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theduck619
12-04-2011, 04:20 PM
Well I am going to give this trip report thing a try. We started planning this particular trip back in early March, but realized it was so far off we did a short trip in May as training (that’s what I’ll call it!). When we started it was going to be me, theduck619 here on the Disboards, DW, and our six year old twin daughters. After some discussion we decided that we should invite DW’s parents since it may be the last time they would get to travel to Florida for some time.

So, as any Disdad worth his salt would do, I dove into my research on how we would do the accommodations. Would we book two rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort or another moderate? Well, I just happened to know someone on the inside of the DVC world and they mentioned that they were looking to rent some of their points. I discussed it with the Queen (DW) and she gave me permission to pursue it further. We thought the idea of a 2BR villa would give my in-laws the privacy of their own bedroom. We also liked the idea of a kitchen so we could make some of our own meals and therefore cut down on some of the food costs (so we could spend more on souvenirs and treats!). At my initial search I was told by a few people who were renting points that only OKW, SSR and Boardwalk were available for the week we were looking at. Well, we were very excited to hear that we could get a 2BR at Kidani Village for 11/26-12/1!! Our awesome DVC insider booked it for us and we were off and running.

After our little training trip in May (2 days at MK, CBR) we decided we would ask my wife’s sister to join us. Ok, we were now up to 7 people! I could do this and not climb a bell tower to take any one out. This was how it was set as of June 1st. Fast forward to November 21st and we learned that my MIL and FIL would not be able to come unless they could bring my niece and nephew who they have emergency custody of. I find this out on the Monday before we leave, are you kidding me??? Luckily the 2BR has capacity for 9 so we were able to get the kids added with the help of my friend! The only issue now was that we would have to take two vehicles instead of one. It is roughly a 17-19 hour drive to Disney from Indianapolis. Our plan was to leave the house on Black Friday at 4am and head to Valdosta, GA where we would stay for the night. Our cast of characters for this epic journey is as follows:

TheDuck – me
The Queen – DW (I know better then to post her age)
FIL – Freddy Five Fingers
MIL – Drill Sergeant Mary
SIL - Snaps
DD1 – Giggles - 6
DD2 – Scooter - 6
Niece – Lizzy Poo - 6
Nephew – Little Man – 9

Would our trip go off with out any hitches? Would any of the in-laws be left on the side of the road for questioning a Disdad’s superior planning? Would we arrive to our first stop before the end of the year? Stay tuned for our next installment that will include pictures, I promise!

AJRitz
12-04-2011, 04:36 PM
Great start David!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
12-05-2011, 12:18 PM
Count me in! :thumbsup2

Nice intro. You’re off to a good start (and… I love the nicknames; you may have to give a little bit of background on those as the story progresses).

trennr
12-05-2011, 12:34 PM
Goose!

Captain_Oblivious
12-05-2011, 12:45 PM
I hope I can keep all these nicknames straight!

theduck619
12-05-2011, 01:09 PM
Great start David!

Welcome and thank you.

Count me in! :thumbsup2

Nice intro. You’re off to a good start (and… I love the nicknames; you may have to give a little bit of background on those as the story progresses).

I will be including the little trip packet I put together for everyone that included the awesome magnets you designed :thumbsup2

Welcome

Goose! Duck! - welcome

I hope I can keep all these nicknames straight!

It won't be hard, afterall look who is writing this thing :lmao:

Welcome

DisDadDoc
12-05-2011, 02:21 PM
I'm in, too!

scott2997
12-05-2011, 02:26 PM
Quack!

theduck619
12-05-2011, 02:38 PM
I'm in, too!

Welcome aboard :thumbsup2

Quack!

Nice to have you, welcome :thumbsup2

twokids0204
12-05-2011, 05:22 PM
Wait for me....





ok, all caught up!

theduck619
12-06-2011, 04:17 AM
Wait for me....





ok, all caught up!

Welcome :cool1:

jbschafer
12-06-2011, 06:55 AM
So I'm relatively new to the whole TR thing so you can think of yours as a sort of training run for me. :thumbsup2 Looking forward to it!

jason4024
12-06-2011, 09:04 AM
In on the first page - and I am voting for the SIL to be the first gone...

Dis_Dreamin
12-06-2011, 10:36 AM
In on the first page - and I am voting for the SIL to be the first gone...

I'm in, and if we're voting, I'm voting for the MIL to be voted off...who wants a Drill Sergent on a WDW trip? :-D

theduck619
12-06-2011, 03:26 PM
So I'm relatively new to the whole TR thing so you can think of yours as a sort of training run for me. :thumbsup2 Looking forward to it!

Welcome and feel free to learn from my mistakes, there will be many :lmao:

In on the first page - and I am voting for the SIL to be the first gone...

You must know her :rotfl2: Welcome

I'm in, and if we're voting, I'm voting for the MIL to be voted off...who wants a Drill Sergent on a WDW trip? :-D

She helps get everyone out the door, so I can not let her get voted off.

Welcome :thumbsup2

I hope to have the next installment tonight :cool1:

afwdwfan
12-06-2011, 03:48 PM
I'm in!

It is roughly a 17-19 hour drive to Disney from Indianapolis.
:eek: :scared1:
Um... the gas pedal is the one on the right.

theduck619
12-06-2011, 06:16 PM
I'm in!


:eek: :scared1:
Um... the gas pedal is the one on the right.

This is exactly what I kept telling my in-laws :lmao:

theduck619
12-06-2011, 06:18 PM
It’s time for our next installment! I know you can hardly contain your excitement. I left you last with a long list of nicknames. These should be explained here so that you get a sense of my mindset when planning trips. When we have planned trips in the past with my in-laws my FIL has always wanted an itinerary of what we were doing so he could “picture it” in his mind. I decided a straight outline was boring so I decided to do something a little more fun. With this trip we went with a Mission Impossible theme:






Assignment: Family Vacation 2011

Destination: Walt Disney World



I know, it’s dorky but the last anything has ever accused me of was being normal or sane. When we handed these out I had the theme from the TV show qued up on the iPad and the DW covertly (with her sunglasses on) handed them to the three adult members of the team and then disappeared into the crowd (actually the living room, but you get the idea. More on the next page……

theduck619
12-06-2011, 06:26 PM
So, where was I……oh yeah. Everyone had arrived Thanksgiving night and we got everyone to settle down and we handed out the Top Secret agenda for our trip. The photos I had on the documents are not copying over, so I apologize. I am not very techy or IT literate as some of you already know. Anyway here was the meat of the documents:

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to infiltrate the “Happiest Place on Earth”. You will be undercover for six days as a family who “likes” one another.
This mission will need to be documented through photographs, blog entries, facebook updates and emails. Your transportation will be a rocket powered; monster truck disguised as a mini van. Do not let the looks of this vehicle fool you, this beast can fly!
We have assembled a crack team of operatives for this mission, each one with special talents and skills. Some of these folks are not meant to be crossed (You know who you are!). The following pages give a brief overview of your team members, itinerary, special intelligence for the mission, and special tips needed for survival in the jungle you are about to enter!

Itinerary:
Friday 11/25 – Leave HQ before dawn – rally point is Valdosta, GA
Saturday 11/26 – Leave rally point and head to WDW – Dinner at 1900 Park Fare
Sunday 11/27 – Relax in the AM – Hollywood Studios in the PM
Monday 11/28 – Spend day researching MK
Tuesday 11/29 – Epcot Day 1
Wednesday 11/30 – Epcot Day 2 – Duck and Queen have super secret meeting in the evening at swanky eating hole.
Thursday 12/1 – Start for trek home


Team Disney:

David “The Duck”

Strengths: Planning, scheduling, maneuvering through lines, and awesome kung fu skills.
Warning: Do not make him late – has a henchwoman named the “Drill Sergeant” who he uses to administer torture.

Kim “The Queen”


Strengths: Packing, calms the Duck, awesome parade spot gatherer, fireworks expert.


Fred “Freddie Five Fingers”

Strenghts: Excellent intelligence gatherer, expert map reader, always has utensils for writing available.
Warning: May set off metal detectors due to the $398.75 he carries in his pockets – all quarters.

Mary “Drill Sergeant”

Strenghts: Excellent time manager, fantastic cook, administrator of punishment, likes to be wowed and thrilled on rides.
Warning: If you are late you may end up wet, just sayin. Also known to steal candied almonds from unsuspecting people.




Sandy “Snaps”

Strengths: Photographer of everything that moves, video documenting, sidekick to the junior members of the team.
Warning: Be prepared to be photographed, awake or sleeping.

Kate “Giggles”

Strengths: Awesome dancer, distracts enemies with laughter – see chicken dance!
Warning: Easily distracted by princesses!
Olivia “Scooter”

Strengths: Runs like the wind, great storyteller.
Spencer “Little Man”

Strengths: Will document trip with his superior drawing skills.
Warning: Princesses may be wooed by his sparkling blue eyes, do not look directly into them.

Elizabeth “Lizzy Poo”

Strengths: Excellent dresser, full of energy.
Warning: Like other junior female members, is easily distracted by Princesses!

Everyone seemed to enjoy it. It was getting late and we needed to be out the door by 4am the next morning. This is where you will see me post the following: Will we leave on time? Any guesses? Stay tuned for the exciting description of our drive through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia!

twokids0204
12-06-2011, 07:00 PM
You will be undercover for six days as a family who “likes” one another.


My favourite quote so far....

katoot
12-07-2011, 01:47 AM
My favourite quote so far....

I concur.

afwdwfan
12-07-2011, 07:09 AM
Your transportation will be a rocket powered; monster truck disguised as a mini van.
Your rocket must not have been working. Maybe you should consult Barry for "rocket van" advice next time.:rotfl2:

theduck619
12-07-2011, 07:57 AM
Your rocket must not have been working. Maybe you should consult Barry for "rocket van" advice next time.:rotfl2:

My rocket van worked just fine. It was the Sputnik model that was trailing me that had the issues. BTW, it was a Ford :lmao:

theduck619
12-07-2011, 08:01 AM
My favourite quote so far....

And at times we will echo that theme

I concur.

And at other times some of us could have been nominated for an Oscar with trying to pull that theme off :lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
12-07-2011, 08:02 AM
Excellent! I had the MI theme music running through my head the entire time I was reading along. In fact it’s still going on up there in what’s left of my mind as I type this. When I read the bit about the “Chicken Dance” the tune changed for a moment or two (which was rather disconcerting), but the MI score is just too infectious to be denied. I’ll have to remember that and use it as my defense mechanism when ever I’m in or reminded of IASW (the great nemesis of all music).

Great update. Now all the names make sense and I’ve got images in my mind to use for each of them as I read about the rest of the trip.


This response will self-destruct in five seconds…

FreezinRafiki
12-07-2011, 08:48 AM
Stay tuned for the exciting description of our drive through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia!
Flat. Hilly. Hilly. Hilly, then flat.

That about sums it up, right?

Your rocket must not have been working. Maybe you should consult Barry for "rocket van" advice next time.:rotfl2:

The van is a finely tuned piece of high performance equipment. It can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Namely, mine.



Nice start Duck. Can't wait to read more!:thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
12-07-2011, 10:22 AM
You will be undercover for six days as a family who “likes” one another.

:lmao: So how close did you guys come to blowing your cover? That's the big question.

Also, will there be promotional tie-ins between this TR and the upcoming movie? Specifically, let us know if you'll be hanging off the side of any skyscrapers. :thumbsup2

Goofy + 3
12-07-2011, 10:46 AM
Well, I'm late to the party, but I like what I'm reading. Keep it up!

So I'm relatively new to the whole TR thing so you can think of yours as a sort of training run for me. :thumbsup2 Looking forward to it!
Me too!!
The photos I had on the documents are not copying over, so I apologize. I am not very techy or IT literate as some of you already know.
My long lost brother! So nice to see there's another one out there. I'm still trying to get the clock on my Beta VCR to stop flashing.

theduck619
12-07-2011, 11:55 AM
Excellent! I had the MI theme music running through my head the entire time I was reading along. In fact it’s still going on up there in what’s left of my mind as I type this. When I read the bit about the “Chicken Dance” the tune changed for a moment or two (which was rather disconcerting), but the MI score is just too infectious to be denied. I’ll have to remember that and use it as my defense mechanism when ever I’m in or reminded of IASW (the great nemesis of all music).

Great update. Now all the names make sense and I’ve got images in my mind to use for each of them as I read about the rest of the trip.


This response will self-destruct in five seconds…

Her chicken dance is not of the wedding kind, but an invention all her own. It can't be seen without spitting twizzlers or liquid out of your mouth :lmao:

The van is a finely tuned piece of high performance equipment. It can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Namely, mine.

My van was ready for glory and exploration! Then it was chained to a boulder that didn't want to go more then 65 :scared1:

:lmao: So how close did you guys come to blowing your cover? That's the big question.

Also, will there be promotional tie-ins between this TR and the upcoming movie? Specifically, let us know if you'll be hanging off the side of any skyscrapers. :thumbsup2

It was scary close at times to be honest. I almost had to wack a few of them to keep the mission intact.

I'll hang off a skyscraper if you'll ride Tower of Terror :lmao: I wouldn't want Tom Cruise to feel bad seeing what a Disdad could do with some rope, weapons and fast cars!! Oh wait, that's FED's life :lmao:

Well, I'm late to the party, but I like what I'm reading. Keep it up!


Me too!!

My long lost brother! So nice to see there's another one out there. I'm still trying to get the clock on my Beta VCR to stop flashing.

You have a VCR?? We have been thinking about finally getting one :laughing:
My IT department at work has nightmares about guys like us :rotfl:

stopher1
12-07-2011, 10:31 PM
Quack quack! I'm here...reading along while AT Walt DisneyWorld (at least for now).

Wow, you must be a lucky duck to have a DVC insider on your team. Sweetness.

Nice nicknames, especially Lizzy Poo. Thanks for getting the MI theme stuck in my head. It replaced "manah manah" from my trek to Downtown Disney this evening.

Where are the pictures? You promised pictures. I want to see some pictures of Kidani... oh wait, I can drive over there myself tomorrow.

theduck619
12-08-2011, 04:19 AM
Quack quack! I'm here...reading along while AT Walt DisneyWorld (at least for now).

Wow, you must be a lucky duck to have a DVC insider on your team. Sweetness.

Nice nicknames, especially Lizzy Poo. Thanks for getting the MI theme stuck in my head. It replaced "manah manah" from my trek to Downtown Disney this evening.

Where are the pictures? You promised pictures. I want to see some pictures of Kidani... oh wait, I can drive over there myself tomorrow.

Welcome :cool1: the pictures are coming. It is all about building the excitement, so I have been told :thumbsup2

tinkbell13
12-08-2011, 01:51 PM
Your thread title made me :rotfl:. Then I started to read your report. I'm onboard. Can't wait for the next one. popcorn::

theduck619
12-08-2011, 07:45 PM
Your thread title made me :rotfl:. Then I started to read your report. I'm onboard. Can't wait for the next one. popcorn::

Welcome :cool1: I hope to have the next installment tomorrow :thumbsup2

theduck619
12-13-2011, 05:05 PM
So I last left you on the morning we were set to depart. We were able to get out the door at 4:15am, 15 minutes late, but not too bad. Because we had 9 in our party we would be taking two mini vans. I was concerned about the in-laws keeping up with the speed limit since they do not like to drive fast. Stay tuned to see how much I complain about this.

We stopped for breakfast outside of Louisville at Cracker Barrel. I love Cracker Barrel. It is one of the few restaurants where my kids can find something that they will eat. I won’t bore you with all of the details of the wonderfully long drive through Hicktucky and Tennessee.

We did have our first scare with the luggage carrier right outside of Atlanta. The rear lock latch broke off! Let me repeat broke off! The lid lifted (it was locked), but luckily nothing came out. My FIL had a lock strap that we used to hold it down. There will be more on this later. We finally made it to Valdosta around 8:15pm that night. We got a family suite at the Holiday inn and it held all 9 of us…see below:
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theduck619
12-13-2011, 05:09 PM
The plan was to leave Valdosta by 9am the next morning. So at 10:15 we finally get going (do you smell a theme here???) It was a pretty uneventful drive, stop for some free juice, enjoy the sunshine, sing Disney songs, have the other lock on the luggage carrier break!!!

This time the front one broke completely off. We Tightened the strap as tight it would go and prayed we would make it to Kidani in one piece! We finally pulled in around 2:00pm. Kidani was such a sight for tired eyes! It was absolutely beautiful! Our room was not quite ready so we strolled around and enjoyed the Savannah. I got a text about fifteen minutes later saying our room was ready 7825! We did not have much time to enjoy the room, since we had to get ready for our ADR at 1900 Park Fare. I will go over my impressions of Kidani later.

We were concerned that they would not be able to work our larger party in. When I had called earlier in the week they said they did not have room for a larger party. We got there 45 minutes before our time so I could go and explain the situation at the check in desk. The young lady was very helpful and said she would be able to work us in but it might be a little later than 6:10. I told her no problem and went on way to taking pics of the beautifully decorated GF.
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theduck619
12-13-2011, 05:12 PM
At 6:15 our buzzer thingy went off and it was time to get our eat on! I enjoy the food here and the character interaction is great. This would be my niece’s first encounter with a Princess and I thought she was going to explode! Dinner was a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed it. We hung around a little longer to take some more pictures and I made a side stop with one of my DD’s to get her first official Mickey head earrings. Tomorrow we head for HS and spend some time at the pool in the AM.

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Will there be water boarding enforced for making me late? What measures will I go to get my message across! Stay tuned…same Duck time…same Duck channel.

twokids0204
12-13-2011, 06:35 PM
Great start... nice pics.

Love the tie dye shirts in the hotel pic.

Your kids are adorable.

baseballmickey
12-13-2011, 11:29 PM
Joining in!! Great Start!!

afwdwfan
12-14-2011, 08:24 AM
I was concerned about the in-laws keeping up with the speed limit since they do not like to drive fast. Stay tuned to see how much I complain about this.

Sure... blame the in-laws.:lmao:

The plan was to leave Valdosta by 9am the next morning. So at 10:15 we finally get going (do you smell a theme here???)
Wow, you have a bunch of early risers with you.:rolleyes1

have the other lock on the luggage carrier break!!!
:headache:

We were concerned that they would not be able to work our larger party in. When I had called earlier in the week they said they did not have room for a larger party. We got there 45 minutes before our time so I could go and explain the situation at the check in desk. The young lady was very helpful and said she would be able to work us in but it might be a little later than 6:10. I told her no problem and went on way to taking pics of the beautifully decorated GF.
That's great! I'm glad it worked out for you.:thumbsup2

This would be my niece’s first encounter with a Princess and I thought she was going to explode!
And that makes the last second plan changes worthwhile.:thumbsup2

stopher1
12-14-2011, 10:39 AM
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Nice update & photos. Although Little Man doesn't seem to be too thrilled standing in that pic with the Prince - perhaps he was upset he didn't get to get a pic with Cindy instead? :confused3 I know I'd rather have my picture taken with a princess than a prince... but maybe that's just me.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
12-14-2011, 01:37 PM
Because we had 9 in our party we would be taking two mini vans. I was concerned about the in-laws keeping up with the speed limit since they do not like to drive fast. Stay tuned to see how much I complain about this.



“It was a dark a the moon on the sixth of June, and a Kenworth pullin logs,
Cab over Pete with a refer on and a Jimmy haulin hogs
We was headed for bear On I-1-0, bout a mile out Shakey Town
I says Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck and I'm about to put the hammer down.

Cause we got a little 'ole convoy Rockin through the night
Yeah we got a little 'ole convoy Ain't she a beautiful sight
C'mon and join our Convoy Ain't nothin gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin convoy 'cross the USA
Convoy....”

This has been a test of the Emergancy “Just how the heck old are you that you even know about that song” Broadcasting System.



I won’t bore you with all of the details of the wonderfully long drive through Hicktucky and Tennessee.


Norm should be along to comment on that line some time in the near.


We did have our first scare with the luggage carrier right outside of Atlanta. The rear lock latch broke off! Let me repeat broke off!


Adventure Traveling!!!!
The only way to see the U-S-A (it relieves the boredom imposed by our lovely Interstate system).



The plan was to leave Valdosta by 9am the next morning. So at 10:15 we finally get going (do you smell a theme here???)


This is not boding well for the concept of “Rope Drop”


This would be my niece’s first encounter with a Princess and I thought she was going to explode!

Don’t ya’ love it when kids get that excited about anything.
Sometimes they seem so blasé to everything around them (that isn’t a video game).

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Oh-I-Seeeeee… Zebra Stripes… it all makes sense now…

Now… for everyone else reading this, that last sentence won’t make a bit of sense, but David should know what I’m on about (and he might even explain it to y’all later on).

Also… that was a good job on the part of your nephew there on not showing just how much he r-e-a-l-l-y, r-e-a-l-l-y did not want to be in that picture.

afwdwfan
12-14-2011, 01:44 PM
“It was a dark a the moon on the sixth of June, and a Kenworth pullin logs,
Cab over Pete with a refer on and a Jimmy haulin hogs
We was headed for bear On I-1-0, bout a mile out Shakey Town
I says Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck and I'm about to put the hammer down.

Cause we got a little 'ole convoy Rockin through the night
Yeah we got a little 'ole convoy Ain't she a beautiful sight
C'mon and join our Convoy Ain't nothin gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin convoy 'cross the USA
Convoy....”

This has been a test of the Emergancy “Just how the heck old are you that you even know about that song” Broadcasting System.


:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Great reference. :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
12-14-2011, 01:52 PM
I'm glad the restaurant was able to work you guys in. Disney magic strikes again!

As Rob said, it sounds like Rope Drop is going to be a problem...

theduck619
12-14-2011, 02:42 PM
Great start... nice pics.

Love the tie dye shirts in the hotel pic.

Your kids are adorable.

Thank you :thumbsup2. They get that from their mother of course!

Joining in!! Great Start!!

Welcome!

Sure... blame the in-laws.:lmao:

Yes, I will in fact :lmao:


Wow, you have a bunch of early risers with you.:rolleyes1


:headache:


That's great! I'm glad it worked out for you.:thumbsup2


And that makes the last second plan changes worthwhile.:thumbsup2

I will blame the inlaws since it is my TR :lmao: apparently they thought when I said what time we are leaving that it was only a suggestion :confused3

Nice update & photos. Although Little Man doesn't seem to be too thrilled standing in that pic with the Prince - perhaps he was upset he didn't get to get a pic with Cindy instead? :confused3 I know I'd rather have my picture taken with a princess than a prince... but maybe that's just me.

He would not get in any of the princess pics. I told Drizella he wanted a kiss from a brunette with lots of lipstick and into pic she is telling him to pucker up :rotfl2:

theduck619
12-14-2011, 02:48 PM
“It was a dark a the moon on the sixth of June, and a Kenworth pullin logs,
Cab over Pete with a refer on and a Jimmy haulin hogs
We was headed for bear On I-1-0, bout a mile out Shakey Town
I says Pig Pen this here's the Rubber Duck and I'm about to put the hammer down.

Cause we got a little 'ole convoy Rockin through the night
Yeah we got a little 'ole convoy Ain't she a beautiful sight
C'mon and join our Convoy Ain't nothin gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin convoy 'cross the USA
Convoy....”

This has been a test of the Emergancy “Just how the heck old are you that you even know about that song” Broadcasting System.




Norm should be along to comment on that line some time in the near.



Adventure Traveling!!!!
The only way to see the U-S-A (it relieves the boredom imposed by our lovely Interstate system).




This is not boding well for the concept of “Rope Drop”



Don’t ya’ love it when kids get that excited about anything.
Sometimes they seem so blasé to everything around them (that isn’t a video game).



Oh-I-Seeeeee… Zebra Stripes… it all makes sense now…

Now… for everyone else reading this, that last sentence won’t make a bit of sense, but David should know what I’m on about (and he might even explain it to y’all later on).

Also… that was a good job on the part of your nephew there on not showing just how much he r-e-a-l-l-y, r-e-a-l-l-y did not want to be in that picture.

It felt more like Smoky and the Bandit without the cool car :lmao: the magnets were a huge hit. They did not stick on the front door, but we had them on the fridge and we gave everybody theirs as a souvenir.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl::lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Great reference. :thumbsup2

And at times it was like Every which way but Loose :thumbsup2
I'm glad the restaurant was able to work you guys in. Disney magic strikes again!

As Rob said, it sounds like Rope Drop is going to be a problem...

Rope drop would be an issue. It even will get mentioned in their Christmas cards :rotfl2:

cj9200
12-14-2011, 04:00 PM
Great that you were able to get everyone in at Park Fare. Never went there but heard it was fun. Can't wait for the next update on the further adventures of the extended Duck family.

AirGoofy
12-17-2011, 09:33 AM
We stopped for breakfast outside of Louisville at Cracker Barrel. I love Cracker Barrel. It is one of the few restaurants where my kids can find something that they will eat. I won’t bore you with all of the details of the wonderfully long drive through Hicktucky and Tennessee.
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Now you know why the luggage thing broke, nemesis. When you mess w/ KY, we fight back.

theduck619
12-17-2011, 02:37 PM
Great that you were able to get everyone in at Park Fare. Never went there but heard it was fun. Can't wait for the next update on the further adventures of the extended Duck family.

The step sisters are great :thumbsup2

Now you know why the luggage thing broke, nemesis. When you mess w/ KY, we fight back.

Karma, huh :confused3

AirGoofy
12-17-2011, 02:48 PM
Karma, huh :confused3

Havin' fun with you. I like the trip report.

theduck619
12-18-2011, 04:21 AM
Havin' fun with you. I like the trip report.

Thank you. I knew you were messing with me :thumbsup2

GoHerd1028
12-19-2011, 07:31 PM
How in the world am I just finding this trip report...I am running late on it just like your 10:15 departure from Valdosta!:rotfl2:

theduck619
12-20-2011, 04:20 AM
How in the world am I just finding this trip report...I am running late on it just like your 10:15 departure from Valdosta!:rotfl2:

Welcome :cool1:

Just consider it keeping with the theme :lmao:

theduck619
12-26-2011, 04:10 AM
I promise there will be an update in the next day or two :thumbsup2

theduck619
01-05-2012, 06:54 PM
I apologize for the lack of updates. Many of my fellow dads have let it be known this is unacceptable.

When I left off I mentioned that there was going to be some torture tactics used to enforce the first rule of the Duck!! Do not make me late!!! As you can see below I was ruthless in my use of water boarding techniques. I picked these skills up at my local Y. It’s a jungle there.

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We did not leave for HS until after lunch. We had a surprise zebra birthday cake delivered before we left (I forgot to take a pic) so we were pretty jacked up on sugar as we headed for the bus stop. I love that the bus stops at Kidani are divided up between a few parks. I took some animal pics on our way since we had to pass one of the observation decks.

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Continued in next post...

theduck619
01-05-2012, 06:59 PM
Once at HS, I rushed over to the new Star Tours for three fast passes since it was just my nephew, FIL, and I who wanted to do it. While we waited for our time we headed into Animators Court and we ran into these guys.

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The Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time. I am so disappointed they never did a sequel. We also did the little animation class so the kids could get the chance to draw a character. We all did Tigger and the kids loved it.

The boys headed over to Star Tours while the girls headed to Honey I shrunk the Kids play yard. Star Tours = Awesomeness out of this world!!! I was amazed and loved every minute of it. We had Vader in the opening scene and when my 9 year old nephew saw him he yelled NO at the top of his lungs. It wasn’t until after the ride did I learn he has never seen Star Wars (since remedied). What kind of parent doesn’t show their kids Star Wars. He loved it though.

Walked to the back of the park to meet the ladies and saw them standing outside. Apparently everyone and their third cousins and the ones form Kentucky all decided to go into the HISTK play yard. My wife said she thought she had lost the kids it was that full. So we let everyone calm down and rest, it was 82 degrees this day and the in-laws did not believe me when I gave them the plan on what to wear so guess who was sweating like crazy.

We went and stood in line to meet our favorite Disney Channel stars…….That’s right Phineas and Ferb (cue intro music…you know you are singing it).

Since there was no Perry, I stood in for the awesome Agent P.

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We did do Muppet Vision and then headed over to Pizza Planet for a slice.

After that it was time to head over and catch the Osbourne Lights! All I can say is that they are amazing. I had goose bumps when it started. We hung out there for awhile and then I took my nephew to ride Tower of Terror. He was all excited until we stepped into the first room and then he wouldn’t stop with the questions. Are we going to die, is this just part of the show, do these people look like this all of the time? In the end he screamed like a little girl but still talks about how cool it was.

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In our next installment we will be heading to MK for our next part of the mission. Will we make rope drop? How many Dole Whips will be consumed? What do you mean we need to leave?

Stay Tuned………..

AirGoofy
01-05-2012, 07:23 PM
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[Continued in next post...

Always use your children as a shield. They'll thank you later. The Star Tours with Vader is awesome. I did the one with Chewbacca as well. I wonder how many more are there?

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
01-05-2012, 08:27 PM
I apologize for the lack of updates.


Ehhhhh…. Life happens, you catch up when you can
(but if you wait too long we start writing the TR for ya’)



When I left off I mentioned that there was going to be some torture tactics used to enforce the first rule of the Duck!! Do not make me late!!! As you can see below I was ruthless in my use of water boarding techniques. I picked these skills up at my local Y. It’s a jungle there.


“I'm with the CID. Although I told your boss I was with the CIA. It throws people off who think I'm with the CIC.”


Excellent camouflage work…
Those kids look just like umbrellas.


We did not leave for HS until after lunch. We had a surprise zebra birthday cake delivered before we left (I forgot to take a pic)


Did it look anything like this?

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljtzll88Jp1qftx5go1_500.jpg



The Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time.


Ditto


I am so disappointed they never did a sequel.


Ditto


The boys headed over to Star Tours while the girls headed to Honey I shrunk the Kids play yard.


The boys won


Star Tours = Awesomeness out of this world!!! I was amazed and loved every minute of it. We had Vader in the opening scene and when my 9 year old nephew saw him he yelled NO at the top of his lungs.


“Nooooooooooooo…. It’s not true…”



It wasn’t until after the ride did I learn he has never seen Star Wars


“Nooooooooooooo…. It’s not true…”


(since remedied).


You have restored balance to the force.



Apparently everyone and their third cousins and the ones form Kentucky all decided to go into the HISTK play yard.


See… I told ya’ that y’all won


the in-laws did not believe me when I gave them the plan on what to wear so guess who was sweating like crazy.


“Some men you just can’t reach…”


Since there was no Perry, I stood in for the awesome Agent P.


And a fine job of it you did as well.


We did do Muppet Vision


Did you find the door key under the welcome mat?


After that it was time to head over and catch the Osbourne Lights! All I can say is that they are amazing.


Yes… yes they are.



I took my nephew to ride Tower of Terror. He was all excited until we stepped into the first room and then he wouldn’t stop with the questions. Are we going to die…


:lmao: :rotfl2:


In our next installment we will be heading to MK for our next part of the mission. Will we make rope drop? How many Dole Whips will be consumed? What do you mean we need to leave?

Stay Tuned………..


Same Duck time… same Duck channel.

FreezinRafiki
01-05-2012, 08:52 PM
Star Tours = Awesomeness out of this world!!!
Of course, it's awesomeness in a galaxy far, far away. :thumbsup2


it was 82 degrees this day and the in-laws did not believe me when I gave them the plan on what to wear so guess who was sweating like crazy.
:rotfl2::rotfl2:

We went and stood in line to meet our favorite Disney Channel stars…….That’s right Phineas and Ferb (cue intro music…you know you are singing it).

There's a hundred and four days of summer vacation...


After that it was time to head over and catch the Osbourne Lights! All I can say is that they are amazing. I had goose bumps when it started.
Agreed! We were there last year when they were plugging the new Phineas and Ferb Christmas Movie, so the lights danced to Phineas and Ferb music and had a few bits where Agent P saved WDW from Doofenschmirtz. I check the camera when we got home and found it didn't record any sound. :headache::headache:

Are we going to die?
Yes, but it's all part of the ride. :confused3

afwdwfan
01-05-2012, 11:29 PM
I apologize for the lack of updates. Many of my fellow dads have let it be known this is unacceptable.
...and it is about time.:rotfl:

As you can see below I was ruthless in my use of water boarding techniques. I picked these skills up at my local Y. It’s a jungle there.
Note to self: Avoid the Y on the west side of Indy

Once at HS, I rushed over to the new Star Tours for three fast passes since it was just my nephew, FIL, and I who wanted to do it.
Then you should have taken all the tickets so you could ride more than once.:rolleyes1

Star Tours = Awesomeness out of this world!!!
Yep... very accurate description.:thumbsup2

What kind of parent doesn’t show their kids Star Wars. He loved it though.
I think you already explained that part.


Since there was no Perry, I stood in for the awesome Agent P.
I don't see any Agent P. in that picture.:confused3 Perry's right there next to Phineas though.

We did do Muppet Vision and then headed over to Pizza Planet for a slice.
Love the Muppets. Love pizza. Good plan. :thumbsup2

After that it was time to head over and catch the Osbourne Lights! All I can say is that they are amazing.
::yes::

In the end he screamed like a little girl but still talks about how cool it was.
Unlike a certain DisDad who just screamed like a little girl...

theduck619
01-06-2012, 01:33 PM
Always use your children as a shield. They'll thank you later. The Star Tours with Vader is awesome. I did the one with Chewbacca as well. I wonder how many more are there?

What was funny was that they were all like "Nooooooooo" and ran away. i caught my nephew first and after that they all lined up for their turns :lmao:

theduck619
01-06-2012, 01:35 PM
Excellent camouflage work…
Those kids look just like umbrellas.


Yes they do :lmao:

theduck619
01-06-2012, 01:42 PM
Did it look anything like this?

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljtzll88Jp1qftx5go1_500.jpg


Only 1 tier but very close :thumbsup2



The boys won

Yes we did :woohoo:



“Nooooooooooooo…. It’s not true…”




“Nooooooooooooo…. It’s not true…”

Sadly yes :confused3



You have restored balance to the force.…”

I try.....I am only one Sith Lord and there is only so much I can do :rotfl:


Did you find the door key under the welcome mat?

Yes we did:thumbsup2 Funny thing was that everyone but DW thought I was nuts when i told them to look :confused3


Same Duck time… same Duck channel.

+1 for having any kind of Batman-esque type of quote :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

theduck619
01-06-2012, 03:01 PM
There's a hundred and four days of summer vacation...

I knew someone would sing it :lmao:



Yes, but it's all part of the ride. :confused3

I finally told him that Disney was the best place to die...:thumbsup2

theduck619
01-06-2012, 03:08 PM
...and it is about time.:rotfl:

Yes, I know I suck Peanut Butter when it comes to updates


Note to self: Avoid the Y on the west side of Indy

It's rough out here in the burbs man :lmao:


Then you should have taken all the tickets so you could ride more than once.:rolleyes1

I wanted to, but it was by far too busy. The stand by line was already over an hour when we exited.


I think you already explained that part.

I could write a book about that loser. Maybe I can start a thread for dads with BIL's that are a pain in the Beverly :rotfl2:


I don't see any Agent P. in that picture.:confused3 Perry's right there next to Phineas though.

It's a new high tech disguise designed by Carl :lmao:



Unlike a certain DisDad who just screamed like a little girl...

When I heard the first girly scream, I said to myself "Captain????" :rotfl2::rotfl2:

AirGoofy
01-06-2012, 07:17 PM
What was funny was that they were all like "Nooooooooo" and ran away. i caught my nephew first and after that they all lined up for their turns :lmao:

Yup. Kids need us to show them what's fun.

theduck619
01-07-2012, 04:55 AM
Yup. Kids need us to show them what's fun.

I agree 100% :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
01-09-2012, 09:50 AM
Just catching up...

Looks like a lot of fun in the water at AKL.

Star Tours vs. HISTK playground? Seriously? That's like trying to choose between Le Cellier and Taco Bell. You guys won out big time on that one.

theduck619
01-09-2012, 12:35 PM
Just catching up...

Looks like a lot of fun in the water at AKL.

Star Tours vs. HISTK playground? Seriously? That's like trying to choose between Le Cellier and Taco Bell. You guys won out big time on that one.

I was amazed that no one else wanted to do it :confused3 As you will see, there are a few party poopers in the group, but it did not keep me from getting my DIS on :woohoo:

Angel16
01-21-2012, 07:54 PM
I am in and loving the TR "so far". I was worried when I first started reading... today that I was way too far behind.

But, guess what? I am caught up, thank you so much for waiting for me. :rotfl:

On with the show Mr. Duck! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to your next installment.

Angel16

theduck619
01-22-2012, 04:55 AM
I am in and loving the TR "so far". I was worried when I first started reading... today that I was way too far behind.

But, guess what? I am caught up, thank you so much for waiting for me. :rotfl:

On with the show Mr. Duck! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to your next installment.

Angel16

Yes, I have been waiting for you before I went any further :lmao:

I will have an update soon!

afwdwfan
03-02-2012, 02:23 PM
Wow, we took our trips the same week and I only have one day left on my TR.:rolleyes1





pirate:

theduck619
03-02-2012, 03:28 PM
Wow, we took our trips the same week and I only have one day left on my TR.:rolleyes1





pirate:

I know, thanks for the reminder Andy :thumbsup2 (not a finger) :lmao:

theduck619
06-03-2012, 10:00 AM
Wow, it has been awhile since I did this. Sorry and all that for the delay. When I left you hanging (you must have fallen off by now, lol) we were getting ready to start our first full day in the parks. It would be at the Magic Kingdom!! I let everyone know the night before that rope drop was a requirement, not a suggestion. They chuckled, I did not, and then realized I was serious!! After waking the troops up and getting some food in the room we made it with about 20 minutes to show time.

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After the show we head straight back to Fantasyland!! No, what is that? Potty break???? Didn’t I ask everyone before we left if they had to go??? I need to institute a basic training course if we ever take first timers again, sheesh. We finally made it back there and we do the customary, IASW, Sword in the Stone and MPH.

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We are big fans of MPH and IASW. My niece and nephew really enjoyed the atmosphere and I could start to see the magic of MK work in them. After some shopping we headed over to the Haunted Mansion and then ate an early lunch at Columbia Harbour House. I love this place! For those that are not aware of it, there is seating at the 2nd level and some views of both Fantasy Land and Liberty Square.

So with full bellies we are ready to do some more stuff!! What that? Hold a minute we need to head back to the room for a nap? It’s only 12:45 for goodness sake. So we head back up to the front, dragging the crying and screaming me along. I took some photos of the parade before I was dragged completely out.
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More to come.....

twokids0204
06-03-2012, 10:12 AM
Wow, it has been awhile since I did this. Sorry and all that for the delay. When I left you hanging (you must have fallen off by now, lol) we were getting ready to start our first full day in the parks. It would be at the Magic Kingdom!! I let everyone know the night before that rope drop was a requirement, not a suggestion. They chuckled, I did not, and then realized I was serious!! After waking the troops up and getting some food in the room we made it with about 20 minutes to show time.

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2353.jpg
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After the show we head straight back to Fantasyland!! No, what is that? Potty break???? Didn’t I ask everyone before we left if they had to go??? I need to institute a basic training course if we ever take first timers again, sheesh. We finally made it back there and we do the customary, IASW, Sword in the Stone and MPH.

http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2398.jpg
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2404.jpg
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http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2443.jpg
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2448.jpg

We are big fans of MPH and IASW. My niece and nephew really enjoyed the atmosphere and I could start to see the magic of MK work in them. After some shopping we headed over to the Haunted Mansion and then ate an early lunch at Columbia Harbour House. I love this place! For those that are not aware of it, there is seating at the 2nd level and some views of both Fantasy Land and Liberty Square.

So with full bellies we are ready to do some more stuff!! What that? Hold a minute we need to head back to the room for a nap? It’s only 12:45 for goodness sake. So we head back up to the front, dragging the crying and screaming me along. I took some photos of the parade before I was dragged completely out.
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2476.jpg
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2493.jpg
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x341/kimdavid23/IMG_2513.jpg

More to come.....

Sounds like a good start to the day.

Full commando type days can through a young child's routine into a tail spin. I am confident you will have more park days that everyone will enjoy.

Keep the trip report coming.

FreezinRafiki
06-04-2012, 08:46 AM
Nice pictures!
12:45 does seem a bit early for nap time...we usually don't take mid-day breaks, but when we went last July we'd take one around 3 when it was brutally hot to hit to resort pool for a bit.

theduck619
06-04-2012, 08:50 AM
Sounds like a good start to the day.

Full commando type days can through a young child's routine into a tail spin. I am confident you will have more park days that everyone will enjoy.

Keep the trip report coming.

I agree. We had only done a few things and since the park did not open until 9am it seemed a little too early to leave.

Nice pictures!
12:45 does seem a bit early for nap time...we usually don't take mid-day breaks, but when we went last July we'd take one around 3 when it was brutally hot to hit to resort pool for a bit.

That is what we have always done in the past. I don't mind breaks, but as you will see in the next installment, it was a break we should have skipped :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
06-04-2012, 10:08 AM
Wow, it has been awhile since I did this.
Really? Hadn't noticed. :confused3

After waking the troops up and getting some food in the room we made it with about 20 minutes to show time.
Well, at least you didn't catch the first boat of the day from WL and then get stuck behind an excavator on a barge when you're trying to make it to Rope Drop.:rolleyes1 :headache:

After the show we head straight back to Fantasyland!! No, what is that? Potty break????
And here is where you should have gone with the solo touring plan.

What that? Hold a minute we need to head back to the room for a nap? It’s only 12:45 for goodness sake. So we head back up to the front, dragging the crying and screaming me along.
Why didn't you just stay? They don't need you there to supervise them sleeping! :lmao::rotfl2:

That is what we have always done in the past. I don't mind breaks, but as you will see in the next installment, it was a break we should have skipped :thumbsup2
DUH, DUH, DUH! :scared1:

theduck619
06-04-2012, 12:36 PM
Really? Hadn't noticed. :confused3


Well, at least you didn't catch the first boat of the day from WL and then get stuck behind an excavator on a barge when you're trying to make it to Rope Drop.:rolleyes1 :headache:


And here is where you should have gone with the solo touring plan.


Why didn't you just stay? They don't need you there to supervise them sleeping! :lmao::rotfl2:


DUH, DUH, DUH! :scared1:

I did want to stay, but this was the first full day and I was given the speech on maintaing harmony within the family :rolleyes1

AirGoofy
06-04-2012, 06:37 PM
Finally a TR update. I did like the Christmas decorations. BTW, Post #1 has your children at age 6 and now they 7. Just saying. :lmao:

theduck619
06-05-2012, 03:56 AM
Finally a TR update. I did like the Christmas decorations. BTW, Post #1 has your children at age 6 and now they 7. Just saying. :lmao:

Hey, at the rate I'm going they may be in college before I finish :lmao:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
06-05-2012, 07:39 AM
Congrats on getting a rag-tag bunch of Dis-Noobs to the MK before rope drop.
That’s quite the accomplishment.

Of curse they punished you right back by dragging everyone out at lunch time.
I suspect that the after-nap return to the parks will be triumphant though.

By the way… I like seeing the holiday pictures pop up this time of year (mentally they help to beat back the heat of the day for just a minute or two and that a good thing).




But this also reminds me that I’ve been forced to neglect my own TRs for near a month and I need to try to fix that situation.

theduck619
06-05-2012, 07:52 AM
Congrats on getting a rag-tag bunch of Dis-Noobs to the MK before rope drop.
That’s quite the accomplishment.

Of curse they punished you right back by dragging everyone out at lunch time.
I suspect that the after-nap return to the parks will be triumphant though.

By the way… I like seeing the holiday pictures pop up this time of year (mentally they help to beat back the heat of the day for just a minute or two and that a good thing).




But this also reminds me that I’ve been forced to neglect my own TRs for near a month and I need to try to fix that situation.

Thanks!

I promise the complaining will stop soon. Its rough when you put in a great deal of planning (and I know you guys know what I mean) because everyone wants you to do it, and then they throw a wrench in it. It is everybody's vacation and I am flexible but the trip started off frustrating.