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Old 11-29-2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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SOOZE's 12th Anniversary Yuletide Fun 2/6 LINK to NEW PTR!

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Please click on the link to read each episode!

Day 1 Part 1 Arrival and DHS

Day 1 Part 2 The TSM Take-Down

Day 1 Part 3 More DHS Fun

Day 1 Part 4 Beauty and the Beast Pics

Day 1 Part 4 Cont'd More B&B Pics and Video

Day 1 Part 5 Osborne Lights

Day 1 Part 6 Illuminations and home at last

Day 2 Part 1 Tonga Toast and DTD

Day 2 Part 2 Dream Along with a Friend in the Show!

Day 2 Part 3 Night at MK

Day 3 Part 1 Epcot and Sum of All Thrills

Day 3 Part 2 Lunch in Mexico and VoL

Day 3 Part 3 Dinner in France and Candlelight Processional

Day 4 Quick Run to AK
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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Good EEEEEEEAAAAAARRRRLLLLLYYYY morning everyone! It's that time of year again. What time is that? It's time for my DH and me to ditch the kids with babysitters, strap on our favorite Disney clothes, and head to the most magical place on Earth... It's SOOZE's adults-only TR Time!!

I'm reporting to you live from the Indianapolis International Airport, where it is just about 5:30 am and I've already been up for 2 hours! Do I care, though? NO WAY!!

And the pixie dust is already flying.. check this out:

Our original flights had us flying AirTran with a STOP in Atlanta. We were to leave Indy at 6 am, stop for a plane change, then end up in Orlando by 10 am. Not bad.. not bad at all.

So we are getting comfy in our airport seats (seriously, the seats in our airport are sweet!), when the gate agent starts announcing that the flight is over-sold WHAT?! It is 6:00 in the morning and that plane is gi-normous. How could it be oversold?! OH! It is Sunday after Thanksgiving...

So Matt and I are already shaking our heads... like... uh uh... NO WAY are we giving up our seats. Free ticket or not... we are going to Disney World.

THEN... the gate agent proceeds to tell us that there is another flight leaving at 7am. It's a DIRECT flight to Orlando... and it gets into Orlando at 9:15. WHAT?!?! I pushed Matt out of the seat.. GET UP THERE AND GET US ON THAT FLIGHT!!

SO.. what a great start to the trip. Not only did we get vouchers for two free round trips on AirTran, but we are getting into Orlando 45 minutes sooner than we would, with a DIRECT FLIGHT!!


That's all for now! I'm going to try to get a teeny nap in before I get on the plane. (Totally can't sleep on planes, never have, never will!)

Hope to chat with you all later!
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:50 AM   #3
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While you're waiting, if you missed my PTR countdown, you can check it out here:

I Just Can't Wait - Sooze's PTR
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:18 AM   #4
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Congrats on the plane switch - this sounds like fun!

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Old 11-29-2009, 08:22 AM   #5
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LOVE live reports, can't wait to live vicariously through you guys! What AWESOME luck with the flights, hope the pixie dust continues throughout your trip. EnJOY!!!
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:42 AM   #6
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for the flight change! Have a magical time!
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:43 PM   #7
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I love osborne lights! Those were some crowds-we have gone during the week between christmas & new years & have never seen it really that bad. We also go very early in the evening.
Thanks for the good wishes to my son for getting the ensemble part in
beauty & the beast. We are still waiting to hear.
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:02 PM   #8
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We arrived at Magic Kingdom to more crowds. We weaved our way through Main Street traffic:


Grabbed a random shot of holiday decor:


And even went stealth to catch a shot of PEEPS for Jordan!!


My husband just didn't get why I couldn't stop laughing after that! I was just proud of my shot... and they had no idea!

We were kind of in a rush because we were wanting to catch the last show of "Dream Along With Mickey" in front of the castle. Why? Well, we have a friend who is a cast member. We had a WONDERFUL encounter with her at Spring Break:


Well, she was now playing Snow White in the show! We were so happy for her, and she knew we'd be there for the last show. Here are another bajillion shots of it. Enjoy!






Hilarious!


Everyone all together now... OUCH!!!








And out she came!!










Love this one!!








And a video clip of our friend in action (See if you can catch her waving at us!):


Cont'd in next post!
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Wow! I can't believe how busy it was! Kona is wonderful! I need to get there for breakfast someday. The Disney store had some cute tree skirts. Maybe they will be on clearance after the holiday. The monorail around the tree sounds so cute!
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OMG! I think I'm going to totally steal your monorail ringtone idea next time I'm down there! That is awesome!
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Why wait till your next trip, you can go to youtube and find the monorail announcement.

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OMG! I think I'm going to totally steal your monorail ringtone idea next time I'm down there! That is awesome!
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Loved all your Magic Kingdom/Contemporary pics! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas!
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Here are a few more shots from the show:










Next up was dinner. We decided to try a new Counter Service: Pecos Bills. We had heard about the touch screen ordering and decided to give it a whirl. We felt a bit 'dirty', though... knowing that CMs were going to be losing jobs to these things... but oh well!



Again, it was UBER crowded, so we went outside and found a nice bench to sit on. I know I had a BBQ of some kind (chicken?pork?) and enjoyed it very much. I have no idea what Matt got, but we both had a nice meal.

We snuck in a viewing of the updated Hall of Presidents somewhere in here. It was fine... nothing much to say about it!

We had a great ride on Pirates. You know how the 'Disney pros' always GO LEFT when most of humanity goes right? Well, it really paid off for us! I was thinking that maybe the left side was closed because, as we walked into the main PotC entrance, a MOB of people were heading to the right. But, nope, the left was WIDE open. We strolled right in and got a whole boat to ourselves!! We let out some giddy 'yes-we-are-Disney-professionals' laughter as we passed the folks that went right, and were WAITING to load their FULL boat, and then enjoyed our ride!


Don't worry... we just took this quick picture with flash as we were pulling out of the dock. No more flash during the ride, right?!

After our encounter with Jack Sparrow, we were passing the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse! Something I've never done. Matt climbed around in it in July with Tyson and was really not feeling up to it.



Me? I was excited to go!!



It was fun! Not something I'd ever wait in line for, but it was cool! I enjoyed hearing the 'polka' music that they play in the treehouse. I listen to live365 Disney radio when I'm working at school, and that song always comes on. I'd never experienced the music with the attraction... well, now I have!!

As we crossed through the hub on our way to Tomorrowland, I caught my very first glance of the Icicle Castle. Wow... it took my breath away. Truly, pictures can NEVER capture the magic... kind of like Osborne lights. You just HAVE to see it live to really get it!

Here is a TERRIBLE picture as we blew by:



We battled it out on BLY. Matt had a COMMANDING lead, but I came back at the last minute!! This was my attempt to document the win... first, I accidentally had my flash on, so you can't see the numbers.. but you CAN see how Matt was TRYING to block the score!!


Then, I got my score:


And another attempt at Matt's... though he was pushing my arm around...


124,560... just in case you can't see it!

Next was a carefree and wait-less ride on TTA. And... we still love each other... because now we're EVEN!


Our next ride was the newly refurbished Space Mountain. We kept watching it all night and the wait times would flux from 30-50 minutes. So when it said 40, we decided to go for it. This became our #3 worst line.. behind TSM and Soarin'. The reason is this: After you meander your way through a long single queue, you emerge into the ride-load area and think you are almost there. PSYCH!! You now have to do the back and forth line for another 30 minutes. It's just torture.

Now. The upgrades. 1st of all, in the long single line that you start in, they have installed some games to play in order to take your mind off the long wait. THESE ARE COOL!! Here is Matt trying his hand at one of the games:


The bad thing is, while people are playing, it holds up the line for a good 5 minutes... then everyone moves forward a big jump. Not a big deal, but when you're way back in the end of the line and you don't know what's going on... standing still for 5 minutes can make you feel like you're waiting for Soarin!!

The other upgrade we noticed was the smoothness of the ride. We really enjoyed it! We aren't big Space Mountain riders.. so there may be other things that we just didn't notice!

It was finally time for Wishes, so we joined the herd of humanity (thanks, Great Biscuit!) in front of the castle. Here is my one and only shot I took during this whole thing!


Not too bad for my little cheap camera! We got there 45 minutes early, and were already crammed into a spot. I couldn't believe the number of people who would try to squeeze their way in front of, or next to us, only to realize it just wasn't going to work. It was the longest 45 minutes wait EVER!! There was a nice family in front of us that had a few kids and a big honkin' stroller and what looked like grandparents in tow. I saw the dad start making a bottle... mixing formula and trying to balance all of the crap that was on the stroller. Then it hit me... where is there a baby? I didn't see one! So I watched carefully, then was stunned when he handed the bottle to his wife, who proceeded to feed it to her AT LEAST 3 year old daughter. She even cradled her like a baby! Weird... I know I shouldn't judge when i don't know the situation, but... it was hard not to stare in disbelief.

Wishes was beautiful, and we made sure to record some of it with our phones to send to our envious friends! The only downer was there was no Tink. We had a great spot to see her, too. Not sure what happened?

When it was over, we jumped on a bench that was quickly vacated, and watched the MADNESS that was the exodus from Magic Kingdom. People watching is SOOOOO fantabulous, isn't it!?!

Finally, we started to head out ourselves. We stopped for some PhotoPass shots in front of the castle... this is my princess/prince pose:

(I was mad the photographer didn't get my feet. I was SO standing like a princess...)

And the fairy tale kiss... with the prince's eyes open!


And one more stroll down Main Street. It was fun to think about the next we'd be here with our kids in a few months!


We walked back to our car at the Contemporary, then back home. We knew we'd be able to sleep in the next morning, which was such a wonderful thought!

Tomorrow was our Epcot extravaganza! Come back now!
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LOVED this update Sooze!!! Now Tim and I HAVE to try Kona for breakfast this summer, time to re post the ADR's!!!! What a great day you guys had. LOVED the shots you got at night at Magic Kingdom, Tim never made it over there at night on his Dec. trip so I loved your pics. Also thought it was great seeing Matt recording the monorail lingo, LOVED my text by the way, so THANK YOU!
Hope you guys had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! See you soooooon!!!
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Sooze,
Isn't the castle with the lights just fantastic. I absolutely love it! Sounds like you had a fun day/night at Magic Kingdom. So much fun that you knew Snow White in the show. I did see the wave, very cute.

I was reading about your inability to find a Disney light for your window at the Christmas store. I got one for Christmas, it is from Walgreens, and evidently was on sale for 1/2 price before Christmas. I think it is cute, and it was only 3.50, now that is a deal. I am sure they are probably gone by now, but check out the website, or your nearest Walgreens.

Hope you had a great Christmas

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