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Old 06-01-2009, 09:02 AM   #31
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I'M READY TO HEAR SOME STUFF!! LOL

Have you already booked your next trip? I was looking at your ticker...!!!
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:02 PM   #32
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I am sitting in my room right now!!

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I'M READY TO HEAR SOME STUFF!! LOL

Have you already booked your next trip? I was looking at your ticker...!!!
Ok, Princess-momma: I'm going to upload a few pics to photobucket and give you a sneak peak!!

I don't know what's up with my ticker?!? I'll have to fix that, because we have not booked another trip already!
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:28 AM   #33
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Ok, Princess-momma: I'm going to upload a few pics to photobucket and give you a sneak peak!!

I don't know what's up with my ticker?!? I'll have to fix that, because we have not booked another trip already!
Ooooh I can't wait for my sneak peek!! And thats too bad about your ticker...I think its a sign that you should just book another trip!!
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:37 PM   #34
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Sneak Peak!

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Ooooh I can't wait for my sneak peek!! And thats too bad about your ticker...I think its a sign that you should just book another trip!!
A little delayed, but here's your sneak peak!! (Photobucket & Firefox don't get along on Max's computer)

Sea World!


We're here!!


Yahoo!


We used this...


Got our room!


Beautiful, as always!


Our first stop at the Magic Kingdom!
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:54 AM   #35
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Oh I love! I love!! More please!!!
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:15 PM   #36
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Well, I'm back! Boo...we had so much fun and I am ready to start my Official Trip Report! I just have to upload the photos to photobucket...hopefully I won't take forever! haHa
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:45 AM   #37
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YAY!!! I can't wait!!
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Welcome back!! Loved the sneak peek, can't wait for the trippie!
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Welcome Back! I can't wait to read your report and see all your pictures! Hurry!
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YAY! What a great sneak peak! I'm subbing and can't wait to read more
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:32 PM   #41
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Begin Trip Report...

Trip Report time! When last I wrote we had packed most of our clothes. Allison & Luke (kiddos) had no idea we were even going anywhere. Max & I successfully packed the bags into the Prius on Thursday night. We loaded the kids & ourselves in on Friday morning and pulled out of the driveway just a few minutes behind schedule at 7:15 am.

Can you spot our hidden Mickey?


We drove from Arkansas to Alabama before Allison & Luke knew where we were going. Screams of delight ensued.

We stopped for the night in Ocala, FL. It has become our pit-stop. We don't make the whole drive in one day, but we do get pretty close! It is so close that we don't have to drive far the next day!

And the next day was SeaWorld! It was everyone's first trip to SeaWorld and we were all so excited. We drove straight there on Saturday morning. The park opened at 9am and I think we were there by 9:30.

Here is my (too slow) attempt at a drive-by shot of the sign:



Here is my shot of the roller coaster I chickened out of riding:



Our first ride was Journey to Atlantis, which I unfortunately have no pictures of... It was a fun "boat" coaster ride which took you through the lost city of Atlantis, complete with mermaids to lure you there, and several drops. I so wish I had a shot of the video they showed you while in the queue. They had a mime acting out the ride to warn you that it was "Dark, Scary, Wet!" and later got, "Darker, Scarier, Wetter!" It was quite funny and that became our slogan for the day. We opted out of Kraken, which was right next door. I think we wandered around for a bit before going to the Stingray Lagoon. The Stingrays swim around and you can put your hand in the water to touch them as they go by. They feel neat!

I'm at SeaWorld!



Next we went to the Dolphin Cove "petting" area. You could also feed them, but we weren't there at feeding time, so we just waited around for a dolphin to swim by under our hands:





Around the corner was the area where you could view those dolphins from underwater:



The Penguin Encounter was really cool, too. You stepped onto a conveyor belt and were taken past the penguin habitat. There were so many penguins in there, swimming, standing, walking around! It was neat to see them all in there.



We also did the Shark Encounter. They had a big "tank" that you actually walked through, the water was on both sides & around you. Luke really liked that!

Somewhere in here we visited the Dolphin Nursery. We also found time for lunch at Seaport Pizza. Guess what we ate?

We went to the 3:00 Shamu Believe! show:







You could definitely tell the difference in the themeing and in the feel of Sea World vs. Disney World. I did really like the Waterfront area, however. It was very beautiful:





The walk took us to Shamu Stadium, where sitting in the Soak Zone did not get us wet. Oh well, we were up pretty high in the "Zone"

We left after that to check-in to our Downtown Disney hotel for that night, with plans to return to Sea World that evening.


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YAY!!! I can't wait!!
Thanks! I am learning a lot--and I've only posted one installment!!

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Welcome back!! Loved the sneak peek, can't wait for the trippie!
Thanks! I am excited to start on my trippie!

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Thank you! I took lots of pictures, but I'm finding out that there are lots of things I didn't get a picture of, either...

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Love the pictures of Shamu! My favortie! I wonder how much that show has changed over the years? I was there when I was 5...and again after I graduated high school and it seemed the same! But still very awesome! My DD has been begging me to go there when we go to Disney in December...I'm thinking we'll have to squeeze it in!
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Oh man!! How exciting!!! I LOVE Sea World!! Your pictures look great! I can't wait for more!!
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How great! I can't believe the kids didn't know you were going to Disney World until the day you started driving! I haven't been to Sea World in a long time. I love Shamu! Can't wait to hear more!
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