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Old 06-04-2010, 10:26 PM   #196
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What an AMAZING view I am sorry Katie was not feeling well...but very happy she woke up in a better state. I would LOVE LOVE two more updates, but I know busy life comes first Good luck with the pictures, you will do great!! Aiden wants a pirate party too, but I think I may wait until he is 4 or 5 so I can really make it fun. Excited to see what you have planned!
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:35 PM   #198
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What an AMAZING view I am sorry Katie was not feeling well...but very happy she woke up in a better state. I would LOVE LOVE two more updates, but I know busy life comes first Good luck with the pictures, you will do great!! Aiden wants a pirate party too, but I think I may wait until he is 4 or 5 so I can really make it fun. Excited to see what you have planned!
Thanks Katie! Yes, fortunately my Katie was fine from Day 2 on.
I will keep you posted on the pirate party planning!
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Hey Trish! Good luck with the photography...not that you'll need it. I'm sure you'll do a FANTASTIC job.

And I take it all back....yes, it can definitely get much worse than your dinner at Chef Mickey's. Glad to hear that Katie was feeling better on Day 2.
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Hooray for updates! I'm really looking forward to reading them!
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I know it is more stressful for you to have the party at home, but you have such a talent for this. I am really excited to read about all the details of this next party. I'm just glad that my kids are not on these boards as they would no longer be impressed about my party planning skills after reading about all the you do!!!

We had a pirate themed party for my son a few years ago. Since it was in the summer, it was great because we had it outdoors and had quite a few water based activities that the kids enjoy and also helps keep them cool. My favorite part was that when each child arrived, they received their bandana, eye patch, and tattoo to officially become a pirate (hey I had a pirate's league of my own before it started in WDW!!!!!!).

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i love parties but there is just so much stress when you try to put a theme together, especially my kids who pick themes that do not exist in stores. ryan picked club penguin. i made invites that looked like club penguin news, created custom goody bag toppers since i could not afford any club penguin toppers. baked a cake and covered it in fondant complete with an igloo and drew rockhopper the penguin with a cutout hole for the kids heads, and a custom penguin shirt for the bday boy . just two weeks later was my dd's team umi zoomi party complete with a custom milli cake, homemade invitations, 21 beach pails with the charaters drawn on them in pink, blue and green color scheme with only coordinating pink blue and green items inside including bubbles with umi zoomi labels saying mias 4th bday and of course more cutouts of characters with room for kiddos heads. somedays i wish i was not type A
good luck with the party planning and i'll still be here if you wait to write till after then, i feel it is good preparation for my august trip with my disney hater
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And I take it all back....yes, it can definitely get much worse than your dinner at Chef Mickey's. Glad to hear that Katie was feeling better on Day 2.
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We had a pirate themed party for my son a few years ago. Since it was in the summer, it was great because we had it outdoors and had quite a few water based activities that the kids enjoy and also helps keep them cool. My favorite part was that when each child arrived, they received their bandana, eye patch, and tattoo to officially become a pirate (hey I had a pirate's league of my own before it started in WDW!!!!!!).

Looking forward to reading more.
Actually, I was up late last night brainstorming and researching for the pirate party. So I am kinda glad the movie idea would not have worked anyway.

I actually had the theatre pre-booked for June 26 in the prime afternoon spot, but I notice Declan's friend's party is for the early evening spot - not ideal for 4 and 5 year olds. So I will have to ask her mom if she would prefer my mid-afternoon spot before I cancel it!

As for the Pirate League, I actually have plans to do that myself. I, of course, got the idea from Disney. But you were wayyyyy ahead!

BTW - for music I will obviously be playing the music from WDW's Pirates of the Caribbean - anyone know any other great pirate-themed music?
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i love parties but there is just so much stress when you try to put a theme together, especially my kids who pick themes that do not exist in stores. ryan picked club penguin. i made invites that looked like club penguin news, created custom goody bag toppers since i could not afford any club penguin toppers. baked a cake and covered it in fondant complete with an igloo and drew rockhopper the penguin with a cutout hole for the kids heads, and a custom penguin shirt for the bday boy . just two weeks later was my dd's team umi zoomi party complete with a custom milli cake, homemade invitations, 21 beach pails with the charaters drawn on them in pink, blue and green color scheme with only coordinating pink blue and green items inside including bubbles with umi zoomi labels saying mias 4th bday and of course more cutouts of characters with room for kiddos heads. somedays i wish i was not type A
good luck with the party planning and i'll still be here if you wait to write till after then, i feel it is good preparation for my august trip with my disney hater
Wow! That is really impressive!

One thing about me: I am not too creative. I know what I like, but I have to see it first. I pick up little bits and pieces here and there, and then throw what I think are the best elements together. And I buy quite a bit as well!

You are very brave venturing out on your own like that! And hosting 2 parties within 2 weeks??!! I thought I had it rough with my kids' parties spaced 2 months away!
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:13 AM   #206
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Man, what a bummer of a start to your trip. Sorry Katie wasn't well but I'm glad to hear it didn't last!!

sounds like you have a lot going on right now! Patrick had talked about a TS3 movie party which I was very excited about but he worried that his friends would think it was for "kids" (he's turning 9 and trying to figure out this growing up thing! he's actually very excited for the movie) He's decided on a pool party instead

I'm hoping for some pixie dust to catch up with you on your trip!
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Ooh, like the sound of that!

Have a great weekend! I know you'll do great with the photography and the party planning too. Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Man, what a bummer of a start to your trip. Sorry Katie wasn't well but I'm glad to hear it didn't last!!

sounds like you have a lot going on right now! Patrick had talked about a TS3 movie party which I was very excited about but he worried that his friends would think it was for "kids" (he's turning 9 and trying to figure out this growing up thing! he's actually very excited for the movie) He's decided on a pool party instead

I'm hoping for some pixie dust to catch up with you on your trip!
I am thinking just about every 9 yr old out there is gonna love TS3. Heck, I am even excited about it! However, you can't go wrong with a pool party! Good luck with the planning!

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Have a great weekend! I know you'll do great with the photography and the party planning too. Can't wait to hear all about it!
I will be sure to keep you posted on the party planning. I love talking birthday parties any day, any time!
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We're Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street, U.S.A.!!!

Not surprisingly, I was the first up and out of bed the next morning for our first full day at Disney.

Today we would be checking out of the Contemporary and into the Beach Club Villas. Or more accurate, Chris' mom would be checking into her studio unit for the week today and we would be joining her for one night until our 1 Bedroom unit became available the next day. Shhhhh!!!! Yes, we know you are not supposed to have 5 people to a room, but we did for one night. And that was about all I could have handled!

Our plan was to hit the Magic Kingdom first thing, leave by late morning, check out of the Contemporary, and head over to the Beach Club to spend the afternoon at Stormalong Bay. The only thing possibly holding us back was Katie, but fortunately she woke up feeling completely fine.

By 7am, everybody was up out of bed and standing on the balcony once again enjoying our wonderful view of the Magic Kingdom.

But enough with that - we had to get moving to make it to the Park!

Finally, by about 7:45am we were all ready to head out the door and over to the Magic Kingdom for our 8am reservations at Crystal Palace. Fortunately, this is DH's favourite breakfast spot in all of WDW, so there were no grumpy faces on the walk over.





I love the short walk from the front lobby of the Contemporary over to the Magic Kingdom. This is something completely unqiue to the Contemporoary. No where else on property can you head out the front doors of your Resort and walk to the Magic Kingdom.













By the time we arrived, it was exactly 8 o'clock and they had already started letting people with early breakfast reservations into the Park.

I love the way Main Street looks before Park Opening! And I was just so happy to once again be walking down Main Street with my family!











I was so happy to see that the Photopass photographers were out at 8am. In the past, I have been here at this hour and they weren't there. While DH was pretty eager to get to Crystal Palace, he did agree to stop and pose for one Photopass photographer. Unfortunately, even though I had pre-purchased the photopass CD, this would end up being the only time DH would agree to stop and pose for a photopass photographer in the parks during our entire trip. The CD is on its way, so I will post our photo once I receive it. In the meantime, this is all I've got:





Proof we were in the Parks at exactly 8am!





Charlie Ridgway's Window on Main Street:









Stopping to watch the ducks...





...and admire the Castle...




...as we made our way over to Crystal Palace:






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Check-in was completely painless. Shockingly, there was absolutely no line-up to check-in. And after we were given our pager, was had barely sat down when they were calling us to our table.

We love the food here. While DH loaded up his plate with all of the healthy fare, the kids and I simply can't get enough of the cinnamon fried french toast. Yummmmm!!!!

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DH's plate:




In addition to the great food, this is one of the cutest character meals. I think Crystal Palace is an all-around good time for anyone with toddler or pre-school aged children.
















As usual, I find the servers here to be top-notch. They know the drill, refill our drinks before we ask, and have our cheques waiting when they can see we are getting anxious to get out and make rope drop.

Unfortunately, by the time we had finished up and it was nearing 8am, we had seen all of the characters except Tigger who was about 15 tables back. As we knew that we would be back here again before the trip was over, we decided to venture out and make rope drop instead.



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