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Old 09-23-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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The MERBS Poppn', Show stopn', Hoppn' Swim w Sharks WDW/US/ IOA Trip Stop in and post

HI Everyone! I am back and wanting to be at Disney. It hasn't even been a good 24 hours!

Let's start with the cast members of the MERBs (Mack Epps Ruffin Bruce)!

From youngest to oldest..

There is my Mom..DNana to everyone! Over 50 (we don't talk age, let's just say she is Mom to 7 and I am her youngest. You do the math) Spry, loving women who kept up with us!!! DAuntie (who was born from another mother but totally belongs to us) Christel. Lovingly Known as "Auntie" Fistel.
DH Shawn, Me, DS Seth, and DD Chayce. My best friend DBFF Bernadette, my adoptive DN Chauncey, and DN Kayla. Is that everyone.....yes!

It's great because our kids are around the same ages and they are each others BF too. So Just a great BFF Fest!
So I got off work early on Tuesday and did some last minute running around. My family and I cleaned house and went out to eat. The kids were excitedly talking about what they wanted to do first. This is our 2nd trip to Disney, DNana's 3rd and everyone else's first. On the way home I called my friend in Hilton Head to remind her to call me. She is away on vacation and called to wake me up. See I have a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad memory! I am sometimes affectionately and sometimes not so affectionately Known as "Dory"! (And I planned the trip. Thanks to you all and these boards) So she thought that I would forget to set the alarm.... I told her no way I am going to Disney tomorrow how would I forget to set the alarm........ Um so....I um woke up to my girlfriend saying..."Girl, if you didn't answer this phone this time...I was calling Nana!!!" So up at 4:05 Am, dressed, washed, and ready to go! Loaded the car and got in it and .......RINGGGGGG cell phone. DBFF is running late. The original plan was that all of us would meet at the airport. Instead we all met at DNana's and left from there. We park our cars at the Airport parking which was great. They came to the car pick us and luggage up and we were off to the airport. It was nice because I had a 50% off coupon to park there...."Dory moment"....Later in the trip report. At the airport we check our bags curbside and DNana couldn't find her ID License Our Flight left at 7:00 AM and we were checking in bags t 6:15AM. Yes cutting it close. We grabbed something to eat and were boarding the plane. Oh and this is the first time my DBFF and DN flew! That was funny! On take off DBFF had her face covered and DN was positioned strategically at the window and kept saying, "What was that?!?"
She loved it after being in the air. The take off and landing...not so much...We got to the airport 20 minutes early and went to the magical express check in. Breezed through that (because we had our preprinted passes) and we were on the bus in 20 minutes. Watched a movie about Disney...and Arrived at Pop Century in 35 minutes.

My family and DNana and DA could not check in online due to some kind of blip with the online check in. DBFF did. But honestly we were done about the same time. We got our stuff and checked our carry ons with "Luggage" because our rooms weren't ready and hopped on the next bus to........drumrollll....little longer because I forgot....No just kidding. MAGIC KINGDOM!!!!
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Sounds like things are off to a pretty good start!!
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Hey Jacks! Your my first poster! You win an trip to Disney in December.....oh wait you already have one!! I am trying to upload pictures. Hoping I can do this.
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LMP!!! I will. I have to figure out how to do the pictures.
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Boy its Hot!

Was the first thing out of my kids mouth. Then I remembered that all of the sunscreen was in the luggage. Note to pack a small bottle in carry on. Bought some fromt the gift shop and sprayed everyone and we went to the bus stop for Magic Kingdom.

While waiting for the bus, Seth and Chauncey try and push the luggage cart.



On the air conditioned bus!

My hair was starting to frizz already!


DNana and DAuntie Fistel



We get to Magic Kingdom and we all have pep in our step! All of us get through the turnstiles except DBFF and kids. Turns out that her tickets were cancelled for some reason and she had to go to Guest services. They str8tened everything out and gave her a fast pass for all day!!!!!

We finally walk in and down mainstreet and see the castle! I don't know its just something about the castle. A nice guys saw me trying to take a picture and asked if I wanted to get in. YEAH!



Not the best but it works. We were all hungry so we decided to go to Cosmic Rays Starlite cafe. My husband and I got the double cheeseburger which was good. My DD got the hot dog with fries. My DS and DBFF got the St Louis ribs which were awesome! DNana and DAuntie got salads which were big and they couldn't finish. DNeph got the barbeque chicken and DN got cheese fries. Everything was very good and a plenty of it. Ray was funny (if you listen to him) and I enjoyed the show. It was very loud in the restaurant and very busy!

After we ate, we went to Stitch's Great Escape. This ride my son was so afraid of last time. It was called Alien something I forget. This time my daughter was a little afraid but loved it afterwards. We got on Buzz Lightyear and I took the advice of some on the boards here and got the highest score. My DS and DNeph couldn't believe it. They had to ride it again with me and guess what!!! I still beat them. We saw Stitch and got a picture of the girls with him. My camera started acting up and I couldn't take pictures with the first one. Good thing Dory packed a 2nd one just in case.

After riding that DS and DNeph and DH left us girls to go do the big rides.
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LMP! Yeah my son loves stitch and the pictures with him and Stitch at the parks is on the camera that is acting up. I hope I can get them off the disc. If so I will post them here. It has most of my Universal pictures on it.

I loved Buzz lightyear. I was a little nervous about my Mom (DNana) and the moving walkway, that I almost tripped myself. I think they should make that transition a little smoother. Thanks for following my trip report.
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So I got my wake up call but I let my DS answer the phone. When he heard the message he got a silly grin on his face. Stitch is his favorite! Then he used Stitch's phrase to wake up his sister. "No Sleeping". We woke up at 7:30, ate breakfast in the room (I must say that all of Garden Grocer's food items were very fresh) and got dressed. Clothes and showers were done the night before. I knocked on my Mom's door and she opened it and stumble on something and fell on her bottom. There was a mad rush to help her up. I swear my DH almost knocked me over to get her up. She was laughing the whole time so I was sure nothing was broken. She told us to quit fussing and hand her shoes over (I told you she has more spunk than all of us). I knocked on my DBFF door and they were running behind. I told them I would meet them outside. Once there I asked where do we stand to catch the Mears taxi and the cast member told us right at the red carpet. I text the info to everyone and we were all there by 8:20 AM. Pick up was at 8:25 Am.
The girls made a little Princess chair out of Legos while we waited.

Here's Chayce 'Sitting Pretty'.


The Mears "Taxi" was a huge bus like the Magical express! Our driver Victor was awesome. We made one more stop at Carribean Beach and then off to US. Victor gave us a mini tour on the way. Told us where to shop and how to get there and back to our resort. He was great. Told us about Hurricane Charlie was the reason why some of the trees were bent. Really nice guy.

We got to US at about 9:20 and decided to go to US first. Here's our group pictures in front of the world.

Me, DH, DNana, DS, DNeph
DD and DN


Everyone but me I love my family


We go into the park and did Jimmy Neutron first.
Here's the girls waiting to ride JN


This ride was Da Bomb! It was so much fun. I was worried about DNana but she was laughing and clapping at it. Then we rode Shrek 4D. That was great too but I could do w/o the ghost business. Not my cup of tea.

After that DH, Me, DS, and DNeph wanted to ride the Rip Rockit rollercoaster and everyone else did Twister. The Roller coaster went down 3 times and after the third time we left it. We met up with the rest of the group and went to Disaster. DN Kayla and DS Seth were picked to be special extras in the movie. It was really fun. Kayla was the little kid that falls onto the Rock and Seth was one of the Menacing men that the rocks fell on. It was a hoot to watch the movie at the end of the ride. I was mad that I couldn't video tape it.

After that DNana, DAuntie and DBFF had to make a stop and the rest of us went on Jaws. I liked it and our captain certainly made it fun. He said at the end to take all of our belongings and "make sure we take the complimentary souvenir of wet shoes, socks and underwear." And boy was he right about that. After Jaws we decided to eat in the park. We couldn't decide until we saw our DNeph with a hot dog. This hot dog place had all kinds of hot dogs. Philly, Rueben, and others with all kinds of fixins. After lunch the boys went to IOA and DH stayed with us. We then rode MIB and I scored well as an agent on that too! Here's the picture we took. The adults took it more serious than the kids!


We were going to do the Simpsons but the wait was long. We then went to ET and rode that. It was cool when he said your name at the end.

We then went to Terminator but he next show was at 3:00 so we browsed some shops. I found my favorite character had her own shop. Betty Boop. I would have pictures but now the 2nd camera was acting crazy. I hope to add some from DNana's pictures. Terminator was excellent too. I liked how they incorporated actors into the scenes. After Terminator DNana found a cool little diner and said she was starting to feel her fall. DAuntie and DBFF stayed with her and they began to shop around too. DH, myself and the Girls ventured to IOA. It was 4:00 when we got there and the park closed at 6:00. But there were no waits for anything. We rode the HULK my favorite ride 3 times. Chayce was not game for that one but she did ride Jurassic park ride. I loved the theming in Jurassic park. The fossils on the ground it was great. Chayce did not want to ride dueling dragons so we met up with the boys and rode that twice. By the time we were finished it was about 5:30Pm and we were spent. We met up with our group and ate at at Hard rock cafe. We got a picture there but I can't upload that for some reason. I got my favorite salad the Haystack salad. DAuntie got the sampler appetizer and love that. DS got Fish and chips. DNana got the Haystack salad. The girls got pasta and meat sauce and DH got Wings. Everything there is always good. We left there and went to the bus stop for our pick up. We were exhausted but look at the girls.
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OOps

Look at this video of them.


A lady sitting next to us asked if they were at the parks all day? Where did they get the energy? If only I could bottle it....

Up Next EPCOT and my DH and DS swim in the Aquarium!!!!!!!!!
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Wow Candy, looks like you had a great time at Universal!! You look like one cool mama on MIB!! I guess they know not to mess with you!! Last time we went to Universal I think I only rode Shrek and ET. That was it. I know what you mean about Jaws. After I got the stuffin scared out of me the lst time I decided not to do that one again either. My body is getting to old for Universal!! o.k. i can't wait to hear about your dh and ds swimming experience.
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After everyone in my family has been in a show......I FINALLY WAS Picked!!! Stay tuned to see what show and what I played.
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We got off to a late start. When I did my ten minute morning knock on DBFF Door, we found out that the scooter didn't charge. So we called them and they said they would bring one over right away. DBFF said she would meet us in the park. So off to the bus stop and on our way to DHS. Here's the girls on the bus:



When we arrived we head for pizza planet. The CS is good the restaurant looks just like the movie but it is very loud and crowded there. After lunch we head to the star wars ride. It was fun. DBFF called and said that the scooter they brought was damaged on the ride over and they had called for another. The guys took off and it was just us girls. We did Muppets 3D and that was hilarious! We got in line for the backlot tour but then decided not to ride it. It started raining so we decided to do toy story mania! DBFF called and was in the park. We hooked up with her and the scooter, and the guys and decided to to the Great Movie ride. It was OK. I kept hearing the host in the cars in front of us and it was distracting. My DH said because I am too nosy! We looked at the times for some of the shows and most of them were a half hour or started at the same time. So we opted to see Indiana Jones. I wanted to see Beauty and the Beast but was out voted. The guys were like no way The next show was at 4:00 and it was 2:00 so we decided to ride Aerosmith Rockin Roller coaster! My DD did not want to ride and stayed with DNana and Auntie. It was a blast!!!! DS wanted to ride with me because he wanted to hear and see my reaction to the blast off. The pictures were hilarious at the end. I knew my daughter would love it. But could I get her to ride it. We rode it again and DAuntie said she wanted to ride it after we talked about it so much. We kept trying to convince my DD. My son wanted me to ride the TOT. Now I am not a fun of drops. I can take it in a roller coaster but not over and over again. So after he told me that it wasn't that bad I agreed to go.




While we were sitting on the ride I told him and DNeph that I would punch and beat them up if it was bad. Well they started giggling and I knew I was in for it. Once we got through the hallway to the other elevator, DS and DNeph started everyone screaming. It was hilarious!! We didn't even drop yet!!! My DS said"Ok Mom do you want to go up or down?" I instinctively said "UP! and then I thought again and said "Down" and that's where we went. I was insane and I screamed and hit my son the whole time. He was cracking up!! After I got off of the ride I was beating up my DNeph too. They both laughed at the picture. I was holding on to my sons arm and screaming. I knew my DD would not like that one. So After riding that we decided to head over to Indiana Jones Stunt show. We were able to get front seats!!!! Once the show started I told my DS and DNeph to raise hand to get picked. They didn't so I did! And I got picked to be an extra!! It was fun but soooooo hot under those costumes. Here's some pictures.
That's me next to the guy in grey!


The guy in stripes was from Austraila. Really funny and cool guy we joked and laughed the whole time. I wish I could remember his name.
This was the shooting guy scene:

This was the big guy punch scene. They let us take off those things on our heads. It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hot!!!




After we were done the Aussie guy asked for beer and we all laughed. They did give you bottle water. The show was great! I have a video but will upload that later. After the show we convinced my DD and DAuntie to ride Aerosmith.
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