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Old 09-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #31
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Yea, we are still debating on driving to Magic Kingdom or not. We always rent a car so we are very familiar with the roads but thinking it would be easier to take the busses with the whole tram then monorail/ferry. I think we will defiinitely drive to AK and DTD...I don't want to experience a DTD bus at night! haha It sounds like the transportation is pretty good, so thats good to hear!

I'm so glad to hear there are towels by the pool...more room to bring home all my purchases

I haven't really started packing yet...just have all my paperwork together. I always pack at the last minute!
We used to drive to all of the parks, but now we let Disney do the driving besides DTD and I think we're going to start driving to the Animal Kingdom. It's nice not having to drive after a long day. Oh yes, DTD buses at night are scary!!
We haven't had any transportation issue in the last couple of years.
I like your thinking with the souvies.
I pack usually four-five days in advance because I just love packing. It's packing to go home and un-packing once home that I can't stand.
Cheers to only 5 days for you!!
I'm still at 69 days, but 10 weeks from now I'll be either strolling on the Boardwalk after a night at Epcot or if I'm feeling crazy(which I usually am) and I have a partner in crime (Hi Amy!), I'll be at the Magic Kingdom once Epcot closes.
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We used to drive to all of the parks, but now we let Disney do the driving besides DTD and I think we're going to start driving to the Animal Kingdom. It's nice not having to drive after a long day. Oh yes, DTD buses at night are scary!!
We haven't had any transportation issue in the last couple of years.
I like your thinking with the souvies.
I pack usually four-five days in advance because I just love packing. It's packing to go home and un-packing once home that I can't stand.
Cheers to only 5 days for you!!
I'm still at 69 days, but 10 weeks from now I'll be either strolling on the Boardwalk after a night at Epcot or if I'm feeling crazy(which I usually am) and I have a partner in crime (Hi Amy!), I'll be at the Magic Kingdom once Epcot closes.
HAHA that sounds like fun! A week from tonight, I will be at MNSSHP!! I can't wait...hoping for good weather. I will be packing this weekend! I can't believe its already here. We booked back in January and it seemed so far away!
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HAHA that sounds like fun! A week from tonight, I will be at MNSSHP!! I can't wait...hoping for good weather. I will be packing this weekend! I can't believe its already here. We booked back in January and it seemed so far away!
10 weeks from right now I'll be at DHS EMH and 6 weeks ago I was at MK EMH.
Horray for MNSSHP. I've been wanting to go at Halloween forever and never have. I've heard such great things about MNSSHP. Are you dressing up? If I don't talk to you before you leave, I hope you have the most magical trip ever and here's some pixie dust for good weatherixiedust:
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Something you all should know up front, I might appear to be an innocent girl who loves Disney and while this is true, in my opinion, I have another side you should know about.

I am a drill sergeant. Clear the image in your mind of me playing a trumpet like they do in the movies. I am not that talented. My talent comes in the form of opening the curtains. I don't even have to say anything, just open those bad boys and there we go.

On this fine Saturday the curtains opened at 7:30 and the original plan was to go Hollywood Studios for EMH, but it was too late, so we decided to raid Epcot on this hot morning.

Amy was sleeping right next to the curtains and actually was the first sign of life. She got up and CLOSED the curtains! Dude! Who's side are you on?

Dad got out of bed and showered. One down, two to go. I put a double chocolate chip muffin on the table and Amy was the newest member of Team Soarin' instead of Team Snorin'. Mom was the last one to go and we ended up waiting for her.

When we were finally ready to walk out the door, my mom insisted we put on suntan lotion, but she couldn't have told us as we were sitting on the bed waiting for her for a good 10 minutes. Whatever.

With some faith, trust, and pixie dust, we were out the door at 8:50. Not bad for coming back at 2:15. We're usually much better and leave at around 7:30.

Oh, and here's some more magic. I didn't talk a bag. I sported my sunglasses on my head, umbrella in my back pocket, and my Vera Bradley tech case with my camera, giftcard, and AP.









I was beginning to get a little nervous since we missed rope drop and checked the waits on my phone. So far, so good. I came up with the plan that Amy and I would scurry for Soarin' FPs and we would meet the padres in Innovations.

My Dad gave me the APs to hold and Amy was upset that she didn't get to hold them. Amy is not very responsible. She is SO smart, I mean she's a freshman in Alg 2 honors! Need I say more? But being responsible is an issue for her. I finally gave her the APs to get her to be quiet and guess what happens.

One of my favorite parts of staying on Crescent Lake is walking through WS before it opens. SO pretty! Oh, and SO empty!!










A guest comes up to and hands us two of the APs, which was super nice. I mean she could of easily said "Yay! Two more APs!" I quickly took them back. It was 9:30 at this point and our FPs were for 10:30 and the standby was only 20 minutes Not bad.
Notice the four seasons on the balls!

We met mom and dad at Innovations. This was like my first time there. The only thing I had ever done was Sum of All Thrills. I thought it would be a good idea to really explore it while the crowds were low. The only popular thing we wanted to do was Soarin'.
I noticed The Great Piggy Bank Adventure and talked the fam into giving it a shot.



You break up into pairs. I went with mom and Amy and dad went together.

My mom wanted to save for college, but I decided to save for a vacation. Screw college. Totally kidding! I do plan on going to college, but in this perfect pig game, I decided to pretend I had a full scholarship.

I was a disadvantage because my mom stinks at video games. I mean, she's terrible. In the GPBA that is how you make your money. See the problem?

Aren't the pigs adorable? Warning: the pig doesn't leave with you. Besides, I'm not sure what TSA would think about a pig that weighs a good couple pounds. That thing isn't that light.



Neither team saved enough for a vacation, but we got a cute GPBA sticker as a "Nice try". I brought it home to put in my room, but it's not as good as a vacation. Ah, well. I'll have to get my mom on the wii to practice.

I wanted to do some other things in Innovations, but dad decided it was a more of a rainy day activity and wanted to do some things before it got rainy or too crowded. We decided to go look for Nemo.

Once in Sea Base, we went exploring. We have never spent the time to look around in here before. We ride the ride, visit Crush, and then leave. I had no idea how much stuff they had.
We saw Crush, which was cute as always.



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10 weeks from right now I'll be at DHS EMH and 6 weeks ago I was at MK EMH.
Horray for MNSSHP. I've been wanting to go at Halloween forever and never have. I've heard such great things about MNSSHP. Are you dressing up? If I don't talk to you before you leave, I hope you have the most magical trip ever and here's some pixie dust for good weatherixiedust:
Thanks so much! Really hoping the weather is good...I'm expecting the normal afternoon storm though.
MNSSHP is awesome! This will be my 3rd time..I love it! I'm not dressing up this time, but I have a Mickey and Minnie Halloween shirt and Halloween Mickey ears from a few years ago, so its sort of dressing up! I've been to the Christmas Party too and I definitely like the Halloween one better.
Hoping the rest of my work day goes by fast! Its killing me!
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Thanks so much! Really hoping the weather is good...I'm expecting the normal afternoon storm though.
MNSSHP is awesome! This will be my 3rd time..I love it! I'm not dressing up this time, but I have a Mickey and Minnie Halloween shirt and Halloween Mickey ears from a few years ago, so its sort of dressing up! I've been to the Christmas Party too and I definitely like the Halloween one better.
Hoping the rest of my work day goes by fast! Its killing me!
I want to go to MNSSHP so badly. If I had a ride up to Orlando, I'd be up there in a heartbeat. If not this year, then I'll be living in Orlando in 2 years. You must be so excited! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read your TR when you get back. Will you be tweeting from Disney, by any chance?
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The boat ride around the Boardwalk/Beach Club area is so nice - peaceful and beautiful.

We also saved for a vacation when we did The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. Wonder how many people really choose Save For College?

We spend much time in The Seas observing all of those fascinating sea creatures. It's one of Brooklynn's most favorite places. She's going to love going to Sea World next summer!
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The boat ride around the Boardwalk/Beach Club area is so nice - peaceful and beautiful.

We also saved for a vacation when we did The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. Wonder how many people really choose Save For College?

We spend much time in The Seas observing all of those fascinating sea creatures. It's one of Brooklynn's most favorite places. She's going to love going to Sea World next summer!
Riding the friendship boat is one my favorite things in the whole world. I've yet to ride the MK resort launch. We'll probably do it Thanksgiving because Samantha Brown has made me want to visit Fort Wilderness at Christmas and I haven't been there in years.
Vacations are much more fun than college.
I never knew how much stuff they had in the Seas before. We spent a good hour in there. How fun about you guys going to Sea World. I haven't been there since I was Brooklynn's age, but I remember it being lots of fun and they've added a lot since then.
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I want to go to MNSSHP so badly. If I had a ride up to Orlando, I'd be up there in a heartbeat. If not this year, then I'll be living in Orlando in 2 years. You must be so excited! I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read your TR when you get back. Will you be tweeting from Disney, by any chance?
Sitting in Animal Kingdom right now! I haven't been tweeting much, but I've been posting pics on instagram...SaraA4007.
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I could get used to a view like this.
Hold on, guys.
Yep, I'm used to it.
Guys, I want a castle.
Kudos to anyone who can tell me who says that and in what movie.
Flynn Rider in Tangled. Do I get the kudos? Loving your trip report so far. Can't wait for more updates.
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Sitting in Animal Kingdom right now! I haven't been tweeting much, but I've been posting pics on instagram...SaraA4007.
Ohh, fun! How's your trip going? Tonight's the Halloween party, right?
I don't have an Instagram?
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Welcome to the DIS! Yes, kudos to you.
Thanks! Update coming later tonight or tomorrow.
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Ohh, fun! How's your trip going? Tonight's the Halloween party, right?
I don't have an Instagram?
My trip is great! It's been very humid but we expected that. Love the Boardwalk! The party was lastnight..it rained for the first 2 hours which really sucked! And it changed some character locations and I think it messed up the first parade because the 1030 one was mobbed! But we still had fun, I just feel like we wasted a lot of time because of the rain.
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My trip is great! It's been very humid but we expected that. Love the Boardwalk! The party was lastnight..it rained for the first 2 hours which really sucked! And it changed some character locations and I think it messed up the first parade because the 1030 one was mobbed! But we still had fun, I just feel like we wasted a lot of time because of the rain.
Glad to hear you're having a great trip! Have you been to Garden Grove yet? So sorry to hear about the rain at the party but I'm glad to hear you still had fun anyway. I read one time that you can go to Guest Relations and get tickets for a different night if the fireworks or parade is canceled. It might need to be both parades and the fireworks, though. I'm not sure.
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Great aquarium pictures! I am glad you took time to look around! It really is a fun place! I will have to try the GPBA next time I am there!
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I'm drowning in school work and need to go back to Epcot.

These two make a cute couple.

And this poor, unfortunate soul is forever alone.

Dad went to the bathroom, Mom was talking to a CM asking him questions about Sea Turtles for an Art Class she has coming up, and I was with Amy taking these pictures.

A not-so-hidden-mickey.









The CM mom was talking to was going backstage to the top of the tank, was allowed to bring four guests, and we were the chosen ones.

We went through a secret door that you can't tell is there unless you're looking for it and went up a narrow, spiral staircase. At the top, we were asked to take anything out of our pockets,take off our jewelry, and leave our belongings at the top of the staircase. (It was locked.) This is because if anything falls into the tank, the CMs are in big trouble.

We weren't allowed to take any pictures, so I'll have to do my best to explain it.

The CM opened another door and we were at the top of the tank, which was like a giant sphere. It was cold and the walkway was slippery and narrow. We got to see the trainers interacting with some animals and the CM taught us a lot about the marine life. We got to see how the tank is separated into different sections to prevent some fish from fighting and learned how the sea turtles bully some of the fish.

Did you know that there are 2 million gallons of water in the tank and you could easily fit Spaceship Earth inside of the tank?
We were up there for a good 15 minutes. It was so magical and very cool. We thanked the CM and then went to go see the Dolphin show.

It was then 11:00 and we had Soarin' FPs burning a hole in our pockets.

Amy decided to model my sunglasses.

Hello Patrick!



Nice work, Pal.

We all loved Soarin' as always. Soarin' is amazing, but I would have to say the best part is the seat belts all un-clicking at once. I wish I could make it my ring tone.

Moving on.

I felt a grumbly in my tummy and decided we needed to have lunch. We decided on eating at the Electric Umbrella because we hadn't been there in a couple years and got there just before the lunch rush. Epcot mojo!

I had the meatball sub, which was amazing. I highly recommend it. You can also get it at Pinocchio, Pizza Planet, and most resorts.

It came with french fries too.
Mom and Dad both had a salad.

Amy had some kind of wrap off the kids menu. She wouldn't let me take a picture of it because she had already started eating it, so I had to improvise.

Amy and I then went to Mouse Gear while Mom and Dad sat at EU talking. I bought a purple keychain for my backpack which broke last week. Yea, it's time to get back to WDW ASAP.

I also bought a mickey charm for my knockoff pandara bracelet. The charm started to tarnish before the trip was even over. Never again! The CM ringing us up asked if we had an AP and we saved 10%. We later found out we could save 20% with a coupon from a CS before noon. Whoops.

Amy bought some candy, which was something she was really excited about when she found out we were going to Disney.
My mom said she never saw a happier kid in her life when I met Amy for the first time, but I think Amy beat me here. She was SO happy about the two dollars she spent on candy. It's the little things for her.

We came back to where Mom and Dad were at the EU and Mom dropped a bomb. She said she wanted to go to Typhoon Lagoon. At first, I thought she meant during Spring Break or Summer. Nope. She wanted to go today. We've never stepped foot inside a Disney WP and know nothing about them. Amy was excited to go, but I'm not a huge water park fan. I'm sorry, but being brutally pushed around by gravity on a water slide is torture, not fun. I only wanted to go if Dad wanted to go. Dad and I decided to skip it and spend the day just the two of us. I'm a Daddy's Girl and was so excited because the best day of my life was spending a day in Disney with just my Dad seven years prior.

Amy and Mom got the FL. Resident after 2 PM AP. Dad and I will get ours next summer. A and M left right then to go back to the resort and get there stuff, but Dad and I weren't done in Epcot just yet.

We paid a visit to Figment and then walked back to the IG, stopping in every single air conditioned establishment along the way. It was brutal out. We took the boat to the Boardwalk and walked the rest of the way back to the Swan. We rested in the room for about 45 minutes.

I snacked on these new Cape Cod chips. I normally only like normal potato chips. I hate when my potato chips are tampered with weird things, but these babies were addicting.
We went down to the grotto pool, got towels, took off our clothes, and Dad put them in the beach bag BUT did not zipper it up.

Not 2 minutes after we get in the pool, it starts raining. It was only a sun shower, so we stayed in. I mean, we're already wet in the pool anyway. Only thing was, I was trying not to get my hair wet. I tried to hide under the bridge, but it got wet anyway. Eventually, I just gave up. The rain got heavier and heavier, but it was as sunny was could be and there wasn't any lightning or thunder. When it let up, they evacuated the pool.

We dried off and our clothes were SOAKED because genius Dad, did not close the bag. We didn't make that mistake again. I remind him about it everyday. The skies opened up as we were walking back to the room. The lobby is FREEZING! I was shivering by the time we got back up the room and my hair was soaked. So much for not getting it wet. I showered, washed my hair, and dried it, and then we got ready to go back out.

This pool day is one of my fondest memories of the summer. It was so much fun splashing around with Dad in the rain in Disney World and then having our clothes get absolutely soaked. I'll never forget it.
Since it was just Dad and I, he said we could have dinner wherever I wanted.

I chose where I wanted to eat and it required us to take a boat to get there.
I decided to sport my Mickey Ears on this evening.



A selfie.

Any guesses as to where we went for dinner?
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