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Old 12-01-2010, 06:40 PM   #16
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WOW Ellen, I'm intriged and can't wait to read more and see more!!! You took some great parade photos. Can I ask you a favour? Can you email some of those parade photos? We went to MNSSHP last year but from where I was standing, everytime I went to take a picture, this guy beside would get in the way, so I don't have any really great shots. I'm working on last years Land Sea Vacation scrap book as well as this years cruise one. And congrats on FINISHING your last TR!! Mine is still not done from last year, and at this point, I think it's hopeless! But now that I know you did, maybe it's not so hopeless afterall!
It was Great cruising with you all and thanks so much for sending the Palo Brunch photo!!

OH YAYYYYY, I get 1st spot on page two!
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #17
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Ellen, I'm loving your pictures and your trip report too! Keep them coming. And I do hope you have a picture of your lovely hat that you wore to the Palo dinner!!!!

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Old 12-01-2010, 07:35 PM   #18
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I am loving reading all of these. Even though I was there myself, it is great re-living it through all of you. It also gives me a chance to share in some of the stuff I might have missed doing myself!
Thanks! I love reading them, too- I think you are absolutely right, it gives us a chance to share in what we missed!!

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Yeah!!!! Another great trip report!
Well, we'll see....I certainly hope so!! Thanks, Lorrie!!

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Yay! This is one TR that I wanted to see. I want to learn about a Disney cruise. Loved your Smoky Mountain pictures. Gatlinburg was a lot better 15 years ago, we've been going there since 1967!
It was very pretty in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge- the mountains everywhere were gorgeous! I really was hoping to see a bear- but, I guess since I BARELY got out of the kitchen, that made it a little difficult (fortunately)!! DCL is excellent- I hope you like learning about it!

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Pods looks like he either has A) very bad gas or B) a sudden urge to do the cha cha slide....... And Timmy? Is it true he really walks on water????

I am SOOOO ready for this TR!!!!! Rock on wit your bad self!
How did you know? Pods had very bad gas WHILE he was doing the chacha slide- he was positively exploding with every dance step!

Sure- Timmy walks on water. Now everyone knows. Life will never be the same. Thanks a LOT, Miss Kara!

You still have your cruise booked, right? You are taking my young friend Ally before you have any more talks, right????

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I can't believe that I finally made page one .

That food looked great & that room was one of nicest that I've seen so far.
Congratulations!!! I never make page 1. I always seem to be tardy to the party....

And BCV is really nice- we're planning to go back next November- I book it in 7 days!

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well that explains the facial hair......i loved the fu manchu on timmy. He was rocking it well and yes those were the best costumes evahhhhh!
And here I was blaming it on our obvious Greek/Italian/Arabian heritage....

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Yaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!

That's all I have to say now, I haven't read yet!!!!! Back with comments later!
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Oh you got GREAT pics from over there! (saved them all hope you don't mind!!!) We got stuck pretty much dead center in the hub and we must have straight up passed you, cause as soon as we could move we went straight to the rose garden. It did take a few minutes to get over there though. And no 'staches in sight. LOL!

What a shame, we would have had a blast together!!!

BCV is gorgeous and CMC looks really good too. We always look in there on our way to B&C and it has never excited us much, but looking at that fantastic food pr0n, I might have changed my mind! Yum!

What a fantastic start, you've been busy girl! More please!
Yayyyyyy!!!! I'm so happy you're here!!! Yea- I wore that mustache the WHOLE TIME I WAS ALONE!! What an IDIOT I looked like! It's one thing to be in a group wearing 'staches....it's a whole different vibe being a 47 year old woman by herself sportin a "stache!

And yea- i've been busy- I felt very motivated today (and yesterday) puttin' all this up!
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:44 PM   #19
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I'm early for a change!

Your photos of my most favorite fireworks display and parade are the best I've seen in a long, long time. All I could think when I saw the fireworks is "This is Halloween, This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween your most favorite time of year"! I felt like I was there again.

Can't wait to see your next update!
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:45 PM   #20
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WOW Ellen, I'm intriged and can't wait to read more and see more!!! You took some great parade photos. Can I ask you a favour? Can you email some of those parade photos? We went to MNSSHP last year but from where I was standing, everytime I went to take a picture, this guy beside would get in the way, so I don't have any really great shots. I'm working on last years Land Sea Vacation scrap book as well as this years cruise one. And congrats on FINISHING your last TR!! Mine is still not done from last year, and at this point, I think it's hopeless! But now that I know you did, maybe it's not so hopeless afterall!
It was Great cruising with you all and thanks so much for sending the Palo Brunch photo!!

OH YAYYYYY, I get 1st spot on page two!
Hi Judy!!! Yay- another cruise buddy! I would be happy to send you any pics you want- just let me know which ones. I had an excellent spot- at the beginning of the parade route, right next to SM- I can't believe I finally got a shot of that headless horseman!! But I think he was going a LOT slower that night than he was the two times I saw him in 2008.

And this makes 11 TRs I have written (I don't have room for them all in my sig!!)- and I finished the first 10, so I will hopefully keep that trend! This is my scrapbooking now- which reminds me, I REALLY need to print these out sometime!!

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Ellen, I'm loving your pictures and your trip report too! Keep them coming. And I do hope you have a picture of your lovely hat that you wore to the Palo dinner!!!!

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Hi Beth!! I'm so glad you're reading along! ANd you KNOW I have lots of pics of that hat at Palo- it was so much fun to wear!
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:05 PM   #21
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Absolutely loving your TR and subbing in !

Your fireworks and night parade pictures are amazing, what's your trick?
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:21 PM   #22
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Decided to jump on over before I got too behind here too. I love the 'stache idea! Timmy looks like he was tub surfing in front of Pods who was doing the gassy chacha slide.

What beautiful fireworks shots!
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:38 PM   #23
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Ellen I have to tell you that I distinctly remember your last trip report. Your report was one of the reasons that I NEED to take a Disney Cruise some day. But...we have to wait until we can better afford it. So keep it up, and thank you for it!
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:08 AM   #24
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enjoying your report so far
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:20 AM   #25
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I'm early for a change!

Your photos of my most favorite fireworks display and parade are the best I've seen in a long, long time. All I could think when I saw the fireworks is "This is Halloween, This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween your most favorite time of year"! I felt like I was there again.

Can't wait to see your next update!
Hi Chris! Thanks for coming along on my TR! I am so happy you like the fireworks pics- as I was posting, I kept thinking, is this too many? Do they all look the same? Will I be boring everybody to death?? So I'm glad you liked them- thanks for telling me so!

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Hi! Nice to meet you! No trick- I used a small version of a tripod called a gorilla pod- it is flexible, and can wrap around things- like the rose fence. My camera is a DSLR- a Rebel xsi. This was my first time remembering to actually USE the tri-pod, I am so glad I did! Next time I want to try my REAL tripod- it's just that then I will have to lug it all around the park. The downside of the gorilla pod is that it is not always level, so you have to keep guessing at how straight the pics are. For the parade pics, I used nothing- just me. But I did attach my flash attachment, which provides more light than just the camera flash. I'm really happy you liked them!

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Decided to jump on over before I got too behind here too. I love the 'stache idea! Timmy looks like he was tub surfing in front of Pods who was doing the gassy chacha slide.

What beautiful fireworks shots!
Thanks! Timmy was a nut job in the room- he kept jumping all over the place (well, I guess when you can walk on water, you can pretty much do whatever you want, huh? ). He was driving us crazy!! We did finally get him to stop, though, awful parents that we are.

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Ellen I have to tell you that I distinctly remember your last trip report. Your report was one of the reasons that I NEED to take a Disney Cruise some day. But...we have to wait until we can better afford it. So keep it up, and thank you for it!
Hi again! I am so glad you liked the last one- I hope this one will be convincing for you, too! We hesitated for a long time to take this cruise- it IS expensive. And it took a LONG TIME for me to get over the guilt of going somewhere without Sean- I just kept waiting for him to get to where I thought he could go, too. Now I wish I would have gotten over it sooner- we missed all those years when they were little when they would have been totally enamoured with all the character interaction on the ship- it's just so different from the parks. Sometimes they are just walking around, hangin' out. And they go into the clubs- it's very, very cool!

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Thanks so much for telling me - I do really, really appreciate it! And thanks for reading!
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:41 AM   #26
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Wahoo! Another Halloween TR! Can't wait to read more! Subbing in.

I forgot to say that your fireworks pics were absolutely AMAZING!!! I can't wait until we take our kids to that in October! Thank you for all the awesome MNSSHP pics!
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:58 AM   #27
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Hi Ellen! I saw your link on Rosie's TR and quickly had to jump over to subscribe!! I somehow managed to unsubscribe frm your AKL TR???? I guess I need to go back and read all the update I missed. But this time I will make sure to stay around!!
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:59 AM   #28
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Mnsshp 10/28/10

SO I was still watching the parade, and I was STILL by myself, and I was STILL wearing my mustache. What. A. Dork.









The cowboys were fun- I tried to take more pics of them, but my flash was not cooperating-actually, this was happening with all these shots. I should have replaced the batteries right before the parade began- oh well! Lesson learned!













This one still scares me- ever since I was a little girl. I think it's her hat. She is just....the scariest evil Queen, isn't she?? Maleficent...ooh! Even her name makes me shudder. Maybe it's her association with a needle- ok. That's enough psycho-analysis into my mental state for one day.



This is much better! I'm hardly ever afraid of jellybeans!








The parade was over, and STILL no family. What the heck? I guess SM is the world's longest ride...but I had wanted to go on, too! Oh well...finally I found them, all on the bridge- WITHOUT THEIR MUSTACHES!!! Hey! No fair! So finally, FINALLY, I took my itchy facial hair off. Sorry. Next, we rode BTMR- twice. I love that ride- it always makes me giggle.





We did a little ToTing-



And went over to the Haunted Mansion. I LOVED the ghost outside- she was a riot!!





The only bad thing was that due to construction, Madame Liota et al was not able to be seen- although I did see the headstones on a float in the parade, but didn't realize that was my only chance.



We did more ToTing, and headed through Fantasyland. I was very glad Sean wasn't with us- I think it might have really bothered him- it all looks so different there right now. On the way, we passed-







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Mnsshp 10/28/10

We were heading back to ride Space Mountain again-



Pods was going to sit this one out- he said he had had enough of SM. He also said it just doesn't do it for him anymore because RnRC is so much more of a ride. Whatevaaahhhh.... we still like it. We got in, and were in the back car. And the CMs said, "Hey- weren't they wearing mustaches before?"

Seriously.

It really is that impressive of a costume. Who knew? Go Tyler!



I would like to say- for anyone out there who thinks SM isn't all that...ride in the last seat of the last car. O.M.G. Talk about gettin tossed around like a bag of chips- it's a whole other ride in that back seat! I was yelping the entire ride!!



When we got off, I made everyone actually take a Photopass pic. As if it would kill them.





FWIW, it makes me CRAZY that those pics are focused on the castle and not on my family. CRAZY!!!!!!

Tim & Pods decided to go back to BCV...we still had some time left before the stroke of 12, and Tyler was on a mission to still fill the uhaul up with as much candy as humanly possible, so we stayed and ToT'd some more. We literally ToT'd right until the very end when they closed it up. On the way out-

























Obviously, I was NOT using my tripod for any of those shots- sorry! I also was using my Point & Shoot. I never saw the candy at the exit, and I was looking for it, because we had gotten a TON there the last time. Maybe it was because it was after 12, and the party was truly over. The bus was just pulling up, and we ran like maniacs to catch it- we were home and to bed in no time.

Tomorrow, we had quite a day planned- time to get some much needed sleep! But would sleep be enough for young Mr. Tim???? All signs point to no.......Up next!


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Your pictures are amazing! And what a wonderful seat for the parade!! Love the TR. Can't wait for more.
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