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Old 09-03-2012, 07:43 AM   #1
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The Amazing Adventures of Flat Ben and Friends: FB is Back! April trip w/ Hunclemarco

This is Ben:




This is Flat Ben:




This is Ben holding Flat Ben:




Ben is 11 years old and he starts 6th grade tomorrow.

Ben really loves Disney World!

He has been fortunate that he has been able to visit Disney World 4/5 times. A quick trip in 2004, which he barely remembers. A trip in 2008 (during Tropical Storm Faye, All Star Music). Trips with two incredible stays at the Beach Club in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, our family ventured to "the Dark Side" hanging out with Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. But even then, we didn't totally ignore the World. We surprised Ben and his brother with an entire day at the Magic Kingdom in the middle of the trip.

So, what about 2012???

My husband and I got away for our first solo trip in March, to Puerto Rico to celebrate our 25th anniversary. In April, the entire family went to Atlantis in the Bahamas for 5 nights. In our school district the 8th Grade class trip is to Disney for the Y.E.S (Youth Education Series) program, and my older son and I had a 4 night trip in June.

Poor Ben desperately wants to return to Disney World. Part of his campaign included this PowerPoint presentation:


Ben's Powerpoint "Top Ten Reasons We Should Go to Disney! This Summer!!!


Well, a trip to Disney World was not in the cards for our family this summer. I have mentioned Ben's desire to return to the World on my trip report and on the Beach Club/Yacht Club FAQ board and a few people have stepped up and have offered to bring "Flat Ben" along on their vacations.


Come on along and follow The Amazing Adventures of Flat Ben and Friends!


Next Up: Flat Ben goes to a Pin Trading Convention with Chaoscent (Penny and DH)


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Old 09-03-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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How Flat Ben Came to Be


Pin Trading with Chaoscent (Penny and Jim)
Sept 1-9, 2012


Saturday and Sunday Sept 1 & 2: Arrival of Flat Ben
Monday Sept 3: Early Morning at MK
Monday Sept 3: Afternoon MK and EP
Tuesday Sept 4: Hanging at HS and the BC resort
Wednesday Sept 5: Animal Kingdom
Thursday Sept 6: Pin Trading with Penny
Friday and Saturday Sept 7 & 8: Last Days of Adventure


Family Trip with cindydare & family, Sept 21-27, Beach Club

Hanging Out with Samantha & Hunter


Kat in GA, Anniversary Trip for F&W "Three Flat Amigos Having Fun in the World"

Introductions: It's a Flat World After All
Thurs Sept. 27 & Fri Sept 28
Sat Sept 29, AoA and AK
Sun Sept 30, Morning in Norway
Sun Sept 30, Afternoon in MK
Mon Oct 1, EPCOT & area
Tues Oct 2, Hollywood Studios
Wed Oct 3, Animal Kingdom
Thurs Oct 4, EPCOT Food & Wine
Fri Oct 5, Magic Kingdom
Flat Kids Meet Teena


Flat Ben's Adventures Continue with pixarmom and her Energetic Boys!

Arrival
Is FB rated for Water Landings and Party Time!


Flat Ben Ventures to Disney AND the Dark Side with AngieNet & Family!

Saturday October 20

At the airport
I'm Loving it! World's Largest Entertainment McDonalds
Evening at the MK

Sunday October 21 On The Dark Side!

A Character meets some Characters
Toon Lagoon
"Welcome to Jurassic Park!" Flat Harry-Ben
Flat in the Hat
"Yer a Wizard, FHB" Part 1
"Yer a Wizard, FHB" Part 2

Monday October 22

Universal Studios, Part 1 "Flat Ben's Got Character(s)
Universal Studios,Part 2 "Flat Ben Gets his Ride On at US"

Tuesday October 23

Hollywood Studios, Part 1
Hollywood Studios, Part 2
One Enchanted Evening- MNSSHP

Wednesday October 24- Animal Kingdom

It's A Jungle Out There!

Thursday October 25- EPCOT

I have seen the Future (World)/Around the World (Showcase)

Friday October 26-Magic Kingdom

Feel Free to Treat Me Like a Prince

All Star Movie, Return Home



Jen, November 2012

A few pictures with Cousin Jen and family


Cruizin' Flat Ben with TeenaS and Katesdad, November 24-December 1

Don't ya wanna take me on a Sea Cruise?


Disney & the Dream with Jenseib and Family, November 2012

AKL, MNSSHP
The Dream
Last Known Sightings


Flat Ben joins StephH and her family, Dec 1-8

Flat Ben with StephH and Family


Flat Ben Goes to Mexico, Feb 16-22

Flat Ben in Mexico


Flat Ben with Hunclemarco, April 2013


Happy Thanksgiving from Flat Ben


Missing!!!


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Old 09-03-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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LOL! Too funny, I will definitely be following along
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
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I'm in!

I love that Flat Ben has a pin lanyard.

Ben is too cute, but there is something odd about real Ben holding Flat Ben. If he can hold Flat Ben, why couldn't he take Flat Ben to WDW? (Don't tell real Ben that I asked that question.)

Can't wait to see how his travels go and hear about all of his adventures.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:37 AM   #5
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How Flat Ben Came to Be

Here is how the idea of Flat Ben developed, on my "Wicked Awesome or Epic Fail" trip report and the Beach & Yacht Club FAQ:


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If Ben wants to got to the Dis Pin Meet, I will bring him along? we will be in Disney 9/2 to 9/9.
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Ben says he is up for this! I'll have to get working on his flat form. "Flat Ben" can have his own trip report.

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Not only that, Flat Ben could live at the Beach Club for a while? I could pass him off to someone coming in after me? He might become the longest resident of the Beach Club, you never know Of course, then he will need a trip to visit Flat Ben and say hi.:

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You have my mind going a mile-a-minute! Now I want to make a little lanyard for Flat Ben, and send him with a pin he can trade with others.

I'll have to think about whether it would be possible for Flat Ben to live at the Beach Club. VERY interesting idea!

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Flat Ben is most certainly invited to the pin meet. My DH will be glad to meet him. He will also (if Ben wants to go) take him snake & spider hunting as one of his days he is heading out to find some wild life preserve to look for icky critters. We have 4 tarantulas in our basement bathroom (a room I don't use). We will hit all the rides but he will have to be content to ride on old lady rides. I do however love Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story Mania. Does he collect any special pins so we can be proactive in our pin trading . Seriously, I will pm you my home address. We leave next Saturday. We are staying off property Saturday night but will arrive at the BCV on Sunday (bright & early). I can leave him at a designated spot so he gets to travel with others after we leave.
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Penny, got your info! Thanks. I'll get right on it. I planned on sending Flat Ben to you with a small homemade lanyard with one pin. If you are comfortable trading for him, anything would be fine but his favorite things are food, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Ship Earth and dinosaurs. No special pin collections. He has a small, eclectic supply.

OMG, Flat Ben (and real Ben for that matter) would love going hunting for spiders and snakes. We are currently the proud owners of a praying mantis we hatched from a mail-order case and we have to go out hunting for ants, spiders and other bugs daily to feed it because all of the mail order fruit flies we got have been consumed.

If Flat Ben takes after the real thing, he is not a thrill ride junkie, so he will be ok on the milder ones!

I'll let you know if/when I send him out, and whether I have time to get it to your home or to the BC checkin desk. Thanks, again!!!

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Told Jim about Flat Ben last night and I told him he would be taking Ben on one of his Icky Things trips. He thought for a moment, looked at me and said, "I can hear it now, Officer, honestly, it's Flat Ben and his Mom knows I have him in the middle of the woods taking pictures of him with bugs and snakes. It's ok, really, I am not wierd, just go on my wife's blog (the boards are my blog) and read all about how her imaginary friends and the kids mother thought it was a good idea". He is convinced, for some odd reason, that people he might meet in the middle of the woods would find it odd I on the other hand, find it much odder that a grown man is in the middle of the woods looking for icky things? Go figure?

So Flat Ben will probably travel with me most of the trip.

I look forward to meeting him. However, please be forewarned he will not get a shower every day.

But I do promise to get up and take care of him if he gets sick, no matter what the time. Seriously, I could have done the same thing. The fact that you agreed to be a chaperone to all those teen age boys is beyond my ken. I was a Brownie Asst Leader for many years and we would do camping trips every year. I was ready to shoot my self and these girls were under 10 and listened fairly well?

Just wanted you to know, as I told Jim last night, I love this TR. The sense of humor, witty comments and the kindness of you and your cyber friends is a delight to read. Penny
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OK, Jim has a point there!

You shouldn't worry about the shower thing. You don't want to know "The Showering Habits of 11 year olds"

Fortunately, real Ben does not get sick often, and knock paper, Flat Ben won't give you any late night troubles. Or a paper cut.

Thank you so much for your real upper of a post!

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Dee - I am concerned to inform you that my DH is going to take Flat Ben with him when we get a Grey Goose Slushie (whatever they are and wherever they might be). He is also taking him to the Tequila Bar in Mexico. I tried to tell him that Ms. Dee wasn't going to like that, he replied, then we aren't going to tell Ms. Dee. I told him that Max The Horse and my other imaginary friends might see him and report him and he said he was going to take his chances. He said that since neither of us swim (more room at SAB for others) Flat Ben was going to branch out and do other things this trip. I promise to keep him safe and not let him drink anything other than decaf diet tea.

Ms. Dee - I promise I will give you daily updates of your son's antics throughout the park. I will take pictures, but not sure if I can upload them??? Penny
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OK, so your DH is OK taking him to a bar, but he won't bring him out in the woods to hunt spiders and snakes and other icky creatures???



If you are able to email or text (I'll send you the number) the pictures to me I can post them. The one picture I would really love is Flat Ben with Teena. I believe you are planning to say hello to her either Sunday or Monday.

Thanks so much for doing this!!! And have a FANTASTIC trip!!!

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Yeah, what's up with that???? I will email you pictures. Just printed boarding passes. A21 & A22. Yeahhhhh. Penny
We will look for Teena on both days? what time does she start in the AM? we have ressies at 4:25 at the Plaza.

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Well Flat Ben is laminated and ready to travel. Last minute details (my stupid Lime Green Disney Suitcase broke, so waiting for DH to find another suitcase. I have way too many of them, so he will have no trouble finding one). Flat Ben will not be packed (we want him to enjoy the plane ride). I will have Jim take a picture of him on the plane (hopefully we can find a cute girl to hold him) and Dee will post it. LOL

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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Well there was no question that I was definately following along!! Can't wait to hear about his adventures. So glad they were there just in time for Teena's return.
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The Arrival of Flat Ben

Saturday September 1 and Sunday September 2:


Fake on a Plane:





Checking in at Beach Club Villas and Meeting Our Favorite CM:





On the Ferry:





In the MK:






Next Up- Day 2: Morning at MK

I have some FANTASTIC pictures to share with you from earlier today!!!



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Very cute. .
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Got to say that I'm sure Ben will enjoy this trip more in a few years when he sits down and looks back on the pictures of his surrogate taking the trip for him. I like the fact that everyone else is having fun with this too. Thanks for sharing your trip with us Ben.
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Hilarious!!

My husband and I are going on a 10 day trip at the end of the month for the food and wine - and leaving my girls at home. They are so upset with us! The F&W is their favorite time to go - and they just can't believe we'll be eating escargots without them. We have joked that they need to make flat versions of themselves and we'll bring them along. I was originally thinking that we'd just make them do drawings and put a photo face on - but I love the picture you did of Ben! Is it an 8x10 with him cut out?? I am needing some details

I can't wait to follow along with Ben - and let me know if he'd like to go to the f&w with us - and our two flat children!


Glad you are enjoying this and thinking of doing the same thing! Do you really want another "kid" tagging along on your adult trip? But Ben LOVES to eat, he would be game for some escargot. Let's talk!

I had a picture of Ben from a trip this summer to the York Zoo (York's Wild Animal Kingdom). I cropped it and printed it on card stock, 8x10 size, as you suspected. Then cut out the picture. I mailed it to Penny and she laminated him and added the stick. Great touches!

I "made" the pin lanyard. It is just a piece of ribbon held together by the pin.

Your idea with the drawings and superimposed faces is great, too.


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Very cute. .
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Got to say that I'm sure Ben will enjoy this trip more in a few years when he sits down and looks back on the pictures of his surrogate taking the trip for him. I like the fact that everyone else is having fun with this too. Thanks for sharing your trip with us Ben.


My family finally asked why my phone keeps pinging when I get the texts with the pictures. Ben loves the pictures so far. You should have seen the smile on his face when I showed him the picture with Teena!


More coming right up!
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Loving it as usual!!!
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Loving it as usual!!!
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Wed Sept 5: Animal Kingdom

The day started off kind of rough. Flat Ben was misplaced and a trip to the Lost Child station was necessary

"He is 8 inches tall, wearing a white t-shirt, khaki shorts and a deer pin and he is very, very thin. Oh, and there is a large stick attached to his but... back"





After reuniting Flat Ben with Penny, all was good!







Spot the critter in this picture. Do you see it?





Sporting a Spiffy New Pin:





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What kind of pin did he get?? It's hard to make out.

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What kind of pin did he get?? It's hard to make out.

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I think it is Zazu, the hornbill from Lion King.
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