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Old 09-12-2009, 07:14 AM   #136
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GREAT update Glad the kids were only lost for a short period, though I know short periods of lost children can feel like hours as I often find myself running in two different directions when my kids wonder, they can't wonder in the same direction

Bummed you didn't eat at Flame Tree, but Pizzafari sounds good too.

Can't wait to see what happens next.......
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Holy smokes! I don't see how you stayed as calm as you did when you had not one but two children get lost in such a short period of time. Just when you think your children never listen to you, they do something that you've pounded into their heads.......stay put and wait for somebody to come get you. That's what I told our kids too.

We never have a real plan when we tour the Animal Kingdom either. Well, I take that back, we know that we need to get Fastpasses for Expedition Everest and go on the safari early in the day. But, other than that, we just kinda go with the flow too.

It looks like your love/hate relationship with the Animal Kingdom worked okay this trip. Like you said, you can always do the things you missed on your next trip.

Looking forward to reading more.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:23 AM   #138
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Holy Moly...I don't have children of my own but after 11 years in childcare (started when I was 16) losing a kid is a very scary experience!! You handled it perfectly and it speaks highly of your parenting that Demetri listened and when back to the spot he was and stayed waiting for you guys!!!

I just love your attitude that you know what we didn't get to something this time we'll just have to do it next time (don't you just love having a next time LOL)

Your pictures of the FOTLK were amazing!! I haven't seen this show yet but I'm so seeing it in a couple of weeks I can't wait!! Thank you for posting those!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:35 AM   #139
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Okay, I have caught up now!!!

Finished MK day -- YOU GUYS WERE EVERYWHERE!!! buzz buzz buzz! Lots of great rides in and seems like a lot of fun was had by all, and you know I have never been to Columbia House either, but I hear it is good!!

You are really an excellent shot with that camera!! Nice photos of the fireworks, and "surprise" Spectro!

BUT in the AK, your photos of Nemo and FOTLK were fantastic!

Your day at AK looks wonderful too! Isn't Kali the best way to beat the heat??!! We were PRAYING to get soaked when we were there!! It was the best "cooling system" we could ask for!

Looking forward to Epcot dinner!! Never been to Teppan Edo!!
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Well the best I guess you can say for lost children is that when everyone is back together it does make a good story...

I think that I would have been gravitating between...trying to stay calm and collected on the outside and feeling hysterical on the inside...



The story of Ariana being lost when she was younger at Alex's 9th b-day...also a big... (One of the things with kids anywhere on the spectrum is that they are really so very trusting...they usually don't have a mean bone in their bodies...they assume everyone is like that as well...David assumes that everyone is well intentioned -until proven otherwise-wish that were true...)


So glad everyone finally got back together...

EE so fun-just did it for the first time...-sorry for Demetri-He's sure to make it next time...

Love Dino-too-scream like a baby on it...

Um...other the the trauma of losing Demetri-I'm glad you liked Nemo-I like it too-some people seem not to, I wonder if they thought it would be just like Lion King-both different, both excellent...

Looks like you guys took it on the chin...second time around on Kali-it's pretty easy to get soaked...

I love that Ariana loves Lion King so much...it makes you feel great as a parent when they find something that blissed them out that much...
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:54 AM   #141
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Great update! AK is my second favorite park.

We all get a kick out of that line of Stacy's on resort TV too...in fact, when we were riding it my dad had to go and repeat it when we got to that part.

I remember seeing FOTLK on our first trip to AK and then we didn't see it for a long time. I have a newfound appreciation for that show...it's great isn't it?!
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Great updates! You all got so much more done that day at AK then we did the same day.... I really wanted to see both shows and we didn't see either of them. I would have totally freaked out loosing 1 child, I can't imagine how you held it together when it happened a 2nd time.

LOL! Glad you didn't have to bring 500 bunnies home.

Yeah I don't know what happened with RFC, but I swear on that day they were taking the dining plan....we had Laundry's giftcards for our bill, but they were asking about Dining Plan and I heard numerous people tell them they were on the dining plan. Did they just do that for free dining or what?
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:32 AM   #143
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Joining your fan club. What a great trip report so far!! Awaiting the next installment
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:54 PM   #144
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Got a little behind but I'm caught up now!

A fabulous MK day - lots of rides but at an easy pace Too bad about the missed meeting time with the boys I paid an extra $40 to have my cell plan upgraded to US coverage while we were at WDW (DH's cell already has US coverage because he needs that for work). I think I only used it 3 or 4 times in the week but it was worth the $ just to know we could do that. Oh and great pics of the fireworks

Glad that all ended well with the missing kids episodes at AK - our girls tend not to wander too far but those few seconds/minutes when you can't see them feel like an eternity. My parents had trouble with my youngest brother taking off - and he was fast. We once lost him at one of the big hospitals in Toronto...we'd been visiting someone and he jumped on the elevator and the doors closed before the rest of us could get on. Luckily we found him in the lobby but my mom was freaked out.

We loved both the Nemo and Lion King shows - they are really well done, glad you enjoyed them We missed both EE and Dinosaur but they sound so fun...next time!

Can't wait to read about Epcot and Teppan Edo (another item on my next time list!).
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OMG! Your story about losing Ariana on Alex's b-day made me cry! I lost DD once in Best Buy when she was 3 and was so freaked out!! It was one of the most awful times of life!

Sounds like you had a great day in AK, aside from losing the kids!! Can't wait to read more!!!
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Oh my goodness! What a scary update! I'm glad everything worked out in the end. Phew!

I kinda feel the same way about Animal Kingdom, I always seem to get really discouraged while I'm there for some reason. I'm hoping that when I go in January it will be cooler so I might be able to get more done.
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Just caught up and I'm ready for more.

You have an awesome family!
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Your family is just so sweet. I love Alex's camera tricks. And Arianna's laughing pictures are just precious. We didn't make it to Finding Nemo, but it looks great. I'm so, so sorry the end of it included a missing Demetri. What a good boy to do what you instilled in him to do if he was lost. And then Arianna too! Oh, you poor mom. I had a missing child at Typhoon Lagoon our last trip (the story is in my PTR) and I just about lost my mind! I'm glad that all ended well. Great shots of FOTLK! We love the show as well and the movie was a huge, huge hit here also. I think we even have two copies of the Lion King game still.Want one? Good job keeping those bunnies apart. Although baby towel bunnies would be so cute!
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Wow!! Great updates!!!! But...oh my...How scary about Demetri and Ariana getting lost!! I'm so glad that they were found and everything was fine.

I understand your feelings about AK now that we've gone in August too. It was so hard getting everything accomplished that we wanted to because it was just sooooo HOT!!!

You got some really great pictures in FOTLK and Nemo!!! I didn't even attempt to get pictures during the show this time...not sure why??

Loved EE and Dinosaur!!! So much fun!! That's one of the great things about bringing the parents along, we were actually able to go on rides we hadn't before because the boys were too scared.

It looks like you had so much fun on Kali!!! I can't wait to hear what you thought about Teppan Edo.
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GREAT update Glad the kids were only lost for a short period, though I know short periods of lost children can feel like hours as I often find myself running in two different directions when my kids wonder, they can't wonder in the same direction

It's an instant want-to-throw-up feeling when I can't see them. Ugh!

Bummed you didn't eat at Flame Tree, but Pizzafari sounds good too.

It was! But next time (I love saying next time!) I'm going to at least sit at the Flame Tree even if George grabs something else!

Can't wait to see what happens next.......
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Holy smokes! I don't see how you stayed as calm as you did when you had not one but two children get lost in such a short period of time. Just when you think your children never listen to you, they do something that you've pounded into their heads.......stay put and wait for somebody to come get you. That's what I told our kids too.

Luckily that was the first time Demetri had to make practical use of my "when you can't see Mommy/Daddy/Alex" mantra and he was rewarded with many hugs and kisses when we found him!

We never have a real plan when we tour the Animal Kingdom either. Well, I take that back, we know that we need to get Fastpasses for Expedition Everest and go on the safari early in the day. But, other than that, we just kinda go with the flow too.

It looks like your love/hate relationship with the Animal Kingdom worked okay this trip. Like you said, you can always do the things you missed on your next trip.

Its so bizarre, I've been reading other TRs from around the same time we did and they all saw animals. It's like they go to sleep knowing my family is on the way!

Looking forward to reading more.
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Holy Moly...I don't have children of my own but after 11 years in childcare (started when I was 16) losing a kid is a very scary experience!! You handled it perfectly and it speaks highly of your parenting that Demetri listened and when back to the spot he was and stayed waiting for you guys!!!

Thank you

I just love your attitude that you know what we didn't get to something this time we'll just have to do it next time (don't you just love having a next time LOL)

I'm always afraid each time we go will be the last time, but Demetri and Ariana are helping my cause to convince George for Dec 2010 And of course with all the huge changes to Fantasyland, that is now a must see!

Your pictures of the FOTLK were amazing!! I haven't seen this show yet but I'm so seeing it in a couple of weeks I can't wait!! Thank you for posting those!!
Oh I cannot wait for you to see this, you will love it! And your pictures will be just like mine!

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Okay, I have caught up now!!!

Finished MK day -- YOU GUYS WERE EVERYWHERE!!! buzz buzz buzz! Lots of great rides in and seems like a lot of fun was had by all, and you know I have never been to Columbia House either, but I hear it is good!!

It was a fantastic day! Darn my picky hubby... he's just going to have to get 'take out' from Cosmic Ray's and come join the rest of us at CHH!

You are really an excellent shot with that camera!! Nice photos of the fireworks, and "surprise" Spectro!

BUT in the AK, your photos of Nemo and FOTLK were fantastic!

Thanks! I love to take pictures. A LOT of pictures.

Your day at AK looks wonderful too! Isn't Kali the best way to beat the heat??!! We were PRAYING to get soaked when we were there!! It was the best "cooling system" we could ask for!

We're the family that laughs at people wearing rain gear on Kali. We love getting soaked!

Looking forward to Epcot dinner!! Never been to Teppan Edo!!
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