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Old 09-27-2009, 08:02 PM   #46
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Enjoying your Trip Report! CBR looks like a lovely resort! The bedspreads are so cute with Nemo on them! I just love reading TR about little boys named Gabe...since I have a Gabe of my own! His pirate outfit was adorable! We love to travel with grandma and grandpa too! How cool to see Cinderella's coach!! Can't wait to read more!!!
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:04 AM   #47
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His little pirate costume was so cute. We have never done any of the Halloween or Christmas party things. They look like so much fun.

How exciting that you get to go back during Christmas!! And what a good price on the hotel. That just makes it feel so much better, doesn't it?
Getting a great deal is so exciting! We love the Halloween party - it is really a fun event.

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I'm joining in too. The title of your TR drew me in. You're doing a great job so far and I can't wait to read more. My DD, DSIL and I are taking my much adored DGS for his first trip in June. He'll be 2 1/2 when we go and I'm a little nervous about how he will do. I can't wait to hear how your son did. He's quite a cutie pie by the way.

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Thank you and welcome!!! I'm sure your DGS will do fine - there are definitely a few tips I would give you that may help though - I'll get to those as I go through my report.

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Enjoying your Trip Report! CBR looks like a lovely resort! The bedspreads are so cute with Nemo on them! I just love reading TR about little boys named Gabe...since I have a Gabe of my own! His pirate outfit was adorable! We love to travel with grandma and grandpa too! How cool to see Cinderella's coach!! Can't wait to read more!!!
Welcome!!! Gabe's are the best aren't they? My DH actually chose our DS's name but now I can't imagine him named anything else.

Up next...the rest of MNSSHP!
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:16 AM   #48
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So when we lost off the skies were looking very foreboding. We were right next to It's a Small World so we hopped on (another walk on ).

At this point it was exactly 6:00 and the clock was going off - I had never noticed the big clock so I took a picture.



Gabe loved this ride! He was fascinated by all the dolls. This is my mom's favorite ride too so the two of them really enjoyed it.



I love the kangaroo with her baby:



As we were leaving the ride Gabe was dancing all the way to the exit. There were 2 older couples that had been on the boat with us and they were gushing about how cute he was. It was a proud mama moment.

That reminds me of something that happened on our way to dinner - we were crossing the bridge in front of CP on our way to LTT and a lady saw Gabe coming in his stroller and said something about a pirate coming and her needing to give him space. It was really funny - we all had a good laugh.

So after IASW we rushed over to Dumbo hoping to beat the rain. We ended up having to wait about 15 minutes to get on and it was really hard for Gabe to wait - he was really excited about this ride and the Terrible 2s were definitely surfacing here. We almost had to leave the line because he had a little fit. Fortunately we finally made it on the ride and Gabe loved it. While we were waiting to take off he was calling out "hi mouse" everytime the spinning mouse on the top was facing us - it was cute.







After we got off Dumbo the rain started. It wasn't a terribly heavy rain but it was steady. We made a run for the Pooh ride and walked right on.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:28 AM   #49
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After the Pooh ride we made a dash over to Toon Town Fair in the rain. We hustled into Minnie's house to explore and surprisingly it was pretty empty.

Gabe LOVED the kitchen in Minnie's house. We let him stay in there about 20 minutes and he had such a ball.

Minnie's fridge:



Minnie was baking a cake:



Gabe watched the oven over and over - he was so excited.



After Minnie's house we headed over to Mickey's house - what a mess! That mouse needs to learn how to clean.

Checking out Mickey's kitchen:



Since it was still raining we decided to hop in line to meet Mickey. This took about 20 minutes or so. At this point we had done some trick or treating in Mickey's house so we had candy and a lollipop kept Gabe happy in the line.

Mickey and Minnie looked so cute in their costumes - Gabe was so excited!





The whole gang. At this point my camera battery died right after we had this picture taken - I was so bummed but I just put my camera away.

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too bad about the rain but at least there was plenty to do inside. I love the pics with mickey and minnie dressed up. So cool! So sad about your battery to the camera. I hope someone else had a working one along. Cant wait to hear more.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:47 AM   #51
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After meeting Mickey and Minnie the rain had let up - it was still overcast but it never did rain again.

We decided to hit the Barnstormer. I was really excited about taking DS on the Barnstormer because it was going to be his first ever roller coaster.

It was a hit! DS loved it and was giggling the whole time. The CM at the station even gave him a certificate for riding his first coaster.

Since it had stopped raining we made a pit stop in the restrooms and changed Gabe into a dry shirt.

After our pit stop we walked the trick or treating path to Tomorrow Land and got lots of candy. Last year DS didn't really understand the concept of Trick or Treating, but this year he totally got it. He was so excited about getting candy and said thank you to everyone.

In Tomorrow Land we made a bee line for Buzz Lightyear which was another walk on. We had a ball but I officially STINK at this game. I scored a measley 12,000 points. I think Gabe would have done better if we have him a gun.

After Buzz it was time to head to Main Street for the parade. We got to Main Street about 15 minutes before the parade started so all the front spots were taken, but we lined up right behind a family which put us in the 2nd row.

While we waited for the parade DH went to Casey's and got some corn dog nuggets which we all enjoyed munching on.

Sadly before the parade started a CM came around telling everyone that the Headless Horseman couldn't run tonight because of the wet streets. That was a bummer because the Horseman is so cool.

Finally the parade started and Gabe loved it!!!! I am so sad that my camera wasn't working because it was so fun. The family in front of us was so nice too - the mom had her DS stand in front of her so Gabe could be in the front and then I stood behind him. I was so thankful to her and thanked her profusely after the parade.

For those of you who have never been to MNSSHP, the Boo to You parade is excellent!!! The music is really fun and catchy and the floats are amazing. It's worth going to MNSSHP just to see the parade IMO.

After the parade we had about 30 minutes before Hallowishes so my dad and DH staked out spots for us, and my mom, Gabe and I went to the hat shop to get customized Mickey ears for Gabe. While we were waiting for the embroidery we went across the street to the Emporium. While we were in the Emporium 2 CMs came up to us with an autograph book and asked Gabe to leave a special message for Mickey. Being 2 Gabe cannot write yet, but he was still so proud to leave his scribbles for Mickey and the CMs were so sweet to him. It's little things like that which really make Disney World special.

Mickey ears in hand we rushed back up Main Street for Hallowishes. Gabe had never seen fire works before so this was a true first for him. He LOVED IT!!!! He was so excited he was literally squeeling and kept saying "look Mommy". I decided to try to use my camera and thankfully it turned on and I got my 2 favorite pictures from the trip:





Look at the pure joy on his face. This is what makes it all worthwhile - all the money, all the planning - everything is so worth it for moments like this.
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I'm really enjoying your report. Great first day!!! Gabe is a cutie.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:54 AM   #53
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too bad about the rain but at least there was plenty to do inside. I love the pics with mickey and minnie dressed up. So cool! So sad about your battery to the camera. I hope someone else had a working one along. Cant wait to hear more.
I started charging my battery every night and every afternoon during Gabe's naptime and thankfully it didn't die again.

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Old 09-28-2009, 12:02 PM   #54
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After the fireworks we made our way to the exit to head back to the hotel for the night. Surprisingly not many people were leaving and we walked right onto an empty monorail.

When we finally got back to the van we smelled something.... We are working on PTing Gabe and it's going very well but all the excitement must have made him forget and he had done a huge stinky in his pull up.

Back at the hotel DH, bless his heart, cleaned Gabe up and gave him a quick bath while I ran to the Food Court to refill our mugs. When I got back to the room this is what I saw:



The little guy was totally konked out.


Overview of Day 1:

What an amazing day!!!! This was the day that everything went right! We got our room request filled, our rooms were ready early, Gabe LOVED the pool, we all loved CBR, MNSSHP was AMAZING!!! Even the rain and a grouchy waiter at LTT didn't spoil our fun. What a magical start to our trip.

Also, it's worth noting that DH and I had decided to upgrade our one day tickets to Florida Resident Seasonal Annual passes but my parents were still planning on just getting 3 day tickets for the trip. On Day 1 I started working on my dad trying to talk him into getting Annual Passes too so we could come back and that night my mom and dad told us they decided to get APs too! Yay!!! I knew everyone having APs would mean lots more future trips.
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Wow! I got so behind...catching up now.

Great updates!!!

Glad Gabe enjoyed IASW!! (my mom loves that ride too) and for riding Goofy's Barnstormer!!! That's always a fun ride....short but fun!!

Great family picture with Mickey and Minnie!! They are dressed so cute!!

MNSSHP sounds like so much fun!! Gabe looked so happy!! It definitely makes everything worth it doesn't it?
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What a fun first day! It's great that you were able to get on so many rides with such short waits. It sounds like you had a blast at MNSSHP! Can't wait to hear how the rest of the trip went, and Congrats on getting to go back in December.
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Wow! I got so behind...catching up now.

Great updates!!!

Glad Gabe enjoyed IASW!! (my mom loves that ride too) and for riding Goofy's Barnstormer!!! That's always a fun ride....short but fun!!

Great family picture with Mickey and Minnie!! They are dressed so cute!!

MNSSHP sounds like so much fun!! Gabe looked so happy!! It definitely makes everything worth it doesn't it?
It definitely makes it worth it!!! I am really behind on your report too - I need to get caught up on all my TRs tomorrow.

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What a fun first day! It's great that you were able to get on so many rides with such short waits. It sounds like you had a blast at MNSSHP! Can't wait to hear how the rest of the trip went, and Congrats on getting to go back in December.
We did have a great first day. MNSSHP is great for short waits since most people are doing the character meet and greets instead.
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OK, I had to post this....DH and DS are in the living room watching the WDW Vacation Planning DVD again.....too cute.
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It is so exciting that you get to go back so soon! Love the pics of Gabe with the fireworks....he looks super excited!
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I'm glad to hear that your first day was so successful! I'm sorry to hear you got a lame waiter at LTT, a good waiter can make Disney dining even more magical. I'm with you too about not going back until the bring back the characters, it just isn't the same Its also really great that you were able to ride so many rides in Fantasyland with low wait times. DH and I have found that going to the MK in the late afternoon when there is a hard ticket event is a great time to hit up the rides with little to no waits. We'll park hop over there just for a few hours because you can get so much done in that window between when most of the day guests leave and the party guest haven't arrived yet.

Yay for Gabe being brave in the HM and the Barnstormer! You are definitely raising him right, as a true Disney fan! I'm also happy to hear that the rain didn't get too bad, a soggy party is no fun! Its too bad that the Headless Horseman couldn't make it, but it looks like you guys had a great time and that the party wasn't that crowded!

Awesome that Gabe's first fireworks were Hallowishes, the only problem now is that he is going to have a hard time finding a better fireworks show! Fireworks are one of my favorite parts of Disney, and I hope my little pirate enjoys them as much as Gabe did. The pictures were totally priceless, he is such a sweetheart!
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