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Old 06-15-2009, 09:45 PM   #316
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Oh no! I'm late to the party! And I have so much to say! You make tripping with a DIS sister look like lots of fun. And you got to meet Remy! How cool is that? Also, what a great view of Illuminations you had! Thanks for all the R&C food pictures -- we're looking forward to trying it in September. Looking forward to hearing a lot more about this trip...
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great update! I love your matching t-shirts. My next trip will be with my sister and I am seriously considering talking her into wearing matching t-shirts. She will hate that!
You are too funny!
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:43 AM   #318
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Seriously jealous of how many times you've gotten to ride in the front row of Soarin!! We haven't made it there yet! Florida OR California!!! UGGHHH!!!
It's really awesome, just request it next time. The CM's seem very nice about it!

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Yeah for a couple of updates!!! I love the Illuminations pics. I feel the same way about the show. I like it, but it's not a favorite. I've never eaten at R&C, but I may have to give it a try one of these days.
I'm glad someone else feels the same way, I was starting to feel outnumbered.

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Yay, LL! Fun post! I forgot how cool Living with the Land is. And of course Soarin' is THE best.

Great shot of your Tshirt handy work, AND, may I add, the VB Mailbag!!!!!!

Looks great on you!
Thanks! It did work out fairly well for this trip. I don't know if my quest for the perfect park bag is over though...

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Oh no! I'm late to the party! And I have so much to say! You make tripping with a DIS sister look like lots of fun. And you got to meet Remy! How cool is that? Also, what a great view of Illuminations you had! Thanks for all the R&C food pictures -- we're looking forward to trying it in September. Looking forward to hearing a lot more about this trip...
Welcome! Thanks for joining in. Your trip is going to be here before you know it. I am really looking forward to your next TR.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:31 AM   #319
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Is that Ellen DeGeneres?

Saturday May 23. Day 2, Part 2.

As we left the Land Pavilion, we decided to head over to The Seas.


Look at the dark sky!


Jen took this amazing photo. It's neat traveling with someone with their own camera because once you are home and looking through the pictures you get to relive the trip through their eyes.




Mine. Mine. Mine.

I have to say that while I was enjoying the Nemo attractions I kept thinking of the MeMom clan and certain little girl's love for Nemo.



After making our way through the longest line queue every for Nemo, we hopped aboard our clamshell. We both tried to take photos but we didn't have much success.


See...I tried.

Towards the end of the ride, Jen turns to me and says, "I just realized that Dory is Ellen DeGeneres." Hehehe. I thought it was really funny and very cute. We decided that going to see Ellen's Energy Adventure the day before helped her connect the dots.

After Nemo, I was on a mission. A mission to see the manatees. I have a love for manatees that I can't explain, I have always loved those gentle water giants. I think the reason why I love them so much is because when I was younger I read something that said that manatees were the inspiration for sailors thinking they saw mermaids. Something about the way manatees would come up to the water and hold their babies. I could be totally messing this up in my fuzzy memory but it's stuck with me for years and years. In 8th grade we had to pick an animal for a year long research project and I picked the manatee, just so happened we went to Disney and Sea World that year so I had a bunch of material from Sea World. In 2005, the last time I have been to Sea World I bought a silver metal manatee keychain. A few weeks after I got home, his tail fell off, I thought it was fitting since so many manatees have been injured by boats and such. I still have him on my key ring to this day, no tail and all. I didn't even know there was a manatee area in the Living Seas! I learned of them after my September trip so it was something that I had to do this trip.

First we went to the underwater viewing area.










I was seriously annoyed with the lights that were reflecting themselves into my pictures so we moved upstairs to the other manatee viewing area. This is a great little themed area, I was very impressed by it.









At the same time I was sad, I hate seeing how banged up the manatees get. It's heartbreaking to me. I could have sat and stared at them for hours.





If you look at the first picture of the manatee tail....


and then this one...you can see just how damaged the other manatee's tail is! Poor little guy.


After I tore myself away from the manatees we quickly looked around the gift shop. I was hoping to find some kind of manatee stuffed animal and I found a super cute one...but it was a webkinz. Bah. I just wanted a "Disney" stuffed animal if that makes sense. I could have bought the webkinz anywhere. I never did find a stuffed animal during this trip, which is sad because I usually buy one on each trip.

I was starting to drag, I was tired and cranky and I couldn't figure out why. Jen and I decided to sit in the shade and chill for a bit. Jen figured out her crankiness was from caffeine withdrawal and then it dawned on me that it was almost 11AM and I hadn't had a drop of soda yet! Duh! LL needs her caffeine. I am not a coffee drinker so all of my caffeine comes from soda and I was overdue. Jen went to go get us each a soda and I called Magical Express from my cell so I could add Mom for her Wednesday arrival. I finally get through to ME and they say that Mom is still not on our resort reservation therefore they can't add her yet. I was a little angry because the CM at All Star Music was supposed to add Mom the day before. I call over to All Star Music, I told them my problem and they just transferred me over to the main reservation phone line. I was not happy, it didn't help that I could barely hear the CM, I got so frustrated that I just hung up and decided to deal with it from our resort later on.

Jen returned with my soda which I was so very grateful for, she called Philip and a CM came over to ask us some survey questions. It wasn't too long until we were feeling rejuvenated from our caffeine break and we were on our way to Spaceship Earth.

We walked through the Innovations building and we took a picture of the Kim Possible setup for those who may be interested. I saw a lot of people completing missions throughout the week.



And of course...I had to take pictures of these super cool light fixtures!





As we exited Innovations, it had started to sprinkle rain again....
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You made it walking around at Epcot til 11am w/o any caffeine???? Didn't you have a blazing headache??? I can't make it til 11am on a normal day. Forget about it if I'm walking around Disney!!!

Is it just me or do those manatees look pretty equal sized yet they have a 775 lb weight difference?
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You made it walking around at Epcot til 11am w/o any caffeine???? Didn't you have a blazing headache??? I can't make it til 11am on a normal day. Forget about it if I'm walking around Disney!!!

Is it just me or do those manatees look pretty equal sized yet they have a 775 lb weight difference?
I think I might be downplaying how cranky I really was. I had a headache, I was tired and I just couldn't function. Usually I am really good about having soda in the morning but I totally blanked on it.

In person, they looked a lot different in size!
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:31 AM   #322
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I have to say that while I was enjoying the Nemo attractions I kept thinking of the MeMom clan and certain little girl's love for Nemo.



After making our way through the longest line queue every for Nemo, we hopped aboard our clamshell. We both tried to take photos but we didn't have much success.


See...I tried. Jen returned with my soda which I was so very grateful for, she called Philip and a CM came over to ask us some survey questions. It wasn't too long until we were feeling rejuvenated from our caffeine break and we were on our way to Spaceship Earth.


You'll have to ride with with Brooklynn someday and watch her face. She really soaks it all in and is always happy when Nemo is safe and sound!

It is hard to get good pictures in there. The jellyfish show up decently and Mr. Ray showed up for me okay last time, but overall, not a great place for pictures.

We are always happy to answer survey questions. Once, Jill got $75 Disney dollars for going to a little question and answer session that she would glady have done for free!
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Ooooo! I love this update, LL! I love manatees too. I think they are pretty- in an oogly sort of way . I agree it's so sad about propeller damage.

I couldn't make it 'til 11 w/o caffeine! No way! I def. need that!!!
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #324
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Great update. Thanks for the Kim Possible pic. Lance cant wait to do this in August.

I guess I have never been to the upstairs viewing area for the manatees. We could stay and watch them forever.

Wow, Jen-that is an amazing shot. Where were you standing to get that pic?
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I'm glad someone else feels the same way, I was starting to feel outnumbered.
I always felt the same way. I'm always reading these trip reports with everyone raving about how moving and how much they love Illuminations. I so much prefer Wishes and Fantasmic! I'm glad I'm not the only one either.
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Yeah for an update! I'm keeping a log of all the things we need to see on our next trip! It's amazing how many cool things there are to see that I seem to forget about as soon as I get there.
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LL, do you remember this pic from SeaWorld from my TR?


I just love how the boys have their faces planted against the glass to get a look at them!

That's an awesome story about your keychain! OH, and I too don't know how you made it that long without caffiene. On Sunday, we had run out of coffee so I went without in the morning. I did a grocery run and around 11:00 I just HAD to make a pot because I just felt all out of sorts without it!

Gee, now I really am needing a pop, I think I'll run to the lounge and fix this!
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My DH loves Mantatees too....also known as Sea cows..correct me if I'm wrong? They are an ugly kind of cute creature!!! Sorry you couldn't find a stuffed animal of one there, that's surprising. Uh oh, I'm seeing a trend, no bunny and no mantatee for LL? Boo!!!

11 a.m and no soda!!! That's the 1st thing I hit in my refillable cup...DIET COKE!!!!
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I have been know to take Exedrin when I need a caffeine fix.
I love the manatees too, they seem like such gentle creatures that are so innocent, and the harm that comes to them seems so unfair!

I'm sorry you were cranky, as much as we love Disney, and as much as we plan, we can't control everything and sometimes that crankiness does creep in....
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Crankiness? I know all about crankiness at Disney.

Great update!!! Loved your manatee stories!!! I didn't know there were any at the Seas -- will need to fix that on our next trip.

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