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Old 01-26-2009, 01:05 PM   #121
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Great update! I love the swim sign and can't believe how dead DTD was. You should have seen it the day we arrived - can you say MADHOUSE?!?!?

Okay.... I'm so anxious for you to post the next post! I can't wait to hear about Akershus, too.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:15 PM   #122
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WELCOME BACK!!!!!

I totally took a DIS break for about 10 days. I think I was starting to lose touch with reality because I was spending too much time here!!! Plus, I really needed to get some work down around the house ( I redid my upstairs bathroom). Plus, I marched in the inaugural parade last week.


Anyway - I love the start to your trip report. I can't wait to go home and look at your pictures. Sounds like Nobby made a great travel companion. Sorry, you had such cold weather. I was thinking of you when I heard how cold it was! BRRRRHHHHH!


Can't wait to read more!
Welcome Home!! Well I hope you had a great time in DC and I'm sure you had to put up with some cold weather of your own LOL!!!!

Congrats on actually getting some things done!! I really need to take an evening this week and focus on unpacking and getting my stuff put away so I can have my room back to normal! That and to make a mental note of where I stored everything for my next trip!!!!

Nobby is fantastic I love him!!!
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Great update! I love the swim sign and can't believe how dead DTD was. You should have seen it the day we arrived - can you say MADHOUSE?!?!?

Okay.... I'm so anxious for you to post the next post! I can't wait to hear about Akershus, too.
I figured you would appreciate the no swimming sign...if you had been there when I was you would have been shivering right along with me LOL!!!!

DTD was literally empty no one was there it was really really nice!! Next time I have an urging to go into a restaurant to eat I'm going to do it LOL NO talking myself out of it LOL!!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #123
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You better! I'm still a little bit upset that I don't have a food report from T-Rex.
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:39 PM   #124
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You better! I'm still a little bit upset that I don't have a food report from T-Rex.
Yes Ma'am!!!!! LOL you are too funny!! Thanks for the pick me up- I have the blahs today LOL!!!!!!!!!
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I know that would help with my blahs!!!!
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Mine too. Sixth period is taking a test so the next hour will just drag by -- some time with Nobby would help my mood tremendously .
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Mine too. Sixth period is taking a test so the next hour will just drag by -- some time with Nobby would help my mood tremendously .
Wow...you guys are good...really good!!

I'm working on an update and will have another one posted tonight! Unfortunately work computer doesn't like photobucket so I have to wait to add pictures at home!! Speaking of pictures I so have to order my prints today YAY!!!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:42 PM   #129
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Wow...you guys are good...really good!!

I'm working on an update and will have another one posted tonight! Unfortunately work computer doesn't like photobucket so I have to wait to add pictures at home!! Speaking of pictures I so have to order my prints today YAY!!!!!
Photobucket hasn't been friendly on my end either! Regardless of the computer I use.
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Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Magical Character Experiences

Well I promised another update, so I’m munching on another piece of Main Street fudge and listening to the “Golden Dream” from The American Adventure (I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me feel more proud to be an American than that show…whoooo just listening to it brings tears to my eyes and goose bumps up and down my arms). Well, let’s talk about my first evening at EPCOT.

So Nobby and I made our way over to EPCOT, we arrived around 1pm. I was surprised by how close to the entrance we were able to park. I quickly took a picture of the parking sign near where I parked so I could remind myself on the way out how to find my car (this would come in handy many times throughout this trip when I would forget where I parked LOL). I figured that Nobby and I would make our way over to Soarin’ and get fast passes so we could ride this amazing ride after dinner. Well I carefully placed Nobby into his carrying vehicle; you see he didn’t have a ticket so I was going to have to sneak him in. However we were busted, but the EPCOT security guys were the best and let us get in without too much of a fuss. Anyone want to guess what our first stop was??? Well the Photopass photographers of course, I had purchased my Photopass CD before I had left and I knew being solo (well almost, but Nobby was too cold to ever take his hands out of his pockets so he wasn’t going to help with the picture taking LOL) that I would be taking advantage of Disney’s Photopass and boy did I take advantage, about 291 pictures worth! (AN: My photopass CD is due on 01/28 and I promise to update my photos with those as soon as I get them, because there are a couple on there you just have to see LOL). Here are my first photos at EPCOT





From there Nobby and I hopped over to Soarin’ to get a fast pass! Much to our surprise the return window was 3:05pm to 4:05pm….seriously!! At this point I was beginning to realize that things were not very busy EPCOT! Well after grabbing a fast pass I decided to make good use of my Disney Visa Rewards card and go to the special character meet. Well at this point in the story it becomes about me and a very special moment for me. Nobby will return with his own special moment later in the evening, for now everyone say goodbye to Nobby!

Well after finally figuring out that the meet was INSIDE Innovations West (I must have looked so lost wandering around looking for a line outside LOL). After finding the queue (I was only like 4th family in line) I had a very nice conversation with the people near me and I waited about 20 minutes and then it was finally my turn. As I walked into the room I was greeted by Minnie Mouse, I love her, she is so cute. I remember looking around and seeing a very realistic Goofy statue standing on the opposite wall and thinking wow I so want to get a picture with that statue before I leave. I mean if I can bring a gnome with me, I surely can ask to get a picture with a statue. Well as I went to go greet Minnie and give her a big hug all of sudden I get a tap on the shoulder from behind and I turned around and got the biggest startle. That was no statue, that was Goofy and he scared the bejeezus out of me. I have no idea what the look on my face must have been like, but I think Goofy felt a bit bad for scaring me that he engulfed me in a huge hug (Once again these photos are on the Photopass I don’t have yet LOL)! The photographer of course loved it and once I retrieved my heart from my throat I was greatly amused with Goofy. Well I had a nice chat with Minnie about how her day was going when Goofy grabbed my left hand pointed to my wedding ring and then looked around, obviously looking for my husband. Well I informed Goofy that I was traveling solo this trip and if he would be my date for the evening. Goofy readily agreed (got to love the Goof!!!) and then he grabbed my hand and asked me to dance. I love to dance so Goofy and I started to dance; well Goofy already knew he could surprise me easily so he decided to do it again. We were enjoying our dance together, when all of a sudden he dipped me! I have never in my life had so much fun or been so shocked, Goofy dipped me it was amazing! By this time I was laughing hysterically and truly enjoying this magical moment that was all mine!

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(On the photopass there is actually a photo of him dipping me that I promise to post as soon as I get the photopass into my possession.)

Well as we all know all good things must come to an end, however my new magical friend Goofy was quite the gentleman and took me by the arm and so graciously escorted me and gave me a very sweet kiss goodbye. I must tell you all; when I left there I was on cloud 9, in 7th Heaven, completely and utterly mesmerized and high on pixie dust. That was by far the most amazing experience ever and I literally walked out of Innovations and just reflected on that moment with the most “Goofy” smile on my face. Of course like any good woman I had to share this and I immediately called my friend Soleil (yes that is our one and only wonderful BellaSoleil and told her about my magical moment). As you can guess my one free picture that I received as I left EPCOT that evening was of me and my “date” Goofy and is now in a frame on my desk at work to remind me every day of what “magic” really is. So to “Goofy” thank you for making my first moment of my most special and magical trip the bestest ever, I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome!

After I recovered from my euphoric high I headed back to the Land to ride the Living Land! As a science teacher I really enjoy this ride especially the Mickey tomatoes, I really wish they would let take one of those home or at least teach me how to grow them like that. I also really like the rotating spices that are just too cool for words. Here is a picture of said tomatoes…

Well soon we were off to the Living Seas…once again the Zoology teacher in me just had to visit the aquariums however at this point Nobby made his presence known and insisted he wanted to visit with his friends the seagulls. He also is a little troublemaker, our Nobby doesn’t like to follow the rules at Disney. First he comes without a ticket, sheesh, and then he stands behind the guardrails, I’m surprised we didn’t get kicked out of the park with all his stunts.



Then it was off to ride one of my favorites at EPCOT, the golf ball, or as it is really called Spaceship Earth. I haven’t ridden this ride since the renovations were made to it and I must say I really do love this ride even more. Maybe it’s the history, or the smell of Rome burning, or maybe it’s the animatronics, but I love me some Spaceship Earth. I was even more impressed with the ending and how I could pick my own future. Apparently I’m going to be an ultra conservationist who only uses natural products in my house and plants a garden and uses distilled sea water to keep my plants alive. Okay I had to laugh at this because anyone who knows me, knows that I keep plants alive for as about as long as a piece of Main Street Fudge lasts in my refrigerator…in other words not very long. So we’ll see maybe in my future things will change, until then I’m staying away from gardening LOL!





Well after SpaceShip Earth, Nobby said it was his turn to pick a ride so being the great companion that I am I said sure Nobby where do you want to go? Well what did Nobby choose?



(Trying a larger size pic to see if I can use this setting instead of medium for the rest of my pictures LOL)

Nobby wanted to see for himself if the single rider line was really all it was cracked up to be. Well was it? Did Nobby make it out alive? Did we really ride the orange side of Mission Space? Does Nobby continue to break safety rules at Disney? And when does Nobby get his magical moment? Well stayed tuned until next time my friends to get your answers to all of these questions and even more!!! Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed our newest addition to our Great Tale!!

PS...ooh I like the larger pics...from here on out I will use that setting LOL!!!
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I like the bigger pics too. Medium is what size I used when I was using photobucket.

Your moment with Goofy is just so precious. I hope to have moments like that too! What a great Goofy.

I love the pic with Nobby with the Seagulls. This update also gave me a really good idea for a photo op with Nobby in May.
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Fun update. I think I would have passed out from shock if I though a "statue" touched me!!!
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I like the bigger pics too. Medium is what size I used when I was using photobucket.

Your moment with Goofy is just so precious. I hope to have moments like that too! What a great Goofy.

I love the pic with Nobby with the Seagulls. This update also gave me a really good idea for a photo op with Nobby in May.
I really did love my moment with Goofy, it totally made my day and my week!

Hmmmm...can I get a pm head's up of your photo op LOL...I don't think I'll survive the suspense LOL!!!!

For photobucket I'll be using the large setting from now on!! Much larger pics for you readers to enjoy!
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Fun update. I think I would have passed out from shock if I though a "statue" touched me!!!
I almost did...I was like HOLY MOLY its moving...Goofy sure did make up for his "shocking" appearance!!
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GREAT update, wow what a magical time you had with Goofy. Lucky you, you were definitely sprinkled with some Can't wait to see if Nobby gets into trouble and keeps breaking the rules, hehe
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