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Old 11-05-2012, 10:55 AM   #166
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That sounds like my boys! I was all sequestered in the Bride's Vestibule so I didn't even know they did that! We tried so hard to keep it lighthearted and fun.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #167
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My friend posted some more pictures...













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Old 11-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #169
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Congratulations. Can't wait to read about your big day.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #170
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And it's time to do the recap!


Day 1: October 28th

Things all started to go crazy early in the week before the wedding when there were some rumblings about a storm named Sandy. I kept watching the news and posting about it on Facebook in between doing the last minute wedding projects and packing.



There was some talk she'd hit Florida and then do some wacky S-curve thing and hit the northeast where all of my family lives. Combined with it was the full moon and another storm coming in from the northwest that would make this the weather event of the century. Just my luck, right?

Our flight was scheduled to leave early Monday morning so our plan had been to do Park Sleep Fly on Sunday and wake up early and head to the airport. Predictions regarding the landfall of the storm was fluctuating between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

I kept watching the news and the airline's webpage. Finally, on Friday, US Airways posted a notice that they'd let you change your flight without a penalty or fee so I changed our Flight to Sunday evening. They did tell me that while we were all guaranteed seats, at the time of booking, those seats weren't together, but the earlier we got to the airport, the sooner they could fix that.

So Sunday morning we headed out to Philly's airport and it was a gray and windy day. Really windy. The airport was already starting to take storm precautions and there were a lot of cranky travelers around.

We arrived at the airport around noon for a 6:30 pm flight with 6 kids, a wedding gown and lots of baggage. We trudged through a ridiculous security line, herding the kids and beginning the futile effort of keeping their hands to themselves. We sat through two different flights at our gate, grabbed an overpriced airport meal and had our flight delayed an hour.

It sounds bleak, right? Nope, we were on our way to DISNEY WORLD!!!! We managed to get all of our seats in the same general area. Wayne got to sit with Nathan in the row in front of me and Joey. Andy was one row back and across the aisle. Lexi was across the aisle. It all worked out. Joey and I had an extra seat in our row, so his special bunny friend sat there.











It was a rough flight with a lot of turbulence. Joey was occupied with my Kindle but I was worried about Andy and Lexi, who were both sitting alone, with strangers. The poor guy seated next to Lexi! She talked his ear off but he was really good with her, patient and friendly. Andy was seated next to an older lady and her husband was across the aisle from her. Andy was dancing in his seat to his MP3 player and reading over her shoulder. I could tell she was irritated but she was stuck.

When we first switched our flight, I tried to get an additional night at Disney but the price was prohibitive and I was put on hold for 45 minutes. I ended up booking a room at the Hyatt Regency in the Orlando airport but there was an issue. Apparently they are really strict about the whole 4 people to a room thing, even when the person is 3 feet tall.

So we had to sneak in 2 of the kids.

Once in our room, we put the three boys in one bed, Wayne and his daughter in the other and the bride made a nest for herself on the floor.



The bride didn't sleep well and was the first one up, but that meant I got to take a shower in relative peace before trekking down to the Magical Express!
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:56 PM   #171
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i was really worried about that storm throwing you off.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #172
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What a trip down!!! I'm excited to follow along!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #173
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You slept on the floor! You should've put the boys on the floor - they can't feel it when they're that age!
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:47 AM   #174
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After not sleeping very well on the floor, I was the first one up on Monday morning. I know that's shocking given the relative comfort of hotel room floors and all, right? We all showered and dressed and ate a selection of pop tarts and granola bars I'd brought along with us. We checked out of the Hyatt and were off to the Magical Express area.

It was lucky that there was no wait for us, we got right on a bus and then sat for 15 minutes before we were taken to the Art of Animation Resort. We were the only people on the bus so my gown had her own seat!

And then we saw this:


Isn't it like the best sight ever? I tear up every. single. time.

We were so excited to stay at AoA. Our travel agent, Wendy, noted that this was a family wedding moon trip and we knew we were going to have a great room.

Here's the lobby!


We decided to poke around and take some pictures with the sketches on the wall.







We had Bell Services bring our bags to our room while we walked around the entire resort taking photos in each section. I was having a blast- and so were the kids at first- but by the time we got to the Lion King section, I was losing them.


It's the Big Blue Pool!





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After the barrage of photos we went back to our room to freshen up.

Our room was in a great spot! We were in Building #5 which is the Nemo building on the left side as you exit Animators Hall (or whatever it's called!). Our room was about 6 doors down the first floor hallway on the left.

It was incredible and surprisingly spacious and the theming was great. It wasn't the most plush room (that would be the room at the Poly where we slept the night of the wedding!) or the most romantic, but it was perfect for our goofy little family.










And finally, the INOVO bed. It's essentially a murphy bed and a table. The kids fought over who was going to sleep upon it before we even arrived so we flipped a coin and then they alternated nights between the table bed and the sofa bed.



By now, it was noonish and we were all hungry and chomping at the bit to get on a bus and head to the Magic Kingdom but we figured it might be our only chance for a meal at the resort and I was all psyched to try the surf and surf burger.



The cafeteria set up presented a little bit of a challenge to our family of six. It would take forever if we all waited together in each of the lines. Even splitting into groups of two would make things take longer so we decided to let the two 8-year-olds pick what they wanted and go get in the line. Each adult took one of the younger boys.

It all worked out. We had to make the decision to give the older ones a little more freedom and a little less supervision and it all worked out okay.

I could have sworn I took a photo of the burger which was actually a crab cake topped with popcorn shrimp but I can't find it.

Here's a photo from the Disney Food Blog:


And then we were off to the busses!

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #177
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We arrived at the Magic Kingdom and had to pose for photos.



Then we ran into the Photo Center right past the tunnels to buy our Photopass Plus. I wasn't really sure about it at first and I wanted to make sure it was worth the hefty in-park price tag (you can buy it in advance at a discount) but when I figured out we'd be buying the DVD of our photos anyway and we had a number of character meals scheduled it seemed to balance out. Then my sister explained that you also get the digital download of all your ride photos too and that sealed the deal. They give you a disc with photos of the parks and resorts in a DVD case and a photopass card on a lanyard. For all of our meal photos, we just showed the card and they handed us our photo package. Sweet!

Anyway, the park was all decked out for Fall/Halloween and I LOVED it!





We saw that there was no wait to visit with Mickey so we ran in to get Mickey shots...and OF COURSE the photopass photographer wasn't there. We snapped a few family shots with my camera, which I know now was not on the right setting.



Also, Wayne is particularly skilled at taking photos of me at the worst possible angle. It doesn't help that I barely slept the night before and was stressed to the max about whether or not my family was going to make it to the wedding. Absolutely the WORST time for me not to be the one behind the camera.

After Mickey, it was off to start hitting attractions!



I swear I take this picture every time we're in WDW. I am a dork. Adventureland is my favorite though, so it always gets special photographic attention.

Much to my dismay, the kids wanted to start on the Magic Carpets. Ugh.







I am not a huge fan of the "carnival" rides: Dumbo, Carpets, Triceratops. Not my thing and available everywhere but we decided months ago that we were going to let the kids guide this trip and that we were not going to be all commando about the parks. I was also hoping to see/find/do something new at each of the parks.
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