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Old 02-21-2012, 03:19 PM   #31
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Just loving the photos of WL, they bring back very happy memories, it's such a wonderful resort
Taking the boat over to MK is so cool, especially first thing in the morning
I find it amazing how it is never possible to get sick of seeing photos - even if you have twenty versions of your own at home!! I love the boat ride - it's such a fab way of arriving at MK.

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love your writing style, thanks for sharing your trippie, its very funny and good. looking forward to more.

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Thanks so much - you are very kind. I've never written to this extent before and am just thrilled that people are enjoying it and taking time out to comment.

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Really enjoying your report and have to agree you have a lovely, witty writing style which makes it very enjoyable.

Looking forward to reading more.

Lovely picture of your little girl asleep in WL.

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Thanks Tammy. Glad you're enjoying it. I think pictures of DD are cute...but then I am terribly biased!!!

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I'm loving your gorgeous photos and engaging style! I love your attention to detail! It's our first trip to WDW in August and I'm so excited already. Reading your report is one of the highlights of my day! Catherine xx
In the words of a certain member of the Fab Five....Gawsh. Thank you. I love getting feedback from readers so you have made my day too.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #32
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Love the update!

The pic of you guys and Mickey is cute & aww you got to meet Pinocchio

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:16 PM   #33
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Day 3 Part 2: Dun...dun...duuuuun...

So, once I had recovered from the shame of being silenced by a 4 year old and the trolley had gone, we carried on up Main Street. Prior to coming to WDW we had purchased the pre-paid Photopass CD. We researched it quite a lot and had read mixed reviews, however we came to the conclusion that it would be worth trying it on this trip. I'll definitely discuss this more as the report goes on as it was an important part of the trip. So, the reason for me mentioning this at this particular moment is that after wandering up Main Street we saw our first set of Photopass photographers. We had agreed when we decided to buy the CD that we would have to make a real effort to go to any photographer we saw and not fall into the '...oh, we'll go back to them another day...' trap. Well, we started as we meant to go on

On to the rides...we started off over in Adventureland and went on a very empty Aladdin's Carpets (DD loves this, and Dumbo, and Triceratop Spin...spot a pattern?)

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followed quickly by Jungle Cruise - I really like this ride -cheesy jokes ahoy!


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Then we pootled over to POTC - DD proclaimed this to be her favourite ride after our last visit (odd for a 2 year old...but hey, we weren't complaining!) - thankfully this time the ride went smoothly. In 2009 we had ridden POTC and got stuck very early on in the opening section where it's really dark and eerie, there are skeletons and sand - it was all very well but 20 minutes of "Dead men tell no tales...dead men tell no tales...dead men tell no tales...dead men te..." YES WE GET THE MESSAGE!!! We were somewhat worried about DD getting scared so we just kept talking to her....
"Look at the funny skeletons playing on the beach..."
"Do you think they're going to build sandcastles?"
"Ooh they're collecting shells in their buckets..."
" Can you see the seagulls?"
etc etc...
She was fine...unlike the great hulking skin head in front of us who started to get a bit shaky quite swiftly (not that I blamed him - if you had any type of claustrophobia then it was not the place to be.) Thankfully the boat restarted and when we disembarked we were given a Fast Pass for any ride - a little sweetner...!!
Anyway, back to 2012 POTC was followed up by a trip to Pecos Bill's for a drink - the queue was painful - I am pretty certain that Christmas came and went and by the time we left DD was 2 years older Crikey, it was ridiculous...all for a Coke and water. This had led us into Frontierland and a big moment ....

Now, in the run up to the trip, in amongst all of the planning, one of the things that was really playing on DH's mind was DD's height - not medically you understand....but in terms of which rides she could go on.... I swear he must have been measuring her every other day as if that was going to magically make her taller.
Well let me tell you now....if you ever want to get your DD to grow faster, measure her every day because it worked!!! We genuinely didn't think she was tall enough but just on the offchance we popped her against the measuring device in front of BTMR and dun dun duuuuun...she was tall enough! It was even confirmed by the Cast Member - double whammy
Well this opened up an entirely new world of WDW rides - not only would DD be able to do the likes of BTMR and Splash Mountain but DH and I would be able to also ride them together - obviously on our last visit we had to go through the single rider lines or do baby swap so this was fab news on many levels!!! Whoop!

So, our immediate and totally logical response to this was to get a Fast Pass for BTMR ready for DD's inaugural 'tall person' ride. It wasn't too long before our return time...just long enough for a quick visit to Small World (brilliant as ever)

Then the big moment arrived and we were heading onto BTMR for the first ride as a family.


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DD screamed all the way round but then triumphantly pronounced it her favourite ride! Woo hoo - suck on that POTC!!!!!
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:40 AM   #34
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Really enjoying your trip report and what great news that DD was tall enough for the big rides.

Looking forward to your next day
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:15 AM   #35
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How good a feeling is it when you realise that the little uns are tall enough to ride ! great family moments. xx

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Love the update!

The pic of you guys and Mickey is cute & aww you got to meet Pinocchio

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I love that backstage area - it's so much fun and fantastic theming - and obviously the fact you get to meet the Big Cheese....
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How good a feeling is it when you realise that the little uns are tall enough to ride ! great family moments. xx

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Thank you both for reading - we couldn't believe that DD was tall enough - clearly a Uk tape measure is way less accurate than a Floridian one
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:46 AM   #37
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Thank you both for reading - we couldn't believe that DD was tall enough - clearly a Uk tape measure is way less accurate than a Floridian one

i think that works in the same way that there are no calories in food once you arrive in WDW , Walt made it that way

sorry supposed to have quoted your remark, will get the hang of this one day !!!
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so cool that DD was tall enought to ride

she sounds like a little dare devil
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Old 02-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #39
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Thank you both for reading - we couldn't believe that DD was tall enough - clearly a Uk tape measure is way less accurate than a Floridian one

i think that works in the same way that there are no calories in food once you arrive in WDW , Walt made it that way

sorry supposed to have quoted your remark, will get the hang of this one day !!!
WDW calories are the best - good old Walt!!! He really knew what we needed; calorie-free food and enormous mice....

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she sounds like a little dare devil
Seriously cool - she was thrilled too - she is an absolute fruit-loop - we're not complaining mind!
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WDW calories are the best - good old Walt!!! He really knew what we needed; calorie-free food and enormous mice....



Seriously cool - she was thrilled too - she is an absolute fruit-loop - we're not complaining mind!
You make me laugh out loud, really loving your report.
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You make me laugh out loud, really loving your report.
Thanks - it's comments like that that make writing it even more brilliant!!
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Day 3 Part 3: You've got to love him...xxx

I'd like to apologise at this point for the fact it's taking me so bloomin long to finish a complete day - I don't think it would be a problem if our trip hadn't been 3 weeks - I might actually complete the report by....oooh....say Christmas...aaargh

Now, in the excitement of DD's growth acheivement, I seem to have failed to mention a little something...on day three of our trip it was mine and DH's 5th wedding anniversary...I said it was only a little something so we had planned a special dinner in the evening. Consequently, we decided a quick trip to Columbia Harbour House was the best decision for a spot of lunch. Apart from anything we'd read on the Dis about a particularly nice area to eat in there. On the way over there we saw these chaps:


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For some reason we don't seem to have taken photos of our food at CHH - sacrilegious I know - many apologies What we had was:
DH: Fish and chicken nugget basket with fries, coke and chocolate cake.
DD: Chicken nuggets, fries, apple juice and grapes
Me: Shrimp basket, fries, lemonade and apple crisp

It was all really fresh and tasty but unfortunately I started feeling ill towards the end of the meal This was the start of a few of these occasions (possibly related to previous illness) - and although they were slightly annoying at the time, I got used to them and they eased during the trip; so I'll try not to keep mentioning them. So anyway, we headed home (see how easily that term tripped off the tongue ) catching the boat back to WL. It was a combined red and green flag - something we'd never seen before - but it was all fine. On the way we watched some people having some fun in racers and 2 of them crashed - not in a serious way but still mad to watch.

When we got back to the room there was a light flashing on the room phone and a message saying there was a delivery...unusual and very puzzling Once we'd phoned, the Front Desk said they would bring it up to our room. Well, very shortly the delivery arrived and it was a fantastic surprise arranged by my DH: a wicker Mickey basket containing 2 champagne flutes; 2 bottles of Rosado and 2 bags of Ghiradelli chocolates.
I am absolutely certain that I took photos of this gorgeous gift but for some reason I can't find them so I've got a piccie from the website to give you an idea of what it was.


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Just like that except the basket was black and there was a lovely note too.

We then realised we were all shattered so decided a bijou nap-a-roony was in order. This turned into a mammoth sleep on the part of DD so the idea of popping down for a quick swim was a bit of a no-no if we wanted to be on time for our ADR at Artist Point.
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Absolutely LOVING your trip report!!

Can't wait for the next instalment.

We're planning a wee look around WL on our September trip this year, not been in that resort before, and eating in Artist Point!
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Loving your DH. Not only does he get you chocolates and wine but a bottle each
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loving you trip report....
We stayed at WL also and loved it. We were also upgraded to a pool view for 3 weeks..bliss.

waiting for the next installment now
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