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Old 02-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #16
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Girls Get Washed Out

We began chatting with the people next in line. They had people in their party who ran over to Casey's to get something to eat... turns out it had started raining. The lady came back and swore that lightning was inches away from striking her. Scary! It did not sound like fun out there and all I could do was hope and pray that the weather would calm down by the time we were done.

7pm FINALLY arrived and we were let into the room with the princes and princesses. There was a group of CM's near the door that complimented us on our costumes. DD was in heaven. Rapunzel and Flynn were waiting for her. Flynn looked gooooood Right away, Flynn made a comment about that frying pan not being very effective.. lol. They took her and talked with her for a long time then we got pictures.









Flynn didn't know what to think of me. Is it horrible that I was secretly hoping he'd fall in love with Mother Gothel? Well, it didn't happen. Life goes on. And Snow White was next!







Cinderella was nice and Prince Charming had the best smile ever!







90 minutes in line... was it worth it? Yes, I believe so. I would never do it again but DD was happy as could be. We exited the room into the gift shop and reality set in. It was POURING outside

We staked out a spot in the corner and prepared ourselves with ponchos and putting everything into ziplock baggies. We were determined to have a good time and the rain was not going to stop us. We stepped foot outside and wow, I have never seen rain like that before. It was thundering and lightning constantly. We stayed close to the buildings on Main Street but that was everyone's ideas so the sidewalks were packed full. We kept trucking along and I remember seeing lightning strike right behind the castle. Scary!!! I never thought of the danger while we were knee deep in water. We made our way through the Tomorrowland Terrace and into Tomorrowland. None of the candy stops were open and of course, no characters, no Villains show and no dance party We made our way around to Winnie the Pooh and by this time we were completely soaked. My dress was wet from my knees down and my arms on my dress were drenched. They were heavy and wet We rode Winnie the Pooh and headed into Fantasyland. The rain slowed down a bit and I thought maybe it would stop. We checked at Pinnochio's Village Haus to see if they had their candy stop open but nope. It was time for the parade so we found a spot but the rain never really slowed down. I knew the headless horseman wouldn't ride but I was hoping the parade would go on. Nope They ended up postponing it a few times and then they cancelled it. We headed to the Diamond Horseshoe for the inside dance party with Woody, Jesse & Bullseye. That was fun and gave us some time to dry off. We went back outside and it was pouring again.

Next we headed off to Pecos Bill for a bite to eat. The toppings bar is amazing!



It was almost time for the fireworks so we went back towards the castle. We got on Main Street and it was just barely drizzling. We waited and waited... about 10 minutes after the scheduled time there was an announcement that they were postponing the fireworks. We decided then and there that we had enough. We started walking towards the exit. I was so disappointed. We didn't even get a picture of the both of us in front of the castle

We got to Town Square and there was a massive line snaking through the area... I asked someone what it was for and they said replacement tickets or a refund for the night since it was being considered a "washout". We got in line.

It was just too much money to just throw away. If they were going to give tickets to another night, I would take those in a heartbeat. I still really wanted DD to experience MNSSHP. DD did great. I fed her the little bit of candy we did collect in order to keep her happy. We spent 90 minutes in line, in the pouring rain. We talked to so many different CM's about what was going on. By the time we were getting close to City Hall, they made an announcement that you could just go back to your resort and call the front desk for replacement tickets or a refund. I didn't want to take a chance though. My luck, they wouldn't know anything about it and I'd be out the money so we sat in line and waited. We were right by the train station (dead center with Main Street and the castle) when Hallowishes began. Even though we were wet, tired and cranky.. it was nice to see the fireworks in a different spot. I pulled out my camcorder and recorded most of it. We made a few different friends while in line and finally we got up to the front. We took tickets for the following night (which I had the Spirit of Aloha show reservations for). After we got the tickets, we spotted Phineas and Ferb at their meetngreet with no one in line. DD ran right over to them. She had a sucker in her mouth and they started pointing at her and shaking their heads.





DD didn't know what they were doing.. lol. I removed the sucker and she took a pic with them.



Our fingers were raisins, we were freezing on the bus but once we got back to our room, we fell asleep very quickly. Our costumes were soaked and there's no way we could wear them back the next night. Oh well... at least we were going back!

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Old 02-13-2013, 02:33 AM   #17
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Joining in! So sad about being washed out of MK!! You guys looked great with the Princesses though!

I'd love to do a mother-daughter trip in a few years with my girls!! But I think my husband would be so sad to be left behind!!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #18
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That is terrible that your party got washed out but at least you were able to get tickets for another night. I'll have to remember for our upcoming trip to plan a party early on in the trip so if we get washed out, we can go on a replacement night. I really want to see the party!

You costumes were fantastic too. I love DD's little frying pan! What a cute touch.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:15 PM   #19
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So sorry I haven't updated in awhile... we have been busy remodeling our bathroom (ugh, what a mess!) I'm currently uploading more pics to Photobucket so be on the lookout for a new post soon
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:11 PM   #20
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Girls Go Soarin'

Despite our wet night, we were up bright and early the next morning to go to Epcot. DD was ready for Soarin'!



It was EMH morning as well so we got in an hour early. Yay!!!



Here we are in line:



After Soarin' we headed to ride Nemo.



I took a pic of DD with the giant ball in the background. I just love this picture.



We headed over to visit Figment.



After riding, I realized that I forgot my backpack on the ride! I panicked and we followed the hallway back and tried knocking on doors to get someone's attention. We found the beginning of the ride and flagged down the lady... sure enough, they were just loading the cars and there was my bag. Whew! We spent a little time playing in the Imagination area... love that place!



After that, we headed over towards the Food & Wine Center which was on the other side of the park (near the closed Test Track)



This place is HUGE!



We made our way around and I spotted the wine selection for sale:



Yum! We found the chocolate sculptures and admired those for awhile...









Our main goal for the visit the Chase lounge was to find out how the wristband system worked for the concerts. We were scoping it out for the Boyz II Men concert later on during our trip. The lounge was fantastic! Such a nice feature to have and I hope they continue with it in the following years to come. They had tv's, comfy chairs, charging stations, free soda/coffee/candy and board games. There was a private bathroom and a touch screen map of the World Showcase with all of the food booths listed. I talked to the CM's there about the concert seating and found out where the seats would be. They were not in the very front section by the stage but the section after the walkway (not under the roof). That would be fine for us as long as we didn't have to wait hours in line for the seats. The previous year, I spent 2 1/2 hours in line for Hanson with my son. We got front row and it was worth it but still wasted a lot of precious park time.



Once we were done, we headed over towards World Showcase to start using up some of those snack credits.

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:18 PM   #21
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I found your menu's on Pinterest! I read your trip stories and loved them! Your kids are too cute! Hanson is my fave band, too!

I haven't been since '01. I want to take my DD (1) sometime soon..maybe in the next year or so! Loved your ideas and outfits!! (I need to learn to sew..)

Okay, just wanted to say hi!
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:40 PM   #22
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I found your menu's on Pinterest! I read your trip stories and loved them! Your kids are too cute! Hanson is my fave band, too!

I haven't been since '01. I want to take my DD (1) sometime soon..maybe in the next year or so! Loved your ideas and outfits!! (I need to learn to sew..)

Okay, just wanted to say hi!
Hi!!! Aww, Pinterest is my FAVE! Thank you so much! I'll be adding more to the report tomorrow. Adding it to my to-do list right now
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:42 AM   #23
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Girls Get Spoiled

We took a little time to do some shopping at Mouse Gears.


We had a little time to waste before 11am when the food booths would open so we checked out the cranberry bog, got some yummy craisins (a bunch of packs actually... good snack for later!) DD got her picture taken in front of the watermelon patch with her watermelon outfit on


Finally, it was 11:00 and the booths were opening. We ate the following foods (again, if you want more specifics, check out my dining report in my siggy)...








Now that we had all that yummy food, it was time to eat at San Angel Inn.. lol. Our 11:30 ADR was upon us.





We checked in immediately and took a seat. It took about 15 minutes before our name was called. I was really hoping we would be seated at the railing but no such luck. We were seated on the next set of tables... I'll take it.


Our meal was fantastic. The service was great, the food was good. I ordered an avocado margarita... yum!








Our waiter and two other girls came out with ice cream for DD and sang Happy Birthday to her in Spanish (at least I think that was the song) Then another girl came over and handed DD a Disney shopping bag and told her Happy Birthday! I could not believe it! Inside was a Duffy purse! The receipt was also inside the bag yet and it said $17.99! DD was thrilled. We have never had anything like that happen to us before at Disney... it was great

DD with her caramel filled face & her bear:


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Girls Find the Smallest Turtle EVER!!!

We finished up at San Angel Inn and took a ride with the Three Caballero's of course. Then we started making our way around the world. We made a quick pit stop in Norway to ride a super fun boat! This was DD's first time and she loved it (much more than her older brother did).




We stopped to play with the drums a bit...




It was time to grab a ride by boat to get back over to Future World. We wanted to go back to Pop to take an afternoon break. When the boat docked, I spotted the Hawaiian booth and the Desserts booth. We had to stop and try some food






I took a quick picture of DD because the Photopass photographer had a mile long line...


A nice lady asked me if I'd like her to take a picture of the both of us (this is why I love Disney)


We made our way out of the park and got in line for the bus (I really hate how Pop's bus stops are the FARTHEST walks.. ugh!) While standing in line, DD spotted this little guy:


How adorable! I wanted to scoop him up and take him home! (don't worry I didn't... I would not touch a turtle no matter how big or small.. lol) He kept us entertained while waiting for the bus.

Here's a picture of the cell phone on the end of our building:


We had a message on our board:


DD took a quick powernap while I tried to get connected to the internet again. Tonight's plans were to go to the Spirit of Aloha show but we had MNSSHP tickets... I could not decide on what to do... and the weather was NOT looking nice again.


We went to the Poly to cancel our reservation. I know we could've called but for some reason I just thought it would be easier to swing by and cancel in person (also explaining about the night prior)... I did not realize that show is SO far away from the main building!






We really enjoyed our walk around Poly though. Finally we arrived at the show and told the lady about our circumstances. No problem. She cancelled us and said that we would get a full refund (2 dining credits)... we did get a sneak peak at the end of the show though


and that was it! We were off and running to MK. We took the monorail over and there were tons of people dressed up (we were not.. our costumes were still soaked). It was shortly after 7 when we entered the park.

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Looks like you girls had a blast! Would you recommend getting the Photopass? Is it worth the money?
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Looks like you girls had a blast! Would you recommend getting the Photopass? Is it worth the money?
I actually did a Photopass share for this trip. I think my total cost ended up being $18 but with that said, I have done Photopass Plus in the past and regular Photopass. I HIGHLY recommend Photopass Plus. I'm doing it again in December. The ride photos alone are worth it and if you do a few meals with pictures, you come out way ahead. I still take hundreds of pictures each day but I like adding the borders and signatures to the Photopass pictures. The magic shots are really neat too!
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Girls Get Candy

We arrived at Magic Kingdom shortly after 7pm. The park was packed but lines were not long at all and guess what!? NO RAIN! We were in our Aloha clothes (since our costumes were SOAKED) but we still had tons of fun!



We began the hunt for candy and boy did we load up!



We took a quick ride on Haunted Mansion (it's a MUST do during the party)..



and then we caught the parade somewhere in Liberty Square..





Of course, DD got more candy during the parade...



Afterwards we found Jasmine & the Genie so we got some pictures with them. While standing in line we talked to the nicest family... they were dressed as Alice in Wonderland (the newer version).. super sweet people. DD was very excited to meet Jasmine & the Genie. She asked Jasmine where Abu was and she said that he's probably playing on the Magic Carpets ride.





Then we took a break for a Dole Whip & Root Beer float while we called daddy & DS at home and bragged about how awesome our night had been so far.









We headed back towards Haunted Mansion and got our ghost picture taken.



Then it was time to meet some fairies..





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Girls Get Candy Part 2

We found a place for Hallowishes off to the side. It began to drizzle and I got worried but then it stopped. Okay, we can handle a drizzle.



After the fireworks we stood in line for Malifacient. We waited for the Villains show to start (about 30 minutes of standing there)... two women cut in front of us in line. I spoke up and told them that we were there first so they went behind us. I can't believe the nerve of some people. DD wasn't scared at all (but I was.. lol) She did great!



We spotted Gaston near the hub so we got in line for him.. he was GREAT! He talked about everything he does in the morning (eating 4 dozen eggs, doing 1,000 pushups, etc.) and DD just sat there. She looked like she wasn't even listening to him. He thought that was hilarious. Then DD asked him where Belle was and he said that she was probably off somewhere with that furry thing. Too funny!



Then we saw Jafar and decided to get some quick pictures with him. He was also great! Very spooky like..



We decided to go on Pirates (no line)..



and then Splash Mountain (also no line)..



We got one more Photopass picture taken..



I took this picture on our way out (around 11:45pm):



And then of course our haul from the party that night (the bag was so heavy, I could barely carry it anymore).. there was one place we stopped at where they kept giving DD 2 handfuls of candy (about 5 times!)



We also had a message on our board when we got back:



Next Up: Girls Get High Score

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Day #5 started out with breakfast at the Beach Club. We boarded a bus and asked if they would be able to drop us off at the Beach Club instead of Hollywood Studios. SURE! No problem! (gotta love having the private bus ride to your reservation)



This was our first time eating at Cape May for breakfast. We were there when the restaurant opened and seated right away. The characters came around in no time.



Goofy was HILARIOUS! He had his own Photopass photographer with him (first time I've ever seen that at a character meal). He was great!







The food was great here. Lots to choose from and different than the regular breakfast buffets we've been to. The waitress came out with a cupcake for DD and we sang to her. (In fact, the entire restaurant sang).. we left the Beach Club and went to Magic Kingdom for the day. We took some Photopass pictures..



Then we went on Buzz Lightyear and I will admit, I did a little extra research to find out how to max out my score. I was so happy when it worked! I spent the rest of the ride trying to take a picture of my score and post it on Facebook.. lol, check out my on-ride photo below as I'm posting to Facebook on my smartphone, teehee.





We took a break on Stitch and then headed to the newest area of Fantasyland that was open (the Circus section).



The wait time was low for Minnie & Daisy so we got in line.





Minnie had to fix DD's bow:





When we left the meetngreet area, we walked into the circus gift shop. This was a really neat area. We spent some time in there and there were some CM's standing near the entrance with a Photopass photographer. They saw DD and grabbed her to make some music and take some pictures. They announced loudly that it was her 4th birthday.





After the circus, we made a quick stop at Philharmagic





Up Next: Girls Start Melting

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:11 PM   #30
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