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DisMomAmy
11-16-2011, 10:25 AM
Welcome to my TR! If you are new & didn’t follow along with my PTR, you can check it out here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2712661).

Who are we?
http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/Photo%20Session/f4ab036d.jpg

DH (Tim), DS8 (Zach), DS10 (Alex) & me (Amy). Again, if you want to learn more about us, check out my PTR (or at least the first post.)

This is a story of a super special trip to celebrate 15 years of marriage with my DH.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/e89f3a6b.jpg

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/a3a5a3b5.jpg

I’ve always wanted to visit Disney World during the Christmas holidays, but haven’t wanted to deal with the Christmas break crowds. When I realized that the Osborne Lights, MVMCP, Food & Wine, our anniversary & our kids’ half-week of school all coincided, I knew this trip was meant to be!! Our Disney dates were Tuesday 11/8-Sunday 11/13. We also spent three days in the Tampa area visiting DBIL ("Uncle Jeff") prior to checking in at BWV.

We usually stay off-site by making an exchange with our timeshare. Since this was going to be a super special trip, we decided to rent points & stay at a DVC villa. The Beach Club was our first choice but the person we rented through has his home resort at BWV so that is where we booked. We waitlisted BCV but it never came through… so BWV it was! And we loved it! :thumbsup2

Another thing that made this trip super special is that we actually pulled off surprising the boys! We did end up telling them that we were going away but told them that we were following Tim along on a business trip to North Carolina. Tim was so funny… he kept telling them how boring it was going to be! :laughing:

So welcome aboard & thanks for reading!!

Up next: The big reveal!! With video!! :cool1:

DisMomAmy
11-16-2011, 10:33 AM
Links:

Surprise! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43271575&postcount=20)
Surprise Pictures (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43271629&postcount=21)
Pre-Disney Days (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43309983&postcount=38)
Will our room be ready? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43337533&postcount=47)
More room pix (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43337550&postcount=49)
Our first park (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43392106&postcount=60)
First park continued (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43392138&postcount=61)
A surprise, a scary clown & a short walk to Epcot - part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43426331&postcount=67)
A surprise, a scary clown & a short walkt to Epcot - part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43426352&postcount=68)
A surprise, a scary clown & a short walkt to Epcot - part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43426385&postcount=69)
April Plans (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43443637&postcount=77)
Happy Anniversary to us! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43491248&postcount=86)
Resort pics & on our way to DTD (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43545524&postcount=97)
Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43545694&postcount=98)
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43545745&postcount=99)
Party Time! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43584097&postcount=112)
Party Time! - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43584195&postcount=113)
More Partying! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43588304&postcount=116)
More Partying! - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43588391&postcount=117)
Partying with Mickey! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43588416&postcount=118)
Best Safari EVER (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43648949&postcount=144)
Best Safari EVER - part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43649033&postcount=145)
Best Safari EVER - part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43649179&postcount=146)
Best Safari EVER - part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43649282&postcount=147)
April Trip Update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43656491&postcount=154)
Finally seeing the lights!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43669269&postcount=167)
DVC? & a very busy Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43711064&postcount=194)
DVC? & a very busy Magic Kingdom - part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43711117&postcount=195)
Link to new PTR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43711941&postcount=196)
Night Out! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43751612&postcount=210)
Night Out! - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43751644&postcount=211)
Night Out! - Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43751666&postcount=212)
Last Day! Epcot morning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43780866&postcount=230)
Last Day! Epcot morning - part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43781010&postcount=231)
Last Day! Epcot morning - part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43781085&postcount=232)
Back to the Lights (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43804909&postcount=239)
Back to the Lights - Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43804950&postcount=240)
More Souvenirs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43845175&postcount=254)
Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43910904&postcount=265)

KatMark
11-16-2011, 10:48 AM
Amy, saw your post on FB and I'm here (be back later to read...I'm currently updating my TR).

antnyh
11-16-2011, 10:48 AM
So excited that all those dates lined up for you. We are going for our first Christmas trip this year also. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

mousescrapper
11-16-2011, 11:01 AM
popcorn:: I'm in for the fun! can't wait to hear what you thought of all (well almost all of) the Holiday fun :santa:

J~

PS thanks for text :goodvibes

mommytothreeboys
11-16-2011, 11:12 AM
I'm in! So excited to hear about this trip, but especially about the big reveal with the boys! :banana:

Mickey_Mom
11-16-2011, 11:35 AM
I'm in! :wave:

eandesmom
11-16-2011, 11:39 AM
I'm here!

MRYPPNS
11-16-2011, 11:54 AM
Can't wait to hear all the stories!

WDWCP96
11-16-2011, 12:12 PM
I'm here. I can't wait to see the video of the surprise.

Native NYer
11-16-2011, 01:33 PM
Can't wait to read all about it!

Angies1274
11-16-2011, 02:47 PM
I'm here!:goodvibes I can't wait to read about your trip!!!:yay:

disneyfan61
11-16-2011, 05:10 PM
I am here!! Glad you loved BW. Cannot wait to hear all about it.

DisMomAmy
11-16-2011, 08:08 PM
Amy, saw your post on FB and I'm here (be back later to read...I'm currently updating my TR).

:welcome: I figured I'd wait to start reading your TR until we got back from our trip... how did you get on page 50 something already? :confused3

So excited that all those dates lined up for you. We are going for our first Christmas trip this year also. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

:welcome: You'll love all the Christmas stuff!!

popcorn:: I'm in for the fun! can't wait to hear what you thought of all (well almost all of) the Holiday fun :santa:

J~

PS thanks for text :goodvibes

:welcome: Wouldn't be a TR without you.
I'm in! So excited to hear about this trip, but especially about the big reveal with the boys! :banana:

:welcome: The surprise was so much fun!

I'm in! :wave:

:welcome: :wave:

I'm here!

:welcome: Glad you made it!

Can't wait to hear all the stories!

:welcome: Don't you love reading TRs from the same time you were there?

I'm here. I can't wait to see the video of the surprise.

:welcome: The video will be coming up next!

Can't wait to read all about it!

:welcome: Thanks for joining me!

I'm here!:goodvibes I can't wait to read about your trip!!!:yay:

:welcome: Hi Angie!!

I am here!! Glad you loved BW. Cannot wait to hear all about it.

:welcome: We all loved it!!

EastYorkDisneyFan
11-16-2011, 10:16 PM
I'm here mainly to lurk.

irish dancer
11-16-2011, 10:22 PM
Made it! Can't wait to see the reveal and hear all about the trip! So glad you liked BWV, hope to try it someday..

DisMomAmy
11-17-2011, 11:20 AM
I'm here mainly to lurk.

:welcome: Thanks for saying Hi!!

Made it! Can't wait to see the reveal and hear all about the trip! So glad you liked BWV, hope to try it someday..

:welcome: Hi Anne Marie! Glad you made it!

solana131
11-17-2011, 11:29 AM
I'm in! I'm pretty new here, but it is so addicting....I love it :goodvibes
Can't wait to see all your adventures :) Happy Anniversary!

DisMomAmy
11-17-2011, 12:28 PM
I'm in! I'm pretty new here, but it is so addicting....I love it :goodvibes
Can't wait to see all your adventures :) Happy Anniversary!

:welcome: A fellow New Englander! Glad to have you along for the ride!

DisMomAmy
11-17-2011, 12:44 PM
I know this is the part you are all most looking forward to… the big reveal! :hyper: On Saturday morning, 11/5, we were up around 6:00. I showered & finished packing. Everyone had some breakfast & we were pretty much ready to go. But the boys thought we were going to North Carolina so we had one more thing to take care of before leaving for the airport. Tim kept the boys distracted while I snuck around the house placing the clue cards in their pre-planned locations.

Here are the clues:

Mom & Dad are celebrating their anniversary
And have invited you to go along!
But they haven’t told you the whole story
They’ve had a secret for oh so long!
Clues will lead you to something good.
Look for the next one where you hang up your hood.
(Coat hooks by the door)

This is so much fun! We hope it makes you glad!
Where would Alex keep a shirt that’s plaid?
(Alex’s closet)

To find out what we are REALLY doing,
Go to where we keep the supplies for cutting & gluing.
(Supply drawers in dining room)

You’re doing great! You’re hot on the trail!
Go see the two little creatures who each have a tail.
(Gerbil cage)

When it’s rainy, some people go to the mall,
But you guys go down there to play ball.
(Playroom downstairs)

On his ice cream, Zach likes jimmies,
Go to the place where he shimmies.
(Doorway where Zach acts like a monkey)

We can put food here to keep it from getting old,
It also keeps popsicles & ice cream cold.
(Freezer)

We do it every morning, we do it every night,
This is where mom & dad brush their teeth to keep them white.
(Mom & Dad’s bathroom)

You’re almost done, just one more clue,
Look by the suitcases, red & blue
To find out what surprise we have for you!
(Living Room)

You know it’s a trip but it’s not North Carolina!
Maybe it’s Mexico, Canada, Germany or China?
We’re going away but you don’t know where…
It’s a place where magic & happiness fill the air,
Make sure you have packed your crocs,
You’ll find out why inside the box!

Part 1 (brief video of reading clue #2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svYTZUHdLXI

Part 2 (Reading clues 6, 7 & 8): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE9Ds1LNgos

This one starts just after they read the first line of the last clue, "You know it's a trip but it's not North Carolina!" Alex's reaction is funny!
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUfJkYxnmEs
(Sorry these are recorded on my phone & I didn’t hold it the right way.)


Long Version: http://youtu.be/WUm5AMgy2J0

Enjoy!!!

DisMomAmy
11-17-2011, 12:49 PM
I actually have some pictures too... I was so distracted trying to figure out how to post a video, I forgot about these...

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/Pre-Disney/4e5968e0.jpg

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http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/Pre-Disney/86450de5.jpg

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g448/DisMomAmy2/November%202011%20Disney%20Trip/Pre-Disney/b6f4ce3a.jpg

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MEK
11-17-2011, 01:18 PM
I'm here. Sorry I'm over 24 hours late! Can't wait to get home so I can watch your movies and see your pictures. What absolutely adorable clues! Nice work. I bet the kids were over the moon with happiness!

solana131
11-17-2011, 01:28 PM
How exciting! I wish I could have kept it a secret, but no way! I am too excited for that :) Neither DH or DS have ever been, so I have to keep talking it up for them. Of course its been 20 years for me too, and I've never stay onsite, so I consider this my first trip too. Maybe next trip I will try a cute little scavenger hunt like yours. How fun :cheer2:

JPFamilyMom
11-17-2011, 02:45 PM
What a fun and great surprise. Jack would've reacted the same way. They are both so cute. :) Can't wait to read more

WDWCP96
11-17-2011, 02:45 PM
I love it! I showed my 5 year old the video and he said you better not do that to me! I think that is all the more reason to do it.

I love their reactions! Thank you for sharing!

KatMark
11-17-2011, 02:46 PM
Amy, I love all the clues and the work you put into them, and the boys reaction. Awesome. :thumbsup2

adoerr72
11-17-2011, 03:42 PM
The boys' reaction made me laugh, because it reminds me so much of my two girls. It takes them a minute to process the change of plans and to let their enthusiasm build. It might look to an outsider like they aren't as excited, but that isn't the case at all. It is that they had one thing in mind and the change (even a great one) gives them pause for a second :laughing:

mrsksomeday
11-18-2011, 11:08 AM
Oh my goodness "we aren't going to North Carolina?" :rotfl:, that sounds so much like Christian when we surprised them, he said "Does this mean we aren't going to the mountains?".

I love how great your kids are about saying thank you for the trip :goodvibes. Such a treat to get to see it all unfold!! I can't wait to read more about your trip.

budafam
11-18-2011, 01:32 PM
I surprised my 5 year old son on October 30th and his reaction was about the same! I was hoping for the screaming and tears but no... it took him awhile but once he got it, wow! lol... I think it's just such a shock to them. I love your clues though... can't wait till my kids are older and I can do that :)

debrapagliasotti
11-18-2011, 01:43 PM
How fun! I love suprises for the kiddos! We are planning on suprising our kids for a trip in Oct for MNSSHP. We are going next Dec too, so they would never expect to go twice in one year.

Cant wait to hear more about your trip and Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

Hasil72
11-18-2011, 02:48 PM
party: That's awesome! Looking forward to the TR. We're in a similar situation; we leave in about 2 weeks to celebrate our 15th anniversary and the kids have no idea!

Charleston Princess
11-19-2011, 05:55 AM
Here! The videos are great!!! Can't wait for all the fun on the trip! Hope you are feeling better.

MEK
11-19-2011, 06:28 AM
OMG!!!!!!! those pictures and video are too cute!!!! Poor kids - you had them so confused. :rotfl: "But I told my friends I was going to North Carolina. I don't want them to think I lied". Awwwww - how sweet!

Great surprise Amy!

DisMomAmy
11-20-2011, 09:25 AM
I'm here. Sorry I'm over 24 hours late! Can't wait to get home so I can watch your movies and see your pictures. What absolutely adorable clues! Nice work. I bet the kids were over the moon with happiness!

:welcome: Glad you made it!

How exciting! I wish I could have kept it a secret, but no way! I am too excited for that :) Neither DH or DS have ever been, so I have to keep talking it up for them. Of course its been 20 years for me too, and I've never stay onsite, so I consider this my first trip too. Maybe next trip I will try a cute little scavenger hunt like yours. How fun :cheer2:

We've tried to pull off a surprise before & failed. I'm so glad we made it all the way to the end this time.

What a fun and great surprise. Jack would've reacted the same way. They are both so cute. :) Can't wait to read more

:welcome: I was glad we had at least told them we were going away.

I love it! I showed my 5 year old the video and he said you better not do that to me! I think that is all the more reason to do it.

I love their reactions! Thank you for sharing!

:laughing: Zachary had been asking for us to surprise him when he saw the commercials on tv!

Amy, I love all the clues and the work you put into them, and the boys reaction. Awesome. :thumbsup2

Thanks! I loved planning it! :thumbsup2

The boys' reaction made me laugh, because it reminds me so much of my two girls. It takes them a minute to process the change of plans and to let their enthusiasm build. It might look to an outsider like they aren't as excited, but that isn't the case at all. It is that they had one thing in mind and the change (even a great one) gives them pause for a second :laughing:

:welcome: That's exactly why we told them we were going to North Carolina. I knew it would be too much for them to take in all at once.

Oh my goodness "we aren't going to North Carolina?" :rotfl:, that sounds so much like Christian when we surprised them, he said "Does this mean we aren't going to the mountains?".

I love how great your kids are about saying thank you for the trip :goodvibes. Such a treat to get to see it all unfold!! I can't wait to read more about your trip.

:welcome: Their reactions were priceless! Zach was so cute when he figured it out! And Alex was so funny the way he was worrying abut his friends! :rotfl:

I surprised my 5 year old son on October 30th and his reaction was about the same! I was hoping for the screaming and tears but no... it took him awhile but once he got it, wow! lol... I think it's just such a shock to them. I love your clues though... can't wait till my kids are older and I can do that :)

:welcome: Thanks budafam! We had a lot of fun with the surprise. And the boys love watching the video now too!

How fun! I love suprises for the kiddos! We are planning on suprising our kids for a trip in Oct for MNSSHP. We are going next Dec too, so they would never expect to go twice in one year.

Cant wait to hear more about your trip and Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

:welcome: Have fun with your surprise! Halloween & Christmas in one year! How fun!!

party: That's awesome! Looking forward to the TR. We're in a similar situation; we leave in about 2 weeks to celebrate our 15th anniversary and the kids have no idea!

:welcome: Happy Anniversary! I hope you have as much as we did! :goodvibes

Here! The videos are great!!! Can't wait for all the fun on the trip! Hope you are feeling better.

:welcome: Thanks Jackie!! We're definitely over the hump with the colds & so far the kids haven't come down with anything.

OMG!!!!!!! those pictures and video are too cute!!!! Poor kids - you had them so confused. :rotfl: "But I told my friends I was going to North Carolina. I don't want them to think I lied". Awwwww - how sweet!

Great surprise Amy!

It was so much fun surprising the boys!! And I'm so glad we have it on video!

WDWJonasGirl
11-20-2011, 11:15 PM
Subscribing!!

MeMom
11-21-2011, 05:18 AM
I'm a little worried about your day today, if my dream is any indication of how it might turn out. :eek:

You see, I came to your house for some reason, and things were in a bit of an upheaval for you. First of all, the toilet was to the very top, about to overflow. Don't worry - the water was all blue. :laughing: The boys were babies, but you had Zach in one of Alex's diapers, and it was covering his whole body. Alex was running from room to room jumping all over the furniture. I was trying to find a diaper that fit the newborn. Your husband was at home, because I could hear his voice, but I never saw him. You were in a hurry to catch a movie, so you were running around like crazy trying to get ready. I think many that was why I was there - to babysit. :confused3

Anyway, I have no idea what made me dream all that, but just in case you have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, it's not my fault. I was never there. :rolleyes1

DisMomAmy
11-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Subscribing!!

:welcome: Glad to see you here!!

I'm a little worried about your day today, if my dream is any indication of how it might turn out. :eek:

You see, I came to your house for some reason, and things were in a bit of an upheaval for you. First of all, the toilet was to the very top, about to overflow. Don't worry - the water was all blue. :laughing: The boys were babies, but you had Zach in one of Alex's diapers, and it was covering his whole body. Alex was running from room to room jumping all over the furniture. I was trying to find a diaper that fit the newborn. Your husband was at home, because I could hear his voice, but I never saw him. You were in a hurry to catch a movie, so you were running around like crazy trying to get ready. I think many that was why I was there - to babysit. :confused3

Anyway, I have no idea what made me dream all that, but just in case you have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, it's not my fault. I was never there. :rolleyes1

Oh that's so funny MeMom!!! :rotfl2: Decent day today... The washing machine repair man did come though & it wasn't good news. We'll likely need a $900 repair job within 6 months. :rolleyes1 So needless to say, I declined & ordered a new washer. But the great news is that we FINALLY got the date scheduled to turn in our lemon van!!! Next Monday is the day!! Hopefully the check will clear the bank quickly & I'll have my new Honda Odyssey shortly after that! :banana:

DisMomAmy
11-22-2011, 08:10 AM
After the big surprise reveal, we headed off to the airport & had an uneventful flight down to Tampa. We grabbed a rental car & headed to DBIL (Jeff) & his girlfriend’s (Karen) house. We spent a long weekend visiting with them and Jeff’s kids, our niece “K” & nephew “J”. We arrived mid-day Saturday and left first thing Tuesday morning. Jeff & Karen actually left before us as Jeff had to catch a flight to Las Vegas for work & Karen was dropping him at the airport before heading to school. She is a cardiac nurse but isn’t currently working because she’s going to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. It’s a very intense program so we actually didn’t see very much of Karen. We arrived Saturday & had some time to visit but on Sunday, the kids & I were pretty much on our own. Tim, Jeff & J went golfing. Karen spent most of the day in her office writing a paper & preparing a presentation. I took the boys to the pool in their condo development a couple times & we took a trip to Target for some groceries but it was a pretty boring day. K came home in the late afternoon, after spending the night at a friend’s house & going to the beach. But then she disappeared for quite a while to shower & get dressed. Monday, Jeff had to work & Karen spent more time in her office so Tim & I spent some time with J. We picked him up at his mom’s house, took him to lunch, and then the boys played some basketball.

The boys enjoyed the visit & said they had fun, but Tim & I were disappointed with the amount of time we actually got to spend with everyone. Karen finishes her program in June so she will be even busier with her school work in April (she has to do twice as many clinical hours per week between Jan-June as she is doing now). So because of this, we are thinking of skipping our usual long weekend visit to Jeff & Karen’s in April. But we’ll see… Tim needs to talk with Jeff.

Here are some picture highlights from our visit:

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The boys with Jake:
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At the pool:
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That’s it! Notice the lack of pictures of Jeff, Karen or K…

Up next: Arriving at Disney!!

eandesmom
11-22-2011, 08:46 AM
the reveal videos are absolutely adorable!

I am so sorry that didn't work out the way you'd hoped with Jeff and Karen. Very frustrating when you have limited vacation time and are trying to spend it with others that may not have the same kind of time to give. I've been on both sides of it and it's hard all around. I imagine Karen felt terrible about it. As you know, we have many of the same issues when relatives visit us, it is hard in a blended family and I know Jeff's folks never feel like they get enough time with K&T. Couple that with tweens or teens that may not want to hang out with anyone but their friends or hide in their room and text and...it's tough.

KatMark
11-22-2011, 09:47 AM
Sorry you didn't get to spend as much time with everyone as you wanted, but the boys look like they had fun playing basketball and swimming.

MRYPPNS
11-22-2011, 11:29 AM
Ahhh....I thought maybe something want a bit amiss in Tampa this trip. I'd vote (if I got a vote lol) to skip Tampa in April. Maybe Tim and Jeff could do a brothers golf weekend somewhere another time to make up for it.

mrsksomeday
11-22-2011, 11:54 AM
Ahhh....I thought maybe something want a bit amiss in Tampa this trip. I'd vote (if I got a vote lol) to skip Tampa in April. Maybe Tim and Jeff could do a brothers golf weekend somewhere another time to make up for it.

I agree with Heidi, if I got a vote :rotfl: I would skip Tampa in April too. Seems like things will be even more hectic then.

Have Tim and Jeff ever golfed together at one of the WDW courses? I can't remember.

The kids look like they were having a great time playing basketball and swimming.

DisMomAmy
11-23-2011, 06:48 AM
the reveal videos are absolutely adorable!

I am so sorry that didn't work out the way you'd hoped with Jeff and Karen. Very frustrating when you have limited vacation time and are trying to spend it with others that may not have the same kind of time to give. I've been on both sides of it and it's hard all around. I imagine Karen felt terrible about it. As you know, we have many of the same issues when relatives visit us, it is hard in a blended family and I know Jeff's folks never feel like they get enough time with K&T. Couple that with tweens or teens that may not want to hang out with anyone but their friends or hide in their room and text and...it's tough.

The circumstances were what they were and we certainly upset with anyone but it was a bit of a letdown compared to previous trips when we spent more time together. I don't feel like April will be much better with Karen's current school situation.

Sorry you didn't get to spend as much time with everyone as you wanted, but the boys look like they had fun playing basketball and swimming.

The boys loved every minute they had to spend with their cousins, "aunt" and uncle!

Ahhh....I thought maybe something want a bit amiss in Tampa this trip. I'd vote (if I got a vote lol) to skip Tampa in April. Maybe Tim and Jeff could do a brothers golf weekend somewhere another time to make up for it.

You're so funny... but I'll take your vote. :goodvibes

And yes - I'm definitely planning a golf weekend for Tim & Jeff. It sort of comes with me planning my next girls only getaway. ;)

I agree with Heidi, if I got a vote :rotfl: I would skip Tampa in April too. Seems like things will be even more hectic then.

Have Tim and Jeff ever golfed together at one of the WDW courses? I can't remember.

The kids look like they were having a great time playing basketball and swimming.

I'll tally up your vote too Tracy! :rotfl: Tim has never golfed at WDW... something to think about. It's such a pain in the neck to drag along his giant golf club travel bag!

Charleston Princess
11-23-2011, 07:50 AM
Basketball and the pool -- I know your boys were happy! :goodvibes Sorry to hear you weren't able to spend as much time with Jeff and Karen. :(

MEK
11-23-2011, 10:26 AM
The boys look so happy to be playing basketball and swimming and enjoying time with that cute little dog! fun pictures!

Sorry you didn't get to spend much time with DBIL and his GF. I know how the whole NP school thing is. Been there. Done that. She'll be glad when its all over, but I hear ya on the April thing. Maybe just spend some extra time at Disney. ;)

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 07:17 AM
Basketball and the pool -- I know your boys were happy! :goodvibes Sorry to hear you weren't able to spend as much time with Jeff and Karen. :(

They even got to play catch with Tim & Jeff a couple times! :thumbsup2 I guess that made up for the time we sat around doing nothing. ;)

The boys look so happy to be playing basketball and swimming and enjoying time with that cute little dog! fun pictures!

Sorry you didn't get to spend much time with DBIL and his GF. I know how the whole NP school thing is. Been there. Done that. She'll be glad when its all over, but I hear ya on the April thing. Maybe just spend some extra time at Disney. ;)

Jake (the little dog) is adorable... he's full grown & only about 4 pounds. He's the only dog Alex isn't afraid of. He used to be scared to death of him. One year they came up to NH for Thanksgiving & showed up with the dog!! We had no idea he was coming along & it wasn't pretty!

The school thing is pretty crazy. I give Karen a lot of credit - it's so much work! Hopefully we'll get a nice visit when she's finished. They are talking about spending all of next summer up in New England!

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 07:24 AM
On Tuesday morning, 11/8, we left Jeff’s house around 8:30, 30 minutes ahead of schedule. :thumbsup2 After a couple stops for breakfast & DayQuil (I was starting to feel some symptoms of a cold, which luckily didn’t get bad until our last day), we were on our way to Orlando.

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We arrived at BWV right around 10:30am. We parked (far away) & all went into the lobby.

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I was nervous to check in as we had rented DVC points for the first time. The process had been very smooth but you never know for sure until you check in! I knew our reservation existed because I was able to check it online with the confirmation number and I’d done online check-in but had the DVC owner actually called in our room requests? I was thrilled to find that our room was ready!!! We were assigned room #4115. The CM also had anniversary pins for us when we checked in. So back we went to the car. We pulled up to the front of the building & unloaded all of our stuff. It’s kind of strange, because if you unload right there, they have to send your stuff to bell services, then you go inside & have them bring it out. Kind of a waste of time. Luckily our Garden Grocer order had just arrived as well. So two luggage carts later, I took the boys up to the room while Tim drove over to the Dolphin to return the van to Alamo.

When I finally saw our room I was excited that our requests had been met. I had requested an upper floor across from the bus stop (i.e. facing Epcot) & that’s what we got! Some of the rooms next to ours had big trees in front of their balcony so I was happy with our view. I wasn’t sure how much of Illuminations we’d be able to see yet, but I was happy with the room.
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Little did we know that this picture I took on our walk into the lobby would be a picture of our balcony. We are the top floor, red section, middle two connected balconies:
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Continued...

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 07:26 AM
More room pictures:
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Some luggage:
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For anyone interested, they had free wifi for everyone (not just DVC members) and it worked pretty well:
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After we spent a little time getting settled into the room, we headed off to our first park!

DisMomAmy
11-26-2011, 07:27 AM
More room pictures:
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Some luggage:
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For anyone interested, they had free wifi for everyone (not just DVC members) and it worked pretty well:
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Up next: We head out to our first park! :cool1:

MEK
11-26-2011, 08:02 AM
What a great room and I love the location. I am very excited that I decided to take the standard studio and I requested the top floor. I can definitely deal with that view and even though it only saved 7 points, it was just the number I needed to complete my October reservation and not have to borrow.

I bet the boys loved that room and how wonderful to have all that space to spread out.

Do you also own DVC? For some reason I thought you did. :confused3

Can't wait to see where you go first. And congrats on the early arrival and ready room!

mousescrapper
11-26-2011, 08:19 AM
Getting caught up, i sadly didn't watch the reveal videos as our computer is working like a snail and our sound is not funcioning either :headache: but I'll come back to it later...I'm sure it was good :thumbsup2


sorry the family vvisit wasn't much of a visit w/ them, I like Heidi's suggestion :idea: still thinking of visiting the "other" park :confused:

So happy everything worked out great w/ the room location and being ready too :goodvibes the pixs look great, lots of space for all of you!!! Can't wait to hear what Tim and the boys thought of staying DVC popcorn::

JPFamilyMom
11-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Glad your room was ready :yay::woohoo: And the pictures of your room are great. Can't wait to see what your families thoughts on the room were. Love your view too

Anxious to see which park you visited first

MRYPPNS
11-26-2011, 02:23 PM
Nice room. Things seems to be going smoothly this morning!!

Native NYer
11-27-2011, 05:49 AM
The room is beautiful.
Glad you got your requests!

Charleston Princess
11-27-2011, 07:30 AM
Yeay for an easy check-in and your room being ready! I love it! It's gorgeous and look at all that space!!! :thumbsup2

KatMark
11-27-2011, 02:46 PM
Amy, what a beautiful room and a great view.

We rented points in September and it worked out perfectly for us this time.

MeMom
11-28-2011, 05:25 AM
I've gotta say, that's a lot nicer than our little Pop rooms! :laughing: One could get very used to having it so nice. ::yes::

I loved having a balcony when we stayed at the nice places. It was so nice to go out there in the mornings. :)

skier_pete
11-28-2011, 12:46 PM
Joining in...though I have little to say so far except small pangs of jealousy over your beautiful room. Looking forward to more...

DisMomAmy
12-03-2011, 07:36 AM
What a great room and I love the location. I am very excited that I decided to take the standard studio and I requested the top floor. I can definitely deal with that view and even though it only saved 7 points, it was just the number I needed to complete my October reservation and not have to borrow.

I bet the boys loved that room and how wonderful to have all that space to spread out.

Do you also own DVC? For some reason I thought you did. :confused3

Can't wait to see where you go first. And congrats on the early arrival and ready room!

The standard studio is a great deal. :thumbsup2 We were really happy with the location. At this point, I still wasn't sure how good the view would be of Illuminations.

We don't own DVC... We have considered it, and it's not completely off the table, but I think our kitchen takes priority. It's very outdated & needs help. ;)

We own a timeshare but it's not Disney. We usually stay off property by using that to exchange. That's what we'll be doing in April.

Getting caught up, i sadly didn't watch the reveal videos as our computer is working like a snail and our sound is not funcioning either :headache: but I'll come back to it later...I'm sure it was good :thumbsup2

sorry the family vvisit wasn't much of a visit w/ them, I like Heidi's suggestion :idea: still thinking of visiting the "other" park :confused:

So happy everything worked out great w/ the room location and being ready too :goodvibes the pixs look great, lots of space for all of you!!! Can't wait to hear what Tim and the boys thought of staying DVC popcorn::

I hope you got a chance to watch the reveal video!

For April, it looks like we're going to stay at Universal for the three nights we would have been with Jeff & Karen!! :cool1: Tim just has to tell Jeff... :rolleyes1

We loved staying DVC! The kids are funny... when they tell people about the hotel, they tell them that they loved it but that we won't stay there again. It was just special for mom & dad's anniversary.

Glad your room was ready :yay::woohoo: And the pictures of your room are great. Can't wait to see what your families thoughts on the room were. Love your view too

Anxious to see which park you visited first

I was so happy that our room was ready! I was not expecting that at all!

Nice room. Things seems to be going smoothly this morning!!

:thumbsup2

The room is beautiful.
Glad you got your requests!

Thanks!!

Yeay for an easy check-in and your room being ready! I love it! It's gorgeous and look at all that space!!! :thumbsup2

The whole resort is so nice... I hope you end up staying there!

Amy, what a beautiful room and a great view.

We rented points in September and it worked out perfectly for us this time.

I'm so glad we did it... it worked out really well. I'll definitely rent points again at some point.

I've gotta say, that's a lot nicer than our little Pop rooms! :laughing: One could get very used to having it so nice. ::yes::

I loved having a balcony when we stayed at the nice places. It was so nice to go out there in the mornings. :)

You know, renting points for a studio isn't much more than the price of a value room... just sayin... :rolleyes1

Joining in...though I have little to say so far except small pangs of jealousy over your beautiful room. Looking forward to more...

We really enjoyed staying at BWV & our gorgeous view. :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
12-03-2011, 07:53 AM
After we spent a little time getting settled into the room, we headed off to our first park! DHS!!

We decided to walk since our feet were still fresh. We weren't sure we'd be up for it later in the week.
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I was so excited to see the Christmas tree was up:
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After a stop at the ticket window & guest relations, we were on our way up Sunset Blvd:

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I think we stopped right away for these photopass pictures.
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There were lots of festive decorations:
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Our first stop was Tower of Terror!! The boys both agreed they wanted to ride it this time around but Alex insisted it be first so he wouldn’t be nervous on other rides. We bought the pictures & I got a digital download so it was on our photopass CD that arrived this week:
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After we all survived Tower of Terror (and all claimed to have enjoyed it), we headed to RnRC:
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It was getting close to 1:00 so we stopped for some lunch at Rosie’s All American & Fairfax Fair. Alex & I had chicken while Tim & Zach both had hot dogs. They messed up Tim’s drink so he had to go back & get that taken care of, but otherwise lunch was fine. I took a picture of the cup because I thought it was funny to see all of the Christmas decorations & be drinking from Halloween cups:
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Up next was Star Tours:
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The ride was a lot of fun & Tim didn’t get motion sick!

DisMomAmy
12-03-2011, 07:59 AM
After Star Tours we made our way over to Toy Story Mania. It started to sprinkle so we considered jumping into The Great Movie Ride but we kept trekking. (The sprinkles stopped by the time we were out of TSM & we only had one other brief moment of sprinkles during our entire trip.) There was some sort of delay at TSM so it took us forever to get through the line.
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I rode with Zach this time & he kicked my butt:
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After TSM we decided on one more ride on RnRC before leaving the park:
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After RnRC we stopped at Anaheim Produce for a pretzel & a couple drinks. Then we took the boat back to BWV. It was right there waiting for us to hop on board before taking off.

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We actually got off at the Swan/Dolphin & walked from there:
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Souvenir #1:
Alex bought these guys at Tatooine Traders with his first souvenir certificate that he’d earned over the days we were at Jeff & Karen’s. Zach didn’t buy anything yet.
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Up next: A surprise, a scary clown & a short walk to Epcot

MEK
12-03-2011, 10:31 AM
Great update Amy. I also went back to look at your room pics again because I love that room SO much! I also have to say - good thing bags fly free on Southwest.....:rotfl: I pack like you do! :rotfl:

Way to go right for the hard core rides. I love that the boys had no fear and just went right on. Love the ToT picture! Glad you bought it.

How did everyone like Star Tours? I am really looking forward to it?

Go Zach with his score on TSM! :cool1:

I hear you on the kitchen remodel. I had one done last year. It was so necessary and I love :love: it. Well worth the money. I feel like I may have mentioned that already, but forgive me - I can't remember.

Awesome start to the trip!

heaven2dc
12-03-2011, 02:58 PM
Loved the surprise! The boys didn't seem too sure at first but you can really see their excitement after they got there (loved the pics of them walking to DHS!).

My two favorite places - BWV and WDW! We want to try Beach Club next time but didn't really like where the DVC rooms are located (above the smaller pool). I have rented points the last 3 trips at BWV and have gotten spoiled staying there - especially when we rented points for a Boardwalk View :love: Nothing like watching Illuminations AND Wishes from your balcony :cloud9:

Can't wait to read more!

Native NYer
12-03-2011, 07:05 PM
The walk to the DHS is so nice in the right weather.
You're so much braver than I am! I could never go on ToT. :scared1:

Charleston Princess
12-04-2011, 05:39 AM
Wow! You got in all the DHS favorites that day! Hurray for the boys being brave enough to ride ToT! :banana:

How long was the walk to DHS from the Boardwalk?

DisMomAmy
12-08-2011, 09:21 AM
Great update Amy. I also went back to look at your room pics again because I love that room SO much! I also have to say - good thing bags fly free on Southwest.....:rotfl: I pack like you do! :rotfl:

Way to go right for the hard core rides. I love that the boys had no fear and just went right on. Love the ToT picture! Glad you bought it.

How did everyone like Star Tours? I am really looking forward to it?

Go Zach with his score on TSM! :cool1:

I hear you on the kitchen remodel. I had one done last year. It was so necessary and I love :love: it. Well worth the money. I feel like I may have mentioned that already, but forgive me - I can't remember.

Awesome start to the trip!

We love Southwest! :rotfl:

We loved Star Tours but didn't realize how much until we saw some of the different story lines later in the trip. :thumbsup2

You may have mentioned the kitchen before but I don't remember. Hopefully later next year we'll be able to make some serious progress with ours. We need bedroom furniture too. That's something we always talk about doing but it gets sent to the back burner for things like anniversary trips to Disney! :laughing:

Loved the surprise! The boys didn't seem too sure at first but you can really see their excitement after they got there (loved the pics of them walking to DHS!).

My two favorite places - BWV and WDW! We want to try Beach Club next time but didn't really like where the DVC rooms are located (above the smaller pool). I have rented points the last 3 trips at BWV and have gotten spoiled staying there - especially when we rented points for a Boardwalk View :love: Nothing like watching Illuminations AND Wishes from your balcony :cloud9:

Can't wait to read more!

I agree about the location of the Beach Club villas... but we definitely want to stay there sometime too.

Boardwalk view at BWV would be great sometime too. :thumbsup2

The walk to the DHS is so nice in the right weather.
You're so much braver than I am! I could never go on ToT. :scared1:

It was a beautiful walk to DHS. The weather really cooperated on this trip. We LOVE ToT! One of my favorite rides!

Wow! You got in all the DHS favorites that day! Hurray for the boys being brave enough to ride ToT! :banana:

How long was the walk to DHS from the Boardwalk?

The walk was probably 10 -15 minutes. Our room was at the back of the resort which is closest to DHS. If you go out the front of the resort, it could take an extra 5 minutes. We did have a pretty long hallway to walk down to get to our room from the elevator.

DisMomAmy
12-08-2011, 09:26 AM
After returning to our villa, I noticed a message on our phone. I was very surprised to find that it was someone from the Boardwalk Bakery with questions about our cake. This was strange because, if you read my PTR, you may recall that I had spoken with Jessi from the bakery about a week before. She had given me her email address to send some of our wedding photos. I emailed her the pictures and followed up later in the week to let her know we were leaving Saturday morning. I never heard from her again… Turns out someone left a message on our home phone during the time we were at Jeff’s but I didn’t get that message until later in the week when I called home to check for messages. I didn’t know what to think but I called down to the bakery. I was shocked to hear that our cake was ready! The cake I had never ordered… It sounded like they had done a nice job with it so I gave her a credit card & they said they would bring it right up. I had promised the boys a trip down to the pool & Tim wanted to shower, so he stayed behind to wait for the cake. On our way down to the pool, we ran into the delivery person with our cake! I loved it!!!

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But we had to move on for some pool time!! It was time to face the clown! The boys loved the pool! It wasn’t very crowded so they were able to go down the slide quite a few times. This is probably more pool pictures than you care to see, but I’ll post them all:

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12-08-2011, 09:31 AM
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I think that was the only time I brought the camera to the pool.

When we got back up to the room, Tim was showered & ready to head out to Epcot. I got a closer look at the cake:
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We got the boys ready, put the cake in the fridge & headed out. We had a 5:50 ADR at Teppan Edo. There had been a long line at the concierge desk earlier in the day but it was empty now so we stopped to pick up our MVMCP tickets. Then we had to walk briskly to Japan! They were doing some work on the stairs here:

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As always, dinner was wonderful!

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After dinner we headed downstairs to visit the Kidcot station. Alex was very interested in getting the stamps in his Guide to the Magic book. Next it was time to get me a pearl! I paid then asked Zach to help me choose an oyster. I’m not sure how they normally do it but he stuck his hand right into the tank and grabbed one! I thought it was so funny! I had assumed we would point to one & they would pull it out for us. After a drumroll, my oyster was opened up & I had a 7 ½ mm. pearl. The cost was only $14.99 ($15.97 with tax).

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Before leaving Japan, Zach had to get his favorite Disney treat… Kaki Gori!

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12-08-2011, 09:35 AM
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Then it was off to Test Track. But first, we told Alex we could stop in one more country to get another stamp. We stopped in America for Alex then Germany for me! I needed a piece of caramel. It was so good!! Then we dodged the crowds of people as we made our way around the rest of the world showcase to Test Track. We made one bathroom stop along the way, picked up a popsicle for Alex then finally made it to Test Track. Alex wasn’t done with his popsicle & I had to go to the bathroom AGAIN… Finally it was time for Test Track!!

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Then we braved Mission: Space – Orange! I was having some trouble with night pictures:
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Not sure what my excuse is for this awful shot:
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That’s better!
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This was only our second time of this ride & it was fun. Alex remembered what jobs we had each had last spring & made sure we all chose something new. After another bathroom stop we headed out of Epcot just as Illuminations started. We wanted to beat the crowds.

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A psychedelic tree shot:
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Better!
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I had hoped to be back in the room for Illuminations but it just wasn’t meant to be on this night. The fireworks started just as we exited the turnstiles at the IG.

Zach wanted to see the firworks but Tim wanted to keep moving:
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More fuzzy night pictures:
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I’m sure I have better shots later.

We stopped a Boardwalk Bakery to grab some breakfast food – Tim & I each got a croissant & Zach chose a chocolate chip muffin. I had made a batch of Alex’s muffins when we were at Jeff’s so he didn’t want anything.

The kids fell asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow. It was around 9:30. Tim & I cut into the cake, set a wake-up call & were in bed at 10:00.

Up next: Day 2: Happy Anniversary & Lots of Disney firsts!

skier_pete
12-09-2011, 02:27 PM
Sounds like to you had a great - but busy - day!

KatMark
12-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Amy, somehow between trying to get my TR done and start our PTR (MaryAZ and I are going together next month), I lost a few subscriptions and yours was one of them.

I love all the photos of the boys at the pool (although, I'm sorry to say, I'm one of those who does NOT like that clown). They sure are having a great time.

The cake looks great; and love the little boy turned around looking at all of you on TOT!

MEK
12-09-2011, 07:43 PM
That is a great picture of Tim carrying Alex - look at that little guys face. :thumbsup2 Priceless.

You really had a very full first day! Wow!

Your anniversary cake is beautiful. It's just perfect. But let me get this straight - you never actually ordered it before you left???

When you get ready to do your kitchen pm me. I would be happy to send you pictures of my kitchen remodel. I had a very 80's country kitchen prior to the remodel and it now looks completely different. Not over the top, but now I spend all my time in here!

jennyjinx3
12-09-2011, 08:36 PM
just jumped in tonight to read your trip report! Your family is adorable, it's nice to see a perspective from an Epcot area resort as staying at one of those is on our bucket list. Did you enjoy Teppan Edo? It's a must do for us in Sept 2012. Can't wait to read more!:)

ellajeansmom
12-09-2011, 09:23 PM
Hi Amy,

I'm joining in...sounds like a great first day at Disney :thumbsup2 The villa looks beautiful, glad renting points worked out for you. Maybe you mentioned this but I don't remember, did you rent them from someone you know? I'd love to try renting points sometime but it makes me nervous.

Looking forward to more!

mousescrapper
12-10-2011, 06:19 PM
Hi Amy :wave; I feel like a broken record but trying to get caught up :rolleyes1


looks like your first full day was great, lots of rides, good food and treats and no problems! The PP pixs at DHS are really nice, and i like the ones of the boys at ST too...so happy you loved your cake, it is very pretty i like the palm trees on the side too. How did it taste?

DisMomAmy
12-10-2011, 08:18 PM
Sounds like to you had a great - but busy - day!

It was a great start to the trip! :thumbsup2

Amy, somehow between trying to get my TR done and start our PTR (MaryAZ and I are going together next month), I lost a few subscriptions and yours was one of them.

I love all the photos of the boys at the pool (although, I'm sorry to say, I'm one of those who does NOT like that clown). They sure are having a great time.

The cake looks great; and love the little boy turned around looking at all of you on TOT!

Don't worry... I'm still way behind on your TR. I think I've made it through MNSSHP! Hopefully I'll get caught up before you finish!

That is a great picture of Tim carrying Alex - look at that little guys face. :thumbsup2 Priceless.

You really had a very full first day! Wow!

Your anniversary cake is beautiful. It's just perfect. But let me get this straight - you never actually ordered it before you left???

When you get ready to do your kitchen pm me. I would be happy to send you pictures of my kitchen remodel. I had a very 80's country kitchen prior to the remodel and it now looks completely different. Not over the top, but now I spend all my time in here!

I'd love to see your kitchen pictures! Our kitchen is original to the house which was built in the 1950s! We've added a dishwasher, garbage disposal & pantry cabinet and changed the floor (with those cheap stick on linoleum tiles) but it's so outdated it doesn't even have a hood/fan over the stove!

No... I never ordered the cake!! I sent two emails to the staff at BWV but never heard a reply! I told them what I was looking to order but never ordered! I think the only reason they didn't just send it up to the room is because I never gave them a credit card to pay for it. :rotfl: I'm so glad it worked out.

just jumped in tonight to read your trip report! Your family is adorable, it's nice to see a perspective from an Epcot area resort as staying at one of those is on our bucket list. Did you enjoy Teppan Edo? It's a must do for us in Sept 2012. Can't wait to read more!:)

:welcome: We loved staying at BWV & we LOVE Teppan Edo. It's been a must do for us on every trip.

Hi Amy,

I'm joining in...sounds like a great first day at Disney :thumbsup2 The villa looks beautiful, glad renting points worked out for you. Maybe you mentioned this but I don't remember, did you rent them from someone you know? I'd love to try renting points sometime but it makes me nervous.

Looking forward to more!

:welcome: We didn't know the person we rented from but I dug up some info on him. I found him on mouse owners but he's also a DISer. Some of his references were also DISers. We paid $11 per point but you can pay $12 or $13 going through a company if you want more security.

Hi Amy :wave; I feel like a broken record but trying to get caught up :rolleyes1


looks like your first full day was great, lots of rides, good food and treats and no problems! The PP pixs at DHS are really nice, and i like the ones of the boys at ST too...so happy you loved your cake, it is very pretty i like the palm trees on the side too. How did it taste?

Hey Jules! I know what you mean about falling behind... I feel like I'm behind on all my subscriptions. It's just such a busy time of year! Glad you found some time to say hello!

DisMomAmy
12-10-2011, 08:22 PM
I interrupt this TR to share some of our plans for spring break in April. We usually go visit Jeff & Karen for a long weekend before heading to Disney and we'd planned to do so in April. With flights already booked & a not so great visit in November... we decided to book three nights at Universal!!!

We are now officially booked for three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in a deluxe (larger) 2 queen room!! We'll be there from Thursday 4/19 - Sunday 4/22. Then we'll enjoy a week at our off-site timeshare & Disney!! :banana:

KatMark
12-10-2011, 08:34 PM
I interrupt this TR to share some of our plans for spring break in April. We usually go visit Jeff & Karen for a long weekend before heading to Disney and we'd planned to do so in April. With flights already booked & a not so great visit in November... we decided to book three nights at Universal!!!

We are now officially booked for three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in a deluxe (larger) 2 queen room!! We'll be there from Thursday 4/19 - Sunday 4/22. Then we'll enjoy a week at our off-site timeshare & Disney!! :banana:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: That sounds great, Amy.

MeMom
12-10-2011, 08:38 PM
... we decided to book three nights at Universal!!!

We are now officially booked for three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in a deluxe (larger) 2 queen room!! We'll be there from Thursday 4/19 - Sunday 4/22. Then we'll enjoy a week at our off-site timeshare & Disney!! :banana:

I think the boys are going to be crazy happy! :woohoo: :yay:

Charleston Princess
12-11-2011, 07:03 AM
First, I bet you have a great time at the HRH and Universal! So fun to have something new and different to look forward to!

Love, love, love the cake! They did a great job! Was it as tasty as it was pretty?

Looks like you had a great time at the pool, Teppan Edo, and Epcot! The tree is gorgeous!

mommytothreeboys
12-12-2011, 08:00 AM
MY crazy life has kept me away from the DIS for a while and I've been missing your updates. But, I'm all caught up now and it looks like you are having a great time!

The BWV looks fantastic! I love the boardwalk all lit up at night. And your room is just beautiful. I'm so glad it all worked out for you.

The cake is gorgeous! Did it taste as good as it looks? :goodvibes

eandesmom
12-13-2011, 12:01 AM
that is so funny about the cake! I'm so glad you were able to get flowers after all, I hope it tasted as yummy as it looks. What a busy busy day! Fun one though. Doesn't seem like the boys were creeped out by that clown at all. :thumbsup2

Congrats on the HRH booking, it is a fun place. Very different from Disney which in a way, almost helps as it's really an apples to oranges comparison. You will LOVE being able to walk to both parks and Citywalk, or take the boat (or a pedicab if pouring!).

Chicago Mo
12-15-2011, 01:50 PM
Subbing! going back to catch up!

DisMomAmy
12-18-2011, 08:15 AM
:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: That sounds great, Amy.

We're excited!! :cool1:

I think the boys are going to be crazy happy! :woohoo: :yay:

I hope so! It'll be something new plus we'll still get our Disney time! :banana:

First, I bet you have a great time at the HRH and Universal! So fun to have something new and different to look forward to!

Love, love, love the cake! They did a great job! Was it as tasty as it was pretty?

Looks like you had a great time at the pool, Teppan Edo, and Epcot! The tree is gorgeous!

We had a great first day Jackie! It was great to be able to walk everywhere. :thumbsup2 We can't wait to go to Universal. We haven't told the boys anything yet. We aren't planning another big surprise or anything, it just hasn't come up yet. I suspect we'll tell them during February school vacation when they wonder why we aren't going anywhere... maybe sooner. :confused3

MY crazy life has kept me away from the DIS for a while and I've been missing your updates. But, I'm all caught up now and it looks like you are having a great time!

The BWV looks fantastic! I love the boardwalk all lit up at night. And your room is just beautiful. I'm so glad it all worked out for you.

The cake is gorgeous! Did it taste as good as it looks? :goodvibes

Hi Missy!! Always glad to see a post from you! :goodvibes We really enjoyed staying at BWV. It was a real treat. More to come on the cake...

that is so funny about the cake! I'm so glad you were able to get flowers after all, I hope it tasted as yummy as it looks. What a busy busy day! Fun one though. Doesn't seem like the boys were creeped out by that clown at all. :thumbsup2

Congrats on the HRH booking, it is a fun place. Very different from Disney which in a way, almost helps as it's really an apples to oranges comparison. You will LOVE being able to walk to both parks and Citywalk, or take the boat (or a pedicab if pouring!).

The location was probably the main reason we chose HRH. The pool looks amazing & I can't wait to eat at the Kitchen. :woohoo:

Subbing! going back to catch up!

:welcome: I'll try to get over to your TR after the holidays!

mousescrapper
12-18-2011, 08:19 AM
am I suppose to dance for the other park? ;)

DisMomAmy
12-18-2011, 08:38 AM
Disney Day 2: Wednesday 11/9/11 – Happy Anniversary! This was the day of our actually 15th anniversary.

Fist I want to answer everyone’s cake question. How was the cake? Well it was pretty good. I wish we’d been able to cut into it before we stuck it in the refrigerator because that made the frosting kind of hard. The cake itself was yummy & while we didn’t finish it, we had quite a few pieces.

This morning I was up before the Mickey called at 7am. I made sure the kids answered the phone when it rang. They thought it was pretty cool! This morning we had our photo session scheduled for 9am at the Beach Club. I wanted to leave the room by 8:30 because even though we could see the Beach Club across the water, I didn’t know how long it would take us to get over there. We ate breakfast & got ourselves ready as quickly as we could. I had to run an iron over the shirts but then we couldn’t get it close back up when we were done! So we left the room with the ironing board still up. I also threw in a load of laundry before we headed out.

We made it over to the Beach Club by 8:45 and our wonderful photographer, Lisa, was ready for us. She gathered up her equipment & we headed outside. It was right about now that I noticed a big black stain on Zachary’s shirt!!! He must have rubbed up against something on our walk over. Luckily Lisa posed him in ways that we couldn’t really see the stain. She took photos in four different locations. We stopped at a bench just outside the back (water side) entrance for our first set of pictures. We felt pretty awkward the way she had us posed… and you could tell in the pictures. None of these are my favorites. Next she had us walk up & down the walkway. She laid on the ground and got some cool shots. Then she took some shots of us up against the rope railing next to the beach. The sun was really bothering the boys but luckily she was able to get at least one good shot of each of them. Finally we moved on to a little wooded, rocky area near Stormalong Bay. These were by far the best pictures.

These are a few of the best photos from the session:

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At the end of the session (which actually ran closer to 40 minutes than the 20 minutes we paid for), we tried to tip Lisa but she couldn’t accept. She told us to go online & send in a comment about our session. I did this when we got back & told them about our wonderful session. I failed to mention that she went way over our time… I didn’t want her to get in trouble. I think she realized that the photos we were getting in the last area were really good so she kept shooting.

After our session we headed over to check in at Cape May. It was now about 9:25 and our ADR was for 9:40. We were seated around 9:45. Alex had a little trouble waiting. I gave him my phone to help pass the time.
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And Zach enjoyed watching a little tv.
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Alex had held it together really well during the photo session but it was starting to catch up with him. The restaurant was fun & the boys enjoyed visiting with Minnie, Donald & Goofy but our waitress was very slow. It took forever to get refills & our check settled. We did get a breakfast cupcake to celebrate our anniversary! We also got a card signed by the characters.

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Bad pictures with flash...
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On our way out we decided to find the Sandcastle Club because the boys were going to end up spending some time there later in the week. I know that in my PTR I said that Karen was going to come hang out with the boys while Tim & I went to Shula's for our anniversary dinner. Well that was never true... I just got freaked out after I posted that the kids were going to the kids club. I didn't like the idea of people (not by best DIS friends of course) knowing where the kids were going to be when we weren't with them. So back to the Sandcastle Club... It wasn't open but we were able to show the boys where it was located.
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After our time at the Beach Club, we headed back to BWV to get ready for some shopping at Downtown Disney!

Up next: DTD & MVMCP

I'll try to get one more update posted before Christmas but I should have plenty of time after Christmas to catch up on my subscriptions & post some more updates. Merry Christmas everyone!

DisMomAmy
12-18-2011, 08:40 AM
am I suppose to dance for the other park? ;)

:rotfl: You can dance that we get to go to both parks! :dance3: :laughing:

MeMom
12-18-2011, 02:04 PM
Very nice family pictures! :thumbsup2

Cape May was a hit with us. Just being at Beach Club is fun, and the characters in their beach clothes make it even better. The food rocks, too! :cool2:

KatMark
12-18-2011, 02:33 PM
Great update, Amy. Love the photo shoot pictures...you all look great.

Native NYer
12-18-2011, 03:14 PM
Beautiful photos!

skier_pete
12-18-2011, 03:34 PM
Wow great shots! I am not sure that we would ever do it ourselves, but they really did a great job.

Charleston Princess
12-19-2011, 05:43 AM
Oh, I love the photo shoot pictures! So many cute ones! Are the grandparents getting some of them for Christmas? I would be all about handing those out for presents. LOL!

Cape May looks like a fun time -- the characters in their beach gear are a hoot! Too bad the server was a bit slow.

I don't blame you at all for the Karen/Sandcastle bit -- I tend to be the same way -- and it's certainly not my DIS friends who I worry about -- it's the fact that just anyone can access the boards -- who knows who is reading without commenting. :goodvibes

brookelizabeth
12-19-2011, 07:38 PM
Catching up! Loved the surprise videos and pictures!

And GEORGE!!! :laughing: Glad to her the boys enjoyed being spewed out of the clown mouth! ;)

Wonderful family pictures at the Beach Club! She got some really nice, unique shots too. :thumbsup2

In case I don't make it back here, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

JPFamilyMom
12-26-2011, 11:03 AM
All caught up again.:) Do they serve noodles at Teppan Edo? The boys have recently fallen in love with all Asian food, but mostly the noodles.

So after all is said and done were you happy with your decision to do the photos? I think they turned out great, and I hope to do it in the future. We need some updated family photos and I like them outside like that.

Your cake turned out beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it.

That clown slide looks scary. But looks like the boys had fun.

Can't wait to see whats next:goodvibes

mommytothreeboys
12-26-2011, 11:51 AM
Those shots of your beautiful family are gorgeous! She did a great job!

DisMomAmy
12-27-2011, 08:03 AM
Very nice family pictures! :thumbsup2

Cape May was a hit with us. Just being at Beach Club is fun, and the characters in their beach clothes make it even better. The food rocks, too! :cool2:

Thanks MeMom! I'm glad we did the pictures & extending our time at the BC with brekfast at Cape May hit the spot!

Great update, Amy. Love the photo shoot pictures...you all look great.

Thank you!! Luckily Zach's black shirt didn't show up in the pictures! :laughing:

Beautiful photos!

Thanks! :goodvibes

Wow great shots! I am not sure that we would ever do it ourselves, but they really did a great job.

I'm glad we did it. We were overdue for a family photo. Our last one was when Zach was about a year old.

Oh, I love the photo shoot pictures! So many cute ones! Are the grandparents getting some of them for Christmas? I would be all about handing those out for presents. LOL!

Cape May looks like a fun time -- the characters in their beach gear are a hoot! Too bad the server was a bit slow.

I don't blame you at all for the Karen/Sandcastle bit -- I tend to be the same way -- and it's certainly not my DIS friends who I worry about -- it's the fact that just anyone can access the boards -- who knows who is reading without commenting. :goodvibes

Thanks Jackie! I had our favorite six printed & then framed them for our moms. They really liked them! :thumbsup2

I knew my DIS friends would be OK about my little white lie. :goodvibes

Catching up! Loved the surprise videos and pictures!

And GEORGE!!! :laughing: Glad to her the boys enjoyed being spewed out of the clown mouth! ;)

Wonderful family pictures at the Beach Club! She got some really nice, unique shots too. :thumbsup2

In case I don't make it back here, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

George! Fortunately he wasn't an issue! The kids just liked having a waterslide... especially Alex.

I'm really happy with the photos we had taken. We weren't so sure at first, but once she moved us around to a couple new locations, we were feeling more comfortable.

Hope you had a nice Christmas Brook!

All caught up again.:) Do they serve noodles at Teppan Edo? The boys have recently fallen in love with all Asian food, but mostly the noodles.

So after all is said and done were you happy with your decision to do the photos? I think they turned out great, and I hope to do it in the future. We need some updated family photos and I like them outside like that.

Your cake turned out beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it.

That clown slide looks scary. But looks like the boys had fun.

Can't wait to see whats next:goodvibes

Hi Jess!! Yes - they serve noodles at Teppan Edo. They put little sesame seeds on everything so if that's an issue, just ask them to skip the seeds. They also put sauce on everything - pretty sure it's teryaki. I like the flavor of the sauce on my noodles but could do without the seeds.

Yes - I'm glad we did the photo session. It was really easy to just walk over to the BC & have the photos taken before breakfast. It probably would have been a bigger ordeal to have them done at home because we would have to drive somewhere. The short 20 minute session (which ended up more like 40) was good because we knew the kids would only last so long.

Next update coming up soon!

Those shots of your beautiful family are gorgeous! She did a great job!

Thanks Missy!!

DisMomAmy
12-27-2011, 08:15 AM
After breakfast we headed back to the room to get changed before going to Downtown Disney.

A few pics from our walk back:
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I threw the laundry in the dryer, we tried to close the ironing board again (without any luck) and headed out. This was our first bus ride & it wasn’t bad. As we approached the bus stop I received my first text from Kathy (KathyRN137) - it was 11:04. We chatted about our plans to meet up later at MVMCP.

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Continued next post... after I go help Alex get a snack. ;)

DisMomAmy
12-27-2011, 08:39 AM
Continued from previous post...

Our bus pulled right up in no time!
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And as we approached DTD:
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This shopping outing was probably the low point of our trip. Alex was really antsy & starting to be difficult. We did manage to make it through but Tim spent a lot of time sitting with either just Alex, or both boys on benches outside of stores waiting for me. We’ll be offsite with a car in April so I may do a little solo shopping while the boys swim. We did get quite few things, including the shirts we wanted for MVMCP. We had to go to a second store to get Tim’s shirt because they didn’t have the color he wanted in his size at World of Disney. They had the red one, but he wanted the green one. Luckily we were able to get it at DTD because the other store that had it was Mousegear… I had an AP so I would have been trekking into Epcot to get it by myself before MVMCP. Tim would have burned one of the days on his ticket if he went in... we weren't using any days on our regular tickets since we were just doing the party.

Our first stop was at Disney Pin Traders where Zach got a new lanyard (his got covered in melted Kaki Gori the night before) and I got a MVMCP pin.
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Next stop was Team Mickey where each of the boys got a set of little major league baseball helmets with their souvenir certificate from the day before.

Next we went to World of Disney where we got quite a few things… We each got a shirt for MVMCP shirt (except Tim), the boys each got a Santa hat (Alex got Goofy & Zach got Mickey), I got a calendar, a mug for my mom & a set of kitchen towels for DMIL.

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This was the first store that Tim ended up on a bench. I finished up, popped into Basin to get some soap, then found the boys on their bench.

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Up next was Lego. Alex stayed outside with Tim while Zach spent his first souvenir certificate (the one from the weekend at Jeff’s) on little Lego characters. I think I also gave them each an extra one for doing well with the photo session. :confused:

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After one last stop at Marketplace Fun Finds to pick up Tim’s shirt (while Tim took Zach to get a slushie at Jofffreys) we made our way to a cab & were back to BWV in no time. It cost $9 plus tip. We stopped at Boardwalk to go & the pizza window to get some lunch. Tim & I got pizza, which he thought was “gross”. I didn’t think it was that bad! Zach got a hot dog & Alex got… yes, chicken! I also grabbed a vitamin water. I’d ordered some through Garden Grocer but Boardwalk to go had one of my favorite flavors that GG didn’t carry. Hands full, we made our way up to the room. I checked the laundry & it wasn’t dry so I reset it. We also called housekeeping to help us with the ironing board… and wouldn’t you know, Tim got it to close! Luckily it had only been a couple minutes so I called back to cancel housekeeping. After a little cake for dessert, we all headed down to the pool. Alex was feeling much better now.

After a nice swim & a little rest, we got changed for the party.

Up next... MVMCP!!

DisMomAmy
12-27-2011, 08:46 AM
I also wanted to take a minute to say Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to everyone!! I wanted to get that updated posted first before I got sidetracked again...

We had a nice Christmas here & our house doesn't seem to be overrun by gifts this year. :cool1: Alex had a hard time getting to sleep on Christmas Eve but finally fell asleep at 11:00. He was so stressed about getting to sleep so Santa could come that he was all worked up & even crying. Once I told him we could just pull an all nighter & Santa could leave things in the garage, he was asleep in no time. :goodvibes Although he did wake up at 4:50! :scared1:

And like clock work, my thought shifted from jingle bells to Disney trip planning as I was putting away the Christmas dishes! It never fails, as the craziness of Christmas turns to the laziness of school vacation I feel the need to jump back into Disney fun! With just under 4 months to go until our next trip, I'm excited to get back into things!

Our nephew, J, will be flying up from Florida tomorrow night & staying with DMIL for a week. We have some fun things planned! Plus each of the boys has a sports camp to attend this week. :thumbsup2

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!! I hope to get another update or two posted this week! :thumbsup2

KatMark
12-27-2011, 09:14 AM
Great update, Amy. It seems if you were productive, despite the boys being a little antsy, with your shopping. Glad you found your t-shirts for the party.

I hope you enjoy the holiday time with the boys. My baby came home Sunday night at 6 p.m. and had to go back home yesterday afternoon already. :sad2:

skier_pete
12-27-2011, 09:17 AM
Nice update! Never much fun shopping with ornery kids. Glad to hear Christmas went well. Hope you have a nice break. Two days of work for me, then off another 5!

MEK
12-27-2011, 10:13 AM
Well, you are the updating fool again today and my only regret is I am at work with no pictures! I can't wait to see them all, especially the photo shoot pics. It sounds like you had a great experience. Very cool!

I also can't wait to see your souvies! They are always so much fun.

I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. One of my nephews got up at 11:30pm to see Santa and found mom down there. Of course, his question was "why didn't santa fill the stockings?" :rotfl: Gotta love it! :santa:

I'm right with you on the post Christmas Disney planning! ;)

mommytothreeboys
12-27-2011, 01:07 PM
Trekking around DTD with cranky kids is never fun. Sounds like you and Tim were able to make the best of it. Good for you!

Glad to hear you all had a nice Christmas! Let the Disney planning begin! :banana:

eandesmom
12-27-2011, 01:36 PM
photo session, character breakfast and then shopping during holiday craziness at DTD. I'd say the boys did great all things considered, that can be a lot even for adults!

Lovely lovely pictures!!! I think I need a set of those kitchen towels.

jeremysdisneymom
12-27-2011, 02:50 PM
Amy, I am finally here and caught up! Love your photo session pictures. You have me thinking about doing one in April or November.

What a beautiful anniversary cake! Too pretty to eat.

How was the walk to DHS from the Boardwalk? Jeremy always wanted to take the boat but it looked like a fun walk around the lake.

Isn't the Boardwalk a beautiful place to stay? I am looking forward to going back there in April.

:banana:Yay for Universal. I would like to go there sometime.

I can't believe I missed the MVMCP pin. Darn!

:surfweb:Can't wait to read more.

Lovemy3babes
12-27-2011, 04:32 PM
Amy, just found your TR and read the entire thing! I'm sorry I didn't realize you had started it. I will keep reading! Awesome family photos!! :goodvibes

MEK
12-27-2011, 07:56 PM
Your photoshoot pictures are lovely. Your boys are both so handsome. I think the pictures turned out great and they are very creative.

You also took some lovely pictures of the boardwalk/BC area. Nice.

Fun souvies and gifts from WDW! :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
12-28-2011, 06:58 AM
What a shame that the boys were not doing well at DtD, but you scored some great items. Love those Christmas Mickey soaps from Basin! Those are really fun as are the kitchen towels!

JPFamilyMom
12-29-2011, 07:26 PM
What a beautiful walk back to your room. Love all the souvies you got. Especially the soaps, I really thought those looked cool. Amazing what they do with Legos too. Can't wait to see whats nextpopcorn::

Glad you had a good Christmas, hope the new year brings lots of fun new Disney memories:goodvibes

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 09:24 AM
Great update, Amy. It seems if you were productive, despite the boys being a little antsy, with your shopping. Glad you found your t-shirts for the party.

I hope you enjoy the holiday time with the boys. My baby came home Sunday night at 6 p.m. and had to go back home yesterday afternoon already. :sad2:

Yes we got done what we needed to do but I don't know that we'll plan any time at DTD next trip.

Boo for such a short visit with your son. :sad2: Glad you got to spend some time together though.

Nice update! Never much fun shopping with ornery kids. Glad to hear Christmas went well. Hope you have a nice break. Two days of work for me, then off another 5!

Thanks Pete! Tim only worked two days this week too. Now he's home for another three days.

Well, you are the updating fool again today and my only regret is I am at work with no pictures! I can't wait to see them all, especially the photo shoot pics. It sounds like you had a great experience. Very cool!

I also can't wait to see your souvies! They are always so much fun.

I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. One of my nephews got up at 11:30pm to see Santa and found mom down there. Of course, his question was "why didn't santa fill the stockings?" :rotfl: Gotta love it! :santa:

I'm right with you on the post Christmas Disney planning! ;)

Such a bummer that you can't see pictures at work! Don't they know you have DISing to do! :laughing:

We made out pretty well with the souvies this time - luckily I had packed an extra bag. :thumbsup2

Funny story about your nephew! :scared1: One of Zach's friends told him about a time he got up in the middle of the night & saw his mom putting gifts under the tree! :headache:

Trekking around DTD with cranky kids is never fun. Sounds like you and Tim were able to make the best of it. Good for you!

Glad to hear you all had a nice Christmas! Let the Disney planning begin! :banana:

I've definitely been in full Disney planning mode this week! :cool1:

photo session, character breakfast and then shopping during holiday craziness at DTD. I'd say the boys did great all things considered, that can be a lot even for adults!

Lovely lovely pictures!!! I think I need a set of those kitchen towels.

Yes - Considering all that we'd done that day, the boys did OK. Luckily we were headed to a party next!

Amy, I am finally here and caught up! Love your photo session pictures. You have me thinking about doing one in April or November.

What a beautiful anniversary cake! Too pretty to eat.

How was the walk to DHS from the Boardwalk? Jeremy always wanted to take the boat but it looked like a fun walk around the lake.

Isn't the Boardwalk a beautiful place to stay? I am looking forward to going back there in April.

:banana:Yay for Universal. I would like to go there sometime.

I can't believe I missed the MVMCP pin. Darn!

:surfweb:Can't wait to read more.

The photo session was very convenient! I'm glad we did it. Unfortunately they've raised the cost from $99 to $150 since we booked.

The Boardwalk is definitely gorgeous!! You are going to have a blast in April.

I'm looking forward to Universal. I hope the kids have fun. I'm sure they will at least enjoy the hotel & the pool. :thumbsup2

I figured I had to get a MVMCP pin since I might not get back to a party for a long time.

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 09:30 AM
Amy, just found your TR and read the entire thing! I'm sorry I didn't realize you had started it. I will keep reading! Awesome family photos!! :goodvibes

:welcome: So glad you found me. I'm sorry we won't be there at the same time in April but I'm glad you still have a trip planned. Fall is a really fun time!

Your photoshoot pictures are lovely. Your boys are both so handsome. I think the pictures turned out great and they are very creative.

You also took some lovely pictures of the boardwalk/BC area. Nice.

Fun souvies and gifts from WDW! :thumbsup2

I'm glad you like the pictures - we're happy with how they turned out.

I couldn't stop taking picture of the Boardwalk area... unfortunatley many of them were as we walked so they didn't come out great but I got some good ones too.

What a shame that the boys were not doing well at DtD, but you scored some great items. Love those Christmas Mickey soaps from Basin! Those are really fun as are the kitchen towels!

We made out pretty well at DTD. :thumbsup2 I shared the soaps with my mom & MIL but kept a couple for myself. I put them out at Christmas but they never got used so I get to keep them for next year. :cool1:

What a beautiful walk back to your room. Love all the souvies you got. Especially the soaps, I really thought those looked cool. Amazing what they do with Legos too. Can't wait to see whats nextpopcorn::

Glad you had a good Christmas, hope the new year brings lots of fun new Disney memories:goodvibes

The Lego store is amazing! Last year when we were there, the Lego store was in it's temporary home while they remodeled so this was our first look at the new store. It's huge & I love those giant models!

Happy Disney New Year to you too! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 09:50 AM
After a nice swim & a little rest, we got changed for the party. We caught a bus at 3:30 to MK.
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We had hoped to arrive around 4pm to enjoy the park a little & get some dinner before the party. We had originally planned to meet Kathy at 4:30 at Columbia Harbour House but she texted that she had to meet someone at the entrance at 4:30 (to sell her extra party tickets since her DH & DD didn’t end up on the trip) so we made plans to meet at 5pm.

This was our first look at the MK decked out for Christmas!
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When we arrived I grabbed a fastpass to see Mickey, even though I wasn’t sure we’d need it during the party. Then we headed straight to Space Mountain.
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Then it was time to make our way over toward Columbia Harbour House to meet Kathy for dinner.
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Fantasyland is definitely coming along! It was about 4:45 when we got there but I wanted to run to Pecos Bills to get a taco salad so I left the boys at a table to the side of CHH.
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When I got back I helped Tim order then took the boys to find a table. The restaurant was empty, they had closed the upstairs area & seemed to be packing up the silverware & condiments. I texted Kathy to let her know where we were and a little while later she arrived & said they wouldn’t let her order because they were closing at 5pm! Tim still hadn’t returned with our food so apparently we had made it through the line just in time. We chatted with Kathy & Billy & offered to share our food but Kathy decided to go back over & see if there was anything left in the kitchen to feed Billy. Luckily they came up with some chicken & French fries so he was happy. Kathy brought the boys some adorable Prep & Landing pins and a bag of Christmas gummies (those were so good)! We shared the gifts we had brought for Billy & had a nice time chatting. It was so nice to see Kathy & to finally meet Billy!

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DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 10:02 AM
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After eating we all went over to check out the new Haunted Mansion queue.
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It was a lot of fun but the best update was the new hitchhiking ghosts at the end. :thumbsup2 We then headed to BTMRR and rode that together. We were going to take a ride on Splash Mountain next so we said our good-byes to Billy & Kathy as they weren’t up for a soaking! I think Kathy wanted to track down some dinner before they got in line for the 7 Dwarfs. Tim took a couple pictures before we split up:
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After Splash we made our way to Tomorrowland to get in line to see Phineas & Ferb when the party stated at 7pm. The castle was already lit up (sorry they are fuzzy...):
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I knew we wouldn’t be spending a lot of time waiting in line for characters so we decided to pick one line to wait in & that’s who the boys wanted to see. We waited for about 10 minutes for P&F to arrive then probably about another 10 for the people in front of us to visit with them.

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We were off to a great start & the party had just officially begun!

Up next: More party time!!

mommytothreeboys
12-31-2011, 05:09 PM
Very cute pictures of Billy and your boys! How fun that they had a chance to meet! :thumbsup2

I think my boys would choose Phineas and Ferb as well!

I love the icicle castle. So pretty!

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 06:18 PM
Very cute pictures of Billy and your boys! How fun that they had a chance to meet! :thumbsup2

I think my boys would choose Phineas and Ferb as well!

I love the icicle castle. So pretty!

It was so fun to meet up with Kathy & Billy! I just wish Kathy could have actually eaten dinner with us!

Phineas & Ferb were fun! :cool1:

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 06:40 PM
Since I'm on a roll & the DIS is quiet tonight, I'll try to finish up our night at MVMCP! :thumbsup2

Next up was a spin on Buzz Lightyear. I rode with Alex & he was mad that I was winning.

We had to get the customary Zurg/jail pic:
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After that we took a holiday ride around the TTA.
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Then we rode Space Mountain again. I think I took the boys & Tim sat this one out. This was our first time riding on the left side because we usually use a fastpass which always takes us to the right. The boys thought that was pretty cool!

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Then it was time to find some hot chocolate & cookies! We stopped into Cosmic Rays to get our snacks.
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Then the boys wanted to ride the tea cups. This is one we usually skip but tonight there was no line so on we went. Tim gets motion sick so he held what was left of the snacks while we rode. Tim & I were looking at each other and laughing because there were six little kids (maybe 5 years old) spread out between 2 or 3 tea cups. The CM wouldn’t let them ride without an adult so this poor lady (one of their moms?) came in and squeezed into a tea cup with all six of them! I don’t think she wanted to ride! It was so funny! Apparently Tim took their picture! Then he tried to get some of us!
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After our spin we took a ride on Winnie the Pooh (of course we had to play a little in the queue).
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We then finally rode Snow White. I haven’t been on this in a long time & I’m not sure if the boys had ever been on it. It was nice to check it out again before it disappears.

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After our scary adventure we went into Pinnocchios Village Haus & got more hot chocolate & cookies. They also had apple juice so we got one of those for Alex. Unfortunately the hot chocolate was much hotter this time so we couldn’t drink it quickly.

We decided to head back over to BTMRR. We had decided to skip the first parade but saw parts of it on our way through Frontierland. We got to see Santa!

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We rode BTMRR & Splash Mountain then headed to Pirates.

Continued...

DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 06:50 PM
Continued from previous post...

The fireworks were going to start so we skipped Pirates, grabbed popcorn, drinks & a popsicles/ice cream for the boys & went back out to the hub. The fireworks were starting so we didn’t get the best view. We were a bit behind a tree. (Isn't the full moon gorgeous!!)
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Before the fireworks even ended we started to make our way back toward Pirates. This is when we realized how tired the boys were so we decided to beat the rush out of the park & skip the parade. :sad2:

We stopped for a few PP pictures with the beautiful castle.
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Some pictures I took on the way out:
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But wait... we had one more stop!

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DisMomAmy
12-31-2011, 06:53 PM
Continued from previous post...

I did convince everyone to stop & see Mickey on the way out and I’m so glad we did!! We got to see talking Mickey!!! The kids loved it!!
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After our visit we were stopped to take a quick survey. They asked me a few questions, then asked if they could talk to the boys. When asked what the best part of the meet & greet was, they said, “He talked!”

We made our way out of the park & jumped right on a bus at around 10:30. The kids were asleep by 11:00 and we weren’t far behind them at 11:30. Oh… and that laundry still wasn’t dry!

It was a great way to spend our anniversary! We did so many new things this day: woke up at BWV, photo session, breakfast at Cape May, MVMCP, talking Mickey & hanging out with Kathy & Billy!!

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!!

JPFamilyMom
12-31-2011, 09:49 PM
My goodness what a busy day. So glad you got to meet with Kathy and Billy, how fun. Love the group pictures.

Wow that Christmas party sure looks fun. I love all the decorations, and I forgot about the talking Mickey. Very cool

Looks like you all had a great day!:goodvibes

Have a great new years

DisMomAmy
01-01-2012, 07:05 AM
My goodness what a busy day. So glad you got to meet with Kathy and Billy, how fun. Love the group pictures.

Wow that Christmas party sure looks fun. I love all the decorations, and I forgot about the talking Mickey. Very cool

Looks like you all had a great day!:goodvibes

Have a great new years

Thanks Jess - It was a busy day but a fun one!

Talking Mickey was a surprise! I knew he had been around but didn't expect to see him. The kids were thrilled!

DisMomAmy
01-01-2012, 07:08 AM
Happy New Year DIS Friends!

I wish you & your families health, happiness & pixie dust in 2012! (And a trip to Disney! ;))

Charleston Princess
01-01-2012, 08:23 AM
Happy New Year to you, too, Amy!!!

What a lovely MVMCP update! I love that you were able to meet up with Kathy and Billy -- the pictures together are great! I am amazed at how many rides you were able to pack in during the night!

The pictures in front of the castle and with Mickey are adorable! So Christmas-y and festive!

So, were the cookies and hot chocolate as good as everyone says they are???

Such a shame that you had to miss the parade. :(

Happydog
01-01-2012, 07:02 PM
Hi ya AMY!! I just got your post over on my TR and I remembered that you were OFF on your own adventure just before we left for our cruise, too! So I was glad to see I wasnt' too far behind!!! Looking forward to catching up in the next week! Great beginning though! Sounds like a great time, and Boardwalk I have always wondered about so I can't wait to hear about your stay! :thumbsup2 I missed seeing the christmas lights something awful this year... :sad2: So I will live vicariously through yours for CERTAIN!!!

DisMomAmy
01-01-2012, 08:11 PM
Happy New Year to you, too, Amy!!!

What a lovely MVMCP update! I love that you were able to meet up with Kathy and Billy -- the pictures together are great! I am amazed at how many rides you were able to pack in during the night!

The pictures in front of the castle and with Mickey are adorable! So Christmas-y and festive!

So, were the cookies and hot chocolate as good as everyone says they are???

Such a shame that you had to miss the parade. :(

MVMCP was a great night! Magic Kingdom is so beautiful all decorated for Christmas. :santa: And meeting up with Billy & Kathy was a highlight of the evening!

The cookies were fantastic! The hot chocolate was too hot the second time but it was yummy too!

I was bummed about the parade but it worked out OK because we probably wouldn't have stopped to see Mickey on our way out if we'd stayed for the parade. It was so cool to see the talking version - the kids just loved him!

Hi ya AMY!! I just got your post over on my TR and I remembered that you were OFF on your own adventure just before we left for our cruise, too! So I was glad to see I wasnt' too far behind!!! Looking forward to catching up in the next week! Great beginning though! Sounds like a great time, and Boardwalk I have always wondered about so I can't wait to hear about your stay! :thumbsup2 I missed seeing the christmas lights something awful this year... :sad2: So I will live vicariously through yours for CERTAIN!!!

Hi HD! :welcome: I hope you enjoy my Boardwalk & holiday pictures! Unfortunately I took a lot of them as I was walking & trying to keep up with the boys so they aren't the best (plus I probably need a new camera) but I did take a lot so hopefully there are some good ones mixed in!

MEK
01-01-2012, 08:20 PM
Wowsa - now THAT was the LONG update! I can't compete with that.

So glad you got to meet up with Kathy. Billy had gotten SO tall! I love the pictures with all three of the boys. Those are great. And your boys have the cutest T-shirt on.

your photopass pictures some out lovely. Really great!

It looks like you had a blast at the party! Everything looks so festive.

Happy NY's to you and your family!

eandesmom
01-01-2012, 09:57 PM
Talking Mickey!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that. What wonderful updates. I love the pics of the boys and Billy at HM, they seem so engrossed. You got come great shots, I especially love the 4 of you in front of the castle and the boys with Mickey in his Holiday tux.

I'm amazed at how much you got done and a little bit sad I won't get to see Snow White before it's gone. What a fun night.

mommytothreeboys
01-02-2012, 09:18 AM
Great party update! I love the boys' Santa hats...so cute. :thumbsup2

The MK looks so pretty all dressed up for Christmas!

So sad that I won't be able to ride Snow White one last time before the attraction goes away....she's my favorite Princess. Can't wait to see what the new Fantasyland has in store for her though!

mousescrapper
01-02-2012, 11:35 AM
Love the last couple updates...the photo session sounded wonderful what a beautiful area too :goodvibes I just love the shots you got so worth it huh? I hoped you framed some...they reminded me of the beach shots our friend took of our kids and Matt and I this past summer (photos used in my Christmas card) I framed them and did a collage on the wall I'll text you a pix

Glad you got shopping done at the Marketplace even through it wasn't the best set up for you all...

What a fun meet w/ Kathy and Billy love the group shots of you all :thumbsup2

I was bummed to read you missed the parade. But meeting talking Mickey awesome :cool1: I wonder if he'll be talking all the time...we'd love that...but it might be weird ;)

KatMark
01-02-2012, 01:47 PM
Happy New Year to you and your family, Amy.

What great updates. So glad you got to meet Kathy and Billy.

I love the photopass pictures of the boys with Phineas & Ferb .

The party looks like fun. And your photos of the castle and the fireworks are awesome.

And a talking Mickey?!?!?!?!?!? How cool is that...the boys sure look like they were having a blast.

exwdwcm
01-02-2012, 03:07 PM
subbing! We are going around this time next year, so curious how the crowds and weather were. Loving your report so far. and talking Mickey? how cool!!!!!

KathyRN137
01-02-2012, 08:48 PM
Happy New Year, Amy!

So glad we were able to meet up during MVMCP... the boys had such fun together in the HM queue! I knew they would get along! I'm so glad I finally got to meet your lovely family in person.

Kathy

WDWCP96
01-02-2012, 10:27 PM
Love the update and all the pictures of MK decorated for Christmas. I worked at WDW during the holiday season and was always amazed at how beautiful the park was and I can't wait because we are going back in November so that my kids and husband can finally see the lights.

How cool that you got to see Talking Mickey! I would love that but not sure if my kids would since they are so used to the characters not talking. I love the pictures of your boys with Mickey, they turned out great!

Lovemy3babes
01-03-2012, 09:06 AM
What a fun time you had at the Christmas party Amy! You got some great family photos in front of the castle. :goodvibes I am sort of out of the loop. Why is Snow White going away? Forever??

Chicago Mo
01-03-2012, 12:57 PM
So jealous you met the talking Mickey!!!!
So happy for you!!!

Happy New Year!!!

skier_pete
01-03-2012, 01:21 PM
I gotta chime in too on the Talking Mickey. That's just awesome. I would totally love to see that, hopefully someday....

Looks like a very busy day...no wonder the boys were bushed!

MRYPPNS
01-03-2012, 03:50 PM
I just got caught up! I was jealous before when I saw that your had Mickey dressed up for Christmas at your meet n greet....now I'm triple jealous that you got talking Mickey. (we got the bonus Minnie) We took the survey too at the end.

DisMomAmy
01-03-2012, 05:51 PM
Wowsa - now THAT was the LONG update! I can't compete with that.

So glad you got to meet up with Kathy. Billy had gotten SO tall! I love the pictures with all three of the boys. Those are great. And your boys have the cutest T-shirt on.

your photopass pictures some out lovely. Really great!

It looks like you had a blast at the party! Everything looks so festive.

Happy NY's to you and your family!

It was so quiet around the DIS & our house, I had a lot of opportunity to update, so I did!!

Billy is tall! It was so fun meeting up with them!

The party was so much fun!

Talking Mickey!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that. What wonderful updates. I love the pics of the boys and Billy at HM, they seem so engrossed. You got come great shots, I especially love the 4 of you in front of the castle and the boys with Mickey in his Holiday tux.

I'm amazed at how much you got done and a little bit sad I won't get to see Snow White before it's gone. What a fun night.

Talking Mickey was fun. The boys' faces just lit up when they heard him... especially Alex. And I love how the PP photographer captured that.

We didn't get a ton of PP pictures on this trip but most of the shots we got are good ones.

I was really worried about crowds at the party after what I'd heard about the Halloween parties this year, but it was pretty empty the night we were there. It was the second party of the season & it was a Wednesday night so I think that worked in our favor.

Great party update! I love the boys' Santa hats...so cute. :thumbsup2

The MK looks so pretty all dressed up for Christmas!

So sad that I won't be able to ride Snow White one last time before the attraction goes away....she's my favorite Princess. Can't wait to see what the new Fantasyland has in store for her though!

We found those hats at World of Disney when we were shopping for t-shirts. I knew they would probably only wear them at the party but I couldn't pass them up. And they did wear them one other night at DHS.

I'm glad I got to ride Snow White because I hadn't in a long time. I can't wait for the new Fantasyland!!

Love the last couple updates...the photo session sounded wonderful what a beautiful area too :goodvibes I just love the shots you got so worth it huh? I hoped you framed some...they reminded me of the beach shots our friend took of our kids and Matt and I this past summer (photos used in my Christmas card) I framed them and did a collage on the wall I'll text you a pix

Glad you got shopping done at the Marketplace even through it wasn't the best set up for you all...

What a fun meet w/ Kathy and Billy love the group shots of you all :thumbsup2

I was bummed to read you missed the parade. But meeting talking Mickey awesome :cool1: I wonder if he'll be talking all the time...we'd love that...but it might be weird ;)

The photo session was definitely worth it! And I loved the photos on your Christmas card! Do you do that every year or was this year special?

I was bummed about the parade too but I knew it wasn't a battle worth fighting. :sad2: I guess I'll have to go back! :laughing:

Happy New Year to you and your family, Amy.

What great updates. So glad you got to meet Kathy and Billy.

I love the photopass pictures of the boys with Phineas & Ferb .

The party looks like fun. And your photos of the castle and the fireworks are awesome.

And a talking Mickey?!?!?!?!?!? How cool is that...the boys sure look like they were having a blast.

Happy New Year Kathy! The boys loved seeing Phineas & Ferb and it was nice to do it at the party so we didn't have to wait in the long lines at DHS! :thumbsup2

Talking Mickey was sooo cool. I hope he comes back for good!

subbing! We are going around this time next year, so curious how the crowds and weather were. Loving your report so far. and talking Mickey? how cool!!!!!

:welcome: The crowds were pretty thick at Epcot, especially the WS due to the last weekend of Food & Wine but otherwise it wasn't too bad. It definitely got worse as we approached the weekend since it was both Jersey Week & Veteran's Day weekend (on top of F&W). Wouldn't be my first choice if I had one... but we didn't since the kids had an extra long weekend due to the holiday.

Happy New Year, Amy!

So glad we were able to meet up during MVMCP... the boys had such fun together in the HM queue! I knew they would get along! I'm so glad I finally got to meet your lovely family in person.

Kathy

Hi Kathy!! :welcome: Glad you could make it! I hope you had as much fun at the party as we did. I really enjoyed "dinner" and a couple rides with you. :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
01-03-2012, 06:05 PM
Love the update and all the pictures of MK decorated for Christmas. I worked at WDW during the holiday season and was always amazed at how beautiful the park was and I can't wait because we are going back in November so that my kids and husband can finally see the lights.

How cool that you got to see Talking Mickey! I would love that but not sure if my kids would since they are so used to the characters not talking. I love the pictures of your boys with Mickey, they turned out great!

Yay for a holiday Disney trip! How fun that you got to see that at work every day!!

I wasn't sure what my boys would think of talking Mickey but they loved it!

What a fun time you had at the Christmas party Amy! You got some great family photos in front of the castle. :goodvibes I am sort of out of the loop. Why is Snow White going away? Forever??

I loved the beautiful castle all decorated for Christmas!! The Snow White ride is closing as part of the Fantasyland expansion. The princess meet & greet will be in there and there will be a new 7 Dwarfs Mine coaster opening in the area that is currently behind the walls. I can't wait! But that's one of the last rides opening so I think it will be 2013... which depending on when in 2013 could mean that we won't see it until 2014!

So jealous you met the talking Mickey!!!!
So happy for you!!!

Happy New Year!!!

We loved talking Mickey! And it was totally a surprise!

Happy New Year!

I gotta chime in too on the Talking Mickey. That's just awesome. I would totally love to see that, hopefully someday....

Looks like a very busy day...no wonder the boys were bushed!

It was a long day but a great one! And talking Mickey just capped off the night! :thumbsup2

I just got caught up! I was jealous before when I saw that your had Mickey dressed up for Christmas at your meet n greet....now I'm triple jealous that you got talking Mickey. (we got the bonus Minnie) We took the survey too at the end.

He was pretty awesome! I was surprised we didn't see Minnie but luckily we saw her at Cape May! I wish I'd taken video! I wonder if they would have objected to that?

mousescrapper
01-03-2012, 07:57 PM
Wanted to answer your Q from above....Disingenuous from my iPad which sis nice for laying on the couch but not easy to work the quote box and delete out what I don't need...but thanks we really love the pictures :goodvibes no it's not something we do every year but try to every few :thumbsup2

And yes you'll just have to go back....

Angies1274
01-04-2012, 09:03 AM
Hi Amy!:wave2:

Catching up after taking a little break from the DIS.:goodvibes

Loving all your pictures of the Boardwalk! You got a great room and a beautiful view.:thumbsup2

Your anniversary cake was gorgeous!! And...your photo shoot pictures turned out great! I love that it was at the Beach Club...what a beautiful setting!

You got some great souvenirs at DTD! Love the calendar! I usually try and get a Disney one every year and I can't wait to pick up some of the Mickey soap from Basin when we go back!

Aww...cute picture with Phineas and Ferb! My boys love them too! Wow! So cool about talking Mickey!!:thumbsup2 What a fun time you had!!! Can't wait to read more....

irish dancer
01-05-2012, 11:19 AM
Hi Amy! I have been a very, very bad DISer and haven't kept up with my subscriptions. :blush: Just having a hard time balancing Facebook, DIS and everything else!

I'm all caught up now though. :flower3:

~Loved the reveal videos, those are so much fun. :thumbsup2
~Sorry you didn't have a better visit with BIL and family. That sounds like quite a grueling program Karen is doing.
~great room! and nice first visit to DHS!
~loved the photo shoot pics, wonder if I can convince my family to do it. The only problem person really will be DH. :rolleyes:
~Just love the decorations and party pics! So glad you got to meet up with Kathy & Billy! It's too bad about the parade but the talking Mickey is a great bonus!

Will try to be a better DISer in 2012. Now off to try and catch up on all my other subscriptions. ;)

jeremysdisneymom
01-05-2012, 11:46 AM
Wow, how neat that you got Talking Mickey! What did he say!

Glad you had a great time at the party. It is lots of fun.

DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 11:37 AM
Wanted to answer your Q from above....Disingenuous from my iPad which sis nice for laying on the couch but not easy to work the quote box and delete out what I don't need...but thanks we really love the pictures :goodvibes no it's not something we do every year but try to every few :thumbsup2

And yes you'll just have to go back....

Yes - DISing can be tough on an ipad! :laughing:

Hi Amy!:wave2:

Catching up after taking a little break from the DIS.:goodvibes

Loving all your pictures of the Boardwalk! You got a great room and a beautiful view.:thumbsup2

Your anniversary cake was gorgeous!! And...your photo shoot pictures turned out great! I love that it was at the Beach Club...what a beautiful setting!

You got some great souvenirs at DTD! Love the calendar! I usually try and get a Disney one every year and I can't wait to pick up some of the Mickey soap from Basin when we go back!

Aww...cute picture with Phineas and Ferb! My boys love them too! Wow! So cool about talking Mickey!!:thumbsup2 What a fun time you had!!! Can't wait to read more....

Hi Angie!! It was a really great trip!! And this day was packed full! I can't believe how much we did!

Hi Amy! I have been a very, very bad DISer and haven't kept up with my subscriptions. :blush: Just having a hard time balancing Facebook, DIS and everything else!

I'm all caught up now though. :flower3:

~Loved the reveal videos, those are so much fun. :thumbsup2
~Sorry you didn't have a better visit with BIL and family. That sounds like quite a grueling program Karen is doing.
~great room! and nice first visit to DHS!
~loved the photo shoot pics, wonder if I can convince my family to do it. The only problem person really will be DH. :rolleyes:
~Just love the decorations and party pics! So glad you got to meet up with Kathy & Billy! It's too bad about the parade but the talking Mickey is a great bonus!

Will try to be a better DISer in 2012. Now off to try and catch up on all my other subscriptions. ;)

I completely understand AM! I was way behind in November & December between our trip & the holidays!

Thanks for all of your comments - we were off to a great start... after the three days with Jeff & Karen! :rolleyes1

Wow, how neat that you got Talking Mickey! What did he say!

Glad you had a great time at the party. It is lots of fun.

I have no idea what he said! :laughing: I did at the time but I was just so excited to see him! I think he was talking about the party at one point. :confused3

DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 11:59 AM
Moving on to Day 3: 11/10/11:

Our plans for today were to spend the morning at Animal Kingdom & the evening at Hollywood Studios. Having been out late the night before, we didn’t set the alarm & planned for breakfast in the room. Alex was up at 7:30 and we followed right after & started getting ready. We ordered breakfast from room service while Zach was still asleep but he woke up at 8:30 before the food arrived around 8:45. We also figured out the trick to the dryer this morning… You can’t use the setting that dries until the clothes are dry… you have to use timed dry. We set it the night before & the clothes were finally dry! After eating breakfast, we headed to the bus stop to find an AK bus just closing it’s doors. But the driver saw us running & stopped for us! We stopped at the Swan and the Dolphin then headed to AK.

Animal Kingdom was decked out for Christmas too!
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As you can tell from the boys' faces, it was sunny!
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First stop was the safari & it was the best one ever! We saw a lot of animals!!
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DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 12:07 PM
Continued from previous post...

This was the best part:

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Look at the babies playing!
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DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Continued from previous post...

Next I convinced the family to walk the Pangani Trail with me.
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I told them we could breeze through most of it but that I wanted to see the meerkats & the baby gorilla.

First we saw the meerkats! I love meerkats!
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Then the gorillas:
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But the baby was up the trees:
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I'm not sure if we ever really spotted her! :headache:

Next stop was Expedition Everest! A few pictures as we made our way through Asia:
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We usually ride more than once but I’m not sure if we did this time. After EE we had lunch. We walked to Flame Tree via Yak & Yeti so Tim could grab some lunch there. I’m not sure what Tim got but Alex & I each got the rotisserie chicken & Zach got the chicken drumsticks. I remember Zach ate A LOT! While we were having lunch, Tim brought up buying DVC! We talked about it & thought it might be worth talking to someone while we were there! :banana: Elated… we moved on.

Next up was Dinosaur (twice) & some shopping (Zach bought more rocks).

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Then Primeval Whirl (once was enough):
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Fun & games while I waited in line with the boys (Tim sat this one out):
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DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 12:29 PM
Continued... While I'm on a roll, I'll finish up Animal Kingdom!

We went back to Expedition Everest again:
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The kids loved that they got to ride together so much:
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Didn't get the Yeti:
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We stopped in the store & Tim & I each got a shirt:
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Then it was on to our not so wet ride on Kali!!! For the first time, I didn’t get soaked! And the boys were satisfied with how wet they got. I usually get soaked & they usually stay bone dry… and aren’t happy about it!
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Found pictures of what Zach bought at Dinosaur:
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After Kali, we headed out of the park & had a short wait for a bus but a long ride back with stops at the Swan, the Dolphin, the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, then finally the Boardwalk. Had we realized we were the last stop, we probably would have hopped off at the Swan & walked!

Up next: DHS

jeremysdisneymom
01-06-2012, 01:56 PM
What a great safari! Love the baby elephants playing!! How cute. :cutie:

What is with men and primeval whirl! :confused3 Tom sets that one out too and I ride with Jeremy. That ride is just sickening to me.

I know what you mean about the long ride back to the BW. That was the only complaint I had about staying there. We soon realized that getting off at the Swan made it a lot quicker too.

Lovemy3babes
01-06-2012, 02:31 PM
Wow Amy! What an awesome day in AK. You had an excellent safari, multiple times on the great rides, yummy lunch and even talked about DVC. I'd say that it was successful! :goodvibes

eandesmom
01-06-2012, 02:59 PM
What a perfect morning! Sleeping in, getting so much done at AK, killer safari, a great lunch, not getting soaked on Kali and a DH who brings up DVC?

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irish dancer
01-06-2012, 03:14 PM
Wow, sounds like a great day. Love the sleep in part and then a great day at AK. :thumbsup2 Wish I could have that luck at Kali, I usually get soaked too. :rolleyes:

Also excited to hear more about the possible DVC talk. :goodvibes

Charleston Princess
01-07-2012, 05:49 AM
I get those same squinty-eyed looks from Connor when the sun is too bright. :lmao:

What a great safari!!! Those giraffes are such friendly creatures! I love when they visit the safari trucks :thumbsup2

I really like your AK shirts -- Charles and I might have to get those, too. :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
01-07-2012, 06:46 AM
What a great safari! Love the baby elephants playing!! How cute. :cutie:

What is with men and primeval whirl! :confused3 Tom sets that one out too and I ride with Jeremy. That ride is just sickening to me.

I know what you mean about the long ride back to the BW. That was the only complaint I had about staying there. We soon realized that getting off at the Swan made it a lot quicker too.

It was a great safari - the most animals we've ever seen! :thumbsup2

I know what you mean about PW! My DH sits out any of the spinning rides & most simulators - though he didn't want to pass up Star Tours & did OK with that. And he's ridden Mission Space - but will only do it once a day. :confused3

Wow Amy! What an awesome day in AK. You had an excellent safari, multiple times on the great rides, yummy lunch and even talked about DVC. I'd say that it was successful! :goodvibes

It was a great day! We got a lot done & the DVC talk was the icing on the cake! :goodvibes

What a perfect morning! Sleeping in, getting so much done at AK, killer safari, a great lunch, not getting soaked on Kali and a DH who brings up DVC?

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I was surprised Tim brought up DVC! It definitely put a spring in my step! :cool1:

Wow, sounds like a great day. Love the sleep in part and then a great day at AK. :thumbsup2 Wish I could have that luck at Kali, I usually get soaked too. :rolleyes:

Also excited to hear more about the possible DVC talk. :goodvibes

DVC update coming soon - more about it in the next portion of the TR.

I ALWAYS get soaked on Kali so this was a nice treat!

I get those same squinty-eyed looks from Connor when the sun is too bright. :lmao:

What a great safari!!! Those giraffes are such friendly creatures! I love when they visit the safari trucks :thumbsup2

I really like your AK shirts -- Charles and I might have to get those, too. :thumbsup2

I thought of you when we saw all of those giraffes on the safari! ;)

DisMomAmy
01-07-2012, 07:01 AM
We are just over 3 months away from our April trip & I'd like to share our plans in a PTR but I feel like I want to get this TR finished (or at least further along) before starting a new PTR. So for now, you get updates within this report!

We've made some changes to our April plans! We decided we didn't want to spend three days at Universal so we considered one night at Hard Rock then two nights on-site at Disney before checking in at our off-site timeshare villa. But we realized that would be too much moving around for us so...

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We cancelled our reservation at Hard Rock & booked three nights at the Beach Club!! :banana::banana: I'm so excited!! We are currently booked in a Garden View room at 30% off through the spring room only offer. I'm strongly considering upgrading to Club Level & surprising DH! It's an extra $350 & I'm sure we wouldn't save $350 on food but it will cover all of our breakfasts (one of which was going to be TS), we can get alcohol in the evening & we can have snacks pretty much all day! I think it will be a great benefit for us since we are used to having a stocked kitchen when we are on vacation. I actually called this morning to make the upgrade but the "system" was down for an upgrade for a few hours. I'll think it over & if it still seems like a good idea, I'll call back later today or tomorrow.

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01-07-2012, 09:46 AM
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I was just there a few days ago. I love that place! It has now topped my desire to stay at Polynesian. I sat in the solarium by a pretty Christmas tree and ate my lunch one day when I was just out alone taking pictures. They were working on Stormalong Bay when I was there. No water - just sand and lots of men and machines.

brookelizabeth
01-07-2012, 10:39 AM
How VERY cool that you got to see the talking Mickey!!!! I'm so excited that he is slowly making his way into the parks, hopefully he will be a permanent fixture soon! :thumbsup2

And what a great day at AK! You got a ton done!

Congratulations on the decision for the Beach Club...and Club Level! :woohoo: Isn't that area of WDW just awesome? I love the walk, the boats, and the look of the YC/BC & the BW. :cloud9:

JPFamilyMom
01-07-2012, 11:03 AM
Wow, what a great AK day: Great safari with tons of animals, love the shirt you purchased.

And Hooray for Beach Club in April.:banana::yay: How many days are you doing Universal?

DisMomAmy
01-07-2012, 11:19 AM
I was just there a few days ago. I love that place! It has now topped my desire to stay at Polynesian. I sat in the solarium by a pretty Christmas tree and ate my lunch one day when I was just out alone taking pictures. They were working on Stormalong Bay when I was there. No water - just sand and lots of men and machines.

Hi MeMom! I've been in love with Beach Club since Tim & I went to the Yacht Club for dinner in 2007. It's been my dream resort since & I used to think I'd never get a chance to stay there. We came close in November but it just didn't work out so I'm really excited to finally stay there!! :cloud9:

How VERY cool that you got to see the talking Mickey!!!! I'm so excited that he is slowly making his way into the parks, hopefully he will be a permanent fixture soon! :thumbsup2

And what a great day at AK! You got a ton done!

Congratulations on the decision for the Beach Club...and Club Level! :woohoo: Isn't that area of WDW just awesome? I love the walk, the boats, and the look of the YC/BC & the BW. :cloud9:

Talking Mickey was so cool - I hope we get to see him in more places too!

I love staying in the Epcot area! We'll mostly hang out at the BC & Boardwalk area, but we plan to go to DHS one day & we'll be doing Epcot on our transfer day. That'll give us a the full day Saturday plus most of the day Thursday to just hang out at the resort... which is something we never make the time to do! I have dinner ADRs for each night but I have to take another look at those, especially if we do Club Level. I'd hate to miss the appetizers every night!

Wow, what a great AK day: Great safari with tons of animals, love the shirt you purchased.

And Hooray for Beach Club in April.:banana::yay: How many days are you doing Universal?

Hi Jess! It was a great AK day! We're planning to spend one day at Universal - probably just Islands of Adventure - later in the week during our stay at Vistana.

DisneyCrafter
01-07-2012, 11:46 AM
I personally think that you made a great decision to stay on-site at Disney rather than at Universal. Universal just isn't as fun as Disney and that's all there is to it. One day is PLENTY. I'm sure the boys will have a lot of fun but it's not as fun for adults. You don't feel transported into a different world like you do in Disney. I'd actually go early on in the trip (like maybe Vistana check-in day or the day after so that you can spend the rest of the time in Disney).

I think you should go for club level. If only b/c I want to live through you. :lmao:

Your DH sounds like he is starting to enjoy Disney more and more each trip. That's great. I get sad when I hear about DHs who are sick of Disney. :sad2: I suppose it's not for everyone, though.

eandesmom
01-07-2012, 04:55 PM
YAY for Club level, that sounds absolutely wonderful to me and what a cool surprise!

heaven2dc
01-07-2012, 08:12 PM
Oh I so hope you decide to go Club Level!! I would love to stay at Beach Club on our next trip (since we've only stayed at BWV). If we could get a discount like you did, I might consider it (we have rented points the last 3 trips and can't beat the boardwalk view compared to the Beach Club Villas DVC view).

I can't wait to find out what you decide to do!

DisMomAmy
01-07-2012, 08:21 PM
I personally think that you made a great decision to stay on-site at Disney rather than at Universal. Universal just isn't as fun as Disney and that's all there is to it. One day is PLENTY. I'm sure the boys will have a lot of fun but it's not as fun for adults. You don't feel transported into a different world like you do in Disney. I'd actually go early on in the trip (like maybe Vistana check-in day or the day after so that you can spend the rest of the time in Disney).

I think you should go for club level. If only b/c I want to live through you. :lmao:

Your DH sounds like he is starting to enjoy Disney more and more each trip. That's great. I get sad when I hear about DHs who are sick of Disney. :sad2: I suppose it's not for everyone, though.

I had a feeling you might feel this way Rachael! Reading your TR swayed me a bit in my decision. ;) And honestly we mainly want to go to WWoHP - the boys won't know any of the characters over there either. We've been to Bush Gardens & Six Flags & they always want to leave early. If they love it, we can always go back on another trip.

The secret to keeping DH happy is in his stomach! ;)

YAY for Club level, that sounds absolutely wonderful to me and what a cool surprise!

So much for a surprise... I already told him! :headache: I was talking to him about certain ADRs during that time & was acting all weird trying to explain why I wanted to be at the resort one night (to try the dinner time offerings) & he called me out on hiding something! I'm a bad liar! :laughing:

Oh I so hope you decide to go Club Level!! I would love to stay at Beach Club on our next trip (since we've only stayed at BWV). If we could get a discount like you did, I might consider it (we have rented points the last 3 trips and can't beat the boardwalk view compared to the Beach Club Villas DVC view).

I can't wait to find out what you decide to do!

I won't leave you in suspense - I changed our reservation today!! We are officially booked in a garden view club level room!! (Garden view was only $20 more than standard view for all three nights so that was a no-brainer.) Now I just have to figure out what all the benefits of club level are so we can take advantage of them!! :cool1:

I was surprised to find Beach Club in the 30% off category with the spring room only offer! And I agree - BWV standard view is an amazing deal!!

Charleston Princess
01-08-2012, 05:19 AM
Club Level at the Beach Club! That's way cooler than the Hard Rock Hotel in my opinion! :thumbsup2

halleous
01-08-2012, 07:02 AM
I have just sat and read the entire TR and am now subscribing!! Loving it so far!

Vickyxx

Susan121302
01-08-2012, 07:22 AM
I LOVE those Expedition Everest T shirts you got!

We are staying at the BC in Sept. I cannot wait. I will keep an eye out for your TR from your April trip....

DisMomAmy
01-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Club Level at the Beach Club! That's way cooler than the Hard Rock Hotel in my opinion! :thumbsup2

I completely agree Jackie! ::yes::

I have just sat and read the entire TR and am now subscribing!! Loving it so far!

Vickyxx

:welcome: Glad to have you along!

I LOVE those Expedition Everest T shirts you got!

We are staying at the BC in Sept. I cannot wait. I will keep an eye out for your TR from your April trip....

:welcome: Howdy neighbor!! I'll definitely have a TR started shortly after we get back!!

DisMomAmy
01-08-2012, 01:38 PM
After our morning at AK & our long bus ride back to the boardwalk, we walked through the lobby so Alex could ask for a celebration pin. He was very interested in them & was becoming a bit obsessed. The CM made an “I’m Celebrating” pin for each of the boys, adding “Mom & Dad’s Anniversary”. Alex was thrilled. Then we stopped in the gift shop (Dundys Sundries). I got picked up a few souvenirs. I got a new pouch for my lanyard, refrigerator pins for me & my friends Laura (we stayed at BWI last year), a Boardwalk pin, a pixie dust pin to send to Julie (mousescrapper) to help get her through her DH's surgery,a luggage tag, and a magnetized memo pad for the fridge. The boys each got a notebook.
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Then we headed up to the room for a little down time before we had to turn around & head out to DHS for our 4:35 ADR at 50s Prime Time Café.

After a little break, we grabbed the boat at the Swan/Dolphin over to DHS. The boat came right up & we arrived at DHS around 4:15. Our ADR was at 4:35 so we headed straight there.

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We were early but didn’t have enough time to do anything else so we checked in. The wait was FOREVER! Alex was even starting to cry & say “this is ridiculous” louder & louder because it was so hard for him to wait that long. He did a really good job not completely freaking out but it was hard for him! We weren’t seated until around 5:10! We bumped into Kathy & Billy while we were waiting. They came in to use the restrooms. We didn’t really get to chat because luckily we were seated before they came back out. Because it’s so hard for Alex (and often Zach too) to wait, we always try to make ADRs for off times. We figured 4:35 would beat the rush but they must have been behind from lunch.

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Finally seated, we had a great server (James?) who played with the boys just the right amount to have fun but not freak them out. When Alex said he just wanted chicken, James brought him 11 chicken nuggets! Before it came out, James came by & asked if we needed anything else (drinks, etc.) and Alex said, “chicken!” and James said, “I need to catch it & pluck it!” It was so funny!

After dinner we headed to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster.

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Then Alex said he’d ride ToT with me! Zach & Tim rode RnRC again & we decided to meet up at the DVC booth on Sunset Blvd. Tower of Terror was AWESOME! We could see the Osborne Lights in the distance! It was so cool! Alex & I headed to the DVC kiosk but Tim wasn’t there yet so we went to the popsicle stand & got him a “#6”. We met up at DVC & signed up for a tour first thing the next morning!! :banana:

Having made the DVC appointment, I was in a great mood, and we headed off to FINALLY see the lights!! It was the first night & it was extremely crowded as we approached the Streets of America. We had no idea what to expect so we just wandered through. I was trying to take photos & video and Tim was trying not to lose the boys. It was amazing but brief. I was happy we would have a chance to go back on Saturday night now that we knew what to expect.
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I also have two short videos from my phone. I'm sorry I held my phone the wrong way so they are tall & skinny!
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There are lots of other videos on youtube if you want to see more! I also took more pictures when we returned a couple days later!

I'll try to get the rest of Disney Day 3 posted later today!

eandesmom
01-08-2012, 03:27 PM
UGH on the long wait at PTC. We had to wait forever there as well the last time we went. Those lights are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love the luggage tag.

MEK
01-08-2012, 07:57 PM
That is a super cute luggage tag.

Sorry you had to wait so long for dinner. That's tough when you know the boys can't wait that long. It makes every minute seem 5 times as long. So glad you had a wonderful server. That must have helped make the boys feel better sooner.

I never thought about seeing the lights from ToT, but that must have been pretty cool. Of course, I usually have my eyes closed half of the time so I may miss them anyway. :rotfl:

Your light pictures turned out great!

mousescrapper
01-08-2012, 07:59 PM
Getting caught up again :rolleyes1

Love that you had a wonderful Safari...we had a good one too(that will be coming up next in my TR) did you LOVE the lights? They are amazing..love your pictures

So great about the Club level..have fun w/ that!

And thank you so much for my Tink pixie dust pin...it truly brought a wonderful smile to my face :goodvibes

MEK
01-08-2012, 08:00 PM
Congrats on the BC club level rooms! That's wonderful. Enjoy (and take lots of pictures! :rotfl:)

JPFamilyMom
01-08-2012, 08:36 PM
Ugh on the wait for dinner, glad you got seated before things got too bad. That is the one thing that makes me nervous about ever doing sit down meals with the boys at Disney which we haven't yet, we have walked out of many restaurants because of it (not at Disney). Glad the meal ended up being fun though and that you got a good waiter.

WOW on those lights, you got some great pictures too. Hope I'm lucky enough to see them one year

And :banana::banana: for your morning appt with DVC the next day, can't wait to see how that went.:goodvibes

mommytothreeboys
01-09-2012, 06:19 AM
Beach Club! Sounds like a good decision...can't wait to see if you decide to go Club Level.

Holy cow.....those safari pics are awesome! That giraffe was so close...amazing!

Yay for ToT with Alex. :banana: I bet seeing the park all lit up for Christmas was just beautiful.

Hmmm...DVC? Looking forward to hearing about that!

Chicago Mo
01-09-2012, 07:21 AM
OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DVC....
I can't wait to hear about it!!!

jeremysdisneymom
01-09-2012, 08:04 AM
Beach Club and Club Level---:thumbsup2! I think those are perfect choices. Stormalong Bay looks like so much fun. I am sure your boys would enjoy it.

I love the lights! They were so pretty this year. The LED was fabulous!

Oh, I can't wait to hear about the DVC tour. We bought over the phone without the tour so I am anxious to see what we missed.

skier_pete
01-09-2012, 08:22 AM
We waited a good 1/2 hour for 50PTC on our DHS day, and we had a 12:45 PM ADR. The whole process there was really slow with how long we were there, taking almost 90 minutes to eat, so I can picture where they are always behind if they don't give people a LONG time.

Glad you FINALLY got to see those lights! They are awesome, aren't they.

DisMomAmy
01-09-2012, 08:39 AM
UGH on the long wait at PTC. We had to wait forever there as well the last time we went. Those lights are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love the luggage tag.

The PTC wait was awful! Fortunately, they aren't usually that bad!

The lights were awesome!

That is a super cute luggage tag.

Sorry you had to wait so long for dinner. That's tough when you know the boys can't wait that long. It makes every minute seem 5 times as long. So glad you had a wonderful server. That must have helped make the boys feel better sooner.

I never thought about seeing the lights from ToT, but that must have been pretty cool. Of course, I usually have my eyes closed half of the time so I may miss them anyway. :rotfl:

Your light pictures turned out great!

I love the luggage tag! It was one of those things that you just know you have to have when you see it! ;)

It was very cool to see the lights from ToT... :thumbsup2

The wait at PTC... :sad2:

Getting caught up again :rolleyes1

Love that you had a wonderful Safari...we had a good one too(that will be coming up next in my TR) did you LOVE the lights? They are amazing..love your pictures

So great about the Club level..have fun w/ that!

And thank you so much for my Tink pixie dust pin...it truly brought a wonderful smile to my face :goodvibes

The lights were fabulous! Something you can't even imagine until you see them in person. I hope I get to see them again someday.

I hope Club Level is as great as I think it will be.

Your welcome for the pin. I just knew I had to send it to you when I saw it.

Congrats on the BC club level rooms! That's wonderful. Enjoy (and take lots of pictures! :rotfl:)

Thank you!! I will take lots of pictures!

Ugh on the wait for dinner, glad you got seated before things got too bad. That is the one thing that makes me nervous about ever doing sit down meals with the boys at Disney which we haven't yet, we have walked out of many restaurants because of it (not at Disney). Glad the meal ended up being fun though and that you got a good waiter.

WOW on those lights, you got some great pictures too. Hope I'm lucky enough to see them one year

And :banana::banana: for your morning appt with DVC the next day, can't wait to see how that went.:goodvibes

We usually don't have to wait that long! Generally, we try to eat on the early side. We always aim for the first lunch ADRs of the day or dinner ADRs at 5:00 or earlier. I'd recommend early lunch ADRs for your first ones. And maybe somewhere like Hollywood & Vine, Crystal Palace or other character meal (unless you think that would be too overwhelming for them).

More on DVC soon!

Beach Club! Sounds like a good decision...can't wait to see if you decide to go Club Level.

Holy cow.....those safari pics are awesome! That giraffe was so close...amazing!

Yay for ToT with Alex. :banana: I bet seeing the park all lit up for Christmas was just beautiful.

Hmmm...DVC? Looking forward to hearing about that!

I did it! We are going club level! :cool1:

The safari was the best one we've been on. If we could have seen the lion better, it would have been perfect!

Seeing the lights from ToT was a huge surprise!

More on DVC soon!

OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DVC....
I can't wait to hear about it!!!

:rolleyes1

Beach Club and Club Level---:thumbsup2! I think those are perfect choices. Stormalong Bay looks like so much fun. I am sure your boys would enjoy it.

I love the lights! They were so pretty this year. The LED was fabulous!

Oh, I can't wait to hear about the DVC tour. We bought over the phone without the tour so I am anxious to see what we missed.

I can't wait to stay at BC & to get to experience club level! :banana: I'm most excited to explore SAB with the boys!

The lights were absolutely gorgeous!!

The DVC tour was mixed... but you'll have to wait to hear about it. ;)

DisMomAmy
01-09-2012, 08:42 AM
We waited a good 1/2 hour for 50PTC on our DHS day, and we had a 12:45 PM ADR. The whole process there was really slow with how long we were there, taking almost 90 minutes to eat, so I can picture where they are always behind if they don't give people a LONG time.

Glad you FINALLY got to see those lights! They are awesome, aren't they.

We've eaten there many times & it's never been that bad before. I think we usually have an early lunch ADR though... so they don't have a chance to get behind yet! It definitely takes a long time to eat there.

Loved, loved, loved the lights!!!

DisMomAmy
01-09-2012, 08:57 AM
Having seen the gorgeous Osborne Lights, we moved on. While we were over that way, we decided to ride Star Tours. It was so fun to ride for the second time & get a totally different story! We stopped in the gift shop (again) for more Star Wars souvenirs for both boys (I can’t tell from the receipt exactly what they got). Next was the Great Movie Ride. Best Ride Ever! While we didn’t get the cowboy, we got to ride in the first row!

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It was so much fun, especially when the gangster highjacked the tour & started messing with Alex! Alex was sitting closest to the driver & jumped out of his seat & moved between me & Tim.

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Zach ate it up & took Alex’s seat. (Totally the opposite of how they usually are… normally Zach would be scared & Alex would want the spotlight.)

You can sort of see how close Zach is here:
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Alex also thought the gangster really died when he grabbed the Indiana Jones stone & couldn’t understand until we explained it over & over! Poor thing!

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I'll spare you from having to look at the rest of my GMR pictures since they are always the same! :laughing:

Now it was around 8:15 so we decided to beat head out. There was a HUGE line for the boat so as tired as we were, we decided to walk back. We got to see some of the Fantasmic fireworks over the trees as we walked! Since we didn’t get a chance to swim earlier, we took the boys to the pool for about 15 minutes before bed.
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These are fuzzy but you can tell that they had a fun game of "Daddy throws the boys":
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Then we were treated to Illuminations… from bed! What a great way to end a great day!!

Up next: 11/11/11 & a visit with DVC!

exwdwcm
01-09-2012, 10:12 AM
Hi there- just read your whole TR! We are going this time next year, so was interested to read similar time frame trip reports! Looks like you guys had a ball and your boys are just so cute!

and love that you have a DVC appt! Can't wait to hear what happens. My DH surprised me on our trip in 2009 the same way. We were on a 10 day trip with our whole extended family at WL. It was the first time we took our son, who was 2 at the time. My DH is not a huge Disney fan, in fact, I think he sort of held a grudge against them since I left him for a semseter to go work on the college program. We stayed together that whole time, but did the long distance relationship and I think he hated Disney for taking me away! :rotfl::confused3 Anyhow, fast forward 15 years from that and he had taken a few trips with me, but it wasn't until we had our son (after years of trying) that I think he finally "GOT" the magic. Nothing like seeing it through your child's eyes. On that trip, he mentioned we should maybe go check out DVC. I was in pure shock. I had never even considered it, since DH is a financial professional and super cheap. If it isn't a stock or real estate investment with a financial return, then no way. So this shocked me!!! We did the tour and he was all into it. A few months later, we bought and now are proud owners at BLT! I never dreamed it possible. I hope the same happens for you!!! :wizard:

skier_pete
01-09-2012, 12:37 PM
Holy cow that Clown Slide is freaky at night. Guess I'm never staying there! Good thing I can't afford it.

mommytothreeboys
01-09-2012, 01:54 PM
My boys LOVE the throwing in the pool game! Sadly, only Jonah is still little enough for Jeff to be able to throw. :sad2:

JPFamilyMom
01-09-2012, 02:07 PM
Sounds like a fun and relaxing way to end the day :cloud9: Illuminations in bed

jeremysdisneymom
01-09-2012, 02:24 PM
Poor Alex thinking the gangster died!

Do you know we have never gotten the cowboy side! I wonder what they would do if you request to wait for it. :confused3

Wow, what a treat--Illuminations from your window! Our view was of the clown pool. I never realized how scary those eyes were at night. :scared1:

eandesmom
01-09-2012, 03:07 PM
what a fun evening, nothing better than a quick dip before bed to restore little ones...and wipe them out at the same time! Can't go wrong with daddy throw the boys!

MRYPPNS
01-09-2012, 04:17 PM
Funny that you should mention not getting the cowboy side because I finally DID that trip!

Yeah for Alex riding ToT.....I'm sure Liam will be my riding partner when he is older (he's still talking about the polar coaster from this summer)

irish dancer
01-09-2012, 08:00 PM
First, a big WOO HOO on BC-CL. I have read many good reports on it. Plus with it being during a portion of your stay that you plan to spend at the resort you will get the most benefit from breakfast, snacks, appetizers and dessert services. :thumbsup2

Ugh, on the 50sPTC wait. That is always hard for Daniel too. It has gotten a bit easier for him as he's gotten older but it's still not perfect. Glad you had a good waiter after the long delay.

Cool pics of the lights, that is such a cool display. Hope to get back to see them someday.....

Can't wait to hear about DVC. :goodvibes

Happydog
01-09-2012, 10:32 PM
Hi AMY!!! I am making my way through the TR! Having a great time doing so! Your photo shoot looks so nice! And your cake too! Very pretty!! Boardwalk looks great. I have been looking forward to trying that resort! Looks like your time at DHS and Epcot were filled!!! And SCORE on Universal! I am planning our first trip there, too! :thumbsup2 Okay, back to reading!!! :surfweb:

MEK
01-10-2012, 04:21 AM
What a great evening! So glad you got front row on GMR. Looks like fun. I used to like the ride, but after too many rides with the gangster, well you know. But how fun to see it through the eyes of your kids. I must remember to take my nephews there this summer.

I bet it was a lovely walk home and to cap it off with a swim and Illuminations through the window - awesome!

Colleen27
01-12-2012, 12:34 AM
Wow, how did I miss you starting your TR?!? I'm in and all caught up. I love the reveal videos!

Visiting family like that always ends up frustrating for us because they aren't on vacation and all the real world stuff gets in the way of spending time together. :(

So jealous you got to see talking Mickey. My girls would just flip if Mickey started chatting with them.

I love the picture of the yeti shadow! All I got there was a blurry mess but I'm going to give it another shot on this trip.

You are going to LOVE the Beach Club. It is such a fabulous relaxing resort and the pool is just incredible. And yay for club level, that should be a really great touch!

MeMom
01-12-2012, 04:31 AM
The lights did seem absolutely spectacular this year! ::yes::

Brooklynn and I did GMR on our last day, and we got the cowboy. Haven't had that scene in forever.

I think Brooklynn would be a bit intimidated by being right there on the front row with all of the action. It's good that the boys held up well, even if Alex wanted to be a little farther away. :thumbsup2

That water looks very inviting. A game of Daddy Throw the Boys was the perfect way to end a Disney day - and to put the boys and Daddy right to sleep. ;)

DisMomAmy
01-12-2012, 08:57 AM
Hi there- just read your whole TR! We are going this time next year, so was interested to read similar time frame trip reports! Looks like you guys had a ball and your boys are just so cute!

and love that you have a DVC appt! Can't wait to hear what happens. My DH surprised me on our trip in 2009 the same way. We were on a 10 day trip with our whole extended family at WL. It was the first time we took our son, who was 2 at the time. My DH is not a huge Disney fan, in fact, I think he sort of held a grudge against them since I left him for a semseter to go work on the college program. We stayed together that whole time, but did the long distance relationship and I think he hated Disney for taking me away! :rotfl::confused3 Anyhow, fast forward 15 years from that and he had taken a few trips with me, but it wasn't until we had our son (after years of trying) that I think he finally "GOT" the magic. Nothing like seeing it through your child's eyes. On that trip, he mentioned we should maybe go check out DVC. I was in pure shock. I had never even considered it, since DH is a financial professional and super cheap. If it isn't a stock or real estate investment with a financial return, then no way. So this shocked me!!! We did the tour and he was all into it. A few months later, we bought and now are proud owners at BLT! I never dreamed it possible. I hope the same happens for you!!! :wizard:

I love reading TRs from the same time I'm planning a trip! It was a great time to be there - you'll love it!

DVC update coming this morning. That's so exciting that your DH was totally into buy DVC! Mine is finally getting the magic - he seems more & more into the planning each time we go. He used to say "whatever" and roll his eyes at me but now he actually answers my questions. :laughing:

Holy cow that Clown Slide is freaky at night. Guess I'm never staying there! Good thing I can't afford it.

:rotfl: We didn't mind the clown!

My boys LOVE the throwing in the pool game! Sadly, only Jonah is still little enough for Jeff to be able to throw. :sad2:

They were playing some other war game where they would attack each other underwater too. I don't get it! :confused3 At 11, Alex is still under 70 pounds so hopefully daddy will be able to toss him for a while.

Sounds like a fun and relaxing way to end the day :cloud9: Illuminations in bed

It was pretty cool to see the fireworks from bed! :thumbsup2

Poor Alex thinking the gangster died!

Do you know we have never gotten the cowboy side! I wonder what they would do if you request to wait for it. :confused3

Wow, what a treat--Illuminations from your window! Our view was of the clown pool. I never realized how scary those eyes were at night. :scared1:

You could totally ask for the cowboy, but from what I understand they aren't always running that part. :confused3

Alex is always asking us if things are dead. :headache: Gramma fell asleep on the couch watching football with us a couple weekends ago & Alex freaked out & thought she was dead! :laughing: Not so funny for him but we got a good chuckle out of it after that fact.

what a fun evening, nothing better than a quick dip before bed to restore little ones...and wipe them out at the same time! Can't go wrong with daddy throw the boys!

Night swims are so fun! Although I didn't actually swim. ;)

DisMomAmy
01-12-2012, 09:17 AM
Funny that you should mention not getting the cowboy side because I finally DID that trip!

Yeah for Alex riding ToT.....I'm sure Liam will be my riding partner when he is older (he's still talking about the polar coaster from this summer)

:cool1: Yay for the cowboy!! We've seen that version several times so I don't really have a preference now.

:banana: Who doesn't love the Polar Coaster!

First, a big WOO HOO on BC-CL. I have read many good reports on it. Plus with it being during a portion of your stay that you plan to spend at the resort you will get the most benefit from breakfast, snacks, appetizers and dessert services. :thumbsup2

Ugh, on the 50sPTC wait. That is always hard for Daniel too. It has gotten a bit easier for him as he's gotten older but it's still not perfect. Glad you had a good waiter after the long delay.

Cool pics of the lights, that is such a cool display. Hope to get back to see them someday.....

Can't wait to hear about DVC. :goodvibes

I'm SUPER excited about the Beach Club!! And adding those extra days at Disney really let me spread out our itinerary & still be able to fit in everything we want to do. We've never spent much time relaxing at our resort so this will be a treat - especially for Tim. R&R, unlimited food and "free" booze... what more could he want!

The wait at 50s PTC stunk! But we made it through & Alex recovered well.

Hi AMY!!! I am making my way through the TR! Having a great time doing so! Your photo shoot looks so nice! And your cake too! Very pretty!! Boardwalk looks great. I have been looking forward to trying that resort! Looks like your time at DHS and Epcot were filled!!! And SCORE on Universal! I am planning our first trip there, too! :thumbsup2 Okay, back to reading!!! :surfweb:

The Boardwalk is wonderful! You definitely have to give it a try! I'm sure I'll be back there in the future.

Universal... :rolleyes1 We've already made changes. :laughing: Still doing Universal but only for one day... and not staying at Hard Rock!

What a great evening! So glad you got front row on GMR. Looks like fun. I used to like the ride, but after too many rides with the gangster, well you know. But how fun to see it through the eyes of your kids. I must remember to take my nephews there this summer.

I bet it was a lovely walk home and to cap it off with a swim and Illuminations through the window - awesome!

Front row on GMR was super cool! Just another example of how doing the same things over & over at Disney can be different! I bet it will seem different to you when you take your nephews. And I think you should ask for the cowboy too!

Wow, how did I miss you starting your TR?!? I'm in and all caught up. I love the reveal videos!

Visiting family like that always ends up frustrating for us because they aren't on vacation and all the real world stuff gets in the way of spending time together. :(

So jealous you got to see talking Mickey. My girls would just flip if Mickey started chatting with them.

I love the picture of the yeti shadow! All I got there was a blurry mess but I'm going to give it another shot on this trip.

You are going to LOVE the Beach Club. It is such a fabulous relaxing resort and the pool is just incredible. And yay for club level, that should be a really great touch!

Hi Colleen! :welcome:

I think that's exactly it... if the family isn't on vacation too, it sort of takes away from yours.

Talking Mickey was sooo cool! The boys just lit up when they heard him - especially Alex!

So excited for the Beach Club!! It's going to be a great vacation!!

The lights did seem absolutely spectacular this year! ::yes::

Brooklynn and I did GMR on our last day, and we got the cowboy. Haven't had that scene in forever.

I think Brooklynn would be a bit intimidated by being right there on the front row with all of the action. It's good that the boys held up well, even if Alex wanted to be a little farther away. :thumbsup2

That water looks very inviting. A game of Daddy Throw the Boys was the perfect way to end a Disney day - and to put the boys and Daddy right to sleep. ;)

The lights were gorgeous! I don't know how they compare to other years since this was our first, but I've heard plenty of people say they were more beautiful than ever! Can't wait to hear about your trip!!

I wasn't really surprised that Alex found the gangster to be a little too intense, but I was surprised that Zach jumped right into the middle of things!

I think night swimming is an essential ingredient for any great vacation! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
01-12-2012, 09:42 AM
Sorry the first portion of this update is lacking pictures, but I never pulled out my camera until we got to Magic Kingdom. So on to the part you've all been waiting for...

Friday 11/11/11 – what a cool date!!

We were up at 6:45 today & had to wake Zach at 7:45. We got ready quickly & Tim took Zach to the Boardwalk Bakery to grab some food. Alex & I were out the door at 8:00. We were meeting our DVC driver at 8:10. Unfortunately I was a bad planner & hadn’t checked the weather and it was COLD! Tim had tried to call me to tell me this but I somehow missed the call. Alex & I told the driver we’d be right back & went back upstairs changed into pants, grabbed pants for Zach and sweatshirts for all of us.

We had planned to meet Heidi (MRYPPNS) and Skier_Pete at rope drop but obviously we weren’t going to make it! We rode the DVC van to Saratoga Springs & checked the boys in at the Kids club. (We were nervous about this and hoped it went well since they were going to the Sandcastle Club that night.) We met with a salesman & took a tour of the Aulani & AK rooms. We were really excited to see the BLT rooms but unfortunately they didn’t have any BLT rooms there. I think Tim’s interest in BLT was sparked when we were at the Contemporary for dinner at Chef Mickey’s last spring. He’s made comments about it from time to time. The salesman told us that they are almost sold out at BLT so they took down the model. He did tell us that they have points available for sale at all resorts. We thought it was just BLT & maybe AKL. I guess they are buying back more points than they used to. Some resorts have waitlists but generally you can get what you want. We were asking about Beach Club & got some pricing info. It was a funny sales pitch… or lack of one! He actually talked us out of buying! We weren’t sure at the time & wanted to think about it but ultimately we decided not to buy… If we have a chunk of money in the next year or two, we need to spend it on our kitchen! But if I’d wanted to, Tim would have totally done it! The salesman told us that since we own a timeshare (outright) and can easily exchange into luxury accommodations in Orlando we should really think twice about buying another timeshare. Hmmm… Obviously not working on commission! But we appreciated his honesty. It was a nice tour and we haven’t totally ruled DVC out so we’ll see what happens after our Beach Club stay in April! I have a feeling Tim is going to be begging to buy some points soon! :laughing:

So after the tour (still undecided about what to do at that point) we collected the boys, got some free ice cream from their ice cream parlor (who doesn't love ice cream at breakfast time) & four special fastpasses for 3 rides each (I think that’s what they were for) and got a ride right to MK. I texted Heidi as we arrived to find a place to meet up. We had DVC fastpasses burning a hole in our pockets & no real need for them since the boys have Guest Assistance Cards. We made our way up Main Street & met up with Heidi & her two friends at the hub. She was thrilled with the fastpasses! She’ll have to chime in on how she ended up using them. Up next – the boys choice… they were so good all morning that we let them pick the first ride… Luckily it wasn’t Splash Mountain but it was another mountain… Space Mountain! At first I rode with the boys, then they really wanted Tim to ride so they dragged him on and all four of us rode. We stopped in the gift shop & I got a new case for my iphone.

Then on to Buzz where Alex was a sore loser again. We had said we would play as teams so Tim tried his best & beat Alex! Alex wan't happy... even though Tim & Alex did beat me & Zach.
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Unfortunately that bought him a consequence… a missed ride! Zach thought really hard about which ride he wanted to go on without Alex… he felt bad and didn’t want Alex to miss out on anything too good! Tim took Zach on It’s a Small World while Alex & I got a drink and found a bench to wait. No IASW for me this trip.

That’s Alex’s apple juice that we poured into Tim’s old coke bottle… we wanted to be able to put it in the backpack without spilling it. I know it looks gross!
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Backtracking for a minute… on our way to Fantasyland after Buzz, we saw PUSH:
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And some more pictures as we walked on:
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Back to our waiting spot… this is actually a nice little spot for a time out.

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Then it was time for lunch. We did a repeat of the other night… I ran to Pecos Bills (and waited in a long line) and rushed back for us to wait in a long line at CHH. It doesn’t pay to eat at peak times! Tim took the boys (and my taco salad) to sit while I waited for the food… forever! Finally, I got the food & found them upstairs.

It was a really busy day at MK today… after lunch, the line for Haunted Mansion was even too long for us! The boys were interested in Hall of Presidents so we wandered that way to find we just missed the show. They didn’t want to wait to so we headed toward BTMRR then Splash.

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DisMomAmy
01-12-2012, 09:47 AM
Continued...

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Up first – Big Thunder Mountain RR:
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Next we rode Splash Mountain then we took a look around the gift shop. Alex had a souvenir certificate burning a hole in his pocket & he’d been looking for a friend for “Yeti cat”. He decided he wanted a Lotso that he would call “Strawberry” and we also bought lollipops for everyone at school. The CM was very slow, but very nice! I felt bad that I was taking so long because after ringing us up, she counted out enough Mickey stickers for us to give to all of the boys’ classmates with the lollipops. We checked the time & realized we’d miss the next HoP show too so we headed to Adventureland toward Pirates. It was busy here too so we skipped it & I dragged everyone into the Tiki Room.

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I’m glad we did it but won’t rush back to see it again. I had seen it as a kid (9 years old) and my memory must be failing me because it was completely different from what I expected. I guess the theater seemed bigger as a 9 year old!

It was so busy we decided to get out of there! On the way out we stopped at Aloha Isle for a Dole Whip. I got Zach a rootbeer float too. As we made our way down Main Street we stopped for popcorn & a soda for Tim and a popsicle for Alex.


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There wasn’t anyone waiting for PP pictures, so we stopped:

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We got to the bus stop & there was a bus waiting! We went straight to BWI.

Up next: Mom & Dad's big night out! And did the boys survive the kids club?

DisMomAmy
01-12-2012, 10:55 AM
I started a PTR for our April trip. I wanted to wait until this TR was done but I have the rest of this report typed up & ready to go and I had some time on my hands today. ;)
It wouldn't be spring without an Epcot F&G Festival! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=43711801#post43711801)

Lovemy3babes
01-12-2012, 10:57 AM
How fun to get the DVC tour Amy, even if you decided to not buy. I think I'd love to purchase points if someday we ever win the lottery. ;)

Sorry MK was so packed that day. That's a bummer. Alex reminds me of my son Dimitri. He can really be a sore loser, which is no fun for the rest of the family.

Great pictures at the end of your day!!! The one of you and Tim kissing is really cute. :goodvibes

MRYPPNS
01-12-2012, 12:28 PM
I have to say it's really nice having friends at Disney when you are there too!

I was in the Hall of Presidents when I got a text from Amy saying that she had a surprise gift for me. (I immediately thought is was something she found for my kids who weren't traveling with me this trip). The next text was meet me at the hub so I can give it to you.

My two friends must have thought it the oddest thing to rush off to meet a friend in the middle of Disney World at a moments notice and then get Ultimate Immediate FastPasses.

Those FastPasses were a huge trip saver for me! I can't thank Amy enough for thinking of me when she got them. :worship::worship::worship:

The crowds that weekend were insane for November. Later that afternoon we went to DHS and used them for TOT and RNRC. We used them Saturday night at MK for Big Thunder. And Sunday for Soarin'

eandesmom
01-12-2012, 12:46 PM
How funny about that salesperson! Funny, prices are going up at 3 of the resorts on the 18th including BLT so you'd think they'd have been pushing things.

Those crowds look UGH, I can only imagine how helpful the GAC was on a day like that and what a wonderful gift for Heidi. Evan really wanted a bigger Lotso on our cruise and I confess, we talked him out of it, it would have been a huge chunk of his money. I have a feeling he will get him the next trip, he still keeps bringing it up. I guess I figured at 12 he might regret spending that much later on but apparently he regrets not getting it. And Santa spaced on getting it for his stocking.

Sweet about the stickers.

KatMark
01-12-2012, 01:06 PM
Okay, I am FINALLY caught up and not as far behind as I thought I was.

I loved your Animal Kingdom day. It really has become my third favorite park (over DHS) and I loved all the animal shots; and that giraffe....that is why I love Animal Kingdom Lodge. :love:

I am determined that we will get to Disney ONCE during the holiday season just to see the Osborne Lights; thanks for sharing the photos and the video--I enjoyed.

Love the photopass pictures of you guys at the Magic Kingdom!

mommytothreeboys
01-12-2012, 03:13 PM
LOVE the photopass pic with you two smooching and the boys hiding their eyes. Adorable! :love:

Happydog
01-12-2012, 08:55 PM
Your party pictures look great! How much fun! ALL of you look so festive!!!! Talking Mickey! Cool!!!! :thumbsup2

JPFamilyMom
01-12-2012, 09:30 PM
Too funny about the sales person basically talking you out of DVC.

Wow those crowds look like our last park day spring break, looking forward to your special night out and how the childcare works out:goodvibes

and :banana: for starting your PTR

MEK
01-13-2012, 04:34 AM
I am shocked that the sales person actually discouraged you from buying DVC. I didn't realize you did already have a time share. Do you ever use it in Orlando? It does seem much more fun to stay Disney.

I have to say that they are very low key on the tours. I've taken two and I've never felt like they were pushy at all. I ended up buying both my contracts through resale.

Your pics in the MK remind me a lot of mine. I think we actually have some of the same pics on BTMRR, minus the faces of your two smiling boys. :goodvibes What a great morning in the MK. Loved it!

DisMomAmy
01-13-2012, 08:25 PM
How fun to get the DVC tour Amy, even if you decided to not buy. I think I'd love to purchase points if someday we ever win the lottery. ;)

Sorry MK was so packed that day. That's a bummer. Alex reminds me of my son Dimitri. He can really be a sore loser, which is no fun for the rest of the family.

Great pictures at the end of your day!!! The one of you and Tim kissing is really cute. :goodvibes

Thanks!! The DVC tour was fun & we may end up buying at some point - even if it's just enough for a few days each year to supplement our timeshare options.

Both of my boys are so competitive & have a really hard time losing!

I have to say it's really nice having friends at Disney when you are there too!

I was in the Hall of Presidents when I got a text from Amy saying that she had a surprise gift for me. (I immediately thought is was something she found for my kids who weren't traveling with me this trip). The next text was meet me at the hub so I can give it to you.

My two friends must have thought it the oddest thing to rush off to meet a friend in the middle of Disney World at a moments notice and then get Ultimate Immediate FastPasses.

Those FastPasses were a huge trip saver for me! I can't thank Amy enough for thinking of me when she got them. :worship::worship::worship:

The crowds that weekend were insane for November. Later that afternoon we went to DHS and used them for TOT and RNRC. We used them Saturday night at MK for Big Thunder. And Sunday for Soarin'

I remember how concerned you were about the crowd predictions for that day so I was happy to spread a little pixiedust! pixiedust:

How funny about that salesperson! Funny, prices are going up at 3 of the resorts on the 18th including BLT so you'd think they'd have been pushing things.

Those crowds look UGH, I can only imagine how helpful the GAC was on a day like that and what a wonderful gift for Heidi. Evan really wanted a bigger Lotso on our cruise and I confess, we talked him out of it, it would have been a huge chunk of his money. I have a feeling he will get him the next trip, he still keeps bringing it up. I guess I figured at 12 he might regret spending that much later on but apparently he regrets not getting it. And Santa spaced on getting it for his stocking.

Sweet about the stickers.

It was funny! I don't know why he was like that...

It was so crowded that day - the GAC was helpful but the best thing we could do that day was get out of there!

It's so funny what kids want to spend their money on... you never know! We've definitely talked the kids out of buying things that we end up having to go back for.

Okay, I am FINALLY caught up and not as far behind as I thought I was.

I loved your Animal Kingdom day. It really has become my third favorite park (over DHS) and I loved all the animal shots; and that giraffe....that is why I love Animal Kingdom Lodge. :love:

I am determined that we will get to Disney ONCE during the holiday season just to see the Osborne Lights; thanks for sharing the photos and the video--I enjoyed.

Love the photopass pictures of you guys at the Magic Kingdom!

We had a great safari at AK! The giraffes were so cool! I'd love to take the family to AKL... I wish it was within walking distance of one of the parks. Too bad they didn't build it closer to AK. So far (since CBR) I've only been able to convince Tim to stay onsite at resorts that are close to parks. (BWV & BC)

You have to see those lights! :cloud9:

LOVE the photopass pic with you two smooching and the boys hiding their eyes. Adorable! :love:

You can see that the kids were squinting in the first PP picture. I think that's whyt he PP CM had us do that shot!

Your party pictures look great! How much fun! ALL of you look so festive!!!! Talking Mickey! Cool!!!! :thumbsup2

We had a blast! Talking Mickey was the coolest! Definitely a highlight of the trip.

Too funny about the sales person basically talking you out of DVC.

Wow those crowds look like our last park day spring break, looking forward to your special night out and how the childcare works out:goodvibes

and :banana: for starting your PTR

It was strange. :confused3 And those crowds were crazy! I was glad we didn't have a park planned for that night.

I am shocked that the sales person actually discouraged you from buying DVC. I didn't realize you did already have a time share. Do you ever use it in Orlando? It does seem much more fun to stay Disney.

I have to say that they are very low key on the tours. I've taken two and I've never felt like they were pushy at all. I ended up buying both my contracts through resale.

Your pics in the MK remind me a lot of mine. I think we actually have some of the same pics on BTMRR, minus the faces of your two smiling boys. :goodvibes What a great morning in the MK. Loved it!

The DVC tour was a bit strange! Yes - we own a week at a resort in Maine. It's actually not too far from where we live & we've never stayed there. My parents bought it, probably 15-20 years ago with the intention of using it to trade elsewhere. They gave it to us when we got married. It's fully paid for so we just have to pay annual maintenance fees. We haven't had the best luck trading it outside of Florida, but we always do well in Orlando. We've used it in Orlando 7-8 times.

I love BTMRR pictures - I'm so sad it's going to be closed when we are there in April!

Charleston Princess
01-15-2012, 08:30 AM
I was a couple of updates behind, but I am all caught up now.

I like those Boardwalk souvenirs you bought -- very cute!

How cool that you got to see a preview of the Osborne lights from Tower of Terror, and of course, the actual lights are gorgeous.

I really can't wait to try Star Tours a couple of times to see some of the differences! :thumbsup2 I am very jealous that you scored the first row on the GMR! What a neat experience!

It looks like the new Fantasyland expansion is moving right along! Very exciting!!!

Happydog
01-15-2012, 08:59 AM
Great photos of MK and AK! (I have FINALLY made it to the front of the line!! LOL!!!) THEN you go and start a PTR :laughing:

I will make sure that I get over there, too!

Your ride photos look like everyone is having so much fun!!!! I can never get photos on BTMRR, you got some great ones!

WE are in the same dilemma about DVC, too. We rent points often, and having another timeshare, it doesn't make sense, since we can trade them too... so in our case, DVC isn't really a good strategy. But I envy all who have DVC outright, if only because they have great flexibility.

Your anniversary photos are awfully, cute, our boys would be doing the same thing covering their eyes... too fun!!! :goodvibes

irish dancer
01-15-2012, 09:39 PM
Hmm, thought I had posted after your last update but can't find one so I'm thinking since for some reason I have to sign into Firefox to post I must have spaced. :rolleyes:

I'm not too surprised the DVC rep was laid back. They have never been high pressure although I've read some are getting more pushy. I'm glad you had a good one. No need to rush into buying, there's lots to know/learn before you take the plunge. At least you got ice cream out of it and the bonus fastpasses. How sweet to gift them to Heidi, that must have been a great surprise!

Love the photopass pics, esp. the one with you two kissing and the boys covering their eyes. :rotfl:

Have to confess that I love Tiki Room. It was closed for our last trip and now they've gone back to the old story so I'm looking forward to it on our next trip. I know it is poorly attended but I'm hoping it'll stick around. It's even better in DL because you can get a Dole Whip in the waiting area and bring it in for the show. :cloud9:

Can't wait to hear about Mom & Dad's night out and the kids' club. Daniel loved them, they had his favorite things Playstation and food. :laughing:

DisMomAmy
01-16-2012, 07:46 AM
I was a couple of updates behind, but I am all caught up now.

I like those Boardwalk souvenirs you bought -- very cute!

How cool that you got to see a preview of the Osborne lights from Tower of Terror, and of course, the actual lights are gorgeous.

I really can't wait to try Star Tours a couple of times to see some of the differences! :thumbsup2 I am very jealous that you scored the first row on the GMR! What a neat experience!

It looks like the new Fantasyland expansion is moving right along! Very exciting!!!

O-lights from the ToT was awesome! :thumbsup2

You will love the new Star Tours - I know that's a favorite for your gang!

I'm excited to see how Fantasyland is coming along in April! :cool1:

Great photos of MK and AK! (I have FINALLY made it to the front of the line!! LOL!!!) THEN you go and start a PTR :laughing:

I will make sure that I get over there, too!

Your ride photos look like everyone is having so much fun!!!! I can never get photos on BTMRR, you got some great ones!

WE are in the same dilemma about DVC, too. We rent points often, and having another timeshare, it doesn't make sense, since we can trade them too... so in our case, DVC isn't really a good strategy. But I envy all who have DVC outright, if only because they have great flexibility.

Your anniversary photos are awfully, cute, our boys would be doing the same thing covering their eyes... too fun!!! :goodvibes

My favorite BTMRR pictures are night pictures but my camera was acting up on this trip & most of my night pictures came out awful. I need to get my camera figured out before the April trip... I don't want a repeat!

I know what you mean about DVC envy... I would so love to own a whole bunch of points! But like you, it doesn't exactly make sense.

Hmm, thought I had posted after your last update but can't find one so I'm thinking since for some reason I have to sign into Firefox to post I must have spaced. :rolleyes:

I'm not too surprised the DVC rep was laid back. They have never been high pressure although I've read some are getting more pushy. I'm glad you had a good one. No need to rush into buying, there's lots to know/learn before you take the plunge. At least you got ice cream out of it and the bonus fastpasses. How sweet to gift them to Heidi, that must have been a great surprise!

Love the photopass pics, esp. the one with you two kissing and the boys covering their eyes. :rotfl:

Have to confess that I love Tiki Room. It was closed for our last trip and now they've gone back to the old story so I'm looking forward to it on our next trip. I know it is poorly attended but I'm hoping it'll stick around. It's even better in DL because you can get a Dole Whip in the waiting area and bring it in for the show. :cloud9:

Can't wait to hear about Mom & Dad's night out and the kids' club. Daniel loved them, they had his favorite things Playstation and food. :laughing:

The Tiki Room was cute & I'm glad we saw it, but I hadn't seen it since I was 9 so my memories were much grander than the actual attraction turned out. The rest of the family thought I was crazy for dragging them in there. I love that you can have a Dole Whip in the show at DL! There was one family with little kids eating ice cream & took it in with them, even though they heard the announcement & saw the signs. :sad2: Maybe they were confused & thought they were really at DL! :laughing:

Night out coming right up!

DisMomAmy
01-16-2012, 07:52 AM
When we got back to BWI we took the boys for a swim then went back to the villa to get ready for our anniversary dinner. We left around 4:40 to get to the Sandcastle club for 5:00. We were really nervous about leaving them at the kids club. I’d done a lot of research & knew that plenty of children with high functioning autism had done well at the clubs but every kid is different… I was worried Alex would get too mouthy & upset one of the other kids. I worried Zach would think nobody liked him & sit in the corner by himself. But we had a dinner reservation to get to so filled out their dinner menu sheets, said good-bye and headed off to the Dolphin.

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01-16-2012, 08:00 AM
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As always, we had a great dinner! It was pretty relaxing but we still wondered how the boys were doing. After dinner we actually had to walk back quickly to pick them up by 7pm. (And I’m glad we did because I heard you get hit with a big late fee if you are late.) More pictures from the walk back… Tim kept walking and I would stop for pictures, then run to catch up with him! I didn’t want to be late, but I wanted to take pictures & knew I had to stop if they were going to come out OK. Unfortunately most of them came out fuzzy… I don’t know if it’s me or my camera. I think it’s my camera because I don’t ever remember having this much trouble before. I’m hoping to get a new one before our April trip. Here are the non-fuzzy shots:
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We got there just in time & the kids had a blast and were disappointed it was time to leave!
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The only complaint was from Zach that he was supposed to have milk with his dinner but he said I circled water on his sheet. It’s quite possible that I did since we were nervous & trying to get them settled as I filled out the form. I asked him what he wanted and he did say milk. So I’m not sure… but we stopped at the gift shop in the BC to get Zach a drink since he was DYING of thirst because he hates drinking water. Powerade in hand, we moved on. We were tired but decided to head into Epcot for a dessert & a couple rides. It was busy here tonight too!
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First up we went to Soarin’ and Alex asked for the front row because he knew how much Zach liked it. :goodvibes We noticed that the screen was really messed up. It’s due for a rehab! We decided to ride SSE next.
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DisMomAmy
01-16-2012, 08:03 AM
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Zach wanted a Kaki Gori but Tim’s feet were killing him so he & Alex left. Zach & I walked to Japan via Mexico. We stopped for a PP picture in front of the tree.
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It was really crowded here tonight too – Friday night, the last weekend of F&W! We squeezed our way through the crowds & made it to Japan. I was going to pick up some chocolate mousse at La Patisserie but the line was really long so we moved on toward the International Gateway.

I took a bunch of pictures on the way back but again, most of them are fuzzy!
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When we made it back to the room, Alex had a present for Zach. Apparently Tim & Alex stopped at the ESPN store & bought Zach a Red Sox Mickey Mouse pin. (Alex already had a Yankees MM pin from last year.) The kids got right into bed & were asleep in no time. Illuminations wasn’t until 10:00 tonight so Tim & I enjoyed it after the kids were in bed.
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Up next: Our last park day! :sad2:

skier_pete
01-16-2012, 08:35 AM
...Hey there. Just getting caught up. Funny that you blew off our rope drop meeting for a DVC presentation! I feel so special. (I kid, I kid!) ;)

What's funny is that you mentioned how crowded you thought it was there that day. I thought our experience was the opposite, or at least it was in the morning, since that was our first day and we only stayed in the park until around 2 PM. Even my mom was commenting how empty it was, and she only remembers it from back in the '70s and '80s.

What time did you arrive at MK? I find that on hard-ticket nights the parks are super empty in the morning, but then crowds build all day.

The other question I had, maybe a stupid one, what was the restaurant you ate at for your anniversary dinner? Perhaps for some reason I am just blanking out on where you mention the name, I know it was at the Dolphin, but just couldn't find it after two quick read-throughs!

Wasn't that a chilly evening, though? I see everyone had their sweatshirts on.

SkierPete

DisMomAmy
01-16-2012, 08:53 AM
...Hey there. Just getting caught up. Funny that you blew off our rope drop meeting for a DVC presentation! I feel so special. (I kid, I kid!) ;)

What's funny is that you mentioned how crowded you thought it was there that day. I thought our experience was the opposite, or at least it was in the morning, since that was our first day and we only stayed in the park until around 2 PM. Even my mom was commenting how empty it was, and she only remembers it from back in the '70s and '80s.

What time did you arrive at MK? I find that on hard-ticket nights the parks are super empty in the morning, but then crowds build all day.

The other question I had, maybe a stupid one, what was the restaurant you ate at for your anniversary dinner? Perhaps for some reason I am just blanking out on where you mention the name, I know it was at the Dolphin, but just couldn't find it after two quick read-throughs!

Wasn't that a chilly evening, though? I see everyone had their sweatshirts on.

SkierPete

I was looking forward to my DISmeets that morning too. :headache:

We probably got there close to 11:00? :confused3 But then we hit some rides & ate lunch a little late which made us hit the lunch lines. We always eat early to avoid the crowds but it didn't work out that way today. It just goes to show that you have to make rope drop!

Maybe I never said where we ate? :confused3 Oops! We ate at Shula's! This was our third visit & loved it! It's expensive but so good!!

Definitely the coldest day of our trip!

MeMom
01-16-2012, 09:13 AM
It's great that the boys enjoyed their time at the kids' club. Hopefully that eases your mind for future mom and dad only dinners. I would enjoy working in one of the kids' clubs down there, not only just hanging out with the kids doing crafts and playing games, but knowing that parents were getting some good quality time to themselves.

I have heard only good, good things about Shula's. I bet they have mouth-watering steaks!

The Boardwalk area is so pretty at night with the lights shining on the water.

Brooklynn would like the kaki gori. I meant to get her one on the October trip, but never did.

JPFamilyMom
01-16-2012, 10:20 AM
Glad you had a nice evening. Boys look like they had fun, glad it was a good experience in the kids club, and makes me feel better if we ever contemplate using one.

Love the pictures from your room at night of Illuminations.

jeremysdisneymom
01-16-2012, 11:27 AM
Wow, what a great view for Illuminations! Wow, what a busy MK day.

That is odd about the DVC guy. We never did the tour but bought actually through email. I would have liked to seen the Aulani room. Like you, we have another time share. I would love to get rid of it but I think we are stuck with it for life. We haven't used it for a couple of years but are going to this summer.

Wow, I can't believe you are on your last day and I still haven't even started! :confused3

exwdwcm
01-16-2012, 11:29 AM
What an amazing view of Illuminations!

We are going to try out the Kids Club this year too. I've used the off site sitters before and they were awesome! We used Kids Nite Out and my son and his two cousins loved them so much, we used them a second time in the trip when we hadn't planned on it. I think the age min on Kids Club was 4 and my son was 2 at the time, so Kids Nite Out was a nice option- they stayed in our room the whole time (we had two connecting rooms at WL). We ordered in room service and the sitter came with a suitcase full of activities and toys.

Excited to try the Kids Club though, I think my DS would really enjoy it!

Sorry you missed your chocolate mousse, that is one of my favorites too- i stop there every trip!

irish dancer
01-16-2012, 02:33 PM
I'm so glad the boys liked the kids club. We have used the ones at the Poly, BC and AK. They all liked different ones for different reasons. Deirdre liked Poly best, Daniel liked BC and Mairead's fav was AK. They NEVER wanted to leave when we arrived, even the night they were there for four hours while DH and I did a Candlelight Processional dinner pkg. One time they even had us leave and come back later because one of the CMs had just gone to get warm choc chip cookies for them and they didn't want to miss out. ;)

I love the pics from the BWI area at night, it is so pretty with the lights reflecting off the water. That is a GREAT view of the fireworks, was that from your balcony?

eandesmom
01-16-2012, 02:42 PM
I was cracking up at your comment on the sidewalks weaving in and out, they really do! We were late to dinner on our girls trip and booked it over there and snuck in through a side door which amazingly took us into the back part of BlueZoo, where we were eating! I think we saved 5 minutes with that accidental shortcut.

Very glad the kids enjoyed the kids club. We've never done it and now they are too old. Boo!

Charleston Princess
01-16-2012, 06:11 PM
Yeay for a lovely dinner and for the boys enjoying the kids' club! :thumbsup2 That had to have been wonderful to hear when you went to pick them up! :goodvibes

Great rest of the night as well -- too bad it was crowded at Epcot, though.

Beautiful view of Illuminations from your room!

DisneyCrafter
01-16-2012, 10:22 PM
I'm so happy that the boys did well. I think that you and Tim should do a date night every trip! :)

You mentioning the screen in Soarin' set off a light bulb in my head. I noticed it seemed almost dirty and there was a black spot that was flickering the entire time. It was very annoying when you're trying to be immersed in what's happening on the screen.

This just past food and wine fest seemed a lot more crowded than 2010, IMO. We went the same week both years and even in the early afternoon during the week there were some pretty long lines. I think people are catching on to the fest and MNSSHP. I better down play it and say what a horrible time of year it is to go. :lmao:

skier_pete
01-17-2012, 07:22 AM
I was looking forward to my DISmeets that morning too. :headache:

We probably got there close to 11:00? :confused3 But then we hit some rides & ate lunch a little late which made us hit the lunch lines. We always eat early to avoid the crowds but it didn't work out that way today. It just goes to show that you have to make rope drop!

Maybe I never said where we ate? :confused3 Oops! We ate at Shula's! This was our third visit & loved it! It's expensive but so good!!

Definitely the coldest day of our trip!

You might've mentione Shula's earlier in the TR, but I didn't see it in these recent posts..thanks for clarifying. "It's expensive"...doesn't that apply to every Disney dinner? As long as you get the ..."So good" part too!

Now that I think back, I do remember how empty it was the first few hours, but it did build later in the day. The 8 AM rope drop made the morning extra empty. It was such a difference from our MK day 9 days later.

skier_pete
01-17-2012, 07:27 AM
You mentioning the screen in Soarin' set off a light bulb in my head. I noticed it seemed almost dirty and there was a black spot that was flickering the entire time. It was very annoying when you're trying to be immersed in what's happening on the screen.

Sorry to go slightly OT, but what's going on there is film degradation. If you think back to even 5-10 years ago, when you went to see a film in theaters, even after a week or so, the print would get the occasional scratches and flickers. Nowadays, most first run theaters have gone digital, so scratchy prints are a thing of the past. Soarin' still uses a large-format film projector, though. Now realize that they run that film every 8 minutes of so for 12+ hours a day. That's why the film looks like s**t and isn't getting any better.

People complain and say they need to change up the movie in Soarin' I say they just need to put in digital projectors, because the film print is getting terrible.

OK - back to your regularly scheduled TR.

SP

Lovemy3babes
01-17-2012, 01:13 PM
I'm glad the boys had fun at the Kids' Club. Sorry poor Zach had to suffer drinking water though. :rotfl:

KatMark
01-17-2012, 01:48 PM
Sounds like a great evening. I may have missed it .... where did you eat for your anniversary dinner?

Your pictures walking back and forth are beautiful.

And it looks like you had a good time at Epcot that evening, despite the crowds.

DisMomAmy
01-18-2012, 04:47 PM
It's great that the boys enjoyed their time at the kids' club. Hopefully that eases your mind for future mom and dad only dinners. I would enjoy working in one of the kids' clubs down there, not only just hanging out with the kids doing crafts and playing games, but knowing that parents were getting some good quality time to themselves.

I have heard only good, good things about Shula's. I bet they have mouth-watering steaks!

The Boardwalk area is so pretty at night with the lights shining on the water.

Brooklynn would like the kaki gori. I meant to get her one on the October trip, but never did.

You would be a great CM for the Kids Clubs! You should totally move there & do that! ;) But you'd have to work part of your time in a park so that you could enjoy that too!

Shula's is yummy! :cloud9:

The whole Boardwalk/BC area is gorgeous!

Glad you had a nice evening. Boys look like they had fun, glad it was a good experience in the kids club, and makes me feel better if we ever contemplate using one.

Love the pictures from your room at night of Illuminations.

They did really well at the kids club. I don't think they were ready until this year. We have a couple more trips, then Alex will age out! :sad1:

It was great to be able to see Illuminations from our room!

Wow, what a great view for Illuminations! Wow, what a busy MK day.

That is odd about the DVC guy. We never did the tour but bought actually through email. I would have liked to seen the Aulani room. Like you, we have another time share. I would love to get rid of it but I think we are stuck with it for life. We haven't used it for a couple of years but are going to this summer.

Wow, I can't believe you are on your last day and I still haven't even started! :confused3

There's nothing better than Illuminations from bed! And yes - MK was pretty crazy! The crowds really picked up over the holiday weekend (Veteran's Day).

The Aulani room was pretty but it was funny to see the poster of Hawaii on the fake balcony!

What an amazing view of Illuminations!

We are going to try out the Kids Club this year too. I've used the off site sitters before and they were awesome! We used Kids Nite Out and my son and his two cousins loved them so much, we used them a second time in the trip when we hadn't planned on it. I think the age min on Kids Club was 4 and my son was 2 at the time, so Kids Nite Out was a nice option- they stayed in our room the whole time (we had two connecting rooms at WL). We ordered in room service and the sitter came with a suitcase full of activities and toys.

Excited to try the Kids Club though, I think my DS would really enjoy it!

Sorry you missed your chocolate mousse, that is one of my favorites too- i stop there every trip!

The video games were the best part of the kids club for our boys! They couldn't tear themselves away! But they had a lot of other fun stuff to do.

Don't worry, I got my chocolate mousse the next day! Although it was the "moose" variety! :laughing:

I'm so glad the boys liked the kids club. We have used the ones at the Poly, BC and AK. They all liked different ones for different reasons. Deirdre liked Poly best, Daniel liked BC and Mairead's fav was AK. They NEVER wanted to leave when we arrived, even the night they were there for four hours while DH and I did a Candlelight Processional dinner pkg. One time they even had us leave and come back later because one of the CMs had just gone to get warm choc chip cookies for them and they didn't want to miss out. ;)

I love the pics from the BWI area at night, it is so pretty with the lights reflecting off the water. That is a GREAT view of the fireworks, was that from your balcony?



I have to decide if we want to try a new one next time or stick with the one I know they love. :confused3

The night pictures are beautiful... when they come out! :headache:

I was cracking up at your comment on the sidewalks weaving in and out, they really do! We were late to dinner on our girls trip and booked it over there and snuck in through a side door which amazingly took us into the back part of BlueZoo, where we were eating! I think we saved 5 minutes with that accidental shortcut.

Very glad the kids enjoyed the kids club. We've never done it and now they are too old. Boo!

The sidewalks were crazy! I didn't even notice any shortcuts! I'll have to look next time.

Kids clubs are fun - but we'll be aged out soon too!

MEK
01-18-2012, 05:00 PM
Beautiful pictures of your walk over to the Dolphin. It looks so pretty with the sun just beginning to set.

Glad you had a nice dinner, but I'm sure the best part is that the boys had a great time at the Sandcastle club.

What a lovely view of Illuminations. Fun evening in Epcot and I think all your night time pics turned out great.

DisMomAmy
01-18-2012, 07:59 PM
Yeay for a lovely dinner and for the boys enjoying the kids' club! :thumbsup2 That had to have been wonderful to hear when you went to pick them up! :goodvibes

Great rest of the night as well -- too bad it was crowded at Epcot, though.

Beautiful view of Illuminations from your room!

We were all really happy with our night out!

Soooo crowded at Epcot that night!

I'm so happy that the boys did well. I think that you and Tim should do a date night every trip! :)

You mentioning the screen in Soarin' set off a light bulb in my head. I noticed it seemed almost dirty and there was a black spot that was flickering the entire time. It was very annoying when you're trying to be immersed in what's happening on the screen.

This just past food and wine fest seemed a lot more crowded than 2010, IMO. We went the same week both years and even in the early afternoon during the week there were some pretty long lines. I think people are catching on to the fest and MNSSHP. I better down play it and say what a horrible time of year it is to go. :lmao:

I couldn't agree more - we should definitely do a date night every trip! At least until Alex is 13!

I had read about the condition of the Soarin' screen & remembered noticing it a little last April... but it was so much worse in November!

I was at F&W last year but I couldn't really compare because in 2010 it was the last weekend in Sept/first weekend in Oct & this year was the last weekend of the festival, Veteran's Day weekend & the end of Jersey week. I figured that was why it was busier but it could definitely be getting more popular.

You might've mentione Shula's earlier in the TR, but I didn't see it in these recent posts..thanks for clarifying. "It's expensive"...doesn't that apply to every Disney dinner? As long as you get the ..."So good" part too!

Now that I think back, I do remember how empty it was the first few hours, but it did build later in the day. The 8 AM rope drop made the morning extra empty. It was such a difference from our MK day 9 days later.

Yes - All Disney dining in expensive! So I guess we got what we paid for at this dinnner! :laughing:

Sorry to go slightly OT, but what's going on there is film degradation. If you think back to even 5-10 years ago, when you went to see a film in theaters, even after a week or so, the print would get the occasional scratches and flickers. Nowadays, most first run theaters have gone digital, so scratchy prints are a thing of the past. Soarin' still uses a large-format film projector, though. Now realize that they run that film every 8 minutes of so for 12+ hours a day. That's why the film looks like s**t and isn't getting any better.

People complain and say they need to change up the movie in Soarin' I say they just need to put in digital projectors, because the film print is getting terrible.

OK - back to your regularly scheduled TR.

SP

::yes:: Exactly what you said!

I'm glad the boys had fun at the Kids' Club. Sorry poor Zach had to suffer drinking water though. :rotfl:

Zach & the water... :sad2:

Sounds like a great evening. I may have missed it .... where did you eat for your anniversary dinner?

Your pictures walking back and forth are beautiful.

And it looks like you had a good time at Epcot that evening, despite the crowds.

Apparently I didn't mention the name of the restaurant... you weren't the only one wondering. :rolleyes1 We ate at Shula's! And it was wonderful! Our third time & it didn't disappoint!

Beautiful pictures of your walk over to the Dolphin. It looks so pretty with the sun just beginning to set.

Glad you had a nice dinner, but I'm sure the best part is that the boys had a great time at the Sandcastle club.

What a lovely view of Illuminations. Fun evening in Epcot and I think all your night time pics turned out great.

Thanks Mary Ellen! I'm glad you like my pictures since you are the picture queen! It was such a relief that the kids club went well!

DisMomAmy
01-18-2012, 08:06 PM
Saturday 11/12/11 – Last park day!

This morning we planned to tour Epcot. We knew it was going to be busy since it was the end of the F&W Festival but we figured we could tour the morning, have lunch & get out before it got too crazy so that’s what we did. We arrived just after the park opened & headed right to Innoventions. I love arriving at the International Gateway!!

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Along the way I stopped for KP fastpasses. I got four so we could have our choice of pick up locations. We were hoping that Alex would meet the height limit for Sum of All Thrills to go upside down!! Ane he did!! Zach was a bit teary that he wasn’t 54 inches yet but he pulled it together & we all made rollercoasters. Tim & Alex teamed up while I rode with Zach. We decided to do it again, switching partners, and they let us right into the building area without having to watch the movie again. After another fun ride it was time for breakfast at Sunshine Seasons.

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DisMomAmy
01-18-2012, 08:18 PM
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After breakfast we skipped Soarin’ since we’d ridden the night before. We moved on to Nemo.

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We also did a little shopping in the Nemo gift shop. Zach bought a little velvet bag of plastic fish, I got a Mine, Mine, Mine magnet for Tim (he loves all the seagull stuff), I bought 4 Disney pens (for Alex, Zach & our two neighbor girls who were looking after our pets) and a tin of mints - like Altoids, but in Disney shapes. Sorry no pictures of those things right now... After shopping, we were off to Mission: Space. On our way across Future World, we saw a high school marching band:
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Alex has been playing trumpet since the beginning of last school year so it was cool to see the band. He thought it looked hard because they would have to memorize the music!

Arriving at Mission: Space, Alex had it all figured out which jobs we all should be. He wanted to ride twice so we could all have a turn at each job. We told him to write it down for next time because we were only going once! :laughing:
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I wanted to do some shopping at Mouse Gear so I sent Tim & the boys on Test Track without me. I picked up quite a few things! They met me in the store after TT & picked out a few things themselves.
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I promise to add souvenir pictures later! I have some in photobucket but not all of them so I'll get this posted & do a separate post later...

After TT & shopping, we headed to the WS next so Tim could grab some shrimp on the barbie from the Australia F&W pavilion. I took the boys on Maelstrom while Tim jumped in line in Australia.
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He met up with us at the Norway Kidcot station. Then we headed to Mexico to hit that Kidcot station & ride Donald’s boat ride. It was packed in the World Showcase already!
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Then it was time for lunch so we headed to Le Cellier. We checked in then I took the boys to the Kidcot station. Tim came running out after us because our name was already called.. BEFORE our ADR time! We had a great meal here as usual!!
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DisMomAmy
01-18-2012, 08:26 PM
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After lunch Zach & I went to France to save the world! Tim & Alex went to the UK to visit the Kidcot station. We saw Mary on our way by (sorry for taking your picture random lady):
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Zach was taking this very seriously!
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Alex & Tim got to see Tigger & Pooh!!
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This one was facing the wrong direction on the CD so when I added the border, it came out like this:
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They also went to the Kicot station in France & we bumped into them during our mission! They moved on to Morrocco then headed back to BWV. Zach & I saved the world then each grabbed a Kaki Gori in Japan.
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On our way out we stopped at the IG to get the bags I’d sent there from Mouse Gear. It had been a little more than three hours since I’d sent the bags there but unfortunately they weren’t there! We had to wait about 15 minutes for my things to show up but eventually they did. And of course we bought more stuff while we waited!

Up next: More pool time & our last park!

irish dancer
01-18-2012, 10:07 PM
Looks like a nice Epcot morning but WOW those are some big crowds in WS so early, lots of people looking to enjoy F&W I guess. It looked like such a bright sunny day too, nice to see and day dream about at this time of year!

Daniel and Deirdre like to do the KP missions too. They've done almost all of them. On our June trip they had 2 left. The stinky CM gave me a hard time about picking our mission, I explained they'd done the others so she relented. She acted like it was a big deal. :rolleyes:

Sad to see this trip coming to an end but your next one is on the horizon. :thumbsup2

EastYorkDisneyFan
01-18-2012, 10:21 PM
Sorry to go slightly OT, but what's going on there is film degradation. If you think back to even 5-10 years ago, when you went to see a film in theaters, even after a week or so, the print would get the occasional scratches and flickers. Nowadays, most first run theaters have gone digital, so scratchy prints are a thing of the past. Soarin' still uses a large-format film projector, though. Now realize that they run that film every 8 minutes of so for 12+ hours a day. That's why the film looks like s**t and isn't getting any better.

People complain and say they need to change up the movie in Soarin' I say they just need to put in digital projectors, because the film print is getting terrible.

OK - back to your regularly scheduled TR.

SP

It's interesting you mentioning all of that from the sound of it it's time to change out the print of the film. Well Digital could help with the overall quality of the projection of the film Digital projectors are still not at the point where you can replace an IMax projector with them which is what Soarin' uses as you would actually need two projectors for the image to fit on the screen and they have not solved the overlap issues yet for Imax to be truly happy with them, plus even for a film the length of Soarin'' it would require a very large hard drive to hold the film.

Lovemy3babes
01-19-2012, 02:41 PM
We haven't done the Sum of All Thrills yet. It sounds fun though! :thumbsup2 Epcot looks so pretty in your pictures. It's a bummer it was so crowded though. Is kaki gori kind of like a snowcone? It looks yummy!

eandesmom
01-19-2012, 03:22 PM
what a fun and productive morning! So cute that you guys split and did different missions, I love that. And getting called BEFORE your ADR time? Wow!

MRYPPNS
01-19-2012, 06:18 PM
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This has to be my favorite picture of Alex of all time!

DisMomAmy
01-21-2012, 02:00 PM
Looks like a nice Epcot morning but WOW those are some big crowds in WS so early, lots of people looking to enjoy F&W I guess. It looked like such a bright sunny day too, nice to see and day dream about at this time of year!

Daniel and Deirdre like to do the KP missions too. They've done almost all of them. On our June trip they had 2 left. The stinky CM gave me a hard time about picking our mission, I explained they'd done the others so she relented. She acted like it was a big deal. :rolleyes:

Sad to see this trip coming to an end but your next one is on the horizon. :thumbsup2

It was definitely a busy morning! Luckily we had a plan & stuck with it!

I think the only two KP missions we haven't done are Mexico & Norway. I did China without Zach so we'll have to do that one again... or I'll have him do that one with Tim. Bummer that the CM gave you a hard time about choosing a mission!

Almost over... but the new one IS just around the corner! Which feels good on a snowy day like today!

It's interesting you mentioning all of that from the sound of it it's time to change out the print of the film. Well Digital could help with the overall quality of the projection of the film Digital projectors are still not at the point where you can replace an IMax projector with them which is what Soarin' uses as you would actually need two projectors for the image to fit on the screen and they have not solved the overlap issues yet for Imax to be truly happy with them, plus even for a film the length of Soarin'' it would require a very large hard drive to hold the film.

Whatever the problem, they need to solve it! :headache:

We haven't done the Sum of All Thrills yet. It sounds fun though! :thumbsup2 Epcot looks so pretty in your pictures. It's a bummer it was so crowded though. Is kaki gori kind of like a snowcone? It looks yummy!

It's a lot of fun! You should definitely check it out!

what a fun and productive morning! So cute that you guys split and did different missions, I love that. And getting called BEFORE your ADR time? Wow!

We did split for different "missions" but only Zach & I actually did Kim Possible. Alex's misson was to hit up some Kidcot stations!

The short wait at Le Cellier definitely made up for our February trip when we waited forever for an opening time lunch ADR!

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This has to be my favorite picture of Alex of all time!

:goodvibes He loves the characters!

DisMomAmy
01-21-2012, 02:07 PM
When we got back from our morning at a packed Epcot, we all headed down to the pool for the last time. I ran back to the lobby to see if I could get some additional celebration pins for Alex. The CM was really nice & found me every kind imaginable! And Alex was thrilled!!

After some swimming we went back upstairs & changed for our night at DHS. There was a long line for the boat at BWV so we walked to the Swan/Dolphin & the boat pulled right up.
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They had room for 16 more on the boat & we were #12-15! We headed to ToT and both boys wanted to ride again!

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Zach still had a ToT shirt that fit him so I bought Alex this shirt:
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Then we rode RnRC twice. We headed to TSM & got in line… and stood there.

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The ride was down so we left. Alex was mad because he wanted to redeem himself from his losses on Buzz Lightyear. We headed to the O-Lights. The boys complained but I told them this was THE THING I wanted to do & asked them to suck it up and get in line for a photopass picture with me. We got in line & Tim went for some snacks at the stand right near us. The boys were so good at that point! It was busy but I don’t think it was as bad as it had been Thursday night. We waited in line, had our picture done & headed out… slowly. I sucked in every moment.

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I just can't express how much I loved seeing the lights! They were absolutely beautiful!

After leaving the Streets of America, we headed to Star Tours again & got a partially new ride. We got a couple more souvenirs (extras for waiting in line nicely at O-Lights).

We tried TSM again & the line was much better. We had a short wait & Alex kicked my butt.
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Zach beat Tim & overall Zach was the winner. Alex was a little bummed but satisfied with beating me.

It was time to say good-bye! :sad2: We headed out of the park & just missed the boat.
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The line wasn’t very long so we decided to wait. We were in line with some nice ladies on a girls only trip. They chatted with us about their kids & talked to the boys about our trip. They were regretting not leaving earlier for their ADR somewhere at the BC/YC. Luckily we weren’t in a hurry. After a little while a boat pulled up & we were on our way. We were tired so we stayed on the boat all the way to the BW & grabbed some food at the Boardwalk to go.
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We got back upstairs, I packed, the boys got in bed & we all watched Illuminations at 10:00 before turning in!

The next morning we were up & out early as we had to check out & get to the airport. We checked our bags with resort airline check in, got some food, then waited for our ME bus. It was Mears & didn’t even have the Disney video. Boo… :sad1:

We had an uneventful flight & returned to the chaos of our lives! :laughing:

Up next: Final thoughts & more souvenir pictures

irish dancer
01-21-2012, 08:53 PM
Pretty good night at DHS. Glad you got another shot at TSM. Love the pics of OL.

So sad to see this end but I'm looking forward to your April PTR. :)

eandesmom
01-21-2012, 11:50 PM
Oh the lights! Someday...someday...I can't believe you are home already, that day flew. I love the picture of the 4 of you, just wonderful. Good for you for making them suck it up. :thumbsup2

JPFamilyMom
01-22-2012, 11:44 AM
What a great last day :) So for F&W with kids, would you recommend going earlier in the day to get out before the evening crowd? That crowd you had was insane. Sounds like you had a good plan though and the boys had fun.

Glad you had a nice meal and another night with the lights. You guys got a great family picture that night:goodvibes

I'm sad this trip report is coming to an end, but happy you've got another trip coming up here pretty quickly, can't wait to read your final thoughts from this trip and see pictures of all your souvies.

MEK
01-22-2012, 12:33 PM
I don't want your TR to be over. Boo!

What a great last year. I was noticing how empty the park was when you went in in the morning. Then by the time you got back to the world showcase - WOW! Super crowded.

You got a ton of great pics and the boys seem to be having a great last day. Cool that you got to ride TSM without much of a wait. I am pretty impressed with that.

Looking forward to your final thoughts.

MeMom
01-22-2012, 12:42 PM
Nice family pictures! :santa:

So glad you got to see the lights. We went over there on NYE before we went to Poly for fireworks.

An uneventful flight is a good thing. Going back to the real world, not the greatest, but another trip is close at hand. :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
01-22-2012, 05:27 PM
Pretty good night at DHS. Glad you got another shot at TSM. Love the pics of OL.

So sad to see this end but I'm looking forward to your April PTR. :)

It was a nice way to end the trip!

Less than 3 months away from the next one!! :banana:

Oh the lights! Someday...someday...I can't believe you are home already, that day flew. I love the picture of the 4 of you, just wonderful. Good for you for making them suck it up. :thumbsup2

You HAVE to see those lights someday! They are beautiful. If given a choice, I'd plan a trip for early December so I could see all of the holiday decorations everywhere. I love everything we saw, but it would have been cool to see the story tellers at Epcot & the resort decorations.

What a great last day :) So for F&W with kids, would you recommend going earlier in the day to get out before the evening crowd? That crowd you had was insane. Sounds like you had a good plan though and the boys had fun.

Glad you had a nice meal and another night with the lights. You guys got a great family picture that night:goodvibes

I'm sad this trip report is coming to an end, but happy you've got another trip coming up here pretty quickly, can't wait to read your final thoughts from this trip and see pictures of all your souvies.

I would recommend going to Food & Wine during the week. The crowds really built as we got closer to the weekend. We were there earlier in the week & it wasn't so bad, but Friday night & Saturday mornings were both busy.

I'm not sad to be ending this report at all... it was a great trip & we have another one right around the corner!

I don't want your TR to be over. Boo!

What a great last year. I was noticing how empty the park was when you went in in the morning. Then by the time you got back to the world showcase - WOW! Super crowded.

You got a ton of great pics and the boys seem to be having a great last day. Cool that you got to ride TSM without much of a wait. I am pretty impressed with that.

Looking forward to your final thoughts.

It was a nice last day. The morning in future world was fine but yes, once we hit the WS at lunch time, it was a zoo! DHS wasn't so bad.

I should be wrapping this report up this week but I'm happy to share all of my April planning on my new PTR. :thumbsup2

Nice family pictures! :santa:

So glad you got to see the lights. We went over there on NYE before we went to Poly for fireworks.

An uneventful flight is a good thing. Going back to the real world, not the greatest, but another trip is close at hand. :thumbsup2

How fun that you were there right in the middle of the holiday fun! I'd be up for attempting a Christmas or maybe Thanksgiving trip one of these years. Alex's birthday is right around Thanksgiving so maybe one year when he's hitting a milestone birthday... but then we'd have to plan a birthday trip for Zach & his isn't at such a convenient time of year - late September. Too early in the school year to miss school!

disneyfan61
01-22-2012, 07:20 PM
Well your about done this report & I just got all caught up!!:laughing:

I love the pics of your photo session. They came out great.:thumbsup2

You got some great pics at AK on the safari.:thumbsup2

Even though it seemed really crowded a lot of the time it seems like you got a lot done.

You got a lot of great souvies!! I love the Christmas towels, the EE T shirts, the Boardwalk magnets etc.

Less than 3 months for us!!:banana::banana:

mousescrapper
01-22-2012, 07:58 PM
Finally caught up...

I too love the PP pic in front of MK so cute...that's a framer! :goodvibes

We had the gangster too...and poor Rachel was so worried about her "dying" too ;)

I love that you loved the O-lights...they are something, your PP pic is great too...looks like you had a really good last few days w a lot of fun highlights from your dinner, the boys liking the kids club, and so much more :thumbsup2

jeremysdisneymom
01-23-2012, 12:02 PM
I can't believe your trip is coming to an end! I need to get over to your pre-trip and join in there.

What a great morning at Epcot! I have some of the same pictures as you from the KP mission in France. I think Jeremy and I did every KP mission this trip!

Nice family photo at the Osborne Lights!

:thumbsup2An uneventful flight home is always a good one!

Chicago Mo
01-23-2012, 12:07 PM
we asked and got the cowboys one! it was cute...