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ToddB
12-12-2011, 10:00 PM
OK, this is my first trip report ever and I have no idea how to write one so I am just gonna do it. This is my second trip with just my sister and I going, but it was our sixth trip total. Let me introduce us, there is my sister, Amanda – 27, and myself, Todd – 23. I am definitely the Disney know it all in the family and the go to guy for all things Disney. My sister likes Disney too, her main focus is Mickey Mouse (she’s sort of obsessed). Anyway here is my report and I hope you enjoy it. Here is a picture of us from last year:
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ToddB
12-12-2011, 10:02 PM
Day 1 - 11-24-11 Traveling Day/Thanksgiving Day

Our first day began at around 1:50 a.m. I woke up, got ready, and finished packing the car. We both did the frantic run around the house wondering if we grabbed everything we needed. Me and my paranoia constantly checking to see if I had my wallet and camera supplies. But we were in the car, with the heat turned up because it was a chilly Pennsylvania morning, and at 2:45 a.m. we hit the road. There really wasn’t much to this day just us driving along a ton of boring roads. Anyway, there were a ton of deer this year on the drive down, those things were everywhere. Besides that we had a ton of Christmas CD’s to get us in the holiday spirit for when we arrived. So as the day went we were getting a bit more hyper since Disney was getting closer. Originally we had plans to drive into Jacksonville, FL and stay at a hotel overnight just so we would be fresh in the morning and get a good night of sleep. But, like last year we made good time and it was early still, so we cancelled our overnight hotel and booked a one night at Pop Century. We were driving straight through. One of our original plans we kept and that was to have Thanksgiving dinner at Cracker Barrel. I would have pics of the food there, but after driving all day I was just tired and hungry, plus I just plain out forgot to take them. The food there was extremely delicious though. A platter with stuffing, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, rolls and pumpkin pie; now that was a filling meal. After we left there we were back on I-95 close to I-4 when we hit an accident. It was starting to frustrate me giving into my road rage side. And let me tell you, when a red headed, German blooded Taurus gets road rage on I-95 it is not pretty, just sayin’. Ok, half and hour later we were moving again. Finally I was seeing signs and we were there, back at Pop Century arriving around 7:30p.m. I think we made pretty good time. The rest of the night we just relaxed in the room and went to bed early, even though we were still wide awake because – We are at Disney World!

ToddB
12-12-2011, 10:29 PM
Day 2 - Part 1 – 11-25-11 Resort Hopping Day

Today was our first full day at Disney. We got up early enough so we could check out of Pop and check into Port Orleans French Quarter. Stopped at the Hess station to fill up on gas and clean the windshield, major bug guts from the drive down. We got to the hotel but I was majorly confused by some of the signs and was driving in every direction other than the right one before we finally parked. I am an easily confused person, it really doesn’t take much. Anyway, first impressions were great here; we both loved it, a nice and small resort without too much walking and a door man. He was probably tired of us by the end of our trip. Our room wasn’t ready so we grabbed our keys and my camera and began our resort hopping day. We took the bus to Magic Kingdom then the boat to the Wilderness Lodge. This resort I think is one of my favorite deluxe resorts that I would eventually like to stay at. Loved the decorations here; it felt like being at home since it is the style my mother has our home decorated. I was amazed by the tree and lobby area, and if you know me you would know that I am addicted to Christmas trees. So we snapped some pictures then grabbed the boat to the Contemporary.

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At the Contemporary we had seen the Gingerbread Tree and did a little shopping. I also somehow managed to grab a picture of the monorail at the last second.

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DSC05960.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6502874507/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

So we took the monorail to the Polynesian. I like the atmosphere at this hotel, but it wasn’t as nice as I thought it would be; I really liked the trees though.

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So we were outside and decided to take the boat to the Grand Floridian. Now this is a resort that I love. Although, I think it is way too fancy for me. I like the feel of it, not sure why. As soon as we walked in the door we could smell the gingerbread. That house is amazing; the chimney even smokes. When I was taking the one photo I didn’t even notice the cast member posing for me. Loved the tree here too.

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So we took the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom to catch the bus back to our resort since our room was ready. So here is our room complete with a Mickey shaped towel.
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ToddB
12-12-2011, 10:32 PM
Day 1 - Continued...

We had lunch at the food court, but I forgot to take pics of it. After relaxing for a bit we bused over to Hollywood Studios to continue resort hopping. We got there and the line for the boat was like a mile long, so we used the walkway to the Swan and Dolphin; we even beat the boat there. I really liked these two resorts, but they do sort of lack the Disney feel, to me anyway.
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Next on our list was the Yacht Club. Once again I really felt out of place here, but, oh well. The train village here was nice, my sister wanted to steel the Mickey town on it but I wouldn’t let her.

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Beach Club was next. We sort of got lost here at first and made our way into a dead end. But got out of it and found where we would be eating Sunday night at Cape May Café. Luckily the lobby was right next to it. I really wanted to steal one of those carousel horses; I am a chocoholic, lol. Definitely one of my more favorite displays.

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Took the boat to the Boardwalk and explored some of the shops before finding the lobby. I liked the gingerbread Stitch here but not as much as at the other resorts. I liked the fireplace the most I think.
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That was it for resort hopping day. Since we weren’t doing anything we took the boat to Downtown Disney. That was a bad idea. It was elbow to elbow people probably because it was Black Friday so who knows. Then back to the room for some rest since our other package starts the next day.

NurseAllen
12-12-2011, 11:58 PM
Keep it coming! Looks like you had fun!

curemyreed
12-13-2011, 12:21 AM
Your photos are just lovely! I so appreciate the opportunity to see all the Christmas decorations that are unique to each resort. My kids are young and would not like to do this kind of sight-seeing, so I sure am grateful to "tag along" with you and your sister to the resorts!

Did you meet Woody & Jessie by Splash Mountain? My daughter has recently fallen in love with the Toy Story trilogy and would be in heaven if she could meet them on our vacation next month.

Captain Hookup
12-13-2011, 02:27 PM
Love these pictures, Todd, What kind of camera do you use?
You certainly frame the pictures perfectly.. such great shots!

You made great time.. my best time from ny was 16.5 hours worst was 18.





After we left there we were back on I-95 close to I-4 when we hit an accident. It was starting to frustrate me giving into my road rage side. And let me tell you, when a red headed, German blooded Taurus gets road rage on I-95 it is not pretty, just sayin’.

:laughing::laughing::laughing:

I hate traffic!!! accidents are bad when you are on those highways with only 2 lanes! I think the last time i drove the road was being widened in GA

I also dont get the chance to resort hop that much so im happy to see those pics.
And the only time i take that boat by DS is when im overruled. I enjoy the walk.
More pics and words please! :)

ToddB
12-13-2011, 02:27 PM
Day 3: Part 1 – 11-26-11 - Boma – Sea World – Epcot – Magic Kingdom

So our third day starts our full package with dining and park tickets. After checking out and back in we made our way to Animal Kingdom Lodge for breakfast at Boma at 7:30. I loved this resort; my only problem with it is it seems too far away from anything else. Decorations were just as fantastic as anywhere else.
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We checked in and had to wait until 7:30 until they opened; we were the first ones there. Frunch is really good; I had a few glasses of it. Everything here was great, I especially liked the sticky rolls, and the scrambled eggs with goat cheese were good too.
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Off to Sea World. Somehow we made it there right after park opening. Yes, I know it is not Disney but we wanted to go. I would have rather gone to the Wizarding World but it wouldn’t pay for my sister to go since she isn't a thrill ride junkie like me.

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The day seemed to go slow and it didn’t help that I had a headache and was hot. Anyway, we worked our way around to some of the exhibits and I got to do the Manta coaster which was great, but short. Blue Horizons was our first show. This was probably my favorite show.
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ToddB
12-13-2011, 02:32 PM
Day 3: Part 2 Continued...

We bypassed Atlantis because we really didn’t feel like getting wet and I headed straight to the Kraken. Great coaster, just made my head hurt more though. A walk through the penguins and sea lion exhibits was next.
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After that we had lunch at the pizza and pasta buffet. Don’t have pics of it since it wasn’t great. I felt like I was eating freezer food.
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Next was One Ocean with Shamu. Definitely a good show here. It is also nice to see how people don’t listen which made my day. They say you ‘will’ get wet if you sit in the first 15 rows. Well it was fun to see at least half of them running for cover.

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Next was the Polar Express attraction. A simulator ride which was pretty great, certainly a highlight of the day. But that was it for us. I had plans to stick around until closing but I was disgusted with a few things and I guess I am just spoiled by Disney. So we went back to the room and put up our Christmas tree. My sister wanted to and since it was her birthday trip I let her.
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We added another day to our tickets and headed to Epcot. We rode Spaceship Earth and Universe of Energy. First time on that one, but I agree when others say it needs a facelift. We had dinner at Sunshine Seasons. I had the Mongolian beef and tiramisu and my sister had Cashew chicken with chocolate cake.
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Then took the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and grabbed the ferry boat. It was great to get to see the castle all lit up for the first time. After we did a few rides and walked around for a bit we called it a night and went back to get some sleep.

ToddB
12-13-2011, 02:33 PM
Keep it coming! Looks like you had fun!


I'm trying, lol, but these pictures are taking me forever to edit. And believe me we did have fun, the best parts haven't even happened yet.

ToddB
12-13-2011, 02:38 PM
Your photos are just lovely! I so appreciate the opportunity to see all the Christmas decorations that are unique to each resort. My kids are young and would not like to do this kind of sight-seeing, so I sure am grateful to "tag along" with you and your sister to the resorts!

Did you meet Woody & Jessie by Splash Mountain? My daughter has recently fallen in love with the Toy Story trilogy and would be in heaven if she could meet them on our vacation next month.

Thank you very much! That is the main reason we took this trip was to see all things Christmas at Disney even the resorts. That picture of us with Woody and Jessie was taken September 2010 by Splash Mountain. I don't know if they are still in that same spot or not though. But we had seen them and since I grew up with the first Toy Story we had to jump in the line, plus we love the characters.

ToddB
12-13-2011, 02:43 PM
Love these pictures, Todd, What kind of camera do you use?
You certainly frame the pictures perfectly.. such great shots!

You made great time.. my best time from ny was 16.5 hours worst was 18.







:laughing::laughing::laughing:

I hate traffic!!! accidents are bad when you are on those highways with only 2 lanes! I think the last time i drove the road was being widened in GA

I also dont get the chance to resort hop that much so im happy to see those pics.
And the only time i take that boat by DS is when im overruled. I enjoy the walk.
More pics and words please! :)

I use a Sony DSLR, but I had to edit all of the photos first before posting, I'm still getting used to using my camera even though I've had it for two years, lol. Our best time was last year, we did it at around 15 hours, did I mention I have a lead foot? :laughing: Our worst was the first year we went, it took us over 20 hours because my mom read the directions wrong and we went at least 30 miles out of the way. Traffic does suck, I really hate to drive on roads like that, but I do take joy rides here at home in secluded areas, lol. Glad you like my pictures and I will keep them coming:)

Captain Hookup
12-13-2011, 08:27 PM
A headache on vacation stinks! and i would have done the same as you....go on the coaster and risk more of a headache...but i wouldnt want to pass up the ride.

I love the sea lion show... he looks pretty comfy on that rock! :confused3 :laughing:

Disgusted? thats it? cmon, spill!

More great clear framed pics! im enjoying this a lot.

joy rides? secluded? I envy living in a secluded place!

Glad to hear a lot more fun is coming up

NurseAllen
12-14-2011, 01:11 AM
My favorite tree is the white Christmas tree made of white poinsettias. LOVE IT! Also, I'm glad that you two are speed demons. I do the posted speed limit, thank you very much! I think it may be due to the fact that I never had anyone teach me how to drive, I pretty much had to teach myself,...and my car is ''too much'' car for me, and I openly admit it. My GMC Denali has a V8 and no one except me will drive it. My mom REFUSES to. I just barely tap the gas and I'm already at 55 >.>
Also, I LOVE tiramisu! I absolutely LOVE the stuff! Todd, how was that tiramisu? It doesn't look authentic enough! It looks too chocolatey and not enough coffee-y! I can't wait to see more, goodnight!

Captain Hookup
12-14-2011, 12:45 PM
Haha speed demon? Never been called that
They usually make fun of me for only going 5 miles over posted limit.
I think Disney is 1100 miles so 17 hours would be about 65 mph
And with some of those states at 70 it makes up for new york's crappy 50 and 55

NurseAllen
12-15-2011, 05:21 PM
Where's the rest of the picturessssssssssssssssss?!

MAF
12-15-2011, 06:48 PM
Oh wow that Mickey tee you are wearing is amazing, where did you get it? I have an obsession for Mickey! :laughing: Oh and you should post more pics or yourself TBH. :rolleyes1

Captain Hookup
12-16-2011, 06:08 AM
Patiently and hopefully waiting......;)

ToddB
12-16-2011, 10:43 PM
Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted anything else yet, I've been working on my final projects and stuff for school which are due by the end of tonight so hopefully by the end of the weekend I can have some more pictures posted. I still have to edit a bunch of them.:eek:

And that Mickey tee that I am wearing I got at JCPenney's last year. Our local JCP still has them though, and it was only $10 when I got it.

Captain Hookup
12-18-2011, 06:49 PM
Yeah, well i guess school projects should take priority....


i guess....


i mean sort of....


:rolleyes1


You could give us a preview......:rotfl:

ToddB
12-22-2011, 05:22 PM
Day 4 - Part 1 - Hollywood Studios


OK, today is the day that the real magic starts! What I mean is, it is our first full day in the Disney parks and the start of all things Christmas.:yay:

Hollywood Studios was our first full park day. Great movie ride was first on my list, well, actually third. Like everyone else we did Toy Story first then Star Tours which I now love. We grabbed some carrot cake cookies then a stop at the Great Movie Ride.
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Getting better with my picture taking, lol. Anyway we caught a parade of streetmosphere characters but with people walking in front of me it was hard to get a good photo.
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We ate an early lunch, around 11:30. We ate at ABC Commissary even though it is my least favorite counter service and still is. My sister had the burger with shrimp and key lime mousse and I had the Asian salad with chocolate mousse. It was very powerful and overwhelming in flavor – mostly ginger. I took a few bites and was done.
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Next we saw Beauty and the Beast; its still one of my favorites no matter how old it is.
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Then Indiana Jones Stunt Show for the first time since our first trip in 2004. It is a good show but the audience volunteers make it better.
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It was about dinner time by now so we left and grabbed the boat to the Beach Club for dinner at Cape May Café. I really like this restaurant the atmosphere, the food and cast members were fantastic. We loved the crab legs, I really found myself addicted to the rolls for some reason. Dessert was great as well. While waiting for it to open we met four people from Pittsburgh and got to talking to them about football, even though I don’t watch it my sister does though.
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ToddB
12-22-2011, 05:24 PM
Day 4 - Part 2 - Hollywood Studios

Back to the park by sunset for some great photo opportunities.
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Time for Osborne Lights. I was amazed by these things. It is so colorful and the way they dance to the music really sort of hypnotizes you. Very crowded in this part but no one was really moving, just singing along and dancing. Two cast members were really getting into the dancing, so much that I thought they were doing Zumba. It was snowing too, but it seemed more like soap suds rather than fake snow. So I came up with the term ‘snoap’ and used it for the entire trip.
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DSC06513.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541552963/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06515.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541557005/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06515.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541557005/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06520.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541568797/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06534.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541580919/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr


After the lights we hit Ones Mans Dream and the Great Movie Ride again before leaving.
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DSC06550.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541585365/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06554.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541586205/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06556.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541587431/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06570.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6541591451/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

So that is the end of Day 4. We weren't tired yet, but those aches and pains were creeping up on us, lol. Next post soon to come!

NurseAllen
12-22-2011, 07:48 PM
Love it, love it! Post more soon! I can't believe you don't like the ABC commissary!

Captain Hookup
12-23-2011, 09:24 PM
You are an amazing photographer
Id hire you to follow us around and just take pics !

Ive never eaten in the commisary. never enticed me.

I love cape may for the cornbread.

thanks for the installment

NurseAllen
12-27-2011, 11:37 PM
I loved the ABC commissary! The curry chicken was out of this world, the only problem was the rice was a little under-done for my standards, but everyone liked the burgers they got. I also like how it's tucked neatly behind everything, so to speak. It's sort of in a quiet place. You have that big mass of tables and such there by ToT and RnR, and if you walk a little further and pass mermaid, you have the quiet little nook of the ABC commissary. I love the atmosphere in there, too.

jennyf2
01-03-2012, 03:42 PM
LOVING your TR :) Your pictures are postcard perfect! Can't wait to read the rest....:surfweb: popcorn:: :thumbsup2

ToddB
01-16-2012, 05:01 PM
Day 5 - Magic Kingdom - Part 1


Our next day is Monday, November 28. We were planning to spend our entire day at the Magic Kingdom, and we did. Again we were up before the sun so we could get to the Magic Kingdom early enough for our reservations at Crystal Palace at 8:10a.m. There was one other family on the bus with us, it was just after 7:00. We somehow managed to be the very first two people in the line for breakfast, actually the first two people at the Magic Kingdom all together. It was pretty cool. So after the rope dropped for breakfast people only we went on in and made our way down Mainstreet. It was nice to see it empty and I was like running toward the castle and my sister way behind me like ‘whatever.’ Guess she wasn’t as excited as I was.
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134.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557281999/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06571.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557269155/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06573.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557271547/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06577.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557273373/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06579.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557276017/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06581.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557278009/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

We were the first ones to check in at the Crystal Palace. Yeah that ‘being first’ thing happens a lot on this trip. No one else was around so we started taking a few pictures.
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DSC06586.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557279451/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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138.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557283995/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr


A few minutes later we were called in before our reservation. I was so hungry and I thought the food here was fantastic. We had lunch here before, but I think breakfast was better. And I know the Puffed French toast is for kids, but I took some anyway. And once I had seen the whipped topping I was in heaven, put some syrup on my toast with some of that and my sweet tooth was getting high that morning. If you can’t tell I do have a major sweet tooth, I’m like my grandma; we’d rather have our ‘goodie’ then the solid stuff if there is room.
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DSC06588.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557280425/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr


OK, other than the food I like the atmosphere of the place not to mention I really like Pooh and the other guys. One thing I did to my sister this trip was added her birthday to each of our reservations. So our waitress brought out a cupcake and an autographed card for her, and we had to sing.
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DSC06590.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557283135/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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142.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557287699/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06594.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557286155/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06591.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557285049/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

After breakfast we were off to explore. We did Pirates of the Caribbean and then Big Thunder Mountain. We held off on Splash Mountain because it was still early in the day and it was a bit chilly. We went up to Fantasyland next and did It’s a Small World, I won’t bore you with those pictures though. After that we backtracked to the Haunted Mansion. I really like the new queue area despite what others say negatively about it. Here are a few pictures; I have better ones that will come later.
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DSC06632.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557289321/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06636.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557292207/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06634.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557290847/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr


We made our way through the rest of Fantasyland and to Winnie the Pooh. I really like the queue here too which was redone since our last visit. I understand how things can be distracting since I was busy playing with stuff and my sister was telling me to ‘get moving.’ Oh well, maybe I will get to play better next time.
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DSC06640.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557294855/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

After that we made our way back around to Adventureland and I grabbed a Dole Whip float. We did Pirates again then just sort of hung out around the Hub and Mainstreet for a while, shopping and taking pictures. Then we hopped onboard the train for a trip around the park.
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DSC06643.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557296035/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06644.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557297261/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06646.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557298839/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06648.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557300479/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06651.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557302321/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06654.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557304001/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

ToddB
01-16-2012, 05:03 PM
Day 5 - Magic Kingdom - Part 2


After that it was time for our reservation at the Grand Floridian Cafe. So we left the park and grabbed the boat over. Let me tell you something, it is not too fun when it is raining and cold out to ride a boat on choppy water to go to a fancy type of restaurant. We pretty much looked like crap when we went in there. Anyway, I like this restaurant, the food wasn't the greatest but it still at least tasted good. For me what does it in a restaurant is the atmosphere, and I would give this one a 6/10, I think. One problem we had here was it was getting a bit noisy and our server had laryngitis so we could barely hear her, she was fantastic otherwise. Just hoped she wouldn't pass what she had on to us; didn't need that for the rest of the week. For me the best part of the meal that would keep me coming back is the bread, I loved it here! I ended up having the pork chop with cheesy potato stuff(can't remember the name, lol) and my sister had a steak. Dessert was a bit of a disappointment, kinda small, and not extremely tasty; it was the Boston creme pie. But then again I can be picky about everything especially when it comes to food.
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DSC06657.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557305107/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06658.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557306291/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06660.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557307651/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

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DSC06661.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557309101/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
This was my sister's birthday surprise from the Cafe, instead of another dessert they started giving these out. It was a 5oz. piece of white chocolate with a picture of the Grand Floridian on the front of it. It made it all the way home to PA, then she kept it for a while; not really sure if she was thinking it was going to last forever or what. But my mom dropped it on the floor and it broke, so we ate it, lmao.
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DSC06691.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557316499/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

Time to head back to the Magic Kingdom. This time we hopped on the monorail instead of the boat, much warmer and dryer since it was still drizzling. We didn't do much else the rest of the night; we were full and for some reason just exhausted. So we did some lazy activities; pirates, haunted mansion, and the carousel of progress, which I like, then we called it a night.
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DSC06662.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557310251/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06665.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557311567/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06668.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6557313269/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

ToddB
01-16-2012, 06:35 PM
Day 6 – Epcot – Part 1

This was our next day; a full day at Epcot which also had EMH in the morning so we were there at a little after 7:00am. I was excited about today because I really wanted to see all of the storytellers around World Showcase. The only problem with that was I had a schedule made up ahead of time that worked perfectly to fit in all of them in one day. I am a planner for trips, just so ya know. Anyway, I somehow left that little piece of paper at home and was freaking out that we wouldn’t be able to see them all today; so more on that story later. Once again we were first to the park and stuck at the rope for opening. I like being there at rope drop; it is fun people watching with all of the pandemonium and chaos that happens when they say ‘let them in!,’ it really cracks me up. Anyway, once we were in I was making a b-line for Soarin’ and there were only two older ladies in front of me. I could not even pass them they were really hustling and I give them credit. But once we got inside the building everyone took the escalators, but I chose the steps and was once again the first one getting fastpasses, lol. Then we rode it anyway. After that we got fastpasses for Test Track then made our way back out front to take some pictures.
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DSC06702.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710956869/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06705.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710961497/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06708.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710964881/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06709.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710967133/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr




We rode Spaceship earth for the first of many times this trip as it is one of my more favorite rides. We did some shopping then made use of our fastpasses at Test Track. We actually didn’t use them, since the standby was only a few minutes. We went on and everything went smoothly until we burst through the doors before the loop. As soon as we hit the first curve our car screeched, swayed and burnt rubber before coming to a stop. It seriously scared the crap out of us. So there we are on a curve sitting on our sides practically, and uncomfortable, then it starts again, and we’re like, ok. Until it does the same exact thing again on the second curve. Then we sped up a bit stopped again around the front curve and again before re-entering the building. When we went to get off the cast member asked if we wanted to ride again because they were having technical difficulties, but we politely said ‘heck no!’ So we didn’t go on that for the rest of the trip, hopefully next time it will be better. We then had lunch at Sunshine Seasons again, but sadly no pictures this time. Then making our way into World Showcase we grabbed some shots of the surrounding decorations.
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DSC06732.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710971147/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06734.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710974335/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC06740.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710977001/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr



Ok, so here I am with a times guide, circling each show we can see at whatever time, going frantically through the list crossing things off, circling, un-circling, yada yada. I think I finally got the lineup down pat so I made a list of a piece of paper and as we went I crossed off the ones we had seen. The only problem I was having now was we would have to take time another day to see two or three of them because I couldn’t get them all on my list. It made me mad; ok, more to that later. First up on the list was Pere Noel in France. I really liked this storyteller and it was a good, fresh start to the day.
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DSC06755.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6710982325/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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So next was the American Adventure; mostly we took pictures of some of the décor, inside and out, then watched the Kwanzaa lady, can’t remember her name though.
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ToddB
01-16-2012, 06:38 PM
Day 6 - Epcot - Part 2

Then we booked it back to Japan to see the Daruma Vendor. I think she was one of the absolute best storytellers in all of World Showcase. Very cheery and comical.
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Then we high tailed it back to the American Adventure where we had seen the story of Hanukkah and the Voices of Liberty. It was like a back to back show, lol. I absolutely love the voices of Liberty, and this time we got to experience them singing Christmas carols.
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Next up was Italy and La Befana. Now she is in close running with the Daruma Vendor for my number one favorite. I think just because she is a witch has something to do with it.
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Off to Germany and a stop first at the Karamell-Kuche for some sweets. This stuff was delicious; a caramel pecan bar and a strawberry; yum.
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The storyteller here was Helga who told the story of the advent calendar and her toy soldier.
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China was our next stop to see the Monkey King. I am surprised that most kids aren’t afraid of him; he is a bit scary looking. This performer was very energetic and told the story well.
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We didn’t do much in Norway this time, we didn’t even go on Maelstrom, but that didn’t bother me since I don’t care for it too much. Sigrid and Julenissen were the storytellers here, but we left a few minutes early in order to see the Three Kings.
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Mexico was crowded. But the story here was good. In the one picture I have they must have posed just for me because otherwise I would never have gotten that shot.
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ToddB
01-16-2012, 06:40 PM
Day 6 - Epcot - Part 3


After that we ran the whole way back around to the UK to find Father Christmas. This man was a jolly old elf. He ended up picking on me since I was like the only close person I guess. Holding out his mistletoe on his staff saying ‘I bet this young man knows what this is.’ I was just like, ‘ummm, maybe’ and trying not to laugh. I thought he was going to hold it over my head thinking my sister and I were married or something expecting us to kiss. Everyone thinks that though since we go everywhere together. So I was slowly backing up and he ended up doing it to another couple. He had me scared there for a minute though.
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It was then that I discovered that I was going to be able to see all of the storytellers. Yay! So off to Canada to see Nowell. I would have better pictures but he stuck his staff in my way.
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The last one on my list was Taarji in Morocco. We only stayed long enough here to grab a picture since we had to get to Tutto Italia for dinner.
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It was 15 minutes before our reservation time as we went into Tutto. I was surprised that we didn’t even have to wait; we walked right in and were seated immediately. Everything here was extremely delicious and much better than expected considering the reviews I had read before. The bread was good; we don’t like olives so we didn’t touch those. I had the cannelloni and my sister had the lobster risotto; both were excellent. For dessert I had the trio and she had, I think it was called the chocolate torta; not really sure on that one. But then they sang her happy birthday in Italian and brought out another dessert after that. Let’s just say we were both stuffed until we left there.
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After dinner it was getting late so we made our way toward the front of the park to take some night photos and ride Spaceship earth once again.
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For some reason we decided to skip Illuminations, which I was sort of bummed about considering I really wanted to take some firework photos, at least to practice for the upcoming party nights at the Magic Kingdom. But I got over it since I was beat from all that scheduling. So that concludes day 6.

ToddB
01-17-2012, 01:27 PM
Day 7 – H.S./Epcot/Magic Kingdom – Part 1

Our seventh day was a jam packed one. This day we would be attending our first MVMCP. We were excited for it, but went to other parks first. We were up extra early again and at Hollywood Studios for rope drop. Of course we ran and got in line for Toy Story. Afterward we went to the Great Movie ride one last time, and stopped at Starring Rolls Café for breakfast; a red velvet cupcake and cherry Danish.
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Then we hopped on Star Tours again before we left for the boat dock to Epcot.
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While we were waiting on the boat, we realized we were probably going to be late for our lunch reservations at Coral Reef. So we decided to ride the boat to the Beach Club dock, exit, and walk fast over to the park; we beat the boat. Somehow we made it just in time for lunch and after a few minutes we were seated just after 12:00. We have eaten here before and we love it. I had the Grilled mahi mahi, and my sister the salmon. For dessert I had the cheesecake napoleon and she had a birthday version of the chocolate wave. All was very good and really filled us up. Oh, and the bread here was good too, I just forgot to take a picture of it.
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After lunch we made our way toward World Showcase and there was no line for Duffy so we met him. I like Duffy, I was going to even buy a bear but they are really expensive.
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DSC07043.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715499035/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

Next, since we didn’t see them the other day we stayed and watched the Joyful gospel group, who were really good.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6715503293_30933b77bf_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715503293/)
DSC07048.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715503293/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07050.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715507727/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

And on the way out grabbed a few more pictures at the front of the park. Then back to the hotel for a break before the party.
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DSC07053.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715510117/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07056.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715513395/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

After catching a few z’s and doing some homework, we headed out for our first party. We got to the park, it seemed busy but I guess it was just the rush of people coming and going for the party. We grabbed some pictures and headed to the hub for the Castle lighting ceremony.
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DSC07058.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715516111/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07084.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715519953/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07090.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715521405/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07095.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715523257/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07124.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715525481/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

After that we booked it to Town Square Theater to meet Mickey and Minnie, a must do for us.
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DSC07130.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715527639/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

Luckily we were third in line to see them and were able to grab a good spot for the parade.
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DSC07138.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715531039/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

ToddB
01-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Day 7 – H.S./Epcot/Magic Kingdom – Part 2


So now it was time for the parade. We grabbed this spot before 7:00, our only problem the entire night was one cast member who kept walking right in front of us and continuously blocking our cameras views of the parade. It was really making my sister mad because she was trying to film it. So you might see her head in some of the shots here. I’m happy with them, got better ones the second party night, but those will come later, enjoy these for now.

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DSC07178.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715533253/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07181.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715536007/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07184.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715539483/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07190.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715546795/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07193.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715549077/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07194.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715551887/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07198.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715554187/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07202.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715557625/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07204.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715561355/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07209.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715565939/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07212.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715568673/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07215.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715570793/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07221.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715573713/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07222.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715577437/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07232.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715581279/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07241.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715589553/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07246.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715592197/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07249.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715594293/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07254.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715597873/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

ToddB
01-17-2012, 03:25 PM
Day 7 – H.S./Epcot/Magic Kingdom – Part 3

Here is the rest of the parade. I have sooooo many pictures of it from both nights; my poor camera probably hated me afterward. Enjoy!

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DSC07257.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715602601/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07267.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715607753/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07268.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715611151/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07271.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715613865/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07276.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715615449/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6715621179_cebebc3488_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715621179/)
DSC07280.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715621179/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6715628477_9a76accabb_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715628477/)
DSC07285.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715628477/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6715630845_78e25f66a0_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715630845/)
DSC07289.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715630845/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07292.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715633507/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07295.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715639181/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07299.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715645717/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07308.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715649703/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07318.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715655817/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07324.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715659099/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6715662045_3c7bf858fd_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715662045/)
DSC07330.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715662045/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07333.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715665757/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07340.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715672323/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07354.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715677111/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07356.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715679061/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07363.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715682033/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07368.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715687115/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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DSC07375.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715691057/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr

ToddB
01-17-2012, 05:21 PM
Day 7 – H.S./Epcot/Magic Kingdom – Part 4

Ok, so after the parade we made our way up Mainstreet to the spot I wanted for the fireworks and the Magic, Memories and You show. This was our first time seeing the show, and it is now a favorite of mine, I really hope they keep it for a long time. We both enjoyed the pirates segment and the shuttle launch. The Christmas ending was really nicely done, it was fun to hear everyone gasping when Santa flew his sleigh across the castle; put a smile on my face too:D So here are some photos.
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DSC07378.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715692295/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7030/6715693469_9aceca4683_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715693469/)
DSC07387.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715693469/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7155/6715696007_62e8bc0960_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715696007/)
DSC07392.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715696007/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6715697087_c146fc5b74_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715697087/)
DSC07394.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715697087/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/6715698563_31bece2d77_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715698563/)
DSC07395.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715698563/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7167/6715700123_420d8c318f_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715700123/)
DSC07396.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715700123/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6715702151_eb25bf9fe4_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715702151/)
DSC07400.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715702151/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6715703561_5d00c26ef7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715703561/)
DSC07402.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715703561/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr


Next were fireworks which were directly after the MMY show. Now, this was my first time ever photographing fireworks, so they aren’t too great, but I still like some of them. I love these fireworks, and had the songs stuck in my head for the entire trip, even now I’m thinking of them. But, they still don’t compare to Hallowishes, but that’s just my opinion.
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DSC07408.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715705335/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6715706863_1648868176_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715706863/)
DSC07409.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715706863/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7001/6715709093_9ee7a084b7_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715709093/)
DSC07411.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/53159370@N04/6715709093/) by ToddB1988 (http://www.flickr.com/people/53159370@N04/), on Flickr
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For some reason this party seemed really packed, so we made our way into Fantasyland to try to do some rides. That didn’t happen though as the lines were really long. So for like the millionth time that night we grabbed some good old hot chocolate and cookies. Forgot to take a picture of those So we decided to visit some characters. First up, Cinderella, her prince, Lady Tremaine, Anatasia and Drizella.
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Next up, Donald Duck.
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I wanted to find Rapunzel this trip so I thought she would be in the theater next to the castle. So we got in line, stood for a few minutes and learned that it was actually for Belle and the Beast. Then they told us it would be at least an hour and a half until we would get to the front. So we decided to leave and come back the next party night as we really wanted to see them as well. We decided the same for Rapunzel since we learned of her hideout in Town Square. We made our way into the Adventureland Veranda and met Rosetta and Tinkerbell. We made it just in time as they closed the doors behind us. Both were very polite and energetic.
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It was only around 11:00 and we decided to head toward Big Thunder Mountain. Just then we both thought ‘DWARFS!’ We literally power walked to where they were only to be told that the line was now closed, but we were welcome to stay just in case if there was still time to meet them before park closing. So we waited forever. The cast members there were trying to get people organized before it was their turn, taking their bags for them and their cameras. I liked how they did stuff, and it made me happy that they didn’t do autographs, that probably would have taken even longer. So at maybe 10 minutes until midnight it was our turn, and my sister got to see who she wanted, the dwarfs. Funny thing was I accidentally stepped on Sleepy’s foot, oops.
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Afterward it was five minutes till closing and we ran over to Big thunder and went on one last time for the night. Then we made our way out and back to the hotel.
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Disneybuckeye
01-17-2012, 06:06 PM
Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I am really enjoying the pictures and it looks like you are having a great time. Looking forward to more!

tinkerbellandeeyor
01-17-2012, 08:35 PM
Love the pictures

NurseAllen
01-18-2012, 12:28 PM
Oh my gosh! Todd! The pictures are amazing! I'm loving the fact that you took some of the same pictures with the characters that we did, it looks like the same Prince Charming, and the same Cinderella, but the Lady Tremaine and step-sisters we met were different actors. Also, our group didn't have the winter clothing on.

ToddB
01-18-2012, 03:06 PM
Thanks for sharing your trip with us. I am really enjoying the pictures and it looks like you are having a great time. Looking forward to more!

You are welcome! Yep, we did have a great time:woohoo:, and I am working on getting the rest posted soon. ~Todd

ToddB
01-18-2012, 03:24 PM
Love the pictures

Thank you!:goodvibes

ToddB
01-18-2012, 03:29 PM
Oh my gosh! Todd! The pictures are amazing! I'm loving the fact that you took some of the same pictures with the characters that we did, it looks like the same Prince Charming, and the same Cinderella, but the Lady Tremaine and step-sisters we met were different actors. Also, our group didn't have the winter clothing on.


Thank you very much:D That is funny that we had seen the same ones. They were wearing their winter clothes because it was freezing out that night. I am seriously surprised that my finger was able to snap so many pictures to begin with as they were all stiff from the cold. I was tempted to buy gloves somewhere that night. Actually I was tempted to do it a few nights of our stay, the funny thing was everywhere we went they said they kept selling out of that kind of stuff; gloves, scarves, and hats.:lmao:

Chaitali
01-18-2012, 03:56 PM
I just wanted to say that I found your trip report today and your photos are great! I loved seeing the Chirstmas decorations in your photos. My brother and I just went on a siblings trip in October so had an opportunity to see the Halloween decorations. Too bad I can't be there every season!

ToddB
01-18-2012, 09:04 PM
I just wanted to say that I found your trip report today and your photos are great! I loved seeing the Chirstmas decorations in your photos. My brother and I just went on a siblings trip in October so had an opportunity to see the Halloween decorations. Too bad I can't be there every season!

Thank you very much!:goodvibes My sister and I actually went Sept/Oct of 2010 for MNSSHP and Food and Wine Festival. I thought it was spectacular! We loved being down there for the Halloween season, I think the fireworks at the Party are the best:yay: Anyway, isn't it fun just going with a sibling? I know we have a good time, this was our second trip just by ourselves. I wish I could be there all of the time! One time of the year just isn't enough for me, it makes me act like this...->:banana: