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Victoriasmom98
09-21-2011, 01:00 PM
Starting this trip report soon.....stay tooned!!!!

Twoboysnmygirl
09-23-2011, 01:55 PM
I'm first! I'm first! :woohoo:

Victoriasmom98
09-23-2011, 02:00 PM
I'm first! I'm first! :woohoo:

That's cause you're stalking me!!! :lmao:

Twoboysnmygirl
09-23-2011, 02:17 PM
That's cause you're stalking me!!! :lmao:

Yup! :rotfl2:

daisy_77
09-23-2011, 04:05 PM
Hi there! :flower3:

So I spent a good portion of my day reading your pre-trip report and you're last TR...the disneymoon one. I loved every second! You have such a nice little family and I look forward to reading about your latest adventure in Disney :goodvibes

JDailey
09-23-2011, 09:22 PM
YAY you are back!!:woohoo: I know you are probably not happy to be back though. I am always so sad when it is over.:sad1: I can't wait to hear about everything. We only have two weeks to go and I am sooo ready!

Tink-erin-belle
09-25-2011, 02:17 PM
I’m here! :cheer2: I can’t wait to read along!

Victoriasmom98
09-26-2011, 12:39 PM
Welcome one and all to DADDY, DAUGHTER & DIVA DO DISNEY!!! I cannot believe tomorrow we will have been back home for one week. :confused3 It feels like yesterday that we were there! And in 11 months and 10 days we will be there again….ooops, did I just let the cat out of the bag? :scared1: Well more on that later! I should start with the introductions…..

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There’s my wonderful daughter Victoria who is 13 going on 27!!! She is an 8th grader who does very well in school so I really have no issues pulling her out of school for the 7 or so days it turns out to be. This year, she did get some of her work to take to Disney with us…..great activity for the plane ride home, right??? She’s not as big of a Disney fanatic, I mean fan, as I am, but I’m working on her. She’s heavily into her computer and having a blog on Tumbler, Diviantart and I can’t remember what else she does. Apparently Facebook is so yesterday…? Ok?? Apparently so I am! :rotfl:

Then there is my husband of ONE WHOLE YEAR – Peter! (And they said it would never last…..just kidding!) We were married last September 18th on the beach here in Maine and then honeymooned in Disney with the child. I think I eventually will have him converted into a Disney fan! Slowly but surely. Unfortunately, he does not do many rides --- POTC and IASW is about the speed he can do. Oh, I do have him riding Test Track now, but I think that’s because he loves cars. He works full time with propane burners and such so on the weekend he spends his time with his cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. I’ve lost count of the vehicles he does have but I think it’s up to about 17 or so. Granted, some of them are not all in one piece, but he does have them. :lmao: He loves buying old pieces of formerly beautiful cars and restoring them. (wasn't that a nice way to say "pieces of crap?? I thought so!) Hey, he loves it and it keeps him out of trouble, so why not?

Finally there’s me…..a huge Disneyworld geek! I will ride ALL the rides and see ALL the shows at least once! My first trip to Disney was in 1982 --- I was a sophomore in high school at the time and was hooked. (ok, don’t go adding my age up now. I just gave the date for informational purposes, not to let you all in on how old I am!) I think it’s been about 16 or so trips now. I’ve lost count. My philosophy is as long as I can afford it and have the health to do it, I will always go to Disney. My goal is once per year. (ok, fine….my real goal is to retire from my government job and go play the Fairy Godmother in Disney) but my real life goal is good enough for me for now.

The last person in this picture is….well…..if I have to explain that, then you really wouldn’t be reading this trip report now would you? I think not! ;)

There you have it for introductions. We are a pretty simple bunch. We go to work and school and have your typical family life. We take a once per year big vacation (Disney) and lots of little weekend trips around the state of Maine. My life is pretty darned perfect if you ask me. Oh, that’s not to say we haven’t had our trials and tribulations. Our health has not been great, but those are all things which make us stronger, right? :hug:

Tink-erin-belle
09-26-2011, 01:10 PM
Great start, Ann! I'm looking forward to reading more!

Victoriasmom98
09-26-2011, 02:08 PM
Hi there! :flower3:

So I spent a good portion of my day reading your pre-trip report and you're last TR...the disneymoon one. I loved every second! You have such a nice little family and I look forward to reading about your latest adventure in Disney :goodvibes

Hi and :welcome:!! I'm glas you enjoyed the prior reports. I really do enjoy writing them. Thank you for the compliment on my family. Yes, I do love them!!

YAY you are back!!:woohoo: I know you are probably not happy to be back though. I am always so sad when it is over.:sad1: I can't wait to hear about everything. We only have two weeks to go and I am sooo ready!

Yep, I'm back.....:sad1:. It's ok. I can't live in Disney, right (or CAN I????). I hope you plan on keeping a diary so that you can share your adventures with me!!! :cool1:

I’m here! :cheer2: I can’t wait to read along!

Hi my buddy!!!! I'm here and posting now.....hee hee!!!

Oh, I just had to share a picture of two of my cats Milo and Reeses prior to my packing the suitcase.....

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Victoriasmom98
09-26-2011, 02:41 PM
September 8th, 2011

And we’re off!!! Yes, we were successful at leaving at 5am although the 4am alarm was a bit of a shock! I had put all of the luggage in the car the night before so that all we would have to worry about packing was the carryons. That’s where we put all of our last minute things like medication, money, etc. I didn’t really sleep that well as I was worrying about getting there on time, as Manchester was an airport we have never flown out of before. I had Googled the directions to the airport and it did turn out to be pretty easy to get there. We parked in the Long Term parking lot (under C-6) and waited at the little bus stop for the shuttle to the terminal --- sure beats walking with all that luggage! See, kids…..it pays to do your research! I was able to find out about the parking lot charges and shuttle to the terminal all before arriving! We flew Southwest Airlines and since I had printed out the boarding passes yesterday, it was just a matter of checking in our 3 bags. BAGS FLY FREE!!! We had paid for early bird check in so we were in seating group A which means we were the first group to board the plane. There are no assigned seats on SW, so Victoria led the way and picked out 3 seats together near the wing. I hate viewing the wing! I kept thinking about the scene of the Twilight Zone when the creature knocks out the engine! The original version had William Shatner as the passenger, but the movie version has John Lithgow.

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OOOppps, that was a little off topic, huh? Takeoff was great and the flight itself was fine. We did hit turbulence as we got into Baltimore. Great! Peter hates to fly and that just makes it worse. Oh thank you air gods! We had about one hour in between flights so we grabbed some lunch. Victoria had, what else, McDonalds and Peter & I had slices of pizza. Both planes we flew in were 737’s. I was really surprised that there wasn’t any radios in the arm rests. That’s the first time I haven’t had that option in a plane--- kind of disappointing. Anyways, we landed around 2:40pm and were able to get right on to Magical Express (ok, it was a huge Mears, bus, but it was still considered the Magical Express). Maybe there was a 5 minute wait at best. It was AWESOME!!! POFQ was the first stop!!! How lucky can we get??!!!! Yeah baby!

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We got to the resort around 4pm. We were assigned room 3230, which is the second floor in the 3rd building --- view of the courtyard. Not too bad. Jazz music was constantly playing and everything was just so lush and green! I was hoping for Building 4, but 3 seemed ok. It’s pretty close to everything. The room itself is BEAUTIFUL!!! I loved the queen sized beds!

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We didn’t stay in the room all that long as we had 5:10pm dinner ADR’s at T-Rex! We took the water taxi to Downtown Disney….ummmm heaven!!

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Thanks to my Avon sales and Mypoints, I only had to come up with about $5 of my own money for that one. I think Peter really got a kick out of the décor! He even started having a conversation with the dinosaur that kept roaring behind him. So funny!!!! We did a little shopping and then headed back to the hotel. We had an early morning planned for tomorrow, so this worked out perfectly!!!!

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This is the new Toy Story lego sculpture I just had to share....

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Twoboysnmygirl
09-26-2011, 09:41 PM
Yay for arriving! Doing your research definitely pays off! I hadn't seen the TS lego yet, that's cool! Glad you guys enjoyed T-Rex, can't wait to hear more! :thumbsup2

JDailey
09-27-2011, 02:54 PM
I would really like to do a post trip report. I haven't ever done anything like that before, so I am a little confussed at how you would start one??. :confused3 Any tips I don't want to be too boring??

Victoriasmom98
09-27-2011, 03:58 PM
Friday, September 9th……

Today started off with the alarm going off at 6am. Everyone was great about getting up and getting ready. We were out the door by 7:15am and down to the bus stop we go. Fortunately, it’s a very short distance from the room. As we were sitting there waiting, there were 3 busses for the MK prior to one for Animal Kingdom! Finally one came at 7:40am. Oh no…this is not good. Will we actually get to AK and make it to Tusker House for our reservation at the Donald’s Safari Breakfast?? Well, no. We were about 10 minutes late but that seemed to be ok with the restaurant. See kids….this is why the Disboards tell you to head out on the transportation system about one hour before your scheduled time. They know what they are talking about! It’s really cute how they direct you to the restaurant with little signs and cast members saying “right this way” and “welcome”. We then lined up for our picture with Donald Duck.

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We were seated and our server was Angel. She was very sweet and the food was absolutely wonderful! It was buffet style.

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By the time we were done breakfast, it was 9:10am and the park had just opened. First on our list was the Kilimanjaro Safari. It was basically a walk right on --- an indication of how most of our week went! It took longer to walk down to the loading area than it did standing in line for a vehicle, which we didn’t have to. Again, what Dis’er’s say is true --- the animals are much more lively and awake first thing in the morning! There was even an ostrich blocking the road at one point. Hey, it’s his road….why should he move, right??? That was about a 5 minute wait for him to move! One of the cast members were feeding the flamingoes as we went by. I thought that was pretty cool. The lioness were out and looking at us lovingly (or maybe they were thinking how easy we would be to catch ---- let’s go with the first thought…..) We saw the little baby elephant (the real one --- not the one in the great kidnapping adventure we were supposedly on).

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We ended up taking the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station. There they had just finished a biopsy on the tail of a possum and were in the process of waking her up. So adorable! We also spent time talking with the handler of a tarantula. That was pretty interesting, even though I’m not crazy about spiders!

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After Peter and Victoria went outside, the announcement was made that some characters were coming out. Now, this is my goal of this trip --- to meet as many characters as I can without it really affecting our trip adversely. I think my family is right behind me and wanted them to get in the pictures with me. Do you think they are? Nope! Fine, I’ll have my pictures taken and I hope the two of them will be completely jealous! (Which they weren’t). I was a little miffed that I was here with my family and yet, you can’t prove it by those pictures. I met Pocahontas and Jiminy Cricket.

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Really cool! By the time I had taken my pictures, Victoria was ready to ride. We went over to Expedition Everest and since the standby line was only 10 minutes, we first got a fast pass for later and then went standby. I need to mention here that a 10 minute standby means walk right on. Apparently Disney feels it takes 10 minutes to walk the queue. It probably does, I wasn’t keeping track. I really love this ride!!! We ended up riding it at least 4 or 5 times during the entire day!!!

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I wanted to go see Flights of Wonder, but it didn’t look like it was operating to me. Hmmm…..Although the Times Guide didn’t mention anything about it being closed for the day….oh well. We did most of the rides and Tough to be a Bug.

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This year we decided to forgo Nemo for Festival of the Lion King. I think Peter really enjoyed that show. We were in the Elephant section and let me just say, we knew how to play pachyderms!

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Twoboysnmygirl
09-28-2011, 05:32 AM
Yay for no lines! I was watching reports and excited for you that the crowds were so low. Love your AK outfit! :goodvibes

Victoriasmom98
09-28-2011, 09:06 AM
Animal Kingdom day continued....

Another different thing we did this year was the Maharajah Jungle Trek. OMG!!! This trail is awesomely beautiful! :love: There were ruins and it was just beautiful! I don’t know why we never did this before. The tigers were our absolute favorite sight!! And they were so active --- not just lying around!

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HAVE I MENTIONED THAT IT WAS HOT???!!! HOT, HOT, HOT. IT WAS HOT, FOLKS!!! It was sunny and in the 90’s all week. There were some days without high humidity, but our day in Animal Kingdom was not one of them…ugh! That is my weather channel update for now.

We saw Thumper and Ms. Bunny!!! More characters I haven’t seem before. So cool!!!

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We headed out of the park around 4pm to make it to our reservations at Cape May at the Yacht Club Resort. Yes, kids, our reservation was for 5pm, so again, make sure to leave an hour before your reservation to make sure you get there. Does it always rain when we are at the Yacht Club? Seems to. While waiting for our time, the thunderstorm moved in. We were inside, so we really didn’t care, but it seemed to be a good one! By the time we were done our dinner, it turned to just misty. I’m good with that. In order to get back to French Quarter, we took the bus to Hollywood Studios and then a bus to POFQ. There are no buses directly from resort to resort. It takes some thought to figure out how to get to different places, but it’s manageable. That night’s agenda was bath time for Victoria and bedtime for all.

Tink-erin-belle
09-28-2011, 12:38 PM
Ann, your outfit for AK was too cute! And ohmygosh were those MATCHING socks?!? Adorable! It looks like you guys had a great couple of days. Keep the food porn coming! :lmao: You also got some wonderful pictures of the animals. Especially the tigers!

Victoriasmom98
09-28-2011, 02:27 PM
Yay for arriving! Doing your research definitely pays off! I hadn't seen the TS lego yet, that's cool! Glad you guys enjoyed T-Rex, can't wait to hear more! :thumbsup2

Well, I've been writing more, silly......aren't you keeping up??? :lmao:

I would really like to do a post trip report. I haven't ever done anything like that before, so I am a little confussed at how you would start one??. :confused3 Any tips I don't want to be too boring??

It's really simple. Just keep a diary while you are there and then you basically write that (with embellishments, of course!!)

Yay for no lines! I was watching reports and excited for you that the crowds were so low. Love your AK outfit! :goodvibes

I HATED my outfit!!! It looked great on the hanger...less than great on. :sick:

Ann, your outfit for AK was too cute! And ohmygosh were those MATCHING socks?!? Adorable! It looks like you guys had a great couple of days. Keep the food porn coming! :lmao: You also got some wonderful pictures of the animals. Especially the tigers!

As you can see from my reply to Karen, I didn't like the outfit at all!!!! Needless to say it's in the pile to Goodwill!! It was too big, the stripes made my tummy look huge, and it was too long!!! I had black shorts underneath, but most people are saying it looks like a dress!! ugh! :scared1: The socks sorta kinda matched --- close enough! Those I have kept!! :thumbsup2. I hope you don't get too disapointed, but I really didn't take a lot of food porn. Just wasn't that much of a priority. Sorry, buddy!! Thanks for the compliment on my photos. They suck. No, really. I hate this new GE camera. Yesterday I finally gave in and sent my older one in for repair. The older one takes so much better pictures! I know this because I went to a scrapping event on Saturday and you could really tell the difference just by looking at them. I think the pixels are higher on the older one. Who knows? But if it's $100 or less to fix it, that's what I'm going to do. ;)

Victoriasmom98
09-29-2011, 10:44 AM
Saturday, September 10th
Magic Kingdom Day

Well this morning’s adventure started out with 2 different people noticing my lime green Mickey head on my backpack and saying hi at the bus stop at the resort. I so wish now I would have gotten their names. Sorry to you both if you are reading this. This morning we had breakfast reservations at Ohana with Lilo & Stitch! I love this place and the character interaction. We took the bus over to MK and then took the resort monorail to the Polynesian. This is sooo much quicker than taking the boat over from the MK, but the boat ride is a nice break. It just wasn’t up and running yet. We had the monorail car all to ourselves. Gotta love low crowd September!!

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We didn’t bother to get our picture done this time around as we have another breakfast scheduled for later on in the vacation. The food was great as usual, although I was having trouble eating this morning. I swear sometimes it still feels like the lap band is in. Ugh! I can’t explain it. Oh well.

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We then took the boat back to MK. Would you believe on the way back we saw the smoke formation from the space shuttle launch?? How cool is that. I had seen on tv news that morning that a shuttle was scheduled, so this was sooooo neat!!! It looked just like pictures I had seen, but this time I was seeing it in real life. Wow! This trip has been full of firsts for me!

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Victoria wanted to start the day in Tomorrowland, so that’s what we did. We hit the TTA first, which is now a tradition for us. It gives you a nice little “tour” of that section and it’s a nice relaxing ride while you decide what you will be doing for the day. After the first round was done, we asked to stay on and do a second spin around. This is the benefit of low crowds, walk on rides, baby! Nothing like it!

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We did all the rides/shows in this area except for Astro Orbiter. That one gets even ME sick --- and I never get sick on rides! In all the trips I’ve gone on here, I’ve never met Push the talking garbage can. That’s going to be a goal for next time! After that we made our way to Fantasyland. We could see the construction of Beast’s castle over the barriers among other things. We didn’t do a whole lot over there. I even forgot to have my family try to pull out the sword! Oh my!!! I’m slacking, aren’t I? I didn’t realize until I read some other reports that it actually comes out for some. I did not know that! Or is that a rumor? Hmmm….. We did get a fast pass for Peter Pan’s Flight as that wait was 30 minutes ---- the longest wait time I’ve seen. I’ll be darned if I’m going to wait that long (hehehehe --- I’M KIDDING, FOLKS!!). We then headed over to It’s a Small World --- Peter’s first time as it was under refurbishment last year. I think he really liked it. It was his speed after all.

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We then ate lunch at Columbia Harbor House. What a cute little place that is!! We did go find the room which is over the walkway between Liberty Square and Fantasyland. It’s like “hi people…..I’m eating on top of your heads!!” It was really cool to people watch from there. Of course this is where Victoria spilled lots of ketchup all over the front of her shirt……arrrgggg! It’s ok, I’m over it now….

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After lunch we went back to use our Peter Pan fast passes and then it was onto The Haunted Mansion. We did both the regular queue and the new interactive graveyard queue. The graveyard one is neat, but I think once you do it, that’s it. At least it was for us. We had our Photopass photo taken right by the dead horse and carriage and it was one of those “magic” shots where the computer will insert the ghost when you see the picture!

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I just wish the Photopass pictures would be in so I can share them. Speaking of Photopass, I noticed a lot more photographers around the park than in the past. Maybe it was because I was actively seeking them out, I’m not sure. I’ll get my $20 worth out of the Photopass share I participated in, won’t I?? Oh, the leader of the share states we should all be getting the cd by the end of October. I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG!!! I have gone and edited all of them and some are so cute! There was one mistake one of the photographer’s made ----- instead of my family with Woody and Jessie, I had some other little girl’s pictures loaded onto my card. That poor girl’s family!!! No Woody and Jessie pics for them. And of course there is no way for me to know who they belong to. I think my family was getting pretty sick of me and all my photos…..oh well guys --- this is my vacation too, you know! Do what I say!!!

Another first for me was riding on the steamboat The Liberty Belle. In all the times I’ve been to Disney, I’ve never taken the time out to do that. Wow….what a nice little ride that was. The views were awesome and they even have a storyline to the scenery that surrounds you.

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It was then off to Splash Mountain and BTMRR ---- both of which were WALK ON!!! Anyone jealous yet? Oh, I love, love, love low crowds!! The wait time stated 10 minutes, but again, that’s as long as it takes to walk through the queue!

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Victoriasmom98
09-29-2011, 10:46 AM
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Pirates of the Carribean was next. Love this ride, but unfortunately, this was a very long line and I don’t really understand why. :headache: To top that off, there was an annoying bunch of teenagers with a Christian tour group out back of us --- one of which kept hitting my backpack. Ugh! I wanted to turn around and whack one of them! I know, not very Christian of ME, but geez!!! Maybe I was wrong to expect better behavior from these kids. My bad, apparently. After that, I was DONE!! I had had it and I wanted to go back to the resort! The park was closing at 7pm for the Night of Joy party/concert. No wonder the park seemed to get fuller as it got later! We caught the bus back to the resort. Barely any wait for the bus and the bus itself was pretty empty! :cool1:

Tink-erin-belle
09-29-2011, 05:52 PM
You are rocking and rolling on this TR, Ann! I love getting so many posts on your trip! I hope I can keep up a pace like this when I write my TR! You had fantastic crowd levels! That is exactly why I love Disney in the off season. Walk on rides and cars to yourself! I'm glad you got to eat in the upstairs room of CHH. That looked like a great view!

Victoriasmom98
09-30-2011, 01:25 PM
September 11
EPCOT day #1

We started off the morning by lots and lots of news stories about 9/11 and how there may be an increased terror risk this day. It was kind of scary for Victoria as she doesn’t remember 9/11 and they just spent the last week learning about it in school, so she had tons of questions for us. Both Peter and I assured her that EPCOT would not be targeted and we should enjoy the day! Onto the Epcot bus we go.

Let me just tell you here that the bag check was EXTREMELY THOROUGH --- given the day and the bag checkers told us right out front that they are being especially careful today. I have never had such a thorough check of my backpack before. I don’t know about everyone else, but that made me feel secure. We had a nice lady from NY as our checker who stated that today was hard for her, since that was her hometown.

Today was Future World day and we were able to again walk onto everything. Even Soarin was only a 20 minute wait and it takes that long to get to the loading area. Ok, well maybe that was an exaggeration, but you know what I mean! I believe we rode Soarin a good 4 times or so and Test Track was ridden 5 or more.

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Don’t even ask how many times Spaceship Earth was ridden --- too many to count! I don’t know why Victoria likes that ride so much. Maybe it’s the computer interaction at the end, I’m not sure. SE wait time was 0 minutes…..the sign actually said 0 minutes! I had never seen that!! Yes, 5 minutes, but never 0. That was pretty funny! Victoria and I did ride Mission Space – Orange a few times, too, although this time around we didn’t stay and play in the lab part. We’ve already done that in previous trips, so we didn’t feel the need. Then there was our annual trip to Club Kool and Peter’s favorite drink --- Beverly!! I’m serious, guys, he really does like it. Victoria is sooo mad at him for that. She wanted to trip him the first time he ever tried it. As for me, I got my frozen Coke fix and I was in Heaven!! I will be so upset if Disney ever loses its contract with Coca Cola!! We had a quick service lunch at Seasons in the Land pavilion in between all the rides and shows. Did I mention that I got to talk to crush??? Yep, I asked him if turtles kept the same mate for life and he said it depended on the turtle!! Too funny!

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Doesn’t this fish look like he’s smiling at us???? He was in Mr. Ray’s Lagoon before you enter Turtle Talk with Crush

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Of course we had to go to Living with the Land as well.

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Last year I really wanted to pick up one of the Mickey’s Mini garden plants. So, guess what……I bought one this year. It’s really cool. I’m supposed to plant it, but I kind of like it in its “suspended animation” state.

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Our dinner reservations at Garden Grill were for 6:30pm so we picked up a Fast Pass for Soarin and figured by the time we were done dinner, it would be time to ride again! We were seating fairly quickly --- as has happened with all of our reservations so far. The restaurant rotates as every else knew except me!! They state that by the time you are done your meal, you will have gone the entire circle. Oh, and did I mention this was a character dinner?? Yep, Mickey, Chip, Dale and Pluto (no, not Peter) were there! I love the characters!! We were seated on the lower level, closest to the edge so our view was fantastic! The scenery was the scenes from Living with the Land!! I did not know this! It was such a different perspective to see if from there! Disney sure does their details well, don’t they? The food was excellent!!! There were a lot of garnishments on the meat that we didn’t like, though. We just scraped it off and then were told by our server that we can order the meat without it. Now she tells us!!

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We ended our meal, did Soarin, and headed back to the resort. When we got into the room there was a new towel animal for us. Call me crazy but I love those little things!!!!

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I also wanted to show you all how I decorated our room window…..

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JDailey
09-30-2011, 03:29 PM
I am enjoying the trip report!! You all look like you are having such a great time!! :yay: Love the window decor too! Can't wait to hear more. ONE WEEK AND COUNTING!!!!:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Victoriasmom98
10-03-2011, 01:43 PM
September 12th
EPCOT day #2

This was another Epcot day but this time the day was dedicated to the World Showcase. I made sure we did a lot of the shows, etc that were available and that I hadn’t done in a long time. We started at the Canadian pavilion and went around the world starting from left to right.

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We watched O Canada with Martin Short. He was really funny and I was pleasantly surprised at how much we all liked it. Victoria is very much interested in Canada right now as her favorite show, Degrassi, tapes in Toronto, so she was very much into this country. She kept looking at all the cm’s name tags trying to find out where they were from. Then, when she found someone who knew about Degrassi, she kept talking, and talking, and talking…..who is this child??? I almost forgot to go to the Kids spot to get my country “stamp”. That was one of my goals --- to go around and get the stamp from each county.

Next it was onto the UK. Victoria, again, enjoyed talking with the various cms. She was trying to find someone who talked like her friend Bryan from Shetland. The closest accent seemed to be Scottish, but even then it wasn’t the same. She would tell anyone that wanted to listen about Bryan! At one of the shops she purchased an “I heart UK” shirt. She thought it was cool.

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I did a lot of character photos (again, can’t wait for the photopass pics to come in) and the World Showcase was no different. We had our pictures taken with Marie, Belle & Beast, etc. Pin trading was a hot thing for us as well!! I made sure to come to Disney with 50 or so “trader” pins that we purchased off of ebay. Of course I bought a few new ones as well!! Even Peter was trading, but he only wanted “villains” to match his personality. (no, he’s not really a villain!!) I’ll have to make sure we do that again for next time, as it’s so much fun to see what you end up with.

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It was then off to France. I had read about the wonderful croissants at Boulangerie Patisserie, so we decided to make this our lunch and use our snack credits. Both Peter and I had the ham & cheese one and would you believe Victoria tried the chocolate chip one and didn’t like it??!!! This is not my child. We ended up getting her a chocolate chip cookie. Oh my!

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Morocco was next and all we did here was walk around the shops and take in the scenery. Japan was up next and Victoria loved the store with all the Pokemon in it!!! It’s the same place where you can pick a pearl, so she picked a Pokemon while I picked a pearl!! Mine was very nice and she liked her stuffed Pokemon, so all was good. I think I like the Pick a Pearl station at Downtown Disney better, though. First of all I couldn’t really understand what the cm was saying. Secondly they didn’t offer to put it in a setting so I could have at least worn it on the chain I had brought. Oh well…..Live and Learn!

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The American Adventure…..all I can say is Wow! I don’t remember ever seeing this presentation, but I’m sure I must have at one time. First we were treated to a choral group who were singing in the foyer of the building. They were amazing! And their clothes were perfect period pieces. So beautiful! Then it was into the theater to watch the show. Both Peter and Victoria really enjoyed this one. I was so proud of Victoria as she really seemed to be taking it all in this year and not just wanting to skip to the rides. There was a lot of history to be learned and I think she did. Peter is such a history buff that he was practically drooling! It’s a very powerful presentation.

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Italy was next on the agenda (and the next country you get to when walking)…..We saw a show with a mime and he threw the soccer ball at me, so I threw it back. His skit was pretty funny and boy, can he pick on people. I definitely recommend seeing him. I tried to and volunteered for everything I possibly could. I was bound and determined to enjoy my happy place! In every pavilion we made sure to walk in the shops and take in the surroundings. It was a much slower paced day than normal.

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Victoriasmom98
10-03-2011, 01:44 PM
Onward to Germany!!!! We had supper reservations at Biergarten for 5pm.

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We sat at the same table with another family as apparently that’s what they do in Germany….ok, fine. The Mom & Dad at our table had these HUGE mugs of beer!!! I mean HUGE!! I was thinking they were for the entire table. Oh no, they were individual sizes!! OMG! This was buffet style and while you are eating there is entertainment. There was a band (think POLKA!!! “IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER…..”) and a bell ringer. I found it pretty interesting and I enjoyed trying different foods.

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Peter and Victoria on the other hand didn’t like it all that much. I guess they don’t like German food. We will make a note of that for next time! After dinner we looked around at the cute little village they have set up.

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Boy, I wish my Christmas village would look half as good!!! It’s so cute! This was another new thing I did….wow….the stuff I had not seen before was amazing! It was then time to go to China. Again, this was another village where we just walked around. We didn’t bother to go see the China show. I don’t think this is a country that any of my family wants to visit. Oh well.

Norway is just so charming in my opinion. Of course we rode the Maelstrom about 4 or 5 times. Don’t you just love trolls??? They are so cute afterall…hee hee! Perfect speed for a boat ride, according to Peter! It was then off to Mexico for another high speed boat ride (yeah, ok.) We had fun in the marketplace trying on hats and looking at various things. I love just looking around and taking time to do so. I think we did the boat ride about 3 times…..we just stayed on the same boat. Hey, it’s not like there was a waiting line…really…..there wasn’t!

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We didn’t stay for Illuminations this time around. I just hate crowds and I didn’t want to spend one hour holding my viewing place. I think that’s just crazy! When I read on the boards that the show has changed, then I will stay and watch it. Oh, I should mention that the love bugs are just starting to come out now. Just a few here and there so Victoria was going all mental on me! Whew…….I think it was about 9:30pm by the time we got to the resort. Again, no problem whatsoever with waiting for the bus or having to stand. We got a seat almost every time we rode the busses!

Victoriasmom98
10-04-2011, 02:17 PM
Tuesday, September 13th
BREAK DAY!!!

So, this was our break day!!! Finally, a day to sleep in late and not worry about what we were missing. Peter and Victoria hit the pool and hot tub while I did laundry.

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Hmmmm….didn’t I say it was break day? I guess it’s never a break day for me, huh? I only did two loads --- a dark and a light. It’s $2 per was per load and $2 per dry per load. Not too bad. After the laundry was done, folded and put away, we decided to take the water taxi to Riverside and eat in their food court. I must admit, Riverside does have a better choice of food. Peter and I shared a pizza and Victoria had the “Make Your Own Pasta” bowl with alfredo sauce and chicken.

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It was back to the French Quarter to get ready for MNSSHP! OMG!!! I think we had more fun getting ready for the party than the actual party itself. Now, I didn’t have Peter try on his costume prior to today, but it was an extra large and that’s the size he wears, so I thought we were fine! THINK AGAIN!!! Victoria and Peter had matching costumes, and I made my own (as Wal-mart only had 2 remaining ones last year after Halloween!). Peter is such a good sport. His costume was (ahem) a bit snug on him, but he got dressed up anyways. His “goods” were um….poking out a tad…OMG!!!

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I don’t know how many men would have done that just to please their wives! Unbelievable! Now I really wish I had the Photopass pictures to show you, as I utilized EVERY SINGLE ONE of them to get photographic evidence of the outfits. Victoria even made a video of Peter dancing in his costume, but I don’t think she’s loaded it to you tube yet. I’ll have to ask her.

It’s true that they allow you into the park at 4pm with the party tickets. I know there was lots of discussion about that. Again, I tried to do a lot of different things this time around. We walked onto almost every ride we wanted. We also got to do one of the Dance Parties with Stitch and we got to watch the Villians show.

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I loved that show. It was so cool! We didn’t stay to meet them as the lines were just crazy! As for the Photopass cards, I wasn’t given a separate one for the party itself, so I thought that was kind of odd. I found the candy to be more mainstream this year with M&M’s and Reeses. That’s always good. We only got a couple of pieces per station, though, whereas last year, we got way more. We did have a great time, but I just found it to be really crowded. Not horribly so, but enough so that I didn’t seek out characters and photo ops as much as I did during the day. I’ve read on the boards how others have found the party a little disappointing this year. I’m not sure if we would do it again. It’s a lot of money for what it’s worth. ($60 per person).

This year I made sure we rode Haunted Mansion during the party, as we didn’t last year. There was the “ghost lady” on the lawn talking to people as they entered the queue. I liked that. We also met a cast member and her ghost dog “Fluffy” the chihuahua. He was on one of those bendable leashes that makes it look like there is an invisible dog on it. It was so funny. That cast member was really into her character and “Fluffy” enjoyed my patting her and licking my face. All the cast members at HM were really into their parts that night. I love that!!!

Twoboysnmygirl
10-04-2011, 03:04 PM
OMG Peter is a SAINT! :rotfl2: What a trooper he was! I'm glad you enjoyed the party (LOVE THAT CASTLE PIC!) I heard they have been more crowded this year as well, I wonder why??

We need a break day, but I can never seem to fit one in! The trip would have to be longer than 7 days and I can't ever figure out how to pull that off, so no breaks for us in January!

Victoriasmom98
10-05-2011, 02:23 PM
September 14
Hollywood Studios Day!!

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I TRIED OUT FOR AMERICAN IDOL!!!! Yep, I did it!!! Victoria wanted me to and really, I wanted to do it, too!!! I love to perform! I sang “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid. Apparently this was the wrong song for my voice. I was fine when I did it in the key I’m used to but then I did it in the key they have it in….yeah, not so much! Ugh! I guess it’s really about the song and your voice – they really have to match. That’s the first thing we did when we got to HS. There were some casting directors out front of the theater who pointed the way to the audition studio. So cool! I met with a casting director in Room 1 with Peter and Victoria in tow. I wish I could remember his name at this point, but I can’t. ---- OH, lookie there --- just checked my notes and his name is Gavin (good notetaking, Ann) He was also a cancer survivor, so he was really nice to talk with. I was surprisingly not very nervous at all and really had a good time. After I sang, Gavin stated that he could not cast me at this time. WHAT!!??? DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM??!!! The nerve!! (Just kidding!!) They gave me a button that stated “I tried out for American Idol Experience” and then of course, Victoria had to have one. You know you can go try out without having any intention of making it to the show?? I think that’s neat. Everyone kept commenting on our pins. I really felt special.

I was also chosen to be in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular!! Yep, I was one of the customers in the marketplace! I had so much fun!! Good thing Victoria can use my camera so I now have proof of all this!! You guys just don’t know how much I love, love, love doing stuff like this!!! Us “extras” got to meet the stunt actors so that was a really nice treat. Sooooo magical!!

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You want to know another magical thing that happened this day?? Well……on the Great Movie Ride we actually got the live action cowboy scene and not the gangster scene!!! OMG!! This has never happened before. I had read about this “alternate” course, but had never been on it. So special! I was so happy!! Did you guys know they have real fire in that scene? Yep! Disney, you never let me down! I’ve ridden this ride oodles and oodles of times and this was a first!

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Time to meet my favorite character --- Mike from Monsters, Inc. I love that little green, one-eyed monster! I also got my picture taken with a green army man.

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He was trying to hide behind a pole, but I just had to pounce on him. Loved it! Then, lucky us got to be one of the first ones in line for Phineas & Ferb. I wasn’t even planning on this one as I’ve heard how long their line usually is. They were awesome and very flirty!! They saw the AI pin and wanted me to sing for them….so I did! It was so cool! Poor Peter and Victoria…..I could have been there all by myself and had just as much fun! I figured this was my favorite park, it was going to be all about me this day! I was sad that the Backlot Studio Tour was closed for refurb, but that’s ok because Star Tours was open! It was closed last year during our vacation. It was cute, but I really didn’t notice too much difference since the last time I rode it. An obvious change was C3PO was our captain, not R2D2 and we went to a different place, but other than that, it was still a simulator and moved the same way. OH, that’s right – according to my notes, it’s now 3-D. I must not have been too impressed to have not remembered that detail. Oooops. My bad!

We had reservations for supper at Mama Melroses Italian restaurant. The food was good, although there wasn’t many choices on the menu. This will not be a redo for next visit. I don’t think any of us were too impressed. The scenery was nice, but I wasn’t too keen with our server either. Nothing wrong, but just slow service and not all that friendly. We decided not to stay for Fantasmic this time. We had seen it last year – and I can imagine the only change may have been adding Rapunzel, but I can’t confirm that. Anyways, by the time we finished our meal, they announced that it was standing room only. Nope, not interested enough to stand through the whole thing. Thanks anyways.

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We also had more pixie dust this day… (I know, right??!! How many more wonderful things could happen to me, um, I mean us today!!) Victoria and I met this really nice cm named Ann in the gift shop outside of Rock n Roll Rollercoaster. She was awesome. We joked that we had the same name and hugged like we had known each other for years! She gave us 2 sets of fast passes for Tower of Terror! 2 Sets! Totally awesome!! More, more!!! What a wonderful day. I just love pixie dust!

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Parla
10-07-2011, 10:45 AM
Whoa, that was a lot of TR in two pages. Awesome! You had a great trip! I love how much you just go for having the best time. I'm always trying to convince my family that they need to choose to be happy and quit arguing over little stuff. DS gets upset and doesn't seem to enjoy entire days. I've got my fingers crossed this trip that they all chill out and at least let ME enjoy MY trip. :rotfl:

Twoboysnmygirl
10-07-2011, 10:55 AM
What a magical day!!!! :lovestruc I LOVE the pics of you in Indian Jones! What fun! Tell Victoria that I looked JUST like that in RnRc too! :laughing: You, however, look all cool and collected? I thought I was going to DIE on that takeoff! :lmao:

Victoriasmom98
10-09-2011, 11:54 AM
September 15th
Hollywood Studios Day 2

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Basically this was another repeat of yesterday although I wasn’t in any shows…. Boo hoo! Victoria and I could do Rock n Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror over and over and over again and we pretty much did this.

We met a new friend on TOT --- Kevin the bellhop. He is sooooooo into his character. We loved him so much. Victoria even got her picture taken with him. I just can’t say enough about him. He took time out and played right along with us. Love you Kevin!!

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Both days we stayed for the finale of the American Idol Experience. Victoria enjoys seeing who gets the golden ticket. (yeah, and it’s not me – I apparently suck.) Tonight’s ADR was for the 50’s Prime Time Café.

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This is by far the best dining experience we’ve had. Our server was Janice and she was awesome! Talk about another cm being into their character! OMG! She scolded us for not setting the table, for looking around at other tables and for not finishing the food on our plates. Victoria was cracking up the entire time! Especially since her parents were the ones getting in trouble! I thought the food was great, too. I think I had a sampler type dinner.

As we were walking out of the gate, I started to cry…..I was just so sad that this was our last day at HS for this time. This is my favorite park and we had such a magical time. I was sooo sad…..

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Victoriasmom98
10-09-2011, 11:55 AM
Friday, September 16th
Universal Studios day

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I was so excited to be going back to Universal. It had been since December 2008 since I last visited. I had made arrangements the night before for the Mears shuttle to pick us up. I believe it costs $58 for the 3 of us round trip. A lot has changed since then and I was kind of disappointed. There is no late evening stunt show anymore. When I was there last time there was a waterskiing boat show and a wild west show. Then I read online that Fear Factor has taken over the Wild West show but even Fear Factor was closed this time. What the heck??
There is no more Jimmy Neutron ride and Twister was temporarily closed. There wasn’t a whole lot left to do. Some new things that they do have are MIB – Alien Attack, Terminator 3D and Revenge of the Mummy. Those were all good. I definitely recommend the Mummy if you get a back seat on it. That was the best. Oh, the do have a new coaster called the Rip Roaring Rocket. Yeah, not for this girl. It went straight up so that you’re on your back at a 90 degree angle. It also went up high, very, very high. Victoria even chickened out of this one.

They’ve updated the Beetlejuice Graveyard Review and it was AWESOME!!! So, so awesome!!! I took tonz of pictures! I was singing and butt dancing and just really enjoying myself! I think my family was a little embarrassed by me at this point. Oh well. I was having fun on my vacation!!!

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Another fun thing I did was be chosen as an extra in the Disaster Movie show. Yep…… I played an evil scientist! Unfortunately I could not have any pictures taken of my playing the evil scientist as there was no photography in the theater. You can see how excited I was to be cast though, right?? It was so much fun!

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We ate lunch at the International Food Festival restaurant and that was very good and priced cheap! Well, cheap in comparison to Disney. Yummy. I didn’t do a lot of food pics on this trip as I was too busy eating the food! I actually could eat and that was awesome! I have noticed that my stomach has shrunk as I can’t eat what I used to be able to. The scars from my surgery healed up nicely on this vacation. Maybe it was all that Disney magic, right? I’m very curious to see what my weight is after all that walking we did!( UPDATE FROM HOME ---- only up 2 lbs……) I know all the shorts I had to take in were still too big! That’s a good thing, right? Speaking of food, we brought back a whole bag of snacks. We had 14 snack credits we had to use up within one hour of leaving. I don’t know when we are going to eat all that candy! And all the candy from MNSSHP! Ugh!

Ok, went off on a tangent there….back to Universal…..we did everything we wanted to do and the part closed at 6pm, so we were at the resort at a reasonable time. We had arranged for the shuttle to pick us up at 7pm, so that gave us time to walk to the bus stop. Over all it was a fun day.


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The Animal Actors show was sooo adorable!!! It made me miss my animals at home, though. They had a yellow lab that looked just like my Cutie dog. It's amazing how they can make those animals do the tricks that they do. How come I cannot train Cutie like that??

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Another outstanding show was the Horror Makeup show. Wow!! The 2 hosts were so funny!! They are what made the show. It is facinating how they can make stuff look so gory!

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Victoria has a new favorite show on tv now ---- Nancy Grace. Peter was watching it and apparently the subject caught Victoria’s attention. I can’t even remember what it was now. I was very proud of Victoria during this trip.
She was very interested in the various country histories in Epcot and she really seemed to enjoy the Hall of Presidents. She wanted to go watch it more than once. It was nice to watch her learn!

Victoriasmom98
10-11-2011, 03:35 PM
Just had to share.........



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Victoriasmom98
10-20-2011, 01:05 PM
Saturday, September 17th
2nd Magic Kingdom Day

Can I just write “ditto” here?? We always tend to do our favorites and not really switch it up too much. Ok, I can’t really say that as on this day our first plan of attack was to ride the train around the kingdom. That’s a must do! We actually stopped and departed when we got to Frontierland, as we wanted to do BTMRR and Splash. We did find the little gift shop outside of Splash that had really nice rocking chairs….yep, rocked in those for a while…

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You know what I really wish I could get a good picture of??? The hanging scene in the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion. It goes by too quickly and you only get one real shot at it. I don’t think I’ll ever get it. Hey Karen, photographer extraordinaire…..there’s a challenge for you!

Our lunch ressies were at the Liberty Tree Tavern. I thought it was so cute. My family --- not so much. I don’t know what is with them and these new experiences. I love the old colonial times. Maybe it was our server. She wasn’t bad, she just wasn’t as friendly and outgoing as most. Oh well. This is a picture of the lobby area taken from the bathroom area….

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One interesting thing that did happen is we got stuck in Splash Mountain. I don’t know what happened but I think it was like 15 minutes in the meadow scene listening to the song over and over and over again. We texted Peter that we were stuck but guess what --- no cell service in Splash Mountain….I blame the Briar Fox’s fault!

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While I was waiting in line for Ariel and Prince Eric, my 2 misfits decided to go harass Peter Pan so here’s evidence of that….

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We ended the day by going on the Jungle Cruise. I love that classic! I still haven’t ridden it in the dark, though. Maybe next time.


Sunday, September 18
Our Extra Day…….

This was a free day where we had to pick which park we would return to as we have now hit them all. Which one was picked??? Anyone???




Any Guesses????




What’s Victoria’s favorite park??


EPCOT!!!!
(It was a close one with Hollywood Studios, but Epcot won.) The morning started out with our second trip to O’hana’s. This time I think I was more into it. Our waiter Romeo was fantastic. He was outgoing, funny and very friendly!

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We took the monorail over from MK --- I think that’s is just the fastest, most convenient way to go. The character interaction was awesome, as usual!

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Epcot was as wonderful as it always is! But I think the pace of the days were getting to Peter….what do you think?

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We had 5:30pm ressies at Park Fare for our anniversary!......that’s up next!!

Victoriasmom98
10-20-2011, 01:50 PM
So, 1900 Park Fare……I really, really loved this experience last year and I even made up a special t-shirt for Victoria with Drusilla’s picture on it for this year as she is her favorite stepsister. I guess I just wasn’t in a wonderful mood this time around as I didn’t have pictures with me and anyone. First of all, it was really crowded where I was sitting and I was sitting on the bench and it was hard to get my fat butt up and around the table, so that just had me feeling fat and ugly. Also, by this time of the week I was tired of Peter not seeming to have fun. In his defense, he states he wasn’t feeling well at all by the end of the trip. What is it about being on vacation and sickness with that boy?? I did get some pictures….

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Oh yeah…..nothing was done for our anniversary there at all…..not even a lousy cupcake!!! Happy Anniversary to me, right? Oh, I know…….it’s not a guarantee…..I was just wishing for Disney magic that night.



Monday, September 19th
The saddest day of the year…..

This is the day we are heading home….Boo!!! Hiss!!! Boo!!! Hiss!!!!

We headed to Chef Mickey’s for breakfast. I had never done this one before and boy was this a treat! The food choices were excellent and the character interaction was awesome. I had snapped out of my mood on this day (although I was sad, I still wanted to enjoy my last day!) It wasn’t our anniversary anymore, but we got some Pixie Dust here….

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That was really nice! Here’s a few more pics from Chef Mickey’s….

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Oh, and here is a picture of Victoria’s new bug friend. That little guy would not let go!!! Amazing!!

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So, the un-Magical Express (as it’s known when you are leaving) picked us up about 3 hours prior to our flight and back to reality we were going. We did have 14 snack credits to use up so Victoria and I went into the gift shop to buy snacks…..14 of the darned things. We are still eating them one month later. Wow….I’ve been home for one month already. It doesn’t seem possible.

Good news is we did book the Bounceback offer for next year. This guarantees us to have the Free Dining package again without worrying about whether the package will be offered to the general public. It’s nice not to have to worry about if they will offer it or not. I read a good idea on the boards ---- to take a picture of the dining receipts and add them all up. That way you can see how much you are saving with this program. Disney is offering the refillable mug as part of the dining program in 2012. That will save me $15 per person! Those mugs certainly come in handy as we are all big soda drinkers. As much as I loved the French Quarter, we are going to be staying at the Carribean Beach Resort in 2012. It’s something different and Victoria wanted it to be her choice this time. Well, her choice would be the Polynesian, but that’s waaaaaaay out of the price range! Hopefully we will get to be in the Jamaica island as that’s an easy walk across the bridge to the Old Port Royale (where the main pool, food court, etc is). The resort is surrounding a lake, that of course you can’t swim in, but they have sand and hammocks. It looks really nice.

OH, I did get my Photopass pictures yesterday. In case you don’t remember, I took part in a photopass share where each of the participants paid $20 for their share and the organizer took care of it all. Those photopass cd’s are $150 per cd, so I thought this was awesome. It’s kind of nervewracking, though, as you send money to someone you don’t know and have to have faith that they will do everything correctly, send you your pictures and not run away with your money!! But, it was a wonderful experience. I will be sharing those pictures with you shortly. I will also be looking for another share for next year!

All in all it was a wonderful trip! Crowds were low, weather was awesome (albeit HOT!!) and it was just perfect. I will have to remember to put ponchos in the backpack because when it rained for a short time in Epcot guess where my ponchos were ---- in the hotel room!!! Good job, me! The minimum tip we left was $15, though, so instead of just making sure there was $10 in the tip envelopes, I will make sure there’s $15! I hated taking what was intended to be spending money and adding it to the tip envelope to make it the appropriate amount. I still think 18% for a family of 3 is a bit much, but I’m happy to pay it in Disney! I love having the envelopes ready prior to the trip!

So, that’s my report……ask me any questions you want as I’ll be happy to answer them!!!

Victoriasmom98
10-20-2011, 01:51 PM
ooops....double post

Victoriasmom98
10-20-2011, 02:03 PM
Here they are……the Photopass photos…of course it’s not all of them, but some of my favorites….

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10-20-2011, 02:09 PM
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Twoboysnmygirl
10-21-2011, 05:13 AM
Boo hoo, it's over! :( Your photopass pics are awesome! You got so many! I'm hoping to get more this time, I just kept forgetting last time. I'm in a photopass share, we did it last trip as well and it worked out just fine. TOTALLY worth it to save all that money! :thumbsup2

I'm glad you guys had such a magical trip, now start planning next year! WOOT! :woohoo:

Victoriasmom98
10-21-2011, 12:49 PM
Yep, the trip report is officially over. So sad......I think we got about 234 Photopass photos, so it was definitely worth the $20! Now I'll have to get some of my favorites printed off for the scrapbook. I am going to an event tomorrow and I'll be working on the Disney scrapbook. (Big surprise there, eh?) I'm also organizing a scrapbook fundraiser for the school's French Club's trip to Quebec City in April. The trip is in April and I'm hoping to host the event in February. Lots to do. Wish me luck! I'm just so excited for Victoria to go to Quebec and learn some history about her ancestors. My mother will be working with her French so she can have a better understanding as to what is being said around her. Of course the holidays are right around the corner, so I will be busy enough. Gee, after planning how many trips to Disney, don't they just plan themselves now??? :confused3 :rotfl:

Tink-erin-belle
12-02-2011, 11:53 AM
Ann, your trip looked fantastic and I'm so glad that you enjoyed yourself! Peter truly is a good sport, what with the costume and the lei on his head! :lmao: I've said it before and I'll say it again: he's a keeper! :goodvibes Victoria seemed to have a great time too! Isn't it wonderful when kids get to the point that they can stop and smell the roses? That's cool that she enjoyed learning so much in EPCOT. Now for you, young lady! You really have guts to try out for American Idol! Wow! That is so cool. I could never do that! Also, how do you get chosen to participate in so many shows? I *could* do that, but no matter how much I flail my arms about, I never get picked! :laughing: Give us your secret, Ann! Not only did you get to be in shows in Disney but in Universal too! Awesome! I'm also glad that you got to end your trip on a high note by getting some anniversary pixie dust at Chef Mickey's. That was really sweet. Your photopass pictures were great! You really did find a lot of characters! I know you can't wait to go back next year :)

-Hope-
01-01-2012, 10:03 AM
Hey, Ann! I was away from the DIS for a while and totally missed your TR! It looks amazing though, especially with you getting to participate in so many shows! :thumbsup2

I'm excited to see your PTR for next year! :goodvibes

PixieDustPrincess05
01-25-2012, 11:34 PM
Hey Ann!!!! I'm Back!!!!!!!!! Pm me if you get a chance!!!!!!