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Old 12-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Everything Old Is New Again! - A Dec 2010 Trip Report : THE FINAL ENTRY page 45

Greetings and Welcome to my third Trip Report!


I'll introduce the traveling party shortly, but first let's begin by getting a little bit of housekeeping out of the way. You can find my first trip report - 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1200 miles: 2 weeks and 2 birthdays in Florida - right here. In it, I tell the tail (yes, we had dogs along, so the pun is most definitely intended) of our first time driving from Wisconsin to Florida. We celebrated my daughter's 5th and my son's 2nd birthday at Walt Disney World in October of 2009.
You can find my second trip report - Cheese Ball Yak Attack: 2 kids, 2 dogs, 1200 miles - The Sequel - by clicking here. It's the sequel to my first trip report, since both adults, both kids and both dogs loaded up and drove to Disney World in March of 2010. What is a Cheese Ball Yak Attack? I don't usually do this, but I'll let you cheat and jump to this post and find out yourself. But don't say I didn't warn you.

Which brings us to this trip. In my second Trip Report, I mentioned that we were already planning this December Trip when we went on that one. I teased this Trip Report as being the third installment of a trilogy. Turns out I lied. This trip was so special and unique that it had to stand on its own.

The title of the TR comes from two facts.
One: My family is fortunate that we've been able to come to Walt Disney World almost every year since our daughter was born. We're seasoned veterans down here. We're DVC members and my wife's parents live 45 minutes away from WDW. We know what attractions to see and what to avoid.
Two: We were not alone on this trip. We have two traveling companions that have never been to Disney World before. (Again, I'll get to introductions in a minute.) They have never seen any of the sights, never experienced any of the attractions, never taken in any of the shows that we've begun to take for granted. Being there with them as they did it all for the first time really did make Everything Old, New Again.

So, with our title firmly establish, let's get to traveling party, shall we? Sticking to the theme of the report, introductory pictures will be from everyone's first Disney visit.

I'll start with your humble navigator, narrator, script writer, editor, director and tour guide - me. My name is Barry, and my first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1986 as a youngster with my parents and brother. That's me on the Skyway over Tomorrowland.


I went through all of the pictures I have on my computer from that trip, and didn't find one with my face. Thanks, mom and dad. I think I have some at home, and I'll put it in another post later if I can find one.


Up next is my beautiful, caring, and very, very patient wife, Bambi. Her parents took her and her brother to Disneyland in 1985.


Her first trip to Walt Disney World didn't happen until several years after we were married. That trip was in January of 2004.



We both fell in love with the place, and even had our next trip booked for that December. Well, that October, we got a call that a baby was given up a our local hospital. As foster parents, we were called and we brought home little Madison when she was 3 days old. We cleared it with everyone we needed to clear it with, and when she was 7 weeks old, Madison made her first trip to Walt Disney World. Here she is at Ohana's:



She also proved to be a big hit with the characters. Here she is getting some attention from Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore:



We adopted Madison that summer, and had plans to celebrate her 2nd birthday at Walt Disney World, but soon found out Bambi was pregnant. And due just days after Madison's birthday. Sure enough, the day after Madison turned 2, Evan was born. We just shifted everything back a year and celebrated Madison's 3rd and Evan's 1st birthday on his first trip in October of 2007. He did a lot of this on that trip:


He was awake for some of it, as seen here:





Well, we're all grown up now. Sort of.



Bambi's parents were there too. Their first trip to Disney World was back when it opened in 1971. If I come across a picture, I'll post it. But for now, here's Grandma & Grandpa with the grandkids and the #2 mouse:



Finally, we have the two Disney World Newbies. Kaylene has been a close friend of ours since high school. Her son, Kayden, is 5 and all three kids get alone wonderfully. Kaylene is a single parent and mentioned that she would love to take Kayden to Disney World, but didn't think she'd ever be able to do it. Bambi took that as a personal challenge, did the planning & budgeting, and invited them along. Here they are on their very first Monorail ride:



We've done it all. On this trip we did it all again, for the first time. In this Trip Report, I'll relive it again for the first time so you can experience it again. For the first time. I'll be back in a little while with the first installment. You can take that time to try and figure out that last sentence, because I sure don't know what I said.
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:31 PM   #2
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Table Of Contents

Trip Details and Travel Day - December 4
Resorts Day - December 5 - Part 1
Resorts Day - December 5 - Part 2
Resorts Day - December 5 - Part 3 (Back to the Fun!)
Resorts Day - December 5 - Part 4 (Chef Mickey's)
Resorts Day - December 5 - Part 5 (Night Time Stroll)
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 1
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 2 (Arrr!)
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 3 (Jack Sparrow's secret)
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 4 (Storming the Castle)
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 5 (Two Parades!)
Magic Kingdom - December 6 - Part 6 (Evening Activities)
Disney's Hollywood Studios - December 7 - Part 1 (Good Morning Hollywood)
Disney's Hollywood Studios - December 7 - Part 2 (Fast Cars and Fireballs)
Disney's Hollywood Studios - December 7 - Part 3 (Bear Hugs and Push Ups)
Disney's Hollywood Studios - December 7 - Part 4 (Ooooo...Pretty Lights!)
Epcot - December 8 - Part 1 (Dawning of the Future)
Epcot - December 8 - Part 2 (Skunk Spray, Beverly and a whole lotta paint)
Epcot - December 8 - Part 3 (Characters and Flying Pork!)
Epcot - December 8 - Part 4 (Illuminations and the Long Walk Home)
Animal Kingdom - December 9 - Part 1 (Sunrise on the Savannah)
Animal Kingdom - December 9 - Part 2 (A Festival, then off to the Party!)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Part 1 (The Grand Entrance)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Part 2 (The Parade)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Part 3 (The Parade, part II)
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Part 4 (Magic Kingdom After Dark)
Non-Park Day - December 10 - Part 1 (Fore! and DTD)
Non-Park Day - December 10 - Part 2 (Animal Kingdom Lodge)
3 Parks! - December 11 - Part 1 (...und Genius!)
3 Parks! - December 11 - Part 2 (Kaylene's Story)
3 Parks! - December 11 - Part 3 (dinner at Park 3)
The Final Entry
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:44 PM   #3
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Greetings and Welcome to my third Trip Report!


I'll start with your humble navigator, narrator, script writer, editor, director and tour guide - me. My name is Barry, and my first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1986 as a youngster with my parents and brother. That's me on the Skyway over Tomorrowland.

I am here to make sure you tell the truth and correct any "mistakes" you may have along the way.

Love you dear.

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Up next is my beautiful, caring, and very, very patient wife, Bambi. Her parents took her and her brother to Disneyland in 1985.

I like how you did not ask to use this picture until it was posted.


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Her first trip to Walt Disney World didn't happen until several years after we were married. That trip was in January of 2004.


I did not get to go to Disney until well into our marriage. I begged and begged to go before we were married.


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We both fell in love with the place, and even had our next trip booked for that December. Well, that October, we got a call that a baby was given up a our local hospital. As foster parents, we were called and we brought home little Madison when she was 3 days old. We cleared it with everyone we needed to clear it with, and when she was 7 weeks old, Madison made her first trip to Walt Disney World. Here she is at Ohana's:



She also proved to be a big hit with the characters. Here she is getting some attention from Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore:


Isn't she cute?



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We adopted Madison that summer, and had plans to celebrate her 2nd birthday at Walt Disney World, but soon found out Bambi was pregnant. And due just days after Madison's birthday. Sure enough, the day after Madison turned 2, Evan was born. We just shifted everything back a year and celebrated Madison's 3rd and Evan's 1st birthday on his first trip in October of 2007. He did a lot of this on that trip:


He was awake for some of it, as seen here:




He's so stinking cute too.



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Well, we're all grown up now. Sort of.

Who you calling grown up?


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Finally, we have the two Disney World Newbies. Kaylene has been a close friend of ours since high school. Her son, Kayden, is 5 and all three kids get alone wonderfully. Kaylene is a single parent and mentioned that she would love to take Kayden to Disney World, but didn't think she'd ever be able to do it. Bambi took that as a personal challenge, did the planning & budgeting, and invited them along. Here they are on their very first Monorail ride:


Not so much a personal challenge as a good deed. Every kid should experience Disney at least once in their childhood. I feel that it is child abuse (okay not necessarily abuse but definitely neglect) if they don't get to go once.


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We've done it all. On this trip we did it all again, for the first time. In this Trip Report, I'll relive it again for the first time so you can experience it again. For the first time. I'll be back in a little while with the first installment. You can take that time to try and figure out that last sentence, because I sure don't know what I said.
I didn't get to do it all. I still have not done it all. Why do you think we are going back?
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I am here to make sure you tell the truth and correct any "mistakes" you may have along the way.

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This TR just got better.
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What's up buddy?

Love how you just happen to start your TR 2 days before Christmas...


Hi Bambi! Or should I say hi to 'The woman who single handily kept a whole Brazilian Tour Group at bay, so we could have a good spot for Wishes?'
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First of all I would first like to say that I'm subscribing to this report on the first page, not first.

Can't wait to join the ride and relive all that is old again, newly, or something.

Who you calling grown up?

I think he's referring to the nice family on the left there...
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Hi Bambi! Or should I say hi to 'The woman who single handily kept a whole Brazilian Tour Group at bay, so we could have a good spot for Wishes?'
If only you knew what I put up with to keep that spot. I did lose my political correctness at one point during that night. It was a nice view though.
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If only you knew what I put up with to keep that spot. I did lose my political correctness at one point during that night. It was a nice view though.
You did a great job saving that spot!!!
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If only you knew what I put up with to keep that spot. I did lose my political correctness at one point during that night. It was a nice view though.
Wait wait wait, this is to good to miss! Where can one read of these expploits Bambi? Please enlighten us on this one.
We were walking out of Fantastimic a couple weeks ago and got stuck behind the yellow suits,,,my son (12 yo) was so embarrased,,,he says, "Dad you can see thier underwear!" not much there to see either if you know what I mean. Poor kid had to duck away from them just to get the color back in his face!
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