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Old 01-09-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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Magic in the Kingdom 2012! BIG 2/16/2014 FINAL UPDATE!

Sorry this took so long to get under way everyone. I walked in the door from our trip sick, and still had Christmas shopping to do.

I'll start this TR the same way I started the last 2.......... with a photo with the World's best Fairy Godmother!

So much for suspense, right? I reported last summer that our odds of finding her on this trip didn't look good. So how happy were we to find her in her regular spot behind the castle!




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I tried hard to schedule as many new experiences on this trip as possible. So as I go along with the trip report, I'll try to add the new things here:

1) Stayed at Art of Animation
2) Had lunch at Plaza Inn
3) Rode Under The Sea
4) Visited Wilderness Lodge
5) Ate at Whispering Canyon Cafe
6) Did Sleigh Ride
7) Took a boat ride over a road.
8) Saw Cirque du Soleil
9) Rode Characters In Flight
10) Ate at Be Our Guest
11) Met Merida
12) Did Enchanted Tales With Belle
13) Ate a cinnamon roll at Gaston's Tavern
14) Did Pete's Silly Sideshow
15) Watched a parade from the Train Station




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Old 01-09-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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The Plan
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Departure Day
12/7/12: Early Ticket Pickup?
12/7/12 Continued: More Fun in the Magic Kingdom
12/7/12 Continued: Adventureland and off to the Wilderness Lodge
12/7/12 Continued: Whispering Canyon Cafe and Wilderness Lodge
12/7/12 Continued: A Magical Sleigh Ride

12/8/12 Breakfast at Donald's
12/8/12 Continued: Off on Safari
12/8/12 Continued: More Safari
12/8/12 Continued: DeVine Ducks
12/8/12 Continued: Back at the Resort and off to DTD


12/9/12: Sunrise at AoA
12/9/12: More AoA
12/9/12: AK Big Cats and Bats
12/9/12: Camp Minnie Mickey
12/9/12: Festival of the Lion King
12/9/12: Characters In Flight
12/9/12: Be Our Guest
12/9/12: MVMCP
12/9/12: MVMCP Parade
12/9/12: More MVMCP Parade
12/9/12: More MVMCP

12/10/12: Epcot
12/10/12: More Epcot, Belle, Pick a Pearl
12/10/12: More Epcot, Mulan

12/11/12: DHS, TSMM, ToT
12/11/12: DHS, Indy, GMR
12/11/12: DHS LM, BaTB
12/11/12: DHS, Osborne

12/12/12: Breakfast with Mickey, Meeting Merida
12/12/12: MK, Pirate Fun
12/12/12: MK, More Characters, MSEP
12/12/12: MK, Castle Show, Fireworks Oops

12/13/12: MK, New Fantasyland with Friends
12/13/12: MK, ETWB
12/13/12: MK, Finding the Fairy Godmother
12/13/12: MK Back to BOG
12/13/12: More BOG
12/13/12: MK, Princesses Galore!
12/13/12: MK More MVMCP


12/14/12: Back to the Magic Kingdom
12/14/12: More Fun in New Fantasyland
12/14/12: Storybook Circus
12/14/12: 1900 Park Fare


12/15/12: A Foggy Start
12/15/12: One Last Trip to the BBB
12/15/12: Around Fantasyland
12/15/12: Our First Castle
12/15/12: Enchanted Tales With Belle
12/15/12: On to the Next Castle
12/15/2012: Storybook Circus with Friends
12/15/12: Back to the Castle
12/15/12: Dancing with the Beast

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Old 01-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #4
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Of course you start while I'm out and about
Not to worry. It's not like you see anything of note posted yet, is it?
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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I'm here!!!!!!
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Yay! I look forward to reading along.

BTW- we met that Fairy Godmother this trip. She is great!
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I'm here!!!!!!
........ oh, and you can come out of the bathroom now. The coast is clear.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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The Plan:

What a complicated trip to get planned! Unfortunately this is just going to get more complicated from here. I don't do Disney in the heat. So that leaves me only around 3 good Disney months per year. Oh, and I don't do crowds. Well, not by choice anyway. So that limits it even more. So every year since Kindergarten, I have taken Katie out of school for a week to visit Disney.

The problem of course is that I haven't found a way to talk her into freezing time. This year she was off to middle school. And while she has never had issues with missing school, she did express some hesitation this year. Since most of our planning is done months in advance, she had no idea how hard it would be to miss a week of middle school and catch back up.

I did finally get her on board with the plan (Really honey, we like good grades and all.... but this is DISNEY! ) and we finalized some dates. Just like the last 2 years, we chose the second full week of December, just after parade taping and Pop Warner. The original plan was to leave Saturday the 8th, but our schedules seldom just pop out completely done. They usually underogo a lot of revision, and this one was no different.

My husband likes Disney, and usually wants to go. But he doesn't quite understand why anyone would want to do a park more than one day. Or any ride more than once (well, except for his favorites!). Or meet any character other than Mickey or Chip & Dale. Once he's done all that, he's done. So my favorite trips are when he comes along, we enjoy all that he likes, then he goes home and lets us character hunt in peace!

Like last year, our friends would be travelling to Disney at the same time, and we arranged to meet them in the parks for some girl time later in the week.

My biggest concern in scheduling was wanting to see the Fantasyland Expansion. All we knew at the time was that it would be open for "Holidays 2012". Of course, that's pretty vague. But I didn't want to take a chance on missing it. Even then, I was thinking I'd want to get back to Disneyland in 2013. And I knew I couldn't stand 2 years of hearing everyone talk about New Fantasyland before I saw it. So I really needed to catch it this time and go as late into 2012 as I could handle.

I was less than thrilled when I found out the Grand Opening was set for the day we were arriving. Remember..... not so fond of crowds. But I crossed my fingers and moved forward.
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Sorry this took so long to get under way everyone. I walked in the door from our trip sick, and still had Christmas shopping to do.

I'll start this TR the same way I started the last 2.......... with a photo with the World's best Fairy Godmother!

So much for suspense, right? I reported last summer that our odds of finding her on this trip didn't look good. So how happy were we to find her in her regular spot behind the castle!




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WOW, I bet people are really going to wonder on that one huh?

Yeah..... I know......

Really folks..... nothing to see here...... move on along.......

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Omg! Katie sure grew up in a year!!!
Yeah...... don't I know it!

We should go back next year just to see if she catches up with the FGM's height!
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Yeah, I am!
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Yeah..... I know......

Really folks..... nothing to see here...... move on along....... !

I didn't get caught so all's good!


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Yeah, I am!
Janet forced me into the bathroom!

Seriously, I heard my phone go off in my desk drawer and it was an email from Janet. So I hid in the bathroom to make sure I got here right away! LOL
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Janet forced me into the bathroom!

Seriously, I heard my phone go off in my desk drawer and it was an email from Janet. So I hid in the bathroom to make sure I got here right away! LOL
Too funny, I was getting my car tire fixed when I saw it. LOL
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So excited you started your new TR. Katie looks beautiful as always and I am very happy that you and Katie had a chance to see your Fairy Godmother!
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