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Old 01-02-2009, 10:40 AM   #16
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Sounds like you guys enjoyed your pre-cruise relaxation time. We noticed quite a few families who were frazzled the first day because of travel woes. Going down a day or two early really does help you get ready for the cruise! Looking forward to upcoming chapters! Can you believe this time last week we were at Castaway Cay? And the Wonder was sailing by?
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:29 PM   #17
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Yeah!!! I was looking forward to your trip report, and you have already posted two segments. Can't wait for the cruise part. The MK was beautiful! Can't wait to read more. Marci
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #18
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Great reading...looking forward to the TR as we are leaving on DCL on the 17th so it will be nice to read a long as our day gets closer.

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great reading so far, and you got some great pictures
I'm telling you, it is all about the camera. If someone like me can take pictures like that...you know the camera has to be good. and no, I don't work for Nikon!

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Sounds like you guys enjoyed your pre-cruise relaxation time. We noticed quite a few families who were frazzled the first day because of travel woes. Going down a day or two early really does help you get ready for the cruise! Looking forward to upcoming chapters! Can you believe this time last week we were at Castaway Cay? And the Wonder was sailing by?
I have chosen to not believe that I'm off the Disney boat. Of course this time last week was one of the saddest days of my life...so it's all relative! And DS6 and I felt like we were still on the boat up until yesterday...but that will come later! One more chapter to go and then we will be on the boat. You know I have to do the setup!

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Yeah!!! I was looking forward to your trip report, and you have already posted two segments. Can't wait for the cruise part. The MK was beautiful! Can't wait to read more. Marci
Thanks! I enjoy typing...work may get in the way next week...but hopefully not too much!

thanks for your comments everyone, keep them coming, and let me know if i'm boring you...my goal is to try to keep it somewhat entertaining, but no promises!

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Old 01-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #19
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ahhhh i'm totally into your report (you're a great story teller) but it ended.

don't you know you're not allowed to have a life until you finish the report - the whole report - and nothing but the report????

now i have to wonder what happened at DTD, what did you draw.

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Old 01-04-2009, 03:35 AM   #20
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it was a great room, and assuming they don't change hosts, P is a GREAT host..the best we have had so far.

I'll be starting my trip report either today or tomorrow, so look for it! sorry I didn't go live...just too much going on...ok, maybe a bit of relaxing too!
WOW - we had P looking after us on deck 6 in October - he was great! Really looked after us well!
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Enjoyed reading so far, will be back for more.
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:16 PM   #22
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ahhhh i'm totally into your report (you're a great story teller) but it ended.

don't you know you're not allowed to have a life until you finish the report - the whole report - and nothing but the report????

now i have to wonder what happened at DTD, what did you draw.

hurry back
Thanks for the encouragement...er....threats???

I know, I know, I should do nothing but sit here and type the report...unfortunately my family and boss don't agree with that...

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WOW - we had P looking after us on deck 6 in October - he was great! Really looked after us well!
He is just the bomb...we've been on three cruises, and I think he was great. He's been doing that for 7 years...wow that's a long time to be on a cruise ship cleaning cabins, but I'll bet he supports a family that way.

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Enjoyed reading so far, will be back for more.

and I'll provide more...right now!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:08 PM   #23
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Chapter 3: Downtown Disney, some drawings, and the last day at All Star Sports!

Friday the 19th came along and I was wrecked. My cold, coughing and lack of sleep had definately caught up to me. DW and DNW and the kids (minus DS6) walked to McDonalds for breakfast (you know what? we found out that little plastic card that you swipe actually costs money! it's not just Mickey's way of giving you things for free. How crazy is that??? ), while DS6 and I stayed in bed trying to sleep it off. My goal was to be the smallest amount of sick possible by the time the cruise started...

When everyone got back it was time to hit the pool again. go ahead and use your imagination on this one...this was Goofy shooting the water cannon toward home plate (DNS11 is on top)



By about noon it was time to head to Downtown Disney. Because we were staying on property, the easy thing to do was to hop a bus (er...motorcoach, I wonder if I'll ever get that right!). This ride was an adventure. Let's say slow boat to china would have been giving a compliment here! we stopped at every All Star resort and then we took the longest way possible to get to Downtown Disney. I can think of a few other ways that would have been better:









or even:

but I digress. The hightlight of the trip, actually was talking with a couple of kids from Pennsylvania who were there for a high school basketball tournament. They had qualified for the finals the night before and had the day off to wander and do the parks, etc. These were great examples of young people who will one day lead the country. They were very polite and very well spoken, especially when faced with 4 adults firing questions at them about what they were doing. Unfortunately I don't remember the school, and the chances of them reading these boards are slim to none, but if they do, I hope you guys won (nope, I have no idea!), and thanks for being so polite!

Ahem. Anyway, back to the story.

OH! WAIT! why do I know we took the long way to Disney you ask? (ok, you didn't really ask, but bear with me! ). The company I work for had assigned me to Disney, so I spent quite a few weeks on-property in spring 2008. Alot of driving from the Team Disney building (right accross from DTD) to these trailers behind the scenes at AK. That was actually pretty cool. you had to go past this guard shack where they would check your name, and they have these massive barriers that would pretty much keep anything from getting through. However, once your back there you can drive around wherever you want to go. One time I took the long way out which took me by the parade staging area and who is standing on his float waiting to start the parade? (seriously, if you didn't know the answer to that question you should get some sleep or something. Why are you reading this if you aren't a disney fanatic???). Anyway, he was even in character with the CM's he was interacting. Naturally I could not get my dang camera phone to work. That would have been too easy! OK, one more behind the scenes story and I'll move on (sorry).

I had one meeting behind the scenes at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are a bunch of office buildings on the property there. After the meeting was over I was walking along chatting with a coworker. We stopped at the edge of a street when all of a sudden... Along came the tram for the studio tour! Yup, the one you get to ride if you are in the park. What would you do in that situation? Think about if for a second.

OK, times up. Yup, I waved at everyone like I was someone important. I'm sure some of the kids thought "wow, that must be someone really important there". Or not. Anyway, the cool part is that once your inside you pretty much can go anywhere. I could have walked right out onto the path where the trams were. We also could see the warm-up area for Lights! Camera! Action! or whatever it's called.

What was I talking about? Oh yeah, DTD. Dang, is anyone still reading this??? I owe you a cup of coffee.

so we arrived and went to Earl of Sandwich for lunch. Holy Frijoly, have you ever eaten there?? They had this Holiday Turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce on this incredible bread and their on proprietary (no idea how to spell that word) kettle baked chips. YUM! I had never eaten there. I find that truely sad because I spent so much time there and never knew it existed. I'm going to assume that it was built recently and that there was no way for me to know. WHEW! I feel better, do you?

After that it was shop until you drop. I drop I almost did because I still wasn't feeling well. And shopping with a 6 year old is quite the experience. He is all about pirates, and guns ( ), so we spent alot of time looking at that stuff. But it gets really old really quickly. PLUS we knew we would have time to shop on the cruise PLUS we were thinking about coming back in February to hit the parks

So we made our way out of World of Disney and down to the sports store. Have I mentioned that our kids are all about sports? I think I already bored you with that so I won't do it here.

WAIT! I forgot to mention! All T-shirts and hats were 40% off, and all Christmas stuff was 50% off. I looked like this when I saw that: Disney, on sale? how weird is that? Hopefully it will still be on sale when we return in February. Oh yeah, we are coming back

We did have time for a picture:

All the kids in the postcard spot.

Anyway, to the Sports store (I don't remember the name). Spent alot of time looking around, found some New England Patriots trading pins for $3 (bargain, bargain, bargain!), and not much else until...wait for it...we found the clearance hats! They were well hidden throughout the store, but I think we walked out with about 6 hats of various kinds (mostly ESPN). Very cool! I feel like I belong on the Slickdeals.net website or something! we were on fire!!

DNH and family had to rush off because DNH's cousin was coming to meet them at the resort with their kids...so they ran off and we went to the other bargain spot around DTD...Goofy's Candy Company! I'm going to let you in on a secret now...so go get your pens. Seriously. go get them.

ho hum, ho hum...OH, you have a pen now? ok.

don't buy the pre-packaged stuff in the case...keep going to the right toward the back. There is a big counter with paper and pencils and you can choose your own combination of carmel apples, pretzel rods, marshmallows or rice crispy mickey heads. What do I mean? I mean...dip it in light chocolate, dark chocolate. then have them cover it in chopped up M&M's, resess peanut butter cup, white and dark chocolate chips, sprinkles, just about any concoction you could ever ask for. and you can pick as many as you want...not just one. The apples are the best, they are around $6. yes, $6. and when they are done they are HUGE. We have bought carmel apples like this in the store for $15 or so...and they weren't nearly as good as these. It's a great treat.

(Disney, you now owe me the sponsorship fee for this segment...oops, did I say that out loud??? )

so anyway, we each got a mickey head rice krispies treat and covered it in our various concoctions. We would have gotten an apple but didn't figure we had a way to cut it up. Only to find out later that they will do that for you! yet another service provided by the latest tip from disneyzell!!!

So it was around 5pm when we made our way back to the bus, back on the slow boat to china, or snailcoach.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:10 PM   #24
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Chapter 3 part 2: darn these limitations!

We have a tradition in our family. Whenever we go on vacation we wander and take pictures of our kids on things that look cool. There were lots at the All-Star sports resort.

Somwhere in the middle of the resort...DS10 and DS6.

Yup, a giant basketball hoop. very cool.

A giant pool cue ball? A spit wad? nope, the marble in the middle of a giant whistle. You couldn't see the kids if we took a picture of the whole thing!

Yes, Donald was angry. Who wouldn't be with kids hanging all over him all the time.

by then DNH's kids and his Cousin's kids were all in the pool so we joined them. The kids had a great time swimming and then they even played a game on the football field in the football part of the hotel. I guess this hotel turned out to be pretty good overall.

One thing our kids had bugged us about non-stop since we arrived was the Caricature guy in the lobby. they soooooo wanted to do this. We finally relented and got them each one after parting with our right and left legs. Oh wait! we used the plastic card! It was free for us!

Connor gets drawn

And Connor's drawing. Note the 33, that was his number when he played for the Amherst Patriots this year!

Nick gets drawn

And Nick's Drawing. Same thing with his 81. He so wanted to be like Randy Moss!

After that it was time to shop a bit more (why not??), and go back and pack...for tomorrow we head to the ship! What can be better than that? We had lots of things planned, a 8am pickup by the van we were taking, so our 6:45am wake up call was entered.

So at 6:45am Mickey called to get us out of bed (I just love that). No time for breakfast...but being the incredible parents we are, we DID have chocolate and various other candy covered mickey mouse shaped rice krispy treats...and rice krispies are a breakfast cereal, right?

Connor Chows down

Nick does too...I would tell you about the outfit...but you will have to wait a bit longer for that!

So that's it! Thanks for sticking with me. I honestly thought this one would be short. But apparently I'm long winded. If you fell asleep and your head hit the keyboard I recommend Advil. Until next time...go make someone's day!

Next up Chapter 4: Van, Grocery Store, the terminal and yes, Day 1 on board!
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:39 PM   #25
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great report so far!!! We leave in 45 days and your report is what is getting me thru till we leave. I am really looking forward to your next segment....I can't wait to hear about my room. Marci
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ok so waiting for more!!! we are home now for about a month and miss it very much so bring it on!!!!
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great report so far!!! We leave in 45 days and your report is what is getting me thru till we leave. I am really looking forward to your next segment....I can't wait to hear about my room. Marci
OK, I'm now jealous. we, of course, are all done with our cruise and your in the fun run-up time to yours! I'll try to do the room justice!

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ok so waiting for more!!! we are home now for about a month and miss it very much so bring it on!!!!
I know...I missed it pretty quickly after we got off. My neighbor put it best...someone else is sleeping in my bed and getting taken care of! it's just wrong!

And for those who just joined me on my journey, welcome! as I have already warned the others, Advil works best when you slam your head into your keyboard after falling asleep. And now...on with the show...
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