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mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:55 AM
Sorry this took so long to get under way everyone. I walked in the door from our trip sick, and still had Christmas shopping to do.

I'll start this TR the same way I started the last 2.......... with a photo with the World's best Fairy Godmother!

So much for suspense, right? I reported last summer that our odds of finding her on this trip didn't look good. So how happy were we to find her in her regular spot behind the castle!


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8351103516_381874be9a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8351103516/)
A Very Special Friend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8351103516/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr








I tried hard to schedule as many new experiences on this trip as possible. So as I go along with the trip report, I'll try to add the new things here:

1) Stayed at Art of Animation
2) Had lunch at Plaza Inn
3) Rode Under The Sea
4) Visited Wilderness Lodge
5) Ate at Whispering Canyon Cafe
6) Did Sleigh Ride
7) Took a boat ride over a road. :)
8) Saw Cirque du Soleil
9) Rode Characters In Flight
10) Ate at Be Our Guest
11) Met Merida
12) Did Enchanted Tales With Belle
13) Ate a cinnamon roll at Gaston's Tavern
14) Did Pete's Silly Sideshow
15) Watched a parade from the Train Station

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:56 AM
The Plan (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47139977&postcount=22)
More Planning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47154653&postcount=53)
Departure Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47241655&postcount=94)
12/7/12: Early Ticket Pickup? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47270641&postcount=123)
12/7/12 Continued: More Fun in the Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47486601&postcount=194)
12/7/12 Continued: Adventureland and off to the Wilderness Lodge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47487159&postcount=195)
12/7/12 Continued: Whispering Canyon Cafe and Wilderness Lodge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47526569&postcount=214)
12/7/12 Continued: A Magical Sleigh Ride (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47526628&postcount=215)

12/8/12 Breakfast at Donald's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47727480&postcount=246)
12/8/12 Continued: Off on Safari (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47727545&postcount=247)
12/8/12 Continued: More Safari (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47727701&postcount=248)
12/8/12 Continued: DeVine Ducks (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47728426&postcount=252)
12/8/12 Continued: Back at the Resort and off to DTD (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47732595&postcount=259)


12/9/12: Sunrise at AoA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47861234&postcount=281)
12/9/12: More AoA (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47861307&postcount=282)
12/9/12: AK Big Cats and Bats (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47870427&postcount=295)
12/9/12: Camp Minnie Mickey (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47870561&postcount=297)
12/9/12: Festival of the Lion King (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47870685&postcount=298)
12/9/12: Characters In Flight (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47870830&postcount=299)
12/9/12: Be Our Guest (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48053493&postcount=366)
12/9/12: MVMCP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48053640&postcount=367)
12/9/12: MVMCP Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48053714&postcount=368)
12/9/12: More MVMCP Parade (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48053777&postcount=369)
12/9/12: More MVMCP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48053837&postcount=370)

12/10/12: Epcot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49983002&postcount=600)
12/10/12: More Epcot, Belle, Pick a Pearl (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49983146&postcount=601)
12/10/12: More Epcot, Mulan (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49983162&postcount=602)

12/11/12: DHS, TSMM, ToT (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49984619&postcount=603)
12/11/12: DHS, Indy, GMR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49984666&postcount=604)
12/11/12: DHS LM, BaTB (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49984800&postcount=606)
12/11/12: DHS, Osborne (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=49984870&postcount=607)

12/12/12: Breakfast with Mickey, Meeting Merida (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50002321&postcount=624)
12/12/12: MK, Pirate Fun (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50002443&postcount=627)
12/12/12: MK, More Characters, MSEP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50002508&postcount=628)
12/12/12: MK, Castle Show, Fireworks Oops (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50002542&postcount=630)

12/13/12: MK, New Fantasyland with Friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50359899&postcount=667)
12/13/12: MK, ETWB (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50360041&postcount=668)
12/13/12: MK, Finding the Fairy Godmother (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50360109&postcount=669)
12/13/12: MK Back to BOG (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50360191&postcount=670)
12/13/12: More BOG (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50366441&postcount=675)
12/13/12: MK, Princesses Galore! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50366671&postcount=676)
12/13/12: MK More MVMCP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50366737&postcount=677)


12/14/12: Back to the Magic Kingdom (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50392836&postcount=689)
12/14/12: More Fun in New Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50405196&postcount=700)
12/14/12: Storybook Circus (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50410091&postcount=711)
12/14/12: 1900 Park Fare (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50455424&postcount=715)


12/15/12: A Foggy Start (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50567350&postcount=728)
12/15/12: One Last Trip to the BBB (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50567629&postcount=730)
12/15/12: Around Fantasyland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50567987&postcount=734)
12/15/12: Our First Castle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50568503&postcount=739)
12/15/12: Enchanted Tales With Belle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50625268&postcount=752)
12/15/12: On to the Next Castle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50636624&postcount=764)
12/15/2012: Storybook Circus with Friends (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50637123&postcount=766)
12/15/12: Back to the Castle (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50642214&postcount=767)
12/15/12: Dancing with the Beast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=50642350&postcount=768)

jenseib
01-09-2013, 11:16 AM
Of course you start while I'm out and about

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 11:39 AM
Of course you start while I'm out and about

Not to worry. It's not like you see anything of note posted yet, is it? ;)

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 02:17 PM
I'm here!!!!!! :yay:

czmom
01-09-2013, 03:01 PM
Yay! I look forward to reading along. :goodvibes

BTW- we met that Fairy Godmother this trip. She is great!

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 03:04 PM
I'm here!!!!!! :yay:

Yay! I look forward to reading along. :goodvibes

BTW- we met that Fairy Godmother this trip. She is great!


Yeah! Glad you made it! Can't wait to get started! :banana:

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 03:05 PM
I'm here!!!!!! :yay:

........ oh, and you can come out of the bathroom now. The coast is clear. :cool2:

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 03:17 PM
Yay! I look forward to reading along. :goodvibes

BTW- we met that Fairy Godmother this trip. She is great!

I overlooked your comment on the FG. When was your trip? She was only out 2 days out of our 10 day trip. We were very luck to catch her. :)

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 05:50 PM
........ oh, and you can come out of the bathroom now. The coast is clear. :cool2:

:rotfl2: WOW, I bet people are really going to wonder on that one huh?:rolleyes1

nannye
01-09-2013, 06:03 PM
Sorry this took so long to get under way everyone. I walked in the door from our trip sick, and still had Christmas shopping to do.

I'll start this TR the same way I started the last 2.......... with a photo with the World's best Fairy Godmother!

So much for suspense, right? I reported last summer that our odds of finding her on this trip didn't look good. So how happy were we to find her in her regular spot behind the castle!


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8231/8351103516_381874be9a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8351103516/)
A Very Special Friend (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8351103516/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Omg! Katie sure grew up in a year!!!

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 06:06 PM
:rotfl2: WOW, I bet people are really going to wonder on that one huh?:rolleyes1


Yeah..... I know...... :lmao:

Really folks..... nothing to see here...... move on along....... :rotfl2:

Omg! Katie sure grew up in a year!!!

Yeah...... don't I know it! :sad:

We should go back next year just to see if she catches up with the FGM's height!

jenseib
01-09-2013, 06:37 PM
:rotfl2: WOW, I bet people are really going to wonder on that one huh?:rolleyes1

Yeah, I am!

Glennie5
01-09-2013, 06:38 PM
So excited you started your new TR. Katie looks beautiful as always and I am very happy that you and Katie had a chance to see your Fairy Godmother!

Woth2982
01-09-2013, 07:05 PM
I'm here! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 07:25 PM
Yeah..... I know...... :lmao:

Really folks..... nothing to see here...... move on along....... :rotfl2:!


I didn't get caught so all's good!




Yeah, I am!

Janet forced me into the bathroom! :rotfl:

Seriously, I heard my phone go off in my desk drawer and it was an email from Janet. So I hid in the bathroom to make sure I got here right away! LOL

KCmike
01-09-2013, 07:56 PM
I'm on board. Great first pic!

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:10 PM
So excited you started your new TR. Katie looks beautiful as always and I am very happy that you and Katie had a chance to see your Fairy Godmother!

Me too! I really wasn't looking forward to seeing an imposter. She made the trip feel "official"! :goodvibes

Glad you're along for this trip! :thumbsup2

I'm here! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

Glad you found us! :goodvibes


Janet forced me into the bathroom! :rotfl:




I've been told I have that effect on people! :lmao:


I'm on board. Great first pic!

Thanks Mike! Glad to see you over here! :goodvibes

jenseib
01-09-2013, 09:17 PM
I didn't get caught so all's good!




Janet forced me into the bathroom! :rotfl:

Seriously, I heard my phone go off in my desk drawer and it was an email from Janet. So I hid in the bathroom to make sure I got here right away! LOL

Too funny, I was getting my car tire fixed when I saw it. LOL

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 09:19 PM
I've been told I have that effect on people! :lmao:

:rotfl:

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:23 PM
Too funny, I was getting my car tire fixed when I saw it. LOL

Seriuosly? Another tire? What are you DOING to those things?????

:rotfl:

:p

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:24 PM
The Plan:

What a complicated trip to get planned! Unfortunately this is just going to get more complicated from here. I don't do Disney in the heat. So that leaves me only around 3 good Disney months per year. Oh, and I don't do crowds. Well, not by choice anyway. So that limits it even more. So every year since Kindergarten, I have taken Katie out of school for a week to visit Disney.

The problem of course is that I haven't found a way to talk her into freezing time. This year she was off to middle school. And while she has never had issues with missing school, she did express some hesitation this year. Since most of our planning is done months in advance, she had no idea how hard it would be to miss a week of middle school and catch back up.

I did finally get her on board with the plan (Really honey, we like good grades and all.... but this is DISNEY! :lmao:) and we finalized some dates. Just like the last 2 years, we chose the second full week of December, just after parade taping and Pop Warner. The original plan was to leave Saturday the 8th, but our schedules seldom just pop out completely done. They usually underogo a lot of revision, and this one was no different.

My husband likes Disney, and usually wants to go. But he doesn't quite understand why anyone would want to do a park more than one day. Or any ride more than once (well, except for his favorites!). Or meet any character other than Mickey or Chip & Dale. Once he's done all that, he's done. So my favorite trips are when he comes along, we enjoy all that he likes, then he goes home and lets us character hunt in peace! :rotfl:

Like last year, our friends would be travelling to Disney at the same time, and we arranged to meet them in the parks for some girl time later in the week.

My biggest concern in scheduling was wanting to see the Fantasyland Expansion. All we knew at the time was that it would be open for "Holidays 2012". Of course, that's pretty vague. But I didn't want to take a chance on missing it. Even then, I was thinking I'd want to get back to Disneyland in 2013. And I knew I couldn't stand 2 years of hearing everyone talk about New Fantasyland before I saw it. So I really needed to catch it this time and go as late into 2012 as I could handle.

I was less than thrilled when I found out the Grand Opening was set for the day we were arriving. Remember..... not so fond of crowds. But I crossed my fingers and moved forward.

jenseib
01-09-2013, 09:26 PM
Seriuosly? Another tire? What are you DOING to those things?????



:p

it's the rims. They leak easily ...or just break. :rotfl:

jenseib
01-09-2013, 09:29 PM
Really? Your favorite trips are when he comes along and then leaves. Come on be truthful, you like the alone trips way better. :lmao:

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:34 PM
Really? Your favorite trips are when he comes along and then leaves. Come on be truthful, you like the alone trips way better. :lmao:

LOL, as long as we get enough girl time, then I really do like when he comes and we get to enjoy Disney with our one child who has not yet turned to the dark side of ..... shall we say..... Disney avoidance. :sad:

Of course, it does help that by the time he decides for sure to come along, I have our other plans set and always end up adding extra days to the trip. That helps a lot. :)

mom2rtk
01-09-2013, 09:42 PM
OK, quiz time. What day did I take these photos? They definitely are related to the trip.


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8365541397_181a959bfb_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365541397/)
IMG_5678-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365541397/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8046/8365531689_7e037c7cc4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/)
IMG_5818 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

MelMel11
01-09-2013, 09:47 PM
Count me in!!

katt789
01-09-2013, 10:23 PM
I'm here! I'm here! Super excited for another one of your trip reports, and to see all of dresses that Katie wears throughout the week! I saw one of her in a blue Belle dress hanging out with Gaston on tumblr earlier in the week, haha!

I hope everything ends up working out with the crowds and opening or FLE! From the first picture of Katie on 2 phones, I would guess it would be the day of making ADRs hah!

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 10:38 PM
OK, quiz time. What day did I take these photos? They definitely are related to the trip.

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IMG_5678-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365541397/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


[URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/"]IMG_5818 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

The day BOG ADR's were available!!!!


What did I win?!?

Caretames1
01-09-2013, 10:45 PM
Too funny, I was getting my car tire fixed when I saw it. LOL

At least you weren't driving and looking for it! :teeth:



Seriuosly? Another tire? What are you DOING to those things?????


:rotfl: it's from Skip driving her crazy. Hahaha...driving. I crack myself up.




it's the rims. They leak easily ...or just break. :rotfl:

You should get some of those fancy spinning rims with Mickey heads! LOL



Best laid plans and all. But I 100% agree about the weather.

mommy2E
01-10-2013, 08:12 AM
I'm here! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

jenseib
01-10-2013, 08:33 AM
If thats from your BOG reservation day ...then you need a photo of me too! :rotfl2:

Glennie5
01-10-2013, 10:18 AM
Me too! I really wasn't looking forward to seeing an imposter. She made the trip feel "official"! :goodvibes

Glad you're along for this trip! :thumbsup2
Julia made me promise I would show her all your new pictures from this year. We had to cancel our December trip and move it to May so we are living vicariously through your trip. I know I read in another post that your friends got to test out the FP+ and you did not. I am curious to see how that worked out. We are going with our friends in May and we are staying on site and they are staying off site, so not sure how the FP thing will work out for us all on this trip.

Disney9.9.10
01-10-2013, 10:21 AM
Hi :wave2: Just joining in!

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 03:26 PM
If thats from your BOG reservation day ...then you need a photo of me too! :rotfl2:


There. I fixed it! :thumbsup2

OK, quiz time. What day did I take these photos? They definitely are related to the trip.


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8053/8365541397_181a959bfb_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365541397/)
IMG_5678-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365541397/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8046/8365531689_7e037c7cc4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/)
IMG_5818 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8365531689/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/jenseib/photopass%202011/aug%202011%20photopass/Photo0268FourBySix.jpg

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 03:34 PM
Count me in!!

Officially counted in. Welcome! :welcome:

I'm here! I'm here! Super excited for another one of your trip reports, and to see all of dresses that Katie wears throughout the week! I saw one of her in a blue Belle dress hanging out with Gaston on tumblr earlier in the week, haha!

I hope everything ends up working out with the crowds and opening or FLE! From the first picture of Katie on 2 phones, I would guess it would be the day of making ADRs hah!

LOL, I just posted that one with Gaston on Flickr a couple days ago. We did sort of outdo ourselves on the Belle front this year. It was ALL about Belle this trip! :cool1:

Sounds like a pretty good guess! :rolleyes1

The day BOG ADR's were available!!!!


What did I win?!?

Can I get back with you on that one? :teeth:



:rotfl: it's from Skip driving her crazy. Hahaha...driving. I crack myself up.




You KILL me Carey! :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

I always know I can count on you when I need a laugh! :thumbsup2

I'm here! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

Glad you made it! :welcome:

Julia made me promise I would show her all your new pictures from this year. We had to cancel our December trip and move it to May so we are living vicariously through your trip. I know I read in another post that your friends got to test out the FP+ and you did not. I am curious to see how that worked out. We are going with our friends in May and we are staying on site and they are staying off site, so not sure how the FP thing will work out for us all on this trip.

Wha a sweetie!

I'm so bummed you had to cancel. But glad you can plan for May!

It really was disruptive to have part of our party with FP+ and part without. At this point, nobody really knows how it will roll out for real. Only that apparently everyone gets 3 reserved spots, onsite or offsite. But no word at all on whether you can get more spots same day inside the park. But it does look good for you guys to be able to all have 3 spots to plan together.

Hi :wave2: Just joining in!

Glad you found us! :welcome:

Sydnerella
01-10-2013, 03:42 PM
Excited for the TR - 10 days.... WOW - this is going to be a coffee table book of fab photos and costumes! :worship:

Can't wait and thanks in advance for sharing!

Sydnerella's Mama

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 04:05 PM
Excited for the TR - 10 days.... WOW - this is going to be a coffee table book of fab photos and costumes! :worship:

Can't wait and thanks in advance for sharing!

Sydnerella's Mama

Thanks Synderella! Glad ou're on board. :goodvibes

Lots of photos to follow, to be sure. I added a 32GB card to my collection before leaving and still had to buy a new one at the gift shop our last morning. Remember though, I shoot RAW (no Carey, I don't shoot NAKED.... let's just get that out of the way now :rotfl:) and my files are close to 25 MB each. But I love having all that latitude to adjust things.

Here's an example.

Shot from ETWB straight from the camera:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8085/8367699929_9785f051b4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8367699929/)
IMG_9843_1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8367699929/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

And after about 30 seconds in Lightroom 3:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8499/8310978115_dd6aa25803_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8310978115/)
IMG_9842_1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8310978115/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

jenseib
01-10-2013, 04:15 PM
There. I fixed it! :thumbsup2

:rotfl:

You guys and your naked shooting, so disrespectful!:rotfl:

Edit...
Actually if you did have a picture of me from that day, I would've most likely had hair sticking up all over and still in my jammies!

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 04:24 PM
:rotfl:

You guys and your naked shooting, so disrespectful!:rotfl:

Edit...
Actually if you did have a picture of me from that day, I would've most likely had hair sticking up all over and still in my jammies!

Well, PURELY in the interest of documenting tha day accurately........ just send me the picture. No problem updating it again! :thumbsup2

scrapbookersdis
01-10-2013, 07:24 PM
So looking foward to hearing about your whole trip!

Beautiful shot with Belle -- and great post-processing. I know that a RAW shooter will consider this heresy -- but I've found that I can adjust the levels (and reduce the noise) of a large JPEG file nearly indistinguishably as well as I can a RAW file (despite the point often made about the huge amount of data in a RAW file). Maybe I've just experimented with the wrong kind of shot (though I've chosen low light pics {such as on Haunted Mansion} and post-processed with both RAW and JPEG versions {with the camera set to shoot both simultaneously}). You have probably experimented the same way and have had different results from mine?

Can't wait for more of your photos. :)

Sharla

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 07:34 PM
So looking foward to hearing about your whole trip!

Beautiful shot with Belle -- and great post-processing. I know that a RAW shooter will consider this heresy -- but I've found that I can adjust the levels (and reduce the noise) of a large JPEG file nearly indistinguishably as well as I can a RAW file (despite the point often made about the huge amount of data in a RAW file). Maybe I've just experimented with the wrong kind of shot (though I've chosen low light pics {such as on Haunted Mansion} and post-processed with both RAW and JPEG versions {with the camera set to shoot both simultaneously}). You have probably experimented the same way and have had different results from mine?

Can't wait for more of your photos. :)

Sharla

:welcome: from a fellow scrapper!

Thanks for the kind words.

It's never heresy to me. Heck, it's all just one big learning process to me. I really know just enough to be dangerous. I just feel like the few times I've tried to run a Jpeg through Lightroom 3, I felt completely underwhelmed by what I was able to do compared to what I have been able to do with the RAW files. But then I'm not very skilled at photo editing either.

Missyrose
01-10-2013, 08:09 PM
I'm here Janet! :wave2: I'm only a little bit late. Once again I'm totally blown away by the dresses, Katie looks gorgeous (and so grown up!). Can't wait to hear more! :goodvibes

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 08:36 PM
I'm here Janet! :wave2: I'm only a little bit late. Once again I'm totally blown away by the dresses, Katie looks gorgeous (and so grown up!). Can't wait to hear more! :goodvibes

Hey Missy! :wave: Glad you're here!

You haven't missed much. I just got started.

We're going to have a ~fabulous!~ time!

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 08:38 PM
:rotfl:

You guys and your naked shooting, so disrespectful!:rotfl:



You just had to go there, didn't you?

Just don't get me started on my commando touring when I'm shooting RAW! :lmao:

KCmike
01-10-2013, 08:49 PM
Will be interested in seeing how much you enjoyed the new fantasyland. I don't want to get flamed here but I am not energized about what they have done so far. We got a 40% off pin code for WDW and they are trying to lure me back. It all hinges on your report! Just kidding.

What is up with all those phones???? popcorn::

mom2rtk
01-10-2013, 09:00 PM
Will be interested in seeing how much you enjoyed the new fantasyland. I don't want to get flamed here but I am not energized about what they have done so far. We got a 40% off pin code for WDW and they are trying to lure me back. It all hinges on your report! Just kidding.

What is up with all those phones???? popcorn::

Oh NO! The PRESSURE! :bitelip:

Your PIN code sounds awesome. Don't let it expire without giving it some serious thought. I wouldn't know a PIN code if it walked right up to me on the street. I have tired everything known to mankind to trigger one, but it just can't happen. I think I just need to play hard to get. And I'm not sure going to Disneyland will do that! But then maybe now that I want to go to DL, they'll finally send me one for WDW!

I better get moving on this is you want my feedback on this before the Mine Coaster opens in 2014! Most of our New Fantasyland time is deeper into the trip.

Oh, and on the phones......the others were right. That was my setup the morning they opened ADRs for Be Our Guest!:rotfl:

jenseib
01-10-2013, 09:04 PM
You just had to go there, didn't you?

Just don't get me started on my commando touring when I'm shooting RAW! :lmao:

:scared1:

rachel09985
01-10-2013, 09:58 PM
I am here and excited! Your daughter looks so grown up!!

rndmr2
01-10-2013, 10:53 PM
Wow! I just found this and it's already page 4! Joining in! Going back to finish reading. :surfweb:

Caretames1
01-11-2013, 08:02 AM
You KILL me Carey! :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

I always know I can count on you when I need a laugh! :thumbsup2
:

I try :teeth:



You guys and your naked shooting, so disrespectful!:rotfl:
!

I know! You think you know someone and then WOW! :rolleyes:

I shoot RAW (no Carey, I don't shoot NAKED.... let's just get that out of the way now :rotfl:)


WHAT! I didn't say nothing!


Jen did! :lmao:

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 08:36 AM
I am here and excited! Your daughter looks so grown up!!

Yeah, isn't it amazing what a year can do...... :rolleyes2

Wow! I just found this and it's already page 4! Joining in! Going back to finish reading. :surfweb:

Well, not to worry. You haven't missed much yet. Welcome aboard! :welcome:



WHAT! I didn't say nothing!



You didn't have to....... we read minds here you know....... :rolleyes1

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 09:33 AM
More Planning:

So when last we all met.......... we had just been to Disney with our friends. Katie still has fun with the costumes, but she really has more fun when her friend McKenna is along. For our 2011 trip, I made Katie a new Belle gown, and let McKenna wear the one from our 2010 trip. I looked forward to seeing the girls dressed as Belle, all dolled up from a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It didn't turn out *exactly* as planned........ but we had a ton of fun regardless:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7472237922_15534c1144_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/7472237922/)
IMG_8230 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/7472237922/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I love this photo, and we had a ball laughing about the hair. Still, when I found out our friends would be going back to Disney at the same time..... I immediately started dreaming about another shot at this photo. This time withOUT the spikey hair!

One problem of course is that the girls would be a year older. And as many of you have noted, girls this age can grow a lot in the course of a year. Mostly UP! That's a problelm with a full-length gown. So I reworked the gowns and added another layer of skirting so they could wear them again.

Now the next issue. With 2 girls all dressed up, where to go..... where to go........ :idea: I HAD heard something about a new restaurant opening in Fantasyland ..........:lmao: So eating at Be Our Guest became really the focus of the trip for us.

Over the course of the summer, I watched the progress of BOG through online reports. It really drove me nuts though to see it all coming together without knowing for certain if we would get in.

I really hoped that being a loyal DISer would pay off in this regard. I hoped that I would just long in one day and find they had opened reservations. I would be one of the first to know because I am never far from my computer and could act quickly once it was announced. HAH! I guess we all know how THAT plan went.

Disney had other plans. They actually posted notice ahead of time that they would open reservations on August 20th. Initially they said it would be at noon, but that was revised to be 7 AM. So 6 AM Central. I knew it was going to be a feeding frenzy. All of my Disney loving friends knew it would be a feedng frenzy. I just can't figure out why Disney didn't know it would be a feeding frenzy........

It was all good though. I had a plan. :lmao: I knew they could make dining reservations through the BBB line, so I planned to call there. I had Katie calling the dining line on the cell phone, and I was calling both the dining line and the BBB on my land line and cell phone. I knew what prompts to follow. I was READY. :rotfl: (No, we didn't really use all those phones from the picture. But I did have them all close by and fully charged in the event we needed reinforcements!)

Once 6 AM hit, we started dialing. And dialing. And dialing. Between the 2 of us, we didn't even get the phone to RING, let alone be put on hold. We dialed and dialed some more.

This is where my friend Jen (have I mentioned how much I adore her?????) comes in. She is a travel agent and had offered to help me after taking her daughter to school. I had honestly expected to have things wrapped up by then, so hadn't taken her up on it. Well, by around 6:45, I was getting really nervous that this just wasn't going to end well. So I put down the phone (that was REALLY a hard thing to do.....) and sent out a distress email. Jen answered right away and was on the job. :lovestruc

It was only when I put my phone down to emial Jen that I saw the text message from my friend Kim. SHE had gotten through. It appears she ALSO had a plan. She's a big fan of the Pirate's League and had thought to try their line. I had no idea they could also make ADRs.

Then Jen emailed back and had gotten through and gotten us in. Before we were done, we had all the ADRs we wanted. What a crazy morning! When it was all over, I hopped in my car and drove across town to pick up a pair of these beauties in celebration:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8440/7851088220_f8058c3203.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/7851088220/)
beast (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/7851088220/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Glennie5
01-11-2013, 10:02 AM
Wow Janet - that picture of Katie and Belle is stunning! Can't wait to hear about your BOG experience and the little Beast's you picked up are adorable.

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 10:13 AM
Wow Janet - that picture of Katie and Belle is stunning! Can't wait to hear about your BOG experience and the little Beast's you picked up are adorable.

Thanks Glennie!

Just imagine how frustrated I was to find out over the course of the summer:

1) Belle would no longer be out at Town Square Theater for meet & greets
2) Enchanted Tales With Belle was not a traditional meet & greet
3) Enchanted Tales With Belle had no FP
4) They were going to test FP+ during our trip but we weren't part of it. (inflating the standby line there)

SO frustrating. It really did seem Disney was conspiring against me trying to get a new photo with Belle! :lmao:

Glennie5
01-11-2013, 11:44 AM
Thanks Glennie!

Just imagine how frustrated I was to find out over the course of the summer:

1) Belle would no longer be out at Town Square Theater for meet & greets
2) Enchanted Tales With Belle was not a traditional meet & greet
3) Enchanted Tales With Belle had no FP
4) They were going to test FP+ during our trip but we weren't part of it. (inflating the standby line there)

SO frustrating. It really did seem Disney was conspiring against me trying to get a new photo with Belle! :lmao:
It does sound like a conspiracy. ;) Lucky that you were able to get a picture of Katie and Belle together. Did she have participate in the Enchanted tales with Belle in order for you to get the picture? Julia thinks Katie looks prettier then Belle. Did she go to BBB to get her hair done? I know you were upset that Belle would not be out in her Christmas dress, did you have any luck at all finding her in it?

katt789
01-11-2013, 11:53 AM
That is QUITE the experience with booking the ADRs! I wish I had planned my Feb trip more in advance so we could have gotten Be Our Guest, but we've got some other fun places and will just do lunch to satisfy us!

I'm excited to hear all about it!

jenseib
01-11-2013, 01:00 PM
I forgot you had gotten the Beast. He is so cute

lvcourtneyy
01-11-2013, 02:55 PM
So excited to read the new trip report! I don't think I ever commented on the other one but I read it! Katie and her dresses are gorgeous!

Also, we just got back from Disney and it seems the only place to get the beast stuffed animal anymore is the store in Belle's village. Our Disney store used to carry it but when I finally went to get it at Christmastime, they didn't have any and said they would no longer carry it.

I went to all the stores at DTD, and found every stuffed animal except beast! No where in MK either except that one store in Belle's village. But now $40 later, I am a proud beast owner.

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 04:13 PM
It does sound like a conspiracy. ;) Lucky that you were able to get a picture of Katie and Belle together. Did she have participate in the Enchanted tales with Belle in order for you to get the picture? Julia thinks Katie looks prettier then Belle. Did she go to BBB to get her hair done? I know you were upset that Belle would not be out in her Christmas dress, did you have any luck at all finding her in it?


Well, anyone who saw me posting on those Belle threads probably thought I had gone off my rocker, but things like this are what I love about Disney. Scrapbooking and photography are my hobbies and I love to plan these photo ops. I was so excited to think we could break out that Belle gown again, only to then think we might not even get a photo with Belle.

I left off the part about losing Belle in her red from MVMCP from my list. I actually emailed Disney when that leaked out. They called but were so full of crap......... I mean nonsense.......... They said they were listening to people about Belle and were going to try and have her out in Epcot in her red earlier in December. Maybe even add Beast back there or add Beast to the party. I should keep my eyes out for them. Yeah. Yadda yadda yadda. I didln't believe any of it at the time, and it indeed was not true. Any of it. So no, we never saw Belle in her red. (Well never met her. She is in the MVMCP parade in her red). I read since then that she wore red at Akershus during Christmas week, which is exactly what they have done every other year.

Katie wasn't real excited when I told her at first she needed to participate to get a photo, but then when we watched the video online, she saw it wasn't like participating in the old Belle's Storytime, and even adults were participating, so she didn't mind. She was a set of silverware one time, a feather duster the other. :)

Tell Julie thank you for the kind words. I'll pass them along to Katie. :goodvibes Yes, we did go to BBB that morning. I wasn't fond of the hairstyle with the Cindy gown she wore at the time, but loved it with the Belle.
That is QUITE the experience with booking the ADRs! I wish I had planned my Feb trip more in advance so we could have gotten Be Our Guest, but we've got some other fun places and will just do lunch to satisfy us!

I'm excited to hear all about it!

It was all part of the adventure of this trip! So many people came away disappointed though. What a horrible day for them. I have a friend who I knew was going to Disney at the same time. She had seen the announcement about the 8/20 date, but never saw the revised start time. So when she logged on at noon, everything was gone. I kept watching for a cancellation for them, but every time one came up, it never seemed to show back up in the system.

I forgot you had gotten the Beast. He is so cute

He sure is a cutie, isn't he? :lovestruc

So excited to read the new trip report! I don't think I ever commented on the other one but I read it! Katie and her dresses are gorgeous!

Also, we just got back from Disney and it seems the only place to get the beast stuffed animal anymore is the store in Belle's village. Our Disney store used to carry it but when I finally went to get it at Christmastime, they didn't have any and said they would no longer carry it.

I went to all the stores at DTD, and found every stuffed animal except beast! No where in MK either except that one store in Belle's village. But now $40 later, I am a proud beast owner.

Well, if it helps any, I don't think he was a lot less when I bought him at the Disney store. I don't remember, but he was at least $30. I should have bought him a few weeks earlier when they were all on sale. I thought about it. But then I figured he would just make me mad if I didn't get ADRs and had to look at him every day! :rotfl: That kind of taunting I could do without! :lmao:

He really is nice though. I'm glad I got him. Glad you did too! And I'm glad you're reading along! :welcome:

AGPrincess
01-11-2013, 04:34 PM
Subbing! Love your reports, and the costumes are always so gorgeous! :goodvibes

partyof2
01-11-2013, 04:37 PM
Hi Janet, I am an avid follower of your TRs but the worst commenter in the history of the world! I'm vowing to be better this time around.

I felt so teary when I saw your first post with the picture of Katie. She looks so grown up! Goodness knows what I'll be like when I have my own children, growing up makes me so emotional.

I was soooo nervous for you the day the BOG reservations opened up. I had everything crossed you'd get in. So happy that you did.

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 04:47 PM
Subbing! Love your reports, and the costumes are always so gorgeous! :goodvibes

Thank you so much! So glad you're here! :cool1:

Hi Janet, I am an avid follower of your TRs but the worst commenter in the history of the world! I'm vowing to be better this time around.

I felt so teary when I saw your first post with the picture of Katie. She looks so grown up! Goodness knows what I'll be like when I have my own children, growing up makes me so emotional.

I was soooo nervous for you the day the BOG reservations opened up. I had everything crossed you'd get in. So happy that you did.

First of all, LOVE your avatar! :goodvibes My love of Cinderella is where my Disney obsession started. I do hope you'll join in the conversation as we go along.

What a really sweet thing to say about our BOG ADR experience! :goodvibes I felt like we were preparing for battle! :rotfl: It really was stressful to keep dialing and dialing without even getting a ring. Back when CRT only had one character meal a day (breakfast) if you didn't get through in the first 3 or 4 minutes, you were out of luck. I really had visions of that happening here.

We had been talking about eating there for so long that I couldn't even wrap my brain around not getting in!

And Katt789, you'll love lunch there. It's not nearly as much of a nightmare getting in as I feared it would be. Oops.... don't ask how I know that.......:cool2:

Glennie5
01-11-2013, 05:35 PM
Well, anyone who saw me posting on those Belle threads probably thought I had gone off my rocker, but things like this are what I love about Disney. Scrapbooking and photography are my hobbies and I love to plan these photo ops. I was so excited to think we could break out that Belle gown again, only to then think we might not even get a photo with Belle.

I left off the part about losing Belle in her red from MVMCP from my list. I actually emailed Disney when that leaked out. They called but were so full of crap......... I mean nonsense.......... They said they were listening to people about Belle and were going to try and have her out in Epcot in her red earlier in December. Maybe even add Beast back there or add Beast to the party. I should keep my eyes out for them. Yeah. Yadda yadda yadda. I didln't believe any of it at the time, and it indeed was not true. Any of it. So no, we never saw Belle in her red. (Well never met her. She is in the MVMCP parade in her red). I read since then that she wore red at Akershus during Christmas week, which is exactly what they have done every other year.

Katie wasn't real excited when I told her at first she needed to participate to get a photo, but then when we watched the video online, she saw it wasn't like participating in the old Belle's Storytime, and even adults were participating, so she didn't mind. She was a set of silverware one time, a feather duster the other. :)

Tell Julie thank you for the kind words. I'll pass them along to Katie. :goodvibes Yes, we did go to BBB that morning. I wasn't fond of the hairstyle with the Cindy gown she wore at the time, but loved it with the Belle.
For me one of my must do's at MVMCP in 2011 was the Beast with Belle in her Christmas Red. I had the same gown made for Julia to wear in the pictures and they are so cute. I really don't understand what they were thinking taking them out of the party especially when they built part of the new fantasy land just for them. :confused3 It would have been perfect to bring them out there for the party.

mom2rtk
01-11-2013, 07:18 PM
For me one of my must do's at MVMCP in 2011 was the Beast with Belle in her Christmas Red. I had the same gown made for Julia to wear in the pictures and they are so cute. I really don't understand what they were thinking taking them out of the party especially when they built part of the new fantasy land just for them. :confused3 It would have been perfect to bring them out there for the party.

It really ticks me off that every year they only seem to add things that you can do already during a regular park day. I just don't get that. They told me they couldn't have Belle out in her red because they had added ETWB during the party. Well, I had no intention of doing that during the party when I was going to be spending so much time in the Magic Kingdom already. It ALL seemed pretty nutty if you ask me.

Now I will say that a CM told me that they just didn't have enough Belle staff to keep her in TST. So maybe that was the same deal for holiday Belle at the party. I do understand it would take a lot to staff 2 libraries running constantly from park open until park close. But seriously...... I think they should have seen this one coming. It's not like the staffing needs for ETWB were some big surprise. I told them to give me a year or two and I'd send Katie down to help! princess:

iwish81792
01-12-2013, 12:20 PM
Oh, I always love your trip reports! I admit, a while ago on the Theme Parks board I saw you mention your dates and I got a little sad because my college program ended on the sixth! I had a feeling you'd be in Fantasyland and it would have been amazing to see your costumes in real life! However, now that I'm seasonal (and probably part time starting in the summer) there's always next year! :)

mom2rtk
01-12-2013, 04:01 PM
Oh, I always love your trip reports! I admit, a while ago on the Theme Parks board I saw you mention your dates and I got a little sad because my college program ended on the sixth! I had a feeling you'd be in Fantasyland and it would have been amazing to see your costumes in real life! However, now that I'm seasonal (and probably part time starting in the summer) there's always next year! :)

What a sweet thing to say! We didn't get in until very late on the 6th.

I'm so glad you found us here though! :welcome:

Can you say where you worked in the park?

iwish81792
01-12-2013, 06:17 PM
What a sweet thing to say! We didn't get in until very late on the 6th.

I'm so glad you found us here though! :welcome:

Can you say where you worked in the park?

Oh, sure! I'm Fantasyland merchandise. Castle Couture, Sir Mickey's, Fantasy Faire, Hundred Acre Goods, Enchanted Grove, and Bonjour! Gifts. :wizard:
I see a lot of princesses, haha.

mom2rtk
01-12-2013, 06:28 PM
Oh, sure! I'm Fantasyland merchandise. Castle Couture, Sir Mickey's, Fantasy Faire, Hundred Acre Goods, Enchanted Grove, and Bonjour! Gifts. :wizard:
I see a lot of princesses, haha.

I bet you do!

I did see a lot of your coworkers during the 10 days I was there...... :cool2:

But I have to ask..... are you the one who didn't order enough dinglehoppers for the Grand Opening? :rotfl:

Not a problem though. They got more later in the week. One of my first stops in Fantasyland was Sir Mickey's in search of a dinglehopper when we got there on the 7th. I couldn't believe there wasn't a single dinglehopper in sight! My poor husband..... who has never seen "The Little Mermaid" really thought I had lost it. He didn't have a clue what I was talking about!

And what a bummer we missed you by so little. You definitely would have seen us at Castle Couture. I always take a picture of Katie sitting in the throne in there. :)

Neverland Girl
01-12-2013, 08:31 PM
After seeing all of your fabulous pictures on flikr and seeing them again on here, I am totally joining in on this adventure!

mom2rtk
01-12-2013, 08:48 PM
After seeing all of your fabulous pictures on flikr and seeing them again on here, I am totally joining in on this adventure!

Thank you so much! LOTS of photos to come I promise. Glad you found us! :goodvibes

jmelyn
01-12-2013, 09:36 PM
Joining in on this thread. Can't wait to see all the beautiful dresses you've made for Katie this time around. Glad you got to see your Fairy Godmother.
Jamie

kswm30b
01-12-2013, 10:14 PM
Yay I'm here! :)

Your reports really make me want to do a trip report for my first Disneyland trip (I took over 7,000 pics, I take it you're the only person that won't see that & think I'm insane, lol), but I'm still too lazy for that. ;) Can't wait to see how this trip went, how you like new fantasyland & all the great costumes. :)

iwish81792
01-12-2013, 10:37 PM
I bet you do!

But I have to ask..... are you the one who didn't order enough dinglehoppers for the Grand Opening? :rotfl:

It's so funny that we sold out, because before the Grand Opening no one ever bought them! We had them since mid-October and they always got passed over.


And what a bummer we missed you by so little. You definitely would have seen us at Castle Couture. I always take a picture of Katie sitting in the throne in there. :)

Perhaps next year? ;)

mom2rtk
01-13-2013, 08:39 AM
Joining in on this thread. Can't wait to see all the beautiful dresses you've made for Katie this time around. Glad you got to see your Fairy Godmother.
Jamie

Thanks Jamie! Glad you 're here! :goodvibes

Yay I'm here! :)

Your reports really make me want to do a trip report for my first Disneyland trip (I took over 7,000 pics, I take it you're the only person that won't see that & think I'm insane, lol), but I'm still too lazy for that. ;) Can't wait to see how this trip went, how you like new fantasyland & all the great costumes. :)


:lmao: Yes, this is a photo count judgment free zone! I should probably go back and delete last year's count out of that trip report, lest I leave a trail of evidence about my on lack of sanity! ;)

It's going to take some time to get through all of mine, but the trip report is a great way to make yourself actually do that.

It's so funny that we sold out, because before the Grand Opening no one ever bought them! We had them since mid-October and they always got passed over.



Perhaps next year? ;)

That's too funny! I knew the minute I saw the dinglehopper photo posted online I would have to have one. I had dragged a big silver serving fork along several years ago to use in a photo with Ariel. :) I thought it would be fun to update that this year. But I wasn't up for bringing my own fork again. :) And who knew Arie keeps her own dinglehopper close by for just such occasions?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8324/8376690658_e67bb71f84_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8376690658/)
arielkatiedinglehopper (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8376690658/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

And as for next year...... I'm not sure about that yet. I'm sort of leaning towad Disneyland. But a lot of that depends on the price. I keep hearing how much more it costs and it's scaring me!

MickeyMouseCD524
01-13-2013, 01:57 PM
Yay I found your trip report! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm going to try and join in the conversation more this time, I promise. The costumes are beautiful as always, and Katie got old fast. I didn't even recognize her at first.

Glennie5
01-14-2013, 03:39 PM
I told them to give me a year or two and I'd send Katie down to help! princess:
I can totally see Katie being a princess at Magic Kingdom someday. The only thing is she will probably want you to make her dress instead of wearing one of Disney's because your are so much better.

mom2rtk
01-14-2013, 04:57 PM
Yay I found your trip report! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm going to try and join in the conversation more this time, I promise. The costumes are beautiful as always, and Katie got old fast. I didn't even recognize her at first.

We'd love to hear more from you! :cool1: And thank you so much for the kind words. :) And yes, it has been a year of much change for Katie. It's fun to see the young lady she is becoming.

I can totally see Katie being a princess at Magic Kingdom someday. The only thing is she will probably want you to make her dress instead of wearing one of Disney's because your are so much better.

Aw shucks. :blush: Thanks Glennie!

How much fun would it be to go visit Katie working as a real live princess at Disney! :cool1:

molitva
01-15-2013, 08:48 AM
Subbing!! Can't wait to follow along and see all your photos.

I lurked in previous trip reports and loved each one. This is going to sound creepy (because it probably is) but I *think* saw you and Katie at the MK lockers on Friday 12/14. We were rushing to get our stuff and head to the castle lighting and an ADR. I thought for a moment about saying hi, but then I thought it was too creepy of me, being a lurker and such :rotfl: You'll have to confirm if the timing was right. I suspect it was around 5:30 p.m. or so.

Sydnerella
01-15-2013, 01:27 PM
So excited to learn about your BOG experience(s)!! :woohoo: it looks like such a fun place to dine for lunch as compared to Cosmic Rays! Since CS Lunch is crazy everywhere - I would rather see the BOG rooms than the other places in the craziness! Then of course there is the coveted dinner ADR...:worship: I am all :earsboy:

I am also looking forward to reading about your latest encounters with the elusive Belle! It is so odd (unbelievable!) indeed that they did not plan more Belle staffing/MGs when they added so much Belle real estate to MK!!

Love what I see so far... keep it coming!

Sydnerella's Mama

kwitcherkicken99
01-15-2013, 11:06 PM
Late to the party as usual, but I'm here.

mom2rtk
01-16-2013, 03:43 PM
Subbing!! Can't wait to follow along and see all your photos.

I lurked in previous trip reports and loved each one. This is going to sound creepy (because it probably is) but I *think* saw you and Katie at the MK lockers on Friday 12/14. We were rushing to get our stuff and head to the castle lighting and an ADR. I thought for a moment about saying hi, but then I thought it was too creepy of me, being a lurker and such :rotfl: You'll have to confirm if the timing was right. I suspect it was around 5:30 p.m. or so.

LOL, not creepy at all. I love when other DISers stop and say hi! It could very well have been us. Friday night we would have been stopping at our locker to pick up our bags to head for the Grand Floridian and dinner at 1900 PF. And it would have been around that time.

So glad you've come out of lurkdom! :welcome:

So excited to learn about your BOG experience(s)!! :woohoo: it looks like such a fun place to dine for lunch as compared to Cosmic Rays! Since CS Lunch is crazy everywhere - I would rather see the BOG rooms than the other places in the craziness! Then of course there is the coveted dinner ADR...:worship: I am all :earsboy:

I am also looking forward to reading about your latest encounters with the elusive Belle! It is so odd (unbelievable!) indeed that they did not plan more Belle staffing/MGs when they added so much Belle real estate to MK!!

Love what I see so far... keep it coming!

Sydnerella's Mama

I really wanted above all else this trip, to FULLY experience Be Our Guest. And I really feel like we did. And we all loved it. I actually just finished an 8x8 scrapbook just on Be Our Guest. I took TONS of photos in there, so it was fun to put them into a book we can sit down and look at.

I'm still beyond perplexed to think they thought having Belle harder to meet just as they opened her village would not meet with some disappointment from their guests. They got an awful lot right in New Fantasyland, but I'm sorry, that is still labeled a "colossal miss" in my book!

I hope to get going on this in just a bit....... really.....

Late to the party as usual, but I'm here.

Well, THAT's the reason I didn't really get started yet. I was waiting on Jenn. Yeah..... that's it. It's HER fault! :lmao:

OK, I guess you guys know by now that I eventually get it all done, but that sometimes there are delays along the way.

Jenn, I channelled you one night in the MK. That's all I'm saying. :cool2:

shan23877
01-16-2013, 04:01 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to see all of the gorgeous photos.

Curious--I knew that Rapunzel had replaced Aurora at TsTheater, but I hadn't heard that Belle was no longer there. Who's in there now?
Sounds like the only places to meet Belle now are at meals and Epcot (besides storytime, but that's just not the same)

We just officially booked our summer trip-luckily my DD prefers Disney's princess dresses (more sparkle) to the 'authentic' ones that mom insists upon making. However, she's put in her order for a full wardrobe of princess dresses for her American Girl doll. :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear more about the trip. I love your TRs because you guys do so many of the same things that we do!

mom2rtk
01-16-2013, 04:27 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to see all of the gorgeous photos.

Curious--I knew that Rapunzel had replaced Aurora at TsTheater, but I hadn't heard that Belle was no longer there. Who's in there now?
Sounds like the only places to meet Belle now are at meals and Epcot (besides storytime, but that's just not the same)

We just officially booked our summer trip-luckily my DD prefers Disney's princess dresses (more sparkle) to the 'authentic' ones that mom insists upon making. However, she's put in her order for a full wardrobe of princess dresses for her American Girl doll. :rotfl:

Can't wait to hear more about the trip. I love your TRs because you guys do so many of the same things that we do!

Hi! So glad you found us! :welcome:

TST is almost always Cindy, Aurora and Rapunzel now. Snow White is still out in the hub area.

And you are correct, Belle is now only at Epcot in France (without the Beast now) and Akershus. She is not at CRT any longer. And while you can get a quick photo with her after storytime (participants) it's not a traditional meet & greet. It is very rushed there are no autographs. The only place Belle signs now is at Epcot.

YEAH for getting your trip booked! So is the AG doll coming along with her wardrobe? ;)

Glennie5
01-17-2013, 10:28 AM
We'd love to hear more from you! :cool1: And thank you so much for the kind words. :) And yes, it has been a year of much change for Katie. It's fun to see the young lady she is becoming.



Aw shucks. :blush: Thanks Glennie!

How much fun would it be to go visit Katie working as a real live princess at Disney! :cool1:
Julia would be on cloud 9 although if she recognized her from our 2011 trip it might blow her believing that the face charcters at Disney are the real thing.:rotfl:

kwitcherkicken99
01-17-2013, 05:52 PM
Well, THAT's the reason I didn't really get started yet. I was waiting on Jenn. Yeah..... that's it. It's HER fault! :lmao:
Darn tootin'!!!

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg289/cpbunch/smiley/coffeescreen.gif

Jenn, I channelled you one night in the MK. That's all I'm saying. :cool2:
Oh yeah??? :scratchin

If you were in MK and channeling me, it couldn't end well...

mom2rtk
01-18-2013, 07:57 AM
Julia would be on cloud 9 although if she recognized her from our 2011 trip it might blow her believing that the face charcters at Disney are the real thing.:rotfl:

Man, wouldn't that be awesome???? :cool1:


If you were in MK and channeling me, it couldn't end well...

:cool2: It was the night of the 12th. That's all I'm sayin..........

shan23877
01-18-2013, 09:13 AM
Hi! So glad you found us! :welcome:

TST is almost always Cindy, Aurora and Rapunzel now. Snow White is still out in the hub area.

And you are correct, Belle is now only at Epcot in France (without the Beast now) and Akershus. She is not at CRT any longer. And while you can get a quick photo with her after storytime (participants) it's not a traditional meet & greet. It is very rushed there are no autographs. The only place Belle signs now is at Epcot.

YEAH for getting your trip booked! So is the AG doll coming along with her wardrobe? ;)

Thanks for the warm welcome and for the princess information. We had the BEST interactions with Belle on our last tirp. I'm disappointed that it's going to be so much harder to find her now.

AG doll only has a Cinderella dress for now. I made it from scraps that I had from Maddie's last Cindy dress. DD loves it, but I plan to make another. :laughing: So far she's giving me time-as long as I'm making other clothes for the doll. :lmao:

jenseib
01-18-2013, 03:13 PM
Hey! Where's the updates? popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

mommy2E
01-18-2013, 07:52 PM
Kenny the Pirate is reporting a new dress for Belle: "Disney is continuing its plans to recreate all the dresses that the Princesses wear in the theme parks. The trend began with Cinderella receiving a new look for her meet and greets. On or about February 3, 2013 Belle will receive a new gold ball gown, hairstyle and accouterments."

Sew you know you will have to go back to WDW instead of DL.

mom2rtk
01-19-2013, 09:09 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome and for the princess information. We had the BEST interactions with Belle on our last tirp. I'm disappointed that it's going to be so much harder to find her now.

AG doll only has a Cinderella dress for now. I made it from scraps that I had from Maddie's last Cindy dress. DD loves it, but I plan to make another. :laughing: So far she's giving me time-as long as I'm making other clothes for the doll. :lmao:

I do regret that I didn't make more clothes for Katie's AG dolls. I learned to sew making clothes for my own dolls. But life just gets in the way too much. I did make a few though, and will keep those for her girls. Mostly knockoffs of the dresses I had made her.

Hey! Where's the updates? popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::


LOL, says the person who just posted updates to BOTH of her TRs! :rotfl:

I actually had most of my first post done and lost it when I lost my 18 point reply to one of your TRs! Since then, no time. Hopefully this morning I'll get moving.

Kenny the Pirate is reporting a new dress for Belle: "Disney is continuing its plans to recreate all the dresses that the Princesses wear in the theme parks. The trend began with Cinderella receiving a new look for her meet and greets. On or about February 3, 2013 Belle will receive a new gold ball gown, hairstyle and accouterments."

Sew you know you will have to go back to WDW instead of DL.

I saw that! I love Kennythepirate's site and check it from time to time and just saw it in the last couple days.

I'm a little sad though. Belle's dress has always been my favorite. I never thought Cindy's gown was that great to start with, so was ready for something new. And I don't think Aurora, Snow White and Jasmine are changing as much as the others. But Belle..... will be hard. I'm just glad we got to see her in in one last time. You know..... in spite of how hard they made it.

Caretames1
01-19-2013, 02:10 PM
Hey! Where's the updates? popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

:rotfl2: Jen popcorned you!

I shouldn't talk, she threatened me a while back with popcorn.


But then again, I want to see more too!!::yes::

mom2rtk
01-19-2013, 04:53 PM
:rotfl2: Jen popcorned you!

I shouldn't talk, she threatened me a while back with popcorn.


But then again, I want to see more too!!::yes::

Hey now! Watch it. Maybe I'll popcorn:: YOU! :rotfl:

No, just kidding. That's a game I don't want ANY part of!

mom2rtk
01-19-2013, 04:54 PM
Thursday DECEMBER 6, 2012

Departure day! We were following a schedule very similar to last year's trip. We were leaving Thursday afternoon and arriving just in time to crash and hit the ground running Friday morning. I had to be really careful with how much time Katie was going to be missing at school. We were OK with a week. Then as Drew decided to come along we added a couple days to the start of the trip. So we added on Friday and were up to 6 days. Then we decided we needed a full day on Friday, so we'd leave after school Thursday. I didn't want one more absence, so I opted to pick her up near the end of the day. But it couldn't be so close to the end of the day that we hit the bus traffic. Her school has close to 1000 students. And the district's 2 other similar sized middle schools are within a block of there. So at dismissal time, here's what it looks like:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8375791305_feb5408870_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8375791305/)
IMG0001 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8375791305/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I actually took that shot years 8 ago when Robbie was starting Middle School. I happened to have my camera in the car when I was caught up in it one day. It's just not a good place to be near dismissal. :) So I picked her up around 2:15, 45 minutes before the end of the day. I had been in touch with all of her teachers by email a couple weeks prior. Some gave her things to work ahead on. Most just said to touch base when we got back. They Gym teacher said she needed to document 30 minutes of physical activity each day she was gone. Uh, we were headed for Disney. I think we had that covered! :lmao:

Once back home, we quickly hit the road for the airport.

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IMG_6848 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8396526022/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


Our flight took off on time, and we landed on time around 9:30. I had a terrible night of sleep the night before and hoped to nap on the flight, but I think I was just too excited.

Of course, in spite of the late hour, I had to take our traditional shots along the way at the airport:

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IMG_6854 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8395441839/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_6858 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8396525886/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_6859 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8395441815/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_6864 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8396525842/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

When we got to the Magical Express area, I stopped at the counter to ask whether there was anything they could do for us with Fastpass Plus. It was really going to complicate one of our days in the Magic Kingdom with Kim if they were participating and we weren't. But not surprisingly, there was nothing they could do.

Thankfully there was a bus for the Art of Animation sitting there waiting for us. We arrived at the resort around 10:30. There was almost no line to check in, and there was a bus to AoA waiting for us right outside the door.

Pretty soon we arrived and were greeted with this colorful and gorgeous sight:

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IMG_6866 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8395441667/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


I know I was really tired after a very long day. But that first walk back to the Little Mermaid area was every bit as long as I had feared all along. When we got down to that section and I saw how close the parking lot was, I immediately called Kim, as I expected she would prefer to rent a car to have close.

I wanted to crash immediately, so called luggage service to have them hold our Magical Express bags when they arrived. As luck would have it, they were on the way already, and it was nice to have everything we needed before I passed out.

lvcourtneyy
01-20-2013, 11:15 AM
LOL about the gym teacher with 30 minutes of physical activity:rotfl2:

Katie looks sooo mature! She looks tall too actually!

Can't wait to see your AoA pictures. We stayed at Pop when we were just there and I so badly wanted to walk over and check it out but we ran ourselves so ragged that any time we were at the resort I didn't want to walk an extra step:rotfl:

KCmike
01-20-2013, 12:14 PM
Departure day always seems hectic no matter how much we plan and take care of things before hand and to complicate school with the trip would be hard for sure. When we went to Disneyland back in 2007 for a small weekend trip and it was hard for the kids to come back late and make up all that school work even though they just missed two days. Glad you made it safely and wow such a wonderful lobby view of AoA. Can't wait to see more of the resort through your lens!

We have our own dilemmas right now. The High School is taking an Orlando trip this May to march at Universal and SeaWorld and we had planned not to go but the Band Teacher has asked if we could change our minds as my son is one of the top performers. We had originally planned not to take a big vacation as we hoped to divert all monies to my oldest going to college this fall. So hard to know what to do. I wanted to go back to Disneyland this Christmas for a long weekend and just not do Christmas at home meaning that most of their presents would be the trip which they are more than happy with but now this has complicated matters. I was kind of hoping to take a small vacation around the midwest to see other parts of the country or maybe head to Washington DC.

Anyways always enjoy reading your trip reports, watching Katie have a blast, and seeing the world through your lens. Your such a wonderful photographer Janet. Have a good finish to your weekend!

jenseib
01-20-2013, 12:36 PM
Woo.. You have arrived!
That walk is long and i don't care what anyone says, it's just a tad too far.

Caretames1
01-20-2013, 12:50 PM
Woo.. You have arrived!
That walk is long and i don't care what anyone says, it's just a tad too far.

Yay!

I agree with you both. There's a lot of green space between buildings. It could have been closer.

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 01:01 PM
LOL about the gym teacher with 30 minutes of physical activity:rotfl2:

Katie looks sooo mature! She looks tall too actually!

Can't wait to see your AoA pictures. We stayed at Pop when we were just there and I so badly wanted to walk over and check it out but we ran ourselves so ragged that any time we were at the resort I didn't want to walk an extra step:rotfl:

Yeah, I'm happy to report she ended up with an A in Gym class! :cool1: I keep saying I'm going to get a pedometer, but next time I really am. 10 days in a row on our feet really was a lot. I tried hard to plan some down time this trip, but everyone kept messing with the schedule. :cool2:

I do hae a lot of AoA pics. I just have to find a good way to organize and post them.

I actually had us scheduled at Pop at first on this trip. Then our friends decided to stay there. And the more I thought about it, the more I decided if I didn't do it now, I'd regret it later. I also knew myself well enough to know that if I wasn't staying there, I would never make the walk over there.

One suggestion I have if you're staying at Pop is to take the bus back to AoA sometime from the park. Then stop to eat, and walk the rest of the way back. We took the Pop bus back from DTD one day and it really didn't seem that bad walking back to AoA since we had been off our feet for the duration of the bus ride at least.

Departure day always seems hectic no matter how much we plan and take care of things before hand and to complicate school with the trip would be hard for sure. When we went to Disneyland back in 2007 for a small weekend trip and it was hard for the kids to come back late and make up all that school work even though they just missed two days. Glad you made it safely and wow such a wonderful lobby view of AoA. Can't wait to see more of the resort through your lens!

We have our own dilemmas right now. The High School is taking an Orlando trip this May to march at Universal and SeaWorld and we had planned not to go but the Band Teacher has asked if we could change our minds as my son is one of the top performers. We had originally planned not to take a big vacation as we hoped to divert all monies to my oldest going to college this fall. So hard to know what to do. I wanted to go back to Disneyland this Christmas for a long weekend and just not do Christmas at home meaning that most of their presents would be the trip which they are more than happy with but now this has complicated matters. I was kind of hoping to take a small vacation around the midwest to see other parts of the country or maybe head to Washington DC.

Anyways always enjoy reading your trip reports, watching Katie have a blast, and seeing the world through your lens. Your such a wonderful photographer Janet. Have a good finish to your weekend!


Thanks so much for the kind words Mike!

I do feel for you with all these tough decisions ahead of you. It's all about to change, so just do the best you can to make the most of the time you have. Any word yet on a college choice? We still don't know where Timmy is going but I'd say the frontrunners are William Jewell and Rolla. He has the equivilant of free tuition at either of those, so it's hard to justify stepping away from that to pay a lot more somewhere else. Rolla is out of town so of course room and board is still an issue. William Jewell is in town but requires they live there, so room and board is an issue there as well. We're hoping some other scholarship money still comes through to help.

It feels at this point like your'e supposed to just give up on family plans, but keep fighting for them. You won't regret it. Even if you have to juggle around..... fight for it. I have the feeling it's just ALL complicated from here on out!

We're considering a family trip to Sanibel this summer. Well, sort of. I think Robbie's more interested in a vacation FROM family than a vacation WITH family so he's staying home. But Timmy loves the beach so we'll probably find a way to go. He doesn't care about Disney though, and I don't do Disney in the summer, so we'll have to wave at Mickey as we drive by. :sad:

I'm holding out hope at least Katie and I can sneak away to DLR in December. I have a rather big birthday this year, which will get overshadowed by graduation and college plans. But I'd like to do something, even if it is delayed.

Woo.. You have arrived!
That walk is long and i don't care what anyone says, it's just a tad too far.

Isn't that the truth! I think I would have enjoyed staying there more if we were on a shorter trip or if we had taken more time off our feet back at the resort.

I read somewhere recently that they had a cart back there selling breakfast pastries and such. I think that's a recognition on their part that it really is too far. It's a shame they didn't sprinkle some standard rooms throughout the entire complex. I would have gladly paid more to stay there, but in a closer spot. Just not so much more that it rivaled the price of a suite.

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 01:05 PM
Yay!

I agree with you both. There's a lot of green space between buildings. It could have been closer.

I can only appreciate pretty when my feet don't hurt so much. :goodvibes

rndmr2
01-20-2013, 01:48 PM
:yay: Yay! You have arrived! Wow that's a lot of luggage for 2 people! I guess it's all the beautiful dresses/costumes for Katie. Love her poses in the airport! That Lobby pic is really cool with the lights on the wall behind the desk.

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 02:14 PM
:yay: Yay! You have arrived! Wow that's a lot of luggage for 2 people! I guess it's all the beautiful dresses/costumes for Katie. Love her poses in the airport! That Lobby pic is really cool with the lights on the wall behind the desk.

That was actually luggage for 3. But I won't kid. Most of it was mine and Katie's. :lmao: Part of it was the gowns. Part of it was just packing for Disney in December for 10 days. There's just no way to know 10 days out with any reliability what the weather will be. And especially after our experience in 2010....... we just prepare for hot OR cold.

Woth2982
01-20-2013, 03:00 PM
Yay an update! This has totally aided in my procrastination! I am having some major football anxiety right now (Go Pats), cleaning is my main anxiety fixer, but I can't seem to get myself to go through the closet just yet lol.

That is a lot of school busses! I thought our town was bad! We have the Middle School, elementary school, one of the k-3 schools and the high school all in the same block! But the release times are staggered.

I walked over to AOA when I was on my Pop trip in November, and the walk over. Just by looking it looked like a long walk to the LM rooms. Although I stayed in a Pirate room at CBR and that was a long walk to the main building as well. We also got a rental car on our last trip and I must say it was worth every penny. I rented another for my trip in 10 days.

I cannot believe how Big Katie is getting! Is she wearing contacts now? She is really growing into a very pretty girl.

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 03:36 PM
Yay an update! This has totally aided in my procrastination! I am having some major football anxiety right now (Go Pats), cleaning is my main anxiety fixer, but I can't seem to get myself to go through the closet just yet lol.

That is a lot of school busses! I thought our town was bad! We have the Middle School, elementary school, one of the k-3 schools and the high school all in the same block! But the release times are staggered.

I walked over to AOA when I was on my Pop trip in November, and the walk over. Just by looking it looked like a long walk to the LM rooms. Although I stayed in a Pirate room at CBR and that was a long walk to the main building as well. We also got a rental car on our last trip and I must say it was worth every penny. I rented another for my trip in 10 days.

I cannot believe how Big Katie is getting! Is she wearing contacts now? She is really growing into a very pretty girl.

Glad I could help. Not one ounce of football anxiety going on in our Kansas City home today! :lmao: But a TON of optimism for the draft this spring! :rotfl2: We must always look forward you know....... But just ONCE, I would love my boys to have the opportunity to get excited about a home town team. :worried: We tell them about the 1985 Royals, but for some reason that just seems so pathetically long ago.....:rotfl: Even I was a big sports fan THAT year!

My friend ended up renting a car when they got into town. But we only drove with them a couple times. We mostly just stuck with the buses. Once we got TO the bus stop.....the service was awesome. And we like being able to come and go when we want.

And thanks for the kind comments on Katie. Yes, she got contacts right before school started last fall. I really wasn't sold on the idea, but told her we'd take the opinion of the eye doctor. Since they had no issues with it we decided to give it at try. And haven't looked back. She's thrilled with them. I liked her glasses, but I'm happy to see more of her eyes again too. :goodvibes

DISNEYaddict4evr
01-20-2013, 04:20 PM
So yeah...




I have apparently been living under a rock :rolleyes2

This was started ten days ago and I just found it :faint:

Janet, she really has grown up this last year, can't wait to read more. I wanted to stay at the AoA on our next trip but the walk scared me. Glad to read I was right. I figure we can go explore it. I have read it is an easy walk from the Pop.

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 04:58 PM
So yeah...




I have apparently been living under a rock :rolleyes2

This was started ten days ago and I juts found fit :faint:

Janet, she really has grown up this last year, can't wait to read more. I wanted to stay at the AoA on our next trip but the walk scared me. Glad to read I was right. I figure we can go explore it. I have read it is an easy walk from the Pop.

No problem. As you can see, I have barely gotten started. And yep. It's been a year of much growing up. :sad:

Glad you're here. :goodvibes And you'll probably do better with the walk. But then you're probably...... gulp....... HALF of my age! :lmao:

Actually the walk from Pop isn't bad at all. It's the walk from LM to Animation Hall repeatedly that I wasn't fond of.

tinkgurl
01-20-2013, 05:08 PM
I love Katie's travel outfit! :cutie:

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 05:11 PM
I love Katie's travel outfit! :cutie:

Thanks! I have the same t-shirt, but am banned from wearing it at the same time. :cool2: Now that she's into adult sizes at least we can find t-shirts again. Tweens really seem to be a forgotten market with Disney. Once you're out of 10/12 girls, you're sunk until you can fit adult sizes.

YodasMom
01-20-2013, 05:46 PM
Hi Janet!
Looking forward to reading another one of your trip reports! I always love them and your layout is so easy and fun to read! :goodvibes

Sounds like you'll have lots of cool stuff to scrap! I need to get started again, too.......Looking forward to reading more!

Oh, Katie has grown up so much in the past year and such a lovely young lady!

Karen

scrapbookersdis
01-20-2013, 06:07 PM
That is the cutest pose wth the Earport Goofy that I've ever seen!

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 08:30 PM
Hi Janet!
Looking forward to reading another one of your trip reports! I always love them and your layout is so easy and fun to read! :goodvibes

Sounds like you'll have lots of cool stuff to scrap! I need to get started again, too.......Looking forward to reading more!

Oh, Katie has grown up so much in the past year and such a lovely young lady!

Karen


Hey Karen! :wave: So glad you found us! :cool1:

I'm really glad we tried some new things this trip. I really don't want to scrap the same things over this time. So I do plan on focusing my scrapping on all the new stuff. I actually did my first scrapping this weekend since last summer. It felt awesome, but it's really hard to get the creative juices flowing again.

From the looks of your signature, it seems you have some magic right around the corner. Tell Mickey I said hi! :cool1:

We promise we won't go anywhere when you're gone. How many days will you be there?


That is the cutest pose wth the Earport Goofy that I've ever seen!

It's hard to believe that after a full day of school and flying half way across the country she still had any creative energy left. I know I didln't But then I didn't even START the day with any creative juices flowing!

In fact, I'm amazed I have so few photos from our travel day. That's really quite unlike me!

Looks like we have another scrapbooker in the midst! :cool1:

KCmike
01-20-2013, 08:33 PM
My oldest would like to go to Benedictine in Atchinison but the cost is so much. She does qualify for some wonderful scholarships but the room and board is quite a bit of money. Her fall back is Park University here up North. She can go for very little and can live at home and stay working throughout. I would like her to get the degree without having a huge college debt. She is studying for an education degree and has always wanted to be a teacher since she was very little in grade school. I would like to see her get away though and experience life for herself.

We check out several other colleges but for her she just loves Benedictine. I'm afraid its probably out of the question which makes me sad.

We go this Saturday for more scholarship information at Park to see what else she might qualify for. We did our first FAFSA today! Times are a changing for sure.

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Sanibel Island sounds fun and maybe I will see you out in California if you make that Disneyland Christmas trip! :thumbsup2

Probably will head towards Orlando this year so this trip report will be fun to follow.

Thanks!

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 09:10 PM
My oldest would like to go to Benedictine in Atchinison but the cost is so much. She does qualify for some wonderful scholarships but the room and board is quite a bit of money. Her fall back is Park University here up North. She can go for very little and can live at home and stay working throughout. I would like her to get the degree without having a huge college debt. She is studying for an education degree and has always wanted to be a teacher since she was very little in grade school. I would like to see her get away though and experience life for herself.

We check out several other colleges but for her she just loves Benedictine. I'm afraid its probably out of the question which makes me sad.

We go this Saturday for more scholarship information at Park to see what else she might qualify for. We did our first FAFSA today! Times are a changing for sure.

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Sanibel Island sounds fun and maybe I will see you out in California if you make that Disneyland Christmas trip! :thumbsup2

Probably will head towards Orlando this year so this trip report will be fun to follow.

Thanks!

I'm really torn about the cost of room and board too. I went away to school and know how valuable that was as an experience for me. I really think it made me a better person. So I'd like that for my kids. But I don't want them going into debt for it either. We were lucky that Robbie just had zero interest in living on campus anywhere, so this has really been delayed for us until now. Rockhurst has been a great fit for Robbie. I think they only have 1600 students so there's not much chance of him getting "lost" amid all the other kids. Of course, I think there are days he'd prefer it that way!

Timmy is attending a Scholar's Day at Jewell in a couple weeks where I think they get to compete for some more scholarship money. So fingers are crossed that he can get something there to help. Who the heck knows. And we'll be doing our FAFSA here soon too. With 2 kids in college, maybe Timmy will get some more help there as well. It's just a waiting game now.

It's nice that your daughter has an idea what she wants to do. Robbie entered school not knowing what he wanted to do. He's thinking now about maybe becoming a CPA. Like everything else, who the heck knows. He's apparently been nosing around online checking out earning potential and potential job market, so that's good.

I like Sanibel. I especially love the photography opportunities. So I hope we figure it out and make it down there.

YodasMom
01-20-2013, 10:40 PM
Hey Karen! :wave: So glad you found us! :cool1:

I'm really glad we tried some new things this trip. I really don't want to scrap the same things over this time. So I do plan on focusing my scrapping on all the new stuff. I actually did my first scrapping this weekend since last summer. It felt awesome, but it's really hard to get the creative juices flowing again.

From the looks of your signature, it seems you have some magic right around the corner. Tell Mickey I said hi! :cool1:

We promise we won't go anywhere when you're gone. How many days will you be there?



I'll be at WDW for a week! Yay!!! We're going to be below zero here tonight, so it will be a nice mid-winter break :)

I broke my foot in November in Denver so I had to reschedule my December trip to this month. Still have the boot on but it's better. Plan to take it slow and try to smell the roses (or Popcorn since the roses probably aren't blooming!) It's not how I usually do Disney, but we'll see how it goes!

mom2rtk
01-20-2013, 11:34 PM
I'll be at WDW for a week! Yay!!! We're going to be below zero here tonight, so it will be a nice mid-winter break :)

I broke my foot in November in Denver so I had to reschedule my December trip to this month. Still have the boot on but it's better. Plan to take it slow and try to smell the roses (or Popcorn since the roses probably aren't blooming!) It's not how I usually do Disney, but we'll see how it goes!

Oh no! I sure hope you have a great time in spite of your boot. I bet you will. And I bet you will really appreciate that FL weather. :beach: The arctic blast is making its way down toward KC tonight, but I'm pretty sure it's staying far north of Orlando. ;)

Be sure to check in here when you get back and let us all know how it was! :cool1:

And I expect to see that boot show up in a scrapbook page soon!

MickeyMouseCD524
01-20-2013, 11:36 PM
OMG all those buses! :scared1:

You finally got there though. I can't wait to here about the AoA we are thinking about staying there next trip but were not sure wether or not to pull the trigger.
Can't wait for the next update. =)

SarahJN
01-21-2013, 12:59 PM
Janet - I can't wait to read your trip report! We arrived the day before you and stayed in a Lion King suite. I've lurked on your other trip reports so I'm sure I would have recognized Katie in those beautiful dresses if we had seen you in the parks.

AGPrincess
01-21-2013, 01:37 PM
Love your pics from the Earport! Also enjoyed seeing the holiday decorations at AoA - that is such a gorgeous lobby any time of year. :goodvibes

Missyrose
01-21-2013, 08:29 PM
Yay! You've arrived in Disney! Art of Animation looks beautiful! I can't wait to see more photos of the resort. I'm trying to convince Franklin that we should drive over there one day on our upcoming trip to take a look around.

Can't wait to see what you do on your first day!

Caretames1
01-21-2013, 09:36 PM
I showed Kadence your pictures tonight, and she noticed that Katie and her have the same shoes ( the flats she's wearing ion the photos) She is totally thinking she is so awesome because of that, and because she has pictures in the same places in the airport.:lmao:

I like the new, no glasses look on Katie. Kadence hates her glasses, so I think once she's capable of taking care of contacts in middle school, we'll look into it.

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 09:54 AM
OMG all those buses! :scared1:

You finally got there though. I can't wait to here about the AoA we are thinking about staying there next trip but were not sure wether or not to pull the trigger.
Can't wait for the next update. =)


Yeah. Definitely :scared1: at all those buses. I do everything I can to avoid them!

I loved AoA and am really glad we stayed there. Just don't know that we'll ever do it again.

Janet - I can't wait to read your trip report! We arrived the day before you and stayed in a Lion King suite. I've lurked on your other trip reports so I'm sure I would have recognized Katie in those beautiful dresses if we had seen you in the parks.

Hi Sarah! I think I've seen you over on the photography forum and maybe the Disboutiquer thread? What ADORABLE girls you have! princess:princess:princess: I'd be in BIG trouble with 3 of them to dress! :goodvibes

Since you were there at the same time, I'd love to hear you chime in as we go along about how you were enjoying the same things. I walked through that Lion King section SO many times over the course of our 10 days. I bet you got some awesome shots around the resort! :cool1:

Love your pics from the Earport! Also enjoyed seeing the holiday decorations at AoA - that is such a gorgeous lobby any time of year. :goodvibes

Thanks! We have stopped for photos at the Earport on every trip so far. My husband didn't quite understand my desire to stop for photos when it was so late already, but no way was I skipping it this time! And yes, I did love that lobby. :goodvibes Especially all those white decorations!

Yay! You've arrived in Disney! Art of Animation looks beautiful! I can't wait to see more photos of the resort. I'm trying to convince Franklin that we should drive over there one day on our upcoming trip to take a look around.

Can't wait to see what you do on your first day!

Hey Missy! :wave: I would definitely find the time to get there and look around. It's really amazing. My lack of interest in staying there again is in no way a reflection on the beauty of the resort. It would be my new home base at Disney if I could just get a standard room closer to Animation Hall.

And YEAH! one you being so close to your own trip! Are you hoping you get offered the chance at FP+? I'd love for you to be able to report back with some first-hand feedback!

The parks were crazy busy this past weekend (I hear) but I bet you'll hit that nice lull right after the storm. Hope you have a GREAT time! :cool1:

I showed Kadence your pictures tonight, and she noticed that Katie and her have the same shoes ( the flats she's wearing ion the photos) She is totally thinking she is so awesome because of that, and because she has pictures in the same places in the airport.:lmao:

I like the new, no glasses look on Katie. Kadence hates her glasses, so I think once she's capable of taking care of contacts in middle school, we'll look into it.

LOL, those shoes were PERFECT for Disney! They looked great with princess gowns and shorts alike!

I was really not sold on the whole contact lens thing for an 6th grader. And for some kids it would be a wrong move. But for a detail oriented kid who can handle some responsibility, it's really not a problem. I just didn't want to have to be reminding her to not fall asleep in them, and to change them on time and all of that. But she's WAY ahead of me in that game. Heck if I had contacts, she'd probably be waking ME up to tell me to take them out at night. :rotfl: And from what I've seen of Kadence, I bet she's the same way.

Disney9.9.10
01-22-2013, 10:04 AM
Wow that is a huge line of buses!! I can imagine it'd take forever to get out of there. And I agree that your daughters travel outfit is adorable!

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 11:26 AM
Friday December 7, 2012

Like always, I was up early. I peeked out the window. It was still dark, but I could see it was foggy. I still needed to pick up our package tickets early, so I headed for the concierge desk. It was great to get another look at the resort, but the walk still seemed just as long after a full night of sleep. I really didn't anticipate a problem since I had picked up last year's tickets early at the Pop Century with no problem at all. So it caught me off-guard when the CM told me she couldn't do it. Caught me even more by surprise when the manager came over and told me she couldn't do it. So I swallowed hard and headed back to the room. That really didn't leave me in the mood to take resort pictures on the way.

Drew and Katie were up soon after and we headed back to Animation Hall for a bite to eat and out to the bus stop. I have to admit, I was sweating bullets wondering what on earth I would do if I couldn't get our tickets at Magic Kingdom Guest Relations. I didn't have a back-up plan. I was reassured by countless other posts on the DIS, and I was armed with a printout of Cheshire Figment's instructions on how to do early ticket pick-up, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little nervous.

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So we arrived at the MK and up to the window I went and asked........ and breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when the CM said "sure, no problem". WHEW! Then I waited. And waited. And waited. And started to worry some more. We ended up being at that window a full 30 minutes (no exaggeration) before we were done. It turns out he had mistakenly printed the tickets at AoA (you know, where I had already tried to pick them up......) and was trying to figure out what to do. He ended up giving us comp tickets for the day and told us to pick up the real tickets when we got back. He was also kind enough to give us an "any attraction" fastpass to compensate for the extended time in line. We finally entered the park at 9:45. After a quick stop at Expo Hall to redeem the Photopass Plus voucher, we were on way up Main Street.

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And can you believe that on our first morning at the MK, I don't have a single picture on Main Street on our way in? That was just a little more stress than I wanted on our way in,but it sure felt good to have that piece of it behind us.

I wanted to head for Space Mountain first, since that ride backs up faster than any other. But Katie had her heart set on Big Thunder Mountain. So we veered left for Adventureland. We intended to grab Jungle Cruise fastpasses on our way by, but decided to just go ahead and ride when we saw that it was basically a walk-on. It is the quintessential Disney ride, so a great way to start a trip.

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From there we headed on over to Big Thunder Mountain, where once again there was nearly no wait. By the time we walked through the queue, we were very near the loading dock. Same thing with Splash next. Kim had called and I was looking for a moment to call her back, but honestly, we just kept walking onto rides so there was no time to call her back.

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On our way through Frontierland, we spied the only characters Drew really cares anything about..... Chip and Dale. And we stopped in our first real line of the day. Even that wasn't a very long line, only 10 minutes or so.

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Around 11, we headed for Haunted Mansion, followed by Small World at 11:30.


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mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 11:28 AM
Wow that is a huge line of buses!! I can imagine it'd take forever to get out of there. And I agree that your daughters travel outfit is adorable!

Thanks! I miss the days when she'd wear skirt sets heading to and from Disney, but she's doing a good job updating her look each trip.

And yes, that bus line is a nightmare! No way was I going to fight that getting out of there!

nannye
01-22-2013, 12:16 PM
No time to comment properly but love the update!

jenseib
01-22-2013, 01:47 PM
I had a long wait to get our tickets early. We went to the International gateway and I guess they are changing over to a new system and and that computer was not hooked to it. Eventually we got them, but we stood there for a long time. I was patient, but I felt bad for the people behind us.
I would've been pretty frustrated that AoA had already printed them after they told you no. Why the heck would they do such a stupid thing.

How awesome to be doing so many walk on rides. Jungle cruise looks nice. We usually ride it in the dark. I can't remember if we did a daytime one this past trip or not. I guess once I look through my pictures, I'll find out. :rotfl:
Chip and Dale are always so much fun.

We never made it over to ride Haunted Mansion this trip. Claire tries to avoid it like the plague.

shan23877
01-22-2013, 01:58 PM
As usual your photos are startlingly good. And as I sit in Illinois where it's currently 5 degrees without the windchill, Orlando looks like heaven right now.:lmao:

Despite the ticket snafu it seems like you were off to a great start on the morning! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on PP+ as well. I'm on the fence about upgrading to it for the next trip. You have to exchange the voucher at a park correct? It can't be done at the resort?

Sydnerella
01-22-2013, 02:02 PM
Friday December 7, 2012

Like always, I was up early. I peeked out the window. It was still dark, but I could see it was foggy. I still needed to pick up our package tickets early, so I headed for the concierge desk. It was great to get another look at the resort, but the walk still seemed just as long after a full night of sleep. I really didn't anticipate a problem since I had picked up last year's tickets early at the Pop Century with no problem at all. So it caught me off-guard when the CM told me she couldn't do it. Caught me even more by surprise when the manager came over and told me she couldn't do it. So I swallowed hard and headed back to the room. That really didn't leave me in the mood to take resort pictures on the way.



LOVE the HM pics - very cool. Nice that 45minutes after open you were able to walk onto so many rides. Sounds like the perfect time to go to WDW with the 3 FP+ limit/day.... at least you will get on some rides w/out long standby waits grrrrr:furious: topic for another thread....

Anyway - I am not understanding what "package tickets" are (park and party tickets?)and why you did not get your park tickets at check-in the night before? :confused3 Sorry, I may have missed something!

Sydnerella's Mama

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 02:05 PM
No time to comment properly but love the update!

Thanks! And congrats on the new trip!

I had a long wait to get our tickets early. We went to the International gateway and I guess they are changing over to a new system and and that computer was not hooked to it. Eventually we got them, but we stood there for a long time. I was patient, but I felt bad for the people behind us.
I would've been pretty frustrated that AoA had already printed them after they told you no. Why the heck would they do such a stupid thing.

How awesome to be doing so many walk on rides. Jungle cruise looks nice. We usually ride it in the dark. I can't remember if we did a daytime one this past trip or not. I guess once I look through my pictures, I'll find out. :rotfl:
Chip and Dale are always so much fun.

We never made it over to ride Haunted Mansion this trip. Claire tries to avoid it like the plague.


AoA did't actually initiate the printing of the tickets. I think the CM at the MK printed them, but did so remotely at AoA. Still a big PITA though. And the cranky CM manager who turned me down that morning was still there that night when we stopped by to pick them up. I made sure I told the desk CM really loudly how disappointed we were to have to waste so much time on it when they could have just handled it there that morning. Funny thing though, she never came over to say anything.

We all really love HM. But I'm having trouble breaking new ground with my photography in there. I think I need a better camera! Cuz it can't be me? LOL! I WANT some new shots!

As usual your photos are startlingly good. And as I sit in Illinois where it's currently 5 degrees without the windchill, Orlando looks like heaven right now.:lmao:

Despite the ticket snafu it seems like you were off to a great start on the morning! I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on PP+ as well. I'm on the fence about upgrading to it for the next trip. You have to exchange the voucher at a park correct? It can't be done at the resort?

That day in the MK actually turned out exactly as I had hoped. With the FL Grand Opening the day before all the action was over there. Since Drew didn't care at all about that, I had hoped it would translate into the rest of the park being empty. And it really was!

PP+ for us went without a hitch. I got lucky and there was nobody in line at the photo center. We were literally in and out of there in 30 seconds. A few resorts have a photo center where I think you can exchange the voucher, but not all of them. GF does, and a few others deluxes. Maybe a spot on DTD? I'm not certain on that.

Thanks for the kind comments on the photos!

Sydnerella
01-22-2013, 02:11 PM
As usual your photos are startlingly good. And as I sit in Illinois where it's currently 5 degrees without the windchill, Orlando looks like heaven right now.:lmao:

I agree that is is wonderful to see this pics, it is -4 in Minneapolis, with -15 windchill.... :( blech!

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 02:12 PM
LOVE the HM pics - very cool. Nice that 45minutes after open you were able to walk onto so many rides. Sounds like the perfect time to go to WDW with the 3 FP+ limit/day.... at least you will get on some rides w/out long standby waits grrrrr:furious: topic for another thread....

Anyway - I am not understanding what "package tickets" are (park and party tickets?)and why you did not get your park tickets at check-in the night before? :confused3 Sorry, I may have missed something!

Sydnerella's Mama

It really was a grand day to be in the MK! :goodvibes It was a party night, and I love this time of year because it slows the park traffic on party days.

LOL on this being the perfect day under the upcoming FP changes. I thought the same thing. I was thrilled to get that "any attraction" FP since this was our first post enforcement park day, but in the end we really did have trouble finding a spot to use it!

Sorry to confuse things on the tickets. We were doing a split stay to get free dining. Our first 3 nights were a room only reservation because those were blackout days for FD. We were staying in the same resort but checking back in under a package Monday the 10th. The tickets were part of that package. So we needed our 12/10 tickets on 12/7. Which Disney has always been willing to do, but lately phone CMs have been telling people they can't do it. We did it with no problem last year at POP. If it hadn't worked out I would have been in big trouble since we had park days planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 02:15 PM
And as I sit in Illinois where it's currently 5 degrees without the windchill, Orlando looks like heaven right now.:lmao:



I agree that is is wonderful to see this pics, it is -4 in Minneapolis, with -15 windchill.... :( blech!

YIKES! And I thought it was cold here in KC at around 20 degrees! :scared1: I can't believe I actually complained about how hot it was most afternoons on that trip. I want another shot at it..... I promise I won't complain about the 80 degree temps! :)

Glennie5
01-22-2013, 03:02 PM
I cannot believe how grown up Katie looks. Looks like you had a bit of a scare with your tickets, early pick up always makes me nervous me too. Julia is waiting very patiently for your MVMCP pictures. She developed a little crush on Snow White's Prince last year and is hoping to see him again in your pictures.:rotfl:

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 03:33 PM
I cannot believe how grown up Katie looks. Looks like you had a bit of a scare with your tickets, early pick up always makes me nervous me too. Julia is waiting very patiently for your MVMCP pictures. She developed a little crush on Snow White's Prince last year and is hoping to see him again in your pictures.:rotfl:

Hopefully it won't be too long getting to MVMCP. We went on Sunday the 9th and Thursday the 13th. And we did get throug the princess room both nights, so she'll have 2 sets of photos to check!

And I did figure out later that the ticket snafu also gained us around $20. I had bought us all 5 day tickets since that's all Drew needed. I needed to add 5 more days for Katie and myself. But becuse the first day was never run through a ticket turnstile, I only had to add four! :cool1:

For those of you keeping up with the FP+ thread........ don't rat me out on that over there. I can think of a couple posters over there who would find me taking advantage of that to be just shy of committing armed robbery! :lmao:

KCmike
01-22-2013, 03:59 PM
Scary start with the tickets for sure. This summer will be our first "fastpass enforcement" with Disney as Disneyland didn't have it this past summer. I love to load up the fast passes and use them at night after taking a break from the parks. Oh well what can you do? With all the new technology coming our way into the parks I have a feeling that some of the spontaneity will be gone. Who wants a rigid schedule to follow when on vacation?

What dining did you end up getting? Loving the photos too. Your family is very darling. Katie in flip flops in the winter at MK is funny to see.

Alright off to start looking at Universal Studios and how much that will cost for me to get in. We haven't been there since the 90's.

lvcourtneyy
01-22-2013, 07:17 PM
PP+ for us went without a hitch. I got lucky and there was nobody in line at the photo center. We were literally in and out of there in 30 seconds. A few resorts have a photo center where I think you can exchange the voucher, but not all of them. GF does, and a few others deluxes. Maybe a spot on DTD? I'm not certain on that.

Thanks for the kind comments on the photos!

I just wanted to put my 2 cents in lol! There is a PP+ spot in DTD. If you go inside Team Mickey, you can find it. There was a separate entrance to it too but I think the Team Mickey entrance is easier to find! :thumbsup2 I absolutely loved having PP+ on our trip!


I can't believe the hassle you had with getting your tickets! How ridiculous. I'm glad it worked out in the end though.

Love the Jungle Cruise pictures! I don't think I took any:confused: Wow sounds like you guys had great luck with lines!!:thumbsup2

mom2rtk
01-22-2013, 08:00 PM
Scary start with the tickets for sure. This summer will be our first "fastpass enforcement" with Disney as Disneyland didn't have it this past summer. I love to load up the fast passes and use them at night after taking a break from the parks. Oh well what can you do? With all the new technology coming our way into the parks I have a feeling that some of the spontaneity will be gone. Who wants a rigid schedule to follow when on vacation?

What dining did you end up getting? Loving the photos too. Your family is very darling. Katie in flip flops in the winter at MK is funny to see.

Alright off to start looking at Universal Studios and how much that will cost for me to get in. We haven't been there since the 90's.

I need to pop back into the DL forum again. I know there was a rumor again that FP enforcement would start by the end of January. I'd love to not owrry about that when we go, but that's a ways away. Not sure I have any hope of that.

Time enforcement sounds bad enough. But when you add in FP+ and pre-scheduled ride times, it just makes my head hurt. I love to plan. But once I walk in the gates, I want to have some spontaneity. That just seems to be less and less possible.

Our Free Dining was Counter Service, but we paid to upgrade to the regular dining plan. For us, eating at the caracter meals is a big part of the experience.

And yeah, flip-flops are looking a little out of place in the weather we're having right now. I know we don't have it as bad as other parts of the country, but sheesh. It was COLD today!

We haven't been to Universal since 2004. But all this talk about FP+ really has me considering a trip off property next time.

I just wanted to put my 2 cents in lol! There is a PP+ spot in DTD. If you go inside Team Mickey, you can find it. There was a separate entrance to it too but I think the Team Mickey entrance is easier to find! :thumbsup2 I absolutely loved having PP+ on our trip!


I can't believe the hassle you had with getting your tickets! How ridiculous. I'm glad it worked out in the end though.

Love the Jungle Cruise pictures! I don't think I took any:confused: Wow sounds like you guys had great luck with lines!!:thumbsup2

Thanks for the info on DTD! I thought I had heard there was a spot there, but I honestly don't spend much time there. In fact, this would be the first trip in a long time that we even went to DTD. That's coming up soon.

Jungle Cruise might just be Drew's favorite Disney ride. And even though I take photos every time, well..... I take photos ever time! :lmao: I just can't help it!

kwitcherkicken99
01-22-2013, 10:14 PM
I'm so glad I got to come home to an update.

My flash tube died. On assignment.

:sad2:

nannye
01-22-2013, 11:31 PM
Janet, how long was the walk from your LM room at AOA to the bus? how long to the food court/lobby?

I want POR, but might not be in the budget this time so we may be looking at values and AOA would be nice, but the walk I've heard is not so nice and NO stroller for V this year. and Thanks! I really didn't think we were going back. V's mom hadn't mentioned it. Out of the blue I got the email on Saturday. I have 2 weeks to figure it out before ADRS (and I want a BOG ressie!)

Oh ya and V has already declared that she must have a Drizella Dress BUT she won't do BBB (really?)

jenseib
01-23-2013, 08:37 AM
Janet, how long was the walk from your LM room at AOA to the bus? how long to the food court/lobby?

I want POR, but might not be in the budget this time so we may be looking at values and AOA would be nice, but the walk I've heard is not so nice and NO stroller for V this year. and Thanks! I really didn't think we were going back. V's mom hadn't mentioned it. Out of the blue I got the email on Saturday. I have 2 weeks to figure it out before ADRS (and I want a BOG ressie!)

Oh ya and V has already declared that she must have a Drizella Dress BUT she won't do BBB (really?)

I would guessitmate it about 7 minutes. It might be shorter if you walk faster and longer if you walk slower. Some nights it seemed REALLY far away.

scrapbookersdis
01-23-2013, 10:37 AM
Time enforcement sounds bad enough. But when you add in FP+ and pre-scheduled ride times, it just makes my head hurt. I love to plan. But once I walk in the gates, I want to have some spontaneity. That just seems to be less and less possible.


I don't like it when Disney makes you feel a sensation of Them versus Us.

Years ago, the unofficial policy was, you could use any FP (no matter how old -- even years), from the opening time of the window on the pass until the park closed. The day didn't matter, just the time. Plenty of people had four-inch thick stacks of FPs (collected over every visit). Actually, there are still people with those stacks -- I just saw one in the MK a few weeks ago. The CMs may be enforcing the closing time on the window now, but they're still not enforcing the date. Not that I'd recommend depending on it. Like you, I'm responding to the "tightening" of policies by just looking outside Disney property -- though I have a certain sympathy for people who work the dang system. Vive la revolution! :artist:

Had to chuckle sympathetically at your comment about the pass pick-up angst interfering with your photography at AoA. I am the same way -- the number of photos I take goes down in direct proportion to the amount of stress.

Looking forward to your next update!

nannye
01-23-2013, 02:03 PM
I would guessitmate it about 7 minutes. It might be shorter if you walk faster and longer if you walk slower. Some nights it seemed REALLY far away.

Thanks Jennifer, I really can't decide if I would want to try it. The resort looks great and comparing to our 3-4 min walk at Riverside whats another 3 min, but I'm not sure I'd be feeling that extra few min at the end of a long day.

Riverside is my first choice, its just so calm and quiet. I know V would like AofA tho.

mom2rtk
01-23-2013, 02:22 PM
I'm so glad I got to come home to an update.

My flash tube died. On assignment.

:sad2:

OK, I'm lost What is a flash "tube"?

Janet, how long was the walk from your LM room at AOA to the bus? how long to the food court/lobby?

I want POR, but might not be in the budget this time so we may be looking at values and AOA would be nice, but the walk I've heard is not so nice and NO stroller for V this year. and Thanks! I really didn't think we were going back. V's mom hadn't mentioned it. Out of the blue I got the email on Saturday. I have 2 weeks to figure it out before ADRS (and I want a BOG ressie!)

Oh ya and V has already declared that she must have a Drizella Dress BUT she won't do BBB (really?)

I never really timed the walk at all. To me it was just more of a feeling. It was long. :lmao: Yes, that's my technical assessment. :rotfl2: For me though, it was more than just the length. It was about how it played into my decision making process. No bringing breakfast back to he room for everyone. We ate on our way out. No running to the gift shop in the evening for that one extra thing. No refilling our mugs, which were in our room, when we got back at the end of the day. But do keep in mind we keep very long hours in the parks. We were on our feet 10-12 hours a day for 9 days in a row.

I would guessitmate it about 7 minutes. It might be shorter if you walk faster and longer if you walk slower. Some nights it seemed REALLY far away.

Thanks Jen!

I don't like it when Disney makes you feel a sensation of Them versus Us.

Years ago, the unofficial policy was, you could use any FP (no matter how old -- even years), from the opening time of the window on the pass until the park closed. The day didn't matter, just the time. Plenty of people had four-inch thick stacks of FPs (collected over every visit). Actually, there are still people with those stacks -- I just saw one in the MK a few weeks ago. The CMs may be enforcing the closing time on the window now, but they're still not enforcing the date. Not that I'd recommend depending on it. Like you, I'm responding to the "tightening" of policies by just looking outside Disney property -- though I have a certain sympathy for people who work the dang system. Vive la revolution! :artist:

Had to chuckle sympathetically at your comment about the pass pick-up angst interfering with your photography at AoA. I am the same way -- the number of photos I take goes down in direct proportion to the amount of stress.

Looking forward to your next update!

Yep, nothing better than some photography time in my happy place. But my happy place is more than just being at Disney. It's being relaxed at Disney!

And I never heard such a story about FPs! You better not post that over on the FP+ threads. Oh my, I can just see the feeding frenzy. Some there thought it just sort of a felony to use a late FP on the same DAY (when the CMs said you could), let alone at a later date. It's crazy.

Thanks Jennifer, I really can't decide if I would want to try it. The resort looks great and comparing to our 3-4 min walk at Riverside whats another 3 min, but I'm not sure I'd be feeling that extra few min at the end of a long day.

Riverside is my first choice, its just so calm and quiet. I know V would like AofA tho.

I have no idea how far the rooms are out at POR, so I really can't help you with that. But if this is the first trip without a stroller, I think I'd think long and hard about AoA. Unless you want to be carrying her at the end of a long day.

But then I'm just spoiled by our previous stays at Pop where we were always able to request a close room.

Maybe you could just schedule shorter days than Katie and I do. :goodvibes

sassie_kat
01-23-2013, 08:01 PM
I've been following your TRs for some time now. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous! I love that she's so "grown" and yet still dresses up in the princess dresses. I'm hoping my little girl will follow in her footsteps. Now momma just needs to improve her sewing skills and comfort at using the "fancy" fabrics!

kwitcherkicken99
01-23-2013, 10:29 PM
OK, I'm lost What is a flash "tube"?
Basically the bulb. The part that makes the light.

$675 and a trip to Indianapolis later... :scared:

I'm the proud owner of a bouncing baby SB-700 flash and a pair of pocket wizard wireless transmitters.

nannye
01-23-2013, 11:31 PM
shorter days ha ha

I did make my decision. The walk sealed it. I'm sucking it up and booking POR. I don't want to be on vacation and regretting not booking it and I really just fell in love with it!

nannye
01-24-2013, 10:05 PM
Oh Janet, I posted our Park Fare dinner in my TR, you'll love it, video too!

mom2rtk
01-25-2013, 09:59 AM
I've been following your TRs for some time now. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous! I love that she's so "grown" and yet still dresses up in the princess dresses. I'm hoping my little girl will follow in her footsteps. Now momma just needs to improve her sewing skills and comfort at using the "fancy" fabrics!

Sewing with the "fancy" fabrics is the most fun! :cool1:

Thanks for the nice words and :welcome:

Basically the bulb. The part that makes the light.

$675 and a trip to Indianapolis later... :scared:

I'm the proud owner of a bouncing baby SB-700 flash and a pair of pocket wizard wireless transmitters.

Yuck. Replacing stuff, especially expensive stuff...... is not fun. Are the pocket wizards at least something new and different for you? I really want my next camera to be able to trigger my flash off-camera so I can start playing around with it more.

shorter days ha ha

I did make my decision. The walk sealed it. I'm sucking it up and booking POR. I don't want to be on vacation and regretting not booking it and I really just fell in love with it!


So you're not in with the "shorter days" plan? Ah, a girl after my own heart! :rotfl:


Oh Janet, I posted our Park Fare dinner in my TR, you'll love it, video too!

Thanks so much for the heads up Erin. I really enjoyed watching. The doll dresses were adorable!

HuskerFaninIL
01-25-2013, 11:22 PM
Those are the best Jungle cruise pics I've ever seen!!!

kwitcherkicken99
01-26-2013, 12:02 AM
Yuck. Replacing stuff, especially expensive stuff...... is not fun. Are the pocket wizards at least something new and different for you? I really want my next camera to be able to trigger my flash off-camera so I can start playing around with it more.
I used to check them out at school all the time.

I never used them, but it's time to get going and join the real world.

I need to be able to remotely fire my big guns while I'm shooting sports. I can use my big flash, but it has to be on the second level and I obviously can't stay attached by a cable without causing someone to fall.

I could've gone with a more inexpensive wireless transmitters BUT the reliability isn't up to snuff.

I DO like the new portable flash. It's got a fun option to use it normal, center weighted (basically a center spotlight), and a wide flare. That flare option is AWESOME!

nannye
01-26-2013, 06:34 PM
Sewing with the "fancy" fabrics is the most fun! :cool1:

Thanks for the nice words and :welcome:



Yuck. Replacing stuff, especially expensive stuff...... is not fun. Are the pocket wizards at least something new and different for you? I really want my next camera to be able to trigger my flash off-camera so I can start playing around with it more.




So you're not in with the "shorter days" plan? Ah, a girl after my own heart! :rotfl:




Thanks so much for the heads up Erin. I really enjoyed watching. The doll dresses were adorable!

We are going to disney and paying a crazy amount of money to do so. I'm def going to get my money's worth. I find the mid day breaks a hassle to be honest especially if we only have1 day at that park, Epcot, ak and HS. I don't want to take a mid day break those days and v won nap or rest so.....

We are taking a mid week day off this time! It will be pool day! We might go to DTD for lunch and just a couple stores for shopping on that day and prob park fare for dinner but otherwise no park.

nannye
01-26-2013, 11:41 PM
Hi, sorry for posting here I tried to PM you but you're full up. and I don't want to retype lol if anyone else has advice let me know!~


Janet, can you tell me the difference between lunch and dinner at BOG? is it just that lunch is quick service and dinner is table? It's not a character meal that I know. Just wondering if a QS credit would be good enough for our day with dinner at CRT. I "think" I remember you saying you did lunch and dinner at BOG in dec. We did breakfast at CRT once and I wasn't fond of it. I much preferred dinner last year. but then again... CRT I had the traditional breakfast and didn't like it, but looking at their menu the stuffed french toast looks good, but dinner the beef tenderloin was good last year.

This is for V's princess day so I kind of like doing the 8 am BBB then going straight to characters aka Merida & princesses to get them done asap before lines get long. kind of makes me think the lunch at BOG and dinner at CRT would work. We would still have 2 other MK days but i have far too many wants for TS meals so kinda just wondering if BOG is a definite dinner or if lunch is "good enough".

Do you have an opinion?
Thanks
Erin

jenseib
01-27-2013, 09:17 AM
Lunch is counterservice and a different menu. I have heard they have quite a wait for lunch too at this point since it's so new.

mesaboy2
01-27-2013, 05:08 PM
Subbing. Somehow I missed this until now!

mom2rtk
01-27-2013, 06:03 PM
Those are the best Jungle cruise pics I've ever seen!!!

Thank you so much! :goodvibes My favorite was the other boat by the waterfall because it's different from what I've taken before.

I used to check them out at school all the time.

I never used them, but it's time to get going and join the real world.

I need to be able to remotely fire my big guns while I'm shooting sports. I can use my big flash, but it has to be on the second level and I obviously can't stay attached by a cable without causing someone to fall.

I could've gone with a more inexpensive wireless transmitters BUT the reliability isn't up to snuff.

I DO like the new portable flash. It's got a fun option to use it normal, center weighted (basically a center spotlight), and a wide flare. That flare option is AWESOME!

I was glad to hear you didn't have trouble from anyone at yesterday's meet. Did it all go ok?

We are going to disney and paying a crazy amount of money to do so. I'm def going to get my money's worth. I find the mid day breaks a hassle to be honest especially if we only have1 day at that park, Epcot, ak and HS. I don't want to take a mid day break those days and v won nap or rest so.....

We are taking a mid week day off this time! It will be pool day! We might go to DTD for lunch and just a couple stores for shopping on that day and prob park fare for dinner but otherwise no park.

We feel pretty much the same way. I can rest at home. Well, I suppose if the planets lined up just right, and all my kids moved out..... I could rest. But I don't. So no need to rest at Dinsey either, right? :teeth: But man, my feet were really arguing that point on this last trip. I do think your plan for a down day sounds great.

Hi, sorry for posting here I tried to PM you but you're full up. and I don't want to retype lol if anyone else has advice let me know!~


Janet, can you tell me the difference between lunch and dinner at BOG? is it just that lunch is quick service and dinner is table? It's not a character meal that I know. Just wondering if a QS credit would be good enough for our day with dinner at CRT. I "think" I remember you saying you did lunch and dinner at BOG in dec. We did breakfast at CRT once and I wasn't fond of it. I much preferred dinner last year. but then again... CRT I had the traditional breakfast and didn't like it, but looking at their menu the stuffed french toast looks good, but dinner the beef tenderloin was good last year.

This is for V's princess day so I kind of like doing the 8 am BBB then going straight to characters aka Merida & princesses to get them done asap before lines get long. kind of makes me think the lunch at BOG and dinner at CRT would work. We would still have 2 other MK days but i have far too many wants for TS meals so kinda just wondering if BOG is a definite dinner or if lunch is "good enough".

Do you have an opinion?
Thanks
Erin

Well, rarely does someone ask me a question and I don't have an opinion. ;) So here goes:

Lunch is really very good at BOG. It is far better than any other CS option at Disney. At least in my opinion. But I did actually prefer dinner. And that's partly because it just doesn't feel as crowded. They are clearly trying at lunch to squeeze as many people as possible through there as possible as quickly as possible. We were continually asked to squeeze closer together so they could move the line up farther on the bridge. Then when you go in, the room where you order is pretty packed as well.

Once you sit down, it's just lovely. And very laid back. I had no trouble at all exploring and photographing every room.

The other difference is that the Beast is only there at dinner.

Lunch is counterservice and a different menu. I have heard they have quite a wait for lunch too at this point since it's so new.

Thanks Jen! Tell Michael I said Happy Birthday! party:

Subbing. Somehow I missed this until now!

Glad you found us! :welcome: You haven't missed much yet.

kwitcherkicken99
01-27-2013, 10:22 PM
I was glad to hear you didn't have trouble from anyone at yesterday's meet. Did it all go ok?
It went pretty good. It started late and since they did diving in the morning, they still took a break where diving should've been.

The officials disappeared for 30 minutes.

I got what I needed for this week's paper, but I had to leave early from the meet to go take newborn baby pictures for a couple that I did their wedding 2-3 years ago.

My biggest thing on the day was avoiding teenage boys in speedos that didn't want to get splashed with water. :rolleyes2

Caretames1
01-27-2013, 11:41 PM
One update the whole time I been busy! YAY!! :rotfl2:

I had an issue at AoA later in our trip and I found the people behind the desk to be less than helpful. Sorry it took so long and was such a hassle to finally get your tickets picked up.

I love the elephants on Jungle Cruise! The babies are my favorite!

Chip & Dale are the best character interactions! Such sassy chipmunks!

It feels good to finally be in the swing of MK doens't it?:thumbsup2

molitva
01-28-2013, 07:29 AM
@nannye I wasn't able to get a reservation for BOG dinner so we made a point of seeking it out for lunch. We lined up around 10:25 a.m. and were at the end of the bridge leading up to the doors. We were sitting with our food right around 11 a.m. They opened the doors at 10:30.

We LOVED it! It was a combo of the food and the atmosphere and the "newness" of it. BF was so impressed that he requested it as our lunch on departure day. Even the second time it didn't disappoint. I wasn't bothered by the wait for an early lunch, even though I was probably giving up some prime touring time.

nannye
01-29-2013, 08:46 PM
Hi! So glad you found us! :welcome:

TST is almost always Cindy, Aurora and Rapunzel now. Snow White is still out in the hub area.

And you are correct, Belle is now only at Epcot in France (without the Beast now) and Akershus. She is not at CRT any longer. And while you can get a quick photo with her after storytime (participants) it's not a traditional meet & greet. It is very rushed there are no autographs. The only place Belle signs now is at Epcot.

YEAH for getting your trip booked! So is the AG doll coming along with her wardrobe? ;)

I completely missed all this! So the only place to see Belle in the yellow dress is storytime with Belle :( That kinda sucks. and no Beast at Epcot! we missed them last time I was dissappointed We were for sure going to see him this time. And Belle is not at CRT, has anyone replaced her or is it just 3 princesses now?

Oh well.

mom2rtk
01-29-2013, 09:09 PM
My biggest thing on the day was avoiding teenage boys in speedos that didn't want to get splashed with water. :rolleyes2

LOL, I can imagine that was a challenge all its own! At least that has to be better than cross country where you have to avoid their stench!

One update the whole time I been busy! YAY!! :rotfl2:

I had an issue at AoA later in our trip and I found the people behind the desk to be less than helpful. Sorry it took so long and was such a hassle to finally get your tickets picked up.

I love the elephants on Jungle Cruise! The babies are my favorite!

Chip & Dale are the best character interactions! Such sassy chipmunks!

It feels good to finally be in the swing of MK doens't it?:thumbsup2

I know, I need to get another update done, but life has just been throwing me too many curve balls. Hopefully it will settle back down again soon.

I'll be curiuos to see what your AoA issue was. I will say that when we stopped by later that night to pick up those tickets (the ones they told us that morning they couldn't print for us.....) they were really very helpful. But that morning really did have me sweating bullets.

I think the elephants really are my favorite part of Jungle Cruise. :goodvibes

And our family really bonded with Chip and Dale in 09. Timmy was along on that trip at age 14 and they really hassled him. He had a way that year of wandering off any time we got into a character line. Only this time I tipped off Chip (or was it Dale?????) and he left the meet & greet spot to go DRAG Timmy back for a family photo. Thankfully Timmy's a good sport and played along.

And yes, it felt awesome to be back in the MK. We spent a TON of time in the MK this time and you know what?

It STILL wasn't enough! :rotfl:

@nannye I wasn't able to get a reservation for BOG dinner so we made a point of seeking it out for lunch. We lined up around 10:25 a.m. and were at the end of the bridge leading up to the doors. We were sitting with our food right around 11 a.m. They opened the doors at 10:30.

We LOVED it! It was a combo of the food and the atmosphere and the "newness" of it. BF was so impressed that he requested it as our lunch on departure day. Even the second time it didn't disappoint. I wasn't bothered by the wait for an early lunch, even though I was probably giving up some prime touring time.

It really is quite a remarkable experience, isn't it? BOG really was one of the highlights of the trip for us.

I completely missed all this! So the only place to see Belle in the yellow dress is storytime with Belle :( That kinda sucks. and no Beast at Epcot! we missed them last time I was dissappointed We were for sure going to see him this time. And Belle is not at CRT, has anyone replaced her or is it just 3 princesses now?

Oh well.

Belle is still at Akershus in her yellow. And if you really want to see the Beast, dinner at BOG is the only way to do that.

Jasmine is at CRT now, usually with Aurora, Snow White and Ariel in the dining room, with Cindy in the lobby.

nannye
01-30-2013, 09:23 PM
grr i replied earlier, apparently my ipad didnt take it. I so dislike doing anything but reading on the ipad.

Anyways, Disney says BOG isn't a character meal. Is the beast there just a promo thing for new fantasyland opening?

mesaboy2
01-30-2013, 09:29 PM
grr i replied earlier, apparently my ipad didnt take it. I so dislike doing anything but reading on the ipad.

Anyways, Disney says BOG isn't a character meal. Is the beast there just a promo thing for new fantasyland opening?

It's not a character meal because he doesn't stop at tables. He has a M&G in an anteroom that you can do after your meal, and he also walks through the dining rooms about every half-hour or so. No idea how long this will continue.

mom2rtk
01-30-2013, 09:41 PM
It's not a character meal because he doesn't stop at tables. He has a M&G in an anteroom that you can do after your meal, and he also walks through the dining rooms about every half-hour or so. No idea how long this will continue.

Yep. What he said. :)

nannye
01-30-2013, 10:01 PM
Thanks for the clarification. I think I'll just make an ADR and cancel later if I decide to. If I can get an adr that is.
V wants to be Belle this year so that would be cute. I need to talk to her to see if she'll even go up to him tho. If she flat out refuses well :confused3

Thanks Janet and Mesaboy!

mom2rtk
01-30-2013, 10:11 PM
It's not a character meal because he doesn't stop at tables. He has a M&G in an anteroom that you can do after your meal, and he also walks through the dining rooms about every half-hour or so. No idea how long this will continue.

Thanks for the clarification. I think I'll just make an ADR and cancel later if I decide to. If I can get an adr that is.
V wants to be Belle this year so that would be cute. I need to talk to her to see if she'll even go up to him tho. If she flat out refuses well :confused3

Thanks Janet and Mesaboy!

Smart move. You can always cancel later. But trying to find one later if you pass now might never happen.

Curoly06
01-31-2013, 12:19 AM
Joining in! I'm really excited to read your TR and see your wonderful talent in dressmaking!! :goodvibes

mom2rtk
01-31-2013, 08:25 AM
Joining in! I'm really excited to read your TR and see your wonderful talent in dressmaking!! :goodvibes

Hi! Glad to have you reading along! :welcome:

I promise I'll get going again very soon.

DISNEYaddict4evr
01-31-2013, 01:12 PM
:badpc:

That is what happens to stuff when I don't get updates


Just kidding :rotfl:

I just really want to be doing this :surfweb:

I am doing the coffee part, but I have no story to read :sad2:

francis6306
02-03-2013, 05:02 PM
OMG… I totally missed that you had started this!!!! I'll be back to read later! Geez… you take a break from the Disboards and you get 20 pages behind before you ever get started!!

Oh. And when did typing out 3 periods create "&" instead of ". . ." (I had to use spaces on that!) I guess they want me to break that habit??? Sigh..

jenseib
02-03-2013, 05:53 PM
OMG& I totally missed that you had started this!!!! I'll be back to read later! Geez& you take a break from the Disboards and you get 20 pages behind before you ever get started!!

Oh. And when did typing out 3 periods create "&" instead of ". . ." (I had to use spaces on that!) I guess they want me to break that habit??? Sigh..

yes, it keeps doing that to me too and taking some of my punctuation away as well. Like ' and " . Weird

sassie_kat
02-04-2013, 09:15 AM
Alright, I'm jumping in and trying my hand at a Belle dress for my little princess for our March trip. I have no pattern, just a tutorial I found on a website. For my little three year old I bought 5 yards of fabric for this one dress . . . and I think I might need more!! I'll post pictures along the way if you want a good laugh! :)

GrammytoMany
02-05-2013, 07:58 AM
Hi....joining in to follow your report :wave2: I can't believe how much taller your daughter has grown since I saw from another one of your trips. Don't you wish you could keep the small forever.
Sheila

Holly324
02-05-2013, 01:34 PM
Joining in! I have loved your other trip reports, so I am excited to read this one! :)

wiigirl
02-05-2013, 01:52 PM
Joining in.

babynala
02-06-2013, 03:38 PM
Just caught up on your new TR. I just got back from doing Disney with my nephew and my princess loving niece. All your advice over the years really paid off for us so thanks. We even did a few quick changes in line!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

WDWAtLast
02-07-2013, 09:16 PM
I'm here, I'm here!! I have been lurking off and on waiting for your TR!!! Can't wait to catch up - I am only a month late! :lmao:

WDWAtLast
02-07-2013, 09:40 PM
LOL, not creepy at all. I love when other DISers stop and say hi! It could very well have been us. Friday night we would have been stopping at our locker to pick up our bags to head for the Grand Floridian and dinner at 1900 PF. And it would have been around that time.

So glad you've come out of lurkdom! :welcome:



I really wanted above all else this trip, to FULLY experience Be Our Guest. And I really feel like we did. And we all loved it. I actually just finished an 8x8 scrapbook just on Be Our Guest. I took TONS of photos in there, so it was fun to put them into a book we can sit down and look at.

I'm still beyond perplexed to think they thought having Belle harder to meet just as they opened her village would not meet with some disappointment from their guests. They got an awful lot right in New Fantasyland, but I'm sorry, that is still labeled a "colossal miss" in my book!

I hope to get going on this in just a bit....... really.....



Well, THAT's the reason I didn't really get started yet. I was waiting on Jenn. Yeah..... that's it. It's HER fault! :lmao:

OK, I guess you guys know by now that I eventually get it all done, but that sometimes there are delays along the way.

Jenn, I channelled you one night in the MK. That's all I'm saying. :cool2:

Braggart! I can't believe you already have a completed scrapbook!! :worship:(way to go!) Can't wait to finish catching up!

Hijack: I have started Project Life (Becky Higgins) this year and am loving it - have you ever used PL to keep up with scrapbooking?

YodasMom
02-07-2013, 09:42 PM
Hey, Janet, I returned from WDW last week. And, Oh I'm so glad to be back in this beautiful winter weather with freezing rain, sleet and snow.......NOT!!!

Anyway, the weather at WDW was absolutely GORGEOUS!!! First 2 days were cool, but the last 5 days were heaven. Clear blue skies, with hardly a cloud the whole time!!! Crowds were a little more than what I previously experienced several years ago when I used to go in January. Lots of Foreign Tour groups.

Enjoyed seeing the new Fantasyland. Epcot is still my fave, though! Absolutely loved staying at Kidani for the week. It was beautiful and SO quiet and peaceful.

Looking forward to going back at the end of April / first of May!

Looking forward to more of your Trip Report, too! ;)

molitva
02-08-2013, 07:14 AM
Braggart! I can't believe you already have a completed scrapbook!! :worship:(way to go!) Can't wait to finish catching up!

Hijack: I have started Project Life (Becky Higgins) this year and am loving it - have you ever used PL to keep up with scrapbooking?

I'm using the PL style to scrapbook our Dec disney trip. I just got my photos in the mail yesterday :banana:

I don't think I could keep up with a weekly Project Life, but I really like the concept for faster scrapbooking.

mom2rtk
02-08-2013, 09:33 AM
:badpc:

That is what happens to stuff when I don't get updates


Just kidding :rotfl:

I just really want to be doing this :surfweb:

I am doing the coffee part, but I have no story to read :sad2:

Man, I've been so slow with this next update that you probably don't have a computer left by this point! :badpc:

I'm so sorry to say it's going to be at least a few more days. Just too much going on in life right now. I promise I'll make up for it and really get going soon!

OMG… I totally missed that you had started this!!!! I'll be back to read later! Geez… you take a break from the Disboards and you get 20 pages behind before you ever get started!!

Oh. And when did typing out 3 periods create "&" instead of ". . ." (I had to use spaces on that!) I guess they want me to break that habit??? Sigh..

Yeah! I'm glad you found me. And wasn't that nice of me to hang on and not really get going until you got here? :rolleyes1

I haven't had the punctuation issues, but yesterday it wouldn't let me type anything all caps. I don't do that a lot, but sometimes like to do just certain words that way for emphasis. I will also do abbreviations in all caps sometimes like TSMM or CRT. It wouldn't let me do those, but today it would. Very wonky.

Thanks for the heads up on Belle's gown. You're the first one to break the news to me. ::yes:: Then Jen found a link to the photo for me. :thumbsup2 Bottom line though? I really don't like it at all. It looks to me like it was designed by somebody with a multiple personality disorder. Like someone designed the bodice, someone else designed the bottom half of the skirt, somone the top half of the skirt, someone the skirt swag. Then they all came together to make it one gown. WAY too many different fabrics and shades of a color that is all wrong to begin with. And where is her hairband??????

I thought it was funny that Kenny the Pirate says they are thinking of making Peter's ears in the park pointed, to make him closer to his image in the movie. Yet the move from what they had Belle wearing, to THIS. It's really hard to see that as representative of the gown in the film at all.



yes, it keeps doing that to me too and taking some of my punctuation away as well. Like ' and " . Weird

TOTALLY WEIRD. Sorry. I just had to yell for a moment. ;)

Alright, I'm jumping in and trying my hand at a Belle dress for my little princess for our March trip. I have no pattern, just a tutorial I found on a website. For my little three year old I bought 5 yards of fabric for this one dress . . . and I think I might need more!! I'll post pictures along the way if you want a good laugh! :)

Let me know how it goes! Good luck! And by all means post photos if you want. I can't believe they don't sell that Belle pattern any more. And I'm not the least bit surprised that 5 yards might not be enough.

mom2rtk
02-08-2013, 09:46 AM
Hi....joining in to follow your report :wave2: I can't believe how much taller your daughter has grown since I saw from another one of your trips. Don't you wish you could keep the small forever.
Sheila

Hi Sheila! So glad you found us over here! :welcome: And yes..... :sad: she really is growing up SO fast. This past year has really been a year of many chages.

Joining in! I have loved your other trip reports, so I am excited to read this one! :)

Hey Holly! Glad you're here! :welcome:

Joining in.

Hi wiigirl! :welcome: Did I see you also posting in the photography forum?

Just caught up on your new TR. I just got back from doing Disney with my nephew and my princess loving niece. All your advice over the years really paid off for us so thanks. We even did a few quick changes in line!

Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

Hi stranger! So glad to see you over here. :goodvibes And :rotfl: at your quick line changes! It's really the only way to do it! What did you think of New Fantasylane? How old are your nephew and niece? My favorite trip ever was when Katie was 4. That's my absolute favorite Disney age.

I'm here, I'm here!! I have been lurking off and on waiting for your TR!!! Can't wait to catch up - I am only a month late! :lmao:

Yeah! Glad you're here! :welcome:

Braggart! I can't believe you already have a completed scrapbook!! :worship:(way to go!) Can't wait to finish catching up!

Hijack: I have started Project Life (Becky Higgins) this year and am loving it - have you ever used PL to keep up with scrapbooking?

LOL, those 8X8 books really don't take very long to do. I have started doing those a lot. They are a fun project that can be done in just a few days lately. When I get the pages photographed, I'll post them here.

I have not done Project Life. My scrapping comes in bursts here and there. If I have to add any more "projects" to my to do list, I'll probably just scream.

I'm not even remotely "caught up" on my scrapbooking though. I mostly just try to keep up with the big things, then go where the spirit moves me.

Hey, Janet, I returned from WDW last week. And, Oh I'm so glad to be back in this beautiful winter weather with freezing rain, sleet and snow.......NOT!!!

Anyway, the weather at WDW was absolutely GORGEOUS!!! First 2 days were cool, but the last 5 days were heaven. Clear blue skies, with hardly a cloud the whole time!!! Crowds were a little more than what I previously experienced several years ago when I used to go in January. Lots of Foreign Tour groups.

Enjoyed seeing the new Fantasyland. Epcot is still my fave, though! Absolutely loved staying at Kidani for the week. It was beautiful and SO quiet and peaceful.

Looking forward to going back at the end of April / first of May!

Looking forward to more of your Trip Report, too! ;)

Hey Karen! So glad you're here! :welcome:Well, not that you're back from Disney, but you know what I mean..... ;)

I'm so jealous of you being at Kidani for a week. I just read through Jen's AKL report in her TR and just love what I saw.

I saw a number of threads saying the crowds were much higher in January this year than ever before, including all those tour groups. At least you had nice weather though. Our weather in December wasn't bad by any means, but it was really gray a lot. Made it hard to get the photos I had dreamed of.

I'm using the PL style to scrapbook our Dec disney trip. I just got my photos in the mail yesterday :banana:

I don't think I could keep up with a weekly Project Life, but I really like the concept for faster scrapbooking.

I wouldn't stand a chance of keeping up with a weekly project. My scrapping time is my therapy time, and very high in priority for me. But it doesn't happen every week. Heck, it doesn't even come every month. I think this very trip report is evidence of that! :rotfl: But if you guys will hang in there, I promise there is LOTS to come!

Caretames1
02-08-2013, 09:48 AM
I agree with you about the Belle dress! I really don't like it, too pale and too much. Her hair I like, but it needs the hair piece.

DISNEYaddict4evr
02-08-2013, 09:55 AM
Man, I've been so slow with this next update that you probably don't have a computer left by this point! :badpc:

And wasn't that nice of me to hang on and not really get going until you got here? :rolleyes1



:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

mom2rtk
02-08-2013, 10:22 AM
I agree with you about the Belle dress! I really don't like it, too pale and too much. Her hair I like, but it needs the hair piece.

I think my single greatest issue is the gown color. It barely even looks yellow. They probably could have sold me on the style if the color was more true to the movie. But they have played with both color AND style, and it's just too far from the original movie version.

:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
:)

WDWAtLast
02-08-2013, 11:13 AM
I'm using the PL style to scrapbook our Dec disney trip. I just got my photos in the mail yesterday :banana:

I don't think I could keep up with a weekly Project Life, but I really like the concept for faster scrapbooking.

I am trying to let myself be really flexible - 5-6 pictures per week, sometimes all taken at the same time or even on my iPhone (or my Dh's!). I am also including schoolwork, artwork, etc that my girls (9 and 11) made - that helps "fill" the book on slow photo weeks.

I love the idea of using it to complete a vacation quickly!!

WDWAtLast
02-08-2013, 11:19 AM
I wouldn't stand a chance of keeping up with a weekly project. My scrapping time is my therapy time, and very high in priority for me. But it doesn't happen every week. Heck, it doesn't even come every month. I think this very trip report is evidence of that! :rotfl: But if you guys will hang in there, I promise there is LOTS to come!

I am giving it my best shot - I prefer to be more creative and use scrapbooking as my escape time, too, but life has been so crazy the last few years, I was getting 8-10 pages done a year!! And I am only trying to keep up with birthdays, Christmas and vacations.

Can't wait to read the rest of your TR and see all your amazing photos!

francis6306
02-08-2013, 09:17 PM
Yeah! I'm glad you found me. And wasn't that nice of me to hang on and not really get going until you got here? :rolleyes1

I knew it was cause you were waiting on me!! :rotfl: We're a tight bunch!! I really wish we could have made a Dec trip this year!!

I haven't had the punctuation issues, but yesterday it wouldn't let me type anything all caps. I don't do that a lot, but sometimes like to do just certain words that way for emphasis. I will also do abbreviations in all caps sometimes like TSMM or CRT. It wouldn't let me do those, but today it would. Very wonky.

The Dis seems to be doing a lot of odd things lately!!! The other night the pictures weren't showing up- just the jargon where a picture should be& who knows!

Thanks for the heads up on Belle's gown. You're the first one to break the news to me. ::yes:: Then Jen found a link to the photo for me. :thumbsup2 Bottom line though? I really don't like it at all. It looks to me like it was designed by somebody with a multiple personality disorder. Like someone designed the bodice, someone else designed the bottom half of the skirt, somone the top half of the skirt, someone the skirt swag. Then they all came together to make it one gown. WAY too many different fabrics and shades of a color that is all wrong to begin with. And where is her hairband??????

I did NOT like the color- it's not really the right shade at all but I thought it was really pretty! The Bodice fabric is the best I think. I think there might be a little too much- velvet? The hair is beautiful though!!

I thought it was funny that Kenny the Pirate says they are thinking of making Peter's ears in the park pointed, to make him closer to his image in the movie. Yet the move from what they had Belle wearing, to THIS. It's really hard to see that as representative of the gown in the film at all.


Maybe Cortlyn would want to meet him then. You know, she skipped him twice because she said it was not REALLY Peter. Because, Peter is a BOY and that was a man dressed up LIKE Peter.

But we met just about every Princess&....

nannye
02-09-2013, 11:04 PM
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

jenseib
02-10-2013, 08:42 PM
I know Janet is REALLY busy right now. She will get back once things settle down a bit.

kswm30b
02-11-2013, 04:57 PM
I saw a number of threads saying the crowds were much higher in January this year than ever before, including all those tour groups.

I took a last minute trip Jan 21-25 to Disney for Long Lost Friends week (see my site in my sig for pics!!) & for the first few days it was SO much more crowded than I thought it would be. I was with a friend who's a local, so we pretty much just walked around a ton (I actually DO bring a pedometer with me, and it was 12 mies at least almost every day) because the wait times were insane. But we still ended up riding pretty much everything & had a ton of fun, even though I had NO plans (omg, crazy!)

Missyrose
02-11-2013, 09:18 PM
Okay, when I saw how many pages your TR had grown to, I was worried I was seriously behind. :scared1:

I'm back from Disney, we had a wonderful trip! I've just been so bogged down in work and reality in general, I haven't had time to catch up on what I missed on the Dis. Oh, and I've never had two TRs going at once before now. They're a lot of work separately, but together??!?!?

Back to your trip. I'm so glad you were able to get the tickets straightened out. I have found guest relations at the park to be much better for anything ticket-related than the resorts.

Great start at MK! :thumbsup2

mom2rtk
02-12-2013, 02:55 PM
OK, I've been off to such a slow start, I'm going to popcorn myself!

popcorn:: popcorn:: popcorn:: popcorn::

:rotfl:

Seriously...... I promise I'm actually working on the next update. Life has just been doing this to me lately: :duck:

mom2rtk
02-12-2013, 03:44 PM
I am trying to let myself be really flexible - 5-6 pictures per week, sometimes all taken at the same time or even on my iPhone (or my Dh's!). I am also including schoolwork, artwork, etc that my girls (9 and 11) made - that helps "fill" the book on slow photo weeks.

I love the idea of using it to complete a vacation quickly!!

I really wish I could find a way to add photography into my daily life. It drives me nuts that I really can only find time to get creative with it when I go to Disney. But the thought of adding one single additional thing to my daily or weekly "to do" list is enough to make me sick. :sick: Maybe once Timmy gets off to college things will settle down a little more.

I am giving it my best shot - I prefer to be more creative and use scrapbooking as my escape time, too, but life has been so crazy the last few years, I was getting 8-10 pages done a year!! And I am only trying to keep up with birthdays, Christmas and vacations.

Can't wait to read the rest of your TR and see all your amazing photos!

One thing I've done is try to be as efficient as possible with the scrapbook time I do have. I use sketches, and stick more to 4x6 prints than ever before.


I knew it was cause you were waiting on me!! We're a tight bunch!! I really wish we could have made a Dec trip this year!!

The Dis seems to be doing a lot of odd things lately!!! The other night the pictures weren't showing up- just the jargon where a picture should be& who knows!

I did NOT like the color- it's not really the right shade at all but I thought it was really pretty! The Bodice fabric is the best I think. I think there might be a little too much- velvet? The hair is beautiful though!!

Maybe Cortlyn would want to meet him then. You know, she skipped him twice because she said it was not REALLY Peter. Because, Peter is a BOY and that was a man dressed up LIKE Peter.

But we met just about every Princess&....

I am hating the dress less and less. Still am not in love with it, but hating it less counts for something, right? ;) But that color...... still not working for me. I saw photos posted form Enchanted Tales with Belle and as I suspected, it really looks washed out in there. But i'm with you on the bodice fabric. It's very pretty. It just needs to be a little more yellow. I think they used some of that bodice fabric in the skirt too..... along with half a dozen other fabrics! :rotfl:

Cute story on Peter. Too bad they have to outgrow all that cuteness, huh?

popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

I know Janet is REALLY busy right now. She will get back once things settle down a bit.

LOL, there's Jen picking up the slack for me! :) You know, cuz she doesn't have enough to keep up with writing her own TWO trip reports. She also has to pinch hit on mine! :cool2: Thanks Jen! :flower3:

I took a last minute trip Jan 21-25 to Disney for Long Lost Friends week (see my site in my sig for pics!!) & for the first few days it was SO much more crowded than I thought it would be. I was with a friend who's a local, so we pretty much just walked around a ton (I actually DO bring a pedometer with me, and it was 12 mies at least almost every day) because the wait times were insane. But we still ended up riding pretty much everything & had a ton of fun, even though I had NO plans (omg, crazy!)

I really enjoyed your photos. I'm so jealous of everyone who got to see the long lost friends. If it had been longer since our trip, and had I had a couple months notice, I probably would have schemed a way to make it there. But the short notice they are giving just makes it nearly impossible.

BTW.... love your Snow White t-shirt. So does Katie. She keeps stealing it from me so she can wear it! :rotfl:

Okay, when I saw how many pages your TR had grown to, I was worried I was seriously behind. :scared1:

I'm back from Disney, we had a wonderful trip! I've just been so bogged down in work and reality in general, I haven't had time to catch up on what I missed on the Dis. Oh, and I've never had two TRs going at once before now. They're a lot of work separately, but together??!?!?

Back to your trip. I'm so glad you were able to get the tickets straightened out. I have found guest relations at the park to be much better for anything ticket-related than the resorts.

Great start at MK! :thumbsup2

Yep, I'm a fraud. 12 pages of next to nothing so far! :cool2: That's the story of my life these days it seems. I promise there is SO much more to follow. I'm working on a new installment now.

I subscribed to both of you TRs. I've been lurking so far because..... let's face it. I can barely keep up with my own TR at the moment! :lmao: But your DH really does an awesome job with the photos and I want to take some time going through them later. What kind of camera does he have?

mom2rtk
02-12-2013, 04:11 PM
Friday December 7th: Continued

OK, so when I left off we were just finishing up a productive morning in the Magic Kingdom. We had a slow start, but found the lines were very short so we made up for lost time.

A few shots from Haunted Mansion and Small World:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8526/8468201861_9684b3f6e9_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8468201861/)
IMG_7006 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8468201861/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7008 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8468201805/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7013 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8468201765/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7030 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296896/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8469296888_ac2a2a9304_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296888/)
IMG_7035 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296888/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8087/8469296742_65933cdb22_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296742/)
IMG_7038 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296742/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Breakfast at AoA hadn't been a huge hit, so we were getting hungry and decided to check into our lunch reservation at the Plaza a little early. We were seated almost right away. I had the club sandwich and while it was fine, it didn't excite me much either. Katie's Mickey ice cream sundae was pretty cute though.

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IMG_7040 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296706/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

The Plaza is close to Tomorrowland, so we decided to stop and get Space Mountain fastpasses. While we were there, we decided to ride Katie's favorite ride (TTA) before heading for Fantasyland to use our Peter Pan fastpasses. We had a few more minutes, so took advantage of a short line at the Indy Speedway to take a quick ride. It really was looking like a very slow crowd day in the Magic Kingdom.

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IMG_7047 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8468201601/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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Drew didn't really care too much about the Fantasyland Expansion. I didn't expect him to care about Enchanted Tales With Belle, but thought he might enjoy seeing the Little Mermaid dark ride. So after Peter Pan, we headed for New Fantasyland with our "any attraction" fastpass in hand. We rode around 2 PM with very little wait in the FP line, with a standby wait showing at 120 minutes. YIKES! I think we figured out why the rest of the rides in the park had no line. Everyone was in New Fantasyland! I had actually wondered if this day, the day after the Grand Opening, would be like this. And it turns out I was right.


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mom2rtk
02-12-2013, 04:54 PM
Friday December 7th Continued:

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By 2:30 we were boarding Space Mountain. I still enjoy the ride, in spite of how much my aging neck complains. I had my camera in my lap as I always to, but made a tactical mistake this time. I must not have had the flash unit locked into place, and part way through the ride, the flash fell off. (No, I don't use my flash on the ride, but it's on my camera most of the time.) I was lucky enough to catch it right under my arm, where I kept a tight hold for the rest of the ride. It scares me to think that thing could have gone flying and hit someone else in the head. that would have been really bad at those speeds. So I count myself lucky the trip didn't start on such a negative note. I did knock the diffuser dome loose and ended up having to tape it back on later. I just love high tech fixes.....

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There was practically no line for Buzz, and it's one of Drew's favorite rides, so we did it 3 times in a row. I gave photographed the first time through, then played for points. I should have stayed with the photography...... I need to do my research again before our next trip.

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We hadn't taken a castle picture on our way into the park. After waiting so long at Guest Relations straightening out the tickets, Drew probably would have murdered me if I suggested stopping...... so I decided we needed to stop in the Rose Garden for a quick photo on our way out of Tomorrowland. It has really become my favorite photo spot in the MK. Even on a busy day, you can get a photo in front of the castle with no crowds behind you.

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By now it was around 3:15 and we still had an important priority........ my Dole Whip float! I still remember the one I had on our first day in the parks the year before. It was pure heaven on the sore throat I had that day. I had looked forward to another one of those all year, and I didn't want to miss my chance at it. So back to Adventureland we went. We did Pirates then I got in the Dole Whip line while Katie and Drew did some shopping. The park wasn't busy, but that line was long and moved SO slowly..... just like last year. But the payoff was worth it.

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Believe it or not, it was already time to leave the Magic Kingdom. I really tried hard to add things to our plan this year that we had not done before. We were going to jump in with both feet today with a trip to the Whispering Canyon Cafe for dinner followed by a sleigh ride through the grounds of Fort Wilderness. We were happy to find a boat to the Wilderness Lodge there waiting for us after exiting the park. It was a lovely boat ride over across the 7 Seas Lagoon. It's funny, but I had always pictured the Wilderness Lodge as being on the other side of the Contemporary, to the left as you are looking at it from the Magic Kingdom. So I was surprised when we actually had to pass over the road by boat. It was a lovely view though, and I'm sure we'll do it again one day.

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lvcourtneyy
02-12-2013, 09:04 PM
Love all the pictures from Under the Sea! I was so impressed by all the theming in it and in Ariel's new grotto. Did your husband end up liking it?

How smart to plan new things into the trip. I feel like there's so many new things I want to do but I never plan them in cause I'm rushing to fit in the old things I don't want to miss.

Can't wait to hear about the sleigh ride, sounds perfectly magical.

Amazing pictures as always, an update well worth waiting!

shan23877
02-13-2013, 01:20 AM
Lovely pictures! I can't believe how grown up Katie looks-especially in those sunglasses.

Loving all of the new FL pics. I can't wait to see it in person.

If you don't mind-a quick sewing question. I don't sew cotton jersey often, and I don't have an overlock machine. Any advice for getting it sewn without the seams rippling? I've tried to be so very careful not to pull, I've tried using my seam ripper to guide the fabric through, but every time I get some ripple and pull. Not a huge deal since I'm only making AG clothes, but I'm a perfectionist. It makes me crazy every time I look at them!

francis6306
02-13-2013, 02:53 AM
I'm so sad you didn't enjoy the Plaza more! I feel bad! But that Sundae is adorable!!!

Dole Whip!! What I wouldn't give!!! I'm up with a sick baby right now, and that just sounds like a piece of heaven!!!

I loved taking the boat over to Wilderness Lodge too! Corey is convinced we are staying there in the future… Of course, we say that about a dozen or so places! We'll probably end up at AoA or Pop in the future though! :rotfl:

molitva
02-13-2013, 07:18 AM
Yay! :yay:

Loved the exterior LM pictures! I'm glad there was no picture of the dole whip- I've been craving one like mad lately!

DISNEYaddict4evr
02-13-2013, 08:49 AM
:cheer2:

Always glad to have an update, though had I not done this :badpc: I might of seen the pictures in color and not through a cracked screen :rotfl:

mom2rtk
02-13-2013, 09:30 AM
Love all the pictures from Under the Sea! I was so impressed by all the theming in it and in Ariel's new grotto. Did your husband end up liking it?

How smart to plan new things into the trip. I feel like there's so many new things I want to do but I never plan them in cause I'm rushing to fit in the old things I don't want to miss.

Can't wait to hear about the sleigh ride, sounds perfectly magical.

Amazing pictures as always, an update well worth waiting!

Thanks so much. I hope to finish out the first day soon.

He was sort of "meh" about Under the Sea. Keep in mind though that he's never even seen the movie. I'm not sure he'd feel the drive to do it again when we go back. It's funny though, he really likes Small World. :confused3 Go figure.

And what you described is exactly where I'm at with Disney. I can't bear to give up the old things we do at Disney, but I have a desire to add new stuff every time. That makes it SO frustrating to plan. But I'm pretty happy with our list of new things from this trip. Maybe I should start the list now. In fact, maybe I'll put it on the first page. I want to do a scrapbook page on all the new things and that will certainly make it easier! :yay:



Lovely pictures! I can't believe how grown up Katie looks-especially in those sunglasses.

Loving all of the new FL pics. I can't wait to see it in person.

If you don't mind-a quick sewing question. I don't sew cotton jersey often, and I don't have an overlock machine. Any advice for getting it sewn without the seams rippling? I've tried to be so very careful not to pull, I've tried using my seam ripper to guide the fabric through, but every time I get some ripple and pull. Not a huge deal since I'm only making AG clothes, but I'm a perfectionist. It makes me crazy every time I look at them!

Yeah, she was loving those sunglasses. That was one of her reasons for wanting contacts. And I can't say that I blame her. It's what I hate most about wearing glasses.

We were in and out of FL many times over the course of our 10 days there. But had I known then how few days of blue sky we would have, I would have spent more time there the first day taking photos. With 9 days ahead of us, it seemed like more than enough time.

Now, on to the sewing question. I mostly work with woven fabrics, which do tend to behave much better. I can see where jersey might cause some issues. Have you tried sewing between layers of something else? maybe tissue paper, or a tear away stabilizer?

I'm so sad you didn't enjoy the Plaza more! I feel bad! But that Sundae is adorable!!!

Dole Whip!! What I wouldn't give!!! I'm up with a sick baby right now, and that just sounds like a piece of heaven!!!

I loved taking the boat over to Wilderness Lodge too! Corey is convinced we are staying there in the future… Of course, we say that about a dozen or so places! We'll probably end up at AoA or Pop in the future though! :rotfl:

Well, it's not that I didn't enjoy it. I just wasn't wow'd by it. But then I didn't get dessert. I'm sure that would have changed my opinion! :rotfl:

I'm so sorry your baby is sick. Is she any better today? We've been really hit hard with sickness this year too. Katie is at 2 weeks on hers, but at least is back at school. She missed 3 days of school, but had a weekend in the middle of that, so would have missed 5 otherwise. And even when I did send her back she sounded AWFUL. But I had her checked for strep and decided she just couldn't miss any more.

This week it's Drew who's fighting it. And it just never seems to get better. It's been so long since my own similar illness in December that I'm thinking this might be something different, so maybe I'll still get it too. Who the heck knows at this point!

Fingers crossed your baby is on the mend soon. :hug:

We actually talked about staying at the Wilderness Lodge for a couple nights before our free dining started this trip. But in the end, we just couldn't justify the extra cost and the discounts just weren't there to help out. But it was pretty awesome to check it out. That entire evening was really quite wonderful. LOTS of WL photos to come! :cheer2:

Yay! :yay:

Loved the exterior LM pictures! I'm glad there was no picture of the dole whip- I've been craving one like mad lately!

Thanks! And LOL on the Dole Whip comment. So if I have a photo coming later in the TR...... do I need to warn yo uin advance??? ;) Not to worry though..... it's quite a ways down the line.

:cheer2:

Always glad to have an update, though had I not done this :badpc: I might of seen the pictures in color and not through a cracked screen :rotfl:

LOL! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Now that is seriously funny.

shan23877
02-13-2013, 01:36 PM
Now, on to the sewing question. I mostly work with woven fabrics, which do tend to behave much better. I can see where jersey might cause some issues. Have you tried sewing between layers of something else? maybe tissue paper, or a tear away stabilizer?





That's a great idea. I'll try that next time I'm making something for DD. I usually use wovens too and the jersey is really frustrating me!

Thanks for the help, and I'm not liking the sound of no blue skies over new FL during the next 9 days...

Soarin4Disney
02-13-2013, 01:38 PM
Just found your TR today and I'm really enjoying it. I LOVE your photos!!! :love:

How do you get those photos to turn out so colorful and clear, especially the dark rides? What type of camera do you use, if you don't mind me asking?

mom2rtk
02-13-2013, 01:50 PM
That's a great idea. I'll try that next time I'm making something for DD. I usually use wovens too and the jersey is really frustrating me!

Thanks for the help, and I'm not liking the sound of no blue skies over new FL during the next 9 days...

It's not like they were never blue again. But it almost seemed like it. Every single morning was the same. Gray, dreary, even misty. A days days it burned off, but most of our days there seemed gray.

Let me know if the jersey behaves any better for you!

Just found your TR today and I'm really enjoying it. I LOVE your photos!!! :love:

How do you get those photos to turn out so colorful and clear, especially the dark rides? What type of camera do you use, if you don't mind me asking?

Thank you and :welcome:

I appreciate the kind words on the photos. I have a Canon T2i. For dark ride photos, the trick is a combination of using a camera that does fairly well at high ISOs and a fast lens. I used a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for most of my dark ride photos this trip. Although this trip through Little Mermaid I shot with a 2.8 lens. I think I used the 1.4 later in the trip. You guys will probably get sick of LM photos before this is over!

WDWAtLast
02-13-2013, 02:38 PM
Your photos are amazing, as usual! Love the dark ride pics!! Can't wait to hear how your trip to WL lodge was. That is our "home" at Disney - we have stayed there our past two trips and I keep trying to book a value, but always end up back at WL! :lmao: Just seeing the pic of Katie walking up the walk from the boat dock toward the lodge gives me goose bumps!!

MickeyMouseCD524
02-13-2013, 05:50 PM
Yay! An update :cool1::banana:

As always your pictures are amazing. I love the Little Mermaid pics! =)

rndmr2
02-13-2013, 06:10 PM
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I love this pic, it looks so cool with that bird flying low to the water and the Resort and Monorail in the background...

I love the ride pics, you really got some nice shots on Little Mermaid. I can't wait to get on that ride when I go next time (Not till 2014, though :sad: )

Love your POTC pics, too, I just love one of the Hairy Leg guy! My Mom always got such a kick out of seeing him!

mom2rtk
02-13-2013, 06:18 PM
Your photos are amazing, as usual! Love the dark ride pics!! Can't wait to hear how your trip to WL lodge was. That is our "home" at Disney - we have stayed there our past two trips and I keep trying to book a value, but always end up back at WL! :lmao: Just seeing the pic of Katie walking up the walk from the boat dock toward the lodge gives me goose bumps!!

Thanks so much! :goodvibes I could totally fall in love with Wilderness Lodge. As I expected, it was just amazing at Christmas time. I had an idea of what it would feel like though, as we stayed at the Grand Californian for a few nights a couple years ago. And we stayed at the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone a few years back.

Yay! An update :cool1::banana:

As always your pictures are amazing. I love the Little Mermaid pics! =)

Thank you! :) More LM pics to follow. I kept wanting to perfect my technique. It's better lit than most of the dark rides, but my challenge was to not end up with areas overexposed where the spotlights hit them.

I love this pic, it looks so cool with that bird flying low to the water and the Resort and Monorail in the background...

I love the ride pics, you really got some nice shots on Little Mermaid. I can't wait to get on that ride when I go next time (Not till 2014, though :sad: )

Love your POTC pics, too, I just love one of the Hairy Leg guy! My Mom always got such a kick out of seeing him!

Thank you so much! I loved that shot too. Even if it was a "happy accident" with the monorail and bird. Uh..... I mean...... I begged our boat's skipper (driver, captain????? not sure of the term) to sit and wait for both to appear! :thumbsup2

YodasMom
02-13-2013, 08:45 PM
Janet, I love your HM photos!!! Great shots with such low light! Also, love the photo of the 3 of you in front of the Castle....You need to frame that one!

In January, I shot the Small World more from a distance from the rider's perspective showing more of the boats ahead along with the trail through the ride with the dolls off to the side, like you did. I had enough of the close-ups and this perspective made me feel like I was on the ride when I looked back at the shots.......I think (haven't uploaded them yet!)

Also love the shots of CR with monorail, bird, and lake! Great job:goodvibes

mom2rtk
02-14-2013, 09:00 PM
Janet, I love your HM photos!!! Great shots with such low light! Also, love the photo of the 3 of you in front of the Castle....You need to frame that one!

In January, I shot the Small World more from a distance from the rider's perspective showing more of the boats ahead along with the trail through the ride with the dolls off to the side, like you did. I had enough of the close-ups and this perspective made me feel like I was on the ride when I looked back at the shots.......I think (haven't uploaded them yet!)

Also love the shots of CR with monorail, bird, and lake! Great job:goodvibes

Thanks! I got a couple new shots on HM this time, so I was happy with that.

And thanks for the comment on our castle photo. That rose garden location has become a new favorite of mine. It's a great place to get mid-day shots without too much sun glare and without so many people blocking the shot. It's a great shot at night too. Except that might be the area they are going to be using for FP+ reserved fireworks viewing, so don't wait too late in the evening once that gets under way.

I have started to struggle with how to shoot some of these rides in a different fashion. Like you, I seemed to have a lot of close-ups from last year, so this felt like a good next step. Next time I might try my ultra wide angle to try and get even more in the frame. I hope you got what you were looking for!

Thanks for the kind words on the monorail shot. That's probably going to make the top 5 of my favorite shots this trip. It was fun to be out on the launch to the WL shooting around the area from a new perspective!

KCmike
02-14-2013, 10:27 PM
Love the installment. Funny about the Husband and the Castle shot. Can't wait to hear more!

jenseib
02-15-2013, 11:51 PM
Gorgeous pictures! I lover your small world ones. They are so clear. Well most of yours are clear anyway, but something about the small world ones is just beautiful.
I love that boat ride over to WL. I often forget too that you have to go over a road. Most of the time I don't even realize it.

mom2rtk
02-16-2013, 05:17 PM
Love the installment. Funny about the Husband and the Castle shot. Can't wait to hear more!

Thanks Mike! More to follow soon! :cool1:

Gorgeous pictures! I lover your small world ones. They are so clear. Well most of yours are clear anyway, but something about the small world ones is just beautiful.
I love that boat ride over to WL. I often forget too that you have to go over a road. Most of the time I don't even realize it.

Thanks Jen! I'm sort of *gasp* bored with shooting Small World every time we go now, so it was fun to try something different. :goodvibes

We'll probably go to Sanibel Island sometime this summer after Timmy graduates. He's not a big Disney guy, so it's killing me to think of getting so close to Disney but not stop. I'm wondering if he and Drew would like to take some jet skis out in the lagoon while Katie and I go to the MK one day.

My little brain keeps thinking up little schemes to make a stop there. Then I add up just what that one day stop would cost....... sigh. It is possible I might have to just wave as we drive right on by..... :drive:

mom2rtk
02-16-2013, 05:39 PM
Friday December 7th continued:


I had debated endlessly back and forth about Whispering Canyon Cafe. Our dining plan hadn't started yet, and they had recently changed the menu so that the all-you-can-eat skillet was the only dinner option. At around $33 a head, that didn't excite me with Katie included as an adult. But we just never seem to get there, and this was a good opportunity, so we gave it a go. I'm so glad we did. We were there a little early, so took the chance to look around the resort. It was absolutely gorgeous, and I can absolutely see why so many people love it. Fortunately it was early in the trip, so I had the energy to climb the stairs to the top floor and take all the photos I wanted of that gorgeous lobby. It felt like I was right back at the Grand Californian taking photos of that lobby on our trip west in 2010.

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Next we were on to dinner. Now let me just say that Katie has never met a bottle of ketchup she didn't love. A lot. But Katie is 12 and embarrasses easily. So I really wasn't sure about our dinner plans. But we were there..... so in we went.


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As I mentioned, our dining plan hadn't started, so I asked the waitress if Katie could order off the kids menu. She said sure, as long as she didn't also share form our skillet. Katie was happy since she wanted a hamburger anyway. And that's when it dawned on me that I was glad the waitress said yes. Without that hamburger, Katie would not have needed to ask for the............... KETCHUP! LOL. Actually, it wasn't as funny as it sounded. She didn't ask for it and get surprised. It was more of a slow gag. She saw the other kids around the restaurant ask for ketchup and have to endure everyone staring and laughing. I just kept telling her it was a shame she was going to have to eat that hamburger and fries dry. Eventually she caved and was showered with .......... KETCHUP!

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After checking it all out, we headed back to the boat dock and headed for the Fort. Try as I might, I could not get a clear shot of the Contemporary in the low light from a moving boat:


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mom2rtk
02-16-2013, 05:47 PM
Friday December 7th Continued:

Our timing was great. We had a few minutes to shop around the trading post and buy a few pins and the toothbrush Drew had forgotten to pack. Soon it was time for our 7 PM carriage ride. It had been warm that afternoon, but by evening it cooled off and it was nice our driver had some blankets in the sleigh. The campers displays were wonderful, and I'm glad I finally got to see the spectacle for myself.

One of my greatest reservations about taking the carriage ride was how hard it would be to photograph low light scenes from a moving carriage. I was right, it was indeed a challenge. But the enjoyment of the ride really made it worthwhile and I highly recommend it to anyone there during the holidays. Very unlique and enjoyable.

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When we got back to AoA, we picked up our park tickets (the ones the CM at the MK printed there remotely by accident) without incident. We were helped by a trainer who was really very good, apologized for the hassle, and issued us another "any attraction" fastpass to use the next day at Animal Kingdom. And the "manager" who had failed to help us that morning was still there close by the entire time, but didn't say a word.

I apologize in advance if I post far too many photos of this tree. It's so pretty I just couldn't help myself!

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rachel09985
02-16-2013, 05:52 PM
Great photos of the tree in the Wilderness Lodge.

That is the first picture i have seen of the tree in AoA! It is pretty and definitely fits the resort. I wish It was a bit bigger/wider though. Was it small on real life or just in the photo?

mom2rtk
02-16-2013, 05:57 PM
Great photos of the tree in the Wilderness Lodge.

That is the first picture i have seen of the tree in AoA! It is pretty and definitely fits the resort. I wish It was a bit bigger/wider though. Was it small on real life or just in the photo?

Thanks! The AoA tree did strike me as a little on the small side. I think the one at the Pop was a lot bigger. And also had a photo op Christmas chair. I would have liked to see the same at AoA. But that white...... really made up for it. I just love white trees.

Maybe it couldn't be any bigger because of the light fixture?

rachel09985
02-16-2013, 08:42 PM
Thanks! The AoA tree did strike me as a little on the small side. I think the one at the Pop was a lot bigger. And also had a photo op Christmas chair. I would have liked to see the same at AoA. But that white...... really made up for it. I just love white trees.

Maybe it couldn't be any bigger because of the light fixture?

I remember that photo opp chair at POP! That was a nice size tree.

The light fixture probably did get in the way. It is a pretty tree!

mom2rtk
02-17-2013, 09:38 AM
I remember that photo opp chair at POP! That was a nice size tree.

The light fixture probably did get in the way. It is a pretty tree!

I loved that chair too. We took photos in that chair many days when we were on our way out.

shan23877
02-17-2013, 11:00 AM
YOu got some great photos at WL!

So glad that Katie wasn't too embarrassed by the ketchup incident. :rotfl:

The sleigh ride sounds like a lot of fun! I think if we ever get there at the holidays we'll have to put that on the list.

lvcourtneyy
02-17-2013, 11:52 AM
I adore the pictures of WL! I'm glad you decided to take the time to add it to your day. Looks like you had an awesome time.


We didn't do many ADRs on our last trip and I was super hesitant to try to do them at other resorts because I heard horror stories about using WDW transportation but it looks like it'd be worth it! Oh well, something new to explore next time.

Love the family pictures on the Sleigh ride. And your shots from it. Looks like you were up to the photo challenge!

francis6306
02-17-2013, 12:31 PM
Ooh I wanna talk about my WCC experience! But I need to wait, since I haven't gotten there on my TR!!! :rotfl:

mom2rtk
02-17-2013, 12:39 PM
YOu got some great photos at WL!

So glad that Katie wasn't too embarrassed by the ketchup incident. :rotfl:

The sleigh ride sounds like a lot of fun! I think if we ever get there at the holidays we'll have to put that on the list.

I was glad she was a good sport about it. It turned out to be just a ton of fun. I do think her face turned as red as the ketchup though! :lmao:

I adore the pictures of WL! I'm glad you decided to take the time to add it to your day. Looks like you had an awesome time.


We didn't do many ADRs on our last trip and I was super hesitant to try to do them at other resorts because I heard horror stories about using WDW transportation but it looks like it'd be worth it! Oh well, something new to explore next time.

Love the family pictures on the Sleigh ride. And your shots from it. Looks like you were up to the photo challenge!

In looking back I can't believe I ever considered ditching the WL part of that day. It was a great addition to our "firsts" list on this trip.

Thanks for the kind comments on the photos. I would still love to visit the Fort and see the decorations by golf cart one day, so I could get off and take better shots, but would have definitely missed missed out if we had missed the sleigh ride. Our driver was really friendly and we all chatted the entire way through.

Ooh I wanna talk about my WCC experience! But I need to wait, since I haven't gotten there on my TR!!! :rotfl:

What an awesome teaser! And great motivation for me to get caught up again! :goodvibes

deannaf87
02-18-2013, 10:06 AM
Subscribing! I read your other trip reports this weekend and really enjoyed them. The dresses you make are amazing and Katie is so beautiful. It really makes me smile to see a pre teen girl rocking the princess dresses and not trying to grow up too fast.

P.s. totally jealous of your evil queen costume.

mom2rtk
02-18-2013, 12:43 PM
Subscribing! I read your other trip reports this weekend and really enjoyed them. The dresses you make are amazing and Katie is so beautiful. It really makes me smile to see a pre teen girl rocking the princess dresses and not trying to grow up too fast.

P.s. totally jealous of your evil queen costume.

:welcome: out of lurkdom! :)

Thanks for the kind words.:goodvibes

Stay tuned for a little more Evil Queen action......... although with a different twist this time!

KCmike
02-18-2013, 08:00 PM
The sleigh ride looks fun and that AoA pictures were out of this world.

Susycakes
02-18-2013, 08:35 PM
Wow..I'm just a lurker and never post but I just wanted to say that your daughter is soo pretty and I love the dresses!! Seriously do u make any for sale? You need an etsy shop! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous !!

Yzerbear19
02-19-2013, 08:11 PM
:thumbsup2 Great photos! Love the photos from Under the Sea! :)



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8511/8469296134_678c997967_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296134/)
IMG_7120 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8469296134/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I am so bummed that they tamed Ariel's hair! I LOVED her hair at Disneyland's version when we went in January 2012. Though I think they changed it there as well to the less wild hair.

Here was her hair from CA Adventure, January 2012: :rotfl2:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v122/Yzerbear19/IMG_8676_zpsc63f3575.jpg

singastory
02-22-2013, 12:09 AM
I think I posted on one of your previous trip reports, but can't remember for sure. I've been a long-time lurker! I just had to join everyone and say, WOW!!!! Katie is still only 12?? She looks so much more grown up this year, I can't believe it! I can't wait for some dress-up pictures! princess:

YodasMom
02-22-2013, 08:55 AM
:thumbsup2 Great photos! Love the photos from Under the Sea! :)
I am so bummed that they tamed Ariel's hair! I LOVED her hair at Disneyland's version when we went in January 2012. Though I think they changed it there as well to the less wild hair.



I did the Lunch with the Imagineer at Brown Derby last month and the Imagineer at our lunch was the project manager for the New Fantasyland at WDW. Someone asked him about Ariel's hair. He confirmed that the change in her hair at DL has already probably been made, as well, to reflect her hair in the new MK attraction. No more "dairy whip"!

jenseib
02-22-2013, 04:47 PM
I LOVE your pictures from Wilderness Lodge. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

It makes me want to go at Christmas time again and get all the pictures I missed out on.

And now I want to take the carriage ride after seeing your pictures. You keep making me spend more and more money! LOL You did a fabulous job though, even on a moving carriage in the dark.
I love the AoA tree. They had just put it up the day we were leaving (actually it was up the night before when we came back late). And I was really excited to see the white too. It really fits the resort.

mom2rtk
02-22-2013, 05:30 PM
The sleigh ride looks fun and that AoA pictures were out of this world.

Thanks Mike! The sleigh ride really was very enjoyable. I highly recommend it. But DANG those campers with the Mickey in the teacups inflatable! They are $240 on Ebay. Don't ask how I know that...... OK, just kidding. I didn't buy one. But I sure looked. And I'm awfully tempted.....

Wow..I'm just a lurker and never post but I just wanted to say that your daughter is soo pretty and I love the dresses!! Seriously do u make any for sale? You need an etsy shop! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous !!

Thanks so much for the kind words and :welcome: out of lurkdom!

:thumbsup2 Great photos! Love the photos from Under the Sea! :)



I am so bummed that they tamed Ariel's hair! I LOVED her hair at Disneyland's version when we went in January 2012. Though I think they changed it there as well to the less wild hair.

Here was her hair from CA Adventure, January 2012: :rotfl2:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v122/Yzerbear19/IMG_8676_zpsc63f3575.jpg

LOL, thank you so much for pointing that out. What a RIOT her hair is! :rotfl:

I think I posted on one of your previous trip reports, but can't remember for sure. I've been a long-time lurker! I just had to join everyone and say, WOW!!!! Katie is still only 12?? She looks so much more grown up this year, I can't believe it! I can't wait for some dress-up pictures! princess:

Hi! So glad you found us over here! :wave: And yes, Katie is merely 12. We have a ways to go still. It was a year of big change at our house. All for the better of course. Well, sort of. I'm not sure if any parent of a near-teen would believe it was ALL good....... :rolleyes1 But mostly. :)



I did the Lunch with the Imagineer at Brown Derby last month and the Imagineer at our lunch was the project manager for the New Fantasyland at WDW. Someone asked him about Ariel's hair. He confirmed that the change in her hair at DL has already probably been made, as well, to reflect her hair in the new MK attraction. No more "dairy whip"!

What an amazing lunch that must have been. I've been really tempted to try that myself sometime. And thanks for confirming the hair for us. I'm not sure which I like better. I think the "dairy whip" is fun, but the other one looks floaty too.

I LOVE your pictures from Wilderness Lodge. GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!

It makes me want to go at Christmas time again and get all the pictures I missed out on.

And now I want to take the carriage ride after seeing your pictures. You keep making me spend more and more money! LOL You did a fabulous job though, even on a moving carriage in the dark.
I love the AoA tree. They had just put it up the day we were leaving (actually it was up the night before when we came back late). And I was really excited to see the white too. It really fits the resort.

Thanks Jen! Always happy to help you spend your money! :) You really would love the carriage ride. Kaite still lists it as one of her favorite trip moments. :goodvibes

You know we've been at Christmas many times now. And I still have things I haven't gotten to. Every time I say I'm going to make it to the Yacht and Beach club to see the chocolate decorations there. But so far no go. I guess I'll just be happy to mark "Wilderness Lodge and Carriage ride at Christmas" off my "Disney to do" list after this trip. It just gets harder and harder to do new things. It seems no matter how long we stay, our time is taken up with all those "can't miss" regular things from prior years.

I'm glad you at least got to see the white tree at AoA. It really was beautiful.

nannye
02-23-2013, 10:50 AM
The wilderness lodge pics are awesome! The sleigh ride looks like so much fun

AGPrincess
02-26-2013, 09:53 AM
Just catching up...love all the Magic Kingdom pictures!! Especially of Ariel's corner of New Fantasyland - her castle is my favorite. :goodvibes The WL christmas decorations are so pretty too!

mom2rtk
02-26-2013, 10:07 AM
The wilderness lodge pics are awesome! The sleigh ride looks like so much fun


Thanks Erin! The sleigh ride was just the sort of new thing I was hoping to add on this trip.

We added another great "new thing" on our next day. Which is coming soon, I promose......


Just catching up...love all the Magic Kingdom pictures!! Especially of Ariel's corner of New Fantasyland - her castle is my favorite. :goodvibes The WL christmas decorations are so pretty too!

Thanks! :) I loved Eric's castle too. (But we can call it Ariel's castle if you want. It's her ride inside!) The view of that castle with the brilliant blue sky behind it was just breathtaking.

mom2rtk
02-27-2013, 02:07 PM
A few scenes from around my neck of the woods today:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8512736801_2f023899de_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8512736801/)
Orange Bird is NOT Happy! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8512736801/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8092/8513847248_08c065dff3_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847248/)
IMG_7261 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847248/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8513847202_982e449099_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847202/)
IMG_7275 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847202/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8513847164_19312d8e62_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847164/)
IMG_7279 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513847164/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8370/8513937364_317dee362a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513937364/)
IMG_7290 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8513937364/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

OK, I MIGHT have crouched down really low to make that pile of snow appear even worse than it is. But it's still pretty darn big..........

DISNEYaddict4evr
02-27-2013, 06:54 PM
:faint:

man we could sure use some of that moisture, maybe you can box it up and ship it our way :hyper:

Sadly we are still in drought mode here :worried:

With all that snow you and katie should attemp a mickey snowman ::yes::

KCmike
02-27-2013, 08:17 PM
If I have to shovel snow one more time this week I am going to scream! What happened to Global Warming? Where are you Al Gore?

iwish81792
02-27-2013, 10:04 PM
Oh my gosh, I have the same antenna topper and it looks the same over here in New York! Too funny. I bet most of the people who have the Orange Bird are in the same position :lmao:

lvcourtneyy
02-28-2013, 10:27 AM
Oh my goodness! I am so glad the snow skipped us. We've had some rain and a lot of wind these past few days but luckily that's it!

Woth2982
02-28-2013, 08:51 PM
Love your snow photos! I tried to get some good ones with the blizzard we had at the stat of the month, but they didn't come out that great. My angles were bad and did not really reflect that we got 30 inches, the photos look like about 6 lol.

Finally caught up on the rest of the report! I love all the WL photos! That hotel is just so pretty at Christmas time. The sleigh ride looks like a lot of fun too!

jenseib
03-03-2013, 09:27 AM
That is a heck of a lot of snow! Glad it's you and not me! :thumbsup2

kwitcherkicken99
03-03-2013, 06:57 PM
Oy! All that snow!

All we've had is rain.

At least you don't have to shovel that.

popcorn::

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 10:34 AM
:faint:

man we could sure use some of that moisture, maybe you can box it up and ship it our way :hyper:

Sadly we are still in drought mode here :worried:

With all that snow you and katie should attemp a mickey snowman ::yes::


Well, there's no shortage of moisture around here right now. We're starting to thaw and it's a soupy mess. Still HUGE piles of snow though. The sad thing is that now I need to send someone out to UNshovel all that snow. Some of those piles have to be spread out or they'll be here in May!

If I have to shovel snow one more time this week I am going to scream! What happened to Global Warming? Where are you Al Gore?

LOL, don't you know it's not "Global Warming" any more? It's "Climate Change"! :lmao: I guess Al got tired of being made fun of every time we had a winter like this one!

Are you shoveled out yet?

Oh my gosh, I have the same antenna topper and it looks the same over here in New York! Too funny. I bet most of the people who have the Orange Bird are in the same position :lmao:

Katie took a real liking to the Orange Bird when she got a pin on this trip. So the antenna topper was her choice. But I think he's cute. I keep hoping they'll bring him out in the parks for a week of Limited Time Magic. But that would probably just frustrate me anyway since it would be so hard to get down there.


Oh my goodness! I am so glad the snow skipped us. We've had some rain and a lot of wind these past few days but luckily that's it!

No skipping the snow for us this time. After getting almost none last year, we got a huge double whammy this year. Now it's time to pay the piper. They are considering pulling back one of our days of Easter Break. Which would be a TOTAL loss for Timmy. Seniors are not supposed to have to make up snow days......:sad:

Love your snow photos! I tried to get some good ones with the blizzard we had at the stat of the month, but they didn't come out that great. My angles were bad and did not really reflect that we got 30 inches, the photos look like about 6 lol.

Finally caught up on the rest of the report! I love all the WL photos! That hotel is just so pretty at Christmas time. The sleigh ride looks like a lot of fun too!

I really found it hard to get photos reflective of the sheer volume of our snow too. Of course, maybe that's because I wanted to get some great creative photos and still get back in the house within about 3 minutes! :lmao:

That is a heck of a lot of snow! Glad it's you and not me! :thumbsup2

:p

Oy! All that snow!

All we've had is rain.

At least you don't have to shovel that.

popcorn::

Rain is even worse. All that wet and no snow days. But you're right about the shoveling. Yuck.

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 10:40 AM
You guys all have the patience of a HUGE group of SAINTS! Somewhere in the midst of snowmageddon I started having computer issues. Which was rather disconcerting since my computer is just over a year old. It had been acting up for a while, but I didn't want to take it in and be without it for even a day. Well, when it starts shutting down every 5 minutes, you are left with few choices.....

Anyway, turns out the upgraded graphics card I had installed at the time of purchase was bad. 2 months after the warranty expired of course. But all they had to do was disconnect and have me go back to the one that came with the computer. Not sure if I'll upgrade to another or not. I wanted to try it without. I have a few lags along the way, but not enough to make me want to go out and spend any more money on it.

Thanks for hanging in there. I should be able to do the entire next day's update today! :cheer2:

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 10:52 AM
Saturday December 8: Animal Kingdom


We were greeted with a foggy morning again on this day. No need to hoof it down to the food court to eat since we were heading to Animal Kingdom for an early breakfast at Tusker House. I had flashbacks to our early ADR there last year and how it had been clouded by the loss of my tripod. No such crisis this day. In fact, I was very excited that Kim and the girls would be arriving later that morning.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8246/8536032781_aa118e0aee_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032781/)
IMG_7560 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032781/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7569 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032753/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7573 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537137440/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7576 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032687/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7580 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537137344/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7583 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032587/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7584 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032555/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7586 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032511/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7595 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537137166/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8111/8537137106_0d47416863_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537137106/)
IMG_7604 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537137106/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


Breakfast was great, and we ducked out the back door right by the entrance to Kilamanjaro Safari just a few minutes before opening. We were on the first truck out of the station. And it was one of the best Safaris we have ever been on.


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8536032421_fe58d2c04d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032421/)
IMG_7607 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032421/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7609 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032385/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7619 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032323/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7630 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032291/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7636 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032217/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7640 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536032201/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7668 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136800/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7680 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136734/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7684 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136660/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7693 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136620/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7702 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031863/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7719 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031781/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7722 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136392/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7729 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031651/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7736 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136276/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 10:59 AM
Saturday December 8 Continued: More Animal Kingdom

Not sure which part of the safari this was, but our guide was apparently hoping for some good luck!

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IMG_7737 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031457/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7739 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031447/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Is this guy a cheetah?

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IMG_7750 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136122/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7768 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537136012/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Now comes my favorite part of this safari. I usually just come across the lions laying on the hill, barely visible. This time they were up and moving and both in the same shot for me!

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IMG_7770 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135980/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

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IMG_7776-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031163/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

This is just a different crop on that last shot:

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IMG_7776 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536031199/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8537135844_ec2cf6b9f4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135844/)
IMG_7780 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135844/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8537135810_b220754676_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135810/)
IMG_7782 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135810/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8536030985_360aec9d51_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030985/)
IMG_7784 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030985/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8536030969_976b940f3e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030969/)
IMG_7785 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030969/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

And this is also a second crop on the last photo:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8380/8537135606_c91a472768_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135606/)
IMG_7785-2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135606/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I could have ended my entire day at AK right then and there and been happy. :)

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 11:12 AM
Saturday December 8 Continued: More Animal Kingdom



http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8536030849_5c720c1140_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030849/)
IMG_7823 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030849/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8536030783_afda6092ed_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030783/)
IMG_7837 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030783/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8389/8536030733_510b6e32b4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030733/)
IMG_7849 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030733/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8526/8537135404_fdb64679d4_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135404/)
IMG_7855 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135404/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8536030633_f2a36ee0b0_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030633/)
IMG_7873 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030633/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

And of course..... my daughter couldn't resist a few ducks. We can be in the midst of the most exotic animals in the world....... and she still gets excited when she sees a few...... ducks.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8537135272_afd30ff09e_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135272/)
IMG_7875 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135272/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8370/8537135160_ddf89214da_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135160/)
IMG_7877 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135160/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8229/8537135124_2bbb877e17_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135124/)
IMG_7882 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135124/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8537135048_1d041abb5d_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135048/)
IMG_7895 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135048/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8100/8537135032_fd5418917a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135032/)
IMG_7902 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537135032/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8536030329_1e79fd026b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030329/)
IMG_7905 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030329/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

Now on to the Pangani Trail:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8109/8536030313_6299586cc0_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030313/)
IMG_7912 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030313/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8094/8537134892_9be20ef595_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134892/)
IMG_7913 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134892/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

This baby (toddler????) was a ton of fun to watch. He was VERY busy:


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8537134772_3928bc8b69_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134772/)
IMG_7918 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134772/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8536030111_7d0a464831_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030111/)
IMG_7924 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536030111/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8537134696_39fecc43d9_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134696/)
IMG_7927 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134696/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8537134660_11f826e08f_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134660/)
IMG_7932 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134660/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8536029971_333cf9657b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029971/)
IMG_7937 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029971/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8536029905_5cfe15393a_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029905/)
IMG_7946 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029905/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8089/8536029875_6f5d964cc7_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029875/)
IMG_7960 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029875/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8252/8537134426_2d91856d28_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134426/)
IMG_7966 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8537134426/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8536029725_9799dbf852_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029725/)
IMG_7968 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029725/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

I could have stayed and watched the gorillas for a lot longer, but alas, we were on a time schedule. Our plan was to be back at the resort by lunch to be off our feet for a while in the afternoon. And we still had a lot of ground to cover.

Regardless of time constraints, we never bypass an instrument without stopping......

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8536029685_83ebd3626b_c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029685/)
IMG_7970 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28159731@N02/8536029685/) by mom2rtk (http://www.flickr.com/people/28159731@N02/), on Flickr

jenseib
03-07-2013, 11:29 AM
I like it when people tell me ...so you have a picture double posted...the finger prints against the glass one. I think it's supposed to be the toddler.

Frist off, Katie looks like a super model with her hair and sunglasses worn on top of her head. I don't think you'll ever have worry about her getting a prom date...She'll be fighting them off.

You got some AWESOME safari shots. What lens did you use on that ride? I am thinking my new 18-200mm might be a good choice for this ride. I always have the wrong one on. Either they are too close or too far.

I am pretty sure Mr. Lion (Fabulous shots by the way) was feeling frisky, but we can see what Mrs. Lion thought of that ....as she walked away. :rotfl:

The lizard shot was awesome too. Where was that taken at? On one of the trails. I love the focus just on the face. It makes me want to go somewhere and practice shooting again.

I am loving all of this animal overload!!!! You did have a fabulous safari

mom2rtk
03-07-2013, 12:16 PM
I like it when people tell me ...so you have a picture double posted...the finger prints against the glass one. I think it's supposed to be the toddler.

Frist off, Katie looks like a super model with her hair and sunglasses worn on top of her head. I don't think you'll ever have worry about her getting a prom date...She'll be fighting them off.

You got some AWESOME safari shots. What lens did you use on that ride? I am thinking my new 18-200mm might be a good choice for this ride. I always have the wrong one on. Either they are too close or too far.

I am pretty sure Mr. Lion (Fabulous shots by the way) was feeling frisky, but we can see what Mrs. Lion thought of that ....as she walked away. :rotfl:

The lizard shot was awesome too. Where was that taken at? On one of the trails. I love the focus just on the face. It makes me want to go somewhere and practice shooting again.

I am loving all of this animal overload!!!! You did have a fabulous safari

Thanks Jen! My mind is swimming in shots I'm copying and pasting right now so no shocker I doubled up on one. But I always appreciate having a second set of eyes.

And yeah, I thought Mr. Lion really just wanted us all to go away so he could have some privacy with the Mrs. I was just glad they were close but not too close if you know what I mean. So I could post them in good conscience!

I used my Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 on the safari. I never felt like the 50 was too close. I guess if some animals came up close I probably would. If I were you I'd definitely use the 18-200. The only drawback to that lens is that it's not very fast, but you should have plenty of light out on the safari so it won't be an issue at all.

The lizard was in some structure along the path, maybe along the Pangani trail?