now. I think you're the only one still reading it!! :rotfl2:

I got so frustrated. I lost most of the pictures I uploaded, then had to upload them again, and now I have to go back and correct all the links to the pictures. ugh.

I have to get caught up on your PTR.

I was wondering what happened to most of the pictures. I just saw your report and when I started I could not figure out the title till i realized you went in 2010 not 2011.
We had family that got stuck in our house since the LIRR was not running the beginning of that week.

Have you taken your son to wdw yet?

baseballmickey
07-12-2012, 11:07 AM
You got some great photos! I'm bet that made World Showcase more palatable for DD :)

Hey there!! I just landed on your newest TR, and then here you are! :rotfl2: You've done two TRs in the time it's taken me to do this one!!

I was wondering what happened to most of the pictures. I just saw your report and when I started I could not figure out the title till i realized you went in 2010 not 2011.
We had family that got stuck in our house since the LIRR was not running the beginning of that week.

Have you taken your son to wdw yet?

I fixed a couple of the pics... slow going with everything else going on. Sorry about the confusion, but yes, this is from over a year and a half ago. That was some storm we had. Still remember coming home from our trip and the next day I was outside shoveling. Kids were back in school and some woman walking by my house actually stopped and said, "Excuse me, but I HAVE TO ASK... why did you wait THIS LONG to shovel your sidewalk??" It took a lot of composure to not launch into a rant...

we're going back in 17 days!! this will be our son's first trip. Thought about doing a PTR for it, but I think I'll finish this one first, then maybe start the TR for the next trip a little early, do some live updates from there, and then be on top of things when we return.

FreezinRafiki
07-12-2012, 11:27 AM
Marie!

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Is it just me, or does it look like someone took that sidewalk chalk that they drew the hopscotch grid with and colored on Marie's face?:confused3

amandaw
07-12-2012, 12:39 PM
Thanks. I think I'm writing this just for you now. I think you're the only one still reading it!! :rotfl2:

I'm sure everyone is sticking around for the ending! :thumbsup2


I got so frustrated. I lost most of the pictures I uploaded, then had to upload them again, and now I have to go back and correct all the links to the pictures. ugh.

That is frustrating! :headache: Hope you can get them corrected easily!


I have to get caught up on your PTR.

No worries! It'll be there when you're ready. And we still have 78 days to go.

baseballmickey
07-12-2012, 11:21 PM
Is it just me, or does it look like someone took that sidewalk chalk that they drew the hopscotch grid with and colored on Marie's face?:confused3

:rotfl2: yes, now that you mention it...

I'm sure everyone is sticking around for the ending! :thumbsup2



That is frustrating! :headache: Hope you can get them corrected easily!



No worries! It'll be there when you're ready. And we still have 78 days to go.

There I went and opened my mouth, (or typed, i guess) and I have to eat my words because people are still reading this.

Thanks everyone. I appreciate it. :goodvibes

baseballmickey
07-15-2012, 01:57 AM
Woohoo!! I think I got all the picture links fixed!! Only took a couple of days. :cool1:

Got some time left here at work... time for an update!!

baseballmickey
07-15-2012, 03:59 AM
After spending a laid back day at EPCOT, we left the park, got in our car, and drove all the way across the street to Disney's Hollywood Studios. We had two objectives here. Dinner, and the Osborne Lights!

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A Pic of the last of the 4 park trees! Got the whole set!!

First up, we had a small issue to take care of. The original plan had been to spend 5 days in the parks. So I had bought 5 day tickets that first day when we went to AK... I didn't take into account that our trip had been shortened. So there we were, with 2 days left on our tickets, and unable to enter the park. Explaining our situation to a CM at the entrance, we were directed off to the side to wait on line to speak to guest services. We were assisted by a very pleasant CM who, after making sure there was no chance we would go to a park the next day, converted our 5 day tickets to 3-day hoppers. There was a slight difference we had to pay, but it allowed us to get into DHS.

So, armed with our hoppers, we entered the park with about 2 hours left before it closed.

a little view of the main drag as we made our way into the park...

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First up on our very short list was dinner. We aren't very partial to most of the dining options at DHS. Our DHS strategy has evolved into eating breakfast outside the park, opting to snack throughout the day instead of having lunch, and then eating dinner at Pizza Planet. Obviously, under these circumstances, we were just looking for a fast, kid friendly dinner, with seating. So, Pizza Planet it was.

I was recently listening to some criticisms of Pizza Planet and I have to disagree with some of what I heard. The idea that Disney fell short here, IMO, is ridiculous. It's Pizza Planet. It's Pizza and arcade games. Both are there. Sure, if they had wanted to go nuts and build it on a larger scale, they could have, but I think they did enough. The only thing I agree with is that now that Pixar Place has developed, Pizza Planet is in the wrong area of the park.

Okay, rant done. time for the meltdown.

It isn't a WDW trip with young'uns unless you get a few meltdowns. Our big one happened that night at Pizza Planet. For whatever reason, DD wasn't into eating her dinner, but of course she wanted to play games. DW and I weren't having that. We told her no games unless she ate dinner. So DD threw a bit of a tantrum. We were not pleased, and after everything else that had happened up to this point, it didn't take much to get us on edge. So things got escalated and without getting into too much detail, DW stepped outside to get some air, while I remained inside with DD to calm her down and hopefully get her to eat.

It took some time, but DD calmed down, DW called a truce, and we (and I think I mean just I) finished up our pizza and our very subdued family left to take in the Spectacle of Lights.

If you've never seen it... you're missing out. I love christmas lights. I love decorating my house with lights. this takes it to the extreme, and then some. The entire back part of the park is transformed by this. It goes from being a maze of fake buildings to a labyrinth of lights.

It's awesome.

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These pictures don't do it justice. It's not just lights. They are playing christmas music and every so often they put on a song and the lights will "dance" to it. Everyone just stops walking around and watches.

We strolled around the streets, looking for hidden mickeys, marveling at the details, and enjoying the show. DD got up out of the stroller, and our mood got so much better.

We found a photopass photographer and got a nice family shot. Me, DW, DD, and our new Mickey Snowman Popcorn Bucket, which we also found being sold in that area!

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We then found a spot to sit, eat our popcorn, and enjoy the lights as our time wound down.

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DD borrowed the hat from the snowman bucket.

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and somehow found the energy to dance to the music!

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As frustrating as it was to see her having such a good time so soon after causing us so much angst at Pizza Planet, I couldn't help but smile and laugh along with her. I just can't stay mad at the kid.

We were in no rush to leave. We realized the park was closing, but there were plenty of people still milling about in the back of the park. Nobody was chasing us out. Reluctantly, we got up to make the long walk back to the exit...

one last shot of the lights as we left.

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Getting out of the park, back to the car, and back to SSR was not nearly the ordeal it had been the previous night. Before we knew it, we were back in the room and going to bed.

Our vacation was ending. The next day we would be leaving for home (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45615810&postcount=199)...

ericamcl
07-15-2012, 12:21 PM
I just read all of your updates back to back - I am so sorry that your trip had such a rough start!
I'm glad you, DW and DD started to feel better! I can't imagine being sick at Disney!

I think your pics are great - they're making me even more excited for our coming December trip :cool1:

Suelala
07-15-2012, 02:02 PM
Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are wonderful! What camera did you use? I am in the market for a new one. thanks!!!

baseballmickey
07-15-2012, 03:46 PM
I just read all of your updates back to back - I am so sorry that your trip had such a rough start!
I'm glad you, DW and DD started to feel better! I can't imagine being sick at Disney!

I think your pics are great - they're making me even more excited for our coming December trip :cool1:

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my TR! I hope you have a great trip in December!

Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are wonderful! What camera did you use? I am in the market for a new one. thanks!!!

Thank you for reading!! The pictures in my TR are mostly taken with my Nikon D40. There are some from my wife's camera. She has a panasonic Lumix point and shoot. I also threw in a few frame grabs from my video camera, a HD Sony Handycam.

Perhaps I should go back through and label each? :scared1:

amandaw
07-15-2012, 11:01 PM
I'm glad y'all were able to get y'alls tickets fixed to get into DHS! :thumbsup2

Oh yes.....the dreaded meltdown! :rolleyes2 I think anyone with kid(s) has had 1 or 2 of those at Disney. :rolleyes1 But, I'm glad y'all were able to go & enjoy the lights. They are breathtaking, aren't they?

Love the pictures of DD dancing & laughing! No way anyone could stay mad at her! :goodvibes

Chicago Mo
07-16-2012, 08:01 AM
Hi!
The Picture the PP took of your daughter sums up the Magic in Disney in her eyes!!!

Your pictures of the lights are the best i have seen so far! AMAZING!!!

baseballmickey
07-16-2012, 11:31 AM
I'm glad y'all were able to get y'alls tickets fixed to get into DHS! :thumbsup2

Oh yes.....the dreaded meltdown! :rolleyes2 I think anyone with kid(s) has had 1 or 2 of those at Disney. :rolleyes1 But, I'm glad y'all were able to go & enjoy the lights. They are breathtaking, aren't they?

Love the pictures of DD dancing & laughing! No way anyone could stay mad at her! :goodvibes

I had to ask DW if she remembered how it started. Oh yes, it was because her pizza was ROUND!!! :rotfl: That was why she didn't want to eat it!!! We cut it into triangles and that still wasn't good enough!!!

Hi!
The Picture the PP took of your daughter sums up the Magic in Disney in her eyes!!!

Your pictures of the lights are the best i have seen so far! AMAZING!!!

Hi!! Welcome back!!

Thanks! I am sure there are better pics out there if you look. Too many talented photographers on the boards for there not to be.

amandaw
07-16-2012, 10:06 PM
I had to ask DW if she remembered how it started. Oh yes, it was because her pizza was ROUND!!! :rotfl: That was why she didn't want to eat it!!! We cut it into triangles and that still wasn't good enough!!!


:lmao: OMG! :lmao: That is priceless! And so true....it seems like it's always the littlest most nonsensical things that can send them over the edge. :rotfl2:

baseballmickey
07-17-2012, 12:29 PM
:lmao: OMG! :lmao: That is priceless! And so true....it seems like it's always the littlest most nonsensical things that can send them over the edge. :rotfl2:

Tell me about it. :rotfl2:

baseballmickey
07-26-2012, 10:34 AM
That morning, I was in disbelief that it was Sunday already. Yes, according to the original plan (the one that went out the window), we were supposed to have flown home on Saturday. So while technically we were there an extra day, it just didn't feel like it.

DW and I both called in "sick" to work for Monday. So we had two full days to get home. We got the car packed up and went over to the food court to use up some of our remaining Dining Plan credits.

I've touched on the Dining Plan here and there during this report. Overall, I think it worked out for us on this trip. Did it save us money? Not sure. But the convenience factor was nice. We didn't have any problems using it. In fact, on a couple of occasions, including this last morning's breakfast, the CMs were able to work with the hodgepodge items we brought to the counter and make meals of them. So instead of using a lot of our "snacks", we used one QS meal instead, which helped. For future trips, I think we'll take a long look at the DP as try to figure out if it's a good option for us.

So, with hotel room empty and bellies full, we got into the car and said goodbye to Sarasota Springs, and started the long trek to...

Downtown Disney.

C'mon! Did you think we'd just leave like that???

Downtown Disney is something we never miss. There is no way we could live with ourselves if we did not stop off for last chance souvenir shopping at the World of Disney. And since we had no flight to catch, we figured we could afford to delay our start home an hour or two... or three.

And naturally, I still had my camera out.

The DTD christmas tree:

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We hit the World of Disney, and we also stopped off in my favorite store, Team Mickey, where DD found this guy:

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Of course, we also had to stop in Once Upon a Toy.

DD paused to get a pic with Buzz:

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and made herself a potato head:

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Unfortunately, the little black cloud that gave us fits this trip was not quite finished with us. We decided to get lunch at Earl of Sandwich, which we LOVE!! but during our lunch, DD's food decided it did not want to stay in her stomach. Without getting into too much detail, it was quite a mess. It took a while, and A LOT of napkins, to clean that mess up.

Before long, DD was back in good spirits. DW wanted to browse a couple of more stores, so I took DD on the carousel.

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As much as we tried to milk it and squeeze every last drop of magic we could out of this trip, it was finally time to face the fact that we had to leave. We grabbed a few drinks for the road using the last of our snack credits, got in the car, and drove away from WDW, back onto I-4, and eventually I-95 northbound.

Aside from our windshield getting hit by a rock and making a small crack, that first day on the road went pretty well despite the late start. We made it through Georgia and into South Carolina before stopping for the night.

on Monday morning, we got up early to hit the road and got one final scare. As we were getting onto I-95, the tiny crack in the windshield started to grow... and grow... and grow... It was terrifying to watch it spread across the windshield! I backed off the gas and the crack slowly stopped spreading. Must have been a combination of the colder temperatures that morning, with the sudden vibrations I was causing by trying to get up to speed on the highway.

The crack did not worsen and we felt more comfortable that it would hold. We drove the rest of the way through, stopping for lunch and dinner, and a couple of bathroom breaks.

We returned home to find that the snow was still there. I was not looking forward to shoveling the next day, but it had to be done.

Returning home in the winter was certainly more of a bummer than our summer trips. At least in the summer you can tell yourself that there is still nice weather to enjoy and things to do... This time, it was back to wearing heavy coats and back to work.

On top of that, we didn't have any idea of when our next trip would be. We just knew it would not be in 2011. :sad1:

So, that's it! the end of this TR. That trip was a year and a half ago and alot has happened since. I'll follow up with some final thoughts, an update on what's happened to us between then and now, and include a shameless plug for my next TR for the trip which begins in oh, just 3 days now!!! :cool1:

I want to thank everyone that has been reading along and bearing with me during those huge gaps between updates. I hope you enjoyed it.

amandaw
07-26-2012, 12:08 PM
That's good that y'all got in a little bit of Disney before hitting the road. That always helps to soften the blow that the end of vacation brings. But, I'm so sorry DD couldn't keep her lunch down. Poor Baby! But, you can tell it definitely didn't dampen her spirit. She's such a doll!

I do really like the convenience of the DDP. Last year, I had every intention of keeping all my receipts & seeing at the end of the trip if it saved us money. Well, that just didn't happen. :rotfl: This year, I've tried to estimate our meal totals & have figured that the DDP should save us around $70. I'm hoping to really keep track this year & see in the end if it did save us money or not.

I can't believe y'alls next trip is in 3 days!! :yay::yay::yay: If I don't talk to you before y'all leave.....Have a safe & magical vacation! pixiedust:

Thank you for sharing all of your memories with us (the good, the bad & the ugly). I've really enjoyed it & look forward to your next TR! :goodvibes

Chicago Mo
07-30-2012, 08:46 AM
Kids bounce back so quickly from being sick. it's remarkable!!!
your daughter is so precious!!!! Love all the pictures!!!
your on another vacation???!?!
I'm jealous! not going back to WDW until 9-2012...

baseballmickey
08-19-2012, 02:48 PM
That's good that y'all got in a little bit of Disney before hitting the road. That always helps to soften the blow that the end of vacation brings. But, I'm so sorry DD couldn't keep her lunch down. Poor Baby! But, you can tell it definitely didn't dampen her spirit. She's such a doll!

I do really like the convenience of the DDP. Last year, I had every intention of keeping all my receipts & seeing at the end of the trip if it saved us money. Well, that just didn't happen. :rotfl: This year, I've tried to estimate our meal totals & have figured that the DDP should save us around $70. I'm hoping to really keep track this year & see in the end if it did save us money or not.

I can't believe y'alls next trip is in 3 days!! :yay::yay::yay: If I don't talk to you before y'all leave.....Have a safe & magical vacation! pixiedust:

Thank you for sharing all of your memories with us (the good, the bad & the ugly). I've really enjoyed it & look forward to your next TR! :goodvibes

Thank you! Just got back about a week ago. Getting the pics organized and going to start the TR for that right after I put my final thoughts to this one! Also need to go through the receipts to double check if our decision on the DDP was a good one or not.

Kids bounce back so quickly from being sick. it's remarkable!!!
your daughter is so precious!!!! Love all the pictures!!!
your on another vacation???!?!
I'm jealous! not going back to WDW until 9-2012...

Thanks. your trip is getting closer and closer!! You'll be there before you know it!!

baseballmickey
08-19-2012, 09:53 PM
So, despite the blizzard and the ordeal of getting to WDW, the reconfiguring of plans, the getting sick, and the crowds and everything else that piled on top of that, we made it there and back, and still managed to have a good time!

Looking back on this trip, I wish I had been more on top of things regarding the flight and the weather. By the time we realized there may be a problem with our flight, it was too late to change. Everything the couple of days before was booked, and the day after as well. I suppose we could have made the decision to drive if the airline offered us a full refund. We had a chance to get out on the road and beat the weather... but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. We rolled the dice, and we lost.

I have a new found admiration for my family. My wife and daughter really showed how strong they can be. To this day, DD talks about how the flight got canceled, but we didn't give up!

WDW at the holidays is worth seeing. I highly recommend going for the holidays if you can. The decorations, parade, shows, and atmosphere are excellent.

As for New Year's Eve. Would we ever do that again??? I think I would like to, someday. For one thing, we learned that the parks rehearse their NYE fireworks the night before. (at least MK does) So there is the option of seeing the same fireworks with a little less crowd. Also, we now know that it is bearable if you avoid Main Street USA and keep to the less crowded areas. Because the fireworks go off all around the park, you will have a pretty good view as long as you make sure you are not right up against a large tree or any buildings. Just find a spot where you can see a good amount of sky.

The biggest surprise for me was the DVC Merry Member Mixer. We had such a great time. If you are DVC, and go down during the holidays, be sure to get to one of these! When we got home, we made sure we looked into our local DVC locations to see if they were doing anything special like this. There was a holiday event at our local Doorway to Dreams, but that could have been better organized, but it was still okay. Since then, they also threw an anniversary event that was really good, with characters and music. Anyway, not going to turn this into a pitch for DVC. My only regret with DVC so far is that we didn't buy more points when we bought into it!

So, what else has been going on with us...

Well, the biggest thing was that issue of DW being pregnant. I am happy to say she is no longer in that condition. :rotfl2:

On April 10, 2011, DW gave birth to the newest member of our little family.

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DD was scared of him at first. But she has adjusted very well to her role as a big sister.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-dJnt10-9K98/UDEdVFwiMRI/AAAAAAAAGKU/0WBkTeKSiiA/s800/Cameron10.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6EkxhhZEO4Y/UDEdRm2imFI/AAAAAAAAGKM/nSE2gnf9xBY/s800/Cameron26.jpg

DD is now 5 1/2 years old, and about to enter kindergarten.

The little guy is now approaching 1 and a half years old. And we just took him on his first trip to WDW!

But that's a whole different Trip Report!!

Thanks for reading!!

amandaw
08-19-2012, 11:15 PM
I really enjoyed your final thoughts. I think it's so great that your family made the most of the trip despite all the obstacles thrown y'alls way. So many people would have just focused on the negative. I don't know that I would have done so well with all of that thrown my way. So a big "Kudos!" to your whole family for a great positive attitude! :thumbsup2

I'm so happy to hear that your DW is not "in that condition" anymore. :lmao: Your son is soooo precious! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear about the latest trip! popcorn::

Chicago Mo
08-20-2012, 10:49 AM
Ummm. I believe there is a time lapse and i lost a year and a half!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!! :banana: he is beautiful!!!
CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING!!!

baseballmickey
08-20-2012, 01:08 PM
I really enjoyed your final thoughts. I think it's so great that your family made the most of the trip despite all the obstacles thrown y'alls way. So many people would have just focused on the negative. I don't know that I would have done so well with all of that thrown my way. So a big "Kudos!" to your whole family for a great positive attitude! :thumbsup2

I'm so happy to hear that your DW is not "in that condition" anymore. :lmao: Your son is soooo precious! :goodvibes

I can't wait to hear about the latest trip! popcorn::

Gonna get the new TR started very soon. Introduction will probably have to be done in parts, otherwise it will take longer to get started. :lmao:

Ummm. I believe there is a time lapse and i lost a year and a half!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!! :banana: he is beautiful!!!
CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING!!!

sorry!! I didn't have any other pictures uploaded to my web albums!! standby...

baseballmickey
08-20-2012, 02:55 PM
This should help bridge the gap from that last trip to this latest one. (at least as far as DS is concerned)

One Month:

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Two Months:

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Three Months:

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Four Months:

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Five Months:

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Six Months:

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Seven Months:

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Eight Months:

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Nine Months:

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Ten Months:

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Eleven Months:

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One Year Old:

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Thirteen Months:

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Fourteen Months:

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Fifteen Months:

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Sixteen Months:

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This last picture is a little teaser from the next TR. It was taken at the MK just after the little guy got his first haircut. You can see from the pictures that he needed a little trim!! :lmao:

Sad part is, he needs another one already. :rotfl2: It's my fault. my hair was like that when I was a kid.

eandesmom
08-20-2012, 03:11 PM
what a great "year in the life" of your little guy!

Nothing beats a first haircut at the barber shop.

The E's were bald until 3 or 4 so it wasn't an option but conceptually, I love it!

looking forward to your new TR!

amandaw
08-20-2012, 08:51 PM
What a cutie!! :goodvibes I can't wait to hear all about his 1st trip to Disney! And how fun that he got his 1st haircut there, too!

starousse
08-22-2012, 02:05 PM
What a great review. I'm so glad to see you had a great trip after such a bad start. Even despite of being sick, your little girl, who is adorable, looked like she had an amazing time.. I'm from Long Island, NY as well, and can remember that snow storm we had. I give you credit for getting in car and going. I'm so looking forward to seeing your new trip review.

baseballmickey
08-24-2012, 06:07 AM
what a great "year in the life" of your little guy!

Nothing beats a first haircut at the barber shop.

The E's were bald until 3 or 4 so it wasn't an option but conceptually, I love it!

looking forward to your new TR!

Thank you!! The haircut worked out. We didn't think he'd make it to the vacation without getting his actual first haircut before we left. But somehow we procrastinated enough that we got him there and it was, in fact, his first haircut!!


What a cutie!! :goodvibes I can't wait to hear all about his 1st trip to Disney! And how fun that he got his 1st haircut there, too!

New TR is up and going!!

What a great review. I'm so glad to see you had a great trip after such a bad start. Even despite of being sick, your little girl, who is adorable, looked like she had an amazing time.. I'm from Long Island, NY as well, and can remember that snow storm we had. I give you credit for getting in car and going. I'm so looking forward to seeing your new trip review.

Thank you! and Thanks so much for reading!! Where in Long Island are you?

baseballmickey
08-24-2012, 06:09 AM
Just in case anyone wanted to follow along on my new TR, here's the link:


I'm Going Away... FOREVER! Oh, Great! Could You Get Me a Sandwich? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2981199)