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Old 07-17-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
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Firsts, Fourths, and Farewells (4/28 Back to the Future!)

We’re back!
As our family rule dictates, when a child turns 4, we must descend on Walt Disney World.
And 2011 would be no different as our youngest turns the Magical Number.
However, this time “Unca” would be joining us.
So let’s get right to the cast of characters.


From left to right, we start with Mom.
Chief Wardrobe Coordinator, Nurse, Nutrionist, and ‘Fraidy Cat.

Little X is the Birthday Boy – excited to be back and celebrate HIS birthday this time.
And he let EVERYONE know it!

In the middle is yours truly.
Anal Disney Planner with color-coded Excel spreadsheets complete with ADR’s, graphics, icons, and more things than you can imagine.
I’m an avid fan of all things Disney - especially the Disney details.
Except I do not do rollercoasters (remember that one…)

We complete the back row with Boxmaster.
He is one of my oldest friends and de facto uncle of the children.
They love him and refer to him affectionately as “Unca” but we’ll just call him “J’ for this report.
(I’m lazier and that’s easier to type).
J has not been to Disney for several years and he’s never done it “the Capell Way.”
But unlike the rest of us, he will do the major thrill rides.
(Which of course resulted in additional color-coding of the spreadsheet for Unca-only excursions).

In the front row is the Princess.
Disney veteran and lover of all Disney royalty, she was excited for the surprises I had in store for her (the kids know I always have something up my sleeve).
And she was dying to try some new foods – yes, she’s a foodie-in-training.

Last, but not least, is DS9.
Well, he was a month shy of 9 at the time.
He’s like his old man and is all of a sudden grasping all of those little details you find throughout the parks.
It was fun to see his mind start putting together all of the behind-the-scenes tricks with the Disney Magic.
And no, it didn’t ruin it for him, but instead created a better understanding and appreciation for the Mouse.

Now that you know the cast, here’s the story.
As I said, the kids knew that when X’s fourth birthday rolled around, it was time for Disney.
So we created a 30-Day countdown starting around Christmas 2010.




Everyday we pulled off another number from the window.
For the kids (and us), it took forever.
Finally, the day had come.
And since it was "his" trip, little X had the honor of pulling the last number:



Just like that, it was time to go.
Even our iPhones told us to get a move on!


So, settle in as the Capells visit Walt Disney World one more time!
And be sure to subscribe if you want more photos, videos, stories, and details than you ever thought could be packed into a trip report!

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I'm here! You know I've been waiting for this one to begin
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I'm here! You know I've been waiting for this one to begin
Yeah, it took us awhile but I had to sort through 3 cameras worth of pictures to start this thing!

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HA! I think my wife wishes I had less!!
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Yeah, it took us awhile but I had to sort through 3 cameras worth of pictures to start this thing!



Welcome aboard!
Not sure if I'm stealing some of Mike's thunder (sure it'll happen at least once or twice as he writes this report and I pipe in regularly with something from my POV), but sorting through all the cameras was all the worse because we hadn't synced up the times on them in advance. Bad enough that his and DW's were off by about 10 minutes, but apparently mine was about one HOUR off of theirs.

So when we were looking at pictures, we'd see Mike's pix of a meal, then DW's, then their pix of a ride, and finally mine of the meal we had that hour prior. Over and over for hundreds of pictures over the course of 9 days. (OY!)

So, tip: If ever you plan on sorting two or more cameras' worth of pictures for a trip, make sure to get the times as close together as you can, or you'll want to pull your hair out! (It was funny, but surely very frustrating for Mike.)
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To be fair, I should really be writing a trip report for my Mother/Daughter trip to Flower & Garden Festival sometime soon!
And of course, since I am at The World right now for a girl's weekend with my BFF, I will have yet another one to do.
It's a shame I don't have more tie to get them done but I am too busy planning toward robe for our next trip!
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:09 AM   #8
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The Evolution of a Thrill Rider

After breakfast we hopped on the monorail and over to the Magic Kingdom.


Then it was on to Tomorrowland.
And, yes, our little princess was ready to take the next step.
After Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain, she was now raring to try Space Mountain.
So J glady obliged.


While our little girl was turning into a thrill rider, the rest of us headed to the Peoplemover to see Space Mountain from a different angle.




We had lots of fun though as this is one of our “must-dos” every time.


Then we decided to explore Tomorowland a bit.
DS even visited the RoboNewz stand.
Did you guys every stop to read the latest news?
Some little blue alien apparently escaped from an Intergalactic prison…


Then it was off to save the universe with Buzz Lightyear!














And then it was back to Space Mountain to see if our little girl survived.
But I’ll let J fill everyone in on her experience…
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for the brave princess.

Looks the rest of you got a lot done while they were on SM. Nice pictures
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for the brave princess.

Looks the rest of you got a lot done while they were on SM. Nice pictures
Thanks!
Problem is now what do we do when J isn't around?
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Problem is now what do we do when J isn't around?
One of you takes her through the line and then exits while she rides. Meet her on the other end of the ride.

She can handle the rides.
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Hooray for Space Mountain! I agree, it is awesome! How wonderful that J was there so she could give it a try.

You guys got a lot accomplished in Magic Kingdom that morning!
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And, yes, our little princess was ready to take the next step.
After Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain, she was now raring to try Space Mountain.
So J glady obliged.
Oh, boy, was DD nervous, as you can clearly tell. As far as the coasters go in Disney World, this is the scariest of them all, by reputation.
Something DD's mom and dad will never set foot on. So, what's a young girl to think about it?



We got through the line really fast and, as we got closer and closer to the big moment...


Can you say jitters?



And anyone who has ever been on Space Mountain before knows that they have the photo taken in the WORST location possible. It's before you actually
are doing anything. It's not a reaction to something happening or just finished. Even so, DD was looking for it to start already.



So, what do you think the verdict was?



After a whole lot of laughing on my part, and I couldn't hear what on DD's part (it's tough to tell who is screaming, who is laughing, and who is so
scared that they can't utter a sound)... the verdict...



“That was AWESOME!!!!”



Just look at the smile of victory on her face:




Two more things which I was very happy to hear (even if it is just limited to this narrow context):
While we were exiting the ride: “When I grow up, I want to be like you, J.”

And, as we were walking to meet up with the rest of the Capell clan: “J, if you're thinking of going on a scary coaster and you're not sure about it, I'll go
on it with you so you won't be so scared.”



Tears to a proud Unca's eyes.
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