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BigTikiDaddy
09-26-2011, 10:45 PM
Okay, I need to get at this sooner then later, before I forget more and more details. My name is Brent, and this is my first attempt at a trip report.

The cast: Myself, a 37 yr old LCBO employee from Mississauga, Ontario , Canada(I sell liquor). This would be trip #5 for me

My DW Jodi, "younger then me, all that matters"her 6th or 7th trip...

DD1 Amelia, 6 years, closer to seven, her 4th trip

DD2 Audrey, 3 years, her second go at this...


Okay, really that's all we need to know...



The genesis of this trip can be traced to March 4th of this year.I was working nights, and doing what I always do the morning before work. Wasting time on the laptop. I had gotten a Disney Destination email about a Free Dining Promo and thought "meh".This was not supposed to a trip year, and had already booked my vacation time at work. It did not fall on the dining dates, so that was that. I played around with the trip booking, but did not think much of it. August 2012 was the next planned trip.

Then I got that fatefull phonecall....

Jo called to see what I was up to. (I was likely supposed to be cleaning or something to that effect.) She also had some good news: thanks to all the child care $$ we pay, we were getting a ....nice... return in our taxes! I commented on the dining promo and next thing you know, we are looking just a bit harder at it. Would it be feasible? Well would it?

By the time March Break rolled around a couple weeks later, we decided to give it a go. We set up a rough schedual based on my time off booked, and went and booked the ADRs for dining, figuring we'd book now and hope for the best. Then went off to visit Rosemarie at CAA, our preferred travel agent. She got us a nice deal based on their "Kids Stay and Play Free" promo and on March 17th, we put down the deposit. We were heading again!

I played around my options for the flight, because if you were not aware, it is stupidly expensive to fly in Canada. We wated to check our flight options from the US of A. Buffalo or Detroit? Buffalo is an hour or so away from here, Detroit roughly the same from Jo's Mom's house in Sarnia Ontario. So after much deliberation, I went with......FLINT MI!

Why Flint? Four reasons stood out. One: only an hour and a half from Sarnia, so can be close. Two: NICE prices. Three: It was a smaller airport, and Four: The flight times were very nice. (Morning Flight in, evening Flight out) By the end of May, it was all paid off, and we got most of our spending cash when the dollar rose higher then the US's meaning we saved a bit! It was all falling into place.....

twokids0204
09-27-2011, 07:38 AM
I will follow...

(which reminds me, I need to start my 2012 pre-trip report)

scott2997
09-27-2011, 08:32 AM
Sign me up Tiki! :thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
09-27-2011, 08:39 AM
Since you went to all the trouble of shamelessly plugging it on the DDC, the least I can do is follow along.

Iím in :thumbsup2

FreezinRafiki
09-27-2011, 09:37 AM
I'm in too!

BigTikiDaddy
09-27-2011, 04:03 PM
Since you went to all the trouble of shamelessly plugging it on the DDC, the least I can do is follow along.

Iím in :thumbsup2

Years of watching professional wrestling have helped me perfect the art of shameless plugs:rotfl2:

Disney Commando
09-27-2011, 05:29 PM
Brent I'm in:cool1:

BigTikiDaddy
10-05-2011, 10:51 AM
Sorry for the delay in all this, I had actually typed up some of this last week, but kinda deleted it accidently, and never had any real time to re-do it.


Day 1: (In which no Disney in involved)


The Game Plan: Head to In-Laws In Sarnia Ontario in the late morning and rest up for the early morning flight in Flint.

What Really Happened:

We did not set the alarm this morning, figuring we'd get up when we were ready, there was no rush on the day, as long as there was time to get to bed fairly early that night. I didn't need an alarm anyways, Audrey is very... routine oriented and is used to getting up around 6am for daycare, so this was no exception. So up I went and I sat with her while she played, puttered on the computer, and made sure the place stayed clean and tidy.(No mean feat when Audrey is involved). After a few hours Amelia and Jo woke up, and the three of them were off to the shower while I started to load the van up with the suitcases and carry-ons, and our overnight bag for Sarnia. We all finished up at the same time, and while they made sure all was ready , I got myself cleaned and ready to hit the road.

First stop though, was my parents. Dad just the week before had some cancer surgury with 75% of his intestine removed. The day before we were told he was being released, and we ended up getting to my parents less then 5 minutes behind them getting in. I was happy he was home, and the kids got to see him, and after short visit, headed up to Denny's for brunch (more like lunch by this point), and finally off to Sarnia, a long 2 1/2 hour drive.

After arriving, Jo and kids visited her mom and step dad, I went and had a nap for a couple of hours, being woken for an early dinner, before all going down for the night, it was a VERY Long day ahead.

BigTikiDaddy
10-05-2011, 11:18 AM
DAY 2 :

Jo and I woke up around 1:30am. Jo went down to use her parents computer for a bit making sure all the bills were paid, I stayed in the upstairs area while the kids slept a bit more, watched some tv, got myself dressed. We finally woke the kids and got them dressed, cleaned up the room, and Jo's stepdad helped see us on our way (He doesn't sleep well, so is usually up for spells in the middle of the night. We headed out around 2:30 am, stopping at Tim Hortons for my wife's coffee fix, and headed for the border.

EASIEST BORDER CROSSING EVER!!

It was nice to get to the Bluewater bridge and have no one waiting to cross. I was the navigator, Jo drives. I had pre-fed the info into the GPS, so no issues there. It was a 1 1/2 hour drive, with no traffic, kids semi-slept in the back, and I watched for deer (they are EVERYWHERE in Miichigan), and we played with the radio for background music, flipping station to station laughing about the poor quality music at 3am. Also watched a storm way in the west as we went, hoping it would not dely the flight any. At last we arrived, and found the park and fly no problems. As we parked, a shuttle bus came right up to the van and helped us load up, got the van secured and made the short drive to the terminal.

By now it was just after 4am, 3 hours till flight time. Yes, we were very early, but we were used to Toronto's chaotic long lines so waited till around 5 when the airline desk opened and got checked in. We headed to the TSA line and was waved right on over by the bored officer, and got through in minutes. We made our way to the gate and grabbed breakfast. Played the waiting game while the girls watched planes take off. Soon enough we boarded and were on our way! Flight was good, but mostly uneventfull. I got into a new book on a Ghost Investigation at the Canadian Exhibition Grounds, and made it go by fast. Girls were quite good too. Flight ended with a bit of drama, a woman 4 seats ahead of me was complaining of not feeling well and almost passed out. We waited for her to be treated by some EMS personel once we landed and were soon off the plane. Got our stroller and headed to baggage, got ours quickly (last time they were like last off the plane, this time, within the first minute of waiting. Checked in with Magical Express and the bus was there waiting! Boarded and soon we were on our way!:thumbsup2

BigTikiDaddy
10-05-2011, 12:00 PM
DAY 2 CONTINUED


Sat with Amelia on the bus, she just wanted to watch the video, I kept trying to distract her just for kicks. Stopped first at Carribean Beach and dopped off their guests, and took a service road and ended up at the POP! We never knew about the service road, and brought into perspective how close CBR was to us. Kids headed to the kids waiting area where Amelia could feed her TV additction:rotfl2: and I got into the slow.......moving....line...... holy smokes, it was never this bad previous years. Took forever to get to the check out, and by this time the girls started fighting with each other as kids do, and Amelia stayed guard of the luggage while Jo checked on our progress. I had requested the 70's earlier, the only decade we hadn't stayed in, but they had selected building three, 50's facing the lake. I decided to stay with it., "Go with the Flow", I liked the quiet area and later on proved to have an added benefit.

We unpacked and settled, letting family know we were there and safe. It was lunch time, so headed to the buses and headed to Downtown Disney. Quickly checked about the Christmas Store and headed for the Earl of Sandwich for lunch. Managed to land a seat inside , we were already noticing that it was WARM. We love the Earl, and I wanted to try the jerk chicken, I was going to last year BUT, back then they had the holiday sandwich...mmmmmmmmmmm, so this time I got what I wanted (and a cherry coke). We ate, not stuffed and wandered to the World of Disney and poked around for an hour or so, made a minor purchase that escapes me (something for the girls). We then headed to Ghiaradelli's for ice cream, again grabbbing a seat inside!:yay:. We split two banna splits for the four of us, kids got the grab bags, and we were full if not cooled off a bit. The sun was just brutal! Headed for the buses and noticed a lot more geckos then we were used to, the girls loved it. Headed back to the room and hit the pool. I was last to get in, and before I did Jo apologized....for what? She knew I hate warm pool water, and man it was warm! Not overly cooling, but we made the best of it, and swam for while, and then headed back for more rest. Headed to the food court for dinner, got our mugs and sat by the window close to the Hippy-Dippy pool, watched the sky, it was getting darker and darker, and a bit of rain. Thought I saw lightningm, and yup, people exited the pool area moments later, storm hit. Finished dinner and browsed the shop, and made our way in the rain back to the room. It was still fairly early, and we crashed for the night, it had beeen a very long day, long flight, and the heat made us weary. Plus wanted to make DHS rope drop the next morning. Fell asleep listening to the storm trail away in the distance.

Captain_Oblivious
10-05-2011, 04:08 PM
Hey Brent, found your TR and I'm in!

:woohoo: for easy border crossings and flights!

:woohoo: for Earl of Sandwich!

:headache: for long check-in lines...

BigTikiDaddy
10-14-2011, 03:19 PM
Day Three opened up with me waking up at 5am...:scared1: I guess adrenaline was going good. I snuck out of the room without waking the kids, DW kinda heard me, but she can sleep in a snap. Took the mugs out with me and walked around Hourglass Lake, and up the Generation Gap bridge as far as I could go, checking out the Art of Animation resort progess. Kinda eerie, looking right into the buildings with the lights on, seeing the hallways etc. Sauntered to the Everything POP at the 6am opening and looked around the gift shop a little, then grabbed drinks for everyone and made my way back, finally waking the family up around 7. Cereal bars for a light breakfast and showers, wanting to head out for 8 to the Studios for our first full Disney Day. Bused on over, and waited to get in. We werelet in with the masses at 8:30, where I got to experience my first ever ROPE DROP!:scared1:

The goal was simple, join the running of the bulls for TSM Fastpasses, maybe get into the line for a ride as well, and move on. We stood with the mass of humanity for a good 30 minutes with the sun already beating down, humidity on high, it was HOT. I admit never feeling anything like it before. I tried to immerse myself in the theming looking around, but all I could note was the traffic "light" was broken. The Stop sign never fully raises up. I had all the fastpasses so when we were finally let through, I went ahead and got into line for the FPs. DW caught up and watched the progress, heading to see where the line for the ride itself was when I got close to the machines. She got into line a mile or so away, and after scoring 11-12 time window, we decided to explore rather then wait in line, mainly due to an 11:30 ADR for Sci-Fi. We looked around Pixar Place and found the Woody and Buzz M&G, so went for it. (AIR CONDITIONING!!) Got our pics and Amelia was a bit shy, but Audrey jumped right in with Buzz, although she wanted nothing to do with Woody. WHile in line chatted up with another family of four with later fastpasses, and we swapped with them, since we wanted to wait till after lunch to go, and they really wanted an earlier time. (We had used FP many times before, but were not aware of the "Anytime after" policy, so we were sticking to the windows as much as possible. A CM later on explained it better to me).After Buzz and Woody, headed towards SCi Fi in a slow, round-about way, doing the Monster Inc and Cars M&Gs, passing on Phineas and Ferb for now. Made it to Sci Fi around 11, and checked in early, opting to sit out a bit in the AIR CONDITIONING, well, DW and Amelia did, I stayed outside with Audrey playing in the car out front. Finally I talked her into going in, and not long afterwards, we got seated up front, left hand side, awesome clear view of the screen. Kids got the pizza meal, DW and I got burgers, being some of the best in WDW. I got a Cherry Coke natch, Jo found out the shake was available grabbed it. Girls didn't like the pizza, rest of the meal was fantastic though, and we did eat our fill. I didn't finish my shake for dessert though, too full. After a pit stop, we headed out and grabbed FPs for Star Tours, and went to TSM. Jo kicked my butt, after doing well on my first ever ride, which kept my bragging rights in check(I got revenge though), and went to Muppets. Big test here, as Audrey cried on this last time, but she kept her glasses on, and enjoyed it!:yay: The ride phobia appears to have ended.

Back to Star Tours where I covered the stroller, looked like rain. We checked Audrey out but she was JUST too short, it was CLOSE. Headed into the gift shop while we waited for the last 10 minutes of our window to open. Jo and Amelia took round one while Audrey and I waited and browsed. She loved playing with a Darth Vader plush, I made a mental note of it. I then noted a LARGE group of lovely young ladies all wearing indentical Tshirts exiting the rides, with a cameraman in tow. At first I thoought large wedding party/bridal shower till I read the shirts: Miss USA or Miss America contestants! (I did not have camera ready, sorry), they must have been filming a segment for it. Jo and Amelia came out after and we swapped. Since Audrey couldn't ride, I took Amelia (she won big time with this system), and like the new queue, spotted Captain Rex and the voice talents of Patrick Warburton. We had the Admiral Ackbar opening (No it's a trap!?!), Hoth and Courasent, and loved it. Amelia had a blast, as her BFF introduced her to Star Wars, even if she hadn't seen the movies yet other then snippets. We got the girls their Darth Vader plushes, and a birthday gift for Amelia's BFF. Headed towards the animation building, we wanted to seee the characters that show up in the late pm (training shifts). First we stopped at the Great Movie Ride, and lined up, it was only a 15 minute wait. They were running two lines, but it moved very fast. I asked the CM if they were running the cowboy senario, as we have always rode gangster, and as it turned out the other queue was riding that, but they let us by with that group, and we got to see it at last!:woohoo:

In Part 2, we'll see what else happens! Rain! Pain! Characters! OH MY!

BigTikiDaddy
10-14-2011, 03:23 PM
Does anyone know how to update the thread title? Sorry for being DISignorant:lmao:

BigTikiDaddy
10-14-2011, 03:29 PM
Hey Brent, found your TR and I'm in!

:woohoo: for easy border crossings and flights!

:woohoo: for Earl of Sandwich!

:headache: for long check-in lines...

God Bless the Earl. I want back in the holiday season for the Holiday Feast Sandwich though:woohoo:

I have never seen the lines so nuts though. I had to go to the check-in in order to correct an issue they left a message about the fridge, it took me 30 minutes of lines to get through, 1 minute to correct! Check out was worse, but the manager was trying to intercept folks from adding to the lines for no good reason, and since I didn't charge anything to my room, was tld I was good to go without waiting. whew.

twokids0204
10-14-2011, 04:44 PM
Does anyone know how to update the thread title? Sorry for being DISignorant:lmao:

Sounds like you had a blast.

We are going the same week next year (and last year). I am starting to worry about the heat, I am trying to talk DW into changing our trip to last weekend of September (ending on the CDN Thanksgiving) but so far she wants nothing to do with that. She doesn't want to pull the kids from grades 3 and 5.

Anyways, to update the title, just edit post 1, then hit the GO ADVANCED button.

BigTikiDaddy
10-14-2011, 11:43 PM
Sounds like you had a blast.

We are going the same week next year (and last year). I am starting to worry about the heat, I am trying to talk DW into changing our trip to last weekend of September (ending on the CDN Thanksgiving) but so far she wants nothing to do with that. She doesn't want to pull the kids from grades 3 and 5.

Anyways, to update the title, just edit post 1, then hit the GO ADVANCED button.

It worked, much thanks....

Yeah, we are pretty sure the next trip, when it happens, will be October again, maybe Thanksgiving weekend. We are reluctant with Amelia's struggles, but if she pulls through like it seems to be happening, then it shouldn't be an issue. She'd be in 3, Audrey in Junior Kindergarden..

keholman15
10-15-2011, 03:01 AM
I AM HERE NOW:goodvibeshttp://*******************/adminfs/images/2.gif

BigTikiDaddy
10-15-2011, 10:24 PM
I AM HERE NOW:goodvibeshttp://*******************/adminfs/images/2.gif

Glad to have you aboard!

BigTikiDaddy
10-15-2011, 11:11 PM
Here are a few pics that relate with the previous posts...

Sign says it all....

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2066.jpg


I was wrong about the sign/stoplight, GO does not work
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2112.jpg

Amelia is not sure which one is Stinky Pete
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2121.jpg

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2153.jpg

Not sure which is better...Ducky MoMo or the Giant Floating Baby Head in the background..
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2156.jpg

I didn't realize at the time I had two huge Star Wars fans...
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2172.jpg

Audrey holding "The" Darth Vader
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2190.jpg

twokids0204
10-15-2011, 11:16 PM
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e34/Bigtikidaddy/100_2153.jpg



Nice pics Brent.

Where's they move Lightning and Mater, last time I saw them they were at the Garage in Radiator Springs.

http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww325/bblatt71/cars.jpg

BigTikiDaddy
10-15-2011, 11:28 PM
Nice pics Brent.

Where's they move Lightning and Mater, last time I saw them they were at the Garage in Radiator Springs.

http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww325/bblatt71/cars.jpg

It's pretty close to the same place, closer to the Stunt Show, right around the corner from Mike and Sully. Last time I saw them, there was no backdrop, and I'm bad at finding my way around that area of the Studios.

**UPON FURTHER REVIEW** I think it's the same place, new backdrop, for Cars 2

BigTikiDaddy
01-31-2012, 12:12 AM
Okay, let's get this back on track here, it's only been 3-4 months, things get sidetracked, what can I say? This might lack a few details, I have a sometimes spotty memory, and am using my pictures to fill in the gaps.


After leaving the GMR, we headed towards the animation courtyard, our goal to see if there'd be any "bonus" characters there, as we had heard do show up from time to time.We lucked out as lots were there to see, and we lined up for Pinnoccio and Geppetto, Chip and Dale, Hook and Smee, Mary Poppins and the Penguins, Stitch, Pluto, Goofy and Minnie, on top of Winnie the Pooh and the Incredibles. Kids loaded up their autograph books, and we had a lot of fun. As it turns out, these appearances at the courtyard (or, so we are told) are "training sessions" for new employees etc, and if so let me tell you this: The CMs playing Pinnoccio and Geppetto should be locked in long term, they had EVERYONE in stitches with their antics, just brilliant. (I made sure to comment to the handler afterwards). I then oversaw the girls running around while Jo tried the drawing session, and did quite good with Stitch. We then headed out to check out the ToT, and I really noticed a discomfort walking, all thanks to a heat rash. Just lovely. We pressed on, to get rained on good. We donned the ponchos and waited while DW tried ToT. It wasd starting to get dark now, and the original plan was to check out how bad TSM was now that Fantasmic was lining up, and the rain, but I vetoed it wanting to get back before I ripped my legs to shreads. We went back to the POP, and grabbed dinner at the food court, and crashed for the night. I brought my "rash gear" just in case and got it treated. (This was the only time the heat gave me issues, never an issue after this :woohoo: )

All and all, it was a good day, the first time we started out the trip NOT at MK. We noted what we missed (Phineas and Ferb, RnR) and we could plan our second day there accordingly.

BigTikiDaddy
01-31-2012, 12:15 AM
Hopefully really soon (just not tonight) I will get to Day 4, where we get to our only day at Animal Kingdom, and we learn that Brent v.s. Rain is not an even matchup :headache:

BigTikiDaddy
02-01-2012, 04:13 PM
Something I forgot to mention in earlier posts : Since comming off the plane, DW discovered that her feet had swollen and were rubbing on her well-worn Crocs, causing blisters. This essentially created an issue wiuth blisters on all the shoes she brought with her, which we treated daily with band-aids (Mickey ones of course), and moleskin. Every trip she ends up with shoe issues. (And oddly enough, every trip she gets a new pair of Mickey footware oddly enough :lmao:)

We got up with the alarm today, and got ourselves together early to head out to AK for an early ADR at Tusker House, our favorite breakfast place hands down. On our way to the bus the girls had a blast watching the rabbits and lizards running around. My leg was a little tender still, but a lot better, and by noon ant discomfort was gone :thumbsup2. We made good time and caught an empty bus to AK and were there by 7:30am, and only waited 15 mins before we were let in, giving us time to stroll through the gardens and towards Tusker. It was a real steamy morning too, already sweating despite the early morning. We parked and secured the stroller (rain cover) and got our picture with Donald, then got seated. Breakfast was great as always, I ate my $$ worth in blintzes alone :goodvibes We opted not to buy the picture this time, we did last year, and that was enough. Quite full, we headed to the Safari and it was pretty much walk-on so we did.

This was a great tour this time round, the animals were all out, the giraffes quite active running across the plain, right in front of us. Afterwards we did the Jungle Trek and stayed in the area deciding to hit the train to the conservation station, a first for the girls, and something Jo and I hadn't done since 2003. After a short train ride we went to the building to bask in it's Air Condtioned glory. We explored the various exhibits and the girls got more meet & greet time with Jiminy Cricket, Pocohantas, Rafiki and Meeko. We lucked out and the vets were doing a biopsy on a duck's liver today so watched the surgery. Amelia was anxious foir Everest so we grabbed some water and headed back. By now the heat was horrendous. I ran ahead and got fastpasses for Everest and we did the Tiger Trail, then grabbed lunch at Yak and Yeti, we lucked out and grabbed a shaded table, and ate. Audrey had retreated to the stroller in time for some rain, so while Jo and Amelia rode Everest I stayed with her in the gift shop, and she soon passed out for a nap. I noted she loved a toy train with Mickey and the Yeti and played with ot before sleep came. I showed it to Jo and swapped with her taking Amelia on Everest. I asked for and got the front train. And loved it. We likely annoyed other folks with our chant "We're Ready, For Spagetti, with the Yeti" but we had fun with it. We got off and Jo had gotten the train for Audrey and a ride pic with her and Amelia that was priceless, Amelia looked awesome screaming. Rain had stopped so headed back outtowards dino world, but we were getting cranky with the heat so decided to do Camp Minnie-Mickey for a character check and maybe Lion King. We hopped in ands out of shops along the way to cool off, and before we got to the trail to MinnieMickey, it started to rain HARD.

So here it is pouring and everyone gears up for the rain. Everyone that is, EXCEPT me, who thinks it'll go away fast. I walk right out there and got soaked. We realized at this point, it wasn't a brief shower but a real storm so we gave up here and headed to the busses. (Some thunder and lightning helped convince me too)I was drenched here bad :lmao: The busses to the POP were delayed and the storm drove a lot of people out of AK (parade was cancelled) so there was a huge crowd waiting. We got back though and got into dry clothes and relaxed for a few hours before heading out to an 8pm ADR for Chef Mickeys...I switched to my crocs as my shoes were soaked through.

But Mother Nature had one more surprise in store for us.... as we will find out later...

to be continued

BigTikiDaddy
02-13-2012, 11:47 AM
Okay, so we took a bit of time and got rested up and dried from our AK adventure. By 6 we were out the door again, ditched the stroller and headed off to the MK bus. No need for a stroller this time, no parks, just dinner at Chef Mickeys. Not too many people on the bus, surprising that more people wen't out and about due to the break in the storm. But rain did keep comming on/off, so who knows. We decided to get get the Monorail from MK and go to the Poly for a bit, too show the girls, but were stopped as the Monorails were down, no reason was given. There was one in the station, and one stopped down the line. So we got onto a line and took the small boats to the Poly instead. We hadn;t ridden this for years now. Got to the Poly, but only rushed through the resort as time was an issue now that no Monorails were running, and we had to get to the Contemporary for dinner. Looked around the gift shop and the lobby and went to talk to the CM out front. Turns out lightning hit the rails putting the system down with no idea when it;d be back running. The wait for the boats was LONG now, and bussing it would take time.

I should point out now, every trip we've done, we have instituted a budget per day. It's what we bring with us each day, and that's it. If there is cash left over, then it rolls into the next day's budget, etc, this way we don't blow anything etc, and no money issues. We do have a generous daily budget, that works well, we never actually use it up, and at this point, hadn;t even hit into that days spending cash, still using the surplus funds, (Dining plan helps a LOT)

So, they went and got us a taxi, and we zoomed over to the Contemp quickly, with a bit of time to spare. Dinner was supposed to be 7:05. We checked in and wandered the area, looking around, never have been here before. Looked around the gift shops etc, and sat and waited by a window looking out at the MK, watching another rainstorm. There was Monorail Red sitting there where it stalled. Sat there the whole time too. Still waiting. Well past our time now, and a lot more people were impaitent too, waiting over an hour (!). A woman came around with fruit and water for those waiting, and apparently what happened was a lot of people were late for their ADRs because the Monorail was down, and because this was almost an "Act Of God", they were trying to get everyone fit in. (((As an aside though, this is why we always go early, try to get 1/2 hour - 20 minutes early to ours, just in case something happpens. Too many figure get there right on time works, to each their own, no big deal))) We didn;t fare too badly, only 35 minutes past our time, only the second time ever we had to wait past our ADR time, heck, some times we got seated early!) All was good.

Dinner was Okay, some of the kids around us were a bit rowdy, ours were fairly quiet (tired), the restraunt was noisy, characters good, the poor staff frazzled from night. I always had ginger ale in front of me, no empty glass. Food was okay, tried lots. They started to close the sundae bar a bit early though, cleaned it all up after we used it, but they were still seating people close to 9! Including a young family beside us as we were geting ready to leave. We were tired but full and content, walked to the MK and grabbed the busses, but could not QUITE beat the post-fireworks rush, but were mostly ahead of it. Got home and Audrey crashed right away, Amelia and I had a quick pool dip, watching lightning way off in the distance, and at 10:30, we crashed too. Tomorrow was a big day, with a Magic Kingdom marathon planned :thumbsup2

BigTikiDaddy
02-28-2012, 04:21 PM
The next day opened up the usual way, with me waking before everyone else. Instead of the "can't wait to get going" attitude I usually had, this time it was something more on my mind. My shoes, which had been soaked through the day before. I checked on them, and they were still wet. :headache: I did not want to go a whole day in crocs, so I needed to come up with something, and the hair dryer would wake everyone, so I gathered up some damp stuff and headed out to the laundry, DW had woken and went back to sleep. It was really early, around 6:30-7, but just my luck the rules posted said "NO SHOES". :headache:

That is when I decided to do something bad, I put them in anyways. :sad2: I wrapped them up in the other clothes first, to minimize the banging and put them through. I let it go about 15 minutes but felt way too guilty about it and stopped. They did get warmed up good and it did help a bit, but I still had damp shoes, but I had to come up with another plan, I did not want to break the dryer or anything like that, so went back defeated, but soon had another idea. No one was up yet, so I grabbed an extra pair of socks and went for a walk, two pairs of socks on, and with my weight, managed to absorb most of the water left into the socks!:cool1: I grabbed drinks for all and got back to the room, everyone started stiring. We git ourselves together and headed out to the Magic Kingdom (at last!) This is the first time we've waited this long to get there. No breakfast per-say, the girls had some cereal bars and drink before we headed out. Also, for Jo's request, we all wore somewhat matching outfits, purple plaid shirts :rolleyes:

We arrived just after opening, and headed to the lockers, I had a backpack of clothes etc to store just in case of rain again :thumbsup2 We then entered through the right gate, and man did it feel right :goodvibes

First stop was to Exposition Hall, went up to the fastpass machines and grabbed some For both Mickey and the Princesses. For some reason at this point, I had the girls and we wandered to Main Street itself where I learned a minor mystery with Audrey. So far, she's asked a couple times a day when we were headed to Disney World. ??? We kept telling her we were there, but she's 3, there is bound to be some confusion:confused3 Now that she could see the castle, she yelled out "Disney World! We're at Disney World" "Look Daddy, Amelia, DisneyWorld!" She associated the castle with Disney from the year prior, ah-ha! We headed to the Main Street Bakery for cinnamon buns and chocolate milk, then back for the meet & greet. Met with both Mickey and Minnie, then Cinderella, Belle and Aurora.

Gotta stop here, gotta run out the door for a while...

BigTikiDaddy
03-26-2012, 11:02 AM
Will try to update this week, still really busy