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Old 01-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #16
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It's My Favorite Color! (Vidia the Fairy)


Our original plan was for Dave to head to Space Mountain while the kids and I got in line for Rapunzel, but when we found out we would be a little later getting there then originally planned, we decided to save Rapunzel for day 2. So Dave went off to Space Mountain with an assignment to get our first set of fastpasses - for the Buzz Lightyear ride - while we headed to Adventureland.

This picture was taken at approx 9:15 AM:


I love it!

And soon we were here:



As you can see, the crowd level this early was non-existent! It did get more crowded later - I guess the Brazilian tour groups start out a bit later than we did.

If you haven't already guessed, we were on our way to meet some characters! First stop: Pixie Hollow. A bit about my kids' autograph books - we used Disboard Disigns - thank you if they are yours! I had each character that I thought we might meet printed out and sorted in alphabetical order. Each kid had 25 cards, 2 of which were generic, in case we met someone we hadn't thought we would. I brought a few sharpies, which were purple, green, pink, yellow, and orange. As it turned out, it would have been good to have blue and red as well! After each autographed was obtained, the kids would put their autographs in their albums (in the order we met them, not sure if that will change) and would leave a blank spot for us to add the picture of them with that character. I took photos myself and am getting photopass pictures. Sometimes my photos are better and sometimes ours are, so it's good we have both options (esp. when my battery died at the end of the day!)

After a short line, we were led into Pixie Hollow. I asked the CM outside who was inside with Tinkerbell so that we could get our card ready for her, but she said no one! Luckily she was wrong! Our first greeting (at approx 9:30 AM):



We handed her a purple marker and she remarked that we chose her favorite color. Zachary really enjoyed choosing each character's favorite color, and he told most of them he had picked their favorite for them!



I did a bit of border adding on my photopass pics as you can see. As a random aside, I'm pretty irritated that the borders are exactly the same as they were 2 years ago and that they can only be added to the bottoms of pictures - there were many that would just block my kids' faces if I added them!







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Great pictures ! I love how empty the park was at that time.
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I'm along for the ride! Great report so far, your kids are adorable!
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Where are all the people? You sure you were WDW? Well I suppose that Castles a give away So pretty...
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #20
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Great pictures ! I love how empty the park was at that time.
It was pretty nice! I can't say the crowds were bad at all, but they definitely got more crowded than they were at 9:30 AM!

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Yeah it was pretty empty that early in the morning! It did pick up later, but not horrible at all! We got pretty lucky with our early morning activities, as you'll see!
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A Staring Contest With Tinkerbell

After we met Vidia, we moved on to Tinkerbell. She was really cute and my kids enjoyed her. Simon was not so sure about who these characters were just yet, so he was standing a bit off to the side, while the bigger two went straight up to Tinkerbell. She asked them about him and then proceeded to pretend to have a starring contest with him!









She said Simon won, which Gabbie found quite funny! She then showed them a little snail that was part of the decor - I think she said his name was Shelly - and said that Simon should try a starring contest with him! (or her?) Sadly we didn't get a picture of Shelly.







Next up - we go on a ride!
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I love the story/pics about your little guy's staring contest with Tink; too cute!
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I love the story/pics about your little guy's staring contest with Tink; too cute!
Thanks! It all happened really quickly, I'm glad we got the pictures to remember it with!
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On A Magic Carpet Ride


The kids and I left Pixie Hollow at approximately 9:35 AM. So far, we've met two fairies while Dave is still off riding Space Mountain. Our next goal was to meet some princesses. (Our overall plan was character greetings while collecting fast passes in the morning and rides in the afternoon.) So we started off through Adventureland, not sure if we would find Ariel or Jasmine first.

We came upon the Magic Carpet ride and Gabbie showed us that Jasmine was actually riding! The kids wanted to go on too, so we parked the stroller and got in line. Keeping in mind that Dumbo was closed, I thought this was a great first ride for us! The CM at the line told us where Jasmine's meet and greet area was and said she would be there soon. Soon it was our turn to go on!


Simon was super excited!



Gabbie and Zachary sat in front of Simon and me. I tried to explain how to make the carpet go up and down, but they basically kept pushing the lever up, then down, then up again over and over, so it was kind of jerky, until I told them just to let us stay up!





Simon didn't want to get off! Zachary also said right away he wanted to do it again.

As we exited the ride, we headed straight for Jasmine's line. There was probably about one family in front of us and soon it was our turn to meet her. Apparently Dave had called my cell phone twice and I didn't hear it, but somehow he found us, so he joined us just as it was our turn! (it was now approximately 9:50 AM).

There was no photopass near Jasmine, and Aladdin was missing as well! (One of our autograph cards that we didn't get to use was the one for Aladdin).




I asked Jasmine where Aladdin was and she told us a story about a magic carpet race with Genie and how she had won the race, but Aladdin hadn't arrived yet! I am curious if he was also missing at that morning's opening show!




Simon cracks me up in this picture!

It was time to secure another fast pass, so we headed out towards Splash Mountain!

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Love the pics of the kids on the Carpet Ride !!

What a great family pic (even though Aladdin was off racing) .. it's a nice pic of your family and Jasmine.
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Love the pics of the kids on the Carpet Ride !!

What a great family pic (even though Aladdin was off racing) .. it's a nice pic of your family and Jasmine.
Thanks, I like them too!

Yeah that family pic is pretty good, but stay tuned for some that I like even more!
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Your photos are gorgeous!!! It's pouring rain here in Sydney and between my photos and yours I'm missing the beautiful weather we had In Orlando and Hawaii.
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A Great Collection




We headed over to Splash Mountain to get fast passes for later. There was basically no line for it at that time (10 AM), but it was still pretty chilly out, so we figured waiting till later would be better. We did stop for a measurement on my shorty 4.5 year old!



From there, we asked how to find Woody and Jessie and after we walked the wrong way, we finally found it. They weren't out just yet but were on their way out (10:10 AM) and we were first in line!

We are big Toy Story fans, esp. Zachary, so we were all very excited. The kids had their Jessie and Woody dolls out. They were also wearing Toy Story shirts which their human CM's pointed out. Jessie pointed to Buzz on Zachary's shirt and made a heart sign. Awwww.









Simon was still a bit unsure.



My favorite family photo:





From there it was back through Adventureland to find Ariel. We were still right on target with our plan and were meeting Ariel and Eric at 10:20 AM.

Not sure if you've noticed in any previous pictures, but Zachary and Simon both had their names on their shirts. A lot of people were calling Zachary by name and later on Dave asked me where on his shirt his name was! (It is kinda obvious...) So anyway, Ariel pretended to try to guess his name, which he thought was pretty funny. Eric made a comment about being awful at guessing names and hadn't been able to guess Ariel's when he met her.





Next, Ariel pointed out Simon's pacifier clip and called it a great collection! It was really cute.



I love these photos of the kids and the family too!




Next on our time schedule was the 11 AM dance party at the hub, but we had more time, so we headed for Fantasyland!

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Love the update! Love the pics with Woody & Jessie!!
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