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Old 10-14-2010, 11:42 AM   #121
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Loving your trip report. It makes me feel normal when I see others who have 'issues' with their in-laws or extended family. We aren't mentioning our trip to Disney World to any family members until it's a few weeks away, and hopefully to late for anyone who might want to join us.

I love seeing a trip report with an offsite stay. Looks like the rental house really worked well for your family.

It's great you've got Sam excited to ride so many things with you! Our DD will be three and a half on our upcoming trip. She'll be big enough for rides like splash mt, but not space mt. I'm hoping I can cultivate her into a lover of all rides & that she doesn't develop the same motion sickness DH has.
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All caught up! Whew, you've had some bumps along the way but it seems like you took it all in stride. Can't wait to read more.
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:51 PM   #123
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How was the food at Backlot Express? I'm not sure where to eat at DHS! Hot Chocolate does seem like the perfect way to warm up!
The food at Backlot Express was pretty typical fast food and it was fine. I had the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich and it was delicious! That was definitely not typical of fast food! I added a side of fries though. Mmmmmmm... Since we're vegetarians we don't eat at fast food places very often due to the limited options, but when I do I always enjoy those fries! There were no vegetarian options on the kids menu, but I saw they had a grilled turkey and cheese on the regular menu so asked if they could do plain grilled cheese for the kids and it was no problem at all.

The hot chocolate was wonderful! Hopefully you won't have any chilly days on your upcoming trip, but if you do be sure to get some!
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:05 PM   #124
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Loving your trip report. It makes me feel normal when I see others who have 'issues' with their in-laws or extended family. We aren't mentioning our trip to Disney World to any family members until it's a few weeks away, and hopefully to late for anyone who might want to join us.

I love seeing a trip report with an offsite stay. Looks like the rental house really worked well for your family.

It's great you've got Sam excited to ride so many things with you! Our DD will be three and a half on our upcoming trip. She'll be big enough for rides like splash mt, but not space mt. I'm hoping I can cultivate her into a lover of all rides & that she doesn't develop the same motion sickness DH has.
Thanks! The day with my in-laws really tested my patience. It would be one thing if they took the time to see us when they were a half hour away, but they don't! If we go again while they're in Florida for the winter I don't know what I'll do!

The rental house really did work wonderfully for us. We would stay there again in a heartbeat. Rick and I have definitely enjoyed staying on-site when it was just the two of us, but I can't imagine doing it any other affordable way with 3 kids. I loved having the space and the ability to easily make our own meals, not to mention our own pool!

I love riding rides with Sam!! I am breaking all of my kids in early as far as thrill rides go. Madeleine can't wait to be big enough for the rides she missed this trip and repeatedly talks about being big enough for "Monster Mountain" (Expedition Everest) next time. I'm so glad my kids love rides!
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February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
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January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:06 PM   #125
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All caught up! Whew, you've had some bumps along the way but it seems like you took it all in stride. Can't wait to read more.
Thanks! Working on another update now. Afterwards I'm planning to head over and read your TR!
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:33 PM   #126
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Day 6 (cont): Tower of Terror!

After Sam and Madeleine were finished with Handy Manny we decided it was as good a time as any for Caryn, Sam and I to ride the Tower of Terror. The time I had been dreading had arrived!

In my 2 previous trips to WDW as an adult, I had no interest in TOT at all. I'm just not a fan of dropping rides (love roller coasters but hate the giant drops). However, in our trip planning Sam had seen a picture of TOT and told me he wanted to do it. Believe me, I had no desire to ride it, explained to the best of my ability what I thought it would be like and checked with him MANY times beforehand, but he remained steadfast in his desire. Rick played the motion sickness card and told me he was afraid he'd get sick and Sam didn't want to ride with only Caryn, so being the good mommy that I am I agreed to do it with him. I knew I was not going to die, but I figured I'd be pretty uncomfortable! I was also concerned for Sam.

We walked over to the base of it and Rick took Matthew, who was now awake, and Madeleine to get a popsicle at a nearby stand while they waited (yes, it was freezing, but Madeleine really wanted one). After one more, "Are you absolutely sure you want to ride this?" to Sam, we were off.

It's hard to see the smile from so far away, but he was pretty excited:


I had butterflies in my stomach as we approached, and since we had FP's we walked right on. What were we getting into?!?! We were seated in a middle row and I put Sam between Caryn and I and hung onto him for dear life. My stomach felt like a giant pit as we rode down the dark corridor and then........
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OMG!!!!!!!!!

As soon as we got off, Sam screamed, "I AM NEVER GOING TO RIDE THAT AGAIN, EVER!!!!!"

Thank goodness, son, because neither am I!

As I look back on it now all I remember is the flash of daylight as the doors opened, the horrendous repeated drops (oh, when would it ever end?!) and Sam flying up out of his seat screaming bloody murder, practically in tears, with me hanging onto him with all the strength I had praying fervently for it to be over. I didn't hear a peep out of Caryn. She was probably texting, LOL.

I guess I can now add that to my life experience. I rode Tower of Terror. I hated it. I will never, EVER ride it again. Madeleine, honey, you're on your own if you're interested! (Sam has already repeatedly told her that when she's big enough she won't want to do it and she will hate it. )
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February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)

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Old 10-22-2010, 03:45 PM   #127
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Wow, TOT! You're brave. I made DH do Splash because I hate drops that much. Having your son upset must have made it all the harder, too. At least you know you're done with it!
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:51 PM   #128
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Wow, you are such a good Mommy riding it even though you knew you would hate it. I don't think I would be so nice! I was scared of that ride when I was 11! I ride pretty much anything now, but still. I am impressed that Sam wanted to ride it. And that he carried through and went on it! He is a brave little boy!

Eventually, Madeline will be old enough to ride it alone, if she wants to. Maybe she'll take Matthew! I still remember when we went to WDW when I was 5, my sister was the only one to ride space mountain. Which is the strangest memory, because she is definitely the only one who would NOT ride it now! I think she was like, 11? 12? something like that. My birthday is in May and my siblings are both November birthdays, so that half a year really messes me up! I usually just guess at an age and make them two years apart. They were 28 and 30 for like, 5 years!

I laughed at the idea of Caryn texting while you and Sam were freaking out. How funny would that have been if it were true, and that was the picture from the ride? That would have been worth buying.

Anyway, brave day, for all of you. Now you can proudly write in Sam's baby book that he rode it as such a little boy, and never ever ever ride it again!
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:22 PM   #129
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Wow! ToT- what a good mommy you are. It's good that Sam was brave enough to try and so sweet of you to make sure he got the chance.

LOL that Caryn was probably texting! Teenagers, huh? My nieces can not be without their phones for even a second and it drives dh and I both crazy!
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Please excuse my inattention to this TR! We have had some tough family issues over the past few weeks. I had a miscarriage 3 weeks ago that I am finally ready to mention and now my father-in-law is not doing well at all. He's been living with bone cancer since I've known him (9 years) and has really struggled this past year. Last week he had a stroke and in his bone scan they saw that the cancer had spread to every bone in his body. He was given 6 months to live but his wife doesn't think he will make it that long. She was planning a big Thanksgiving gathering for him but called my husband today and asked us to come out tonight (they're in Rochester, about 2.5 hours from us) because he's not doing well at all. She doesn't think he'll make it to Thanksgiving. I was actually going to update my TR this afternoon, but I'm leaving in a bit to meet my husband at work and head to Rochester with him. Please keep my father-in-law in your thoughts and prayers.
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I am so sorry to have to read your update. Life is really not going well for you lately, is it?

I hope you are able to have some nice moments on your trip and make some memories to get you through the rough time ahead. It's good to be realistic, and it's nice that your MIL realizes that. My dad was given 6 months as well, and he lived 6 weeks, which was probably much longer than he should have lived, to be honest. He really clung in there. I will keep your FIL, your MIL, and your entire family in my thoughts. Watching someone die, especially from something like cancer, is always a very difficult thing to do. I think we're still all reeling here from watching my father die, and that was over a year and a half ago! You are in my thoughts, always. I will be hoping for a miracle, and at the very least for the strength for all of you to get through this!
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:08 PM   #132
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Day 6 (cont): DHS Late Afternoon & Evening

After surviving Tower of Terror it was time to find our spots for the Block Party Bash. We didn't see a lot of parades on our trip because we were usually back at the house for afternoon nap/swim time, but because we had only planned one day at DHS we were there throughout the afternoon and had time to see this one. On the way over, I got this cute picture of Sam and Madeleine:



We found a nice spot, got some popsicles for Caryn & Sam since they hadn't had one earlier, and waited for the Block Party Bash to begin (Matthew was napping again):



We really enjoyed the parade and Sam and Madeleine especially enjoyed dancing to the music as the characters and cast members came down the street. Jessie was one of our favorites:



We headed to Muppet Vision 3-D next, and that was also a big hit:





We had a little time before our next planned activity, the Lights, Motors, Action! show, was set to begin so walked around the streets for a bit. Even though we had left plenty of snow at home, Sam and Madeleine insisted on climbing up this Hollywood snow bank and having their picture taken:



We enjoyed the streets, but were really cold! Next up was something Sam had really been looking forward to since he saw it previewed on the Disney planning DVD: The Lights, Motor, Action! Show. Sam LOVES the movie CARS, fast cars and anything to do with cars! I was suprised at how much everyone enjoyed the show and would definitely make time to see it again on future trips. Matthew loved it and would scream and clap his hands every time something loud took place. It was a lot of fun.



When the show was over we went looking.....and looking.....and looking.....for Lightning McQueen and Mater. It took us forever to find them, even after asking directions! We did find them though, much to Sam's enjoyment:



We had one ride left for the day and walked over to the other side of the park to use our FP's for Toy Story Mania!! So fun!! Now I would not stand in line for hours to ride it (and even with our FP's it was a good 20 minute wait), but we all really did enjoy it. I thought the 3-D element was really fun.

After that it was time to get our seats for the 7pm showing of Fantasmic. It was like a mob scene walking in, but there were plenty of seats when we arrived (about a half hour early) and once we were settled Rick left to get us a bunch of snacks from the concessions stand there. I had really been looking forward to seeing this show and hadn't seen it on my two earlier trips with Rick. Maybe it was the full day in the cold weather or the crabby teenager sitting next to me, but while I really loved and enjoyed the show there were certainly no rave reviews from anyone in my family. I'm not sure if we'd take the time to see it again on the next trip or not. Maybe when the kids are older.

Once Fantasmic was finished we called it a day. A very full, cold, fun day. Rick and Caryn said they enjoyed Rock N Roller Coaster best, I loved Fantasmic, Sam said Star Tours was his favorite and Madeleine loved the Playhouse Disney Show and meeting Quincy and June. The kids went to bed as soon as we got back to the house and Caryn, Rick and I enjoyed the warmth of the hot tub.

Up Next: Another Day at the Magic Kingdom!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)

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I enjoyed reading your post and cant wait to hear more. Take Care.
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I enjoyed reading your post and cant wait to hear more. Take Care.
Thanks for reading! This trip report has taken me a long time, but I hope to finish it soon!
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Planning a 2014 trip to celebrate our son's 10th!
February 6th - February 12th 2013 ~ Port Orleans Riverside ~ Mom's Birthday Trip!
October 26th - November 7th 2011 ~ Off site ~ Second Family Trip
January 26th - February 4th 2010 ~ Off site ~ First Family Trip
April 2004 ~ Port Orleans French Quarter
August 2002 ~ Wilderness Lodge (Honeymoon!)
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