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Old 02-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #46
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LOVE the birthday party theme! How fun is that?

Your list is fantastic...looks a little like the list I make when we go for our two week tent trip every summer! I agree with the idea to leave the laptop behind. BUT...good luck! We are so reluctant to let go of our devices these days!
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #47
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LOVE the birthday party theme! How fun is that?

Your list is fantastic...looks a little like the list I make when we go for our two week tent trip every summer! I agree with the idea to leave the laptop behind. BUT...good luck! We are so reluctant to let go of our devices these days!
Yeah. I just really don't think he's taking into account the fact that the computer will have to be stored in a tent or the trunk of the car for almost six day. The heat, the rain, the sand, the risk of theft... I'm not keen on having to pay for a replacement. He could access the internet on the kindle, but he's just insistent that he needs the computer.
On the plus side. I'll be doing the final packing and we plan to leave after he gets off work. I'm thinking I might be able to "forget" to pack the computer and he'll be so busy showering and rushing to get on the road, that he wouldn't notice until we're into Kentucky.... You never heard that.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:15 PM   #48
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Yeah. I just really don't think he's taking into account the fact that the computer will have to be stored in a tent or the trunk of the car for almost six day. The heat, the rain, the sand, the risk of theft... I'm not keen on having to pay for a replacement. He could access the internet on the kindle, but he's just insistent that he needs the computer.
On the plus side. I'll be doing the final packing and we plan to leave after he gets off work. I'm thinking I might be able to "forget" to pack the computer and he'll be so busy showering and rushing to get on the road, that he wouldn't notice until we're into Kentucky.... You never heard that.
Heard what? Your secret is safe with me!
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #49
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:20 PM   #50
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Just for kicks I thought I'd share the NASTY cake DD wants to have made for her birthday party....

The "blood" is raspberry sauce. YUM!


ETA: I'll try to get some pix of her party supplies to add. They're more funny, less grisly. My faves are the toe tag cup labels. lol.
Haha. This is great.
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As long as you don't mention that I might have called mine a wuss....I won't mention anything about "forgetting" a computer.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:15 AM   #52
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As long as you don't mention that I might have called mine a wuss....I won't mention anything about "forgetting" a computer.
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Heard what? Your secret is safe with me!
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Yeah, it's going to be a "horse of a different color" this time around. Have you noticed I'm a sucker for a good movie reference yet?
But I am really getting excited about doing things differently. I think I tried too hard on our last trip and sort of stressed myself out so I hope this goes much better!
Time will tell, I guess...
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Is it sad that I knew right away from the picture with the soda machines that you were on a visit to Kings Island? The picture with your DS just confirmed it for me.

Glad to see someone else from my general area (Dayton, OH) getting to do a trip to Disney. I also prefer to drive if possible. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all turns out for you! It definitely sounds like a fun trip!
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Is it sad that I knew right away from the picture with the soda machines that you were on a visit to Kings Island? The picture with your DS just confirmed it for me.

Glad to see someone else from my general area (Dayton, OH) getting to do a trip to Disney. I also prefer to drive if possible. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all turns out for you! It definitely sounds like a fun trip!
Fellow Ohioan here. Although I live about 8 hours closer to Disney now(and have for the past 25 years) I was born and raised in a little town between Dayton and Springfield Ohio. I still think Kings Island is the best amusement park on this earth(and yes I have been to cedar point).
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Is it sad that I knew right away from the picture with the soda machines that you were on a visit to Kings Island? The picture with your DS just confirmed it for me.

Glad to see someone else from my general area (Dayton, OH) getting to do a trip to Disney. I also prefer to drive if possible. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all turns out for you! It definitely sounds like a fun trip!
Hello and Welcome, fellow Tri-Stater. Not sad at all. They do have some fairly recognizable pop machines, don't they? And you can't miss them since they are in every line!
I'm from across the border, but Cinci is our home away from home and we have been to KI many, many times. The entire family are theme park lovers and we've gotten Gold Passes a few times over the years.
We love KI for the thrill rides. We love Disney for the atmosphere and theming. And Universal; well, it pretty much scores for both!!
We've driven to Florida so many times I can't remember them all. We flew to Orlando once and I doubt we will again. Just not worth the cost vs. time vs. stress.

Any trip reports you are working on? I'd love to hear about your plans also.

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Fellow Ohioan here. Although I live about 8 hours closer to Disney now(and have for the past 25 years) I was born and raised in a little town between Dayton and Springfield Ohio. I still think Kings Island is the best amusement park on this earth(and yes I have been to cedar point).
You got that right. I've been to three or four other amusement parks and none of them held a candle to KI. The only parks I like more are in Orlando. Obviously... (Well, Santa Clause Land is another fave, but more for the family friendly atmosphere and low crowds. KI still has the better rides.)
Don't tell any of the Disney Diehards, but the first time our family road Kali River Rapids, we were like "That's It?" We all thought KI's rapids ride was longer and more exciting.
Since then, we've ridden Universal's version and have decided it's the best. But, really, we love them all for different reasons.
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Settling our Dates!!!

Okay, I put in for our new dates. If all goes well, we will be in Orlando on Saturday, June 29th to Saturday, July 6th!!! Woo Hoo. Now. I'm off to change my ticker and update our day by day plans....


Okay, maybe this makes me a whiner, but.....
My Owl just flew backwards.
I guess I thought I would put in my new dates and it would move forward on my exhisting time line.
Nope, an all new ticker and I'm back at the beginning. Wahhh....
Ha. Oh well, at least it now reads "Four months, Two Weeks." Woo Hoo!
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:25 AM   #58
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Our New Dates and Plans!

Friday, June 28th, DEPARTURE DAY!!!
Well head out late, after DH gets home from work at 3 p.m. I'd guess we'll be on the highway by 4 p.m. We'll Drive through the night and arrive around 8-9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29th!!!

Saturday, June 29: Check in at Ft. Wilderness.
Enjoy a leisurely day setting up camp, checking out the pool, exploring the campgrounds, and possibly a visit to DD or some Putt Putt golf. Anything goes and Im not making any set plans for this day.
Well have to make a trip over to a Walmart or Publix for some groceries, otherwise just a lazy resort day.

Sunday, June 30: DHS
PARK OPENING: 9AM
YES:
Toy Story Mania
Rock n Roller Coaster
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Great Movie Ride
Star Tours
NO:
American Idol Experience
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
The Studio Backlot Tour
Disney Junior Live On Stage
Fantasmic
Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade
MAYBE:
Walt Disney One Mans Dream
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Muppet Vision
Magic Of Disney Animation
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show

Monday, July 1: Blizzard Beach
Park Opening: 9AM
YES:
Summit Plummet
Slush Gusher
Downhill Double Dipper
Toboggan Racers
Runoff Rapids
Snow Stormers
Teamboat Springs (Family Raft Ride)
Melt-Away Bay (Wave Pool)
Cross Country Creek (Lazy River)
NO:
Tikes Peak
MAYBE:
Ski Patrol Training Camp

Since this will be an earlier day, we may do something extra in the evening:
Maybe Chip and Dales Campfire??
Viewing the MK fireworks from the beach?
Or Resort hopping to some of the cooler hotels we've never been to. I'd love to get some pix at Art of Animation. Looks amazing. AKL is another I'd enjoy visiting...

Tuesday, July 2: Epcot
Park Opening: 9AM
Accidentally fell on an Evening EMH Day. We'll have to think about that. I don't want the crowds to get us down....
YES:
Spaceship Earth
Mission: SPACE/Advanced Training Lab
Living with the Land
Soarin
Test Track
Gran Fiesta Tour (Mexico)
Maelstrom (Norway)
Sergio the Juggler (Italy)
Serveur Amusant (France)
The Showcase Players (UK)
Off Kilter (Canada)
Club Cool (Beverly)
NO:
Universe of Energy/Ellens Energy Adventure
Journey into Imagination
Captain EO
ImageWorks
MAYBE:
Innoventions!
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush
The Circle of Life
Agent P Adventures
ONE or TWO of the Showcase Films. Im not sure which ones at this point.

We may have to take a break at some point. DH has a hard time touring ALL day, but I hope we can fit in our top picks anyway.

Wednesday, July 3: Typhoon Lagoon
Park Opening: 9AM
YES:
Humunga Kowabunga
Shark Reef
Mayday Falls
Keel Haul Falls
Gangplank Falls
Crush N Gusher
Storm Slides
Wave Pool
Ketchakiddee Creek (Lazy River)
Castaway Creek
NO:
Little Tikes Play Area

During the evening, we'll pack up as much of our supplies as we can, and possibly visit DD or do a round of Putt Putt.

Thursday, July 4: USF and IOA:
Park Opening: 8AM

We'll pack up the tent and gear and Check out of Ft. Wilderness Resort bright and early. Check in at Royal Pacific Resort. Get our tickets, photo ID and room key and head to the parks while we wait for our room. Well probably start at USF, but its up in the air for this part of the trip.

Friday, July 5: IOA & USF:
Park Opening: 8AM (EARLY ENTRY AT HP 7AM)

Our one true, full day at UO.
We will Hit Early Entry at HP, do the Ollivanders Show, then ride FJ as many times as possible.

Saturday, July 6: Our final day. USF/IOA:
Park Opening: 8AM (EARLY ENTRY AT HP 7AM)

Pack and Check out of RPR. One last trip over to IOA/USF. Visit all our faves one last time (or two or three), then hit the road by dinner time. We will drive through the night again.

Universal Studios Florida:
YES:

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Men In Black Alien Attack
Revenge of the Mummy
The Simpsons Ride
Animal Actors On Location
Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue
The Blues Brothers Show
Horror Makeup Show
NO:
A Day in the Park with Barney
Fear Factor Live
Fievels Playland
MAYBE:
Lucy: A Tribute
Disaster
Terminator 2:3D
Twister: Ride it Out
Woody Woodpeckers Nuthouse Coaster
Shrek 4-D
E.T. Adventure
Curious George Goes to Town

Islands Of Adventure:
YES:

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
Doctor Dooms Fear Fall
Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls
Incredible Hulk Coaster
Jurassic Park River Adventure
Camp Jurassic
Popeye and Blutos Bilgerat Barges
Poseidons Fury
NO:
Caro-Suess-el
High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride
One Fish, Two Fish
Pteranodon Flyers
Jurassic Park Discovery Center
MAYBE:
Cat in the Hat
Storm Force Acceletron
Eighth Voyage of Sinbad
If I Ran the Zoo
Me Ship, The Olive

Sunday, July 7: Arrive home in the early AM, giving us time to unpack, do laundry , and relax before another work week start.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:01 AM   #59
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Okay, I put in for our new dates. If all goes well, we will be in Orlando on Saturday, June 29th to Saturday, July 6th!!! Woo Hoo. Now. I'm off to change my ticker and update our day by day plans....


Okay, maybe this makes me a whiner, but.....
My Owl just flew backwards.
I guess I thought I would put in my new dates and it would move forward on my exhisting time line.
Nope, an all new ticker and I'm back at the beginning. Wahhh....
Ha. Oh well, at least it now reads "Four months, Two Weeks." Woo Hoo!

At least you know for sure when you will be there now. You definitely have my interest as now you will be returning home on my birthday!

I'm going to disagree on KI being better than Cedar Point, but then again, I worked at Cedar Point for two summers.

I actually am working on a PTR myself and you can find it HERE.

Looking forward to more updates!
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:37 AM   #60
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Love the lists!

We really enjoyed the water parks on our last trip in 2009. I'm jealous!

If you have time, try to get over to AKL on one of your early nights. Jeff and I had dinner at Boma in 2010 and went early to walk around the resort. It is gorgeous and there is a ton to see with all the animals and pretty paths. Someday I'll stay there.....**sigh**


We've always taken advantage of EMH days and never had problems doing what we wanted. That's the one "rule" I consistently break!
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