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Old 09-29-2009, 03:50 PM   #61
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What a truly magical day you had for your first day! The CBR looks lovely - the Nemo bedspreads were perfect after Gabe seeing the video for the first time. My grandson is turning 2 next month and he has been going through biting and pinching (it started when he was taking his meds for an inner infection and on rare occasions now he does it when he's tired or cranky). I can sympathize with you with Gabe and was worried when you mentioned he was back to his "terrible 2's" behavior right before the trip. But the first day seemed to be great for all of you! He is an absolute doll
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I am so happy that you enjoyed your first day. Its so awesome when everything goes so right. That stinks you didnt get to see the headless horseman that was my favorite part too. The parade I would agree is worth the money for the tickets. I thought the whole party was just so awesome. Yeah for gabe riding barnstormer and liking it. How exciting. Cant wait to hear more.
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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!
I know - I am so excited! Only a little over 2 months and we'll be there.

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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!
Thank you! He really is special even when he's being naughty. You are going to love having a little boy!

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What a truly magical day you had for your first day! The CBR looks lovely - the Nemo bedspreads were perfect after Gabe seeing the video for the first time. My grandson is turning 2 next month and he has been going through biting and pinching (it started when he was taking his meds for an inner infection and on rare occasions now he does it when he's tired or cranky). I can sympathize with you with Gabe and was worried when you mentioned he was back to his "terrible 2's" behavior right before the trip. But the first day seemed to be great for all of you! He is an absolute doll
Thank you! Yeah having Gabe watch Nemo right before the hotel was perfect and the funny part is I totally forgot about the Nemo rooms so it was a nice surprise. I'm sorry your DGS is struggling with biting and pinching. Gabe's thing is throwing stuff when he's mad - it is definitely not good. At that age it's just hard for them to express their emotions. I understand it but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with.

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I am so happy that you enjoyed your first day. Its so awesome when everything goes so right. That stinks you didnt get to see the headless horseman that was my favorite part too. The parade I would agree is worth the money for the tickets. I thought the whole party was just so awesome. Yeah for gabe riding barnstormer and liking it. How exciting. Cant wait to hear more.
Hey!! Have you started your TR yet? I am so behind in my Dis'ing. I can't wait to hear all about your trip too.

Sorry for no updates the last few days - it has been crazy busy here. I am really hoping to get another update up by tonight. Here's a little preview though - Day 2 was our really rough day - lots of tantrums and tears...and the tears were from me....
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I know - I am so excited! Only a little over 2 months and we'll be there.



Thank you! He really is special even when he's being naughty. You are going to love having a little boy!



Thank you! Yeah having Gabe watch Nemo right before the hotel was perfect and the funny part is I totally forgot about the Nemo rooms so it was a nice surprise. I'm sorry your DGS is struggling with biting and pinching. Gabe's thing is throwing stuff when he's mad - it is definitely not good. At that age it's just hard for them to express their emotions. I understand it but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with.



Hey!! Have you started your TR yet? I am so behind in my Dis'ing. I can't wait to hear all about your trip too.

Sorry for no updates the last few days - it has been crazy busy here. I am really hoping to get another update up by tonight. Here's a little preview though - Day 2 was our really rough day - lots of tantrums and tears...and the tears were from me....
I did start my report the link is in my signature. Yes I have been so busy too so I have been slow on doing the report. I have the pre-travel and day one completed. Check it out when you have some down time. Oh yes tantrums with children often lead me to tears too. I am looking forward to reading.
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Sorry for no updates the last few days - it has been crazy busy here. I am really hoping to get another update up by tonight. Here's a little preview though - Day 2 was our really rough day - lots of tantrums and tears...and the tears were from me....
Yikes... I hope it wasn't too bad...
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I did start my report the link is in my signature. Yes I have been so busy too so I have been slow on doing the report. I have the pre-travel and day one completed. Check it out when you have some down time. Oh yes tantrums with children often lead me to tears too. I am looking forward to reading.
I am going to check it out as soon as I am done with my update.

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Yikes... I hope it wasn't too bad...
No, not too bad - I think I was just having a drama queen moment.

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Day 2
We decided to meet for breakfast at 8:30 so after a relatively good night of sleep we were up at about 7:45 and on the way to the food court at CBR right before 8:30. We found the food court to be pleasant in the morning, except on Friday when it was WAY busier.

The food court:



My boy at breakfast. He was excited.



Every morning we had to stop on the bridge at CBR and feed the turtles:



Here's a picture I took of the Jamaica section where we stayed on our walk back from breakfast:



Today was our Epcot day. I love Epcot and I still hadn't seen the updated Spaceship Earth so I was very excited for this day.

The first thing we did when got to Epcot was go to Guest Services to upgrade our one day tickets to Annual Passes. The woman who helped us must have been new because it took FOREVER and then when she was all done she told us our meal plan might not work on our KTTW now. Yikes! That made me very nervous obviously.....



Annual passes in hand we headed to Spaceship Earth which was a walk on. We all loved the ride - even Gabe. I thought the updates were great. I guess during the end part they showed Gabe riding a bike which he was excited about. I wish my mom had taken a picture - oh well.

After S:E we headed to The Seas:



This ride was a walk on too and soon we were on the lookout for Nemo.



After the ride we had about 20 minutes until the next Turtle Talk show so we checked out all the tanks. Gabe really loves seeing all the fish so we had a nice time.





I love the Bruce photo op - so funny!







Next up was Turtle Talk:



Checking out the sting rays:



My dad and I:



While we were waiting for the show was when the day started to go all wrong. My mom gave Gabe candy corn. I don't know about other kids, but when Gabe has candy on an empty stomach it hits his system like a sledge hammer and he goes nuts.

Soon we were ushered into the theater and got seats in the front row and Gabe right on the floor right in front of us. Not 5 minutes into the show he lost it - total screaming meltdown. It was awful! I immediately got up to get him out of there and I couldn't find my way out - I was wandering around near the back doors and didn't know where to go and NO ONE helped me. There was no CM in sight anywhere. Finally another guest showed me where to go and we were out of there, but it literally took at least 5 minutes. I really do not appreciate the fact that a CM didn't come over to help. That still makes me a little angry when I think about it. There I am standing holding a flailing, angry toddler and the CMs just disappear. Sheesh!

After we left the theater Gabe calmed down and we looked at the tanks while we waited for the rest of the family to finish with the show.

After we were reunited I said it was time for lunch. I knew Gabe needed solid food in his stomach to help him feel better. My mom felt bad about the candy incident and promised not to do it again.

We headed over the Sunshine Seasons for lunch and I got my food and drink and dessert and headed to the registers.....at this point I was very nervous. Remember the CM said our meal plans might not work on KTTW anymore.....so I handed my card to the cashier and Viola - it was fine. Thank goodness!!! I don't think I could have handled any more drama at that point.

Lunch was tasty and we all enjoyed it. I had the turkey sandwich:



Everyone else had asian noodle dishes:



My boy eating a noodle:



Sunshine seasons is a great deal for CS. We all really enjoyed it and the desserts were fantastic.
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Annual passes in hand we headed to Spaceship Earth which was a walk on. We all loved the ride - even Gabe. I thought the updates were great. I guess during the end part they showed Gabe riding a bike which he was excited about. I wish my mom had taken a picture - oh well.

Awww, our Gabriel love SE too!

We had never been inside the "Big Ball" as Gabriel calls it. He loved it and we had to ride three times I spent the next two times looking for hidden mickeys WHICH I FOUND TWO!

Every year we get to add something new. It's a good place to cool down that's for sure!

Gabriel now thinks SPACE is inside the "Big Ball"

Sorry about the meltdown incident.....that is how I felt when Gabriel was getting ready to chum at the top of Astro Orbiter! The CM wouldn't help me at all. Thank goodness he didn't spew!
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Awww, our Gabriel love SE too!

We had never been inside the "Big Ball" as Gabriel calls it. He loved it and we had to ride three times I spent the next two times looking for hidden mickeys WHICH I FOUND TWO!

Every year we get to add something new. It's a good place to cool down that's for sure!

Gabriel now thinks SPACE is inside the "Big Ball"

Sorry about the meltdown incident.....that is how I felt when Gabriel was getting ready to chum at the top of Astro Orbiter! The CM wouldn't help me at all. Thank goodness he didn't spew!
We call it the Big Ball too.

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After our lunch at Sunshine Seasons we decided to head back to CBR to swim again. Luckily I remembered my camera this time and got lots of pictures.

Gabe absolutely LOVED the kiddy pool area at CBR. That alone would have made this resort a huge hit for us. He was so happy there:



On the big slide with PopPop:



On the big slide with daddy:



Hanging with daddy in the pool:



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He played with a little girl who looked about 5 for a long time. She was so sweet to him:







He rode all the slides in the kiddy area over and over:







We stayed at the pool for probably an hour and a half or so and had a really nice time. After our pool time we put Gabe down for a nap and relaxed before returning to Epcot that night.
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Sounds like he's gonna be a WATERPARK fan!!
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Joining in! My DD2 will be just 3 when we go, but I know that terrible 3's can be worse! I love the photos of your son with his grandparents. Mine were Mimi and Poppop too, and I have great memories of going to Disney with them as a kid. Thanks for helping me remember!
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Definitely! I need to get in shape ASAP.

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Welcome!!! I'm so glad you've joined! The terrible 2's and 3's are rough aren't they? What a battle of wills. That is so neat that your grandparents were Mimi and Poppop too.
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the swimming pool looks like so much fun. I would stay there just for that. How horrible that no one helped you during turtle talk. Cant wait to hear how your night at epcot went.
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Subbing! I love TRs with 2 year olds! I have 2 year old twins and I really wanted to take them this year...but alas...the Army will be calling in May, so I was asked to wait until he returnes from deployment. (Apparently...like...seeing his family in N.Y. before he's defloyed for the first time is more important than Disney...OOOOOKAY... Totally joking)

Your son is too cute. You 2 favorite pics of him are mine as well. Sometimes it can be very hard to capture a child's true, pure, emotion in a picture. But all you see in those is 100% joy.
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