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Old 10-26-2006, 10:30 PM   #196
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Very nice Amy. Those pictures are great - and how cool that you got the special pictures too! I didn't know that. That Aurora is pretty special! The kids are beautiful!

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Old 10-26-2006, 11:48 PM   #197
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Amy! I am so happy you have your pictures in your possession now, for to share them with us! Your kids are beautiful, your sewing skills are outrageous (I am jealous) and Cap'n Jason is a pixie in disguise! How sweet.
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Old 10-27-2006, 11:10 AM   #198
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Am I reading it correctly that you MADE the Snow White costume?

MAD PROPS. I mean it. MAAAAAD PROPS.

I sew just enough to know that's hard core sewing right there. It's beautiful.

And so are your little sweeties.

Still lovin' your report. Thanks!!

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Are We Turkeys? - Thanksgiving 2006 at WDW


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Old 10-27-2006, 07:34 PM   #199
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Amy - beautiful children

Your costumes are out of this world. You should go into business and sell them. I'm sure there are many women from the boards alone that would buy them and keep you busy all winter!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:27 PM   #200
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:12 PM   #201
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..thank you nabby girl..for allowing me to catch up!

i really enjoyed reading your report "g.kitty"..just to cute..& the
essence of wdw was in all your pics...esp. when the
interacted with the disney's girls...her smile had to make you guys
feel special & proud...

those nicknames..are just the cutest.

i think tr like yours, are important in showing newcomers the disney
magic.. thanks for sharing...it reminded me of our earlier
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:42 PM   #202
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G man! Wow, thanks for visiting. Glad you're enjoying it. And, now that you're caught up, new chapter for you. . . .

Blue River ~ don't think I haven't thought that. But, I don't think it would be cost effective. I'd have to charge @ $100 an outfit to actually make any money, I think. Unless they let me bring a sewing machine to work. Nah. Never happen.

NM ~ you know it! Wait til you see the Belle dress!

Kimmie ~ strangely, I'm writing so much carp that the pictures aren't keeping up. How sick is that?

Grammy ~ I didn't let her wear a gown the day we went to AK. Or the morning of her birthday. Actually, she only wore a gown for one whole day. And the Halloween party. Otherwise she was generally in shorts and T. Actually. But she wears the gowns all the time at home. And she regularly informs me that I am a princess, too.

M&R ~ we need to talk. soon. over lunch.

EVERYONE THAT I HAVE MISTAKENLY NOT ACKNOWLEDGED . . . thanks so much for pumping my ego. Yeah. I need a bigger head. Just ask Mel.
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:43 PM   #203
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To Magic Kingdom or to Epcot?

All of you reading this tripe will be familiar with what I am about to say: Prior to this trip, I had carefully, reasonably, and logically decided where we should go on any given day. Some of those decisions were somewhat dictated by external events, like what ADRs I had secured (although I did try to work the ADRs around my days, rather than the other way around), but MOSTLY I had to accommodate a meeting with my (heretofore mostly imaginary) friends, and NoFear's Birthday extravaganza. BUT, the whole time I planned the trip, I felt like we were not going to get to spend enough time in either Epcot or the Magic Kingdom. I love both of those parks, for different reasons. I would still put MK in first (who doesn't?), but Epcot is a REALLY close second. Really. Hair of the teeth close.

So, I was torn in deciding where we should end up after breakfast. Do we stick around Epcot or try to make it over to MK? Originally, we were going to spend just a little bit in future world, then get the girl over for a castle view. But, in the end, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave Epcot.

As I have said before, we ended up with a late start. Which was even later because I kept waiting for the BIG bathroom stall to change the Princess. Lesson learned. Next time I'm stripping her in the middle of the ladies room, and then using the small bathroom for it's intended purposes.

Am I the only one that can just feel the sands of time slipping away from me when I'm at Disney? Every moment I am just sitting around and WAITING makes me a nervous wreck. I think that is the definition of a Commando.

I really wanted to avoid Commando on this trip, too. But it is just SO HARD when there are so many things I want to do and not nearly enough time to do them in. I think this is the reason that I want Annual passes so badly next fall. So that I, too, can Whirlwind trip, and maybe feel like it is NOT going to be FOREVER before I can come back. And wonder if they will even have the same show/ride/exhibit when I return.

So, we finally left Norway and headed back to Future World. I knew enough to try and catch one of the first shows of TurtleTalk.

Now, since we were kidless last year, we had never toured WDW with a stroller. Or experienced stroller parking. But I had read. I knew. I was prepared (I thought).

In the world we live in, though, I confess, it is difficult to accept the concept that in a place as seemingly impersonal as Disney World, that you can trust your fellow man enough to just leave a personal possession (like a stroller) sitting outside and still expect it to be there an hour later when you come back.

In fact, B was NOT really willing to accept that concept. BUT, he was not given the choice. We were there. We had our own stroller. I tied a blue ribbon to it to differentiate it from the other black double strollers (also an excellent tip). I tried to get B to go agree that one of us should run into the Land for Soarin' Fastpasses. He wanted to stick together. He DID try to walk past the attendant out in front of the Living Seas, though, and she made him turn back. Because of the stroller.

And then it began. The explanation and angst about stroller parking. It went something like this:

Me: Just park the stroller over there.
B: Huh?
Me: We aren't allowed to take the stroller inside. We've got to leave it out here.
B: But, won't someone take it?
Me: No. Do you see the other 200 strollers out here?
B: But, are you sure someone won't take it?
Me: No. But there's nothing we can do about it if they do. And we have to leave it.
B: Are you sure?
Me. Yes. Park the frickin' stroller! (NOF)

I should mention that throughout this conversation I was also trying to get him to move out of the middle of the walkway.

Which some of you will find funny. Others will probably throw eggs in his general direction. What can I say? I tried. He also had the AWFUL tendency to stop in the middle of the path. Drove me nuts. And, since I'm confessing anyway . . .my mother (once she arrived) had a difficult time finding smoking areas. There. I feel so much better for having got that off my chest.

Anyway. I finally convinced Boost to abandon the stroller to the fates and go inside. I have to say, I think that conversation cost us getting into the 10:20 Turtle Talk. But. No biggie. We were FIRST in line for the 10:40. Or, at least I was, with the kids. Once we got the stroller parked, B decided that he should go back to the Land for Soarin' fastpasses. Which I agreed was an EXCELLENT idea. Wish I'd thought of it myself.

And B made it back before the start of the show, and got to duck right up front with us. (I don't think that counts as line jumping, do you? We DID wait the whole time, he is only one person, and everyone should have a designated fastpass fetcher. Right?)

B and I had skipped this the year before, since we were without kids on that trip. And since the Living Seas was completely CLOSED last year while we were there. I've gotta say, tho', I think I would have enjoyed this just as much without the kids. It is really well done. Very amusing. Cute. Classic Disney Magic.

In short - DUDE, get your fins out and swim on over there. Check it out. It's totally awesome.

I especially liked how NoFear kept yelling out her name, every time Crush called on someone else. Not yelling really loud, just loud enough that her mama, who knows the exact tone of her voice, could tell who it was and what she was yelling. She's only four, she's just learning that not EVERYONE is COMPLETELY focused on HER at EVERY given moment. She thought the show was great. And especially liked how Crush was talking to HER.

We took the obligatory Bruce the Shark ZZUBing humans pictures:


Our morning marched on: a glance at the tanks, bathrooms, and then on to Soarin'.

Where we had our first "child swap" experience. And NoFear had to get measured.

Now, I don't know if I mentioned this before (I really can't remember), but NoFear was just BARELY making the 40" mark. That crucial 40 inches. I had been measuring her all summer. Seeing her height creep up and up and up. But it was going to be close. About 1 month before the trip I started making her practice getting measured. Standing up straight and tall. And just a teensy bit on her toes. And measuring her in each of the pairs of shoes we were taking with us. She was 39 3/4 inches barefoot. I believed we were fairly safe for all the rides.

However, I really didn't want to think about how big of a meltdown we would have if she stood in line for a ride and then DIDN'T get to ride. Tragedy. Of Epic proportions.

This was to be the first test. And, we thought, a GREAT first ride experience at Dizzy World. B and I both LOVE Soarin', and we knew that the girl would too. We showed our fastpasses. NoFear stood up straight for the measure, and the attendant at the entrance handed me a rider switch pass. I headed off to the exit while Boost and NoFear went off for flight school.

Okay, now the following happened all week (except at Expedition Everest, but more on that in 5 months when I get to that part of the story), so I don't know if we were cheating the system unintentionally. BUT. Whenever we had fastpasses for a ride, but then did rider switch, they only took fastpasses from the FIRST group to go through. So, when we were four adults, one child, and one infant, and left TWO adults behind for the first ride, then we only had to hand over three fastpasses. Leaving us with two fastpasses. And a rider switch pass, which gets up to four people on the ride. Are you following the math here? Essentially, not that we did, but we could have wrangled TWO rides for EACH of our party members out of ONE set of fastpasses, because of the presence of the Shrimpster. If you need a more detailed explanation of how that could work, send me a PM and I will prove to you how Maelstrom Math works.

Now, I point out also that doing rider switch can eat up a LOT of time. Just sitting and waiting. And we all know how I feel about that. BUT, if someone LOVES a certain ride, the system has an apparent flaw which can be exploited.

If you're into that kind of thing.

Which we weren't.

Also, it does give one an opportunity to get a good shot of little ones. Just sitting. And Waiting. See?


In the end NoFear settled for getting THREE rides on Soarin'. And then we decided to leave. Or at least I decided to leave. B decided the kids needed to see the Timon, Pumba, and Simba movie about the evils of man. Nuff said. Then we left.

To eat lunch.

In FRANCE.



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Old 11-02-2006, 03:12 PM   #204
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Amy another great installment.

DD loved Soaring. And for her you have to take your shoes off. When we went in Jan. She has shoes she thought would fall off so off they came So in Aug. with Grandma she made her take them off too..

Don't worry about your time line, we will still be here in 5 months.....or how ever long it takes.


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Old 11-02-2006, 04:10 PM   #205
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I think this is the reason that I want Annual passes so badly next fall. So that I, too, can Whirlwind trip, and maybe feel like it is going to be FOREVER before I can come back. And wonder if they will even have the same show/ride/exhibit when I return.
DO IT!!! That has really been a great feeling in planning our Thanksgiving trip. We know it will be crowded. We know we won't be there very long. But we got a great rate on the room and we can come back any time we want!! Woo Hoo!!

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so I don't know if we were cheating the system unintentionally.
I don't think you are. And I don't want to bicker about it. But whether it's "legal" or not - we used it the whole week of Spring Break and it allowed us lots of rides on the big stuff. During a crowded time of year.



I love your report, Amy! You are just the kind of Disney nerd I can relate to. Looking forward to the rest!!

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Old 11-02-2006, 06:55 PM   #206
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WELL DONE!!!!
Your little man is the cutest lil guy EVER! Look at those EYES!

It must be a girl thing about the "all attention is on ME" attitude all the time especially in attractions like CRUSH.

I'm always scared of my stroller being stolen too. I HATE when it's been moved! Grrrr!

I can not wait to hear about your lunch in France!


Ok, I read yours, you need to go (RUN) and read mine! (I'll show you mine if you show me yours'!!!!) I updated today too...shameless plug!
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Old 11-02-2006, 06:57 PM   #207
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Another excellent chapter Amy!

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I think this is the reason that I want Annual passes so badly next fall.
You gotta have them. You live in GA. It's a state requirement!

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Old 11-02-2006, 07:13 PM   #208
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Great trippie, Amy!

From what I understand, strollers only get moved if they are parked in non-stroller parking areas. And the poor CM's that get stuck with moving them are to be pitied!!!
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:52 PM   #209
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Great installment, Amy! Your little Squirt is TOO cute! You will have the Yetzas calling in about 10 years, woman!
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Old 11-02-2006, 08:04 PM   #210
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Wow..I can't believe I just read all 14 pages. Excellent Trip report. Looking forward to more !!!

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