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Old 04-19-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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So Many Characters..So Little Time! Our April Adventure to the World! Complete:)

Everyone on this planet has a dream...the question is, how far are you willing to go to make it come true? from Meet the Robinsons

Hi Everyone and Welcome to my TR!! This is my 3rd time writing one of these and you'd think it would get easier to come up with a great title...nope. Believe it or not that has been what has been holding me up from starting this thing. (seriously though it hasn't been that long...after all we did just get back on Saturday.) Before I begin, here are the titles that were in the running. I'm sharing them with you just to give you a glimpse of how our trip went.

* You can't make do the Haunted Mansion! I won't do it!!
* Mom, I thought you said TOT would be scary!
* I won't ride anything with the word scary, haunted or terror in the title!
* Lady, I'm not sitting in someone's lap!

Okay those are just a few. But, ultimately I decided to go with one I did because of something that was so funny to watch...but hey I can't give everything away you'll just have to read to find out!!!

For those of you who didn't follow along with my PTR, here is the link--Cross your heart we're going!! Cross it! An Unexpected April Adventure!! It will help you catch up with all the planning and how the trip came to be.

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When:
April 12-16, 2010

Where:

Pop Century Resort w/ the Quick Service Dining Plan and 5 day MYW tickets w/ the waterpark and more option.

Why:
Well...since you're reading I guess I don't need to explain it to you. It's Disney! I don't know if I could even put it in to words how much we love it there!! Although, I think I have tried many times. It's just such a magical place that keeps pulling us back time and time again.

Most importantly......

Who:

The Cast of Characters for this trip!!!
My family This was one of my favorite pictures from the trip that we put into a calendar that hangs by my desk so I get to enjoy it every day. It is also one of the only pictures that we were all together and both the boys had their eyes opened. Apparently the sun was always in their eyes this trip as you will come to see!


Now...for the individual introductions....

Me (Angie): I'm a 36 year old SAHM to two adorable boys. I'm also currently a part-time college student. This semester I have been able to take all my classes online through the college so it's been really convenient plus it allows me to be there for the boys when they need me. Of course, I love everything Disney, the movies, characters and especially anything that has to do with the parks. I am the official planner of all our trips and I wouldn't have it any other way! Favorite Character: Mickey!


DH (39)(with his two boys) : He loves Disney as much as I do and has often mentioned when we retire someday he would love to move to Florida just to be close to the mouse! He steps back, lets me plan everything and as long as I tell him we can go back again...he's happy!! Favorite Character: Grumpy


DS (Nick)-9 : He's my sensitive one, loves sports, singing, and especially video games! He refuses to ride anything even remotely scary at Disney which explains some of the titles I almost went with for this TR. It seems like we spent a lot of time trying to convince him to try some of these rides this trip...with no luck. But, there's always next time right! Favorite Characters: Goofy and Baloo



DS (Noah)-7 My little daredevil. He's definitely a mommy's boy and loves to be where ever I am. He has a wonderful imagination and loves his action figures. Honestly, I think that's where most of his souvenir money went this trip. Favorite Characters: Goofy and Pluto



The Plans:

April 12th--Arrival Day!! (hopefully MK that night)
April 13th--Epcot (EMH)
April 14th--MK/ DTD
April 15th--Typhoon Lagoon/ DHS
April 16th--Tusker House Character Breakfast/ AK day
April 17th--Arrive back at home!

It was a wonderful vacation and I have so much to share with all of you! I can't wait to get started! I hope you decide to follow along!

Handy Chapter Links!!!


Did you sleep? We have arrived!!
The best $6 we ever spent!! Arrival day continued pt.2.....
Our Magical Night Continues.... (arrival day pt. 3)
Isn't it time to wake up yet? Our Epcot Day!!
Fast Cars and a little Pixie Hollow!
Characters...Characters Everywhere!!
We're Soarin' and Living with the Land!!
A little shopping, some swimming and the Beverly?
Heading back to the World Showcase for the night!!
Kim Possible, Some Exploring and Illuminations!!!
Welcome to the Place Where Dreams Come True!! Back to MK we go!!
Hold on tight....as we blast off into Space!!!
A few wild rides and...Yo ho, yo ho! A pirate's life for us?
BTMRRx2, some lunch, and Happy Haunts or maybe not?
Now don't close your eyes.......
Sit back, relax and enjoy the parade!
A night at Disney Quest and a little more shopping!!!
So...what did we bring home with us? (souvenirs)
Fun in the Sun at Typhoon Lagoon!
Wipeout!!...Typhoon Lagoon Continued.
Woody's Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' Fun!! A night at DHS!
So Many Characters...So Little Time!! (Title of TR Explained + UP Characters!)
A Tale as Old as Time......
Good vs. Evil...a night Fantasmic style + A ride to remember!
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen....Animal Kingdom Day!
More to do that can ever be done.....
Walk with us....
A Safari Breakfast!
Where are the animals?...and Finding Baloo!
Can you feel the love tonight? and Saying Goodbye to AK
Saying Goodbye....
Final Thoughts

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Can't wait to hear about your trip! I am getting my masters and all of my classes are online, it is soooo much easier than having to go to class 2-3 nights a week.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:19 PM   #3
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Second! Can't wait to hear all about it Angie! Is there a limit as to how many threads you can be subscribed to?

I like the one possible title about not riding anything with scary, haunted, or terror in it. LOL!
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I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
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Fourth!!! Heading back to read

EDIT: * Lady, I'm not sitting in someone's lap! Can't wait to hear what that's about!
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Can't wait to hear about your trip! I am getting my masters and all of my classes are online, it is soooo much easier than having to go to class 2-3 nights a week.
Hi! and Welcome!! Oh, I agree! It's so much easier taking the classes online!! It's great being able to study when it's convenient for me and not having to be stuck in a classroom for most of the day!!

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I like the one possible title about not riding anything with scary, haunted, or terror in it. LOL!
YAY!! Second!! Great job Sarah!! If you haven't guessed already....that title was courtesy of Nick after we had tried to convince him over and over to ride the TOT.
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EDIT: * Lady, I'm not sitting in someone's lap! Can't wait to hear what that's about!
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HEY ANGIE!! Finally all caught up! Great start to your TR! You really know how to keep us in suspense huh? Great first day/arrival day update!! I've never ridden BTMRR in the dark! What a great idea! It's definitely on my to-do's for next year's trip! LOL!

Gotta love those EPCOT topiaries huh? Soooo cute! and sooo creative! LOL! Love Nick's reaction for Test Track! classic! LOL! I heard this happens a lot?? Awww sooo sorry about the Test Track picture!! The Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden is sooo cute!!

Well, can't wait to hear more!!!
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your trip sounds like it was such fun(:
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HEY ANGIE!! Finally all caught up! Great start to your TR! You really know how to keep us in suspense huh? Great first day/arrival day update!! I've never ridden BTMRR in the dark! What a great idea! It's definitely on my to-do's for next year's trip! LOL!

Gotta love those EPCOT topiaries huh? Soooo cute! and sooo creative! LOL! Love Nick's reaction for Test Track! classic! LOL! I heard this happens a lot?? Awww sooo sorry about the Test Track picture!! The Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden is sooo cute!!

Well, can't wait to hear more!!!
Hi Keala!!

Thanks! You should definitely ride BTMRR in the dark! It really is so much better, for some reason it feels faster and longer! We loved it!

I know...the topiaries were so pretty!!! Ahhh...Nick was pretty disappointed that TT broke down and we had to wait awhile....oh well at least we got to ride...eventually.

I can't wait for your TR to start!!

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Characters...Characters Everywhere!!!

Hi Everyone!! Hope you had a great weekend and all you DIS-Moms had a Happy Mother's Day!I had a great day, relaxing and spending time with family plus they took out me to dinner...you can't beat that!The only bad thing about yesterday is that it snowed! Hopefully, it will warm up this week and especially this weekend, it's Nick's birthday. I've got a party to plan for 10 year old boys....a little bit more tricky since they are really not into all those kid party games anymore.Hmm....I'll see what I can figure out???Oh and I almost forgot...They had Muffins for Mom at the boys school this morning. Ahhh....such a nice treat and a great way to start the day!

Anyway lets get on with this TR shall we??



April 13, 2010--Epcot continued!

When I left off, we finally got the chance to ride Test Track, and spent a little time exploring the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden. Our next stop was the Character Spot and I'm happy to say that I didn't get distracted this time and we made it to our destination! At this point it around 9:30am, I was hoping to get there closer to nine because honestly as much as I love the characters...I didn't want to spend all day waiting in line. (which is probably why I usually book Chef Mickey's so they can come to us.)

When we opened the door, we noticed there was already a good crowd of people, winding around and around. I got a little nervous and began to doubt whether we should wait. It probably wouldn't have made such a difference, if I knew we had another day to come back to Epcot but this was our only day and there was so much we still wanted to do. So...we walked...and I thought....do we stay?....do we go?.....the line kept growing behind us. It's not like the boys didn't have the Fab 5's autograph's...they got them last trip plus we had a character breakfast at the Tusker House at the end of the week....hmmm....we kept moving and I would look back. Finally, after about 10 minutes or so, the line seemed to move a little quicker and we started to get closer and closer to the front. Ultimately, we decided to wait it out...I mean how could we leave and not say Hi to Mickey and friends...right?

We finally made our way to the front and who did we see first.....Mickey of course!!



Nick really seemed to warm up to the characters this year. Noah on the other hand is still a little hesitant. (as you'll find out on our AK day)


Of course..we had to get a family picture!



Next up...Pluto!! Can I just say how much we love Pluto and how he does autographs especially...ahhh...he's so cute!





Ahhh....next up was Minnie!!






Noah is usually so serious around the characters....Donald must have did something funny....it's so good to see him smile!




Nick loved Donald!!




Last one up....was Goofy (their favorite!) They had the best interaction with him...I just wish I had gotten it on camera. But I guess I was just too busy watching and seeing the boys relax and have fun! Nick handed Goofy his pen and Goofy raised it up over his head. Nick tried to grab it jumping up and down...finally Noah joined in. They were jumping and running around him to get their pen back. It was very cute!! Anyways here's a few pics with Goofy I did get!






So...was it worth the wait??? Absolutely! The boys had a great time seeing the characters and Noah finally relaxed a little by the end which was wonderful!

After the Character Spot, we decided to head over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends. I grabbed a quick picture on the way in....



and another.....


and another.....



We finally made our way inside and around and around we went until it was time to board our clam shells. I love this ride!! I'm not sure why...but it's a must see for me every trip! Probably because Finding Nemo is one of my very favorite Disney movies.

"Nemo?"
"Where are you son?"
"Let's go explore the big blue world"

Here's my attempt at a few pictures (without flash of course...which is why they're so blurry....)





The boys love it when Peach the starfish hollers..."Wait take me with you..."

After our journey under the sea. I asked the boys what they wanted to do next. Usually we do Turtle Talk and do a little exploring. A show had just started for Turtle Talk and they weren't sure they wanted to wait for the next one to start. Besides..they were really anxious to get over to the Land to ride Soarin' and I must admit I was a little anxious myself...as I'm sure you all know...it's one of my very favorite rides in Epcot!

We decided to head over to the Land and try and make it back to the Seas with Nemo and friends later on...(yeah..we know how that works out, right?) We did stop in the gift shop and browse a little though. I found the Mine Mine Mine! t-shirt and almost picked it up because I've been wanting it since seeing it last trip. But..decided to wait...again. Oh well...what can I say? I guess I was distracted by the thought of the orange blossoms we would be smelling and fireworks we would be seeing soon.

So, off we went to fly over California! Plus it was going to be our first time using our GAD fastpasses. Hmm....how did it work out? Were we successful?

Stay tuned to find out.....
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Yay! Another update! Glad you got to your destination ok…and I like the idea of the characters coming to you! LOL! Those character meals are so much more relaxing than having to wait in line! Awww your character pics are super cute! I bet you’re glad you waited in that line! P.s., goofy’s my favorite too!! Gotta love him! I loooovveed that MINE!MINE!MINE! tshirt. When my boyfriend and I saw it, we looked at each other started laughing, and started doing our rendition of MINE!MINE!MINE! tooo funny! Can’t wait to see what happens next!
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What great character pictures! I am sure that you were glad that you ultimately decided to stick it out and wait. I always like getting Pluto's autograph. He and Goofy seem to interact with the kids a lot.

I've thought about buying a Mine Mine Mine t-shirt too but haven't ever talked myself into it yet. Maybe this will be the trip that I finally buy it. From the way you're typing, it sounds like ya'll didn't get back to The Seas.

I can hardly wait to hear how your GAD passes worked out for you.
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