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Old 08-13-2011, 05:14 PM   #76
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Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!
I just finished sorting Day 2.
1400+ pictures down to 400.
That was fun.
NOT.

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But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly.
She lies.
It's not that short.
She's no fun.

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Oh- and one more thing- for all of you folks who have been faithful followers of our previous adventures, isn't it nice to read a trip report WITHOUT any of that annoying pirate jargon???
MATEY!
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:52 PM   #77
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TheCapellsMom wrote:
Oh folks, I wish you were all here with me right now listening to DH and J try to sort through the thousands of pics from this trip! I's hysterical!

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I just finished sorting Day 2.
1400+ pictures down to 400.
That was fun.
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But- I WARN YOU- it is only about 15-20 minutes long and when you are hearing it for the 2nd or 2rd time through, it gets annoying very quickly.

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It's not that short.
She's no fun.

Couple o' notes. (Shame I don't know how to to inset quotes from multiple people in the one post...) As for DW's posts, I was giggling at some of the more amusing typos (backquoted above -- can anyone tell me how to actually pronounce "2rd"? ), but given DW's dyslexia, there are actually very few. Not making fun of the dyslexia, but amused by the unwitting results at times, nonetheless.

While there were over 1400 pictures total for Day Two, don't get suckered into giving him THAT much sympathy now. Mike has long since departed with a good 600 or so of my pictures from that day, as I had taken advantage of the automatic setting that he demonstrated the night before, much to his chagrin. (No way I would've tried doing that with real film. Oy!) Because of that setting, I was able to capture some of the action at one particular, fast-paced event we were packed into on Day Two. Any guesses as to which?

As for Sonny Eclipse's routine, darned if I could weigh in on who was right about the length of time it took. I couldn't hear ANYTHING that was supposed to be coming out of his mouth or keyboard, it was so loud in the place overall. And we really weren't that many tables away. Still, the burger was pretty good. Maybe next time Mike will even get it.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:20 AM   #78
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Been following along, but i had to laugh when DW posted about the expletive filled photo project. I laugh because I am smack in the middle of mine. I'm trying to sort about 2200 pictures, develop some, and then sort the ones I've developed for photo albums, scrapbooks, frames, and autograph books. So, some pics I need like 4 copies of! It's crazy!
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Fighting our own photo battle here. After 3 weeks driving adounr the country adn many awesome stops we have 6500 plus photos to try and get down to album quantities. Good luck with the pictures.
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Been following along, but i had to laugh when DW posted about the expletive filled photo project. I laugh because I am smack in the middle of mine. I'm trying to sort about 2200 pictures, develop some, and then sort the ones I've developed for photo albums, scrapbooks, frames, and autograph books. So, some pics I need like 4 copies of! It's crazy!
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Fighting our own photo battle here. After 3 weeks driving adounr the country adn many awesome stops we have 6500 plus photos to try and get down to album quantities. Good luck with the pictures.
It's been tough.
And I'm only through the 2nd day - just trying to stay a bit ahead of the trip report.
Now I'm off to start sorting Day 3.
Lesson learned - ALWAYS MAKE SURE ALL THE CAMERAS IN YOUR PARTY HAVE THEIR DATES AND TIMES SYNC'ED. Ugh!
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Loving your TR so far! Trying to get ready to plan our next trip for sometime next year...not sure when we want to go, definately fall (thinking late September/early October or right after Thanksgiving...)

My oldest daughter will be 10 in December and on our last trip (she was 6 1/2 then) and her favorite princess was Ariel as well.
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Yeah - little known fact.
Credits come off the meal plan as just a credit.
There is no distinction between kids meal and adult meal.
So for a family of 6, you can get 6 adult meals at a counter service and it is 6 credits.
It makes no difference if it is a child or an adult.
A CM pointed this out to us when Princess wanted a Bacon Cheeseburger and there was none on the kid's menu.
She advised us to just order the regular meal and it worked.
We've been using the trick ever since!

I really wish I had known this when I took my 8 year old nephew a few years ago. It was painful watching him pick from the kids meals. Painful.
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Loving your TR so far! Trying to get ready to plan our next trip for sometime next year...not sure when we want to go, definately fall (thinking late September/early October or right after Thanksgiving...)

My oldest daughter will be 10 in December and on our last trip (she was 6 1/2 then) and her favorite princess was Ariel as well.
Welcome to our TR!
September is always a great time to go since there's little to no crowds.
Although we're partial to November right after Halloween since the kids get off 2 days for Election Day.

As for the Princess, hopefully she hasn't grown "out" of princesses.
I hope my Princess never does...

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I really wish I had known this when I took my 8 year old nephew a few years ago. It was painful watching him pick from the kids meals. Painful.
Yeah, I know the feeling.
Our Princess is done with kid's menus and wants "real food" everytime we go anywhere these days.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:51 PM   #84
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Dessert Under the Stars

We had heard good things about the Wishes Dessert Party but were most excited about the reserved viewing location for Wishes.
We had been looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the view without camping out hours ahead of time.
Unfortunately, this was the one night of our trip that was really, really cold.
By the time they started letting us in for the party, the kids were already bundled up.


But this was Disney, and fireworks were coming so we pressed on.
They gave us each a bracelet so we could get back into the reserved area if we needed to leave to use the restrooms.
And then they escorted us to our table.
We lucked out and had a table right next to the railing with a nice view of the castle.




Our table was decorated with little sparkling castles and a little centerpiece reserving the table just for us!


We had some time before the fireworks so as everyone rushed to the dessert tables, we headed over the Photopass photographer.
No one was there so we got lots of pictures.




Hooray for Mickey!




Then we headed back to the table and took turns taking the kids to pick out treats.
In the background was the early Main Street Electrical Parade.
From our table, we could see the tops of the floats but that was about it.
Don’t worry, we planned to see the late parade and will have LOTS of pictures to prove it!

The buffet was on the upper level up a small ramp and had several carts like this one:


There were lots of snack-size treats but the winners were the chocolate truffles and the mini glasses of chocolate mousse.
And, on this night because of the cold, the hot chocolate was amazing!
We scooped up our desserts and headed back to the table.
As you can see, the “Let the Memories Begin” campaign was in full swing


By now, we were bundled up trying to stay warm.
I honestly thought about rescheduling our Dessert Party so we could enjoy it more when it was warmer but we made it through.
Mom was smart enough that she brought extra blankets for us while we waiting for the fireworks.


But while we waited, we had to eat these wonderful desserts so we couldn’t complain too much.
Our princess was delighted with her hot cocoa.
You can see she also had a HUGE chocolate strawberry along with some mini chocolate mousse and a tart of some kind.




DS was not interested in the hot chocolate surprisingly but did grab a chocolate strawberry.
He also had some tarts and a chocolate chip cookie.


X was content with chocolate chip cookies.


The adults experimented with all of the treats.
J even tried putting a chocolate chip cookie in the bottom of his hot chocolate for extra flavor!

After stuffing ourselves with dessert, we were in for another treat!
Disney’s “The Magic, the Memories, and You!” show had just recently debuted as a sort of pre-show to Wishes!
It was hard to get a picture of so this is the best I could do:


But the show is great!
While we didn’t care so much about the pictures of people, the things they did to the castle are simply amazing!
From changing colors to having characters appear in windows to our favorite part – literally launching the castle into space with Buzz Lightyear flying among the stars!
It was INCREDIBLE!
While the pictures can be removed, I really hope they keep this kind of show for a loooong time.
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Wishes!

After the “pre-show”, we cuddled up to watch the spectacle that is Wishes!
What a great fireworks show – it makes all other fireworks shows (including July 4th) such a letdown.



















And the grand finale literally lighting up the sky with a brilliant flash!


What a wonderful sight!
And a wonderful way to end our first night in the World.
But wait, we weren’t quite done yet.
First off, some pictures from our terrace.






And then it was off for some more adventures!
The Night, you see, belongs to Tomorrowland!
Come join us for some late night fun in the future!
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We had heard good things about the Wishes Dessert Party but were most excited about the reserved viewing location for Wishes.
We had been looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the view without camping out hours ahead of time.
Unfortunately, this was the one night of our trip that was really, really cold.
By the time they started letting us in for the party, the kids were already

There were lots of snack-size treats but the winners were the chocolate truffles and the mini glasses of chocolate mousse.
Now I have GOT TO say that while my DH usually goes into TOO MUCH detail about things, this time he did not say enough!

It wasn't just cold. It was frigid!!! No question it was below 40̊ (or 4.5 celsius for the rest of you). Plus, it was VERY windy.
The kids were wearing 4 layers and still shivered! Thank goodness there was hot cocoa!

Despite the weather, however, I LOOOOVED the dessert buffet! Of course, as DH can tell you, the way to my heart is through chocolate.

My absolute favorite treatsare chocolate covered strawberries & chocolate mousse so I was in heaven.
Unfortunately, it was hard to really enjoy it all with gloves on my hands and kids in my lap.
There was definitely a huge selection of treats to choose from including several fruity things and some non-chocolate pastries as well.

There was NO way we could try it all in one night! We actually slipped a few truffles into a ziploc baggy in my pocket and brought they back to our room to stash in the minifridge.
SHHHH- don't tell!

I would definitely do the Wishes Desert Party again- and hope for better weather!
Oh- and next time I plan to come with an empty stomach and bring more ziplocs!
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I'm sorry to hear it was so cold on the night of your party! That can put a damper on things!

I agree with you about the Memories pre-show! Very cool!

As for the desserts,I am with mom that those strawberries are heavenly!!

Your day isn't over? You guys had a lot of energy that day!
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If I shivered my way through the dessert party, you can bet I would ziploc a few goodies for later.

I'll stop back later when I can see the pictures!!!!!


Sounds like you all had fun, despite the cold!
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I'm with Mom--my favorite part of the meal is dessert.

The Wishes Dessert Party looks really fun--and quite tasty! It's too bad that it was so darn cold, but it seems you still had a good time. I don't think I ever realized that it was technically "outdoors"--I always thought you saw the fireworks through windows. Bravo to all of you for toughing it out! (And an extra bravo to Mom for the Ziploc bag--extra chocolate for later is ALWAYS a good idea.)
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Nice pictures - love the group shots! They are great. Love the couples shots, too. You all look like you are having a fab time!
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