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Old 02-21-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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4 Pirates & Tink Tackle the World

Here it is September and we are starting to plan our trip to DW. We actually started thinking about going in January, but decided on February. Now we have our vacation home rented. Since there will be 5 of us this time, it made more sense to get a home where we can all be together. This will be Zoeyís first trip. She will 18 months old in February. Jesse Ďs first trip was when he was 2 years old. He loved all the characters and did pretty well for a two year old.

The rest of the cast is my DS Chuck and my beautiful DDIL Karen and me, Grandmom Mary.

I canít wait to see how Zoey will react to everything. She is a very easygoing child, so I hope she will love the characters as much as Jesse did two years ago. I canít believe my little angel is four years old!

We will start our trip on February 3 and be there until the 11th. I think I fly home on the 12th, but Iíll have to ask Karen to make sure before I make my flight reservations. I talked to Karen this morning and we were planning our schedule. One day will be at Universal and one day at Legoland. That is a new theme park that has just opened. There are kiddie rides and everything Lego. I think I will enjoy that just as much as the kids.

As soon as Karen has gotten her schedule all fixed I will print it out here. I am getting so excited. Only 126 more days!

Oct 6. Iíve made my flight reservations. $266 round trip including my seat and travel insurance. Not bad at all. I called Tiffany towncar to get a car from MCO to the vacation home. They quoted me a price of $216! I booked it but last night I googled limo service in Orlando. I wrote down 5 of them. The first two didnít answer at 9am this morning. The third one did. Paris Limo. They quoted me a price of $140. Much better. I booked with them right away and cancelled Tiffany. Loyalty only goes so far.

I also got a car from my house to the airport and back. That is around $50 each way. Iím happy with that too.

So I got all of my arrangements made and Karen has all our reservations for dinner and the Pirate fireworks cruise and the Pirate League. Now all we have to do is WAIT! That is just too hard to do.

January 3, 2012 Can it really be only 30 more days?? Yep it is. Karen has our intinerary all typed out and Chuck will bring it over on Friday. I have all my times written down so I donít forget.

The limo service will pick me up at 5:30am on Feb 3 to go to the airport. My flight leaves at 7:27am and arrives at 9:57. Paris Limo will pick me up at baggage claim and take me to our vacation house. We will either have lunch at the house or go directly to DTD and have lunch at EOS. Karen and I will share a sandwich because we want to save room for our dinner at Boma. I canít wait for that. We really enjoyed ourselves last time. After lunch we will do some shopping and maybe people watch until our 4:35 reservation at Boma. After dinner, I think we will all be ready for going home and relaxing. The kids will tired from all the driving and I will be tired from not sleeping the night before. If the weather is warm we might take a little swim in the heated pool. If not, then bath and continue my trip report and watching some tv before bed.

January 7, 2012 I have our itinerary. Karen did such a wonderful job of printing it all up. Today I just had to get some of my clothes out, ready to be packed. I have them all set out on the chair in my bedroom. Iím still putting away Christmas decorations and Iím already thinking about packing. LOL Only 26 more days to go.

February 1, 2012 Chuck picked up my suitcases Sunday. I am beyond excited. Tomorrow I get to print out my boarding pass. I will go to my Weight Watchers meeting tomorrow night. If only to help pass the time. I have my new Tivo all set up to record all my shows while Iím gone. But some of them I may watch at our vacation home. I think we will all be back at the home by 8. Jesse and Zoey are mostly ready for bed by 7 or 8. That will give me time to write my trip report and relax before bed. I will be taking notes all during the day so I donít forget anything.

My camera is all charged up and is in my purse along with all my papers and things I need. All I have to do is put my phone charger in my purse tomorrow night along with my phone. I have a list of things to put in my bag. Good thing it is a large one. Itís a Mickey purse, of course. I bought it on our last visit. It can expand too.

February 3,2012 Itís here at last. I didnít sleep much last night. Just three hours and I was up. I woke up at 4am from a nightmare about a cobra in my basement. I have no idea where that came from.

I had my oatmeal and read for a while until the car came for me a little after 5. I got to the airport the long way around. I guess he didnít know the shortcut and I was too out of it to notice until it was too late. But I got there in plenty of time. I didnít have check in luggage so I skipped the long line and went right through security.

I started my new book, One for the Money, to pass the time before boarding. I had picked out my seat but when I boarded, I found it was an Exit seat and I couldnít sit there. The flight attendant was very nice and got me a window seat a little further up. She got a nice, tall, gentlemen to switch seats with me. We took off right at 7:30.

I am almost 1/3 of the way through my book. I am going to have to pace myself. I want to have something to read for the flight home.

I landed right on time and my driver was waiting for me. I got to the home around 11 and Chuck and Karen will there unpacking the van. The kids were happy to see Grandmom and wanted me to play with them right away. I had to tell them they had to wait while I unpacked and relaxed a bit. My room was very nice and right off the pool. I really liked the fact that my room was away from the kids and Chuck and Karenís room was too. There room was on the other side of the pool. It was a very spacious home and I would love to rent that again next time.

After Chuck and Karen got showers we all went to DTD to eat at EOS. Chuck and I shared the All American and Karen got the French dip sandwich. Everything was excellent. We walked around WOD and I bought a menís POC sweatshirt. I got a medium and it fit fine. It was a little loose, but I like them that way. I also bought s t shirt that Chuck had picked out for himself and two Vinylmation figures. Yes, I am addicted to them. I also bought a Tink notebook and a few charms for my Pandora bracelet.

We walked around a bit more and then it was time to head for Boma for our reservation. I love to eat there. We all loved the corn and spinach pudding and the soups. I got some chicken and potatoes with Afritude. Of course, I had a zebra dome and a few other desserts to finish my meal. Jesse and Zoey ate raviolis and Jesse had chocolate cake for dessert.

Properly stuffed we went back to the house, put the kids to bed and went for our first swim in the heated pool. Oh, it was glorious. We swam for about 45 minutes and then I got a little chilly and went in. Chuck and Karen stayed in for a few more minutes and then came in too.

I got a nice hot bubble bath and watched CSI NY. I was going to watch something else but fell asleep. I woke up a little past 12 to turn off the tv and go to sleep. The bed was very comfy.

The BEST sign in the whole world

Zoey at DTD

Jesse at DTD

climbing the Snowman at DTD

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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February 4, 2012. Today was Saturday and we had big plans. First breakfast at CP. Zoey was afraid of Eeyore but she looked at Pooh and said ďBEARĒ. She didnít want him to come close though, but did wave bye bye to him. After breakfast we went to ride POC. Both kids loved that. Then it was time for the Pirate League. We had a bit of a wait past our reservation time, but it was Jesseís turn first. He was a bit unsure of it, but really got into it. Karen and I got our makeovers at the same time. OMG did I look glamorous. I had glitter on my face, eyeshadow, and a fancy flower jewel on my cheek. We also got a pirate tattoo on our hand. They also gave me a pink bandana with an eyepatch to match and an earring. I was already dressed in my pirate outfit from Halloween. Karen had on a black pirate blouse with a red sash. We were very hot pirates! They gave us all a pirate bag with our lipstick, jewels and nailpolish to keep and a pirate necklace. Then they took our picture. It turned out so well that we bought it. We were just in time to see Jack Sparrowís Pirate Tutorial. Jesse was chosen to come up on stage along with several other kids and received a pirate treasure map. Jesse was so thrilled.

We went over to Tomorrow land so Jesse and Chuck could ride the speedway. We all went on the People mover and then Chuck went on Space Mountain.

It was around 4:30 and we were ready for dinner. We ate at CHH. Then we took the monorail over to the Contemporary for our Pirates and Pals fireworks cruise.

First we went into a large room for snacks. They had a pirate themed cake and some rice crispy treats, coffee and tea and I think there were some kind of candy. We all got our picture taken with Captain Hook and Smee and boarded our ship.

Our pirate told jokes and had a little trivia contest for the kids and each kid got a prize. At the end he gave every child and some big kids a prize too. I got a lovely plastic pirate necklace. We laughed the whole time. It is a great way to see the fireworks, especially with little ones who are afraid of the noise of fireworks. We even saw Tink fly. After Wishes we sailed back to the Contemporary and PP was there to take pictures with us. He was a very good PP. He spent time with each child. He even examined the leaves on the ground with Zoey. LOL

I was so tired that I was very happy to get back to our homes and relax. We had another swim for about a half hour and then a hot bath and bed.

Karen, Zoey, & Jesse


Karen, Zoey and Tink

Crystal Palace

Chuck on my scooter

Pirate League Oath

Jeweled Flower

Jesse the Pirate

Karen the Pirate

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Taken before we board our ship

Jesse on board

Me and our Pirate

Jesse showing Peter Pan his Sword

Now an explanation about why I have this picture of an unidentified child. This was taken at the Pirate Tutorial. When Jack Sparrow saw his hair he asked him if a Fairy had thrown up on his head. I thought that was very funny and that's just what it looks like.

Tutorial Degree

The Balloon Picture

Buzz and Jesse

The kids and Zurg

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Old 02-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #4

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Oh Mary, I am loving this!!! You looked wonderful!! I never knew about the Pirate makeup, etc. What fun, can't wait for more - the kids look adorable!

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:00 AM   #5
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Awesome, Mary.... looking forward to the "rest of the story"!!

I really think we should meet at WDW someday......
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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Thank you snappyd and CJMickeyMouse.

The pirate League is a blast. They also give you a sash for your plastic sword.

Chris, I hope that someday we can meet at DW. We would have such fun together.

I'm glad someone is reading this. I was having doubts.
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