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Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 03:21 PM
Hey all! Welcome to our Trip Report!



If you are wondering who “We” are well I will introduce my clan then I will let my travel partner introduce her clan


My half of the travel party is:


Me, Natalie a 35 year old single mom of 3 (my 17 year old won’t go to Disney with us anymore though) I am the planner of all things Disney and I get as much joy out of planning the trip as I do in going on the trip, in fact I think I am always working on planning a trip (even when I am in the world)


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h387/MickeyTinkMom/2011%20TR%20day%201/27.jpg



Eryka my 9 year old daughter (last year as a child at Disney) She enjoys going to Disney mainly for the coasters and I think in a couple of years she will be like my son and won’t want to go anymore :sad1:


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h387/MickeyTinkMom/2011%20TR%20day%201/25.jpg



Emma my 7 year old and baby of the family. Em loves Disney as much as I do and she tells me she will always be my Disney travel partner! Her first love is the Monorail and must have monorail toys and ride the monorail as much as possible!


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h387/MickeyTinkMom/2011%20TR%20day%201/8.jpg

Now how this trip got started. Tracy and I met in the Disboards but although we lived 45 minutes away from each other we had never met before. We went to Disney in 2010 a week apart because she wouldn’t move her trip to the same time as mine :confused3


I started planning my 2011 trip and she was following along on my PTR
One day I got a Facebook message that she had talked George into letting her go with the 2 kids at the same time as me!!!!


I was very excited to have another adult along on the trip and some kids to keep my kids company as well.


So we started planning our joint trip and you can read all about it in the PTR if you want (link in my signature)



The dates for our trip were September 23 – October 3
We stayed at Pop Century and requested joint rooms, building 3 and lake side and We flew Southwest out of Buffalo



I hope we have lots of readers to follow us along on our adventures!!!!

Mickey_Mom
10-10-2011, 03:23 PM
Hello and welcome to our Spookacular Trip Report! Glad to have you along!

One day, the DH and I were chit chatting and I jokingly (well half jokingly anyway) told him that I would love to join my friend Natalie and her girls on their trip to Disney in September. I’d just come back from a solo trip to Disney with the Spectrum Mom’s in January and a family Christmas trip in November. Much to my utter shock, he replied that I should go. I think it took me about 7.2 seconds to grab my phone and text Natalie that George was OK with us going and the planning began!

Here are my Cast of Characters:


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Ariana – DD15

Ariana adores anything and everything to do with Disney, especially the Princesses. Her favorite park is Magic Kingdom and her favorite character is Snow White. Ariana was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and struggles with communication, attentiveness and sitting still. She tends to wander and has little sense of the danger of being away from her family - if she sees something she wants, she just goes for it. She had her 15th birthday on the trip!


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h387/MickeyTinkMom/2011%20TR%20day%201/2011_10020005.jpg

Demetri – DS6

Demetri loves our Disney trips and is always asking how soon until the next one. His favorite park is Magic Kingdom and his favorite character is Lightning McQueen. Demetri has an abundance of energy that he struggles to contain and wants to know the reason for how everything works which makes him ask a zillion questions all day long! He was thrilled to be tall enough this year for the one ride he’s been dying to go on – Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster.


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Me (Tracy)

(Yes this is a picture from a previous trip. As the chief picture-taker in my family there are very few pictures of me and even less that I like!) This was my first family trip leaving DH and my eldest (Alex – DS16) behind. My favorite park makes it a clean sweep for Magic Kingdom and my favorite character is Johnny Depp, er … Jack Sparrow. I didn’t anticipate how challenging it would be to keep watch over both Ariana and Demetri but I was really looking forward to this Halloween trip that would be a do-over of sorts. Our 2007 Halloween trip was wonderful but it was pre-DIS and we lost most of the photos and video we took.


We had ambitious wish lists to conquer but 11 days to do it in…. did we find that balance of accomplishments versus relaxation? Hope you continue to read along to find out!

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 03:23 PM
Natalie's Intro (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42904651&postcount=1)
Tracy's Intro (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42904672&postcount=2)
Travel Day - Natalie's Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42948746&postcount=38)
Travel Day - Tracy's Morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42948751&postcount=39)
The Rest of Travel day part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42948807&postcount=40)
Rest of Travel day part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42948835&postcount=41)
Ready, Set, Splash! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43014054&postcount=76)
Ready, Set, Splash! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43014068&postcount=77)
Ready, Set, Splash! Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43014085&postcount=78)
Ready, Set, Splash! Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43014099&postcount=79)
A Barrel of Laughs Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43052575&postcount=102)
A Barrel of Laughs Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43052618&postcount=103)
A Barrel of Laughs Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43052633&postcount=104)
A Barrel of Laughs Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43052659&postcount=105)
A Barrel of Laughs Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43052682&postcount=106)
I'm just a little black rain cloud Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43087535&postcount=130)
I'm just a little black rain cloud Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43087550&postcount=131)
I'm just a little black rain cloud Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43087566&postcount=132)
I'm just a little black rain cloud Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43087573&postcount=133)
Day 1 list (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43087731&postcount=134)
Tusker House Breakfast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43188834&postcount=170)
Rest of AK day Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221579&postcount=185)
Rest of AK day Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221598&postcount=186)
Rest of AK day Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221613&postcount=187)
Rest of AK day Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221625&postcount=188)
Rest of AK day Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221648&postcount=189)
Rest of AK day Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43221664&postcount=190)
Toy Story (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43306971&postcount=222)
One Man's Dream (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43314290&postcount=229)
Beauty and the Beast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43322904&postcount=236)
RnR & ToT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43329239&postcount=243)
Star Tours (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43334965&postcount=246)
1900 Park Fare (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43337909&postcount=250)
End of DHS day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43345670&postcount=258)
Resort Pool Time (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43449317&postcount=274)
Dinner at CRT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43470778&postcount=287)
Dwarfs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43493552&postcount=297)
MNSSHP #1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43500644&postcount=302)
Ariana's B-day and Soarin (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43568274&postcount=326)
Nemo (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43583903&postcount=334)
Character Spot and Proposal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43704283&postcount=349)
Test Track (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43746327&postcount=360)
Spaceship Earth (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43879158&postcount=373)
Grand Fiesta (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43933944&postcount=379)
Chef Mickey's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43997578&postcount=385)
DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44072626&postcount=396)
TSM (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=44289690&postcount=422)

TanzUnited99
10-10-2011, 03:36 PM
Yay you started your joint TR! :cool1:

Great title and intos - looking forward to reading more!

MRYPPNS
10-10-2011, 04:10 PM
:yay: HI!

wdwgirl03
10-10-2011, 04:31 PM
Also joining in.

Mombits
10-10-2011, 04:42 PM
Subbed!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Our Gawrsh Darn Spooktacular Halloween TR???

I thought we were in agreement on "Two Crazy Canadians Halloween Spooktacular" as the title of the Trip Report! By in agreement I mean, I mentioned it and naturally assumed you would think it was the best title ever and would be using it.

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 05:01 PM
Yay you started your joint TR! :cool1:

Great title and intos - looking forward to reading more!

:yay: HI!

Also joining in.

Subbed!

:welcome: glad you all could make it!!!

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 05:03 PM
Our Gawrsh Darn Spooktacular Halloween TR???

I thought we were in agreement on "Two Crazy Canadians Halloween Spooktacular" as the title of the Trip Report! By in agreement I mean, I mentioned it and naturally assumed you would think it was the best title ever and would be using it.

we used part of it, I thought it was a compromise

Also there were more than 2 crazy Canadians on this trip so your title wouldn't have worked ;)

WDWCP96
10-10-2011, 05:07 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to read more about it!

Mickey_Mom
10-10-2011, 05:12 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to read more about it!

Welcome! :welcome: and hello to everyone else, glad you're all here!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-10-2011, 05:14 PM
we used part of it, I thought it was a compromise

Also there were more than 2 crazy Canadians on this trip so your title wouldn't have worked ;)

You are correct, now that I think of it I proposed 2 crazy Canadian chicks halloween spooktacular. But it was more than just you two. Not sure how to fit families into my title, so I guess I will accept your compromise.

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 05:15 PM
You are correct, now that I think of it I proposed 2 crazy Canadian chicks halloween spooktacular. But it was more than just you two. Not sure how to fit families into my title, so I guess I will accept your compromise.

well thank you, I am glad we could come to an amicable agreement

Lady Lallie
10-10-2011, 06:21 PM
I'm excited to hear all about your trip, I really liked your facebook updates Tracy!

Angies1274
10-10-2011, 06:29 PM
Joining in!:goodvibes Looking forward to reading all about your trip.:thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 07:49 PM
I'm excited to hear all about your trip, I really liked your facebook updates Tracy!

She made sure to keep up on those, should have seen her the day her phone died :rotfl2:

Joining in!:goodvibes Looking forward to reading all about your trip.:thumbsup2

We are looking forward to telling you about them!!!

jenseib
10-10-2011, 08:19 PM
I can't wait to read this. I bet you had such a good time. but I bet you also were quite tired by the end.

Our Gawrsh Darn Spooktacular Halloween TR???

I thought we were in agreement on "Two Crazy Canadians Halloween Spooktacular" as the title of the Trip Report! By in agreement I mean, I mentioned it and naturally assumed you would think it was the best title ever and would be using it.

:rotfl2:

When it comes time to write my next PTR, I might have you give me a few suggestions.....And by the way, I did book my next trip today.. :banana:....It's over a year away though. :headache:

Tinkermom76
10-10-2011, 08:29 PM
I can't wait to read this. I bet you had such a good time. but I bet you also were quite tired by the end.

:rotfl2:


When it comes time to write my next PTR, I might have you give me a few suggestions.....And by the way, I did book my next trip today.. :banana:....It's over a year away though. :headache:

Tired????? :faint: Us never :rotfl2:

Over a year :sad: I'm sure you will find a way to get another trip in before that popcorn::

Mickey_Mom
10-10-2011, 08:46 PM
She made sure to keep up on those, should have seen her the day her phone died :rotfl2:

:sad1: I was so annoyed when it died -- how is that possible when it'd charged all night?! That and the day I filled up the album.... :rolleyes1

irish dancer
10-10-2011, 10:08 PM
Well I didn't make page 1 but I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip. I followed along on FB and loved the updates and photos. I so want to go sometime again at this time of year but will live vicariously through your trip.

IheartDDuck
10-10-2011, 10:08 PM
Yay! I can't wait to hear about your joint trip!

wdwgirl03
10-11-2011, 07:27 AM
Joining in!:goodvibes Looking forward to reading all about your trip.:thumbsup2

Hey Angie, from the looks of your ticker we might be overlapping in April!

(OK, sorry for hijacking Tracy! :)) :flower3:

Mickey_Mom
10-11-2011, 07:41 AM
Well I didn't make page 1 but I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip. I followed along on FB and loved the updates and photos. I so want to go sometime again at this time of year but will live vicariously through your trip.

Hi Anne Marie! :wave: Thanks for joining in!

Yay! I can't wait to hear about your joint trip!

:welcome: Welcome aboard!

Hey Angie, from the looks of your ticker we might be overlapping in April!

(OK, sorry for hijacking Tracy! :)) :flower3:

:laughing: Hijack away Sarah! Anytime :teeth:

DisMomAmy
10-11-2011, 03:40 PM
I'm here!!! :wave:

Chuckling a little bit to hear that relaxation was on the agenda... I can't imagine a vacation with my two kids & no DH that would involve relaxation! :laughing:

Mickey_Mom
10-11-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm here!!! :wave:

Chuckling a little bit to hear that relaxation was on the agenda... I can't imagine a vacation with my two kids & no DH that would involve relaxation! :laughing:

Hi Amy! :welcome: Just wait for the Space Mountain "incident" :eek:

flamestarrdust
10-11-2011, 04:38 PM
Joining in!

Tinkermom76
10-11-2011, 04:47 PM
Joining in!

:welcome:

Kathy Jetson
10-12-2011, 01:12 AM
I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about it!popcorn::

Mickey_Mom
10-12-2011, 09:26 AM
I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about it!popcorn::

Hello! :welcome:

mousescrapper
10-13-2011, 05:22 PM
Ok I'm "here" but please don't start updating till after the 20th :laughing: looking forward to hearing all about this 2 kid/Mom adventure as I can see myself doing somenting similar in the future too


and a Space mt incident...rah-ro

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 08:10 AM
Ok I'm "here" but please don't start updating till after the 20th :laughing: looking forward to hearing all about this 2 kid/Mom adventure as I can see myself doing somenting similar in the future too


and a Space mt incident...rah-ro

I can't let Tracy wait till the 20th or we will end up like her TR from last December :scared1:

I'm sure we won't get to the Space Mt incident till you are back :rolleyes:

brookelizabeth
10-14-2011, 02:46 PM
I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about it!

:welcome:

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 05:16 PM
Hey everyone thanks for joining in!!!! We are hoping to get the travel day posted tonight or tomorrow so we can get rolling

I called Southwest today about my travel voucher and apparently they can not extend the dates for me so I have $300 in vouchers I need to use before Oct 3 2012 and since I was not planning on taking the kids till after that I either have to use it or lose it.

This got me thinking that I would love to go for my birthday but now I have to try to talk one of my friends into going with me cause I really don`t want to go alone

Wish me luck

Grumpy_mom
10-14-2011, 06:35 PM
Cool hat Demetri. Did you get you hat at the park?

Mickey_Mom
10-14-2011, 07:57 PM
Wish me luck

Luck!! Wish I could do it but I'm plotting my own use out of those travel credits. ;)

Cool hat Demetri. Did you get you hat at the park?

Isn't that hysterical? We didn't buy the hat but sure had a lot of fun trying it on. :rotfl: It's from one of the Main Street MK shops.

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 08:26 PM
Day 1 (Sept 23)


Travel Day


I woke up bright and early this morning and was so excited to be off to my happy place! I set my alarm for 6am and got up and had my shower. I went to Timmies to get coffee for me and my brother since he was driving us to Tracy’s.



I couldn’t believe my kids were still sleeping at 7am so I woke them up. If I was excited, they were going to be excited too!


After the girls got up, got dressed and had breakfast I took a last look around to make sure I had everything. I went to Timmies to get coffee for me and my brother since he was driving us to Tracy’s.


I packed all the bags in the car and we left just after 8am.


I got to Tracy’s house around 9am and got all my bags out of the car and got them in the van. It was at this point I realized I forgot the stroller. Oh well I will figure it out later.

Mickey_Mom
10-14-2011, 08:27 PM
The night before our trip, I was doing last minute packing. The kids were showered up and in bed and Alex was helping me by printing off our boarding passes and some do it yourself window clings. I’d found on the DIS a couple of cute Halloween themed Mickey heads that I put the kids names on, a fabulous 999 Happy Haunts with the hitchhiking ghosts and even found a Red Queen one I put Natalie’s name on to surprise her.

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I happily made it through the last of the items on my to-do list and it was only just approaching 10pm! With only my carry on bag left to finish up, I started to stack up the window clings and immediately realized that while Alex had carefully checked the first one he printed, he hadn’t on the others and they’d printed on the wrong side. When I stacked them, the ink all ran together and the whole lot was ruined. My fault for leaving it to the last minute, I had no other sheets to reprint them. Mental note for next trip: don’t leave anything to do on the night before. :headache:

We had two suitcases that were now at the front door and three carry ons. On our last two trips, Ariana had become stressed when she didn’t immediately get her Tink suitcase upon arrival. She’d get so preoccupied that she’d constantly ask for it and it made for a somewhat less than enjoyable arrival, so this trip I planned to use it as her carry on so she’d always have it with her.

Demetri had one too and in them they had bathing suits and towels to go swimming right away, jammies in case our luggage arrived late and the airplane activity books I’d made for them. It proved to be a little much through airport security and Demetri needed reminders to keep it with him and wheel it properly. Mental note for next trip: don’t give each kid a carry on – one will do.

For once, my sleep was not bad at all and I woke up in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. :hyper: The kids only needed telling once that it was time to get up and with the last of the items packed away, we said our goodbyes to Alex as he was off to school. Wah! :sad:

Natalie and the girls arrived and my hubby loaded up the van with all our stuff. We were so organized and on the ball that we were ahead of schedule and decided to hit the road. A last goodbye to my hubby and we were off! First stop --- Tim Hortons! Gotta have that last Canadian coffee staple before going without it for the next 11 days!

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 08:34 PM
We got to the border around 11am and the lines were a little backed up. I remember all of us rocking out to Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You” while we slowly creeped up to the booths and searched for the shortest lines to get there.

I was very surprised neither of us was asked for travel letters or custody papers with taking the kids across, but they could probably see when they scanned our passports the multiple trips to Florida. :lmao:


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After that William (the name I gave my GPS) led us nicely to the airport and we found a spot in the Long Term B lot.



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Right away there was a shuttle there and the kids were in a big rush to get on it so we had to hurry and get the bags out and on the shuttle. Maybe they were starting to get excited!


As convenient as it was to have the shuttle right there waiting for us - though I’d done a quick scan of the van to make sure we had everything, it was too quick and I ended up leaving my glasses behind. Doh!


We got to the terminal and we both already had our boarding passes so all we had to do was check our bags. Going through security was fairly easy for me and the girls. They are in charge of their shoes and jackets and I have the rest.


It wasn’t too bad for us at security either. Demetri was chitchatting with the guard who was going over our passports and I remember looking over my shoulder at Natalie and the girls in the other line who’d already gone thru. Nice to get a chatty guard as opposed to a sourpuss but let’s go already shall we?!


After security I was on a mission. I love the breakfast sandwich at Which Wich and I was praying that even though it was after noon I would still be able to get it, well I DID and it was so good!!! Now I know I can order it any time of the day so I won’t worry about flight times.


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After we’d eaten our lunches, the kids were anxious to head over to the gate while I was quite content sitting at the table for a bit longer. To quiet and calm all of them I brought up the timer on my phone and said whoever can stay absolutely silent for a full 5 minutes will get a prize. Lo and behold, they all won! I couldn’t actually do anything with my phone in those 5 minutes though because they wanted to watch the timer go down – oh well it was quiet anyway!


Our gate was right across from Which Wich and the kids wasted no time getting to the play area.


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It wasn’t too long before our plane arrived.


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We boarded the plane and were in rows beside each other. Demetri wanted to sit with Emma and me so Eryka sat with Tracy and Ariana.


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For those of you that remember from our PTR, I’ve gotten air sickness on the last few trips I’ve taken. For this trip I’d found non drowsy chewable Ginger Gravol lozenges. Though they’re not the best tasting, I’m happy to report they worked beautifully and I had no nausea at all!


The flight was pretty uneventful and I was very excited when we landed in Orlando. I always look out the window for Disney World but I can never find it :sad:


I got off the plane and Tracy had to wait for her stroller so I got a good pic of them coming into the airport.


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Where were the balloons and streamers and confetti? Didn’t they know we had ARRIVED?! :banana:


We made our way over to the mini monorail and to the next terminal.



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Notice the Lady stuffy that Demetri has? Take a good look; she won’t put in any more appearances for the rest of the trip. :sad:


We found our way down to the Magical Express and I couldn’t believe the area was empty.


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We hopped on a bus at 5:35pm. The bus was almost empty and we waited for a few more people before we left. The bus left the airport at 5:55 and we pulled into Pop at 6:30pm.



I tried to get the WDW arch pic but it was raining and I was a few rows back so there was no hope. One day I will sit up front and get it.

Tinkermom76
10-14-2011, 08:37 PM
We arrived at Pop and headed in and the kids went off to play in the TV room. There was no one in either line to check in but we’d checked in online so we headed there.


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We checked in together since we had linked our reservations and were hoping for joining rooms. Well we lucked out because we were given joining rooms (requested) in building 3 (requested) on the lake side (requested). I got room 3320 and Tracy got room 3321. They gave us our room keys and packages and birthday buttons and we were done.



Great line mojo we had going so far. Ariana’s birthday button was cute with the mickey head dotting the “I” but it proved to be a difficult thing for most people to read and I changed it as the week went on.


I tried to get a pic of Emma’s birthday button but for some reason I couldn’t get a good one so I figured it was the lighting and I would get one later.


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Now the plan for this day was to eat and swim, but since it was raining we had to change our plans so we started with going to the room and taking some pics before going to eat. We got to the room and I started taking pics but they weren’t turning out very good.


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Then I figured it out, my flash was broken and wouldn’t stay up so the flash wouldn’t flash. Great now how was I going to fix this. I looked around and saw the Kleenex box (light bulb) I folded up a tissue and stuck it underneath the flash so it would stay up and it worked!!! It might look silly but it works and that’s all that matters!

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Entering my room, the kids were going bonkers running around everywhere and I snapped one or two pictures off before casually asking Demetri where Lady was.



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After our Lady and the Tramp movie night, Demetri had grown very fond of our Lady stuffy, even making a bed for her out of a cardboard box to keep in his room. Well after a moment or two of wide eyed wonder on his face, he realized he didn’t have her anymore and she’d been left on the Magical Express bus. The next twenty minutes was spent calling the front desk and being transferred many, many times before creating a claim to try and recover Lady from the ME bus. (Sadly, she wasn’t turned in and didn’t come home with us. I think for Christmas I will buy him a new Lady stuffy and wrap her in a hat box with a bow under the tree.)


After all that we made our way to Everything Pop for some dinner. I had been waiting all day to try the Mom’s night out meatloaf and I have to say it was ok but I was not in a rush to try it again.


I didn’t know what I was going to have until I was standing in the food court. In the end I chose the nachos and cheese which was pretty boring. Demetri ended up eating some of Natalie’s green beans after his chicken nugget kids meal.


After we ate we headed back to the room and hoped our luggage had arrived so we could unpack, unfortunately it hadn’t. Shortly after we got there though, there was a knock on the door and we each got one of our suitcases so we started unpacking. Shortly after that there was another knock and the rest of our luggage had arrived.
We unpacked all our stuff and decorated our windows.


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Natalie was sweet to share her window decorations with me. I just realized that I left it all there!



Then at 10pm I decided it was time for bed so we could get started bright and early in the morning.


Both of my kids are thrashers in their sleep and I hadn’t been looking forward at all to sharing a bed with either of them. I’d brought an air mattress with the intention of having Demetri use it so we all had our own space, but realized I hadn’t packed enough D-size batteries for the pump. I think it was Natalie’s suggestion to use the comforters off of both beds, folded on the floor, and with extra pillows and blankets we created a third bed. It worked out perfectly and with that, after posting our picture itinerary on the wall, it was off to Neverland for us too. We had a rope drop to get rested up for!

IheartDDuck
10-14-2011, 09:30 PM
Yay, you've arrived!

Every Canadian TR I read, I hear about Tim Horton's. I swear, I feel like I'm missing out on something! I'm not complaining, I love Dunkin Donuts, but it's all so mysterious!

Poor Demetri losing Lady on ME....:sad1: I know what that feels like. I loved my plushies when I was a kid. I think the idea of buying a new one and packaging her like the movie would be awesome!

I love the decorations that you guys used. Awesome! I'm not that savvy.

DisMomAmy
10-14-2011, 09:40 PM
Woo hoo!! You started... and finished day one!! :banana:

Sounds like you were off to a good start aside from the missing stroller, glasses & Lady!

Mickey_Mom
10-14-2011, 10:07 PM
Yay, you've arrived!

Every Canadian TR I read, I hear about Tim Horton's. I swear, I feel like I'm missing out on something! I'm not complaining, I love Dunkin Donuts, but it's all so mysterious!

Poor Demetri losing Lady on ME....:sad1: I know what that feels like. I loved my plushies when I was a kid. I think the idea of buying a new one and packaging her like the movie would be awesome!

I love the decorations that you guys used. Awesome! I'm not that savvy.

Timmie's coffee is a MUST every morning for me. Mmmmm!

I think I'll have Tramp with a big bow on him sitting beside the hat box. :lovestruc Luckily Demetri was distracted enough throughout the week that it was only once in a while he missed Lady.

Woo hoo!! You started... and finished day one!! :banana:

Sounds like you were off to a good start aside from the missing stroller, glasses & Lady!

We also didn't get our Petals drink that first night while poolside, but we made up for it a bit later into the trip. ;)

irish dancer
10-14-2011, 10:14 PM
Yay for arrival!! Glad the flight went well but sorry for the forgotten stroller and glasses. There's nothing quite like that feeling of arriving at the airport and having your whole vaca ahead of you. :cloud9:

Love your window decorations. :thumbsup2 That is one fun thing about values and mods, the outside window that you can decorate. Miss that now that we're DVC, it's just not the same on the balcony door.

Bummer about Lady, that's too bad it never turned up. :confused: Your idea to wrap it in hat box with the bow is too cute.

Mickey_Mom
10-14-2011, 10:26 PM
Yay for arrival!! Glad the flight went well but sorry for the forgotten stroller and glasses. There's nothing quite like that feeling of arriving at the airport and having your whole vaca ahead of you. :cloud9:

Love your window decorations. :thumbsup2 That is one fun thing about values and mods, the outside window that you can decorate. Miss that now that we're DVC, it's just not the same on the balcony door.

Bummer about Lady, that's too bad it never turned up. :confused: Your idea to wrap it in hat box with the bow is too cute.

That first hit of humid air is one of my favorites too. :cloud9:

I wish I hadn't left the clings to the last minute but the ones Natalie had were awesome. I love the gel ones!

I can't wait to see his reaction to Lady... hopefully he can hold out until Christmas!

Kathy Jetson
10-14-2011, 11:34 PM
Sounds like a good arrival day minus the forgotten items. Poor Lady:sad1: I hope he's happy with his new one on Christmas.

When I saw the picture of you coming off the plane I started getting excited!:laughing:

flamestarrdust
10-15-2011, 01:40 AM
Loved the details of your arrival. It feels like I'm right there with you. Also loved your window decorations. I can't wait to read more! :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
10-15-2011, 06:22 AM
As far as travel days goes, yours went fairly smoothly except for the forgotten glasses and lost lady. I think it would be adorable to wrap a Lady in a hatbox for Christmas, VERY cute. :thumbsup2

I love the window decorations.

Can't wait to hear more!!

TanzUnited99
10-15-2011, 09:34 AM
Oh no on the ink on the clings running :headache: They look really nice as well.

Yay on getting through the border pretty quickly. The kids look so excited at the airport!

I'm glad the lozenges did their job and you managed to fix the camera! :thumbsup2

Oh no on losing Lady :sad2: Great window decorations - love them!

Tinkermom76
10-15-2011, 09:44 AM
Sounds like a good arrival day minus the forgotten items. Poor Lady:sad1: I hope he's happy with his new one on Christmas.

When I saw the picture of you coming off the plane I started getting excited!:laughing:

I loved that I was ahead of them and got to take a pic of them coming out!!!

Loved the details of your arrival. It feels like I'm right there with you. Also loved your window decorations. I can't wait to read more! :goodvibes

Thanks! We had a good travel day, sometimes when I rush to a park it feels too rushed

As far as travel days goes, yours went fairly smoothly except for the forgotten glasses and lost lady. I think it would be adorable to wrap a Lady in a hatbox for Christmas, VERY cute. :thumbsup2

I love the window decorations.

Can't wait to hear more!!

Thanks :thumbsup2

Oh no on the ink on the clings running :headache: They look really nice as well.

Yay on getting through the border pretty quickly. The kids look so excited at the airport!

I'm glad the lozenges did their job and you managed to fix the camera! :thumbsup2

Oh no on losing Lady :sad2: Great window decorations - love them!

It was an interesting start to the vacations that's for sure

jenseib
10-15-2011, 10:38 AM
Yay! You made it. I always woprry about leaving a "lovey" somewhere too. It sounds like Demetri wasn't toally heartbroken though. I think Claire would've won an acadamey award for a fit over losing a lovey. :lmao: We once left it at my Moms house and I had to drive back late at night to pick it up. :rolleyes1

The windows look great! To bad about the rain. Did it let up after a bit?

ellajeansmom
10-15-2011, 12:04 PM
Hi ladies :wave2:

Great start to your TR :thumbsup2 Good to hear that except for forgetting a few items the travel day went smoothly, including getting all of you room requests met and having no lines!

The window decorations are awesome. And, Natalie, that was some quick thinking after a long day of travel...first the quick fix on you flash, then the bed idea - good work :woohoo:

Looking forward to your first park day!

Mickey_Mom
10-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Yay! You made it. I always woprry about leaving a "lovey" somewhere too. It sounds like Demetri wasn't toally heartbroken though. I think Claire would've won an acadamey award for a fit over losing a lovey. :lmao: We once left it at my Moms house and I had to drive back late at night to pick it up. :rolleyes1

The windows look great! To bad about the rain. Did it let up after a bit?

Demetri is easily distracted... both a good thing and a bad thing. In this instance it was a good thing. If he was reminded of her, especially at bedtime, he was very sad she was gone. But start talking about something else and he'd be fine. :goodvibes

I don't remember there being any rain once we were decorating the windows, it must have stopped by then. Besides this first night, we had fantastic luck with rain showers!

Hi ladies :wave2:

Great start to your TR :thumbsup2 Good to hear that except for forgetting a few items the travel day went smoothly, including getting all of you room requests met and having no lines!

The window decorations are awesome. And, Natalie, that was some quick thinking after a long day of travel...first the quick fix on you flash, then the bed idea - good work :woohoo:

Looking forward to your first park day!

Hello!! I think it was Day 2 of the trip we thought we'd have a running theme of forgotten items :rolleyes:, but we got better.

Wasn't that kleenex thing on her camera great? I don't think I would have thought have that -- I'd probably be trying to hold the darn flash up all week. :laughing:

kcandbella
10-15-2011, 02:19 PM
Joining in! We were there at the same time as you. Sounds like a fun trip! :goodvibes

Tinkermom76
10-15-2011, 04:18 PM
Joining in! We were there at the same time as you. Sounds like a fun trip! :goodvibes

:welcome: I'm gonna go check out your TR

KathyRN137
10-15-2011, 08:21 PM
Aw, poor Demitri!

You had such wonderful travel karma!

It's wonderful reading about & looking at the pictures of everyone especially now that I've met you all! :goodvibes

Kathy

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-15-2011, 08:46 PM
Hi Tracy and Natalie, I'm here!!!

It turns out we were at the same MNSSHP!!!

I hope your families had a great time. We couldn't get over how packed it was! The dates on Halloween haven't sold out yet but a Sept date did, go figure!!!

Can't wait to read about your adventures!!

Mickey_Mom
10-15-2011, 08:58 PM
Aw, poor Demitri!

You had such wonderful travel karma!

It's wonderful reading about & looking at the pictures of everyone especially now that I've met you all! :goodvibes

Kathy

Hi Kathy! :wave: It was a good arrival day except for poor Lady.

It was great meeting with you again and I'm so glad you got to meet the kids!

Mickey_Mom
10-15-2011, 09:02 PM
Hi Tracy and Natalie, I'm here!!!

It turns out we were at the same MNSSHP!!!

I hope your families had a great time. We couldn't get over how packed it was! The dates on Halloween haven't sold out yet but a Sept date did, go figure!!!

Can't wait to read about your adventures!!

Hi Megan! Too funny that we ran into one another.... I should have said something, I got back to the table and told Natalie I thought I knew you. What timing!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-17-2011, 07:53 AM
[COLOR=#F79646][FONT=&quot] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3]We found our way down to the Magical Express and I couldn’t believe the area was empty.


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We hopped on a bus at 5:35pm. The bus was almost empty and we waited for a few more people before we left. The bus left the airport at 5:55 and we pulled into Pop at 6:30pm.



I tried to get the WDW arch pic but it was raining and I was a few rows back so there was no hope. One day I will sit up front and get it.

Of course it was empty, everyone else had already gotten there that day.

Don't you hate it when you leave stuff behind. My big thing is sunglasses since we usually get to the airport before the sun wakes up I don't have them on, and usually don't think of them until I am squinting.

Katie & Glen
10-17-2011, 11:00 AM
Just got up to date with everything... can't wait to read more!

Tinkermom76
10-17-2011, 03:39 PM
Of course it was empty, everyone else had already gotten there that day.

Don't you hate it when you leave stuff behind. My big thing is sunglasses since we usually get to the airport before the sun wakes up I don't have them on, and usually don't think of them until I am squinting.

People get there at night :rolleyes1

I hate when I forget something :headache:

Just got up to date with everything... can't wait to read more!

:welcome:

Stefy
10-18-2011, 02:23 AM
Joining in popcorn::

I love arrival days, so much anticipation and excitement and then boom you are at Disney :teeth: I hope Demetri wasn't too sad that Lady was gone. Love your idea of getting him a new one for Christmas and setting it up just like the movie :)

Looking forward to more :teeth:

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-18-2011, 05:58 AM
People get there at night :rolleyes1

I hate when I forget something :headache:


People get to the parks after Rope Drop, doesn't make it a good idea.:rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
10-18-2011, 01:06 PM
Joining in popcorn::

I love arrival days, so much anticipation and excitement and then boom you are at Disney :teeth: I hope Demetri wasn't too sad that Lady was gone. Love your idea of getting him a new one for Christmas and setting it up just like the movie :)

Looking forward to more :teeth:

Glad you could make it!!!! Where is your TR????

People get to the parks after Rope Drop, doesn't make it a good idea.:rolleyes1

You need to talk to Tracy cause she loves getting to the park late :scared1:

Mickey_Mom
10-18-2011, 01:30 PM
Joining in popcorn::

I love arrival days, so much anticipation and excitement and then boom you are at Disney :teeth: I hope Demetri wasn't too sad that Lady was gone. Love your idea of getting him a new one for Christmas and setting it up just like the movie :)

Looking forward to more :teeth:

Hey Stefy :goodvibes Definately that first look of your room on arrival day is awesome.

You need to talk to Tracy cause she loves getting to the park late :scared1:

It's not getting to the parks late I like, it's the sleeping in. :laughing: I'm definately an evening person!

Tinkermom76
10-18-2011, 06:05 PM
It's not getting to the parks late I like, it's the sleeping in. :laughing: I'm definately an evening person!

I thought you would ask what rope drop is :lmao:

eecteacher82
10-19-2011, 11:50 AM
Hi ladies! I'm here! Better late than never right? I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures!

Tinkermom76
10-19-2011, 03:25 PM
Hi ladies! I'm here! Better late than never right? I can't wait to hear about all of your adventures!

Glad you could make it!!!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-20-2011, 07:30 AM
Hi ladies! I'm here! Better late than never right?

Obviously these ladies don't have an issue with lateness. Mickey Mom doesn't know what Rope Drop is, and for pete's sake, look what time they got to Florida!!!:scared1:

Mickey_Mom
10-20-2011, 07:42 AM
Obviously these ladies don't have an issue with lateness. Mickey Mom doesn't know what Rope Drop is, and for pete's sake, look what time they got to Florida!!!:scared1:

Now, now.... I never said I didn't know what a rope drop was, just that I hadn't yet seen one. :rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
10-20-2011, 08:35 AM
Obviously these ladies don't have an issue with lateness. Mickey Mom doesn't know what Rope Drop is, and for pete's sake, look what time they got to Florida!!!:scared1:

Be nice Mr. I usually get to Florida in the morning and I love rope drop:love:

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-20-2011, 10:35 AM
Now, now.... I never said I didn't know what a rope drop was, just that I hadn't yet seen one. :rolleyes1

Be nice Mr. I usually get to Florida in the morning and I love rope drop:love:

Sorry ladies, only joking. See look at the emoticon. :lmao:

Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 07:07 AM
Sorry ladies, only joking. See look at the emoticon. :lmao:
We know! We actually like being razzed by you, strange I know :confused3

Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 09:14 AM
Day 2


Sat Sept 24, 2011


Ready? Set? Splash!!


I woke up very early this morning! According to Facebook I was watching Stacy TV at 6:45am :) but I had already had my shower and got dressed by then ( I think I was a little excited)


I decided the girls needed to get up at 7:15am and I was really happy when I heard Tracy’s phone ring at 7:30am for her wakeup call!


Same wake up call, Stitch yelling at us to “GET MOVING!” I’d loaded up the park bag the night before and had (what I thought) was everything for the day.



We were at the bus stop and on a bus to MK at 8:30am. At this point I was a little worried that we weren’t going to make it there in time as our plan was to catch rope drop. Tracy had never seen a full rope drop before so I wanted to make sure she saw it.


Didn’t you remember my little bus schedule spreadsheet that said it was a 22 minute ride?? :rotfl2: It was a gloriously sunny day and we were anxious to see the show. My kids had never seen it and I’d only seen a condensed version of it when it was raining in January and I was there with the Spectrum Moms.


We got to MK at 8:45am and fast walked to the front. We went through bag check but stopped there to watch because the plan was not to head into MK after rope drop.


I’d created a picture itinerary for Ariana to prepare her that we were going into Magic Kingdom only to watch the opening show, then turning around and heading back out. Though I can usually predict what will upset her, sometimes you just never know. The itinerary said we’d be back after breakfast so the plan was, as long as she knew that we were coming back, she’d be OK with leaving.


I recorded the show for anyone that wants to watch it.


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It was so fun and I was completely jealous that we were not the family of the day. A few pics before we headed out.....


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Continued in next post…….

Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 09:15 AM
After rope drop we headed off to my favourite breakfast, Ohana at the Poly.

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I plan to eat here every trip I love it that much!

We’ve had Ohana breakfast every trip we’ve taken. It’s a family favourite that we can’t miss.

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All the yummy food arrived.

Don’t forget you finally got your lei!

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They only came around once with the Mickey Waffles this time which I was a little disappointed in because I love those, but the Ohana juice was plentiful which is good because Tracy and I drank the table’s share (and more):lmao:

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We asked our server to just leave the Ohana juice on our table and he eventually obliged. Filling my glass first, I’d be done by the time he made it around the table to everyone else. ;)

Each of the characters made their appearance at the table. (...and it was at this point I realized I’d forgotten our autograph book in our room! :headache: )

Pluto

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Lilo

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Mickey

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Stitch

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Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 09:16 AM
When we’d arrived at the restaurant, they had made birthday cards for Emma and Ariana but they’d put a really wonky name down instead of Ariana. I can’t even remember it, it wasn’t even close. After the characters and just before the parade, they came back with a new card and cupcakes for the girls. We sang the birthday song and Ariana had her little secret smile on.

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Then was the parade and I taped that too. Eryka, Ariana and Demetri are at the beginning and Emma is just before Mickey but she’s behind someone.

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After breakfast we did a bit of shopping in the Poly store...

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.... then headed back to MK to get some rides in.

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We stopped at the front for a couple pics.

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Tracy found her boyfriend on the front of the map

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First, a few pics of Main Street and of course – the Castle!

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Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 09:17 AM
Now during breakfast I had told Emma that I was going to make her go on Splash Mountain. I know, I know I am a terrible mother but you have to know Emma. She is scared of everything and if I never make her do anything she would do nothing.

When we got to MK she was crying and I could see she was stressing herself out so I asked Tracy if she minded if we went to Splash first otherwise Em was going to be stressed all day. She was good with that so we headed to Splash.

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Now let me tell you she cried the whole way through the line and a couple times I almost said OK we won`t go on and I was worried that when we got to the ride that the CM`s would see her crying and not let her on but we got to the front very fast and our boat was ready and we were off!

Brave little Emma :goodvibes. Splash is Demetri’s favourite ride so he was thrilled to head there first. I have a tradition of taking pics of the kids on the Splash boats and she was a little trooper with her nervous smile.

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She stayed very stuck to my side and I had Tracy warn me when all the drops were so I could tell her. In between drops she would look around at what was going on and when a drop came she would bury her face in my chest and hold me. I was really starting to feel like a bad parent, and then the BIG drop came. I warned her and she stuck her face in my chest. As soon as we finished the drop I told her it was over and she could look again. She turned to me and said “that was a little fun”. All feelings I had about being a bad mother were instantly gone. See her hiding in the picture? :lmao:

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Up next.... Our first scheduled DISmeet and Master Gracey Laid to Rest, No mourning please at his request!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-21-2011, 09:20 AM
We know! We actually like being razzed by you, strange I know :confused3

Not strange at all. I am a :worship: loveable guy.:worship:

Tinkermom76
10-21-2011, 09:28 AM
Not strange at all. I am a :worship: loveable guy.:worship:
I think it's cause you make us laugh :rotfl2::lmao:

mousescrapper
10-21-2011, 09:49 AM
getting caught up ladies...glad I didn't miss too much. :thumbsup2

sorry about the packing blunders

love the window decor...we have an awesome (IMHO) window decor...but from our room no one could see it...but I'll trade that for the view we had...

aww poor lady was lost...hopefully someone is loving her now...Bekah lost my MGM water bottle strap :headache: on the DME bus in 08

glad you made it too see the opening show Tracy :goodvibes

O'Hana is fun we'll be dining there in Jan!

too funny about you two drinking up all the juice ;)

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-21-2011, 11:10 AM
Don’t forget you finally got your lei!

Wait a minute. I went to Hawaii once, and didn't get a Lei, apparently you need to pay for this now, it's like $50. I stayed at the Polynesian because I wanted to get a Lei, and they gave me a fake one with yellow flowers. I'm looking at your pictures, and the Lei you get at breakfast is multi-colored.
So I paid a rediculous amount of money (minus the 40% discount) to stay at the resort, and you guys go for breakfast and get a better one!!!

I think I need to write my congressman to let them know that Disney is giving Canadians special stuff we Americans aren't getting!! And not just any Canadians, Bad Mom Canadians that force their kids to ride scary rides.:scared1:

irish dancer
10-21-2011, 02:41 PM
Looks like a great start to the day. The weather looks like it was absolutely amazing. Such a clear, sunny, blue sky day! :thumbsup2

Haven't done Ohana for breakfast in a few trips, might be time to add that back on the list. We like it it's just that there are so many places we like that we can't fit them all in every trip. :rotfl:

Bummer on the forgotten autograph book. You should have Julie or Amy, our resident queen's of list making, put together a park bag checklist for you. Hey, that's a good idea I might do that too as it's usually too early to be thinking of all that on our trips.

Glad Emma liked Splash well enough, that's not one of Daniel's favorites either. He doesn't like that his butt comes out of his seat on the big drop. :laughing:

IheartDDuck
10-21-2011, 08:09 PM
I love MK rope drop. :cloud9: I have to admit, I have the song on my iPod. "Welcome, welcome, welcome".

Ohana looks very very yummy. Good lookin' out just asking to have the awesome juice left at your table. :thumbsup2

I know exactly what you mean about having Emma ride Splash Mountain. Especially if you have a little one that won't do anything unless they are made to. My niece is very similar to that.

DisMomAmy
10-21-2011, 08:17 PM
Fun morning! I'm glad Ariana was OK with heading to breakfast after the opening show. And I'm glad you finally got to see the real thing Tracy! And such a beautiful day for it!

Emma is so brave! Or forced to be brave... :rolleyes1 I'm glad she made it through. Curious to see if she rides it again.

@ Anne Marie - Yup, I've got one of those park bag check lists. :thumbsup2

Angies1274
10-21-2011, 08:27 PM
Sounds like you had a good arrival day.:goodvibes Aww...but too bad about Lady.:sad1: Poor Demetri!

Love the opening show at MK!!:lovestruc Tracy--I'm so glad you finally got a chance to see it.:goodvibes Ohana's looks like so much fun as usual! What a great start to the day! Cute Splash Mountain pic! Glad Emma thought Splash was at least a little fun.:) Hopefully, she liked it well enough to ride again.

jenseib
10-22-2011, 10:02 AM
What a great morning. I will get to Ohanas one of these days. I need to do lunch and dinner. Both look great!

Glad Spalsh worked out for Emma. It was probably best you did it first. I don't bleame you for pushing her into it...sometimes they just need to rtide it and see what it is like. You know your child best.

Tinkermom76
10-22-2011, 02:11 PM
getting caught up ladies...glad I didn't miss too much. :thumbsup2

sorry about the packing blunders

love the window decor...we have an awesome (IMHO) window decor...but from our room no one could see it...but I'll trade that for the view we had...

aww poor lady was lost...hopefully someone is loving her now...Bekah lost my MGM water bottle strap :headache: on the DME bus in 08

glad you made it too see the opening show Tracy :goodvibes

O'Hana is fun we'll be dining there in Jan!

too funny about you two drinking up all the juice ;)

I would trade people seeing the window for the view too!!!!

Wait a minute. I went to Hawaii once, and didn't get a Lei, apparently you need to pay for this now, it's like $50. I stayed at the Polynesian because I wanted to get a Lei, and they gave me a fake one with yellow flowers. I'm looking at your pictures, and the Lei you get at breakfast is multi-colored.
So I paid a rediculous amount of money (minus the 40% discount) to stay at the resort, and you guys go for breakfast and get a better one!!!

I think I need to write my congressman to let them know that Disney is giving Canadians special stuff we Americans aren't getting!! And not just any Canadians, Bad Mom Canadians that force their kids to ride scary rides.:scared1:

Us Canadians are very special and deserve special Leis!!! I know I'm a bad mom but she kinda liked it so why not :confused3

Looks like a great start to the day. The weather looks like it was absolutely amazing. Such a clear, sunny, blue sky day! :thumbsup2

Haven't done Ohana for breakfast in a few trips, might be time to add that back on the list. We like it it's just that there are so many places we like that we can't fit them all in every trip. :rotfl:

Bummer on the forgotten autograph book. You should have Julie or Amy, our resident queen's of list making, put together a park bag checklist for you. Hey, that's a good idea I might do that too as it's usually too early to be thinking of all that on our trips.

Glad Emma liked Splash well enough, that's not one of Daniel's favorites either. He doesn't like that his butt comes out of his seat on the big drop. :laughing:

She didn't say anything about her butt coming up but she did say the small drops were scarier than the big one :confused3

I love MK rope drop. :cloud9: I have to admit, I have the song on my iPod. "Welcome, welcome, welcome".

Ohana looks very very yummy. Good lookin' out just asking to have the awesome juice left at your table. :thumbsup2

I know exactly what you mean about having Emma ride Splash Mountain. Especially if you have a little one that won't do anything unless they are made to. My niece is very similar to that.

I made her ride a few rides this year, wait and see if she likes any of there ;)

Fun morning! I'm glad Ariana was OK with heading to breakfast after the opening show. And I'm glad you finally got to see the real thing Tracy! And such a beautiful day for it!

Emma is so brave! Or forced to be brave... :rolleyes1 I'm glad she made it through. Curious to see if she rides it again.

@ Anne Marie - Yup, I've got one of those park bag check lists. :thumbsup2

Ariana was my worry when I suggested that we see the show then go to O'hana but Tracy assured me she would be fine if it was on the itinerary.

I wanted to do it that way so we didn't have to be at O'hana so early, we know how Tracy feels about her sleep!!!

Sounds like you had a good arrival day.:goodvibes Aww...but too bad about Lady.:sad1: Poor Demetri!

Love the opening show at MK!!:lovestruc Tracy--I'm so glad you finally got a chance to see it.:goodvibes Ohana's looks like so much fun as usual! What a great start to the day! Cute Splash Mountain pic! Glad Emma thought Splash was at least a little fun.:) Hopefully, she liked it well enough to ride again.

Poor Lady would not be the only toy there was issues with this trip :rolleyes1

What a great morning. I will get to Ohanas one of these days. I need to do lunch and dinner. Both look great!

Glad Spalsh worked out for Emma. It was probably best you did it first. I don't bleame you for pushing her into it...sometimes they just need to rtide it and see what it is like. You know your child best.

I am not fond of Dinner at O'hana (bad experience in 2010) so I stick to breakfast

I forced her onto a few this trip and I'm making my list for next trip too :rotfl2:

ellajeansmom
10-22-2011, 03:43 PM
Great start to your morning :thumbsup2

Thanks for the video of the morning show. It is one of my must do's for Nov - even if I go on my own and the rest of them catch up with me later :goodvibes

I loved the 'Ohana juice, so I don't blame you at all for guzzling it down!

Glad Emma survived SM...definitely a good idea to hit that right away so the poor thing wasn't stressing all day :)

Tinkermom76
10-22-2011, 08:13 PM
Great start to your morning :thumbsup2

Thanks for the video of the morning show. It is one of my must do's for Nov - even if I go on my own and the rest of them catch up with me later :goodvibes

I loved the 'Ohana juice, so I don't blame you at all for guzzling it down!

Glad Emma survived SM...definitely a good idea to hit that right away so the poor thing wasn't stressing all day :)

I love the morning show and I end up singing it all day!!! Make sure you see it, it's worth it!

I'm glad Em survived too cause if she had hated it I never would have heard the end of it:rolleyes1

mrsksomeday
10-22-2011, 08:31 PM
Great installments!!! We have never done MK rope drop or Ohana breakfast, you now make me want to try both.

I am completely enjoying reading both your points of view, it is very entertaining. The kids look like they are having a great time. I am loving the pictures. I can't wait to read and see more :goodvibes.

Kathy Jetson
10-22-2011, 11:56 PM
I've never been to a rope drop before either but the plan is to TRY to hit all of them next June. Your video got me excited to see it.

I really want to try Ohana's for breakfast but we are vegetarian and I don't know if they would substitute something for the meat and eggs. maybe extra Mickey waffles?

Natalie River cried in line at Splash Mountain too and I made him go on anyway. I'm scared of heights and I don't like stomach drops and we both tried it for the first time together. I knew he would LOVE it I thought I would HATE it. We both loved it. I agree with Emma the smaller drops gave me a stomach drop but not the big one:confused3

I can't wait to hear the rest!

Mickey_Mom
10-23-2011, 09:58 AM
Hey everyone, sorry for the late replies. The DIS has been acting wonky for me lately - different problems on my computer and my phone. :confused3 Today seems to be OK so here I am!

getting caught up ladies...glad I didn't miss too much. :thumbsup2

sorry about the packing blunders

love the window decor...we have an awesome (IMHO) window decor...but from our room no one could see it...but I'll trade that for the view we had...

aww poor lady was lost...hopefully someone is loving her now...Bekah lost my MGM water bottle strap :headache: on the DME bus in 08

glad you made it too see the opening show Tracy :goodvibes

O'Hana is fun we'll be dining there in Jan!

too funny about you two drinking up all the juice ;)

I agree, I'd take the view too it was gorgeous!

I'm hoping Lady is loved now too. I checked in a few times with lost & found and can't believe she wasn't turned in. They said another Lady was turned in but in a completely different situation, couldn't be mine. I'm half convinced that was our Lady.....

I saw more of the morning show through Natalie's video than when I was there. :rotfl: I'm usually watching my kids as they watch to see the enjoyment on their faces. :rolleyes:

Looks like a great start to the day. The weather looks like it was absolutely amazing. Such a clear, sunny, blue sky day! :thumbsup2

Haven't done Ohana for breakfast in a few trips, might be time to add that back on the list. We like it it's just that there are so many places we like that we can't fit them all in every trip. :rotfl:

Bummer on the forgotten autograph book. You should have Julie or Amy, our resident queen's of list making, put together a park bag checklist for you. Hey, that's a good idea I might do that too as it's usually too early to be thinking of all that on our trips.

Glad Emma liked Splash well enough, that's not one of Daniel's favorites either. He doesn't like that his butt comes out of his seat on the big drop. :laughing:

That's a great idea on the checklist! I could've posted it along with our picture itinerary in the room. :thumbsup2 Next time! I thought I was super organized but there is a lot I'd do differently to make things easier.

On Splash, my butt comes up and I lose my breath just over the dip. Any "woo hoooooo!!" I have instantly vanishes. :laughing:

I love MK rope drop. :cloud9: I have to admit, I have the song on my iPod. "Welcome, welcome, welcome".

Ohana looks very very yummy. Good lookin' out just asking to have the awesome juice left at your table. :thumbsup2

I know exactly what you mean about having Emma ride Splash Mountain. Especially if you have a little one that won't do anything unless they are made to. My niece is very similar to that.

I can't find the Ohana juice in the stores any more :eek: so it was wonderful to have it again.

I'm going to bookmark the youtube clip of the rope drop for Ariana on her computer -- she loves watching it!

Fun morning! I'm glad Ariana was OK with heading to breakfast after the opening show. And I'm glad you finally got to see the real thing Tracy! And such a beautiful day for it!

Emma is so brave! Or forced to be brave... :rolleyes1 I'm glad she made it through. Curious to see if she rides it again.

@ Anne Marie - Yup, I've got one of those park bag check lists. :thumbsup2

Ariana did really well that morning. :lovestruc Helps that Ohana is one of her favorites. It was a gorgeous morning and we were already getting great use out of our misting fans. :sunny:

Sounds like you had a good arrival day.:goodvibes Aww...but too bad about Lady.:sad1: Poor Demetri!

Love the opening show at MK!!:lovestruc Tracy--I'm so glad you finally got a chance to see it.:goodvibes Ohana's looks like so much fun as usual! What a great start to the day! Cute Splash Mountain pic! Glad Emma thought Splash was at least a little fun.:) Hopefully, she liked it well enough to ride again.

I'm going to get Lady & Tramp today I think. I'm worried they won't have any and my plans will be smushed. Now where to find a hat box? :confused:

We've had a few trips now that have kicked off with Ohana breakfast - makes for a great start for sure!

Mickey_Mom
10-23-2011, 09:59 AM
What a great morning. I will get to Ohanas one of these days. I need to do lunch and dinner. Both look great!

Glad Spalsh worked out for Emma. It was probably best you did it first. I don't bleame you for pushing her into it...sometimes they just need to rtide it and see what it is like. You know your child best.

Make sure you do the breakfast! I haven't tried the dinner but one of these days I might. Bearing in mind Natalie's experience, I'll give it a shot.

Great start to your morning :thumbsup2

Thanks for the video of the morning show. It is one of my must do's for Nov - even if I go on my own and the rest of them catch up with me later :goodvibes

I loved the 'Ohana juice, so I don't blame you at all for guzzling it down!

Glad Emma survived SM...definitely a good idea to hit that right away so the poor thing wasn't stressing all day :)

How fun to have that bit of solo time watching the rope drop then everyone catches up to you. :goodvibes

I need to do some tracking down to see what happened to the Ohana juice here at home -- must find!! :magnify:

Great installments!!! We have never done MK rope drop or Ohana breakfast, you now make me want to try both.

I am completely enjoying reading both your points of view, it is very entertaining. The kids look like they are having a great time. I am loving the pictures. I can't wait to read and see more :goodvibes.

Hi Tracy! I hope you get to do both rope drop and Ohana, it makes for a great morning!

I've never been to a rope drop before either but the plan is to TRY to hit all of them next June. Your video got me excited to see it.

I really want to try Ohana's for breakfast but we are vegetarian and I don't know if they would substitute something for the meat and eggs. maybe extra Mickey waffles?

Natalie River cried in line at Splash Mountain too and I made him go on anyway. I'm scared of heights and I don't like stomach drops and we both tried it for the first time together. I knew he would LOVE it I thought I would HATE it. We both loved it. I agree with Emma the smaller drops gave me a stomach drop but not the big one:confused3

I can't wait to hear the rest!

There is a lot of yummy things, the fruit and pineapple bread, cinnamon rolls and biscuits, the mickey waffles and breakfast potatoes - and you can ask for more of anything, it's all you can eat. I'd really recommend trying it!

TanzUnited99
10-23-2011, 11:17 AM
Yay on catching the Rope Drop ceremony - it sure is amazing! :thumbsup2

Great O'hana review and yay on meeting all the characters.

I'm glad Emma rode Splash Mountain and found it fun.

Tinkermom76
10-23-2011, 02:36 PM
I've never been to a rope drop before either but the plan is to TRY to hit all of them next June. Your video got me excited to see it.

I really want to try Ohana's for breakfast but we are vegetarian and I don't know if they would substitute something for the meat and eggs. maybe extra Mickey waffles?

Natalie River cried in line at Splash Mountain too and I made him go on anyway. I'm scared of heights and I don't like stomach drops and we both tried it for the first time together. I knew he would LOVE it I thought I would HATE it. We both loved it. I agree with Emma the smaller drops gave me a stomach drop but not the big one:confused3

I can't wait to hear the rest!

I am so glad I am not the only mom that makes kids go on rides (I feel much better about it now) :thumbsup2

Yay on catching the Rope Drop ceremony - it sure is amazing! :thumbsup2

Great O'hana review and yay on meeting all the characters.

I'm glad Emma rode Splash Mountain and found it fun.

I love Rope Drop at MK

Now for a confession.... I have never seen Rope Drop at any other park :rolleyes1

I will be making those rope drops next trip though

20thingamabobs
10-23-2011, 03:50 PM
I'm here too! I'm reading when I can but life is a little crazy right now... Sounds like a fun start to the trip so far! I just love the Poly and 'Ohana breakfast! Last time I went there, my dad told Lilo that I had named my dog after her. Lilo then proceeded to stare at me then... lifted her hands up in front of her like paws, and hopped up and down and panted like a dog. It was so cute and funny!

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-23-2011, 04:43 PM
Amazing! That family traveled all the way from Tallahassee to get chosen for the opening family. That would be a pretty cool thing to be though, but you have to get there really really early. I'm guessing Mickey_Mom's family will never get chosen, assuming they ever see a rope drop ceremony again.:lmao:

Tinkermom76
10-23-2011, 04:46 PM
Amazing! That family traveled all the way from Tallahassee to get chosen for the opening family. That would be a pretty cool thing to be though, but you have to get there really really early. I'm guessing Mickey_Mom's family will never get chosen, assuming they ever see a rope drop ceremony again.:lmao:
We had a good chuckle when we heard that :rotfl2:

They could be family of the day (for the 3pm parade)

I would totally get there that early to try to be... next trip!!!!

Mickey_Mom
10-24-2011, 05:19 PM
I'm here too! I'm reading when I can but life is a little crazy right now... Sounds like a fun start to the trip so far! I just love the Poly and 'Ohana breakfast! Last time I went there, my dad told Lilo that I had named my dog after her. Lilo then proceeded to stare at me then... lifted her hands up in front of her like paws, and hopped up and down and panted like a dog. It was so cute and funny!

Hey there! :welcome: I love the interaction with the characters, makes it so fun!

Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 10:19 AM
A Barrel of laughs


After Splash everyone wanted to go on BTMRR but I was not going to force Emma again since I know she does not like roller coasters, so Em and I got ice cream and waited for the others. She met another little girl that was scared to go on Splash and she did her best to try to convince her to go on but I don’t think it worked :confused3


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We LOVE Big Thunder with all its twists and turns and arms way in the air fun. I can’t wait till after its refurb – I had no idea boulders were supposed to “fall” on you until I saw it was being fixed! :laughing: We too grabbed Mickey bars and drinks afterwards – it was getting hot!


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After they went on BTMRR we decided to hit Tom Sawyer Island since it is right there. I have been here before but Tracy hasn’t. We took the kids to the Fort for a few minutes and then braved the barrel bridge.


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I’m glad we went to Tom Sawyer Island as it was new for us, but Demetri disappeared for a bit while in the Fort and between that and the heat, I was ready to head out. Oh and my camera display had decided to stop working (found out later that night it was just a button I’d pushed by accident :blush:) so any picture I took was the old fashioned way through the viewfinder. I seriously cannot take good pictures that way so yep....:headache:! The barrel bridge was hilarious though and I thought at any time I was going to tip over into the water.



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After the barrel bridge we ran into a photopass photographer on the Island and she took a nice group shot of us with the Mansion in the background.


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Then she had a little fun with Demetri and Emma.


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Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 10:22 AM
I had promised to buy Emma a parasol if she went on splash so we headed back to pick it up.


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We stopped to get some pics of the kids in the Stocks.


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Demetri was not happy that he still can’t reach those stocks. Another objective for him... ;)


Then we headed to Haunted Mansion which is also a new ride for Emma. I let her bring her flashlight with us but told her she had to keep it pointed down in the Doom Buggy.



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We took the new Queue route so we could check out all the new things that were added. The kids had fun touching everything.


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I loved the new queue! I’d avoided reading anything about it so as to be surprised by it all. It was a lot of fun to walk through and it didn’t take very long at all – 15 minutes from the start to the stretching room. Just missing Madame Leota’s deadly stare, it was our turn in to head in. I really wish they’d address the squeeze fest that is walking out of the stretching room to the line for the Doom Buggies. It’s crazy!
Loved the improvements at the end of the ride too and we were laughing at the unexpected guests that tagged along!


After exiting the ride Emma saw this grave.


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Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 10:24 AM
It was almost time for the parade so we found a spot to sit.


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I’d been keeping an eye on the time because we were to have a DIS meet soon with Stefy. She was on her Disneymoon and though her hubby was scheduled to be off at Epcot with one half of a couple they were meeting up with for the day, Stefy was to text me when she arrived around parade time so we could say hello. :banana: At home I’d got them a little congratulations gift – they love Stitch so I thought they’d find this cute......


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.... course it didn’t help that I’d forgotten it back in our room! :headache:


Then we watched the parade. I hadn’t seen it in years and it had changed since I saw it so I was excited to see it again.


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Hey Look! It’s Goofy!!!!


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I liked the spot we were in and really enjoyed the parade. I took a quick video of the last float heading past us, I knew Ariana would love to watch it.

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Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 10:26 AM
We headed over to AdventureLand to find a spitting Camel! This was the first time I have seen the camel spit. Do they turn it off in December???


I think it was still on for our trip in November....



When we approached the ride I pushed Demetri ahead in the stroller to the spot where all the spit was on the ground :laughing: and stepped away from him saying, “watch out for the camel – it spits!” Did the water then not go OVER him and hit me! :rotfl: Someone must be watching!


Took a spin on Aladdin’s Magic Carpets.


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Next we were off to a Jungle Cruise. Emma and Demetri were so cute.


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Notice she was leading… just like her mommy :)


Demetri was fascinated by this spider that I didn’t believe moved, till I saw it :eek:


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We had Greg as our captain and he was as funny as the rest of them.


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I don’t care how corny the jokes are, I actually laugh out loud at all of them (maybe I am corny :))


I always laugh at the “back side” of water! Oh and the one where he says if you’ve enjoyed the cruise his name is Greg but if you didn’t, his name is Sabrina :rotfl2:


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Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 10:28 AM
Next we were off to see my Husband, Captain Jack Sparrow!


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Yes he’s your husband (for now anyway ;) ) but he’s MY boyfriend! Once in a blue moon this ride gets crowded and we asked to use the alternate entrance with Ariana’s GAC. I’ve never used it before and was surprised to see the route we had to take to get there. Backstage!


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POTC is another ride I had to force Emma to ride but now she doesn’t even question it and just goes on. She still says she doesn’t like it though :confused3


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After spotting my hubby (my man!) many times on the ride we decided we needed more fantasy in our lives (ya right) and decided to head to FantasyLand after stopping for a bite to eat at Peco Bills, (otherwise known in my family as the “Pickle Barrel” – George could never remember the name so he gave it his own name :lmao: ). After having my first taco salad (yum!) we were washing up when Demetri remarked to a CM that he really liked his badge. Instantly the CM asked him if he’d like to have it and Demetri was thrilled to say yes and have it pinned on him. Sheriff Demetri!


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It was around this point of the day too that I admitted to myself the DIS meet with Stefy had fallen through. :sad1: Her text hadn’t come through and when I’d tried to send one to her, it bounced back to me right away. I still wanted to get their gift to them though so I made a mental note to have the present shipped to her at the Poly. Little did I know......



Up next.... Who loves a parade?

mousescrapper
10-25-2011, 11:12 AM
getting caught up again ladies...

looks like you all are having some good times so far :thumbsup2 love how you fight over Jack...that would make for an awesome picture :rotfl2:

we caught the parade on our last day and enjoyed it too, had been awhile usually not in the park when it's on...

I am sad BTMRR will be closed during jan...but can't wait to ride then when it has some new "twists"

Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 11:16 AM
getting caught up again ladies...

looks like you all are having some good times so far :thumbsup2 love how you fight over Jack...that would make for an awesome picture :rotfl2:

we caught the parade on our last day and enjoyed it too, had been awhile usually not in the park when it's on...

I am sad BTMRR will be closed during jan...but can't wait to ride then when it has some new "twists"

Maybe there will be fighting over Jack... Or maybe we will move on. Wait and see :rolleyes1

Katie & Glen
10-25-2011, 11:21 AM
Im so glad to see you got Emma to try some new rides. Keep the updates coming!! :thumbsup2

IheartDDuck
10-25-2011, 11:27 AM
Uh oh. I sense a little bit of a fight over Captain Jack here. :lmao: He is very nice to look at. :rolleyes1

Sounds like you guys had a great morning. Got a lot of things accomplished too. I love the new changes to the Haunted Mansion too. I had no idea they were going to refurb BTMRR. I think it definitely needs it, so that's some news that I was glad to hear.

Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 11:31 AM
Im so glad to see you got Emma to try some new rides. Keep the updates coming!! :thumbsup2

More new rides to come! I am trying to keep up with Tracy on the updates... she's getting them out pretty fast which is not like her :laughing:

Uh oh. I sense a little bit of a fight over Captain Jack here. :lmao: He is very nice to look at. :rolleyes1

Sounds like you guys had a great morning. Got a lot of things accomplished too. I love the new changes to the Haunted Mansion too. I had no idea they were going to refurb BTMRR. I think it definitely needs it, so that's some news that I was glad to hear.

He is VERY nice to look at!!!!

xJenna
10-25-2011, 12:02 PM
Joining in! Reading this is making me so happy and sad at the same time. Happy because it looks like you guys are having so much fun and sad because I still have seven months to go!

Reading about getting Emma to go on Splash made me laugh. A year or so ago my family went down with my Aunt, Uncle, and their three girls. I guess they had tried to go on Haunted Mansion earlier and all three of the girls freaked in the stretching room and they had to leave. So later when we met up with them we said we were going on Haunted Mansion and my Aunt and Uncle wanted to try it (it was their whole families' first trip). Their middle girl Emma (5 or 6 at the time I think) decided she wanted to brave it as long as my sister and I kept her safe. Of course we promised we would warn her about scary things and we wouldn't let anything get her. She stood in the stretching room with her eyes shut as tight as possible and with her hands holding onto my sister's hands on her ears. The entire ride she kept her hands over her eyes but she kept peeking through her fingers and her heart was thumping so hard I could feel it. After we got off I asked her if she liked it and she said, "Yeah! I think so. I didn't see most of it but I liked it." She also saw the "I. Emma Spook". We have a few pictures of her with it. Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip. :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
10-25-2011, 01:27 PM
Sorry the DISmeet fell through but otherwise it looks like you were having a wonderful day!

irish dancer
10-25-2011, 03:26 PM
Bummer on the missed DIS meet, hope it wasn't anything bad that intercepted them.

My DD10 also begrudgingly goes on HM, keeps her eyes shut, buries her face in my side and plugs her ears. :rotfl:

Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 08:40 PM
Joining in! Reading this is making me so happy and sad at the same time. Happy because it looks like you guys are having so much fun and sad because I still have seven months to go!

Reading about getting Emma to go on Splash made me laugh. A year or so ago my family went down with my Aunt, Uncle, and their three girls. I guess they had tried to go on Haunted Mansion earlier and all three of the girls freaked in the stretching room and they had to leave. So later when we met up with them we said we were going on Haunted Mansion and my Aunt and Uncle wanted to try it (it was their whole families' first trip). Their middle girl Emma (5 or 6 at the time I think) decided she wanted to brave it as long as my sister and I kept her safe. Of course we promised we would warn her about scary things and we wouldn't let anything get her. She stood in the stretching room with her eyes shut as tight as possible and with her hands holding onto my sister's hands on her ears. The entire ride she kept her hands over her eyes but she kept peeking through her fingers and her heart was thumping so hard I could feel it. After we got off I asked her if she liked it and she said, "Yeah! I think so. I didn't see most of it but I liked it." She also saw the "I. Emma Spook". We have a few pictures of her with it. Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip. :goodvibes

:welcome: I love that story!!! Emma was actually pretty good on it and wasn't really scared too much... she really loved the ghost that sat on my head at the end :rotfl:

Sorry the DISmeet fell through but otherwise it looks like you were having a wonderful day!

Isn't every day at Disney World a wonderful day? :cloud9:

Bummer on the missed DIS meet, hope it wasn't anything bad that intercepted them.

My DD10 also begrudgingly goes on HM, keeps her eyes shut, buries her face in my side and plugs her ears. :rotfl:

I don't even find HM that scary, especially if you have been on it once already :confused3

Tinkermom76
10-25-2011, 09:45 PM
So I thought I would let you all know that I booked our next trip today :banana:

I know Disney will never send me a PIN cause I never get more than 3 weeks out before I am booking again :confused3

So Eryka, Emma and I will b going Aug 27th to Sept 3rd. Emma's birthday is Sept 2nd so that will be fun!

Canadians have free dining available till Sept 29 2012 so I jumped and booked it

We are staying at the Contemporary again and doing park hoppers for the 1st time in years!

We are very excited! I am not sure if I will be doing a PTR or a TR for this trip. I decided I am going to see this trip through my eyes not my camera so other than typical posed pics and scenery pics there will be no pics of rides, shows, parades or fireworks :scared1:

katt789
10-25-2011, 10:58 PM
Yay! I'm caught up and ready to keep reading. It looks like you guys have had an awesome trip so far, and day 1's not even done!:banana:

Daddy_of_Princesses
10-26-2011, 06:44 AM
So I thought I would let you all know that I booked our next trip today :banana:

I know Disney will never send me a PIN cause I never get more than 3 weeks out before I am booking again :confused3

So Eryka, Emma and I will b going Aug 27th to Sept 3rd. Emma's birthday is Sept 2nd so that will be fun!

Canadians have free dining available till Sept 29 2012 so I jumped and booked it

We are staying at the Contemporary again and doing park hoppers for the 1st time in years!

We are very excited! I am not sure if I will be doing a PTR or a TR for this trip. I decided I am going to see this trip through my eyes not my camera so other than typical posed pics and scenery pics there will be no pics of rides, shows, parades or fireworks :scared1:

Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy the trip. I'm sure you have plenty of photo's from this past year to remember Disney by.

DisMomAmy
10-26-2011, 06:52 AM
So I thought I would let you all know that I booked our next trip today :banana:

I know Disney will never send me a PIN cause I never get more than 3 weeks out before I am booking again :confused3

So Eryka, Emma and I will b going Aug 27th to Sept 3rd. Emma's birthday is Sept 2nd so that will be fun!

Canadians have free dining available till Sept 29 2012 so I jumped and booked it

We are staying at the Contemporary again and doing park hoppers for the 1st time in years!

We are very excited! I am not sure if I will be doing a PTR or a TR for this trip. I decided I am going to see this trip through my eyes not my camera so other than typical posed pics and scenery pics there will be no pics of rides, shows, parades or fireworks :scared1:

:cool1:

Angies1274
10-26-2011, 06:52 AM
It looks like you were all having a great day at MK!:goodvibes Can't wait to check out the new queue for Haunted Mansion. Aww...sorry the DIS meet didn't happen.:sad2:

Natalie--Congrats on booking your next trip!:thumbsup2

wdwgirl03
10-26-2011, 07:06 AM
Looks like a great MK day so far! I love the video of the opening show. I have never seen one of the Dapper Dans be the greeter-we've usually had the mayor or Scoop Sanderson, the news reporter guy. So fun! Your video got me excited for when we're there Saturday morning! :banana:

I love MK rope drop. :cloud9: I have to admit, I have the song on my iPod. "Welcome, welcome, welcome".

haha, I do too. :)

Tinkermom76
10-26-2011, 11:28 AM
Yay! I'm caught up and ready to keep reading. It looks like you guys have had an awesome trip so far, and day 1's not even done!:banana:
It was a really good first day at the park!!!

Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy the trip. I'm sure you have plenty of photo's from this past year to remember Disney by.

I'm not worried about pictures, but I am excited to sit and watch everything!!!

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It looks like you were all having a great day at MK!:goodvibes Can't wait to check out the new queue for Haunted Mansion. Aww...sorry the DIS meet didn't happen.:sad2:

Natalie--Congrats on booking your next trip!:thumbsup2

The new Queue is really neat
Thanks:thumbsup2

Looks like a great MK day so far! I love the video of the opening show. I have never seen one of the Dapper Dans be the greeter-we've usually had the mayor or Scoop Sanderson, the news reporter guy. So fun! Your video got me excited for when we're there Saturday morning! :banana:



I love the Dapper Dans!!!

Saturday morning... I'm jealous

TanzUnited99
10-26-2011, 12:04 PM
Sounds like a great day! Yay on going over to Tom Sawyer Island - I love the PP pics.

We also loved the Haunted Mansion queue and lol at fighting over Jack Sparrow - am sure you ladies are not the only ones! :rolleyes1 :laughing:

jeremysdisneymom
10-26-2011, 02:29 PM
Subbing! How neat that you traveled with friends!

I love the MK Opening. Wouldn't it be neat to be Family of the Day just once?

I love the Mk parades. My family likes the afternoon swim so I always miss that one. Love your pictures!

Alright, you got me curious. Did you get upgraded to the Poly mid stay?

Tinkermom76
10-26-2011, 09:45 PM
Sounds like a great day! Yay on going over to Tom Sawyer Island - I love the PP pics.

We also loved the Haunted Mansion queue and lol at fighting over Jack Sparrow - am sure you ladies are not the only ones! :rolleyes1 :laughing:

We were surprised to see the pp photographer on the island, I have never seen one there before

Subbing! How neat that you traveled with friends!

I love the MK Opening. Wouldn't it be neat to be Family of the Day just once?

I love the Mk parades. My family likes the afternoon swim so I always miss that one. Love your pictures!

Alright, you got me curious. Did you get upgraded to the Poly mid stay?

The Poly?!?!? I wish... that would be a dream come true :love:

Stefy
10-27-2011, 09:41 AM
All caught up and loving every second :)

Love the opening show at MK, always puts a smile on your face.

Breakfast with Stitch and friends looked like fun and how good is that pineapple bread! :teeth:

Bless Emma, she was a trooper on SM and wonderful that she loves it now. Such a fun ride and the song is too cute :)

Guys I am so sorry our meet fell through. I felt so bad, my phone was being a nuisance throughout the whole trip, dying in the space of 1hr if I left the network connected (no idea why, but it got super hot all the time). Being the dumma that I was I had forgotten to key in Tracy's number and had no way of getting it off of Facebook. I did try to look out for you guys when we got to MK, but no luck.

Tracy thank you so much for your awesome gift, it is so awesome and so thoughtful of you guys :hug:

Next time we are at Disney and our trips crossover we are meeting up for sure :teeth:

jenseib
10-28-2011, 07:35 AM
Jack may be your husband or boyfriend...but I'M the one he LOVES! :lmao:

Looks like you had a great afternoon. I haven't been to Tom Sawyers Island in over 10 years. I really do need to get Claire over there to experience it.

Yay for another trip!!!!!! :dance3:

Mickey_Mom
10-28-2011, 10:19 AM
All caught up and loving every second :)

Love the opening show at MK, always puts a smile on your face.

Breakfast with Stitch and friends looked like fun and how good is that pineapple bread! :teeth:

Bless Emma, she was a trooper on SM and wonderful that she loves it now. Such a fun ride and the song is too cute :)

Guys I am so sorry our meet fell through. I felt so bad, my phone was being a nuisance throughout the whole trip, dying in the space of 1hr if I left the network connected (no idea why, but it got super hot all the time). Being the dumma that I was I had forgotten to key in Tracy's number and had no way of getting it off of Facebook. I did try to look out for you guys when we got to MK, but no luck.

Tracy thank you so much for your awesome gift, it is so awesome and so thoughtful of you guys :hug:

Next time we are at Disney and our trips crossover we are meeting up for sure :teeth:

Your welcome! It was fun finding it for you... :goodvibes A little unorthodox in how it got to you but I was glad when I got your message!

Absolutely we'll make a future DIS meet work. :wizard:

Jack may be your husband or boyfriend...but I'M the one he LOVES! :lmao:

Looks like you had a great afternoon. I haven't been to Tom Sawyers Island in over 10 years. I really do need to get Claire over there to experience it.

Yay for another trip!!!!!! :dance3:


:rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: Jack certainly does love his women fighting over him!

Demetri was having a blast on TSI, Ariana and I not so much besides the barrel bridge. We'll have to go again when I have a second set of eyes to keep track of both kiddos at the same time. Natalie walked thru the cave with him since I was afraid I'd lose Ariana. :rolleyes:

JPFamilyMom
10-28-2011, 04:12 PM
Was way behind, but I'm all caught up and loving your TR. Looks like you all have had a splendid trip so far from leaving for the airport through to your time in MK. Love the pictures and I am now officially convinced to try Ohana's next trip. Can't wait to read whats next

Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 04:43 PM
I’m just a little black rain cloud…..


We thought we might be able to finish the FantasyLand rides before MSEP but I was doubtful. First was Peter Pan’s Flight - I never get any good pics on this ride.


I was in a ship by myself and snuck in a quick flash picture, one of Ariana’s favourite scenes. (shhhh!)


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Next was It’s a Small World… now this is the first time I have gone on this ride since I read Kingdom Keepers and let me tell you I was more than a little freaked out on this ride. I will never see this ride the same again :scared1:


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I have so many pictures of this ride that I wasn’t taking very many this time around. Ariana would have none of that and started to point out the pictures she wanted me to take. No problem! Some were a little off because she’d wait until the last second to tell me but here’s a few of what she picked.


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And more cuteness from Demetri and Emma.... check out the protective arm around her back as they sit together. :goodvibes


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The clock says 6:15 and we still had to get mine and Tracy’s ears for our MNSSHP costumes and get a spot for the parade….. I am getting nervous. I said to Tracy there is no way we are going to get hats and a spot if we do anymore rides so we decide to leave the rest of FantasyLand for our next MK day and we head down a very crowded Main St to the Chapeau Shop.


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Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 04:45 PM
Of course taking pictures along the way ;)


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I ordered my hats (one for me and one for my Goddaughter Claire) and then I told Tracy I was going to make my way outside to look for a parade watching spot.


It was pretty crowded already but I got a spot in the hub right outside the confectionary. It was an ok spot to watch.


I ordered ears for myself and we picked out new ones for the kids, and then joined Natalie outside to wait. I really liked our spot and I loved the few pictures I got of the parade heading up Main Street towards the Castle.


Before the parade started I snapped a couple pics of the decorations. Was there any doubt that I did too?



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I also snapped a pic of the Fire Station.


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Quick quiz for Kingdom Keeper readers: Who lives there?????


This was what the clouds looked like and it was kinda creepy. Very fitting!


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The kids in their spot


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Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 04:47 PM
Just after going back to get our now finished ears, the Main St Electrical Parade stated. I personally love this parade. I know there are lots of people who love Spectro more and I don’t really have an opinion on which one I like more I just try to enjoy the one that is available at the time.


I confess I do prefer Spectro Magic but I do love this parade too. I can’t help but dance along and it makes for great pictures if you can get them. This was the point of the day that I finally figured out which button to push to get my camera display working again and I LOVE the pictures with the Castle in the background. :cloud9:


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Hey it’s Goofy again!!!!

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Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 04:48 PM
After it was over the sky looked really bad and we were seeing lightning and hearing thunder so we decided it was not really worth sticking around for Wishes and getting stuck in a storm so we high tailed it out of there and to the bus stop.


It sucked not staying for Wishes, but we had other chances to see it later in the week and leaving early meant not only missing a potential downpour, it meant beating the crowds too. Ariana however, was not happy at all with this decision and let us know pretty much the entire bus ride back to Pop that she thought so. A shot taken earlier in the day but fitting at this point....


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We made it back to Pop before the storm and the sky seemed to be easing up a little. The kids really wanted to swim (me too :) me three!) so we gave in and went for a swim.


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After we were cooled down, saying goodnight to Tramp.....


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.... we went back to our rooms and went to bed. We have another early morning tomorrow… will Tracy make it?????



Well..... did I????

Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 05:13 PM
For those that read out PTR you may remember our list for MK, for those that didn’t here it is:

• Town Square Theatre
· Mickey & Minnie
· Princesses
• Rapunzel and Flynn
• Jungle Cruise
• POTC
• Dole Whip
• Splash Mountain
• BTMRR
• Tom Sawyer Island
• Hall of Presidents
• Riverboat
• Haunted Mansion
• Princess Tiana
• It’s a Small World
• Peter Pan’s Flight
• Mickey’s PhilharMagic
• Carousel
• Dumbo
• Winnie the Pooh
• Mad tea Party
• Tomorrowland Speedway
• Space Mountain
• People Mover
• Buzz
• Stitch
• Monsters Inc.

The things we accomplished on this day are red

Things not on the list that we did:

Parade and MSEP

mrsksomeday
10-28-2011, 05:25 PM
Great installments!!! I haven't read the Kingdom Keepers... yet. It is on my list of things to do.

I love the picture of Demetri with his arm around Emma, how freaking cute is that??? Watch out they look like they are on a date :eek:.

Great spot for MSEP, I love the pictures with the castle in the background. I would have left too if it looked like it was going to pour rain.

I say Tracy made it the next morning, I believe in her :goodvibes. She has a great name :rotfl:.

IheartDDuck
10-28-2011, 06:56 PM
Hahaha, no one looks at It's a Small World the same way after Kingdom Keepers! I don't think I even look at the entire park the same way either.

P.S. Wayne lives in the Fire House.

Great MSEP pictures! Sorry that you didn't get to stay for Wishes. But swimming is always a good thing too.

Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 07:20 PM
Great installments!!! I haven't read the Kingdom Keepers... yet. It is on my list of things to do.

I love the picture of Demetri with his arm around Emma, how freaking cute is that??? Watch out they look like they are on a date :eek:.

Great spot for MSEP, I love the pictures with the castle in the background. I would have left too if it looked like it was going to pour rain.

I say Tracy made it the next morning, I believe in her :goodvibes. She has a great name :rotfl:.



KK is good you need to read it!!!!

We should really start planning their Disney wedding!

Hahaha, no one looks at It's a Small World the same way after Kingdom Keepers! I don't think I even look at the entire park the same way either.

P.S. Wayne lives in the Fire House.

Great MSEP pictures! Sorry that you didn't get to stay for Wishes. But swimming is always a good thing too.

Yep its Wayne! I just started #3 so Im looking forward to more things freaking me out next year!!!!

Tinkermom76
10-28-2011, 08:14 PM
Was way behind, but I'm all caught up and loving your TR. Looks like you all have had a splendid trip so far from leaving for the airport through to your time in MK. Love the pictures and I am now officially convinced to try Ohana's next trip. Can't wait to read whats next

You will enjoy O'hana, I love it every time we are there

DisMomAmy
10-28-2011, 08:15 PM
Wow - when you two do an update, you really do an update! :thumbsup2 Looks like you had a great spot for the parade to me. I've never seen it from Main Street. We usually go to Liberty Square or Frontierland.

irish dancer
10-28-2011, 09:44 PM
Loving all the pics. That was a great spot for MSEP, I too loved the pics with the castle in the background. Good idea to make a break for it with a potential storm brewing.

I too vote that Tracy makes RD again! :thumbsup2

TanzUnited99
10-29-2011, 10:07 AM
I loved It's a Small World but am curious now as to what you read in Kingdom Keepers - I'm going to have to read it and find out!

Aaw love the pic of Demetri and Emma with the protective arm around her. Great pics of MSEP - hope you get to watch Wishes later on in the trip.

ellajeansmom
10-29-2011, 10:44 AM
Beautiful pics of the parade, especially the ones with the castle in the background :goodvibes

Too bad you missed Wishes but cooling off in the pool is a great way to end a busy day :thumbsup2

kcandbella
10-29-2011, 11:00 AM
Great updates! You got a lot done that day. I wish we had gotten to see MSEP this time, but we never did. You got some great pics of it, it looks really cool!

Tinkermom76
10-29-2011, 11:05 AM
Wow - when you two do an update, you really do an update! :thumbsup2 Looks like you had a great spot for the parade to me. I've never seen it from Main Street. We usually go to Liberty Square or Frontierland.

I usually go to FrontierLand as well but the last couple trips I have stayed on Main St and I really like it

Loving all the pics. That was a great spot for MSEP, I too loved the pics with the castle in the background. Good idea to make a break for it with a potential storm brewing.

I too vote that Tracy makes RD again! :thumbsup2

It was a great spot and pretty empty right up till the parade started

I loved It's a Small World but am curious now as to what you read in Kingdom Keepers - I'm going to have to read it and find out!

Aaw love the pic of Demetri and Emma with the protective arm around her. Great pics of MSEP - hope you get to watch Wishes later on in the trip.

You need to read it, it's a great series and I am on the 3rd one!

Beautiful pics of the parade, especially the ones with the castle in the background :goodvibes

Too bad you missed Wishes but cooling off in the pool is a great way to end a busy day :thumbsup2

Ya I was sad to miss wishes as well but the pool was great :thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
10-29-2011, 11:11 AM
Great updates! You got a lot done that day. I wish we had gotten to see MSEP this time, but we never did. You got some great pics of it, it looks really cool!

It was a great day! I love MSEP! Too bad you didn't get to see it, put it on the list for next trip :thumbsup2

katt789
10-29-2011, 12:10 PM
You got some amazing shots infront of the castle & down main street! Awesome!! It looks like your first full day was a success! It sucks that you missed Wishes, but at least you have a chance to see it later, and possibly without the rain!

Stefy
10-29-2011, 12:31 PM
Another great update :) Too cute pic of Demetri and Emma :)

Awesome pics of the MEP, still need to sit down and watch that properly one of these days :teeth:

a*lil*bit*goofy
10-29-2011, 01:18 PM
Im hooked on this trip report ladies. Looking forward to reading more! Great back story too. :O) Pics of the kids are super sweet.

Katie & Glen
10-30-2011, 01:41 PM
Great update! It doesn't look like you guys accomplished much of your list, but sometimes it can be better that way. I can't wait to go back and wave hi to Wayne' apartment! :thumbsup2

Angies1274
10-30-2011, 02:21 PM
Great update!:thumbsup2

Too funny about IASW and Kingdom Keepers! I feel the same way!:laughing:

You got some beautiful pictures of the parade! Love the ones with the castle in the background!:cloud9:

Tinkermom76
11-01-2011, 12:06 PM
Sorry I haven't been on here to respond to everyone but I was in a car accident on Friday so I have been dealing with stuff from that. I'm ok but my car isn't too happy

You got some amazing shots infront of the castle & down main street! Awesome!! It looks like your first full day was a success! It sucks that you missed Wishes, but at least you have a chance to see it later, and possibly without the rain!

Any day in Disney is a success but we did have a great day!!!

Another great update :) Too cute pic of Demetri and Emma :)

Awesome pics of the MEP, still need to sit down and watch that properly one of these days :teeth:

It's a great parade, make sure you see it. The kids were so cute together

Im hooked on this trip report ladies. Looking forward to reading more! Great back story too. :O) Pics of the kids are super sweet.

Glad you are here and I love your name... Goofy will make many appearances in this Trip Report so stayed tuned!

Great update! It doesn't look like you guys accomplished much of your list, but sometimes it can be better that way. I can't wait to go back and wave hi to Wayne' apartment! :thumbsup2

I'm not in a big rush to finish the list especially since we had a few more days planned there

Great update!:thumbsup2

Too funny about IASW and Kingdom Keepers! I feel the same way!:laughing:

You got some beautiful pictures of the parade! Love the ones with the castle in the background!:cloud9:

Scenes from that book were freaking me out the whole trip

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 12:46 PM
Oh my, how excited I am that you are a Kingdom Keepers fan!!! I love those books. I just found them this summer and have read all of them. I cringe when I see or hear Maleficient now! I read about Cherubim and Expedition Everest after we were at AK this summer but I know that ride will freak me out more than ever now!!!

Great pictures. I love MSEP. It is such a happy parade!

Kathy Jetson
11-01-2011, 11:34 PM
Natlie-WOOHOO:woohoo:on your next trip!

Tracy-Thats too funny you got spit on by the camel instead of Demetri and that was very cool of the cm to give him his badge!

I can't wait to see the new things at Haunted Mansion. I hope they get everything working on BTMR I don't think I've ever rode it when everything was working like it should.

Ok everyone is making me want to go out and get Kingdom Keepers. Is it scarey?

Natalie-I'm sorry to hear about your car accident. I hope your well. Is your car going to make it?

jenseib
11-03-2011, 08:22 AM
I'm glad you are OK after the accident. I hope all the car troubles gets fixed.
I'm loving your halloween pictures on main street and the parade pictures as well.

Tinkermom76
11-03-2011, 10:57 AM
Natlie-WOOHOO:woohoo:on your next trip!

Tracy-Thats too funny you got spit on by the camel instead of Demetri and that was very cool of the cm to give him his badge!

I can't wait to see the new things at Haunted Mansion. I hope they get everything working on BTMR I don't think I've ever rode it when everything was working like it should.

Ok everyone is making me want to go out and get Kingdom Keepers. Is it scarey?

Natalie-I'm sorry to hear about your car accident. I hope your well. Is your car going to make it?

Kingdom Keepers is a great series especially for Disney lovers!!! Go get the 1st one

My car is going to make it and I am hoping its back tomorrow cause I really dislike my rental car

I'm glad you are OK after the accident. I hope all the car troubles gets fixed.
I'm loving your halloween pictures on main street and the parade pictures as well.

I loved the Halloween decorations and I am glad I got to see them after 2 years of christmas decorations

My car will be fine, it could have been worse so I am just glad I'm around to keep planning my trips!!!

Stefy
11-04-2011, 03:08 AM
Oh goodness, so glad you're ok :hug:

wdwgirl03
11-04-2011, 07:06 AM
hahaha, love the comment about Kingdom Keepers. I still love IASW though. Brings me back to when I was little. :goodvibes

Great pictures of the fall decorations. They were so pretty.

Tinkermom76
11-04-2011, 07:38 AM
Oh goodness, so glad you're ok :hug:

Thanks I'm fine and hopefully I get my car back today.

Going to Disneyland Paris I see, I'm so jealous

hahaha, love the comment about Kingdom Keepers. I still love IASW though. Brings me back to when I was little. :goodvibes

Great pictures of the fall decorations. They were so pretty.

I love kingdom keepers, even though a couple places in the park were creepy because of it, it was kinda nice too to look at those areas and see something new and different

The decorations were gorgeous!!!

Tinkermom76
11-06-2011, 03:46 PM
and this is why I didn't start a PTR... change number one for my vacation

I am now going Sept 29 - Oct 7 Staying at Port Orleans Riverside with Deluxe Dining.

I didn't really like the idea of going in August cause I will melt and we have friends going in Oct so it would be nice to spend a little time with them. I have always wanted to do deluxe dining and since I am not staying at a deluxe resort why not

jenseib
11-06-2011, 05:53 PM
and this is why I didn't start a PTR... change number one for my vacation

I am now going Sept 29 - Oct 7 Staying at Port Orleans Riverside with Deluxe Dining.

I didn't really like the idea of going in August cause I will melt and we have friends going in Oct so it would be nice to spend a little time with them. I have always wanted to do deluxe dining and since I am not staying at a deluxe resort why not

Sounds like a good plan...August is very hot!

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-07-2011, 05:51 AM
Sorry about the car:sad1:, and really sorry that your stinkin Patriots couldn't beat the Giants.:confused3

Now, get back to writing about your vacation.:thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
11-07-2011, 09:14 AM
Sorry about the car:sad1:, and really sorry that your stinkin Patriots couldn't beat the Giants.:confused3

Now, get back to writing about your vacation.:thumbsup2

You always make me laugh Mike

Tracy how are those updates coming?????

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-07-2011, 11:31 AM
You always make me laugh Mike

Tracy how are those updates coming?????

Oh, it's Tracy's fault? Should have known.:lmao:

Katie & Glen
11-07-2011, 12:25 PM
and this is why I didn't start a PTR... change number one for my vacation

I am now going Sept 29 - Oct 7 Staying at Port Orleans Riverside with Deluxe Dining.

I didn't really like the idea of going in August cause I will melt and we have friends going in Oct so it would be nice to spend a little time with them. I have always wanted to do deluxe dining and since I am not staying at a deluxe resort why not

Gee.... wonder who that friend could be?? ;)

Tinkermom76
11-07-2011, 12:46 PM
Gee.... wonder who that friend could be?? ;)

I see you have a ticker... I need to adjust mine!!!

Mickey_Mom
11-08-2011, 12:07 PM
Oh, it's Tracy's fault? Should have known.:lmao:

Ouch! :upsidedow


Another router bit the dust in our home :headache: I think a few of those hitchhiking ghosts followed me home and were determined to be mischevious with my electronics. ;) Back to normal now though and Natalie will have our next update posted soon!

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-08-2011, 12:20 PM
Ouch! :upsidedow


Another router bit the dust in our home :headache: I think a few of those hitchhiking ghosts followed me home and were determined to be mischevious with my electronics. ;) Back to normal now though and Natalie will have our next update posted soon!

Computer problems? Natalie should have said something. How rude.:rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
11-08-2011, 12:24 PM
Computer problems? Natalie should have said something. How rude.:rolleyes1

LMAO I didn't know, I don't live in her house :confused3

Update will be up soon... well sometime today... before midnight ;)

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-08-2011, 04:45 PM
LMAO I didn't know, I don't live in her house :confused3

Update will be up soon... well sometime today... before midnight ;)

WHAT! She didn't tell her co-author she was having computer issues??? How rude.:confused3

Tinkermom76
11-08-2011, 05:10 PM
Day 3: Sunday September 25th


Park: Animal Kingdom


Reservations: Tusker House Breakfast


It’s a very good thing I took notes on the trip because they really help jog my memory for certain things.


I was up at 7am and quickly showered and woke up the girls. We stopped for drinks at Everything Pop and headed to the bus. We had an early breakfast at Tusker House!


Temps were already hot at 8:30am and we were heading to Animal Kingdom. Yikes! I remember already very much looking forward to our swimming plans later that day. Demetri was once again making good use of our misting fans and drinking his lemonade. Good thing because it took a while for an AK bus to pull up.


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We got to Animal Kingdom and headed right for the restaurant (I didn’t even stop for a picture although I think Tracy did)


Yep! Literally while on the run :teeth:



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We got to TH and were informed that they were running 25 minutes behind. Our reservation was for 9:15 and it was now 9:30.



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Now this is something that really ticks me off and I am glad it doesn’t happen to me very often. I would love to know how many walk ups they seated that morning that put my reservation behind and why did I get up at 6am 6months ago to make this reservation if they seat walk ups??? The real problem is this is the 1st time I have eaten here so now I have a bad 1st impression and it takes a lot for me to get rid of it.


We waited (and waited!) a long time past our reservation time before being seated. This is the second time I’ve eaten at Tusker and the same thing happened to us the first time. That first time was offset though by great service and a chance to eat off of both the breakfast and lunch buffets in one sitting. :thumbsup2 Today though......


We did the pics outside with Donald Duck while we were waiting.


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At 10:00 we were finally called to be seated. We were led to our seat, if you go in past the buffet, make a right, go all the way to the end of that room and make another right; there is a little room with 3 tables…. That’s where we sat :headache:


Alright whatever we will deal with it but then we had the worst waitress in the world :rolleyes1


Yeah it sure wasn’t the smartest setup. Those three tables in this little room were six seaters each and we were squeezed in there so tightly – a minor inconvenience if you are being served but not great when you’re going back and forth to a buffet. Factor in a waitress that barely came to the room and would then shout everything to all three tables at the same time..... :sad2:


Wasn’t there something weird about how your tea eventually was served to you....?


I know she brought the huge box of tea and left it in my spot so when I got back with my plate I had nowhere to put it. I believe I took a couple bags and moved the box out of the small room.


So how was the food? It was good, typical buffet food… nothing to write home about (except the juice).


I enjoyed everything I chose, but I admit I didn’t put a whole lot on my plate. I only went once.


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The characters however were great as usual and that is the real reason we do these meals isn’t it?


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Then I told Goofy that I told my friends I was gonna run away with him and he gave me a big kiss. Maybe not the best kiss I ever had but definitely the funniest and I love a funny man!


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The girls got birthday cupcakes and cute cards again. Two meals and two celebrations already on this trip!



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It will likely be a while before we do Tusker House again. I’d rather do a counter service lunch and be a bit more constructive with the park time.


I agree, I won’t make it a priority next year

TinkerbellLuvr7
11-08-2011, 05:46 PM
So sorry to hear the meal was not so great! My brother and I did the Nemo package a few weeks ago and they were also on a 30-45 min wait (and taking walk-ins). We were also in the same area I think. We sat at the last table in this little area that was next to the emergency door and I think there was a table of 6 next to us and it was a pretty cramped area! My bro and I both agreed that when they change to lunch they will have to reduce their number of walk-ins or it will be a nightmare!! I wasn't so wild about the food. I hear it's similar to Boma dinner which I've never had but don't really have a desire either.

Kathy Jetson
11-08-2011, 05:59 PM
Sorry to hear it took so long at Tusker House and that you had a bad table and a bad waitress. That really cuts into your park time. I always feel so rushed at that park because they close so early. We are usually at the parks until midnight or later but not AK. The pictures with the characters look great!

I can't wait to see what happens next.

mrsksomeday
11-08-2011, 06:26 PM
That is horrible that your reservation was pushed back because they were seating walk ups. I have been reading that a lot more here lately. How annoying.

I would be in a very bad mood if a server was shouting everyone. That is unacceptable, especially at WDW. Not magical at all.

The pictures were great, although I think someone needs to teach Goofy how to kiss, it looks like he is trying to bite you not kiss you.

jenseib
11-08-2011, 08:15 PM
what a pain! I would be so mad. did you see them taking walk ins? If I did, I might get up and say something //well after I saw a few...but it would really tick me off. And then a crappy waitress on top of that....UGH!

Tinkermom76
11-09-2011, 08:33 AM
So sorry to hear the meal was not so great! My brother and I did the Nemo package a few weeks ago and they were also on a 30-45 min wait (and taking walk-ins). We were also in the same area I think. We sat at the last table in this little area that was next to the emergency door and I think there was a table of 6 next to us and it was a pretty cramped area! My bro and I both agreed that when they change to lunch they will have to reduce their number of walk-ins or it will be a nightmare!! I wasn't so wild about the food. I hear it's similar to Boma dinner which I've never had but don't really have a desire either.

I don't like that area, I don't know why they don't just take out the little dividing wall and open it up :confused3

Sorry to hear it took so long at Tusker House and that you had a bad table and a bad waitress. That really cuts into your park time. I always feel so rushed at that park because they close so early. We are usually at the parks until midnight or later but not AK. The pictures with the characters look great!

I can't wait to see what happens next.

I guess cause it closes so early it forces you to relax in the evening (well it does that to me anyway)

That is horrible that your reservation was pushed back because they were seating walk ups. I have been reading that a lot more here lately. How annoying.

I would be in a very bad mood if a server was shouting everyone. That is unacceptable, especially at WDW. Not magical at all.

The pictures were great, although I think someone needs to teach Goofy how to kiss, it looks like he is trying to bite you not kiss you.

Goofy was very sweet and he can kiss(swallow my head) any day!!!

what a pain! I would be so mad. did you see them taking walk ins? If I did, I might get up and say something //well after I saw a few...but it would really tick me off. And then a crappy waitress on top of that....UGH!

I didn't see for sure that anyone was a walk up and had I, I would have said something for sure. I'm sorry that people get there and didn't know better to make their reservations but I did get up early 6 months before my trip so I wouldn't waste time waiting for a table :headache:

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-09-2011, 09:06 AM
Then I told Goofy that I told my friends I was gonna run away with him and he gave me a big kiss. Maybe not the best kiss I ever had but definitely the funniest and I love a funny man

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Are you sure that is a kiss? It looks like he is trying to eat your head.:lmao:

Tusker House ressies are kind of wierd in my opinion. We had an 8:10 ADR in December (prior to park opening), and there were people in front of me with later ADR's getting seated before me. I think we were finally at our table by 9:00, which is about when I figured we would be done eating. Kind of messed up the plans for the day, but not too bad. Annoyed the crap out of me though.

Stefy
11-10-2011, 02:32 AM
Sorry you guys didn't enjoy Tusker as much, esp when you were trying it for the first time. September was just crazy manic for crowds, we waited about 40mins for one of our reservations and we had a reservation. Was not impressed!

We heard that the reason why it was so crazy busy was because there was not only free dining, but also an offer that ran out that week where there was 40% off resorts and FD together :scared1:

Katie & Glen
11-10-2011, 07:23 AM
Glen and I were disappointed in TH when we were there in May. They were running late for our reservation and then we were so tightly packed in it was hard to move around for the buffet. Our waitress sucked as well. It took 30 minutes just to get us drinks. :confused3

note: This is Glen) I was very dissapointed in TH... the only good part were the pictures with Donald. It will be a very long time before we go back.

TanzUnited99
11-10-2011, 12:16 PM
Oh no on Tusker House taking walk ups and making you guys wait :headache:

We were late for our reservation and have to agree in that it will be a while before we return. However you drew the short straw with having to be seated in a small room and having a server who shouted at you...ugh what an unpleasant experience.

Love the character shots especially the one of Goofy trying to eat you! :rotfl: Btw where are those Krispy Kreme doghnuts? I can't see them on your plate!

kcandbella
11-10-2011, 07:34 PM
That is disappointing about TH. I had put it on the maybe list for our upcoming trip, but I'm not so sure anymore. At least the characters were there to make it a little better.

Tinkermom76
11-10-2011, 09:39 PM
Are you sure that is a kiss? It looks like he is trying to eat your head.:lmao:

Tusker House ressies are kind of wierd in my opinion. We had an 8:10 ADR in December (prior to park opening), and there were people in front of me with later ADR's getting seated before me. I think we were finally at our table by 9:00, which is about when I figured we would be done eating. Kind of messed up the plans for the day, but not too bad. Annoyed the crap out of me though.

I know! Goofy was the best character!!!

I was not impressed

Sorry you guys didn't enjoy Tusker as much, esp when you were trying it for the first time. September was just crazy manic for crowds, we waited about 40mins for one of our reservations and we had a reservation. Was not impressed!

We heard that the reason why it was so crazy busy was because there was not only free dining, but also an offer that ran out that week where there was 40% off resorts and FD together :scared1:
We didn't really have a lot of trouble with other restaurants so I think maybe this one is having a problem with this issue

Glen and I were disappointed in TH when we were there in May. They were running late for our reservation and then we were so tightly packed in it was hard to move around for the buffet. Our waitress sucked as well. It took 30 minutes just to get us drinks. :confused3

note: This is Glen) I was very dissapointed in TH... the only good part were the pictures with Donald. It will be a very long time before we go back.

So it will not be on the restaurant list for this trip?

Oh no on Tusker House taking walk ups and making you guys wait :headache:

We were late for our reservation and have to agree in that it will be a while before we return. However you drew the short straw with having to be seated in a small room and having a server who shouted at you...ugh what an unpleasant experience.

Love the character shots especially the one of Goofy trying to eat you! :rotfl: Btw where are those Krispy Kreme doghnuts? I can't see them on your plate!

Goofy was so sweet!!!

They had Krispy Kreme Donuts??????? :scared1:

That is disappointing about TH. I had put it on the maybe list for our upcoming trip, but I'm not so sure anymore. At least the characters were there to make it a little better.

I had hear a lot of good things about this place before my trip so maybe it has good and bad days. Maybe a 1st thing in the morning reservation would be better

irish dancer
11-10-2011, 10:13 PM
I've tried to put Tusker House breaksfast on our list for our last trip and the upcoming one in June but it always manages to get cut. Guess I'm not missing out on anything.

Hope the rest of the day improved!

TanzUnited99
11-11-2011, 09:37 AM
They had Krispy Kreme Donuts??????? :scared1:

They sure did and they were the best thing about the breakfast IMO!!!!

I'm pretty sure you had a similar reaction when I posted the news on my PTR! :lmao:

Tinkermom76
11-11-2011, 09:44 PM
I've tried to put Tusker House breaksfast on our list for our last trip and the upcoming one in June but it always manages to get cut. Guess I'm not missing out on anything.

Hope the rest of the day improved!

It might be worth a try, especially since there isn't another breakfast place in AK

They sure did and they were the best thing about the breakfast IMO!!!!

I'm pretty sure you had a similar reaction when I posted the news on my PTR! :lmao:

How did I forget that :headache:

Probably the frustration of the morning, I still don't know how I didn't see them :confused3

Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:04 AM
When breakfast was over we headed straight for a 2 weeks safari (stupid poachers, my safari was cut short and I packed and everything).


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What do you think were the chances of a lion picture? Great! ..... of the tail. :lmao:


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Next we decided we needed some character time and where else would you go at AK to see characters than Camp Minnie Mickey.


We started off with Minnie in her safari gear since she was not at Tusker.


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Then we spotted Miss Bunny...


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Ariana wanted to give Miss Bunny some flowers she’d picked nearby :rolleyes1 and I wondered if she was going to be chastised for it, but Miss Bunny was happy to receive her gift. See her little blue bouquet?


Next we decided since it was 111 degrees and we were in the hottest park that we should really try to cool off. Where else would you go in AK to cool off than Kali River Rapids? Now here we go again, Emma has never been on this ride and I told her don’t worry it’s an easy boat ride :rotfl2: so now of course I was worried that she was gonna hate it and be pissed at me again.


Can you say ‘pissed’ in a Disney trip report? :rotfl:


On the way to KRR we ran into DeVine! This was the first time I had seen her and it was really cool to watch her move. Again I had Kingdom Keepers flashbacks while watching her :lmao:


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I’d seen DeVine for the first time in January with the Spectrum Moms but this was the first time for my kids. They were both in awe of her... she’s incredible to watch. So much so that I only took one picture! :scared1:


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Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:05 AM
We reached Kali and I was worried Emma was gonna back out.....


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..... but she rode it and guess what ?


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She LOVED it!!!!! In fact the 1st words out of her mouth were “can we do that again” well it’s hot and we can’t turn that down so we rode again and she loved it even more the second time!!! Great another ride for Emma!!!!


This time I didn’t tuck my camera into the centre thingie in the raft. I love ride photos so I grabbed a few in between soakings.



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When we finished with Kali it was time to head to Expedition Everest! On the way we found some water fountains the kids could play in and since it was so hot, none of them hesitated.


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Then we were off to EE.



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Tracy took all the kids on except Emma (there is no way she is going on this) and Emma and I took a look around the store. There was a really cute Yeti Kitty that we were looking at and I now regret not buying it, oh well next year :confused3


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I wasn’t fast enough to catch the ride pic with Eryka and Demetri - just Ariana and me.


When they all came off the ride I went back on with the kids while Tracy sat with Emma (Thanks Tracy!) I am afraid of heights but I love this ride and love that I can see ToT from the top!


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Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:07 AM
We wanted to make sure we saw the Festival of the Lion King this trip so we started heading in that direction.


First stopping to fill up our refillable mugs, I got a kick out of this sign above the water fountain.


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We came across the photopass photographer with Everest in the background so we stopped for some pics.


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Then we stopped to watch the monkeys that wanted to show us their better side.



We’d lured them out of hiding by yelling that we had some bananas we wanted to share. :rolleyes1


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Again I was having Kingdom Keeper flashbacks and I was worried those monkeys were working for evil and going to steal one of the kids so I didn’t want to stick around. :scared1:


Next we stopped at this cool looking bench to take some pictures.


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Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:08 AM
Finally we were off to the Festival of the Lion King and we made it just before the show. We got great seats in the Lion section (the only section I have ever sat in).


I love this show so much and w skipped it last year to see Nemo instead and we won’t ever do that again. I do however take horrible pictures during this show :)


My pictures too were fairly crappy. My phone pictures seemed to be turning out better. I was once again really, really hoping one of our kids would be chosen for the parade part at the end but alas... not this time. Maybe next time!


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Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:10 AM
Next stop on our list was The Tree of Life. Tracy knew the secret paths right up to the tree that I had never been on so I let her lead and we were off to find the tree. Now if you are a Tree of Life lover and have never been so close you can touch it (literally) then you need to find the path and get up close and personal with the tree.


Love, love, LOVED this part of our day. :goodvibes


Many, many pics coming at you!


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When we were on the Safari I saw a girl wearing the cutest little stripped hat but I wasn’t brave enough to ask her where she got it. After the tree Emma wanted to go looking in the store because she wanted a baby Nala. Well unfortunately they were all sold out of baby Nalas so she went for the bigger Nala. While we were looking around I saw the hats!!!! The cute stripped one the girl was wearing was Cheshire Cat and they had Tink and The Mad Hatter! I love the Mad Hatter so I had to have it! I also got the watch that was the purchase offer.


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Natalie was sooooo excited to find this hat. Her smile was the brightest thing in the room :teeth:!


After we were done shopping we decided to get out of the park before we got trapped by the parade, but who can pass up the opportunity to hold baby Simba.


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On the way out Ariana saw a picture opportunity she couldn’t pass up.


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How awesome is that!? Ariana was thrilled to see this little section for the Lion King. I loved taking this picture... I knew it would become one of her favourites!


And we were off on a bus back to Pop.


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Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:13 AM
Demetri took a shining to Emma’s Nala and the two of them had fun hamming it up on the ride back.


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We stopped in Everything Pop for some dinner. I had the Chicken Penne which I love and both the girls had pizza.


I can’t remember what we had! :confused3 But I do remember I headed over to Concierge to pick up my tickets for our MNSSHP parties. The line was pretty short so as the food court staff were doing the Hustle :lmao: the kids were teaching themselves....


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.... and I was enjoying the yummy goodness that a CM was handing out to those waiting in line. Yum!


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After dinner it was time for more swimming (we said we were gonna make time to relax and swim this trip and we are living up to it!) Off to the Hippy Dippy Pool this time and a drink for mommy. The kids entered some freeze dance competitions and made their way around the pool.


Of all our stays at Pop, we’d never heard of pool fun and events. It was so much fun to watch the freeze dance competition. Ariana was enjoying a leisure swim around the somewhat emptier pool and Demetri was in his element with the dancing. He fancies himself a bit of a break dancer so he was having a blast busting a move between freezes.


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Unfortunately right after this pic, he flipped right over and landed on his back. A bit hurting and a lot embarrassed, he sat the next few rounds out but quickly rejoined once he’d recovered.


The sun was setting on another gorgeous day and I was loving the swim time we were getting so far.


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After 8pm we figured we were waterlogged and it was time to get out of the pool. We went back to our room and changed. The girls and I decided we wanted to head out to the movie which was Toy Story 3. We stopped at the food court and filled our mugs and settled into some chairs in front of the big screen. We only stuck around and watched for half an hour or so and then headed back to bed.


I opted out of the movie (another thing I had no idea they did!) because I knew my kids would want to stay until the end. I didn’t even tell Ariana it was going to be on but Demetri found out and was mighty disappointed we weren’t going. After seeing him earlier with Emma’s Nala, I’d already decided to buy one for him as his souvenir, so I made a deal with him that we’d get her as soon as we saw her next. He was a happy boy once again and it was a nice quiet and relaxing night in our room. :goodvibes


Coming up next.... DHS

Katie & Glen
11-12-2011, 09:26 AM
I am so glad to see that Emma like KRR. Maybe we can try and convince her to go on EE next year? Looks like it was a great rest of the day after the TH mishap! An no, no TH for next year. I would much rather spend my time sat Ohana or Chef Mickey's.

wdwgirl03
11-12-2011, 10:39 AM
What a great update. Looks like a wonderful day at AK. I love that park so much. Glad that Emma enjoyed Kali River Rapids. :thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 03:03 PM
I am so glad to see that Emma like KRR. Maybe we can try and convince her to go on EE next year? Looks like it was a great rest of the day after the TH mishap! An no, no TH for next year. I would much rather spend my time sat Ohana or Chef Mickey's.

The day got much better after TH and I do not have TH on my food list for the next trip, maybe I will try it again one day though

Good luck with getting her on EE :rolleyes1

What a great update. Looks like a wonderful day at AK. I love that park so much. Glad that Emma enjoyed Kali River Rapids. :thumbsup2

I'm glad she liked KRR too because let me tell you it was REALLY REALLY hot that day and we needed anything we could get to cool off

Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 04:14 PM
Hey everyone! I started my PTR so if you want come on over and check it out out!!!

3 girls, MNSSHP and more food than we can handle (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2832221)

irish dancer
11-12-2011, 08:50 PM
Sounds like a pretty nice AK day. We haven't done KRR for a while, not a big fan and have been able to convince kids to skip it and go back to the resort to swim. :thumbsup2

FOTLK is my FAVORITE show!! :lovestruc We too skipped it once for Nemo and won't make that mistake again either. ;)

DD10 is so depserate to have one of those little fasinators, not sure if she wants the Mad Hatter or Cheshire Cat. We saw them in the new Mickey Monitor that recently came in the mail. Hope they still have them in June. Are they attached with an elastic strap or little headband?

I like your relaxing evening of swimming and hanging out, DH insists we have some of those kind of nights he won't go commando anymore. :rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:16 PM
Sounds like a pretty nice AK day. We haven't done KRR for a while, not a big fan and have been able to convince kids to skip it and go back to the resort to swim. :thumbsup2

FOTLK is my FAVORITE show!! :lovestruc We too skipped it once for Nemo and won't make that mistake again either. ;)

DD10 is so depserate to have one of those little fasinators, not sure if she wants the Mad Hatter or Cheshire Cat. We saw them in the new Mickey Monitor that recently came in the mail. Hope they still have them in June. Are they attached with an elastic strap or little headband?

I like your relaxing evening of swimming and hanging out, DH insists we have some of those kind of nights he won't go commando anymore. :rolleyes1

This was the first time we did KRR and we loved it!!!

Its called a fasinator??? Thanks!!!! They are attached with an elastic but it didn't bother me. I'm not sure if it bothered Tracy.

It has little elastic hoops where I thing you could put a headband in if the elastic bothered you

I love relaxing evenings! It really feels like a vacation!

irish dancer
11-12-2011, 09:27 PM
This was the first time we did KRR and we loved it!!!

Its called a fasinator??? Thanks!!!! They are attached with an elastic but it didn't bother me. I'm not sure if it bothered Tracy.

It has little elastic hoops where I thing you could put a headband in if the elastic bothered you

I love relaxing evenings! It really feels like a vacation!

Yep, that's what they called it in the magazine and I watched a lot of the Royal Wedding coverage and that is what they were calling all those little kind of funny looking hats at the wedding.

Tinkermom76
11-12-2011, 09:29 PM
Yep, that's what they called it in the magazine and I watched a lot of the Royal Wedding coverage and that is what they were calling all those little kind of funny looking hats at the wedding.

I just put a headband on and it worked so either way!!! :thumbsup2

irish dancer
11-12-2011, 09:55 PM
I just put a headband on and it worked so either way!!! :thumbsup2

:thumbsup2 good to know!

Kathy Jetson
11-12-2011, 11:23 PM
I love the pic of the lion tail!

Thats so sweet Ariana gave Miss Bunny flowers. River always wants to bring cheese for Mickey. I tell him he is to busy meeting all the people to eat it.:laughing:

We've never seen DeVine I would really like to find her.

Thats great Emma loved KRR! I've never done EE I'm to chicken. Does it have a big stomach drop?

It looks like you guys had so much fun at the pool. We were never there for the games and I don't think they were doing the movies yet when we were last there.

I can't wait to see what happens next.

Tinkermom76
11-13-2011, 01:44 PM
I love the pic of the lion tail!

Thats so sweet Ariana gave Miss Bunny flowers. River always wants to bring cheese for Mickey. I tell him he is to busy meeting all the people to eat it.:laughing:

We've never seen DeVine I would really like to find her.

Thats great Emma loved KRR! I've never done EE I'm to chicken. Does it have a big stomach drop?

It looks like you guys had so much fun at the pool. We were never there for the games and I don't think they were doing the movies yet when we were last there.

I can't wait to see what happens next.

DeVine was very cool to watch and I hope I get to see her again!

EE is not bad and has a nice backwards drop when you run out of track :scared1:

The pool was a big highlight of this trip, we spent a lot of time there and did some cool activities!

mousescrapper
11-13-2011, 03:51 PM
all caught up ladies...so sorry I got behind :guilty:

back up to MK, looks like you had alot of fun and did quite a bit for the first day, can't wait to see all the Mouse ears and I enjoyed your pixs from MSEP...good choice on skipping out of there ahead of the end of day crowds :thumbsup2

I can see how that would be tough on Ariana...

Tusker House, oh stinky what a shame w/ the timing and not best service...sometimes it seems hit or miss at the buffets. Glad you enjoyed the characters. I think if we do this in future trips I will choose a pre park time :thumbsup2

Those darn poachers wrecking your safari ;) and nice lion tail shot :laughing:

sounds like you had a hot one but glad everyone enjoyed Kali, EE is always fun, sadly won't being seeing the Yeti again anytime soon for me...:sad2:

love the little Hatter hat Natalie...very cute on you!

I tried finding the Tree of Life Trail on our trip, but dang :headache:

I love the group PP shots w/ baby Simba and the last pic of Ariana :goodvibes

TanzUnited99
11-13-2011, 04:22 PM
Yay on seeing the characters and DeVine! We never saw her on our trip.

I'm glad Emma rode KRR and that she enjoyed it :thumbsup2

Sounds like a fun AK day and great Simba shots. I loved our pool time at Pop as well and your last sunset shot is awesome!

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-14-2011, 07:29 AM
we headed straight for a 2 weeks safari (stupid poachers, my safari was cut short and I packed and everything).

The same thing happened to us, what are the chances of two separate two-week safaris getting cut short by poachers?:lmao:

Can you say ‘pissed’ in a Disney trip report?

It appears the answer is yes.:rotfl2:

On the way to KRR we ran into DeVine! This was the first time I had seen her and it was really cool to watch her move. Again I had Kingdom Keepers flashbacks while watching her

I completely forgot about DeVine on our trip. I was kicking myself once we got home for not having it listed on my "Things to do" list for the Animal Kingdom.

Tracy knew the secret paths right up to the tree that I had never been on so I let her lead and we were off to find the tree.


Are these "secret" trails any different than the Discovery Island Trails that are listed on the guide map (http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/ak-n.jpg) in the Discovery Island section???:confused3

Tinkermom76
11-14-2011, 09:36 AM
all caught up ladies...so sorry I got behind :guilty:

back up to MK, looks like you had alot of fun and did quite a bit for the first day, can't wait to see all the Mouse ears and I enjoyed your pixs from MSEP...good choice on skipping out of there ahead of the end of day crowds :thumbsup2

I can see how that would be tough on Ariana...

Tusker House, oh stinky what a shame w/ the timing and not best service...sometimes it seems hit or miss at the buffets. Glad you enjoyed the characters. I think if we do this in future trips I will choose a pre park time :thumbsup2

Those darn poachers wrecking your safari ;) and nice lion tail shot :laughing:

sounds like you had a hot one but glad everyone enjoyed Kali, EE is always fun, sadly won't being seeing the Yeti again anytime soon for me...:sad2:

love the little Hatter hat Natalie...very cute on you!

I tried finding the Tree of Life Trail on our trip, but dang :headache:

I love the group PP shots w/ baby Simba and the last pic of Ariana :goodvibes

I love my hat!!!

I know it was very hard to find the trail and we were on the right path when a CM sent us the other way :headache:

Yay on seeing the characters and DeVine! We never saw her on our trip.

I'm glad Emma rode KRR and that she enjoyed it :thumbsup2

Sounds like a fun AK day and great Simba shots. I loved our pool time at Pop as well and your last sunset shot is awesome!

I really liked seeing DeVine!

I'm really glad Emma is more willing to try new rides, maybe I can get her on a roller coaster next trip :thumbsup2

The same thing happened to us, what are the chances of two separate two-week safaris getting cut short by poachers?:lmao:
What are the odds????:confused3

It appears the answer is yes.:rotfl2:

If not The Mods will be pissed at me :rotfl:


I completely forgot about DeVine on our trip. I was kicking myself once we got home for not having it listed on my "Things to do" list for the Animal Kingdom.

She was very cool to watch, sorry you missed it. That's it go book a trip right now so you can see her

Are these "secret" trails any different than the Discovery Island Trails that are listed on the guide map (http://www.wdwinfo.com/maps/ak-n.jpg) in the Discovery Island section???:confused3

There are trails that go NEAR the tree but then there are trails that go right to the base with nothing between you and the tree and it seems pretty difficult to find the trail sometimes

Tinkermom76
11-14-2011, 10:06 AM
Hey everyone, go check out my PTR (link in signature) I will really need some help with dining choices this year

jeremysdisneymom
11-14-2011, 01:31 PM
I love your references to Kingdom Keepers! It is so funny how you view the parks differently after reading those books.

It has been a while since we saw Devine. She is amazing!

It looks like you had a great day at AKL and a fun evening at Pop.

JPFamilyMom
11-14-2011, 03:38 PM
So sorry you had a not so great TH experience. That helps me, I often questioned dining there back and forth, but my ds would not tolerate waiting so long.

Your AK day looks WONDERFUL. So glad Emma enjoyed the rapids, and what cute souveniers so far. The movie by the pool sounds like fun, something I'll look forward to on a future trip.

Can't wait to see what you all do next

Stefy
11-15-2011, 02:33 AM
Another great update :) Looks like you had the perfect day at AK and pool time afterwards is a great way to end it too :)

Mickey_Mom
11-15-2011, 07:45 AM
I love your references to Kingdom Keepers! It is so funny how you view the parks differently after reading those books.

It has been a while since we saw Devine. She is amazing!

It looks like you had a great day at AKL and a fun evening at Pop.

I'm going to have to head to the library for the Kingdom Keeper books. :thumbsup2

So sorry you had a not so great TH experience. That helps me, I often questioned dining there back and forth, but my ds would not tolerate waiting so long.

Your AK day looks WONDERFUL. So glad Emma enjoyed the rapids, and what cute souveniers so far. The movie by the pool sounds like fun, something I'll look forward to on a future trip.

Can't wait to see what you all do next

Hi Jessica!

It's too bad I've been reading more and more about the waiting problem at Tusker House because it really is a great breakfast place. Our experience this time around was compounded with the poor seating and crappy service but if that hadn't of happened we'd have forgiven them easily for the wait.


Another great update :) Looks like you had the perfect day at AK and pool time afterwards is a great way to end it too :)

AK days are great for that! Fun days capped off with relaxing swims. :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
11-15-2011, 12:09 PM
All caught up! Sorry Tusker House disappointed... we've only eaten there once & it was just an OK experience. I wish Daisy was easier to find at other meals!

The rest of your AK day looks like it was great - even though it was really hot!

Tinkermom76
11-15-2011, 03:41 PM
All caught up! Sorry Tusker House disappointed... we've only eaten there once & it was just an OK experience. I wish Daisy was easier to find at other meals!

The rest of your AK day looks like it was great - even though it was really hot!

We really did have a great day at AK despite the bad breakfast start. KRR will always be my favourite part of that day!!!

jenseib
11-17-2011, 03:02 PM
You've been updating fools...I love it. I love you laid back approach at AK. The games and movies at Pop (and other Values) are new. I'm not sure if it was just for summer/warmer months, or if it will continue on for the rest of the year. it looked like a lot of fun.

Tinkermom76
11-17-2011, 03:40 PM
You've been updating fools...I love it. I love you laid back approach at AK. The games and movies at Pop (and other Values) are new. I'm not sure if it was just for summer/warmer months, or if it will continue on for the rest of the year. it looked like a lot of fun.

I love the laid back approach. I know the first couple times we went I wanted to do everything because I never knew if I would be back, but now that we have gone every year and always seem to have another trip booked I really think we can slow down at the parks and take it easy. If we don't get something done there is always next trip!

stephielela
11-18-2011, 10:43 AM
I am all caught up!!! Your day 1 looks great! I'm sorry you had a bad experience with TH. Good to know for future trips. We had an ADR before the park opens when we went so no worries about walk ups. I guess we will have to continue to do it that way... Looking forward to more!

Tinkermom76
11-18-2011, 12:17 PM
I am all caught up!!! Your day 1 looks great! I'm sorry you had a bad experience with TH. Good to know for future trips. We had an ADR before the park opens when we went so no worries about walk ups. I guess we will have to continue to do it that way... Looking forward to more!

I have decided to give TH another try but I am making a before park opens ADR for sure!

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-20-2011, 03:30 PM
Hellooooooo! Are you going to post anything about the trip anytime soon???:snail:

disneybarbie
11-20-2011, 04:10 PM
Hi! I'm a bit late here but just caught up with your report - sounds like a really fun trip so far! Love all the photos & how you are writing it together :goodvibes

Looking forward to more,

Emma princess: x

Tinkermom76
11-20-2011, 06:18 PM
Hellooooooo! Are you going to post anything about the trip anytime soon???:snail:

Geez you are Pushy :headache: Trying to keep us on our toes?

Hi! I'm a bit late here but just caught up with your report - sounds like a really fun trip so far! Love all the photos & how you are writing it together :goodvibes

Looking forward to more,

Emma princess: x

:welcome: Glad you could make it!!!

Daddy_of_Princesses
11-20-2011, 08:45 PM
Geez you are Pushy :headache: Trying to keep us on our toes?



:welcome: Glad you could make it!!!

No posts for two days, somebody had to write something on this thing.:rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
11-21-2011, 06:30 PM
No posts for two days, somebody had to write something on this thing.:rolleyes1

leave it to you to Bump it up for us :thumbsup2

Tinkermom76
11-21-2011, 07:41 PM
Day 4 – Monday September 26


Park - Disney Hollywood Studios


Reservations – 1900 Park fare


I actually set my alarm for 7:30 this morning although I did wake up a bit before that. After everyone was up and ready we headed over to Everything Pop for breakfast. Me and the kids had our regular assortment of pancakes and waffles.


Next was catching a bus to DHS.


We stopped to take some pics of Lightning and Mater.


The sun was particularly bright this morning and I had to give Demetri my sunglasses so we could take his picture without his face being completely screwed up. :crazy:


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Then we stopped for a couple photopass pics.


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Now off to the 1st ride, everyone agreed it had to be Toy Story. It was at this point I realized my batteries were dead in my camera and I didn’t bring any extra. I am sure Tracy has some queue pics to share though.


Yep! I took one or two ;) The kids were pretending to be the local sheriffs in the area and were happy with that, but then they were in jail and not so thrilled :lmao: Then of course we had to have a kooky glasses pic.


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As soon as we got off Emma asked if we could go again. Of course I said no maybe later after we do some other things but I was overruled by Tracy who said sure we can! What the heck lets go again.


Whoops, I didn’t know I had overruled you – sorry! :blush: But yeah, I wanted to go again!


That`s ok, it is vacation


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IheartDDuck
11-21-2011, 07:49 PM
Woo hoo, TSM two times in a row is always a good time. :thumbsup2

JPFamilyMom
11-21-2011, 08:24 PM
WOW!!!!!! I'm so jealous, TSM two times in a row, that is something that would've made my kiddos very happy too:banana::banana::banana:

Love all the PP pics, so fun. Can't wait to see what else you do this day:)

Kathy Jetson
11-21-2011, 09:24 PM
We've never been able to go 2 times in a row. Heck not even twice in one day! Was the line really short or did you just go for it and wait?

Oh and I love the "magic"shots!

mrsksomeday
11-21-2011, 09:31 PM
YAY that you go to do TSM 2 times in a row, we LOVE that game!! Looks like a great start to your DHS day.

Mickey_Mom
11-22-2011, 10:23 AM
Woo hoo, TSM two times in a row is always a good time. :thumbsup2

Definately a favorite! My arm was killing me the second time through but I was still seriously laughing!

WOW!!!!!! I'm so jealous, TSM two times in a row, that is something that would've made my kiddos very happy too:banana::banana::banana:

Love all the PP pics, so fun. Can't wait to see what else you do this day:)

Had to do it! :laughing:

We've never been able to go 2 times in a row. Heck not even twice in one day! Was the line really short or did you just go for it and wait?

Oh and I love the "magic"shots!

The fast pass line was really good, hardly any wait. We definately took advantage!

YAY that you go to do TSM 2 times in a row, we LOVE that game!! Looks like a great start to your DHS day.

I love the competition of TSM and how you just keep laughing and laughing. Now if I could just one day get the high score! :rotfl:

Tinkermom76
11-22-2011, 04:59 PM
I love the competition of TSM and how you just keep laughing and laughing. Now if I could just one day get the high score! :rotfl:

Can't beat me :lmao:

Tinkermom76
11-22-2011, 05:03 PM
After I beat Tracy at TSM we ran into a Green Army Man. I think these are cool costumes.


Love the Green Army guys!


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Next was One Man’s Dream. Now I have to admit I have never gone in here before and I was kind of excited to see everything. We even watched the movie (which came in handy on our last morning).


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I’ve been here a few times now and we LOVE coming here. Demetri asked if he could take the pictures in here so I handed him the camera.


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Next we were off to the animations class. I did this last trip and loved it and was really looking forward to it. This year we drew Buzz and I must admit I did a way better job on Donald last year. I can’t even find the drawings to show you how bad they were :scared1:.


Finally I got to do this class!! I loved it and it will be a must do for me from now on. I took pics of mine while I was waiting with Emma later in the day outside Aerosmith.



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Daddy_of_Princesses
11-22-2011, 05:43 PM
After I beat Tracy at TSM we ran into a Green Army Man. I think these are cool costumes.

I'm thinking they would be pretty hot in the summer time.

jenseib
11-22-2011, 08:30 PM
twice in a row...I am so jealous. I have only rode it once ...EVER!
One mans Dream is cool. Again I've only been in it once...and would like to take more time in it

Tinkermom76
11-22-2011, 08:36 PM
I'm thinking they would be pretty hot in the summer time.

Ya plastic clothes and heat don't mix

twice in a row...I am so jealous. I have only rode it once ...EVER!
One mans Dream is cool. Again I've only been in it once...and would like to take more time in it

One's man dream is really cool but you gotta take some time to go through. The movie was ready to start so we rushed through the last bit of it so I think next trip we won't worry about rushing to the movie and really take the time to see all the exhibits

stephielela
11-23-2011, 09:41 AM
Great updates! I am so jealous of your leisure time!! I am vowing to take a WDW trip where there is actually downtime!! I never have that!

Katie & Glen
11-23-2011, 12:10 PM
Good update, but we need more!! :lmao:

Tinkermom76
11-23-2011, 05:05 PM
Great updates! I am so jealous of your leisure time!! I am vowing to take a WDW trip where there is actually downtime!! I never have that!

I never get down time on my vacation either so this was a nice change

Thanks Tracy!!!!

Good update, but we need more!! :lmao:

OK since you asked so nicely :)

Tinkermom76
11-23-2011, 05:10 PM
I really wanted to make sure we saw Beauty and the Beast because me and the girls have never seen it and just missed it last trip so we headed there next.



On the way we stopped in a store that had some great looking treats so we could get snacks to enjoy during the show. Eryka got a Mickey rice crispie treat, Emma got a bag of grape cotton candy (she was trying grape for the 1st time and she hated it, we will stick to the pink and blue from now on) and I got a carrot cake cookie which was pretty good. We all got a dose of attitude from the not very nice lady behind the counter. I asked for Mickey ice cream (by mistake Eryka didn’t even want the ice cream I just got mixed up) and the lady bit my head off because they don’t have those. I told her I mean the crispie treat and she huffed off to get it. Her name tag was hidden so I couldn’t get her name but she was a mean old lady and she had no Disney spirit at all.


She was less than magical with us too unfortunately. I hadn’t even heard Natalie’s experience with her because we were separated a bit in line - I wanted to get Ariana a candy apple but I realized I hadn’t brought any cash with me, so after a gruff “NEXT!” I asked if the treats counted as snacks on the dining plan. Well evidently that was an annoying question because she was quite snarky with us. The CM at the cash register looked quite apologetic... imagine working with someone like that all day!


We finally made it to BaTB and had our snacks. Now it was my first time seeing this show and I loved it - I can’t wait to see it next trip!


I have sooooo many pics of this show, definitely a favourite. :goodvibes



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Kathy Jetson
11-23-2011, 07:28 PM
Sorry you guys had to deal with the crabby lady. I hate it when we meet the rare cm who clearly hates thier job it brings me back to the real world.:sad2:

I LOVE the Beauty and The Beast show!

Tinkermom76
11-23-2011, 07:58 PM
Sorry you guys had to deal with the crabby lady. I hate it when we meet the rare cm who clearly hates thier job it brings me back to the real world.:sad2:

I LOVE the Beauty and The Beast show!

it was funny cause the way she was wearing her name tag on her shirt we just couldn't see her name. If I had seen her name I was going to complain. She was very rude to Tracy, snapped at her that it was a merchandise store... so helpful she was

mrsksomeday
11-23-2011, 09:20 PM
I am so sorry you had that encounter with a nasty CM. She needed to check her bad mood at the door. I am so happy you liked Beauty and the Beast, we love it :goodvibes.

TanzUnited99
11-24-2011, 02:11 PM
Love the PP pics at DHS and yay on riding TSMM twice!!

One Man's Dream looks great - we never ended up there but I hope to get to explore one day.

I have to agree with Beauty and the Beast being a favourite - it sure is an amazing show! :lovestruc

Happy Thanksgiving to the both of you - hope you have a great day! :goodvibes

JPFamilyMom
11-24-2011, 04:19 PM
Yikes on the CM. Ariana's apple looks mighty tasty though :)
Glad you enjoyed the Batb show.

Hope you had better CM experiences throughout the rest of your trip

Tinkermom76
11-24-2011, 04:31 PM
I am so sorry you had that encounter with a nasty CM. She needed to check her bad mood at the door. I am so happy you liked Beauty and the Beast, we love it :goodvibes.

Ya sh was not a happy lady, oh well one bad for every 100 great ones!!!

Love the PP pics at DHS and yay on riding TSMM twice!!

One Man's Dream looks great - we never ended up there but I hope to get to explore one day.

I have to agree with Beauty and the Beast being a favourite - it sure is an amazing show! :lovestruc

Happy Thanksgiving to the both of you - hope you have a great day! :goodvibes

you must go to one man's dream next time you are there!!!

Our thanksgiving was last month since we live in Canada, but thanks anyway,,, I wish I didn't have to work today :sad1:

Yikes on the CM. Ariana's apple looks mighty tasty though :)
Glad you enjoyed the Batb show.

Hope you had better CM experiences throughout the rest of your trip

I would say the good to bad ratio is 100:1 so I'm sure we will get over her

Tinkermom76
11-24-2011, 04:38 PM
Since we were in the area it was time for the kids to conquer some headliners. Of course Emma wanted no part of this.


Rock n Roller Coaster was THE ride that Demetri was looking forward to the most on this trip. Last year he’d grown tall enough for most rides... all except this one. Here he was in November 2010:


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Now he was tall enough and he was absolutely thrilled to be trying this for his first time. Does he look excited to you??


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We were in our car and reading the overhead sign when ... bam! Off we went! I love this ride photo!


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He loved it! Having a little fun in the shop after the ride....


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When Tracy was done I went on with the kids. Now this ride was good and I would ride it again but if I didn’t get to ride it, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Eryka I know loved it!


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As we were waiting, Emma and I were playing a little game of ‘spot the people in the Tower of Terror ride when the doors open’. Totally original game, we know no one else has thought of it.


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I took pics of the bathroom signs cause I thought they were cute.


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Next we were off to conquer Tower of Terror. Tracy told me to go ahead and take them on and she will sit with Emma and Demetri cause it’s getting close to dinner time and she doesn’t want to ride it right before dinner. I have never been on it so I’m up for it. Now it was just me Eryka and Ariana and we got the front row. Ariana had a handle, Eryka had a handle and I was on the aisle and couldn’t find a handle :scared1:. This was unsettling for me since I am scared of heights. So the ride starts and we get to the part where I know we are gonna drop and shoot up and I have nothing to freakin hold on to :scared1: OMG I have never been so freaked out in my life, which is I guess the point of the ride. I did however think we would stay at the open door longer but it was only a second. I will ride it again but I am NOT sitting on the aisle again :sad2:


Whilst Natalie was getting totally freaked out, the kids and I had settled into a shady spot with some benches right beside a water fountain. It was in the spot where the ride lets out and since I’m usually bustling straight out, I was happy taking pictures of the details in the area.


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Kathy Jetson
11-25-2011, 12:09 AM
Good for Demetri getting to ride RNRC. River loves this ride but I'm to chicken are there any stomach drops or does it just go fast? I think I can handle the fast but not the drops.

I have only been on TOT twice and have been terrified both times. I hate heights and stomach drops. River could do it over and over. I think I would have a heart attack if I didn't have a handle to hold on to!

Can't wait to hear more.

Mickey_Mom
11-25-2011, 10:17 AM
Good for Demetri getting to ride RNRC. River loves this ride but I'm to chicken are there any stomach drops or does it just go fast? I think I can handle the fast but not the drops.

I have only been on TOT twice and have been terrified both times. I hate heights and stomach drops. River could do it over and over. I think I would have a heart attack if I didn't have a handle to hold on to!

Can't wait to hear more.

No stomach drops but it's loud and loopy :laughing: Don't wear any hair clippies, it'll get jammed into the back of your head! It's a pretty quick ride too - you should try it!

Tinkermom76
11-25-2011, 06:29 PM
It was still too early to head to our dinner reservation so Tracy and the kids decided they wanted to check out Star Tours. Well Emma and I had no desire to ride it so we decided to head to Little Mermaid and meet them after. Well after waiting in line for 15 min we didn’t get into that show :mad: and the next show would be too late so we got out of line and headed to the front of the park where we got a great spot at the end of the parade route so we decided to watch.


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Demetri had been super looking forward to RnR and Star Tours was the ride that Ariana couldn’t wait to ride. It’d been down for refurb on our last trip and we were anxious to see the new and improved ride. The walk to the line was fun, lots of details to see and I loved the windows where you could watch the shadows of characters walking past.


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Oh look.... Blue Man Group!


Remember how I hadn’t wanted to go on ToT because we were approaching dinner time and I hadn’t wanted to get an upset stomach? :headache: I honestly can’t tell you much about the new Star Tours. I had to close my eyes less than halfway in because I was seriously going to toss my cookies. Totally should have taken a ginger Gravol before going on this ride. Next time! The kids though, loved it and they loved wandering in the gift shop afterwards


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Tracy texted me and let me know they were done. Tracy had promised to get Demetri a Nala and I had promised to get Emma a new Slinky Dog but the store was across the park from where I was so Tracy offered to stop and grab the Slinky for me.


The parade had just gone through our area and they’d moved our stroller to a completely different spot. Luckily as soon as we made the crazy dash through the crowds, it thinned out quickly and we made it to the store. I was tempted to get my own Slinky, but I knew it would take only three minutes once out of the box for my kids to tangle him up so I passed. :rolleyes1


When they were done shopping they met us at the front of the park and we headed out to the bus stop. As soon as we got to the bus stop it started to rain. Other than the first night this was the first time we had to deal with rain and we were really hoping it would be quick and end before we finished dinner.


It was quite the downpour and I’m so glad we weren’t waiting too long.... not like the next time we were at DHS!!


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jenseib
11-25-2011, 09:03 PM
I had he same problem with Star Tours. I thought it was maybe where I was seated..on the end seat. But I felt very queasy after it.

JPFamilyMom
11-25-2011, 10:46 PM
Hooray for Demetri getting to ride RnR :banana::banana: Great picture, so fun.

That parade looks like fun too.

I know I'll have to try Star Tours once, but I have a feeling I may get that same feeling you had Tracy.

Can't wait to see if the rain goes away by the time you eat dinner, and anxious to see where you dined.popcorn::

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 07:10 AM
Caught up again. :rolleyes1

Looks like a fun day at DHS. We missed the drawing class this time & Zachary was a bit disappointed when he realized. It's on the top of our list for next time. He really enjoys it.

Sorry Star Tours make you sick Tracy! Tim get motion sickness but he managed OK on Star Tours. We actually rode three different times & he rode with a us every time. I guess you never know...

Yay for Demitri making it on RnRC!! That was a really big deal when Zach was finally tall enough.

Tinkermom76
11-26-2011, 08:30 AM
We caught a bus to the Grand Floridian where we were having dinner at 1900 Park Fare. I love the dinner here and prefer it to the breakfast (although I like the breakfast characters better) I really love the Strawberry soup. I didn’t think I would the first time I went there but I loved it when I tried it and now it’s the first thing I go for when I get there.


I know you love the Mad Hatter, but I love 1900 Park Fare for the sheer fun of it. The step sisters and Lady Tremaine are some of my favourites.


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Tracy and I had a little fun with Lady Tremaine.


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While we were posing I was telling Emma to get out of the way and Eryka to get the camera and take the picture and Lady Tremaine told me I have the kids well under control… good job! I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not :confused3 It was fun anyway!


As the characters were being introduced, we had a jolly time booing instead of cheering or clapping and we carried it on as Anastasia and Drizzella arrived at our table. Anastasia was quite miffed and offered to just leave and forget the whole thing. :lmao:


Ariana was thrilled to have another mini birthday celebration....


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