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Old 04-30-2012, 08:53 AM   #1756
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Really enjoying the recap of the trip! It's great to see so many wonderful pictures all over again.
Thanks! I love recapping when I've been working on a TR for awhile. Part 2 coming up soon!

So how are the summer plans coming?
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I loved the "Firsts and Favorites" posts. I need to get over to my trip report and wrap it up but it's been so busy that I haven't had a chance.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:31 AM   #1758
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Thanks! I love recapping when I've been working on a TR for awhile. Part 2 coming up soon!

So how are the summer plans coming?
We're pretty much set...reservations made, AKL booked, ADR's set...just have to pay for it now. The best part is that the kids still have no idea where we're going!

Still planning out our day in Charleston, SC. And we're trying to figure out what to do on the road back from Florida.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #1759
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I loved the "Firsts and Favorites" posts. I need to get over to my trip report and wrap it up but it's been so busy that I haven't had a chance.
I know what you mean. I really got slowed down this past month, but I am on the home stretch of wrapping up this puppy. Glad you liked my firsts and favs!

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We're pretty much set...reservations made, AKL booked, ADR's set...just have to pay for it now. The best part is that the kids still have no idea where we're going!
I think its so great that you are going to surprise the kids. That's so awesome. Can I come over and watch the big reveal? What a fun time that's going to be.

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Still planning out our day in Charleston, SC. And we're trying to figure out what to do on the road back from Florida.
Well, there IS always South of the Border.

Know you, you will come up with a great stop. There really isn't much between Charleston and home, so good luck with that. There are some cool plantations just east of Richmond along the James River. Denny and I toured the Berkley plantation and it was pretty cool.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #1760
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First & Favs Part 2

Firsts & Favorites Part 2

Saturday December 17th

We started out the day grabbing FP's for one of our favs



then headed over to Dinosaur for a couple back to back rides.

We grabbed a second set of FPs then rode EE.

Our "first" live animal of the day



This was a real "first" for me



I'm pretty sure I was on this path before, but I never complete the entire trek. I don't remember seeing the bats or the tigers.

"First" bat feeding







My "first" tiger pic



My "first" time seeing these flags, which I have seen on so many other TRs



Our "first" time eating here



and trying these



Most definitely a favorite!

Nick's "first" Kobe Beef Burger



"first" time being selected for a "guest" appearance in a show



"first" time noting an uncanny resemblance between this trainer and his bird



Not my "first" time on the Safari, but Nick's "first" time taking all the Safari pics



"First" time getting stuck on Safari because of an animal in the path



Definitely NOT the "first" time missing the lions



"First" time seeing a hippo swim underwater.



"First" time seeing Lily since she was a baby



"First" Lost on Safari



"first" time standing on a lip of concrete while taking pictures of my favorite parade








One of my favorite pictures of the trip



"First" night time ride on EE!


"first" time opening and closing a park!



I think this may have been my favorite day of the trip! The weather was perfect, the crowds manageable, and I loved that we stayed in the park all day and just took a nice long break at the Dawa bar. Can't go wrong with that. I'm also so glad that I had a chance to finally ride EE at night. If you ever get the chance - just do it.

Continued Next Post.........

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #1761
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Hey Folks - I am going to have to finish this tomorrow because I have accidently deleted two attempts at my continued update. I have no idea what I did, but it happened twice so I am taking a break!
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Oh I'm just in heaven seeing all the highlights of AK all in one place. I can just feel the cool breeze under the cover of the trees... no wait... that's a draft from my window. It's only -1 outside (Uhm, that's about 30F) I'm just going to keep going through your pictures of hot, sunny Fl until it warms up outside!
Yak & Yeti looks so yummy, I can't wait to try those deep fried green beans!

The continuation just wasn't meant to be for you last night I guess!
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:47 AM   #1763
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I love all the AK firsts! I think our favorite park day on our last trip was there. Isn't Lily the cutest?! I love watching her play

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #1764
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Sunday December 18th

So I tried to do this update last night and I totally deleted, not once, but twice. So I gave up. I think I somehow had my photobucket window opened in a weird spot so as I was shrinking it I accidently closed the TR window - twice. UGH!

Dawn & Wendy - I will do your replies shortly. I just want to get this done.

Oh - I did get my outbound flight for October. I booked a 9:30 am flight out of Philly on SWA for $109. There was something really wrong with SWA's website today so it took forever. Then when I went to book my return flight I kept getting the error message.

So here's a question for you all......The return flight leaves at 5pm but doesn't get into Philly because there is a stop in Raleigh, NC. It's $114, so the total trip would be $223 and no baggage fees. The alternative is Airtran non-stop with baggage fees ($110) so the total (both flights and bags) would be $234. I guess I should probably go the air tran route??? This flight leaves at 4 and gets in around 6:30. I guess it makes sense to pay the extra $11 not to stop.

What time would ME leave for a 4pm flight? 1:30 or earlier?

What do you think?

Moving On...........

Firsts & Favs!

Nick's "first" ride on SOAT



My "first" time getting decent pictures in SE (nonflash, of course)









My "first" time taking pics inside of Mission Space







My "first" time seeing LWTL decorated for Christmas



My "first" time taking pics in Soarin





My "first" time seeing Captain EO



My "first" time taking pictures on Test Track



I get cold just looking at this pic.....



Our "first" PP of the day



Definitely NOT our "first" time here



"First" time stopping here. Yummy!



"First" visit to the gurgling suitcase


"First" Turtle Crawl



Not our "first" time here, but it sure felt like it was.













Continued......(REALLY)
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ME is 3 hours before your flight.
4:00 flight = 1:00 Magical Express.
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Continued.......





"First" family PP picture of the WL



Nick's "first" dinner at Artist's Point




Clearly not Nick's "first" dessert



Seriously - I am really looking forward to staying here in October!



Not Nick's "first" hat picture



BTW - remember when I told you that Nick start accutane prior to this trip. Well, he has completed and he had excellent results. His face looks great! He is very pleased!

Monday December 19th

My "first" visit to the OKW lounge in the lobby



"first" visit to the awesome children's playground



"first" time taking pictures in Ellen's energy adventure



"first" time ordering sandwiches from the Kringla Bakery





"first" time seeing these little beauties



I am SO getting one of these in June!

Not our "first" time seeing this show





"First" time actually watching the drummers



"first" time seeing Bill Clinton play the violin (sorry - I'm in a goofy mood right now)



I think this is one of my favorite pictures of the trip, mostly because it was one of those "blind" squirrel moments!



"First" time being verbally assaulted in the red telephone booth in England



"First" time actually leaving the park ahead of schedule (Christine - lol) so that we didn't have to rush right on our flight. That gave us the opportunity for another first -

Celebration




So that's it folks.

When it comes right down to it, I had a lot of "firsts" and I really had too many favorites to count.

I will return to post final thoughts and I do want to show you pictures from my Williamsburg trip with Denny and with the girls. That will probably need to be two updates.

Lastly, I will give you some June pre trip plans!

See Next Post.........

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Here's another What Would You Do?

Our dear, sweet Daytona Beach friends invited us to stay at the house during the time we are at the Boardwalk in June. They did not want to meet us at KSC or come spend an overnighter with us.

I am thinking of canceling my first night at the Boardwalk and spending the night with them - but I don't really want to. Just for reference - that's a Friday night. It would be the same day that my brother and family leave. If we do it we would have lunch at Disney and leave around the same time they leave for Sanford.

I am so torn. I really rather just spend Saturday with them, but I know Denny wants to go and they are trying to be so hospitable. There are so many trips to Florida that I don't see them because of the length of the trip. So why do I feel sad about giving up a coveted night at the Boardwalk? I actually could use the points to arrive one night early in October (originally I was going to stay at AOA), but hmmmmmmmm........
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Oh I'm just in heaven seeing all the highlights of AK all in one place. I can just feel the cool breeze under the cover of the trees... no wait... that's a draft from my window. It's only -1 outside (Uhm, that's about 30F) I'm just going to keep going through your pictures of hot, sunny Fl until it warms up outside!
OMG - that IS COLD! I hope this warm front that is hitting me today makes its way up to your pronto. It's 23 degrees warmer today. It's 79 and was HOT when I went running.

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I love all the AK firsts! I think our favorite park day on our last trip was there. Isn't Lily the cutest?! I love watching her play
AK really is one of my favorite parks and I enjoyed it so much more in the cooler weather. I don't know how many of those trails we will venture down in June. I just get too darn hot!

LOVE Lily! If I don't see her in June I will definitely be on the look-out for her in October!

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Thank you! I have really been enjoying Caitlin's pictures in your TR. If the two of us ever meet up it will be the show-down of the cameras!

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4:00 flight = 1:00 Magical Express.
Ughhhh - that's TOO early! I am so spoiled when we have a car. I have a 1200 lunch ADR on my last day. I better reconsider the 5pm flight or look for one even later.
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I'd say your ME bus would be arriving around 1 pm, they tend to come around 3 hours early.

Awww I love seeing all of your recaps! Can't wait to hear about your Williamsburg trip!!
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I love your Firsts and Favorites, so many great pictures to see again!

I don't know anything about ME, but I do know that I always prefer nonstop flights, even if they are a little more expensive!

That's a tough situation, with your friends in FL. I wouldn't want to give up a night at the BW, but I suppose it wouldn't be terrible, and if you could use the points for October, maybe you should just go see them! I don't know though, I hate giving up any Disney time!
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